In The News: Green Day, My Morning Jacket, Devo, Iron And Wine, Jarvis Cocker And Free MP3s

ironwine370Starting March 24 and continuing throughout 2009, Reprise is releasing Green Day’s entire catalog on 12-inch vinyl. 1990’s 39/Smooth and 1992’s Kerplunk, the multi-platinum nimrods’ first two records, will be the initial offerings; LP number three, 1994’s Dookie, is out on April 18, which, if you’ve been paying attention, is Record Store Day … And speaking of this now-ubiquitous occasion, Louisville, Ky.’s My Morning Jacket has picked Record Store Day to issue Celebración De La Ciudad Natal (ATO), a live EP sold only in independent shops. The seven tracks are from gigs at Louisville’s famous Ear X-Tacy record store and local landmark Waterfront Park. Download “Evil Urges” … The new-wave pioneers in Devo are readying their first record since 1990’s Smooth Noodle Maps for a fall release (title and label TBD). The band, last heard from on 2007 single “Watch Us Work It,” is playing a one-night-only set at SXSW March 20 … Iron And Wine’s Around The Well (Sub Pop, May 19) collects out-of-print and never-before-released nuggets dating back to sessions for 2002 debut The Creek Drank The Cradle through material put to tape for 2007’s The Shepherd’s Dog. Broken into two sections, the first features raw home recordings while the second contains the more polished stuff. Download “Woman King”Further Complications (Rough Trade), the new effort from Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker, is also scheduled for May 19. The LP was produced—sorry, recorded—by Steve Albini in Chicago … Folk-country troubadour/car pitchman Steve Earle once said, “Townes Van Zandt is the best songwriter in the whole world, and I’ll stand on Bob Dylan’s coffee table in my cowboy boots and say that.” Hence Townes (New West, May 12), a 15-song set of Earle doing Van Zandt tunes available as a two-CD package and a double, limited-edition 180-gram-vinyl edition. Download “Some Dreams” … Old 97’s frontman/pretty boy Rhett Miller is releasing his fourth solo record on June 9. The self-titled disc (on Shout! Factory), billed as his darkest (ooh, scary), is the follow-up to 2006’s The Believer … Back in 1991, Peter Holsapple and Chris Stamey of the dB’s released Mavericks, an excellent collection of fine pop songwriting and soaring harmonies. They took their sweet-ass time getting around to another outing, but Here And Now (Bar/None) will finally be here and now sometime in June. The album features guest appearances from Branford Marsalis and Jon Wurster (Superchunk, Robert Pollard, A.C. Newman, Mountain Goats and who knows what else). Download the dB’s’ “World To Cry” … While we ponder if they realize the irony of the tune’s title in relation to the important work they missed out on while going through the process, we’ll tell you that the Oklahoma legislature voted the Flaming Lips’ “Do You Realize??” the state’s official rock ‘n’ roll song. More than 2,498 nominations were submitted for 458 songs with some connection to Oklahoma, where the wind comes sweepin’ down the plain … Lastly, a favorite Sesame Street segment of ours has always been “One Of These Things Is Not Like The Others.” (“One of these things is not like the others/One of these things just doesn’t belong/Can you tell which thing is not like the others/By the time I finish my song?”) It came to mind when thinking of Tinted Windows, a new supergroup comprising Hanson’s Taylor Hanson (vocals), ex-Smashing Pumpkin James Iha (guitar), Fountains Of Wayne’s Adam Schlesinger (bass) and Cheap Trick’s Bun E. Carlos (drums). The band is releasing its self-titled debut (on S-Curve) on April 21; our hint as to who’s not like the others: It’s not Schlesinger, it’s not Iha, and it’s probably not Carlos.

The Flaming Lips’ “Do You Realize??”: