So Fall Out Boy got back together

And they put out a brand new single called “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up).”  You can hear it below.  It lacks the power chords of their older stuff, and is clearly heavily influenced by the group’s solo outings.  “My Songs” comes off their forthcoming record Save Rock and Roll, which will come out in May.  A tour is to follow. I liked Patrick’s solo record as much as…

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New Foo Fighters record in the works

Dave Grohl is a busy man.  Since putting out 2011′s Wasting Light, he made a documentary, made music with people from that documentary, started planning a tour with some of those people, played drums for a few different bands, and sorta kinda got Nirvana back together for one night. Well, apparently we can add to that list the fact that new FF music is coming.  He recently told MTV News: [...] we have a plan, we…

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A$AP Rocky: “Long.Live.A$AP”

Album name: Long.Live.A$AP Artist name: A$AP Rocky Genre: Hip-Hop Released: January 15, 2012 Label: RCA ZME Rating: 8.5/10 Website: www.asapmob.com/   Quentin Tarantino’s had to defend violence in his films, mainly through the aestheticization of violence.  He’s made some great points in doing so, but – let’s be honest – it’s bullshit to some degree.  Given that his most recent film is in some way his most violent, he’s clearly convinced he’s right.  Whether or not you agree with his view or…

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President Obama released a playlist for Inauguration Day

The president’s second term starts next week, and he’s released a 17-song playlist on Spotify in order to celebrate it.  Included in it are Alicia Keys, Smokey Robinson, Brad Paisley and Stevie Wonder.  Not bad.  The one complaint I have is that he included “The Edge of Glory” by the Glee Cast, and not the far superior original.  You can hear the playlist here, and view the playlist below. 1. “Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours)” – Stevie…

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Justin Timberlake also put out a new single, “Suit & Tie”

Yeah, so another artist from the Aughts put out a comeback single of sorts.  But, unlike the one earlier this week, JT’s “Suit & Tie” is worth hearing more than once.  You can hear the song on his site, or you can stream it below. The good news is, this song’s old-school.  He ain’t looking to the future with this, but instead going to music before he was born.  (Ya know, the good stuff.)  Horns…

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So there’s apparently a band called Fuckhammer

Yup, you totally just read that.  There’s a band from Belfast, Ireland called Fuckhammer.  This is not a joke.  There is an actual band making actual music called Fuckhammer. And they have an EP from 2011 called Hammered to Fuck.  And they have some really, really fucked up art to go with it: In case you were wondering just what they play, it’s metal.  Which was probably your guess.  They mix a little D-beat, a…

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Dave Grohl to play drums on new Queens of the Stone Age album

So it’s been a while since a Queens of the Stone Age record.  More than a little while, actually:  Their last effort came out in 2007. Well that’s all gonna change sometime in the near future, apparently.  Frontman Josh Homme tweeted the above pic to not only announce that a new record is in the works, but that Dave (fucking) Grohl will be rejoining the band behind the drum kit.  The decision to bring Grohl back came…

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The Gaslight Anthem cover Bon Iver for Record Store Day

Those boys from Jersey – who I unabashedly love – are putting out an EP called Hold You Up for 2012′s (second) Record Store Day happening on Black Friday.  It’s an acoustic EP (details here), including a cover of Bon Iver’s “Skinny Love.” Bias aside, it’s a pretty great cover.  They manage to retain the haunting nature of the original while adding their own touches – most notably, keeping the interweaving guitars that they’ve perfected.

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Taylor Swift moves one million in a week. Again.

So Taylor Swift has sold 1.2 million copies of her latest album, Red.  She, of course, did this two years ago, as well.  While it is impressive, it’s also telling: Swift gets rewarded (greatly) for essentially putting out the same collection of songs every coupla years.  She hasn’t really evolved or grown as a songwriter. The real story of the week is the runner up to her: Kendrick Lamar, who’s fan-fucking-tastic LP good kid, m.A.A.d…

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