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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Trayvon Martin's Memory Might be Exploited by a Washed-Up Rapper Who Wants to Fight Zimmerman in a "Celebrity" Boxing Match

Posted by on Wed, Feb 5, 2014 at 12:01 PM

That rapper is DMX...



The fight is not yet set in stone, but just the whole idea of it is repulsive and has nothing to do with the dead youth. It is entirely self-serving. DMX says that if the match happened, he would piss on Zimmerman's face, but in fact he would be pissing on Martin's grave.

Monday, January 27, 2014

WOOOOoooOOOOoooo MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS GRAMMY AWARDS!!!

Posted by on Mon, Jan 27, 2014 at 10:09 AM

Last night at Grammy Ceremony 56, Seattle's very own Macklemore & Ryan Lewis cleaned up in four of the seven categories they were nominated in, taking home Grammys for Best New Artist, and in the rap category, Best Performance and Best Song for "Thirft Shop," and best album for The Heist.

We only got to see Mack & Mr. Lewis accept their Best New Artist Grammy since the rap awards took place earlier in the afternoon's untelevised segment of the ceremony. Which is super weird. I would have way rather seen any and all rap awards than to have sat through one more piano song. It turns out every single celebrity in LA can play piano, and Grammy night is the night to show that off.

Anyway! Macklemore wore a green velvet suit and black bow-tie and thanked the fans, Lewis wore a black and gray suit with an extremely large houndstooth pattern on it and remained silent. During the rest of the ceremony, every time the camera focused on Macklemore's face, Davis Schmader pointed out he had a very good "listening" expression. I thought about how his skin has never looked better. We all agreed his fiancé looks really nice; she started crying before they even got to the stage for Best New Artist.

Hours later, Macklemore (black shiny suit, bolo tie) & Ryan Lewis performed (black shiny suit) "Same Love" with Mary Lambert (amazing red glitter dress) and Madonna (white colonel-Sanders suit and cane) while Queen Latifah (black glitter dress) officiated the weddings of 33 couples onstage.

Congratulations to the couples, to Macklemore & Ryan for winning the Super Bowl of Music, and to everyone who declined to play the piano last night.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

TONIGHT! Join us for the Grammy Awards!

Posted by on Sun, Jan 26, 2014 at 4:22 PM

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At 8 p.m. this evening, join me, Dave Segal, David Schmader, Kelly O, and special guest Derek Erdman as we watch the 2014 Grammy Awards ceremony and make a spectacle of it over on Slog.

You're aware of course, that Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are up for Album of the Year, Song of the Year (for "Same Love" with Mary Lambert), and Best New Artist. David Schmader has promised that if "Same Love" wins song: "I will rip open my shirt, spray beer all over Kelly O's apartment, then dive through a plate-glass window." You know what? If that effing Imagine Dragons song wins anything in any category I'm going to do the same thing, except out of rage instead of joy. (See the full list of nominees here.)

Oh! And don't forget that Queen Latifah is going to marry 34 couples, on-air, during Mack & Lew's performance of "Same Love," that will also feature Madonna.

We're going to have a great time, DON'T MISS IT!

P.S. - Did you know there is a Best Tropical Latin Album category? Or that "Kashmir" by Led Zeppelin is up for Best Rock Performance? Did you know that the song "I Drive Your Truck" is not actually a joke song, but a song that's up for Best Country Song and Best Coutry Solo Performance?

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Important Captain and Tennille Line Out Poll

Posted by on Thu, Jan 23, 2014 at 2:43 PM

It's true, band/couple Captain and Tennille are getting divorced after 39 years of soft, sensual, yacht-rockin' marriage.

Friday, January 10, 2014

One of Those Times Photoshop Kicks Ass

Posted by on Fri, Jan 10, 2014 at 3:44 PM


Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Herbie Hancock Is a Continent and "Stalk" Is a Poor Word Choice

Posted by on Tue, Dec 17, 2013 at 1:47 PM

I was recently in Los Angeles at a MoCa type gala. Herbie Hancock was in attendance. Whilst attaining pâté to spread on a cracker in the snack nook, I realized I was standing next to him. There were tall, flowing white curtains. Herbie was attaining himself some sort of pâté as well, and he turned and said hello. What do you say to Herbie Hancock? One of our planet’s greatest musicians. I didn’t want to drool on him, but certainly wanted to pay my respects. I said hello back, and told him I listen to his music all the time. I said if his music was a house, I stalk that house. I wish I hadn't used the word stalk. When you meet one of your heroes, don’t use the word stalk. But I think he understood what I meant.

