News Roundup: Radiohead, Weezer, Brooklyn Book Festival, Them Crooked Vultures, The Verve


–A new Radiohead track was mysteriously posted at the fan site Atease yesterday. “These Are My Twisted Words” is a two-minute number that may just well be the sing-along anthem of the summer. Just kidding. It’s an eerie, echoey five-and-a-half minutes of noise and Thom Yorke’s vocals don’t enter until about halfway through. Fan speculation is that the track is off upcoming Radiohead EP, Wall of Ice. Rolling Stone has more about the theories on that.

–Weezer’s new album has a release date: October 27. Still no word on the disc’s title, though it’s been rumored to have been produced by Jacknife Lee, who also handled production duties on last year’s mystifying The Red Album. We just hope Rivers and company leave out those tracks they debuted live in South Korea last month. But we know they won’t.

–The Brooklyn Book Festival is Sunday, September 13 at Brooklyn Borough Hall. The popular annual fest is teaming up with New York Comic Con, and a series of panels are planned, including “Poetry, Pop and Hip Hop,” which will feature the bewildering convergence of Lupe Fiasco, Thurston Moore, Tracie Morris, Matthew Zapruder, and moderator Toure.

–Them Crooked Vultures, the Dave Grohl/Josh Homme/John Paul Jones project, has posted a short preview of a track called “Nobody Loves Me and Neither Do I”. The band closed with it at their Lollapalooza aftershow gig in Chicago on Sunday. It’s a little hard to review something that’s fourteen seconds long, but the heavy riff sounds like Led Zeppelin with a little bit of Motorhead.

–The Verve have split for the third time, The Mirror reports. The British psychadelic band reunited in 2007 to release Forth, but some members apparently haven’t spoken since the UK’s V-Fest in August 2008. In the meantime, guitarist Nick McCabe and bassist Simon Jones have formed new band called the Black Ships. “The Verve seems to be on holiday and shows no sign of not being on holiday,” McCabe recently wrote on his MySpace. “Just let me enjoy my non-alcoholic Pina Colada.” Don’t rule anything out, though: before their 2007 reunion, singer Richard Ashcroft said, “You’re more likely to get all four Beatles on stage.”

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