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    Eminem Becomes a Trekkie, and 7 More Oddities

    tweetmeme_service = 'bit.ly'; tweetmeme_source = 'SPINmagazine';Eminem's "Without Me" is translated into Klingon. Klenginem seeks duet partner named... Shatner? [io9] John Mayer gets so irate at NYMag.com that he wants to "forcefully sodomize" their editor. Let's see him try to write a ballad out of that one! [nymag.com] Madonna's New York City neighbors sue over her loud rehearsals.... so that's what they're calling sex these days. [Reuters] John Lambert, musician and software entrepreneur, unveils "the most revolutionary new musical instrument of the last 60 years." Take THAT cymbals between knees! [BBC] Amy Winehouse's Father pulls a Joe Simpson and praises his daughter's new-found cleavage. Um, ew. [YahooMusic] Lullatone, a Japanese-based duo, allows you to create your own raindrop symphony. The most comforting setting: Acid Rain!

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    FREE DOWNLOADS: Dredg Perform with Salman Rushdie

    SPIN's Liner Notes event, held last week in NYC, found San Francisco-based prog rock quartet Dredg joining their literary muse -- famed author Salman Rushdie (Shame, The Satanic Verses) -- onstage for a unique evening of music and literature. And now, an audience beyond the 300 folks who packed into Manhattan's Housing Works' Bookstore Café can enjoy the performance via the videos below. The event, which raised over $5,000 for NYC-based AIDS charity Housing Works and was produced by freelance writer Emily Zemler, featured Rushdie sharing his essay "Imagine There's No Heaven" -- written for the world's newly born 6 billionth inhabitant -- with the crowd.

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    Alice in Chains' Prison Rape, Amy Winehouse's Rap Career

    Here are some of the weirdest web stories of the week: Neil Diamond covers Adam Sandler's "Chanukah Song" on his upcoming Christmas album. Let's pray "Lunchlady Land" is the B-side. [Spinner] Amy Winehouse breaks from spitting on the paparazzi to spit rhymes on a rap song. So... apparently she's not sober. [Gawker] Tracey Morgan, a.k.a. rapper Scoppy Giles, devotes a song to ladies' "dumplin' butts" in a new VH1 promo. Sir-Mix-A-Lot should demand royalties. [therapup] A bandaged 50 Cent warns of the damage that listening to a Fat Joe album can inflict. Clearly no one has heard Fiddy's song "Candy Shop." [thisis50] Attention hipsters: your prayers have been answered with Indie Rock Band! Who needs Stone Temple Pilots when you can have Broken Social Scene? [Houston Press] The first Alice in Chains album in 12 years was leaked two weeks before its release.

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    WATCH: Hot Song from 'New Moon' Live

    Vampires and werewolves and lusty glares from Robert Pattinson aren't the only things fans can't wait to ravish in the upcoming Twilight saga, New Moon. Monday night in Chicago, Grizzly Bear invited Beach House singer Victoria Legrand onstage to perform "Slow Life," their contribution to the star-studded New Moon soundtrack, for a lucky crowd. The video below lasts for just over a minute but it's already making the rounds of excited fans of R.Patz and indie rock alike. The highly anticipated album, also featuring new cuts from Death Cab for Cutie, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, and the Killers, hits stores Oct. 20. Until then, check out this small taste of "Slow Life" below, first uncovered by You Ain't No Picasso: WATCH:Grizzly Bear with Victoria Legrand, "Slow Life"

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    Exclusive: Shout Out Out Out Out's Flaming New Video

    What do you get when you take an electro-rock sextet from Edmonton, Alberta, and add a twenty-four-year-old rapper who has been called Canada's Dizzee Rascal? Flames!"Coming Home," the seven-minute track from the Shout Out Out Out Out's second album, Reintegration Time, showcases Cadence Weapon(aka Rollie Pemberton) rapping about facing one's demons.As the band's synthesized dance beats roll on, Mr. Weapon comes "face to face with original sin." Then all the instruments burst into flames, which eventually start swaying to the beat. Kinda....cool.Check out the video below. Then tell us if it's worthy of Dizzee or just plain dizzy.WATCH: Shout Out Out Out Out, "Coming Home" Ft. Cadence Weapon

