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More news that was not Bonnaroo…

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This past weekend, Consequence of Sound packed our bags and traveled to Manchester, Tennessee to take in the sights and sounds of Bonnaroo ‘09 – more on that to come. We already shared some of the news making headlines while we were gone. Here are some more:

Reunions:
Blur is officially back. So are the Pixies.

Pixies:
Speaking of the Pixies, in what will be latest completely overwhelming box set, The Pixies have detailed the forthcoming Minotaur. The set will be available as either a $175 Deluxe Edition and a $495 Limited Edition and feature a collection of recordings, a live DVD, and a book. Pitchfork has all the details.

The Raveonettes:
Not following in the footsteps of Trent Reznor, The Raveonettes have announced plans to let fans in on the recording of their forthcoming studio album, due this fall. The band is not only Tweeting its progress, but has created a micro-site to host demos from the recording process.

Brendan Benson:
With Jack White busy with non-Raconteurs stuff, fellow Raconteur Brendan Benson has moved back to the solo side of things. On August 18th, he will release his fourth full-length effort, a 11-track work called My Old, Familiar Friend via ATO. And keeping the Pixies vibe going, Pixies producer Gil Norton oversaw the creation of this album.

Sally Shapiro:
On August 25th, Sweden’s own Sally Shapiro will celebrate her latest italo-disco creation, a nine-track effort entitled My Guilty Pleasure, via Paper Bag Records. Johan Agebjörn produced the album, which is being described as a “bit more poppy and varied” than 2007’s Disco Romance, the result of Shaprio’s incorporation of such genres as =trance, cosmic disco, acid, ambient and jazz while still having 80’s disco as her base. The album’s first single, “Miracle”, will be released on June 16th.

Mount Eerie:
Phil Elverum will soon be ready to reveal an album some two years in the making. On August 18th, the Washington native will return as Mount Eerie with the release of Wind’s Poem. Composed of 12 tracks, the album’s sound is said to exhibit “hundred kinds of distortion, oceans of synth, and clouds of bass,” or as the press release further notes, the result of Elverum sitting behind his house, at the edge of the woods, listening into the night for two years. In support of the release, Mount Eerie will be touring in a full band version all over the U.S. this fall.

Cast Spells:
Next month, David Davison, aka the leader of Maps & Atlases, will debut his brand new band, Cast Spells, with the release of an EP entitled Bright Works And Baton on Sargent House. In support of the release, the band will hit the road in July with So Many Dynamos.

Division Day:
It was a busy week for Los Angeles quartert Division Day. After all, the band announced its signing with Dangerbird Records and the release of its sophmore studio effort, Visitation. The latter is due out August 18th and will feature the production talents of Justin Meldal Johnsen, who has previously worked with Nine Inch Nails, Beck, and Gnarls Barkley. “Searching the dichotomy between darkness and light” is said to be the theme, while the sound is billed as “gauzy, dreamy and driving.”

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