<p>Brandy in &quot;Put It Down&quot;</p>

Brandy in "Put It Down"

Watch: Brandy and Chris Brown work some moves in 'Put It Down'

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Great tune with overalls

Watching Brandy work a room in "Put It Down" is pretty hot. The R&B singer has always had a firework for a voice, and she earned a killer single to put it to use.

As I noted in my review of the track before, I don't have much use for Chris Brown on the single -- not just because I think his name taints the appeal of a Brandy comeback -- but because his overtly processed voice has no place in a track with an emphasis put on a minimal beat and big vocal performance.

And thankfully, he's not in the vid too much.

This is Hype Williams' second video premiere in the last 24 hours, and this one hits much harder than the nauseating "I Wish You Would"/"Cold" from Kanye West, DJ Khaled and friends. This is big splashes of bold colors -- Williams' specialty -- and some fresh moves from Brandy and her merry band of street dancers. Brown, meanwhile, dons his favorite pair of painters overalls and pretends to flirt with Brandy. Their chemistry is like that of a cat to a vacuum cleaner.

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<p>Kanye West in &quot;I Wish You Would.&quot;&nbsp;Really.</p>

Kanye West in "I Wish You Would." Really.

Kanye West tackles 'I Wish You Would'/'Cold' vid with Rick Ross, DJ Khaled... and Kim Kardashian

Combined songs for Hype Williams seizure

I'd recommend you take seizure inhibitors before checking out the music video to DJ Khaled's "I Wish You Would" combined with Kanye West's "Cold," but, actually, the clip itself is the seizure. It may comfort you to know that Hype Williams probably earned a pretty penny for shooting Ye, Khaled, Rick Ross and (for a moment only) Kim Kardashian in a dank brick tunnel with a shake-cam.

But then again, it's Hype Williams: dude generally gets a pass.

The tracks together are less of a combination and more a pair of convenience. Kanye West takes up most of the screen time, while Khaled still seems to suffer from Little Brother Syndrome, which pushes him upfront for some quick catch-phrase and then back literally into the shadows. Rick Ross -- still eager to never retire his "M-M-Maybach Music" tag -- delivers his lines about making it rain and buying nice watches, while West brings his next level rhymes about his South Side Chicago neighborhood, drug testing at work and countering his most violent tendencies with the feeling of responsibility. Looks like one of the two phoned it in, I'll let you guess which.

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<p>Green Day</p>

Green Day

Green Day go disco on new single 'Kill the DJ'

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'Uno!' single takes aim at radio in more ways than one

Have Green Day gone disco?

The have always made an effort to reinvent their sound every few years, with varying degrees of success. But, their latest single -- the aptly titled "Kill the DJ" -- may be their biggest stylistic departure yet. 

A steady four-on-the-floor beat and angular post-punk guitars anchor this ditty about planning the cold-blooded murder of a poor ol' disc jockey (even with corporate terrestrial radio largely becoming a thing of the past, it seems like people still want to hang the DJ). There's certainly some "Sandanista!"-era Clash inspiration in there, but whereas the Clash were experimenting with then-new sounds from allover the music world, Green Day seems to be simply mining the past, and it ends up sounding more like an all-male take on The Ting Tings. 


Hear the song here:



It's another stylistic left turn for the Bay Area punk-poppers, and even with the incessant dance beat and clean guitars, it's still recognizably Green Day, mostly due to singer Billie Joe Armstrong's patented nasal whine. But just who is this version of Green Day for? Have they jumped on the dance-rock revival bandwagon a decade or so too late? Will longtime fans more used to their punkier tunes be turned off? Will Katy Perry fans give it a listen? It will be interesting to see how fans respond. 

"Kill the DJ" was one of the new songs the trio unveiled at a secret show at L.A.'s small venue The Echoplex to 600 or so hardcore fans. They're releasing three full-length albums over the next few months, with "Uno!" arriving first on September 25. "Duo!" and "Tre!" will follow. 

What do you think of "Kill the DJ"? Give it a grade at the top and sound off in the comments section.

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<p>Bob Mould with his band</p>

Bob Mould with his band

Credit: Merge

Interview: Bob Mould on new album 'Silver Age,' the Foo Fighters and gay politics

Set arrives at the same time as the reissue of Sugar's 'Copper Blue'

Bob Mould spilled his guts in “See a Little Light: The Trail of Rage and Melody,” his autobiography released last year. He tackled some of the deep-seeded source of his “rage,” and the juicy stories behind fronting Husker Du, Sugar and starting his solo sets, all within the trappings of coming out of the closet in the early 1990s.

Now, his new 2012 album “Silver Age” is all guts. The Merge release – out Sept. 4 -- is what Mould calls his “reaction” to his own autobiography, a spontaneous and carnal outpouring of power pop and ferocious rock tracks with the backing of drummer Jon Wurster (Superchunk, The Mountain Goats) and bassist Jason Narducy (Split Single, Verbow).
 
