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Tapemasters Looks To The Future

ARTIST: VariousTITLE: Tapemasters Inc.: The Future Of R&B Vol. 16WEB DEBUT: UnknownRELEASE DATE: June 1*SOUND QUALITY: 192 kbpsONE-LISTEN VERDICT: This is the third R&B-dedicated mixtape from Tapemasters this year, and it’s probably the least exciting, if only because many of the best tracks here… More »

ARTIST: VariousTITLE: Tapemasters Inc.: The Future Of R&B Vol. 16WEB DEBUT: UnknownRELEASE DATE: June 1*SOUND QUALITY: 192 kbpsONE-LISTEN VERDICT: This is the third R&B-dedicated mixtape from Tapemasters this year, and it’s probably the least exciting, if only because many of the best tracks here… More »

Blaze Of Glory: Kelis Was Here, Multiple Times

ARTIST: KelisSONG: “Trilogy,” from last year’s Kelis Was HereBACKGROUND: Artists we’ve done to death on the site: Amerie, My Chemical Romance, LCD Soundsystem, Ash, Bill Jensen, Justin Timberlake, Prince, R. Kelly and Ash. More »

ARTIST: KelisSONG: “Trilogy,” from last year’s Kelis Was HereBACKGROUND: Artists we’ve done to death on the site: Amerie, My Chemical Romance, LCD Soundsystem, Ash, Bill Jensen, Justin Timberlake, Prince, R. Kelly and Ash. More »

Blaze Of Glory: Hey, That Cat’s Doing Something Funny!

ARTIST: The Green ArrowsSONG: “Towering Inferno,” from 4-Track Recording Session BACKGROUND: A lot of early Idolator ideas didn’t work: “Hey, Asshole!” never quite took off, despite our best efforts, and “Win A Date With Shaun Ryder” nearly got us arrested. More »

ARTIST: The Green ArrowsSONG: “Towering Inferno,” from 4-Track Recording Session BACKGROUND: A lot of early Idolator ideas didn’t work: “Hey, Asshole!” never quite took off, despite our best efforts, and “Win A Date With Shaun Ryder” nearly got us arrested. More »


Blaze Of Glory: The Beginning Of The End

(Ed. note: Tomorrow’s my last day, and after almost a year of low-brow one-liners and overly porous “opinion” rants, I got nothin’ left. So I’m going to spend the rest of my time lazily piling on the MP3s. More »

(Ed. note: Tomorrow’s my last day, and after almost a year of low-brow one-liners and overly porous “opinion” rants, I got nothin’ left. So I’m going to spend the rest of my time lazily piling on the MP3s. More »

Like “Guitar Hero,” Minus The Guitar And/Or Heroism

A demonstrator shows off the “Airguitar Pro” at today’s Tokyo Toy Show. The device–which will be released in Japan next month–comes only with the head and neck of a guitar, and allows users to play along with songs using infrared technology. It also apparently turns you into Tortelvis. More »

A demonstrator shows off the “Airguitar Pro” at today’s Tokyo Toy Show. The device–which will be released in Japan next month–comes only with the head and neck of a guitar, and allows users to play along with songs using infrared technology. It also apparently turns you into Tortelvis. More »

“Transformers” Singer Has Still Got The Touch

Remember Stan Bush, the man responsible for The Transformers: The Movie’s ra-ra anthem “The Touch”? An update just landed in our inbox: Stan Bush Album, In This Life, Available Tuesday, July 3Stan to perform at Transformers convention BotCon 2007 LOS ANGELES, CA (June 28, 2007)–The new Stan… More »

Remember Stan Bush, the man responsible for The Transformers: The Movie’s ra-ra anthem “The Touch”? An update just landed in our inbox: Stan Bush Album, In This Life, Available Tuesday, July 3Stan to perform at Transformers convention BotCon 2007 LOS ANGELES, CA (June 28, 2007)–The new Stan… More »


Blaze Of Glory: Leave The Lights On For 1990s

ARTIST: 1990sSONG: “See You At The Lights,” from CookiesBACKGROUND: Probably still too early to make lists, but along with “All My Friends” and “I’m A Flirt,” this Scottish power-pop song is looking pretty good for the Jackin’ Pop 2007 Singles Poll: 1990s – See You At The Lights [MP3, link… More »

ARTIST: 1990sSONG: “See You At The Lights,” from CookiesBACKGROUND: Probably still too early to make lists, but along with “All My Friends” and “I’m A Flirt,” this Scottish power-pop song is looking pretty good for the Jackin’ Pop 2007 Singles Poll: 1990s – See You At The Lights [MP3, link… More »

Tonight, The Curse Of Sting Finally Claims Its Least Memorable Victim

sting.jpgLast year, we theorized that there may be a so-called “Curse Of Sting,” and noted that just about every non-musical entity Gordo touches tends to end in catastrophe. We based part of the idea on the fact that Sting (lute in tow) was one of the first musical acts on the doomed Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip.

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sting.jpgLast year, we theorized that there may be a so-called “Curse Of Sting,” and noted that just about every non-musical entity Gordo touches tends to end in catastrophe. We based part of the idea on the fact that Sting (lute in tow) was one of the first musical acts on the doomed Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip.

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Know Your Mediocre Bushes

Yesterday, mildly renowned grunge band Bush announced possible plans to reunite; this morning, the Senate defeated the immigration-reform bill that President Bush intended to be one of the few success of his administration. Which Bush will history deem more important? More »

Yesterday, mildly renowned grunge band Bush announced possible plans to reunite; this morning, the Senate defeated the immigration-reform bill that President Bush intended to be one of the few success of his administration. Which Bush will history deem more important? More »


Liner Notes: Usher Finally Affirms His Masculinity

– Usher’s going to be a father. Expect the child to be born with a velour blazer and a six-pack, and to immediately hit on the nurse. [Rush & Molloy] – The Used’s Bert McCracken has a node on one of his vocal cords, forcing the band to cancel two months’ worth of shows. More »

– Usher’s going to be a father. Expect the child to be born with a velour blazer and a six-pack, and to immediately hit on the nurse. [Rush & Molloy] – The Used’s Bert McCracken has a node on one of his vocal cords, forcing the band to cancel two months’ worth of shows. More »


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