We've got plenty on and there's nothing outstanding out anywhere this week (unlike next week), so we'll shoot through this today. James Murphy's existential mid-career woes propping up the thumping mini-epic of LCD Soundsystem's All My Friends, the kind of thing that over time and effort puts Sound Of Silver well ahead of its predecessor, and this has John Cale (like John Cale on DFA would sound, plus a touch Joy Division) and Franz Ferdinand (post-punk New Order crossover) covers on its B-sides. About a million years after it emerged Modest 'MARR OMG' Mouse issue Dashboard as the first single from We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank. It's the best thing on it, so fair play. Whether it's connected to the supposed/feared Pixies new album we can't say for sure, but Charles Thompson has gone back to using the Black Francis soubriquet on his forthcoming album and to the early days of the Frank Black solo material for the sound of 7" Threshold Apprehension.
We'd like to think Wheat had regained their Hope And Adams form on Everyday I Said A Prayer For Kathy And Made A One Inch Square, but advance word is not good. A shame, really, not least as it means the only two albums out this week worthy of STN endorsement are a mix set - DJ Kicks Mixed By Hot Chip - and a remix album, Stars putting Set Yourself On Fire to the swords of Final Fantasy, Metric, Broken Social Scene's Jason Collett, Junior Boys, The Dears, The Stills, The Russian Futurists, Minotaur Shock and others on Do You Trust Your Friends. Just one thing - Set Yourself On Fire came out in 2004 in North America. If this is a stopgap, that's a bloody big drop on the other side this is bridging.
Despite his associations with Hunter S. Thompson and the burgeoning 70s West Coast scene, famously being David Letterman's favourite musician as well as a Dylan and Springsteen touchstone, Warren Zevon's career path never reached the critical heights of fellow sardonically political traveller Randy Newman. What he did earn during his mid-decade heyday was the nickname F. Scott Fitzevon, a reference to Fitzgerald's shining talent cut short by alcohol. It was actually ended by cancer four years ago, but not before he'd instructed his wife Crystal to pen a no punches pulled account of his life. I'll Sleep When I'm Dead: The Dirty Life And Times Of Warren Zevon is part oral history, part diary entries, all unflinching. High living, shall we very euphemistically put it as if our readership can't handle the concept of drugs, also plays a lead role in the early stages of Nick Cave - The Complete Lyrics 1978-2006 and forms the centrepiece of Johnnie Walker: The Autobiography. Walker's been sitting in for Wogan on Radio 2 this week, which by comparison must have sent waking souls comatose. Three more Popjustice Idols books hit shelves, A Boy Called Elvis, A Boy Called John (Lennon) and A Girl Called Kylie, thankfully none of them accompanied by the silly "it's a book about drugs for kids!" publicity around the Pete Doherty tome.