Marc Hogan



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    The Steve Jobs' iPod Autopsy: Apple Innovator Stuck in the '60s

    Changing the face of music doesn't mean having to keep up with it. Steve Jobs, who died earlier this month at age 56 after a seven-year battle with pancreatic cancer, paved the way for the digital music industry as we know it but, as a new biography reveals, the Apple co-founder packed his own iPod with artists from the 8-track era. "His iPod selections were those of a kid from the '70s with his heart in the '60s," Walter Isaacson writes in the new book, simply titled Steve Jobs. Sure, Jobs listened to several acts young enough to have grown up using the personal computers he helped pioneer. Among them: Alicia Keys, Black Eyed Peas, Coldplay, Green Day, and John Mayer. But these "more contemporary artists" made up "only about a quarter" of the songs on Jobs's iPod, Isaacson writes — and that's counting U2 and Talking Heads.

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    Metallica Already Planning Ways to Make Fans Forget 'Lulu'

    Metallica's collaborative release with Lou Reed, Lulu, doesn't come out until October 31, but the metal moguls have already started their next album, the follow-up to 2008's Death Magnetic, bassist Robert Trujillo told Gulf News. "We've been busy writing and recording," Trujillo says. "We've got a couple of new songs we have been working on the past couple of weeks. The writing process for the new Metallica album has begun. We've been in the studio with Rick Rubin, working on a couple of things, and we're going to be recording during the most of next year.

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    Adele's Royal Albert Hall Gig Headed to CD/DVD

    Throat problems forced Adele to cancel an already-rescheduled U.S. tour this month, and the pop singer also scrapped a performance at the Q Awards in London on Monday. Back on September 22, however, her hemorrhaged vocal chord was well enough to perform an epic set that's turning into a live CD/DVD set — Live at the Royal Albert Hall hits shelves on November 29, the singer has announced. Considering her sophomore LP 21 is the world's biggest-selling album of the year so far, the package will no doubt end up under plenty of Christmas trees this holiday season.

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    Amy Winehouse's Official Cause of Death: Alcohol

    A U.K. coroner has finalized a report on the death of 27-year-old British soul star Amy Winehouse, ruling the "Rehab" and "You Know I'm No Good" singer died from excessive alcohol consumption. Coroner Suzanne Greenaway has issued a verdict of "death by misadventure" — the same cause of death famously given for Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones in 1969 — according to the AP, stating that Winehouse's demise in London on July 23 was the result of intentionally choosing to drink alcohol, no matter the risks. Winehouse's blood alcohol content at the time of her death was more than five times above the legal drunk-driving level, a pathologist reportedly said today at the singer's inquest — enough to stop her breathing. Per Winehouse's doctor, Dr.

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    See How Deadmau5 Puts on His Insane Live Show

    Whatever your feelings on albums by Deadmau5, it's tough to deny the visual spectacle of his live show. Naming the Canadian electronic musician's Lollapalooza set the best of this year's festival, SPIN wrote, "even the Muses and Coldplays of the world seem like community theater by comparison." How does he do it? POSSIBLE Productions, which designs his custom visuals, has posted a three-minute video that gives an inside glimpse, plus footage from the performances. Watch it via Beatport and prepare yourself for some retina-blasting lights. Oh, and about those albums? A new Deadmau5 release, The Re-Edits, arrives next week via London label Cubrik Recordings, according to Beatport. The set features his remixes of everyone from British techno icon Carl Cox to Scottish nu-disco upstart Calvin Harris.

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    How Michael Stipe Taught Thom Yorke to Be a Frontman

    Contrary to what coverage of Radiohead's shows at New York's Roseland Ballroom last month might suggest, the band's interpolation of R.E.M.'s "The One I Love" into Kid A opener "Everything in Its Right Place" wasn't a one-off gesture honoring the alt-rock pioneers' still-fresh breakup. In fact, Thom Yorke and Co. have been quoting the hit from R.E.M.'s 1987 Document for at least a couple of years, at shows in Japan, Mexico, Chile — you name it. So it's only fitting Yorke would have a unique perspective on the band's career — other than a few guys named Bono and Mick, there aren't too many members of the small club of folks who have fronted the same band for three decades. Rolling Stone asked Yorke about R.E.M.'s demise, and Yorke revealed Stipe had warned him about the breakup before the news went public, via text. Yorke recalls that he first saw R.E.M.

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    Hear Pusha T Sample Wrestler Ric Flair on 'What Dreams Are Made Of'

    Woooooo! Ric Flair's hip-hop takeover continues. It's been more than three years since a blogger for rap magazine XXL posted an extensive comparison between the larger-than-life wrestler and the larger-than-life hip-hop world— and the Nature Boy's influence only appears to grow.

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    Kings of Leon Squeeze Unreleased Song Into DVD Extra

    A previously unreleased Kings of Leon song has (sort of) hit the Web. Fan site Closer to KOL has posted an extra from the DVD edition of documentary Talihina Sky: The Story of Kings of Leon, which premiered earlier this year. The footage shows the Tennessee band playing a slow, lightly soul-tinged soft-rocker, with lyrics about someone who is "dear to me." The vocals don't start until a couple of minutes into the clip, which also features the group settling into a groove behind snippets of interviews with family members. It's been almost a month now since Kings of Leon returned from their abrupt touring hiatus; the Talihina Sky DVD is due out on November 1.

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    Hear Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode, Killers Cover U2

    Three more covers of songs from U2's 1991 pivot-into-artsiness Achtung Baby recorded for British music magazine Q's compilation commemorating the album's 20th anniversary have arrived online. We've already heard Jack White tear into "Love Is Blindness" and Garbage put their brooding electro-rock spin on "Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses." Now come contributions by Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode, and the Killers. None of the new versions are huge revelations, but they're all pretty worthwhile for Achtung Baby fans. Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor lends unexpected tenderness to opener "Zoo Station," playing up the track's vocals and swathing them in warmly buzzing electronics rather than the original's clanging and distortion.

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    The Strange Boys, 'Live Music' (Rough Trade)

    These pointedly off-kilter Austin rapscallions have covered "Lay Lady Lay" recently, and while Dylan was always the obvious reference point for Ryan Sambol's bleary bleat, the Nashville Skyline nod feels especially appropriate for his band's third studio album. Live (rhymes with "give") Music cleverly continues the rootsier turn of last year's Be Brave, now emphasizing honky-tonk piano. Recorded half with Spoon's Jim Eno, half with Be Brave producer Mike McHugh, it's all slack -- sometimes to a fault, but mostly not. Moving on from venerable garage-rock label In the Red, the Strange Boys are still scrounging up diamonds in the rough.

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