On our planet of frequencies and oscillations, Herbie Hancock is a continent. He’s that substantial. From his 1962 Blue Note, hard bop Takin’ Off onward, his keyboards and compositions, in a way, have shown music how to evolve. If that’s too big a chunk for you, then think of him as a jazz-funk innovator, or as a Kennedy Center Honors selection.

For an intro-Herbie-landbridge, try: “Succotash” off Inventions and Dimensions, then full album Thrust, then Miles Davis’ “Honky Tonk” (with Herbie on clavinet). Wider known, are the more obvious, “Watermelon Man” and “Rockit", but don’t set your molars on that creamy filling too soon. Herbie’s continent contains more than sugar. Every nutrient imaginable is there.

Back to meeting Herbie in the white-curtained snack-nook. After the word choice debacle of stalk, I told him he was as important as oxygen (less stalky, right?), which I believe he enjoyed. I didn’t want to bore him with my drool and praise. We talked about drums for a moment. Then briefly got into his 1973 release Sextant - an album that at the time, alienated and vexed many of his listeners because of its "inaccessibility." Its sounds are wet with electronic drippings on nerve ending circuitry. Its camera pans over ganglion the size of the Red Sea.

I said I had massive respect for Sextant, because he probably could have easily given into major label pop demands for mainstream pleasing sounds. He said, “I think you always have to play the music you hear in your head. Otherwise it builds and builds there with no outlet. It’s unhealthy. Playing something you don’t want is living a lie. It might be more financially rewarding, but will that really make you happy?”

Thursday, December 5, 2013

My Beef* With Jay Z and Beyonce's Vegan Adventure

Posted by on Thu, Dec 5, 2013 at 8:35 AM

*I don’t really have a beef with this; I just think this headline’s a real eye-grabber.

Hiphop mogul/rapper Jay Z announced on his blog Dec. 3 that he and his wife/R&B superstar Beyoncé will eat a vegan diet for 22 days. Challenged by a friend to consume only plant-based meals, the veteran rapper—who just turned 44—decided to accept it and will eat no meat or dairy products until Christmas. After that they will consider whether to continue to live on the higher evolutionary plane where vegans exist.

I wish both musicians the best of luck and hope they find veganism to be beneficial to their physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. If nothing else, it will reduce the amount of mucus in their noses and throats, and that can only improve Jay and Bey’s vocal capabilities. Plus, if going vegan is good enough for André 3000, Morrissey, Moby, N.O.R.E., Robin Pecknold, Russell Simmons, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Geezer Butler, Berry Gordy, Chrissie Hynde, Jónsi (Sigur Rós), and Ian MacKaye, it should be good enough for the Roc-A-Fella Records/Brooklyn Nets boss and Sasha Fierce.

Let us hope that these vastly influential celebrities’ example spurs their millions of fans to follow suit, thereby setting humanity on a path to a more sustainable, eco-friendly, and potentially less obesity-plagued future. Let us hope they're not just doing this for the publicity.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Katy Perry is a "Real Deal" Musician Who Knows Her Stuff

Posted by on Wed, Nov 6, 2013 at 1:19 PM

In the comments section of Cienna Madrid and Paul Constant's hilariously accurate review (titled "Roar" and the Search for Meaning) of Katy Perry's new album Prism commenter brian_3520 begs to differ:

I disagree with most everything in this album review. You really don't understand Katy and her music very much. You like what you like. That's fine. Like all art, it's all in the eyes and ears of the beholder and the so called "expert reviewer" has a lot less influence over other people's opinions than they think.

Katy is evolving in her music ... trying new things like artists do. Millions and millions of other people around the world will like this new album. She's probably going to be megastar for years to come like Madonna has been since the early 80s. You'll see.

Katy is a "real deal" musician who knows her stuff. She's been in the music industry since she was about 14 or 15. She paid her dues, learned instruments and the whole nine yards as a typical struggling musician on the small venue circuit for several years ... from age 15 to 23 or so. She's no Disney kid creation. She had help from good producers along the way though.

