Archive: Jan 2008

American Idol Brings Out The Dreamers And The Screamers In Miami

I officially reached American Idol audition burnout with last night’s episode, which is a good thing I guess since I’m pretty sure that the Hollywood Round episodes start next week. (Update: Alas, I was mistaken.) But am I wrong in thinking that the Miami audition installment of the show was just designed to really annoy…

Maura | January 31, 2008 - 12:35 pm

Bill Cosby Gets His Crayons And His Pencils, Starts Writing Rhymes

Yes, 2008 may see the first Cosby-related rap since Theo Huxtable and Walter “Cockroach” Bradley taught a nation of youngsters about the time when a certain Julius C. got bodied by his bros. Rumors abound in the hip-hop world this morning that Bill Cosby, rap-hater and friend of talking magic markers, is recording his first…

Jess Harvell | January 31, 2008 - 12:00 pm

Swedish Prosecutor Fires A Shot At The Pirate Bay, Head Pirates Take To Their Blog To LOL

A Swedish prosecutor filed charges against Hans Fredrik Neij, Per Svartholm Warg, Peter Kolmisoppi, and Carl Lundstroem, the four men behind the BitTerrorist haven The Pirate Bay, today. Prosecutor Haakan Roswall has claimed that The Pirate Bay “promotes other people’s infringements of copyright laws” and makes money off of that promotion from its banner ads,…

Maura | January 31, 2008 - 11:30 am

Jay-Z Unveils A Sketch From His Latest <em>Blueprint</em>?

77830627.jpgARTIST: Jay-Z
TITLE: “Ain’t I”
WEB DEBUT: Jan. 30, 2008

Jess Harvell | January 31, 2008 - 11:00 am

Chris Brown Is Still Flogging The “New Michael Jackson” Thing For All It’s Worth

And now he’s dragging Lil Mama along with him, as evidenced by the “Scream”-biting video for “Shawty Get Loose,” the latest attempt to let the Top 40-listening masses that the pint-sized rapper has other songs besides “Lip Gloss.”

Maura | January 31, 2008 - 10:30 am

Project X Takes Two For The Books

As part of Idolator’s continuing effort to geekily analyze every music chart known to man, we present a new edition of Project X, in which Idolator Critics’ Poll editor Michaelangelo Matos breaks down rankings from every genre imaginable. After the click-through, he looks at two books aimed at list fanatics, one intermittently entertaining but flawed

Michaelangelo Matos | January 31, 2008 - 10:00 am

Qui’s David Yow was hospitalized after a show last week, and as it turns out he wasn’t the only member of his band in need of medical treatment; guitarist/vocalist Matt Cronk is also in the hospital after suffering three strokes and is being diagnosed with an “inflamed, infected, and strained…

Maura | January 31, 2008 - 9:35 am

Do you want to start your day off with some of the grungiest, most distorted black metal put to cassette (cassette!)

Jess Harvell | January 31, 2008 - 9:15 am

Is The Sight Of A Justin Timberlake Ball Shot Going To Make America Embrace Legal Downloading?

Pepsi is sure hoping so, based on the Pepsi/Amazon MP3 ad above, which shows Justin Timberlake being driven out of his restaurant and through the streets of New York and its suburbs…

Maura | January 31, 2008 - 8:53 am

Hanatarash Indulges In A Little Smashing And Shouting And Shoving

Attn. teenage miscreants: if an authority figure ever catches you popping foul balls into your school’s windows or ghost riding shopping carts in a Dress Barn parking lot or banking cans of E-Z Cheez off a neighbor’s aluminum tool shed and into their birdbath, point to this 1988 live clip of…

Jess Harvell | January 31, 2008 - 5:25 am

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds are playing the indie wankfest known as the Plug Awards! This will almost make up for last year’s liveblog-joke-filled fiasco, especially if the organizers take one anonymous Brooklyn Vegan commenter’s advice and ditch the “awards” part of the night in favor of a full…

Maura | January 31, 2008 - 5:05 am

What is going on at the “we play music videos, no really” network Fuse? First, they start airing reruns of shows produced by sibling networks We and IFC and devoting Saturday mornings to showings of Wonder Boys.

Maura | January 31, 2008 - 4:50 am

Attention readers attending the SXSW festival this year/fans of TV chefs with obnoxious accents and giant teeth: “We are also reaching out to offer Battles a slot as one of the five bands in the ‘Feedback’ showcase” supposedly hosted by the Food Network’s own Rachael Ray.

Jess Harvell | January 31, 2008 - 4:30 am

Hang Up The Phone: A Brief List Of Ill-Advised Ringtones

I haven’t yet had the pleasure of hearing Hinder’s “Lips Of An Angel” ringing out of a cell phone in my immediate vicinity, but I’m on alert for that possibility now thanks to the song being “the RIAA’s first and only triple platinum Mastertone in rock music history,” according to a press release. Perhaps there…

Maura | January 31, 2008 - 4:00 am

Van Hunt Now Label-less, Blogging

Last April, former Idolator editor Brian Raftery wondered if soul singer Van Hunt was still signed to a major, and whether or not his third album, Popular, would see the light of day. Today, Greg Kot at the Chicago Tribune sheds some light on the first mystery, at least, passing along the MySpace-blogged news that…

Maura | January 31, 2008 - 3:20 am

BREAKING: Paul McCartney did not have an angioplasty because his innards were long ago removed and replaced with Country Bear Jamboree-style animatronics.

Jess Harvell | January 31, 2008 - 3:00 am

The Gremlins (Jimmy) Eat (World) After Midnight

Top 5 things about this video: 1.) Ravenous gremlin saliva. 2.) Mrs. Deagle getting her comeuppance. (Shades of Inland Empire in the close-up!) 3.) Caroling emo gremlin chorus. 4.) Gizmo’s self-satisfied smirk when he finds himself unable to drive 55. 5.)

Jess Harvell | January 31, 2008 - 2:15 am

Can You Write And Record An Album In 29 Days?

By the time Feb. 1 rolls around, my New Year’s resolutions are out the window, and I’m back to my slothful, probably unhealthy ways (In all fairness, who decided to schedule the prime time for self-improvement around the time of the year when all I want to do is sleep, watch TV, and fortify myself…

Maura | January 31, 2008 - 1:45 am

Who’s still shameless enough to write another article entitled “The Top 10 Albums That Every Music Snob Name Checks” with a straight face? (“Do you like albums that sound like they were recorded in a basement?

Jess Harvell | January 31, 2008 - 1:25 am

For an article that’s supposed to be trying to convert non-fans to the world of heavy metal, this piece sure expends a lot of words talking about what’s supposedly wack/corny/”uncool” about the genre.

Jess Harvell | January 31, 2008 - 1:10 am
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