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Quick Hits: Foo Fighters, Led Zeppelin, Beastie Boys, Sweethearts 2014 compilation, Portlandia, The Faces
December 11, 2013

Foo Fighters

The Foo Fighters will play their first full concerts in more than a year this week in Mexico, so the band decided to play a tiny warm-up show at Rock & Roll Pizza in Moorpark, CA earlier this week. The Foos offered a 23-song set at the pizza shop, including "Learn to Fly," "White Limo," and "Arlandria." The band will play shows tonight and Friday night at Foro Sol in Mexico City, and they will begin recording a new album next year.

Spotify has struck a deal for the Led Zeppelin catalog, meaning that the band's full catalog of music will be available to stream online for the first time, exclusively on Spotify. Led Zeppelin's first two albums will be available there starting today (12/11), with the rest rolling out by a few albums per day for the remainder of the week. The whole catalog will be online by December 15.

The flap over toymaker GoldieBlox's use of the Beastie Boys' hit "Girls" without permission in a recent ad continues, as the B-Boys' camp has filed a countersuit against GoldieBlox. The suit claims that the re-recorded version of "Girls" does not fall under fair use and says the company "has acted intentionally and despicably with oppression, fraud, and malice toward the Beastie Boys Parties." The suit claims that GoldieBlox has parodied other songs without asking permission in the past, and demands that all profits from the ad campaign are awared to the Beasties. Late last month, the founders of GoldieBlox wrote an open letter to the Beasties camp, saying they were "eady to stop the lawsuit as long as this means we will no longer be under threat from your legal team."

On February 4, Hear Music/Concord Music and Starbucks will release Sweethearts 2014, their fifth compilation of romantic cover songs. The new collection will feature 13 tracks by artists such as Beck, Jim James, Vampire Weekend, Sharon Jones and Fiona Apple. The physical version of the album will be sold only at Starbucks, while a digital copy will be available via Concord Music Group.

A huge lineup of guest stars will be appearing on IFC's Portlandia when the show returns for its fourth season on February 27. The sketch comedy series will feature guest appearances from TV on the Radio's Tunde Adebimpe, Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme, Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, former Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan and St. Vincent's Annie Clark, among other musicians. 

Rod Stewart confirmed in an interview with WZLX/Boston that The Faces will reunite as a live band after Ron Wood concludes his next tour with the Rolling Stones. "We're earmarking 2015," said Stewart, as the year marks the 40th anniversary of the band's breakup. Stewart last brought his fellow Faces onstage at a Wembley Stadium show in 1986, but missed the band's 2012 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame due to a bout with strep throat.

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