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Yeah Yeah Yeahs tease new album with insane cover and trippy song preview

'Mosquito' looks like 'Paranorman,' boasts James Murphy

The cover to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' forthcoming new album "Mosquito" looks like  "Paranorman" mixed with a Garbage Pail Kids reboot. The effort was produced and engineered by LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy, TV On The Radio's Dave Sitek and Nick Launay (YYYs, Arcade Fire, Nick Cave). The song teaser they posted sounds like the Black Angels. Karen O said that fans will hear "roots reggae and minimalist psychedelia influences" in the effort.

Well, this should be interesting.

The New York band confirmed the arrival of a new album this spring today. "Mosquito" flies onto shelves on April 16 via Interscope, with an abomination of cover art so brutal, I kinda love it.

In a press release, frontwoman Karen O (who now dons a blonde coif) describes the set as one would tell a drunk patron at a bar: “We took a more playful, lo-fi approach to songwriting. Much of the music was demoed in our little basement studio in Manhattan with drum machines, a sh*tty sample keyboard and tons of delay - which we called the soup… I think this record has more moodier and tripped-out songs than you've ever heard from us. This is a feel good, food for the soul, chicken soup for the ears Yeah Yeah Yeahs record  - which doesn't mean easy listening - it means kind of raw, kind of chaotic, kind of dreamy... Very us.”

The group tore open a glimpse into the recording process with a blurry video performance of an untitled song. The audio isn't top notch. It sounds psych-paranoid. Murphy produced one track for "Mosquito," and it will feature Dr. Octogon, aka Kool Keith.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs -- rounded out by Nick Zinner and Brian Chase -- performed a couple of new tracks during a show in Pomona, Calif., over the weekend, and you can hear those below, too.

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"The Real Housewives of Atlanta"

 "The Real Housewives of Atlanta"

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'The Real Housewives of Atlanta' recap: 'The Donkey Kicks'

Kenya and Phaedra discover that business and friendship don't mix

As one of the two new "Housewives" cast additions, Kenya has not disappointed in bringing the crazy. Porsha, on the other hand, has served no purpose whatsoever and, I think, will soon be disappearing from the show. In this episode, all we see of Porsha is Kordell bringing her breakfast in bed and promising he has powerful, twin-making sperm (yawn) and another moment in which Porsha proves yet again she's only slightly smarter than a bag of lawn clippings. Kenya, on the other hand, is a sassy drama machine. In fact, without her in this episode, I fear we'd have nothing else to do but watch NeNe drive around Los Angeles and whine about her early call times. I'd rather watch "The New Normal" than watch that, but not by much.

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<p>Ben&nbsp;Affleck at the 70th annual Golden Globe Awards</p>

Ben Affleck at the 70th annual Golden Globe Awards

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Big moments for Bill Clinton, Jodie Foster and Ben Affleck at the 70th annual Golden Globes

'Argo' picks up another major prize en route to the Oscars

It was all smiles at the Warner Bros./In Style party Sunday night as team "Argo" had grabbed yet another one-two Best Picture/Best Director punch after the film's director Ben Affleck was unceremoniously snubbed from the Oscars' Best Director line-up late last week. The film is hitting rare air and hopes are high with the studio that they can still pull off some magic at the Academy Awards, despite the "stats.

For his part, Affleck felt vindicated. He confided that after Thursday morning he wondered how much people really liked the movie, if it was a sign of something. But after the Critics' Choice Movie Awards and the Golden Globes, he has an extra spring in his step. And as an observer, I love this moment for him. But I'll get into that more in a column tomorrow.

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<p>Tina Fey and Amy Poehler during the 70th Annual Golden Globes.</p>

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler during the 70th Annual Golden Globes.

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Best and Worst of the 70th Golden Globe Awards: Adele, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, 'Argo'

Plus: Jodie Foster's now legendary speech and more

Did we just experience the greatest awards show program this century?  From Amy Poehler and Tina Fey's hilarious opening monologue to nary a weak speech among the winners, the 70th Golden Globe Awards was three hours of (mostly) well paced drama that miraculously fit around a now legendary speech from Jodie Foster that many in Hollywood will still be thinking about when they wake up Monday morning. This is where live television excels as a medium and, no joke, we have the HFPA to thank for it.

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Listen: Justin Timberlake dresses up for new song, 'Suit & Tie,' with Jay-Z
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Listen: Justin Timberlake dresses up for new song, 'Suit & Tie,' with Jay-Z

First single from new album, "The 20/20 Experience"

In his seven years away, it’s clear that Justin Timberlake has studied his masters.

