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I Knew That Having Ida Maria On The Perez Hilton Tour Would Be A Bad Idea


The fierce Norwegian rocker Ida Maria had a meltdown on stage at the woefully undersold Boston installment of Technicolor-haired Internet scourge Perez Hilton’s tour the other night. Somehow the bottom-feeding blogger himself hasn’t mentioned this yet! But other people who were there have accounts of the evening and video.

From Christine Cassis of The Daily Free Press:

Despite the fact that most, if not all of the artists have been touring their home countries –– most artists are from overseas –– for the past year, and anyone who reads any sort of music news would know some of their names, Perez continues to promote his gig as a musical experience worth the $30plus price tag, because it will expose you to a whole “new” world or music.

I’d beg to differ. And I’m sure the mere 250 people who attended the event at the House of Blues would agree, especially once co-headliner Ida Maria had a melt-down during song one-and-a-half, rendering her unable to perform the rest of her set.

The Norwegian rocker seemed less-than-impressed by the dwindling crowd as she took the stage (the three-story music venue can hold more than 2,400 people). She pouted her way through her first tune, refusing to sing the last two lines on the song, and opting, instead, to have a pow-wow with her guitarist, who pleaded with her to continue the performance under hushed mics.

As she led into her second song, the singer put down her own guitar and stood facing the audience folding her arms with an un-entertained, unenthusiastic, “I could care less” look written all over her face, before storming off mid-song leaving her band clueless. After a brief period of confusion, the stage managers reeled out a screen from which the audience could watch music videos. Already angry concert goers booed as Kanye graced the screen. Management were quick to replace his video with Janet, Madonna and of course, Taylor Swift.

Later, Maria would return from her fit back stage to apologized in broken English. …

While the concert did tend to drag at the end of the night –– Ladyhawke was seemed to be trying to make up for Maria’s too-shot performance –– three out of four isn’t bad. Overall it was a fun night, despite the small crowd, tears on stage and the fact that the host, Perez, was nowhere in sight during the show’s blunders.

As of press-time no apology and/or refund has been mentioned to make up for the co-headliner, Maria’s, performance, or lack there of.

Here’s video of the performance:

Sigh, and ugh. I hope Ida gets well soon (reports are claiming that she was drunk during the tour’s Washington, D.C. stop, although Perez kept it classy by saying that he wanted to get lit too). Talk about someone who deserves better all around, you know? (Especially when it comes to ticket sales—Perez’s “brand” can barely fill a club 15%! Yipes.) She was replaced by pop singer Kat DeLuna on last night’s New York show.

The queen’s (not so) royal jubilee [Daily Free Press]
Ida Maria was drunk in DC, had a meltdown in Boston (video), was replaced by Cat Deluna @ Perez Hilton show in NYC [Brooklyn Vegan]

Oh My God: Perez Hilton Inexplicably Thinks His Fans Will Have Good Taste In Anything At All

Gossip scourge Perez Hilton’s foray into the music business is continuing full-speed ahead; over the weekend the Technicolor-haired argument against the Internet announced that he’d be putting on a branded tour called Perez Hilton Presents, which is taking place this fall and which will apparently include “the hottest acts on the planet—from all over the world!” (To be fair, some of Perez’s readers might not be all that sure what the word “planet” means.) Today Perez announced that one of the acts on the tour would be none other than the Idolator-beloved Norewgian singer Ida Maria. Which is kind of a bummer, for a lot of reasons!

Not only is attaching one’s brand to a wagon dragged along by Perez Freakin’ Hilton dubious for any performer, and even moreso for a performer who’s a bad-ass woman, it also can possibly result in blowback. Like the fact that the anonymous hordes who comment on the site are pretty much turning fully against Perezzers at this point, and are ready to pounce on anything that he throws his recently reduced weight behind. Like this bit of “critisism” from “Rarara”:

Awfulllll. If you want to do well in the music industry you have to slow down and really think about your decisions. I would never listen to this music, let alone buy any of it. So, its agreed. You will probably be paying people to go to your shows. Constructive critisism?

And another reaction, from the subtly named abullet4perez:

WOW! What COMPLETE garbage ! She SUX!

