Archive: Aug 2009

This sped-up reworking of Van Halen's AOR staple "I'll Wait" was dubbed "I'll Wait (Devo Speed)" by a commenter 'round these parts, and it sounded so herky-jerky and good to these ears, I just had to pay tribute via Photoshop. (The Misfits-y hijacking of Danzig's "Mother" linked from the message-board thread responsible for…
By: Maura / August 31, 2009

The Hidden Meaning Of The Rolling Stones-Quoting Apple Event Invitation

Next Wednesday is 09.09.09---a big day for the music business thanks to the release of the remastered Beatles catalog on CD, as well as the Fab Four's very own, very splashy installment in the Rock Band franchise. So why would Apple schedule a big event for that day, and why would said event be presaged…
By: Maura / August 31, 2009

Is “Pork & Beans” Really The Third-Best Music Video Of The Past Ten Years?

Just in time for the arguing over their Top 500 Tracks Of The Decade list to die down, the folks at Pitchfork have put together another end-of-the-oughts ranking for people to nitpick---this time, a list of the 50 best music videos of the past 10 years.
By: Maura / August 31, 2009

Happy Birthday, Glenn Tilbrook

Today Glenn Tilbrook, the co-leader of the iconic UK band Squeeze and man who was partially responsible for some of the greatest pop songs ever, turns 52. (FYI, I could have added another 10 links into that last sentence. Just go here and click.) Coincidentally, it's also the 30th anniversary…
By: Maura / August 31, 2009

Five Reasons Why Jay-Z’s Attendance At Yesterday’s Grizzly Bear Show Wasn’t All That Surprising

Yesterday, the harmonizing, indie-kid-beloved Brooklyn band Grizzly Bear played an outdoor show on its home borough's waterfront, and at around 6 p.m. Twitter lit up with news from the show---not about the band's performance, mind you, but about the appearance of Jay-Z and his lady Beyonce in the crowd, as documented by the above…
By: Maura / August 31, 2009

A reader in the know let me know that, contrary to Hits' assertions, Vampire Weekend's second album will not be coming out on Sept. 29---in fact, it's not slated to come out until sometime in 2010. However, what is apparently coming out that day: the Where The Wild Things Are soundtrack featuring Karen O…
By: Maura / August 31, 2009

Whitney Houston Takes Back The Microphone

Our look at the closing lines of the week’s biggest new-music reviews continues with a roundup of reactions to I Look To You, superdiva Whitney Houston's first studio album since 2002:…
By: Maura / August 31, 2009

Radiohead Apparently Very Serious About Re-Embracing The Single

Radiohead opened their set at last night's Reading Festival with their 1992 breakthrough hit "Creep," which the band rarely trots out these days; Thom Yorke's vocal delivery was fairly strangled, perhaps because he was acutely aware that he was leading a sing-along more than he was engaging in a performance. One wonders if Radiohead deliberately…
By: Maura / August 31, 2009

Lady GaGa Solidifies Her Position As This Generation’s Pantsless Diane Warren

Michael Bolton, the adult-contemporary crooner who pretty much set the groundwork for a lot of yarling post-grungers with his semi-strangled style of belting, is on the comeback trail! He has a new album, One World One Love, coming out next month, and in order to get in with the "kids," he's enlisted the help of…
By: Maura / August 31, 2009

Oasis Save Their Bad News For Late On Friday

Tonight's set by the pugilistic Britpop titans Oasis at the Rock En Seine Festival, which was supposed to commence about an hour ago, was canceled at the last minute due to an "altercation," the crowd was told. Well, that "altercation" was actually Noel Gallagher up and quitting the band because of his brotherly…
By: Maura / August 28, 2009

Seasonal Allergies: Black Eyed Peas Dominate Hot 100 All Summer Long

As we approach the end of a summer in which some (including including our esteemed editor) claim that there was no one Song of Summer thanks to Michael Jackson looming large in the afterlife, we are a few weeks away from a rare act of chart dominance: Total Hot 100 ownership by a…
By: Chris Molanphy / August 28, 2009

The Five Best Sales Showdowns Taking Place This Fall

The folks at industry rag Hits have a handy chart of the albums coming out in the last months of the year, which, who knows, may be the last one in which a chart like this is even necessary! But even though we're a long way from the days of 50 Cent and Kanye…
By: Maura / August 28, 2009

Alphabeat Pop Up On The Radio

A public service announcement to those of you who felt scarred by the 3OH!3/Katy Perry atrocity in the previous post: The new single by Danish popsters Alphabeat premiered on Radio 1 earlier today, and while I have yet to find an embeddable stream of the radio rip, Mediafire links are "out there." (Although a…
By: Maura / August 28, 2009

This Collaboration With 3OH!3 And Katy Perry Might Just Be Lousy Enough To End The Black Eyed Peas’ Hot 100 Reign

Dig if you will this picture: Weeks-rancid margarine that's been stuck in the microwave for 30 seconds, then left to reconstitute itself on whatever plate it's been placed on, creating a shapeless, smelly mess that would need to be soaked in Dawn for at least three hours in order to be ridden from your kitchen.
By: Maura / August 28, 2009

Madonna Exploits The News Cycle As Only She Can

A trailer for Madonna's video for "Celebration." That's preceded by a video ad. Which actually runs four seconds longer than the clip itself. And did I mention that it's streaming from Perez Freaking Hilton's site? I'd take this as a sign that I should go outside... but it's pouring, and will be for at least…
By: Maura / August 28, 2009

Drunk Def Leppard Fan Turns Into Pyromaniac After Getting Kicked Out Of Show

How not to react after you get tossed from a concert, courtesy a 28-year-old man who got the boot from a Def Leppard show in Utah after being drunk (but who apparently wasn't smashed enough to successfully sneak back into the show before being caught by the venue's security guards one more time):…
By: Maura / August 28, 2009

Kylie Plunges Into Bollywood

The first clip of Kylie Minogue's appearance in the A.R. Rahman-directed film Blue---which, according to the trailer, will be "India's biggest underwater thriller"---has come out. "Chiggy Wiggy," from what I can tell from this all-too-brief clip, is very very catchy, the sort of song that I can see inspiring multiple YouTube bedroom-dance tributes. To…
By: Maura / August 28, 2009

Having Amy Winehouse At Your Wedding Could Be Way More Expensive Than The Cost Of An Open Bar

Do any of you out there watch Bridezillas? I think it's a telling commentary on the current moment that so many of the crazyperson weddings featured within are pretty low-budget affairs---hell, there was even one woman on the show who catered her own reception as a way of cutting costs. But really, who has money…
By: Maura / August 28, 2009

Fall Out Boy Score One Of Those Wacky Montages

Fall Out Boy's "Headfirst Slide Into Cooperstown On A Bad Bet" now has a video, a clip that was apparently shot in the space of four hours and that fuses Weekend At Bernie's with a rollercoaster-filled trip to the amusement park. (Yes, the brief Absolute Punk-referencing clip featuring Wentz's body being discovered by Spencer…
By: Maura / August 28, 2009

Mariah Carey Shows A Little Bit Of Her Love

ARTIST: Mariah Carey TITLE: "I Want To Know What Love Is" WEB DEBUT: Aug. 27, 2009…
By: Maura / August 28, 2009
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