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Courtesy Record Store DayThanksgiving is approaching and so is the 2017 edition of Record Store Day's Black Friday event, held this year on November 24. As usual, a wide variety of cool limited-edition vinyl discs will be available exclusively in independent record stores, including releases by Chris Cornell, Rush, Gorillaz and The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach.

The late Cornell's offering is a 12-inch EP titled Poncier, named after Matt Dillon's character in the 1992 grunge rom-com, Singles. The five-song collection, which includes the track "Seasons," will be available on vinyl and cassette with artwork by Pearl Jam's Jeff Ament.

Gorillaz has a two-LP picture disc version of their latest album, Humanz, while Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats have a festive 7" black vinyl single featuring their take on two Christmas classics: "Baby It's Cold Outside" and "Santa Baby."

Rush's contribution to the campaign is a seven-inch single featuring "Closer to the Heart" backed with "Madrigal," both tracks from the 1977 album A Farewell to Kings.

Auerbach's contribution is a seven-inch single with a new song called "Cellophane Angel," as well as tracks from two of his collaborators, Sonny Smith and Robert Finley.

Other artists releasing vinyl for Record Store Day Black Friday include Anthrax, U2, At the Drive-In, Black Label Society, Cold War Kids, Fleet Foxes, The Kills, Dave Matthews, Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, and Sublime.

Visit RecordStoreDay.com to check out the full list

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ABC/Randy HolmesWeezer's current single, "Happy Hour," has some pretty strange lyrics, to be sure -- the song references Stevie Ray Vaughan, Monty Python, MIDI keyboards and more.  According to Rivers Cuomo, that's because the lyrics literally came to him off the top of his head.

Cuomo tells Billboard that when it came time to write lyrics for "Happy Hour," he tried what he says is one of his favorite methods of songwriting: stream of consciousness.

"It's like you're lying back on a couch in psychotherapy and you just have to say the next thing that comes into your mind," he explains. "Sometimes it sounds like complete nonsense to whoever's listening, but there's some kind of logic in my brain."

According to Cuomo, "Happy Hour" was "the ultimate joyous image," which that led him to reminisce about how, before going onstage, he'd watch DVDs of Stevie Ray Vaughan playing solos.  That led to the line, "I'm like Stevie Ray Vaughan on the stage, high on music/Teeth grindin', sweatin' under the lights."

Then, Cuomo thought, "What would be the one image that would completely destroy that mood?"  That led to him imagining those scenes from Monty Python's Flying Circus where a huge weight would fall out of nowhere and crush people.

In the third verse, where Cuomo describes meeting someone in a bar, he didn't want to say "a girl," so the first word that came into his head was "a scientist."  He says the lines "We'll conversate about rare birds and MIDI keyboards" were inspired by an actual woman named Rosie Okumura, who once showed him her keyboard set-up.

Says Cuomo, "When people hear 'Happy Hour,' I want 'em to feel, 'Ohmigod, I wanna dance, this is so groovy, I can't believe this is Weezer!'"

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ABC/Image Group LAWhen Portugal. The Man walked the red carpet at the American Music Awards last weekend, the male members of the group went for a jeans-and-sneakers casual look.  And while they changed for their performance of "Feel It Still," they still kept it casual.  According to the band, they're just being true to themselves.

"We aren’t trying to compete for best look...we have to be us," frontman John Gourley tells Billboard.  But that doesn't mean the band doesn't care about fashion -- they just have a different approach to it.

"I’ve always been into thrifting,” he tells Billboard. "I’m a fan of finding unique pieces and having them tailored or altered. Sure, there are more steps, but it can be more affordable than buying something new..I also get stuff embroidered."

"On top of that, I keep an eye out for clean vintage glasses and have new lenses put in," he adds. "It’s much cheaper than buying designer glasses. Just find what you like and customize.”

When he's not combing thrift shops, Gourley says he and his band mates are rocking looks from other well-known labels.

“We grew up in Alaska and will rep The North Face all day long,” he said.  The band, now based in Portland, also enjoys wearing an eco-friendly label called Older Brother.

"They dye their clothes with beets, coffee, and turmeric,” says Gourley. “It’s great fits and an amazing name. You can’t go wrong with it."

