<p>Blur</p>

Blur

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Watch: Blur's new song 'Under the Westway' gets a performance video

British band bowed two new tracks earlier this week

As promised, Blur delivered two new songs via Twitter this week, "Under the Westway" and "The Puritan." Both now have official lyrics videos, and now one has a performance music video.

Check out Blur's Damon Albarn behind the keys on "Under the Westway," filmed in the studio. It confirms the suspicion that drummer Dave Rowntree need only toms to make a beat interesting, that kid instruments still have a place in "adult" music, and Albarn must have a deep-seeded affinity for Procol Harum's "A Lighter Shade of Pale."

Blur last released new music in 2010 on Record Store Day, a track called "Fool's Day" penned for their Olympics gig. Blur are skedded to perform at the London Olympics closing ceremony on Aug. 12 and are playing two Swedish music festivals this summer. Albarn has been shady on details if their summer gigs are the last of their reunion, but at least there's a 21-disc reissue and retrospective of Blur's efforts, coming out on July 30.

As for Albarn's other major project, Gorillaz, he told the Guardian that he and co-founder and artist Jamie Hewlett were no longer on speaking terms. Yeesh. See you guys at Coachella 2020.

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<p>Muse: bir-nir-nir waaaaaahhhhhh</p>

Muse: bir-nir-nir waaaaaahhhhhh

Watch the music video to Muse's awful Olympics song

Cue the Greek choir

Muse's new song "Survival," to "officially" promote the London Olympic games, sounds like a parody of a Pulp and Queen song, only the British rock band is totally, totally serious.

The music video for the song utilizes approximately the same font Trapper Keeper used for it's "guitars" themed product. I want to write the all the names of my crushes on it.

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<p>Shovels &amp; Rope</p>

Shovels & Rope

Song of the Day Exclusive Premiere: Shovels & Rope's 'Keeper' is just that

South Carolinian folk-country duo is the real deal

Murder fiction and country songs make excellent repeat bedfellows. The themes in country classic "Jackson" have been rehashed and manipulated a thousand times over, and the word "Carolina" (and her low-country cousin "caroline") uttered by every Southern-loving folkie. Whiskey doesn't rhyme with much, but it is a good source of harmony and writing material.

There are certain worthy themes that will always crop up in Americana, some delivered more convincingly than others. There is a required element of authenticity and self-awareness for little country bands now, the ones outlying radio and the traditional Grammy categories. And Shovels & Rope have that Real Deal card.

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<p>From &quot;True Blood's&quot; next episode &quot;Boot and Rally&quot;</p>

From "True Blood's" next episode "Boot and Rally"

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Listen: Iggy Pop and Best Coast combine for new 'True Blood' tune

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'Let's Boot and Rally' goes together like 'sexy' and 'vampires'

The folks over at "True Blood" had the ingenuity to combine Nick Cave with Neko Case for one of the show's songs before, and so music supervisor Gary Calamar tried to step up to the plate again for another masterful combo, and with an original song to boot.

The result is rock legend Iggy Pop and Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino combining for "Let's Boot and Rally," for the episode "Boot and Rally" airing on July 8 this weekend. Sexy vampires will be able to do what sexy vampires do to the strains of more Iggy and less Best Coast, but that's no problem. Calamar and James Combs' songwriting feels like a simple commotion, and it makes me want to shimmy. And seek blood.

Check out the whole story of the get-together and stream the track at KCRW, where Calamar works when he's not finding music that sounds like a clingy, lace dress for "True Blood."

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<p>Kanye West at the 2012 BET&nbsp;Awards</p>

Kanye West at the 2012 BET Awards

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Listen: Kanye West and Pusha T drop 'New God Flow' in full

Should this show up on the G.O.O.D. Music comp?

Kanye West gave us a little taste of "New God Flow" the other night at the BET Awards. His verse was missing the (literal) beat, for sure, but it was also lacking the track's other voice, Pusha T.

The track's lifted up with the Ghostface Killah sample from "Mighty Healthy" and sunk with Ye's penchance for a little (OK, a lot) of darkness. I love the production, and it's fitting for the GOOD crew.

But the combo feels forced. Pusha seems to be lofting some disses at Young Money and rapping about his prowess at pushing dope, while Kanye's legitimizing his "God"-like status from a different planet, where Biggie Smalls, Martin Luther King Jr. and Rodney King meet. He talks about the issues of his hometown Chicago. They're not the easiest, "coolest" rhymes compared to Pusha, but there's a level above the normal rap game.

We might not hear this one around as much as "Mercy," but it's another angle on the "G.O.O.D." Music compilation, if it does indeed end up on it.

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<p>Smashing Pumpkins</p>

Smashing Pumpkins

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Interview: Billy Corgan talks new Smashing Pumpkins, rock radio, Radiohead and reality TV

Frontman chats about Jessica Simpson, M83, Amanda Palmer, Radiohead, Nicki Minaj... and 'Oceania'

As Billy Corgan said in our recent interview, Smashing Pumpkins are never, ever going to be an “Oldies act.” This week, it was laid bare that at least 54,000 album buyers know that the rock troupe is still alive and releasing new material, with the latest set “Oceania.” Radio continues to serve as a good reminder of the Pumpkins’ past.

Those sales put the Pumpkins at the No. 4 slot on the sales chart this week, but not without Corgan going on an all-out media blitz in the weeks leading up to the full-length release. The 13-song set was the result of a new distro deal with EMI, the major label that was also busily re-releasing the Pumpkins’ “Gish” and “Siamese Dream,” and today announced the reissue of the Pumpkins' 1994 "odds and orphans" album "Pisces Iscariot" (due July 17). The act’s lineup was new, too, as was this eclectic album’s role: “Oceania” was conceived as an album-in-an-album, in the middle of what Corgan intends to be a 44-song suite, “Teargarden by Kaleidyscope.”
 
