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Saturday night at Miley Cyrus' show in Los Angeles she was joined on stage by The Flaming Lips to perform "Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Part 1" for the 31st anniversary of the band's first show. Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips recently claimed how much of a fan he has been of Cyrus since she has taken a more free spirited route of performance. Check out the video below!

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Last year David Bowie surprised many fans with the release of his album The Next Day, his first studio record in almost a decade. This past weekend at the Music Producer's Guild Awards in London, Bowie won the Innovation Award for The Next Day  where his producer Tony Visconti picked up the award and talked about Bowie's unreleased tracks. Visconti claimed that while many critics were skeptic on the rest of Bowie's career in the music industry and talked of his retirement, he was writing amazing songs. Visconti claims a few songs written for the album that were not released are astounding and may be released some day.

Bowie is also nominated for two 2014 BRIT awards for Best Male and Best Album which will take place next week. Check out his video for "Where Are We Now?" off of the most recent album.

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For those who weren't captivated by the thrill of Superbowl XLVIII that took place Sunday night, the halftime show must have been quite the treat. Bruno Mars, widely known American singer-songwriter and record producer, performed a full 12 minutes of extravagance that really set the bar high for future halftime performers. Working through some of his top hits and adding in The Red Hot Chili Peppers with their song "Give It Away", Bruno Mars took us through a short tour of musical history ranging from 1960's Motown to current Hip-Hop influence.

Speaking of cool things that came out of the Superbowl that aren't sports, a few commercials really stood out that night featuring pivotal artists like U2 and Bob Dylan. U2 released a single titled "Invisible" which will continue to be free on iTunes until 24 hours after the commercial was debuted. For every download, Bank of America will donate $1 to the (RED) charity to fight AIDS. Bono wants everyone to know that this is not the debut single off of their new album, which they are hoping to release this summer. Check out the commercial:

We saw our good friend Bob Dylan in a commercial for Chrysler last night as well. It seems every year Chrysler get's a quintessential American, like Clint Eastwood or Berry Gordy, to try and make us feel real life feelings about a car company and it totally works. Bob Dylan's homage to American cars finishes with the line "Let Germany brew your beer, let Switzerland make your watch, let Asia assemble your phone. We will build your car." Can we expect to see counterculture icon, Bob Dylan, in more commercials now?

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Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of Pittsburgh’s finest music writers joins me (Cindy Howes) on the Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Justin Jacobs!

In case you missed it here’s what he played with commentary by Justin. Click the title to see their website!

The War on Drugs, "Red Eyes"- This Philadelphia band, and former Kurt Vile associates, have always had a special crush on Bruce Springsteen. But with their latest album Lost in the Dream, out in March, they go fullon in-love. First single "Red Eyes" is the perfect example - a driving beat, spoke-sung lyrics, an on-the-road feel. I call it Daydream Springsteen. Yes, it took a long time to think of that.

 

Bombay Bicycle Club, "Carry Me"- These young piano-pop Brits caught me by surprise with their last album A Different Kind of Fix. For the upcoming So Long, See You Tomorrow, they throw all sorts of styles on the ceiling and see what sticks. In this track, they play dress up as a mind-altered dance pop, jilted in the all the right ways.

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This weekend, for just a few hours, Warner Music had the details of Damon Albarn's new solo album on their official website, allowing customers to preorder Gorillaz and Blur singers' first solo album. Since thus, the album has been officially been announced by Albarn via Twitter and Facebook posts, which also confirm that the album will feature Brian Eno and Natasha Khan of Bat For Lashes.

The 12 track album will be released April 28th, but listeners can look for the title track to drop on March 3rd as a limited edition 7". Albarn categorizes his first technical solo album as "sort of folk soul" and you can expect to hear him play at this summers' Governor's Ball Musical Festival in New York City.

Check out the track list:

01 Everyday Robots
02 Hostiles
03 Lonely Press Play
04 Mr. Tembo
05 Parakeet
06 The Selfish Giant
07 You and Me
08 Hollow Ponds
09 Seven High
10 Photographs (You Are Taking Now)
11 The History of a Cheating Heart
12 Heavy Seas of Love

Here's the first promo video for Everyday Robots:

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The 71st annual Golden Globe awards marked another instance where indie and alternative music artists rose to the top. Front man, Alex Ebert, of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, an American indie-folk band that has put out three well-received albums, won a Golden Globe award for Best Original Score for the film "All is Lost."

Ebert was triumphant over intimidating opponents such as Hans Zimmer who has written scores for films such as The Lion King, and The Dark Knight; also John Williams who has written scores for films like E.T and Harry Potter. Ebert is not alone as a successful indie Golden Globe winner, as he will join Karen O and Trent Reznor for their scores in Where the Wild Things Are and The Social Network, respectively.

When Ebert was joined at the microphone by P. Diddy a lot of people were seeing flashbacks of the Kanye West/Taylor Swift incident from the 2009 VMA Awards, but Diddy kept it short, just letting people know he and Ebert partied together on a yacht.

U2, highly established Irish rock band, also won an award at the 2013 Golden Globes for "Ordinary Love" which won Best Original Song. "Ordinary Love" was written specifically for the biopic of Nelson Mandela titled "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" released 20 days after the passing of his life. U2 is well-known for their acts in social justice and activism, so the award for "Ordinary Love" was appropriately given.

