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Sex Pistols’ ‘Bollocks’ Hits iTunes; Weezer’s Cuomo Collects Demos for ‘Alone’

Plus U2 to construct Ireland's largest building.

First it was the confirmed reunion, then the rehashing of old tunes, next the speculated fresh material, and even a stateside gig. And now legendary punk rockers Sex Pistols have announced yet another belt notch in the name of the 30th anniversary of Never Mind the Bollocks;the seminal set will hit the digital realm. Yep, that’s right, todaythe landmark record will be available digitally in the U.S for thefirst time ever via iTunes. What’s more is that fans can also downloadthe band’s fresh interpretations of tunes like “Anarchy in the U.K.”and “Pretty Vacant,” which were tracked for Guitar Hero. If that doesn’t sate your jones for frontman Johnny Rotten – featured in Spin’s special October issue on 1977, the year punk exploded – and his raucous crew, tune into The Tonight Show With Jay Leno Oct. 30 and The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson Oct. 31, during which Sex Pistols will perform.

Weezer’s Cuomo Collects Demos for ‘Alone’

Now that Rivers Cuomo, frontman of geekazoid power-pop outfit Weezer, has championed the ivy leagues,he can afford to shed the books for a few moments of retrospect andnostalgia, which appear to have motivated the bespectacled rocker tocompile Alone – The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo, a set ofpersonal demos from 1992-2007, slated to drop Dec. 11 via Geffen. Therecordings, originally scheduled to arrive alongside a book, will nowpreface the tome’s release, but by how long, only Cuomo knows.”Ultimately, I feel that the music and the literary materials will bebetter served if developed and presented separately,” Cuomo wrote towhat appears to be his personal MySpace page.”The book is now going to come out at a much later date — a year? Twoyears? Three years? I don’t know. It’s going to be very cool, though.I’m digging what I’ve already got (nearly 400 pages) and I’m enjoyingthe process of writing and researching.” In addition, Cuomo’s MySpacepost, albeit vague, offers promise towards a forthcoming Weezerrelease, calling the band’s development “also extremely great.” AGeffen spokesperson was unavailable for comment at press time. [Via Pitchfork]

U2 to Construct Dublin Skyscraper, Hanging Recording Studio

In an attempt to further solidify their status as the biggest band in, well, at least their homeland, U2 will construct the largest building in Ireland. According to U.K. paper Telegraph, the band — Bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen– will team up with Lord Foster, the architect behind London’s Gherkintower, for the £140 million (roughly $286 million) project, which willbegin work next year. And just in case the quartet runs out of space torecord their epic tunes, the building will feature an egg-shapedrecording studio suspended from the top of a 600 ft. luxury apartmentblock, dangling beneath vertical wind turbines and solar panels,floating free from the construction, for (duh!) acoustic reasons. Thebuilding, also set to feature a few floors of affordable housing –typical Bono! — will be completed by 2011. [Via thedailyswarm.com]

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