CL Sound Bites: The Roots & Monsters of Folk, Bret Michaels, Rock n' Roll Excess, and more (with video)

Kick off your week with some of today's top headlines in music.

Listen: The Roots and Monsters of Folk collaborate on a new track, "Dear God 2.0."

The folks over at Pitchfork have just released an exclusive track from The Roots' forthcoming LP, How I Got Over, which features the fine lads from indie supergroup Monsters of Folk.   The song, “Dear God 2.0,” is more or less a slow-jammy Roots take on the original “Dear God” from M.O.F’s self-titled debut.   If you open your window and listen ever so closely, you can hear the collective hyperventilation of whitebread hipsters from here to Williamsburg. Whats that? Joanna Newsom and members of the Dirty Projectors will also be featured on How I Got Over?  I think I just heard a dozen collapse to the floor.

The Roots Feat. Monsters of Folk - "Dear God 2.0"

(via Pitchfork)

Watch: Ben Bridwell (Band of Horses) and Pearl Jam cover Temple of the Dog’s “Hunger Strike”

Pearl Jam wrapped up their two-night stint at Madison Square Garden yesterday evening with a spot-on rendition of “Hunger Strike” featuring Ben Bridwell of openers, Band of Horses. While the Horses' third and newest album, Infinite Arms, doesn’t quite resonate as much as their previous efforts, it’s hard to deny that Bridwell is really growing some dexterous vocal legs. His take on Chris Cornell’s panged and high-range vocal delivery seems to solidify this point further. Check it out below:

(via Stereogum)

Amidst illness, Brett Michaels wins Celebrity Apprentice

You know, beneath his douche-baggy exterior, Brett Michaels just seems like a nice guy.  You might laugh at the bandannas, or the endless barrage of godawful Ed Hardy tees he sports, but despite it all, Michaels seems to be a dude who likes to be liked by anyone and everyone … even all those balloon-boobied, vapid fembots he’s endlessly pumping through the revolving Rock of Love doors. After an emergency appendectomy, a brain hemorrhage, and a warning stroke that revealed a hole in his heart (new Poison song???), I think it’s safe to say this guy deserves a little break. Luckily, he got one on last night’s Celebrity Apprentice, where he defeated actress Holly Robinson Peete to win the title and $250,000 donation to the organization of his choice.  Living with diabetes since a child, Michaels chose to donate the winnings to the American Diabetes Association. Way to go, bro.

(via Rolling Stone)

10 Lurid Tales of Rock n' Roll Excess

Not really newsy per-se, but really, this is too great to pass up. NME's got a slide show featuring 10 artists and their anecdotes on what batshit-craziness comes with the territory of a rock stardom (i.e. public-funded mental insanity). Some are just dull and expected while others, like this little story from Keith Moon, are pure music gold.

(via NME)

"Everyone knows Keith Moon loved to trash TVs, but few realise quite how often he did it.  Once, on the way to an airport, Moon insisted they return to their hotel, saying , 'I forgot something.' When the limo returned, Moon ran to his room, grabbed the TV while it was plugged in, threw it out the window and into the pool. He then jumped back into the limousine, sighing 'I nearly forgot.'"

Giving these crazies the ultimate freedom (and funds) to do almost anything they please — great or greatest idea ever?

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