Meanwhile, there were other commenters who took the opportunity to trash both the band and the brand, like Wilisfitinyamouth:

WOW! Fucking terrible, like your site lately.

My reaction? It’s pretty much summed up by another anonymous commenter, xxNxx:

Ida Maria is great…..didn’t think she was this desperate tho

Yeah, for real. I mean, I know it’s hard to break in the States, especially for a woman who performs rock and roll, but attaching yourself to Perez Hilton at this point in time—post slur, post-outing of his ghostwriters, post-maybe people realizing that he’s just a horrible person who needs to slither back into F-list obscurity ASAP–just seems like a bad idea. Ida Maria, you deserve so much better!

Perez Hilton Presents… [Perez Hilton]
Ida Maria [MySpace]

A Very Special Mix CD: Ten Songs That Kelly Clarkson Should Listen To That Aren’t “Pork & Beans”

Kelly Clarkson had her turn in the New York Times‘ “Playlist” chair yesterday, and the results were, well, mixed. Weezer’s red album got a shoutout, as did the Irish band The Script, who Clarkson described as–eek!–”OneRepublic meets rap.” Kelly, Kelly, Kelly. Aw, Kelly. Listen. In honor of you being my favorite American Idol (and having one of my favorite albums of the year) (well, except for all those songs by the OneRepublic guy, which are just plodding and terrible and tuneless and ugh), I decided to craft a mix CD for you. Because girl, there is there is so much music out there that you would love–and that would probably love you back!

1. Ida Maria, “Stella”

I know you like Pink’s blend of vulnerability and attitude (although I think you’re selling your own pipes short when you call her voice the best of its generation–hey, look within!). May I introduce you to Ida (that’s EE-da) Maria, a Norwegian singer who has a similar outlook on life, only with fewer circus metaphors in her album artwork?

2. Pulp, “Bad Cover Version”

Think Rivers Cuomo is witty? Just you wait. (NB: I’ll probably include the proper version on the CD.)

3. The Joy Formidable, “Cradle”

Mainly including this track by this bewitching little Welsh band because I segue it into “Don’t Let Me Stop You” on mixes a lot. (That should really really really be your next single, by the way.)

4. Taylor Swift, “Picture To Burn”

I know you like what you call her “simple fairy-tale ballads,” but I think this has a nice bit of fury to it that you’ll appreciate.

5. Amerie, “Gotta Work”

I’m going to guess that you slept on this track when it came out a few years ago. That’s OK, everyone did! Including Amerie’s label at the time, something to which I suspect you can relate.

6. Jane Child, “Don’t Wanna Fall In Love”

You may remember this song from when you were, um, eight. I’m going to assume you missed the Pussycat Dolls’ cover from last year, although that’s actually a good thing because this way you can do your own version of the song and show the pop tarts that you can pretty much own them. (Hey, it worked on those Katy Perry tracks, right?) Just don’t try and mimic her hairstyle and we’ll be cool.

7. Madonna, “Deeper And Deeper”

It all flows, I swear.

8. The Go! Team, “Junior Kickstart”

I actually try to include this on every mix (or playlist, whatever) I make these days, because it provides a nice respite from thinking about lyrics. Plus, this is one of the best videos ever. Ever.

9. Fall Out Boy, “America’s Suitehearts”

OK, so you’ve probably heard this song. But I’m including this because I think you picked the wrong band opening for blink-182 this summer for your shoutout, even if you didn’t listen to these guys when you were in high school. (Oy, I am old. Also, hey, Pitchfork is on my side!

10. Mother Love Bone, “Chloe Dancer / Crown Of Thorns”

From your love of Ryan Tedder, we know that you like piano balladry. But what if you heard a piano ballad by an artist could actually write a chorus? It would blow your mind. Correction: It will blow your mind.

Anyway, e-mail me with your address! I can pop this in the post lickety-split.

An ‘Idol’ Trains Her Ear Across Pop Soundscape [NYT]

After months and months of trans-Atlantic buildup, Ida Maria’s Fortress ‘Round My Heart landed on these shores, and those of you who want to support Ida’s efforts to break the States but are on a budget can currently pick up a digital copy for $5. Fortress is certainly worth the price of a single (good) beer, its 10 songs mixing swagger and vulnerability in a twitchy, irresistible way. Those of you who have somehow missed my outsized evangelism for the Norwegian singer can hit the “More” link to check out the videos for “Oh My God” and “I Like You So Much Better When You’re Naked,” the latter of which is currently inching up the Hot Modern Tracks chart.

