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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Leanne's Winning Runway Song?

posted by on October 16 at 12:14 PM

Watching the show last night, my guess was maybe something by YACHT, what with the Portland thing and the stuttering acoustic guitar edits, but it turns out that Project Runway winner Leanne's runway song was made by her equally hipster dorky bf, Nathan W. McKee. It's called "Cookie Breath," and you can hear an edit of it here.


Friday, May 2, 2008

Miss! Rap! Supreme!

posted by on May 2 at 1:36 PM

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Is anyone else lightly obsessed with Ego Trip's Miss Rap Supreme, the MC Serch-hosted reality show on VH1?

And if so, does anyone else have the since-dismissed Khia's stupid battle rap—hinging on the repeated phrase "You better RESPECT! ME!"—stuck in their head 22 hours a day?

In other news, have you listened to Third Bass's The Cactus Album lately? It's delightful!


Monday, April 28, 2008

Because You're Not Doing Anything Important Anyway...

posted by on April 28 at 12:41 PM

Check out this blog's list of 10 great moments of Punk Rock on TV, including Fear's SNL performance (featuring a very young Ian Mackaye), the Sex Pistols on The Today Show, the Ramones on The Simpsons, and members of the New York hardcore scene appearing as guests on Donahue circa 1986 ("I dunno how some dude in a $300 dollar suit can know what hardcore is about when it comes from your heart."). It comes with clips of everything too, so you can waste a good half an hour watching history.

Not mentioned, the Cramps on 90210 (they played a Halloween party at the Peach Pit, sadly I couldn't find video...), and the many GG Allin talk-show appearances. For example, here he is on Springer, when Springer was still trying to have class.


Monday, April 21, 2008

I Missed Last Night's Rock of Love Reunion Show

posted by on April 21 at 4:12 PM

But I don't really need to now that this video made it up on YouTube:

"Whatever, Stevie Nicks!"


Saturday, April 19, 2008

Apropos of Midnight

posted by on April 19 at 12:06 AM

The phrase "I'm good" (I just watched someone on an insurance commercial offer a dirty old futon to his friend, who in turn replied, "I'm good") is marvelous: it's so positive-sounding, so affirmative, so happy and accepting, and yet the only thing it ever means is "no."


Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Meatloaf? Tiffany? In a Cell Phone Commercial?

posted by on April 15 at 11:56 AM

Yes and yes and yes.


Monday, April 14, 2008

He Picked Ambre, He Picked Ambre! Thank the Fucking Lord Daisy Didn't Win!

posted by on April 14 at 3:53 PM

For the three other readers of Line Out who give a shit about Rock of Love (I can't turn away from VH1's reality clusterfucks):

Aren't you so fucking happy that Daisy didn't win!?

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Me too!

Ambre's a whole different kind of annoying, but at least she's not Daisy. Shudder. I can't stand Daisy.

The point of this post though, is to point out that Bret Michaels indeed does NOT wear a wig, like I had assumed all season. In a recent interview with the AP:

AP: What are you hiding under that bandanna?

Michaels: My hair is combined of my hair and the finest extensions Europe has to offer. I do the show without it on all the time and they wont film me. They are like, "Put your bandanna back on. It is your image." It is my signature thing.


Monday, April 7, 2008

MTV's Rock the Cradle is a Bigger Trainwreck Than American Idol

posted by on April 7 at 4:22 PM

MTV's newest competitive reality show is basically the same thing as American Idol--some young singer wannabes perform every week for a panel of judges, the singer with the highest score wins immunity, America votes for their favorites of the remaining acts, the kid with the lowest score gets booted, and in the end the "best" performer gets a major label record deal.

But it's even better than American Idol, and here's why: These performers are not just some random people off the street thinking they can sing better than anyone in their town, these are the kids of famous musicians and singers.

Dee Snyder's kid is on it (with more make-up than his dad), Olivia Newton-John's puffy lipped daughter is on it (and she wants so bad to be Amy Winehouse), MC Hammer's daughter is one it (and she's not awful, actually), Al B-Sure's kid is on it... And none of them can really sing, yet they perform for a live audience, their famous parents, and four judges including Belinda Carslile and Larry Rudolf (yeah, Britney Spear's ex-manager). They get scored on a scale of 1-10; Larry is the Simon of the bunch, Belinda is the more-coherent Paula. The other two judges are people I've never heard off--one's a stylist and one's a choreographer. Or something.

