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The 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. Here is what was making headlines while we were gone:

The Roots:
Jimmy Fallon’s personal house band, The Roots, are reportedly gearing up for the release of a new album, Billboard reports. Entitled How I Got Over, the followup to last year’s Rising Down is due out in October via Def Jam Records. Question: When do these guys take breaks?

Dark Night of the Soul:
The New York Times has all the juicy details on what’s preventing the release of the non-blank CDR version of Dark Night of the Soul. Apparently, the whole issue relates to Danger Mouse’s current contract with Lex Records and some licensing issues with EMI.

Last.fm:
In a blog entry posted last week, Last.fm Felix, RJ and Martin announced they were leaving the company and would be handing over all power to CBS (via Daily Swarm). We’re guessing the whole sharing user data debacle had something to do with it…

Britney Spears:
Here’s something to get excited about: Britney Spears has announced plans for another North American leg of her Circus tour. You know, the one supporting that album we kind of liked that has fans jumping on stage

The Slits:
On October 6th, The Slits will celebrate their first new album in 25 years with the release of Trapped Animal. The 14-track effort will feature the talents  original members Ari Up and Tessa Pollitt along with Hollie Cook (daughter of Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook), Anna Schlute and Adele Wilson. In addition to the new album, a book about the band, Typical Girls? The Story Of The Slits written by Zoe Street Howe, is scheduled to be published in the Fall.

Brand New:
In anticipation of the release of its next studio album, which is tentatively scheduled for release this fall, Brand New has announced plans for a nine-date U.S. tour during the month of July.

TV on the Radio:
A remix of Gang Gang Dance’s “First Communion” created by TV on the Radio surfaced last week. It proved to be a big deal. Stereogum has all the necessary details.

Warp Records:
This year, Warp Records, aka the home of such acts as Grizzly Bear, Aphex Twin, and Jamie Lidell, will be commemorate its 20th anniversary with the release of a five-disc, five 10″ records, and a 192-page book box set aptly titled Warp20. Head to Pitchfork for the info.

STS9:
Looking for a collection of brand new STS9 remixes? Well, come June 23rd, you’ll be on luck. On that day, 1320 Records will release Peaceblaster: The New Orleans Make It Right Remixes, a 30-track effort featuring remixes by the likes of Telepath, Count Bass D, Richard Devine, Alex B., Ronald Jenkees. As an added bonus, 100 percent of the album’s proceeds will benefit the New Orleans Make It Right Foundation.

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