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It’s Been Fun. See You Around.


Might as well go out the way the way I came in… looking for an excuse to post something about The 77’s. It’s still strange to me that I’ve had this platform where I could irritate two members of Fall Out Boy, write extensively about Larry Norman, and have phone conversations with both Pet Shop Boys. For what started as a one-off sub stint, it’s been a really great run (at least for the guy on this end). Maura, I can’t thank you enough for the opportunity; same goes to the readers who actually clicked through to read things I wrote. If any of you threw a party and invited everyone you knew, you would see the biggest gift would be from me, and the card attached would say “Thank you for being a friend.”

From the bottom of my bloggo heart,
Dan Gibson More »


Might as well go out the way the way I came in… looking for an excuse to post something about The 77’s. It’s still strange to me that I’ve had this platform where I could irritate two members of Fall Out Boy, write extensively about Larry Norman, and have phone conversations with both Pet Shop Boys. For what started as a one-off sub stint, it’s been a really great run (at least for the guy on this end). Maura, I can’t thank you enough for the opportunity; same goes to the readers who actually clicked through to read things I wrote. If any of you threw a party and invited everyone you knew, you would see the biggest gift would be from me, and the card attached would say “Thank you for being a friend.”

From the bottom of my bloggo heart,
Dan Gibson More »

The Far East Movement Have Me Ready To Ride On Chrome With Robert Smith


I’m sure there’s quite an active low-rider musical genre out there, but despite living in a town with an active and significant Hispanic community, you wouldn’t really know if from the urban radio station in Tucson. That’s probably how I’ve missed out on the Far East Movement (who aren’t Hispanic, but make music seemingly oriented towards that market) until today. Other than promoting the occasional Amanda Perez club appearance, the playlist on Hot 98.3 seems about the same as any Clear Channel-operated station playing rap and R&B hits. It makes me a little sad, especially when a group makes a tribute to riding in old cars low to the ground that uses an Autotuned snippet of the Cure’s “Love Song” as a chorus. What’s not to like? More »


I’m sure there’s quite an active low-rider musical genre out there, but despite living in a town with an active and significant Hispanic community, you wouldn’t really know if from the urban radio station in Tucson. That’s probably how I’ve missed out on the Far East Movement (who aren’t Hispanic, but make music seemingly oriented towards that market) until today. Other than promoting the occasional Amanda Perez club appearance, the playlist on Hot 98.3 seems about the same as any Clear Channel-operated station playing rap and R&B hits. It makes me a little sad, especially when a group makes a tribute to riding in old cars low to the ground that uses an Autotuned snippet of the Cure’s “Love Song” as a chorus. What’s not to like? More »

“All My Children” Tribute Videos Make Me Dream Of A Lucrative Soap-Blogging Career

all_my_childrenMy on-and-off tenure at Idolator began in February 2007 (whoa), and it’s resulted in me being addicted to sharing my opinions with people. So I’ve been trying to find another blogging outlet since the bad news rolled down the hill here. Unfortunately, the odds of finding a music blog that would actually pay me are somewhat slim, so here’s my open application to any site that will let me comment on my second love: the ABC soap All My Children. More »

all_my_childrenMy on-and-off tenure at Idolator began in February 2007 (whoa), and it’s resulted in me being addicted to sharing my opinions with people. So I’ve been trying to find another blogging outlet since the bad news rolled down the hill here. Unfortunately, the odds of finding a music blog that would actually pay me are somewhat slim, so here’s my open application to any site that will let me comment on my second love: the ABC soap All My Children. More »


Hot Chip Jam With The Homeless


Some people seem to really dislike Hot Chip, but since around 2006, I think they’ve been one of my favorite acts as far as single releases go. Since the band is playing some sort of benefit for the homeless in London soon, they remade part of the “Over and Over” video with actual homeless people. It’s a joyous mini-reminder of a miserable situation, but it helped cheer my foul post-Doves/last day mood a bit, so why not share it? [NME] More »


Some people seem to really dislike Hot Chip, but since around 2006, I think they’ve been one of my favorite acts as far as single releases go. Since the band is playing some sort of benefit for the homeless in London soon, they remade part of the “Over and Over” video with actual homeless people. It’s a joyous mini-reminder of a miserable situation, but it helped cheer my foul post-Doves/last day mood a bit, so why not share it? [NME] More »

Not All Of Oklahoma Is OK With The Flaming Lips

VH1 Rock Honors ShowWhen the Flaming Lips’ “Do You Realize??” was named as the official rock song of Oklahoma, I was a little surprised and impressed; after all, an act like the Lips would seem to offend the occasionally delicate sensibilities of the sort of person who aspires to state office. Well, as it turns out, Michael Ivins wore a hammer and sickle T-shirt to the state Capitol the day the state Senate announced the Lips’ honor, which didn’t sit well with some of the more conservative members of the Oklahoma House. And then Wayne Coyne added an f-bomb to his acceptance speech. More »

