• Kanye has announced that he's working on a new album. His comments on his blog — (BTW, Please turn off the caps lock. The reason that's internet convention is because all-caps is hard to read.) — seem to imply he'll do more rapping this time around, which is a good thing.

• Islands' Nick Thorburn is teaming up with Man Man's Ryan Kattner (aka Honus Honus) for a new "doom-wop" project. Though you probably won't see it in stores. "We won't release a proper record necessarily," Thorburn told Spinner.com (see link). "We're probably going to release all the tracks on the Internet at the same time, do something forward-thinking." Whatever it is, I'll listen to it.

• Vampire Weekend's "Contra" comes out next week, but they're streaming the entire album from their MySpace page. If you liked their first one, you'll like this one. They do a funny thing with Auto-tune on "California English" (not below).