Fortress ‘Round My Heart [Amazon via ChordStrike]
Ida Maria – Oh My God [YouTube]
Ida Maria – I Like You So Much Better When You`re Naked [Dailymotion]

DMX Will Not Be Crying On VH1 Anytime Soon

• Rep for DMX denies that the troubled MC will take up residence in Celebrity Rehab [AllHipHop]
Ida Maria now waking early-rising MTV watchers from their slumber [Video Static; HT me remembering to tune into AMTV this morning]
• Creation Records’ Alan McGee still really mad about the whole “signing My Bloody Valentine” thing [MySpace]
• Rihanna asks LAPD to return $1.4 million worth of jewelry that was seized as evidence the night of Chris Brown‘s arrest [AP]
• Aerosmith make up a 2007 canceled show in Hawaii with a free concert for [NYT]
• You are such a slacker! Revel in it by watching a clip of Superchunk playing “Slack Motherfucker” in Brooklyn two years ago [Ars Technica]

Ida Maria Throws Herself A Long-Delayed Coming-Out Party

Our look at the closing lines of the week’s biggest new-music reviews continues with a roundup of reactions to Ida Maria‘s Fortress ‘Round My Heart, which is, after what seems like forever in Internet time, available from non-digital U.S.-based retailers today:

• “Fortress ‘Round My Heart may take its title from a line in ‘Oh My God,’ but the album’s lyrics often center on the pool of alcohol around Maria’s liver. Except when she’s singing about love, God and prostitutes in ‘Stella,’ a power-pop song whose lyrical depth and raw, riveting vocal add up to yet another standout, thus confirming that Ida Maria is a Scandinavian sensation worth screaming about.” [J. Freedom du Lac, Washington Post]

• “Ida Maria throws herself into every song as if it’s all a big finale, which makes for an auspicious beginning.” [Lindsey Thomas, Spin]

• “With a neurological condition known as synesthesia that allows her to see colours when she hears music, Ida Maria must be seeing yellow, orange and red when she performs, given the joyful punch her music brings.” [Canadian Press]

• “Still, overreaching is a forgivable flaw on an otherwise accomplished debut, which usually sounds so confident in its creator’s insecurities.” [Stephen M. Deusner, Pitchfork]

This Week’s Top 12: Remixed Gallaghers, R & B Royalty, And (Surprise!) Ida Maria

Welcome to the inaugural version of The Idolator Dozen, our new weekly countdown of notable-slash-positive happenings in the music world as decided by me. To answer your questions: “Why?”; “Ranking things is fun, duh.” “Why 12?”; “Because I like the number, and always have.” “What’s on the list?”; “Whatever I say, plus maybe a few things that I neglected to get to during the week.” “Why now?”; “Why not now?” “When will then be now?”; “Soon.” The top 12 after the jump!

1. Ida Maria at the Mercury Lounge, NYC. Like this wasn’t going to top my week. The Norwegian singer’s East Coast debut could definitely be described as “chaotic,” but her dedicating it to the plane that landed in the Hudson River yesterday should have served as a portent. Nevertheless, she’s a star, someone who can be utterly fascinating while merely being engrossed by the way her beaded dress glimmers in the spotlight when she moves.

2. The end of not everything, but a lot of things. Virgin Megastore, Circuit City, Indie 103.1, Dodgeball, other stuff that I probably missed: On the one hand, the closure of all those record stores will probably result in prices going down for a split second; on the other, who has money to buy $18.99 records at 20% off these days, anyway?

3. R & B Kings 2009. Would’ve been 2009′s real album of the year so far were it not for the presence of 50 Cent.

4. The Songsmith remix of “Wonderwall.” Gallaghers gone happy hardcore?

The slowdown before the verses start again = best.

5. Bret Michaels incessantly wearing his own band’s shirts on Rock Of Love Bus: Somehow Not Sponsored By Lysol. Incredibly, I do not mean Poison here. I guess he maybe thinks he’ll get away with it because most people won’t figure out what “BMB” means?

