Stephin Merritt's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Live Nation and Ticketmaster's Merger, and Mike Patton's Italian Pop Project Lead This Week's News Round-Up

Stephin Merritt's <i>20,000 Leagues Under the Sea</i>, Live Nation and Ticketmaster's Merger, and Mike Patton's Italian Pop Project Lead This Week's News Round-Up
Following another week of tireless news gathering, we once again have Exclaim!'s News Round-Up, our link-filled guide to the week's top stories. Here's just a taste of what made our headlines this week.

First up, in an Exclaim! interview, Magnetic Fields' Stephin Merritt revealed he's getting back into scoring by putting music to the 1917 silent film version of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Like 2006's Showtunes, Merritt tells us he plans to release the score, news that should please more than a few Magnetic Fields fans. And if those fans happen to be of the old-school variety, they will be doubly pleased that Merritt also says he plans to return to the synth with his upcoming Magnetic Fields work.

This week, we also got the scoop that rock'n'roll weirdo Mike Patton is finally getting set to deliver his long-delayed album of Italian pop songs, and discovered that Tegan and Sara have tapped Four Tet to do some remix work.

Meanwhile, Monotonix singer Ami Shalev "finally" broke his leg mid-show, Cap'n Jazz reunited, Wolf Parade showed further signs of life, and Ticketmaster and Live Nation got the go-ahead to merge.

To cap it off, we found out that Broken Social Scene have been holding up any and all progress from Tortoise and that Steven Tyler is now, um, bringing the rock to Home Depot.