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It's November 1st, so that means the pre-holiday season deluge...including Lulu, a collaboration between Lou Reed & Metallica.  The odd pairing might have something to do with their 2009 Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame performance. It's kind of artsy and a lot weirdy:

Also out today: new Florence + the Machine, Ceremonials.  As with her last album, it's sweeping, epic, symphonic, cinematic, and BIG. 
I'm mesmerised by this song, "Never Let Me Go" (this isn't a great recording):
And maybe this'll shock you as much as it did in, where did that 20 years go...the 20th Anniversary edition of U2's Achtung Baby is out today:

This deluxe box set features both Achtung Baby and their 1993 album Zooropa, along with B sides, remixes, previously unreleased outtakes and an early version of Achtung Baby.  The album was joint-produced by Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno - the same combination the band used for 1987's The Joshua Tree! 

Also today: the first single from the new band Eight and a Half.  The band is Dave Hamelin and Liam O'Neil (formerly of The Stills) and Justin Peroff of Broken Social Scene. Eight and a Half is releasing their debut full-length album in early here's Eight and a Half with "Scissors" (and I think it's my )Winter 2011/12 track:


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