Archive: Jul 2009

Who Would You Nominate For Your Home State’s “Most Mythical Artist” Crown?

Jess Harvell's piece on The Misfits' relationship to New Jersey earlier this week sparked some debate from out-of-state residents over which musicians deserved to be elevated to bard status as far as their respective homelands went. I wouldn't try to speak for all of New York, because, well, doing so would be just silly (plu…

By: Maura / July 31, 2009

The Cutout Bin: Chilli Pipers, Autotune Lives, All Points West Gets Wet

Some things to read while lamenting the fact that you didn't get tickets to Al Fest... • The Red Hot Chilli Pipers. I guess the extra "l" is for extra lawsuit protection---pity they couldn't take a similar tack with peoples' ears. [Official site; HT (?) Ned Raggett] • Jay-Z's hatred of Autotune has been great…

By: Maura / July 31, 2009

The Sugababes Are Trapped And Chained

I really, really wish that I liked "Get Sexy," the first single from the Sugababes' forthcoming attempt to Break Big In The States (Finally), a bit more than I do, because all I can see are weird references to the girls being bound and confined in the song's attendant video. Like on the chorus, the…

By: Maura / July 31, 2009

Van Hunt Is Burning For You

The video for Van Hunt's "At The End Of A Slow Dance" is coming out some three years after its parent album was released, but who said timeliness was the most important thing when it came to consuming pretty good music? Especially during the waning hours of a Friday? This track is certainly getting me…

By: Maura / July 31, 2009

Kanye West Thinks Fame Is A Carcinogen (And He’s Probably Right)

Well, despite my best efforts, that rumor about Kanye West campaigning to be King Of Pop in the wake of Michael Jackson's passing really took off, thanks to our hypermediated, hyperconnected world being mostly devoid of fact-checkers. So the story finally, inevitably reached Kanye himself today---via Wendy Williams' radio show---and he posted his thoughts o…

By: Maura / July 31, 2009

Simon Cowell’s “Top Of The Pops” Debut: Let The “Dawg” Jokes Commence

Before Simon Cowell was an obscenely paid, tart-tongued TV personality, he was a hungry young Englishman who wanted to make it big in the music business. Which is why, in 1982, he appeared on Top Of The Pops dressed up as Wonderdog, a canine who barked along with a dance track called---what else?---"Ruff Mix." Sure,…

By: Maura / July 31, 2009

The “Kidz Bop” Series Goes From Singalong To LOL-Along

Nestled among the kid-centric covers of "Boom Boom Pow" and "1-2-3-4" on the forthcoming 16th (!) installment of Kidz Bop is a song called "LOL"---and no, it's not a Trey Songz cover. It's by Sinai Rose, and it sounds kind of like a lost Lil Mama track, with attitude all over the place, a super-distorted…

By: Maura / July 31, 2009

Oh, this doesn't sound very good: "RealNetworks, the majority owner of the Rhapsody online-music service, said credit-card rejections lowered subscribers in the second quarter. ... Rhapsody subscriptions fell to 750,000 at the end of the period from 800,000 in the prior quarter, trimming music sales 8 percent." Related: A recent poll of credit-card users i…

By: Maura / July 31, 2009

Trey Anastasio’s Vermont Estate Goes On The Market

The house in northern Vermont that served as a rural hideaway for Trey Anastasio, the rehabilitated leader of the reunited Phish, is up for sale. The five-bedroom, four-and-a-half bath, 3,926-square-foot estate, located about 20 minutes outside of Burlington, sits on 259 acres and has dramatic views of Mount Mansfield and Camel’s Hump, two of the…

By: admin / July 31, 2009

Here’s Hoping Kanye West Kept His Lunch Locked Down Last Night

From a review of the performance-art piece Why Won't You Let Me Be Great!!!, which is about Kanye West's 808s and Heartbreak and which had the man himself in attendance last night: "The evening became tense and uncomfortable when notorious (and buck-naked) performance artist Ann Liv Young confronted Kanye personally, shouting that she didn't think…

