Melissa Goldstein

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    Bon Iver Side-Project Sets Release Date

    Bon Iver's Justin Vernon has revealed further details around his experimental side-project Volcano Choir. According to a statement from Vernon's label JagJaguWar, the band -- which is a collaborative effort with Wisconsin quintet Collections of Colonies of Bees -- predates Vernon's Bon Iver work. It turns out this crew has been writing songs together since the summer of 2005. The band's debut record, titled Unmap, was recorded in November 2008, when the musicians got together for the weekend to "exorcise their ideas about beauty." And what might that sound like? "With influences ranging from David Sylvian and Steve Reich to Mahalia Jackson and Tom Waits, it might be more accurate to say the group's influence is music itself," the band's statement decrees. Vernon also described the sound to Pitchfork back in May, saying, "I sing on it, but there aren't a lot of lyrics.

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    Kanye West Vomits Roses In Spike Jonze Film

    Back in March, word got out that Spike Jonze and Kanye West were set to work on a mysterious short film together. The news came with the uber-general description that it would be "based on an idea Spike had." Well, the film finally screened at the Los Angeles Film Festival last night, and judging from reports, it sounds like Jonze may have had a brainstorming session or two with Alien director Ridley Scott. The short film, titled We Were Once A Fairytale, begins with Kanye West stumbling around a club drunk and bragging about his genius as a remix of 808s and Heartbreak tune "See You In My Nightmares" plays in the background. [Note: West is playing himself.] West then breaks from taking musical credit to have sex with a woman in a leopard-print dress in the VIP room -- until he passes out mid-act.

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    Snoop Dogg's New Protege: Buzz Aldrin!?!

    Rapper Snoop Dogg knows how to get high. But neither he nor any of his usual collaborators have been higher than his new partner-in-rhyme. Or older, for that matter. It's 79-year-old astronaut Buzz Aldrin, who, as a lunar module pilot on famed spacecraft Apollo 11, has the distinction of being the second person to walk on the moon. "Buzz has got the biggest buzz on the streets right now," Snoop told USA Today about his new homie. "He's got Talib Kweli and [me] in the studio with him, and I only work with the best." Aldrin, who invited Snoop, Soulja Boy, and Kweli to join him in the studio to shoot a video for his new single, "Rocket Experience," is considerably more modest when it comes to assessing his skills: "I'm not too good at carrying a tune, but I do have rhythm," he said.

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    Watch: 50 Cent's Sensitive Slow Jam

    Either 50 Cent has been secretly collaborating with the Flight of the Conchords team, or he's just been hording his "master of satire" abilities until now. Regardless, the video for "I Do A Lot For You," off his just-released War Angel mixtape, is hilarious in an earnest, slow-jam-rap-meets-comedy-track kind of way. Clad head-to-toe in Gucci and backed by a two-man entourage that is equally label-whored to the hilt, Em and Dre's third amigo dedicates the song "to the bitches" before demonstrating his sweet-talking powers of seduction. Fiddy opens by attempting to shed his gangsta image, revealing a sensitive side. "You can change me baby, you change me," he says. Awww!

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    Sunny Day Real Estate Reunite!

    Sunny Days are here again. Following months of rumors of a Sunny Day Real Estate reunion, the Seattle emo pioneers have confirmed a 20-date fall tour. The outing marks the first reformation of the band's original lineup -- frontman Jeremy Enigk, Foo Fighters bassist Nate Mendel, former Foos drummer William Goldsmith, and guitarist Dan Hoerner -- since they disbanded in 1995 following Mendel's departure.The rest of the group reunited without Mendel in 1997, recording two more albums (1998's How It Feels to Be Something On and 2000's The Rising Tide) before breaking up again in 2001. "I've always had a feeling of unfinished business," Mendel explained in a statement."We had all these outsized ideas back then, 'Everyone's going to learn a new instrument,' and 'Let's do a rock opera,' but before we could get anywhere with them, the band broke up.

