Quick Hits: Pearl Jam, Nine Inch Nails, Janelle Monae, AFI, will.i.am & Pharrell Williams, Pixies
June 28, 2013

Pearl Jam (Photo: Jim Rinaldi)
If reports from Australian radio station Triple M are accurate, then Pearl Jam is set to release a new song in July called "Mind Your Manners." "We just heard the new Pearl Jam song 'Mind Your Manners' from the upcoming album and what a cracking 3-minute beauty it is," the station is quoted as saying, via Revolt TV. "You'll wet your pants over this. Think 'Spin the Black Circle.' Short, sharp, hard and loud… If it's any indication of the album that's to come (rumored October release), the guys have picked up where they left Backspacer and added turbo charging." Pearl Jam's website does not confirm any of this news as of yet. For now, the band has only two shows on the books: July 16 in Ontario, Canada and July 19 in Chicago.

Nine Inch Nails has unleashed the video for "Came Back Haunted" on VEVO.com. "Came Back Haunted" is the lead single from Nine Inch Nails' new full-length album, Hesitation Marks, which Columbia Records will release on September 3. The clip is directed by David Lynch and it marks the first collaboration between Lynch and Trent Reznor since 1997's Lost Highway soundtrack. You can see the trippy clip here.

Janelle Monáe has set September 10 as the release date for her long-awaited sophomore album, The Electric Lady. The album will feature appearances from Prince, Miguel, and Erykah Badu, who appears on the lead single, "Q.U.E.E.N."

AFI has signed with Republic Records for the release of their ninth studio album, which is due in the fall. The album was produced by Gil Norton at East West Studios in Los Angeles. "We are thrilled to be joining the Republic family," said singer Davey Havok in a press release. “We've spent over two years realizing this album and could not be more excited to share it with all." The band has unleashed some teaser videos for the new album via its website,

Earlier this week it was reported that Will.i.am is taking legal action against Pharrell Williams over the latter's new creative brand "i am OTHER," with Will saying it is too similar to his own "I AM" logo. Now, Will's attorney, Ken Hertz, said that his client is not suing Pharrell, but is engaging in a "run-of-the-mill trademark procedure" in order to "defend trademarks that have been registered and that [will.i.am] has used widely and continuously for many years," according to Rolling Stone. However, Pharrell's lawyer, Brad Rose, countered with his own statement, which reads: "The plain truth is that Will has obstructed every overture made by Pharrell to amicably resolve this matter and has steadfastly refused to engage in a dialogue. Will and his trademark counsel have instituted no less than eight cases against Pharrell in the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and have also threatened on more than one occasion to sue Pharrell for trademark infringement in Federal District Court for damages and an injunction. All of this because Will misguidedly believes that he has the sole right to the words I AM in commerce, notwithstanding the myriad of I Am compound trademarks that coexist on the trademark register and in the marketplace."

Pixies have unveiled their first new song since 2004. The track, called "Bagboy," can be heard along with its video on YouTube. "The lyrics, coincidentally, were composed at a Starbucks Coffee in Harvard Square in Cambridge, about a hundred feet from where, 25 years ago, I composed some of the lyrics to an old Pixies song called 'Break My Body,'" singer Black Francis said about the new tune. "The music for the song has been around for a few years. There are some demos I made with Joey and David a few years ago in Los Angeles, related to a film idea that still has yet to see the light of day, although work on the music continued." Bassist Kim Deal, who recently announced her exit from the influential indie-rockers, sings back-up on the track as well.

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