It premiered last Thursday on MTV, and I've watched it in re-runs twice since. I can't not watch it when it's on. The first night's assignment was to sing a song that reminded them of their parents. When Bobby Brown's kid, Landon Brown, sang Seal's "Crazy" (fitting), he got some low scores (7.5, 5.0, 7.5, 6.5). His performance was flat, boring, the usual problems that plague amateurs. He played to the audience more than he sang the song. Rudolph said he had a problem with the song's runs and pitch, the choreographer dude said some stuff about how he has big shoes to fill and he performance is key. But the "Ouch" moment came when the show's host (a low-rent Ryan Seacrest) asked Daddy what he thought.

"I accept what they say," he said.

"You liked his performance?" asked the host.

"I love him."

Zing.

You can watch the full episode at MTV.com. Do it. Please do it.


Tuesday, March 25, 2008

The Who Are Gonna Get Rock Honored

posted by on March 25 at 4:26 PM

Says AP:

NEW YORK - VH1 holds The Who in such high regard that the rock group is the only act being honored at its upcoming Rock Honors.

Now in its third year, the Rock Honors typically celebrate a handful of momentous rock groups and artists: previous honorees have included ZZ Top, Genesis, Kiss and Queen.

But this year, only the Who will be celebrated during the two-hour broadcast, to be taped July 12 in Los Angeles and aired on the network July 17. The group, which now consists surviving members Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend, is due to perform along with other acts who will pay tribute to the legendary band.

Rock Honors, by the way, is responsible for this:

That dude from Nickelback bugs me.

Traditionally, bands come in and play songs by the artist being honored. Who do you think should cover what song? I wouldn't mind seeing Arcade Fire take a stab at "Baba O'Riley."


Monday, March 24, 2008

Tonight in... Tragic Former Pop Stars Guest Starring on CBS Sitcoms...

posted by on March 24 at 5:43 PM

Britney Spears will be on How I Met Your Mother tonight, playing the part of a receptionist in a dermatologist's office. She will not be singing, she'll be acting. And trying to be funny.

A preview:

It's on at 8:30 pm, if you're into watching possible train wrecks.

Yo! MTV Raps Returns

posted by on March 24 at 12:53 PM

For one month.

Via Idolator:


To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Yo! MTV Raps, MTV is bringing the show back "on the air and online" next month--but only next month--and the party will include classic clips, interviews with Fab 5 Freddy, Ed Lover, and Doctor Dre, and rare pictures.


Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Franz Ferdinand in the News, Every Night

posted by on March 12 at 11:32 AM

Is it just me or does CNN play the riff from Franz Ferdinand's "This Fire"--not the lyrics, just that impossible-to-mistake refraining chord progression--on Anderson Cooper 360 when they need background noise?

It's surprising every time.


Monday, February 11, 2008

Kanye's "Stronger" Performance

posted by on February 11 at 12:41 AM

Missed Kanye's performance of "Stronger" at the Grammys? Here it is (at least until the video gets yanked):


Sunday, February 10, 2008

Liveblogging the Grammys

posted by on February 10 at 7:45 PM

Got something to say about the Grammys? Leave comments in the screen above and I'll publish the good ones (and maybe even the bad ones)!


Friday, February 8, 2008

The Grammys Are On Sunday--I'm Watching So You Don't Have To!

posted by on February 8 at 5:24 PM

8 pm, channel 7. I'm going to be Liveblogging the Grammy's. Because I'm a glutton for punishment, but I'm also really curious to see what goes down (will Michael Jackson be there?).

The full list of nominations is here.

I'm going to scream if Amy Winehouse wins anything and be shocked if Justice wins anything (only because they're up against Justin Timberlake in "Best Dance Recording" and LCD Soundsytem in "Best Dance Album").

Who do you think is winning what? Or, do you even care who wins what? Also, how did "Hey There Delilah" get nominated for anything??

These questions will be answered Sunday night. So if you find yourself watching the Grammy's, log on to Line Out and join me while I throw fits/celebrate, gawk at the live performances, and make fun of people's outfits.


