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Music’s 3Rs 3.25.13: The Great Wrong In The Sky
Posted by Sean Comer on 03.25.2013


Vandelay Industries and 411mania.com present this week's Music's 3 Rs with limited suckitude, brought to you by the Southern & Longmore Starbucks in scenic Mesa, AZ, as well as Pink Floyd.

"The Great Gig In The Sky"

"Young Lust"


"Comfortably Numb"

"Empty Spaces"

Welcome back, one and all. I'm Sean. You're not. Remember, fellow Babies: I didn't break the news. It was that way when I got here.

"Maybe I'm wrong, but just maybe, maybe you're Right…"

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New Daft Punk album title, iTunes release date announced
Not that digital pre-orders could possibly be prone to short supply, but give in to enthusiasm, get thee over to iTunes, and pre-order this May's brand-new Daft Punk album.
As reported this week by Pitchfork and also announced via 15-second ad during Saturday Night Live, the iconic French EDM pioneers' first new album since 2010's Tron: Legacy original soundtrack will be called Random Access Memories, debuts officially May 21 via Columbia Records' Daft Life Limited imprint, and is available right now for pre-order via iTunes.

Though the album will reportedly feature guest contributions by legendary synth composer Giorgio Moroder, veteran producer and ‘70s funk/disco icon Nile Rodgers, and Panda Bear, there isn't yet an official track listing that names the set's purported 13 songs. The duo's representation announced earlier this year that Daft Punk do not have a tour planned supporting the new album.

That shouldn't really make a huge difference, either. Though they purportedly put on an eclectic, unique show for a genre that by its nature doesn't always lend itself to excessive concert showmanship, Daft Punk's studio-release infrequency pairs with their every work's overall quality and creativity to demonstrate what Justin Timberlake's recent The 20/20 Experience likewise proves: a little patience bears the fruit of better overall music.

Hey, speaking of EDM's most notorious names…

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Fatboy Slim has no immediate recording plans
A measuring stick for bridging the gap between EDM's mainstream and underground won't be writing his own recording legacy's latest chapter anytime soon.

Fatboy Slim made it clear when recently speaking with Billboard that while he has music yet to make, he finds himself in a comfortable place as a behind-the-scenes engine speeding the forward movement of a genre that he's been instrumental in defining.

"Not soon. To be honest, that's one of the things about this explosion of EDM. It means I've got work all year 'round, all throughout the world," he said. "I'm really enjoying it, and while I'm young enough to be doing it, that's kind of where my heart is. There aren't the hours in the year to get in the studio. I might just ride the EDM thing out. For me to try and compete with people making records like that, I'll just wait until this wave crashes."

It should sadden me more than it does that the world won't hear a peep out of Fatboy Slim within the foreseeable future. He makes a distinctive, earworm, engaging and accessible brand of EDM that tends to be a little bit more palatable than many artists who don't stray far off a certain established palette of sounds.

Then again, that's another reason I rank this among the Right: the plausible conclusion that if he's devoting his time to helming a new breed's studio work, then he's also lending his own distinctive perspective to ensuring that the next EDM generation evolves beyond a certain box that would otherwise doom it to stagnation.

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Justin Timberlake confirms it: The 20/20 Experience has a second half coming
And just to plunge the hammer once more into the dead horse's beaten flesh, behold my enthusiasm that there's yet more to come from the next pop legend in the making.

Last week, I noted that The Roots drummer ?uestlove revealed via forum post that Timberlake has a 10-song sequel to his recently debuted fourth solo album, The 20/20 Experience, awaiting a Fall 2013 release. This week, Timberlake himself confirmed to a Monday-night El Rey Theatre audience in Los Angeles (as reported later by Billboard) that he indeed will drop the sequel to one of 2013's best albums so far will drop on a fall date to be determined. Timberlake neither confirmed nor debunked ?uestlove's previous claim that it would hit shelves this November.

