Listen to Fiona Apple Debut New Songs at SXSW

It’s been several years since Fiona Apple won the hearts of Gen Xers, peering soulfully from her bathtub and singing about heartbreak.  Her new album, the 23-word titled The Idler Wheel is wiser than the Driver of the Screw, and Whipping Cords will serve you more than Ropes will ever do, will be her first new release since 2005. She played Pitchfork‘s SXSW showcase this week to glowing reviews and debuted some new material. Take a look below.

Anything We Want:

Every Single Night:

Apple has set an eight-date tour beginning in Chicago on Sunday. Her timing for a comeback couldn’t be better.  For those unfamiliar, think of her as the anti-Lana Del Rey or even angrier, more indie version of Adele. 

The Flaming Lips ‘Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots’ Musical to Hit the Stage

The Flaming Lips 2002 Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots is inarguably one of their best works.  The album has now been made into a play allowing the main character to add one more thing to her resume along with working for the city, being a black belt in karate, and defeating evil machines.

Aarkon Sorkin, the screenwriter responsible for A Few Good Men and the fast-paced dialogue of The Social Network was originally signed on, but backed out when it was decided it would be ‘sung through.” Jersey Boys’ Des McAnuff has stepped in to write and direct the play with frontman Wayne Coyne. 

"It’s a big deal. It’s hokey and wonderful and poignant and powerful,” Coyne told Billboard. “It’s really become a perfect combination of my fantastical robot-world vision and [McAnuff’s] little, internal, humanistic version of what that music is. I really believe it could work — and luckily I don’t have to do much!"

Thirty songs will be used, including tunes from The Soft Bulletin and At War with the Mystics.  Expect it to be trippy, futuristic, and one of the few musicals that attracts those high on shrooms.

It will debut at the La Jolla Playhouse in California in either November or December.

Publicly Masturbating Kony Director Reportedly Not On Drugs, Just Super Tired

Things just went from crazy-WTF-bizarre to just plain sad.  Jason Russell, the director of the viral "Kony 2012" video, went berserk yesterday, running through the streets of San Diego in his tighty whiteys, masturbating in public and banging the pavement while naked on a street corner.  Drugs were the obvious suspect behind his behavior, but now his family is stepping forward with another reason.

He just really needed a nap. And a glass of water.  Badly. "Let us say upfront that Jason has never had a substance abuse or drinking problem, and this episode wasn’t caused by either of those things," the Russell family statement said. "But yes, he did some irrational things brought on by extreme exhaustion and dehydration. On our end, the focus remains only on his health and protecting our family."

Run through the bullshit Crisis Control Decoder Ring, this means he has severe mental problems, which unlike going on a bender at the corner bar with your drug dealer, is a much more intense problem and one that can be less easily remedied than a trip to rehab.  Addiction is a terrible thing, but it can be cured. Mental illness is a lifelong problem.

Police picked Russell up yesterday, but did not arrest him.  He was transported to a local medical facility, reports CNN

"We thought a few thousand people would see the film, but in less than a week, millions of people around the world saw it. While that attention was great for raising awareness about Joseph Kony, it also brought a lot of attention to Jason—and, because of how personal the film is, many of the attacks against it were also very personal, and Jason took them very hard," the statement continued.

Models Take the Escalator for Kenzo at Paris Fashion Week

P Diddy and a number of fashion types were treated to Kenzo’s show today in Paris.  Taken over by designers and Opening Ceremony founders Humberto Leon  and Carol Lim just last year, the duo continues to breath new life into the 1970’s brand.  Models entered via escalator wearing deep colors, pretty flowing skirts, and geometric prints. Take a look at some of the best pieces from the new collection. 

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Fashionsita Tweeted out images of the escalator runway.

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See all 50 looks from the collection at Style.com.

‘Community’ Gets Animated

After causing a mini riot amongst Community fans for leaving the show’s fate up-in-the-air until announcing in Febraury it would be back, NBC is offering up a little gift before the show’s return on March 15. Starting on March 7, Hulu will have three animated clips. 

From the statement: “The ‘Community’ actors and team were eager to lend their voices and support to an effort intended to engage their loyal fan base that has rabidly kept the show thriving via flash mobs, fan art, viral videos, dedicated fan sites and on Facebook and Twitter."

