Fiona Apple’s 23-word long Album Title:

Fiona Apple continues to ready her seven-year hiatus comeback from the game, today blessing fans with a 23-word album title of said comeback: The Idler Wheel is wiser than the Driver of the Screw, and Whipping Cords will serve you more than Ropes will ever do. Which has nothing on her eight-line poem-titled sophomore effort When the Pawn…, the ellipses saving you from the mouthful. But anything more wouldn’t be Tweetable, would it? The new record is looking to make an arrival this June. While SXSW will welcome her return to performing net week (via Pitchfork).


Maryland dream-poppers Beach House dropped the first single to their response to 2010’s Teen Dream. Circulating unconfirmed in late February with a working title Bloom, the first track shall be known as “Myth,” and as the simple artwork goes, the duo’s website confirms the official title of the album as indeed Bloom. Leaves a lot to the imagination. Which is the beauty of their mass-reverb gaze sonic sheathing, no? Though they ruined a piece of that mystique telling NME that they want the new sounds to parallel The Cure‘s Disintegration and The Beach BoysPet Sounds.

Jay-Z SXSW Simulcast:

In case Austin was running out of talent to host this SXSW, Jay-Z has announced a return to live tuneage madness following a successful surprise cameo at Kanye West‘s G.O.O.D Music label showcase last year. Though American Express will be overseeing party-hosting duties this time around, and the venue is much larger than a converted power plant. Hov will instead grace the stage of the iconic Austin City Limits theatre, for the “Amex Sync Show.” Sync, as in simulcast on Amex’s YouTube channel, of which you can watch live March 12 at 7 p.m. CST (via SPIN).

Frusciante Skips Rock Hall of Fame:

Preeminent Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante will not be joining his former bandmates during their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame come April. Speaking to Billboard, drummer Chad Smith said of Frusciante, “He didn’t feel comfortable coming, which we totally respect. We asked him…He said, ‘I’m just not really comfortable with that, but good luck and thanks for inviting me.’ It was all good. He’s the kind of guy, I think, that once he’s finished with something he’s on to the next phase of his life. The Chili Peppers are not really on his radar right now.” Though past drummers Jack Irons and Cliff Martinez will be in tow, while the band, in its current incarnation will perform at the induction.


A 29-year-old Alexander Graham Bell put a patent on his new fan dangled communication invention the telephone on this day in 1876. Imagine the man’s face if he were to see the human race near its network overload point of cellular devices today. Many a song has been written repping the phone’s legacy, but we’re going with Buzzcocks genius frontman Pete Shelly and his ’83 solo creeper, “Telephone Operator,” mod-punking an ode to, at the time, the still ever-prevalent operator:



Telephone Operator
You’re my aural stimulator
Telephone Operator
Ne c’est pas la raison d’être
Tell me is it love