— How to Prep Yourself for Your Eventual Episode of Behind the Music, as brought to you this week by the Arctic Monkeys. Step 1: Be fabulously young and full of potential. Step 2: Get super-duper hyped in England and even sell a pretty decent amount of records your first week out in the U.S. Step 3: On eve of triumphant American tour, promptly lose bass player to ”exhaustion.” According to the band’s official statement, ”Owing to fatigue following an intensive period of touring, Andy Nicholson shall be taking a rest and will not be accompanying Arctic Monkeys on their forthcoming tour of North America. Nick O’Malley shall be standing in for Andy on the tour which begins in Vancouver on May 27th… We all wish Andy a speedy recovery.” Still to come: the host of Vivid Video lady friends, the horrible falling-out over Best Of royalties, and the inevitable reconciliation at a Hall of Fame induction ceremony. So much to look forward to, Monkeys!
— Those who found the recent Franz Ferdinand/Death Cab for Cutie tour pairing a bit too peanut-butter-and-pickles for their taste should rejoice at a better match: Spoon and Death Cab, coming to a number of California venues near you in August. But before then, look for the rerelease of two early Spoon records, Telephono and the Soft Effects EP, packaged by their label Merge as a double disc and due out July 25. ”The tracks have been cleaned up through some remastering,” says publicist Martin Hall, “and we have included the video for ‘Not Turning Off’ from Telephono as a bonus. The band is excited to make these two releases available again to Spoon fans old and new, especially those who have been introduced to the band while they were temporarily out of print.” In the meantime, there’s a new Spoon album to be recorded this summer, as well as a solo side project for head utensil Britt Daniel. But if you can’t wait, there’s always the songs Britt did solo a while ago under the name Drake Tungsten, now available for downloading on eMusic.com.
— We’ve long been fans of the iTunes feature Celebrity Playlist, which allows ordinary plebes like you and me a peek at the favorite songs of everyone from Steve Perry to Jennifer Garner and Condoleeza Rice. But CNN takes it a step further with its recent print ads, featuring a moody black-and-white photo of news anchor-slash-Gen-X-pinup-with-eyes-like-Dentyne-Ice Anderson Cooper transposed beneath a listing of his 15-track ”On the Road Playlist.” Among his picks? Elvis Costello’s ”Pump It Up,” Nouvelle Vague’s ”Love Will Tear Us Apart,” and Devo’s ”Freedom of Choice.” He also name-checked the Scissor Sisters’ ”Comfortably Numb” — not surprising, as he’s been spotted at a number of their New York shows. So hep, that Coops!
— No news on a Stateside release yet, but according to Pitchfork, a Save the Children benefit album, curated by Belle & Sebastian and featuring kids songs by the Flaming Lips, Franz Ferdinand, Snow Patrol, the Fiery Furnaces, and more will be out in the U.K. on Sept. 11.
— Just announced: Mariah, on fire! Mimi, fully Emancipated, will be hitting the road this summer on a 30-date tour with opener Sean Paul the first month, and an unnamed surprise guest the second. The Adventures of Mimi: The Voice, The Hits, The Tour, Carey’s first road trip since 2003, kicks of Aug. 5 in Miami and wraps up Oct. 10 in Phoenix.