Portugal. The Man have some one-off dates from now until the end of the year, including one December 17 in Portland, but they'll kick off a new leg of their tour in support of their current album Woodstock in February.

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Andreas NeumannQueens of the Stone Age are throwing a party in London next year, and they're bringing their pal Iggy Pop along for the fun.

The band is organizing a one-day festival June 30 at London’s Finsbury Park.  In addition to Iggy, the lineup will include Run the Jewels and The Hives. Tickets for the event go on sale Friday, December 1.

Josh Homme joined Iggy on the Godfather of Punk's 2016 solo album Post Pop Depression.

QOTSA's 2018 North American tour in support of their current album, Villains, will see the band playing with opening acts including Royal Blood, Wolf Alice and Eagles of Death Metal.

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Andy Sheppard/Redferns via Getty ImagesScott McCaughey, who was part of R.E.M.'s touring band for nearly 20 years, recently suffered a stroke, but fans, family and friends have come through for him -- he's raised over $94,000 via a GoFundMe account to help pay his medical bills.

The account was only set up Monday by the multi-instrumentalist's wife, Mary, with a goal of raising $75,000, but as of late Wednesday morning, nearly $95,000 had been donated. 

"As many of you know, Scott McCaughey has suffered a major stroke and is receiving treatment in San Francisco," reads a message on the GoFundMe page. "To all of you who have expressed love and interest in helping him, we have set up this Go Fund Me account to help defray the steep costs of Scott's medical bills and extensive ongoing physical and speech therapy in the future." 

She adds, "He is still in ICU and has a long, difficult road ahead to recovery, but with his unsinkable spirit (and with time and hard work) we know that he'll come back from this and be back in your town rocking soon."

As Billboard reports, McCaughey contributed rhythm guitar, keyboards and backing vocals to R.E.M.'s live shows from 1994 until they broke up in 2011. He's also a member of The Young Fresh Fellows, The Minus 5 and The Baseball Project, the latter two of which also feature R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck.

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BandcampNot many bands would want people to hear their very first show, but Death Cab for Cutie evidently doesn't mind if you listen to how they sounded before they were polished professionals.

Today marks the 20th anniversary of Death Cab's first-ever performance, which took place in their hometown of Bellingham, Washington.  They've now released never-before-heard audio of that show via Bandcamp.  

The digital album, called FIRST SHOW, ACOUSTIC AT THE PACER HOUSE, BELLINGHAM WA. 11?/?22?/?97, costs four bucks, with a portion of the proceeds to benefit The Aurora Commons, a local Seattle, WA charity.

In a statement, Death Cab frontman Ben Gibbard explains that the recording was made by the band's pal, Trevor Adams, on his dictaphone. 

Describing that night, he writes, "Sprawled across couches and sitting cross-legged on the floor were 25 of our closest friends and fellow musicians.  Everyone played acoustic or semi-acoustic with no PA.  Trevor made and passed bowl after bowl of microwave popcorn because he was (and I assume still is) a great host."

Gibbard continues, "None of us thought we were starting a band nor did our ambitions for DCFC extend very far past this particular evening. We simply thought it would be fun to play these songs for our friends before moving on to other things." 

"I remain forever grateful to Trevor for inviting us to play in his living room 20 years ago today," Gibbard concludes. "It was one of the greatest nights of my life at the time and its significance has only grown since."

The Death Cab lineup for that night included Gibbard, Chris Walla, Nick Harmer on bass and Chris's childhood friend, Nathan Good, on drums.  Gibbard and Harmer are still members of the band; Walla left in 2014.

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ABC/Image Group LAFollowing their performance on the American Music Awards over the weekend, the members of Imagine Dragons are returning home for Thanksgiving, and drummer Daniel Platzman is very much looking forward to his family's holiday tradition.

"We've been deep-frying turkeys lately in my family," Platzman tells ABC Radio. "It's a wonderful tradition."

Deep-frying turkeys is a notoriously difficult -- and dangerous -- exercise, but Platzman feels that he's in good hands.

"I trust my cousin who's doing it, who is a former Navy pilot, and who does it a good 20 feet away from the house in the yard," he says.

"I'm not sure that's far enough," jokes bassist Ben McKee.

