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Kanye, Sonic Youth and Skid Row

By Mike Breen · April 10th, 2012 · Minimum Gauge
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Oh, Kanye …

On the recently released single “Mercy,” Kanye West raps “Don’t do no press but I get the most press, kid.” That’s a rare non-hyperbolic statement from West — a bona fide fact. For proof, look no further than another new ’Ye track, “Theraflu,” which managed to get press by pissing off PETA (for the line, “Someone tell PETA my mink is draggin’ on the floor”) and the makers of the title medication, who, according to TMZ, say they neither endorse nor approve of West’s references. Hey, you try to find something that rhymes with “Vicks Nature Fusion Cough and Chest Congestion Liquid.”


Kids Type the Darndest Things

A recent letter from a young music lover probably made Sonic Youth’s members happy to know that their music will likely continue confounding listeners for a long time to come (even if they do end up calling it quits).

The music site Death + Taxes pointed out the note, apparently written by a 13-year-old critic and posted by a band member on the group Facebook. “I’m 13,” the note begins. “I have a little band. We are so much better than you. Honestly. You are the worst band I have ever seen in your entire life. You are worse than Rebecca Black.” The letter then describes why each musician sucks (except drummer Steve Shelley, who is deemed “okay”) — “the bass player just hacks the bass and plays one chord” and the guitarists “are playing out of tune guitars.” The “vocalist” (which one is unclear) is also “completely out of tune.” Change a few words around and the note could be SY’s official bio. They should have the 13-year-old do their induction speech when they get into the Rock Hall of Fame.


What If You Pulled an April Fool’s Prank and Nobody Cared?

You have to maneuver carefully when pulling off a great April Fool’s prank. For the now popular web-based pranks on April 1, the key is the right balance of “It could be true” and “It can’t possibly be true.” Singer Sebastian Bach put an excited post up online that had the first part down, announcing that talks were “underway for the reunion tours of all reunion tours.” It seems more than possible that Bach’s old group Skid Row would join the parade of bands reuniting these days, so the post got tens of hundreds of fans really pumped. Fox News even picked up the story on its website, so it couldn’t be a joke, right? Bach later told the Boise Music Examiner that it was just that, though he pointed out that a) he never said the name Skid Row in the post (only his “old band,” which could’ve meant “high school marching band”) and b) offers for a Skid Row reunion have started coming in recently. Only problem, he added, was that the other members don’t want to reunite with him. 



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