The webisodes, called Abed’s Master Key,  will follow the storyline of Abed becoming Dean Pelton’s assistant and getting the master key to Greendale Community College.

What’s coming up for the new season?  During yesterday’s PaleyFest panel, series creator Dan Harmon promised more Dr. Who references and a Law & Order themed episode, reports TVGuide. Yes, please.

Listen to The Shins ‘Bait and Switch’

The Shins make the kind of music that you listen to over and over and over and yet it was easy to forget about them entirely since their last album, Wincing the Night Away, was released all the way back in 2007.  Needless to say, anticipation for James Mercer and crew’s Port of Morrow is high.  They’ve already released “Simple Song,” “September,” and “The Rifle’s Spiral,” and now comes yet another song.  Below, take a listen to “Bait and Switch.” Filmed in their studio, clapping butter is not included.

Port of Morrow comes out March 20. Do The Shins make anyone else wonder what Zach Braff is up to?

Odd Future’s Frank Ocean vs The Eagles

If you are going to straight-up steal someone’s music and you get caught, because there was no way you aren’t the rip-off is so incredibly blatant, wouldn’t you at least be a bit respectful? After all, you clearly appreciate whomevers music you’re taking. Not so with Frank Ocean.  The so-called mellow member of Odd Future used The Eagles “Hotel California” for his free mixtape nostalgia, released almost a year ago, and is now being as unapologetic and curse-wordy as it gets over the supposed lawsuit from The Eagles’ Don Henley and Warner Music Group. 

Here is the song:

So yeah.

On his Tumblr, Ocean writes this expletive-laced rant:

“He (They) threatened to sue if I perform it again. I think that’s fuckin awesome. I guess if I play it at coachella it’ll cost me a couple hundred racks. If I don’t show up to court, it’ll be a judgement against me & will probably show up on my credit report. Oh well. I try to buy my shit cash anyway.”

He continues:

“They also asked that I release a statement expressing my admiration for Mr. Henley, along with my assistance pulling it off the web as much as possible. Shit’s weird. Ain’t this guy rich as fuck?”

Ocean’s Odd Future group member, the always brash Tyler the Creator, has also added his two cents, Tweeting

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The label told the LA Times, The Eagles and  Don Henley haven’t even threatened legal action, though the band is now considering it. Was this a PR ploy to drum up press for his mixtape?  Did he take to instigating out of boredom? Is there actually a suit? What’s going on?!?!? Who knows.

Watch Brad Pitt, George Clooney & More in ‘8’

A seriously star-studded cast took the stage for Dustin Lance Black’s play “8,” last night in Los Angeles.  Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Martin Sheen, Kevin Bacon, Matthew Morrison, Jane Lynch, John C. Reilly, Chris Colfer, Modern Family’s Jesse Tyler Ferguson and more took the stage to act out the legal fight to overturn Proposition 8.  You can take a look below. 

 

The Best Moments of Lindsay Lohan & Jack White on SNL

After a week of buildup Lindsay Lohan took the stage for SNL.  She did…ok.  Not great, but not terrible.  She had some trouble remembering her lines, but it was more the material she was given or rather not given to work with.  She seemed to have less lines than most hosts and the sketches just weren’t that funny, especially when given the endless well of things they could have chosen to make fun of.  There weren’t any cocaine or party sketches, but there were a few winners and a great performance by Jack White.  

 
The opening monologue gave Lindsay the one chance to really make fun of herself and address the concerns about having her host. She got help from Kenan Thomson, Kristen Wiig, Jimmy Fallon and Jon Hamm who was there as a back-up host just in case.
 
 
 
Hands down the best sketch of the night was the Disney Housewives, which re-imagined the Bravo show with  Belle, Cinderella, Snow White, Rapunzel and Jasmine.  Kristen Wiig steals the sketch as the drunken, gossipy Cinderella married to Prince Charming, a man more interested in shoes than anything else.
 
 
So you know what everyone is talking about, here is the Scared Straight sketch where Lindsay has some trouble remembering her lines.
 
 
Alright, it’s not Lohan, but it was funny.  Bill Hader hit Weekend Update as James Carville to comment on Rush Limbaugh, the GOP candidates and Newt Gingrich. “I thought I killed him 15 years ago!” He also puts on lipstick and describes his genitalia.  I don’t think he’s ever had this much fun before.    
 
 
Jack White: Love Interruption
 
 
Jack White: Sixteen Saltines