First some serious news: the Stone Roses’ Ian Brown was arrested by Scotland Yard today on suspicion of assaulting his wife, Fabiola Quiroz, NME reports.
Police were called to his residence in London by neighbors reporting on a disturbance early this morning. Brown was incarcerated briefly but released on bail until next month.
On a brighter note, those of you planning to visit Australia in the new year for Joanna Newsom’s upcoming concerts may also catch a few of Lily Allen’s post-retirement gigs. Allen reported on her MySpace page and official site recently that she will be playing Big Day Out shows in Perth, Sydney, Adelaide, and Melbourne in January, as well as two non-festival gigs. Go here for full dates and ticket info.
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion are set to reissue all of their 7 studio albums and release a “best of” compilation next spring, Exclaim! reports. “We’re trying to keep them to single discs,” Jon Spencer told Billboard. “There will be B-sides from singles in Europe, stuff like that. Hopefully it will be an easy way for someone to tie things up and put them all in one place.”
That doesn’t mean they’ll be reuniting, though, as they’re “very much in deep hiatus,” Spencer added. “We’ve thought about it, talked about it, just haven’t done it.”