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    My Favorite Things: Tom DeLonge

    Tom DeLonge is in a band that named one of its biggest albums Enema of the State, so nobody should be surprised that a website offering precise directions for wiping one's rear end appears on the list of faves he compiled for SPIN. The 35-year-old singer/guitarist for reunited SoCal pop-punks Blink-182 also has a soft spot for Mexican food, Bono's most longing anthems, and aliens. Blink's Neighborhoods, their first album of new material in eight years, dropped in late September, and DeLonge's other band, Angels & Airwaves, will release fourth disc Love: Part Two on November 8. Favorite Song:"Rush" by Big Audio Dynamite. It makes me happy! I fell in love with this song all over again on Blink's Honda Civic tour. It's a punker discovering his urban side. A real ground-breaker. Favorite Album:Joshua Tree by U2. It was the first album I ever fell in love with.

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    Is Rihanna's 'We Found Love' Video a Chris Brown Tribute?

    Is Rihanna's new video for clubby smash "We Found Love," the first single from her upcoming sixth album Talk That Talk (out November 19), a sentimental tribute to her tumultuous relationship with Chris Brown? Well, the evidence is stacking up. Exhibit A: The clip stars a dead ringer for Brown, complete with dyed hair and bulging biceps. The actor, a British model/boxer named Dudley O'Shaughnessy, plays RiRi's booze-swilling, drug-addled love interest. Exhibit B: The video opens with a Rihanna voice-over that warns, "You almost feel ashamed that someone could be that important. No one will ever understand how much it hurts... you almost wish that you could have all that bad stuff back, so that you have the good." Exhibit C: In one scene, during a heated argument between the couple in a muscle car, the Brown look-alike gives the Barbadian beauty a slap on the face.

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    Dirty Projectors Embrace 'Horror,' Respond to Strokes on New LP

    This past January, after capping an exhaustive world tour behind his band's breakout 2009 album Bitte Orca, David Longstreth, leader of Brooklyn experimental indie intellectuals Dirty Projectors, rented an old house in rural Delaware County, New York, to decompress and begin writing material for their follow-up. He settled in alone. "It was amazing to be by myself and just write," Longstreth tells SPIN. "It was the antithesis to touring." But it was a tough winter, he says, "with, like, three feet of snow all the time." All alone in the woods, things started to get, well, a little creepy — and that sentiment seeped into the band's upcoming LP.

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    Smashing Pumpkins Pack 'Gish,' 'Dream' Reissues With Rarities

    When he's not busy venturing into the pro wrestling biz, Billy Corgan is digging around Smashing Pumpkins' vaults and assembling reissues of the band's entire catalog. All that hard work — on the reissue side, at least — is starting to pay off: On November 29, the Pumpkins and EMI will kick off the campaign with the band's first two LPs, 1991's Gish and 1993's Siamese Dream, which will arrive with tons of never-before-heard rarities and other goodies. The reissues, which were remastered for the first time from the original tapes by Bob Ludwig, will drop as a CD, deluxe 2-CD/DVD package, vinyl LP, and digital download.

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    Hear Johnny Marr's Team-Ups With Best Coast, Tom Vek and More

    Johnny Marr is collaborating with SoCal surf-poppers Best Coast, British songwriter/producer Tom Vek, Brooklyn all-girl keyboard trio Au Revoir Simone, and Nashville alt-rockers Mona on an interesting new project called "Ray-Ban Raw Sounds," which finds the ex-Smiths guitarist presenting the four up-and-coming bands with five different ideas or objects to inspire them to write a song. "It sounded confusing to me at first, too," Marr admits to SPIN. "But it turned out to be amazing." And it resulted in some excellent new music. Listen below! First, Marr had to nail down the five different inspirations. "I just looked around my studio and life and took the parts of my world that are of interest to me, and then rolled with it," he says.

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    Spend 53 Minutes Inside Phoenix's 'Wolfgang' Tour

    Remember that new Phoenix tour documentary, From a Mess to the Masses,we just told you about? The full 53-minute, Antoine Wagner-directed film, which chronicles the French pop-rock band's meteoric rise on tour behind their 2009 breakout release Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, is available online now. Remember: Phoenix are currently in the studio working on their next album, which is very good news!

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    The Roots Are Making a Very Complex Concept Album

    Late-night TV's coolest house band, the Roots, have unveiled details for their first concept album, undun, due December 6. According to the band's label, undun is the "existential re-telling of the short life of Redford Stephens (1974-1999)" and the album "seeks to illustrate the intersection of free will and prescribed destiny as it plays out 'on the corner.' " The disc's narrative will unravel in reverse, starting with Stephens disoriented (and dead). "As he moves through its pivotal moments he begins to deconstruct all that has led to his (and our own) coming undun." So who is Redford Stephens? The band isn't exactly revealing that pivotal piece of information just yet.

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    See Jack Black Behave Badly in Stephen Malkmus' 'Senator' Video

    Weezer, Beck, and Foo Fighters aren't Jack Black's only rocker buddies to cast him in their music videos: He also landed a LOL-worthy role in the just-released video for Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks' "Senator," playing a coke-sniffing, crooked, cowboy politician with an insatiable urge to zap both his genitals and girls' asses with a cattle prod. In the video for the Mirror Traffic single, directed by Bob's Burgers writer Scott Jacobson and also featuring Office Space's Gary Cole, Black is running for office, holding babies, and convincing America of his moral superiority — but it all blows (zing!) up in his face. "Jack Black showed up and put in a 12-hour day that encompassed everything from genital-shocking to a real (unplanned) dog bite to full-on nudity. I am a fan for life," Jacobson tells SPIN. "And Malkmus was gracious and helpful and insanely cool.

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    Big Boi Avoids Jail in 'Love Boat' Drug Case

    Big Boi is not heading to the Big House: The OutKast MC has accepted a plea deal that allows him to avoid jail time on drug possession charges stemming from an August arrest in Miami, the Associated Press reports. In a courtroom today, Florida prosecutors outlined the arrangement, which includes three months of drug testing, community service, and $2,000 in charitable donations for the 36-year-old rapper born Antwan Patton. Big Boi was arrested on August 7 as he disembarked a cruise ship. Customs and border patrol dogs sniffed out 10 and a half unprescribed Viagra pills, three pills of suspected Ecstasy, a cigarette roller with marijuana residue, and 5.7 grams of MDMA. He was briefly held on $16,000 bond and faced two felony drug charges that will be dismissed if he remains drug-free for three months.

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    Dave Grohl Fills in for Hospitalized Cage the Elephant Drummer

    Cage the Elephant's Jared Champion's appendix burst Monday night. Luckily, Dave Grohl was nearby, available to help. The always awesome Foo Fighters leader didn't actually perform any medical procedures on the Kentucky rocker, but he offered to fill in for the drummer at the band's show in Salt Lake City, Utah, at the Maverick Center (Cage are currently the opening act on the Foos' tour supporting Wasting Light). "He had an ulcer for a couple days, then at 1 A.M. it was just unbearable, so he went to the emergency room," guitarist Lincoln Parish tells SPIN. "He was rushed straight into surgery." Enter Grohl. "Dave somehow heard what had happened and called our tour manager. He said, 'Hey, so do you think the guys would go for it?' " Parish says. "Our manager was like...

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