Should everything go off without a hitch, Imagine Dragons will resume touring in support of their new album Evolve with dates in Asia in January and Europe in February.

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KISS' Paul Stanley isn't happy with Marilyn Manson right now.

Following the death of notorious murderer and cult leader Charles Manson on Sunday, Manson the shock rocker tweeted a link to a YouTube clip of "Sick City," a song Manson the cult leader, once an aspiring musician, recorded in 1970.

Stanley was offended by this and took to his own Twitter account to reply.

"Pathetic when somebody who's [sic] career never really took off is desperate enough to try for publicity by connecting himself to the news of a murdering sc**bag's death," wrote the KISS singer.

In fact, there was some confusion online on Sunday after Charles Manson's death: Some fans believed it was Marilyn Manson who had died, and took to Twitter to mourn him.

Charles Manson was imprisoned in 1971 for orchestrating the deaths of seven people in 1969, including the pregnant wife of director Roman Polanski.

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Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters; Chris Hyde/Getty ImagesFoo Fighters, The xx, Lorde and Rag N Bone Man are among the big names nominated for this year's BBC Music Awards.  That's the good news: the bad news is that there won't be any actual ceremony for the stars to attend.

As the BBC reports, the show has been scaled back this year, so there are only a few categories, so the winners will be revealed during a TV show airing December 8 called The Year in Music 2017.   It will look back on the biggest music stories of the year, as told by the musicians involved with them.  The show will feature only one musical performance, by Rag N Bone Man.

Rag N Bone Man and Lorde are both up for BBC Music Artist of the Year, where their competition includes Ed Sheeran, Harry Styles, Kendrick Lamar and superstar British hip-hop artist Stormzy

Rag N Bone Man's album Human and I See You by The xx are nominated for BBC Music British Album of the Year.  Foo Fighters are for BBC Music Live Performance of the Year for their set at the Glastonbury Festival -- their competition includes U2, Depeche Mode and Katy Perry.

Here are the nominations for the BBC Music Awards:

BBC MUSIC ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Ed Sheeran
Harry Styles
Kendrick Lamar
Lorde
Rag N Bone Man
Stormzy

BBC MUSIC BRITISH ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Calvin Harris -- Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1
Ed Sheeran -- ÷ (Divide)
Dua Lipa -- Dua Lipa
Rag N Bone Man -- Human
Stormzy -- Gang Signs & Prayer
The xx -- I See You

BBC MUSIC LIVE PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR
Boy Better Know -- Glastonbury
Depeche Mode -- Glasgow Barrowlands, BBC Radio 6 Music Festival
Foo Fighters -- Glastonbury
Katy Perry -- BBC Radio 1 Big Weekend
Nile Rodgers feat. Chic -- Glastonbury
U2 -- The Joshua Tree Tour

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George SalisburyThe Flaming Lips will be giving back to their hometown of Oklahoma City this holiday season.

The band’s frontman, Wayne Coyne, has created a line of psychedelic wrapping paper that will benefit a local charity initiative called Wrap Up Homelessness.

The $20 package of Coyne-designed paper features three sheets based on the artwork of the band's latest release, Oczy Mlody.

All the proceeds from each package of wrapping paper purchased goes to support The Curbside Chronicle, a magazine that employs and empowers homeless and low-income people in Oklahoma City.

For more info, or to order the wrapping paper, go to the Wrap Up Homelessness website.

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Justin BroadbentEmily Haines’ latest creative pursuit has nothing to do with music. The Metric singer is teaming up with high end perfumery House Of Matriarch to unveil her own scent, Siren.

“I imagined myself creating my own signature scent someday with House of Matriarch,” says Haines. “But it wasn’t until I had completed [my solo album] Choir of the Mind that I finally worked up the nerve to reach out to [owner Christi] Meshell and just straight up ask."

She adds, "Christi generously guided me through the process, starting with dozens of options, teaching me the components of each scent profile and the possibilities that exist within them.”

Siren has a base of amber, Moroccan rose and East Indian sandalwood, combined with saffron, narcissus and Gandhi root top notes. Haines will autograph the sleeves that adorn the perfume bottles.  Siren is available starting November 28 from Matriarch.biz and at select retailers for $96.

