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  • Andy Johns

    Andy Johns, Producer Behind Some of Rock's Most Celebrated Albums, Dies at 61

    If you like rock'n'roll, there's a good chance you love an album produced or engineered by Andy Johns. The British-born producer, who worked on an impressive array of the genre's most legendary albums, has passed away at the age of 61, according to The cause of death wasn't clear, but Stacy Blades, a guitarist working with Johns before the producer's hospitalization last week, told Billboard that Johns had been experiencing liver problems.Johns produced Television's 1977 punk classic Marquee Moon, along with albums by Humble Pie, Free, and others. As an engineer, he played a role on milestone records by the Rolling Stones (Sticky Fingers, Exile on Main Street, Goats Head Soup, and It's Only Rock 'n' Roll), Led Zeppelin (from II to Physical Graffiti), Mott the Hoople, and Jethro Tull, among others.

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    CSS Preview New LP 'Planta' With Dubby Heartbreak Cure 'Hangover'

    CSS, short for Cansei de Ser Sexy, haven't wearied of expertly constructed, endearingly hook-filled electro-funk. The Brazilian group, whose full name translates to "tired of being sexy," will release their new, Dave Sitek-produced album Planta on June 11. The first track from the follow-up to 2011's La Liberación is "Hangover," which uses spaciously dubby horns, fuzzed-out guitars, and bloopy synths to make the post-breakup blues sound as festive as a boozy weekend outing. "Let's get happy, drinkin' Bloody Mary," CSS chirp. The upcoming record also happens to be CSS' first since the departure of multi-instrumentalist Adriano Cintra. It's ladies' night, oh what a night.

  • De La Soul

    De La Soul Will Get Social With First Song, Video in Nine Years

    De La Soul are not dead. The pioneering New York rap trio hasn't released a full-fledged album since 2004's The Grind Date, but that's about to change. As Rolling Stone reports, the group's DJ, Maseo, has said De La Soul will independently release the song and video "Get Away (feat. the spirit of Wu-Tang)" this week. RS describes the material as the first of a "planned series of monthly single releases, through YouTube and social media."Expect De La Soul's first proper single in nine years to criticize the current hip-hop landscape. "Everything sounds the same," Maseo is quoted as saying. "No real lyrical content. Everybody's just doing business, not really creating." The song also reportedly samples Wu-Tang Clan, specifically a skit from 1997's Wu-Tang Forever.Despite not releasing an album, De La Soul haven't exactly been silent this past decade.

  • The National,

    Hear the National's Wry, Gleaming 'Demons' via Time-Lapse Video

    The National's new album ought to be a hoot. That's a somewhat-wild extrapolation based on an interview late last month with drummer Bryan Devendorf, who revealed, "The tone will sound super serious but what [frontman Matt Berninger is] singing is actually funny."The Brooklyn band has already been previewing songs from Trouble Will Find Me live in concert, including three tunes during a secret show last week in Berlin. But now via Pitchfork comes the first studio track from the LP (out in North America on May 21 via 4AD), "Demons" — and the improved audio quality allows the National's refreshingly invigorated sense of humor to emerge more clearly.

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    Hear the Flaming Lips' Full, Intense 'The Terror' a Week Early

    Pavement's final album was called Terror Twilight. "The Terror, by the Dawn's Early Light," doesn't have quite the same ring, but the Flaming Lips' latest, space-is-the-place opus is streaming in full now via NPR, and it starts with a track called "Look... the Sun Is Rising." The Lips previously played that clanging opener last week on late-night TV, and their South By Southwest performance of the whole album has been streaming online.So you know what to expect: After that brief mid-2000s tilt toward the middle of the road and Wedding Crashers soundtracks, the Oklahoma psych-rockers are extending the revivified weirdness of projects like 2009's Embryonic or 2011's The Flaming Lips With Neon Indian EP.

