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Freaked Out “Black Swan” Music Video

Article: Freaked Out “Black Swan” Music Video

Natalie Portman spent a year becoming an insane ballet dancer, for Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan.” Even though dancers train from birth and work for decades to hone their craft, Portman has managed to pull off a very convincing ballerina act, actually doing about 90% of the dancing herself. This latest music teaser for the film…

Converse’s “Rubber Tracks” Studio

Article: Converse’s “Rubber Tracks” Studio

Converse is one of those rare brands that not only retains it’s cool but seems to accrue more of it. Everyone loves Chucks. I wear mine in the city, on the farm, shit I even wear some to the beach. Low tops, no socks. Converse’s ongoing music branding campaign seems to be working out well…

Quincy Jones Keeps The Record Straight On Kanye West, Michael Jackson

Article: Quincy Jones Keeps The Record Straight On Kanye West, Michael Jackson

Quincy Jones has been making the rounds for his new album, “Q Soul Bossa Nostra,” which is also a tribute album to none other than legendary mega producer, Quincy Jones. He’s had some choice things to say yesterday about all these Michael Jackson releases (which he says “should have all stayed in the vault”) and…

Malachai “Return To The Ugly Side”

Article: Malachai “Return To The Ugly Side”

Malachai is the most bizarre band I know of from the UK, and possibly the strangest act on a label in the Western hemisphere. I first stumbled on them watching the unreleased (in the US) Eva Green Ryan, Phillippe, Sam Riley film “Franklyn,” which is pretty strange in itself. They had a captivating song in…

Wilco Releases An Organic Coffee

Article: Wilco Releases An Organic Coffee

If you’re schleping to Dunkin’ Donuts to get through your day, consider this “Wilco Selection” available from esteemed Chicago roaster, Intelligentsia. The band went slurping at Intelligentsia’s Cupping Lab to select a favorite coffee and unanimously picked this single origin, Organic Ethiopia Sidama Homecho Waeno.” Wilco’s offering it for sale along with some coffee mugs…

Exclusive Premiere: Husky Rescue’s “Fast Lane”

Article: Exclusive Premiere: Husky Rescue’s “Fast Lane”

Finnish band Husky Rescue was inspired to make their third album “Ship of Light” after songwriter Marko Nyberg was captivated by a UFO sighting near his home in Helsinki. They used a diverse array of instruments on the album from the bizarre Memorymoog, a device from the early ’80s, to a pieces-of-wood-on-a-string noisemaker, a contraption…

Spike Jonze’s Arcade Fire Video Is A Bleak Portrayal of “The Suburbs”

Article: Spike Jonze’s Arcade Fire Video Is A Bleak Portrayal of “The Suburbs”

Spike Jonze’s vision of “The Suburbs” is at first a very familiar one with big open skies, endless subdivisions, fast food parking lots and enough fences and walls to shut out the rest of the world. Who needs the rest of the world when everything you want is right there? But Jones, inspired by The…

Daft Punk Took A Baroque Approach To Scoring “Tron: Legacy”

Article: Daft Punk Took A Baroque Approach To Scoring “Tron: Legacy”

It’s been almost a month since I’ve written about “Tron: Legacy” or about Daft Punk’s score for the long awaited sequel to the original 1982 film, which was notable both for it’s ground breaking visuals as well as it’s score by synth pioneer Wendy Carlos. We’re clearly due for an update and I’ve got some…

The Last Hold Outs, Beatles Finally On iTunes, But Who Yielded?

Article: The Last Hold Outs, Beatles Finally On iTunes, But Who Yielded?

After a series of secret back room negotiations between EMI and Apple Corps, complete with a code name (“Bastille”), the two labels finally came together over a royalties agreement, which then allowed a deal to be brokered with Apple Inc and iTunes to release the Beatles’ catalog digitally. After all the lawsuits, rights issue debacles,…

Exclusive Premiere: Röyksopp “Senior Living”

Article: Exclusive Premiere: Röyksopp “Senior Living”

“Senior” is Röyksopp’s chill follow up to 2009′s dance album, “Junior.” The Norwegian electronica duo recorded the albums at the same time, but “Senior” is the mellow instrumental counterpart — the ambient music playing in the freak out room when your legs give out from the space invader dance stomping across the floor. This short…

