In The News: Vampire Weekend, U2, Ted Leo, Robyn Hitchcock, The Killers, The Clientele And Free MP3s

vampireweekendWe can’t even explain the mechanics of the limited-edition, one-time, 500-count pressing of Robyn Hitchcock’s live DVD/CD, I Often Dream Of Trains In New York (Yep Roc, November 11), which features some bizarre fold-out contraption, so we encourage you to pre-order it and find out for yourself. A less-deluxe, less-expensive version is also available if you miss out … Ted Leo & The Pharmacists have signed to Matador. A new LP is scheduled for early next year … U2 released The Unforgettable Fire 25 years ago. While the band is touring in stadiums on a stage that makes the Rolling Stones’ usual contraptions look humble, the record will be reissued by Mercury Records on October 27. It’ll be remastered, feature bonus material (including to previously unheard tracks) and be available in about 17 different formats, as per … Looking forward to Vampire Weekend’s second LP? Then January 12 is a big day for you, as Contra (XL) hits the stores. The band (pictured) plays two shows in Canada on October 6 and 8. On October 7, the band will go clothes shopping … On November 3, Fantasy Records will release The Singles Collection, a two-CD/one-DVD box containing all 30 of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s U.S. singles. For the geeks (you know who you are), a separate deluxe vinyl collectors’ edition will be available, featuring reproductions of the original 45s … Speaking of old guys with guitars, Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers will release The Live Anthology (Reprise), a multiple-disc set of recordings drawn from 30 years of concert performances. A five-CD (really?) collector’s deluxe box will be available only at Best Buy on November 22; all other configurations will be available elsewhere November 24 … For better or worse, the Killers are also releasing some live stuff: an 80-minute CD and accompanying DVD that also features a behind-the-scenes documentary. The performances are from two shows at London’s Royal Albert Hall in July, but there’s no title or release date yet … The Clientele’s Bonfires On The Heath (Merge) is out October 6. You can stream the record, the follow-up to 2007’s God Save The Clientele, at Merge’s website. Download “I Wonder Who We Are”Magnolia Electric Co.‘s exclusive new Rider.Shadow.Wolf. seven-inch is now in independent record stores around the world. The flip features a stripped-down take of “Josephine” from the band’s last album, also called Josephine, released in July. Download “Josephine”OK Go follows up 2007’s Oh No (and its much-copied, Grammy-winning “Here It Goes Again” video) with Of The Blue Colour Of The Sky (Capitol) on January 12. Did you know that the aforementioned video is the most-viewed of the decade? It’s true. Glenn Beck told us.

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