It’s his first release with the renowned indie, and comes after years of multiple different label deals with his various acts, from Virgin to Anti- to Ryko to SST. It also arrives on the heels of more “studied” albums including his last studio set “Life and Times,” his DJing and guesting stint with the Foo Fighters, and at about the same time that Merge is dropping the 20th anniversary remastered reissue of “Copper Blue,” Sugar’s 1992 debut. In fact, as he promotes "Silver Age" on the road, he'll also be frequently performing "Copper Blue" in its entirety.
 
Below, we discuss politics, his old Singles Only Records label, DJing, aging, Foo Fighters, rehearsing and evaluating the term “too much information.” Also, check out "The Descent," the first single from "Silver Age."
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<p>Owl City's Adam Young</p>

Owl City's Adam Young

Credit: Republic Records

Exclusive: Listen to Owl City's 'Dreams and Disasters,' the first song on 'Midsummer'

Check out Adam Young setting the car on fire

It was back in April that we premiered the first yield from Owl City's "The Midsummer Station," as mastermind Adam Young combined with Blink-182's Mark Hoppus for rock-heavy song "Dementia." Now we're proud to present, for the first time, this new album's very first track.

"Dreams and Disasters" is an appropriate kick-off to this new set from Owl City, as it's a high-energy, hyper-melodic dance number, like fireworks without the fuse. Or, rather, a car on fire: this mysterious little narrative has a foot heavy on the gas pedal, a sensation that has Young exclaiming "I want to feel alive forever after."

"The Midsummer Station" is out next week on Aug. 21 via Republic Records, and boasts current single "Good Time," a co-lead with "Call Me Maybe" summer jam star Carly Rae Jepsen.

You can pre-order "The Midsummer Station" now via iTunes.

Here is the tracklist for "The Midsummer Station":

1. "Dreams and Disasters"
2. "Shooting Star"
3. "Gold"
4. "Dementia" (featuring Mark Hoppus)
5. "I'm Coming After You"
6. "Speed of Love"
7. "Good Time" (with Carly Rae Jepsen)
8. "Embers"
9. "Silhouette"
10. "Metropolis"
11. "Take It All Away"

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<p>2 Chainz and Nicki Minaj in &quot;I Love Dem Strippers&quot;</p>

2 Chainz and Nicki Minaj in "I Love Dem Strippers"

Watch: Nicki Minaj and 2 Chainz reunite on 'I Love Dem Strippers,' with strippers

NSFW clip features Minaj fierce and Chainz one-noting

It's not a stretch to say that 2 Chainz "I Love Dem Strippers" featuring Nicki Minaj doesn't sound like anything new. The video looks exactly like you think it would, with the Atlanta rhymer buttressed by butts and dollar bills raining from this hands. The hook is just the song title repeated over and over with Chainz bumpy slow flow oozing with the usual boasts.

The big question for MInaj: will she work the pole or is she asserting her breadwinner status on the couch with the rest of the dude bros? Because that's what this is: Dude-broage. Minaj -- whose rhymes come off way hotter -- opts to uptake the traditional male role in rap: rappers are paid to rap, and they use that money to pay women to take off their clothes. Grass is green, sky is blue.

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<p>Feist</p>

Feist

Watch: Feist goes quiet for 'Anti-Pioneer' video

Here's the melancholy start to your weekend that you wanted

It's too hot anyway, right? Cool down with this silky, chilly start to your weekend: Feist's "Anti-Hero" music video.

The Canadian songwriter is cloaked in shadows and gripping the lines on wallpaper for her "sappy songs about what went wrong."

The simple black and white clip was helmed by Martin de Thurah, whose work previously with Leslie Feist exposed an acumen for the melacholy. "The Bad in Each Other" broke my heart in 12 different ways. In "Anti-Hero," they together kind of show off what a broken heart does when its listlessly broken.

Of this new clip, de Thurah told Nowness “I had thought about making something very simple, complex and emotional with Leslie alone. I found the song very intimate, and wanted the video to reflect that.”

"Anti-Hero" is from Feist's newest "Metals."

Feist: Anti-Pioneer on Nowness.com.

 

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<p>Muse's Matt Bellamy</p>

Muse's Matt Bellamy

Listen: Muse integrate dubstep into new song 'Unsustainable'

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Muse is getting messy. Their Olympic theme song "Survival" was a repurposed Queen imitation, forced into a puffy, bloated lyrical mold about personal glory.

"What can you do?" Muse frontman Matt Bellamy told NPR when they asked him about the widespread criticism of the song. "I can't imagine what we could have done right for the Olympics."

Well, maybe not the Olympics, but Muse could've done right by their fans by finding a solid song to follow it up. Instead, we get "Unsustainable," which was their nod at EDM, a la deadmau5 and Skrillex.

