It’s not particularly surprising to hear that Motorhead’s Lemmy Kilmister has a large collection of Nazi paraphernalia. Umlaut enthusiasts who write songs named “Killed By Death” and title their albums Bomber and 1916 should be expected to have an interest in the darker aspects of world history. That said, there’s little excuse for wearing a Nazi cap in a photo promoting an upcoming show in a Germany–and thanks to that little whoopsie, the Warted One is now under criminal investigation. Was Lemmy just making a fashion statement or indulging in “anti-constitutional propaganda?” According to the Kilmister, it’s the former, baby! “I mean, the SS uniform is fucking brilliant! They were the rock stars of that time. What you’re gonna do? They just look good.” Hey, a similar sense of futility is what got Germany in trouble the first time, dude.
As many of you already know, American television is going entirely
high-definition* digital in 2009, which now means the opening half of this sentence has nothing to do with the technology of high-definition TV’s promising us a world where we’ll be able to count the nose hairs on our favorite stars in real time and without the aid of gossip blog paparazzi snaps. Maura recently converted to HD herself, and though certain music videos (she cites Justice’s “D.A.N.C.E.” as an example) look totally rad, the drawbacks of this industry-wise format change are already becoming apparent to music fans. It’s all good when it’s a luminous Rihanna strutting across that expensive plasma flat screen, but what about being confronted with Rascal Flatts at a resolution the human psyche was not intended to process? As we await our blemish-filled immediate future, please help us decide which musician will prove to be the least HD-friendly when the clock strikes midnight on Dec. 31.
The Lemmy action figure: Is it just us, or is that microphone a bit too short? Motorhead – Lemmy Kilmeister [action-figure.com, via Paper Thin… More »
– Thom Yorke has announced his plans to quit touring by plane unless steps are taken to reduce carbon emissions in the UK; no word on whether he will ban crazed Radiohead fans from saving up their frequent-flyer miles so they can catch shows on the other side of the world. More »