<p>Jack Johnson and Andy Samberg in &quot;At or With Me'</p>

Jack Johnson and Andy Samberg in "At or With Me'

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Watch: Andy Samberg, Jack Johnson punch 'At or With' each other

Finally, a throw-down between the 'SNL' alum and his prey

Jack Johnson has finally managed to get me to watch an entire music video of his.

"At or With Me" features a cameo from none other than "Saturday Night Live" alumni Andy Samberg, who, in the past, has poked major fun at the "mellow" singer-songwriter and his Hacky Sack-lovin' fans.

In the clip, Johnson and his band try to perform as Samberg proceeds to be That Guy, talking on his phone during the show, making fun of the group, telling stories loudly. His friends don sunglasses. Even I start feeling kind of punchy.

Then the two spar. And by spar, I mean punch the living sh*t out of each other, in the middle of the floor, out in the street, with bottles, with a fork, getting run-into by cars. They hug it out -- though that doesn't mean a certain someone gets the last laugh. Johnson and Samberg even do some of their own stunts.

It beats the hell (get it?) out of Maroon 5's S&M porn for "Misery," for sure, only with fewer purring models.

Gotta hand it to director Michael Pizzo, the video mixes "Hangover"-like whirling idiot humor with some pretty good, believable fighting.

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<p>Seal and Heidi Klum in &quot;Secret&quot;</p>

Seal and Heidi Klum in "Secret"

Watch: Seal, Heidi Klum get naked for 'Secret' music video

Is it tasteful, attention-grabbing or just plain grabbing?

Good morning! Seal and Heidi Klum got naked for a music video!

The husband and wife shot the black and white clip for the singer's "Secret," a track culled from his seventh full-length "Commitment," released Tuesday (Sept. 28). While no naughty bits are actually revealed, it does give an intimate look at maybe what keeps their seven-year marriage fresh.

Seal lip-syncs to his supermodel lady love from across the sheets, with some wowza shots into a mirror, some feeling up, a lot of kisses, fingers sliding across backs, little whispers and holy Moses is it still only noon?

With title like "Commitment," you'd be right to guess that it's an album of songs about just that.

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<p>Kanye West</p>

Kanye West

Song Of The Day: Bon Iver combines with Kanye West in 'Lost in the World' leak

Unexpected collaboration also samples Gil Scott-Heron plus: So that release date's not really firm?

It's not even Friday but today we have the arrival of yet another new Kanye West track.

Earlier this summer, we reported that Bon Iver's Justin Vernon had joined forces with Ye on a "Woods"-sampling track, and "Lost in the World" is the result of that. The famed producer changes keys and ads a floor-bumping beat underneath the melancholy stack of auto-tuned vocals. Additionally, check the intense use of Gil Scott-Heron's spoken-word piece “Comment #1.”

Click here to check "Lost in the World" at Your Audio Fix.

(Not sure how or why the site got first dibs, considering it obnoxiously painted it's call all over the track, sounding like Bender from "Futurama." Sorry folks.)

Anyway, this is the same track that Kanye spat a cappella at the Rolling Stone and Facebook offices last month. Of the track, Vernon told Pitchfork, "So I head out [to Hawaii] and he plays me the track and it sounds exactly like how you want it to sound: forward moving, interesting, light-hearted, heavy-hearted, fucking incredible sounding jam. It was kind of bare so I added some choir-sounding stuff and then thicked out the samples with my voice." Then a little something about smoking joints with Rick Ross and "I'm just a dude in a t-shirt who smells like shit."

Lovely. Overall, it's a neat, sexy little track in three parts, with some good lines from Kanye, who in this writer's opinion has been hit or miss so far with all that's come out. I personally love the sneeze out of Bon Iver, so it's about time dude gets paid. Click here to hear the original of "Woods."

