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Man, them Swedish folks sure know how to craft a nice pop tune. This song may have some bubblegum-ness to it, but damn if it ain't catchy. Oh, I'm talking about Icona Pop's new song. In case you're unfamiliar with the Swedish pop duo, they hit it pretty big with their track “I Love It,” and now they've come out with a new tune that might not have the same edge of the aforementioned ditty, but it's for sure gonna snare them some new fans, if not keep the old ones steady until a full-length manifests. Have a listen to “Get Lost” below.

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Icona Pop - “Get Lost”

I'm sure there has been talk of this, but I wasn't aware. Aretha Franklin is recording a divas covers album. Ms. Franklin took the time to speak with Billboard about working with Andre 3000 (who is a co-producer on the record), the status of the album (she's “on it”) and named a few songs she's covering. Among them are Adele's “Rollin in the Deep,” Donna Summer's “Last Dance” and Tina Turner's “What's Love Got to Do With It.” Head to Billboard to read what one of the best vocalists ever had to say about what she's working on.

Some electronica-lovin' folks are 'bout to get super-duper excited. Grimes has come out with a new track (apparently her first in two years), and it was originally written to be performed by Rihanna ... who turned it down. So what was Grimes to do? Why, record it herself! The song (titled “Go”) is a lovely, atmospheric tune that's got a banging beat, background yelps and some smooth, slick production, and it also features Blood Diamonds. Have a listen below.

For fans of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, including myself, it's time to get excited: Karen O is coming out with her first solo effort (Crush Songs). Granted, she already recorded solo material with Native Korean Rock & the Fishnets, but that project only released rough demos, which you can still find on YouTube. But this is an actual full-length endeavor, y'all. That drops on Sept. 9, which isn't too far off, so keep scanning those headlines for more info in the coming months.

While I didn't listen to Robert Plant's last solo record (Band of Joy), I was a huge fan of his collaborative LP with Alison Krauss (Raising Sand). That record was phenomenal; all you have to do is listen and hear how their voices meld together to form a sound that can't be replicated, a sound that is pure magic. See “Stick With Me Baby.” Regardless, Plant is coming out with another solo effort, titled lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar. That'll hit stores on Sept. 9, and you can have a listen to album track “Rainbow” below.

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Robert Plant - “Rainbow”

It's here people! Well, the announcement is here. Julian Casablancas + the Voidz have officially announced their debut record (or Casablancas' second solo record). The album (Tyranny) hits stores and online markets on Sept. 23 and will be sold through Casablancas' Cult Records, where it's on preorder now for the mere cost of $3.87. You read that right. Head over to Rolling Stone to read more about the album.

Get ready for the blasphemy because I'm gonna say it: I've never really listened to Radiohead. And it's not because of any disrespect, but mostly because they just haven't crossed my path as much as most. Wait ... does "Creep" count? Okay, back to the point. Radiohead drummer Philip Selway is coming out with a new solo record. There isn't too much info on the release, other than it's called Weatherhouse and comes out on Oct. 7. So keep an ear out for that.

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Radiohead - “Creep”

Oh snap! Prince is back! Well, he never really went away, but you know what I mean. The pop diva (erm ... divo? What's the male term?) has announced another album is on the way (on top of his 3rdEyeGirl record, which still hasn't seen a proper release). Good news? Hell, you're getting two for the price of one, or maybe not the price of one, but you catch my drift, right? As for the album, there's no title or release date, but Prince did name a few tracks: “The Gold Standard” and “This Could Be Us.” Head to Pitchfork to read more ‘bout it.

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If you've read this column, I'm sure you're tired of witnessing my excitement concerning Veruca Salt's reunion. But hey, it didn't end there, and it won’t end here. The band has now come out with a video to the b-side of their first single, “The Museum of Broken Relationships,” aka “It's Holy.” The video features band footage along with fans listening to the record in the comfort of their own homes. Scroll down a little further to view the little gem.

