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    Pete's Pussy Problem, Rockers' Panties for Sale, and More

    Pete Doherty's cat lady days are numbered -- the Babyshambles singer's allergy is forcing him to forsake his 16 feline friends. [Daily Star] Is Britney's "If You Seek Amy" inspired by Shakespeare or Joyce? Turns out, dirty minds all think the same.[Slate] Los Colarados join the shortlist of Ukrainian rock stars with their accordion-heavy cover of "Hot and Cold." [Idolator] This Ying Yang Twins "Cribs" episode comes with much-needed subtitles. Their rendition of the Gilligan's Island theme song, however, is perfectly clear. [BuzzFeed] Jarvis Cocker, Nick Cave, and Fergie put their undies up for auction. So... boxers or briefs? [Pitchfork]

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    Web Weirdness: John Mayer vs. Kanye West, and More

    John Mayer has challenged Kanye West's 808s and Heartbreak by singing over a hip-hop beat on his new track, which features the lyric: "I like sex / And I'm good at it." What's next? Mayer's ex, Jennifer Aniston, finds a personality? [YouTube] Grandma and Grandpa know best -- especially when it comes to critiquing Animal Collective. Their verdict: "I'm starting to get a headache." [scrapple.tv] The theme song to Thomas the Tank Engine mashed up with Lil Wayne? We always knew he'd be a great babysitter. Next up: Sesame Street with Master P. [Urlesque] MTV's new safe-sex ads warn that if you shag Madonna, you're also getting it on with Dennis Rodman, David Lee Roth, and Vanilla Ice all at once. Mission accomplished, MTV. [gawker.com] Phil Collins is quitting music to focus on his obsession with the history of the Alamo.

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    SXSW '09 Pick: P.O.S.

    Minneapolis rap sensation P.O.S.' rhymes are perfectly polished, making him a must-see artist at this month's South by Southwest music conference. But his just-released music video for "Optimist," off just-released Never Better (Rhymesayers/Doomtree), rocks an innovative animated look that Michel Gondry would be proud of. Hear that hollow, clapping beat at the beginning of the video? That's P.O.S. (aka Stefon Alexander) crafting a beat for "Optimist" by shuffling around a few plastic cups. Throw in some toy cars with cardboard cutout drivers and scratchy animation mixed with live action, and you've got a video that makes Solo cups look a lot cooler than this video ever could. That cup-based beat isn't the only childhood throwback P.O.S. enjoys in "Optimist." The rapper says that composing the tune was one of the most stress-free parts of the recording process.

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    Web Weirdness: Kings of Leon Practice Magic, and More

    The Kings of Leon tapped London conjuror Sav for magic lessons. Meanwhile their grandfather Leon, a longtime preacher, has asked the band to rescind their name. [Chartattack] New York City officials have named Times Square's 53rd street "U2 Way." Why? To stop Bono from complaining about streets with no names. [New York Daily News] Weezer are rumored to be opening blink-182's reunion tour. Guys, say it ain't so. [Buzzgrinder] If the Flaming Lips' "Do You Realize??" is Oklahoma's official rock song, what are the other 49 states spinning? Well, California has the Full House theme... Bob Saget rejoices. [Idolator] New Zealand city Christchurch is hoping to clear loiterers from local malls by playing Barry Manilow's music. Yep, with "Mandy" on repeat even the most resolute mall rats will vacate Hot Topic. [Associated Press] Want to be the next mix-master mega-star?

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    SXSW '09 Pick: Telekinesis

    The plucky power pop on Telekinesis' self-titled debut record has us pogo-ing around the office and stoked to see them at Austin's South by Southwest music conference later this month. But the album-closing "I Saw Lightning," available here as an exclusive stream, takes a more subdued, delicate tact, and helps make the 11-song set even more appealing. The track finds Seattle's Michael Benjamin Lerner, the main man behind Telekinesis, missing his girlfriend, who lives 3,000 miles away in North Carolina, and imagining a reunion where the couple goes off the grid to spend time alone watching raindrops on windowsills. Lerner keeps the mood light with sweet lyrics: "I wanna care for you when you are all alone / Sit inside our house and unplug all the phones.""It's really just a hopeful song," Lerner tells SPIN.com.

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    3 Free Songs: Handsome Furs

    If Handsome Furs' 2007 release Plague Park was a tribute to a park in Helsinki, where thousands of victims of the plague were buried, then Face Control, out March 10 via Sub Pop, is a love letter to icy, industrious Russia -- and you can preview three of its songs below! Face Control gets its name from an odd practice in Eastern Europe that Handsome Furs' husband-wife duo Dan Boeckner and Alexei Perry observed while traveling: Reserving a table at a bar in Moscow can be done through PayPal, but your seat isn't confirmed until the bouncers judge your appearance worthy, thus, "face control." Recorded at Wolf Parade's Montreal studio, Mount Zoomer, Face Control builds on Plague Park's electronic undertones with background techno beats and booming vocals. The record's political notes are thinly veiled, especially on "Talking": "I don't know what I've been told / Every little thing's been

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    Hot New Band: Experimental Folkies Vetiver

    He's collaborated with star freak-folker Devendra Banhart, but San Francisco-based singer/songwriter Andy Cabic isn't limiting himself to just one genre -- and his band Vetiver's excellent new album proves it. With everything from laptop-generated atmospheric sounds to big-band brass, Vetiver's just-released Sub Pop debut, Tight Knit, is all over the place -- as are Cabic's inspirations. "Musically, my influences are Allen Toussaint, J.J. Cale, [L.A. psych-rockers] the Rain Parade... and booze, the weather, and vowel sounds," Cabic tells SPIN.com. Although Cabic, who started releasing material with Vetiver in 2004, plays almost every instrument on the album, he certainly doesn't work alone.

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    New St. Vincent Record Due in May

    Brooklyn resident Annie Clark, a former member of the Polyphonic Spree and Sujfan Stevens' band, will release her sophomore album, Actors, on May 5 via 4AD. And it appears Clark, whose sharp guitar work, Beatles-like songwriting (she even covered "Dig A Pony" live), and tales of love gone awry dominated her 2007 debut, Marry Me, has found a new influence: vintage films! Inspired by movies like Sleeping Beauty and The Wizard of Oz, Clark says she started writing the new songs as abbreviated film scores, then built them into full-length tracks.

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    Cramps Singer Lux Interior Dead

    Lux Interior, frontman of New York punk band the Cramps, died at Glendale Memorial Hospital outside of Los Angeles of a pre-existing heart condition Wednesday morning. He was 60. Interior (born Erick Lee Purkhiser) formed the Cramps in 1973 with his wife Kristy Wallace, who was later known as Poison Ivy Rorschach (later shortened to Poison Ivy). The band became part of the CBGB punk movement in New York, finding success with a kind of taboo horror-punk that became known as psychobilly. Interior's music and outrageous persona influenced groups like the Black Lips, My Bloody Valentine, and the White Stripes.

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    Web Weirdness: Pearl Jam Goes Potty Onstage, and More

    Here are five wacky web bits that made us laugh this week: Pearl Jam's Mike McCready admits to going potty onstage. Yeah, those long solos make us go too. [Seattle PI] Think the economy is bad now? G'N'R's Duff McKagan becomes a financial columnist. For Playboy. [Seattle Weekly] Gangsta Lil Wayne confesses to Katie Couric: "My bowling balls are custom made!" [CBS News] Built to Spill frontman Doug Martsch's latest fantasy? No, not teen groupies -- the NBA. [Rotoworld.com] Make fun of Kanye West's stylist lately? Better sleep with one eye open. [FerrariMurakami]

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