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  • Todd Terje,

    Todd Terje Soundtracks Silly Walks in 'Leisure Suit Preben' Video

    Has "it's video time" been done yet? Probably, but Norwegian slow-disco mischief-maker Todd Terje's visuals for It's Album Time's lounge-y spy-movie love affair "Leisure Suit Preben" are in keeping with the retro-luxurious eccentricity of the DJ/producer's masterful debut full-length. Directed by Espen Friberg & Emil Høgset, it starts with a suit-wearing man stumbling down the sidewalk, haunted by a disembodied face, and ends someplace very different. The YouTube blurb describes our hero, an Oslo resident named Preben, as "a singer, dancer, and party animal." Here's hoping "Preben" is basically the Scandinavian equivalent of Larry. (It's "Terr-YEAH," by the way — the extra syllable is for "Yeah, baby!")

  • Nirvana, secret show, Brooklyn, Rock Hall, St. Vitus

    Nirvana Follow Rock Hall Induction With Guest-Packed Secret Show

    Nirvana's performances last night didn't end with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, where the band's surviving members played with Joan Jett, Lorde, Kim Gordon, and St. Vincent. As Brooklyn Vegan notes, drummer Dave Grohl, bassist Krist Novoselic, and longtime guitarist Pat Smear headed over after the event to Brooklyn's 350-capacity (per Billboard) Saint Vitus, where they put on an unannounced show. Lorde must've had another engagement, but Jett, Gordon, and St. Vincent a.k.a. Annie Clark all took the stage with the Nirvana members again, plus J Mascis (who almost joined Nirvana) and Deer Tick's John McCauley (whose band covered all of In Utero). Pitchfork points to some fan video from the event — check it out below, read up on the ceremony's best moments, and scroll down for the set list."Heart-Shaped Box" (feat. St. Vincent)"Smells Like Teen Spirit" (feat.

  • MegaUpload, Kim Dotcom, RIAA, lawsuit, record labels

    Record Labels Sue Megaupload and Founder Kim Dotcom

    Two years after Megaupload shut down with the arrest of its founder Kim Dotcom, the former file-sharing service and its boss keep getting hit with legal documents. The Recording Industry Association of America has sued Dotcom and three other plaintiffs on behalf of the major music labels.In a statement, the music industry organization said the lawsuit targets "willfully engaged in, actively encouraged, and handsomely profited from massive copyright infringement of music on the Megaupload service" before their January 2012 indictment by federal prosecutors. The RIAA's lawsuit follows a similar lawsuit earlier this month by the movie industry's equivalent group, the Motion Picture Association of America.

  • Stephen Colbert, David Letterman, 'Late Show,' 'Colbert Report,' 13 best music moments

    Congrats, Stephen Colbert: The Letterman Successor's 13 Best Music Moments

    Stephen Colbert will take over from David Letterman as the host of The Late Show, CBS has announced. The switch won't take place until after Letterman's retirement, currently scheduled for sometime next year. As host of Comedy Central's The Colbert Report since October 2005, Colbert has done more than cutting, joking-not-joking satire. He also has — perhaps surprisingly given his character as a blowhard conservative pundit — played host to a whole bunch of unique musical moments. There will be time for a more definitive ranking when Letterman actually passes a torch, but for now, here's a quick baker's dozen of the most memorable times Colbert welcomed the music world to the Report. Let us know what we're missing.Above, watch Colbert's video for his synth-pop song "Charlene (I'm Right Behind You)," from 2006.1.

  • Lykke Li, 'I Never Learn,'

    Lykke Li's 'No Rest for the Wicked' Video Is a Tale of Doomed Romance

    If Lykke Li is serious about filling her upcoming album with smoldering "power ballads," of course she needs a love-story music video. The first clip from I Never Learn, for the aching acoustic plea "Love Me Like I'm Not Made of Stone," was essentially a video portrait. "No Rest for the Wicked" starts as a similarly spare plaint, centered around delicate piano then builds to a rumble of chorus as crushing as it is hopelessly crushed (free blurb: "Lykke Li puts the 'power' in 'power ballad'!). But the accompanying visuals just showed wilting flowers. Now longtime collaborator Tarik Saleh has directed a more traditional video, and it's the narrative treatment the song deserves, a fraught tale starring the singer as one half of a doomed romance. The clip is above, and I Never Learn is out May 6 in North America  and May 5 elsewhere via LL/Atlantic.

