Afternoon music links

The Stone Roses may join the litany of fabled rock bands to reunite.  John Squire allegedly got Ian Brown to “sign on the dotted line” for 21 dates in the UK and USA this summer. Always hearing these rumors, but let’s hope this is the one.

grizzlybear_lGrizzly Bear have a new album out (a terrible copy of it leaked) named Veckatimest and EW has a stream of “Chearleader.”  The song is good. 

Henry Rollins is joining the cast of Sons of Anarchy.  He fits in perfect for the show and should be a welcome burst of intensity for season 2.  Season 1 put this show into the required viewing category. 

Flava Flav turned 50 yesterday (?!?) and to celebrate, he and Chuck D dropped “Bring the Noise” for Jimmy Fallon last night with help from house band The Roots.  Here’s hoping Jimmy Fallon brings more of this to his show.  [Idolator]

Ben Folds’s new album will be a collection of college a capella groups singing his tunes. 

Josh Schwartz (The OC, Gossip Girl) has a new online show called Rockville, CAIt’s about an LA music club and the music blogger who hearts an A & R exec.  Videogum doesn’t think it’s that good. 

jaredmeesYou should really get your hands on Portland’s Jared Mees & The Grown Children’s 2008 album Caffeine, Alcohol, Sunshine, MoneyIt’s one of the best damn ramsackle, playful, pop records going. 

It’s immensely hummable, the kind of upbeat summertime record, you’ll be spinning over and over again and shouting the choruses at the top of your lungs.  And yet, it’s also one of the lyrically deeper records. 

Mees has a knack for writing razorsharp observations, creating vivid scenes about the paranoia, disgust, and uneasiness with transitioning from college to adulthood.  I can’t recommend this album enough. 

It helps too, that they’ve put on the best concert of 2009 here in Portland.  Playing in the freezing cold rain outside in an alley garage.

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