<p>Leonard Cohen's &quot;Old Ideas&quot;</p>

Leonard Cohen's "Old Ideas"

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Listen: Leonard Cohen goes into the 'Darkness' in new 'Old' song

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Does he need a choir of angels?

Go in with some certain expectations when Leonard Cohen titles a song "Darkness."

This morose, devoted songwriter has sung his fair share of shaded tunes. This one, off of his forthcoming "Old Ideas," layers a little bounce over a traditional blues-structure. There's nothing terribly personalized or confessional locked in the lyrics, but the close mix on the bass notes and his rumbly mumble lay the mood down right.

My only point of contention are the light, pretty backing vocals, which seem to soften the blow of his sub-tone growl, a kind of coldly sentimental light at the end of this tunnel of "Darkness." It's a adult-contemporary misstep, like using a Rhodes when you should use a mean, temporal organ sound or a choir when you should use a bevy saxes. But he's an old man -- I wouldn't say that out of cruelty, the guy named his album "Old Ideas," for crying out loud. He can recruit angels if he wants to.

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<p>Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre</p>

Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre

10 considerations on the 2012 Coachella lineup: Pulp, Dr. Dre, Black Keys

What day is the strongest? Shouldn't that read Black SABBATH?

As my cohort Melinda Newman reported last night, the 2012 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival lineup has been announced, with several notable reunion and rare appearances. Additionally, this is the first year the event runs over two weekend, April 13-15 and April 20-22, with identical billing.

Below are 10 things that came to mind:

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<p>Yes, that's a picture of The Mars Volta... and principals of At The Drive-In, too</p>

Yes, that's a picture of The Mars Volta... and principals of At The Drive-In, too

At The Drive-In officially reforms, added Coachella lineup announcement

Any new album? On top of another new Mars Volta album?

As if the teenaged me wasn't excited enough for that Promise Ring reunion, now the teenaged me is back-flipping (hey, I was young) for the confirmed reunion of At The Drive-In, who have also promised a new set.

"ATTENTION! To whom it may concern: AT THE DRIVE-IN will be breaking their 11 year silence. THIS STATION IS .... NOW... OPERATIONAL," the rock band wrote on their seldom-used Twitter yesterday (Jan. 9), only hours ahead of the lineup announcement for the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival. At The Drive-In -- along with Sweden's Refused -- were among the biggest surprise additions, considering the reformation.

UPDATE: Apologies for my egregious mistakes on today's post. The band is no longer with Fearless records, and its band page has been updated to this website. They have touted their forthcoming stint with the video, below. The station is now... operational.

Bixler-Zavala's and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez' other active band, The Mars Volta, intend to release new material this year, too, perhaps as soon as March. But you don't see them on the marquee for Coachella....

Bixler-Zavala and Rodriguez-Lopez are shared by Mars Volta and At The Drive-In, so obviously recording and touring priorities are in need of sorting-out. However, it's a question of if and what new material will be released from ATDI. Mars Volta's last album was "Octahedron" (2009) and I'm curious if there will be any similarities. Coachella is a good crowning jewel in a touring schedule: if ADTI is to premiere new material their new material is likely to be previewed during that time.

I'm impatient. Now that I know I can have it, I want it now. Last I saw Mars Volta in 2009, Bixler-Zavala's voice still astounds. I'm ready to have 2000's "Relationship of Command" blasted in my face in 2012, and if that last mark informs the new, then I'm happy to have that blasted, too.

At The Drive-In Website Intro from MONDIAL on Vimeo.

 

<p>Radiohead live in 2008</p>

Radiohead live in 2008

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Radiohead adds dates around Coachella headlining stint

The West Coast gets a trio of new 'Limbs'

Piggybacking off of their newly announced headlining stint at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts festival, Radiohead have announced three additional dates on their North American tour.

Coachella expanded to two weekends, with identical performers, with the British band plating on April 14 and 21. They also added three other West Coast stops, in Seattle; Santa Barbara, Calif.; and San Jose, Calif. The group has also confirmed that all previously announced tour dates have sold out.

Seattle and San Jose tickets are up on Jan. 14 while Santa Barbara's onsale is Jan. 21. See the band's website for all details.

Radiohead are touring behind last year's "The King of Limbs," its various remixes and two additional, recently released songs.

Below are Radiohead's North American tour dates, with new dates in bold:

02/27/12 - Miami, FL - American Airlines Arena (SOLD OUT)
02/29/12 - Tampa, FL - St. Pete Times (SOLD OUT)
03/01/12 - Atlanta, GA - Philips Areba (SOLD OUT)
03/03/12 - Houston, TX - Toyota Center (SOLD OUT)
03/05/12 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center (SOLD OUT)
03/07/12 - Austin, TX - Frank Erwin Center (SOLD OUT)
03/09/12 - St. Louis, MO - Scottrade Center (SOLD OUT)
03/11/12 - Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center (SOLD OUT)
03/13/12 - Broomfield, CO - 1stBank Center (SOLD OUT)
03/15/12 - Glendale, AZ - Jobing.com Arena (SOLD OUT)
04/09/12 - Seattle, WA - Key Arena
04/11/12 - San Jose, CA - HP Pavillion
04/12/12 - Santa Barbera, CA - Santa Barbera Bowl
04/14/12 - Indio, CA - Coachella Music Festival
04/21/12 - Indio, CA - Coachella Music Festival

Mike Patton scoring Derek Cianfrance's 'Pines' and promises new Tomahawk album
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Mike Patton scoring Derek Cianfrance's 'Pines' and promises new Tomahawk album

Ryan Gosling trading cars for motorcycles in 'The Place Beyond the Pines'

Ryan Gosling proved his bad-ass mettle with four wheels in "Drive." Now imagine Hollywood's boyfriend doing the same, only with motorcycles. And with a prospectively and equally bad-ass soundtrack, composed by Mike Patton.

