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    Free Download: Jay Reatard's New Song!

    Punk-rocker -- and member of SPIN's Who's Next class of 2008 -- Jay Reatard will release Watch Me Fall, the follow-up to 2006's buzz-catching Blood Visions,on August 18 via Matador Records. According to Reatard, the recording process was no easy feat. "This new album has been challenging," he says. Adding to the pressure? Reatard's recent contract with leading indie music talent scouts Matador. "I've always finished my recordings and then a label is decided on...I've never made a record in which the label heard the songs, or anyone heard the songs, before the album was finished, so that's kind of intense" [via Matablog]. Want a sneak peek of Watch Me Fall? Click here to download the jangly guitar-driven album track "It Ain't Gonna Save Me." Reatard will be touring the U.S. in June and July. Click here for tour dates.

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    Jay-Z Leaves Def Jam for His Own Label

    After an eleven-year partnership resulting in one of hip-hop's most impressive and consistent discographies -- including 2001's classic The Blueprint -- hip-hop superstar Jay-Z has announced his departure from longtime label Def Jam. "I can honestly say, working with [Universal Music Group CEO] Doug Morris and [Def Jam chairman] L.A. Reid has been a unique and fulfilling experience and I respect them immensely," the man also known as Shawn Carter confirmed to Rap Radar."I've been in the family for almost my entire career. I thank [Morris] for allowing me to be a completely independent artist.

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    Watch: No Doubt Rock 'Jimmy Kimmel'

    No Doubt took a break between dates of their reunion tour with Paramore Wednesday night to rock Jimmy Kimmel Live. Gwen Stefani and Co. busted out the one-two punch of "Underneath It All" and "Sunday Morning"! Watch below. No Doubt are on the cover of SPIN's May issue -- you can watch behind the scenes footage from our photo shoot here. The Gossip Girl-lovin' quartet, who played their first live show in five years this month, are writing new songs while on tour this summer. "We're going to work on music while we're traveling," said drummer Adrian Young. "[We have] a mobile studio on the bus and will eventually get to a new No Doubt record." Watch: No Doubt, "Underneath It All" on Jimmy Kimmel Live WATCH: No Doubt, "Sunday Morning"

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    Hot New Hip-Hop: Tanya Morgan

    Tanya Morgan's three members -- Cincinnati-bred Donwill and Ilyas, and Brooklyn's Von Pea -- met through an online message board, and composed much of their 2006 debut, Moonlighting, by sending files to each other over the Internet.Their sophomore effort, Brooklynati, hit record stores this week -- and you can get a free taste right here! "Tanya Morgan are like the sons of De La Soul -- soulful, stressed, effortlessly smart flows, intricate production, the whole package," SPIN Music Editor Charles Aaron says of the up-and-coming rappers -- high praise, indeed. Check out a 16-minute mixtape of some of Brooklynati's best tracks below, and let us know if you agree in the comments section. LISTEN: Tanya Morgan, "Brooklynati MegaMix -- King Most"

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    Exclusive: Ministry's Farewell Tour DVD

    After 25 years and eleven studio albums, industrial-metal pioneers Ministry called it quits in 2008 with their final world tour, dubbed the "C U LaTour."Missed out?No sweat -- frontman Al Jourgensen and his revolving band of speed-metal freaks are releasing a double-disc DVD set, Adios, Puta Madres, on May 26 through Jourgensen's own 13th Planet Records.Adios, Puta Madres will feature live performances, backstage footage, band interviews, and a 45-minute "rockumentary" following the band from the first rehearsal to the last show in the "C U LaTour" -- and has an exclusive clip for your viewing pleasure!Below, see band members talking about intoxication and dead skunks -- and a searing performance of "Just One Fix," from the band's fifth album, Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed and the Way to Suck Eggs.WATCH:

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    Arctic Monkeys Channel Black Sabbath on New Record

    When they're not monkeying around with P. Diddy in his Miami mansion (and filming the whole thing!), Brit indie rock darlings the Arctic Monkeys are recording their new album for release this summer. Thankfully, the boys haven't let their excursion in the Diddy's hop-hip universe affect the recording sessions -- in fact, they've found inspiration in something much heavier: metal titans Black Sabbath! Frontman Alex Turner told how a performance at last year's Latitude festival in Sheffield, England, led the quartet to include some metal riffage on their new record: "We went to Latitude, ripped it up... and eventually wrote some songs.We spend the first day there on the most complicated riff you've ever heard. It goes round in 7/2 time.

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    Green Day's Billie Joe Admires Eminem

    With the classic rock sound of their new record, 21st Century Breakdown, it's been no secret that Green Day have a penchant for the epic, operatic sounds of the Who and Queen. But the boys' tastes are far more eclectic than that -- in fact, frontman Billie Joe Armstrong digs Detroit rapper Eminem! "Looking at a guy like Eminem, the way he put his records out and how he goes from character to character and how a lot of hip-hop artists use different names, conceptually, I think that's why a lot of hip-hop records become so eventful," Armstrong told of Em, whose first record in five years, Relapse, dropped yesterday and will be battling Green Day's latest for the No. 1 spot on the charts next week. "All of a sudden a character will come up. A dialogue will come up.

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    Teen Classroom Shooter: "Hail Marilyn Manson"

    The Louisiana teen who opened fire in a crowded middle school classroom yesterday before attempting suicide wrote that he wanted to join the Marines, and professed a love for rockers Marilyn Manson and AC/DC, according to the Thibodaux Daily Comet. Fifteen-year-old Justin Doucet walked into a seventh-grade classroom in Lafourche Parish, LA, yesterday morning.

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    Watch: Blink-182 Rock 'Tonight Show'

    Blink-182 are back -- and they're wasting no time reminding us just how much they've been missed. The pop-punk trio played their first reunion show last Friday and announced a 45-date summer tour. Monday night, the boys made their first television appearance in five years, ripping out a snappy rendition of "The Rock Show" on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno! Watch below. It's like Blink never left: Mark Hoppus' rosy-cheeked punk charm is still intact (even at 37!) as he sings about the Warped Tour; Tom DeLonge's shrill whine is as oddly lovable and snide as ever; and Travis Barker pummels the drums with typical ferocity. Watch the video, then let us know what you think in the comments section below. And be sure to tune into NBC tonight at 11:35 P.M. EST, when Blink-182 take the Tonight Show stage to perform AGAIN! WATCH: Blink-182, "The Rock Show" Live

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    Jarvis Cocker in New Wes Anderson Movie

    Jarvis Cocker: Former Pulp frontman, SPIN-approved solo artist, snazzy charmer ... singing puppet!?! Yep, that's right: the Britpop superstar will lend his voice for the role of Petey, a mandolin-toting puppet that's the star of Wes Anderson's (Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums) stop-motion adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic children's book The Fantastic Mr. Fox.In addition, Cocker and Anderson teamed up to write a song for the film, which Cocker described to the London Times as "a little hoedown number." Initially, Cocker had an even larger role in Fox, as he was tapped to join George Clooney, Meryl Streep, and Bill Murray to provide its narration. Sadly, Cocker, who also has a cameo role in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, was ditched after Fox's U.S. test audiences were "bamboozled" by his thick Sheffield accent. The Fantastic Mr.

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