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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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    Bassist Debbie Googe on My Bloody Valentine: 'We Were Essentially All Mental'

    In early November, My Bloody Valentine mastermind Kevin Shields announced out of the blue that the band will at last release a full-length follow-up to their 1991 classic Loveless by the end of the year. At the time, he was "halfway through mixing" the album, of which Shields said, "Some people think it’s stranger than Loveless ... I feel like it really frees us up, and in the bigger picture it’s 100 percent necessary."A freshly published interview with MBV bassist Debbie Googe sheds more light on the band's recent activities, although it's unclear exactly when Drowned in Sound spoke to her ("earlier this year," they write).

  • SXSW 2013: Angel Haze, Wavves, Major Lazer, Dead Prez lineup

    SXSW 2013: Angel Haze, Wavves, Major Lazer, Dead Prez Top New Lineup

    Austin music megafest South By Southwest has announced the second round of artists confirmed for its 2013 edition, which will run March 12 through 17. A month ago, SPIN sifted through the initial lineup announcement, a 230-band list that seemed quite massive at the time. Well, for this new batch, we had 583 more acts to organize. The biggest names this time around? Angel Haze, Black Moth Super Rainbow, Charli XCX, Crystal Method, Dead Prez, Flatbush Zombies, Major Lazer, Toro y Moi, and Wavves. (Oh, and Third Eye Blind.) All told, healthy additions to the already exciting announcements of Alt-J, the Zombies, Thurston Moore, Ryan Hemsworth, and WHY?.

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    Paramore's Self-Titled Fourth Album Represents 'Brand New Band'

    After nearly four years, Paramore will at last release their "fourth freaking album," the band have announced. The emo-pop trio credit producer Justin Meldal-Johnsen for "seeing a brand new band in us," and in honor of that development, they're calling the LP Paramore. They've set an April 9 release date for the set, and announced that the first single will be called "Now."As SPIN reported back in May, singer Hayley Williams explained that the process behind the new one has been "less toiled and troubled" than previous outings. And in early November, guitarist Taylor York sent out a promising tweet:So we finished tracking our fourth album. This is surreal. Stoked. I am exhausted. I hope you love it.

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    The Residents Selling $100,000 'Ultimate Box Set' for 40th Anniversary

    San Francisco-based oddballs/eyeballs the Residents are celebrating the 40th anniversary of their first release, 1972's "Santa Dog" single, by releasing the Ultimate Box Set, a $100,000 music collectible to end all. In typical Residents fashion, the "box" is in fact a 28 cubic-foot refrigerator that comes stocked with first pressings of what appears to be every single Residents release ever — more than 100 items — including an actual eyeball-with-top-hat mask which you may recognize from their pioneerings pre-MTV music videos. More specifically, we're talking about "563 songs...40 vinyl LPs, 50 CDs, and dozens of singles, EPs, DVDs, and CD-ROMs plus other releases" and also objects, as is made clear in the insane infomercial above.

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    Watch Darkstar Perform Their Impressively Human 'A Day's Pay for a Day's Work'

    London may not have a glut of post-dubstep psych-pop trios, but if they did, Darkstar would be the kings of the scene. After planting a flag for their distinct sound back in 2010 with debut LP on Hyperdub, North, the fellas signed to Warp for their upcoming album News From Nowhere, due February 5. We've heard the lush cybernetic garden that is first single "Timeaway," plus toyed around with the abstracted song loop snippets "News #1-10" and their corresponding GIF-like clips, but in the new Yours Truly-directed video for "A Day's Pay For A Day's Work," we get to see a rarer side of this already uncommon group. The camera opens on the three discussing a clutch change: translating their studio-born songs into something playable in person.

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    Snoop Dogg Details Weed Use in Snoop Lion Reddit AMA

    So Snoop Dogg, as Snoop Lion, held a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" session Wednesday afternoon and in contrast to recent chats with Trent Reznor and Das Racist's Heems, the conversation didn't span the range of the artist's illustrious career, venture into broader social topics, or even stir up some controversy. Instead — and we admit our brazen foolishness in expecting anything else — the fan-run Q&A focused on one, ahem, heady subject to the exclusion of most others. You guessed it: weed. When the peanut gallery did stretch out into other territory, the queries were often still couched within a marijuana haze, and in the rare instances that they asked about the music, Snoop almost invariably directed them to the lyric video to his new Major Lazer-produced single, "Here Comes the King."So what was it like to read through the entire thing on the hunt for some tasty quotes?

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    Game and Common Are Divine on 'Jesus Piece,' Kanye West Backslides

    First things first, Kanye West doesn't deserve his name on the marquee of this one. Yeezy may have absolutely murdered Rihanna's "Diamonds" last month, but he contributes only a single slurred-out line (repeated for the chorus) to the Game's latest single: "Something like my Jesus piece." That's it. Not even a solid adjective or verb to stand on — just the open-ended "something," leaving Los Angeles' shirt-averse gangsta gawd to flesh the half-lyric out into a full thought. With that out of the way, "Jesus Piece" deserves its status as the titular track on the Game's forthcoming fifth LP, due December 11.

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