Crystal Castles team up with Robert Smith for collaborative single: You'd probably have no Crystal Castles without The Cure, so it's only fitting that Cure frontman Robert Smith would take over vocals for a reworked version of Crystal Castles' track "Not In Love." The song, to be released digitally along with two acoustic CC tracks, "Celestica" and "Suffocation," should sound "Just Like Heaven." See what we did there? [LINK]
Is this the tracklist for Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy?: Oh, Kanye West. We might not always know what you're doing, but we're there 100% of the way. That would explain why we jumped when this tracklist leaked from iTunes. Sure, it's missing a few things (like 11 confirmed guests) and West himself later confirmed its lack of authenticity, but when it comes to news on the Louis Vuitton Don, we'll take what we can get. [LINK]
Weezer tap Best Coast, Free Energy as "Blinkerton" tour openers: As if the nostalgia trip that is the "Blinkerton/Memories" tour—where Weezer will play their Blue Album and Pinkerton albums in full (on separate nights)—wasn't amazing enough, now we can get some rocking openers to accompany remembering how it felt to be 15. With the '60s-inspired beach pop of Best Coast opening a few nights, and the good-time fun of Free Energy handling curtain-jerking duties on others, this tour is set to be a memorable one. Unlike Raditude. [LINK]
From Dylan to Daft Punk: A History of Pop Music at the Movies: Pop music and the movies go together like depressed boys and guitars. It makes perfect sense for pop music to be involved in the greatest (and not-so-greatest) films of all time; no other medium can tell a story as succinctly as a truly great song. Whether it's Nick Cave and Warren Ellis creating a sense of utter desolation in The Road or Daft Punk updating the sounds of Tron, there's no mistaking the importance of the pop music-movie relationship. [LINK]
Beastie Boys detail Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. 2: The Beastie Boys aren't known for being overly complicated. Sure, they make awesome rap tunes about weird things, but it's never really gone over our heads. Here's where all that changes. In a statement, the trio, including the newly healthy Adam "MCA" Yauch, said that their highly anticipated Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. 1 would be delayed for some time—but that Pt. 2 is out in Spring 2011. Not confusing thus far, but here's the kicker: all 16 tracks from Pt. 1 will now make up Pt. 2. We liked it when they would blow our mind by fighting giant space monsters. Oy. [LINK]
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