Archive: Aug 2007

Good Thing Chris Brown Didn’t Decide To Throw Himself Into The Crowd This Morning

Because judging by the near-riotous reaction to him tossing his jacket into the audience at the end of his performance on Today, it looks like the crazed young ladies making up the front row would have torn him limb-from-limb, instead of his poor, defenseless (and sorta Sergio Tacchini-looking!)

Maura | August 31, 2007 - 12:42 pm

Cartoons In The Club

One of the things I miss most about Baltimore is regular access to club music–New Jersey, on the other hand, seems to have a lot more bar bands covering Daughtry songs–especially the sillier stuff that samples comedy bits from movies, kiddie cartoon theme songs, etc., which is why I nearly pissed myself with glee when…

jharv | August 31, 2007 - 12:11 pm

NME sez new documentary reveals that Marc Bolan of T. Rex “lost his virginity” at the tender age of … nine. Uh, dudes, we know he was a freaky and fey glam rock fairy-cum-bad-ass and all, but that’s not what we on this side of the pond call “losing your virginity.”

jharv | August 31, 2007 - 11:51 am

Stuck On Repeat: Siobhan Donaghy Gets Airlifted Into Our Brains

Siobhan Donaghy’s Ghosts–which has been out on the other side of the Atlantic for a few months, but not available here because the record industry is apparently only interested in my dollars when they come via Amazon’s UK site–is making a serious run for my best-of-’07 list; it’s 12 tracks of the…

Maura | August 31, 2007 - 11:35 am

“Paste” Knows Its Audience A Bit Too Well

Once again, we present Rock-Critically Correct, a feature in which the most recent issues of Rolling Stone, Blender, Vibe and Spin are given a once-over by an anonymous writer who’s contributed to several of those titles–or maybe even all of them! After the click-through, he switches things up a bit and gives the latest issue…

anono | August 31, 2007 - 11:05 am

Our Advertisers Just Can’t Decide Which Sept. 11 Hip-Hop Album They’re Rooting For

Many thanks to this week’s sponsors, who refuse to divulge on which side they fall in the great Kanye/50 battle, even after the leaks. If you’d like be counted among these secret Kenny Chesney fans, you can find more information here.

jharv | August 31, 2007 - 11:00 am

Lyle Lovett Has Destroyed Our Thinkin’ Brains

Lyle Lovett has recorded the theme song to the awful-looking upcoming musical satire Walk Hard: The Legend Of Dewey Cox with the help of Jewel, Jackson Browne, and … Ghostface Killah. (Somewhere my pal John’s throat just clenched without knowing why.) The brief description of said song in this Rolling Stone interview has rendered me…

jharv | August 31, 2007 - 10:34 am

Mark Knopfler and crew have been given the right to kick out the loafers who had registered thanks to having the “intellectual rights to their band name,” aka a commonly used English-language phrase.

jharv | August 31, 2007 - 10:20 am

Supersonic September Surge To Save Sales From Slump?

The music industry certainly thinks/hopes so according to this Variety article about the jam-packed September release schedule, with a bargeload of new releases set to drop on the (hopefully) golden Tuesdays of Sept. 11 and 25. The shortlist of artists namechecked here as potential moneymakers includes the super-obvious (Kanye, 50, Kenny, Rascal Flatts), the second-tier…

jharv | August 31, 2007 - 9:30 am

Amazon’s MP3 Store May Be Open Next Month (Really)

The New York Post is reporting that Amazon’s long-delayed digital-music store–which will carry MP3s that are free of copy protection–may, in fact, launch sometime during the week of Sept. 17, although given the project’s lengthy delays up to this point, it also may not. The Post piece also has details on pricing and which labels…

Maura | August 31, 2007 - 8:48 am

Looking Back At A Week In Which Our Boat Got A Little Bit Leaky

• Kanye and 50 Cent brought the battle of Sept. 11 a little bit early, only to have the new Britney song make the Googlers wild. • And meanwhile, Kenny Chesney’s fans partied on. • The iTunes graphic equalizer: Can it be perfectly calibrated, or is flat where it’s at?

Maura | August 31, 2007 - 2:00 am

ArkivMusic’s pretty amazing business model: Repressing out-of-print classical CDs on-demand. (It currently has made about 3,700 titles available to consumers.)

Maura | August 31, 2007 - 1:39 am

Idolator Storms The Sandless Beach At Kenny Chesney’s New York City Show

Ed. note: While the BitTerrorists were downloading the leaks of Graduation and Curtis yesterday, the other contender in the battle for mid-September album-chart supremacy was throwing a sorta-beach party, complete with sandless “sand pit,” in New York City. We sent writer Tobey Grumet Segal to Kenny Chesney’s show at Madison Square Garden, and she got

Maura | August 31, 2007 - 1:12 am

As announced back in June, Sony will phase out its SonyConnect music store between now and next spring; the company is migrating its users to a new, Windows Media-based store that will work with its forthcoming Walkman video players, which are somehow not being called Watchmen.

Maura | August 30, 2007 - 12:53 pm

The Chinese Are Killing Us At The Illegal Downloading Game

So it looks like the record labels will apparently negotiate with the terrorists after all. But only in China, where apparently “almost 100% of music downloaded from the Net is stolen” according to this Business Week story, thanks to, a search engine that’s kicking Yahoo and Google’s asses thanks to its ability to ferret…

jharv | August 30, 2007 - 12:30 pm

Jess’ not-so-secret admiration for Brad Paisley will no doubt have its flames fanned on Nov. 7, when the Country Music Association Awards air; Paisley and George Strait lead the pack with five nominations each.

Maura | August 30, 2007 - 12:02 pm

“Gangsta Rap” Scare Stories Always Make Us Feel Like It’s Still 1991

A Florida cop recently proved (once again) how silly law enforcement officials can sound when they start talking about popular entertainment, taking us back to the glory days of “Cop Killer” and putting his foot in his mouth after a rash of robberies turned him into an impromptu social critic: …

jharv | August 30, 2007 - 11:35 am

Lupe Fiasco Is Smart, Knows It, And Tells Us About It

Nah Right’s got a new Lupe Fiasco track from the upcoming The Cool, which Eskay assures us is “not the first single.”

jharv | August 30, 2007 - 11:05 am

A recent Great White show, broken down by the numbers: “10 young groupie daughters who looked 17-going-on-1989,” three air-drummers, and one actual drummer who “looked like Estelle Getty from Golden Girls having a stroke.”

Maura | August 30, 2007 - 10:45 am
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