6. Being reminded of how Charles Schulz used to sneak a little bit of music pedagogy into his comic strips. Would an editor let him get away with that today? Doubtful.

7. Modest Mouse, “Float On.” Hands up if you had this and/or “I Have Been Floated” during that whole awkward Hudson River plane incident yesterday.

8. The Joy Formidable. Sugar-rush guitar-pop from Wales. Have I mentioned that between this band, Ida Maria, the new Franz Ferdinand album, and the aforementioned R & B mixtape, I’m more excited about music than I have been in maybe months?

9. Janeane Garofalo on 24 being the catalyst for my first serious ’90s-nostalgia trip of 2009. I spent a sizeable chunk of Monday night hunting down Suede videos and wondering to anyone who would listen if they were one of the top 20 bands of the past 20 years. Everyone said “no,” but I’m still debating.

10. Jade’s “Don’t Walk Away.” Was reminded of this song’s utter jam status when researching the SWV/Survivor post earlier this week.

11. This pun. It really did have the right stuff.

12. The knowledge that next week’s episodes of American Idol will only be an hour long each. We all need something to look forward to in these dark times, you know?

South By Southwest 2009: It Begins

The first batch of bands for this year’s installment of the South By Southwest Music Festival has been announced, which means that we can finally put festival programmer Darin Klein’s claims about just how bands are selected for Austin’s annual Shiner-and-short sets fest to the test. (Aww, the lede of Lucas’ piece mentions free Sparks. How sad.) Among the highlights on the list, which is after the jump: Ida Maria, Ebony Bones, St. Vincent. And Primal Scream, hey!