By: Maura / July 31, 2009

Idolator’s Top 12 Pop Songs About The Internet

Trey Songz' ode to sexy Twitpics "LOL :)" is the latest in a long line of songs to marvel over modern technology as it talks about love and romance; with the emoticon-addled track, Songz (and assistants Soulja Boy and Gucci Mane) joins a long line of Internet-referencing pop superstars that includes Prince, Britney Spears, Todd…

By: Maura / July 31, 2009

Monica Celebrates Forthcoming Reality Show With Kate Gosselin-Inspired Haircut

R & B singer Monica's forthcoming show on BET---simply titled Monica, and debuting Oct. 27---will only have her raising two kids instead of the spiky-haired Kate's eight, but she'll also be working on her long-in-the-works album and trying to launch a clothing line, which I guess are supposed to compensate? I'm hoping for a crossover…

By: Maura / July 31, 2009

Jay-Z, Kanye, Fact, And Fiction Collide At Webster Hall

Last night's Diesel : U : Music show at Webster Hall was a hot ticket, thanks to a bill stocked with highly bloggable acts like Clipse and the Roots, and rumors swirling all week that Jay-Z---in the tri-state area for his All Points West appearance this evening---was going to surprise the crowd by bringing the

By: Jeff Rosenthal / July 31, 2009

The Pussycat Dolls Throw A Hail Mary Pass

Last night's Critical Karaoke event was pretty rousing success, and thanks to everyone who came out. Apparently there will be video of the whole night online soon (which is a good thing, because everyone's performances were stellar), but for now my piece---which looks at the Pussycat Dolls' current attempt to recapture the zeitgeiest, "Hush Hush;

By: Maura / July 31, 2009

Chris Brown Follows Jill And Kevin’s Wedding Procession To The Charts

The viral-video sensation that was the Chris Brown-scored wedding procession of Kevin Heinz and Jill Peterson has resulted in "Forever," the song employed by the clip, returning to the charts: It sold 50,000 downloads in the week ending July 26 (Sunday)---a 1,721% jump, which was enough to put the song at No. 21 on Billboard'…

By: Maura / July 31, 2009

Eminem Continues To Lose Himself In His Beef With Mariah Carey

In an effort to keep everyone's name in the gossip columns set the record straight about his prior involvements with Mariah Carey, Eminem has released "The Warning," a few minutes of invective pointed directly at the floundering singer and her semi-courageous husband Nick Cannon, who have been acting cute about whether the Mimi-crazed guy played…

By: Maura / July 31, 2009

Shakira Is A Total Freaking Goofball (And It’s Kind Of Great)

There is something about Shakira's disco-twitchy single "She Wolf" that makes me giggle. Maybe it's the lyrical use of "lycanthropy," or the way she delicately caterwauls "aa-woo" on the chorus? Or both, and add to that the way that her voice on the chorus is stripped of all the barkiness that characterized so much of…

By: Maura / July 30, 2009

In case you have no plans tonight and you find yourself in or adjacent to the Red Hook area of Brooklyn, N.Y.: I will be performing at the Jalopy Theater (315 Columbia St.) tonight as part of "Critical Karaoke," in which music scribes perform a piece that's written to the length of the song they're…

By: Maura / July 30, 2009

The Swine Flu’s Latest Victim: Communal Beer

Those people the Wacken Open Air Festival in Germany have been told to hold off on kissing other concertgoers and sharing drinks in order to help stifle potential for a swine flu outbreak, thanks to the disease rapidly spreading in the area of Germany where the festival is happening. The local health ministry cites “circumstance…

By: Maura / July 30, 2009

Courtney Love Is Not All That Convinced By Taylor Momsen

Gossip Girl starlet / aspiring rocker Taylor Momsen turned 16 earlier this week, and she's finally received her birthday gift from Courtney Love: A big old stream of invective over her basically inviting comparisons to the former Hole singer with her sartorial choices of blonde mop, red lipstick, eyeliner, and baby-doll dresses. Love, apparently sent…

By: Maura / July 30, 2009
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