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<p>Animal Collective</p>

Animal Collective

Listen to two new Animal Collective songs

On the heels of Record Store Day 'Gyrus' release

Little by little, Animal Collective is making new noise.

The experimental electronica crew dropped two new tracks today, available for immediate purchase digitally and due on 7” vinyl on June 26. Side 1 is “Honeycomb,” which is the aural equivalent of different-sized bouncy balls going down a flight of stairs. They seem to have reserved all their nuance for side 2, “Gotham." Both would sound great on a nice, warm vinyl slab.
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<p>Beastie Boys</p>

Beastie Boys

Adam 'Ad-Rock' Horovitz remembers fellow Beastie Boy Adam Yauch

He salutes Yauch in photo and words on the band's website

Beastie Boy Adam Yauch’s bandmate, Adam Horovitz (Ad-Rock), took to the band’s website Sunday night to comment about the passing of his friend. Yauch (aka MCA) died May 4 from cancer at 47.

“As you can imagine, shit is just fkd up right now,” Horovitz write, “But I wanna say thank you to all our friends and family (which are kinda one in the same) for all the love and support. I’m glad to know that all the love that Yauch has put out into the world is coming right back at him. Thank you.”

[More after the jump...]

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<p>Nicki Minaj</p>

Nicki Minaj

Credit: AP Photo

Watch: Is Nicki Minaj's Pepsi commercial a 'Moment 4 Life?'

Will all the Barbies pick up a Pepsi now?

Nicki Minaj is the latest in a long line of musical acts to sign on to shill soda. Her Pepsi commercial bowed Monday morning and, in a word we never thought we’d use in association with Minaj, it is boring.

The extended version follows a young couple, who, upon opening a can of Pepsi, find themselves very alive in a sea of other people frozen in mid-activity, whether they be mid-skateboarding, mid-volleyball game, or, oddly, mid-tomato fight. There are also 30- and 60-second versions, in addition to this 90-second cut.

They go to the beach, walk the runway as part of a Betsey Johnson fashion show (clearly before Johnson filed for bankruptcy) and, ultimately to a Minaj concert, all while a remix of “Moment 4 Life” plays. They open up another can and unfreeze Minaj, whom we see performing the song in concert, and, thank goodness, the tomato fighters.

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 127
Credit: USA

Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 127

Dan and Alan talk 'Common Law,' Upfronts and more

The

Happy Monday, Boys & Girls.
 
Time for another installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.
 
Due to a paucity of new show premieres this week -- USA's "Common Law" is our only review -- most of this podcast is dedicated to premiering next week's upfronts. Oh and we talked about Rory Gilmore and Mr. Belding guesting on "Mad Men."
 
As we mention in podcast, due to upfronts we have no clue when we'll be able to podcast next week or how many times. Smart money says there'll be a podcast on Monday or Tuesday and then a second podcast on Thursday or Friday. 
 
Here's today's breakdown:
"Common Law" (00:01:00 - 00:11:10)
"Desperate Housewives" reflections (00:11:10 - 00:18:20)
Upfronts Preview (00:18:20 - 01:01:50)
"Mad Men" (01:02:00 - 01:26:20)

As always, you can subscribe to The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast over at the iTunes Store, where you can also rate us and comment on us. [Or you can always follow our RSS Feed.] 

And as always, feel free to e-mail us questions for the podcast.

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<p>Death Grips</p>

Death Grips

Death Grips abruptly cancel tour on eve of kick-off

What reason did the hot band give?

Death Grips, who are in the throes of some mighty critical praise for new album “The Money Store,” have abruptly cancelled all upcoming tour dates in order to focus on its next album “No Love.”

The group broke the news via Facebook and Twitter over the weekend, simply stating, “We are dropping out to complete our next album ‘No Love.’ See you when it's done. (there are no longer any scheduled shows).” And they meant immediately: The Sacramento-based industrial hip-hop group didn’t show up for its gig Saturday night at the Sacramento Electronic Music Festival.

