Now that Summer is officially over, I’m back from my spell of blog laziness, and starting things off with more music news (aka “Mews”)…

– Peter Jager, a German spider expert, recently discovered a new species of arachnid found mostly in Malaysia. Apparently a glam-rock fan, Jager chose to name the rare spider “Heteropoda davidbowie.” No joke.  Telegraph.co.uk

– Michael Jackson’s body was officially laid to rest this past weekend at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Los Angeles.  With recent news of his death being a homicide, it’s safe to say that Jackson’s passing is officially the biggest media event, music or otherwise, of ’09.  NYTimes

– On the eve of the release of The Beatles Rock Band game, Bill Wyman (former Rolling Stones bassist) went on the record with some negative words about the popular video game. “It makes less and less people dedicated to really get down and learn an instrument,” said Wyman.  Of Rock Band’s popularity, Wyman stated, “I think it’s a pity.”  NME

– Madonna, upon finishing her recent 85-show world tour, has landed the title of highest-grossing tour EVER by a solo act.  $408 million grossed, more than 3.5 million tickets sold, and 32 countries hit.  Meanwhile, U2 is also neck-deep in a huge tour, and personally, I would probably have more fun at one of U2 show.  I’m just saying.  Rollingstone.com

– The new Pearl Jam record is apparently somewhat of a return to the old-school Pearl Jam.  Read an interview with front man Eddie Vedder and guitarist Stone Gossard hereBillboard.com

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