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News’s Best of the Week, October 13-19


This week we launched an all-new daily feature on — an opinionated (and humorous) editors’ blog. And SPIN editors certainly had a lot on their minds: Against Me!’s live performance, Feist’s influence on childrens’ musical tastes, Oasis’ staying power, MGMT’s seriousness (of lack thereof), and more — but thankfully, Joe the Plumber isn’t included. Check out our editors’ latest posts below, as well as album reviews and news stories on Eminem, Evanescence’s Amy Lee, Jay-Z, Neil Young, and others from this week.

Editors’ Blog:

  • Marky Mark, Won’t You Please Come Back?
    A most humble open letter to mega movie star Mark Wahlberg, by SPIN’s David Marchese. Written with love. >> More
  • Indie Rockers Find New Fans in the Preschool Set
    Move over Raffi: Sesame Street is bringing the cool to the kids. SPIN’s Ellen Carpenter explains one toddler’s obsession with…Feist. >> More
  • Oliver Stone’s ‘W’: This Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore
    What do you get when you cross a some-genius liberal filmmaker with a conservative dunce? Less than we’d like, says SPIN’s Phoebe Reilly. >> More
  • 7 Thoughts About Against Me! Live
    SPIN named New Wave 2007’s best album — but the band’s recent NYC gig proved they’re only getting better, says editor Doug Brod. >> More
  • Marriage, Anyone? Top 5 Coolest Wedding Songs
    Do you really want to start your married life with tunes that have been used a million times before? Try these offbeat choices instead, says SPIN’s Abigail Everdell. >> More
  • I Started a Joke (or Careful: MGMT at Play), Vol. 1
    What do SPIN cover boys MGMT have to do with the Bee Gees, Oliver Stone’s JFK, and the Monkees? Charles Aaron explains. >> More
  • Why America Needs Oasis
    Coldplay may be bigger, but Chris Martin can’t touch the Gallaghers when it comes to being a rock star, says SPIN’s David Marchese. >> More


  • Listen to Jay-Z and Coldplay’s New Song!
    Click here to stream the genre-fusing collaboration between the hip-hop heavyweight and the British rockers. >> More
  • Exclusive Stream: Roots, Ting Tings, Little Ones on ‘Yo Gabba!’ Album
    Who says kids don’t love indie rock? Listen to four original songs from Nickelodeon’s Yo Gabba Gabba!. >> More
  • Exclusive Stream: The Bronx, “Past Lives”
    Singer Matt Caughthran explains the meaning of this searing rocker off the Los Angeles, CA, quintet’s forthcoming third album. >> More


  • Evanescence’s Amy Lee: “It’s Not All Sad”
    The singer chats with about her bands’ infighting, a new solo album, scoring films, and more. >> More
  • Chinese Democracy Songlist and Album Art Unveiled
    Click here to find out which tracks made the cut for Guns N’ Roses’ long-awaited release! >> More
  • Get Ready for 50 Cent, Eminem, and Dre
    G-Unit’s Tony Yayo and DJ Whoo Kid reveal plans behind new projects for hip-hop’s power trio. Plus: Eminem unveils the title and first single for his album. >> More
  • Neil Young Kicks Off North American Tour
    The master rocks the classics in St. Paul, with his disciples Death Cab for Cutie and Everest opening the show. >> More
  • Meet Everest — Neil Young’s Hand-Picked Opening Band
    Click here to find out why the rock legend tapped this Los Angeles, CA, act to open his North American tour. >> More
  • F*cked Up for 12 Hours Straight!
    No, we’re not talking about your weekend…The Canadian hardcore band join friends for a really long concert. >> More
  • Was Radiohead’s ‘In Rainbows’ Web Experiment a Success?
    The band releases sales figures — sort of — for their pay-what-you-want version of the album.Click here for details. >> More
  • Three Undiscovered Bands You Need to Hear Now!
    We’ve opened a digital hotline for bands to submit their music to Check out some of our new favorites. >> More


  • AC/DC, Black Ice (Columbia) >> More
  • RTX, JJ Got Live RATX (Drag City) >> More
  • Prodigy, Product of the 80’s (Dirt Class) >> More
  • Hank III, Damn Right Rebel Proud (Sidewalk) >> More
  • Gang Gang Dance, St. Dymphna (The Social Registry) >> More
  • Electric Six, Flashy (Metropolis) >> More
  • The Dears, Missiles (Dangerbird) >> More