Music News 10.6.16

Neutral Milk Hotel’s Julian Koster to Premiere New Podcast

Julian Koster, the brain behind experimental group the Music Tapes and former bass, banjo, and singing saw player for Neutral Milk Hotel has announced a new podcast about a mysterious, fictional variety show taking place in a ballroom at the top of the Eiffel Tower and the lowly janitor who longs to be part of it. The podcast, called “The Orbiting Human Circus (Of the Air)” will be a bi-weekly podcast starring Koster as Julian the janitor along with special appearances by Tim Robbins, Mandy Patinkin, Charlie Day, and more. “The Orbiting Human Circus” is part of the Night Vale Presents network- the people behind the popular fictional radio show “Welcome to Night Vale” narrated by Cecil Baldwin. Koster has also announced a series of live shows around the country featuring both new music by the Music Tapes and stories for the podcast, which premieres on October 12th. (Pitchfork)



Charles Bradley Announces Battle with Cancer 

Following a short series of cancelled tour dates due to undisclosed health reasons, 67-year-old soul revival singer Charles Bradley revealed Tuesday afternoon that he’s been battling gastric cancer for the last few months after doctors discovered a tumor in the singer’s stomach, and is having to cancel the rest of his tour dates (including Sound on Sound Fest in November) in order to have surgery and recover. Bradley says he hates not getting to see and be with his “beautiful fans,” but is highly optimistic about his recovery and wants to get back on the road as soon as possible. (Austin 360)


-Taylor Wallace

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