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Iconic indie rock band The Pixies recently reunited and began touring again. Their original bassist, Kim Deal, however, quit the band about a month before their tour began. That didn't slow The Pixies down, though. They recruited former Muffs bassist Kim Shattuck to fill in on the low end and things were going pretty well.

Recently, we learned that Shattuck was abruptly fired from the band rather unexpectedly. Nobody really knew the reason as to why Shattuck was discharged from her duty, but now we do. In a recent interview with NME, Shattuck explained that the band asked her to leave for "being too enthusiastic". It all stems from a concert at The Aztec Theater in Los Angeles where Shattuck found herself so worked up with joy that she decided to launch herself from the stage into the crowd of adoring fans. Shattuck remarked to NME, "I know they weren't thrilled about that," she said. "When I got offstage, the manager told me not to do that again. I said, 'Really, for my own safety?' And he said, 'No, because the Pixies don't do that.'"

The Pixies have filled the void left by Shattuck's firing by bringing on A Perfect Circle bassist Paz Lenchantin.

The Pixies will stop in Pittsburgh on January 25th. We'll just have to wait and see who's going to be in the rhythm section by then!

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Still not over Christmas? That holiday is so two weeks from now. Why not celebrate the next big thing in holidays, Valentines Day? And while you're at it, check out this sweet compilation of romantic covers that Starbucks is putting out in February. This version of Sweetheart is actually the 5th in the Sweetheart series.

The Valentines Day album, called Sweetheart 2014 has a whole bunch of artists we at WYEP love, doing covers of songs about love. You'll hear Phosphorescent covering Bob Dylan's "Tomorrow Is A Long Time", Beck doing John Lennon's "Love", The Head and the Heart channeling Harry Nilsson in their version of "Don't Forget Me", Vampire Weekend's Andrea Bocelli inspired "Con Te Partirò", and many others. You can find the whole track listing below, and you can find Sweetheart 2014 on sale February 4th.

Sweetheart 2014:

01 Jim James: "Turn Your Lights Down Low" (Bob Marley cover)
02 Vampire Weekend: "Con Te Partirò" (Inspired by the Andrea Bocelli recording)
03 Beck: "Love" (John Lennon cover)
04 Phosphorescent: "Tomorrow Is A Long Time" (Bob Dylan cover)
05 The Head and the Heart: "Don’t Forget Me" (Harry Nilsson cover)
06 Valerie June: "Happy or Lonesome" (the Carter Family cover)
07 Bahamas: "Always on My Mind" (Willie Nelson cover)
08 Thao: "If You Were Mine" (Ray Charles cover)
09 Ben Harper: "Fade Into You" (Mazzy Star cover)
10 Fiona Apple: "I’m In The Middle of a Riddle" (Anton Karas cover)
11 Brandi Carlile: "The Chain" (Fleetwood Mac cover)
12 Blake Mills: "I Hope" (Bobby Charles cover)
13 Sharon Jones: "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours" (Stevie Wonder cover)

Just the track list itself gets us in the mood for lovin', so this album should be pretty excellent. As a sneak peek for your ears, listen to Jim James (of My Morning Jacket) cover Bob Marley's "Turn Your Lights Down Low" here. Lay back with your sweetheart and a glass of wine, and get ready for this sweet Valentine's Day.

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Johnny Cash departed from this world ten years ago, but his music lives on. No, he's not recording from beyond the grave, rather his son John Carter Cash discovered a record of the elder Cash's from the 80s that was never released to the public. Now this record, called Out Among the Stars, will be released March 25.

The record was supposed to be released by Colombia Records in 1986, but the label shelved the record indefinitely. John Carter Cash told the Associated Press that "It was the 'Urban Cowboy' phase. It was pop country, and dad was not that." It seems like not fitting the mold is what caused this record to be hidden from the world, but now that Johnny Cash's legacy is that of one of the greatest musicians of the 20th century, there is enough confidence to release Out Among the Stars.

The record was produced by Billy Sherrill, and features two duets with June Carter Cash and one with Waylon Jennings. "We were so excited when we discovered this," announced John Carter Cash. "We were like, my goodness this is a beautiful record that nobody has ever heard. Johnny Cash is in the very prime of his voice for his lifetime. He's pitch perfect. It's seldom where there's more than one vocal take. They're a live take and they're perfect."

Look for the new old record on March 25 of 2014.

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On Black Friday, Band of Horses released a special 7" for Record Store Day: a small EP called Acoustic at the Ryman. If that was all the information we had to give, that would be seriously old news by now. But lo and behold, Band of Horses is releasing a full LP of their acoustic performances on February 11th. The album, also called Acoustic at the Ryman will be released on the first day of their latest North American tour.

The album is composed of 10 tracks recorded at the Ryman back in April of 2013. The acoustic tour will be kicking off in Los Angeles, then bounces between the US and Canada, and finally concludes back at the Ryman in Nashville.

The full tracklist is as follows:

01. Marry Song
02. Slow Cruel Hands of Time
03. Detlef Schrempf
04. Everything’s Gonna Be Undone
05. No One’s Gonna Love You
06. Factory
07. Older
08. Wicked Gil
09. The Funeral
10. Neighbor

Listen below to a track from the RSD Black Friday EP:

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