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News Roundup: Jay-Z, Smashing Pumpkins, Beck, Freebass

Jay-Z to head Apple record label? Smashing Pumpkins drop EP, Beck's Odelay receives deluxe treatment, and Liam Gallagher hits Freebass.

Def Jam may not fork over the cash for Hova, but it appears Mr. Steve Jobs’ pocket book is a little deeper; According to a report by The Boy Genius, Jay-Zis entering into a deal with Apple to head the computer company’s firstrecord label. World domination: check. An Apple spokesperson declinedcomment on the rumors. [Via thedailyswarm.com]

On the heels of dropping their reunion LP, Zeitgeist, Smashing Pumpkins have unveiled American Gothic,a new EP available now in the U.S. exclusively via iTunes. Thefour-song set was recorded between the alt-rock god’s tours, anddispatches “The Rose March,” an older, Pete Townshend-approved Billy Corgan track. [Via Pitchfork]

Like Sonic Youth, Foo Fighters, and many other influential musicians before him, Beck’s landmark 1996 LP Odelaywill be deluxe-ified and reissued Jan. 29 as a two-disc set with 19 newtracks — unreleased material from the album’s original sessions,remixes, and B-sides — including a Spanish language mariachi renditionof “Jackass,” entitled “Burro.” ¡Enhorabuena! [Via Pitchfork]

Liam Gallagher,historically fond of substance insuffilation, will experiment with anew method of consumption, and take the stage in Manchester with Freebass, a collective of low-enders including former Smiths bassist Andy Rourke, New Order’s Peter Hook, and Primal Scream’s Mani. More news sure to come — Peter Hook loves to blog! [Via The Sun]

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