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When you write a psych-pop ditty called "Revolving Dora" about a dervish chick ("there’s something blurry about that girl, oh yeahhhh") you deserve a high-five for wit. Cue applause, then: Fountains of Wayne return to action on April 3 with the rather remarkable Traffic and Weather. After a weekend’s-worth of in-home spinning (or is that revolving?) I’m here to say it sounds great. You know how catchy their stuff is. You know how poignant their barbs can be. Yep, they’ve got it going on again. Heads up to hackysack fiends; one tune’s called "Planet of Weed."
– Jim Macnie
Graying rappers the Beastie Boys are putting the final touches on their upcoming album. Nothing is known about the release aside from Adam Yauch’s suggestion that it may be out this summer (to coincide with a smattering of concert dates the Beasties have set). It’s hard to predict how this record’s sound will go, without even so much as a title at this point. Might we suggest Hip-Hop’s Not Dead, It’s Just Kind of Tired Because Now It Has Kids To Feed? [Billboard.com]
Woody Allen soon may be spicing things up. Javier Bardem (Collateral, Before Night Falls) told reporters Monday that he and Penelope Cruz are set to appear in a Woody flick that’s set to film this summer in Barcelona. Penelope has the most to gain: if this is good, it can continue the career upswing she’s experiencing, thanks to Volver. But who knows what this project will even be about? Again, we don’t have so much as a title. Might we suggest Anything Else But Another Unfunny Dramedy About White People? [AP/washingtonpost.com]