Archive: Feb 2008

The Roots (Literally) Light It Up

With no chorus, a disorienting Black Thought verse smothered in mic fuzz, and a video where the band douses a kidnapped white dude with gasoline before lighting a match, the forbidding "75 Bars (Black's Reconstruction)" will sadly not end up toppling Flo Rida from Billboard or Chris Brown from...
By: Jess Harvell / February 29, 2008

In my haste to complain about Alex Lushington's boot from American Idol I forgot to note that last night's telecast also announced this year's edition of "Idol Gives Back," the telethon that features lots of guest stars and lots of medleys.
By: Maura / February 29, 2008

<em>Maxim</em> Writer Says Those Infamous Two-And-A-Half Circles Were Added To His Previews After The Fact

As week one of Crowesgate draws to a close, we've heard from a lot of people regarding Maxim's decision to run "previews" of upcoming Black Crowes and Nas albums as actual reviews despite those albums being unavailable to critics and just plain unfinished, respectively. We've read the Crowes' initial irate reaction to Maxim's journalistic …
By: Jess Harvell / February 29, 2008

Your Sadie Hawkins Day Dance Playlist: The No. 1 Hits Of Leap Days Past

The chart geeks among you might be interested by the above clip, which some intrepid YouTube user put together as a salute to the last 50 years of songs that were sitting pretty on the Billboard charts come Feb. 29.
By: Maura / February 29, 2008

Our Advertisers Are All About Authenticity In Rock Music

Many thanks to this week's sponsors, who had Robbie Carrico pegged as a wig-wearer from his first audition. If you'd like to join this group of fake-hair-savvy fans, more information is here.
By: Maura / February 29, 2008

If You Want A Piece Of Lou Pearlman, You Can Find One On eBay

Pervy boy-band impresario Lou Pearlman, whose trial on federal bank fraud charges is set for April, has told friends that he's thinking about copping a plea on those charges that would result in him going to the federal pen for up to 25 years. But that doesn't mean he'll be free from jail after that …
By: Maura / February 29, 2008

Part 1: Ambient Synths And Fedora-Wearing Dudes

It's a bit too preoccupied with 1960s psychedelia (seriously, give it a rest), but the Spanish music scene is proving to be a relatively rich landscape of nice, solid indie rock*, as well as the occasional non-indie surprise. My music-gathering experience here has come almost entirely from people I meet in bars or other …
By: kater / February 29, 2008

Bret Michaels is releasing his autobiography this fall, and as MetalSucks notes, it will be sure to not be as interesting as either The Dirt or anything Poison guitarist C.C. DeVille would commit to paper.
By: Maura / February 29, 2008

Next Have A Ball

What better way to rise on a Friday morning than with a shameless R&B appreciation of involuntary erections by three gentlemen from Minneapolis not named Prince Rogers Nelson. "Too Close," a song that's been the bane of vice principals for a decade now, remains Next's biggest hit.
By: Jess Harvell / February 29, 2008

Alexandrea Lushington: In Memoriam

As I gloomily predicted yesterday, Alexandrea Lushington--the spunky 17-year-old who turned "Spinning Wheel" and Chicago's "If You Leave Me Now" into songs that actually sounded somewhat current, despite the best efforts of the show's worse-by-the-minute band--was eliminated from American Idol last night, thus continuing my track record of inadvertently voting off the people I'm voting …
By: Maura / February 29, 2008

Looking Back On A Week Of Educated Guesses And Too Many Dead Folks

• Maxim apologized to the Black Crowes, earned a shrug from Nas, confused the hell out of the folks at CNN, and got one writer talking to the newspapers. • Can we please get a break from having to write all these obituaries? It's really starting to bum us out.
By: Jess Harvell / February 29, 2008

So while Maura's off at SXSW or Margaritaville or wherever the hell she's going this spring, I'm being sent to Myrtle Beach in June for the opening of the Hard Rock Park, the long-awaited rock-themed amusement park brought to you by the Cafe people.
By: Jess Harvell / February 29, 2008

Chavez Hears The Roar Of The (Possibly Imaginary) Crowd

Because it's Friday afternoon, Maura's left me to fend for myself a la Don't Tell Mom The Babysitters Dead (complete with sink full of unwashed dishes), and the fact that it's the kind of week where this starts looking like a juicy story, it's time to reach for that all-purpose space-filler: songs...
By: Jess Harvell / February 29, 2008

So it turns out that the video for Paula Abdul's new single "Dance Like There's No Tomorrow" has actually not been "rejected" by MTV. MTV will actually break Paula's heart on Monday, unless the network decides to be perverse/spite a gun-jumping blogosphere.
By: Jess Harvell / February 29, 2008

Jay-Z And Mary J. Ask You To Give Thanks And Praises

ARTIST: Jay-Z and Mary J. Blige TITLE: "You're Welcome" WEB DEBUT: Feb. 28, 2008 …
By: Jess Harvell / February 29, 2008

Ministry Visits The Land Of Rape And Hockey

Bringing together a genre no one listens to anymore with a sport no one watches anymore, Al Jourgensen, frontman for unkillable industrial-rockers Ministry, has written the new "fight song" for NHL team the Chicago Blackhawks.
By: Jess Harvell / February 29, 2008

Lil Jon’s Winery: Really?

A few gossip blogs are claiming that Little Jonathan Winery is actually the brainchild of one Lil Jon, so get out your pimp cups, etc., etc. Now, it's nothing new for musicians to head into the grape fields in search of new revenue streams (especially given all the problems Jon's label, TVT, has...
By: Maura / February 29, 2008

Gnarls Barkley Take It Back To ’84 (And Possibly ’64?)

Bookended by a cameo from a Justin Timberlake profiling in Cazals and white leather, the gleeful new video for Gnarls Barkley's "Run" is a tribute to a beloved but short-lived teevee hip-hop dance party, at least according to one Idolator reader left irate by certain lazy comparisons to American...
By: Jess Harvell / February 29, 2008

And now a brief correction regarding our post about the Roots' "75 Bars (Black's Reconstruction)" below: "The 'bass' on 75 bars is actually tuba.
By: Jess Harvell / February 29, 2008

The White Stripes And Flo Rida: They’re Both No. 1!*

Ed. note: Chris "dennisobell" Molanphy, our resident chart guru, looks at the upward, downward, and lack of movement on this week's Billboard charts: * OK, so one of these acts is, like, president of the United States and the other the president of American Samoa. I'll get to the White Stripes later... Yesterday o …
By: Chris Molanphy / February 29, 2008
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