Since she's trying new types of songs this new album likely won't be a grand slam homerun like Teenage Dream was. It would have been very hard for Katy and her collaborators to do "Teenage Dream II" and have all those smash hits again ... six Hot 100 #1 hits I think. It really IS one of the best pop albums of all time. I like nearly all the songs on Teenage Dream and a lot of the songs on her first album.

Seems like Katy has been evolving from pop/rock to pure pop and now towards inspirational "deep" pop or whatever. Who knows, maybe for the next album she will start all over and be "rock and roll Katy" again like she was on her first album tour. There's lots of Prism colors and parts to Katy like the title of her 3D movie "Part of Me" goes.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Sinead O'Connor Writes an Open Letter to Miley Cyrus

Posted by on Thu, Oct 3, 2013 at 12:55 PM

After Miley Cyrus named Sinead O'Connor as an influence for new album Wrecking Ball in her recent Rolling Stone feature, O'Connor wrote an open letter to the little hellraiser, advising her to "pay close attention" and not allow herself to be pimped by the media. While I'm not down with slut shaming Ms. Cyrus for outgrowing her Hannah Montana persona, I think O'Connor has a good point in saying that the music business loves to package a person and allow the person to think it's their idea (Britney Spears being the best example of a public puberty/new image gone wrong).

The music business doesn’t give a shit about you, or any of us. They will prostitute you for all you are worth, and cleverly make you think its what YOU wanted.. and when you end up in rehab as a result of being prostituted, “they” will be sunning themselves on their yachts in Antigua, which they bought by selling your body and you will find yourself very alone.

I haven't really tried to give a shit about this Miley Cyrus yawnathon, but I suppose my tow-cents would be: YES, being a badass lady in the industry is the only way to do it, but I'd love if Cyrus could back it all up with something other than flippant non-logic that ends up sounding like, "someone told me people accusing me of acting hood is reverse racism" or "my teddy bear outfit is creepy sexy like I'm baby, which is warped, LOL."

I want to root for her, I do, but the whole thing just smacks of 10 dudes in business suits pie-charting some combo of SEXY, EDGY, TOUGH, SHOCKING, LIPSTICK, BUTT and then carefully calculating a "You're just growing up, kiddo, you're a party queen adult now—fuck the haters, fuck your uncool dad!" brand for Cyrus to migrate to.

Anyway, read O'Connor's whole letter here, and then direct your attention to something more important (re: anything).

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Faking the DJ

Posted by on Wed, Sep 4, 2013 at 1:05 PM

Philly's DJ Jazzy Jeff kicks up some dust:

DJ Jazzy Jeff has posted an Instagram picture in which he has accused DVBBS on faking their DJ set. DJ Jazzy Jeff said that DVBBS is guilty of pretending to turn knobs and search for songs even though the whole set was “PRE RECORDED.” DJ Jazzy Jeff said “I respect anyone who wants to be a DJ of any kind…u don’t have to be a super great dj…just try…but the 1 thing that I will absolutely HATE ON IS FAKING IT!!!!”

I dig his concerns, but I always feel worried about drawing lines on what's real and not real, what's fake and not fake. Then again, if it's common for pop singers to lip-sync performances, why should it not be common for DJs to hand-sync their sets?

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Overheard In the Office: "I Smoked Snoop Dogg Lion Weed Last Night..."

Posted by on Wed, Aug 28, 2013 at 2:08 PM

...at the Jupiter Hotel in Portland. I felt CRAZY this morning."

Monday, August 5, 2013

Jack White Fires Back at Karen Elson

Posted by on Mon, Aug 5, 2013 at 2:48 PM

Last Friday the internet was buzzing about Jack White and his weird emails—his restraining order and custody battle with his ex-wife Karen Elson (see here, and also here, on SLOG). Mr. White has fired back, expectedly.

From Rolling Stone:

White claims that Elson professed her love for him as recently as last month, telling their mutual friend Dean Fertita, "I'm completely in love with Jack and I'd move back in tomorrow if he asked me." (Fertita, White's bandmate in the Dead Weather, also plays in Queens of the Stone Age.) "This is not the statement of a woman who is concerned about the emotional stability of the father of their children or their safety when they are with him," the motion states.

Hoo wee, this legal and public battle is getting incredibly HEATED, no?

