<p>Jack White with ICP</p>

Jack White with ICP

Credit: Third Man Records

No, really: Listen to Insane Clown Posse's Jack White-produced 'Arse' song

Does this further legitimize ICP's Juggalos culture?

Jack White has produced a new single from Insane Clown Posse, backed by Nashville rock band Jeff the Brotherhood, of the rapping duo tackling a lesser-known Mozart song. The track is literally called "Leck Mich Im Arsch," which translates to "Lick Me in the Ass." This is a real thing.

White's Third Man Records label is releasing the 7" on Sept. 13. It will be backed by a B-side called "Mountain Girl," which is a series of "tall tales about a shotgun wedding, meth problems and moonshine," according to a release.

Stream "Arsch" below.

Aside from my initial reactions of "I just fell out my chair," "Jimmy Page is laughing somewhere" and "You're f*cking kidding me," I actually don't feel all that kidded. Judging from the promotional photos for the single, the joke isn't lost on White. And Jack White has never been one to shy away from comedy, considering the spoken-word output from Third Man, and his appearance on Stephen Colbert with his little witchy band the Black Belles.

And White doesn't mind that there's a flag down on the field for shark jumpage. I actually believe White legitimately likes ICP, though for what reasons I don't know -- is it "Miracles" meta-commentary? A comedy troupe? An unflinching, unthwarted pursuit of personal expression regardless of trend or decade? Performance art? 

Personally, listening to ICP is akin to listening to a curdling Tubercular cough on scratchy tape loop. I'd just rather not.

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Album Review: Red Hot Chili Peppers cool down on 'I'm With You'

Album Review: Red Hot Chili Peppers cool down on 'I'm With You'

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Grooves, funk, ballads, showtunes... hard to stay 'with you'

“I want to rock you like the ‘80s,” Anthony Kiedis cheekily sings on Red Hot Chili Peppers’ current single “The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie.” The band, of course, is still both battling and embracing the ‘90s sound that boosted them into the mainstream rock stratosphere on their latest “I’m With You.”

There are signs of change and even improvement here. Acoustic ballad-like “Brendan’s Death Song” is epic deliverance, in a swirl of “yeahs!” and a sonic stretching-out for veteran producer Rick Rubin. I don’t think piano showtunes fit Kiedis’ rubber-band voice, but the rhythm section is divine on “Happiness Loves Company.” The keys also help back “And You Brutus?”, which has its moments of Maroon 5-like pop grooves, an about-face from the aggro of predecessor “Hooray Goodbye.”
 
Sunny, solid “Maggie,” is very obviously a set standout, but still has Flea's overdriven low-end funk and Kiedis handsomely rounding out his vowels like a bass, busting out the end with a scat. “Annie Wants a Baby” could very well be the next single, with a darker slant and easy, unobtrusive lines from Josh Klinghoffer – who replaced longtime guitarist John Frusciante for the recording of this album.
 
But that song --like so many other songs from RHCP’s catalog -- is partially crippled by Kiedis’ vague, half-invested lyrics, still frequently speak-sung. Sometimes he arrives like a clear-eyed beach wizard, like on “Look Around”: “Custom love is the nomenclature / Turn down mass confusion / Hit the road because we just keep cruisin' / Double my fun, double my vision.” Then he’s the randy courtier in disco-rocker “Monarchy of Roses” (“The cloth between my former queen, her legendary stare / The holy tears that I am in, the lovely cross to bear”) followed by lazy pursuant in “Police Station” ("I guess I didn't see it coming / Now I guess it's me who's bumming”).
 
Still, this all beats the double-disc glut of RHCP’s last “Stadium Arcadium.” It’s a bit softer, shorter, though short on memorable hooks. Unevenly, RHCP continue to be one of America’s most beloved rock acts, but this set may try fans’ patience.  

 

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<p>Dave Grohl in &quot;Hot Buns&quot;</p>

Dave Grohl in "Hot Buns"

Watch: Foo Fighters tease tour dates with 'Hot Buns' promo video

Hey, have you ever wanted to see Dave Grohl's butt?

