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Rooster Roundabout: This week’s music highlights

Jesse Schulz

Hot off the press

Talk about three powerhouse divas coming together: English singer Jessie J has given listeners a snippet of her forthcoming album, which hits stores some time this fall. Said snippet comes in the form of the song “Bang Bang,” which features vocals from Ariana Grande and a few rhymes from Nicki Minaj. From the first listen, I can see this infectious track becoming a fan favorite. But don't take my word for it. Get your boogie on by hitting “play” below.

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Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj - “Bang Bang”

Those forthcoming tunes ...

For those of you who haven't been keeping up, Led Zeppelin recently reissued their first three records (Led Zeppelin I, Led Zeppelin II and Led Zeppelin III). And you know those releases had some unreleased material, prompting the question: Where were those tunes before yo? Either way, now the legendary rock and rollers are set to reissue their two following records (Led Zeppelin IV and House of the Holy), which hit stores on Oct. 28. It's a little ways off, but at least that gives you time to save some dinero. Cause why not?

I'm a bit overdue. TV on the Radio is one of those bands that I've heard so much about over the years, but I couldn't name one song if you asked. Not one. Nada. And a part of me is shameful about it only because they're a fairly respected group of musicians, and you have to wonder where that respect comes from, right? All I really know 'bout 'em is that bandmate Tunde Adebimpe was in the film Rachel Getting Married. But enough jabber … the band has announced a new album (Seeds) that hits the music-sphere some time this fall. The group has come out with a teaser for said release, which you can view below. Cheers!

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TV on the Radio - Seeds Teaser

On the horizon ...

If you've paid any attention whatsoever to mainstream music in the past couple decades, then you know who Timbaland is. The man has had a producing hand in releases by such artists as Nelly Furtado, Justin Timberlake, Aaliyah, Missy Elliott and more. Basically if you get this man to work on your record, it's pretty much guaranteed to be a hit (except if you're M.I.A.). No offense, but it's true. Back to the topic at hand, the man has confirmed to Rolling Stone that he's working on an upcoming solo record (Opera Noir) and says it's the most “innovative” thing he's ever done. And it might be his last. Okay, now we're listening ... To read more of what he had to say, click here.

Audio/Visual

Beck recently released Morning Phase, which he deemed as a companion piece to his heartbreaking record Sea Change. And now the singer/songwriter/rapper/extraordinaire has come out with a video for album track “Heart is a Drum,” which you can view below. If you've not yet heard the record, it's a nice slice of the man's oeuvre. And while we're talkin' 'bout Beck, you can stream his new record Song Reader, which features a wide array of artists, including Jack Black, Fun., Norah Jones and more. Listen to that via Spotify via Consequence of Sound.

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Beck - “Heart is a Drum”

'Member how I mentioned that Karen O (of Yeah Yeah Yeahs fame) is coming out with her first solo record? The album (Crush Songs) will see the light of day on Sept. 9, but in the meantime, O has released the visual accompaniment of album track “Rapt.” If you ever listened to her brief side project Native Korean Rock & the Fishnets, this song will sound like familiar, lo-fi territory. Nothing wrong with that. Have a looksie/listen over at NME.

Riding high from last year's The Electric Lady, Janelle Monáe is still traversing the galactic waves of sonic sounds vibrating from her warped but funky psyche. What I mean is that she's come out with a new video for the track “Electric Lady.” The visual features cameos from Estelle, Kimbra, Monica and other “electric ladies.” Go ahead and view that below, and buy the album any and everwhere.

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Janelle Monáe - “Electric Lady”

Out tha vault

A lot of people didn't know this (myself included), but before The Shins were The Shins, they were Flake Music, a local band here in the big, bad Duke City. Yup. They were slinging their tunes for local Burqueños before they made it to the majors. Then they became Zach Braff's favorite band and started appearing on every indie compilation and soundtrack known to man. But why do I bring this up? Because Flake Music's 1997 record When You Land Here, It's Time to Return is getting reissued. That's right … The Shins before they were The Shins are re-releasing the album The Shins made before they were The Shins. Confusing? Sorry. That should get released some time in the fall, so keep an ear out.

A Jonas mention

I think the day's gotta come where any music blog has to suck it up and finally talk about The Jonas Brothers. I mean, when they're not dishing out purity rings or making reality shows, they're musicians. So, there's the link you were after. Now the youngest sibling (Nick Jonas) is coming out with a new solo record (which doesn't have a title or release date yet), and he's shared the first snippet with the video for album track “Chains.” It's decidedly less Disney than from when young Jonas first started. All grown up? As grown up as the chains will allow. Ha! Chain pun. Either way, you can view the video below.

