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My Chemical Romance is in the market for a new drummer, NME reports. “As of four weeks ago, My Chemical Romance and Bob Bryar parted ways,” wrote guitarist Frank Iero on his blog. “This was a painful decision for all of us to make and was not taken lightly. We wish him the best of luck in his future endeavours, and expect you all to do the same.”
The hipster/hippie hook-up will come full circle this summer, when indie favorites like LCD Soundsystem, Ween and Girl Talk join the lineup for the Disco Biscuits’ annual camp-out festival Camp Bisco. According to jambands.com, other groups confirmed for the weekend include Thievery Corporation, Bassnecter and Pretty Lights.
T.I.’s official website Trapmuzik.com announced that the halfway-housed rapper’s new single, the aptly-titled “I’m Back,” will premier on the site on March 8 at 5 p.m. EST. The track’s official artwork accompanied the briefing. T.I. is currently serving out the remainder of his sentence in a halfway house to be followed by 20-60 days of home confinement and additional community service.
Sean Lennon took to Twitter to defend his mother Yoko Ono’s decision to let John Lennon‘s music soundtrack a new car commercial. “She did not do it for money. Has to do w hoping to keep dad in public consciousness. No new LPs, so TV ad is exposure to young,” he wrote. Later he added, “Having just seen the ad I realize why people are mad. But intention was not financial, was simply wanting to keep him out there in the world.”
Portishead‘s Adrien Utley and Goldfrapp‘s Will Gregory are collaborating on a new score for the classic silent film “The Passion of Joan of Arc.” According to Pitchfork, the performance will feature six electric guitarists, members of the Monteverdi Choir, percussionists, horn players, and keyboard pushers, along with Gregory and Utley.