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Santorum, Election Playlist, Whitney

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 15, 2012
President Obama’s “2012 Election Playlist” was posted recently on Spotify (credited to Obama and his young campaign staffers). There are songs by James Taylor and Springsteen, plus his new karaoke jam “Let’s Stay Together,” but there is a suspiciously large number of Country songs (Dierks Bentley, Darius Rucker, Sugarland, Zac Brown Band).  

Bass Medicine, MIA, and Swimsuits

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Thumping Hip Hop bass isn’t just for annoying your neighbors anymore. Thanks to science, it’s now become a useful tool in the medical field. AllHipHop.com reported that researchers at Purdue University created “a new miniature medical sensor” implanted in the body that gets power from low-end bass sounds (kinda like Luther Campbell).  

Gingrinch, Facebook and the Super Bowl

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Newt Gingrinch has commandeered the bafflingly popular trend of conservative politicians using songs in their campaigns by musicians who would rather have their music soundtrack snuff films. First, British Funk/Rock group The Heavy found out its hit “How You Like Me Now?”  

Obama, Grateful Dead and Joy Division

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart recently told Rolling Stone the band has long resisted offers to license its image to sell products, saying “You didn’t want to turn the Dead into a knickknack-trinket business.” But, he added, “Times and attitudes have changed.”   

Clarkson, Spin and Death Metal

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Pop star Kelly Clarkson got an unexpected sales bump when she announced her support for cult fave Republican Ron Paul and it looked like her successful (if inadvertent) publicity stunt had given some of her celebrity peers the bright idea to also endorse Paul.  

Spotify, National Anthem, Blue Ivy

4 Comments · Tuesday, January 10, 2012
When Spotify was introduced to the U.S. last year, the streaming music service with a massive library seemed to be the best thing to happen to music fans since P2P file-sharing. It was fairly comprehensive, legal and, most shocking of all, free. But anyone who has used the service without a monthly subscription knows how badly Spotify wants everyone to pay to listen.  

Sting, Clarkson and New Years

1 Comment · Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Another great Rock & Roll legend has been shattered. Sting’s wife Trudie Styler recently told U.K. paper The Daily Telegraph that longstanding rumors about the singer regularly having “tantric sex” for up to 24 hours were false.  

Korn, Megaupload and Pearl Jam

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 14, 2011
The good news for political conservatives — they finally have a somewhat relevant musical act on their side now! The bad news? It’s Korn. With enough paranoid hyperbole to make even Glenn Beck say, “Uh, that’s a little nutty,” Davis told Billboard that Korn’s new song “Illuminati” was inspired by America’s President, who he calls an “illuminati puppet.”  

Bon Iver, Motley Crue, Melchior Rietveldt

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 7, 2011
When it was announced that Wisconsin’s Bon Iver (essentially singer/songwriter Justin Vernon) had scored several Grammy nods (including Best New Artist and Record and Song of the Year), Indie music pundits declared Bon Iver this year’s Arcade Fire, the Canadian band that shockingly took home Album of the Year last time.  

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.