Call It a Comeback: New Music From All Your Nostalgic Favorites

Check out six of this week's returns, reissues, and reunion album announcements.

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Among the steady stream of new music that's come out so far in (*Arcade Fire voice*) the month of May, this week brought returns, reissues, and comebacks from some sorely missed artists.

Take a look at six of this week's releases from musical vets who have either returned after spending time out of the public eye, or are simply reinventing their sound.

1. Phantom Planet - "Balisong"

The LA-based indie rock band popularized for writing The OC's theme song are back with a new single, "Balisong," inspired by lead singer Alex Greenwald's obsession with a butterfly knife. This is the "California" group's first new music since their excellent 2008 album, Raise the Dead, the follow-up to 2004's underrated self-titled. Phantom Planet has a new album in the works, but haven't announced an official release date yet. It's safe to say that "Balisong" is a promising preview of what is shaping up to be a tremendous reunion record.

2. Tool - "Descending" and "Invisible" (Not Officially Released)

Tool debuted their first new music in over a decade during their headlining set at Welcome To Rockville. The prog rockers played two new songs, "Descending' and "Invisible," from their upcoming new album. They also officially confirmed the release date for the anticipated new LP, which we now know is due out August 30th, but they haven't disclosed any other details.

3. Blink 182 - "Blame it On My Youth"

The San Diego pop-punk veterans (minus Tom DeLonge, who is trying to prove once and for all that Aliens DO exist as well as releasing new music with Angels & Airwaves) are back with a slightly different sound in a new song called "Blame it On My Youth." This is the first glimpse at their forthcoming album, which is supposed to sound "a lot more aggressive," according to what Mark said in an interview with NME. The three-piece –– made up of Mark Hoppus, Travis Barker, and Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba –– are set to go on tour with Lil Wayne this summer.

4. Silversun Pickups - "Freakazoid"

Last month, Silversun Pickups shared the first single, "It Doesn't Matter Why," off of their upcoming album, Widow's Weeds, the follow-up to 2014's Better Nature. This week, the "Lazy Eye" musicians are sharing another glimpse of the album with a slow-burning new track called "Freakazoid." The band's new LP will be released June 7 via New Machine Recordings.

5. Michael Stipe - "Your Capricious Soul" and "Drive to the Ocean" (Not Officially Released)

R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe previewed new material while opening for Patti Smith. During the performance, he played three new tracks –– "Your Capricious Soul," "Drive to the Ocean," and an untitled track.

6. Brian Eno with Daniel Lanois and Roger Eno - "Like I Was A Spectator"

Brian Eno announced that he will be reissuing and expanding the album he made with Daniel Lanois and his brother Roger Eno, "Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks," for the 50th anniversary of the Apollo II moon landing. This will include 11 new tracks, which will comprise a new album entitled For All Mankind. They promoted the new release with the video for one of the new tracks called "Like I Was A Spectator," which features rare NASA footage. The remastered edition (including the new album) is out July 19th.

Sara is a music and culture writer.

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At the ripe age of 15, I would have bet my life savings (literally tens of dollars) that The O.C. was going to fail. Now, I can't hear Phantom Planet without re-falling in love with my 10th grade crush. (You know who you are.) (Actually you don't. I never told you.) (You're now married, I think?) (Your wife sucks.)

August 5th, 2013—yesterday, to be exact—marks the ten year anniversary of the first episode of The O.C.—also known as the debut of the best line in TV history.

On August 2nd, 2003—3 days before the premiere of The O.C. for you math nuts—I was lucky enough to attend the Teen Choice Awards. The cast of The O.C., which was full of unknowns, was also there. They looked like this:

Cast of O.C.


"Look at those beautiful assholes," thought I. "That show's going to be boring as f*ck." For the record, I didn't curse as a kid, but it's fun to pretend you're a badass sometimes.

Here are some things that interested me way more at the 2003 Teen Choice Awards than those sun-kissed fools:

1. My idol, Hilary Duff.

My thoughts at the time: "We're rocking the same partial crimp!"


2. My favorite couple, Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson

My thoughts at the time: "They'll last longer than any drama about some random county."


3. My favorite athlete, Tara Lipinsky

My thoughts at the time: "I hope I look that good when I'm 21—that's roughly 85 in gymnast years."


4. My crush, probably

My thoughts at the time: "I don't know who this is, but I probably would have licked his baby blue fedora."

Stevie Brock


5. My imaginary BFF, Lindsay Lohan

My thoughts at the time: "This girl is going places. Like my birthday party... I wish."


6. My imaginary Male BFF, David Gallagher

My thoughts at the time: "We could totally relate on important teen issues like nimples (nose pimples)."


7. My favorite singer, Justin Guarini

My thoughts at the time: "A full-blown movie star!" (Look whose name is billed first in From Justin to Kelly, folks.)

(Fun Fact: I have seen this movie over 13 times and lived to tell the tale.)


8. The source of all my jealousy, Amanda Bynes

My thoughts at the time: "I would give my aforementioned life savings to trade lives with her for just one second."


9. The source of all my fear, Amy Lee from Evanescence

My thoughts at the time: "Black clothes and hair frighten me." (These are my thoughts today, too.)


10. Ellen Degeneres

My thoughts at the time: "Love her."


Needless to say, I was wrong about a lot of these people, and I was wrong about The O.C., which eventually won me over. I should mention that I attended a private high school in Los Angeles that was very similar to The Harbor School. There were less themed dances, but everyone and their mom—especially their mom—did yoga-lates. Even if you weren't in high school though, The O.C. managed to woo you in spite of yourself. I watched religiously with my mother (who incidentally continues to swear by yoga-lates) 'til the bitter end.*

Maybe I didn't end up with my high school crush, but The O.C. made me believe in the power of a first love. If Summer can fall in love with Seth, then my high school crush could fall in love with someone as BA as me.

(Fun fact #2: An episode of The O.C. was playing faintly in the background during my first serious necking sesh. I won't reveal which episode, that's for me and the other person to know. Let me have my Carly Simon secret.**)

Thank you, The O.C.

*Fine, just until Marissa died.

**Fine, "The SnO.C."