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    Pharrell: President Obama Needs to Visit Ferguson

    Talib Kweli famously put CNN's Don Lemon on blast over his channel's coverage of the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, and now the 24-hour news anchor is getting an earful from another music icon regarding the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer.This time it's Pharrell Williams, who stopped by CNN to discuss his Bionic Yarn textile company, which aims to create denim from recycled ocean plastic (!), and his collaborative line with G-Star Raw. Seen above, the G I R L guy also criticizes the media's Ferguson reporting."I was disappointed that while we had so much peaceful protesting going on, what the media chose to cover most of all and highlight was the random few people who threw molotov cocktails, the random few people that had guns on them," he says, as Billboard reports. Then the "Happy" singer corrects himself.

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    Nas Blesses ScHoolboy Q's 'Studio' Remix With a Status Update

    Nas sounds like he's doing pretty well coming off of his much deserved victory lap for Illmatic's 20th anniversary. The iconic Queens MC now appears on occasional tourmate ScHoolboy Q's smokey "Studio" remix, heard below, seemingly simply checking and telling us what he's been up to. Though his opening verse isn't top-of-the-line Nas by any means, as Stereogum points out, it does verbally tease a new album and single coming soon (for which he has no lack of label options, it'd seem). The good news for Nas keeps coming, in that he appears to be plotting a vacation.The standout line? "When Belly's on TV, it's the only time I receive your texts." Which leaves us wondering whether he's saying this to Q or someone else. Regardless, ScHoolboy's got good reason to be happy too.

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    A Musical-Themed 'Simpsons' Marathon Is Coming to FXX

    Over that past 25 seasons, The Simpsons has accrued an impressive collection of songs while playing host to an eclectic set of musicians that has recently included Coldplay, Tom Waits, the Decemberists, Sigur Ros, Björk, and Judas Priest. In tribute to the cartoon sitcom's musical legacy — and perhaps to squeeze out a few extra drops of ratings magic — FXX is following its 12-day, 552-episode Simpsons marathon with an eight-episode music-themed marathon on Friday, September 11.The four-hour programming block will start at 8:00 p.m., Rolling Stone reports, and is tied to promote the "Simpsons Take the Bowl" variety show at the Hollywood Bowl, which takes place on September 11, 12, and 13.

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    How Does Led Zeppelin's Alternate 'Black Dog' Version Compare to the Original?

    When Led Zepplin teased the upcoming remastered reissue of its Led Zepplin IV album with a previously unreleased one-minute studio outtake of opening track "Black Dog," it left at least a few fans scratching their heads over the real differences between this and the original.Now guitarist and producer Jimmy Page, who's helming the so far successful reissues project, has released the track in full, as Rolling Stone shares. And that's allowed us to run side-by-side comparisons between the two versions.

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    Kendrick Lamar Is Now the Subject of a College Course

    You know you've made it when someone decides to teach a course about you. Jay Z's got one, Bruce Springsteen's got one, and now Kendrick Lamar's got one. Yup, the 27-year-old Compton hero's essential good kid, m.A.A.d city is the source material for a new English composition class at Georgia Regents University, according to USA Today.The course is called "Good Kids, Mad Cities" and while it isn't focused solely on Lamar, students will use his 2012 album as a starting point to study and discuss literary works by James Joyce, James Baldwin, and Gwendolyn Brooks, as well as the 1991 film, Boyz n the Hood.Upon its release, good kid, m.A.A.d city was met with literary comparisons to Joyce's Ulysses, along with other masterpieces.

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    Here's the First Song From the First Aphex Twin Album in 13 Years

    Aphex Twin's rollout for his first album in 13 years, SYRO, has been full of pleasant surprises, starting with the fact he's releasing a new record. There was the fact that he teased the thing with an actual blimp, then announced the details on the deep web, then released barely legible autobiography, and followed that up with contests for listening parties. Well, surprise again because just like that we have our first actual taste of the album, and it's called "minipops 67 [120.2][source field mix]." Heard below, the track has our already salivating ears (why not?) focused on a steadily building beat as the "fartist" born Richard D. James develops an amalgam of fluid sonic ideas at once bizarre and perfectly fitting. You know, like he does so well. Listen here:

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    John Lennon's Hashish Habit Helped Shape Obama's Immigration Policy

    By now, we well know Barack Obama is a bit of a music fan with a specific appreciation for the Beatles. Aside from having very cool buddies and fans in Bruce Springsteen, Jay Z, Beyoncé, and Dave Grohl, our nation's leader has made a specific effort to honor America's favorite band during his presidency and befriend one Sir Paul McCartney in the process, even getting down to sing "Hey Jude" with an all-star ensemble.Unsurprisingly, the President is a fan of John Lennon as well. Though not in the way you'd expect.

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    My Bloody Valentine Pick Up College Tabs for Future Music Producers

    My Bloody Valentine are now giving college kids something more than a seminal, stoned, mind-expanding listening experience. The Irish quartet's frontman Kevin Shields has just announced a new scholarship program at BIMM Dublin that will cover the cost of a three-year bachelor's degree in music production.The Kevin Shields Music Production Scholarship arrives as the university adds the corresponding degree to its offerings, Consequence of Sound reports. The gift covers a yearly tuition of €5,950 (roughly $7,700) for one lucky student.

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    Can One Vermont High School Principal Put an End to All This Twerking?

    Vermont is in full-fledged crisis mode. Teenagers have run amok with this newfangled twerk-dance and there's no telling what might happen should it be allowed to continue.Thank Jebus some high school administrators at Mount Anthony Union High School in Bennington are taking a stance and nipping this problem in its pubescent bud.

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    Kate Bush's House Might Fall Into the Ocean

    Kate Bush can tell you, privacy has its costs.It's not just the effort that goes into staging a comeback after 35 years out of the limelight, but also the perilous extent one must go to in order to avoid unwanted attention. As the British art-rock icon is hard at work amidst three weeks of shows at London's Eventim Apollo, news comes that her remote cliff-top home in Devon County, England, is in fact so remote it could soon fall into the sea that it overlooks.Last year, a huge landslide caused a portion of coastal cliff to crumble into the ocean near Bush's five-bed £2.5 million mansion, reports the Exeter Express and Echo (via NME), bringing Bush's neighbor's front gate inches away from the 88-foot cliffside.

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