Archive: Oct 2006

Liner Notes: 30 Seconds To Mars Bar Singer Caught Hobnobbing

--"Dude, if you voted for Imogen Heap, I will kick your ass!": The Jared Leto/Elijah Wood feud, captured on film. [Brooklynvegan] --Michael Jackson and will.i.am will collaborate on Jackson's next album.
By: Brian Raftery / October 31, 2006

The Coulda-Shoulda-Woulda Files: Faith No More’s Best Song Gets “Ruined”

Welcome to another edition of the Coulda-Shoulda-Woulda Files, in which we try to win your hearts and minds with a forgotten song that deserved a better life.
By: Brian Raftery / October 31, 2006

Caption This: When Lil Jon Met That Eddie Vedder Wannabe

"Nickelback? I thought you said nickel bag!" Lil Jon [MySpace] …
By: Maura / October 31, 2006

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...
By: Brian Raftery / October 31, 2006

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.
By: Brian Raftery / October 31, 2006

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?" …
By: Maura / October 31, 2006

Brandon Flowers’ New Halloween Costume Not Very Funny

In a way, it makes sense: The second half of Sam's Town is more hilarious than anything Dane Cook's ever come up with.
By: Brian Raftery / October 31, 2006

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.
By: Maura / October 31, 2006

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...
By: Brian Raftery / October 31, 2006

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.
By: Maura / October 31, 2006

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!
By: Brian Raftery / October 31, 2006

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?
By: Maura / October 31, 2006

Apparently, There Is Only So Much “Crazy Frog” A Person Can Take

This poster is going up at bus stations all around London, part of a guerilla campaign by commuters who are sick of hearing other peoples' music on their daily bus rides.
By: Maura / October 31, 2006

Boo-Ya! Part II: Danzig Answers Your Questions

It's Halloween, and who better to help us celebrate than Glenn Danzig, the former lead singer of the Misifts? Glenn's been commenting all day from his hideout in Latvia, and since so many of you had questions for him, we thought we'd let him answer. After the click-through, GD's words of wisdom--and please enjoy, …
By: Brian Raftery / October 31, 2006

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!" …
By: Brian Raftery / October 31, 2006

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)." …
By: Maura / October 31, 2006

Blogsmacked: Vegoose May Be Over, But The Really Silly Name Lives On

Reports from last weekend's Vegoose festival, which boasted a ferris wheel, sets by Tom Petty and the Killers, and lots of hippies (above), are filtering into the blogosphere.
By: Maura / October 31, 2006

AOL’s New Music Blog Inspires A Trip Down Dot-Com Memory Lane

AOL has been stepping up its online music efforts lately, and last week it rebranded its indie offerings under the spinner.com umbrella.
By: Maura / October 31, 2006

Everybody’s A Wenner: The “Rolling Stone” Review-Section Revue

For the past few months, we've been analyzing Rolling Stone's famed reviews section, wondering if our long-held conspiracy-theory query was true: Does every album in this damn magazine automatically get three stars?
By: Brian Raftery / October 31, 2006

Please (Re-)Release Me: Tampa Threesome’s Bleak Visions

The total recorded output of the Florida trio Alva clocks in at under an hour, and their debut album, the John Zorn-shepherded Fair-Haired Guillotine, is only available via Japanese import at present.
By: Maura / October 31, 2006
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