The Wrap-Up brings you the 5 largest music news stories of the week, as well as information about new album and music video releases. This week: a rad tribute to some punk-rock legends, a reunion, an art exhibit, and more!
Gorillaz release new multimedia storybook
British virtual band Gorillaz have released a multimedia book featuring the cartoon band’s guitarist character, Noodle. The Book of Noodle continues where Gorillaz’ third album, 2010’s Plastic Beach, left off, with Noodle waking up after the attack on Plastic Beach. The storybook consists of Gorillaz co-founder Jamie Hewlett’s artwork and combined text. The official Gorillaz Twitter posted the book cover with the caption “She drifted away from Plastic Beach to safety, or so she thought. Years later Noodle is face to face with pure evil... #TheBookofNoodle,” followed by clips from the book. A few months ago, Gorillaz production duo Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett revealed that an upcoming, as-yet-untitled album should be released sometime in 2017.
Ramones to have New York street named after them
Original New York punk rockers the Ramones are to have a street named after them in Forest Hills, Queens. The intersection of 67th Avenue and 110th Street is set to be renamed 'Ramones Way’ in honor of the band. The intersection is right in front of the entrance of Forest Hills High School, where the band’s founders Johnny, Joey, Dee Dee, and Tommy Ramone all attended.
Tame Impala's Kevin Parker reforms old band with Pond members
Tame Impala’s frontman, Kevin Parker, has reunited with former Tame Impala bassist and Pond frontman Nick Albrook and Pond multi-instrumentalist "Shiny Joe" Ryan to reform their old band, Mink Mussel Creek. The band originally formed in the early 2000s, and released one album, entitled Mink Mussel Manticore, in 2011. The official Tame Impala Instagram posted a photo of the band with the caption “Gettin the band back together #gettingthebandbacktogether #minkmusselcreek”
Sleigh Bells release new track from upcoming album
This week, Brooklyn deo Sleigh Bells released a new track entitled “I Can Only Stare.” The duo have already released songs “It’s Just Us Now,” “Rule Number One,” and “Hyper Dark,” from their upcoming album Jessica Rabbit, which have received rave reviews. The song premiered on Zane Lowe's Beats 1, and in a following interview with Lowe, the band said the track was inspired by The Smiths. The album is set to be released on November 11th. Check out "I Can Only Stare" below!
David Byrne of Talking Heads showcasing art exhibit on neuroscience
David Byrne, former frontman of New York rock band Talking Heads, has teamed up with Mala Gaonkar, a London-based hedge fund manager with science and public-health interests, to create four room-sized installations in which visitors can undergo four different cognitive experiments. Byrne says one of their goals is to share results with the originating labs, but that they “won’t be running these experiments like the labs do, but recreating some of their work in more entertaining or theatrical ways.” The exhibit, entitled “The Institute Presents: Neurosociety” will be on display in Menlo Park, California from October 28, 2016 to March 2017.