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Veruca Salt - “It’s Holy”

As Rolling Stone notes, Robin Thicke's new video for the song “Get Her Back” is kind of “awkward.” While I don't indulge in gossip, the track is supposedly a plea to his estranged wife, begging for her to come back. The awkward (and so 2014) parts of the video are the text messages that flash across the screen. I'm not sure if they're real, but either way, it's pretty uncomfortable. But I'll let you decide for yourself. Also, you can pick up the album (titled Paula, yes, after his wife) next week. Enjoy! Or don't.

Robin Thicke - “Get Her Back”

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Burque knows BoB ballots count

And you do too, VOTE NOW!

ABQ's gas tank runs on your opinion
ABQ's gas tank runs on your opinion

Spring is in the air. Everything is coming up roses. Time for a new favorite ... bike path .... Nah, maybe it's just time to punch the mayor of 'Burque in the nose. Hopefully while accompanied by the chick with 'Burque's best tattoo. After ogling Duke City's best bar staff. Or the city's best mural. Whoever you vote for will forgive you. Or laud you. Since you already left the best casino, y'all take note when you bring your car to your fave mechanic and gab about Albuquerque's best TV personality. Don't misinterpret that, we're talking about television. You open-minded, best adult-shopping, filthy-minded folk.

Albuqurque residents want to express their opinion. This is the time. This is the place. Weekly Alibi's Best of Burque is registering your thoughts. Your opinions. Your needlessly biased self-esteem and ego-centric positions on the what-not and the that thing-a-ma-jig that is SO 'Burque. Mmm, sexy.... What is the best vintage apparel store?

A better question is who is the "best street artist"? When you're driving the kids to school, who is the "best local radio personality"? Remember that billboard on northbound I-25 advertising the psychic? No? Weekly Alibi is fairly sure you have psychic friends anyway, so vote already, citizens!

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The Daily Word in Woody Allen, Walking Dead and Dumb Starbucks

A suicide bombing instructor blew up his class.

Cockfighting is big in New York.

Dumb Starbucks serves free coffee.

Vancouver has crack pipe vending machines.

How is the USA doing in the Olympics?

Watch Jerry Seinfeld’s Walking Dead episode.

Dylan Farrow responds to Woody.

Maybe we should kill off the mosquitoes.

Someone has documented 35 years of Prince’s hairdos.

Meet the bird that can sound like anything.

What now, James Franco?

There was a rollover on I-25.

A suspect is accused of raping and beating a baby.

The police caught some bad guys.

Happy birthday Laura Dern.

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The Daily Word in 'stop-and-frisk,' DiMaggios' legacy and Gilligan's leadership

A U.S. district judge has ruled New York's “stop-and-frisk” procedures unconstitutional due to unfair racial profiling.

Some luxury resort condominiums collapsed in a massive sinkhole near Disney World. So far no injuries have been reported.

After James L. DiMaggio was shot dead over the weekend, resulting in Hannah Anderson being found safe in Idaho, authorities reveal that DiMaggio's father once held a teenager at gunpoint in the '80s.

After spending a year and a half in a coma, Dutch Prince Johan Friso died this morning.

Hey Mr. DJ, is this your equipment we found on Craigslist?

Let the record show that if you wave a stun gun at your son in the front yard, you're probably going to get probation.

The city introduced a plan to provide $2.4 million a year to rebuild APD. The bill will be brought to the public at the Aug. 19 City Council meeting.

Just a few leadership lessons from Vince Gilligan, creator of AMC's “Breaking Bad.”

A woman looking to get new boobs takes to the streets!

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The Daily Word in Hurricane Sandy, Gary Glitter and Prince.

Hurricane Sandy is deadly.

Watch Sandy blow down trees. “Oh, my gosh.”

A brief overview of cars Obama has owned.

Smart people drink more.

There actually are things you don’t know about Prince.

Tyrannosaurus vs. Tryceratops.

The pastor was killed with a guitar.

The toughest bridge in the world. (Thanks, Tom!)

Gary Glitter is in trouble again.

A cop’s ghoulish scheme.

Natalie Dylan is selling her virginity.

Tom Hanks: slam poet.

Axyl Rose talked on TV.

A park stabbing at 3rd and I-40.

A man stole some Toys for Tots money.

Hazmat in Doña Ana County.

Happy Birthday, Henry Winkler.

Thanks for the help, Tom Nayder and Constance Moss!

