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    The Decemberists Score Springfield's Hipsterfication on 'The Simpsons'

    In Sunday night's episode of The Simpsons, "The Day The Earth Stood Cool," Homer went hipster after meeting a goateed food truck proprietor played by none other than Portlandia's Fred Armisen. Carrie Brownstein guested, too, alongside comic and sometimes SPIN editor Patton Oswalt, while, as the AV Club reports, "a cluster of grey clouds [brought] irony, retro chic, and organic farming from the Pacific Northwest" to Springfield.That chic zephyr also brought with it Oregon's own baroque-pop indie auteurs the Decemberists, hired to replace M.I.A. music teacher Dewey Largo.

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    Atoms for Peace Make 'Amok' Art Into Real-Life GIF Mural

    After a couple of years of minimal output, Thom Yorke's Atoms for Peace is suddenly the gift that keeps giving. Last week, we learned the details of their upcoming debut album, Amok, and then discovered that the band had hidden a choice Easter egg inside of the mural-like artwork found on their website. As it now turns out, that image actually does exist as a mural, and it moves just like the one on the web — well, more or less.Atoms for Peace visual master Stanley Donwood collaborated with UK "GIF-itti" artist INSA to create "Hollywood Doom," an installation in installments. INSA painted the Amok album art onto XL Recordings' Los Angeles office, and then repainted the moving bits a handful of times in order to bring the thing to life via time-lapse photography. The end result is a brick-and-mortar mural, which also exists as an awesome GIF.

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    Hear Santigold Rep Hard for Girls on 'Girls' Song for 'Girls' Show

    On her SPIN Essential'd new LP Master of My Make-Believe, Santigold "turns friction into fire" with "flippantly skewed pop anthems doubling as obviously personal documents of [her] unwillingness to let anyone get over on her." With new song "Girls," which happens to be written for the forthcoming soundtrack of the polarizing HBO show Girls, Santi White takes that creative blaze and channels it into a pair of lithely furious rap verses in which she reps hard for the fairer sex. Things kick off with a stack of looped vocals, then quickly get trappy with cut-up beatwork and a noisy drum kit. Girls — Volume 1: Music From The HBO Original Series is due January 8 via HBO/Fueled By Ramen, and it also features new ones from fun.

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    PSY Apologizes for His 'Anti-American' Activities

    If Bill O'Reilly had trouble understanding the appeal of PSY's beyond-viral hit "Gangnam Style," old Papa Bear's gonna have a helluva time with this one. Early Friday, a handful of headline-hungry outlets reported, some without context, that the South Korean megastar has a hidden "anti-American" past. While other outlets have since given some balance to the story, tempers flared online and someone created a since-removed petition on the White House website asking the president to rescind his invitation to have PSY over for Christmas. For his part, PSY has now issued a solemn apology, to MTV News, which you can read below.The outcry came from reports that the otherwise neighborly, horsey-dancing goofball participated in a pair of South Korean concerts protesting the large U.S. military presence in his country.

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    Katy B's Free 'Danger' EP Mixes 'Aaliyah' R&B With Modern Beats

    She may not be the most famous Katy in music, but her approach to reinventing '90s-style R&B is about as impressively colorful as Miss Perry's fashion sense.

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    All My Friends: James Murphy Joins Arcade Fire's New Album

    Two years ago, LCD Soundsystem main brain and DFA Records co-founder James Murphy told SPIN that he was leaving his beloved band behind in part because, "There are other things I haven't been able to do because of it. Twice, I couldn't make an Arcade Fire record." As first world a problem as that is, we've hardly been alone in wondering what a collaboration between those epic-minded Canucks and this nu-disco genius would yield. At long last, Music Week confirms that we'll indeed get the chance to experience that blessed union.Facebook fan hub Arcade Fire Tube has excerpted a piece of the trade journal's print-only article on the band's manager Scott Rodger, who says: "They're in with James Murphy on three or so songs, plus Markus Dravs [Brian Eno, Björk, Coldplay, Mumford and Sons] who is a long-time collaborator. They write too many songs — that's a good problem to have.

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    Who's the Bawse: Rick Ross Cancels Show After Death Threats From Gangster Disciples

    It's not always good to be the king — or the Bawse, as it were. Do a quick YouTube search for the words "Rick Ross in trouble," and you'll come up with a long line of well-viewed videos featuring scary dudes in bandanas, the Gangster Disciples, explaining that until Ricky Rozay cuts them a check, he'll be banned from playing their respective states: Illinois, Colorado, Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, Georgia and North Carolina to start. Well, yesterday, with the GDs' death threats looming large, the Maybach Music Group CEO called off his Saturday night gig in Greensboro, North Carolina, reports the Charlotte Observer.So what actually happened here?It's easiest to think of the beef as a gangland copyright infringement case.

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    Hear Mystikal Become Crunk James Brown for Amazing 'Hit Me' Track

    New Orleans scream-cee and former No Limit barker Mystikal has had a rocky ride since he was released from jail nearly three years ago. After signing with his former rivals at Lil Wayne's Cash Money Records, he released the promising (if negligent) Weezy and Birdman team-up "Original," only to head back to lockup for three months after an unfortunate domestic abuse incident. Now, he rises back to the top of his game with the amazing James Brown tribute, "Hit Me," in which the man born Michael Lawrence Tyler reinvents himself as an old school band leader transported to modern times.

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    The-Dream Drops Misogynistic 'Wake Me When It's Over' Video

    The-Dream is set to reissue his widely lauded, once-free 2011 mixtape 1977, for actual money, on December 18. Released under his birth name Terius Nash, the soul-baring set is widely considered to be a reaction to the PR&B O.G.'s divorce from singer/actress Christina Milian, and the lyrics found therein are pretty brutal when it comes to breakups. Consider early taste "Wake Me When It's Over," which finds Nash caught up in the tail-end tangle of a fast-failing relationship. Though he takes some responsibility for cheating on his mate, he seems to fault her even more for not being cool about his indiscretions, going as far as to sing, "Tried to keep it hush for you, keep it on the low / Tried to spare your feelings girl, shut the door."If that's not enough shocking misogyny for you, consider the just-released video for that same song.

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    Watch YACHT's Insane ADHD-Addled 'Second Summer' Animated Video

    The DFA disco destroyers in YACHT are celebrating 10 years as a band/utopian ideal on Saturday night at Los Angeles' Echoplex, but for those who can't make the trek, you can download their brand new song "Second Summer" and, better still, watch its highly surreal animation counterpart right now. The track expands on the "sinewy live instrumentation [and] chilly electro" of last year's Shangri-La as Claire Evans sings of love's fleeting nature in the face of life's numerous obstacles. Or, in sum, "Can you stand by your man / As the shit hits the fan?" Visual duties go to Animation Domination High Def, who will apparently be helming an Adult Swim-like Saturday night animation block on FOX in 2013.

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