Monday, January 28, 2008

The Great Debate: Sagging

posted by on January 28 at 12:48 PM

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Got nothing to do today but sit around and watch daytime television… like you do every day? Well today is an extra special day for the Dr. Phil show. Instead of interrogating a 12 year old on national television about molesting his sister, or badgering a couple about their spending habits, today Dr. Phil welcomes the Ying Yang Twins for a debate on pants sagging. No foolsies. On the other side of the debate are founders of the Hip-Hop Government organization, Rev. Al Sharpton and Dallas Deputy Pro Tem Mayor Dwaine Caraway. Yeah, that’s a fair fight, Al Sharpton versus the guys who got famous for whispering “Wait’ll you see my dick.” I can already hear the Twins’ plea: “You see, when you’re trying to beat that pussy up, it helps if your pants are already almost off.”

Channel 5, 3:00pm.


Tuesday, January 15, 2008

"I'd Rather People Focus on Hard to Swallow (Plug, Plug)"

posted by on January 15 at 2:13 PM

Against Me! has a new video for the song "Stop" from last year's New Wave. It's good and all, a music video, whatever. The dude from Dillinger Four is in it, but the ending scene, where they beat the shit out of the TV and the television set reminded me of a classic moment on MTV.

John Stewart (pre-Daily Show days), Janeane Garofalo, Chris Kattan, and Denis Leary were counting down the "25 lamest videos" and retiring them from ever being shown on the "music" channel ever again. Vanilla Ice was invited to the studio to retire his hit "Ice Ice, Baby." This was when he was pimping his new "hardcore" band Hard to Swallow. He was supposed to smash the tape. He wasn't supposed to smash the set, the bowl of popcorn, and (almost) John Stewart.


Monday, January 14, 2008

"Dad. Now Look Cool. It's Hammerjack."

posted by on January 14 at 10:40 AM

I watched Serial Mom this weekend, the John Waters flick starring Kathleen Turner as a mom who goes around beating people to death with meat, setting dudes on fire at rock shows, and making obscene phone calls to old ladies.

I love this movie. I haven't seen this movie since the early '90s, and I never knew until this weekend that the band that is playing during one of my favorite scenes is L7 playing the song "Gas Chamber." During the rock club scene she kills a dude during a band's set (he didn't buckle his seatbelt, you see, he had to be punished). She drops a light rig on him and then sets him on fire with a lighter and hairspray. Donita Sparks spits more alcohol on him while he flails around, burning to death. It's hilarious.

In the movie L7 is called the Camel Lips (appropriate, with their tight stretchpants and all). The club is called Hammerjack. And yeah, that's Ricki Lake and Matthew Lillard as her kids.

(Excuse the subtitles.)


Saturday, December 1, 2007

Blake, KJ, BT, the Roots - Ludacris

posted by on December 1 at 3:00 AM

Blake Lewis keyboardist, Kent Halvorsen (middle), sends us this pic of Blake and his band, A.D.D., with Ludacris.

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And a list of upcoming t.v. appearances where you can see Blake Lewis and A.D.D. perform:

Tuesday Dec. 4th. - Tacoma Dome. Album release.

Thursday Dec. 6th - Early Show

Friday Dec. 7th - Regis and Kelly

Monday Dec. 10th - Ellen (this might be a pre recorded show, aired the next day?)

Monday Dec. 31st.- Fox New Years Eve Special from Times Square. (90% locked.)

Lewis was in Shoreline’s London Bridge Studio with drummer KJ Sawka and electronic music producer, remixer, artist, BT - Brian Transeau. (Video shot by Ethan Newberry.) :


BT has been called the "Father of Trance" for his pioneering in the trance genre. He’s known in production circles for his signature technique, the stutter edit, also known as the BT stutter. Using granular synthesis, he breaks apart sounds into tiny pieces and rearranges them to create chaotic and digitally blurred points.

BT’s worked with Tori Amos, Peter Gabriel, and David Bowie. (And um, Britney and NSync.) He also created the film scores for Zoolander, The Fast and the Furious, and Blade 2, where he collaborated with the Roots.

Here he is with the Roots on Carson Daly doing the song, called “Tao of the Machine.” His keyboard stand is on some kind of hinge joint and he swings it forward. It’s not broken, it’s just filthy.

