The upcoming gusgus album "Arabian Horse" is coming out...well, Real Soon Now, I reckon (although if you've recently flown Icelandair, you may have already heard it (icenews.is).
EDIT: Release was pushed back to 5/23 per their Twitter account (twitter.com) (@gusgus_24_7).
However, Kompakt has a new digital 12" single out with dub/mostly instrumental reworks of two of the tracks RIGHT NOW. It's a pleasant enough way to while away 21 minutes if you're into that sort of thing - and I am.
We can't embed code here on The W, so you're stuck popping up a new window (kompakt.fm) to get the player, but on the plus side, it don't cost nothin' to click! (PLUS it looks pretty cool, as players go...)
I agree with your #1 completely. This weekend we saw Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Broken Social Scene (with the lead singer from Stars), and Belle and Sebastian play in Maryland. Really, really good stuff all around.