The Hurly-Burly

The Fiery Furnaces have released details of two upcoming release, neither of which have set release dates. The first, tentatively titled Garfield L, is reportedly already finished and features contributions from the Freidberger’s 82-year-old grandmother Olga Sarantos. Another release of “short poppy songs” is currently being recorded in Benton Harbor, Mich., under the working title of Singing to Speak Chinese, according to

Beck’s new album, Guero, will see the light of day Mar. 29 via DGC. First single, “E-Pro,” will hit radio sometime next month. The album features production by the Dust Brothers.

Feb. 22 will see the release of M. Ward’s latest album for merge, Transistor Radio. This will be followed by a brief tour including a Feb. 25 date at Schuba’s Tavern in Chicago.

What the hell?   Moment of the Week
Geared toward adolescents who enjoy popular music but despise the term “prepositional,” Kaplan Test Prep and Defined Mind have created a CD of vocabulary-filled rock, hip hop and R&B as an SAT study aid. Remember kids, “Ludacris” is to “references to Krystal” as “Korn” is to “disturbing acapella solo.”

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