End of Week Recap: December 6-12

Sure, lots of really exciting things happened this week. Our staff’s never been busier. The list below is merely a fraction of every newsworthy event in music.  Seriously, though, the only thing that really mattered this week was the beginning of our Year-End Report 2010. Chances are you’ve probably had your fill of various best-of lists–and if you haven’t, you will very soon. Give ours a chance anyway.

You can find the first part by clicking here. Keep an eye out for additional posts next week as well.

And be sure to keep checking out our site. As you can clearly see, December has gotten off to a great start. We intend to end it, and the year in general, on a high note.

— Consequence of Gorillaz, anyone? Damon Albarn and co. pretty much dominated our headlines this week, with everything from retirement rumors to new album details to, um, Olympic-related updates surfacing within a few days of each other. And I almost forgot to mention the new video with Snoop Dogg. And the scavenger hunt.

Coachella doesn’t arrive until next spring, but we’ve already started our lineup predictions.

— Sir Paul McCartney made Saturday Night Live watchable.

Robert Plant told us not to get our hopes up for a Led Zeppelin reunion anytime soon.

— Big comebacks: Jeff Mangum appeared in public, Godspeed You! Black Emperor performed for the first time in six years, and Rammstein delivered their first U.S. performance in a decade.

Michael Jackson‘s new single, “the 2010 version of ‘Thriller’,” dropped.

Peter Bjorn and John‘s forthcoming LP now has a release date.

— While we’re on the subject of Swedish indie stars, Jens Lekman wrote a song about stalking Kirsten Dunst.

Heather Mills took credit for putting The Beatles‘ catalog on iTunes.

Q-Tip clarified a few things about the upcoming A Tribe Called Quest documentary.

— On a sad note, Aretha Franklin was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Judas Priest announced their final world tour. Ever.

Pete Doherty is set to make his acting debut soon.

— Need tips for Bonnaroo? Well, you’re in luck.

Raekwon‘s s new LP is allegedly due out next year.

The Cars put out even more new material. These guys haven’t been this productive in a long time. Twenty-three years to be exact.

Pearl Jam announced plans to host their own music festival.

— Want special-edition Daft Punk headphones? Okay, but it’ll cost you.

— The new Death Cab for Cutie album now has a title.

R.E.M. jumped on the holiday single bandwagon.

— Watch this clip of Feist and Broken Social Scene performing “I Feel It All” together.

— Don’t watch this Kings of Leon video.

— Chris Coplan reviewed Ryan Adams‘ latest effort. Coplan also took on lists in the latest edition of Nod Your Head.

— Ted Maider shared his thoughts on deadmau5′s 4 x 4 = 12.

nsi has finally made his solo debut. Find out what David Buchanan had to say about it here.

Ted Leo and The New Pornographers played NYC’s Terminal 5. Alex Young and Kelly Staskel were there.

— We debuted our podcast this week, something we like to call Audiography.

— Derek Staples interviewed Gang Starr‘s DJ Premier.

— Harry Painter sat down with Thomas Ross Turner of Ghostland Observatory to discuss, well, lots of different things.


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