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News’s Best of the Week, September 29-October 5


We may not be able to see Russia from our new offices, but we here at have heard some sweet sounds this past week: Paramore unveiled their contribution to the Twilight soundtrack, Eagles of Death Metal let us in on their “Secret Plans,” Butch Walker reminded us what “Going Home” was like, and Rachael Yamagata made our hearts beat “Faster.” Check out our sweet musical finds below, as well as this week’s top stories and reviews.

New Music:

Paramore, “Decode”
What Paramore’s Hayley Williams had to say about the Twilight tune’s title: “I chose ‘Decode’ because the song is about the building tension, awkwardness, anger, and confusion between [lead characters] Bella and Edward.”

Eagles of Death Metal, “Secret Plans”
What Eagles frontman Jesse Hughes had to say about the song’s origins: “A very weird and high-ranking dealer in L.A. had me over one night.He told me about this rad stuff he had, and when I got there I said, ‘Yeah, but I don’t see it.What’s up?’ That’s how songs write themselves, you know?”

Butch Walker, “Going Back/Going Home”
“A decided departure from his previous modern rock material that only adds credence to Walker’s versatility and songwriting knack.”

Rachael Yamagata, “Faster”
PJ Harvey meets… Kelly Clarkson?


Live Review: Mars Volta, Vampire Weekend, and More from Austin City Limits
The Hush Sound’s Greta Salpeter blogs from Austin, weighing in on the best and worst from the festival.

Travis Barker Released From Hospital
The ex-Blink-182 drummer was discharged from the Georgia burn center and is heading home to Los Angeles.

‘Twilight’ Author Reveals Musical Inspirations!
Can’t wait for the release of the Twilight soundtrack?Click here to listen to Stephenie Meyer’s playlist for the teen vampire series.

Fall Out Boy Tap Diverse Collaborators for New Record
Which musical heavyweights are planning to make cameos on Folie à Deux? Click here to find out!

Exclusive: In the Studio: …And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead
Listen to two new songs off the Texan art rockers’ forthcoming album and watch a video interview with Conrad Keely. Interviews Slash!
Watch our funny-guy correspondent Ben Lashes — of Seattle punk act the Lashes — chat with the hotshot guitarist in Los Angeles.

Guns N’ Roses ‘Democracy’ Coming Soon…Really!
Axl Rose’s decade-in-the-making opus is finally set to arrive via an exclusive deal with Best Buy.

New Albums from Ben Folds, Mercury Rev, Murs, and More
Get SPIN’s take on the 10 best and worst releases of the week!

Exclusive Album Stream: Marilyn Manson, Sparklehorse, KoRn on ‘Nightmare’ Soundtrack
Only on Modern-rock standouts interpret tunes from 1993’s animated holiday film The Nightmare Before Christmas.Stream the entire album here!


Ben Folds, Way to Normal (Epic)
Jack’s Mannequin, The Glass Passenger (Sire/Warner Bros)
Mercury Rev, Snowflake Midnight (Yep Roc)
Tom Morello: The Nightwatchman, The Fabled City (Epic)
Murs, Murs for President (Warner Bros)
Bayside, Shudder (Victory)
Dungen, 4 (Kemado)
Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Primary Colours (Goner)
Innerpartysystem, Innerpartysystem (Island)
Termanology, Politics as Usual (Nature Sounds)