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Music News: Minimoog synthesizer to return

Moog Music has announced the return of the Minimoog Model D, originally produced from 1970 to 1981. “Pilot-production” models are going on sale at this weekend’s Moogfest in Durham, N.C. (Pitchfork) The Minimoog was a staple of prog rock by groups like Emerson, Lake & Palmer; it was used on Kraftwerk’s classic Autobahn and the first four albums by Gary Numan.

Saints honor Prince

The St. Paul Saints are honoring Prince with this year’s mascot pig — who’s named Little Red Porkette. “Little Red Porkette will make the women swoon and the men want to be him,” the team said in a statement. (Pioneer Press)

Today’s punk beef

Johnny Rotten (a.k.a. John Lydon) of the Sex Pistols has criticized Joe Corré’s plan to burn millions of dollars worth of punk memorabilia. Corré, the son of Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren and the founder of a lingerie line, plans to burn his personal memorabilia collection in protest of the U.K.’s “Year of Punk” celebration. “If you’re going to destroy £5 million worth of anything,” says Lydon, “isn’t it better to sell it and give the money to charity? You selfish f—ing lingerie expert. Why don’t you burn your own bra?” (NME)

David Byrne announces new musical

Following on the success of his 2013 “disco operetta” Here Lies Love (written about Imelda Marcos), David Byrne will debut a new musical. Saint Joan, which will take the format of a rock concert, tells the story of Joan of Arc. The new show will open on Feb. 14, 2017 at the Public Theater in New York. (New York Times)

Kesha’s back on Billboard bill

Kesha will be allowed to perform at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday after all — after previously having been denied permission by her label, with which she is at legal odds. Dr. Luke’s Kemosabe Records says it revoked permission “when Kemosabe learned Kesha was to use the performance as a platform to discuss the litigation” between Kesha and Luke. “Now that Kemosabe has obtained assurances, that it is relying upon, from Kesha, her representatives and Dick Clark Productions that neither Kesha nor her supporters will use the performance as such a platform, the approval has been restored.” (Billboard)

On Wednesday night on Los Angeles, Kesha joined Ben Folds on stage to perform “It Ain’t Me, Babe” — a Bob Dylan song she had planned to perform at the Billboard Music Awards. (Billboard)

Monks on vinyl

Newbury Comics is offering a limited-edition white vinyl pressing of the Monks‘ Black Monk Time. The seminal garage-rockers’ Gary Burger later went on to become mayor of Turtle River, Minn.

Get Misty

Father John Misty has released a new song on SoundCloud — because “why not,” he wrote in posting “Real Love Baby.” (Rolling Stone)

James Iha to score James Franco flick

James Iha, who recently reunited with the Smashing Pumpkins, is writing the score for a James Franco remake of the 1996 Lifetime movie Mother, May I Sleep With Danger? As Pitchfork reports, “The original was about a mother who becomes suspicious of her daughter’s new boyfriend; it’s now a lesbian vampire drama, because Franco does what he wants.” The new movie will premiere — on Lifetime, of course — on June 18.

Courtney Barnett cuts SNL promos

Saturday Night Live has posted footage of Courtney Barnett recording promos for her forthcoming appearance on the show, which will be hosted by Fred Armisen. Watch the video at Pitchfork.

Hey Barcelona, it’s your birthday

“In Da Club” hitmaker 50 Cent takes us “in da hostel” in a new ad for Hostelworld. (Billboard)