L'avant-garde chanteuse par excellence, Catherine Ribeiro emerged from France's folk and experimental scenes in the 1960s. Her flare for the dramatic set her apart from Serge Gainsbourg's femme fatales, something she confirmed in the '70s when she collaborated with the prog ensemble Alpes, a band who made the sort of kaleidoscopic prog wankery that would make Pink Floyd's Meddle sound like Phil Collins. It all made for the sort of freaky folk foliage that built Animal Collective's "Leaf House" in 2004. Back to the Centipedia glossary NEXT: Terry Riley

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    How PiL's John Lydon Knows He's 'Not Being Cheated'

    Leading up to the release of This Is PiL earlier this year, Public Image Ltd. frontman John Lydon had been held under contractual obligations that prevented him from recording new music for about two decades. Simply put, the eight LPs of avant-garde art rock, polemically themed post-punk and chintzy quasi-new wave he had released since he quit the Sex Pistols and ditched the name Johnny Rotten hadn't recouped the costs the label had put into it, and as Lydon claims, labels "invariably love the idea of you in debt." Other than a house single he did with Leftfield in 1992, an electro-rock record under his own name in '97, a few scattered appearances on albums by the Golden Palominos and some Sex Pistols live recordings, he's had to put his usual didactic post-punk outbursts on hold. Moreover, he says no one at the label would help him break free.

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    Tom Waits Takes Downtown Train to Springfield for 'Simpsons' Cameo

    As if to counter Simpsons fans' "collective d'oh!" upon learning that Justin Bieber would be making an appearance sometime next season, the show's producers have announced a more rock'n'roll guest appearance. Tom Waits will lend his growl to the series' 24th season in an episode airing sometime in December. Although he won't be wearing an eye patch or dragging a house, he will assume the role he was born to play — himself. According to Yahoo! TV, he will not sing but will introduce Homer to a group of survivalists in an episode titled "Homer Goes to Prep School." "We did a lot of research into the 'prepper' phenomenon, where people are convinced that some horrible catastrophe — like an electromagnetic pulse — is going to occur, and that people will have to survive without the grid," executive producer Al Jean told Yahoo.

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    Dave Grohl Dedicates Song to Cobain and Novoselic at Reading

    Dave Grohl's Foo Fighters closed out England's Reading Festival last night with a 26-song set. "You guys realize we've got a lot of songs to play," Grohl said of the marathon performance. "It's the last show of the tour, and it's the last show for a long time." Then they spent the next couple hours playing hits like "All My Life," "Everlong," and "Walk," as well as "Exhausted," which they hadn't played live since 2003, and a cover of Pink Floyd's "In the Flesh?" But he had a few other surprises for the crowd, too. Before playing their recent single "These Days," though, Grohl took a moment to remember some musicians he played a very memorable Reading set with almost 20 years ago to the day. "I'd like to dedicate it to a couple of people that couldn't be here tonight," Grohl told the audience.

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    Mitt Romney: 'The Killers Are One Group I Enjoy'

    Few presidential candidates have had their musical taste and knowledge scrutinized by as many artists as this year's Republican offerings Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. Sure, Bruce Springsteen wasn't especially pleased with Reagan's use of "Born in the U.S.A." in '84 and Tom Petty insisted George W. Bush back down from using "I Won't Back Down". But the sheer number of musicians making statements in protest to Romney and Ryan's taste is overwhelming: after Paul Ryan said he dug Rage Against the Machine, that band's guitarist Tom Morello fired a rage-filled missive back at him.

  • Skrillex Will Party 'With Your Friends' at New Fest

    Skrillex Will Party 'With Your Friends' at New Fest

    Taking a long train ride is a great way for musicians to bond. We saw it in the doc about Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe, and Co., and now a fest has seemingly stemmed from Skrillex and Pretty Lights' time riding the rails across Canada. Today, those two EDM artists have jointly announced their With Your Friends festival, set to take place in Nashville on October 26 and 27. In addition to sets by Pretty Lights and Skrillex (who is also playing Jay-Z's Made in America fest, New York's Electric Zoo, and the Virgin Mobile FreeFest prior to the event), the fest will feature Nas (with a nine-piece band), Santigold, 12th Planet, Dillon Francis, Michel Menert and TOKiMONSTA. As the illustration on the announcement's poster suggests, the fest is set to take place on the Music City's waterfront with the Nashville skyline sparkling behind it.

  • The Hives Are Ready for Their Close-Up in 'Wait a Minute' Clip

    The Hives Are Ready for Their Close-Up in 'Wait a Minute' Clip

    Earlier this year, when the Hives began promoting their latest album, Lex Hives, they wore dapper tuxes and top hats. We took them shopping for fancy Mariachi outfits. They even heralded the arrival of their first single, "Go Right Ahead," by playing on a blimp. So did the Swedes spend all their krona too quickly, or what? The group's latest video, "Wait a Minute," is about as stripped down as they could get. Close-ups of frontman Howlin' Pelle Almqvist and his bandmates sweating, even closer-ups of Almqvist's lips contorting and folding like one of Sesame Street's Yip-Yips and lots of shots of tugging at a leather jacket. But of course, the Hives aren't always about "the look." Earlier this year, Almqvist told us, "If you put together a band of really cute-looking guys on purpose, they always suck.

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    Watch Nicki Minaj Boss the Bawse in Very Pink 'I Am Your Leader' Video

    The candy-colored dream world of the new Nicki Minaj video for "I Am Your Leader" might just convert a few believers. And, well, "If you're not a believer," she says in the chorus, "suck a big dick." For the clip, directed by Colin Tilley (Justin Bieber, Wiz Khalifa), Nicki has constructed a pink, green, and gold alternate universe that only she, Rick Ross and Cam'ron inhabit. It's almost as colorful as her carnival surroundings in her "Pound the Alarm" clip… but with a lot more bawse. Minaj — who's wearing short shorts, a corset and quite the blowout — dances on a zebra-skin rug and in between puke-green antlers. The video shows nunchucks before she says "nunchucker" and so goes the rest of the clip, which flashes sometimes hard-to-process eye candy rapidly across the screen.

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    Kanye West Wins 'Stronger' Lawsuit Because Nietzsche Has Been Ripped Off A Billion Times

    Right now, Kanye West is likely pretty happy he's not dead while parsing whether or not he actually is stronger. After all, when he "stole" the line, "What doesn't kill me makes me stronger" — from 19th Century German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche — for his 2007 song "Stronger," he likely didn't expect to get sued by songwriter Vincent Peters, who thought he invented the maxim… or just that he thought of using it first.

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    Hear Mark Lanegan and Ralph Stanley Folk Up the Velvet Underground

    A new movie about bootlegging in the Depression titled Lawless hits the big screen on August 29. It stars Shia Labeouf, but don't be deterred by the prospect of spending a few hours in the dark with Marilyn Manson's BFF — it's directed by John Hillcoat, the man who made The Proposition and The Road, the screenplay was written by Nick Cave (who scored the film with Bad Seed and Dirty Three violinist Warren Ellis), and it features songs by Willie Nelson, Michael Gira's bluegrass favorite Ralph Stanley, Cave, and a band he formed called the Bootleggers. That group collaborated with a number of artists, including Emmylou Harris and Mark Lanegan, to record covers of songs by Link Wray, Captain Beefheart and Grandaddy, among others, for the film. The soundtrack comes out Tuesday, but Antiquiet has discovered a YouTube leak of all the songs.

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