This has been assumed but coyly dodged forever, but Arcade Fire’s manager Scott Rodger has finally confirmed that ex-LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy, who has a ton of time on his hands these days, is, in fact, working in the studio on his Canadian pals’ next record, due sometime in 2013 (they originally said early 2013, but it’s looking like it might be later). Murphy is only confirmed to be involved with “3 or so” of a reported 35 songs in contention for the super-anticipated record, but still, it’s something. The rest of the Suburbs follow-up is being produced by the band, with help by longtime collaborator Markus Dravs, whose cedit list includes Coldplay and Mumford & Sons, along with records you actually like (being in-studio for Björk’s Homogenic isn’t too shabby).
And while the prospect of immaculately danceable, weird-angled guitar rock is bopping around our heads, why not check out this Pitchfork.tv clip of one-time slacker icon Stephen Malkmus nailing maybe the most well-rehearsed cover version of his whole career, an improbably tight version of Can’s krautrock strutter, “One More Night”. It’s pretty great!
Of all the wonky extended jam-band influences that have seeped into Malkmus’ solo work, this is by far the most promising.