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New Music Roundup: Guns N' Roses, The Killers, Radiohead

Gunsnroses_lWelcome to this week’s edition of EW’s New Music Roundup,aregular post highlighting the "Download This" track recommendationsfrom the latest crop of music reviews found in Entertainment Weekly.All songs are from albums that are in stores now, and most are readilyavailable via iTunes, eMusic, or similar services. Enjoy — and be sureto share with your fellow readers if you’ve got opinions on any of thefollowing albums or singles…

Guns N’ Roses (pictured), Chinese Democracy
Genre: Rock
EW Grade: B–
Download This: "Catcher in the Rye"
(Check out Guns N’ Roses online)

The Killers, Day & Age
Genre: Rock
EW Grade: B+
Download This: "Neon Tiger"
(Check out The Killers online)

Ludacris, Theater of the Mind
Genre: Rap
EW Grade: B
Download This: "Last of a Dying Breed"
(Check out Ludacris online)

Rivers Cuomo, Alone II: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo
Genre: Rock
EW Grade: A–
Download This: "Can’t Stop Partying"
(Check out Rivers Cuomo online)

Kevin Rudolf, In the City
Genre: Rock
EW Grade: B+
Download This: "Let it Rock"
(Check out Kevin Rudolf online)

Scott Weiland, "Happy" in Galoshes
Genre: Rock
EW Grade: C–
Download This: "Paralysis"
(Check out Scott Weiland online)

Staff Web Pick of the Week:
Radiohead’s "Weird Fishes" video
Sunny pastoral settings and creepy stop-motion puppeteering collide in this clip, created by fan Tobias Stretch for an online contest curated by the members of Radiohead. Along with this one, two more fan-made animated Radiohead videos (for "15 Step" and "Videotape") will be rolled out throughout this week on MySpace Music.
(Watch it after the jump, or click here to open it in a new window)


VH1's Stallionaires sing: Music to my ears!

True confession: I haven’t been tuning in to VH1′s A Real Chance at Love quite as often as I’d like to. But it still brings me a deep sense of contentment just to know that this I Love New York/I Love Money spinoff starring two of my favorite reality contestants ever is out there in the world. And it’s made me even happier to discover that Chance and Real have embarked on a musical career as the Stallionaires. Really! The two Stallionaires we know and love are joined in the group by their little brother, who is named…Micah. (They ran out of nicknames, I guess?)

Anyway, when a friend sent me the Stallionaires’ single "Does She Love Me" this week, I clicked "play" hoping to enjoy it ironically at best. Much to my ongoing shock, I found that this song has way more than idle LOLs to offer. I am not sure which of these super-talented siblings is singing which parts, but I don’t even care. I can’t get that hook out of my head. Seriously, "Does She Love Me" is way better than, say, a solid half of the tracks on the new Akon album. Listen below, and tell me I’m wrong to think Chance and Real (and Micah) might have a career ahead of them that extends beyond dating-competition shows.

More on reality TV:
The 35 Most Appalling TV Shows Ever (If by "appalling" you mean "awesome!" Some of them, at least.)
18 Shameless Reality TV Stars (Ditto?)
20 Dumbest TV Shows Ever (Oh, forget it.)
Thank you, people who keep obsessively updating IMDB’s I Love Money synopses!
Let Rock of Love ‘star’ Daisy de la Hoya ‘entertain’ you!

Eminem in M&M's: Believe it or not?

Eminemmandms_lHey, wouldja look at that? Some artist has created a striking portrait of rapper Marshall Mathers made entirely out of 1000+ M&M’s chocolate candies! Get it? Because Mr. Mathers performs under the name Eminem … which sounds sorta like "M&M’s"…ah, never mind. I guess that pun will never get old for some people. Anyway, the folks at Ripley’s Believe it or Not! just informed me via press release that they have purchased this lifelike confectionery artwork for one of their museums. I totally believe that, Ripley! And I just wanted to share this news with all of you, since I find this image oddly transfixing. I do, however, question the artist’s limited color palette. (What, no green M&M’s? Were you saving those all for a portrait of David Lee Roth?) Holler if you’re with me.

More on Eminem:
EW Exclusive: Eminem’s personal photo album
How sick is Eminem’s "Relapse"?
Picking out some choice quotes from Eminem’s memoir
EW reviews Eminem’s last album, 2004′s Encore
Em talks about making 8 Mile in EW’s Nov. 8, 2002 cover story
The inside story on Em’s 2000 "Stan" video

EW's New Music Roundup: Nickelback, David Cook, Kanye West and more

Musickanyenickelback_lWelcome to this week’s edition of EW’s New Music Roundup,aregular post highlighting the "Download This" track recommendationsfrom the latest crop of music reviews found in Entertainment Weekly.All songs are from albums that are in stores now, and most are readilyavailable via iTunes, eMusic, or similar services. Enjoy — and be sureto share with your fellow readers if you’ve got opinions on any of thefollowing albums or singles…

