Following another five days of tireless news gathering, we've assembled Exclaim!'s top stories for our weekly News Round-Up. So in case you missed them the first time 'round, here's a sampling of what made our headlines this week.
First up, we got word that Thom Yorke will be treating us to two new tracks, "Apart By Horses" and "The Hollow Earth," both of which will appear on a new, limited twelve-inch on September 22. In typical Radiohead fashion, the band have remained mum about the release, but our sources tell us it is confirmed and good to go. However, we're still in the dark on whether these tracks are connected to any larger release like, say, the New Moon soundtrack.
In what may be related news, Death Cab for Cutie have been officially tapped for the soundtrack to the Twilight sequel, which wouldn't have made much sense six years ago but kind of does now.
This week we also had Michael Jackson's death being officially ruled a homicide, the songwriter behind such classics as "Do Wah Diddy Diddy," "Be My Baby" and "Leader of the Pack," Ellie Greenwich, passing away at 68 and Hüsker Dü's Grant Hart announcing that he's recorded his first solo album in a decade, which will feature members of Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Silver Mt. Zion no less.
On the goofier side of things, we had Sub Pop getting their own custom pair of Nikes and a double dose of Bob Dylan, who will definitely be releasing a Christmas album and maybe narrating some automakers' GPS systems.
And finally, in late-breaking news Friday, DJ AM was found dead in his New York apartment, and the break-up finally happened: Noel Gallagher has quit Oasis.