News Roundup: Girls Album Listening Party, Music at Fashion’s Night Out, Ellen DeGeneres Takes American Idol, Lee Ranaldo’s Broken Wrist


–If you somehow haven’t heard Album, the sublime glazed-over debut by San Francisco’s Girls, Impose and Insound are holding a listening party for the record–and for fellow Matador signees Times New Viking’s Born Again Revisited–at Bruar Falls in Williamsburg next Wednesday, September 16th. It’s free, and there will be tickets, giveaways, etc. RSVP here.

–More on Fashion’s Night Out: Racked has helpfully compiled a Top Music Events of Fashion’s Night Out guide, for those who don’t know which DJ to see in which clothing store tonight. Warning: includes Matisyahu.

–The gay and proud Ellen DeGeneres will replace the crazy and proud Paula Abdul as the fourth (third really, right?) judge on the crazy and frequently covertly gay reality TV show American Idol. “I’ve watched since the beginning and I’ve always been a huge fan,” DeGeneres said in a statement, adding that the gig is her “dream job.”

–Lee Ranaldo has fractured his wrist, forcing Sonic Youth to cancel some dates out west. The band was admirably forthright about Ranaldo’s injury, which was the result of a tennis game gone awry, and not, say, a particularly heated Merzbow collaboration. The band’s sublime looking November 21st show at Terminal 5 with Dinosaur Jr. and Cold Cave does not look to be affected. Anyway, proof that that whole thing you were trying to advance in high school about sports and Sonic Youth being mutually exclusive was in fact true.