Wednesday, July 22, 2009

From the congested e-mail inbox of the A&E editor: Good news from The Avett Bros., bad news from Harvey Danger, worse news from The Beastie Boys

Posted By on Wed, Jul 22, 2009 at 1:27 PM

The good news: The Avett Bros are slated to release their American Recordings/Columbia Records debut I and Love and You on Tuesday, Sept. 29. With Rick Rubin sitting in the producer's chair, the 13 tracks on this rock-folk-pop-country album promise a treat for fans and the discovery of a new favorite band for the uninitiated.

On Tuesday, Sept. 22, NPR will host an advance taste of The Avett Bros. new album as part of their Exclusive First Listen series, which you can hear at npr.org/firstlisten.

The bad news: On July 17, late-'90s, one-hit-wonder band Harvey Danger announced it will call it quits with a farewell tour. The band released three albums including Little By Little on the Kill Rock Stars label (which is available as a free download) and an EP on Barsuk Records. HD will play shows in Boston, Brooklyn, Chicago and L.A., and then wrap up a long cult career with two shows in Seattle.

The band had this to say on harveydanger.com: "After 15 years, three albums, hundreds of shows, and far more twists and turns than we ever imagined possible, we've decided to put Harvey Danger to rest. The decision is totally mutual and utterly amicable. Everyone is very proud of the work we've done together, but we've also come to feel that our collaboration has—in a very positive way—run its course. We're all eager to try our hands at other projects, musical and otherwise. Of course, putting an end to something we've been working on since our early 20s can't help being accompanied by a soupçon of melancholy. Nonetheless, as the Chambers Brothers remind us, time has come today. Rock bands have life spans, and Harvey Danger's has been longer and more eventful than even we would have predicted."

The worse news: Beastie Boy Adam "MCA" Yauch has been diagnosed with parotid gland cancer (in his throat). The group has canceled all upcoming tour dates and have pushed back the release of Hot Sauce Committee Part 1.

Yauch and Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz made a video statement on their Web site. The prognosis sounds good, and Yauch's humor seems to be intact.

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