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Music For Dogs, Mozart and The Doors

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Lou Reed hasn’t always pleased the critics and his fans (see: Metal Machine Music, those Honda scooter commercials in the ’80s), but he and gal pal Laurie Anderson may have found a new fanbase — dogs. The couple has announced plans to present a “high-frequency” concert next month in Australia designed especially for our furry little canine friends.  

The Floods, Kanye and Comics

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 12, 2010
'Rockabye Baby!' albums are supposed to appeal you adult sensibilities while providing some calm ambient noise for your infant, but this time they've gone too far with their first foray into Hip Hop: 'Lullaby Renditions of Kanye West.'  

Magnums, IP and Revenge of the Nerds

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 5, 2010
In response to unsolicited name drops in Rap songs by Eminem and Lil Wayne, the Magnum is now soliciting Rap songs that center around the extra-large dong-wrappers. Those with the skills and lyrics about jumbo jimmy hats can submit songs to magnumlivelarge.com for a chance to win five large.  

Wendy O Bobble, AC/DC and Joni vs. Bob

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 28, 2010
In an interview with Los Angeles Times about a popular Joni Mitchell tribute drag show drawing raves in SoCal (seriously!), the real Mitchell launched into an attack on Bob Dylan. In referencing how both her and Dylan changing their names when they were upstarts, Mitchell called Dylan “not authentic at all” adding that “Everything about Bob is a deception.”  

Bonnaroo Buzz, Hip Hop Putin and Hecklers

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Ben & Jerry's has topped itself with its most recent specialty offering. We're not exactly sure how the new "Bonnaroo Buzz" flavor — a blend of coffee and malt ice creams with "whiskey caramel swirls" and English toffee — ties in to the big summer music festival, but maybe the Gatorade/ pot/ Patchouli-flavored formula didn't test-market well.  

Pope-Mo-Beatle, Hank Dub and Raging F Bombs

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 14, 2010
The Beatles, once designated "Bigger than Jesus" by John Lennon, are now Vatican-approved. Perhaps because of the changing culture (or maybe designed for an approval-ratings boost timed to "Beatles Week" on American Idol), the Vatican newspaper honored The Beatles with special editions timed to the 40th anniversary of their breakup.  

Ax Man, Shining Moment, Dylan Banned

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Despite undoubtedly being called a Communist innumerable times during his storied career, China's ministry of culture has declined to give Bob Dylan permission to play Beijing and Shanghai. The ban is believed to be due to the legend's past affiliation with the counter-cultural movement of the '60s and Bjork's pro-Tibet statements during a concert in China two years ago.  

Pop's Last Dive, Ricky Martin, Cokie the Clown

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 31, 2010
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Iggy Pop announced that his stage dive during a recent appearance at a benefit show at Carnegie Hall would be his last. The magazine's Web site then posted a hilarious account of the ill-fated dive from an attendee who was nearby.  

R.I.P. Alex Chilton, Hello CD Sales and No Hip Hop in Texas

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Having legendary singer/songwriter Alex Chilton die during the weekend of Austin's massive music showcase/conference South By Southwest is kind of like if Stan Lee died on the first day of Comic-Con. You'd be hard pressed to find an event where Chilton would be more understood, appreciated and instantly missed.  

Pink Floyd Maintains 'Integrity', the Jacksons Cash In and Sweating to the iPods

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Reuters reported that Pink Floyd has succeeded in stopping its label, EMI, from unpackaging its albums and selling individual songs as downloads or ringtones. There goes our plan to hold the record for the world's longest ringtone, sides 1 and 2 of 'Ummagumma.'  

Metal Machine Music, Keith's Sobriety, Muzak

1 Comment · Wednesday, March 10, 2010
A rumor that suggested that Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards had quit drinking was squashed when Richards told Rolling Stone magazine that “the rumors of my sobriety are greatly exaggerated,” which may well be the best rocker quote of the past quarter century. Jack Daniels shareholders thank you, Keith.  

YouTube Takedowns, Apple Downloads and 'Vain'

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 3, 2010
The Electronic Frontier Foundation, which fights for “civil rights” on the Internet, struck a blow for all parents who want to videotape their toddlers dancing to inappropriate songs when it got a judge to agree a woman was owed money after having a 29-second clip yanked from YouTube.  

Rick Astley Rejected Again, Sting Not Embarrassed, Whitney Stinks Up Australia

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 24, 2010
The wet willy of the Internet, Rickrolling, has reached the end of, well, something. Seems the original YouTube video used to prank people with a Rick Astley video clip has been yanked due to copyright violation. Sadly, there are now only about 75 billion other Rickroll videos available on YouTube and elsewhere online.  

Vatican Tunes and Carnival Blues

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 17, 2010
After blessing a Vatican MySpace site that featured a list of apparently Pope-endorsed songs that included ones by 2Pac and Fleet Foxes, the Vatican newspaper/Web site The Holy See recently released another list of “good/Godly” Pop songs.  

Kazoo, Super Bowl and Big Brother

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Did you know that this year is the 160th anniversary of the kazoo, the cheaply made "wind instrument" that everyone masters when they're about 2? Did you know there are kazoo enthusiasts? How about professional kazoo players? Meet Rick Hubbard.