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    Welcome to Lily Allen's Fantasy World

    It's already been made abundantly clear that Lily Allen doesn't suffer fools. But the Brit pop tart's latest music video for It's Not Me, It's You tune "Fuck You" really drives the point home. The track, which includes lyrical swipes that seem aimed at former president Bush, sees Allen giving the middle finger to people who are homophobic and racist and narrow-minded in every way. Fair enough. But in the accompanying music video, Allen's ill will seems a little more indiscriminate. With super-villain type power, the singer uses her thumb and forefinger to distort the faces of irritating tourists, bounce a jogger off a bridge, and deface the Eiffel Tower. To be fair, it's not all evil deeds: She also expands a passerby's 'fro, plumps up a woman's tush, and transforms a bland storefront into a hip indie record store facade. Watch Lily Allen's video for "Fuck You" below.

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    TV on the Radio's Kyp Malone Goes Solo

    TV on the Radio singer-guitarist Kyp Malone has revealed plans to release a solo album this fall under the moniker Rain Machine. But that's not all -- he's also taken the opportunity to come clean about all sorts of surprising stuff, including his aesthetic aversion to his own name and his amenability toward "LOL"! "I've been writing and recording songs alone since I moved to NYC in 2000, at first alone because I didn't know anyone, then through the years by choice because of a particular freedom that going it alone afforded," Malone said in a statement on his record label Anti's website. He then went on to explain the origin of his project's name: "I've played regularly since then, at first under the name Black Lights until some kids in Texas told me they were already using that name.

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    Will.i.Am vs. Perez Hilton in Assault Dispute

    In the wake of an altercation between celeb blogger Perez Hilton and Black Eyed Peas mastermind Will.i.Am, both parties have taken the web with their side of the story. According to Hilton, the beef started during a dress rehearsal for the MuchMusic Video Awards in Toronto last Saturday when Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie approached the blogger about his recent criticisms of the band's new album, The E.N.D.. At an after-party following the ceremony on Sunday, Will.i.Am confronted Hilton at a nightclub. The altercation led to the band's manager, Liborio "Polo" Molina, allegedly hitting Hilton. Hilton announced the battery directly following the incident via Twitter. "I was assaulted by Will.i.Am of the Black Eyed Peas and his security guards," Hilton wrote. "I am bleeding. Please, I need to file a police report.

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    Melissa Auf der Maur Talks Hole 'Reunion'

    Courtney Love recently revealed plans to enlist bassist Melissa Auf der Maur to revive '90s alt-rock band Hole behind the release of her long-delayed album, Nobody's Daughter. Problem is, Auf der Maur remains in the dark about what this reunion might actually entail. "I don't know what to say about [the situation]," Auf der Maur told music site ExploreMusic. "I'm a little confused as to what the plan with that is. All I can tell you is that I like singing ooos, ahs, and la-la-las behind her voice."?? She also revealed that she and Love had been out of communication until recently, and that producer Michael Beinhorn (who worked on Hole's 1998 album Celebrity Skin) -- not Love -- had directly asked her to contribute. "We've been in touch this year after ten years of no contact, I will say that," she said of her relationship with Love.

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    N.E.R.D. Unveil New Videogame!

    Move over Rock Band and Guitar Hero. There's a new music-inspired videogame in town and it may not have Metallica or the Beatles, but it does have Pharrell "I'm a PC" Williams and evil space gorillas! The hip-hop masterminds behind N.E.R.D. have a brand-new website, but the best part is that they also have a brand-new video game titled (after their latest record) Seeing Sounds. Nodding to classic Nintendo game Donkey Kong, the game features avatars of N.E.R.D.'s members who attempt to conquer an "evil space gorilla" (who is prone to kidnapping rappers) and kitschy humor about the band. For example: When gamers uses up their allotted three lives, they're met with this message: "Even though no one ever really dies, you somehow managed to."(Get it?

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