Watch: Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds' 'We No Who U R' gets a video by Gaspar Noe

Watch: Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds' 'We No Who U R' gets a video by Gaspar Noe

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With a title like "We No Who U R," Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds insinuate there's a character who's trying to exercise some anonymity. The new music video for the track by director/writer/producer Gaspar Noe reveals that some people are impossible to know.

Watch as the shadow-man makes his way through brush and forest, making you as much a ghost as he. Noe, if unfamiliar, is the man behind features like 2009's "Enter the Void" and 2002's "Irreversible."

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<p>Angel Haze's &quot;On the Edge,&quot; uh, art</p>

Angel Haze's "On the Edge," uh, art

Angel Haze posted an Azealia Banks diss track 'On the Edge'

And Diplo produced the beat

"My album is more done than yours...and I just started a week ago," says Angel Haze on her new track "One the Edge." And thus starts the flame-war between Haze and another upstart rapper Azealia Banks with battle bars.

The two artists erupted in a Twitter brawl today, starting with an apparent lob from Banks on rappers claiming to be from New York who aren't.

Some of the Tweet nastiness has been deleted, replaced with some half apologies and a lot of chest puffery. The next move was apparent: within hours, Haze had a pretty personal diss track up on Soundcloud.

Now, I'm not really interested in a Tweet fight, especially in this still-small world of female MCs that have a long race to run even after they're done trying to put each other down. Nicki and Kim did it. Was kinda gross, but it yielded some fun.

"On the Edge" is personal. It's practically psycho-sexual.

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Watch Skrillex's 'Summit' video with Ellie Goulding and hear his surprise EP 'Leaving'

Watch Skrillex's 'Summit' video with Ellie Goulding and hear his surprise EP 'Leaving'

The dance music producer's subscription service continues a pay-off

Skrillex may sleep in hotels on the road more than he does his own abode, but that hasn't kep him from being productive. The dance producer released a surprise new EP "Leaving" today, and also dropped a new music video for "Summit" featuring Ellie Goulding.

"Leaving" is really just three songs, for about 14 minutes of new material. But it came up for users of Skrillex's songs subscription service The Nest, with all the tracks also up on YouTube. You can hear them below: the title track is actually surprisingly chilled and emotionally grounded, though you may find "The Reason" putting a little closer to EDM par with all those synths. "Scary Bolly Dub" sounds just how you think a song called that sounds.

The song "Summit" also has a video component: the song was attached to Skrillex's "Bangarang" EP, and features his now-ex-girlfriend Goulding. The clip itself features some kids of a legal age having a way better night than you've ever had combined with other really good nights. Bring your lighter for this one.

In an interview with Billboard, Skrillex has said that he wants to spend 2013 on making more new music; he also found his experiences scoring for the films "Wreck It Ralph" and "Spring Breakers" inspiring, and he wants to do more composing for film.

"[Film scoring is] cool because it's a lot more collaborative," he says. "It's nice stepping into someone else's world for a minute and basically have that trust in different artists where you can combine worlds. There's already a plot, there's already a theme... and you just learn so much from doing things that way."

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Listen: Azealia Banks rings in the New Year with 'BBD'

Listen: Azealia Banks rings in the New Year with 'BBD'

From rapper's forthcoming album debut 'Broke with Expensive Taste'

It's crunch-time for Azealia Banks' album promotion cycle behind her forthcoming full-length, and to bring in the new year and the new set is fresh "BBD."

While the rapper does name check the original BBD -- Bel Biv Devoe -- she's coining the abbreviation for Bad B*tches Do It with this upbeat track. Her raps are mixed low, letting the marching production take the front, and that at least sounds good. She's got ADHD more than BBD here, but it's arrived at a time where she's just looking to whet whistles.

"BBD" will be featured on Interscope debut "Broke with Expensive Taste," due Feb. 13, right around Grammys. You think she's ready for primetime and, if so, will she be at the show?

Azealia Banks was among our Most Anticipated for 2013 artists, check those below.

<p>Dave Grohl</p>

Dave Grohl

Credit: AP Photo

Dave Grohl formed a new band for 'Sound City'

Who should be in the Sound City Players? Trent Reznor? Butch Vig? Paul McCartney?

