With the Oscars just around the corner, chances are music is probably the last thing on your mind…if you care, that is. It’s cool. We totally get it. If anything, we’re looking forward to the big night even more than you. I can assure you that this weekend bets will be made (I’ve already got $20 on Jeff Bridges for Best Actor–hey, a girl can dream, right?) and obscenities will be yelled at television sets and laptop monitors if The Social Network doesn’t sweep.
Either way, enjoy the following recap post. Remember that we’re here to keep track of all the biggest news in music so you can focus on what’s truly important in life, like what Natalie Portman and Anne Hathaway will be wearing on the red carpet Sunday night.
— Trent Reznor won an Oscar.
— Jack White announced that he won’t join your band.
— We know that TV on the Radio will release a new album called Nine Types of Light in April. And now we know that they plan to hit the road in support of it. And they have a new single out called “Will Do.”
— What else? Even more South By Southwest lineup additions.
— While we’re on the subject, if you do manage to make it down to Austin, be sure to stop by for Axis of Audio‘s day party.
— Just in case you needed any more proof of Daft Punk‘s all-around awesomeness, the duo got their own line of Coca Cola.
— The yet-to-be-made Marvin Gaye biopic now has a director: Julien Temple.
— “Rope,” the first single off Foo Fighters‘ hotly anticipated seventh studio LP, hit the airwaves.
— Iggy & The Stooges detailed two upcoming releases and also announced a benefit concert.
— Tom Waits revealed that he’s just beginning work on a new album.
— The video for Dr. Dre‘s “I Need a Doctor” dropped.
— Even after losing a member not too long ago, Battles are soldiering on–their sophomore LP is slated for an early summer release.
— It looks like we’ll get to hear Beastie Boys‘ Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. 2 after all.
— On a sad note, X-Ray Spex mastermind Poly Styrene was diagnosed with breast cancer.
— The dates for this year’s installment of the Pitchfork Music Festival finally went public.
— Can’t wait until April to max out your credit card at your favorite independent record store? Check out our preview of Record Store Day.
— Someone actually had to review Radiohead‘s The King of Limbs at some point. Michael Roffman did the honors this time.
— Caitlin Meyers shared her thoughts on Lykke Li‘s latest offering, Wounded Rhymes.
— Joe Marvilli called up Interpol for a “quick, rather curt interview.”
— Winston Robbins sat down with The Radio Dept.‘s Johan Duncanson to discuss… well, many things.
— We revealed our favorite actors-turned-musicians in our newest staff editorial, CoS on Film.
— Bob Dylan’s early muse, Suze Rotolo, passed away at the age of 67.