>> So readers of You Ain't No Picasso, SaidTheGrizznamophizzone, Stereogum and LargeHeartedBoy (or really any other blog that updates during the day rather than at night when we are on the desk for ::CC::) all know that Radiohead fronter Thom Yorke's forthcoming solo record The Eraser has leaked -- well, more like tsunamied (sp?) -- onto the Interweb. So now any three-toed sloth with an Internet connection can punch in the web coordinates for say, The Hype Machine, and find many if not all of the tracks. We're definitely buying the record, so we didn't bother downloading, just loaded up the Hype Machine Flash player. And no surprise, the Yorke stuff sounds great. Sonically we didn't find too many surprises, but we have to say the tunes we heard ("And It Rained All Night," "The Eraser," "Black Swan," etc.) are all ace. The set is primarily electronic in an understated way, and drives home various points via guitars and pianos now and again. You're going to like it.
>> The latest news update here at TheCure.com states that the next slate of Cure expanded reissues will not be at retail in the first week of July as we reported earlier, but rather sometime in August. In case you didn't click over to the ILM post of album details for the coming reissues of The Glove, The Top, The Head On The Door and Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, the Cure.com news item reposts the deets here and ILM has more here. A recent message from fronter Robert Smith offers additional tantalizing information about other forthcoming releases, including an "all the singles" collection and a live DVD box set to including the previously released videos In Orange, Show and Japan and perhaps a show from the Prayer Tour that followed the release of the band's last perfect record, Disintegration.