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<p>My Chemical Romance</p>

My Chemical Romance

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Listen: My Chemical Romance release new 'Na' single ahead of album

From the same guy who produced Green Day? You don't say

Remember that episode of "South Park" where Cartman plots revenge and terror on the creators of the FOX show "Family Guy," only to discover the writing staff of the show is actually manatees pushing random "idea balls" together to form the show's jokes and themes?

That's sort of like what My Chemical Romance's new single is like. "Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)" -- which we will henceforth refer to as "Na Na Na" or "Na x 12" -- was released today in the form of an unofficial lyric video. The track is the first fans have heard from the rock act's forthcoming new album, the mouthful "Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys."

"Na Na Na" seems to be a smattering of random, quasi-anti-establishment statements intermingled with rhyming phrases like "mall cop" and "jazz hands." The name Killjoys is in there too and, while I don't exactly know the Fabulous Killjoys' role in the greater context of the album, I'm going to start at least assuming this is a concept album and sleep better tonight.

My Chemical Romance is no stranger to concept sets, as 2006's solid "The Black Parade" will attest. But you know who else is well-versed in concept rock records? Producer Rob Cavallo, who helmed on "Black Parade" and on "Danger Days." You know who else Cavallo is famous for producing? Green Day.

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<p>Lil Wayne in the new ad for &quot;Def Jam Rapstar&quot;</p>

Lil Wayne in the new ad for "Def Jam Rapstar"

Lil Wayne takes off the handcuffs to promote 'Def Jam Rapstar' video game

Is this the Young Money's star's attempt to coddle brick-and-mortar retailers?

Lil Wayne is obviously excited about getting out of jail, but he's not the only one. Aside from promoting music videos from the clink, calling Drake from Rikers on his birthday and digitally releasing an EP-no-wait-that's-a-full-length, Weezy has been hyping the forthcoming "Def Jam Rapstar" video game, out Oct. 5.

Ads have started appearing with the tattooed non-human sporting unclasped handcuffs. "I am the beast. Feed me rappers or feed me beats," the text demands. (Interestingly, those are lyrics culled from his guest spot on  "We Takin' Over," by DJ Khaled, not Wayne.)

The spot comes after a brief announcement from the "Rapstar" camp yesterday. "Yes, the rumors are true. In celebration of our video game release and Lil' Wayne's album I Am Not A Human Being dropping October 12, we've decided to team up and make it a big deal. We've got even more information coming in a little bit so keep your eyes and ears open."

Interestingly, "I Am Not a Human" has already dropped, as of today, at digital and -- as you can imagine -- physical retailers were none-too-pleased about it. It meant that stores like iTunes had first dibs on hugely anticipated tracks, with featured guest spots from Drake and Nicki Minaj. The album will likely sell a ton more when it hits physical shelves on Oct. 12, but not without having hurt those feelings.

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<p>David Archuleta</p>

David Archuleta

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Interview: David Archuleta heads 'Down' new path, plots Spanish-language album

The “American Idol” star sets his sights on producing, talks on Jennifer Lopez as AI judge

The first time David Archuleta released a full-length album, he’d co-written two of the 12 songs. For his newest “The Other Side of Down,” he’s credited for 10. The result, he says, is a set of songs that lift the veil on some of his quirks.

“This album is about personality,” Archuleta says in a phone interview. “It’s embracing that I’m not perfect, but I have to be the way I am or I’m not gonna be happy.”
 
One fair example is “Elevator,” which was recently added at radio, as promoting the single “Something ‘Bout Love” winds down. The 19-year-old former “American Idol” star describes how the track is about “a dream I had. It’s kind of dumb,” he says, laughing. “Its just kind of a goofy, quirky song, just the kind of thing I’m wanting to show people this time around. It’s just kind of my dorkiness.”
 
Dork or not, Archuleta is pleased that he achieved his songwriting goals with “Down.” Next stop: production. A handful of producers like S*A*M & Sluggo contributed to this effort, but the 2008 AI runner-up sees himself running his own show from behind the decks on a follow-up.
 
