Brian Wilson Discusses The Upcoming SMiLE Box Set With BBC Radio 4

Next Tuesday the long-awaited Beach Boys SMiLE Sessions box set will be released. In advance of this, BBC Radio 4 has conducted an interview with Brian Wilson detailing a bit of the curio and struggle involving the pressure to make a hit song for a label, behind the scenes audio, the drugs used during recording what would be one of rock and roll’s greatest unfinished albums.

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As a more-complete primer though, check out this full-length BBC 1 radio documentary on SMiLE from 1995.

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MF DOOM And Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood Team-Up On Lex Compilation

This is the payoff we’ve been anticipating ever since Thom Yorke remixed DOOM’S “Gazillion Ear” back in 2009.

It seems the Radiohead duo and the chrome-plated masked rapper will be collaborating on a track for the upcoming LEX Records compilation celebrating their 10th birthday.

The compilation is called Complex, and also includes contributions from Gruff Rhys’ and Boom Bip’s Neon Neon project, Boom Bip solo, and Doseone and Fog’s Crook&Flail project, among others. It’ll be made available digitally on a week-by-week, track-by track basis until mid-January, at which point the whole set will be released on picture disc vinyl.

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Via Pitchfork

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Amy Winehouse’s Official Cause Of Death Ruled As Due To Alcohol

Well, if we’re really getting technical…

Coroner Suzanne Greenaway has issued a verdict of “death by misadventure” — the same cause of death famously given for Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones in 1969 — according to the AP, stating that Winehouse’s demise in London on July 23 was the result of intentionally choosing to drink alcohol, no matter the risks. Winehouse’s blood alcohol content at the time of her death was more than five times above the legal drunk-driving level, a pathologist reportedly said today at the singer’s inquest — enough to stop her breathing. Per Winehouse’s doctor, Dr. Christina Romete, the singer had abstained from alcohol for a period of time, but taken up drinking again in the days before her death. A detective stated empty vodka bottles were recovered from her bedroom.

Death By Misadventure? I guess here’s where I would make a “Rehab” pun, but I just don’t have it in me on this day. I can’t even begin to imagine what her family has gone through, especially now having to live with a death labeled essentially the closest thing to ‘death by partying.’

Let’s remember the good times:

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Via Spin

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Jay-Z And Kanye West Sued Over Soul Sample

Out of all the high-priced sampled used on “Watch The Throne” it seems Jay-Z and Kanye forgot to give one OG artist due credit.

According The Hollywood Reporter, 1960s and ’70s hitmaker Syl Johnson claims West, Jay-Z, and their labels, UMG and Def Jam, used part of his song “Different Strokes” on “The Joy” and put it out this summer without permission, credit, or payment. In the complaint filed in Illinois federal court, Johnson says West had wanted to put the sample on his solo release My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy but couldn’t get permission. Using the uncleared sample on one album after being unable to clear it for a prior album allegedly constitutes knowing and willful misappropriation.

Not that Hove and Yeezy don’t have the cash to pay it off or anything. In any case though, that shit cray.

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Via Spin

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The Stone Roses To Reunite In 2012

The Stone Roses, one album legends of modern UK rock, are reuniting for two shows at Manchester’s Heaton Park, on June 29 and 30. A 2012 world tour will be announced soon. More details can be found over at their website.

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British Fans Campaign For Nirvana To Be This Year’s Christmas #1

It’s been a longstanding honor over in the UK to be the top song in Britain on Christmas Day. But in 2009, a Facebook campaign changed that, with a successful push to get “Killing In The Name Of” by Rage Against The Machine to the X-mas #1 spot.

Well this year, Brits are trying to make magic happen again and get Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” to the top spot on the 20th anniversary of Nevermind.

According to NME:

A Facebook campaign has been launched in a bid to help Nirvana‘s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ to the UK’s Christmas Number One spot ahead of the winner of this year’s X Factor.

The ‘Nirvana For Christmas No. 1’ group, which has nearly 10,000 members, has been set up as a response to what they perceive as “bullying” tactics by the reality show after they named one of this year’s acts after a children’s charity and refused to change it.

Our luck goes out to the Nirvana Facebook camp in their earnest goal of trouncing The X-Factor.

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Stream The New Tom Waits Album, “Bad As Me”

According to Pitchfork:

If you’re on the Tom Waits mailing list, today you’ll receive a unique code (plus five codes for five friends) to hear a stream of the album on the Bad as Me website. If you’re not on the mailing list, you can head to the album’s website and request to join, after which you will receive an invite to the “listening party.”

Bad as Me is released October 25 in the U.S., and October 24 in Europe via Anti-.

I guess that video he posted a couple months back about a private listening party weren’t kidding.

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Watch Jack Black In The New Stephen Malkmus Video

Here’s something I didn’t expect to see today (or ever). The new video for the Steve Malkmus and The Jicks song “Senator” features Jack Black as the Senator, snorting coke and kissing babies. Also, Gary Cole pops up doing his Gary Cole thing.

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The Needle Drop’s Top 10 Misfits Songs

Anthony Fantano over at The Needle Drop weighs in with a band that has become inseparable from October and Halloween: The Misfits. With their catchy punk hooks and absurdist, sci-fi/horror themes, The Misfits have definitely left their unique mark on punk rock.

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Les Claypool Slapping His Bass To “Master Of Puppets”

In this clip from a Primus live-show, lead singer and bass-player extraordinaire, Les Claypool, takes this Metallica classic and adds his own brand of Slap-Bass to it in that very special way that only a band like Primus can.

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