In this edition of Micro-news we go a bit old school with news from two artists we grew up as well as an update from a band that continues to impress us. In this edition we catch up with The National, Morrissey, and The Cure. I'll try to keep this brief as I need to use this day to get my ass to the stores to start and finish my Christmas shopping.
According to a recent fan club e-mail The National are in the early stages of writing there next record. The band plans on entering the studio in April to start recording. The follow up to last years acclaimed Boxer(our #1 album of 2007) is expected to be released sometime in 2010.
In other National news Aaron and Bryce Dressner have produced a charity record for the Red Hot Organization. Dark Was The Night will be released on February 17th via 4AD. All profits from the sale of the record will go to fight the HIV/AIDS pandemic. The album features 32 exclusive tracks and will be released as a double CD and on triple Vinyl. The National wrote and recorded a new song for the album called So Far Around The Bend. The Dressner brothers have assembled an impressive line-up for the album that includes tracks from The Decemberists, Arcade Fire, Grizzly Bear, Ben Gibbard (DCFC), Spoon and that's just a partial list.
The National will play The 19th Annual Tibet House Benefit Concert on February 3rd at Carnagie Hall.
Morrissey is set to release his first new recording since 2006's Ringleaders of The Tormentors. Years of Refusal will be released on February 17th via Atack/Lost Highway here in America. The Moz will be supporting the albums release with a US tour that will include rare club appearances. The tour kicks off on March 1st in Orlando, FLA. For more tour information be sure to check out itsmorrisseysworld. There is no sign of a Boston area show, but we'll be sure to post an update if that changes.
The Cure have been making the rounds on the late night TV circuit over the past couple of weeks promoting there new release 4:13 Dream out on Geffen with recent appearances on The Tonight Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live as well as another on tap tomorrow night on Last Call with Carson Daily.
Also on Friday tune into your local NPR affiliate to hear The Cure's World Cafe session. Here in the Boston area you can catch the program on WUMB from 7pm to 11PM.
The Cure - The Perfect Boy on The Tonight Show 12/11/08