Marc Hogan

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    Hear Beck Remix Feist's 'How Come You Never Go There'

    No matter where you go, there you are. Beck has remixed Feist's "How Come You Never Go There," and though he just about completely changes the mellow Metals shuffler's direction, they both end up about the same place: tantalizing understatement. The mononymous alt-popsters previously worked together a couple of years ago, on a cover of Moby Grape-Jefferson Airplane acid casualty Skip Spence's 1969 psych-folk classic Oar for Beck's Record Club project. This time Beck Hansen swaps out Leslie Feist's richly organic arrangement for choppy electro-funk, with oompahing horns, skittering drums, and distended snippets of Feist's vocals.

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    Trent Reznor Doesn't Know Where His Grammys Are

    There's a really old episode of The Simpsons where Homer gives away a trophy he wins with his singing group, the Be Sharps (it's kind of a long story). "Wow, an award statue!" exclaims the lucky recipient, who then sneers, "Aw, it's a Grammy," and flings the offending object from a balcony. (An off-screen voice shouts back, "Hey, don't throw your garbage down here!") This is all to say: Trent Reznor is a little like Homer Simpson. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the former Nine Inch Nails frontman lost track of his Grammy Awards over the course of several moves, and he isn't in a hurry to find them again. "Why don't the Grammys matter?" Reznor, whose NIN won two Grammys and was nominated for 12, is quoted as saying.

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    Madonna Inks New Label Deal for March Album

    After months of speculation and leaks, and with a Super Bowl halftime performance coming up early next year, it's finally official: The Material Girl is releasing a new album. Madonna's follow-up to 2008's Hard Candy is finished and will arrive in March on Interscope, the label has confirmed. The release will be the first in the pop star's freshly signed three-album deal with Interscope and Live Nation Entertainment — an arrangement reportedly worth $40 million. First up is the album's advance single "Gimme All Your Luvin," set to arrive in the last week of January. A demo version of the cheery, William Orbit-produced electro-pop track surfaced last month. M.I.A. later revealed on Twitter that she was collaborating with Madonna and Nicki Minaj on a track, widely thought to be "Gimme All Your Luvin," though representatives for the three artists have yet to address such reports.

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    Watch the 5-Song Roots 'undun' Short Film

    The Roots' undun has a complex narrative about a low-level drug dealer named Redford Stephens that, as our reviewer notes, is often obscured by the glut of guest rappers. But this nine-minute video tells Stephens' sad story in its clearest form, setting elegant black-and-white visuals to snippets of various undun cuts: the understated groove of "Tip the Scale," the aptly titled crunch of "Stomp," the elegaic soul-pop of "Sleep," and, over the closing credits, the piano-splashed, FDR-paraphrasing uplift of "One Time." In a series of four instances from 1990 to 1999, we see the young man go from just another kid in a rough neighborhood to a criminal, and then, after he encounters some real trouble, we're left to contemplate his inevitable fate.

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    Water Sports: R. Kelly Joins Trend of Musicians Hosting Caribbean Cruises

    Batten down the chocolate factory and stay off the poop deck! R. Kelly's wonderful retro-soul album Love Letter is about to be a Caribbean cruise!The five-day "Romantic 'Love Letter Cruise'" sets sail October 1, 2012, departing form Miami with stops at Grand Turks, Half Moon Cay, and Nassua, Bahamas. It isn't cheap — is love ever cheap? However, cruise participants who book before December 17 will save $250.

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    Foo Fighters Headlining Bamboozle, New Orleans Jazz Fest

    It might get lonely being one of the last commercially successful alt-rock bands — if it weren't for all of the tens of thousands of people in the audience. Two of next year's big music festivals have unveiled their lineups, and Foo Fighters (whose Wasting Light is one our favorite albums of 2011) are among the headliners at both of them. Joining Foo Fighters at the top of the bill at Bamboozle will be Blink-182 and Bon Jovi, while Tom Petty and the Eagles will be the other headliners at New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Bamboozle, which is set for May 18-20, will return to Asbury Park, New Jersey, after six years at the Meadowlands Sports Complex, and tickets will be available starting Saturday. Lil Wayne and Wiz Khalifa, Bruno Mars, Mötley Crüe, and Taking Back Sunday are also on the bill.

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    Watch Fucked Up Play 'Jingle Bells'

    What better way to end a fucked up year than with Fucked Up performing a Christmas carol? The Canadian rockers' hardcore opera David Come to Life is SPIN's album of the year, and frontman Damian Abraham's bearded mug graces the cover of our January/February issue. Last night, as MTV Hive notes, the band showed up on the holiday special of celebrity-chef show Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations. Their 49-second "Jingle Bells" is pretty much exactly what you might expect — guttural barks, hardcore propulsion, theatrical rock'n'roll solos — which of course means it's kind of awesome. Extra points for the "ha ha ha" backing vocal.

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    Radiohead 'Rehearsing New Songs' for 2012 Tour

    Radiohead plan to preview some fresh material on their upcoming tour. "We've been rehearsing about four or five new songs this week," guitarist Ed O'Brien told XFM's Mary Anne Hobbs today (via Consequence of Sound). "So we're going to try to take those on the road." O'Brien offered additional details in an interview with BBC 6, and hinted at a potential 2012 studio release. "We haven't got anymore stuff left over but we are rehearsing at the moment and we are rehearsing new songs because we want the tour to be creative," he said. "So if that means at the end of the year we might have nipped into the studio for a couple of weeks and done an EP or something else then it could be, but the thing is to keep it as fluid and flexible as possible." Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke has previously said the band would hit the studio this month and next. The U.S.

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    Wild Flag 'Romance' Letterman While Stipe Sits on Colbert's Shelf

    The last time Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss appeared on the Late Show With David Letterman was 2006, when they performed devastating The Woods cut "Jumpers" with their iconic former band Sleater-Kinney. They returned to the Late Show stage Tuesday night with Wild Flag, their current group with ex-Helium leader Mary Timony and former Minders keyboardist Rebecca Cole, to play spring-wound ode to music "Romance," from the band's excellent self-titled debut. "We love the sound," they sang in urgent multi-part harmonies, amid leg-kicking guitar-fuzz heroics and pummeling rhythms, and their hosts understandably seemed to agree — Paul Shaffer declared them "my new favorite band," so, there's that. Watch it, and the arguably even more intense Sleater-Kinney clip, right here. On a more random note, former R.E.M.

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    You Are Now Watching the Throne Do 'Paris' Nine Times a Night

    Who gon' stop them, huh? 'Cause if nobody steps up to do the job, there's a distinct chance Jay-Z and Kanye West will be performing nothing but current Watch the Throne hit "Niggas in Paris" until they're rapping wherever ultra-rich people get to live instead of a nursing home. According to Rap Radar and the fan video below, the Throne duo played the song nine times in a row last night at the end of their second show at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Nine times! At the album version's three-minute, 40-second length, that's more than a half hour of nothing but a song you've already heard a million times — that'd be, like, well on your way to two full episodes of Arrested Development on Netflix! "A glorious occasion ... a record-setting evening ...

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