Archive: Mar 2007

“Everybody’s A Wenner”: Could It Happen Again?

Yesterday, we asked you to determine whether or not the semi-beloved “Everybody’s A Wenner” franchise–in which we riff on Rolling Stone’s review section–should remain on the site. And the results, while close, proved what we’d silently feared for weeks: It’s time for it go.

But, just like Jean Grey and the Proclaimers, it will…

By: Brian Raftery / March 29, 2007

Aggregated Assault: What The Music Blogs Are Posting Right Now

- Marnie Stern finds music to watch QVC by. [Paper Thin Walls] – German-language covers of “Hotel California,” “It’s So Easy,” and other songs, all recorded in 1977.

By: Maura / March 29, 2007

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”?

By: Brian Raftery / March 29, 2007

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, Rya…

By: Maura / March 29, 2007

Leak Of The Day: Bright Eyes’ “Cassadaga” Is Both A Planet <i>And</i> A System

The new Bright Eyes album, Cassadaga, isn’t out until April 9th, but it’s already sprung a leak, and certain tracks started spilling out on the Internet this morning.

By: Brian Raftery / March 29, 2007

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”?

By: Brian Raftery / March 29, 2007

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…

By: Brian Raftery / March 29, 2007

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…

By: Maura / March 29, 2007

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.

By: Maura / March 29, 2007

Stuck On Repeat: On The Internet, No One Knows That You’re A Puppet

It’s a few years old, but “Beep Beep Cyberbaby” by the Elks Skiffle Group–a band that claimed to be made up of puppets–is still as sweet a slice of synth-pop as it was when we first downloaded it from Vitaminic over a crappy dialup connection.

By: Maura / March 29, 2007

Finally, A Coke Fest That Won’t Show Up On “Blue States Lose”

From this week’s schedule of Final Four-related events in Atlanta. Now, we know that it’s celebrating a basketball tournament, but how can you have a musical celebration of “the Coke side of life” without the MisShapes?

By: Maura / March 29, 2007

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…

By: Maura / March 29, 2007

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…

By: Maura / March 29, 2007

“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.

By: Brian Raftery / March 29, 2007

Track Marks: How YACHT Became This Week’s Biggest Artist In The World

Welcome to another edition of Track Marks, in which your Idolators perform an autopsy on the latest band burning up the MP3-blogger charts. Artist: YACHTHometown: Portland, Ore.Album: I Believe In You.

By: Maura / March 29, 2007

Live Nation Tries To Paint Over Its Uptight Corporate Image With Gaudy Psychedelic Paint

Today’s exercise in lousy rebranding comes from a press release unearthed by Philebrity: With the launch of The Fillmore Philadelphia and The Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza, which opens its doors on April 11th, Live Nation hopes to establish a live music brand to complement its 11 House of…

By: Maura / March 29, 2007

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.

By: Brian Raftery / March 29, 2007

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.

By: Brian Raftery / March 29, 2007

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…

By: Brian Raftery / March 28, 2007

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…

By: Maura / March 28, 2007
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