<p>Ben Folds</p>

Ben Folds

UPDATED: Ben Folds Five releases first new song in over a decade, 'House'

One of three new songs on career retrospective triple-disc threat

Not every band that makes great music is somebody's favorite band. It's one thing I liesten for whenever I spin a new artist: like, Yeah, it's good, but will this ever be somebody's favorite band?

Ben Folds Five was never my favorite band, but it's obvious why they were for so many fans. Folds' voice has such a purity, and while he often bordered on precious, his narratives were entertaining, witty and sometimes very emotional. There was a bouncy chemistry to trio. He also pumped out one of my favorite kiss-off lines of all time: "Give me my money back / give me my money back, you b*tch... / and don't forget to give me back my black tee shirt."

A career collection "The Best Imitation of Myself: A Retrospective" is due Oct. 11 via Legacy, three themed discs of hit, live cuts, collaborations and rarities. Included in the mix are three new songs, "House" being one of them.

[UPDATE: Stream has been restored, listen now over at NBC.com.]

Yup, all the things you loved are there. The triad reunited especially to record it and the other two tracks, so this is from recent times.

Speaking of new things from Folds, he's re-upped as a celebrity judge on NBC's "The Sing-Off"; he was probably partially responsible for roping in Sara Bareilles for the same duties, too, as he's producing her next EP.

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<p>Lady Gaga in &quot;You and I&quot;</p>

Lady Gaga in "You and I"

Watch: Lady Gaga is a mermaid in Nebraska in leaked 'Yoü and I' video

Mother monster makes out with herself

Lady Gaga may have tried to connect to the Heartland when she posted the country mix of "Born This Way," but now she's literally walking there in the new music video to "Yoü and I."

The Springfield, Neb.-based clip leaked a whole two days early, as the singer was waiting for Thursday to post her 1000th Tweet and celebrate with a premiere through all the normal channels.

She spent Tweets 997, 998 and 999 acknowledging the early drop, with a "F*CK" and "THURS" and "DAY"; No. 1000 conceded with a new YouTube link and the message, "You must love all + every part of me, as must I, for this complex + incomprehensible force to be true."

Speaking of complex, check out what Gaga goes through in the video, all in the name of love. The premise revolves around her walking from cosmopolitan New York all the way to field-strewn Nebraska, her couture heels cutting into her feet and legs. When she gets there, Gaga is apparently willing to be tortured in a barn and medical experiments are performed upon her; her alter-ego Yuyi, a mermaid, is made to flop in a water trough.

But it all works out: Stockholm Syndrome makes for great nuptials, multiple climaxes and hate sex. But mystery remains unsolved: just how do you make love to a mermaid?

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Listen: Lil Wayne taps Drake for new 'Carter IV' single 'She Will'

Listen: Lil Wayne taps Drake for new 'Carter IV' single 'She Will'

Finalized tracklist includes Young Money cohort, Nas, TechN9ne, T-Pain, John Legend, everyone

Y'know what's better than Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter IV" single "John," aka "If I Die Today?" A totally different, new single from the same album, "She Will." And a complete tracklist from the effort.

It's raining men on the new album with guest spots from Nas, TechN9ne, John Legend, Busta Rhymes, Rick Ross, Bun B, Jadakiss... add just a couple more, and you'd have yourself a Drake album! Bad-um-bum!

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<p>Reeve Carney as Jeff Buckley</p>

Reeve Carney as Jeff Buckley

'Spider-Man' Reeve Carney to play Jeff Buckley in as-yet-untitled biopic

Broadway musical man starring in 'Welcome to the Rileys' director's pic: how will he fare?

The star of Broadway's "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" is taking on another iconic  -- and musical -- role.

Reeve Carney has been cast as Jeff Buckley in the biopic based on the deceased singer's life. He will be led by director Jake Scott, who was behind "Welcome to the Rileys," and it has the backing of Buckley's estate: his mother and executive producer Mary Guibert and Jeff Buckley Music exec and associate producer Alison Raykovich.

"We are over the moon that Reeve has agreed to take on this challenging role. I've seen him perform several times...he's been getting ready for this all his life," said Guibert in a statement. "It certainly doesn't hurt that he looks so much like Jeff."

“We are excited to have found in Reeve the perfect combination of musical prodigy, impish charm, innate intelligence & sensitivity to play Jeff," Scott gushed.

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<p>Win Butler</p>

Win Butler

Watch: Arcade Fire's Win Butler joins Mavis Staples on 'The Weight' cover

One thing you missed from Outside Lands

Two of my favorite things from 2011 Bonnaroo combined for a cool moment at the Outside Lands music festival in San Francisco this weekend: Mavis Staples' cover of "The Weight" and Arcade Fire.

AF frontman Win Butler joined up with the gospel and soul mainstay during her set, on The Band original. Sporting a stripey top and a colorful guitar, he sang during that well-known chorus. This fan-made video was just too cute to pass up.

