In a post on Brooklyn Vegan, it was revealed that Christopher Weingarten has left Parts and Labor to concentrate on his writing career. He is currently editor of Paper Thin Walls (which, not so coincidently has undergone a series of upgrades in recent days), and is working on a book in the 33 1/3 series for Public Enemy’s It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back. Weingarten was a mad man behind the kits and he’ll surely be missed.

The Suede Brothers have wrapped up recording for their new album due out on Bad Breaker Records in mid-to-late September. I recently had the chance to spend some time with the band at Suma Studio as they were recording new material with Paul Hamman (Pere Ubu, James Gang, Grand Funk Railroad). I can’t say much, but what I can say is that fans of the riff heavy sounds of their former band, The Black Diamonds, surely won’t be disappointed. In related news, The Suede Brothers will be appearing as part of the Scene Music Festival this Thursday night at the Blind Pig on W. 6th.