Quck Spins — March 29, 2010 at 8:49 am

Catching up with Depeche Mode… and Paul Westerberg, Duran Duran, Echo & Bunnymen

Paul Westerberg

Been a while since we’ve done one of these Quick Spins news round-ups, but after being on vacation all last week, it seemed the best way to play catch-up with at least some of the news we missed. So here goes…

Paul Westerberg working with Glen Campbell

Former Replacements frontman Paul Westerberg is one of the guests who will be working with country icon Glen Campbell on what’s being billed as his “farewell album.” Although Westerberg’s contribution hasn’t been specified, the Campbell album is titled Ghost on the Canvas, which was the lead-off track from the digital-only EP that Westerberg released last fall. Other guests on Ghost include Jakob Dylan, Chris Isaak and Guided By Voices’ Robert Pollard. [Via Man Without Ties]

Duran Duran reissues delayed again in U.S.

Although they’re out today in the U.K., the expanded 2CD/1DVD reissues of Duran Duran’s 1981 self-titled debut and 1983’s Seven and the Ragged Tiger have been delayed again in the U.S. Originally set for release here on Tuesday, they recently were bumped to April 20, and now have been rescheduled for May 18. Yet the re-release of 1985’s So Red the Rose from side project Arcadia remains set for April 20. [Via DuranDuran.com]

33 1/3 prepping book on Nine Inch Nails’ ‘Pretty Hate Machine’

The 33 1/3 book series — pocket-sized titles that explore one classic album at a time — will tackle Nine Inch Nails’ 1989 debut Pretty Hate Machine in an installment due out in August or September of this year. Written by Daphne Carr, the book promises “the story of the depraved, no-future land called the American Midwest in the 1980s, and of a boy who rose from a dismal town (population 2,300) to become one of the biggest selling musicians of the 1990s.” [Via Cleveland Scene]

News from Front Line Assembly, WOXY.com, Depeche Mode and more after the jump…

Echo & The Bunnymen to play ‘Crocodiles,’ ‘Heaven Up Here’

Echo & The Bunnymen have announced four U.K. concerts later this year that will see the band performing its first two albums — 1980’s Crocodiles and 1981’s Heaven Up Here — back to back each night. The band is set to perform Dec. 4 in Birmingham, Dec. 8 in Glasgow, Dec. 9 in London and Dec. 11 in Liverpool. [Via NME]

WOXY shut downs Web broadcasts

In a blow on Internet radio, WOXY.com last Tuesday suspended its live broadcasts “due to current economic realities and the lack of ongoing funding.” The station — which last year relocated from Cincinatti, Ohio, to Austin, Texas — is “continuing to explore options to keep ‘The Future of Rock and Roll’ alive.” The radio outlet’s classic alternative station, WOXY Vintage, signed off with R.E.M.’s “World Leader Pretend,” New Model Army’s “I Love the World” and The Smithereens’ “A Girl Like You.” [Via WOXY.com]

Front Line Assembly enlists Ministry’s Al Jourgensen

Former Ministry mastermind Al Jourgensen will lend lyrics, vocals and production work on “Stupidity,” a track on the forthcoming Front Line Assembly album Improvised Electronic Device, due out this spring. The song is dedicated to late Wax Trax! Records co-founders Dannie Flesher and Jim Nash. [Via Side-Line]

Talking Heads’ Chris Frantz hosting radio show

Former Talking Heads drummer Chris Frantz last week debuted a new monthly radio show on WPKN (89.5 FM) in Bridgeport, Conn. Called “Chris Frantz the Talking Head,” the show airs from 1 to 4 p.m. Eastern on the last Friday of every month. The station can be streamed online here, and last week’s episode is archived here. [Via Talking-Heads.nl]

Depeche Mode’s Dave Gahan adopts son

And, finally, Depeche Mode last week announced that frontman Dave Gahan formally adopted James Nicholas Rogers-Gahan, the son of his wife Jennifer Skilas-Gahan, whom he married 11 years ago. Gahan has two previous children: Stella Rose Gahan and Jack Gahan [Via DepecheMode.com]

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