“Production is so influential. I think it’d be good to… have a more cohesive sound. The first album [his 2008 self-titled set], was a huge learning experience. This album, the biggest thing is the lyrics. Especially with songs from ‘American idol,’ those served a different purpose. After this, I want to make every song my own.”
 
And that may even mean making them his own in another language.
 
“I really wanna do a Spanish album,” the Utah native mentions, noting that his mom is from Honduras. “I have that Latin culture background. It’s a part of me. I’m not the best Spanish speaker, but I have a longing to connect with that. I just think how supportive the Latin community has been, even during ‘Idol.’ I’d like to give back with something like that.”
 
 He says he hasn’t laid down any tracks for the project yet, noting that it’s all about “the right time. I’m just focusing on getting this project together and stuff.”
 
Archuleta says he appreciates that “AI” producers went with Jennifer Lopez as a new judge on the show considering the pop star’s Latin background. But no matter who judges, he says, it’s ultimately the crop of contestants and finalists that will keep the FOX singing competition fresh. “It’s always best when you’ve got a lot of personalities.”
 
David Archuleta’s “The Other Side of Down” hits shelves on Oct. 5. The album is streaming in its entirety here.

 

<p>Lady Gaga</p>

Lady Gaga

Watch: Lady Gaga on 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' and an embarrassing phone call

What do you think of the pop star's latest plea to abolish the federal law?

This morning, Lady Gaga posted a video of her speaking her mind on the military's current "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy, which prevents homosexuals from serving openly in the military. She throws out statistics including how 14,000 soldiers had been discharged from the armed forces because of the law, including 400 during the Obama administration. She provides anecdotes of individual soldiers' outings. And then she gives a call to action, to contact senators who will be voting on the Defense Authorization Bill next Tuesday (Sept. 21), which includes language to deactivate DADT.

One minute of those seven-and-a-half minutes are spent watching Gaga watching her phone, as she attempts to dial her New York senators. It's kind of embarrassing -- but not for her. Here's one of the world's biggest pop cultural icons of 2010 trying to put democracy into action, and she gets a million rings and a busy signal, and a "this mail box is full." (Apparently, the Democratic senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand reached out to Gaga independently, if her Twitter is to be believed, but still: ouch.)

No matter your feelings on DADT, it is at least admirable to see a celebrity set a step-by-step course of action on a political issue. For one thing, when citizens are asked to call their senators, they don't know what that looks or sounds like, or what they're supposed to say. Another that -- thank goodness -- it doesn't finish with her asking for donations. It's not that kind of thing.

And here's a woman who's normal job is to make a spectacle of herself make a spectacle of an issue. She brought an entourage of soldiers from SLDN.org to accompany her to the MTV VMAs (hell, she's on their home page now), and presented them with honor in her voice during one of her acceptance speeches -- one after she thanked "the gays" for making the "Bad Romance" video over and over again on YouTube. Through her official videos, her Monster Ball tour, her public statements, Gaga has worked to establish that she's as much of a gay icon now as she is a pop icon.

Where it gets hazy for me is the that #BornThisWay hashtag.

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<p>The Acorn</p>

The Acorn

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On The Rise: The Acorn harvests solid new album 'No Ghost,' gorgeous video

Watch: Canadian indie-rockers subtlely wow with 'Restoration' video, kick off Americna tour this weekend

I first fell in love with The Acorn in 2007, more specifically, when I saw the breathtakingly dramatic animated video for track "Flood Pt. 1." The song was culled from the larger narrative, "Glory Hope Mountain," a tribute to  frontman Rolf Klausener's mom's early journey from Honduras to Guatemala to Miami then to Montreal.

The Ottawa-based band's newest set "No Ghost" is just as epic, though doesn't necessarily boast a clear-cut concept. It still features the Latin-influenced rhythms, the woodsy hum of nylon-stringed guitar, those popping, earthy vocals. It's a solid set, with features like electric "I Made the Law" and "Misplaced," which Klausener told me briefly at a show in Brooklyn was his first real "sexy time" song.

