1999 Tom Waits Song

tomwaits.jpgStart your melodramatic Friday night boozing a little early with the entirety of a career-spanning show by Tom Waits, recorded in New York in 1999. In fact, it ranges so widely across Waits’ output that it’s got to be split into two parts. [Captains Dead]

Today’s Snoop coverage continues with what was either the most awkward or extremely stoned meal in history, as Snoop Dogg and the Beckhams broke bread together last night, perhaps pleasantly munching on massive steaks. Later that evening, when perplexed gossip bloggers asked Snoop if he had any affinities with Britney Spears, he was quick with the real talk: “Hell naw, I ain’t feelin’ nothing like her! I’m keeping my hair and my kids!” [TMZ]

Snoop Dogg Dines with Beckhams

Today’s Snoop coverage continues with what was either the most awkward or extremely stoned meal in history, as Snoop Dogg and the Beckhams broke bread together last night, perhaps pleasantly munching on massive steaks. Later that evening, when perplexed gossip bloggers asked Snoop if he had any affinities with Britney Spears, he was quick with the real talk: “Hell naw, I ain’t feelin’ nothing like her! I’m keeping my hair and my kids!” [TMZ]

Kim Deal To Pixies Fans: Tough Shit

deathtothepixies.gifPoor Kim’s not had an easy time of it, forever demonized by fans (and sometimes even the band members) for everything that ever went wrong with the Pixies, despite the fact that Frank “Alien Control Freak” Black doesn’t exactly seem like a peach to share a van with. And yet she may be the only one with the balls to stand up to the band’s fanboys:

[Black] told The Gothamist that bassist Kim Deal was against a new album, saying: “While I may have tried to convince her otherwise, maybe she’s got a point… She doesn’t need a new Pixies record, so maybe there doesn’t need to be one.”

And I agree. Because even more than preserving the Pixies legacy, what the world actually needs is another Breeders record. A man can only play Pod and the rest but so many times.

Frank Black: Kim Deal Is Against New Pixies Album [NME]

Skull Disco Cracks Our Heads Open

soundboypunishments.jpgAll Hallows Eve is still a few weeks away, but one creepy crawly record that’s getting a lot of pre-Halloween play here at Idolator is Soundboy Punishments, a two CD collection of singles from England’s Skull Disco label that will be released on Rough Trade on Oct. 23. Run by gloomy producers Shackleton and Appleblim, Skull Disco’s music blends the desolate, reggae-tinged sway of London dubstep with tribal house beats that are downright haunted and all sorts of phantasmic effects designed to wig you out on late night walks with your iPod. (Ghouls and rude boys might even be able to cut a rug to it.) And we’ve got two exclusive MP3s from the collection to get your weekend off to an eerie start:

Shackleton – “Naked”
Appleblim – “Mystial Warrior”

Skull Disco [Official Site]

amy-winehouse-married.jpgAmy Winehouse is crawling out of her dingy cave–or wherever it is she teases her beehive while allegedly in recovery for drug addiction–to headline the mtvU Woodie Awards on November 8 at the Roseland Ballroom in New York, her first show in the U.S. since her rehab-centric vacay. Here’s hoping she’s put on some weight while she was away. [Yahoovia E! Online]

Amy Winehouse to Headline mtvU Woodie Awards

amy-winehouse-married.jpgAmy Winehouse is crawling out of her dingy cave–or wherever it is she teases her beehive while allegedly in recovery for drug addiction–to headline the mtvU Woodie Awards on November 8 at the Roseland Ballroom in New York, her first show in the U.S. since her rehab-centric vacay. Here’s hoping she’s put on some weight while she was away. [Yahoovia E! Online]

Don’t You Ever For A Second Get To Thinking Your Beyonce Phone Is Irreplaceable

bphone.JPGNot enough Beyonce in your daily life? Well thank God there’s now a phone that serves as a constant reminder that Beyonce still exists, and is very serious about marketing herself:

The B’Phone, as it is called, features gold-and-burgundy colors designed by Beyonce, a Beyonce-themed startup screen, and the ability to download exclusive Beyonce photos, videos and a childhood song she recorded when she was 10.

