Seven Stories You May Have Missed While Staying Away From The Computer

Dec 29th, 2008 // 4 Comments

A little light reading for those of you stuck at work, or in front of your computer, today (some stories may even give you anecdote material for your New Year’s socializing):

• Stephen Holden recalls the career of Eartha Kitt, who passed away at age 81 on Thursday. [NYT]
• Kelefa Sanneh emerges from the depths of The New Yorker‘s TV-reviewing beat to profile Will Oldham. [TNY]

Rap battles’ origins, Moby, and Madonna after the jump!

• An American professor is claiming that hip-hop’s birthplace isn’t the streets of late-’70s New York, but the even meaner Scottish pubs of the 16th century. And the criticisms of the 16th-century edition would seem to bear out at least some sort of relation—”The Flyting Of Dunbar And Kennedy,” one of the earliest recorded instances of “flyting,” has been called “just over 500 lines of filth” by people who critique that sort of thing. [Telegraph]

• Moby can still command $100,000 an appearance. Just think about all the cash he’ll rake in when he starts licensing tracks from the 10th-anniversary edition of Play. [LAT]

• Among the YouTube content being eradicated by Warner Music Group’s snit fit over making money from streaming videos: “amateur content using songs from its publishing arm such as ‘Happy Birthday To You’.” Way to get the public on your side, guys! Also, Madonna’s channel has been mostly wiped out by this corporate dick-swinging, although a few kinda-convincing impersonators remain. [FT]

• Timbaland’s sequel to Shock Value will feature a track that didn’t make the cut on Madonna’s Hard Candy. Oh, this should work out well. [Perez]

• Surely it’s only a matter of time before some bands start throwing shows at the makeshift skate parks that are being thrown up in the abandoned pools of foreclosed homes. (Warped Tour, this could be a great way to get some pre-summer publicity!) [NYT]


  1. LenaFM

    Thanks for the band idea, you are onto something! :)

    The rap research just went on my Facebook. I have to say, the tradition of artistic bickering can be traced to even earlier times and cultures. I am curious why he chose Scotland as a starting point

  2. Anonymous

    It’s funny, but there’s actually no sort of official confirmation for the Timbaland album news and track list. A bunch of bloggers have posted it, but there’s no source. Perez links to mtv, but there is no mtv story about it.

  3. Anonymous

    Come to think of it, I do remember an album by Dirty O’McBastard.

  4. Chris Molanphy

    Until you linked to it, I was avoiding that Stephen Holden article, because the very sight of his name screams “aging queen who hates post-rock culture,” but I must say he did a nice job with Eartha.

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