Ho Ho Ho: Julian Casablancas of The Strokes is planning a Christmas single. His cover of I Wish It Was Christmas Today is out on download and limited 7-inch on December 18th.
Ferry goes to Hell:
Bryan Ferry has recorded a new single with German techno star DJ Hell. U Can Dance, to be released in January, is accompanied by a video directed by Jo Apps, sister of Patrick Wolf.
Green gigs: The next Heineken Green Spheres gig is set for Thursday, when Digitalism, Marina & the Diamonds and Miike Snow will descend on Carlow's Dinn Ri venue. White Lies and Neon Indian will also perform in Dublin and Cork on December 9th and 10th. Tickets are free at www.heinekenmusic.ie.
Bluebeat.com made history this week by selling individual Beatles and AC/DC songs in a digital format for the first time. It was unclear whether the US site actually had permission from Apple Corps.