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Director Of 'The Double' Talks Casting J Mascis

the doubleRichard Ayoade, of The IT Crowd, and director of the upcoming film The Double, cast Dinosaur Jr. mainman J. Mascis in the new movie, which stars Jesse Eisenberg and is based on the novel by Fyodor Dostoevsky. In the film, Mascis plays a janitor whose primary affect is apathy. Ayoade told NME why he found the guitarist perfect for the role.

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Will The Killers Collaborate With Muse?

Now that would be an interesting combination. Can you imagine both bands competing with one another to create the most futuristic modern indie rock explosion? Think of the light show they’d need if they performed together. The crowd would go blind! Well perhaps we’ll see (or not see, rather) sometime in the near future. According to NME, The Killers frontman Brandon Flowers says they would like to collaborate with Muse. The two bands have “become good friends” and they’d “never rule out working together.” Whether this will definitely happen is uncertain, but you can bet that the result would be either absolute “Madness” or “Glamorous Indie Rock and Roll.”

If you like Muse or The Killers, you should check out OurStage artist A Lion Named Roar.

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Alan Moore Releases Song In Support Of Occupy, Anonymous

Ok, first of all, who knew that the Occupy movement had its own record label?  For a faction that boasts its lack of hierarchical leadership, it must be pretty tough to coordinate the distinct delegation of responsibilities that owning a record label entails. All indistinct leadership structures notwithstanding, Occupation Records has managed to officially release a new track from canonical graphic novel author Alan Moore in support of Occupy and Anonymous, the decentralized hacktivist group. Moore’s track coincides with the commemoration of Guy Fawkes’ Day, the November 5 anniversary of would-be British assassin Guy Fawkes’ attempt to blow up the House of Lords in 1605. Fawkes’ anti-establishment scheming was immortalized for contemporary audiences in Moore’s V For Vendetta and its subsequent film adaptation, whose final scene will be reenacted by hundreds of protesters around the world today. The book’s vigilante anti-hero V and his fight against a fascist, dystopian British government spiritually echo the struggle of the Occupy movement against the entrenched forces of capitalism in the modern-day West. At least, that’s how Moore sees it.

“The Decline of English Murder,” Moore’s collaboration with Joe Brown, can be heard over at NME. While the verbose and kind of creepy tune might only make it onto playlists of dedicated Anonymous and Occupy members, it’s worth a listen. Remember, remember the fifth of November, people.

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Lottery Winner Wants To Use Money To Reunite Original Guns N' Roses Lineup

Last Friday, August 10th, a man named Adrian Bayford won £148 million from the EuroMillions lottery. What’s a guy to do with all that cash? Reunite the original lineup of Guns N’ Roses. Obviously.

According to NME.com The 41-year-old runs a music shop in Haverhill, Suffolk (England) and still has that appetite for destruction, saying “I think I would just have to get Guns N’ Roses together ” the original line-up, mind. I am a real fan.” That’s quite a tall order, considering the years of conflict, resentment, and grudges that still exist between Axl Rose and the rest of the guys, but hey, good luck Adrian!

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The Re-Launching of Fiona Apple

Here we go again again! Another online article where the subject is Fiona Apple. For the last few weeks, it seems, it’s been virtually impossible to turn on the computer without stumbling across a new headline about the 34-year-old singer-songwriter. I can’t think of any other musical celebrity this side of Kanye West who, in recent memory, has gotten quite so much mileage out of being both ridiculously talented and endlessly quotable.

And Apple doesn’t even tweet (yet)”or date a reality TV star!

Her musical gift and her gift of gab pretty much ensured that the June 19 release of her fourth album, The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do, would arrive with more fanfare than the expected critical gushing. In fact, after one week of release, the new set sold 72,000 copies, good enough for a No. 3 debut on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart, immediately making The Idler Wheel… the highest-charting album of Apple’s career.

That would be chump change in the coffers of Adele or Lady Gaga, but considering that Apple released her last album, Extraordinary Machine, way back in 2005, before the world had heard of Adele, Gaga, or Katy Perry, and the year in which Rihanna released her debut album, it’s as extraordinary as one-half of her last album title.

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OurStage Reports On Idolator Reporting On Guardian Writer's Discovery Of NME Using Alanis Morissette Photo For Fiona Apple Album Review. Film At 11.

Earlier today, The Guardian’s Rebecca Nicholson picked up the latest issue of NME and, while perusing the latter’s rock-solid take on Fiona Apple‘s new album, noticed the wrong angsty-brooding-’90s-era-songstress looking casually over her shoulder. And she shared her discovery on Twitter

 

NME had run a picture of Alanis Morisseette above the review, and while the two artists do share a vague resemblance (i.e. they are both white women with…hair), we’re amazed that no one in the editing process caught the mistake before plastering it across half a page of prime real estate. Only a few hours later, the reblogging had started; Idolator ran a full story, Dangerous Minds called NME out for their rough week, and MTV questioned the integrity of the review after such a big blunder.

Here’s hoping we haven’t made any major typos, or you know, confused two of the biggest female music stars of our generation in the past couple weeks. Those (re)bloggers are ruthless…

Spotify Launches New 'Play' Button

According to NME, Spotify today launched a new ‘Play’ button that allows users to embed on other websites any track from the streaming service’s library. Users now have the opportunity to post a track of their choice online and stream it from Spotify. In addition to embedding tracks, users will also be able to offer up albums and playlists of their choice.

