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Rooster Roundabout: This week’s music highlights

Jesse Schulz

Spirit in the sky

We lost another one: Robert “Throb” Young, the former guitarist for Scottish rock group Primal Scream, died on Tuesday, Sept. 9. He was 49 years old, and no cause of death has been listed. If you've ever listened to the band's album Screamadelica, then you know what a loss this is. Safe journey, Throb. Here's a little sendoff.

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Primal Scream - “Movin’ On Up”

We really got something

Can you believe The Kinks have been around for 50 years? Not a lot of people can, or do, considering the band hasn't released a full-length record since 1993, and they've been hinting at a possible reunion tour for years to no avail. Regardless, their record label sees a reason to celebrate, as they've taken the initiative to release a “career-spanning anthology” of The Kinks' greatest hits, including songs like “You Really Got Me,” “Lola” and “Waterloo Sunset.” That hits stores and online markets on Oct. 14. And that's just for starters. They're also going to release a deluxe version of their 1971 record Muswell Hillbillies on Nov. 10. To read more about these upcoming auspicious endeavors, head over to Consequence of Sound.

The color pink

With Nicki Minaj's “Anaconda” video making splashes all over the interwebz (the big booty kind), people have been wondering when her next full-length effort will be released. The wait is over, y'all. Well, the wait for the release date, which is Nov. 24. That record (The Pinkprint) will feature the aforementioned “Anaconda,” as well as another track she released some time back: “Pills N Potions.” So if you're ready to hear Ms. Minaj spew some rhymes, mark those calendars. At least you'll have the “Anaconda” video to tide you over. View that below.

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Nicki Minaj - “Anaconda”

Meester’s got heart

Like most people who've heard the name Leighton Meester, my only real knowledge of her prowess as an actress is embedded within the no-longer-with-us “Gossip Girl.” Besides that, not a whole lot I know. And in regard to her singer-songwriter abilities? She's got 'em? Apparently so, as Meester is gearing up to release her debut full-length record Heartstrings on Oct. 28. She's released the title track exclusively on Billboard, and if the tune is anything to go by, she's actually got some nice pipes. And the fact that she wrote all of the songs herself is pretty impressive. Head to Billboard to give that a listen.

Oh, the tyranny

It's finally here, y'all: a full-length track and video from Julian Casablancas' new solo project, Julian Casablancas + The Voidz. Though my enthusiasm over the Strokes' latest works has somewhat waned, I'm happy to hear Casablancas return to a more sinister, garage sound. The song (“Where No Eagles Fly”) comes off his upcoming record Tyranny, out Sept. 23, which is right around the corner. Have a looksie at the video below.

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Julian Casablancas + The Voidz - “Where No Eagles Fly”

U2? What about me?

What people are excited about U2's surprise record? Not me, but I'm sure they're out there ... wandering through dark alleyways, guitar picks between thumb and index, waiting for Bono's voice to hail from the gutters. The band has released Songs of Innocence, which is available for anyone who is on iTunes, iTunes Radio and Beats Music. You can hear the record exclusively on those sites before it gets a physical release on Oct. 13. Oh, did we mention it's free? So have at it!

Plant’s roar

Sure, most people are upset with Robert Plant over his refusal to reunite with former bandmates Led Zeppelin. But I say if the guy's got a good thing going by his lonesome, leave him be. Have you not heard his collaboration with Alison Krauss (Raising Sand)? It's flawless. Now Plant has just released his latest solo effort lullaby And... The Ceaseless Roar. To add to that, he's also come out with a video for the album's lead single “Rainbow,” which you can take a gander at below. Enjoy!

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Robert Plant - “Rainbow”

Here with Keys

This past week, Alicia Keys posted a video for her new song “We Are Here,” which turned the microphone away from that godawful “Girl on Fire.” And though her new ditty has a hefty amount of inspirational cheese, it's definitely a step in the right direction. The song is meant to inspire a dialogue between people of various cultures and nations, so unity is the theme here. Not sure if the song will get a proper release, though Keys did say she's working on new material in an interview with AP. To watch the video, head to Billboard.

Perfume on the grid

Singer-songwriter Mike Hadreas, who performs under the guise of Perfume Genius, never really caught my attention until I heard the first single from his upcoming record Too Bright. That song (“Queen”) didn't leave my head for days, maybe weeks. Touted as a gay rights anthem, the song just hits. But I'm sure for most internet aficionados, that's old news! Now Hadreas has come out with another single from the same record: “Grid.” And the video can be watched below. PS: The album drops on Sept. 22.

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Perfume Genius - “Grid”

Blige in London

It's the opposite of a British invasion! It's an American invasion! Wait ... is that the opposite? Either way, diva Mary J. Blige has announced a new record (The London Sessions), and she's enlisted the help of a few Brits (Disclosure, Sam Smith, Jimmy Napes, etc.) to provide some collaborative magic on the proceedings. That record'll see the light of sound on Nov. 24, and Ms. Blige has released a trailer for said release, which you can watch over at Pitchfork.

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Rooster Roundabout: This week’s music highlights

It's the moment some of you have been waiting for … finally here in all its glory … a new Lana Del Rey track. All bullshittery aside, the song is a good number. The tune (titled “Shades of Cool”) comes off her forthcoming record Ultraviolence. And as with most Del Rey tracks, it has a lovely, atmospheric tone that drives it forward. I wasn't particularly excited about her new record after hearing “West Coast,” but this definitely changes the game a tad. In the words of Karen Walker (of “Will and Grace”): “Denied. Denied. APPROVED!” Have a listen below.

