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Costing Costello, Lyin Ass Bitch and Judas Priest

1 Comment · Wednesday, November 30, 2011
When GOP candidate Michele Bachmann appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, music director/Roots drummer ?uestlove led the band through a version of a song Moore wrote when he was a teenager — the Ska/Punk burner “Lyin’ Ass Bitch” — as her “walk on” music. When the obscure tune’s title was reported, the Bachmann camp latched onto it as another example of the “lamestream” media’s bias, and also called it sexist.  

Black Friday, Occupy and 50/50

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Last week we mentioned Jay-Z’s new $22 T-Shirt for his clothing company capitalizing on the Occupy Wall Street movement (the shirt manipulates the protest’s name so it reads “Occupy All Streets”). But co-opting a movement for your own gain isn’t just about making tons more cash.  

The Smiths, Jay-Z, Billy Corgan

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Smiths fans probably don’t need more sadness in their lives but they are finally getting to experience the disillusionment fans of The Beatles, The Who and, well, practically any legendary artist who has sold their songs to corporations to sell product. A holiday commercial (or “advert,” as they so adorably say in the U.K.) for the John Lewis department store is using a cover version of beloved Smiths’ tune “Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want” and the song’s authors, Morrissey and Johnny Marr, approved the whole thing.  

Nickelback, Listening Habits and Misfits

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 9, 2011
In some ways, hiring hit-making Rock band Nickelback to perform during halftime of the Detroit Lions/Green Bay Packers game on Thanksgiving makes perfect sense. The band is named after a football position and, um, well … they have a new album out that very week! The reasons Nickelback makes no sense as Turkey Day halftime entertainment are more plentiful.  

Ryan Adams, Juggalos and Odd Future

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Ryan Adams seemed well on his way to reclaiming his former glory, releasing one fairly straight-forward, mostly solid album this year (instead of eight random ones) and not being such a pissy little brat all the time. Early interviews for the new album seemed to suggest a new sense of self-awareness and a regret over his past rude, baffling statements and actions.  

Weiland, Mayer and KISS

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 26, 2011
For some reason, in the new authorized biography of Steve Jobs. Jobs felt the need to bring up Mayer, saying he’s “out of control” and possibly “blowing it big time,” without providing context or details. Whatever’s wrong, it must be serious — if one the world’s most brilliant innovators and important figures sees fit to posthumously call you a dick, it’s time to do some serious personal inventory.  

Durst, Sonic Youth and Syl

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 19, 2011
He called his band “Limp Bizkit,” combines bad rapping with Heavy Metal and made a horrifying sextape (that was mysteriously leaked online). If nothing else, Fred Durst is incredibly accommodating when it comes to providing punchline set-ups. He was at it again recently when it was announced that he had signed a deal with CBS to develop a sitcom, in which he’ll reportedly star. The announced name of the show? Douchebag.   

Kenny G, Steve Jobs and Tupac

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Pop sensations Foster the People during their recent appearance on Saturday Night Live, they played their second-song selection “Houdini,” and brought out human punchline/Snooze Jazz icon Kenny G to provide classy-porn-soundtrack sax noodling.  

Beasties, City Limits and Radiohead

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 5, 2011
It’s hard to be an aging Hip Hop artist. You can retain your dignity and status only so long before some young whippersnapper MC conjures up the most destructive dis of all: “You’re old.” So kudos to Ad-Rock of The Beastie Boys for somehow managing to not completely embarrass himself or his bandmates during a recent appearance on Quilting Arts TV … er, rather Top Chef: Just Desserts.  

Bullets, R.E.M. and Unemployment

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 27, 2011
After a flight from Canada to Shanghai, the singer for Behind Sapphire was detained and placed in jail for six days for what he claims to have “accidentally” hidden in his luggage. A glock? Hand grenade? Snacks from Panda Express? Nope — the vocalist was reportedly jailed because his suitcase contained collectible antique bullets from World War I.
  

School of Rock, Tea Party and Interscope

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 21, 2011
A surprise was in store for the Canadian World-music-inspired band The Tea Party. Even though the group disbanded six years ago, according to Bloomberg BusinessWeek, their teaparty.com domain is a hot commodity and still visited often by members of the Tea Party political organization, whose ignorance apparently extends to Google ineptitude.  

Keith, Party Rock and Narcs

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Keith Richards has more cool in his elongated, coke-scooping pinky fingernail than 99 % of the actors in Hollywood, so news from Keef (reported by the U.K.’s Telegraph) that there has been talk of turning his bestselling autobiography Life into a feature film has casting directors all over Tinseltown sweating bullets.  

White, 9/11 and the Outlawz

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Jack White’s latest project isn’t another Indie supergroup, nostalgia act career revival or the introduction of a young ingénue. Part early Halloween gift, part late April Fool’s joke, White channeled his inner Dr. Demento and teamed up with the second most famous Detroit duo of this century, Insane Clown Posse, to — what else? — record a Mozart cover with raucous duo JEFF the Brotherhood.  

Jackson, Poland and Cassettes

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 24, 2011
So far, this October’s planned concert honoring the late Michael Jackson seems like a tribute to the behind-the-scenes turmoil of Jackson’s life rather than the impact of his music. Jackson’s mother said earlier this year that the concert will be held in Wales (for some reason), two weeks after Jackson’s doctor goes on trial for involuntary manslaughter.  

The Clash, ICP and Satan

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Many Punk fans around the world first learned about “real” London through the music of The Clash. The spirit of “The Only Band That Matters” has been hovering over the city lately, starting last month when the campaign to bring people to next year’s Summer Olympics included a version of The Clash’s “London Calling,” an Apocalyptic vision of the U.K. capital city’s future and class inequities.