Man or Muppet:

Of the mere two songs that the Academy quizzically nominated for best original song this year out of some 39 short-listed, Flight of the Conchords‘ personality Bret McKenzie took home the honor for his “Man or Muppet” ballad from The Muppets. Also, unlike previous years, neither McKenzie’s tune, nor the only opposing contender tune from Rio were performed on the telecast. Call it a coincidence all you want. With much respect to both of said tunes and their respective creative film camps, we’re calling it a slap in the face to composers.

 

Girl Gone Wild:

Girl Gone Wild,” the second single and album opener to Madonna‘s forthcoming MDNA dropped officially today, paired with a lyric video on Vevo’s YouTube channel. A trimming of the pop fat that is first cheery M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj-studded single “Give Me All Your Luvin’,” the main production credits go to Italian house talents Benny and Alle Benassi, from such blissfully physical hits as “Satisfaction,” providing “GGW” with the appropriate thrust on an album dubbed MDNA. So there’s success number one. Meanwhile, Madonna, a.k.a. a “good girl gone wild” takes the moment to assert she “feels like sinnin’” with a “burning hot desire.” For fans of auto-tune: success number two comes in an end-cap.

Minding The Bollocks:

The 35th anniversary of punk landmark Never Mind The Bullocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols has arrived, which means a fancy repackaging of the band’s only studio album ever cut courtesy of Universal Music Catalogue UK, of which the band has left Virgin Records to sign with for an over-the-pond only deal. In a press release, here’s a trademark message from Johnny Rotten: “Music can be great, when done by the great. The Sex Pistols are the greatest. Universal now has a trophy room, music is the imitation of nature, The Sex Pistols are nature, So please give generously. Thank you.” Now go play “Anarchy In The U.K.” and kick a hole in something.

R U Mine?:

Following up 2011′s Suck It and See UK garage-rockers, the Arctic Monkeys, contradicted statements that they would be on a creative hiatus through 2013, dropping a crunchy Black Keys-esque single dubbed “R U Mine?” today on their YouTube channel. Coincidentally, they’ll also be touring with The Keys on a 15-arena run starting this March. The song, if you can set aside the thick beatnik dress-up and self-righteous camera angles is a new creative pace for the usual speedster shambles the quartet broke with. Then again Suck It and See already set that maturity precedent. Either way, new material seems imminent.