April 23, 2010

Gorillaz – Stylo live w/ Bobby Womack, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon

I think their live performance is better than the album version. Womack tears it, and Albarn has such a great voice live.

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April 22, 2010

Ke$ha… so bad it’s good?

I haven’t talked about Ke$ha yet. I’ve heard her album, Animal, and it’s fun in a trashy, guilty pleasure way. Some of her songs are catchy. But, it’s not “good” in an artistic sense. Here’s Ke$ha’s performances of “Tik Tok” and “Your Love Is My Drug” on SNL last weekend. First, not everyone needs to have dance routines. Especially this… well… white. And, the two astronaut “dancers” dance like they were fans of hers off the line waiting to get in and Ke$ha paid them $20. Second, she clearly needs her auto-tune. And, is it just me, or does she sound somewhat like Alanis Morissette? Third, she clearly is trying to do a “conceptual” costume/art direction thing like Lady Gaga. But, didn’t we see this shit in a Busta Rhymes video from 12 years ago? Finally, how sad is that moment at the end of “Your Love Is My Drug” where she stops and asks if anyone wants to makeout, and like one guy said “Yeah!”

Also, if you don’t already know, she ripped off her sound from Uffie:

Uffie – Ready To Uff (from 2006)

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April 21, 2010

Jon Stewart tells Fox News “Fuck you” via gospel choir.

Last week Stewart told Fox News to go fuck themselves. Hilarious.

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Some idiot on Fox News decided to “speak directly” to Stewart in response. I just don’t think Fox News knows who they’re messing with. Engaging Stewart is a mistake. He doesn’t give a shit, he is under no obligations to have polite decorum, and he has a huge writing and research team behind him. Furthermore, engaging him generates interest and legitimacy to what the Daily Show says. This is a classic moment.

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BTW, have I mentioned Jon Stewart is my hero? Literally. Not as a joke.

April 20, 2010

Christina Aguilera – Not Myself Tonight

Everyone is doing club bangers now. Personally, I sometimes feel like everyone wants to do a club track or 12 once in their lives. I’ve been awaiting Aguilera’s new album Bionic since I read the list of producers/co-writers she was working with: Le Tigre, M.I.A., Santigold, Ladytron, Sia, and Goldfrapp. That’s literally an electro dreamteam. This track was produced by some dude named Polow da Don, and it seems he hasn’t done anything that interested me up until now. If this is what the guy who I’ve not heard of has produced, this album could be fucking awesome. It might draw comparisons to Britney’s last two albums and Lady Gaga. But, Aguilera is working with ridiculously authentic, talented people, and if anything I’ve always felt that vocally Lady Gaga sounded like Aguilera. BTW, I guess being bi is the chic thing to mention in club tracks now?

Not Myself Tonight

The album is out June 8th. Neat album cover.
Bionic

April 19, 2010

Official “Drunk Girls” video is antithesis to “fan video”?

LCD Soundsystem released the official video for “Drunk Girls”, which features people in shitty panda costumes (really shitty) abusing in various ways James Murphy, Nancy Whang, and that other dude who plays drums. Kind of like the pandas are doing “experiments” on them? I have no clue. The video was co-directed by Spike Jonze, and I’d honestly rather go watch some Eric Wareheim videos instead. I guess, Murphy kept his promise of “i’m not going to make many expensive videos. know why? no one plays videos” which he said on his myspace. The “fan video”, which has been taken down, had more to do with the actual song since it was clips and pics of drunk chicks, despite Murphy finding it to be “everything” he “hates”. As Murphy said, the song is, “about drunk people and fun things and the fact that all of the boys of the L.A. mansion we recorded at were called ‘the girls’ by our chef. We were the ladies of the mansion.” Ah well, the album has leaked, so LCD Soundsystem are now streaming it on their site. Of course, the album is excellent. James Murphy has claimed this is the last LCD Soundsystem album. I usually think those proclamations are bullshit, but we’ll see. At least Nancy Whang has The Juan MacLean. Don’t know about the drummer though…

April 18, 2010

NPR blames hipsters for low census returns in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

NPR ran a story about how only 36% of Williamsburg residents have returned the census, compared with an overall average of around 50% in New York City.

Click this link to listen to it.

The NPR reporter refers to “ironic mustaches” and “wacky bikes” with derision. They interviewed two bros who work in a record store in Williamsburg, one who says that it’s “just another form” that has nothing to do with “your life”. Apparently all it would take this bro to fill it out is $5. Doesn’t take much to sell out. A girl they interview takes the “damn the man” stance. Some how, the interviewer also realizes the Hasidic Jewish population doesn’t want to return it either. Apparently they’re more alt then the hipsters, since they don’t “watch TV” or pay attention to “mass media”, so they might not be “aware” of the census. The reporter’s conclusion seems to be the Hasidic Jews will fill it out if you make the census “cool”. Idk. There are also two blogs that have taken issue with NPR’s story. I guess they’re not too lazy to whine about unfair characterizations. One blog claims it’s racism on the part of NPR, because they’re ignoring the low turnout rates from minority citizens. Stephen Colbert mentioned it on his show as well. I wonder if this is a bit of “biting the hand that feeds it” since NPR probably has a healthy hipster population as its listenership.

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April 17, 2010

Joshua Homme, the Ambassador of Record Store Day

Today is Record Store Day, the day where you support your fav local indie record store and buy exclusive shit on vinyl you probably don’t need, but it’s exclusive. I bought Neko Case’s Middle Cyclone on clear vinyl, mostly because it has my favorite album cover ever. I also bought both volumes of Velvet Underground’s 1969 Live LP and a collection of three John Lennon singles on 45s, including “Imagine”.

Here, Josh Homme ‘spains some shit about Record Store Day.

April 16, 2010

Lady Gaga does Telephone live on Japanese TV

Some sick keytar playing by Gaga.

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April 16, 2010

Tracy Morgan kills it again on the Daily Show

“Lotta people out there willing to do something strange for a little bit of change.” –Tracy Morgan.

I literally have tears in my eyes from laughing so hard. When Tracy Morgan was on in February, I said I had never seen Jon Stewart laugh so hard. This time, Stewart begs Tracy to stop.

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April 15, 2010

Death Cab For Cutie “open” for the Mariners, sound like shit.

Death Cab For Cutie performed for the Seattle Mariners opening home game. They did “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” and “Centerfield” by John Fogerty. “Centerfield” doesn’t ring a bell? Oh, you know it. Usually I want to “slit my wrists” when I listen to Death Cab. I want to now, but for unfamiliar reasons. The guitarist totally fucks up at about the 4:30 mark. Seriously, I expect better from Death Cab, haha. “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” is some how more lame with Ben Gibbard singing it.