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On Tuesday Michael Jackson will release a 25th-anniversary edition of it. The expanded CD/DVD package will include the original nine-song album, one unreleased track from the original sessions, and five reworkings with contributions from contemporary artists that range from innocuous to downright damaging.

Associating with will.i.am, Fergie, Akon, and Kanye West is meant to lend Jackson credibility with today's urban music fans, but adding modern flourishes to a record like "Thriller" doesn't do anything to improve it. If anything, it diminishes the one unblemished chapter of Jackson's creative life. [The Boston Globe]

Further diminishment: that commercial with the dancing lizards.

DOWNLOAD: Band of Horses - Is There a Ghost (MP3)

Band of Horses

In a phone interview last week, Bridwell said the more-holistic-than-thou response didn’t surprise him. He was wary from the start about the Wal-Mart deal, which at first was for a Web site (which no longer seems to be functioning) and later called for a TV commercial for the store.

“I called my family, talked to my girlfriend about it, talked to the guys in the band and decided it’s no big deal,” he said. “We tested it with that Web site thing that I figured nobody would really even see. But in the Internet age, you can’t do anything without someone catching wind of it.”

“Some fans, they don’t even give a crap. They’re like, ‘Whatever, bands got to get paid.’ But at the same time, I was reluctant to do it in the back of my mind, and some fans reminded me there is a reason to feel that way about it,” Bridwell said. “So once I saw our fans were let down by it, I nixed the TV commercial, and said, ‘You know what, this isn’t for me. Keep your money.’” [InForum] (thx Chris)

The latest BOH tour dates below....

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Kevin Drew & Feist

Gothamist: Broken Social Scene’s music has been featured on movies and TV shows. Have you licensed any of your songs for advertising?

Kevin Drew: No, we turned down a lot, a lot of commercials. And you have to understand that this was the last move we could make when we were starting out as a band, in terms of sort of making some kind of statement that we didn’t want to be an advertisement. But now, even compared to two years ago, it’s just completely different. There used to be a textbook you had to follow to be an independent band but that doesn’t even exist anymore.

Commercials are now the new mainstream radio and there’s not even an element of anyone suspecting a band is selling out anymore when you go and do commercials. That is now the way for you to get your music out there, that is the way for people to hear your music and purchase your records; it is the strongest force for getting your music out, which is fucking crazy! But it’s not my battle, you know. I think a lot of bands have been foolish about it and put their songs in really stupid commercials and I think a lot of people have been very smart about it and put their songs in very good spots.

Broken Social Scene (and very special guests) perform Kevin Drew's "Spirit If" (and other songs) at Webster Hall in NYC tonight (Nov 14, 2007).

DOWNLOAD: Orba Squara - Perfect Timing This Morning (MP3)

Orba SquaraNot quite famous, but getting there - Mitch Davis' band Orba Squara is now best known for the song "Perfect Timing This Morning". That's because it appears in an iPhone commercial -- well, some of it....

"I wasn't allowed to tell anybody it was happening," Davis tells Billboard.com of the period prior to the commercial's debut. "I didn't even know for sure that the song really was going to be featured until I saw it myself." Unfortunately for Davis, the ad ends before his delicate vocals come in. "I would have liked for people to hear the whole song how it is, of course, but I'd rather it this way than not at all," he says. [Billboard]
Download the whole track above. The whole album Sunshyness is out October 9th. Listen even more at their MySpace. See them at and during CMJ. Those dates, and some videos, below....

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