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    Review: The Velvet Underground's Self-Titled 'Super Deluxe Edition' Is a Treasure

    Devoted legions of Velvet Underground fans have probably heard some or most of what's found on the 45th-anniversary reissue of the band's self-titled 1969 album.

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    The Velvet Underground Share Previously Unreleased 'One of These Days'

    The Velvet Underground's 45th-anniversary reissue of their self-titled third LP includes a ton of previously unreleased goodies, including a bunch of alternative mixes, mono versions, a live album recorded at the Matrix in San Francisco, and what's widely known as the influential group's "lost album," a collection of songs that were mostly scrapped. Some were issued on the post-breakup records VU and Another View, while a few appeared on 1970's Loaded and Lou Reed's first solo albums.Titled "The 1969 Sessions," the super deluxe edition's fourth disc comprises those recordings and includes an all-new mix of "One of These Days," which would surface on VU in 1985. The new version, which you can hear above for the very first time, not only enhances the sound quality but presents a new edit of the song.

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    Thom Yorke's 'Brain in a Bottle' Video Features, Yes, Twitchy Thom Yorke Dancing

    Remember when Thom Yorke blindsided the music world with a new album that he's releasing through BitTorrent? It happened like 90 minutes ago, so you should, unless you were sleeping or working or something. Anyway, not long after the announcement, the Radiohead surprise-master posted the Tomorrow's Modern Boxes bundle on the file-sharing site, then added bonus of a video for the first track, "Brain in a Bottle." It's a predictably glitchy affair, with Yorke featured in a series of frantic cuts of him singng, staring straight into the camera, and posing while wearing with boxing gloves. You can buy the whole eight-track album for $6 from BitTorrent, or you can shell out £30 for the deluxe vinyl edition.

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    Tweedy's Star-Studded Nick Offerman-Directed Video Is Anything but 'Low Key'

    Here's something to brighten up your Friday. With Tweedy, the father-son duo of Jeff and Spencer Tweedy, releasing their first album Sukierae this week, they've now joined forces with Parks and Recreation star Nick Offerman to bring us a terrific video for the song "Low Key."The gist here is that the Tweedys are told by their label boss, played by John Hodgman, that the "recording industry is in the toilet" so they'll have to sell their LP themselves. Hodgman's henchman is played by iron-jawed Boardwalk Empire actor Michael Shannon, who gives the fellas the keys to a sidecar-adorned motorcycle and sends them on their way to sell Sukierae door to door. Along the way they encounter a number of celebrities, including Conan O'Brien and Andy Richter, Steve Albini, Chance the Rapper, Mavis Staples, and a host of others.

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    Thom Yorke Just Released a New Solo Album, 'Tomorrow's Modern Boxes,' Via BitTorrent

    UPDATE: Thom Yorke sold 34,900 copies of his album in the first two hours of its release, according to a NME report.Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich are up to their bizarre tricks again. After posting a mysterious photo of a white vinyl record, the Radiohead frontman is releasing a new solo with help from his frequent collaborator called Tomorrow's Modern Boxes, and they've outdone themselves in the non-traditional distribution department. This time, they're putting it out via a new version of BitTorrent that comes with a pay gate attached to the file. "It's an experiment to see if the mechanics of the system are something that the general public can get its head around," they said in a statement announcing the LP. If you're still a bit fuzzy on the whole thing, don't worry — you're not alone.

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    Andre 3000 Doesn't Plan on Retiring Any Time Soon

    While Outkast are playing their first of three massive sold-out shows in Atlanta tonight, André 3000 just so happened to score the cover of the newly released issue of Billboard, in which he talks about the very group that made him famous, his surprising film career, and much more.Billboard.com released some highlights from the article, and the brief quotes are enough to get his fans excited. While some have wondered what he'll do after Outkast's reunion tour ends, he said, "To be clear, there's no retirement," and promised he'll record a solo album someday. "I haven't even started on [it].

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    U2 Embrace Their Shirtless Youth on Physical 'Songs of Innocence' Album Cover

    So, it turns out that photo of a white record sleeve that you probably found on your iPhone one day isn't the actual cover for U2's Songs of Innocence album. Instead, the artwork for the physical edition — which you can see below — features drummer Larry Mullen, Jr. "protecting" his 18-year-old son Aaron Elvis while neither of them are wearing shirts. According to the group, the striking image was taken by British photographer Glen Luchford and stands as a metaphor for "the new songs and their inspiration in the early years of U2 as teenagers in Dublin." "We've always been about community in U2, about family and friends," Bono said in a post on U2's officiate site. "Songs Of Innocence is the most intimate album we've ever made.

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    Weezer Are Here to Cure a 'Lonely' Girl's Woes

    After teasing us with a teaser video for a song we thought was called "Lonely Girl," Weezer have released the whole shebang as "Lonely" via their official Vevo channel. As was promised with the Ric Ocasek-produced Everything Will Be Alright in the End, it's vintage Weezer — angsty, shy Rivers Cuomo, robust guitars, and smile-inducing power-pop. It's way more straightforward than "The Britsh Are Coming" and more akin to "Back to the Shack," the album's lead single. Everything Will Be Alright in the End is out October 7 via Republic, and the band will then head out on the road for a series of shows, some of which will feature performances of the new LP in its entirety, beginning October 2 in San Jose.

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    Brody Dalle Accused of 'Slut-Shaming' Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea

    With the Summer of Ass seeping into autumn, we're reminded once again that pretty much any time you critcize a pop star, you're going to get some crap.

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    Ellen Degeneres Gave Andre 3000 a Sweet New Jumpsuit

    As Outkast's 20th anniversary tour winds down with three huge shows in Atlanta this weekend, cleverly dubbed #ATLast, André 3000 stopped by Ellen to discuss both the reunion and also his starring role in the upcoming Jimi Hendrix biopic, All Is By My Side.The highlight of the interview comes when Ellen mentioned the slogan-emblazoned jumpsuits André has been wearing for most of the trek, which featured messages like "my dad had cool albums" and "big girls are beautiful to me." Not one to be left behind, Ellen gave André a brand new suit for his next tour (which could be another ten years in the making for all we know) that reads, "Ellen loves this guy," with an arrow poining up at his face.

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