The 20/20 Experience so far has represented something not often seen anymore along the pop landscape: a sense of unity among the songs. There's a common thread – a continuous statement in music. If Timberlake's next 10 songs similarly represent another stream of seamless transitions and exploration of everything pop music can be but hasn't been in many, many years, then he'll have truly resurrected not only pop as an art form, but album-oriented pop in the vein of Michael Jackson'sThriller or Prince's Purple Rain soundtrack. Blasphemous as it might seem to make this comparison, this could be Timberlake's career equivalent to The Beatles' White Album or The Rolling Stones' Exile on Main Street respectively in rock and roll: a single epic work that tells the people that come after, "This is what this style can be, if you're willing to dig deep enough."

"I don't wanna fight, Jack, but you ain't ever right, you know you wRong…"

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Rihanna receives health warning
I don't like Rihanna. I can't find it within myself to offer her thoughts of sympathy nor ones of respect. Nevertheless, the music world doesn't need another all-too-preventable loss.

According to reports from 4music in the wake of the pop-R&B star's cancelation of Baltimore and Boston tour dates due to laryngitis, doctors have now warned her that slowing down her relentless touring and recording pace may be the only way she salvages her long-term health.

"Rihanna's illness was so severe that doctors warned it could take months for her to fully recover - there were worries that she'd have to cancel her entire tour," one source claimed. "They've told her that she needs to make some serious lifestyle changes, or risk this happening again. This has given her a scare. But Rihanna knows it's partly self-inflicted. She loves to smoke, drink and stay up late. Her body was bound to need a break at some point. She's now on a mission to start looking after herself."

Rihanna has recorded seven albums in as many years. I'll briefly point out that two have actually been any good. Those two albums where about five albums ago.
I've taken her to task before for sinking so low creatively as to essentially begin blatantly capitalizing on her boyfriend/sack of shit with legs Chris Brown being her literally to a bloody mess four years ago the night before the Grammy Awards. She's not "mining personal tragedy for creative catharsis" – she's milking it to an opposite but equal extreme that Brown has.

Still, I wish another neither another Amy Winehouse nor another Whitney Houston upon anyone's family and loved ones. As Daft Punk and Timberlake's respective buzzes surrounding new albums proves, absence indeed makes the heart grow fonder. Maybe more realistically, absence may now be the only way she flattens out what have been diminishing returns of actual quality over the last five years.

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Sizzurp overdose actually boosts Lil Wayne's popularity
That's right, folks.

Hip-hop's own fart in Darwinism's general direction was admitted to an ICU last week following a sizzurp-induced seizure, and this week, ascended the Billboard Social 50 from the #19 position to #2.

You've made your bed, hip-hop fans. Nighty-night.

"Now, how could I possibly be inconspicuous when my flow is f***in' Ridiculous?"
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The Beatles' "Yesterday": The Electronica Hit That Never Was
I lack the words.

Sir Paul McCartney made a stunning revelation earlier this week: he told Q Magazine that a beloved, cherished, tender acoustic Beatles lament was nearly an early electronica endeavor.

Oh, and it was to be composed alongside late British Doctor Who theme composer Delia Derbyshire of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop.

"I even found out where Miss Derbyshire lived, and went round to visit her," McCartney recalled. "We even went into the hut in the bottom of her garden. It was full of tape machines and funny instruments. My plan in meeting her was to do an electronic backing for my song, 'Yesterday'. We'd already recorded it with a string quartet, but I wanted to give the arrangement electronic backing... The Radiophonic Workshop, I loved all that, it fascinated me, and still does."

This truly divides me.

On the one hand – c'mon, it's "Yesterday". I shouldn't even deign to consider envisioning it as anything more or less than what it is. On the other hand – it's the very thought of a musical deity composing a song alongside the mind behind a forever-iconic television theme. You know you're really at least as curious as I am, assuming you're one of the geek legions that glows a little bit inside at these very first tones.

The sun's comin' up…I'm ridin' with Lady Luck
Thanks for stopping in this week, Babies. Keep your stick on the ice. I'm Sean. You're not. Never dull your colors for someone else's canvas.

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