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Lil Wayne drops an official video for “Mirror” featuring Bruno Mars, off his latest album “Carter IV”. Enjoy.

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The Mars Volta have announced their sixth album, Noctourniquet, which should be hitting stores on March 27th. This endeavor is the newest set of tracks released from the band since they released their last album, Octahedron, in 2009. As with previous Mars Volta albums, the music was composed by Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and is very dramatic and is very much a musical journey. Apparently, this new album is inspired by many different elements including ’80s UK alt-rockers The Godfathers, Superman comic nemesis Solomon Grundy, and the Greek myth of Hyacinthus.

Right now, it is not very clear how this announcement fits into the commitments made by Bixler-Zavala and Rodiquez-Lopez. Their previous band, At The Drive-In, recently announced that they are reuniting after a 11 year hiatus to play Coachella and more.

The track listing for Noctourniquet is as follows:

  1. The Whip Hand
  2. Aegis
  3. Dyslexicon
  4. Empty Vessels Make the Loudest Sound
  5. The Malkin Jewel
  6. Lapochka
  7. In Absentia
  8. Imago
  9. Molochwalker
  10. Trinkets Pale of Moon
  11. Vedamalady
  12. Noctourniquet
  13. Zed and Two Naughts

Love Femi Kuti and his father’s work.

Femi Kuti plays "Africa for Africa" for La Blogotheque.

We’ve been keeping our watchful eye on the Grammys, because for every snub (Kanye’sMBDTF??) and bunk nomination (Bruno Mars??), there are stories of well-deserved recognition that straight up warm our hearts. For his underdog Album of the Year nomination, Bon Iver becomes this year’s Arcade Fire, right down to the hilarious reaction blog that pays homage to the original.

On a more serious, less Internet-A.D.D.-related note: we’re also stoked on Femi Kuti’sAfrica for Africa, nominated for best world music album at the 2012 Grammys. Femi carries the torch for his father, Fela Kuti, an innovator and a figurehead for Afrobeat music as well as a dedicated political activist. We were recently directed toward this excellent performance of “Africa for Africa,” filmed by La Blogotheque on a rooftop in Paris. It’s an excellent introduction to Femi’s passionate approach to politics in…

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