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Talk about a long layoff between records. The always irreverent but oh-so-groovy Primus released Green Naugahyde, their first album since 1999’s Antipop, this week. The band, known mostly for vocalist Les Claypool’s talk-singing and funky slap-bass work , sound as tight as ever with the album, which happens to be the first album with Jay Lane, who has done drum work for a lot of Claypool’s non-Primus projects over the years, behind the kit. Reviews for Green Naugahyde are generally favorable, with many considering it a solid release from the band, with some even comparing it to the band’s classic 1990…

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It’s a busy month for Nirvana fans. In a few weeks, the 20th Anniversary Edition of 1991’s seminal album Nevermind will be released. Among the special events planned for Tuesday the 27th is the long-awaited release of the band’s 1991 gig at the Paramount Theater in Seattle. Shot on Halloween, it has long been considered the band’s best live performance. VH1 announced this morning that it, VH1 Classic and Palladia will simultaneously broadcast the performance on Friday, September 23rd at 11 PM ET/PT. In addition to being a part of the Nevermind re-issue, Live at the Paramount will also be…

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It turns out that the speculation and rumor-mongering that Lindsey Buckingham was doing last week was based in reality. In an interview with Billboard, Mick Fleetwood had this to say: “All we know is we’re working next year. I’ll get a phone call that we’re going to start rehearsing — usually in a blind panic because we leave everything (until) way too late. But we’re all up for touring in the early summer of next year, I think, and once we start we’re much like U2 and the Rolling Stones in terms of workload. We basically play until no one wants to book us anymore.”…

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Yesterday was a day of somber reflection for the United States, as the attacks of September 11, 2001 had their tenth anniversary. Paul Simon was supposed to play the Simon & Garfunkel classic Bridge Over Troubled Water at Ground Zero to commemorate the day, but when he showed up he opted to play The Sound of Silence instead. The mood was somber, tragic, and heartbreaking, and Simon’s performance was incredibly poetic. Watch it below: [pro-player width=’530′ height=’253′ type=’video’]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3np0DMxXKzM[/pro-player]

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2008 X Factor contestant and semi-finalist Diana Vickers caused a stir with her smash hit single My Wicked Heart, released in 2010. The chorus finds the snarling Brit completely borrowing the melody from the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Under the Bridge, which was a hit in 1992. To make things even more obvious, Vickers admitted the similarity to Digital Spy, saying… “That happened without even knowing! We had the song and it didn’t have the ‘My Wicked Heart‘ bit in it and then we put the vocal in and we were like, ‘Why does it sound so familiar?’… Then we…

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The news this week is all about how Sinéad O’Connor has been trolling the internet in a comical and desperate search for a sexual companion.  Her own website outlines (in rather graphic language) the details of her sexual frustration and her requirements: http://www.sinead-oconnor.com/home/index.php/component/content/article/3-newsflash/324-sinead-on-a-manhunt But more importantly, O’Connor hasn’t released an album since 2007.  Her new record Home, has been has had a rumored release off and on for the past 3 months.  Last word is it finally may be here, with a release date of September 5th*…Labor Day here in the U.S.  We’re not holding our breaths quite yet. *…

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She’s back! Like a laissez faire zombie, 29 years after her death philosopher/ novelist Ayn Rand has risen from the grave. A movie adaptation of Rand’s 1957 tome Atlas Shrugged opened on tax day this year, propelling her original novel onto Amazon’s bestseller list, and this week the DVD is released. Tea Partiers, libertarians and conservatives have embraced the “goddess of the free market,” threatening to turn the GOP into the “Rand Old Party.” Idealistic college kids rediscover Rand and Atlas Shrugged year after year, tucking it beside their copies of Catcher in the Rye. Despite decades of attempts to…

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It’s not the most obvious collaboration of all time, but it works. In news that made the rounds this week, country legend Willie Nelson lent his musical services to Chipotle Mexican Grill, covering The Scientist by Coldplay for a short film emphasizing the importance of sustainable food systems. While seemingly a random combination of Nelson, Coldplay and a popular Mexican-American restaurant chain, the short film actually does a pretty decent job illustrating why focusing on sustainable food systems is a good idea. In the piece, a farmer slowly comes to the realization that his farm is becoming an industrial animal…

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Green Day hasn’t ever been considered the most “original” of bands…they’ve already appeared in our Ripped-Off Riffs category, for example. The title track to the band’s 2000 album, Warning, features almost the exact same intro riff, rhythm, and chord progressions as the Kinks’ tune, from their 1968 album The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society. The similarity helps support the ideas that “nothing is original anymore” or “every riff has already been written”, but regardless of your stance on the issue of songwriting integrity, it certainly does seem more like Green Day’s tip of the cap to the Kinks…

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