"Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground 1981-1991", the 2001 book by music writer Michael Azerrad, chronicled the birth of the U.S. indie rock movement by telling the stories of 13 of the scene’s biggest bands. That book turns 10 this year, [and to] celebrate the anniversary, Azerrad is putting on a big tribute show called Our Band Could Be Your Concert at New York’s Bowery Ballroom on May 22. Artists from today’s indie scene will cover songs by bands from the book. The lineup for this thing is already nuts, and it’s not even done yet.
The Dirty Projectors’ David Longstreth, Nat Baldwin, and Brian McOmber will cover Black Flag, St. Vincent will play Big Black, Titus Andronicus will play the Replacements, Ted Leo will play Minor Threat, tUnE-yArDs will play Sonic Youth, Dan Deacon will play the Butthole Surfers, Wye Oak will play Dinosaur Jr., Buke & Gass will play Fugazi, and Delicate Steve will play the Minutemen. More bands will also be announced later.
Reason #123089723958701234089709 why I wish I lived in New York.
Coming on May 4: the new album from The New Pornographers, entitled Together. The album is comprised of 9 A.C. Newman songs and 3 Dan Bejar numbers, and features the full eight-person lineup of Carl, Dan, John Collins, Neko Case, Kurt Dahle, Kathryn Calder, Todd Fancey and Blaine Thurier. Additional musicians include Annie Clark (St. Vincent), Zach Condon (Beirut), Will Sheff (Okkervil River), and the Dap-Kings Horns, among other talents.