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Rowdy’s Dream Blog #236: Prince is racing to rescue us.

This dream story begins with textures scrolling back into the 'screen' like credits. The sound hole of a guitar appears with the face of a singing man inside it. The soundtrack is a Prince song. As the scene opens we have already been captured by the Feds. We will soon be hauled off to prison. But we have an escape plan. Even now, Prince is racing to rescue us in his pearl limo. We are to hide under papers in one of five dumpsters until he arrives. I see the Feds are cleaning our bathroom, something we never did. They also announce their plans to empty all the dumpsters. I try to dissuade them but this only arouses their suspicions. We see Prince rocketing up the canyon freeway. A large hay truck jackknifes and overturns. Prince is trapped in the resulting jam.

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Charley’s co-owner Dave Chapman stands before some of the store’s stock of vinyl.

Editor's Note

Sorry, Charley

Last week in my article “Vinyl X-Mas,” which overviewed good places to buy records in Albuquerque, I wrote that “ ... I don’t like that Charley’s shrink-wraps used vinyl, preventing pre-purchase inspection (and previewing the music) ... .” The comment drew fire from the owner, employees and loyal customers of Charley’s 33s & CDs (7602 Menaul NE, 296-3685). This was my experience at Charley’sabout two years ago, I bought a used copy of Prince’s Purple Rain, but I wasn’t permitted to cut through the shrink-wrap and check out the condition of the vinyl before my purchase. I brought it home to find that “When Doves Cry” skipped. After speaking with Charley’s co-owner Colleen Corrie last week, she assured me that my case is totally unusual. She says the store will open and play any record for a customer, and that the shrink-wrapping measure is taken to preserve the quality of the vinyl. The store also carries thousands of $1 records that aren’t wrapped. So, I hope that clears things up, and that no reader hesitates to check out Charley’s. (Jessica Cassyle Carr)

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The Daily Word 07.07.10: LeBron Madness, Lindsay Goes To Jail, The Intenet Is Over

Now may be the time to take care of your outstanding warrants.

Your ironic mullet is officially illegal.

Japan may have captured asteroid particles and successfully returned them to Earth.

Crazy widow lives with corpses of her husband and twin sister.

So the Palins aren't hillbillies?

Woman arrested in Tennessee for driving drunk on vanilla extract.

Police and firefighters attacked with fireworks in St. Louis.

Priest in Connecticut is arrested for stealing $1.3 million and spending it on male escorts, designer clothes and fancy meals.

Slate wonders why it's so hard to fire a teacher.

Tips for losers on how to handle an online break-up.

Newspapers add card readers to vending machines in vain attempt to stave-off death.

Has a long lost Michelangelo sculpture been found?

Why doesn't anyone want to go to Lilith Fair?

Enjoy this crazy Mel Gibson flow chart.

This infomercial for the Cold Steal Two-Handed Great Sword is pretty sweet.

It's hot and crowded in China.

Lindsay Lohan was sentenced to 90 days in jail where she probably won't get fancy manicures.

Bruce Willis debuts "the manliest scent in the world."

The early reviews of Inception are in and I'm still excited.

Everyone is freaking-out about where LeBron James is going to play next season.

Is your cat a racist?

Prince goes back in time, declares the Internet "completely over."

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The Daily Word 7.6.10: Queen Elizabeth, Prince, More Tar Balls

Tar balls are discovered in Texas, meaning that oil has successfully infiltrated all five gulf states. Fuck you, BP!

The Artist Still Known As Prince says the Internet is dead.

The “grand finale” during the fireworks display goes horribly wrong in Palmyra, PA as eleven people are hurt.

Queen Elizabeth to visit New York City for the first time since 1976.

The Feds file a lawsuit today against Arizona’s SB 1070.

Charles Manson follower Leslie “Lulu” Van Houten is up for parole.

Stamps may go up by a 2-cent increase to 46 cents next year.

Michael Astorga appeals his conviction for the murder of Bernalillo County deputy James McGrane in 2006.

A fire broke out at the Mountain Run shopping center early this morning.

Hot summer: temperatures could reach 102 degrees as the east coast gets slammed with a massive heat wave.

A topless woman in Albuquerque slams into a gas line with her car.

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