News Roundup: The Decemberists, Death Row Records, Neko Case, Monty Python
--The Decemberists have added a New York date to their "A Short Fazed Hovel" tour. The band hits Terminal 5 on September 19th. Colin Meloy and Co. will take a break from playing the epic Hazards of Love in its entirety, instead planning a "special lottery show." In an e-mail, the band said: "In homage to that totally awesome scene in Dragon Slayer, we Decemberists will perform a set that will be entirely left to the hands of fate -- we will draw songs from a lottery and dutifully play them, regardless of their quality or presence in our memory." Tickets are now on presale. General public onsale is Friday at noon.
--This sounds like a great idea: Death Row Records, the once-vital West Coast hip-hop label that auctioned off its iconic electric chair earlier this year, is now expanding into film production. The label will shoot Sons 2 The Grave in Toronto in October. Billboard reports the film will feature Flashpoint's K.C. Collins as "a young basketball phenom returning to an embattled inner city ghetto after two gunshots cut short his dream of an NBA career." The label, which was bought by WIDEawake Entertainment Group for $18 million last year, is also planning a series of box sets from its heyday and will re-release Dr. Dre's The Chronic on September 1st as The Chronic Re-lit, a collectors disc with seven new tunes.
--Neko Case has announced a show at the Beacon Theatre on Monday, November 16th. Beacon Theatre Insider presale beings tomorrow at 10 a.m. and general public tickets will go on sale Friday at 11 a.m.
--All six original castmembers of Monty Python will reunite for a one-off gig at New York's Ziegfeld Theater on October 15. Original members John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin will appear together to celebrate the troupe's fourtieth anniversary and promote the new six-part IFC original documentary, Monty Python: Almost the Truth (The Lawyer's Cut). The press release notes that even Graham Chapman, who died in 1989, will make an appearance at the event, at which there will be both a Q&A with the cast and a sampling of the documentary. Some tickets will reportedly be available at IFC in September. As one commenter over at Brooklyn Vegan put it, "I would eat 1,000 cans of spam, chop down 1,000 trees with various fish (Even though I'm a barber), or fight run the deaf man's 100 Meter dash to get these tickets."