SPIN.com’s Best of Week


This week, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs died at 56, Metric singer Emily Haines revealed details about the Canadian indie rock quartet’s upcoming fifth studio album, and Smashing Pumpkins premiered new tracks at their tour kickoff in Los Angeles. Meanwhile, folk legend Bert Jansch died at 67, Garbage, Yeasayer, and Noel Gallagher chatted about their upcoming albums, and Jeff Mangum treated Occupy Wall Street protesters to a surprise acoustic performance.

Check out these stories, plus the week’s top news, photos, MP3/video downloads, and live reviews:


Watch Jeff Mangum’s Show at Occupy Wall StreetThe Neutral Milk Hotel mastermind played an unannounced Tuesday night set — including a Minutemen cover — at the New York City protest site. Read >> Plus

— “Thank You, Steve Jobs” — Your Friends at SPIN Read >>
— IN THE STUDIO: Emily Haines Talks Metric LP Read >>
— Special Report: Homophobia Haunts Indie Rock Read >>
— Smashing Pumpkins Lean on Classics in L.A. Read >>
— Madonna, NFL in Talks for Super Bowl Halftime Gig Read >>


Yeasayer Record “Demented R&B” for Next LPBrooklyn’s psychedelic rockers channel Aaliyah and David Bowie on upcoming LP, expected by April.
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— Noel Gallagher Tells Stories About Solo LP Read >>
— Garbage Prepping New Album for Spring 2012 Read >>
— British Folk Pioneer Bert Jansch Dead at 67 Read >>
— Gorillaz to Release Greatest Hits & Other News Read >>


Photos: Dance Music in AmericaHarper Smith shares her images from Electric Daisy, including Skrillex, Guetta, Boys Noize & more. Read >> Plus

— 10 Best Sets at All Tomorrow’s Parties Read >>


Zola Jesus’ Operatic Voice Wows at Tour KickoffThe Wisconsin ice queen brings the brooding sound of her new album, ‘Conatus,’ to Portland, OR.
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— Feist Unveils New LP at Special NYC Church Concert Read >>
— ATP: The Best of the Rest of the Eclectic Fest Read >>


Hear Radiohead’s Complete Two-Disc Remix AlbumListen to ‘The King of Limbs’ remix collection ‘TKOL RMX 1234567,’ featuring reworkings by Jamie xx, Caribou, SBTRKT, and more. Read >> Plus

— EXCLUSIVE: Watch the Rapture’s SPIN Office Gig Read >>
— Florence + the Machine Drop 2nd ‘Ceremonials’ Cut Read >>
— ALBUM PREMIERE: Evanescence’s Self-Titled Return Read >>
— ALBUM PREMIERE: Crooked Fingers’ Boozy Opus Read >>
— EXCLUSIVE: Those Darlins’ Sexy Second Video Read >>
— EXCLUSIVE: The Drums Revisit London Read >>
— EXCLUSIVE: Cass McCombs Teams With Rostam Read >>


Feist, Metals (Cherry Tree/ Interscope) Read >> Plus

— Zola Jesus, Conatus (Sacred Bones) Read >>
— Kool and Together, Kool and Together (Heavy Light/ Light in the Attic) Read >>
— We Were Promised Jetpacks, In the Pit of the Stomach (FatCat) Read >>
— DJ Shadow, The Less You Know, the Better (Verve) Read >>
— Talkdemonic, Ruins (Glacial Pace) Read >>
— S.C.U.M., Again Into Eyes (Mute) Read >>
— Prince Rama, Wolfroy Goes to Town (Drag City) Read >>
— Merle Haggard, Working in Tennessee (Vanguard) Read >>


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