Archive: Jul 2007

Twista To McDonald’s: Why Do You Hate The Children?

The fleet rapper Twista has responded to being removed from this Thursday’s show at a Chicago-area McDonald’s, which happened after the billboard-happy pastor at a local Catholic church complained about Twista’s lyrical content to higher-ups at the fast-food chain: …

Maura | July 31, 2007 - 12:43 pm

The Mark Ronson remix of Bob Dylan’s “Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I’ll Go Mine),” which hits radio tomorrow: Finally, 2007 has its own “A Little Less Conversation.”

Maura | July 31, 2007 - 12:28 pm

Usher’s Wedding Spread Goes To The Dogs

As more rumors regarding Usher’s canceled wedding to Tameka Foster fly, a musician who was recently hired to play at “a certain wedding (or should I say, non-wedding) that’s been getting a lot of attention recently in the news media” decided to spill the story about his weekend in the Hamptons to Impose Magazine. After…

Maura | July 31, 2007 - 12:08 pm

The Worst Album Cover of the Year Race Has Eight Arms to Hold You As Far Away As Possible

Here is the cover for a fan-compiled album of Keane b-sides and outtakes. It’s presumably supposed to be a homage to the cover of Keane’s last album, but it ends up looking like something you’d encounter in The Legend of Zelda as you’re about to enter the water temple. “Link! Octo has been taken to…

mbart | July 31, 2007 - 11:42 am

There’s a movie coming out about the WTO protests in Seattle–you know, the ones from eight years ago–and Andre 3000 is apparently going to be in it. If we’re lucky, it’ll be a Strindberg-style symbolist drama, and Andre will be playing Oppressive Trade Policies.

mbart | July 31, 2007 - 11:22 am

“EW” Writer Knows Famous, Influential People, Thinks Kid Rock “Rocks”

Writing about music these days can be hard. When the public’s knowledge of musicians is as celebrities rather than artists, how should a careful scribe treat them? Should we pooh-pooh the public’s philistinism and treat musicians with the seriousness they are accustomed to? Or should we use the same breathless, publicist-friendly voice you might find…

mbart | July 31, 2007 - 11:08 am

Performance-royalty mafia ASCAP has sued a Tucson, Ariz., bar for $210 million $210,000 on behalf of companies representing, ahem, “Huey Lewis & the News, Paula Abdul, Color Me Badd, Taylor Dayne, Aretha Franklin, Atlantic Starr, Dave Koz, Tommy Page, Lionel Richie, Michael Jackson, Chris Isaak and…

mbart | July 31, 2007 - 10:55 am

VH1 To Wring Every Last Bit Of Life From Video For “Mickey”

Having run out of reunions to stage for Bands Reunited and groups that would be dumb enough to subject themselves to a season of Bands On The Run, VH1 has decided to cannibalize its back catalog of videos for a new show where “two contestants will be given a small amount of money to remake…

Maura | July 31, 2007 - 10:35 am

A question regarding the forthcoming album of duets by Idol top-24ers Sabrina Sloan and Sundance Head, which will hit stores just in time for the holiday: There’s no chance it’ll outsell Inspiration, is there?

Maura | July 31, 2007 - 10:20 am

King of Crunk’s New Album To Make Fred Durst Even More Depressed

Lil Jon’s new album will be called and sound like Crunk Rock. “I worked with the guitar player from P.O.D., Marcos, a punk band called Whole Wheat Bread from Jacksonville, Fla., Kid Rock and a few others … My shit is real rock guitars with my beats, not keyboard guitars with ghetto beats. It’s gonna…

mbart | July 31, 2007 - 10:05 am

Guest Editor’s New Favorite Band Is Jail-Brakers

OK, you already know all about me the writer, but did you know that I not only guest-blog, but guest-shred? That’s why I’m thinking of buying an acoustic flying V and trying out for JAIL-BRAKERS. For now, I will be posting about people for whom I have not yet shred. Yet.

mbart | July 31, 2007 - 9:42 am

Proving 50 Cent wrong once again, Jay-Z says that he’s excited for the Sept. 11 retail face-off between Kanye West’s Graduation and 50’s Curtis because “you’re driving people to the store.”

Maura | July 31, 2007 - 9:22 am

Ozzfest Attendees Try To Bring Chaos Of General-Admission Shows To Crummy Colorado Shed

Ozzfest’s stop at the Coors Amphitheatre in Colorado wasn’t only notable for Ozzy Osbourne’s post-show hospital visit–someone decided to make Static-X’s set more exciting by inciting “an absolutely ridiculous and shameful war of thrown items between the lawn-seat visitors and the reserved-seat visitors,” according to a blogger for MyFox Colorado who goes by the name…

Maura | July 31, 2007 - 8:46 am

That ASCAP copyright-infringement lawsuit against the Tommy Page-playing bar in Arizona? The Tucson Citizen has amended its story, and ASCAP is actually seeking $210,000, not $210 million. Damn zeroes!

Maura | July 31, 2007 - 8:07 am

A few weeks ago, we noted that Cheap Trick is performing all of Sgt. Pepper’s with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. Well, they will now be joined by Ministry’s Al Jourgensen, at least for “I Want You (She’s So Heavy).”

mbart | July 31, 2007 - 5:55 am

The Archies Rudely Awakened By This “Internet” Thing

Remember when you were a kid reading Archie comics, and they tackled “cutting edge” topics like video games? Well, an upcoming edition of Archie tackles a topic that’s very au courant–filesharing. (What, you thought it was going to be MySpace?)

Maura | July 31, 2007 - 5:32 am

Here’s a review of the book The Art of the Band T-Shirt that helpfully summarizes the whole book for you: “It’s also acceptable to wear a T-shirt featuring bands that have been a big influence on the outfit you’re there to see. Going to a U2 show? Wear a Joy Division T-shirt.”

mbart | July 31, 2007 - 5:05 am

Keith Richards Falls Out Of The Coconut Tree, Into A Pile Of Publishing Money

The bidding war for Keith Richards’ autobiography has ended, and Little, Brown will shell out a reported $7.3 million to the rights for Keef’s life story, which he’ll write with White Mischief author James Fox.

Maura | July 31, 2007 - 4:45 am

Listening Station: It’s Good to be King of Prussia

King of Prussia are not from that benighted town of malls–they’re from Athens, Ga., and are on the reawakened Kindercore label. While a few people picked up on them when they put out album earlier this year, they deserve another boost. It may be a little hard to get over the fact that they sound…

mbart | July 31, 2007 - 4:36 am

What does it mean when Kim Gordon dances? 50% “dance, you assholes!” and 50% “I look pretty great, right?”

mbart | July 31, 2007 - 4:22 am
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