Billboard Bits: Bob Dylan, Of Montreal, The Brokedown
Online radio destination AOL Radio will begin simulcasting Bob Dylan's weekly XM Satellite Radio show "Theme Time Radio Hour" on Wednesday (Aug. 30).Online radio destination AOL Radio will begin simulcasting Bob Dylan's weekly XM Satellite Radio show "Theme Time Radio Hour" on Wednesday (Aug. 30). In addition, Dylan fans can catch 18 "Theme Time" shows back-to-back as part of XM's weekend special, which will stream on AOL Radio beginning Friday.
Dylan's "Theme Time Radio Hour" debuted in May 2006 and airs Wednesdays at 10 a.m. ET on XM's "Deep Tracks" channel, with additional encores airing throughout the week. This is the first time that the show is being made available to non-subscribers and free of charge.
As previously reported, Dylan's new album, "Modern Times," arrives tomorrow via Columbia.
-- Sven Philipp, N.Y.
Of Montreal will preview its next album during a short fall tour, which commences Sept. 1 in Vancouver. The set, "Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer," is due Jan. 23 via Polyvinyl and was produced by frontman Kevin Barnes. A full North American tour will follow its release.
Meanwhile, "The Satanic Twins," a remix collection of cuts from two prior albums, was released last week on Polyvinyl. Artists like Broken Spindles, Grizzly Bear and I Am The World Trade Center contribute to the double-vinyl collectible.
As previously reported, Of Montreal has been tapped for the Detour Music Festival in Los Angeles on Oct. 7 and was hand-picked by Beck to perform at Wired Magazine's Next Music series on Sept. 26 in New York.
-- Katie Hasty, N.Y.
Los Angeles-based rock act the Brokedown has signed with Merge Records. The group will release its debut full-length for the label, "I Can't Go On, I'll Go On," in January.
The Brokedown's self-released EP, "The Dutchman's Gold," was centered on Dan Iead's mournful pedal steel guitar work, but bouncier songs such as "Down in the Valley" foretold the act's present, more rock'n'roll-oriented sound. According to singer/guitarist Ross Flournoy, the forthcoming album is "a little bit more adventurous" than the EP.
-- David Greenwald, L.A.