International news round-up: “Sooner rather than later”

The Strokes’ new album on the way, Chief Keef in juvie thanks to Pitchfork, Arcade Fire selling a church – all this, and more, in the weekend round-up of international news.

The Strokes are planning to release a new album, their fifth, this year. A Seattle radio station, 107.7 The End, have said that they’ve been played two songs from the new record and are planning to leak one of them, and that “you’ll be hearing new music from the band sooner rather than later.”

– A movie is being made about the tumultuous life of Brian Wilson from The Beach Boys. Called Love & Mercy it will star Paul Dano (recently seen in Looper playing Seth) as the young Wilson, and will have a score composed by Atticus Ross, best-known as Trent Reznor’s musical partner in projects like How To Destroy Angels and the score for The Social Network.

– The Arcade Fire are working on a new album to be released this year, but aren’t recording it in the church they used for previous releases Neon Bible and The Suburbs. They abandoned the place after the roof collapsed and are now selling it, posting a listing on Twitter. It’ll only set you back a few hundred grand in Canadian dollars.

– Chicago MC Chief Keef has been sentenced to 60 days in juvenile detention for violating the terms of his parole. The rapper, who is 17 years old, was on parole for pointing a gun at police officers in 2011. He broke that parole by visiting a rifle range and firing a gun as part of a promotional video he was shooting for the music website Pitchfork.

– Earlier this month Mark McGuire left electronic trio Emeralds and it was announced that the group would continue as a duo. Unfortunately for their fans that’s not the case after all, as Steve Hauschildt has now announced his own departure from the group and their dissolution.

– Comedian Jerry Seinfeld is collaborating with rapper Wale on his next album. Wale is a fan of Seinfeld, even dedicating his Mixtape About Nothing to the man and his hit TV show. (It also featured a cameo from Julia Louis-Dreyfuss, who played Elaine on the show.) It’s uncertain what role Seinfeld will play on Album About Nothing but it’s safe to say he probably doesn’t spit rhymes.