anthonyjmiccio

Read more from anthonyjmiccio

Is There Anyone In Music Who Doesn’t Wish It Was 1989?

nkotb.jpgMichael Jackson is collaborating with New Kids On The Block? Are they for real? Assuming he doesn’t still think Donnie et al are still in their teens, the only reason he’d team up with a group he wouldn’t have been caught dead with 20 years ago is that he really misses 20 years ago. And it seems he’s not alone. We’ve got Sonic Youth filling most to all of their sets with Daydream Nation, Public Enemy taking a nation of millions back in time, Dinosaur Jr. reunited, R.E.M. showing off a drummer, My Bloody Valentine acting like ain’t a damn thing changed, Lloyd and Lil’ Wayne sampling “Ashley’s Roachclip,” and Pretty Ricky rocking giant shoulderpads. While it’s no news that nostalgia can run in twenty-year loops, it’s possible that no one who pushed product back in the day, and is still trying to do so now, wouldn’t mind hearing it was 1989 again. Are any artists actually in a better state now than they were then? I could think of very, very few.

More »

nkotb.jpgMichael Jackson is collaborating with New Kids On The Block? Are they for real? Assuming he doesn’t still think Donnie et al are still in their teens, the only reason he’d team up with a group he wouldn’t have been caught dead with 20 years ago is that he really misses 20 years ago. And it seems he’s not alone. We’ve got Sonic Youth filling most to all of their sets with Daydream Nation, Public Enemy taking a nation of millions back in time, Dinosaur Jr. reunited, R.E.M. showing off a drummer, My Bloody Valentine acting like ain’t a damn thing changed, Lloyd and Lil’ Wayne sampling “Ashley’s Roachclip,” and Pretty Ricky rocking giant shoulderpads. While it’s no news that nostalgia can run in twenty-year loops, it’s possible that no one who pushed product back in the day, and is still trying to do so now, wouldn’t mind hearing it was 1989 again. Are any artists actually in a better state now than they were then? I could think of very, very few.

More »

Britney’s Madonna Video Details Revaled


Britney Spears and Madonna are making a video involving an elevator. It’s the kind of news that can send an otherwise unoccupied mind on flights of fancy. Aerosmith covers? Metaphorical birthing? 2 girls, 1 cup? “Me Against The Music?” So many possibilities, now shattered by the party poopers at E! Online. Those who bother to check out Madonna’s Sticky And Sweet Tour can expect to watch Britney announce that she’s “Britney, bitch” while going apeshit in an elevator. And where we assumed “Live To Tell” pathos might be in order, it looks like the duo are looking towards the defiant, and still totally awesome, “Human Nature.”

More »


Britney Spears and Madonna are making a video involving an elevator. It’s the kind of news that can send an otherwise unoccupied mind on flights of fancy. Aerosmith covers? Metaphorical birthing? 2 girls, 1 cup? “Me Against The Music?” So many possibilities, now shattered by the party poopers at E! Online. Those who bother to check out Madonna’s Sticky And Sweet Tour can expect to watch Britney announce that she’s “Britney, bitch” while going apeshit in an elevator. And where we assumed “Live To Tell” pathos might be in order, it looks like the duo are looking towards the defiant, and still totally awesome, “Human Nature.”

More »

The Game, Upset With Lack Of Friends, Cries “I Don’t Wanna Be A Part Of Hip-Hop No More…”

poorgame.jpgWhen I began reading about The Game’s disappointment with the rap community for not joining him on a track about the Sean Bell tragedy, I felt sympathetic. Finally, the Game decides to get topical and stop talking about other rappers, and no one’s willing to stick their neck out and help. “Nobody wanna stand up and be a man. We don’t have a problem putting out a mixtape dissing each other but the people that you say or claim to hate so much, which is, or the situation that render us helpless like police brutality, excessive force, people using the shield to really deal the wrong way with human beings, you know, like nobody wanna stand-up for that except me.” Then I heard the track in question, titled “911 Is A Joke/Cop Killer,” released to little attention in late April. Is he really surprised that no one wanted to be on a track with lines like “so shine them fuckin’ lights in the back of my car/I might kill yo ass in 2000 raw?” Or “I should kill 51 cops for the 51 shots?” Not to mention, “[I’m] The Beastie Boys when I grab a fuckin’ mic on the stage?”

More »

poorgame.jpgWhen I began reading about The Game’s disappointment with the rap community for not joining him on a track about the Sean Bell tragedy, I felt sympathetic. Finally, the Game decides to get topical and stop talking about other rappers, and no one’s willing to stick their neck out and help. “Nobody wanna stand up and be a man. We don’t have a problem putting out a mixtape dissing each other but the people that you say or claim to hate so much, which is, or the situation that render us helpless like police brutality, excessive force, people using the shield to really deal the wrong way with human beings, you know, like nobody wanna stand-up for that except me.” Then I heard the track in question, titled “911 Is A Joke/Cop Killer,” released to little attention in late April. Is he really surprised that no one wanted to be on a track with lines like “so shine them fuckin’ lights in the back of my car/I might kill yo ass in 2000 raw?” Or “I should kill 51 cops for the 51 shots?” Not to mention, “[I’m] The Beastie Boys when I grab a fuckin’ mic on the stage?”

