- We’d feel the same way if we had an Oscar nomination.
Ten music-related news items that piqued our interest this week:
1. NYC resident LeRoy McCarthy’s petition to have the corner of Rivington and Ludlow streets in Manhattan named Beastie Boys Square has hit a snag. The local community board is asking McCarthy to get 500 more signatures even after he secured 75 percent approval from surrounding businesses and residential buildings. Thanks, DeBlasio. [SPIN]
2. U.K. singer-songwriter and producer James Blake, who will grace us with his presence at this year’s Governor’s Ball Music Festival, shares a new song, “40455,” during his BBC Radio 1 takeover. [Pitchfork]
3. Speaking of Governor’s Ball, the official lineup was released this week! We can look forward to performances from OutKast, Jack White, Grimes, TV On The Radio, Ratking, Chance the Rapper and much, much more. Tickets are on sale now.
4. More bad news for the (deservedly) disgraced governor of New Jersey: His idol, Bruce Springsteen, mocked him on Fallon this week. The Boss teamed up with Jimmy for a remake of “Born To Run” (in matching outfits, no less) and it’s called the “Gov. Christie Traffic Jam.” [SPIN]
5. Karen O, she of Yeah Yeah Yeahs fame, earns an Oscar nomination for her “Moon Song,” written for Spike Jonze’s Her. This is the singer’s second nomination following a 2010 nod for “All Is Love” from the Where The Wild Things Are soundtrack. [Rolling Stone]