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Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty ImagesNoel Gallagher has some more choice words for Radiohead.

Never one to shy away from bashing the critically acclaimed band – or anything else, for that matter – Gallagher confirms to the Irish Independent a previous quote that his cat Boots is "more rock and roll than Radiohead."  He adds, “Boots is a f***ing demon.”

When pressed, Gallagher admits that Radiohead, quote, “have done some great stuff.” But, he adds, “This is the one thing I am always going to hold against them. My wife has a physical reaction to them… Once [Thom Yorke] starts singing. Can’t do it. They’re not a party band.”

Gallagher and High Flying Birds will release their third album, Who Built the Moon, on Friday. No word on when Boots will release his debut album.

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Synthesis, the new Evanescence album featuring orchestral reworkings of the band's previous hits, has debuted in the top 10 on the Billboard album chart.

The disc, which also includes two new songs -- "Imperfect" and "Hi-Lo" -- starts at #8 on the chart.  It's the band's first album since 2011's self-titled collection, which debuted at #1.

This is the fourth top 10 album for Evanescence overall: including the 2011 disc, their previous chart-toppers were The Open Door, from 2006, and 2003's Fallen.

Evanescence is currently touring North America in support of Synthesis alongside a full orchestra.  The band's next show is November 30 in Chicago.

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Credit: Marina ChavezSeether kicks off a North American tour this Saturday, November 25 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The band will be touring in support of their new album Poison the Parish, which returned them to the heavier, darker sound of their earlier work -- and frontman Shaun Morgan feels the direction has been well-received by fans.

"In fact, this is the first album where people are asking us to play more off the new album rather than playing the older stuff, which is great," Morgan tells ABC Radio.

Morgan felt that Seether strayed too far away from their identity with their last few albums, and with Poison the Parish, which he produced himself, he wanted to reclaim that sound.

"Really, it just came down to, I wanted it to be a rock album," Morgan says. "I wanted it to be loud guitars, and representative of us."

"The whole idea here is we're a rock band, and that's what we're gonna be," he adds. "We're gonna represent ourselves as such, rather than try to be Imagine Dragons or whatever the label was hoping we would become for them. And there's nothing wrong with those bands at all -- I love those bands -- it's just not who I am."

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Credit: Claire Marie VogelSilversun Pickups are in the middle of a North American tour, their last run in support of their latest album, 2015's Better Nature. The band isn't just focused on Better Nature, though -- frontman Brian Aubert says their set list reflects the band's whole career.

"The [set list] we're doing right now, I just really, really like it a lot," Aubert says. "It feels like it goes everywhere -- everything that we've done is there, all the eras."

The tour also includes a benefit show for Puerto Rico, which takes place this Saturday, November 25 in Los Angeles. The members of Silversun felt they "had to something" to help the recovery effort in Puerto Rico following the devastation left by Hurricane Maria.

"We're gonna play our hearts out," Aubert says of the show.

Aubert's been through the wringer on this tour.  He's been battling a broken arm and a bout with the flu, and he plans "bury myself in the ground for a little while" after the final show, held December 4 in Seattle. When he reemerges, he and the rest of the Pickups hope to start thinking about new music.

"The holidays is a good time to shut down, and then the beginning of the year...all the stuff that's going in your head you kinda start to iron them out, and then you just gotta start," says Aubert.

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Third Man BooksJack White has made his debut as a children's author with We're Going to Be Friends, a book based the White Stripes song of the same name. The book was illustrated by Elinor Blake, who's worked on The Ren and Stimpy Show and Pee Wee's Playhouse.

"Jack [gave me] very, very little direction," Blake tells Billboard of the genesis of the book. "Just black, white and red and not necessarily human characters."

Blake and White have actually been long connected: they were both signed to the garage-punk record label Sympathy for the Record Industry. "We came from the same scene," Blake says. 

Years later, Blake sent a drawing of hers to White, which led to their current collaboration. However, they didn't meet face-to-face until they participated in a book signing for We're Going to Be Friends in Los Angeles earlier this month.

"It was really great to spend time with him and see how much of an overlap [creatively] there was, which I already felt," Blake says. "He didn't really need to explain much to me, and I didn’t really need to explain much to him. It’s hard to get something so pure."