More »


Guest Blogger Belatedly Praises Electric Six, Bids Adieu


Hi, there! After three months plus of “guest blogging” for Idolator, I’m afraid my time here is drawing to a close. (I’d tell you where I’ll be writing next, but then I’d have tequila!) Rather than wax poetic about the cultural events we’ve experienced together and the whimsical fantasies I’ve shared with you every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday since late March, I’d rather voice a regret. A regret I must rectify now or let haunt me til my dying day: I have never posted a single item about Electric Six on Idolator. No one has posted a single item about Electric Six on Idolator.

More »


Hi, there! After three months plus of “guest blogging” for Idolator, I’m afraid my time here is drawing to a close. (I’d tell you where I’ll be writing next, but then I’d have tequila!) Rather than wax poetic about the cultural events we’ve experienced together and the whimsical fantasies I’ve shared with you every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday since late March, I’d rather voice a regret. A regret I must rectify now or let haunt me til my dying day: I have never posted a single item about Electric Six on Idolator. No one has posted a single item about Electric Six on Idolator.

More »

Back-Lite Owner Sued

Gary Shaffer, owner of Back-Lite, a company that puts glowing transparencies on the back of jackets (classy!), is being sued for $11 million after wantonly accepting a request to put a Red Hot Chili Peppers logo on one of his jackets. More »

Gary Shaffer, owner of Back-Lite, a company that puts glowing transparencies on the back of jackets (classy!), is being sued for $11 million after wantonly accepting a request to put a Red Hot Chili Peppers logo on one of his jackets. More »

Gary Shaffer, owner of Back-Lite, a company that puts glowing transparencies on the back of jackets (classy!), is being sued for $11 million after wantonly accepting a request to put a Red Hot Chili Peppers logo on one of his jackets. More »

Gary Shaffer, owner of Back-Lite, a company that puts glowing transparencies on the back of jackets (classy!), is being sued for $11 million after wantonly accepting a request to put a Red Hot Chili Peppers logo on one of his jackets. More »


Hinder Is Back, And Not With A Ballad

hinder.jpgARTIST: Hinder
SONG: “Use Me”
WEB DEBUT: July 9, 2008

More »

hinder.jpgARTIST: Hinder
SONG: “Use Me”
WEB DEBUT: July 9, 2008

More »

Beck Is Trapped In The Sixties, Himself

I’ll acknowledge Maura’s point (over IM) that it’s better he do this kind of second-rate Unrest than something grandly glum. More »

I’ll acknowledge Maura’s point (over IM) that it’s better he do this kind of second-rate Unrest than something grandly glum. More »

Knitting Factory Moving From Manhattan To Brooklyn, Boise, Spokane

knitting.jpgWhen you think of the Knitting Factory, do you think of things like “Manhattan” and “avant-jazz-punk-rap-slam-whatever-else-M-Doughty-does-now?” Well, don’t. In order to keep afloat, the company is moving towards keywords like “Boise” and “Elton John.” Not only is the NYC club moving from TriBeCa to the much smaller former home of the Luna Lounge in Williamsburg, the Knitting Factory is in danger of losing its’ LA location’s building-use permit. If it wasn’t for the 2006 purchase of Boise, Idaho’s Bravo Entertainment, which promotes large amphitheater performances throughout the Northwest, the company would lose over half of its annual revenue. Knitting Factory president Jared Hoffman swears that putting on Puddle Of Mudd shows in South Dakota will help the company regain its footing, but with so much of the club’s identity lost over the years, its hard to tell what exactly is being kept alive aside from the brand name.

More »

knitting.jpgWhen you think of the Knitting Factory, do you think of things like “Manhattan” and “avant-jazz-punk-rap-slam-whatever-else-M-Doughty-does-now?” Well, don’t. In order to keep afloat, the company is moving towards keywords like “Boise” and “Elton John.” Not only is the NYC club moving from TriBeCa to the much smaller former home of the Luna Lounge in Williamsburg, the Knitting Factory is in danger of losing its’ LA location’s building-use permit. If it wasn’t for the 2006 purchase of Boise, Idaho’s Bravo Entertainment, which promotes large amphitheater performances throughout the Northwest, the company would lose over half of its annual revenue. Knitting Factory president Jared Hoffman swears that putting on Puddle Of Mudd shows in South Dakota will help the company regain its footing, but with so much of the club’s identity lost over the years, its hard to tell what exactly is being kept alive aside from the brand name.

More »


Soulja Boy Drops More Straight-Up Garbage

Man, am I conflicted about this new Soulja Boy video, “Donk.” On first listen, it sounded like Ice-T’s worst fears writ large: A kid yelping about asses and humping the clap beat like Luke was sponsoring a Miami Bass Special Olympics. More »

Man, am I conflicted about this new Soulja Boy video, “Donk.” On first listen, it sounded like Ice-T’s worst fears writ large: A kid yelping about asses and humping the clap beat like Luke was sponsoring a Miami Bass Special Olympics. More »


Page 1 of 60