Below is an abridged version of our talk, which covered everything from his ex-girlfriend Jessica Simpson to his Chicago-based independent professional wrestling company Resistance Pro to his favorite new artists (M83) to why he loves radio. Hey, he even likes Radiohead and is pitching a reality TV show. Billy Corgan is refreshingly game to talk about it all.
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<p>Cover for Pink's &quot;Blow Me (One Last Kiss)&quot;</p>
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Cover for Pink's "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)"


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Listen: Pink is angry and a little shrill on new single 'Blow Me (One Last Kiss)'

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"I've had a sh*t day..." No kidding, Pink. The pop singer kisses off an ex- with "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)" in this newly "leaked" and curse-laden single.

I honestly can't wait to hear the clean radio version of this song, because it's rounding out to be as sailor-mouthed as a Nicki Minaj BET Awards performance. "I think you’re full of sh*t, my head is spinning so blow me one last kiss,” she sings in the weirdly warpy, shrill chorus. She complains of the fighting and her old lover's "whiskey d*ck" issue in a know-what-I'm-saying-ladies? moment.

It's got the guitar march and tempo similar to that of Modest Mouse's "Float On," but the bile takes on a Queen vibe for the refrain. And I'm confused. I generally love Pink, as a rule, but the hook doesn't have me convinced this time.

Pink announced "Blow Me" and her new as-yet-untitled album in the middle of last month, pegging the single's arrival to be around July 9. Looks like waiting a week was a little too long, though no official Tweet or website post has gone out announcing the early arrival. So maybe it is a leak, if anyone cares.

UPDATE: Pink has now officially sent out the stream, and it will be up for sale starting tomorrow via iTunes, July 3. Cover updated. The People obviously hate waiting.

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<p>Monica sings during the BET Awards' Whitney Houston tribute</p>
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Monica sings during the BET Awards' Whitney Houston tribute


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Watch: Whitney Houston gets tribute from Mariah Carey, Brandy, mom at BET Awards

Cissy Houston was like whoa

There was a high probability of showers (of tears) during the 2012 BET Awards, during the tribute for Whitney Houston. And the late singer got 'em, with presentations and performances from a round-up of Mariah Carey, Brandy, Monica, Chaka Khan and Whitney's mother, Cissy Houston.

Carey stepped out in a surprise appearance at the ceremony, recounting how she and Houston were rumored to be in a "rivalry" throughout their career. Carey kept it classy, speaking of the last time they lunched together. And then came the crying. Monica Brown -- aka Monica -- and her previously so-called rival Brandy then came out, the former taking on gospel-drenched "I Love the Lord" and the latter killing it on "I'm Your Baby Tonight" and "I Wanna Dance With Somebody."

Then everybody went, "Oh, yeah, Gary Houston."

And then there was Cissy Houston. Houston's mother, who was influential and essential to Whitney's rise, development and cadence in fame, has maintained a strong presence in the media since Houston's passing in February. Since that time, Cissy announced she was releasing new gospel tunes (four of them, in May) and that she was writing a memoir about Whitney's "true story," That book will arrive next February, undoubtedly close to Whitney's death-date.

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<p>Kanye West and Jay-Z at the BET Awards</p>

Kanye West and Jay-Z at the BET Awards

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Watch: Kanye West debuts 'New God Flow' rhymes during BET Awards

Jay-Z pulls a Kanye West on Kanye West's acceptance speech

The BET Awards broadcast went on for three-and-a-half hours, but a good 20 minutes of it seemed to be -- as is often the case with Kanye West appearances -- the Kanye West Show. In during the Show, West debuted some much-anticipated new material.

In an effort to amp up his forthcoming G.O.O.D. Music compilation, Weezy took the stage with 2Chainz, Big Sean and Pusha T at first to help tackle "Mercy" and "Too Cold." But then at the end, West went rogue into a capella mode for a big verse from forthcoming "New God Flow."

Even after delivering the line about Kim Kardashian from "Too Cold" -- with Kardashian in the house -- West is feeling even more name-droppy.

"Went from most hated to the new God flow / I guess that’s a feeling only me and Lebron know / I’m living 3 dreams, Biggie Smalls, Dr. Kings, Rodney Kings / 'cause we can’t get along, no resolution / Till we drown all these haters, rest in peace to Whitney Houston," Kanye rhymed. "Welcome to Sunday service if you feel you Sunday service / I got green in my eyes, follow this Erick Sermon / Did Moses not part the water with the cane / Did Noah make the arc when I made it rain / Did Yeezy not get signed by Hov and Dame / And went to Jacob’s and made the new Jesus Chains / In Jesus name, let the choir say / I’m on fire, aight, that’s what Richard Pryor say."

No clue what the full beat sounds like, but Pusha T will also be featured on the track, according to Ye's website.

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<p>Divine Fits</p>

Divine Fits

Song Of The Day: Divine Fits is 'Nice,' combining Spoon with Wolf Parade

Supergroup puts Britt Daniel, Dan Boekner and New Bomb Turks' Sam Brown

I wasn't sure how I felt about the first offering from the Divine Fits -- the trio-combo of Britt Daniel (Spoon), Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade) and Sam Brown (New Bomb Turks) -- but now I think their forthcoming full-length might be rather nice.

"Would That Not Be Nice" definitely scratches the Spoon itch, after the new-wavey minor discotheque of initial offering "My Love Is Real." That latter tune will be up for purchase as a single on July 31 with exclusive non-album B-side "I Was Born In A Laundromat." My Love Is... Clean?

The new, as-yet-untitled album from Divine Fits was produced by Nick Launay (Public Image Ltd., Killing Joke, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and will be dropped "later this year" via Merge.

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