His new single, “Suit And Tie,” is a throwback to old-school R&B. Leave it to Timberlake to represent R&B in a way that few contemporary artists are today (notable exceptions include Bruno Mars and Miguel). As ZZ Top noted, every girl's crazy 'bout a sharp-dressed man.

[More after the jump...]

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<p>A mustachioed Tina Fey and Amy Poehler at the Golden Globes.</p>

A mustachioed Tina Fey and Amy Poehler at the Golden Globes.

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Review: Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Jodie Foster highlight a memorable Golden Globes

Seth MacFarlane and the Oscars have a tough act to follow

Good luck following that, Seth MacFarlane.

The 2013 Golden Globes were that rarest of 21st century beasts: an entertainment awards show that was genuinely entertaining on its own merits, even with a variety of technical glitches along the way. It had two sterling, hilarious hosts in Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, a slew of other amusing and/or memorable presenters and speeches, some surprising winners and a few tears being genuinely jerked along the way.

It had all those things in part because of how the night broke, in part because of the talents of people like Fey, Poehler, Kristen Wiig and Will Ferrell, and in part because of that thing the Golden Globes always has going for it, even on less successful nights:

The Globes go first.

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"Downton Abbey"

"Downton Abbey"

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'Downton Abbey' recap: Season 3, Episode 2

Rescue is within reach for the mansion, but not all is well

It has taken more than two seasons for "Downton Abbey" to do this to me. Yes, we've had break-ups and weddings and betrayals and deaths (yes, deaths) before now. We've had fights and veiled insults a-plenty. But I can honestly say this was the first episode of the show to truly punch me in the gut. If you let it, this one could break your heart.

And yes, stop reading right now if you haven't watched the episode. This is one you need to watch, I think. 

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Jennifer Lawrence, Jennifer Lopez and Katharine McPhee

Jennifer Lawrence, Jennifer Lopez and Katharine McPhee walked the red carpet at the 2013 Golden Globes. But how did their fashions fare? Don't forget to rank!

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Red Carpet Rewind: The good, bad and ugly of the 2013 Golden Globes

Jennifer Lopez, Amanda Seyfried and Taylor swift walked the red carpet

This year's Golden Globes had a lot of, well, beige. Despite promises of wild color and interesting silhouettes, not too many risks were taken. But that doesn't mean some celebrities didn't push the envelope -- and some pushed hard. Perhaps too hard (Jennifer Lopez, we're looking at you). Here's a look at the good, the bad and the ugly. 

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<p>Dermot Mulroney (or possibly Dylan McDermott)&nbsp;with Laura Dern in the &quot;Enlightened&quot;&nbsp;season premiere.</p>

Dermot Mulroney (or possibly Dylan McDermott) with Laura Dern in the "Enlightened" season premiere.

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Season premiere review: 'Enlightened' - 'The Key'

Learning to appreciate Mike White's abrasive-by-design HBO series

"Enlightened" is back for a new season, and I have a few thoughts on where the series stands creatively at this point coming up just as soon as I join a gym and inherit a timeshare...

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<p>Emmy Rossum and Justin Chatwin in the &quot;Shameless&quot;&nbsp;season premiere.</p>

Emmy Rossum and Justin Chatwin in the "Shameless" season premiere.

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Season premiere review: 'Shameless' - 'El Gran Canon'

Frank wakes up in Mexico, Jimmy's in-laws return, and Lip builds a killer robot

I'm very happy to have "Shameless" back on my TV, and I have a few thoughts on the season 3 premiere — and the series as a whole — coming up just as soon as I focus on the White Sox box scores...

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<p>Allison Williams and Andrew Rannells in a scene from the &quot;Girls&quot;&nbsp;season 2 premiere. </p>

Allison Williams and Andrew Rannells in a scene from the "Girls" season 2 premiere.

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Season premiere review: 'Girls' - 'It's About Time'

Hannah dates Donald Glover, Elijah and Marnie try a duet, and Shoshanna wants her dignity

"Girls" is back. I offered some initial thoughts on the new season on Friday, and I have a review of the season premiere coming up just as soon as the pants made of SCUBA material make me look crazy...

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<p>Tina Fey and Amy Poehler at the Golden Globes</p>

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler at the Golden Globes

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2013 Golden Globe Awards Live-Blog

Following Tina Fey & Amy Poehler and all of Sunday's winners

Because of the football game between the Patriots and Texans -- GO PATS! -- I missed most of the red carpet coverage before Sunday (January 13) night's Golden Globe awards.

That gives me something else to muse on during this live-blog, other than the usual winners, losers, speeches and graceful hosting by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

Follow the live-blog, join the conversation and make fun of the dreadful predictions from me and Greg Ellwood.

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