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by Wyatt Marshall

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As we've mentioned, Scotland's Mogwai released their eighth album, Rave Tapes, earlier this week, and it was also just announced that the Scottish post-rock greats will be playing Coachella this year. That's big news from the Mogwai camp, but they're not done yet -- Mogwai's channeling their heritage and putting out a limited edition Scotch, RockAct81w, named for the next available slot in the Rock Action catalogue. RockAct81w is being produced at the Glenallachie Distillery, which is in Speyside, so expect something with a lighter profile, possibly grassy or sweet. Only 324 bottles are being made, and it will be available on January 28 for £55.

In other booze-related news, big stuff out of South Florida today as Justin Bieber was arrested in Miami this morning and charged with drunken driving, resisting arrest and driving without a valid license when police saw Biebs street racing in a residential area of Miami Beach. Bieber was in a tasteful yellow (banana?) Lamborghini, his opponent a red Ferrari. They were doing 55-60mph in a 30. Despite a litany of legal woes, this is Bieber's first arrest.

Some details from CNN, quoting Miami Police Chief Raymond Martinez:

The officer pulled Bieber's car over, but the singer was "was not cooperating with the officer's instructions," Martinez said.

"At first, he was a little belligerent, using some choice words questioning why he was being stopped and why the officer was even questioning him," he said.

"When he opened up the window and confronted Mr. Bieber, he smelled a strong odor of alcoholic beverage," Martinez said. The officer believed "Bieber may have been impaired."

Bieber failed his sobriety test. Martinez told reporters that Bieber "made some statements that he had consumed some alcohol, and that he had been smoking marijuana and consumed some prescription medication." According to the arrest report, when pulled over, Bieber asked "Why did you stop me?" and when the arresting officer asked Bieber to exit the vehicle, Bieber asked "Why the fuck are you doing this?" You can read the whole report, with a lot more "What the fuck"s and an "I ain't got no fucking weapons" over at Gawker and video of the arrest is below (via TMZ)

CNN notes that two SUVs blocked the road so Bieber could race, bringing to mind a potential Bieber Fast and Furious casting. South Florida police are also investigating a report that police officers escorted Bieber's caravan between strip clubs in Miami over the weekend without authorization. Back in LA, LA police executed a felony search warrant on Bieber's house, seizing Bieber's iPhone and security camera system in an investigation into who threw eggs at Bieber's neighbor's house. Somehow, the eggs did $20k in damage.

Read about more of Bieber's legal troubles over at CNN, including the one where a neighbor accused Bieber of spitting in his face.

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by Wyatt Marshall

Metallica at The Apollo in September (more by PSquared Photography)

Justin Bieber is on the record as a Metallica fan, and he gave a shout out to Metallica classics "One" and "Fade to Black" in particular in a GQ profile last year. "Those are my jams," Bieber said. In case anyone doubted him, crying "False!" a video of Biebs singing the guitar solo to "Fade to Black" hit Youtube a couple of weeks ago. You can watch the video below.

Metallica was recently asked in an interview with Q magazine if the feeling for their fellow artist's work was mutual. It is, sort of.

When asked if Metallica are Beliebers, James Hetfield replied, "Are we believers? Yes." Lars Ulrich qualified Hetfield's response, asking:

Is it possible to have respect for him without being a Belieber? I think the kid's really talented and obviously to go through what he's going through at that early age must be a mindfuck. So the fact that he still goes out there and does it, I admire that and I think he's super talented, so I guess I am kind of a Belieber. If he likes "One," and Liam Gallagher likes him, OK, there you go.
Bassist/wildman Robert Trujillo had some ominous words for Bieber: "As long as he stays out of trouble, I'll be a Belieber," he said.

Metallica's manager, Peter Mensch, is not a Belieber. He has reportedly warned Bieber that his off-stage antics would ruin his career. Mensch called Bieber and his manager Scooter Braun out in UK tabloid, The Sun, earlier this year, saying "His manager Scooter Braun is scared s***less," that Bieber will go off the deep end. He continued, "I don't know what Bieber's problem is. His career is over in three years anyway."

"I'd take Bieber to the woodshed and spank him," Mensch added. Shot across the bow.

In other Metallica news, Lars Ulrich spoke with Entertainment Weekly about what it was like to work with Lou Reed and to pay tribute to the departed legend. Reed and Metallica released Lulu together on Halloween in 2011. Here's an excerpt of Lars's interview with Entertainment Weekly, in which he talks about meeting Reed before the 2009 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th anniversary show, when Reed and Metallica first worked together:

A day or two before the festivities, we were in a rehearsal room somewhere in midtown and he walked in and didn't say a whole lot. He turned on his guitar and started complaining about everybody being too loud, and this was wrong, and that was wrong, and it was like, 'Ah! His reputation proceeds him!' Like they didn't send a doppelgänger--it really was him. He just cursed and complained and was annoyed for the next hour. We started fiddling around a little bit, and at some point we just had a conversation that was like, 'Hang on, let's just talk.' So we talked, and I was like, 'Listen, let's find a way to make this work.' And then somehow he thawed, and for the rest of the day it was beautiful. I can't remember exactly what was said, though the other guys thought I was at my diplomatic best...

So he let his guard down, and when he let his guard down then it was totally cool. Over the course of the sound check and the gig, it got better and better and we connected more and more. Eventually we realized we were long lost soul mates in terms of attitudes and ways of looking at the world. By the time we were done at Madison Square Garden, he asked if we could make a record. It really went that quickly. As we were leaving the elevator in the bowels of Madison Square Garden, he asked me--he didn't ask me even, he said to me, 'Let's make a record together.' And I said, 'That's great Lou, that sounds fantastic,' not thinking anything would ever come of it. But he called like two weeks later! That kind of purity and that kind of follow through and that complete f--ing lack of bulls-- was so unusual and so refreshing.

Read the rest of Lars's interview about Lou over at Entertainment Weekly and check out Bieber's Metallica "cover" below...

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"Every time I mention I like her or Justin
on Twitter though I lose like 20 followers," - Grimes

DOWNLOAD: Doldrums - She is the Wave (MP4)

Grimes at MHOW, 10/25/2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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There is no doubt Grimes has had an amazing, perhaps overwhelming, year, selling out four 600-capacity nights in NYC recently to her album Visions ending up on many Best Albums of 2012 lists (like Rough Trade Shops, NME and Fred Armisen's). But what did Claire Boucher pick as her favorite albums of the year? We asked her and you can check out what she told us below.

She cheated a bit though, listing her tour-mates and Arbutus Records label-mate Doldrums' Lesser Evil as her #1, which doesn't actually come out till February 23, 2013, but if it's a list of what she heard in 2012 then we'll let it slide. You can download a track from that Doldrums album above or stream it below along with its music video.

Check out Grimes Top 10 (plus one more, actually) of 2012, which includes both Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift and possibly some inside jokes (we're just printing what she gave us), and that Doldrums song, below.

Continue reading "Grimes' Top 10 LPs of 2012 --- includes Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber & Doldrums' 2013 LP (stream a track)"