We're Going to Be Friends is out now. Meanwhile, White is currently working on his next solo album, due out next year.

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Credit: Jeff ForneyWith the deaths of Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington this year, the subject of mental health has been more prevalent in the rock world. In an interview with NME, Avenged Sevenfold's M. Shadows opens up about his struggle with depression in the years following the death of his band mate James "The Rev" Sullivan in 2009.

"All I can say is, I never knew what depression was and you could say the word over and over again to me and I'd never know what the depths of it felt like until I lost Jimmy," Shadows explains. "I went through about three years when I couldn't do anything, so I went to go talk to someone and it was the hardest three years of my life."

"I would shake at night and have anxiety of anything I was doing, I couldn't sleep, y’know off the wall, random," he continues. "But once I'd been through those three years, I would never ever question someone’s mental state, because I went through it."

Shadows adds that the "stigma" of mental health is "disheartening," because, as he says, "everyone on this planet goes through things at one point or another, so we just have to be there for each other."

"I know how desperate it is and how dark and terrible it is and how you feel like you can't do anything," Shadows says. "Unfortunately, people have to go through that to understand what people are going through."

"All I can say to people who don't think depression is a real thing, or say 'just suck it up and get over it' -- they just really have no idea," he adds. "You have to give people the benefit of the doubt that they're doing the best they can to get through it."

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ABC/Fred LeePanic! at the Disco has announced a new live album titled All My Friends We're Glorious. The 21-track collection will be released December 15.

All My Friends We're Glorious was recorded during Panic! at the Disco's North American headlining tour earlier this year in support of their latest album, Death of a Bachelor. The album includes songs from throughout the Panic! discography, as well as covers of Billy Joel's "Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)" and Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody."

Following the conclusion of the tour, frontman Brendon Urie made his Broadway debut with a starring role in the musical Kinky Boots.

Here is the All My Friends We're Glorious track list:

"Don't Threaten Me with a Good Time"
"LA Devotee"
"Ready to Go (Get Me Out of My Mind)"
"Golden Days"
"Vegas Lights"
"A Fever You Can't Sweat Out Medley"
"Hallelujah"
"Nine in the Afternoon"
"Miss Jackson"
"This Is Gospel"
"Death of a Bachelor"
"The Ballad of Mona Lisa"
"Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)"
"Emperor's New Clothes"
"Nicotine"
"Crazy = Genius"
"Let's Kill Tonight"
"Girls/Girls/Boys"
"Bohemian Rhapsody"
"I Write Sins Not Tragedies"
"Victorious"

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ABC/Randy HolmesNext year will include new music from Death Cab for Cutie. The band has revealed that their ninth studio album will arrive in 2018.

The new album doesn't have a name or exact release date yet, but Death Cab did share a black-and-white photo from the studio.

Death Cab's most recent album is 2015's Kintsugi, which features the singles "Black Sun" and "The Ghosts of Beverly Drive."

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Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for FireflyMorrissey appears to defend, in part, Kevin Spacey and Harvey Weinstein in an interview with German publication Der Spiegel. Speaking about Spacey, the musician says he thinks that the disgraced actor has been "attacked unnecessarily," according to a translation courtesy of Google Translate.

Last month, actor Anthony Rapp alleged that Spacey made sexual advances toward him at a party in 1986, when Spacey was 26 and Rapp was 14 years old.  Both were appearing on Broadway in separate plays.  Regarding those allegations, Morrissey says "one wonders where the boy's parents were" and "one wonders if the boy did not know what would happen."

"When you are in somebody's bedroom, you have to be aware of where that can lead to," the musician says. "That's why it does not sound very credible to me."

As for Weinstein, Morrissey says that he "hate[s] sexual situations that are forced on someone" before adding that "in many cases one looks at the circumstances and thinks that the person who is being labeled a victim is merely disappointed."

Morrissey's comments have already caused controversy, with Garbage frontwoman Shirley Manson slamming him by saying that he's "lost the f****** plot." "Weinstein Spacey unfairly attacked? For rape, sexual abuse coercion etc. F*** U Morrissey! F*** YOU," she tweeted.

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