Regardless of how you feel about Mad Rad, they left no pot of shit-talking unstirred in this town. It seems like only yesterday that this here blog was torn asunder daily with the anonymous hatred of these four rapping honkeys. If it's true, it was a good run, boys, may you all move on to bigger/better endeavors.
by Kelly O
on Mon, Apr 30, 2012 at 10:56 AM
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From Facebook, via my friend who lives in Austin:
I love Austin Psych Fest. Glad to be involved again for the 5th year now. So many positive people with brains, talent, and true goodness... but Anton Newcomb... really? You insult the Black Angels on stage in front of thousands of people? They are the reason you're on that particular stage and getting paid for it in the first place. I don't mean to accentuate the negative but that was just extremely bad form. I could say more but I don't want to be all "Anton" about it...
...He's supposedly sober now, so I thought, as "professional musician" he'd keep it together. I know a lot of people were taping the show so I will try to turn up the "official version" but essentially this is what he said in the middle of their set: "I know you guys have your Black Angels, your Wooden Shijps, your Black Lips, and your Conan O'Brien that played this weekend, but that song we just played was better than all of those people. Don't let your music turn into a Kotex commercial..."
Who even buys Kotex anymore? Personally, I'm more of a Playtex kinda girl.
Right now Miss Swift is just in "talks" to play Miss Mitchell. Nothing's been signed. It isn't a sure thing. But I hope to god that this doesn't happen.
I, unfortunately, saw Valentine's Day, which features Taylor Swift as a hyper-happy high school student, and SHE WAS TERRIBLE. She was in the movie for maybe five minutes. She was so unnatural. So stiff. Now she's going to be Joni Mitchell?
But if not Swift, who? I suppose, as far as young, female singer-songwriters go (who, you know, actually sing and write their own music), Swift is the obvious choice. Do you have any better ideas?
As Jackson pointed out in this morning's music news, music blogger's and gossip hound's heads exploded this weekend when it was rumored that Mr. Guns n' Roses is dating Miss SNL Disaster. They apparently left the Chateau Marmont together this weekend. Hubba hubba! But now Axl's bandmate is insisting to TMZ.com that the two are NOT the newest (and most confusing) couple.
He's 50. She's 25. He's a has been. She will be soon. It makes sense to me! Though, if I had to guess, I would've put her together with Billy Corgan before Axl. Anyway! We're done talking about whether or not she's a talented singer/songwriter. Now we can just talk about who she's dating. (Because in the gossip world, when you're a woman and you stand next to someone, you're totally possibly probably dating them and/or pregnant with their lovechild.)
Of all Del Rey's rumored beaus which would be the weirdest?
The original Sugababes line-up has reportedly signed a £1 million record deal. Keisha Buchanan, Siobhán Donaghy, and Mutya Buena have signed to Polydor Records, according to The Sun, and will release material under a new, yet-to-be-decided name.
Earlier this year, Emeli Sandé confirmed that she was writing songs for the group. The singer admitted she was working with the trio and was 'very happy' to be involved.
It was also reported that the trio are working on new material and are set to record with the Xenomania songwriting and production team (Girls Aloud, Kylie Minogue, Pet Shop Boys) as well as their old producer Cameron McVey, who worked on their 2000 debut album One Touch and Siobhán Donaghy's debut album Revolution In Me (2003).
The band are being managed by Felix Howard, who wrote the original line-up's hit single "Overload". The new band will not be known as Sugababes, as Heidi Range, Amelle Berrabah, and Jade Ewen are currently working under that name.
The original Sugababes line-up formed in 1998 and released One Touch in 2000. Donaghy left the band in 2001 and was replaced by Heidi Range. Buena departed in 2005 to be replaced by Amelle Berrabah and Buchanan was last to leave in 2009, with Jade Ewan stepping into her shoes.
Last year the LA music festival Sunset Junction was canceled due to lack of funds, and the promoters have since filed for bankruptcy. Public court documents were just released, showing the amount of money they paid (or were supposed to pay) each artist they booked for the concert. The pay scale ranges from $24,000 to $150.
A few highlights: $24,000 got the Butthole Surfers, while Clap Your Hands and Say Yeah were booked for just $2,000 less. They snagged Hanson for a cool $20,000 (really?) while the Dum Dum Girls earned just a quarter of that with $5,000. Most surprisingly, the Melvins were booked for only $3,300. What a deal!
I haven't loved everything Tim Armstrong has ever done, especially post-1996 (dude's collaborated with Good Charlotte and Mest, after all), but who would've ever guessed the scrappy 22-year-old bassist in Op Ivy was going to grow up to collaborate with pop "weirdo"* Ke$ha:
Speaking of Ke$ha. Remember that one time Paul Constant bravely attended her show at the Showbox at the Market? Funniest review ever.
(Thanks for the tip, Ian.)
*Weirdo is only in quotes because she's not really weird. She just wants you to think she's weird. Which isn't weird, it's marketing. At least she does nice things for charity, though, right?
