Archive: Nov 2006

Please Release Me: In Search Of The Great Scots From Aberfeldy

Welcome to another edition of “Please Release Me,” in which your Idolators request–nay beg–that an out-of-print, delayed or held-up-in-customs album be issued stateside: Artist: AberfeldyHometown: Edinburgh, ScotlandAlbum: Do Whatever Turns You On, 2006What is it?: For the…

Brian Raftery | November 30, 2006 - 12:55 pm

Stuck On Repeat: Air Miami’s Sun-Drenched Car Ride

Air Miami was the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it follow-up band for two-thirds of Unrest, and they lasted long enough to big-up the World Cup and put out the full-length gem Me. Me. Me. in 1995.

Maura | November 30, 2006 - 12:25 pm

Liner Notes: Ginger Spice Says Her Final “Zig-A-Zig-Ahh”

- Geri “Ginger Spice” Haliwell retires from music, saying that she wants to give aspiring pop stars the opportunity to fill up Web sites’ space on slow news days.

Maura | November 30, 2006 - 11:58 am

“Rolling Stone” Website Now Almost As Irrelevant As “Rolling Stone” Itself

It’s been a week of bad timing for Rolling Stone: First, their new cover pin-up gets busted for drugs and gun possession just as the new issue goes to press, making the story instantly out-of-date; and today, their website has a story about how the members of Eagles Of Death…

Brian Raftery | November 30, 2006 - 11:07 am

Brooklyn Rapper Takes Aim At New York City Cops

“Incendiary” doesn’t even come close to describing “50 Shots,” the new single from Brooklyn rapper Papoose.

Brian Raftery | November 30, 2006 - 10:12 am

The Coulda-Woulda-Shoulda Files: Teenage Fanclub and De La Soul Mash Things Up

Time for another installment of the Coulda-Shoulda-Woulda Files, where we raid our cassingle collection in search of a lost gem.

Brian Raftery | November 30, 2006 - 9:50 am

Universal Chairman Throws Himself A Pity Party

Universal Music CEO Doug Morris has garnered considerable attention for his fire-breathing dislike of technology, as well as his company’s copyright-infringement lawsuit against MySpace. But what’s this?

Maura | November 30, 2006 - 9:23 am

For Those Of You Who Want To Be Jackin’ Pop, A Friendly Reminder

The word is getting out about our Jackin’ Pop poll–and in a few days, so will the ballots.

Brian Raftery | November 30, 2006 - 8:50 am

“Rolling Stone” Can’t Get Its Moderately Talented Black People Straight

Ah, the poor Rolling Stone blog. They got so spooked by Suge Knight’s threats, their vision blurred and they saw a vision of him in a picture of Rick Ross. That must have been followed by a fainting spell of some sort, because they haven’t switched the incorrect photo yet …

Maura | November 30, 2006 - 6:20 am

Ending On A Good Note: Thursday’s MP3 Roundup

PICK TO CLICK: Teenage Fanclub and De La Soul – Fallin’ [more info] +44 – When Your Heart Stops Beating (Remix) [more info] Aberfeldy – Need To Know / Someone Like You [more info] Air Miami – Dolphin Expressway [more info] Brand New – Degausser [more info] Papoose – 50 Shots [more info] Gwen…

Maura | November 30, 2006 - 5:43 am

Listening Station: Amy Winehouse Sends Hot Chip To “Rehab”

This reworking of British singer Amy Winehouse’s “Rehab,” which pairs the salty chanteuse with Idolator favorites Hot Chip, sweetens the original just a bit, adding a few glitchy touches while stretching Winehouse’s detox-resistant track out to almost twice its original length.

Maura | November 30, 2006 - 5:12 am

Bought For A Song: Looking For Deals Underneath Tower Records’ Deathbed

Now that Tower Records stores around the world are closing their doors, we’ve dispatched some specially trained consumer-crazed hobgoblins to the discount bins, in search of a good deal. Alas, all we’ve found so far is a lot of so-so crap. But it’s cheap so-so crap!

Brian Raftery | November 30, 2006 - 4:36 am

Has Glenn Danzig’s Mothertruckin’ Tour Vehicle Been Stolen?

We honestly didn’t think we’d be mentioning good ol’ Glenn at all this week, let alone twice, but this tip just landed in our inbox from a Danzig-tour insider: the Danzig tour truck [was stolen] with all the gear last night.

Brian Raftery | November 30, 2006 - 4:04 am

Caption This: Two Grammy Winners Take A Stroll Down The Hall

“Announcing my Presidential run on your next mix tape? A perfect idea. I like your style, kid.” Obama, Ludacris Talk About Guiding Kids [AP via NYT] [Photo: Associated…

Maura | November 30, 2006 - 3:56 am

The Vault: Zolar X’s Out-Of-This-World Ways

When the space-age glitter rockers Zolar X touched down in the ’70s, they were notorious for keeping one foot in the stars at all times–they’d speak to each other in an allegedly astral dialect, although their songs, like the glammy romp “Rocket Roll,” were in English.

Maura | November 30, 2006 - 3:17 am

Leak Of The Week: Gwen Stefani’s “Sweet Escape” Has Officially Escaped

If you know where to look, you’ll be able to find Gwen Stefani’s yodel-addled new album The Great Escape, which has gone and done leaked itself onto the information superhighway.

Brian Raftery | November 30, 2006 - 2:45 am

Handicapping The Oscars’ “Best Song” Category: We’re Just Hoping Sting Doesn’t Show Up

With Three Six Mafia and Eminem taking home the gold over the past two years, the Oscars’ Best Song category may finally be out of its Randy Newman-induced daze.

Maura | November 30, 2006 - 2:13 am

Get Ready To Be Miserable: Introducing The Emo Sommelier

While your Idolators do their best to cover every possible genre of music imaginable–hip-hop, indie, even the occasional Christian-rap jam–there’s one form of music that’s always made us shudder with disdain: Emo. “What are these dudes so miserable about?” we’d ask. “And why do their voices always sound like they…

Brian Raftery | November 30, 2006 - 1:32 am

Who Charted?: Jay-Z Crowns Himself King Of The Charts (This Week)

Jay-Z’s Kingdom Come entered the Billboard 200 in the top spot this week, with the post-retirement opus moving 680,000 copies in the United States. The tally resulted in the Def Jam president’s highest single-sales week ever, and his ninth No. 1 album.

Maura | November 29, 2006 - 12:24 pm

The Vault: Salt-N-Pepa Talk About Partying, Sex, And More Partying

Because our back-in-the-day Salt-N-Pepa collection was limited to a few badly dubbed Maxell cassettes, we were taken aback when we walked by a stoop sale and saw a copy of Blacks’ Magic, the cover of which looks like the poster for a Tyler Perry-directed Harry Potter movie.

Brian Raftery | November 29, 2006 - 11:52 am
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