Dream of the stream

'Member how I mentioned that former Burqueno Willis Earl Beal had left XL Recordings and was self-releasing his new record Experiments in Time? Well now you can stream the album in its entirety via Pitchfork Advance. That is if you can't wait for the album to hit stores and online markets on Aug. 8. And if you can't, well ... enjoy!

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Rooster Roundabout: This week’s music highlights

I'd like to take a quick moment to honor the memory of Scott “Rock Action” Asheton, drummer and one of the founding members of The Stooges, who passed away this week at the age of 64. We'll miss you. And here's a tune from The Stooges eponymous debut as a little send-off to the man. R.I.P.

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The Stooges - “No Fun”

Wu-Tang fans rejoice! The legendary hip-hop group has come out with a new single (“Keep Watch”), which comes off their upcoming LP A Better Tomorrow. The track features Method Man, GZA, Cappadonna, Inspectah Deck and Nathaniel. You can head to MissInfo to hear the tune.

I like a powerful pop tune as much as the next guy and that's what Lykke Li has delivered with her new track “No Rest For The Wicked.” Unfortunately most of what I know about Li has been that song where she calls herself a prostitute or some such … and I didn't dig it at all. Thank Urban Outfitters for overplaying that one. But the track comes off her upcoming LP I Never Learn, which hits stores and online markets on May 5. So keep your eyes and ears out for that. You can hear the track below.

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Lykke Li - “No Rest For The Wicked”

This is one that bears repeating. 'Member a few weeks (or months) ago when I mentioned that Veruca Salt might be getting back together. Well the band has announced that they are, in fact, reuniting with the original lineup (including Louise Post, Nina Gordon, Steve Lack and Jim Shapiro), and they're scheduled to come out with new material for Record Store Day. It's a good day, indeed.

It's another sad one, folks, and I found out about this one too late to include in last week's column. Gary Burger, lead singer/guitarist of garage rock band The Monks died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 72 on March 14. The band was formed in the '60s by five American soldiers who were stationed in Germany, and they only came out with one album (the excellent Black Monk Time). It is a sad day for rock and roll. R.I.P. Gary. And as a salute to the contributions he made to music, here's the band playing my favorite Monks tune.

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The Monks - “I Can’t Get Over You”

I don't know much about BANKS. Nothing, in fact. The only reason I'm sharing this next bit is because I was, and still am, a fan of the late Aaliyah. Her music just has that capability of taking you back to when times were simpler (considering I was a kid when she came to prominence). But the aforementioned artist BANKS did a cover of Aaliyah's track “Are You That Somebody?” for BBC Live Lounge. It's a pretty great acoustic cover, and her voice is pretty stellar. You can hear that (as well as her track “Brain”) over at Stereogum.

And the good news just keeps on comin'. The fantastic Kim Deal (of The Breeders and former bass player for Pixies) is coming out with a fourth installation of her 7” series. The upcoming release will be available for purchase on April 1, and it will include the tracks “The Root” and “Range on Castle.” You can view the official video for “The Root” below.

There's not really a whole lot you can say about Joy Division that hasn't already been said before, so I'm just gonna get right to it. Their debut EP An Ideal for Living is getting reissued for Record Store Day, and the release features notable tracks like “Warsaw,” “Leaders of Men” and my personal favorite “No Love Lost.” You can read more about it over on Facebook, and save them pennies for this illustrious event.

I'm not that into the Melvins, but the band is an institution, considering they've been playing for over two decades and were a favorite of the late Kurt Cobain. I also got to interview frontman Buzz Osborne via phone before a show in Austin, Texas, and he was funny as all hell ... comparing listening to your own records to looking at yourself in a mirror while masturbating. I digress ... now Buzz Osborne is coming out with an acoustic solo LP, titled This Machine Kills Artists, and he's shared a track off the album. And Judging from the song, this release is something I could get on board with.

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Buzz Osborne - “Dark Brown Teeth”

Seaking of Kurt Cobain, who died nearly 20 years ago, I should mention that Seattle police are looking at four rolls of 35mm film that investigators found in Cobain’s home at the time of his suicide in 1994. The film was recently developed, and police report that “they depict the scene more clearly than the earlier Polaroid photos taken by investigators.” You can read more about that over at CBS News.

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