  • Big Glo, Blood Money, Chief Keef, Chicago rapper, shot, dead,

    Chicago Rapper Big Glo Shot to Death at Age 33

    Chicago has lost a rising rapper to gun violence. Mario Hess, a.k.a. Big Glo — who collaborated with Chief Keef and recently signed to Interscope —died after a shooting overnight in his hometown, according to the Chicago Tribune. Formerly known as Blood Money, he was 33.Glo was Keef's second cousin and the eldest in Keef's Glory Boyz Entertainment stable. In March, Glo appeared in the younger star's "Fuck Rehab" video. His manager, Renaldo Reuben, said he had been working to get Glo out of the city.Two shooters fired at Glo around 9:45 p.m. local time on April 9, hitting him at least 10 times before he was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead, police told the Tribune. A 28-year-old man was also shot and was reportedly in "serious" condition. Glo reportedly said he didn't know the other shooting victim, or the shooters.Records show Glo had been arrested dozens of times.

  • Jamie xx,

    Watch Jamie xx's 'Sleep Sound' Inspire Deaf Dancers

    Jamie xx never runs out of ways to find music in silence, does he? The xx-man's main band demonstrated their mastery of negative space on 2012's Coexist and their self-titled 2009 debut. Last month's run of 40-person New York concerts showed how their atmospheric sounds can work even better when fewer people are hearing them. New solo single "Sleep Sound," out May 6 via Young Turks, (pre -order on iTunes or 12-inch vinyl now) is another bold stroke of evanescence; we called it a "spongy, 2-step-meets-doo-wop jam."The track's novel video makes the connection to silence more literal. Directed by Sofia Mattioli, a London-based artist and poet, the clip shows 13 members of the Manchester (U.K.) Deaf Centre — ages 5 to 27 — dancing in response to both Mattioli's movements and the music's vibrations in the air.

  • Nirvana, Jimmy Fallon, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Stevie Nicks, 'Tonight Show,' Tom Petty, video

    Nirvana's Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic Present Stevie Nicks on 'Fallon'

    Check out the best moments of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2014 ceremony with Nirvana, Kiss, and more."This is kind of an exciting week," Jimmy Fallon told Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic last night on The Tonight Show. The surviving Nirvana members will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tonight (April 10) — introduced by Michael Stipe, and possibly performing with Joan Jett — just days after the 20th anniversary of frontman Kurt Cobain's tragic death. On Tonight, Grohl and Novoselic introduced Stevie Nicks for a performance of the Fleetwood Mac singer's 1981 Tom Petty collaboration "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around," with Fallon standing in for Petty (see also: "Gov. Christie Traffic Jam," "Jeremy (Lin)," and many more Fallon music sketches).

  • Antemasque, Mars Volta, Flea

    Hear Antemasque's Bristling '4AM,' the First Song From Ex-Mars Volta Members and Flea

    Antemasque are alive. Earlier this week, a couple of videos announced the existence of the project, which brings together three-fourths of the former Mars Volta — co-leaders Omar Rodríguez-López and Cedric Bixler-Zavala, plus drummer Dave Elitch — with soon-to-be memoir author Flea. Sure, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Atoms for Peace bass god took to Twitter to cast doubt on the idea his working with a band that has benefited from his services as long as 2003's De-Loused in the Comatorium constitutes a supergroup. But now Antemasque's first single, already on iTunes, is available for streaming on Bandcamp, and it's no Mars Volta leftover. Listen to the terse, tightly coiled track, with howled lyrical imagery of early-morning cries and hoping never to "become him," below. Nothing's going wrong.

  • The Breeders, recording, new music

    The Breeders Prep First New Music in Five Years

    The Breeders recently wrapped up a tour reuniting the lineup behind 1993's alternative-rock classic Last Splash, but they're not done making new music. In fact, they've been recording new songs, which would represent the band's first fresh material since 2009's excellent, autumnal Fate to Fatal EP — and their first album since 2008's loose, varied Mountain Battles (which itself followed a seven-year gap between LPs). "We're doing some recording in the basement," Deal told Stereogum.The band in the basement is the same one that hit the road last year, consisting of Deal and her sister Kelley along with Josephine Wiggs and Jim Macpherson. "We're down in the basement recording and the songs are sounding good," Kim said. "And honestly, I don't know what else to do. This is what I like to do. I like to record and play songs.

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