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'Parks and Rec' posts the full Benji's Cool Times Summer Jamz Mix on Spotify: Stream it here

During an ill-fated road trip scene last night, Park and Recreation fans were treated to a taste of an amazing mixtape by one Ben Wyatt, the nerdy-cute politico played by Adam Scott.

But you don’t have to visit the Beltway to belt out the “Benji’s Cool Times Summer Jamz” mix CD that April Ludgate (Aubrey Plaza) unearthed in the episode, because the fine folks behind the NBC sitcom posted the entire playlist on Spotify for your streaming pleasure.

As viewers learned last night, the mix begins with Salt-N-Pepa’s “Shoop,” but that’s just the tip of Ben’s ’90s iceberg. Other cuts on the magnificently nostalgic playlist include Seal’s “Kiss From a Rose,” Boyz II Men’s “I’ll Make Love to You,” and the Gin Blossoms. Yes, the Gin Blossoms!

Also, Ace of Base. Also, Shaggy. Also, everything that’s awesome. This playlist is just one of the many clever ways the Parks and Rec staff flesh out their characters; if you’re still reading this, you should most definitely set the site for Pawnee’s sickest night club Snakehole Lounge, run by Aziz Ansari’s Tom Haverford, as your home page.

Jam out Ben Wyatt-style by listening to his 18-song mix in the Spotify player below:

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John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John reunite for fantastically cheesy Christmas album

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We’ve got chills! They’re multiplying! And we’re looooosing control — because John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John have apparently collaborated on a Christmas album that features special guests like Tony Bennett, Barbra Streisand, and Kenny G.

This is not a joke.

The album, This Christmas, marks the first time Grease‘s Sandy and Danny have recorded music together in nearly 35 years. According to a release, Travolta got the idea to make the record “after receiving a Christmastime text from his old friend Olivia noting that their 1978 smash, ‘You’re the One That I Want,’ had just become the best-selling duet in pop music history.”  READ FULL STORY

Frank Ocean plays NYC synagogue, releases new song 'Blue Whale': Hear it here

R&B “It” boy Frank Ocean is not slowing down.

The man who dropped the summer’s must-album Channel Orange on our unsuspecting heads and lent both Saturday Night Live and John Mayer some cool points earlier this month is diving into the week head first. Following his I’ll Be Your Mirror appearance this weekend, Ocean played a mesmerizing set at New York’s Angel Orensanz Center, the antebellum synagogue where Fader and Vitamainwater held a joint event last night. Bon Iver was technically the headliner, but Ocean seemed to inspire the most excitement, prompting fans to crowd the Gothic Revival building’s delicate balconies for a better view of the night’s headbanded hero.

They were not disappointed. Backed by a Telecaster-wielding band, the singer obligingly launched into spacey Channel Orange favorites like “Crack Rock” and “Bad Religion” (interesting, given the setting) as well as earlier mixtape cuts, like the winding “American Wedding.” He ended his hourish-long run with the seedy Egyptology of “Pyramids,” and it all felt like the weirdly correct way to spend a night in a temple during the Jewish High Holidays.

One song Ocean didn’t play last night? “Blue Whale,” the brand new track he debuted this morning on his Tumblr. It’s a lo-fi number, characteristically mellow and introspective with lines like, “I wasn’t much into the type that my bros liked/So I never really had no wife/And that’s alright.”

Give “Blue Whale” and listen below:

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Lil Wayne's ridiculous deposition video - Watch it here

First things first: Lil Wayne is a great rapper (at least, he used to be). What Lil Wayne is not, however, is compliant in a court of law.

A little background: In 2009, Wayne sued Quincy Jones III, son of music producer Quincy Jones (Michael Jackson’s Thriller), over a documentary called The Carter, (via Digital Spy). Now he’s filed a second lawsuit against Jones, claiming the film illegally used tunes from Tha Carter IV. Which brings us to the current debacle: Wayne’s deposition.

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Ed Sheeran unveils 2013 headline tour dates, gives EW exclusive performance video -- Watch it here

Breakout British folkie/T-Swift’s favorite ginger duet partner Ed Sheeran is bringing his A Team to the U.S. with his biggest headlining tour to date.

The 18-city trek kicks off on Jan. 17 at the House of Blues in Houston, and includes stops at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall and the Hollywood Palladium. Sheeran’s current road trip—VH1′s You Oughta Know Tour, which continues through mid-October—is already fully sold out, with many shows being moved to larger venues.

Sheeran will also appear on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Oct. 4 to perform his current single, “The A Team,” currently climbing the charts (it also has more than 43 million views on YouTube).

Fans will get even more of Sheeran when Taylor Swift’s new album, Red, arrives Oct. 22.

But for now, check out this exclusive video of Sheeran performing his percussive “You Need Me, I Don’t Need You” live at London’s Shepard’s Bush Empire, and find the tour’s full itinerary after the jump:

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Billie Joe Armstrong rants at the iHeartRadio festival: 'I'm not f--ing Justin Bieber'

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No one tells Green Day when they’re leaving the stage and gets away with it. (At least not without a few smashed guitars and a whole lot of expletives.)

While performing at the iHeartRadio Festival in Las Vegas on Friday night, punk rocker Billie Joe Armstrong threw a tantrum when a sign reading “1 minute” suggested that his band should wrap up their set.

Feeling like they were being cut short (it remains up for debate whether the band was, in fact, cut short, but some believe that Green Day’s set was lessened by 20 minutes after Usher’s ran over), Bille Joe launched into an all-out rant that’s all kinds of amazing to watch.

“You’re gonna give me one minute?!” he yelled, distraught, into the mic. “I’ve been around since f–ing nineteen eighty f–king eight, and you’re gonna give me one minute?! You’ve gotta be f–ing kidding me!”

“I’m not f–ing Justin Bieber, you motherf–ers!” he continued. “Let me show you what one f–ing minute f–ing means,” he said before smashing his guitar on the ground, flicking the bird to the powers that be, and storming off the stage.

Check out the whole thing in the video below:

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Jon Hamm guest stars in Aimee Mann's awesome new 'Labrador' video: Watch it here

When Aimee Mann and Jon Hamm get together, they make some sweet, sweet funnies.

For the video for her new single “Labrador,” Mann — who made an excellent cameo as a cleaning lady on the first season of Portlandia – dropped an impressive remake of her vintage Til Tuesday clip for “Voices Carry.”

Mann’s update of her own ’80s hit stars the handsome Hamm as a mustachio’d version of the clip’s actual writer-director, Tom Scharpling, who hosts WFMU’s Best Show as a day job.

Got all that? There’s more: comedian-musician Jon Wurster, of Superchunk and the Mountain Goats, also has a starring role; he plays Denny Rock, a (fake) actor who plays the male lead in the Mann video-within-the-video.

Okay, enough with the LSAT logic games. Take a look at the clip for yourself below:

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Watch this awesome house cat sing along to Collective Soul: VIDEO

If we could adopt any cat in the world, it would be the one that meows along to forgotten ’90s alt bands:

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458 episodes of John Peel's radio show are now online: Stream them here

Got an extra 900 hours on your hand? The internet has just become 458 John Peel show episodes richer, which means your next month or so just got booked.

Some enterprising Soundcloud citizen (and likely power-pop fan) known only as +dB has taken it upon him or herself to upload a whopping chunk of the late British radio god’s programs, which gained fame for the “Peel sessions” — live in-studio performances with some of rock’s most interesting players.

The treasure trove features broadcasts ranging from Peel’s pirate radio days back in 1968 all the way up to his BBC reign, which ended only upon the prolific DJ’s death in 2004.

The collection isn’t 100% complete, of course, but it’s certainly exhaustive: you can hear anything from Bob Marley’s two appearances on the show (on May 1 and Nov. 26, 1973) to Pulp’s 1995 session to a live Daft Punk concert (June 30, 1996). Even Peel’s elusive joint interview with John Lennon and Yoko Ono is up for grabs.

So until that archive of John Peel’s record collection is complete, check out almost a thousand hours of his radio shows in the Soundcloud player below.

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Stream Kanye's new single, 'Clique'

Kanye West isn’t always the easiest guy to like. He’s cocky. He was mean to Taylor Swift. He likes Kim Kardashian without being ironic.

And yet the man mints gold. It’s like he’s incapable of making bad music. Even 808′s and Heartbreak, which wasn’t that good, was pretty damn good. His new single, “Clique,” featuring guest appearances by Big Sean and new BFF Jay-Z, is no exception. Its off-kilter beat is fresh and invigorating, and West’s inventive lyrics are among his most clever: “You know white people / get money don’t spend it … I’d rather buy chains and go ign’ant.”

I won’t wax academic and call that poetry, but come on, it’s funny. It’s funny, and more importantly, it’s smart, because it’s self-aware and self-deprecating and comically accurate.

You win, yet again, Mr. West. You won with The College Dropout, the soundtrack to my sophomore year of high school. You won with Late Registration and the way my friends and I bonded over it like some kind of sacrament. You won with Graduation because you made pop music cool again. And you won with My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy because Pitchfork gave it a 10.0. (808′s and Heartbreak was a draw.)

I wish I knew how to quit you.

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