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Bob Dylan reportedly signs six-book deal

bob-dylanImage Credit: Douglas R. Gilbert/Redferns/Getty ImagesBob Dylan is putting pen to paper again. Crain’s New York Business reports that the great singer-songwriter has signed a six-book deal with Simon & Schuster. The deal would reportedly cover two more volumes of Dylan’s Chronicles memoir series, another book based on his Sirius XM satellite radio show, and three more unspecified books. READ FULL STORY

President Barack Obama says he listens to the Rolling Stones, Miles Davis, and... Lil Wayne in Rolling Stone interview

Obama-musicImage Credit: Janet Mayer/PR Photos; Everett Collection; Jerry Livingston/PR PhotosWith the recession officially declared over, President Barack Obama can slide one thing off of his plate and focus on the other 99 he must accomplish. Obviously, he’s a busy guy. But even he finds time to sit back and soak in some tunes. In a new interview with Rolling Stone Obama was asked, for the hundredth time, what is on his iPod. He started of with his regular list of music’s icons.

“I am probably still more heavily weighted toward the music of my childhood than I am the new stuff,” he said. “There’s still a lot of Stevie Wonder, a lot of Bob Dylan, a lot of Rolling Stones, a lot of R&B, a lot of Miles Davis and John Coltrane. Those are the old standards.” He did, however, manage to sprinkle in some unexpected names in addition.

“A lot of classical music. I’m not a big opera buff in terms of going to opera, but there are days where Maria Callas is exactly what I need,” he noted. “Thanks to Reggie [Love, the president's personal aide], my rap palate has greatly improved. Jay-Z used to be sort of what predominated, but now I’ve got a little Nas and a little Lil Wayne and some other stuff.”

So by my tally, this is reason No. 249 why Barack Obama is the coolest president ever. Do you think Bush had an iPod with the kind of variety Obama’s boasts? Actually, do you even think Bush knew how to operate an iPod? What do you think of Barack’s selection? Let us know.

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Bob Dylan's early 'Witmark Demos' to be released

Bob-DylanBob Dylan completists have something to look forward to this Oct. 19, when the ninth installment of his ongoing Bootleg Series arrives in stores. The Whitmark Demos: 1962-1964 will collect 47 rough takes the young Dylan recorded for his first two music publishers.

Along with early versions of well-known classics like “Blowin’ in the Wind,” “The Times They Are A-Changin’,” “Masters of War,” and “Mr. Tambourine Man,” the set will also collect 15 Dylan originals that never made it past the demo stage. A press release from Columbia Records says the demos feature Dylan “accompanied only by his acoustic guitar, harmonica and occasionally piano.” While surreptitious copies of many of these recordings have long circulated throughout the fan community, it’s still pretty cool that they’re being released in a legitimate format with liner notes after all these years.

As if that’s not enough Dylan for one day, Oct. 19 will also see the release of a box set with remastered mono versions of his first eight albums, from 1962′s Bob Dylan through 1967′s John Wesley Harding. If you have any Dylan-loving audiophiles in your life, here’s your chance to take care of some holiday gift shopping months in advance.

Will you be buying either of these offerings? Which Dylan demo are you most looking forward to hearing?

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Happy birthday Bob Dylan! The bard turns 69 today

bob-dylanImage Credit: Danny ClinchI’m still not entirely sure how many roads a man must walk down before you can call him a man. But I do know how many years ago Bob Dylan was born. 69! Yes, it’s Mr. Zimmerman‘s birthday. Feel free to mark the occasion by reinterpreting the “Happy Birthday to You” song in a manner that renders it totally unrecognizable. It’s what Bob would want! (Alternatively, you can check out the great clip of “Like a Rolling Stone” that I’ve posted after the jump.) READ FULL STORY

'True Blood Vol. 2' exclusive full soundtrack stream: Hear new songs from Beck, Elvis Costello, and more

true-blood-volume2A very good thing for those who love Bad Things: True Blood‘s third season doesn’t begin until June 13, but the HBO vamp camp’s second soundtrack volume is now streaming exclusively on EW, five days before it hits digital and physical shelves (click here for iTunes pre-order).

What’s on it? New songs from Beck, Lucinda Williams and Elvis Costello, and the Band’s Robbie Robertson; covers by M. Ward and “Bad Things” theme song singer Jace Everett; plus classic tracks from Bob Dylan, 13th Floor Elevators, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Eels, Chuck Prophet, and more.

Find the complete track listing below, and sink your teeth into the full stream after the jump:

1. “Howlin’ For My Baby” – M. Ward
2. “Evil (Is Going On)” – Jace Everett & CC Adcock
3. “Bad Blood” – Beck
4. “How To Become Clairvoyant” – Robbie Robertson
5. “Shake And Fingerpop” – Jr. Walker and The All Stars
6. “Frenzy” – Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
7. “Kiss Like Your Kiss” – Lucinda Williams with Elvis Costello
8. “Gasoline And Matches” – Buddy & Julie Miller
9. “You Did (Bomp Shooby Dooby Bomp)” – Chuck Prophet
10. “You’re Gonna Miss Me” – The 13th Floor Elevators
11. “Fresh Blood” – Eels
12. “The Forgotten People (Bon Temps Remix)” – Thievery Corporation
13. “New World In My View” – King Britt & Sister Gertrude Morgan
14. “Beyond Here Lies Nothin’” – Bob Dylan
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'True Blood Vol. II' soundtrack gets new songs from Beck, Elvis Costello, more

true-blood-beckImage Credit: HBO; Autumn deWildeLet the bon temps in Bon Temps roulez again—the lineup for a second soundtrack to accompany HBO’s vampires-’n-humans hit True Blood has been announced to coincide with the DVD release of the show’s second season on May 25.

