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Rooster Roundabout: This week’s music highlights

I'm sure a lot of people were sad when Rilo Kiley called it quits. Personally, I could care less. I've always liked Jenny Lewis' solo work much more. But, in keeping with their faithful fans, the band released a compilation of rarities and b-sides, titled RKives. Now they've shared a video for the track “Emotional” off said record. You can watch that below.

Roger Waters, the former bassist and singer of Pink Floyd, has announced that he's got a new album of “rock material” in the works. It's always hit-or-miss when aging rockers try to maintain a certain edge in this “shock-less” culture, but who knows? Maybe he's still got it.

Still reeling from Lou Reed's death, musicians and fans have come out and shared their condolences, goodbye thoughts and whatnot. Now Morrissey has announced that his live cover of Reed's “Satellite of Love,” which was recorded a couple years ago, will be released as a single on Dec. 2 (Dec. 3 digitally), which is the same day his autobiography comes out. Go figure.

Morrissey - “Satellite of Love”

I never really cared for Phoenix (and still don't). Their brand of electro-pop-rock just never sat with me. It just never seemed to bring anything new to the table. But that's just me. However, I love frontman Thomas Mars' wife, Sofia Coppola. Yes, I'm a huuuuge fan of her movies, so naturally I was excited to read that she directed Phoenix' new video for their track “Chloroform.” You can head to MoMa's PopRally to view the video.

We shared a while back that Shearwater was releasing an album of covers, featuring tracks originally penned by the likes of St. Vincent, Xiu Xiu, Coldplay and more. Now they've made a video for their Xiu Xiu cover (“I Luv the Valley OH!”) available for viewing. You can check that out below, and don't forget to look for the album (Fellow Travelers) on Nov. 26.

Shearwater - “I Luv the Valley, OH!”

Willis Earl Beal released the so-so Nobody knows. earlier this year, and while the album wasn't epic, it had some great moments. Now Stereogum reports that Beal shared two new songs on Youtube, though it's unclear when they were recorded or what was intended for them. But you can head over to their site to hear the tracks, titled “Babble On.” and “Coriander Tree Life.”

Regardless of Lily Allen's pop leanings, I always appreciate a musician with a sense of humor. Allen has sort of been MIA for the past couple years … but then again, motherhood'll do that to you. Now she's back with a new track/video titled “Hard Out Here.” In the track Allen talks about the injustice of sexism in the music industry and describes how hard it is “for a bitch.” And already it's generating a heap of criticism. You can watch the video below.

Lily Allen - “Hard Out Here”

Considering Jack White's repertoire and every magical note he's recorded, it's no wonder that a band of legendary musicians have come together to record a series of covers of White's creative catalog. The collection of covers is set to come out on Nov. 19 and is titled Rockin' Legends Pay Tribute to Jack White. It features the likes of Wanda Jackson, Bobby Vee, Rosie Flores and more. You can hear Wanda Jackson's cover of “In the Cold, Cold Night” (originally performed by The White Stripes) here. And you can get more details about the release via Rolling Stone.

A couple weeks ago, we shared Norah Jones and Billie Joe Armstrong's cover of “Long Time Gone,” originally by the Everly Brothers. The track comes off their forthcoming covers record (Foreverly). Now they've made another track available, titled “Silver Haired Daddy of Mine,” which … you guessed it … is another Everly Brothers cover. The album itself hits stores and online markets on Nov. 25, and in the words of Wayne Campbell, “I think I'm gonna buy it.”

Just because “Breaking Bad” is over doesn't mean that the people who inhabited the controversial and edgy world it created have withered into dust. Actor RJ Mitte, who played Walt Jr. on the show, has expressed an interest in starting a music career. While attending MTV's European Music Awards, he said he's in the process of learning guitar and piano and hopes to break into the music industry. You can read more at NME.

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Conrad Murray, the doctor who was convicted for playing a role in Michael Jackson's death, was released from jail this morning.

Rock legend Lou Reed died yesterday in New York at the age of 71.

Four inmates escaped an Oklahoma jail by fleeing through a maintenance hatch in the shower.

Police in Phoenix, Ariz., think loud dog barks might have caused a man to kill four of his neighbors, two dogs and then himself.

Mingdong Chen, accused of stabbing a woman and her four children in Brooklyn, will be arraigned this morning on murder charges.

New Mexico professor Dr. Henry Oh, Ph.D, receives prestigious “Master Teacher of Honor” award.

Christopher Chase went on a shooting rampage on Saturday in Albuquerque, which left several officers wounded.

Apparently Somali pirates are frightened by Britney Spears' hit songs.

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President Obama and Texas Governor Rick Perry at odds over scheduled execution of a Mexican national.

Al-Qaida linked terrorist secretly brought to New York to stand trial.

Not many problems with illegal fireworks this year.

Roadwork on the west side begins today.

South Korea will host the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Casey Anthony found not guilty, the talking heads who convicted her go apeshit!

Did illegal immigrants cause a 100-mile-wide dust storm in Phoenix???

Biker dies from head injury while protesting helmet laws in New York.

The Anti-PowerPoint Party is Switzerland's newest political party. Can you guess what their agenda is?

New study shows environmental factors play a more important role in causing autism.

Behold, a landmark American tampon ad.

Ad for the new Kevin James movie digitally inserted into 2007 rerun of How I Met Your Mother.

Man tries to escape prison in his wife's suitcase.

Japan discovers huge deposit of rare earth minerals.

Hooray for weird Italian sci-fi movies!

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Monkey steals camera, takes the greatest self portrait ever.

Man sues to get his porn in prison.

The first cyborg horror story is 1834's The Steam Arm.

Your July financial to-do list.

McDonald's is test marketing an English Pub Burger.

Largest ever marsupial fossil discovered in Australia.

Holy Happy Birthday Burt Ward!!!

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