Here's some news from the inbox that you might find interesting:
The Lolita Bras EP is done, and you can buy it directly from them at their MySpace page.
Local upcoming events of note: Cue and Tia Carrera play tomorrow @ The Beauty Bar; Pink Nasty is at Beerland. The Onion's launch party is Thursday at Emo's and is free -- SoundTeam, Tacks The Boy Disaster, IV Theives, Lemurs, and Eugene Mirman are the featured attraction. Buy The Onion's Austin city editor Sean O'Neal (This Microwave World, The Arm) a beer or two and congratulate him on his new job! Finally, the massive three-stage, one day FunFunFun Fest at Waterloo Park is Friday -- check out the site for lineup and ticket details. Spoon, Peaches, The Black Angels, DJ Mel, Prefuse 73, Whitey and a whole host of others are on the bill. Mates of State, Asobi Seksu, and Faceless Werewolves rock Emo's on Sunday.
Stream the new Gwen Stefani record, The Sweet Escape, courtesy of AOL.
This may be everywhere already, but you know I can't resist a Freeform Five effort, especially this deliciously funky number from Soul Mekanik, which is covered on Robbie Williams' new record. Unfortunately, though, that cover effectively tanked the commercial release of this remix.
Soul Mekanik -- Never Touch That Switch (Freeform Reform).
Cassettes Won't Listen, who has remixed indie rock luminaries Asobi Seksu and Midlake, among others, has a new album out called The Quiet Trial. You can buy it direct from Dope Lotus Records.
I have had this song stuck in my head for days, and something about the Soul Mekanik song above just made the earworm even worse! Now it'll be stuck in your head too. Does anyone remember when it was the theme to Fashion Television? That was my Saturday afternoon, back in the day -- Style with Elsa Klensch on CNN and Fashion Television on VH1. Ah, nostalgia.
Animotion -- Obsession.
Oh, and -- guess who was reviewed in the People ish with George Clooney being one sexy mofo on the cover? The Hold Steady, that's who. They got 3.5 stars. Recorded in a crappy picture made with my secondhand Treo: