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“Stairway To Heaven” Turns 40

“Stairway To Heaven” Turns 40

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40 years ago today, Led Zeppelin released IV, the album that includes “Stairway To Heaven.” This seems about right. Actually, it’s always seemed about right. For the twenty-some years that “Stairway To Heaven” has existed in my consciousness, “Stairway To Heaven” has seemed to be about 40 years old. I can’t imagine a reality when people were listening to, arguably, the most grandly ridiculous song in rock history when it actually came out.

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R.I.P. Heavy D

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TMZ reports that the absurdly charismatic late-’80s/early-’90s rap star Heavy D died earlier today at a hospital in L.A. He was 44, and this is just massively sad.

The Overweight Lover was born in Jamaica and moved to New York as a child. He and his group, the Boyz, first arrived with their 1987 album Living Large; their 1989 follow-up Big Tyme was one of the first rap tapes I ever owned. On these records, Heavy pioneered a lively, friendly, hugely accessible form of pop-rap that, along with records by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, helped rap cross over to middle-class white kids like me. He was also a truly marvelous dancer, especially for a man of his size, something that the videos below demonstrate nicely.

Heavy’s never been considered an all-time rap great or anything, but a look back at his career reveals that the man got a whole lot done. He did the theme song to In Living Color, he guested on big singles from Michael and Janet Jackson, and he eventually made the transition to legit actor, going from rapsploitation fare like New Jersey Drive to mainstream movies like The Cider House Rules and TV shows like Boston Public. In the past month, he and had a cameo in The Tower Heist. We don’t yet know how he died; we only know that it sucks. Below, check out some of the man’s videos.

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Hear The Muppets Cover “Smells Like Teen Spirit”

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Hear The Muppets Cover “Smells Like Teen Spirit”

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What else do you need to know? You knew this was on our radar. And now, it’s here; the Muppet Barbershop Quartet’s cover of “Smells Like Teen Spirit” for The Muppets original soundtrack . Dive in after the jump.

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Michael Jackson’s Doctor Found Guilty In His Death

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Michael Jackson’s Doctor Found Guilty In His Death

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Dr. Conrad Murray, who was Michael Jackson’s personal physician when Jackson died in 2009, was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter this afternoon in California. Murray faces up to four years in prison for the crime, and he’s being held without bail until his 11/29 sentencing. The jury found that Murray, who’d prescribed Jackson the surgical anesthetic propofol as a sleep aid, was criminally negligent.

CNN reports that the crowd outside the courthouse erupted into cheers when the verdict was announced. I sympathize. As a Michael Jackson fan, four years in prison doesn’t seem long enough, considering that this guy essentially robbed us of one of the greatest figures in pop-music history right around the time he was getting ready to reemerge. If you’ve seen the Jackson documentary This Is It, you know that guy still had some magic left in him when he passed.

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Stream A Band of Bees’ Every Step’s A Yes

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Stream A Band of Bees’ Every Step’s A Yes

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The British psych-folk band A Band Of Bees, known in their homeland simply as the Bees, have already released their new album Every Step’s A Yes overseas. In the U.S., it’s due tomorrow, and the American version includes bonuses like the Mamas And The Papas’ “Go Where You Wanna Go” and a live version of Portishead’s “The Rip.” And below, we’ve got the entire album streaming.

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Flaming Lips plan ode to Steve Jobs played on iPad

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The Flaming Lips said early Tuesday that they would play a special tribute to Apple’s late co-founder Steve Jobs at the O Music Awards on October 31. The frequently experimental rock group will play a version of The Beatles’ “Revolution” using an iPad at the digitally-focused show. The performance should be streamed live on the website during the MTV-run event….

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Zooey Deschanel Sings The National Anthem

Zooey Deschanel Sings The National Anthem

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Though she got the gig to promote her Fox sitcom New Girl, hipster queen Zooey Deschanel provided the World Series’ fourth game its most pleasant soundbite, which I guess is a pretty easy thing to do when Joe Buck and Tim McCarver are in the booth. Check out Zooey’s rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” below.

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