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Pixies Release “EP-1,” Music Video for “Indie Cindy”

Pixies "Indie Cindy"

In late June, the Pixies released a new single, “Bagboy,” and then announced that Kim Shattuck has replaced bassist Kim Deal. Now, the latest development in the new era of the band is the release of EP-1, a four-song album available as a digital download for $4 (or for $36 if you want to shell out for limited-edition vinyl).

According to the New York Times, the EP is the first in a series that the band plans to release in lieu of a full album. Recorded in Wales, the new material will trickle out over the next 15 months in a series of “mini-releases.”

Below you can watch the music video for “Indie Cindy.”

(via NYT, Flavorwire)

Pearl Jam Reveals “Lightning Bolt” Track List

Pearl Jam "Lightning Bolt"

Last week, Pearl Jam’s video for “Mind Your Manners,” the lead single from their forthcoming 10th studio album Lightning Bolt, was released. Now, the band has revealed the track list for the album, which includes 12 tracks.

Below the track list, watch streams of two of the songs debuted at Wrigley Field in July, “Lighting Bolt” and “Future Days,” And listen to Vedder’s “Sleeping By Myself,” was originally released on 2011′s Ukulele Songs.

Lightning Bolt will be released October 15, 2013.

Lightning Bolt Track List
01. Getaway
02. Mind Your Manners
03. My Father’s Son
04. Sirens
05. Lightning Bolt
06. Infallible
07. Pendulum
08. Swallowed Whole
09. Let The Records Play
10. Sleeping By Myself
11. Yellow Moon
12. Future Days

Lightning Bolt (live)

Future Days (live)

Sleeping By Myself (Eddie Vedder solo)

(via CoS)

Fiona Apple Storms Off Stage, Curses Out Crowd at Louis Vuitton Show in Tokyo

Fiona Apple

Apparently, last night was not a good night for emotionally fragile performers. On the same night comedian Dave Chappelle walked offstage during a performance in Hartford, Connecticut, musician Fiona Apple cursed out the crowd at a Tokyo fashion party thrown by Louis Vuitton before leaving the stage in frustration.

According to Women’s Wear Daily, Apple climbed on top of a piano to insist that the crowd quiet down. She also allegedly rang a small metal bell and asked for a period of silence, unsuccessfully. Then she told the crowd to “Shut the fuck up.”

From the WWD piece:

“Apple instructed the audience to ‘shut the f–k up’ and uttered other expletives, both audibly and under her breath, calling the event’s attendees ‘rude.’ She continued with her set before shouting, ‘Predictable! Predictable fashion, what the f–k?’ as she stormed off the stage. The show was punctuated with other bizarre moments, such as when she hit her head with her microphone, did a back bend over her piano bench and stared intensely at her guitarist as if in a love-struck trance.”

 (via P4k)

RuPaul and Henry Rollins Drive Around and Talk About Love

RuPaul and Henry Rollins

TV shows of celebrities driving around in cars and making quasi-candid conversation seems to be the new thing. Jerry Seinfeld’s newest show “Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee” has given digital broadcaster Crackle a huge boost, and now drag queen and ’90s icon RuPaul is getting in on the act with “RuPaul Drives,” produced by World of Wonder.

In a recent episode, RuPaul takes former Black Flag front man Henry Rollins for a ride, and the two discuss that they both have struggled in their lives with relationships. Rollins sounds defeatist as he says he lacks the “maturity, strength of character, and moral courage” to commit to a romantic relationship, while RuPaul gives optimistic, RuPaulian advice, such as “Stay vulnerable. Allow people to see those icky bits.” Watch below.

(via Bust)

Irish Poet Seamus Heaney Dies at Age 74

Seamus Heaney

Seamus Heaney, the Irish poet who was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1995, died in Dublin on Friday after a brief illness, according to a statement issued on behalf of his family. He was 74.

The New York Times reports:

Heaney was born on a family farm in Londonderry in Northern Ireland but, as a Catholic and a nationalist, chose to live in Dublin. His poems often mined the images of his childhood — the peat bogs, small towns and potato farms — and, in collections like 1975’s “North,” delved into the sectarian violence that was ripping the North apart, exploring its sorrows and causes, though he avoided becoming a spokesman for the Republican cause.

In addition to being a poet, Heaney was a public writer, translator, and broadcaster. He published more than a dozen books between 1966 and 2010.

Watch Dave Chappelle Have an Onstage Meltdown in Hartford, Connecticut

Dave Chappelle

After eight years staying largely out of the spotlight, performing only the occasional small show, Dave Chappelle is stepping back into the mainstream by headlining the Funny or Die Oddball Festival. Unfortunately, four days in, Chappelle doesn’t seem to be doing so well.

Apparently, on August 29, 2013, the heckling in Hartford, Connecticut was too much for him to overcome, and an incredibly awkward situation played out. Several minutes into his routine, Chappelle stopped telling jokes and made uncomfortable chit-chat, read a book that someone handed him, and sat on a stool and smoked cigarettes, telling the crowd to go home, look in the mirror, and boo themselves.

