PATE REUNION UPDATE: Jon, Mike & Jon (and we hope Ron) will be retaking a stage somewhere near Iowa State University on July 5th, 2013, just one short decade after their last reunion gig. Clear your calendar for something transcendent, a train wreck, or both! If you're on the Facebook, check in with the event page.
JASON MOLINA of Songs: Ohia and Magnolia Electric Co., has died from organ failure following a well documented battle with alcoholism. He was 39 years old. Pitchfork offers a "Farewell Transmission" and "Hold On Magnolia" for a terminal Twofer Tuesday.
NEW RELEASES from Black rebel Motorcycle Club, Low, Josh Rouse and more are streaming this week via Spinner.
THE STROKES are advance streaming Comedown Machine.
DEPECHE MODE is advance streaming Delta Machine via iTunes.
PEACE is advance streaming In Love.
VAMPIRE WEEKEND drops "Diane Young" and "Step" ahead of Modern Vampires In The City, just in time for Twofer Tuesday.
BOBBIE SMITH, of the Detroit soul group the Spinners died of complications of pneumonia and influenza, following a diagnosis of lung cancer. He was 76. His tenor voice was out in front on a number of the Spinners' biggest Atlantic Records hits in the '70s, including "Could It Be I'm Falling in Love" and "I'll Be Around."
WILCO: Jeff Tweedy talks to The Age about the band's trajectory, and shifting mentally from The Whole Love to the road. He talks to FasterLouder about green rooms, soul legend Mavis Staples and Chicago deep dish pizza. (Thx, LHB.)
THE JOY FORMIDABLE reveals the inspiration for one of the songs on their new LP at The Line Of Best Fit.
GUIDED BY VOICES: The massive discography, ranked by Stereogum.
THE 24 BEST DAVID BOWIE SONGS, according to Paste.
LINDSAY LOHAN copped an 11th hour plea deal and will spend 90 days in lockdown rehab, dodging the jail bullet.
LIL WAYNE has been moved out of the Intensive Care Unit at Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles after doctors determined his condition has stabilized.
MICHELLE SHOCKED cleared out San Francisco club Yoshi's and shut down the venue, after she went on an anti-gay tirade.
JULIANNE HOUGH: Single and ready to mingle.
TIGER WOODS & LINDSEY VONN are stepping out as a couple.
GWYNETH PALTROW says she nearly died from a miscarriage.
MICHAEL JORDAN won dismissal of a paternity suit, though the woman has leave to refile.
NORTH KOREA threatened an attack on Japan, and accused the US of cyberattacks on its Internet servers.
SYRIA: The opposition Syrian National Coalition met in Istanbul to form an interim government. After a yearlong siege, rebels broke through a blockade of the city of Homs. Government jets attacked Syrian rebels inside Lebanon; the US State Department called it a "significant escalation."
PAKISTAN: The Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan suspended peace talks with the government.
EGYPT: Authorities detained 10 Palestinians who were trying to transport ammunition from the Gaza Strip into the Sinai.
PUG vs MECHA-SPIDER: Who you got?
THE GASTRIC BROODING FROG may live to give birth through its mouth again, with help from scientists. They've spared no expense.
RUSSIAN BEARS picked the wrong week to stop huffing airplane fuel. And Leon's getting laaaaargerrrr.
A GIANT SEA CUCUMBER uses its anus as a second mouth. Too many punchlines.