Death Grips, who signed with Epic Records after a number of labels pursued them was one of the highlights of the Coachella festival. 

It looks as though that band cancelled the dates without telling some of the venues. Brooklyn’s Music Hall tweeted after the Death Grip’s cancelled via FB that it was still waiting on official word about the cancellation of its June 13 show. It later confirmed that it was now offering refunded.

The tour was slated to start May 5 in Sacramento and run through June 21 in Minneapolis, with some European dates in the middle. Death Grips was also on the bill for New Jersey's All Tomorrow's Parties festival on Sept. 23.

It’s a highly unorthodox move for a band to cancel a tour, on the eve of the first date, to hang in the studio, especially one that has fans clamoring to hear what all the buzz is about. While some fans on Facebook were sympathetic in their comments, others blasted the band for lack of professionalism. We have to say, guys, even a “We’re sorry,” may have helped ease the pain. The Facebook comment seems to be the only one forthcoming from the band as there has been no official confirmation or statement from either the band's independent publicist or label.

“No Love” is slated for a fall release.

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<p>You know what is good in life?&nbsp; Mondo's amazing new 'Conan The Barbarian' poster. And the lamentations of the wimmens.</p>

You know what is good in life?  Mondo's amazing new 'Conan The Barbarian' poster. And the lamentations of the wimmens.

Credit: Mondo News

Exclusive: Check out Mondo's 'Conan' poster for Alamo's Summer of '82

We're helping the Alamo kick off their special summer celebration

It's hard to believe that the summer of 1982 is already upon us.

Oh, sure, it happened 30 years ago, but what I'm talking about is the Alamo Drafthouse celebration of what I consider the best genre summer of all time.  This week, they're warming up with a Tuesday booking for the great sleazy "Vice Squad," and then the party starts in earnest with "Conan The Barbarian" this Friday.

HitFix is pleased to co-present this first weekend's movie, and as part of that, we've got a very special premiere for you today of Mondo's special poster that they've put together for the event.  Believe me when I say to you, there are very few things that are going to make me this happy this year.

Unlike "Blade Runner" or "The Thing," two films that have become critical hits in the 30 years since their release, "Conan The Barbarian" is still dismissed by many, and that drives me crazy.  I think it's a genuinely great film, and while it's not exactly my interpretation of Robert E. Howard's dark and strange pulp stories about the sword-bearing Cimmerian, I love what John Milius did with it.  It's one of my favorite performances by Arnold Schwarzenegger, too, and I think he benefits enormously from Sandahl Bergman's work in the film.  She makes him more soulful simply because of how she plays against him.

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 127: Bubble Watch 2012

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 127: Bubble Watch 2012

Dan and Alan preview the network upfront week, review USA's 'Common Law' and look back on 'Desperate Housewives'

The

Next week will be crazy for the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast due to the broadcast network upfronts, so we tried to prepare both ourselves and our listeners this week with 40+ minutes of speculation on which bubble shows will survive and which are doomed. Also, we found a bit of time to review USA's "Common Law," look back on the unlikely success of "Desperate Housewives," and, as usual, chat about last night's "Mad Men." 

The line-up: 

Here's today's breakdown:
"Common Law" (00:01:00 - 00:11:10)
"Desperate Housewives" reflections (00:11:10 - 00:18:20)
Upfronts Preview (00:18:20 - 01:01:50)
"Mad Men" (01:02:00 - 01:26:20)
 
As we discuss towards the end of the show, we will likely have two podcasts next week, but also probably not on Monday. It will be catch as catch can. Follow our blogs, iTunes, the RSS feed, Twitter, etc., to have some sense of when a new podcast has been published.

As always, you can subscribe to The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast over at the iTunes Store, where you can also rate us and comment on us. Or you can always follow our RSS Feed, download the MP3 file or stream it on Dan's blog.