Thankfully, too, the band has another animated video offering -- the subtle and endearing "Restoration," which, to be appropriately dramatic, is like a summer's exhale into autumn, a recharge with a shock before the long haul of winter.

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<p>Chromeo</p>

Chromeo

Inteview: Chromeo go 'Business Casual' on new set, plot album with Daryl Hall

Listen to 'I Could Be Wrong' featuring Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig

As Chromeo was recording new album “Business Casual,” the duo kept and updated a chart in the studio, categorizing each song as they made them. More than just a summary of work performed, it was a map of mood, lyrical content and tempo; it helped determine which tracks would make the cut and which would be highlighted. 

“We try to keep a self-contained universe,” Dave 1, aka Dave Macklovitch, explained in a phone interview. “Our music is retro but carefully calculated. We’re two guys who look different, but that’s part of the plan, too. We never had special guests until this record. We look up to bands like the White Stripes. They had their own little creative universe happening, like so self-efficient, impentetrable.”
 
Don’t worry, fans: Dave 1 and P-Thugg (Patrick Gemayel) haven’t adjusted their sound to the dirty garage blues rock of the ‘Stripes. Expect, though, a shift to more pop direction, with an emphasis on songwriting and not just the usual slew of ‘80s analog synths, talk box and “cheeky yet earnest” love songs for the dance floor. Dave calls it a record for “dancing in front of the mirror in my house, or get my swerve on before going to bed. A morning pep in my step,” concluding it’s more a “home” record than for the club.
 
“I was scared this record was too based around relationships and tension, so I made chart of which songs were about that. It ends up [‘Business Casual’] was a mix of beef and flirting. There were just too many beef songs,” he said. “But I’m happy if people think its all flirt.”
 
The duo did decide to include two very special guests on this turn, with Solange Knowles on “When the Night Falls” and a bonus take on “I Could By Wrong” with Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig (see below). But those haven’t been the only special vocalists with whom the band’s collaborated this year.
 
In June, the pair took to the stage with one of their biggest influences -- Daryl Hall of Hall & Oates -- performing that act’s biggest hits like “Kiss on My Lips” as well as Chromeo songs. And the band didn’t want that to be the end of the combo.
 
Dave says that Hall and Chromeo plan to craft an album together, sometime after “Business Casual has had its run and when 63-year-old Hall finishes his next solo album. “It’s gonna take minute... But when it comes together, it’ll come together fast,” Dave says. “We’re having an ongoing dialogue.”
 
"Business Casual" was released on Tuesday.

Click here to check out the music video to Chromeo's "Don't Turn Out the Lights."
 

 

Win! Tickets to see Phoenix or Vampire Weekend in Las Vegas this month
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Win! Tickets to see Phoenix or Vampire Weekend in Las Vegas this month

What are you doing on Sept. 22? Or Sept. 29? Wanna go to the Palm? It's easy...

Brandon Flowers' "Flamingo" album isn't the only good thing going on about Las Vegas this month.

The Palms Las Vegas is hosting dance-rockers Phoenix on Sept. 22 and indie darlings Vampire Weekend on Sept. 29 in concert, and I have a pair of tickets to give away for both.

Just in case you don't know what you're in for, Phoenix released one of the most beloved albums of 2009 ("Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix") and Vampire Weekend's "Contra" has been hot all year long. Two tickets to each show would set you back around $80+, but we've got 'em for free.

Here's how to win:
 
Become part of our social network by "Liking" HitFix's Fan Page. "Like" this story while you are there (or you can "Like" it at the top of this page). Then, email info@hitfix.com with the subject line "I Like Vampire Weekend," "I Like Phoenix" or "I like Vampire Weekend and Phoenix," depending on which show(s) you prefer.
 
Entries must be received by 10 a.m. PST on Friday (Sept. 16).
 
We will pick two winners -- one for each show -- from a random pool of entries. You must be 21+ to enter and be a resident of the United States. We will notify winners via email. HitFix does not provide transportation to/from Las Vegas but, hey, we'll get you into that show.
 
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