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    SBTRKT and Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig Combine on 'New Dorp, New York'

    In the time since his 2011 debut as SBTRKT, London-based producer Aaron Jerome has largely focused his musical efforts on a number of short-form releases that he called Transitions, but today it appears that interstitial period is over. With a creepy teaser video and a twitchy, Ezra Koenig-featuring lead single called "New Dorp, New York," Jerome announces the release of his sophomore LP, Wonder Where We Land.The new single, the title of which ostensibly references a small neighborhood in New York's most distant borough, largely abandons the highwire electro-pop tactics of SBTRKT in favor of something far stranger and more nefarious. Listen to the new track below via Details of My Life (it's a BBC radio rip, so enjoy it while it lasts) and watch an equally creepy teaser clip above which pulls from the album art.

  • Saul Williams: Tupac Musical Failed Because Iggy Azalea's Winning

    Saul Williams: Tupac Musical Failed Because Iggy Azalea's Winning

    Though Tupac Shakur musical Holler If Ya Hear Me outlasted initial reports of its demise, the Saul Williams-starring show was forced to close on Sunday (July 20) after only one month and 55 performances. Producer Eric Gold blamed the "financial burdens of Broadway" for the musical's early closing, but the show's lead thinks there might be a broader sociological reason at play — namely the cultural ascension of a certain caucasian female Australian rapper."There is no disconnect between this and Iggy Azalea, an Australian girl rapping with a southern accent, being number one on the charts," said Williams in a new interview with Rolling Stone.

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    Flying Lotus Announces October LP 'You're Dead!'

    Since the release of his otherworldly 2012 album Until the Quiet Comes, the Los Angeles-based beatmaker Flying Lotus has mostly busied himself with his rap project Captain Murphy, but after whispering about a new album a couple of months ago on Twitter, he's officially announced his next full-length for Warp, You're Dead!.

  • Jack White Third Man Books Publishing Language Lessons

    Jack White Enters Publishing Game With Third Man Books

    Continuing his love for all things old-timey, Jack White has announced the creation of a new publishing company. Third Man Books will function as a wing of his flourishing Third Man Records label, and today they've announced the release of their first collection of poetry and prose titled Language Lessons: Volume I. Of course, Since White is involved, there was no way this thing could be just a book.Language Lessons doesn't have a hologram and it isn't filled with any noxious liquids, but the 321-page hardback will come with two vinyl LPs of music, featuring unreleased tunes from former SPIN profile subject William Tyler and the ripping desert-punk combo Destruction Unit, among others. There'll also be five pieces of frameable broadsides of poems by C.D.

  • The National Mistaken for Strangers Zach Galifianakis Ted Danson Funny of Die

    Zach Galifianakis, Ted Danson Spoof the National's 'Mistaken for Strangers'

    The relationship between filmmaker Tom Berninger and his brother, singer Matt Berninger, was at the heart of the rock doc that former SPIN profile subjects the National released last year. As Funny or Die would have it, the natural next step after that Mistaken for Strangers' home video release is to bring that tense fraternal relationship to Broadway, with some help from Ted Danson and Zach Galifianakis.Given the established chemistry between those two actors (they starred together in HBO's Bored to Death), the Berninger brothers onstensibly decided that Danson and Galifianakis would be good fits to play Matt and Tom respectively. But the transition to the stage doesn't go off entirely without a hitch, Danson has some trouble learning how to walk on top of a crowd and Galifianakis has to learn how to properly hold a microphone cable.

  • Eddie Vedder Needle and the Damage Done Tonight You Belong to Me Cat Power Neil Young Cover Video

    Eddie Vedder Duets With Cat Power on 'Tonight You Belong to Me' in Portugal

    We've already seen Eddie Vedder's political "Imagine" cover from his solo set Portugal's Super Bock Super Rock Festival, but the Pearl Jam frontman also had some other tricks up his sleeve in the form a rendition of "Tonight You Belong to Me" with Cat Power and of a cover of Neil Young's "The Needle and the Damage Done"Before the two shared a bottle of wine and duetted on the Ukelele Songs track, Vedder spoke highly of Chan Marshall, calling her "one of [his] favorite singers of all time" and describing her appearance as "very rare." After that brief performance, Vedder broke out the classic quivering Young track. He's covered it before with Pearl Jam, but his solo acoustic version is something to behold.Watch both performances in the video above, starting at the 2:35 mark.

  • Juicy J Wiz Khalifa Ty Dolla $ign Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Shell Shocked Stream

    Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa, Ty Dolla $ign Get 'Shell Shocked' for 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles'

    The Michael Bay-produced live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles isn't set to hit theaters until August 8, but the Paramount Pictures team has shared a song from the end credits today which, incredibly, features Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa, and Ty Dolla $ign.Though these three hip-hop aesthetes that aren't particularly well known for family-friendly lyrical content, "Shell Shocked" features tamed verses from the trio that mostly stick to references to the titular turtles, their catchphrases, and pizza. It's at least as good as Vanilla Ice's "Ninja Rap."Paramount Pictures president of music Randy Spendlove told Billboard that A$AP Rocky was supposed to feature on the track, but had to back out due to scheduling conflicts.

  • Damon Albarn Family Musical Blur Tender Graham Coxon Video

    Damon Albarn Is Writing a 'Mainstream Musical for Families'

    Blur's Damon Albarn is still in the midst of touring in support of his April solo record Everyday Robots (one of SPIN's 50 Best Albums of 2014...So Far), but as usual he's already eyeing his next project, as NME reports. In an interview with The Daily Star, Albarn said that he's writing a musical to debut in London's West End."It’s funny for me to say ‘I’m writing a musical’, but, yes, that’s what I’m doing next." Albarn said.According to the London-born songwriter, the project started in more familiar ground as a "leftfield, experimental opera," like Monkey: Journey to the West or Dr. Dee, but it has since transformed into "a mainstream musical for families.''Few other details on the new endeavor are available at this time.

  • Avicii Rock Album Billie Joe Armstrong Serj Tankian Jon Bon Jovi

    Avicii Going Rock? Next Album Features Billie Joe Armstrong, Serj Tankian, Chris Martin

    A string of country collaborations have proved that the king of big-tent EDM isn't afraid of mixing up genres, but the guest list for Avicii's next album is still full of surprises no matter which angle you're coming from. In a new interview with Rolling Stone, the Swedish beatmaker detailed his "song-oriented" follow-up to 2013's True, which is set to feature vocal turns from (deep breath) Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong, System of a Down's Serj Tankian, Coldplay's Chris Martin, Jon Bon Jovi, Matisyahu, and Wyclef Jean.Avicii co-produced Coldplay's buoyant Ghost Stories track "A Sky Full of Stars," which explains the connection to Martin, who has apparently become "like a brother" to the producer born Tim Bergling. But the other collaborators suggest a strange new direction for Avicii.

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    Nirvana's Krist Novoselic Supports Eddie Vedder in Israel Flap

    Eddie Vedder recently drew heat for a mid-concert anti-war rant some have interpreted calling Israel to task for alleged war-mongering. The Pearl Jam frontman issued his own responses in the form of a Facebook post and a moving cover of John Lennon's "Imagine," but on Sunday, as Rolling Stone reports, fellow Seattleite Krist Novoselic registered his own support in the form of a long blog post on his website.The Nirvana bassist began by thanking Vedder for speaking up in the name of peace."Eddie has gotten some criticism over comments he made about the conflict between the Palestinians and Israelis," Novoselic explains. "That situation has been messed up for so long, it is no wonder that even mentioning it is toxic.

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