The Dylan Musical: Quite Possibly Not As Good As “Starlight Express”
From this week's New Yorker review of the Twyla Tharp-directed The Times They Are A Changin': In her show, the owner and ringmaster of the circus is Captain Ahrab (Thom Sesma), an evil tyrant who abuses his innocent son, Coyote (Michael Arden); his kind, worse-for-the-wear girlfriend, Cleo (Lisa...
Listening Station: 2 Songs From IV Thieves
Truth be told, IV Thieves' If We Can't Escape My Pretty has been sitting in the album-to-write-about pile for a few months now; it's just that every time we start posting about it, a new Jay-Z leak comes across our desk.
The Vault: Nirvana Puts On Its Kiss Makeup
We're betting that some of our readers are taking this Halloween to unleash their inner members of Kiss and/or Nirvana, so to get you into the mood, here's Nirvana's unhinged version of Kiss' "Do You Love Me?"…
Videodrone: Diddy, Once Again, Is Blown Away By His Awesomeness
The last two-thirds of Diddy's "Tell Me" video are pretty much standard--dancing ladies, blinking lights, wind machines, Christina Aguilera in slightly dirrrty mode--but the first chunk is notable for its direct lift homage to those "it'll blow you away" Maxell commercials from 20 years ago.
Dead Singer’s Estate Makes A Ring-A-Ding-Dong Decision
A story in today's L.A. Times examines EMI's plans to revamp the scotch-soaked corpse of Dean Martin, whose estate is ostensibly hoping for some sort of Elvis-like comeback: They've turned Martin's image and likeness over to the music giant, who will have the tricky task of making 15-year-olds...
Leak Of The <s>Week</s> Day: Nas Visits Da Gadda Da Vida
The first single off of Nas' Hip Hop Is Dead, the will.i.am-produced "Hip Hop Is Dead," is his look at the genre that he calls "Rome for the Hood"; the track melds together Iron Butterfly's the Incredible Bongo Band cover of the psych-sludge classic "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" and the "Apache" break.
Boo-Ya! Meet Our Special Halloween Musical Guest
We thought long and hard about how to best exploit celebrate Halloween on the site, but it wasn't until this e-mail message popped up last week that we knew what we had to do: "Glenn Danzig is doing new-media interviews on 10/31," it said. "Interested?" And how!
Ending On A Good Note: Tuesday’s MP3 Roundup
PICK TO CLICK: Ghostface - Ghost Is Back [more info] Alva - Edward Gorey / Kill Everyone [more info] Faith No More - Everything's Ruined [more info] IV Thieves - Mother's Dilemma / Take This Heart [more info] Nas - Hip Hop Is Dead [more info] Nirvana - Do You Love Me?
Rapping Accountants Combine “O.P.P.” With CPAs
In an effort to boost accountant awareness in China (really!), the Hong Kong Institute Of CPAS produced this video for their blazing new hip-hop single, "'Tute In Da House." Normally, this would not be that funny--we've had our fill of "look how intentionally badly we can all rap!"…
Yet Another Leak Of The Day: Ghostface, “Ghost Is Back”
The first single from Ghostface's More Fish--his second full-length of 2006, set to come out on Dec. 19--the fiery "Ghost Is Back" is awesome, with Ghostface boasting (and name-checking Ruben Studdard) over the bass-heavy backing track from Eric B. and Rakim's "Juice (Know the Ledge)."…