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<p>David Lynch</p>

David Lynch

Listen: David Lynch releases debut solo album details, drops 'Good Day'

'Crazy Clown Time' to feature track with Karen O

David Lynch has been woven in and out of the music industry for a long, long time. One of his most notable contributions was his collaboration with Danger Mouse and late Sparklehorse mastermind Mark Linkous on cult-ish collabo album "Dark Night of the Soul."

Now the video and film director is stepping out full force with his debut solo album, a seemingly dance/electronic set called "Crazy Clown Time." We must wait to see why we endure such a silly name, but the lead single "Good Day Today" is fun enough.

While Lynch's work is often heady, this is a fairly straightforward, upbeat pop track. His voice is heavily modified with auto-tune and pitch-shift, as he reports from the minor to the major, "Send me an angel."

"Good Day Today" already dropped earlier this year, but it's one of 14 (!) tracks due from the rest of the set. "I Know," another track, appeared very late last year. It's much less house-pop, more "Dark Night," melancholy. Both are below.

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Listen: Feist releses first single from new album 'Metals'

'How Come You Never Go There' goes there with electric guitar, slow rock

Feist's new album 'Metals' is out the block with something a little softer than the album title implies.

"How Come You Never Go There" may sound grammatically incorrect, but this love song in context connects through its small, slow beat, Feist's typical stacked vocals and a second verse that will just kill you.

What I love about Leslie Feist is that all of her vocal takes sound like they were recorded with her lips just so up against the hood of the mic, like she was somewhere dark and intimate for even the fleshiest of full-band encounters. It sounds sexy because it is. This is one of those sexy songs, despite the evident loneliness.

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<p>Kanye West and Jay-Z in 'Otis'</p>

Kanye West and Jay-Z in 'Otis'

Watch: Kanye West, Jay-Z bust up a car with Spike Jonze in 'Otis' video

Sort of like 'Bellflower,' without all the paramount heartache

Hey Eminem, are you paying attention? Y'know how you forgot to smile, or, like Ebenezer, how to even loff?

Let Kanye West and Jay-Z remind you how. The hip-hop superstar duo -- who are attempting to go under the name The Throne right now -- have released the first official video from their new album "Watch the Throne." And "Otis," like the song, is a blast, literally and figuratively.

The pair paired up with acclaimed director Spike Jonze for some flames, a chopped and screwed Maybach and a quartet of panty-flashing girls just wanting to have fun. Hov lip-syncs the track's inspiration Otis Redding, Ye pretends to rap like his cohort and they goof on each other in a giant parking lot. It's sort of like "Bellflower" (HAVE YOU SEEN IT YET) only without the paramount heartache and subsequent death-courting rampage.

The narrative is non-existent, but it's a cute clip overall. It's nice to get away from the dark hues and booty shorts and on to what everybody really wants: something beautifully expensive torn to bits with electric saws and blow-torches. I'd love to see its equivalent done to their other brand name drops.

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Radiohead releasing double-disc 'King of Limbs' remix album

'TKOL RMX 1234567' includes contributions from Caribou, Four Tet, Jamie xx

Radiohead are giving "The King of Limbs" and extra, erm, leg of life.

The British band has been releasing 12" singles all summer of remixed tracks from their latest album, with contributions from artists like Caribou and Four Tet. Now, all of those reduxes are being compiled into a 19-track, double-disc and download package, "TLOL RMX 1234567."

Radiohead chose their collaborators out of a crew of "electronic artists and producers who have been exciting and inspiring the members of the band." That would be you, Jamie xx, SBTRKT, Jacques Greene, Modeselektor...


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<p>&quot;Watch the Throne&quot;</p>

"Watch the Throne"

Album Review: Jay-Z and Kanye West's 'Watch the Throne'

Is this shine just shy of gold?

Kanye West shouldn’t have started hyping “Watch the Throne” last year. Undoubtedly, the full-length collaboration with Jay-Z wouldn’t have gone unnoticed all these months, but we could have at least overlooked misstep H.A.M. in January; more would have been made of near-perfect “Otis.”

And expectations could have been curbed and formed more precisely. This album is a capsule and not a grand statement, which one would assume from hip-hop’s royalty and from an album that may as well have been named “Watch This Space.” West and Jay-Z are only seven years apart in age, but a generation apart in the history of hip-hop. Hov’s strengths are in his narrative and sparring, Ye’s in his brand of swagger and navigation around a beat/sample. They can interchange, bump off of each other’s language, and that is “Throne’s” strength.
Its divorce is in the potential for a conversation and not just a pair of talking heads. This is a long-form project of almost unprecedented proportions and yet it feels downscaled.
That’s not to say it’s a bad album. It’s quite good, one of the best hip-hop albums to come out this year.
Take for instance “Made in America.” The theme is men and women of color getting their slice of American Pie, whether as a martyr or a trailblazer or an entertainer. But it feels cheapened with Frank Ocean’s repeated refrain “sweet baby Jesus” and Kanye’s digression on blogging, like the song needed catch-phrases to cut Hov’s verse on rags-to-riches for the American Black Man.
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