Melissa Goldstein

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    Remix Franz Ferdinand's New Single

    Franz Ferdinand have announced details of a remix competition for "Ulysses," the first single off their forthcoming new album, the "hedonistic" Tonight: Franz Ferdinand, set for release in the U.S. January 27. The album is being produced by Dan Carey, and it seems his affiliations with remix-happy electro-outfit Hot Chip may have rubbed off on the Franz boys. Takers of the challenge can buy remix stems of the song at Beatport.com, allowing them to create their own version and upload it to the site. Selected remixes will then be released digitally alongside the tune on January 19 [via NME.com]. May we suggest a hedonistic night on the town with the Franz boys as a grand prize for the winners?

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    Pete Doherty and Blur's Graham Coxon Collaborate

    The first clue that Pete Doherty was working with former Blur guitarist Graham Coxon came when the Babyshambles frontman posted a YouTube video of the two playing Blur's "You're So Great" together in October. So far, so suspicious. But when Babyshambles drummer Adam Ficek told U.K. radio station XFM that a guitarist whose name rhymes with "Layham Hoxon" is working on Doherty's new solo record, the jig was up [via NME.com]. And if it wasn't, then Ficek confirmed it flat out, adding, "It's not just musical with Graham, it's this whole sonic environment he creates and that's what has brought a really special edge to Peter's solo album...

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    Wilco, Feist, Obama, and Others Donate Memorabilia

    The 20th anniversary edition of the annual Rock for Kids Rock & Roll Charity Auction (set to take place December 5 at Chicago's Park West) has amassed an unbelievable list of participants who have pledged to donate goods to raise funds for the city's homeless and underprivileged youth. Click here to check out all the loot! There are signed posters from the likes of Elvis Costello, Interpol, Wilco, Public Enemy, TV on the Radio, Tegan and Sara, and Spoon. There's an autographed chair from Flight of the Conchords, a suit worn by Snoop Dogg, and autographed jackets from Gwen Stefani and Henry "The Fonz" Winkler.

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    Arcade Fire and Unicorns Form New Group

    Devoted chroniclers of the Canadian music scene may already be hip to Clues, the musical project of Alden Penner (the Unicorns) and Brendan Reed (Arcade Fire), also featuring Montreal music scene staples Ben Borden, Lisa Gamble, and Nick Scribner. But now, after building a small cult following on their instrument-packed live shows and online music store villavillanola.com, the supergroup is ready for the next step: Clues have announced that their yet-to-be titled debut album will arrive in the spring of 2009 via Constellation Records. What's more, New Yorkers can catch the band's first-ever show in the Big Apple tonight! [Via Brooklyn Vegan] Below, download "Perfect Fit," a song off Clues' forthcoming debut. Then offer your thoughts on the band's sound in the comment section below. Listen: Clues, "Perfect Fit"(DOWNLOAD MP3)

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    Gang Gang Dance Collaborate with Wu-Tang Clan

    Lo-fi electro-rockers Gang Gang Dance are in talks to collaborate with the Wu-Tang Clan. "(GZA) keeps calling our management wanting to collaborate but we haven't actually met him yet," keyboardist Brian DeGraw told BBC Radio 1, adding, "we would absolutely love to work with him though. It would be amazing." But that doesn't mean they're ready for a face-to-face just yet. Singer Liz Bougatsos confessed to her stage fright: "My manager called and said 'Do you want to meet him for tea?' but I was too nervous," she explained. "Obviously I would love to get in the studio with GZA but we haven't really had a chance to really solidify a track for him yet. I would like to work with him on the lyrics. That would be sick. He's like the Godfather." Gang Gang Dance, who just released their fourth album, Saint Dymphna, are already hard at work on the follow-up.

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    Sienna Miller Gets Bloody in Music Video

    Sienna Miller does damsel in (complete mental) distress and Damien Hirst does stuff with cows' blood: So basically it's business as usual on the set of the new music video for the Hours' track, "See the Light." The UK duo -- Antony Genn and Martin Slattery, best known as two members of Joe Strummer's band, the Mescaleros -- premiered their new mini-movie on MySpace on Halloween, which is apropriate considering Miller's insane-asylum hospital gown and the Carrie-esque blood on her hands She also cavorts with a few unlucky cows who've been pinned to the wall by the world's highest-paid taxidermist, British artist Damien Hirst, who art-directed the video. Miller's character spends the entire time on a desperate, weepy rampage, but we never do find out exactly what's caused her such distress. Not that that'll keep us from rewatching the clip. Won't you join us? Watch!

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    The Ramones Not Supporting John McCain for President

    Mickey Leigh, brother of late Ramones' frontman Joey Ramone and president of Ramones Productions, has fired back at Linda Cummings, guitarist Johnny Ramone's widow, who has publically voiced her support for the McCain-Palin ticket using the band's name. "I just want it to be clear that Linda Cummings does not represent the political views of the Ramones," Leigh said in a statement [via NME.com]. "The only Ramones song [Joey Ramone] would sing at a Republican campaign event would be 'Glad to See You Go,'" Leigh also took the opportunity to revisit Ramones endorsements from days past: "I should add that when Johnny stated 'God Bless George Bush' at the 2002 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame awards, I realize now that he was on to something.

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    Chris Cornell Talks Led Zeppelin Rumors

    "I have not been approached so far to fill in for Robert Plant on the upcoming Zeppelin tour, but that isn't to say I won't be," Chris Cornell coyly told MTV News. And in an even cheekier response: "I think I should actually fill in for Jimmy Page on the Robert Plant / Alison Krauss tour," the former Soundgarden and Audioslave singer said. Cornell (whose upcoming Timbaland-produced solo LP, Scream, is due in the coming months) is just one of a slew of names -- including Dave Grohl, Sammy Hagar, Jack White, Steven Tyler, and Alter Bridge's Myles Kennedy -- churning through the rumor mill as possible replacements for Plant, who has said he won't participate in a full-fledged Zeppelin reunion.

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    Will Def Leppard Follow AC/DC to Wal-Mart?

    With their recording contract set to expire, and major label "bean-counters" getting them down, Def Leppard are currently looking to Radiohead and the Eagles for career advice. "If Radiohead and the Eagles can go off and do it on their own, that's an acceptable yardstick to measure our own chances by," singer Joe Elliott told Australia's The Age. The chart-topping metal icons have made no secret of their disappointment with current label Universal, but it remains to be seen whether they follow the DIY, web-based model championed by Radiohead, strike an exclusive deal with a big-box retailer (as the Eagles and hard rock contemporaries AC/DC struck with Wal-Mart), or something entirely out of the box. Maybe Domino Sugar is looking for a new jingle?

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    Kaiser Chiefs

    What? Specializing in chant-alongs that question the social mentality of chant-alongs, the Kaiser Chiefs have made a name for themselves peddling Britpop 2.0 to fans on both sides of the pond. On new album Off With Their Heads, the Chiefs call upon old chums (guest vocalist Lily Allen, whose Mark Ronson-produced cover of their tune "Oh My God" reinvigorated interest in the band's early hit), friends of friends (Ronson on co-production duties), and new pals, too: Rapper Sway adds guest vocals on "Half the Truth," and Andy Wallace (Nirvana, Sonic Youth) takes on mixing engineer duties. The results fail to chart new territory, however. At best, the album recycles the outfit's smart-aleck hooks, as on "Never Miss a Beat." At worst, it finds the lads musically guilty of their own favorite critique -- conformity. Who?

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