Let's start off with the Beastie Boys. The boys are finishing up their 8th studio album, and its apparently shaping up to be a "pretty weird" one, says lead rapper Adam Yauch. Far from their all-instrumental album The Mix-Up, this one includes "a lot of rhyming and playing and sampling — all combined." It should be pretty cool...thanks to Entertainment Weekly for the heads-up.
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs' new album was prematurely evaluated over at Stereogum, and they seem to like it. A lot. Judging from the first two singles, I think PMA is going to like it, too.
James Taylor is working on another covers album, coming out April 7th, called Other Covers. Good title! It'll have seven more covers from his original studio session, including "Oh, What A Beautiful Morning," along with Chuck Berry's "Memphis. His last Covers album was pretty well-received. (Via MOG).
Team B, a band formed of members from Beirut, Arcade Fire, and LCD Soundsystem (woah) is streaming their new album on MySpace...I haven't taken a listen yet, but Beirut, Arcade Fire, and LCD Soundsystem? It should be pretty good. Thanks to Tiny Mix Tapes.