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This spring, Paul Simon will drop So Beautiful or So What, his first album of new material in five years. In support of this upcoming record, he has released a pair of videos for the holiday track, “Getting Ready for Christmas Day”.

The first video features the song’s lyrics aligning themselves sing-a-long style onto a church billboard while the second is an animated extravanganza. You can also download the song for free (and by “free”, I mean for your email address). However you decide to take this dose of Christmas cheer, it’s sure to be a nice reprieve from the ad nauseum rotation of “Santa Baby” and “Wonderful Christmastime” currently plaguing the world.

 
 
 

Drew Barrymore fans may recognize the Boxer Rebellion from this summer’s rom-com Going the Distance, but soon everyone will be familiar with the Rebellion as the boys gear up to release their third album, The Cold Still. The foursome, based in the UK, has made a name for themselves through their moving music and the power behind their live shows. To make The Cold Still the band collaborated with legendary music producer Ethan Jones, who has worked with Kings of Leon, Rufus Wainwright, and Paulo Nutini, just to name a few. Released on the band’s own label, Absentee Recordings, the newest album contains ten new tracks including the first single “Step Out of the Car”. While the Boxer Rebellion have kept this much anticipated album mysterious, the snippets they have let slip promise the band’s best work yet.

The Cold Still will be available both digitally and on CD on February 7th, 2011 in the UK and Europe and February 8th in North America.

Join the rebellion at theboxerrebellion.com and get a free download of an alternate version of the bands first hit “Semi Automatic”.

Prince crashed the set of The View today to promote his forthcoming Welcome 2 America tour. The video of the rock icon’s brief cameo on the morning talk show and his tour dates are listed below.

2-15 East Rutherford, NJ - IZOD Center

12-17 East Rutherford, NJ - IZOD Center

12-18 New York, NY - Madison Square Garden

12-29 New York, NY - Madison Square Garden

01-18 New York, NY - Madison Square Garden

David Lynch, the cult director of surrealist and incisive films such as Eraserhead, Lost Highway, Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive, and, alas, Inland Empire, has released a synth-heavy song, “Good Day Today”. Furthermore, if you’ve seen any of his demanding films, you will, no doubt, notice the profound importance of sound and music present in them. Lynch is also set to release an album, and this song is apparently its first single. It’s not a strange world.

Yes, World, there is a Santa Claus, and this year, he can bring you an expanded version of Ride’s classic debut album Nowhere! Out on December 21, the anniversary edition adds the Today Forever EP to the original record, while also adding a second disc of live material from 1991. Ride’s music has always seemed to go well with cold gray March days, but I suppose winter is an appropriate time for this release, what with all the snow and polar bears.

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