Sarah Jaffe Heads Back Into The Studio And Rock Lottery Announces Some Strange Participants.

It's been a big week for Sarah Jaffe announcements.

For starters, Ms. Jaffe announced this week that, starting on December 4, she'll be embarking on a three-week string of dates with fellow locals Midlake, whose new album Antiphon comes out November 5. Of course, these two Denton-affiliated entities have had a long history of working together. Aside from a 2009 European tour together, Midlake drummer McKenzie Smith, you may remember, was responsible for producing a pair of singles Jaffe released this summer.

Which leads us to the next bit of Jaffe news: According to a press release sent out last week, the singer-songwriter will be heading back into the studio sometime this fall to record her third full-length, which should, in turn, be released by Kirtland Records some time next fall. As of now we've yet to hear whether Jaffe will once again work with John Congleton, who produced her last two LPs or continue her recent collaboration with Smith.

What we do know, is that before any of that happens, Daytrotter will issue a split 12-inch that features Jaffe's 2011 acoustic session for the site on one side, and a similar effort from Austin singer-songwriter David Ramirez on the flipside. Here's the rub: The limited edition vinyl costs $35 for non-Daytrotter members or is free when one purchases a $32 one-year subscription to the site. Either way, they'll only be taking orders through Sunday, October 20.

Lastly, it's also been confirmed this week that Jaffe and her recent The Dividends collaborator Symbolyc One will see a song they co-wrote appears on the new Eminem album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2, although both parties, as well as their management arms, are mum on any details beyond that.

Other big announcements from last week? Within a few hours of each other, the Dallas Observer Music Awards and Denton's Rock Lottery 12 each announced this year's lineups of participants in their same-day affairs. The latter had several interesting inclusions to this year's crop of musicians: rapper Chris “AV” Avant, who represents one of the event's first forays into the genre; members of the Dallas Cowboys Rhythm and Blue Drumline; Julie “Sax Woman” Glover, who currently serves as Denton's economic development program administrator; FrontRow blog contributor Christopher Mosley, and a handful of musicians who've moved to different states or seen their bands go on hiatus. Needless to say, the eclectic mix of performers will most certainly help the event stand out from the rest of the already jam-packed night's offerings. See the full Rock Lottery 12 lineup here.

This week will also see several area bands heading out of town for big festival-type performances. The Breakfast Machine, Ishi, The Phuss and Son of Stan will all head to New York for the annual CMJ Music Marathon. Sticking closer to home, Ben Kweller, Crooks, Slobberbone, Ronnie Fauss, American Werewolf Academy and others will be making the day-trip three hours southeast for the Goldthwaite Music Festival, the proceeds of which will benefit a children's home in the small Texas town.

Elsewhere, Black Milk released his already critically-acclaimed No Poison, No Paradise LP today via Fat Beats and his own Computer Ugly Records labels; Parquet Courts debuted a trippy new Pac Man-inspired video via Spin; and Somebody's Darling signed to the The Agency Coalition booking entity, which currently represents acts such as Fort Worth's Tim Halperin and Sir Mix-a-Lot.

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