Friday Lana Del Rey – Sasquatch Girl Talk – Sasquatch
Saturday Jamey Johnson – Sasquatch St Vincent – Sasquatch Blitzen Trapper – Sasquatch Said the Whale – Yeti THEESatisfaction – Yeti Todd Barry – Banana Rob Deleany – Banana Pete Holmes – Banana Wolfgang Gardner – Banana Nobody Beats the Drum – Banana Purity Ring – Banana Araab Muzik – Banana Com Truise – Banana Sol – Maine Grynch – Maine Fatal Lucciauno – Maine Black Whales – Yetti The Shins – Sasquatch
Sunday Active Child – Yetti Appart – Shack Star Slinger – Shack Tycho- Shack Dyme Def – The Maine Stage SPAC3MAN – The Maine Stage Fly Moon Royalty – The Maine Stage
Here are the tour dates, with a big Saquatch!-sized hole where a Seattle date should be:
03-16 Nottingham, England - Rescue Rooms 03-17 Portsmouth, England - Wedgewood Rooms 03-19 London, England - Hackney Empire 03-20 Oxford, England - O2 Academy 03-21 Bristol, England - O2 Academy 03-22 Glasgow, Scotland - ABC 03-23 Belfast, Northern Ireland - Mandela Hall 03-24 Dublin, Ireland - Vicar Street 03-25 Manchester, England - Academy 05-02 Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue 05-03 Chicago, IL - Metro 05-04 Detroit, MI - The Majestic Theatre 05-05 Toronto, Ontario - The Phoenix 05-07 New York, NY - Terminal 5 05-09 Boston, MA - Paradise 05-10 Washington, DC - The 9:30 Club 05-11 Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts 05-12 Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle 05-13 Atlanta, GA - The Variety Playhouse 05-15 Dallas, TX - The Granada Theatre 05-16 Austin, TX - Emo's East 05-18 Tucson AZ - The Rialto Theatre 05-19 Phoenix AZ - The Crescent Ballroom 05-20 San Diego CA - Belly Up Tavern 05-22 Los Angeles CA - The Wiltern 05-23 San Francisco CA - The Fillmore 05-25 Portland, OR - The Wonder Ballroom 05-26 Vancouver, British Columbia - The Rickshaw Theatre
Chuck Klosterman's writing and indie-bro ways have always been on the edge of completely irritating, no matter who he is talking about, but his response to tUnE-yArDs being voted #1 on the Pazz and Jop Poll was especially annoying. "The Pitfalls of Indie Fame," is meant to reflect how people's relationship with a hyped musician will change over the years, but whole thing reads like a satire of a old and out-of-touch dude trying to discredit something he doesn't understand, lazily implying that Merril Garbus will likely end up as another Indie Flavor of the Month. He admits that he's "not really in a position to argue for (or against) the merits of tUnE-yArDs,” but still manages to throw in a few shitty examples of his limited understanding:
"tUnE-yArDs is essentially one person, a somewhat androgynous American woman named Merrill Garbus. This is her second album. I get the sense that asexuality is part of her hippie aesthetic, because I just looked at the tUnE-yArDs Wikipedia page and noticed that the wiki writer put a lot of effort into never using gender-specific pronouns."
by Dave Segal
on Mon, Dec 19, 2011 at 4:13 PM
If you're in Seattle tonight, you may want to hover in the vicinity of Republiq Nightclub around 1 am, as it's totally within the realm of possibility that Prince may wind down from his Tacoma Dome show with an "afterjam" that could go until 4 am. Such things have been known to happen.
What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but in the words of Richard Fariña: "Its a long long way down to Reno Nevada, it's a long long way to your home." Apparently, the journey back was too much for Seattle's favorite porcine mammary; Tit Pig has decided to split after a particularly chaotic night of unmentionable antics in the biggest little city on the last leg of their tour.
Heshers all across King county may be shedding a tear, but don't despair; Singer Sean Prawn tells me there are new projects in the works. I was talking to one of their fans Ben Cissner about it, who said, “You should mention that on the bright side, we won't have to grit our teeth through a strained sophomore concept album.” “But Ben...they don't even have a freshman album...I think they just had a tape” “That’s why it’s funny”
by Mike Ramos
on Fri, Oct 14, 2011 at 11:02 AM
Miami's Teflon Don Rick Ross was on a flight from Ft. Lauderdale to Memphis this morning when he reportedly suffered a seizure, forcing the pilot to make an emergency landing. He is allegedly still unconscious, and paramedics are reportedly attempting to resuscitate him.TMZ (of course) has a few more details:
10:36 AM PST: A witness tells TMZ, Rick fell unconscious right after take-off.
We're told his entourage jumped out of their seats to alert plane personnel — at which point a doctor on board administered CPR on the rapper.
The plane made an emergency landing right away — and we're told, as Rick was being wheeled off the aircraft, he appeared to show signs of life.