The gold-and-burgundy doesn’t sound too bad, but the “Beyonce-themed startup screen” is a bit much. How much content can you cram into a standard cell phone screen? Is there going to be a scroll at the bottom reminding you not to fall down the stairs or something? Sounds like some buffooneryB’Phonery to me.

Beyonce-Phone Among New Devices Hitting The Market [Billboard]

Johnny Rotten On Green Day: “Like Old Gorgonzola Cheese In Old Boots”

johnnyrotten.jpgDisplaying the acute cultural awareness that we’ve come to love the spiky little troll for, Johny Rotten recently went off on a trademark tear for MTV where he dissed the American Idiots for “bandwagon jumping” and confused the guy who played Two-Face in Batman Forever with the drummer for Methods of Mayhem, among other things:

“I love to tease that lot, because I think they’re dopey,” he said of Green Day. “They hold no promise, no future. They jumped on a bandwagon that was all clearly laid out for them, forgetting all the bands that did the groundwork, putting together a punk movement. They came in and said, ‘Yes, we can wear these clothes and have our hair like this, wear those boots and play music that way, and we’ll call ourselves punk.’ Not much thought went into them. Nothing — nothing original. Therefore they smell, big time. They’re like old gorgonzola cheese in old boots.

“The current state of music is dour — it’s lifeless and listless and mediocre,” he continued. “When you look at the last Video Music Awards fiasco, when you get Kid Rock and Tommy Lee Jones [note: It was actually Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee, not the actor -- although that would have rocked] fighting over that worn-out old blown-up woman. It’s insane. It’s daft. How were they let in? I’ve never been invited. Maybe they were afraid I’d cause trouble — what? Like everybody else does?”

Why isn’t this guy blogging exactly? “Didn’t anybody take a look at Britney before she trotted onstage like dobbin the donkey?” I don’t even know what that means and I’d still read it.

Johnny Rotten On Sex Pistols Reunion, Britney Meltdown [MTV]

For The Radiohead Fan Who Has Everything

pickin%20on.jpgIn Rainbows may be the Most Important Album Of 2007–or possibly the history of the world–but we should not forget the equally intriguing Corporate Love Breakdown: The Bluegrass Tribute to Radiohead, released in 2005 to tide people over between Hail To The Thief and the Most Important Album Of 2007, promising all of the band’s majesty in downhome form:

Corporate Love Breakdown: The Bluegrass Tribute To Radiohead is an epic ride through the band’s complex arrangements and lucid textures. Pulling songs from their entire catalog, Radiohead’s anthemic classics & more experimental moments are interpreted with guitar, mandolin and banjo. Corporate Love Breakdown: The Bluegrass Tribute To Radiohead is a great homage to the band and a delight for any bluegrass fan.

Well, is it? Of the three short sound clips on the album’s page, “No Surprises” is the most decipherable. “Fake Plastic Trees” sounds like the score to an inspirational movie set on a Kentucky horse farm, and the clip of the “The National Anthem” is kind of just a looped, muddy banjo strum with some weird percussion in the background. From my cursory listening, the failings of the clips seem to indicate that Radiohead’s “complex textures and “lucid textues” are a tad beyond the capabilities of a banjo. But it’s still probably more interesting than this.

Other albums in CMH Records’ Pickin’ On series for the indie rocker in your life already burnt out on the Most Important Album Of 2007:

Blue Safari: A Bluegrass Tribute to Air
Fade To Bluegrass – The Bluegrass Tribute to Metallica
Jamming: Bluegrass Celebrates Bob Marley
Pickin’ On Lifehouse: Walk Away – The Bluegrass Tribute
Pickin’ On Franz Ferdinand (A Tribute)

CMH Records [Official Site]