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Best cover songs: What's your favorite?

Since the No. 1 album in the country right now is a cover album — Sugarland’s Live on the Inside DVD includes a bonus CD of them taking on Pearl Jam, Kings of Leon, R.E.M., and Beyonce — we thought it was a particularly opportune time to re-ask a perennial question: What’s your favorite cover song?

I’ve got a new one of late: Jay-Z taking on the Beastie Boys’ “No Sleep Til Brooklyn” while subbing in for them at this year’s All Points West music festival. It was a classy move, and it’s a fierce rendition:

A quick staff poll turned up some other classic suggestions, like the White Stripes’ “Jolene,” Jeff Buckley’s “Hallelujah,” Johnny Cash’s take on “Hurt,” and the we’re-secretly-15-years-old duo of Alien Ant Farm’s “Smooth Criminal” and the Ataris’ “Boys of Summer.” (Love that Black Flag shout-out.) But we sit around and listen to ourselves talk all day. We want your picks, Mixers! Give us enough good ones, and maybe we’ll make us a playlist! It worked for the heartbreaking songs, didn’t it?

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All Points West '09: Coldplay save the day

all-points-west-coldplay_lYesterday, Coldplay mesmerized at the closing night of this year’s very wet and muddy music fest, All Points West, held in Jersey City, NJ. Though there were many other fine performances, including sets by The Black Keys, Lykke Li, and We Are Scientists, none compared to the show put on by the Brit quartet.

During “Yellow,” hundreds of balloons were released into the sky and singer Chris Martin sang “Lovers in Japan” while swinging a Japanese paper umbrella around as colorful confetti poured on fans. The vocalist paid homage to the Beastie Boys (who pulled out from the festival after Adam Yauch was diagnosed with cancer) by performing “Fight For Your Right (To Party),” just as Jay-Z had tributed the trio on Friday with “No Sleep Till’ Brooklyn.” Coldplay also tipped their hat to the late Michael Jackson with an acoustic version of “Billie Jean.”

But it was one of the band’s closing songs, “The Scientist,” that seemed to move the mud-soaked audience the most. With Martin crooning into the mic with his signature falsetto, his fingers like gentle hammers on the keyboard, the heartfelt performance should live long in the audience’s collective memory. Which is a good thing. “You probably won’t see us again for a while,” Martin said, before leaving the stage.

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Jay-Z replaces Beastie Boys as All Points West headliner

One of the tour dates that the Beastie Boys had to cancel this week when Adam Yauch was diagnosed with a treatable form of cancer was a headlining gig on the first night of New Jersey’s All Points West festival next month. As disappointing as that news was — get well soon, MCA! — festival organizers have found one hell of a replacement act: The one and only Jay-Z will headline the Friday, Aug. 1 show, according to an announcement last night.

If you’ve seen Jay in concert, you know he rocks a crowd like no other. And his triumphant performance last year at Glastonbury in the U.K. proved the man knows how to headline a festival. (Check out his opening routine from Glastonbury ’08 below; some NSFW language.) As for this particular show, you have to assume Jay’s set will feature some fresh material from his long-planned The Blueprint 3, due in September. Plus, Coldplay are headlining All Points West’s third night. How much do you want to bet festivalgoers will get to see Hov and his pal Chris Martin share a stage during at least one of their headlining sets?

So, who’s psyched about this late-breaking addition to the All Points West line-up? Anyone thinking about buying a last-minute ticket now that Jay-Z’s been confirmed? Weigh in below.

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New Beastie Boys featuring Nas, 'Too Many Rappers': Hear it here

It came as a shock to learn yesterday that Adam “MCA” Yauch of the Beastie Boys has cancer in his left salivary gland, forcing the trio to nix a summer tour and push back the release of their next album, Hot Sauce Committee Part 1. A reassuring statement from Yauch’s publicists said the cancer is “very treatable” — Yauch even drolly referred to his diagnosis as “a pain in the neck,” get it? Anyway, here’s hoping for a full and speedy recovery. We’re pulling for ya at the Music Mix, MCA.

Meanwhile, this news is no reason to stop being excited about that upcoming shipment of Hot Sauce, whenever it may end up arriving. New Beasties tune “Too Many Rappers,” a collaboration with Nas, hit the Web over the weekend, much to the delight of New York golden age hip-hop heads like yours truly. It’s an unapologetic throwback, all chop-shop beats and “on and on, to the crack of dawn” rhymes. This thing could have been recorded in, like, 1986, and I love it. Check out “Too Many Rappers” below (some NSFW language), and let us know how it sounds to your ears.

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Beastie Boys ready 'Hot Sauce Committee Part 1,' more reissues

Beastie-Boys_l Four months ago, Adam Yauch told EW that Beastie Boys were working on “a pretty weird record.” One month ago, they announced the name of the album: Hot Sauce Committee. And today, they’ve added an intriguing flourish to the end of the title — it’s now Hot Sauce Committee Part 1, don’t you forget it — and revealed a September 15 release date as well as a tracklist including guest spots from Nas and Santigold. Sweet! Or perhaps I should say spicy!

Beastie Boys haven’t blessed us with an album since 2007′s instrumental The Mix-Up (which I found much more fun than EW’s reviewer at the time), and you have to go back to 2005′s To the 5 Boroughs for their last album with actual vocals. And Hot Sauce is only one of several cool projects the trio has coming up soon: 1994′s Ill Communication gets the deluxe reissue treatment July 14, and 1998′s Hello Nasty joins it on August 25. (Tricked-out editions of 1989′s Paul’s Boutique and 1992′s Check Your Head already arrived this January and April.) Looks like 2009 is going to be a banner year indeed for Beasties fans. Click through to the jump for the full Hot Sauce tracklist, then pipe up: How hungry are you for new Beastie treats?

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