In partnership with a number of media outlets, Spotify aimed at getting the word out in a collaborative effort with online sources such as NME.com. NME editor Luke Lewis said: “We’ve been creating Spotify playlists to enhance our blog posts for some time now, but we’ve never been able to embed them within the page itself. So this is a really cool new feature. It means that, from now on, when users read our album/track reviews, list features, or new band recommendations, they’ll be able to stream the tracks instantly via Spotify, within NME.COM “ without firing up the application, or opening a new window.”

In regards to the app’s launch, Gustav Sí¶derstrí¶m, Chief Product Officer at Spotify said: “We’re hugely excited to be launching the Spotify Play Button today, in partnership with the brightest and best sites on the web, such as NME. From today, the Spotify Play Button gives sites the ability to share access to any song, album or playlist through Spotify, creating a personalised soundtrack to their website or blog. Spotify is lighting up the internet with music.”

NME reports that Spotify was recently valued at over $3.5 billion. In addition, NME stated Sean Parker, co-founder of Napster and one of Spotify’s key investors, claimed the service will overtake iTunes in two years.

Deftones Finish Writing New Album

Just shy of two years past the release of Diamond Eyes, Deftones have announced that they’ve finished writing their next album and will begin recording it on July 9. The band has also confirmed that they’re sticking with producer Nick Raskulinecz for the album. Receiving generally positive reviews across the board, Diamond Eyes was the band’s first record since the 2008 accident that left bassist Chi Cheng in a coma. For that album, Deftones recruited former Quicksand bassist Sergio Vega to play tour dates and record, and he’s been working with them since. Though it hasn’t been explicitly confirmed, it would appear that Vega will be recording the new record with the rest of the Deftones crew, with vocalist Chino stating that Vega “has been working very well” in the band during an interview with Chilean publication La Tercera.

Photo and scoop courtesy of NME.

Green Day's Awkward Explanation of Their Upcoming Album

During Green Day’s awkward explanation of their upcoming album, Billie Joe Armstrong admitted that the lyrical content includes “the first time we ever really sung about f**king”. We definitely found ourselves feeling a little creeped out as Dirnt explained his artistic motivations for sex-oriented lyrics.

According to NME,  Green Day premiered their song “Carpe Diem” during a show in San Francisco last November and it’s expected to be on the new album. This new LP will follow the band’s last release that hit the market in 2011, a live concert album tilted Awesome As F*ck. They also currently have a musical that’s based around their albums American Idiot and 21st Century Breakdown. A motion picture release of the musical is currently in the works and will be directed by Tom Hanks.

Rolling Stone, Creem, And The Rock Mags That Changed The Scene

The publishers over at Creem Magazine must be a brave bunch”despite everything you hear about the impending death of print journalism, the iconic Detriot-based rock mag, which was founded in 1969 but has been published online only since 2001, is making a return to print. We’re pretty pumped to hear that the magazine credited with coining phrases like punk rock and heavy metal is making a comeback, so we thought we’d take a look at some other famous rock ˜zines and their impact on music history.

NME

First published in March 1952, NME (originally New Musical Express) was the first British paper to include a singles chart. The rag ran cover features on British bands like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones throughout the sixties, and as NME writer Ian MacDonald so modestly points out: I think all the other papers knew by 1974 that NME had become the best music paper in Britain. We had most of the best writers and photographers, the best layouts, that sense of style of humor and a feeling of real adventure. Although some have criticized the magazine in recent years for its lack of diversity, NME‘s Web site boasts an impressive 5.3 million monthly unique users, making it the UK’s most popular magazine Web site today.

Rolling Stone

Whether you love it or you love to hate it, there’s no denying RS‘s impact on music, pop culture and even politics. Remember that little incident with General McChrystal last year? And even if you can’t believe they put Snookie on their cover or agree with the critics who think the mag is run by old geezers, let’s not forget that this is the publication that was home to some of Hunter S. Thompson’s most famous work and showed us how crazy John Mayer really is. (We just never thought we’d hear someone use the phrase “Joshua Tree of vaginas.”) As founder and current editor and publisher Jann Wenner wrote in the mag’s first issue in 1967, RS is “not just about the music, but about the things and attitudes that music embraces.” We can get behind that.

Spin

Founded in 1985, Spin acted as the anti-Rolling Stone. While they profiled rock legends like Aeorosmith and jazz legends like Miles Davis, they also featured up-and-comers like Run DMC and the Beastie Boys, and were among the first to devote significant coverage to hip hop. The magazine was also groundbreaking in its decision to include editorial contributions from musicians like Henry Rollins and David Lee Roth, and many of its writers”including hipster favorite Chuck Klosterman”used their time at the magazine as a launching pad to success in other mediums.

Billboard

You didn’t think we’d get through this feature without mentioning Billboard, did you? First published in 1894, the publication originally known as Billboard Advertising is one of the longest-running trade magazines in the world. What began as a paper for the bill posting industry soon began covering amusement parks and fairs, and in the ’20s started featuring movies. It wasn’t until the 1930’s, with the development of the jukebox, that Billboard began publishing music charts. And the rest, as they say, is history”Billboard has been publishing their “Hot 100″ since 1958, and today puts out more than 100 charts every week.

What are your favorite rock ‘zines? Let us know in the comments.