Archive: May 2008

Least Shocking News Ever: Outlook For Warner Music Lousy

It’s been a rough week for Edgar Bronfman, Jr. First, his hometown newspaper questioned whether he’s cut out for the business world at all, then Standard & Poor’s announced that the company’s credit rating is about as bad as mine.

Dan Gibson / May 30, 2008

FYI

Anyone who’s spent the last 24 hours feverishly looking for some thread between Kanye’s three videos for “Flashing Lights” can stop, as the man himself has revealed that the two that came out over the last week are 100% unofficial: “I shot 3 vids for flashing lights cuz I ain’t like the first 2.

Maura / May 30, 2008

“Rolling Stone” Picks Up Its Well-Worn Six-String

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 a writer who’s contributed to many of those magazines, as well as a few others! In this installment, he looks at the new issue of Rolling Stone:…

anono / May 30, 2008

Tyga, “Coconut Juice”

Harry Nilsson as beyond-the-grave hook man? Well, I guess weirder things have happened. Tyga’s “Coconut Juice” sounds like the overcrowded pool party on the outskirts of Los Angeles depicted in its video, a big cacophonous mess (in a not-bad way!)…

Maura / May 30, 2008

Kid Rock, “All Summer Long”

I’ve bitched about this song and will continue to bitch, but I have to grudgingly admire anything that takes the License To Ill obvious sample pile-up aesthetic and updates it for deadbeat dads with beer guts.

anthonyjmiccio / May 30, 2008

Madonna: Who Needs Album Sales When You Have Dubai?

Dubai has become the tour stop for those with enough fame to draw the big checks for one-off shows and the desire to see another zero added to their checking account balance. And Justin Timberlake, Elton John, Pink, Aerosmith, and Destiny’s Child have been getting paid thanks to Dubai’s riches, so it would figure that…

Dan Gibson / May 30, 2008

Pete Wentz Wants Our Help

Earlier this week, I apparently upset Pete Wentz a little bit when I posted about his new MTV show, which upset his posse (my favorite comment: “ps. dan gibson = a bitch, perez hilton = amazing, pete wentz = my hero”). I certainly hope that he and I can get past this difficult stage i…

Dan Gibson / May 30, 2008

Idolator’s 2008 Summer Jam Tournament Gets A Bit Hands-On

Our quest for the No. 1 song of summer 2008 continues today with a face-off between two songs that seem to have been expressly designed for maximum June-September listening, Kid Rock’s Warren Zevon homage “All Summer Long” and Tyga’s Harry Nilsson-inspired “Coconut Juice.” The clips, the defenses, and the all-important poll after the jump.

Maura / May 30, 2008

Cisco Adler Must Have Compromising Pictures Of Judy McGrath

It’s beyond me how Cisco Adler manages to keep getting on television, but somehow he’s done it again, procuring a new “real-life Entourage” styled program on MTV this summer.

Dan Gibson / May 30, 2008

Seven Songs That Are Way More Fun To Drive Around To Than “Mr. Brightside”

Once again, we celebrate the last posting day of the month with Rule Of Sevens, in which I make a bunch of seven-item lists in an effort to wipe the slate of the past 30 or 31 days clean. Today’s first installment is inspired by a UK car insurance company’s rundown of great songs to

Maura / May 30, 2008

Live Nation Continues Its Quest To Own You, Sets Up A Facebook Page

Facebook is the hot new social networking platform (of 2007), so it makes sense that Live Nation, which has been aggressively expanding its data-mining efforts online, would try and get in on some of the site’s poke-filled action. But is the company’s Facebook application really going to make non-employees of the company embrace the Live…

Maura / May 30, 2008

A Long Island house owned by 50 Cent burned down this morning, and six people went to the hospital as a result of the blaze, according to Newsday.

Maura / May 30, 2008

50 Cent’s House Burns Down

A Long Island house owned by 50 Cent burned down this morning, and six people went to the hospital as a result of the blaze, according to Newsday.

Maura / May 30, 2008

Courtney Love Tries To Break Alt-Rock Stranglehold On Female Bass Players

After lots of delays, Courtney Love is seemingly ready to start rehearsing for the recording of her new album and its subsequent tour. But she needs a bass player, and so she’s turned her MySpace blog into her own personal Craigslist because the dude she wanted originally, who, uh, worked with Plant/Page, is currently o…

Maura / May 30, 2008

Helping Pete Wentz, Part Two

Well, the polls have closed, and we have our nominees for Idolator’s suggested “vintage video” for airing on F’NMTV, Pete Wentz’s attempt to bring music videos back to MTV’s prime-time programming hours. We did get a few suggestions, some of which could have been, well, a little better. (No offense intended to the suggestee, but…

Dan Gibson / May 30, 2008

Another track from the reissue of Rihanna’s Good Girl Gone Bad has leaked, and the fact that it’s titled “Disturbia” makes me think that it was actually recorded for the 2007 Rear Window ripoff starring Shia LeBoeuf, but replaced at the last minute on the soundtrack by Afroman’s “Because I Got…

Maura / May 30, 2008

Rihanna – “Disturbia”

Another track from the reissue of Rihanna’s Good Girl Gone Bad has leaked, and the fact that it’s titled “Disturbia” makes me think that it was actually recorded for the 2007 Rear Window ripoff starring Shia LeBoeuf, but replaced at the last minute on the soundtrack by Afroman’s “Because I Got…

Maura / May 30, 2008

Prepare Yourself For The Schedule, Smell Of Bonnaroo

I hope you weren’t planning on seeing both Alison Krauss and Death Cab For Cutie at Bonnaroo in two weeks, because the festival’s just-released schedule just won’t allow it.

Dan Gibson / May 30, 2008

Quotable

The director of Weezer’s “remember that thing on YouTube? wasn’t that funny?” video for “Pork & Beans” speaks about his, ahem, “inspiration” for the clip: “When I heard ‘Pork and Beans,’ I loved its non-conformist message and felt like it was a natural anthem for the self-expression that’s been…

Maura / May 30, 2008

DeRogatis Gets To Testify Like A Real Journalist

Like it or not–and barring appeals–Chicago Sun-Times pop music critic Jim DeRogatis will likely be forced to testify in the R. Kelly case. Apparently, when you turn over a tape of apparent child pornography to police, the person accused of creating said video might have a few questions for you.

Dan Gibson / May 30, 2008
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