8Ball & MJG (Memphis, TN)
Akron/Family (Williamsport, PA)
Al Kapone (Memphis, TN)
Alina Simone (Brooklyn, NY)
Amanda Blank (Philadelphia, PA)
Amber Smith (Budapest, HUNGARY)
Angry vs The Bear (Essex, ENGLAND)
Anthony Snape (Sydney, AUSTRALIA)
Arc Angels (Austin, TX)
Asher Roth (Morrisville, PA)
Asobi Seksu (Brooklyn, NY)
Astrid Williamson (Shetland Islands, SCOTLAND)
B.o.B. (Atlanta, GA)
Banda de Turistas (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Bar-Kays (Memphis, TN)
Bavu Blakes (Austin, TX)
Ben Kweller (Austin, TX)
Benny Gallagher (West Wickham, ENGLAND)
Black Cherry (London, ENGLAND)
BLACK SKIES (Chapel Hill, NC)
Blaqstarr (Baltimore, MD)
Blue Scholars (Seattle, WA)
Bomba Estereo (Bogota, Columbia)
Brick Bandits (Philadelphia, PA)
Buck 65 (Halifax, NS)
Buraka Som Sistema (Lisbon, Portugal)
Candy Coated Killahz (Toronto, CANADA)
Cashier No.9 (Belfast, IRELAND)
Casiokids (Bergen, NORWAY)
Charles Hamilton (New York, NY)
Choc Quib Town (Bogota, Columbia)
Chris T-T (Brighton, ENGLAND)
Come On Gang! (Edinburgh, SCOTLAND)
Crystal Method (Los Angeles, CA)
Crystal Stilts (New York, NY)
Damero (Berlin, Germany)
Dananananaykroyd (Glasgow, Scotland)
Dave Alvin (Los Angeles, CA)
David Garza (Austin, TX)
Dead Prez (New York, NY)
Dekadens (Bucharest, ROMANIA)
Dirtblonde (Liverpool, ENGLAND)
Division Miniscula (Matamoros, Mexico)
Doctor Krapula (Bogota, Columbia)
Ella (Bristol, ENGLAND)
Empire ISIS (Montreal, CANADA)
Explosions in the Sky (Austin, TX)
Flood of Red (Glasgow, SCOTLAND)
Franki Chan (Los Angeles, CA)
Free Sol (Memphis, TN)
Futumomo Satisfaction (Tokyo, Japan)
Gabi Almedia (Sao Paolo, Brazil)
Gary Clark Jr. (Austin, TX)
Grimy Styles (Austin, TX)
Hacienda (San Antonio, TX)
Hickoids (Austin, TX)
Ida Maria (Stockholm, Sweden)
Insite (Mexicali, Mexico)
Invincible (Detroit, MI)
Jokers of the Scene (Ottawa, ON)
Kap Bambino (Bordeaux, France)
Kid Sister (Chicago, IL)
Killer Mike (Atlanta, GA)
LA Riots (Los Angeles, CA)
Los Fancy Free (Mexico City, Mexico)
Madi Diaz (Nashville, TN)
Manana (Basil, SWITZERLAND)
Mandi Perkins (Los Angeles, CA)
Mexican Institute of Sound (Mexico City, Mexico)
Micachu (London, ENGLAND)
Midnight Youth (Auckland, NEW ZEALAND)
Mika Miko (Los Angeles, CA)
Mike Badger (Liverpool, ENGLAND)
Mistah FAB (Oakland, CA)
Monokino (Amsterdam, THE NETHERLANDS)
Moriarty (Montreuil, FRANCE)
Motel (Mexico City, Mexico)
Mundo Livre Sa (Recife, Brazil)
My Crew Be Unruly (Baltimore, MD)
My Federation (Hove, ENGLAND)
Nacho Vegas (Gijon, Spain)
Nacional (Glasgow, SCOTLAND)
Outasight (New York, NY)
P.O.S. (Minneapolis, MN)
Pato Machete (Monterrey, Mexico)
Peter Bjorn & John (Stockholm, Sweden)
Peter Rosenberg (New York, NY)
Port O’Brien (Cambria, CA)
Primal Scream (Glasgow, Scotland)
Reflection Eternal (Ohio/New York)
Rob Quest (Houston, TX)
Sage Francis (Providence, RI)
San Quinn (San Francisco, CA)
Scribe (Christchurch, NZ)
Shad (London, Ontario)
Shawn David McMillen (Austin, TX)
Simplifires (Mexico City, Mexico)
Soulico (Tel Aviv, Israel)
St. Vincent (Dallas, TX)
Suzy & Los Quattro (Barcelona, Spain)
T Bird & The Breaks (Austin, TX)
Tanya Morgan (Brooklyn, NY)
Temposhark (London, ENGLAND)
The Beat Poets (Belfast, IRELAND)
The Carrivick Sisters (Devon, ENGLAND)
The Courteneers (Manchester, UK)
The deBretts (London, ENGLAND)
The Deep Dark Woods (Saskatoon, CANADA)
the Devil Wears Prada (Dayton, OH)
The Everyday Visuals (Boston, MA)
The Knux (New Orleans, LA)
The Pepper Pots (Girona, Spain)
The Sonics (Seattle, WA)
The Temper Trap (Nth Fitzroy, AUSTRALIA)
thecocknbullkid (London, ENGLAND)
Thee Oh See’s (San Francisco, CA)
This Bike Is A Pipe Bomb (Pensacola, FL)
Tittsworth (Washington, DC)
Tommy Tee (Oslo, Norway)
Toy Horses (Barry, WALES)
Twilight Hotel (Winnipeg, CANADA)
Virgin Passages (London, ENGLAND)
Volodja Balzalorsky (Ljubljana, SLOVENIA)
WAZ (Los Angeles, CA)
We Have Band (London, ENGLAND)
We Should Be Dead (Limerick, IRELAND)
White Lies (London, ENGLAND)
Whitechapel (Knoxville, TN)
Willem Maker (Turkey Heaven, AL)
Willy Joy (Chicago, IL)
Yarah Bravo (New York, NY)

SXSW Music [Official site]
Earlier: In Case You’re Thinking Of A Last-Minute Application, Here’s How Bands Get Picked For SXSW

Nine Reasons That Pop Music Might Get Better This Year (No, Really!)

As 2008 recedes in our collective rearview mirror, the headlines trumpeting bad news are still there: record sales are lousier than ever, the economy sucks, record executives are still trying to flog the Pussycat Dolls. But there are still reasons to be excited by what’s to come in the probably contracting, definitely shapeshifting world of pop music. Nine things to look forward to today and in the 364 days that follow after the jump!

1. New albums by Franz Ferdinand, Bruce Springsteen, Roger Manning Jr., Lily Allen, Erykah Badu (!), Neko Case, Kelly Clarkson, etc., etc. And those are just the bands who a) have sorta-set release dates (although we all know how they can change) and b) I’m familiar with.