The sights and sounds of Dave Grohl's directorial debut "Sound City" feature Paul McCartney, Trent Reznor, Tom Petty, members of Rage Against the Machine and more. Maybe some of those guys will end up in Dave Grohl's next performing project.

Grohl is introducing the Sound City Players at Park City, Utah during the Sundance Film Festival this month, the event at which doc "Sound City" is getting its bow. The group will debut on Jan. 18 at Park City Live, though its members besides Grohl are under wraps.

"Sound City" chronicles the California studio of the same name, with interviews from some very famous rock bands; as previously reported, Grohl is also releasing a soundtrack/inspired-by album "Sound City: Real to Reel" in conjunction. The 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief was highlighted with a song from that compilation, "Cut Me Some Slack," with Paul McCartney performing with the surviving members of Nirvana (Grohl, Pat Smear, Krist Novoselic).

"Sound City," the film, heads to digital shelves on Feb. 1, while the soundtrack will hit on March 12. Grohl told Rolling Stone in an interview that he'd like screenings of the documentary to be amplified by a concert afterward, so the Sound City Players may make their Sundance stint into more than one stop.

Who would you like to see perform with Grohl at Sundance? I'm crossing my fingers for something icy with Reznor and melodic with Lindsey Buckingham.

Is Jay-Z 'scoring' Baz Luhrmann’s 'The Great Gatsby?'

Is Jay-Z 'scoring' Baz Luhrmann’s 'The Great Gatsby?'

Apparently, the rapper and The Bullitts are -- wait, who's The Bullitts?

If you closely associate American classic "The Great Gatsby" with the term "dope," then you may have reason to get excited about the score Baz Lurmann's forthcoming film. In what appears to be a confirmation of a rumor that began swirling this fall, Jay-Z is on board to score the new adaptation, along with producer/songwriter The Bullitts.

"Jay-Z and myself have been working tirelessly on the score for the upcoming #CLASSIC The Great Gatsby! It is too DOPE for words!" said Jeymes Samuel, aka The Bullitts on Twitter.

Jay-Z has yet officially corroborate, though you can hear his voice all over the trailer to "Gatsby": his and Kanye West's Watch The Throne tune "No Church in the Wild" features in the clip.

But wait a minute: who is The Bullitts?

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<p>Miguel</p>

Miguel

Immaculate Noise's Top 40 Best Songs of 2012: Miguel, Icona Pop, Grimes

Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift, Ellie Goulding and... High On Fire

It's a list of songs from 2012, kids. Let's just have fun.

The crossover between my best songs and best albums list includes Miguel, Japandroids, Emeli Sande, Frank Ocean, Killer Mike and... that's it.

To check out my 30 best albums of 2012 list, head here: it includes top distinctions to Fiona Apple, Swans, Matthew Dear, Kendrick Lamar, Swans and more.

Here is a list of 40 of my favorite songs from this year. Listen to the Spotify list of them here.

  1. Miguel, "Adorn"
  2. Icona Pop, "I Love It"
  3. Frank Ocean, "Sweet Life"
  4. Cold Specks, "Blank Maps"
  5. Shovels & Rope, "Birmingham"
  6. Nicki Minaj, "The Boys
  7. Taylor Swift, "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together"
  8. Le1f, "Wut"
  9. Burial, "Kindred"
  10. David Byrne + St. Vincent, "Who"
  11. Grimes, "Oblivion"
  12. R. Kelly, "Share My Love"
  13. Holy Other, "Held"
  14. OneRepublic, "Feel Again"
  15. Nas - "Daughters"
  16. High on Fire, "Bloody Knuckles"
  17. Mumford & Sons, "I Will Wait"
  18. Emeli Sande, "Where I Sleep"
  19. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, "Thrift Shop"
  20. Justin Townes Earle, "Am I That Lonely"
  21. Ke$ha - "Die Young"
  22. Maps & Atlases, "Old & Gray"
  23. Pallbearer, "Devoid of Redemption"
  24. Dope Body, "Road Dog"
  25. Miranda Lambert, "Fastest Girl In Town"
  26. Killer Mike, "Reagan"
  27. Dr. John, "Locked Down"
  28. Ellie Goulding, "Anything Can Happen"
  29. Kanye West, Big Sean, Pusha T, 2 Chainz, "Mercy"
  30. Walk the Moon, "Anna Sun"
  31. First Aid Kit, "Emmylou"
  32. Japandroids, "The House That Heaven Built"
  33. Father John Misty, "Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings"
  34. Hospitality, "Eighth Avenue"
  35. Mynabirds, "Generals"
  36. Alabama Shakes, "Hold On"
  37. Santigold, "The Keepers"
  38. Carly Rae Jepsen, "Call Me Maybe"
  39. A$AP Rocky, "Goldie"
  40. Charli XCX, "You're the One"