 
And as always, feel free to e-mail us questions for the podcast.
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<p>DGA winner for &quot;The&nbsp;Artist,&quot; Michel Hazanavicius (left), with Tom&nbsp;Hooper at the 2012 DGA&nbsp;Awards in&nbsp;January.</p>

DGA winner for "The Artist," Michel Hazanavicius (left), with Tom Hooper at the 2012 DGA Awards in January.

Credit: Reuters

DGA rescinds long-standing 'no screeners' policy

The guild will allow 'for your consideration' DVDs to be sent to its membership

The Directors Guild of America (DGA) has announced today that it will be reversing a long-standing policy outlawing the issuance of "for your consideration" screeners to its membership. The change will go into effect this awards season.

Said DGA president Taylor Hackford via press release, "There's nothing better than watching a movie on the big screen, exactly as the director intended. But it's not always possible for our members to get to the theater to see every film in awards contention."

The guild's former policy was in place because it believed films sent out on DVD "could have an advantage over films that are not able to be sent out due to limited marketing budgets or other financial constraints of studios and distributors." Noble, but out-dated. And given the down-the-middle voting habits of the membership as of late, it doesn't seem to have done much for the little guys anyway.

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<p>Zach Galifianakis and Will Ferrell wage a war of words in 'The Campaign' this summer</p>

Zach Galifianakis and Will Ferrell wage a war of words in 'The Campaign' this summer

Credit: Warner Bros.

'The Campaign' kicks off for Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis on Facebook

Our first look at the Jay Roach political comedy makes big promises

It looks like campaign season has begun.

Or rather, it looks like "The Campaign" season has begun, with Warner Bros. using Facebook today to kick off the marketing for the new Jay Roach political comedy starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis.

Roach's last film was the HBO drama "Game Change," and part of his goal with that film was to stick very close to reality since he was depicting events from a real election that was held up to enormous media scrutiny.  If he got the details wrong, we'd know immediately because of how the images from that primary season were burnt into our collective consciousness.

With "The Campaign," it looks like Roach decided to kick loose and go the other direction, cranking up the absurdity of our political machine, and hiring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis seems like a good step in that direction.  Instead of releasing a conventional trailer, this morning sees three new videos online.  The first is on the main Facebook page for the film and features Marty Huggins (Galifianakis) and Cam Brady (Ferrell) together.  Then each of them also has their own Facebook page where they have posted attack videos aimed at each other.

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<p>Passion Pit</p>

Passion Pit

Credit: Columbia

Listen: Passion Pit 'Walk' with first single from new album 'Gossamer'

An immigrant song?

Passion Pit's return is marked with their own "immigrant song."

The energetic first single "Take a Walk" from new album "Gossamer" is memorable in its jangly, repetitive chorus, but it's more marked after repeat listens for its lyrics. Michael Angelakos reports in on the recession in America, singing from the perspective of a foreigner who has moved to the U.S., tried to make a living for himself, and then a wife, and then a whole family. It addresses what happens when bad investments tank his pensions. It's actually pretty sad.

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Melissa Gorga on 'Real Housewives of New Jersey'

Melissa Gorga on 'Real Housewives of New Jersey'

Credit: Andrei Jackamets/Bravo

Recap: 'Real Housewives of New Jersey' - 'Third Eye Blind'

Teresa and Melissa take it to the parking lot

This week is all about getting Teresa and Melissa to their respective breaking points. Meanwhile Caroline continues to torture Lauren about her weight, and Joe Giudice makes a mild verbal swipe at Rich to make up for the black eye he got last week.

But the only thing that mattered was Teresa vs. Melissa, so let's stick with that...

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<p>Vincent Kartheiser as Pete Campbell in &quot;Mad Men.&quot;&nbsp;</p>

Vincent Kartheiser as Pete Campbell in "Mad Men." 

Credit: AMC

'Mad Men' - 'Lady Lazarus': Tomorrow never knows

Don and Pete discover that the women in their lives have all the power

A review of tonight's "Mad Men" coming up just as soon as I make eye contact with hobos...

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