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    Avril Lavigne's Crotch, Billy Corgan's New Religion

    Here's some of the strangest music news to hit the Internet this week: Nick Cave describes Avril Lavigne's, ahem, crotch area in his new book. Hey, Nick, as luck would have it she's newly single! [Scotland On Sunday] Courtney Love tweets something about how women's "sphincters have cameras," thus reminding us that she's definitely not a doctor. [Village Voice] This coloring book has you filling in Devendra Banhart's and MGMT's psychedelic playground. LSD not included. [YellowBirdProject] Smashing Pumpkins fans are devoted, yes, but now they can study at the church of Billy Corgan thanks to the rocker's spiritual new website. [Everything From Here to There] Help this loony musician raise funds to pay Gary Coleman to appear on his new record. Um, Whatchu talkin' bout?

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    WATCH: Flaming Lips Play New Song on 'Colbert Report'

    Wayne Coyne and Co. left the balloons, UFOs, genital videos, and confetti behind for a prop-less yet excellent performance on Colbert Report Wednesday night, where they unveiled the dark, psychedelic track "Convinced of the Hex," from their upcoming double-album Embryonic (out October 13). Watch video below! As an added bonus for those who can't wait for the album's release, the Flaming Lips will be streaming Embryonic in its entirety on Colbert's website this week. Listen here -- look for the player in the top-left of the homepage. Check out the video of "Convinced of the Hex" below, then watch Coyne chatting with Colbert, who seems a little confused by the band's "weird" sound. "I don't trust you," Colbert tells Coyne. "With your lyrics and your music you're leading me to a far field or distant forest and you know all the secret paths and you're trying to trap me there.

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    Devo to Play Classic Albums on Fall Tour

    Dust off your energy dome hats: After popping up for a gig at SXSW this past March, Devo, the experimental, multimedia band best known for their breakthrough classic, "Whip It," will tour this fall in select cities to perform their hit albums, 1978's Are We Not Men? and 1980's Freedom of Choice in their entirety! This isn't, however, just some generic reunion tour: Devo will be releasing a new studio album in 2010 through Warner Bros., the band's former -- and now current -- record label. "We are excited to embark on Devo's latest sonic subversion with the label that first unleashed us on the unsuspecting public," said Devo bassist/synth player Gerald Casale, who joins original members Bob Casale, Mark Mothersbaugh, and Bob Mothersbaugh in the lineup, along with drummer Josh Freese. In conjunction with the upcoming tour, Warner will reissue Devo's Are We Not Men?

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    Watch: Diddy's Dirty Money Premieres New Clip

    The more Sean "Diddy" Combs changes, the more he stays the same. In the video "Angel," from his new supergroup Dirty Money, the rapper is joined by the late Notorious B.I.G. (doing an opening rapover) and director Hype Williams, the mastermind behind many past Biggie/Diddy ventures. It's like 1997 all over again, except that Diddy is singing this time around, not rapping. His quietly pleasing vocals propel the clip, which features a montage of children, Harlem street shots, a praying Diddy, and -- of course -- the requisite sex scene. What it all means, we're not sure. But we're intrigued. Dirty Money, Diddy's new trio that also includes singer/songwriter Keelena and former Danity Kane member Dawn Richard, is getting ready to drop an album, Last Train to Paris, in November. Auto-Tune Svengali T-Pain wrote 12 of the tracks. Says Mr.

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    WATCH: Bjork Premieres New Micachu & the Shapes Clip

    Their kitschy, winsome DIY pop is earning them fans on both sides of the pond, but Micachu and the Shapes' most important devotee hails from an island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. The Icelandic-born superstar Bjork asserted her long-time admiration for the band by premiering their new video "Turn Me Well" on her website today. "I saw [Micachu frontwoman Mica Levi] in London, in June, a year ago and I was really excited about her," Bjork recently told NPR. "I thought it was that sort of 'do it yourself' approach, with all these little guitars and her attitude was really fresh... think it's really, really fun." The elegantly simple clip for "Turn Me Well," a gritty song off Micachu's SPIN-approved album, Jewellery, doesn't leave you wondering why Bjork has become a vocal supporter.

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