Ozzy Osbourne talks 'God Bless' documentary, dispels 'X Factor' rumors

Ozzy Osbourne talks 'God Bless' documentary, dispels 'X Factor' rumors

Watch a brand new clip from the film

"God Bless Ozzy Osbourne" premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival this weekend, and the documentary deals a lot in rumors and clarification. Yes, the Prince of Darkness has a whole other family, other than the ones that rattled around MTV's "The Osbournes" earlier this decade. He nearly drank himself to death, tried to get sober over 50 times and attempted to murder second and current wife Sharon when he was on a bender. His kids don't think he used to be a very good father. He's also had a thing for getting naked and prays now.

But please put it to rest finally, don't ever ask again, can we quit talking about it...

"One of the things that amazes me is that even now, people go 'So Ozzy, did you really bite the head off a bat?' And if you don't know that, then you must have been living in a cave," Osbourne said during a press conference in New York yesterday, to promote "God Bless" and to put a few other facts to rest.

For one, no, he's not in line to become an "X Factor" judge (rather, "I was gonna say, go f*ck yourself"). "That’s not my gig. It might be [for] my wife, but not me."

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<p>William Fitzsimmons</p>

William Fitzsimmons

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EXCLUSIVE premiere: William Fitzsimmons' 'Beautiful Girl' music video

Our extensive interview with the songwriter on new album 'Gold in the Shadow'

William Fitzsimmons tells me his new song “Beautiful Girl” is an encouragement to those who suffer anorexia. It’s hits close to home, considering he’s “one of the few and the unproud” 5-10% of males who suffer from the eating disorder. “Psychasthenia” also touches on “one of my other personal diagnosis,” obsessive compulsive disorder. “I love going as deep as I possibly can,” Fitzsimmons says. 

The 30-something singer-songwriter’s 2006 album “Goodnight” is a painful recount of his parents’ divorce, and 2008’s “The Sparrow & the Crow” turned its focus on his own.
 
William Fitzsimmons is kind of a chronic over-sharer. But that’s his charm, what draws people in, in addition to music being a his own healing force. His latest set is described thusly: “’Gold in the Shadow’” is based on a specific set of psychopathological disorders from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders IV (DSM-IV).” Heady stuff, but keep in mind that before Fitzsimmons was writing songs, he was a licensed psychotherapist; he agrees partially that people who work to heal others are trying to heal themselves.
 
“[‘Gold in the Shadow’] is trying to web the two of them, the counseling and the songwriting,” he says. “But these songs are more of a result of getting help –therapy -- than it was just writing and singing about my problems.”
 
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<p>Caleb and Jared Followill of Kings of Leon</p>

Caleb and Jared Followill of Kings of Leon

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Interview: Kings Of Leon talk 'Talihina Sky,' awkward videos, tour

The Followills come face-to-face with their 'fat stage'

Before there was “Youth and Young Manhood,” there was gawky adolescence.

And before Nathan and Caleb Followill knew what it was to chase girls and record an album, there was a video made for the ages: In it, the pair is awkwardly singing an upbeat gospel-worship song in front of a cheap blue screen. They’re wearing bad suits and sporting even worse hairdos. At the end of the 30 seconds, promotional text touts the duo as available for parties and services, with their parents’ names and a phone number contact. The clip, culled from the ‘80s, is mortifying and magnificent.
 
It’s featured in the new Kings of Leon documentary “Talihina Sky,” which made its debut at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York this past week.
 
“In my mind, I knew they should use it,” Caleb tells me of the footage in question during our interview in Manhattan. “And then I saw it. I was in a room watching [the movie] with a bunch of our touring crew when it showed up. By then end of it, everyone was standing up and clapping. I was hiding behind the couch.“
 
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Stream Beastie Boys' 'Hot' new album in its entirety right here

Stream Beastie Boys' 'Hot' new album in its entirety right here

Also: Watch star-studded 'Fight For Your Right Revisited' short film in full

It was inevitable. The "clean" version of Beastie Boys' new album "Hot Sauce Committee Part 2" leaked over this weekend, but the troupe is battling like with like. The unedited "dirty" version is now streaming in its entirety at the group's website and right here, on this very page. Their loss is your gain.

"So as a hostile and retaliatory measure with great hubris we are making the full explicit aka filthy dirty nasty version available for streaming on our site. We hope this brings much happiness, hugs, and harmony. Enjoy Kikoos for life!" read a statement.

Fifteen of the 16 track scan also be purchased now, too, with the exception to "Say It." Why? I don't know, because it's probably your new jam? Also, Santigold helps out on incredible "Don't Play No Game That I Can't Win." A full review and report pending.

"Hot Sauce Committee" is slated for its traditional release on May 3.

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<p>Sondre Lerche</p>

Sondre Lerche

HitFix Interview: Sondre Lerche grows up on new self-titled set

Listen to a stream of the new single 'Private Caller'

Sondre Lerche's brand of pop and rock music has always had a distinguished, fully ripened sensibility about it; but for the songwriter himself, he feels like he's only just entered into a coming-of-age.

The 28-year-old Norwegian describes his transition between writing his previous "Heartbeat Radio" and forthcoming "Sondre Lerche" as "going from being somebody's son to becoming your own man."

