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Arctic Monkeys - "Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High" (video)

The last two Arctic Monkeys singles have exposed an all-too-human chink in leadman Alex Turner’s leather-clad armor: the dude has a serious weakness for drunk/stoned dialing.

From "Do I Wanna Know?": "Ever thought of calling when you’ve had a few / Cause I always do." Then on the band’s latest, "Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?" -- a tiptoeing, after-hours, R&B-pop ditty -- Turner tries repeatedly to arrange a booty call, but only receives the titular question in response (see the hallucination-dotted video below, directed by Nabil Elderkin, for a cheeky rendering). He’s forced to lament, "I haven’t found what I was hoping to find." Though the distance between Arctic Monkeys’ scrappy roots and their current megastar selves (complete with plush suits, morphing accents, and fewer hooks) is sizable, Turner the lyricist remains a clever and relatable wise guy. It’s his and the band's most appealing strength.

Arctic Monkeys' next LP, AM, will be released on 9/9.

Over the Rainbow: An Interview With Herb Alpert

Music legend Herb Alpert discusses his new album, Over the Rainbow, maintaining his artistic drive, and his place in music history. "If we tried to start A&M in today's environment, we'd have no chance. I don't know if I'd get a start as a trumpet player. But I keep doing this because I'm having fun."

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The Cigarette: A Political History (By the Book)

Sarah Milov's The Cigarette restores politics to its rightful place in the tale of tobacco's rise and fall, illustrating America's continuing battles over corporate influence, individual responsibility, collective choice, and the scope of governmental power. Enjoy this excerpt from Chapter 5. "Inventing the Nonsmoker".

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