Alongside exclusive new songs from Beck, the Band’s Robbie Robertson, and Lucinda Williams featuring Elvis Costello, look for classic tracks from Bob Dylan, 13th Floor Elevators, and Screamin’ Jay Hawkins.

Also new: two new Howlin’ Wolf covers—“Howlin’ For My Baby,” performed by singer-songwriter and Him to Zooey’s She, M. Ward, and “Evil (Is Going On),” via Jace Everett (he of the show’s “Bad Things” theme song) & Louisiana native CC Adcock (of Vol. 1‘s “Bleed to Feed”).

Find the full track listing after the jump: READ FULL STORY

Renee Zellweger sings Bob Dylan! It's uncomfortable!

Bob-Dylan-reneeImage Credit: Janet Mayer/PR Photos; Reuters/Rob Galbraith/LandovRemember like five years ago when Renee Zellweger was supposed to be working on a Janis Joplin biopic? (So were Zooey Deschanel. And Pink. And Brittany Murphy.)

In the interim, she seems to have given up the Me and Bobby McGee dream and moved on to another kind of musical-cinema venture, My Own Love Song (or as Videogum has dubbed it “Duets 2: The Squinty Eyed Female Crazy Heart.”)

The film, co-starring Oscar winner Forest Whitaker and featuring 16 original songs by Bob Dylan(!), stars Zellweger as, per IMDB, a paraplegic singer on a road trip to Memphis with her best friend.

See the trailer, which showcases her singing the new Dylan song “Life Is Hard” (so true, Bobby Z) and watch her take on Woody Guthrie’s ‘This Land Is Your Land” like she really, really means it, after the jump: READ FULL STORY

John Mayer's SIRIUS XM show: A sneak peek

Guitarist. Singer-songwriter. Occasional stand-up comedian. Very occasional wearer of a Borat-style mankini. Is there no end to John Mayer’s talents? Seemingly not. And this Wednesday at 6 p.m. EST you will be able to hear the pop-bluesman try his hand at the ol’ record-playing game in the course of a special guest DJ session on The Spectrum, SIRIUS channel 18 and XM channel 45.

The Music Mix can reveal that the platters which matter to Mr Mayer will include Billy Preston’s “That’s The Way God Planned It,” Bell X1′s “The Great Defector,” Death Cab For Cutie’s “Marching Bands of Manhattan,” Fleet Foxes’ “White Winter Hymnal,” Mayer Hawthorne’s “Strange Arrangement,” and “Tangled Up In Blue” by Bob Dylan. Mayer also performs on the show and you can hear a clip from the man’s soundcheck below during which he covers both Skid Row and Extreme

Check out the clip and tell us what you think. Did you buy Mayer’s recent, chart-topping, collection Battle Studies? Will you be checking out his SIRIUS show? What say you about his musical taste?

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Bob Dylan's 'Must Be Santa': New Christmas classic, or 'Animaniacs' homage?

So, while reveling in the supreme weirdness that is Bob Dylan’s “Must Be Santa” — the video is non-embeddable, but you can watch it if you click on these pretty colored words right here — we somehow managed to overlook the creepy basement rec room and the fact that Dylan has decided to start sporting “The Rachel,” and instead focused in on one peculiar fact: Uh, why does this old Hal Moore and Bill Fredricks carol suddenly sound like an Animaniacs song?

Here is Dylan’s take on “Must Be Santa”:

Here is the International Friendship Song, a.k.a. “Schnitzelbank,” from Animaniacs:

What do you think, Mixers? Did the folks behind Animaniacs totally rip off this Christmas chestnut and we didn’t notice until now, or is it just the crazy-making tempo that sounds so similar? You tell us in the comments. And: Which do you like better? (Me, I’m going Wakko.)

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Bob Dylan Does Christmas: Hark, the wheezing geezer sings

Over the years, Christmas-themed horror films have fruitlessly tried to imbue the altruistic joy of the holidays with terror and discomfort.

Santa chopping off a tobogganer’s head with an axe in 1984′s Silent Night, Deadly Night? That’s just a reindeer game. A wheezy, 68-year-old Bob Dylan recording an album of Christmas standards? Backed by singers whose overt enthusiasm makes the Andrews Sisters sound moody? That’s not how you deck the halls:

The proceeds of Christmas in the Heart will go to food charities, which makes one want to say something nice about the whole affair. And to be honest, there is something fascinating about hearing the perennially dour Dylan let go and sing silly Holiday carols with casual glee.

His loose approach to singing is also what gives this yuletide offering its most bone-chilling moments, however—hearing Bob hack out the words “With angelic host proclaim/Christ is born in Bethlehem” reminds one of grandpa clearing his throat after finishing a glass of eggnog.

Is the whole album a Christopher Guest-esque self-parody? Is this just Dylan doing whatever the hell he wants? Most importantly, will you listen to Zimmer-Claus when you’re decorating your Christmas tree? Weigh in below.

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