"I got very personal, and was dealing a lot with identity," he tells me from the lobby of an Austin hotel at this year's South By Southwest music conference.

Over last few years, Lerche's transitioned from jet-setting to settling, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in a city that is largely known for its feeling of anonymity. Which certainly helps with one's issues of identity, because "Lord knows, I seek attention," he says, sweeping his hair back with intentional exaggeration.

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<p>Wilco</p>

Wilco

Wilco releasing new music under self-run label this June

'I Might' single arriving via dBpm Records

Wilco's got enough years and money under their belt to release records however the hell they want. Which is what they're doing.

The veteran Chicago rock act will release its first new studio music since 2009's enjoyable "Wilco (The Album)," the single "I Might," over June and July on its own dBpm Records label. The 7" vinyl platter will at first be up for sale during the band's Solid Sound festival in Massachusetts, June 24-26. It'll wide -- and, purportedly, in a digital format, sometime in July.

According to a post on the band's Facebook page, "I Might" will be backed with B-Side "I Love My Label, a cover of the Nick Lowe song.

I catch what you're throwing, Tweedy: You love your label, 'cause it's yours.

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Watch: Star-studded music video for Beastie Boys' 'Make Some Noise'

Watch: Star-studded music video for Beastie Boys' 'Make Some Noise'

Elijah Wood rapping

Edit down Adam "MCA" Yauch's 30-minute "Fight For Your Right Revisited" to just over five minutes, and the result is a music video for the Beastie Boys' new "Make Some Noise."

The track -- culled from "Hot Sauce Committeee Part 2" -- debuted earlier this month, and was prominently featured in the Sundance-picked short film. Now it's time to get down to marbles, and those marbles are famous friends.

About a dozen prominent actors from Will Arnett, Steve Buscemi, Jason Schwartzman, Ted Danson, Jack Black, Will Farrell and Orlando Bloom show up in the clip, with Elijah Wood, Seth Rogen and Danny McBride starring as the trio, just after they raised hell at a party in the original "Fight for Your Right (To Party)" music video.

Tag along with the fellows as they crash into a bodega, get hit by cars, take drugs in a limo, piss-off restaurant patrons and face-off their later-life rivals: themselves (as Jack Black, Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly).

"Hot Sauce Committee" is due May 3; details pertaining to a special vinyl release are to be found on the group's website. Pre-orders of the album get an instant download of a Passion Pit remix to "Make Some Noise."

And don't be surprised if their next single (perhaps "Say It" or "Too Many Rappers") features a dance-off sequel.

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Watch: Lil Wayne drops video for 'If I Die Today,' cover art for 'Carter IV'

Watch: Lil Wayne drops video for 'If I Die Today,' cover art for 'Carter IV'

Rick Ross in a wheelchair: OK?

"This game is a b*tch / I got my hand up her skirt," raps Lil Wayne on his newest street single, "(John) If I Die Today." It seems the cameraman to the track's music video actually could have used a hand.

The track is from forthcoming "Tha Carter IV," apparently due on May 16 (and I WANT to believe that date's firm). It'll be a joy to move on from this Rick Ross "I'm Not a Star" rip to whatever else is up Tunechi's sleeve.

I mean, for one, Lil Wayne is one of the most popular rap artists today: you'd think there'd be funding for more than just a zero-fun location scout. Two, it looks like somebody took tips from Mary J. Blige's lightning (not just lighting) expert. Three, for reasons unavailable, guest Ross appears in the video in a wheelchair.

Actually, that last one's pretty awesome. (Thanks to Vulture for my new avatar.)

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<p>Bon Iver</p>

Bon Iver

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Bon Iver sets release date, tracklist, album cover for second, self-titled set

Check out some details on 'Bon Iver,' out in June

Don't say we didn't warn you.

Bon Iver is finally prepared to release the follow-up to 2008's "For Emma, Forever Ago" on June 21. The 10-track set seems to include an awful lot of location-centered songs, including "Lisbon, OH," "Calgary" and "Hinnom, TX." And one of those 10 will include the noise we heard in the snippet the band released last week.

The painterly album cover seems to be location-specific, too, focused on a serene lake and boats and all the things your childhood memories should have.

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<p>Brian Eno</p>

Brian Eno

Listen: New track 'Glitch' from Brian Eno's literary collaboration album

'Drums Between the Bells' out in July

For about eight years, on and off, Brian Eno has been collaborating with poet/writer Rick Holland. On July 5 this year, fanc can finally hear the product of that experience, on "Drums Between the Bells."

The Warp Records release will feature 15 tracks (and a long bit of silence) of various artists reading and singing Holland's work, including a few with Eno and Holland himself.

Below is "Glitch," the second track from the set, and it sounds just like you'd think a song called "Glitch" would sound. The sound-master mixes up signatures and textures for a very woolly, intense track. I'd highly recommend hearing this one on headphones, or something better than those laptop speakers of yours.

A traditional CD and digital release is planned, though a super-insane deluxe-o-matic version will include a 44-page book and a hardback double-CD or double-vinyl version, with extra minutes filled with the instrumental version of the album.

The visual design of the album is by Nick Robertson, who has done the cover art and concept work on several other Eno efforts.

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