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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 Sho…

By: Dan Gibson / April 24, 2009

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…

By: Dan Gibson / April 24, 2009

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

My 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…

By: Dan Gibson / April 24, 2009

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.

By: Dan Gibson / April 24, 2009

Not All Of Oklahoma Is OK With The Flaming Lips

When 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 Ivi…

By: Dan Gibson / April 24, 2009

The Dove Awards Embrace Their Oppositeness

Congratulations, 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.

By: Dan Gibson / April 24, 2009

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

It'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…

By: Dan Gibson / April 22, 2009

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

Hey, 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…

By: Dan Gibson / April 22, 2009

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…

By: Dan Gibson / April 22, 2009

Happy Birthday, Charles Mingus

Today 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.

By: Dan Gibson / April 22, 2009

John Carter Cash Needs To Step Back From His Father’s Corpse

I'd prefer to be a fan of John Carter Cash, considering he's the son of two of my favorite people of all time, (Johnny Cash and June Carter ) and he looks like a friendly dude in a sort of Rick Warrenish way. But the guy is starting to push it a bit.

By: Dan Gibson / April 22, 2009

Help Me Save VH1’s “Divas” Rework

VH1 is rebooting its “Divas” franchise, a ladycentric spectacular that has been on the shelf since 2005. (Perhaps the channel has run out of rappers willing to show up for its Hip Hop Honors telecasts--after all, once you've acknowledged the deep influence of Naughty by Nature, who else can you turn to?) The network ra…

By: Dan Gibson / April 22, 2009

The Idolator Q & A: The Pet Shop Boys

The idea of even speaking to the Pet Shop Boys--one of my favorite acts--was nearly too much for me to take, and it completely obliterated any pretense of journalistic cool I might have previously had. What do you ask Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe, who made me nearly burst into tears when they performed "It'…

By: Dan Gibson / April 21, 2009

Record Store Day: The Rebuttal

It's hard not to like Record Store Day, the homage to the indie record store taking place this Saturday. Lots of limited-edition merchandise will be on sale; bands will play in-store sessions; and the Record Store Day brand will take over the retail space at Coachella that was formerly held by Virgin Megastore. Someone saying…

By: Dan Gibson / April 15, 2009

Remembering Joey Ramone On Tax Day

Since I'm someone who's generally politically liberal, I should probably be a little more psyched about Tax Day, but until there's universal health care, I'm probably going to be slightly bitter about the whole process. Adding to my general discontent: Today is the eighth anniversary of Joey Ramone's death.

By: Dan Gibson / April 15, 2009

INOJ Brings It Back To A Simpler, More Bass-Heavy Time

Like Maura, I can't seem to get enough of the Vistoso Bosses' "Delirious," but I couldn't quite come up with what the song's "female-fronted R & B through a Miami Bass filter" vibe reminded me of until today. Why did it take me so long to remember turn-of-the-decade So So Def starlet INOJ, who apparently…

By: Dan Gibson / April 15, 2009

My Name Is Dan Gibson And I Like Urge Overkill

Earlier this month, I posted about (the band) Phoenix's mix disc for the Kitsune series, briefly mentioning that I appreciated the inclusion of a track by Urge Overkill. Sadly, my mentioning of Urge Overkill brought out some of the band's fans who have been oppressed by the scourge of popular opinion. I know it might…

By: Dan Gibson / April 15, 2009

Hey, “American Idol” Producers: Why Not Just Have An All-Bryan Adams Night?

Like many of you who watched last night's movie-themed American Idol, I was a little mystified by the second Bryan Adams song of the evening, Matt Giraud's take on "Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman?" Not because the selection—a song from Don Juan DeMarco that Adams co-wrote with Mutt Lange and Michael Kamen—pushed the…

By: Dan Gibson / April 15, 2009

When Rappers Cry

I spend a somewhat absurd amount of time thinking about themed mixes, despite the fact that I haven't made all that many in the last few years (and haven't even started on a few that I've promised people earlier this year). Nonetheless, the one idea that every few months I kick around but never get…

By: Dan Gibson / April 15, 2009

The Unlikely Urban Hit Of The Year Award Goes To DJ Class

Part of me always suspected a Baltimore club track would cross over to the mainstream at some point, but when I heard DJ Class' "I'm The Ish" on the urban station here in Tucson yesterday (a station about six or seven months behind most breaking records), I was surprised. When I saw the track had…

By: Dan Gibson / April 8, 2009

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