A Sexed-Up Blind Item That Really Stings
This item from the weekly PopBitch email got our attention: Which rock star is known for liking a lot of oral attention while away on a video shoot or tour? Groupies are looking to cop a good feel this year as he's back on tour. Hmmm. A "cop" who's "back on tour"?
Idolator’s American Idolatry: Chris Sligh’s Bell Tolls
Well, the funny-retort quotient for the remaining weeks of American Idol has plunged, and so has the potential for a band on Tooth & Nail to get their moment in the Idol sun. Yes, Chris Sligh got the boot last night. Perhaps in anticipation of the show's chief jokester getting kicked off, Ryan opened last…
The Vault: A Few Numbers From Prefuse 73
Prefuse 73's One Word Extinguisher is the sort of album that turns us into even worse writers than usual: How can anyone describe the music of Barcelona-based DJ and producer Guillermo Scott Herren without digressing into such nonsensical stand-bys as "blip-blop keyboards" or "slapping beats"?
Karl Rove Knows How To Move The Conservative Bass
If you've ever wondered what it would be like to watch White House Deputy Chief Of Staff Karl Rove flail around a stage while a badly executed rap song plays in the background, now's your chance: At last night's Radio and Television Correspondents' Association dinner in D.C., Rove was briefly...
Ending On A Good Note: Thursday’s MP3 Roundup
PICK: Mario featuring Rich Boy - Kryptonite [more info] Bright Eyes - If The Brakeman Turns My Way / Make A Plan To Love Me [more info] Elks Skiffle Group - Beep Beep Cyberbaby [more info] Mikrofisch - The Kids Are All Shite [more info] Prefuse 73 - Choking You / One Word Extinguisher [more…
iTunes Store Trying To Make Nice With Record Labels
Today, Apple introduced the "Complete My Album" option on the iTunes store, where shoppers who have purchased any tracks off an album are given a 99-cent-per-song credit should they decide to buy the whole thing.
Assumer Guide: Dead Rats And Blood-Red Nails
As Consumer Guide creator Robert Christgau once noted, there is so much recorded media coming forth every day, the idea that one would be able to listen to all of it is physically impossible. So we've taken the sage advice of gonzo rock writer Richard Meltzer to heart. Meltzer, ever the curmudgeon, considered promo album…
Listening Station: Mikrofisch Has No Hope For The Next Generation
Today's entry in cranky old-person music that you can dance to comes from the Euro duo Mikrofisch, whose frowny emoticon at the state of the indie-rock nation, "The Kids Are All Shite," has a bargain-basement beat and a pretty neat zinger derived from twisting an Arctic Monkeys chorus into a tight...
“Tracks” Magazine Briefly, Weirdly Back On Track
Not sure how we missed this, but apparently Tracks--the failed precursor to Paste that folded in 2005--was re-launched in blog form on January 14th, and then seemingly de-launched just two weeks later.
Liner Notes: Diddy Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop Having Sex
- Diddy claims that he can go for up to 30 hours at a time. When will he stop sampling Sting? [MSNBC] - Black Eyed Peas member Taboo was busted outside of L.A. after he wrecked his car and was found with less than an ounce of both weed and talent.
Leak Of The Day, Part II: Mario Has A Pocket Full Of Kryptonite
"Kryptonite," the first single from R&B singer Mario's upcoming Go album, is absolutely coconuts: Much like Omarion's "Ice Box", it's a girl-i'm-so-sorry plea with zero restraint and a sputtering backing track that's all but begging for multiple remixies.
The Vault: The Animal Attraction Of Eugenius
Semi-infamous for being one of Kurt Cobain's favorite bands, Glasgow's Eugenius never had got a fair shake here in the states: Not only did frontman Eugene Kelly have to live up to the expectations of Nirvana fans--most of whom probably weren't expecting the group to be so bright and fuzzy--but he...
Idolator’s American Idolatry: Seven Battles For Nine Slots
Welcome to Idolator's American Idolatry, our look at the parade of starmaking that is American Idol. In honor of Sanjaya's seven ponytails and the high artist overlap between the singers (Gwen Stefani, apparently, only listened to the Police and Donna Summer growing up), we've tweaked our normal format a bit. After the click-through, our look…