The Chimes of Amnesty:

The political attachment to Bob Dylan‘s oeuvre continues to blow in the wind, as Amnesty International’s 50th anniversary project, “Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan,” announced earlier this month (due January 24th) teases some streaming goods today. Paralleling the 50th anniversary of Dylan’s self-titled debut, the infamous human rights organization collaborated with over 75 artists, covering all the usual ambiguously wry poetics of the folk icon, from “Blowin’ in the Wind” to “Bob Dylan’s 115th Dream“, with genre-crossing artists ranging from Ziggie Marley to My Chemical Romance. Head yourself on over to the project’s Facebook page to stream each and every tune via Soundcloud.

O’ Unholy Night:

New York radio station Z100’s winter pop playground “Jingle Ball” had its annual merry-time fun last Friday, December 9th at Madison Square Garden. In headlining attendance Lady Gaga emerged from two Christmas trees, spread her legs over some antlers and added a few lyrics to Bing Crosby’s classic “White Christmas” crooner. “Just when I get into it, it stops. It’s like a really bad orgasm,” GaGa sultrily confided to fans before gyrating all over a poor prop deer, spouting improvisations like “I’m dreaming of a white snowman,” capped with “Santa, I’ll do anything for you” (via The New York Times). We bet you would, Stefani Germanotta. In other GaGa news, NME is reporting Coldplay‘s Christ Martin believes GaGa can write better choruses than him.

The King of Limbs Sessions:

Leading up to the release of Radiohead‘s The King of Limbs: Live From the Basement, a collection of b-sides and videos surrounding the British rock guru’s eighth LP statement on December 19th, a new French-based Spotify-esque music service,, inadvertently leaked the news via cover art that two new singles will drop the same day, “The Daily Mail” and “Staircase,” both of which have been previously played live (via Likewise, Amazon loaded their website with the pre-release date, as well as the official King of Limbs store. Why these gems were never put on the proper album? No explanation, per the usual Radiohead cryptic code.

Wilco vs. The National:

This week brings us the inadvertent indie rock battle of bands, as the First city, NYC, hosts a six-day run with Brooklyn’s The National at The Beacon Theatre, while the Second City, Chicago, hosts their much loved Wilco with a five-date run, respectively. The National are seeing the same venue through with a different special opening guest each night, while Wilco are doing the very same, save for a venue-hopping plan across the city. The National are still supporting 2010’s High Violet but have debuted new material with Bon Iver, while Wilco are supporting the freshly dropped The Whole Love. Who will get more press?  Who will rock more sockies off? But more important, who of you, dear readers, are going to any of these shows?


A remembrance to never lose that love and feeling, via this quintessential Phil Spector wall-of-sound howler by The Righteous Brothers made available to your local record bin on this day in 1964. “You never close your eyes anymore when I kiss your lips.” Sound familiar? That sucks. The Righteous Brothers thought so to. Sing with them.