Nickelback, Dark Horse
Genre: Rock
EW Grade: C+
Download This: "This Afternoon"
(Check out Nickelback online)

David Cook, David Cook
Genre: Rock
EW Grade: B
Download This: "Bar-ba-sol"
(Check out David Cook online)

Butch Walker, Sycamore Meadows
Genre: Rock
EW Grade: B+
Download This: "Summer Scarves"
(Check out Butch Walker online)

Dido, Safe Trip Home
Genre: Pop
EW Grade: B
Download This: "Never Want to Say It’s Love"
(Check out Dido online)

Patti LuPone, Patti LuPone at Les Mouches
Genre: Cabaret
EW Grade: B–
Download This: "Because the Night"
(Check out Patti LuPone online)

Belle and Sebastian, The BBC Sessions
Genre: Indie Rock
EW Grade: B+
Download This: "Nothing in the Silence"
(Check out Belle and Sebastian online)

Blake Shelton, Startin’ Fires
Genre: Country
EW Grade: B–
Download This: "Bare Skin Rug"
(Check out Blake Shelton online)

Femi Kuti, Day by Day
Genre: World
EW Grade: B
Download This: "Oyimbo"
(Check out Femi Kuti online)

Staff Web Pick of the Week:
Kanye West’s Sky High mixtape
For the latest installment in his excellent “We Got the Remix” series of online mixtapes, Michigan’s own DJ Benzi got access to scads of unreleased a capella tracks from Kanye West’s vault. Along with Kanye sidekick Plain Pat, Benzi tapped top-flight underground producers including Diplo and Nick Catchdubs to put their own spin on tracks like "Flashing Lights," "Get ‘Em High," and more. If you can’t wait to hear Kanye’s actual new album 808s & Heartbreak on Nov. 25, consider this authorized giveaway a very tasty appetizer.
(Stream it online for free by clicking here)

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In defense of holiday-season rap

Jimjonesbadsanta_lI’m going to have to issue a respectful but firm "Hell no!" to my man Dave Greenwald’s recent call for a "Moratorium on Hip-Hop Christmas Songs." Sure, the Gap ad that inspired his post is pretty wack on the merits. I don’t think anyone needed to hear Flo Rida, Trey Songz, and least of all Rainn Wilson yammering about jingle bells. But does that mean happy-holidays rap is "always a bad idea," as Dave argues? Surely not. Sometimes it can be an idea so wrong, it’s right — so incongruous, so unnecessary, that it’s a miracle of sorts unto itself.

Just look at the contributions Harlem hustler Jim Jones has made to the form. He dropped the wonderfully WTF-worthy A Dipset Xmas in ’06. And this season he’s following it up with a project titled Jim Jones & Skull Gang Present A Tribute to Bad Santa Starring Mike Epps. Now, Bad Santa, while an excellent film on all counts, came out five years ago. And Mike Epps wasn’t even in that movie! Meanwhile, are the song samples Jones is streaming online actually "good"? Absolutely not. (Sample lyric: "How can I be without money on Christmas Eve?/Cause I’m thinkin’ of robbin’ you…")  All of which makes this a kitsch masterwork in the making. Someone actually went to the trouble of following through on this strange, strange concept. Just let that sink in for a minute. It’s like the Star Wars Holiday Special of rap mixtapes! Seriously, Jim Jones might have just stumbled upon the ideal Chanukah present for someone like me.

In closing: Dude, "Christmas in Hollis"! Any genre that includes that stone-cold classic (after the jump) can’t be all bad. Can it?

More on Yuletide rap:
Hey, what ever happened to that Ludacrismas album I was promised?
Biz Markie shouted out Xmas favorites from Kurtis Blow, the Treacherous 3, and more
EW gave 1998′s Jermaine Dupri Presents 12 Soulful Nights of Christmas a C+


Lil Wayne: 'Mad' man

Lilwaynemadmagazine_lI had to pick up the new Mad magazine when I saw it at a newsstand the other night, even though I knew in my heart that the once-fine comedy publication jumped the shark pretty brutally years ago. (Or maybe that was just me maturing past the age of 12.) So why’d I do it? Because of the cover image you see to your left. It’s a Lil Wayne parody, of course, and there’s just something so arresting about that Wayne-ified Alfred E. Neuman. Check out the level of detail they put into Alfie-Weezy’s many tattoos! That, folks, is a work of comedic art. And this feels like a real watershed moment of some kind for Wayne as pop icon. Like Eskay says, "This is how you know you’ve arrived." Also, whoa, is Mad implying that Wayne’s star has already risen and fallen? Controversy!

Of course, the actual cover story inside was inevitably disappointing. It alternates between semi-amusing jokes about easy targets like Ja Rule and Bill O’Reilly and totally lame, generic bling-bling nonsense. None of it has anything much to do with Lil Wayne. Bait and switch!