2. And, OK, the U2 record. If nothing else, it’ll be a useful benchmark for just how big pop music can still be in the face of plunging record sales and ever-diminishing interest on the part of anyone who can be described as a casual music fan, what with music getting ever less airtime from the corners of the earth that confer any sort of cultural influence.

3. And wait, more Prince! In an interview with Ann Powers previewed on the Los Angeles Times‘ site yesterday, the Purple One said he’s planning to release three albums in 2009, and that he wants to bring back the Quiet Storm sound via his latest protege, Bria Valente. Why? Because he “got sick of waiting for Sade to make a new album.” Sure, the surfeit of material probably means there’ll be hits and misses, but there’ll probably at least one diamond and/or pearl in the rough. (Plus maybe he’ll tour!)

4.. Springsteen at the Super Bowl. C’mon, this is a gimme.

5. Ida Maria is coming to the States. Her album will be legit-released on iTunes imminently, according to her American label head, although her live dates over here are just scheduled for NYC and LA for now. I’m pretty sure that my pattern of loving Scandinavian artists who are cruelly ignored by 99.9% of the American populace will hold steady with her, but I’m still excited. (See also Alphabeat. Yes, they’re opening for the human jar of itching powder that is Katy Perry, but it’s not like I’ll be locked into the venue and forced to watch her set at dildo-point. At least, uh, I hope not.)

6. Maybe the recession will cause at least some of the dopey “music should be free” Web 2.0 pundits to take their heads out of the tag cloud and be OK with, you know, paying artists and realizing that silly ideas like “1,000 True Fans” are sort of dependent on said “True Fans” having “True Sources Of Income”? I know, I know, I’m hoping that people who love to hear themselves talk will realize their irrelevance and dopiness and maybe realize that they should devote their hours to helping people instead of talking out of their collective Twitterholes. A tall order. But it’s New Year’s Day—what better time to dream, right?

7. The end of “credit bubblegum.” Having reached its nadir with Fergie’s shrill, Sex And The City-shilling “Labels Or Love,” this subgenre of pop—in which barked-out brand names fill in for lyrics, and the music’s quality is judged by how “hot” it sounds over a booming sound system at one of those shitty bottle-service clubs—will seem even more gauche as the world gobbles aspirins for its debt-fueled hangover. Just pray that Barack Obama’s economic stimulus package doesn’t involve a “Flo Rida provision” for any musician who wants to help kickstart the economy by endorsing American-made designer products.

8. More opportunities for 50 Centenfreude. See above for the reasoning, and note that his MTV competitive-reality show about power and money and not being here to make friends was scuttled because it “typified the kind of ethos MTV is trying to move away from,” according to Variety. (Yeah, so it got replaced by the inanely scripted, yet curiously dialogue-free adventures of bubbleheaded socialities, but any setback for Curtis is a good thing.) Will Before I Self-Destruct—which, recall, was originally going to come out last February—be the Her Name Is Nicole of late-’00s hip-hop? God that would be so awesome.

9. Hey, you never know. If you had told me a year ago today what my favorite albums and songs and concerts of the year would have been, I probably wouldn’t have believed you. Beyonce’s sister? The Gym Class Heroes? Billy Freaking Joel? That’s the great thing about music, though; it can hit you in the best, most unexpected ways, even in this era when it’s seemingly lost all its value and afforded about as much cultural capital as 15th-century epic poetry. That’s ultimately the reason I’m excited for the next clutch of days: Hope. Maybe it’s corny, but it’s true.

80 ’08 (and Heartbreak): Announcing Idolator’s Year-End Extravaganza

What were the 80 most important musical recordings, artists, trends, events, and performances of 2008? What were the eight things this year that broke our hearts—or, at least, our ears? We’re happy to announce 80 ’08 (and Heartbreak), Idolator’s year-end overview. The list is below the jump.

