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Biblical Bruce, Bad Lyrics Sites and a Jagged Little Musical

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Rutgers University in (obviously) New Jersey launches new course that examines the biblical references in Bruce Springsteen's music, David Lowery and the National Music Publishers’ Association go after websites that host song lyrics without publishing licenses and Alanis Morissette announces plans to turn her 1995 album Jagged Little Pill into a (probably horrible) musical.
  

Britney: Torture or Gospel?

Plus, YouTube launches messy music awards and James Blake and Lou Reed name mixups

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Britney Spears' music gets used as a pirate repellent and to tell the story of Jesus, the YouTube Music Awards were an unfocused mess, some dumb social media users mix up their Lous and James Blake wins the Mercury Prize, then gets dissed during his introduction.
  

Blues Brothers Blues

Plus, Guided By Voices needs a new drummer and Lights Over Paris are on hiatus

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 30, 2013
A Dutch court is cutting into Dan Aykroyd's lucrative Blues Brothers licensing biz, Guided By Voices parts ways with their drummer after an eBay party foul and the singer for an obscure L.A. band who falsely acquired loans to finance his fake Rock Star life will now be rockin' prison.
  

Slinging Riffs, Rigging Streams and Dissing Biggie

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Metallica said to be considering selling off past unused riffs through eBay or another online service, Pop group Fifth Harmony pleads with fans to stream their music on repeat so they chart, sell and stream better and some people in Brooklyn are against naming a street corner after Biggie Smalls, in part because he was overweight.
  

Baby DJs, Kanye's Fluke and a Costly DJ Request

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 16, 2013
A DJ school for babies opens in a thrift store in Brooklyn, Kanye scores a Top 20 hit based solely on a fluke viral video and Deadmau5 WILL play some Bon Jovi for you … if you cough of $200,000.
  

Spotify is 5, Stapp's a Sweetheart and Sinead v. Miley

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Five years after its launch, Spotify remains at the center of the "to stream or not to stream" controversy, Scott Stapp of Creed's new solo single is "Slow Suicide" (not being a dick — that's what it's called!) and two generations of Pop stars take different approaches in their online feuding.
  

Radiohead's Demo, Moz's Book and Mumford's Shenanigans

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 18, 2013
A 1986 demo tape from when Radiohead was called On a Friday sold for more than $3,100 at a U.K. auction, Morrissey caps off his year of cancellations by reportedly cancelling his autobiography three days before its planned release and Mumford & Sons make like 1985-era Motley Crue and get kicked out of strip club.
  

Whole Foods Vinyl, Thicke Thief and Cloning Lennon

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Whole Foods announces it is testing the waters to see if its customers will buy vinyl albums while they healthily/expensively food shop, Robin Thicke is having Gaye issues and a dentist/tooth collector is claiming the John Lennon's rotted-out molar he bought for $30,000 will help scientists make a human clone of the late Beatle.
  

Daft Conspiracy, Katy's Truck and Brown is Down

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Stephen Colbert makes the best of Daft Punk cancelling its appearance on his show (though Pitchfork only gives it a 2.4); Katy Perry's gold promotional semi-truck has somehow only been involved in one accident so far; and Chris Brown is still a douchebag.
  

Lemmy Lives, Rocky Rocker Romances and Skinny Sabbath

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Rumors of Motorhead frontman Lemmy's demise have been greatly exaggerated (again!), TMZ takes a break from Bieber coverage to focus on a Circle Jerk, an ex-White Stripe and a Black Key and Black Sabbath says Bill Ward was too overweight for their reunion tour, then announces a new amusement park attraction.   

Analog or Bust, Craigify and Michael & Mercury

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Jack White has again put his money where his analog-lovin’ mouth is, ponying up $200,000 to help finally make the National Recording Preservation Foundation “operational,” according to an NRPF press release. The NRPF came about when Congress approved the National Recording Preservation Act in 2000, but White’s contribution is its “first major donation.”  

Rush Delivers, Bonzo's Resurrection and New Freddie Needed

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Canada introduces new postal stamps featuring The Guess Who, The Tragically Hip, Beau Dommage and Rush's naked-man/devil-star logo, Jason Bonham is working hard to bring his dad back to life as a hologram so he can drum solo with him and Sacha Baron Cohen quits the Freddie Mercury biopic, reportedly over Queen's desire to keep it more family-friendly.
  

The Jay-Z Law, Streaming Pains and Chambers Attacked

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Jay-Z and Beyonce's visit to Cuba prompts U.S. law-change effort (seriously), Thom Yorke says Spotify is bad for new artists (simples) and some nut-job attacked 73-year-old Lester Chambers over a song dedication.
  

Little League Keys, Rapper Torture and Jay-Z Pulls an NSA

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 10, 2013
The Black Keys prove they'll endorse pretty much anything and sponsor a little league baseball team in Akron, Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) undergoes (partial) "force feeding" to draw attention to torturous conditions at Guantánamo Bay and Samsung's Magna Carta Holy Grail's unique roll out widely hailed as a fail.
  

Dylan's Stratocaster and Samsung's Jay-Z Scheme

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 3, 2013
The Fender Stratocaster Bob Dylan used when he notoriously “went electric” for the first time on stage at 1965’s Newport Folk Festival is headed for auction.