Anyway, watch the crowd videos below, and bring on the amateur psychoanalysis!

(via The Laugh Button)

Five More Books by JD Salinger to Be Published

JD Salinger

Fourteen years after publishing The Catcher in the Rye in 1951, the enigmatic author JD Salinger retreated to his home in rural Cornish, New Hampshire, and never published again. “There is a marvelous peace in not publishing,” he told the New York Times in 1974. He died in 2010 at the age of 91.

Despite only seeing The Catcher in the RyeNine Stories (1953), Franny and Zooey (1961), and Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction (1963) published during his lifetime, it appears that Salinger did keep busy writing during his self-imposed exile. According to Salinger, the title of a new documentary and a corresponding 700-page book by the film’s director, Shane Salerno, and co-author David Shields, Salinger spent plenty of time writing, and five new books of his will be published starting in 2015.

The New York Times reported that Salinger’s new works include: a “story-filled ‘manual’ of the Vedanta religious philosophy”; a book called The Family Glass, with five never-before-seen stories; another collection of stories called The Last and Best of the Peter Pans, which will revisit the Caulfield family from The Catcher in the Rye; a novella based on Salinger’s years as a soldier in World War II; and a new novel set during the same period about the author’s first marriage.

Furthermore, in September 2013, Simon & Schuster will release the new Salinger biography, which details new findings and observations about the author’s life, mined from diaries, letters, and previously unseen photographs. In pre-sales, the book is currently ranked No. 126 on Amazon.

“I would expect it to be one of the biggest publishing events of the year, if not the decade,” Simon & Schuster publisher Jonathan Karp told the Times.

(via Business Week)

Whole Foods Market Begins Selling Vinyl Records

Whole Foods Market to sell vinyl

Grocery chain Whole Foods has started selling a “carefully curated selection of vinyl records” in five California stores. An odd impulse buy item, for sure.

A representative from Whole Foods stated: “This launch isn’t just about stocking our shelves with something new and different — it’s about listening to our shoppers and giving them access to the things they want — whether it’s their favorite cheese or their favorite way to enjoy music.”

Not sure if this is a cool way to keep the format alive, or just a ridiculous ploy to further tap into the hipster market. Maybe both.

(via Fact)

12 MTV Video Music Awards Performances Worth Rewatching

Nirvana at the 1992 MTV Music Video Awards

Recently, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Buzzfeed, CNN, Fox News, The Onion, and all other forms of online media, social or otherwise, exploded with gifs, still images, videos, and opinion pieces bashing, defending, supporting, and otherwise dissecting the performance by the Achy Breaky Heart guy’s dumb kid at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. I didn’t watch it, but if I had, I’m sure I would have also experienced at least one of the 20 or so intended emotional responses to it (most likely “mild disgust and confusion cloaked in feigned disinterest”).

In the past, every few years, the VMAs would whip up some kind of bullshit scandal by exploiting some hyper-sexualized blonde — usually Madonna or Britney Spears (or both) — but in the midst of that there have been some genuinely good performances too. It seems hard to believe, but MTV has been putting on this show for 30 years now — it only makes sense that a handful of decent acts slipped through the cracks. Here are a dozen performances worth watching again.

ZZ Top, “Sharp Dressed Man” – 1984



The Monkees, “I’m a Believer” / “Daydream Believer” – 1986



Run-DMC and Aerosmith, “Walk This Way” – 1987



The Cure, “Just Like Heaven” – 1989



Faith No More, “Epic” – 1990



Nirvana, “Lithium” – 1992



Neil Young and Pearl Jam, “Rockin’ In the Free World” – 1993



Naughty By Nature, “Hip Hop Hooray” – 1993



Beastie Boys, “Sabotage” – 1994



Snoop Dogg, “Murder Was the Case” – 1994



The Cranberries, “Salvation” – 1996



Rage Against the Machine, “Testify” – 2000



Click here for 10 Cover Songs Commonly Mistaken for Originals

Philadelphia Phillies Baseball Team Gives Away Nirvana “Nevermind”-Inspired Posters of the Phanatic on ’90s Retro Night

Phillie Phanatic Nirvana "Nevermind" poster

MLB Teams frequently hold promotions to encourage fans to come on out to the olde towne corporate-named ballpark and watch the local nine host a baseball match — but most of the time you just end up with a duffle bag or a Frisbee. The Phillies, however, know how to be creative. Check out this poster they gave out on August 23, 2013 for ’90s Retro Night. All it’s missing is the Phanatic’s big furry green dong.

(via Reddit)

Watch: Pearl Jam “Mind Your Manners” Music Video

Pearl Jam "Mind Your Manners"

Pearl Jam have recently released a brand new music video for “Mind Your Manners,” the lead single off of their forthcoming 10th studio album Lightning Bolt, to be released October 15, 2013.