Foo Fighters are a popular rock band based largely in Northwest America, founded by former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl. The act most recently released album "Wasting Light" this year and have spent much of 2011 touring in support.

The group has announced a new collection of touring dates, and in promoting them, shot a video in "hot showers" commonly offered at truck stops in America. They costume themselves like truckers (Edit: I missed it before, but Pat Smear appears as a janitor. Mah bad).

Below is the safe-for-work version. Click here to further understand why the clip is titled "hot buns." It is not safe to watch at work at all.

Because it's really gay.

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<p>Spank Rock</p>

Spank Rock

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Song Of The Day: Spank Rock taps Big Freedia, Tyette for 'Nasty' new track

From the rapper/producer's forthcoming 'Everything Is Boring & Everyone Is a F*cking Liar'

Spank Rock's forthcoming new album will be called "Everything Is Boring & Everyone Is a F*cking Liar." This is one of my favorite album titles as of late because it tells me a few things. One, it's going to be cheeky. Two: sassy. Three: obscene. Four: out-there.

And five: "Nasty." Just like Spank Rock himself. I loved 2006's "Yoyoyoyoyo" for all the reasons above, and they're the same reasons why a new track like "Nasty" is a success.

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<p>Jim Reid of The Jesus and Mary Chain in 2007</p>

Jim Reid of The Jesus and Mary Chain in 2007

Credit: AP Photo

The Jesus and Mary Chain reissuing all six studio albums

Listen and learn: 2CD+1DVD deluxe drops due this fall

There doesn't seem to be a new album on the way from reunited Jesus and Mary Chain (yet), but while you hold your breath, there's some new reissues.

In fact, all six of the Scottish noise-pop band's studio sets are getting a 2-disc and DVD facelift. "Psychocandy" (1985) and "Darklands" (1987) will drop on Sept. 19; "Automatic" (1989) and "Honey's Dead" (1992) are due Sept. 26; and "Stoned & Dethroned" (1994) and "Munki" (1998) will be released on Oct. 3.

In conjunction with the Demon Music Group, the band has posted a 3D "tour" of the releases via their newly revamped Facebook page. Check out the module below... each album preview includes the tracklisting. For instance, the "Honey's Dead" set includes the original album, the "Rollercoaster" EP, an outtake of "Why'd You Want Me," live tracks from Sheffield Arena, interviews and B-Sides. The DVD features promotional videos and the band's TV appearances from the era. Just, oh my, bliss out, give your shoes a good long gaze.

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<p>Lil Wayne at the 2011 MTV&nbsp;VMAs</p>

Lil Wayne at the 2011 MTV VMAs

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Album Review: Lil Wayne's disappointing 'Tha Carter IV'

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Weezy's an original; how does this sequel fare?

It’s been 10 months since Lil Wayne was released from prison, and he spent an expected eight in there. Over the last two years, the rapper yielded his rock-rap crossover album “Rebirth,” a tide-you-over “I Am Not a Human Being,” a “Sorry 4 The Wait” mixtape and dropped a number of music videos. In interviews, he not only alluded to inspired hours spent writing in his cell, but also signs of his future, that “Tha Carter IV” may be his last solo album, and that his 30s will look nothing like his very productive 20s.

Everything was leading up to this release; even its album cover indicates a graduation. And for that reason, “Tha Carter IV” is a let-down.
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<p>Nicki Minaj in &quot;Fly&quot;</p>

Nicki Minaj in "Fly"

Watch: Nicki Minaj, Rihanna come to prosper in 'Fly' music video

Cheetah hair, a plane crash and inexplicable ninajs

Nicki Minaj is talking up a storm about how she's the voice of a generation in "Fly," but it seems a storm was literally at work in the music video to the Rihanna-featuring pop track.

Showcased is a plane downed in the middle of a what looks like a suburban subdivision. Minaj and Ri-Ri slink around the wreckage in various gear, or rather, Minaj shows off her softer side in a fairy gown, then a catsuit and then some cheetah-spotted hair, to take the point home. It's one of Minaj's easier tunes, hardly a twist of the tongue to be heard; but she gets her kicks on during a brief fight with some inexplicable ninjas that show up in the clip's latter half.

