PJ Harvey is set to release her eighth studio album, White Chalk, September 25th on Island Records. NME describes it thusly: "Sparse sounds, spine-tingling pianos and vocals that bring a tear to the eye-in a good way." Sounds good to me.
Former Hot Snakes and Drive Like Jehu frontman Jon Reis is busy putting out unreleased Rocket From the Crypt material, opening a bar in San Diego, and most importantly, starting a new band called Speedo.
Finally, this is hardly news, but simply something I must share. When was the last time you saw Better Off Dead? Remember the claymation cheeseburger dancing to Van Halen? No? Well here it is!: