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With their 10th album just announced (Lightning Bolt is due October 15th), Pearl Jam has unleashed the first single from the forthcoming album. “Mind Your Manners” starts with a minimalist yet rich riff reminiscent of “Even Flow” from Ten, the band’s 1991 debut. The song quickly builds to something that could easily have fit on Backspacer, their last studio album, which was a refreshing rocker from a band that had yet to fully emerge from a nearly decade-long rut. This song signals more of a good thing. And I, for one, am quite happy about that.

You can pre-order the album now at pearljam.com or from iTunesicon.

You won’t see me post many clips from Ellen, for the same reason you won’t see clips from The View. However, as a supporter of the Approve 74 campaign in Washington State, and a fan of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, I share this moving performance of “Same Love” from the duo’s new album HeistFind on iTunes Find on Amazon Find on Spotify

If you’re a voter in Washington, please vote to Approve Referendum 74.

Joss Whedon fans, I’m sorry to be the one to tell you this, but he is supporting Mitt Romney for President. The above video gives some solid reasons why Whedon is supporting Whedon. Frankly, it’s hard to argue against him. Though I think I’ll still cast my ballot for Barack Obama; the candidate that does not want the zombie apocalypse.

Shivering Timbers are an Akron, Ohio-based trio fronted by married couple Sarah and Jayson Benn. Discovered by Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys when they performed at his birthday. Auerbach was so enthralled by the band that he produced their debut album.

“Generations” comes from the band’s sophomore release, Sing Sing, available digitally on Amazon.com, iTunes or on CD at shiveringtimbers.com.

I was introduced to yOya by a friend who is involved with Project Snowball, a music sharing community built on the premise of promoting great artists to friends. The duo is from Corvalis, Oregon but relocated to LA where the cities electronic music affected their folk music stylings to create a great mix that is reminiscent of bands like Of Monsters and Men and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes.

Their 2010 debut album Nothing to Die is available on iTunes, Spotify and Amazon.com.

TJ Lang is a douche. Any player/coach who allows eight sacks in one half of football should be embarrassed.

Mr. Lang, you should remind MD Jennings about what to do in a Hail Mary situation: bat the ball down, don’t try to catch it.

The Green Bay Packers lost to the Seattle Seahawks not because of a bad call at the end of the game, but because they didn’t play particularly well.

Gypsy & the Cat, whose debut album Gilgamesh made my Top Albums list in 2011, have released a new song and video from their forthcoming sophomore album. “Sorry” builds on the band’s indie pop sounds and give me a lot of hope for what we’ll hear on their new collection.

Check out the video below.

[via PMA]

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