80. Andrew W.K., “McLaughlin Groove”
79. Elvis Costello puts his trust in Fall Out Boy
78. Wye Oak, “I Want for Nothing”
77. Nine Inch Nails’ flood of digitally distributed music
76. TV on the Radio, “Golden Age”
75. Journey welcomes the Web 2.0 Era (and a new singer) with open arms
74. Jenny Lewis, “Acid Tongue”
73. Radiohead scores the year’s strangest Top 40 hit
72. The Music Tapes at Athens Popfest, August 2008
71. Kanye, Lily, Pete, and Courtney form their own blogger nation
70. French Kicks, Swimming
69. Soundscan: down for the recount
68. Make It Stop! The Most of Ross Johnson
67. Parry Gripp, “Hamster on a Piano (Eating Popcorn)”
66. Okay, Huggable Dust
65. Mariah Carey, “Touch My Body”
64. 360 deals make heads spin
63. Daniel Amos, Darn Floor Big Bite
62. Cut Copy, In Ghost Colours
61. Solange, Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams
60. The Numa Numa Dance revival
59. The Gaslight Anthem, The ’59 Sound
58. ’90s alt-rock memoirs
57. Larry Norman and Sonseed
56. Sheryl Crow, “Shine Over Babylon”
55. DJ Koze
54. David Cook beats David Archuleta on American Idol
53. T-Pain, Thr33 Ringz
52. Perez Hilton Vs. Sony BMG: slapfight!
51. Justin Moore’s “Back That Thing Up” video
50. Optimo’s mix CDs
49. Extra Golden live at the Caledonia Lounge, Athens, GA, June 2008
48. Jamey Johnson, That Lonesome Song
47. Daveigh Chase sings “The Happiest Girl in the Whole USA” on HBO’s Big Love
46. Gnarls Barkley and the Raconteurs race each other to the record store
45. Pete Wentz tries to save the music video with FNMTV
44. R&B’s breakbeat vogue
43. Jobromance!
42. Dennis Wilson, Pacific Ocean Blue (Legacy Edition)
41. Miley Cyrus, “See You Again”
40. Max Martin and Dr. Luke infiltrate rock radio
39. Of Montreal get Skeletal
38. Poplife Presents Poplife Sucks
37. Alec Foege, Right of the Dial and Taylor Clark, Starbucked
36. Major labels fail to kill the single—again
35. Velvet Revolver brings the drama
34. Blake Leyh makes us listen closer to The Wire
33. Soulja Boy Tell ‘Em, “Yahhh!”
32. The end of TRL
31. The old-skool rave revival
30. Ida Maria, “Oh My God”
29. Fred Schneider on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
28. CMT’s Can You Duet
27. ’90s reunion fever
26. Estelle makes her way across the ocean
25. John Darnielle’s Master of Reality and Carl Wilson’s Let’s Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste
24. Girl Talk, Feed the Animals
23. Santogold, “Lights Out”
22. Summer festival glut
21. Monotonix live in Baltimore
20. James Sullivan, The Hardest Working Man: How James Brown Saved the Soul of America
19. Be Your Own Pet, “Becky”
18. Kanye West’s aesthetics
17. “Vinyl is back!”
16. Global reissues bonanza
15. Beyoncé, “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)”
14. Rickrolling rolls on
13. M.I.A., “Paper Planes”
12. Alphabeat get “wonky”
11. The year of the remix
10. R. Kelly goes to court
9. Jarvis Cocker at Pitchfork Festival, Chicago, July 2008
8. The Ron Clark Academy, “You Can Vote However You Like”
7. Portishead, Third
6. Prince at Coachella Festival, April 2008
5. Erykah Badu, New Amerykah Part One (4th World War)
4. Guitar Hero / Rock Band
3. A very musical Presidential election
2. Lil Wayne: All things to all people
1. Ne-Yo, Year Of The Gentleman

1. Mamma Mia Misses The Essence Of ABBA (Kate Richardson)
2. The Death of Baltimore Club Music’s Queen, DJ K-Swift (Al Shipley)
3. The blogosphere as the new status quo (Lucas Jensen)
4. Britney Spears on the 2008 MTV VMAs (Molly McAleer)
5. Be Your Own Pet breaks up (Mike Barthel)
6. Everyone in the music business losing their freakin’ jobs (Michaelangelo Matos)
7. Guns N’ Roses, Chinese Democracy (Maura Johnston)
8. John Rich shills for the GOP (Chuck Eddy)