  • The National

    Watch the National's Three New Songs From a Secret Show in Berlin

    The National played an unannounced show last night at Berlin's Michelberger Hotel, and as Pitchfork and Consequence of Sound point out, videos of three new songs from the performance are now online. All told, the songs — "Heavenfaced," "Fireproof," and "Graceless" — confirm the Brooklyn rockers won't suddenly be going dubstep on new album Trouble Will Find Me, out May 21 on 4AD. The tempos vary, but each song is intricate and ruminative, in the brooding-grandeur tradition of the band's prior albums, most recently including 2010's High Violet. As drummer Bryan Devendorf recently revealed, the album's guests will include Sufjan Stevens, St. Vincent's Annie Clark, Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry, and Sharon Van Etten.

  • Ghostface Killah

    Hear Ghostface Killah and Adrian Younge's Head-Knocking 'Murder Spree'

    "There's a dozen ways to die / Six million ways to do it / Let's go through it," Ghostface Killah roars at the start of "Murder Spree," continuing, "My mind flow like fluid." That mix of brute violence and graceful eloquence defines the track, the latest from the Wu-Tang Clan rapper's upcoming concept album 12 Reasons to Die. "Murder Spree" features similarly snarling verses from guest rapper Inspectah Deck, U-God, Masta Killa, and Killa Sin, but the music's soul-steeped elegance is down to Adrian Younge, who — fresh off Philly-soul update Adrian Younge Presents the Delfonics — produced and composed the whole LP. This latest track is of a piece with the bravura live drumming and machine-gun cadences of previously shared "The Sure Shot (Parts 1 and 2)." The song's accompanying video, above, demonstrates the virtues of the vinyl boxset edition, which — yes!

  • Fall Out Boy

    Hear Fall Out Boy's Strummy, Triumphant 'Young Volcanoes'

    Fall Out Boy have shared new song "Young Volcanoes" to coincide with tickets going on sale for the reunited emo-poppers' upcoming arena tour. And an arena would be an appropriate setting for the latest track from new album Save Rock and Roll (out on April 16 after originally being set for May). "Young Volcanoes" has more in common with the handclapping, crowd-chanting first single, "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light 'Em Up)," than its more sweeping, aggressive follow-up, "The Phoenix." But it's also more lighter-ready than either of those, with Patrick Stump booming about making "boys next do-oh-oh-ohr out of assholes" amid gentle piano plinks and shuffling acoustic guitar strums. Those modest instruments are set in a laser-zapped, vastly reverberating space, with marching, glam-rock drums. You know those March Madness ads with that song by fun.?

  • Fiona Apple

    Fiona Apple Cuts Tour Dates From One to Zero With Primavera Pullout

    The absurdly outstanding lineup for Barcelona's Primavera Festival this year just got one artist less absurdly outstanding. Fiona Apple has canceled her only scheduled 2013 live performance, which would've taken place at the May 30-June 1 fest alongside Blur, the Breeders, My Bloody Valentine, Wu-Tang Clan, and the Knife. Also, so, so many other impressive acts.As Pitchfork points out, Primavera announced Apple's withdrawal on the festival's website, citing only "reasons beyond the control of the organizers of the festival." A rep for Apple didn't immediately respond to an emailed request for comment.The cancellation unfortunately isn't Apple's first since releasing SPIN Essential album The Idler Wheel... last year.

  • Rihanna

    'Swatting' Does Not Excite Rihanna, the Latest Celebrity Victim of a Prank Police Call

    Rihanna broadcast an enthusiasm for whips and chains loud and clear on "S&M," from her 2010 album Loud, but she must not feel the same way about swatting."Swatting" is a prank that's been taking place recently, where someone makes a 911 call regarding a celebrity's house and causes a police SWAT team to arrive on the scene. It's funny, because — wait, why is it funny? Anyway, according to TMZ, Los Angeles police showed up at Rihanna's house in the Pacific Palisades neighborhood yesterday after a caller claimed two armed men were in the home and someone had been shot.

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