ZoMG!!!!! New Radiohead Song!; VMA Nomineeds Announced; Seriously, NEW RADIOHEAD SONG!!!

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Headlines: Do you hear a faint panting sound? Either you really need to get your dog out of the backseat of the car or it's the collective noise Radiohead fans are making after a legit, official new track hit the Internet this morning. It's called "Harry Patch (In Memory Of)" and is a tribute to the last remaining U.K. veteran of World War I, who recently passed away at the age of 111. It's appropriately elegiacal -- all sweeping strings, Thom Yorke at his most operatic and it sounds like it was recorded in a church. Oh, it was. It's a little too Sigur Ros-y and doesn't really go anywhere, but I think that's the point. Still kept my interest for five and half minutes, which is more than I can say for ... most things. Such as the new single from Muse. This band. If "The Fast and the Furious" took place in the future and people were racing cheesy spaceships against each other, this song would definitely be on the soundtrack. On the other hand, here's one of the best songs of the year, courtesy of Destroyer You know, just your average 13-and-a-half-minute inscrutable ambient disco track. Awesome.

Beyonce and Lady GaGa lead the MTV VMA nominees. GaGa is the only new name in the Best Video mix, otherwise it's the same old superstars -- Beyonce, Eminem, Kanye and Britney. The Breakthrough Video category has some new names -- Matt and Kim, Passion Pit, Bat for Lashes, Major Lazer -- but also Gnarls Barkley and Yeah Yeah Yeahs? The most interesting category is Best Video (That Should Have Won a Moonman), featuring hits of yesteryear. Tough call: David Lee Roth, Foo Fighters, Dre and Snoop, Beastie Boys, among others. I'll have to go with Dre and Snoop, because no other video made my 8th grade teachers feel so uncomfortable. (With "Heart-Shaped Box" a close second.)

Paula Abdul is leaving "American Idol." Joel McHale is probably inconsolable right now. Jill Sobule: "[Expletive] you, Katy Perry." Mastodon hits the road with cartoon rockers Dethklok. That tour comes to the Patriot Center on Halloween. Over/under on how many William Murderface costumes there will be? 50? And a couple lists for the road. First, Paste counts down the top 20 U2 songs. I know, I'm surprised they were able to come up with 20, too. The No. 1 choice is absurd, for the record. And American Songwriter concludes its Top 20 Jeff Tweedy Songs countdown. A much more respectable top choice there, but that's borderline for my Top 10.

Video of the Day: Jay Reatard - "It Ain't Gonna Save Me"
Jay Reatard - "It Ain't Gonna Save Me"

It reminds me a bit of the "Black Hole Sun" video for that first weird minute. Then the music starts and it's all about food fights and evil clowns and one of the sharpest pop songs in a catalogue already overflowing with them.

By David Malitz |  August 5, 2009; 10:57 AM ET Morning Mix
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Very fun video and the song just keeps playing in my head. Liked the John McCain look alike cameo inclusion as well. Good find.

Posted by: pauldenver99 | August 5, 2009 1:42 PM

The No. 1 U2 song is an obvious choice - perhaps an uninspired choice. But it's not absurd.

Personal favorites I would have included: One Tree Hill, A Sort of Homecoming, 11 O'Clock Tick Tock (live), Surrender, and An Cat Dubh/Into the Heart.

Songs I would have left out: Angel of Harlem, and everything post-Achtung.

Posted by: Miles_Standish_Proud | August 5, 2009 2:31 PM

ok, I'm a pretty big U2 fan, but mostly disagree with the Paste list - maybe 5 of theirs would make my Top 20, and some would be in my bottom 20. David is absolutely right about #1 being absurd - the sentiment is noble, it is popular, but Pride is a lame song.

Posted by: DC20004 | August 5, 2009 9:03 PM

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