Does it sound like a bit of a mess? It is, but it's the smoother, less-spazzy version of the Queens-born rhymer, which may help encourage pop-lovers on the fence to convert to her side.

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<p>Leona Lewis in &quot;Colide&quot;</p>

Leona Lewis in "Colide"

Watch: Leona Lewis 'Collides' with some ocean and sand

And not much else

I like Leona Lewis, at least I want to like Leona Lewis. I loved "Bleeding Love" and "Happy," the ilk, I was even tempted to be won over by that cheesy "Avatar" tune.

She's a good singer given boring material that fell under some legal issues for "Collide," her newest. The video isn't helping her much.

In it, she revels in the sun with friends, there's some leaping into waves and she urges her lover to "crash into me." Not very revealing.

Though what is revealed is what was probably part of the copyright lawsuit settlement: "Collide" is now dubbed performed by Leona Lewis and Avicii. Well, that was exciting.

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<p>Rihanna</p>

Rihanna

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Watch: Rihanna says 'Cheers' to the freakin' weekend in new video

Jay-Z and Avril Lavigne make little cameos in the party track

Road videos. Everybody's got one. Rihanna now has her own, and like others', it's a testament to her true personality, or at least the one she's trying to uphold.

"Cheers (Drink to That)" is a bubbly, high-energy, big-movement visual for a kicked-back pop pick from the Bajan singer's latest "Loud." All the usual tour highlights make the cut: taking shots, taking photos, feet descending from a black SUV, people jumping into pools with all their clothes on. It's California the world over. It almost makes you think that Ri-Ri has always lived this charmed life.

But it also may have you checking for Ticketmaster. While early reports of slow ticket sales plagued the pop star's touring plans, this is as tasty a treat to tease people into seats for a set. It's not redefining a genre, but the single will do well and these well-crafted visuals will help give it legs as long as Rihanna's.

Oh what's that you said? Rihanna's done touring the U.S. and has extensive dates overseas only? Guess they're the ones who get to clink glasses the most.

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<p>St. Vincent</p>

St. Vincent

Song Of The Day: St. Vincent is 'Buried' and Betty Draper in 'Cruel' video

Songwriter returns with another 'Strange' new album

St. Vincent has already appeared on a "Twilight" soundtrack, but her newest video has me thinking about a different bit of American pop culture rubble.

"Cruel," more specifically, could be what "Mad Men" character Betty Draper has going on in her head: beautiful, morose, macabre deterioration, where everybody's out to get her. And ultimately she's dead inside. But stunning to the end, of course.

I generally only have one foot on the St. Vincent Train, mostly because I find her to be an inventive and entertaining guitarist. Vocally, she spans between angelic and sleep-aid. But her 2009 album "Actor" didn't get a free pass just because she's so goddamn pretty; "Cruel" may be closer to a pop song, but it certainly is part of her steady growth.

Hopefully, there's more of it on St. Vincent's forthcoming studio set, "Strange Mercy," due Sept. 13. It's a collaboration with producer John Congleton, who frequently and delicately freaks me out with his own band Paper Chase. Another song "Surgeon" has already arrived.

St. Vincent plays a one-off on the roof of the MoMA in New York, and good luck with that considering the rain. Then she tours in October, dates below.

Here are St. Vincent's tour dates:

08-25 New York, NY - Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
10-02 Minneapolis, MN - McGuire Theatre
10-03 Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theater
10-05 Chicago, IL - Metro
10-06 St. Louis, MO - Old Rock House
10-07 Lawrence, KS - Liberty Hall
10-08 Boulder, CO - Boulder Theater
10-10 Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
10-12 Vancouver, British Columbia - Commodore Ballroom
10-13 Seattle, WA - Neptune Theatre
10-14 Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
10-18 Los Angeles, CA - Music Box
10-20 Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom
10-23 Dallas, TX - Kessler Theater
10-24 Austin, TX - Moody Theater at ACL Live
10-25 Houston, TX - Fitzgerald's
10-26 New Orleans, LA - TBA
10-28 Atlanta, GA - The Earl
10-30 Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theater
11-01 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
11-02 Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
11-03 New York, NY - Webster Hall
11-04 Boston, MA - Royale

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