Archive: May 2007

Outro: Looking Back At A Week In Which Everyone Sold Their Sole For A Quick Buck

- These boots were made for mocking. – The week in leaks: Art Brut, Kanye West, Spoon and…Sisqo? – We’re all over this disappearing-artist trend like white on Damien Rice. – Amy Winehouse has a three-way with Spin and Rolling Stone. – His name is Prince. And he is pricey.

Brian Raftery | May 18, 2007 - 5:50 am

Ending On A Good Note: Friday’s MP3 Roundup

PICK: Against Me! – From Her Lips To God’s Ears (The Energizer) / Miami [more info] Chris Cornell – Billie Jean / Ghosts [more info] Datasette – Untitled [more info / Young Folks [more info] Dawn Landis – Young Folks [more info] The Scorpions featuring Billy Corgan – The Cross [more info] Shugo…

Maura | May 18, 2007 - 5:09 am

The Cover-Song Showcase Showdown: Swedish Popsters Go Global

The news that Peter, Bjorn & John’s ubiquitous “Young Folks” had received the bluegrass treatment hit our inbox today, and we figured it would be as good a time as any to put it head-to-head with a few other versions of the song we’ve come across, including the German-language take on the song we…

Maura | May 18, 2007 - 4:35 am

Stuck On Repeat: Interpol Gets Even Darker Than Usual

Thanks to the Not Your Usual Bollocks podcast for cluing us in to this apparently years-old Datassette cover of Interpol’s “Untitled.”

Brian Raftery | May 18, 2007 - 3:58 am

The Vault: We’re All For Against Me!

You’ll have to wait a few more months to hear New Wave, the forthcoming record by Florida punks Against Me!; but trust us when we say it’s well worth the wait, and that it will compel you to print up anti-war pamphlets and renew your MRR subscription.

Brian Raftery | May 18, 2007 - 3:20 am

50 Cent-Cam’ron Feud Reaches Unspeakable Heights

Yesterday, an underwear-clad Cam’ron released a video responding to 50 “Cuurtis” Cent, who tried to extend the long-standing feud between the two by claiming that Cam’ron was in hiding somewhere.

Maura | May 18, 2007 - 2:35 am

The Idolator Request Line Is Open, And Paging Billy Corgan

So the new Smashing Pumpkins song, “Tarantula” was played on KROQ this morning; Deaf Indie Elephants has a radio rip, but surely someone out there has a high-quality MP3 version? If so, let us know at

Brian Raftery | May 18, 2007 - 2:10 am

Liner Notes: Lord, Won’t You Buy Sanjaya A Few More Minutes Of Fame

- Sanjaya Malakar claims that producers of the Ford-sponsored American Idol wouldn’t let him perform Janis Joplin’s “Mercedes Benz” on the show. Why stop there? [The Scoop] – Korean pop star Rain is coming to the states; get ready for EW’s inevitable “Blame It On This Rain” headline.

Brian Raftery | May 18, 2007 - 2:10 am

Brandon Flowers’ Living, Breathing Doctor’s Note

Last night at Red Rocks in Denver, The Killers canceled their show two songs in because of an apparent voice-threatening throat ailment suffered by Brandon Flowers–a claim backed up by the doctor who came out onstage after the show’s abrupt end.

Maura | May 18, 2007 - 1:35 am

Today In Repurposed Images Of Dead Celebrities: Kurt Cobain, Doc Marten-Wearing Angel

Saatchi & Saatchi/London has a new print/poster campaign in the U.K. that cleverly employs four dead rock stars – Kurt Cobain, Sid Vicious, Joey Ramone and Joe Strummer – as Doc Martens endorsers.

Maura | May 18, 2007 - 1:29 am

Leak Of The Day, Part II: Billy Corgan Feels The Sting

Finally, the moment that all you Billy Corgan fans have been waiting for: After years out of the spotlight, one of the biggest hard-rock bands in world history is back with a new album–and the first song has leaked.

Brian Raftery | May 18, 2007 - 1:00 am

What The Music Blogs Are Posting Right Now

- Jeff Tweedy plays the Vic in Chicago in 2005, trots out the Uncle Tupelo chestnut “New Madrid.” [Can you see the sunset from the southside?] – In case you sold your copy of Andrew Ridgeley’s Son Of Albert and are jonesing to hear “Red Dress,” here’s a look back at that cutout-bin staple.

Maura | May 17, 2007 - 12:33 pm

The Obligatory “WTF, Melinda Was Eliminated” Post

More tomorrow, but for now, let’s look on the bright side: At least she won’t be forced to sing whatever bit of treacle winds up winning the Idol songwriting contest, right? Here’s hoping the person in charge of Daptone is on the phone with her handlers right now.

Maura | May 17, 2007 - 12:10 pm

Leak Of The Day, Part III: Jay-Z Meets Amy Winehouse In Rehab

Thanks to Notes From A Different Kitchen for unearthing the Urban Legendz Escobar Mix of Amy Winehouse’s I’m-not-getting-clean anthem “Rehab,” which features both Pharoahe Monch and Jay-Z dropping Anna Nicole Smith references and Jay-Z confessing that he, in fact, detoxes himself by dropping money…

Maura | May 17, 2007 - 12:01 pm

Leak Of The Day, Part II: Art Brut Has To Go And Make Things So Complicated

A few months ago, Art Burt leaked some demos from its forthcoming It’s A Bit Complicated; now, the whole album has found its way to the Internet.

Brian Raftery | May 17, 2007 - 11:55 am

All-American Rejects Singer Stalked By All-American Loon

Yesterday, we noted Wired’s super-creepy account of how Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington dealt with a cyberstalker; today, the New York Daily News brings us another example of fan fanaticism:

All-American Rejects front man Tyson Ritter is being harassed by a woman known as “Delta Dawn”…Dawn is a Delta Airlines employee who harvested personal…

Brian Raftery | May 17, 2007 - 11:30 am

Leak Of The Day: Everyone Is Ripping Off Sisqo

You’re an R & B star who has been out of the game for a while, and you want to get some fast-and-loose Internet buzz. How do you get back in the spotlight? “Thong Song” singer Sisqo decided to go the “record a diss track about Usher and R. Kelly that takes time out to…

Maura | May 17, 2007 - 11:00 am

Madonna Gives It Up To Fight Global Warming

A new Madonna song, “Hey You”, was made available for free today on MSN’s site as part of the build-up to Al Gore’s Live Earth concert extravaganza.

Maura | May 17, 2007 - 10:39 am

Even Britney Spears’ Religious Awakenings Are NSFW

We’ve long given up on Britney-bashing, as the Internet era has sped up the amount of time that comedy turns into tragedy. But who thought it would be a good idea to juxtapose a Maya Angelou-ish spiritual passage over her nipples? Is she now being art-directed by Barbara Kruger?

Brian Raftery | May 17, 2007 - 10:27 am

Hillary Clinton Targeting Elusive Smash Mouth-Loving Demo

We’ve been pretty upfront all along about who we’re voting for in next year’s presidential election: this guy.

Brian Raftery | May 17, 2007 - 9:45 am
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