VH1 Rock Honors ShowWhen the Flaming Lips’ “Do You Realize??” was named as the official rock song of Oklahoma, I was a little surprised and impressed; after all, an act like the Lips would seem to offend the occasionally delicate sensibilities of the sort of person who aspires to state office. Well, as it turns out, Michael Ivins wore a hammer and sickle T-shirt to the state Capitol the day the state Senate announced the Lips’ honor, which didn’t sit well with some of the more conservative members of the Oklahoma House. And then Wayne Coyne added an f-bomb to his acceptance speech. More »

The Dove Awards Embrace Their Oppositeness

Music Dove Awards Miss CaliforniaCongratulations, Gospel Music Association! You got what you wanted when you added Miss California to the lineup of last night’s Dove Awards: A flash of added publicity for one of the most tedious award shows ever. A rant on the night, and a list of the winners, after the jump. More »

Music Dove Awards Miss CaliforniaCongratulations, Gospel Music Association! You got what you wanted when you added Miss California to the lineup of last night’s Dove Awards: A flash of added publicity for one of the most tedious award shows ever. A rant on the night, and a list of the winners, after the jump. More »


If Hell’s Frat Party Had A Soundtrack, Hypercrush And 3OH!3 Would Be It

hypercrushIt’s possible I’m just bitter because the members of the electro-pop act Hyper Crush encouraged their fans to tag the exterior wall of my favorite music venue Club Congress on Sunday night, but between those clowns, the incredibly depressing 3OH!3, and (to a lesser extent) LMFAO, the recent wave of nu-electro–which marries misogyny and generally fratty behavior with semi-danceable beats–just feels like a jackass invasion scored by synths. More »

hypercrushIt’s possible I’m just bitter because the members of the electro-pop act Hyper Crush encouraged their fans to tag the exterior wall of my favorite music venue Club Congress on Sunday night, but between those clowns, the incredibly depressing 3OH!3, and (to a lesser extent) LMFAO, the recent wave of nu-electro–which marries misogyny and generally fratty behavior with semi-danceable beats–just feels like a jackass invasion scored by synths. More »

Math Is Hard Dept.: Why The Coachella Numbers Are Good, But Not Great

Coachella FestivalHey, I want Coachella to be successful as much as anyone not employed by Goldenvoice or the Indio Chamber of Commerce. I missed this year’s incarnation, but I’m hoping to head back to the desert for some music and fair food eventually. Still, when festival producer Paul Tollett hands out a press release saying the festival had its second-biggest year (out of 10 incarnations), could cheerleadery press types–I’m looking at you, Los Angeles and New York Timeses–just take a second before running with a story that heralds Coachella’s triumph over the economy? More »

Coachella FestivalHey, I want Coachella to be successful as much as anyone not employed by Goldenvoice or the Indio Chamber of Commerce. I missed this year’s incarnation, but I’m hoping to head back to the desert for some music and fair food eventually. Still, when festival producer Paul Tollett hands out a press release saying the festival had its second-biggest year (out of 10 incarnations), could cheerleadery press types–I’m looking at you, Los Angeles and New York Timeses–just take a second before running with a story that heralds Coachella’s triumph over the economy? More »

Christian Pop, Trucking Music, Mexican Weirdness, Etc.


This is my last week here at Idolator after a year and a half or so of regular appearances, and it’ll be a little strange to not have such a high-profile opportunity to broadcast my preferred (if odd) mix of music tastes to the Internet world. For example, I’ve been waiting for some excuse to post something by Christian rock’s answer to the Replacements the Altar Boys (not to be confused with the similarly titled Broadway musical) for awhile now, but I couldn’t really come up with a legitimate reason. Well, the clip above takes care of that problem, so while I still have the platform, let’s run through a few other things I’ve been listening to lately. More »


This is my last week here at Idolator after a year and a half or so of regular appearances, and it’ll be a little strange to not have such a high-profile opportunity to broadcast my preferred (if odd) mix of music tastes to the Internet world. For example, I’ve been waiting for some excuse to post something by Christian rock’s answer to the Replacements the Altar Boys (not to be confused with the similarly titled Broadway musical) for awhile now, but I couldn’t really come up with a legitimate reason. Well, the clip above takes care of that problem, so while I still have the platform, let’s run through a few other things I’ve been listening to lately. More »


Happy Birthday, Charles Mingus

mingus_black_saintToday would have been Charles Mingus’ 87th birthday, which seems worth mentioning if for no other reason but to acknowlege Idolator’s one reader from Nogales, Arizona (Mingus’ birthplace). Oh, and Mingus was probably one of the true geniuses in jazz’s history. More »

mingus_black_saintToday would have been Charles Mingus’ 87th birthday, which seems worth mentioning if for no other reason but to acknowlege Idolator’s one reader from Nogales, Arizona (Mingus’ birthplace). Oh, and Mingus was probably one of the true geniuses in jazz’s history. More »


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