Godamn, this is hot:


Monday, November 26, 2007

O Say Can You See....

posted by on November 26 at 2:27 PM

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This seems weird, but I'm not exactly sure why:

VINCE NEIL TO SING NATIONAL ANTHEM TONIGHT AT ESPN MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL GAME IN PITTSBURGH: Motley Crue front man Vince Neil will be performing the National Anthem tonight when the Pittsburgh Steelers host the Miami Dolphins at Heinz Field for ESPN's Monday Night Football. The game will begin at 8:30pm Eastern/5:30pm Pacific with Vince's performance of the Anthem taking place just prior to kickoff.

I'm sure it'll be on YouTube tomorrow should you miss it tonight.


Thursday, November 15, 2007

Do You Like The Office? Do You Like Darryl? Have You Always Wanted to Hear Him Sing Radiohead?

posted by on November 15 at 1:29 PM

Yeah, me too!

Here it is, straight from The Office Convention in Scranton last month.

(Thanks for the link, Colin, and hat tip to Stereogum.)


Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Heroin Hero

posted by on November 13 at 12:47 PM

This is too freakin' rich.

The most recent episode of South Park centers on Guitar Hero, and there are a bunch of hilarious bits throughout the show: Kyle and Stan are signed to a record deal based on their virtual version of "Carry on My Wayward Son;" Stan's dad, who plays actual guitar, is scoffed at by Cartman--"Real guitars are for old people"--and discovers he's awful at the game; after hitting the bigtime, Kyle succumbs to the pressures of rockstardom and moves on to the game Heroin Hero, a "first person shooter," with two outstretched arms and one hand clutching a syringe as a pink dragon--who you chase but never catch--taunts the player in a cartoon voice.

The four clips above are pretty much the whole episode. Watch 'em while you can before Viacomm takes them off YouTube.


Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Black Lips on Conan Tonight

posted by on October 9 at 10:49 AM

Still on the fence about whether or not you're gonna go to the Black Lips show at the Croc this Friday? Get a sneak peak of the punk rock saviors tonight on Conan O'Brien.

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If you like what you see, advance tickets are still available for $12 via the Crocodile's website. The show's 21+. Sorry, kids.


Saturday, September 29, 2007

"Stars" Sells Cadillacs

posted by on September 29 at 2:48 PM

She thinks she missed the train to Mars, she's out back counting... cars.


Monday, September 17, 2007

Cee-Lo Isn't Prince and I Know He's Not Trying to Be, but Still, This Didn't Need to Happen

posted by on September 17 at 12:17 PM

I managed to avoid the VMA's all week while on vacation in NYC, but last night, while unpacking, I caved. I also learned something about Cee-Lo...

Everyone's talking about how terrible Britney's VMA performance was--she looked stoned/dying/dead, but is that really shocking? Of course not, given her recent romps to rehab and all. She's a mess.

What is surprising, though, is the fact that the Foo Fighters/Cee-Lo collaboration for Prince's "Darling Nikki" wasn't better (and by better I mean to say "less of a complete train wreck.")

You'd think that after decades of doing it they'd finally master the art of mixing for live television, but 80% of the time MTV's rock performances manage to sound muddy, hollow, or completely off balance.

This Cee-Lo/Foo performance and Mastadon's sonic clusterfuck obviously suffered by the lack of a good mix, but I also think that Cee-Lo shouldn't sing rock songs, no matter how sexy he tries to make them sound. I like it when he does the soulful stuff, the hiphop and/or R&B stuff... and he handled the first part of the song fine. The first part of the song is pretty hot and Cee-Lo has a hot voice.

Then the song climaxes, the guitars get loud and distorted, and he starts to "rock out." That's when he loses me, that's when I wonder what the fuck he's doing. Cee-Lo can sing, but Cee-Lo can't rock.

Dave Grohl, though, that guy has a voice for rock.


Monday, July 16, 2007

Re: Great Moments in Television

posted by on July 16 at 12:24 PM

Keep that Betamax rolling:

From the dummy retarded boys of Truckasauras:

I just saw a commercial for King 5 news. [Tonight] @ 11 they're running a story on the dangers of the new fad known as ghost riding. "Cars driving themselves, why your children could be at risk". Looks like it'll be awesomely ridiculous, might wanna figure out a way to tape it.

over and out.

In the meantime:

and


Monday, July 9, 2007

I'm Not Going to Lie

posted by on July 9 at 4:17 PM

I'm probably going to watch this show at least once. Okay, probably only once.

I'm a sucker for trainwrecks.