The video features a disaster-ridden backdrop – melting ice caps, flooding, lightning strikes, war, and bombs all feature prominently in the video, directed by Danny Clinch.

You can watch the video below. Click here for Pearl Jam’s forthcoming 2013 fall tour dates.

(via Noisecreep)

Carlos Danger Weiners Are Ready for the Grill

Carlos Danger Weiners

New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner, AKA “Carlos Danger,” may not have a chance in hell of winning the election — but he’s at least inspired some great late-night TV zingers and a new product line, Carlos Danger Weiners. I feel like we almost should have seen this coming.

Who knows how long this gag company will last. For now, however, they are “the brand that’s on everyone’s lips.” (via NYC Prowler)

Carlos Danger Weiners

Beatrice Kozera, Inspiration for “Terry, the Mexican Girl” in Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road,” Dies at Age 92

This photo from 1941 and provided by writer Tim Z. Hernandez on behalf of the Bea Kozera Estate shows Beatrice Kozera and her son Albert Franco. Kozera, the woman whose fleeting relationship with novelist Jack Kerouac appeared in 'On The Road' - this photo was taken 6 years before Kozera and the novelist met .

This photo from 1941 and provided by writer Tim Z. Hernandez on behalf of the Bea Kozera Estate shows Beatrice Kozera and her son Albert Franco. This photo was taken six years before Kozera and Kerouac met .

Beatrice Kozera — also known as Bea Franco, and known to readers as “Terry, the Mexican girl” in Jack Kerouac’s novel On the Road – has died at age 92. Kozera died in Lakewood, California of natural causes.

Her 15-day relationship with novelist Jack Kerouac was chronicled in On the Road – yet Kozera only learned a few years ago that her affair with the novelist in the farmworker labor camp in 1947 was featured in both the novel and the movie of the same title, released last year. Alice Braga portrayed the character inspired by Kozera.

Manana Means HeavenKozera was informed of her anonymous fame by author Tim Hernandez, who tracked down Kozera while he was researching her story for a book due to be released later this month called Manana Means Heaven.

“As far as she was concerned she was a normal, ordinary person who at one point in her life met a man,” Hernandez said. “She never knew that this gentleman Kerouac ever became anything.”

In On the Road, at the point when Sal Paradise (Kerouac) decides to leave her behind, he writes,

“We turned at a dozen paces, for love is a duel, and looked at each other for the last time.”

Hernandez resolved three years ago that he would write his own fictional account of what occurred after Kerouac left her behind. However, he eventually tracked her down — after realized she lived only one mile from his home in Fresno, California. 

Hernandez then spent the next two years interviewing her. Kozera was able to hold a copy of Manana Means Heaven in her hands just one week before she passed away.

For further reading, visit The Daily Mail.

This photo from 1947 and provided by writer Tim Z. Hernandez on behalf of the Bea Kozera Estate shows Beatrice Kozera, left, with friend Angie in Selma, California - in the same year she met Kerouac.

This photo from 1947 and provided by writer Tim Z. Hernandez on behalf of the Bea Kozera Estate shows Beatrice Kozera, left, with friend Angie in Selma, California – in the same year she met Kerouac.

Watch the Trailer for the Killer Rodent Horror-Comedy, “Squirrels”

Squirrels

Though production has yet to start on Timur Bekmambetov’s killer squirrel film, Squirrels, a trailer has already been created. You can watch it below, and also find the poster for the film.

The screenplay for Squirrels was written by Daniel Antoniazzi and Ben Shiffrin from an original idea by Bekmambetov (likely inspired by this). Ethan Maniquis is apparently attached to direct.

Squirrels - Hold On to Your Nuts

(via Bleeding Cool)

Watch the Director’s Cut of Nirvana’s “Heart-Shaped Box” Music Video (Which Is the Version They Used to Air on MTV in the ’90s)

Nirvana "Heart Shaped Box"

Entertainment Weekly is touting that they have the “exclusive premiere” of the director’s cut of Nirvana‘s classic “Heart Shaped Box” music video, directed by Anton Corbjin. Apparently, they’d have you believe that this cut of the music video is just now being released 20 years after it was filmed in 1993.

However, I’d like to call shenanigans here. The video the NirvanaVEVO account has uploaded to YouTube may be considered to be the “official broadcast version,” but this supposedly new director’s cut version is the one I watched about 50 million times on MTV in 1993. It features Kurt lying in the field of poppies, and more airtime for the woman in the Slim Goodbody costume, as well as the little girl. I could never forget that scene where she puts her hands on her hips and gives the little girl a disapproving look — and the official video, where the camera stays on Cobain during the entire third verse, has never seemed quite right to me.

Anyway, compare them for yourself.

Director’s Cut

Broadcast Version

The video will be available on the forthcoming In Utero 20th anniversary box set. Click here to see the complete track list.