<p>Pulp's Jarvis Cocker</p>

Pulp's Jarvis Cocker

Listen: Pulp and James Murphy combine for new song 'After You'

LCD Soundsystem frontman reportedly helping on Arcade Fire's next album

Pulp gave you what you really wanted on Christmas Day. The British rockers released a new song, "After You," a collaboration with former LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy at midnight on Dec. 25 this week.

It's not a stretch to say the tune may remind you of Franz Ferdinand -- Pulp were influential in that Scottish band's output, and the rhythm section now has a modern spin on the classic Pulp sound. "After You," in fact, is an old Pulp demo, re-done as of last month with Murphy's thumbprint very obviously on the beat.

The band and Murphy combined just this fall for the S.S. Coachella, the music festival's foray into a floating event via cruise. According to Pitchfork, the decade-old song never had a finished version until everybody hit the studio in November.

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<p>Ivan &amp; Alyosha let it snow</p>

Ivan & Alyosha let it snow

Credit: Kyle Dean Reinford

Premiere: Ivan & Alyosha trot out 'Rebel Jesus' for the holidays

Roots-pop crew debut a live performance ahead of 'All the Times We Had'

Ivan & Alyosha have partnered with a couple auspicious sources this fall, first with the Missing Pieces and Dualtone labels, and next with "Rebel Jesus."

The first, aforementioned joint venture marks them as labelmates with Immaculate Noise favorites Shovels & Rope and recent Grammy nominees The Lumineers. The band will now be releasing its full-length debut, "All the Times We Had," on Feb. 26, led by the single "Running for Cover."

Rootsy "Rebel Jesus," on the other hand, is a highlight for a different reason: the season. This holiday-inspired Jackson Browne cover is yet another firm sample of the band's refined vocals and ageless pop affinities, plus a perfectly level-headed excuse to bust out the jingle bells. As implied by its title, this "heathen and a pagan" have more than garland and red-nosed reindeer on their minds as the the rip into the mildest guitar solo of all time.

The live performance was filmed at Seattle studio Avast!, where "All the Times We Had" was recorded. It was also mixed by Jesse Lauter, who did the same duties last year for The Low Anthem. So there's that.

After Christmas cheer, look forward to this solid album.

Top 10 Best Albums Of 2012: Fiona Apple, Kendrick Lamar, Swans, Miguel

Top 10 Best Albums Of 2012: Fiona Apple, Kendrick Lamar, Swans, Miguel

Where do Death Grips, Grizzly Bear and Frank Ocean land on Immaculate Noise's list?

If there had to be any trend from my top 10 albums from 2012, the word of the year would be "lean." I admire the understated displays of self-editing. Fiona Apple's album didn't have a note or breath wasted; Miguel's tracklist was tidy, whereas Frank Ocean could learn to trim; Kendrick Lamar and Killer Mike ably balanced comedy and drama with carefully selected words; and mostly-instrumentals like Swans, Godspeed You! Black Emperor and the Dirty Three sequenced those excesses into something tangible and rare.

Other trends: I fell in love with very few country and Americana albums this year, though there will be plenty of those artists that dominate my songs lists. I did, however, fall in love with Emeli Sande, who is clearly the Real Deal. So is How to Dress Well, who broke my heart 10 different ways. I don't think Tallest Man on Earth or Grizzly Bear can make a bad album. Hundred Waters -- who were the first signees to Skrillex's label -- surprised the hell out of me and I hope the hype index of the IDM poster-child won't have a negative impact on their future successes. Matthew Dear, Goat, Burial and Diiv make dark-rooms music.

You can hear samples of most of these albums -- if not just most all of the artists -- on Immaculate Noise's 2012 Top Albums Spotify list.

Some people make great collections of songs, and some artists make albums. Here are 30 of my favorite albums from 2012, with their artists, because 30 is a nice round number...

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