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Mindy McCready: A Musical Context


Those of you who, like me, only know of Mindy McCready from her appearances on various Roger Clemens-releated legal documents and newswires–she appeared on the latter again last night, thanks to reportedly saying that she worked more hours than she really did on a community service report–and looking for reasons why she keeps cropping up in the news may be interested to hear her spunky country No. 1 “Guys Do It All The Time.” (It came out in 1996, when I was burrowed further down the college-radio rabbit hole than I ever had been or would be, and reached No. 72 on the Hot 100.) After the jump, another McCready track, this one a breakup anthem that was apparently covered by members of L7 after the fact.

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Idolator’s Friday YouTube Fun: The Myriad

There’s no news involved with this post or clever sarcasm (sorry), but it’s the end of a slow news day, so here’s a context-less video for you to (hopefully) enjoy. More »


Maybe Pete Wentz Did Bring The Music Video Back

fnmtvisjustaboutright.jpgAnother Friday, another installment of FNMTV starring our pal Pete Wentz. This week, there are mysteriously only three new videos (T.I., No Age, and Day 26) to go with two live performances (Rihanna and Maroon 5 featuring Rihanna). I wondered what effect the program had on the number of videos played on MTV, and there’s good and bad news. The good (?) news: MTV is certainly devoting a larger amount of its airtime to music videos. The bad news: I hope you like Boys Like Girls.

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Lil Wayne And Coldplay Take Off The Gloves

Weezy had his week and those Brits in the funny military thrift outfits had their chance, but next week’s chart will be the true test of what style reigns supreme: slightly insane rapping or newly avant-garde sensitive balladry. More »


On the National

Admittedly, there’s a bit of conflict of interest here (Maura’s engaged to the author, I consider him a friend), but we would be out of line if we didn’t at least mention J. More »


Admittedly, there’s a bit of conflict of interest here (Maura’s engaged to the author, I consider him a friend), but we would be out of line if we didn’t at least mention J. More »



Waxpoetics Launches Digital-Music Store

The awesome music journal Waxpoetics has launched a digital-music store featuring selections handpicked by its editors, as well as albums featured in the magazine including Seun Kuti & Fela’s Egypt 80, Was (Not Was)’ reissued debut Out Come the Freaks, and asingle-CD reissue of two albums by the… More »


The awesome music journal Waxpoetics has launched a digital-music store featuring selections handpicked by its editors, as well as albums featured in the magazine including Seun Kuti & Fela’s Egypt 80, Was (Not Was)’ reissued debut Out Come the Freaks, and asingle-CD reissue of two albums by the… More »


MTV Bigwigs Wondering If They Can Reach Trainwrecky Heights Of Last Year’s Video Music Awards Festivities

How is MTV planning to top last year’s MTV Video Music Awards, which, despite instilling something resembling post-traumatic stress disorder in the psyches of many a viewer (this writer included), achieved bigger numbers than those in previous years and epitomized the Internet-watercooler-driven strategy that MTV is so aggressively courting these days? (“There was a time when the music video itself is what happened in culture, but now it’s the music video and what everyone has to say about it that is what’s happening,” Brian Graden, president of MTV programming, told Reuters in a piece on the endless remixing and revisiting of MTV’s “we do show music” flagship FNMTV.) Will the Los Angeles-based ceremony/party/excuse for televised debauchery go back to the big-numbers well and reinvite Britney Spears, who, most of you will probably remember, sleepwalked through “Gimme More” to open last year’s show?

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Time For Us To Take A Moment And Give You The Microphone

Because the comment gallery here is a collection of musical tastemakers without parallel, we like to ask you about the music we might be missing from time to time. More »


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