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Lana Del Rey - “Shades of Cool”

Did you know there's going to be a Duran Duran tribute album coming out later this year, titled Making Patterns Rhyme? I sure as hell didn't. But now that I do, why not share Moby's contribution to said release, in the form of a cover of Duran Duran's “Rio.” You can hear that below. The record, which doesn't have a release date yet, will also feature Warpaint, Juliette Lewis and Austra, among others. So keep an eye out.

I guess for some people, all it takes is getting arrested to fuel the creative fires and come out with some fresh material. Or maybe that's just the case with Wiz Khalifa. Upon being released from jail for marijuana possession, the rapper released a mixtape (28 grams), which is free and available for download. So head to DatPiff to get your copy.

Who wants to see 65-year-old, former Journey frontman Steve Perry perform some songs with Eels? You do, that's who! I mean, come on, the guy hasn't performed in, what, 20 years? Do yourself a favor and watch below to hear him use those amazing vocals. And you wonder why they said, “Don’t stop believin.’”

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Eels with Journey lead singer Steve Perry in St. Paul

I don't know much about RiFF RAFF, other than that whole kerfuffle over James Franco allegedly stealing his likeness for the snooze-fest that was Spring Breakers. But the Texas-born rapper has been teasing his debut LP for years now, and it looks like it's going to finally see the throng of awaiting fans. His record, NEON iCON, comes out on June 24, and RAFF has shared a snippet from said album in the form of “Kokayne.” Have a listen below.

Just because Freddie Mercury is no longer with us doesn't mean that Queen has ceased to exist. Case in point: They're coming out with a new record around the end of the year. Tentatively titled Queen Forever, it's supposedly going to have some unreleased songs that Mercury sang, dating back to the '80s. Should be a hoot. But the band obviously needs some time to work out the kinks, as guitarist Brian May said they're basically piecing the album together from scraps. For more info on that, head over to Billboard.

I mentioned a while back that Led Zeppelin are in the process of reissuing their entire catalog. That's still happening; what with reissues of Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II and Led Zeppelin III coming out on June 3, each containing unreleased material and live recordings. But now, the band has released a video for the “rough mix” version of “Whole Lotta Love,” which features some rare concert footage. Scope the video below and read some info about the song, as told by Jimmy Page himself, over at Consequence of Sound. Enjoy … And after you're done enjoying, listen to a previously unreleased instrumental track, titled “La La,” over at NME.

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Led Zeppelin - “Whole Lotta Love (Rough Mix With Vocal)”

La Roux struck a chord a few years ago with her track “Bulletproof,” showing that retro-dynamic pop could still be a thing. And it worked in her favor. Now they've posted a track from their upcoming album Trouble in Paradise, which is set to hit stores and online markets on July 8. Listen to the track “Uptight Downtown” below, and head over to Pitchfork to check out the new music video for the song “Let Me Down Gently,” which is also on the forthcoming LP.

Say … what has Billy Idol been up to? Besides his cameo in The Wedding Singer, I haven't heard anything 'bout the guy. Apparently he's been hard at work on a new memoir (Dancing With Myself), which is “bold, searingly candid and written by Idol himself in his inimitable voice.” The book is said to chronicle Idol's life from his childhood to when he hit it big with tracks like “Rebel Yell” and “White Wedding.” Should be an interesting read, assuming he has the writing chops to relay such material. The text is set to come out on Oct. 7, but you can head to Rolling Stone for more info on it.

I don't know about you, but I wasn't exactly in the know about an upcoming biopic about the Godfather of Soul, Mr. James Brown. But since I'm a lover of musical biopics (Ray, La Bamba, The Temptations, Sweet Dreams, etc.), this is definitely something I have to see. The film (Get On Up), which heads to a theater near you on Aug. 1, stars Chadwick Boseman (42), Dan Aykroyd, Octavia Spencer and the great Viola Davis (The Help, Doubt). With a cast like that, I'm sure this is going to be one enjoyable movie-viewing experience. But we'll have to wait and see. You can view the latest trailer for the film below.

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Get On Up Trailer

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Hooker Buying Dead People with no Friends and Toilets

All these bad things having to do with the name John

By far the worst thing associated with the name John. Stossell. Ah!!!
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By far the worst thing associated with the name John. Stossell. Ah!!!

I don’t want to complain but I can’t help but notice three things attached to the name John which bother me: people who patronize hookers, toilets and unidentified dead people. Not to mention John Stossel. (cringe.)
A friend of mine referred to tall hillbillies as Bojohns the other day. According to www.chasclifton.com, Bojohn is an ethnic slur that refers to people of Polish descent and is used mainly by older people in Pueblo, Colorado. It makes sense my friend would use this term as he hales from Colorado, even if he is using it incorrectly.
I think I speak for Johns everywhere when I say that the madness must end.
A little research was required on the topic so I went to the nearest thing humanity will ever have to god--Wikipedia.
Let us begin with toilets. Not a bad thing but I don’t like my name being associated with a feces disposal apparatus. I don’t care if they were invented thousands of years before I was born.
According to the ever reliable Wikipedia, a chap by the name of John Harington invented a precursor to the modern toilet in the 1500s. He wrote a book about it and was subsequently banned from the court of Queen Elizabeth I.
Next there is the practice of calling a person who frequents prostitutes “Johns.” According to my lord and savior, Wikipedia. This may have started when customers gave their name as “John” to remain anonymous. No further explanation is given. Why not Todd or Chad? In the United Kingdom they are called “punters.”
Finally there is the John Doe, not the bass player from X but the unidentified corpse in the morgue. Wiki/God tells me that John Doe can also be a placeholder name for an unidentified party in a law suit. Unidentified women and children are called Jane Does and Baby Does, respectively.
In any case, knock it off. I have enough problems without being equated with toilets, desperate men and dead people with no friends. Stossel is such a better word anyway.

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