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Joan Jett Announces New Record

Posted by on Thu, Aug 1, 2013 at 3:59 PM

Joan Jett is kind of over writing songs about loving rock n' roll or hard partying, and is a seemingly more concerned with the darker bummers she's experienced within the last decade. For her first new album in seven years, she explains “I’m in a different part of my life. The song’s aren’t all sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll. There comes a time when you have to go through stuff. For me, this isn’t very uplifting—but I call it the decade of death: losing people, companion animals very close to me, my parents, really heavy things.” The Unvarnished LP is due out October 1st, and will include a collaboration with Laura Jane Grace from Against Me! and a new single co-written with Dave Grohl.

Here's a video of Laura Jane Grace and Joan Jett doing an amazing cover of
The Replacement's "Androgynous..." I can't wait to see what the two of them write together on the record.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Our Man in London: Tunes for the Royal Baby!

Posted by on Wed, Jul 24, 2013 at 2:30 PM

Mark Macdonald writes: "As we, humanity, have been blessed with the birth of a superior being and the saviour of us all, it is only fitting we celebrate his glory with 10 loosely connected songs from across the ages."

1. Scott Garcia ‘It’s a London Thing':

2. Prince & the NPG ‘Diamonds and Pearls’ [Not Happening on YouTube]

3. Jill Scott ‘Crown Royal’:

4. Royalle Delite ‘I’ll Be a Freak for You’:

5. UB40 ‘One in Ten’ [Not Happening on YouTube]

6. Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band ‘Hunting Tigers Out in Indiah’:

7. Pulp ‘Common People’:

8. Salt n Pepa ‘Push it’:

9. Tom Robinson Band ‘Power in the Darkness’:


10. Carla Thomas ‘B-A-B-Y’ [Not Happening on YouTube]

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Today's Music News: Borat Will Not Play Mercury, 2 Chainz Wants to Keep You Fed, and More

Posted by on Tue, Jul 23, 2013 at 1:03 PM

Sasha Baron Cohen No Longer Starring in Queen Biopic: Due to the oft-cited "creative differences" with remaining members of the band Queen, who apparently wanted a "more PG version of reality," than the raunchier vision Cohen had. Yes. Because Freddy Mercury's life was definitely rated PG.

2 Chainz Writing Cookbook to Be Released with New Album: Says it will contain "[p]robably about 14 to 15 meals, [based on how] many songs [the album has]," thereby saying my favorite thing so far today.

Beyonce Vs. the Superfan: No, not an overly enthusiastic lover of her music. An actual fan that began eating her hair in the middle of a performance.

Kumail Nanjiani on Hating "Everybody Hurts": This barely qualifies as news but feel free to head on over to the A.V. Club and read comedian Kumail Nanjiani's funny takedown of one of R.E.M.'s most popular songs. "Really, you can ask a five-year-old and they’ll say, 'Yeah, everybody hurts sometimes.'"

This Could Change Everything: Kanye Quest 3030, a classic Super Nintendo-style turn-based RPG has just been released FOR FREE DOWNLOAD. The last boss appears to be (spoiler alert) a clone of Lil B. Gonna go head and call it: Game of the Year.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Today's Music News: Goodbye Bobby Bland, Boy Band Beef, Tupac the Musical, and More

Posted by on Tue, Jun 25, 2013 at 1:01 PM

R.I.P. Bobby Bland: The amazing blues singer Bobby "Blue" Bland passed away over the weekend at the age of 83. I posted just one of his many awesome songs at the bottom.

Today in Faded Relevance All Around: Aaron Carter claims he was jumped by (four, fully-grown, male) New Kids on the Block fans in Boston who told Carter he was encroaching on their turf by playing a show there. Carter evidently fought back using Muy Thai. The whole thing is pretty surreal. You've been warned, Biebs.

Holler If You Hear Me: That's the title of an upcoming musical based on the life of the late, great Tupac Shakur. It's got a Tony-nominated director (Kenny Leon) who's hoping to release it in time for the 2013-2014 season. I wonder if the hologram will make a cameo.

The Many Enigmas of Rick Rubin: As a big fan of Rubin, I found this article (on Uproxx of all places!) required reading.

Sacrilege!: For their 20th anniversary as a group, TLC released a reworking of the track "Waterfalls," replacing late member Left Eye's verse with Japanese singer Namie Amuro. For those of us bumping and grinding to that song all through elementary school, this amounts to blasphemy.

