Linescratching Post for the week of May 30, 2011

Vol. 1 No. 14, Week of May 30, 2011

This week: Low get raw, Donny Osmond impromptu guest-vocals with Fictionist, The JaneDear girls up for an award, Colby Miller’s new album out NOW, the 5 Browns and Yo Gabba Gabba touring (separately), New Roxy Rawson song, Neon Trees, American Hollow, and Donny and Marie!

When linescratchers collide. Donny Osmond sings with Fictionist.

This Low concert brought to you by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and listeners like you. It’s pretty rough for Low, and they seem kind of tired, but the raw talent and songcraft shine through. Acoustic and live Low in the NPR studios. I actually like hearing the new material with a little less polish.

Split with Wizard coming soon. Recent review of American Hollow’s Whisper Campaign. “American Hollow will be a force on the American Progressive Scene”

I’m as funky as Donnie and Marie, but now I can openly admit it instead of ashamedly writing in my secret journal. “It’s exciting,” Donny tells The Boot. “[It’s] No. 7 on the country chart, No. 30 on the pop chart, No. 1 on the folk chart. That’s the highest ranking for any Donny and Marie album in our entire career.”

Thank you for watching my WORM BABIES! Yo Gabba Gabba tour across the US this fall. Let’s do it. A-break it down.

For my next project, I will be recording a series of 88 7-inch records, one for each constellation. Colby Miller has a new album out now, entitled The Bull. He claims it is the first in a series of twelve albums corresponding to the twelve Zodiac signs. At first I was thinking, “Sure, dude. Tell me another one.” But then I realized that the guy has released two albums and an EP, in addition to several non-album tracks, all in the last five months. He might actually pull off his high-concept series, unlike some people. Review of The Bull forthcoming. In the meantime, enjoy the free preview of all albums tracks and then order it!

Interesting dinner party guest list: Chris, James, Charlie, Dan, and Buster. 5 Browns on tour. From Lehi, Utah to the Netherlands and everywhere(ish) in between.

Your vote counts. How many CMT viewers know how to work the internet? Vote for The JaneDear Girls for CMT’s Duo video of the year. It’s a little funny that there’s a country group called the Civil Wars, no? No? Okay then. Vote The JaneDear Girls!

I’m all for bee advocacy. Wasps can just go die. The goofy new Roxy Rawson song, “Bees Drowning in Lemonade”, was written in 7 hours, apparently as part of a contest.

The power of two shows. The endless ascent of the Neon Trees, an MTV interview.

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Linescratching Post for the week of May 30, 2011

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