Still, all isn’t lost. I’m thinking maybe Wayne can license this magazine cover as the cover art for his next album. Thoughts?

More on Lil Wayne and Mad:
I urged Weezy to put the guitar down in September…
…and it sounds like he might have finally listened halfway through the CMAs last night?
Thinking over Tha Carter III
A PopWatch commenter said in May that Lil David Archuleta looks like Alfred E. Neuman! I don’t quite see it, but I LOL’d.

Will.i.am gets trapped in the hologram at 236.com

Williamhologram_lAs part of PopWatch’s Election Night Coverage Sound Bites Spectacular ™, I got assigned to keep tabs on MSNBC (not that I minded because I love me some angry-bemused Keith Olbermann), but as a result, I missed what by all accounts was some INSANE use of holograms over at CNN. One person who appeared to Anderson Cooper in a bitmapped fever dream was the Black Eyed Peas’ Will.i.am, and today, the good folks at political humor site 236.com have an entire gallery of how the holo-grammy winner spent his election day. I’m particularly delighted by their caption for the above photo, which explains: "10:40 AM. At a Cleveland area high school pep rally. Will.i.am appeared and for several seconds, he shrieked in agony. Witnesses said it sounded like his flesh was being peeled from his bones. Then the image faded." Click here to see the entire 236.com Will.i.am gallery, and if you missed our recap of the election-night coverage on seven different channels, then by all means click here and ch-ch-check it out!

DJ Mick Boogie cooks up an Obama inauguration playlist

Mickboogieobama_lWhen he isn’t spinning tunes for LebronJames and Jay-Z, providing music for corporate clients such asMicrosoft, or remixing Coldplay into mashup heaven, DJ Mick Boogie (pictured, left) is an ardent supporter of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. Boogie’s so excited about his candidate of choice, in fact, that he cooked up an Obama inauguration playlist for PopWatch. Enjoy the full set of songs after the jump, and feel free to post your own McCain- and/or Obama-inspired playlists in the comments section below.

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EW's New Music Roundup: Hinder, 'Twilight' soundtrack, Gnarls Barkley, and more

Qtiphinder_lWelcome to this week’s edition of EW’s New Music Roundup,aregular post highlighting the "Download This" track recommendationsfrom the latest crop of music reviews found in Entertainment Weekly.All songs are from albums that are in stores now, and most are readilyavailable via iTunes, eMusic, or similar services. Enjoy — and be sureto share with your fellow readers if you’ve got opinions on any of thefollowing albums or singles…

Hinder, Take It to the Limit
Genre: Rock
EW Grade: C+
Download This: "Loaded and Alone"
(Check out Hinder online)

Various Artists, Twilight
Genre: Soundtrack
EW Grade: A–
Download This: "Decode"
(Check out Twilight online)

The Knux, Remind Me in 3 Days…
Genre: Rap
EW Grade: B
Download This: "F!RE (Put It in the Air)"
(Check out The Knux online)

Travis, Ode to J. Smith
Genre: Rock
EW Grade: B–
Download This: "Something Anything"
(Check out Travis online)


Coldplay + Jay-Z = 'Viva La Hova'

Actually, it’s a little more complicated than that equation. Let me break it down: Mick Boogie and Terry Urban are hip-hop DJs. Together, they came up with the idea for a mixtape that would combine a capella vocals from Jay-Z songs with beats sampled from Coldplay songs. (Think Danger Mouse’s 2004 masterwork The Grey Album with a different English band.) Mick and Terry produced a few of these mash-ups themselves, then recruited a bunch of other producers to help out with others. That is Viva La Hova, and it hit the Web earlier this week.

On one level, it’s almost a surprise that more people haven’t thought of this before Mick and Terry. After all, Jay-Z and Chris Martin have publicly shouted out each other’s work many times, even collaborating here and there. But album-length mash-up projects rarely turn out as well as they look on paper. Usually, you get a couple of legitimately clever tracks, then a whole bunch of awkward filler, like all the well-meaning people of moderate talent who tried to jump on the bandwagon after the aforementioned Grey Album.

So give Mick and Terry their due: Viva La Hova is actually really dope, front to back. They got a nice range of producers to contribute, from established underground talents (9th Wonder, 6th Sense) to lesser-knowns who I’ll be checking for in the future (nVMe), and nearly all of them came up with something worth bumping. The whole thing has given me a new appreciation for all sorts of Jay-Z and Coldplay tunes I hadn’t listened to in a while. I’m particularly fond of "Never Changing" (below), which oh-so-cleverly blends Jay-Z’s "Never Change" and Coldplay’s "We Never Change." And don’t miss the spot-on cover art!

Viva La Hova is available for free download online. Anyone else digging it?

More on Coldplay, Jay-Z, and mash-ups:
EW reviews The Grey Album
EW chats with Coldplay about their album Viva La Vida
Jay-Z talks American Gangster with EW
DJ Earworm wins PopWatch’s Kanye West/Radiohead mash-up challenge

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