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Proper (and Mistaken) ID

Plus, Rap Genius angers Google and Dan Auerbach is not a creepy Dylan stalker

By Mike Breen · January 8th, 2014 · Minimum Gauge

Proper (and Mistaken) ID

Before Christmas, a TV reporter in San Francisco ran a story about a homeless man who claimed to be Carlos Santana’s former percussionist. Though skeptical, he found out Marcus Malone’s story was true, so a reunion between the guitarist and former conga player was arranged. But before reconsidering whether that guy who asked for $2 the other night really was the bassist for Matchbox 20 (he wasn’t), take note of the case of a Massachusetts man who had police called on him twice in one night for loitering. He told cops he was the drummer for Whitesnake, but the Gloucester Times reported that “a check of records regarding that 1980s Metal band” (not sure if that means cops checked the back of their own Whitesnake albums or if they had a file on the band) showed he was lying. 

Not So ‘Genius’

After settling copyright issues with the National Music Publishers Association, Rap Genius — a website featuring Rap lyrics with crowdsourced interpretations (including input from some of the original artists) — angered a potentially bigger foe, Google.

The search giant was so pissed that RG was using “unnatural links” (reportedly giving blogs social media exposure in exchange for linking to RG) to help push the site to the top of search results, it removed it from searches altogether. Acknowledging they’d been “morons” for trying to rig the system, Rap Genius’ founders published a lengthy apology; by Jan. 6, it had returned to Google’s top search results. Billboard reports RG will expand to include sites dedicated to Rock songs, poetry and something much easier to steal — news stories. 

A Hairy Misunderstanding 

The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach is apparently not so obsessed with a certain legendary singer/songwriter that “Bob Dylan’s hair” was on court documents as one of the “assets” he and his ex-wife were fighting over during divorce proceedings. Well, that is what it says in the court docs, but the “hair” mentioned wasn’t from Bob’s head. “Bob Dylan’s hair,” Auerbach told TMZ, referred to a poster portraying the singer with rainbow-colored locks. Auerbach told the TMZ “reporter” (aka a paparazzi dude who hangs at airports and yells at celebrities) that Dylan’s son jokingly offered to get him an actual lock of his dad’s ’doo after seeing initial reports.



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