In The News: The Pixies, The Avett Brothers, Franz Ferdinand, Rivers Cuomo And Free MP3s

pixies360The renewed interest in the Pixies (pictured) continues with news of the release of Minotaur (Artist In Residence), all five Pixies albums packaged together on CD and Blu-ray. The box includes reinterpreted artwork by Vaughn Oliver, who created the original LPs’ covers. This monster undertaking is available for pre-order beginning June 15; the deluxe edition is a bargain at $175, with the limited edition going for a measly $450 … The Avett Brothers are in the midst of a 48-show North American tour, with a new album, I And Love And You (American), set for August 11. The jaunt includes eight dates supporting the Dave Matthews Band and one with Widespread Panic. Not sure why. Download “Murder In The City” … Alt-disco divas Franz Ferdinand are releasing Blood (Domino) on June 1. Before you get all excited about new Franz product—and you were getting excited, right?—know that it’s a dub version of this year’s Tonight: Franz Ferdinand. You can thank—or blame—us later for that information. Download “No You Girls (The Rough Element Remix)” … April 28 sees the release of, regardless of how annoying the guy seems like he might be sometimes, a pretty interesting record from Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo. Not Alone: Rivers Cuomo & Friends Live At Fingerprints documents an in-store jam session at the titular Long Beach, Calif., record shop. Cuomo invited 150 fans to bring instruments to the store and form a makeshift band, and the ad-hoc group proceeded to rock out on Weezer classics and other tunes … Feeling charitable? Online magazine Tiny Mix Tapes is selling Tiny Mix Tapes Vol. 1: Darfur, with profits donated to the International Rescue Committee. Xiu Xiu, Jim O’Rourke and others contributed exclusive tracks … Austin instrumentalists Explosions In The Sky are celebrating their 10th anniversary this summer with shows in Los Angeles (June 27), New York (June 30), Chicago (July 2) and Austin (July 4). Of particular note is the New York gig, which will feature Jason Lytle and the Constantines as special guests. Download “Welcome, Ghosts” … While the title of her upcoming record, Abnormally Attracted To Sin (Universal Republic), confirms how annoying she generally is, we’re obliged to let Tori Amos fans know that if they pre-order the deluxe version of the LP at iTunes, they’ll get a special password with access to exclusive concert tickets and other giveaways. The goodies include a download of the first single, “Welcome To England,” and a video interview on release day, May 19 … In these tough economic times, we need leaders to help tax-paying Americans weather the storm. Failing that, Hank Williams Jr. brings us the Bocephus Bailout Package, wherein a lucky contest winner gets some cash ($2,500), the opportunity to be an honorary crew member for a day and a meeting with Bocephus himself. Are you ready for some Hank?!