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+ Wildlife

$ monotonix

! Clipd Beaks

& Gil Mantera and Friends, Mahjongg

* Beachouse, Papercuts

^ Foot Village

( Clipd Beaks, Oh Sees

# Panache SXSW Showcase HEALTH, Monotonix, Clipd Beaks, The Apes, RTX
) The Apes

% The Slits, Shellshag

Def Jam Denies Dropping Nas Due To Controversial Album Title, The World Groans, Rolls Their Eyes, And Says “Yeah Right.”

There are certain things in life you can always count on. Observe the following examples:

- Britney Spears will never fail to make headlines.
- If you wear a Red Sox hat at Yankee Stadium, you’re going to get your ass kicked.
- That Thai restaurant on the corner may be cheap, but that doesn’t mean your stomach will thank you for it.
- If you title your album Nigger, you will risk being possibly dropped by your record label.

Yes, Nas, I’m talking to you. Okay, okay, so Def Jam claims that it's not dropping Nas, but the mere fact that it was brought up means that most likely (1) Def Jam thought about it and decided against it, (2) Def Jam intends to drop Nas in the future, or (3) the drop was fabricated, which means, no matter how you slice it, there's some cultural dissonance here about the word "nigger."

But don’t worry; if Nas can handle Kelis’ “Milkshake,” I’m sure he can deal with anything that Def Jam throws at him. Nigger is still due to be released sometime next month.

It Will Be a Great Day When Kimya Dawson Has a Best-Selling Movie Soundtrack and Alicia Keys Has to Hold a Bake Sale to Buy a New Piano… Wait, Really?

Behold the power of folk. The Juno soundtrack, which heavily features songs by sometimes-Moldy Peach and world-class mommy Kimya Dawson, has officially knocked Alicia Keys' As I Am out of the #1 spot in the Billboard Top 200. Let me take a moment here to tell you about the time Kimya Dawson played a show to 30 kids in my friend's basement. This was, oh, I dunno, six months ago? My friends hung out with her babydaddy Angelo Spencer and fed her daughter Panda vegan snacks. Good times were had.

Girl is now mostly responsible for record label Rhino's first #1 on the Billboard charts. Ever. It's also the first time an Academy Award-nominated movie's soundtrack has topped the Billboard charts since Titanic in 1998. I don't think I'm alone in suggesting that the quality of music on the Juno soundtrack just might be a step up. A smidge, anyway. And even if people aren't buying it for the Dawson tunes, it does mean that they're interested in hearing Mott the Hoople, The Kinks, Sonic Youth, and Belle and Sebastian, as they are also featured. I can live with that. God damn, can I live with that!

UPDATED: Jim O’Rourke Reissues, New LP Wake Mr P From Deep Slumber

TMT God Jim O'Rourke is finally back in the news, and to echo Drag City's sentiments: "It's been way too long!" Okay, so we expected a new album quite awhile ago, but now it sounds as if the album -- the long awaited follow-up to Insignificance -- will be completed sometime early this year. Eureka! Whether or not this is the same album he was working on years ago, well, doesn't really matter, as O'ROURKE KIND OF TRANSCENDS TIME.

Case in point: Drag City intends to reissue Tamper (originally released on Extreme in 1991) and Osorezan (Polystarr Jazz Library in 2006) in May, with another treat called Long Nights ("a double-disc release of pure drone" from 1990) set for release in the summer or fall on DC imprint Streamline. I'm guessing Long Nights is from the same dusty box o' goodies discovered a few years back, which has since resulted in a string of ‘experimental’ releases.

And since this is Jim O'Rourke we're talking about, he's probably got several other projects up his sleeve, too. Maybe a film? Maybe a comp track? Maybe some production/remixing projects? We've got secrets!

Calvin Johnson on Tour, Ken Griffey Jr. Upper Deck Rookie Card Available At Merch Table

The “Mona Lisa” of indie rock trading cards has sold for a record $2.35 million. The Calvin Johnson card is considered the most valuable cards in existence, according to SCP Auctions, the new minority owners of the card. SCP said on Tuesday the primary purchaser, a Southern California collector, wished to remain anonymous, though many believe him to be either Chris Noth (the guy who plays "Big" on Sex and the City) or Jon Cryer (best known as "Alan" on Two and a Half Men).

Calvin Johnson, a K Records shortstop, was one of the first five players inducted into the Indie Rock Hall of Fame. Originally released in 1909, there are no more than 60 known cards in existence. The card just sold is believed to be in the best condition of all the known Wagner cards. “I’d consider this card’s condition an eight out of 10,” said SCP acquisitions director Allen Miller. “The next closest card is maybe a five out of 10.”

The card last sold for $1.26 million in 2000, and has nearly doubled in price three of the last four times it has been sold, according to SCP. Previous owners have included film director Todd Solondz and Warner Music Group CEO Edgar Bronfman, Jr.

Check it out for yourself:

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Things that seem serene:

(1) Canada

(2) Indie Rock

(3) Being naked

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