Lots of interesting music news headlines this week—possibly more than you could keep up with. On weeks like this, as regular MIMO readers know, we like to give you a Saturday morning recap of some of the more noteworthy (and some not-so-noteworthy) music stories you might have missed. So here you go. You’re welcome.
MUMFORD & SONS BASSIST TED DWAYNE RECOVERING FROM BRAIN SURGERY
The Internet was abuzz this week over reports that Mumford & Sons bassist Ted Dwayne had been rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery to remove a dangerous blood clot from his brain. Later in the week, the band said in a statement, “It is with great joy that we can announce that Ted has been discharged from the hospital and is on the road to a full recovery…He has been nothing short of heroic in how he has handled the whole ordeal, and now it has been medically proved that he does indeed have a brain.”
That’s incredibly good news for Ted, the band and the fans; the bad news for US (as in, the fans in the U.S. is that the band have been forced to cancel the remaining dates on the U.S. leg of their summer tour, starting with scrapping this weekend’s scheduled headline appearance at Bonnaroo. The band continues in the statement, “If we could’ve, we would’ve, you know that about us. We trust that you can respect our collective desire to encourage Ted to make a full recovery, and that this is based purely on the medical advice we have received.” Mumford & Sons is currently scheduled to resume their performance schedule with the UK’s Glastonbury Festival at the end of this month. Best wishes to Ted Dwayne for a full and speedy recovery.
KIM DEAL EXITS THE PIXIES
In other news about band bassists, The Pixies announced this week on their Facebook page that bassist and founding member Kim Deal is leaving the band after a 25-year history. “We are sad to say that Kim Deal has decided to leave the Pixies,” the statement reads. “We are very proud to have worked with her on and off over the last 25 years. Despite her decision to move on, we will always consider her a member of the Pixies, and her place will always be here for her. We wish her all the best.” Deal’s turbulent relationship with frontman Black Francis over the years has been well-documented; the aforementioned 25 years includes a 10-year hiatus during which the two reportedly never spoke. The band officially reunited in 2004 but have not toured since 2011.
HAVE YOU HEARD? KANYE IS THE NEW STEVE JOBS. OH, AND HIS ALBUM “LEAKED.”
Kanye West, hip-hop’s favorite psychopathic narcissist and pregnant Kim Kardashian alleged cheater-onner, is sort of like a guilty pleasure. He is no stranger to making provocative, egocentric statements that would ruin just about anyone else’s career, but he seems to be such a genius at making records that the public just keeps putting up with him. This week, during a well-publicized interview with the New York Times, West was filled with as much bravado and self-worship as ever, claiming to be the cultural successor to late Apple CEO Steve Jobs, as well as the “Michael Jordan of music.” Oh, and remember a few years ago when he interrupted Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech (“Imma let you finish”)? Remember when it looked like the fallout from that fiasco humbled him a little bit? Turns out he’s not really sorry for that; he now says he apologized due to “peer pressure.” West’s highly anticipated new album Yeezus is due for official release next Tuesday, but apparently, in contrast to prior albums, it has already leaked, and can be heard on several file sharing sites at this time. The leak comes as little surprise, as West has seemed more relaxed about letting people use their phones to record during various preview events, including a listening party in New York this week.
So now you’re up to speed. Don’t you feel satisfied? Have a great weekend.