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Discourse & Dischord

The Good

Portlandia: Season 2 to feature gads of rock stars

Clear your schedules or set your DVRs on January 6. Portlandia is coming back for round two, and this time Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein are recruiting some of their famous musician buds for some hi-larious cameos. Johanna Newsom, Isaac Brock, Eddie Vedder, Johnny Marr and St. Vincent’s Annie Clark are all scheduled to make funnies. Check out the new promo below.

The Bad

R. Kelly strikes again

Famous for penning lines like “OK cool, climax, just get off of my legs” and “I like the crotch on you,” it’s obvious that no one will be handing R. Kelley the Nobel Prize in Literature anytime soon. But that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying the rapper’s first tome: Soula Coaster: The Diary of Me. We repeat, the name of his book is Soula Coaster. And, judging by the cover, it’s about R. Kelly trying to levitate while being attacked by an army of microphones. This one’s going to be a real page-turner—if it ever sees the light of day.

Heavy D dead at forty-four

Sad news for hip hop fans this week. Rapper Heavy D, born Dwight Arrington Myers, died suddenly inside his Beverly Hills home on Tuesday. The cause of death is thought to be pneumonia-related respiratory issues. Heavy D and the Boys rose to fame in the early ‘90s with hits like “Now That We Found Love” and the theme song to the TV show In Living Color. The self-proclaimed “overweight lover” was forty-four. R.I.P.

The Ugly

Avril Lavigne involved in bar brawl

Avril Lavigne got roughed up at the Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles along with her boyfriend, Brody Jenner. Apparently Lavigne got into a verbal altercation with a female patron, which led to fisticuffs with an angry mob. The singer tweeted her injuries the next day, saying, “Black eye, bloody nose, hair ripped out, scratches, bruises and cuts. So not OK to be abusive to others. Violence is NEVER the answer.”

Pitbull countersuing Lindsay Lohan

Lawsuit? Two can play this game, sayeth Pitbull. The rapper is countersuing Lindsay Lohan, who is taking him to court for defamation of character. You know, for saying he had it “locked up like Lindsay Lohan” on his song, “Give Me Everything.” Pitbull claims it’s a totally legit lyric considering the venerable Ms. Lohan’s multiple jail stints. Snap.

Miscellany

 

UTG: Gym Class Heroes Stream New Album

Gym Class Heroes are streaming their upcoming release, The Papercut Chronicles II, over on the bands’ Facebook. This material seems to be a healthy departure from their past releases and is pretty catchy.

The album drops this coming Tuesday, November 15, through Decaydance/Fueled By Ramen.

Give the album a spin and be sure to let us know what you think of it!

View original article on Under The Gun Review.

 

UTG: Mumford & Sons Premiere “Ghosts That We Knew”

What better way to celebrate hump day than with new melancholy folk music from one of 2011′s biggest breakout groups?

Mumford & Sons recently premiered a new song entitled “Ghosts That We Knew” while performing an acoustic session for Philadelphia radio station Radio 104.5 FM. You can view footage of the performance after the jump.

Mumford & Sons have now premiered to unreleased songs in less than three months. Still no word on when their Sophomore effort may see the light of day, but rumor has it early 2012 is a pretty good guess. The group did just release a digital live album. If you have a few bucks, head over to Amazon and grab a copy.
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