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First tracks: Wilco album released online, and news on 'Scott Pilgrim,' 'Idol' and more

May 13, 2009 | 10:14 am

— It doesn't have an official release date until June 30 ("at the latest," reports Wilco's website), but the new album from Wilco is streaming now. The upcoming 11-track "Wilco (The Album)" is available for listening on the band's official site. Pop & Hiss is only four tracks in, so the blog will refrain from offering any sort of opinion here, but the initial reaction is that "Wilco (the Song)" is less silly on record than it was on "The Colbert Report," and the guitar tension in "Bull Black Nova" is pretty riveting stuff. The new album is online in advance of Wilco's summer tour, which launches May 23 and lands in the Los Angeles area for four sold-out dates beginning June 20 at the Fox Theater in Pomona.


— Edgar Wright's upcoming "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World," based on the music-obsessed graphic novels from Bryan Lee O'Malley, is filming now in Canada with Michael Cera in the lead. Wright is keeping fans updated with daily pics on his website and today unveiled the promotional materials for one of the film's fictional bands, The Clash at Demonhead. The comments on the site and the extended blog post from The Playlist tell us that the promotional materials for The Clash at Demonhead are hanging inside Toronto's Sonic Boom record store. As for who's doing the music for the fake band, that's still up in the air, but we're echoing The Playlist and placing our bets (read: holding out hope) on some sort of Metric/Emily Haines participation, a band already known to have some connection to the film.

— "American Idol" is winding down, and The Times' Ann Powers is tracking it to the finish. She's a strong Adam Lambert supporter, but did the supposed front-runner misstep last night? Writes Powers: "He chose Aerosmith's 'Crying' — an athletic challenge, but otherwise a conservative selection — and by nailing it, failed to surprise. His moving rendition of U2's 'One,' a song with a powerful message of compassion as well as a challenging melody, served him better. But flexing muscle instead of moving hearts was probably a mistake."

The MTV Movie Awards, set for May 31, won't go down without some music. Last year, Coldplay and the Pussycat Dolls performed, and today, the Kings of Leon have been added to the performance lineup, writes Billboard. The Southern Rockers join shock-rapper Eminem, who has a new album, "Relapse," due next week.

— Todd Martens

Top photo: Wilco. Credit: Associated Press
Middle photo: The Clash at Demonhead promo materials from "Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World." Credit: Edgarwrighthere.com