MGMT Announce New Album: Coming in September. Also in new album news: Chief Keef's making a whole record with amazing producer Zaytoven, and Willis Earl Beal has a new one coming out with a Cat Power feature.

Rolling Stones Fans Boo Obama: That seemed to be the takeaway from Mick Jagger's li'l jab at our Commander-in-Chief, during a show in D.C. over the weekend: "I don't think President Obama is here tonight, but I'm sure he's listening in." I see what you did there, Mick.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Today's Music News: Tragic Rap Album Coming Soon, Sexy Sub Pop Sneakers, and More

Posted by on Fri, Jun 21, 2013 at 12:56 PM

Amanda Bynes to Save Career by Killing Rap: Waka Flocka Flame has apparently hooked up with the "troubled" starlet to produce a rap album. Mere words cannot do justice to how excited I am about this.

NIN's New Record: The track list for Hesitation Marks is out, and who doesn't love some sweet, sweet Nine Inch Nails track titles? "Eater of Dreams"! "Various Methods of Escape"! Apparently Lindsay Buckingham from Fleetwood Mac is also on there somewhere.

It's Time to Party Hard, But When Is It Not, Really, When You Think About It: Andrew W.K. breaks record for longest drum sesh ever.

Jay-Z's Crazy Marketing Scheme: Of giving his new album Magna Carta Holy Grail away to a million Samsung Galaxy users will evidently not qualify for inclusion on the Billboard Charts. Frankly though, Jay's got 99 problems but a Billboard chart ain't one.

The Year of Sub Pop Continues: With limited-edition sneakers. It's all about lateral branding, y'all.

And Just Because: Here's a 17-second clip of a righteously indignant Drake getting turned away from entering the Miami Heat locker room. Can't wait to hear the song he writes about that one.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Macklemore Martial Arts Paper Doll Fantasy Kit™

Posted by on Wed, Jun 19, 2013 at 2:55 PM

It's Macklemore's birthday! Happy birthday, Macklemore! This year, you're the recipient of a gift, in the form of this Macklemore Martial Arts Paper Doll Fantasy Kit™.

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Download a hi-res version here.

What can you do with the Macklemore Martial Arts Paper Doll Fantasy Kit™? A lot of things, I suppose. Roundhouse kicks to jealous local rappers? Perhaps. Sweep the leg of opportunist managers looking for a percentage? Maybe. Twin Dragons in Search of Pearls to the groin of bootleg t-shirt merchants? Absolutely!

Of course, the best gift is this year is the Kidz Bop version of "Thrift Shop." DUH.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Today's Music News: Kanye's New Album, New M.I.A., Kanye, Thom Yorke Does Good and More Kanye

Posted by on Tue, Jun 18, 2013 at 12:49 PM

This is the Last Time I Post About Kanye West: The sixth studio album by West dropped today, understatedly titled Yeezus and apparently inspired by a Corbusier lamp, to immediate rave reviews. And that weird, pretty unnecessary American Psycho-inspired video is up on his website now. Last time you'll hear about him from me, until he does something insane.

Thom Yorke Auctioning Off Painting: Made with friend and album artist Stanley Donwood, the proceeds will go to the Trade Justice Movement, "a coalition of organizations that fight to end poverty and hunger." It's called "Business School for the Dead," and judging on these guys' past work would probably look great above your mantle.

Feminist Taylor Swift Takes Over Twitter: Not sure how I feel about the concept of parody Twitter accounts, but I did enjoy the response from Feminist Kanye: "YO IMMA LET YOU FINISH CUZ AS A MAN I NEED TO STEP BACK AND LET YOU BE HEARD." Oh wait, damnit. I just mentioned Kanye again. Last time.

How Are You Feeling About the New M.I.A?: "Bring the Noize" dropped on Zane Lowe's BBC 1 radio show yesterday. Check it below.

Capitol Hill Block Party Contest: Got out-of-town friends wanting to experience the magic of Capitol Hill Block Party but unsure if they can afford to drag themselves across the country for it? KEXP's giving away "airfare, hotel-stay[s] and 3-day VIP passes," so hop to it.

Kanye and Kardash's Baby Has a Name, Apparently: I give up. Bow down to Mr. West, unbeatable pop culture icon and master of the 24-hour news cycle.

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