The first third of the track is choral and symphonic cinema, a blip of a revelation they may have developed during the new "Dark Knight" movie. Then there's a melody-less dubstep diversion, before Hans Zimmer and wom-wommm-wommm-brrrrr combine together like children singing in a round.

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<p>Kanye and Jay-Z</p>

Kanye and Jay-Z

Here's that 11-minute Kanye and Jay-Z 'documentary' on Watch the Throne

Beyonce in jeans and Russell Crowe

Robert Lopuski "got the call" from Kanye West and Jay-Z to shoot behind-the-scenes footage of the pair as they recorded "Watch the Throne" over 2010 and 2011. The result is an 11-minute "documentary" of the "making-of."

"I had to drop everything to fly out to Sydney. I didn’t have any equipment with me. So I asked Kanye’s team if it was cool to put in a rental order– like, could you guys get some stuff down there for me? I wrote up a list: I need a camera, a mic, a stand, the simple abc’s, and they said don’t worry, we got it," Lopuski told Paradigm. "A few days later, I show up and none of it is there. So I went on a crazy four-hour tear around Sydney, finding whatever pieces of equipment I could get my hands on."

Yeah. And it kinda shows. The result is very low-lit, and it's got bad sound, and very little is revealed about the actual "creative process" of the "Throne." There's a good scene of Jay-Z running over his rhymes for "Why I Love You," and I'll never fight a scene of Beyonce in jeans walking slowly around a lawn looking out the sea. But otherwise, it's a pretty restricted "look" at two of hip-hops biggest names ever.

I would say to the handlers that there were certain things that I needed to do: turn on lights, get slightly better access, possibly stage a better setup photographically.
 
They said ‘no, we can’t do that.’ Could I sit down? Could I put lavs on them? I know you guys are recording the album, but could I record their conversations? ‘No, you can’t do that.’ Can I set mics up in the room to record the room? ‘No.’ Do you think while I’m here, I can do sit-down interviews with them…maybe get something that I can at least use audio wise? ‘No. They don’t feel like doing interviews,’" Lopuski said. "The job was challenging professionally because you’re thrust immediately into the inner circle yet not allowed to capture the inner workings properly."

Watching it is challenging too. Russell Crowe makes a cameo and drinks the Kings' wine, because he's mentioned in Kanye's lyrics.

Lopuski knows this crew in part because he worked on visual effects for "Cadillac Records," in which Beyonce starred.

 

 

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<p>deadmau5's cover to &quot;&gt; album title goes here &lt;&quot;</p>

deadmau5's cover to "> album title goes here <"

Credit: Ultra

Deadmau5 announces new album with cheeky new title: Will it be his best seller?

September set arrives in electronic dance music's big year... and a mouthy one for the DJ

deadmau5 has had no problem making headlines this year. On top of leading sold-out fests and headlining tours all year, he's made public beef with Madonna over her "molly" reference, trolled Skrillex at the Grammys and posted a very controversial web article essentially titled "We All Hit Play." The latter was his insight and experience of what it is to "play" a live show, and how mixing for an audience has been reduced to a minimum, that the art of "spinning" doesn't exist for marquee acts like him in the contexts outside of the club.

And of course, there's still the novelty of that mouse head, which deadmau5 dons as he's behind the decks.

What 2012 is amounting to is deadmau5's most publicity-heavy year, so as he prepares to release his new album in short order, all eyes may be on that sales tally to see if hype and heckling amount to "any press is good press." It doesn't hurt that this year has been hyped as the biggest year yet for EDM, as artists like Skrillex and David Guetta enter more fully into the national conversation about pop music.

It starts with the album's title: "> album title goes here <" will be out on Sept. 25 via Ultra. And who knows if the label fought him on the cheeky name. Perhaps, considering the "singles" nature of so many electronica albums, he really couldn't have been bothered to come up with one.

Regardless the tracklist has is own creative bout with capitals, and with deliciously tempting tracklist titles like "Fn Pig" and "Failbait," plus and out-and-out co-credit with producer Wolfgang Gartner on "Channel 42." deadmau5 has already released the official song "Professional Griefers" featuring My Chemical Romance's Gerard Way; other guests include Imogen Heap, Chris James and Cypress Hill.

The music video to "Professional Griefers" will be out this month. Many rough mixes and instrumentals to the songs below are previewed on deadmau5's Soundcloud page.

deadmau5's last "studio" set -- "4x4=12" -- made it to No. 47 on the Billboard 200 and to No. 2 on Electronic Albums.

Here is the tracklist to "> album title goes here <":

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deadmau5 & Wolfgang Gartner - Channel 42
The Veldt (featuring Chris James)
Fn Pig
Professional Griefers (featuring Gerard Way)
maths
There might be coffee
Take care of the proper paperwork
Closer
October
Sleepless
Failbait (featuring Cypress Hill)
Telemiscommunications (featuring Imogen Heap)
 

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