The Faith No More/Tomahawk/Mr. Bungle frontman is on tap to score Derek Cianfrance's "The Place Beyond the Pines," which stars the director's "Blue Valentine" heartbreaker Gosling.

Not much is known beyond Patton's participation, though he's proven to keep good company on top of his experience scoring flicks like Italian film "A Solitude of Prime Numbers" (2010) and Jason Statham-starring "Crank 2: High Voltage" (2009).

"The Place Beyond the Pines" synopsis is worded thusly: "A motorcycle stunt rider considers committing a crime in order to provide for his wife and child, an act that puts him on a collision course with a cop-turned-politician." It co-stars Eva Mendes and (apparently...) the world's sexiest man Bradley Cooper (...whatever). While the premise sounds a little familiar, doubtless the score won't. 

"The Place Beyond the Pines" is also among In Contention's top 10 most anticipated films of 2012, due date pending.

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<p>Andrew Bird's &quot;Break It Yourself&quot;</p>

Andrew Bird's "Break It Yourself"

Watch: Andrew Bird's new album artwork, tracklist and promo take flight

Will 'Break It Yourself' have more guitar?

"Go ahead say something dumb, boy, there's no shame" sings Andrew Bird on an unnamed guitar tune. It's a perfectly pleasant phrase on its own. Bird's just full of 'em.

The clip of the tune is available in a newly released promo video for the bard's forthcoming album, "Break It Yourself," his 12th solo set.

The Mom + Pop artist has also lifted the veil on the set's tracklist, below, as well as its grainy, mysterious cover art, as seen on the left.

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

Beyonce and Jay-Z

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Jay-Z posts new song in 'Glory' and honor of his and Beyonce's new baby

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Give this newborn child a contract, already

Jay-Z made a song just for you, baby.

He and wife Beyonce welcomed their first child into the world this weekend, in case the story hasn't gotten around to breaking your Internet yet today. And thus, he has deemed his new daughter Blue Ivy Carter "the most beautiful girl in the world" in a rap track posted to his lifestyle website Life And Times.

"Glory" has the veteran rapper all misty-eyed, admitting some of his own failings, and the failings of his father. But between the sentimental beat and the amended text on the post ("Life just got REALLY good."), it's all gushy baby-love.

"Baby I'll paint the sky Blue / my greatest creation was you," he touts, calling it early that Blue Ivy will be "a younger smarter faster me." Hov also injects some unexpected, highly personal info into his rhymes: "Last time the miscarriage was so tragic/We was afraid you'd disappear/But nah baby you magic."

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<p>of Montreal</p>

of Montreal

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Listen: of Montreal does a good Steely Dan on 'Dour Percentage'

Track arrives ahead of new album release, 'Paralytic Stalks'

of Montreal have prepped their eighth album in 10 years, "Paralytic Stalks," and now a month out from its release have another taste from the set.

"Dour Percentage" is at least 50 percent Steely Dan, though the band has never shied away from those 7ths and 9ths and unabashed '70s pop sound. Kevin Barnes' bouncy voice remains strong as always. Stream and download of Montreal's "Dour Percentage" below.

You can also check out "Wintered Debts" on the band's website.

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<p>Thom Yorke</p>

Thom Yorke

Listen: Thom Yorke made some music for a fashion label

Rag & Bone got 'Stuck Together' with the Radiohead frontman

Don't expect that ooncha ooncha music as models walk down the runway to this soundtrack: Thom Yorke gave license to the Rag & Bone fashion company for a couple previously unreleased tracks.

"Stuck Together" and "Twist" are all electronica based, heavy on the bips and beeps (and moans).

Here's the catch: these guys have been around for a while, since September's New York Fashion Week. It's just that they made their way online just this week, thanks to @disco_naivete.

Heady. Pretty.

Radiohead's on tour this winter/spring.

<p>Bjork</p>

Bjork

Bjork bringing 'Biophelia' brainchild to Big Apple

Songwriter's cross-platform concept album gets 10 dates of a New York premiere

For the first time since launching her album concept, Bjork is bringing her "Biophelia" concert presentation to the United States.

The Icelandic singer-songwriter will be performing "Biophelia" to its "original specifications" for six nights at the New York Hall of Science, then for four nights at New York's Beacon Theater. The Hall of Science allows for the vision of "audio-visual shows in an intimate setting with no audience member more than a few yards from the stage," though all 10 concerts will be performed in the round, in conjunction with The Creator's Project.

As previously reported, the ten songs on "Biophelia" featured 10 corresponding apps for iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch, thus the A/V components that will be used during the shows. Too, the live performances boast the bonkers musical instrumentation that helped in making "Biophelia," including "four 10-foot pendulum-harps" and "a MIDI-controlled pipe organ celeste re-fitted with bronze gamelan bars." Personally, I'm just happy to see Bjork with free space to roam.

What I'm also eager to see is its execution. The fact that you had to "experience" the album with an electronic device that I simply don't own is prohibitive, though many of the video elements were posted online after release. The cost of a ticket to a Bjork show may cost just as much as an iPad, true, but this at least amps more on that original idea, so that all may partake.

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