News Round Up!

News Round Up!
Here's your weekly news round up for Friday, October 19: Attack in Black have recorded another album set for release in November; Devendra Banhart speaks about the mix CDs he made for the rehabbing Lindsay Lohan; Company Flow hint at a CMJ reunion; Arcade Fire join Bruce Springsteen on stage in Ottawa; Mike Patton lends his voice to Bionic Commando; artists in Montreal join together to save Iraqi metal band Acrassicauda; and shoegazers Swervedriver announce they'll reunite for a tour in 2008.

Exclaim!’s August cover stars Attack in Black have reportedly just finished recording 12 songs in their basement before they left on tour with Built to Spill. According to their management, "Each dude wrote three or four songs and then they got in a room, showed each other their songs and the rest just supported their individual songs. Each member sings their own songs as well.”

Devendra Banhart has reached out to troubled celebutante Lindsay Lohan by making her mix CDs to help her with her latest rehab stint. The Freaky Friday actress is currently recovering at an outpatient facility in Utah for substance abuse.

Pitchfork has revealed that Company Flow, the innovative hip-hop group from the '90s featuring El-P, Mr. Len and Bigg Jus, will possibly reform October 19 at Def Jux's CMJ showcase. Set to happen at Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg, the reunion isn't 100% just yet... We'll have to wait and see.

Yes, those three blurry figures are Bruce Springsteen, and Arcade Fire's Win Butler and Régine Chassagne performing together on stage. At the Boss's show in Ottawa last night, the two fans joined their hero and his E-Street Band on the Scotiaband Place stage for two numbers - Springsteen's "State Trooper" and their own Boss-esque "Keep the Car Running" - which you can watch right here.

On the heels of hot-selling first-person shooter Halo 3 comes an updated remake of original shoot-em-up game Bionic Commando. So what is the catch that makes it relevant for a music news story? Well, they have recruited Mike Patton (Faith No More, Fantomas, Peeping Tom, etc.) to follow-up his appearance in The Darkness and be the voice of the game’s lead character, Nathan Spencer.

Acrassicauda, an Iraqi metal band displaced by the war in Iraq, are the cause for an upcoming Montreal fundraiser featuring the work of a number of acclaimed international photographers. The subject of the 2007 documentary film Heavy Metal in Baghdad, which premiered at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, the band currently reside in an undisclosed location in Syria. With their visas soon expiring, the band will be deported back to Iraq where, because of their association with Western culture, they risk losing their lives. The benefit will take place at the Emporium Gallery (3035 St. Antoine West, Studio 74 in Montreal) on October 26, from 7:00 pm to midnight, with extended showing times on October 27 and October 28 from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm.

It's been nearly ten years since shoegazing heroes Swervedriver went on hiatus, as they call it, but after renewed interest in the the scene that celebrated itself, the members - Adam Franklin on guitar and vocals, Jimmy Hartridge on guitar, Steve George on bass, and Jez on drums - have announced they will reform for an early 2008 worldwide tour.