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News of Note: Lil Wayne’s No Ceilings leaks before Halloween release, Midlake spills on third studio album The Courage of Others, Billy Corgan rants about swine flu, Bonnaroo to put out a live DVD by jluposello
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Lil Wayne's No Ceilings mixtape leaked today

Lil’ Wayne’s No Ceilings has leaked four days prior to its scheduled debut of Halloween, reports RS. The mixtape is the most recent release after Weezy pleaded guilty to weapons charges, and includes hints at his pending incarceration like, “T.I., hold your head.” Carter rhymes over tracks like  The-Dream’s “Fancy” and the Black Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling”. Check out the leak courtesy of our friends over at Nah Right.

Midlake has finally released the details regarding their third release, which is apparently set to be titled The Courage of Others, reports Stereogum. The record, which will come to us via Bella Union Records, will feature a sound more reminiscent of, “British folk scene of late 60’s stuff,” says the group. With three years having passed since their last release, we’re expecting quite the album. Stereogum has a look at the track list and a few of the first dates of their 2010 US tour.

Billy Corgan hasn’t released anything worth its salt from the past couple of years, but apparently he’s feeling confident enough to take on the Swine Flu in his blog. In an 800-word rant against the disease and the “propaganda machine” behind it, Corgan explains why he won’t be taking the vaccine, reports Pitchfork. Corgan claims that the disease is man-made, according to “people” whom he has spoken to “as doctors”. He further goes on to boldly proclaim that, “I am willing to question anything: the existence of God, the existence of me or you or Robert Zimmerman.” That’s right, folks, even Bob Dylan.

For those of you who couldn’t make it to this year’s Bonaroo, fear not. On December 15th, the powers behind one of the indie communities most massive festivals will be releasing a DVD of this past year’s show, the aptly named Live From Bonaroo 2009, reports Pitchfork. The DVD will include performances from The Beastie Boys, Bruce Springsteen, Santigold, Passion Pit, and the Decemberists, to name a few.

– John Luposello



News Of Note: Smashing Pumpkins will release new free record, Beastie Boys re-release Hello Nasty, Coldplay settle lawsuit, and much more! by 20watts
Smashing Pumpkins will release a 44 track EP

Smashing Pumpkins will release 44 new track for free

SPIN announces that Smashing Pumpkins will release a new 44-track free record, entitled Teargarden by Kaleidyscope. On top of the free songs, the band will also be putting out eleven limited-edition EPs of the tracks. Even though leading man Billy Corgan is the only original Pumpkin left, it’s still an intriguing project for the 90s alt-rock stalwarts. [Previous 20 Watts Coverage: News of Note: Muse Stream The Resistance, Jay-Z, Wild Beasts, White Lies, Kurt Cobain's Guitar Hero Avatar, and much more]

The Beastie Boys, while waiting for Adam “MCA” Yauch to hopefully make a speedy recovery from cancer treatment, are re-releasing 1998′s Hello Nasty. On top of the original album’s content, the deluxe edition will feature 21 additional tracks, including 10 never-before-heard segments and songs. Hopefully we don’t overdose on the guys before the eventual release of Hot Sauce Committee Part 1. [Previous 20 Watts Coverage: Releases of the Week: Kanye Samples & the Beastie Boys]

According to Rolling Stone the copyright infringement lawsuit between legendary guitarist Joe Satriani and British Rock gods Coldplay has been dismissed. Satriani claimed that “substantial original portions” of his song “If I Could Fly” were used in Coldplay’s smash hit “Viva La Vida.”  Both parties are refusing to say whether or not a financial settlement was reached.[Previous 20 Watts Coverage: Coldplay Releases A New Video For "Strawberry Swing"

New York Times reports that Mary Travers of Peter, Paul and Mary died Wednesday night of cancer at the age of 72.  Mary was a member Peter, Paul and Mary, which was one of the most influential Greenwich Village folk groups of the 1960s.

NME.COM reports that rock band Muse have expressed interest in creating the theme song for a future James Bond movie. Muse drummer Dominic Howard spoke to BBC News and said that the band’s epic music would fit well with the franchise. "It's something we'd probably say yes to, or at least give it a good go," he said. "Certainly some of our music fits with the James Bond vibe – and I think it could work."  The last James Bond film had a few tribulations when it came to the movies main theme. Originally, Amy Winehouse and producer Mark Ronson were set to make the song, but the pair didn’t make enough progress, which led to it being replaced by Jack White and Alicia Keys’ track “Another Way To Die”. The 23rd Bond film will have Daniel Craig returning as agent 007 and is set for release in 2011. If Muse were to record the next Bond song they would be the first British band to do so since Duran Duran, more than 20 years ago, in "A View To A Kill".   [Previous 20 Watts Coverage: 20 Watts Reviews Muse’s The Resistance]

Pitchfork reports that the Mountain Goats will appear on “The Colbert Report” on October 6, the same day the band releases their new LP, The Life of the World to Come.  [Previous 20 Watts Coverage: News of Note 9/14/2009]

Starting October 5, internet radio and music community website, Last.fm will launch actual radio stations.  These radio stations will broadcast on CBS’s New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco radio channels, Billboard reports.

Brooklyn Vegan recently posted a rumor, based on information from “multiple reliable sources,” that Pavement



Releases of the Week: Kanye Samples & The Beastie Boys by zegoldst

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Various Artists – Kanye Samples

This two-disc set includes incredible R&B tracks all by producer and rapper Kanye West. The album covers the spectrum from Al Green to Chaka Kahn to Curtis Mayfield.  The first disc contains Kanye’s songs while the other contains the songs he produced for others, such as Bobby “Blue” Bland’s “Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City.

The album design beautifully outlines info about every song, including facts that are interesting for every hip-hop and Kanye West fan. The album gives incredible insight into music in general as it paints a picture of Kanye’s use of music from the past for inspiration. It would be a great gift to a hip-hop fiend looking for that perfect sample. 

The album contains tracks from our favorite artists. Its inspirational that their music still stands for something today. It’s great that Kanye was able to turn these hidden gems into masterpieces. Kanye Samples is perfect for every avid listener.

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Releases of the Week: Blu & Exile and The Beastie Boys by zegoldst
February 16, 2009, 5:10 am
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Blu & Exile – Below the Heavens

It’s incredibly rare that you find a rapper/ producer duo with as much charisma and skill as Blu & Exile. Blu, the emcee, raps about California, girls, heartbreak and having a good time. With their first release they blow a breath of fresh air into the hip-hop community. Exile produces beats that are perfect for any situation and although the album doesn’t flow beautifully the production makes the album bounce.

Blu Collar Worker” is a fun song about explaining to your girl that you need to work more. Exile layers this track with soulful piano and a loose horn section. Blu kills this beat with his unique rap flow and surprisingly good vocals. This track is a perfect; roll the windows down, chill in the summertime song and its bounce will drive most beat junkies crazy.

Overall, Blu & Exile strike it right and prove that the Cali sound is here to stay. It won’t be too long before these two are a household name in hip-hop.  “Below the Heavens” is where the truth is.

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