Melissa Goldstein

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    Watch: Beck Covers Velvet Underground

    After pushing the envelope with his own output over the last two decades, Beck -- and a group of all-star pals -- are re-imagining the classics. Members of the singer's new "record club" (read: Devendra Banhart, Jamie Lidell, MGMT, and Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, among others) will come to his studio and record an classic album from start to finish in one day -- sans rehearsals. Beck will then release one song a week on his web site. Beck just posted the series' first installment, a cover of Velvet Underground and Nico's "Sunday Morning" featuring contributions from Godrich plus actor (and Beck's brother-in-law) Giovanni Ribisi and Icelandic vocalist Thorunn Magnusdottir (also a member of Fields) handling Nico's parts. Incidentally, Beck's version of the tune was also distributed as a bonus 7?' with the recent re-release of his One Foot in the Grave.

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    Courtney Love Revives Hole For New Album

    Courtney Love's next album, Nobody's Daughter, has been more than five years in the making. In those years, meetings of the musical minds have transpired between Love and Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan -- as well as renowned songwriter/producer Linda Perry -- and yet, no album has been released. To be fair, in the time that's passed since Love first started talking about the album, she's been busy with life's day-to-day things -- like dealing with the emotional fallout of having Kurt Cobain's ashes stolen, taking credit for Britney Spears' public meltdown techniques, declaring war on Cobain's estate robbers, and, most recently, getting sued by American Express. But it seems as if all that is finally taking a backseat to Love's musical ambitions -- and, get this: She's decided to get her old band Hole back together. Well, kinda.

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    Klaxons Hope to Make "First Great Record of Next Decade"

    Recording a second album to follow a hit debut can be a daunting task -- just ask the Klaxons. The quartet -- who fuse indie rock with rave music -- have been recording the follow-up to their first release, Myths of the Near Future, since early 2007, working with David Bowie producer Tony Visconti and Simian Mobile Disco's James Ford. But following early reports of "psychedelic" songs and their label's reported dissatisfaction with them, it seems the band have chosen to go in a different direction. "We've now got 28 songs and we're just about to put it together as a complete record. We're looking for a producer and if anyone out there makes records, give us a bell," Klaxons founding member Jamie Reynolds told BBC 6. "We've taken it to the next stage and it's rawer and simpler and as we were at our best.

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    Listen to Gossip's New Album

    Back in April, SPIN.com previewed Gossip's infectious new dance single "Heavy Cross". And while it was disco-punkin' awesome, it was also a little frustrating, because -- like chips and guacamole -- one is just never enough. Well, get ready to gorge: The Portland, OR, punk and blues outfit are currently streaming their new SPIN-approved record in its entirety. Click here to listen to Music For Men now!

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    Watch: Taylor Swift Raps with T-Pain!?!

    Do you ever feel like all of the action happens at the awards shows you don't watch? For those who missed Tuesday night's airing of the CMT Music Awards, Taylor Swift joined forces with T-Pain for a spoof rap video titled "Thug Story." Performing as T-Swizzle and flanked by T-Pain (that's "T-Pizzle" to CMT viewers), Swift kicked things off by addressing the unexpected nature of her alter-ego: "You shorties probably never thought I dreamed about rapping hardcore." She then posed next to her mom and insisted, "I live with my parents but I'm still a thug." Hilarious. The country starlet then tore a page from SNL's "it's funny when you pretend that innocuous things are hardcore" handbook: "You can find me baking cookies at night / You out clubbin'? / Well I just made caramel delight!" Nice.

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    Watch: Daft Punk's Head-Banger Video

    We know what you're thinking: A Daft Punk-produced music video? Roll out the laser pyramid and bring on the tricked-out robot gear! But with nary a helmet or geometric structure in sight, Daft Punk's dance music auteurs Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo (who produce under the name "Daft Arts") team with director Bryce Kass to create a music video that is stark, haunting, and costume-free. The tune -- "Flushed and Flamelike, Themselves" -- is off of L.A. singer-songwriter Douglas Armour's 2008 album The Light of a Golden Day, the Arms of the Night.

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    Listen: New Modest Mouse Song

    Modest Mouse's new song, "Autumn Beds," sounds upbeat with its catchy, sing-along chorus, foot-stomping beat, and jangly banjo. But beneath the surface frontman Isaac Brock is painting a dark picture -- one of threatening legal action, a sinister DA, and the protagonist being found "guilty so many times." We're not sure we get it, but we like the tune. The song is the title track for a upcoming limited-edition 7" (which will also feature new tune "Whale Song") due out later this month.

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    Eminem to Reunite with D12

    Eminem has revealed plans to reunite with rap collective D12 for the first time in five years. Just weeks after releasing his long-awaited album, the Dr. Dre-produced Relapse, the rapper told BET television show Rap City that his Detroit collective were making plans to head into the studio in the near future [via NME.com]. "Me and the guys, we got a bond, it's special," he said. "As far as the future of D-12, we're gonna be back in the studio soon." Eminem famously retreated from the spotlight in 2006 following the death of his best friend and fellow D12 member Proof, but has revealed that the move to reunite with the group is motivated by what he feels his fallen friend would want him to do. "I think this is what Proof always wanted," he said. "For me to go crazy again."

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    Yusuf Islam to Coldplay: I Forgive You

    Yusuf Islam, the artist formerly known as Cat Stevens, has invited Coldplay to tea so that they can put the whole "you copied elements of my epic 18-minute song 'Foreigner Suite'" thing to bed. Don't get it twisted: Islam still thinks the Brit rockers copped his material, it's just that he doesn't think they did it on purpose. They can't help it if his genius permeates their subconscious, right? "I stand by what I said. They did copy my song but I don't think they did it on purpose. I have even copied myself without even knowing I have done it. I'll write down what I think is a good melody and realize it's the same as something I have already done," Islam told UK paper Daily Express. He then extended an olive branch: "I don't want them to think I am angry with them.

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    Devo to Collaborate with LCD Soundsystem Frontman

    Devo have recruited LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy to collaborate on their new album. How did the two come together? Well, it starts with a big misunderstanding. "[Devo co-founder] Gerald [Casale] had said we were searching for people like James [Murphy] to work with, which somehow turned into him helming the entire album," Devo mastermind Mark Mothersbaugh told the LA Times of the rumors that that the band were working with the LCD Soundsystem mastermind. "It was a total misquote.

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