Melissa Goldstein

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    Update: New LCD Soundsystem Record in the Works

    Yesterday, LCD Soundsystem touring guitarist (and Hot Chip rocker) Al Doyle said the New York electro-punk act was on hiatus and that when they reunite the band may relaunch as a disco outfit -- with frontman James Murphy taking a backseat to a few dance floor legends. But today, LCD mastermind Murphy told NME.com that not only is the group not on a break, he's already penned eight songs for their next album. Where are these songs you might ask? They're in his head. "I write all my music in my head, I never demo," he said. "I get to a point where there are too many songs and I have to get them recorded. I recently felt that. I've got eight in my head -- that's critical mass." Okay, so when is this mental unloading taking place (and will there be disco involved)?

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    Get Well Soon: Travis Barker, Courtney Love, and Others

    Here's a compilation of the latest evidence supporting the theory that the music industry can be hazardous to your health. The Vines: The band has nixed all of their upcoming shows due to their lead singer Craig Nicholls' mental condition. Nicholls has been suffering from Asperger's Syndrome, a form of autism [via NME.com]. In a statement on the band's website, the Vines explained the cancellation of their upcoming Australian festival performances and Japanese tour by saying: "Craig Nicholls' mental condition has deteriorated extremely rapidly over the past month to the point where he requires immediate help over an extended period of time." Courtney Love: There's borderline-crazy blogging (read: Kanye West), and then there's straight-up crazy blogging. Some are diagnosing the latter for Courtney Love in the wake of her internet overshare yesterday [via thelondonpaper.com].

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    Slash Supports Gay Marriage in New Video

    Slash and his wife Perla Hudson have collaborated on a new video to express their support for same-sex marriage and urge people to continue to protest Proposition 8, the California initiative banning gay marriage, which passed in the November 4 election [via NME.com]."I married my sweetheart," Hudson says on the video clip, pausing to give an emphatic "that's him!" nod toward Slash, who plays the "Star-Spangled Banner" on guitar in the background. "You should be able to marry yours too. Say no to hate and yes to equal rights. Keep up the fight."Watch: Slash and wife Perla Hudson support gay rights:PLUS: Watch SPIN.com correspondent Ben Lashes interview Slash

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    Legal Troubles: Michael Jackson, Prince, Justin Timberlake

    Shocker! When you're rich and famous, people want your money and are willing to go to court for it. And now the King of Pop, Prince, and Justin Timberlake are suiting up, consulting their lawyers, and getting ready to duke it out before the judge. King of Pop vs. Sheikh of Bahrain: The King of Bahrain's son, Sheikh Abdulla Bin Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa, is suing Michael Jackson for £4.7 million (7 million U.S.) after he says he paid Jackson £1.1 million (roughly 2.25 million U.S.) and built him a recording studio as an advance for two albums, a stage show, and an autobiography. The Sheikh says Jackson kept the money but did not deliver the promised work.

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    LCD Soundsystem: Bringing Back Disco

    [Update, Nov. 19: Today James Murphy confirmed that he's already written eight songs for a new LCD Soundsystem album.] Sure, LCD Soundsystem's music was born for the dance floor. But it seems frontman James Murphy and Co. are looking to get your parents back to the club too -- but first the electro band just needs to regroup. According to guitarist Al Doyle (also of Hot Chip), LCD is not so much "on a break" as they are on "permanent hold." [Via BBC 6]. But when they regroup -- whenever that is -- the band will take a new musical direction. "We were thinking of doing something where we find a lot of the old disco singers in New York that might still be around from the '70s, and get them in as guest vocalists with LCD as a backing band, and tour around as a disco heroes style show," he said. Sounds awesome, Al -- can we start with this guy?

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    Kate Moss Out for Raveonettes' Blood

    The gossip mill is churning on the news that Kate Moss is not too pleased with new beau, and Kills guitarist, Jamie Hince. Why the angst? Hince is allegedly hanging onto relics from his past relationship with Raveonette Sharin Foo -- you know, the usual stuff, like love letters and a vial of her blood [via NME.com]. UK newspaper The Sun cites the always-dubious unnamed "source" as explaining, "He was obsessed with Sharin and kept the vial and letters. It wasn't like he used to get them out and read them all the time. He could just never bring himself to throw them away." In Hince's defense, you can't just throw awaya vial of your ex-girlfriend's blood. Not without one of those medical waste disposal packets anyway.

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    Paul McCartney Confirms Long-Lost Beatles Track

    A long-rumored, 14-minute Beatles track has finally been confirmed to exist by none other than its author, Sir Paul McCartney. The song, entitled "Carnival of Light," was composed for an electronic music festival in 1967, performed once, and then forgotten. Until now, that is. Though previously deemed "too adventurous" for release by the Fab Four, McCartney feels the public is finally ready to embrace the tune, which is said to include distorted guitar, organ sounds, gargling, and band members shouting phrases such as "Barcelona!" and "Are you all right?" He added that Ringo Starr and John Lennon and George Harrison's estates would have to agree to a release. "I like it because it's the Beatles free, going off piste," McCartney told BBC Radio 4's Front Row, adding: "The time has come for it to get its moment."

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    The Hives and Cyndi Lauper Duet on Christmas Song

    In the latest free holiday download news, the Hives are set to revive their dueling ways this yuletide season, releasing a gratis holiday duet with Cyndi Lauper by the name of "A Christmas Duel" [via Pitchfork.com]. The tune will be available via the Swedish rockers' website as a free download November 28-30. "It may sound weird and come as a surprise to some, but we had to. It came to us. It landed in our lap and was way too good to shake or toss," the Hives said of the tune's miraculous birth. "We knew we had to record it." "This goes to show even rat sideswipers can have a good Xmas too." Lauper added.

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    Art Brut Offshoot Preps Free Holiday Single

    In these times of economic hardship, sleigh bells, bagpipes and a children's choir don't come cheap. Or do they? Art Brut rabble rouser Eddie Argos is giving away all of the above this Christmas via his new band Glam Chops. Also featuring singer the Vessel, from the Brit art-rock band David Devant and His Spirit Wife, the new project (which operates on the premise that "all members of the group participate in dance routines during the performance") has opted to offer their holiday record for free. "The tracks are so good and we probably would have scored a minor hit with the single, but Glam Chops wanted to react to the current situation of everyone being too broke to afford anything but food and drink," the band has stated. [Via NME.com] But it's not just sensitivity to the financial situation that has the group offering its tunes for free.

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    ODB's Mom: "My Son Would've Grabbed the Mic at Obama Rally"

    Last week marked the four-year anniversary of Wu-Tang rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard's death by heart attack from an accidental overdose, and his mother Cherry Jones took the opportunity to call out a few people she believes are not honoring her son's memory in the right way [via Rollingstone.com]. On her list: Lawyer Robert Shapiro, who briefly defended ODB, author Jaime Low, who penned the new ODB biography, Digging for Dirt, and most notably her son's widow, whom she believes has mismanaged his estate -- and is blocking his final album from being released. "I hope next year my son's final album will be released for the fifth Anniversary of his passing," she said. "It pains me to have to write this on the day of his passing but I needed to address this." In closing she added that ODB would've been excited for Obama's victory.

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