Jay-Z And Cornel West At the New York Public Library

Article: Jay-Z And Cornel West At the New York Public Library

Cornel West, one of the great thinkers and communicators of this generation is also probably the most entertaining, by leaps and bounds. He sat down with Jay-Z and NYPL director, Paul Holdengräber, the other night for a delightful conversation about Jay-Z’s book, “Decoded.” They got deep down about the complexities of the human condition and…

Michael Jackson Debuts First Posthumous Single, “Hold My Hand”

Article: Michael Jackson Debuts First Posthumous Single, “Hold My Hand”

If you have a weakness for vanilla MIDI beats and soaring duets with cheesy rhymes, you’ll love “Hold My Hand,” the first single off of the King of Pop’s forthcoming album, “Michael.” It’s like a cool breeze billowing the tiny umbrella in your fruity drink on the deck of a cruise ship somewhere between Jamaica…

Lady Gaga May Be Pulling Some Strings For Role In “The Muppet” Movie

Article: Lady Gaga May Be Pulling Some Strings For Role In “The Muppet” Movie

The new Muppets movie/reboot being masterminded by “Freaks and Geeks” star Jason Segel and “The Flight of the Conchords” director James Bobin is in production. It’s called “The Muppets” (amazingly the title was not previously taken) and is scheduled for release Christmas, 2011. Along with Segal, who stars, Cinematical reports that “Glee’s” Jane Lynch and…

Gwyneth Paltrow performs Cee Lo’s Hit Song On “Glee”

Article: Gwyneth Paltrow performs Cee Lo’s Hit Song On “Glee”

Covers of Cee Lo’s hit single, “Fuck You,” and it’s radio friendly version, “Forget You” are going to be with us for a long time. Next up, Gwyneth Paltrow (who actually does have a nice voice when not singing weirdly accented “Forgetchoo” lines) is going to sing the “Glee” rated version next Tuesday’s episode. EW…

Kanye, Interrupted

Article: Kanye, Interrupted

George Bush went off about Kanye West recently in his memoir, “Decision Points” and then reiterated his disgust again to Matt Lauer during an interview for the Today Show. Apparently, The Decider is still staying the course on his comment about the most “disgusting” moment of his presidency — the moment when Kanye West called…

The Michael Jackson Album Conspiracy

Article: The Michael Jackson Album Conspiracy

Questions arose about the authenticity of the recordings on Michael Jackson’s new album, after the teaser release of his new single, “Breaking News,” immediately after it was posted online on November 8th. Some fans didn’t think it sounded like Michael, and then even his kids and his own mother claimed some of the tracks were…

The Jimi Hendrix Murder Theory

Article: The Jimi Hendrix Murder Theory

London, 1970. Jimi Hendrix dies from choking on his own vomit after an accidental drug overdose. That’s the story of the great guitarist’s demise we’ve all been told and believed, but sometime last summer a roadie who worked for Hendrix’s manager, Mike Jeffrey, claimed that Hendrix was murdered. The motive? Money. James “Tappy” Wright tells…

Susan Boyle’s “Perfect Day” With Lou Reed

Article: Susan Boyle’s “Perfect Day” With Lou Reed

Only a few months ago everyone’s favorite UK chanteuse, Susan Boyle, was denied permission to perform Lou Reed’s “Perfect Day” on “America’s Got Talent.” Words were exchanged, feelings hurt, tears shed. It was an all around downer, picking on that sweet lady. People immediately assumed that mean old Lou was just saying F you to…

Rockabilly Buddies, Conan O’Brien And Jack White

Article: Rockabilly Buddies, Conan O’Brien And Jack White

For Conan’s debut show last night it’s new home on TBS, he brought in pal Jack White, as musical guest. The famous buddies met over a decade ago in a bowling alley and have been on notorious friends ever since. The camaraderie was thick, the facial hair, scruffy as Conan joined White for the rock…

Watch: Seu Jorge & Almaz in “The Model”

Article: Watch: Seu Jorge & Almaz in “The Model”

You may know Brazilian singer/songwriter, Seu Jorge, as the forlorn guitarist in “The Life Aquatic,” whose David Bowie covers were among the most unforgettable songs in film of the last decade. He’s also appeared in roles in “City of God,” and “The Escapist.” In this first part of director Kahlil Joseph’s “The Model,” Jorge plays…

Where Is the Thin White Duke?

Article: Where Is the Thin White Duke?

Nine images of The Thin White Duke have been scattered across the web. Find all of them and not only will you be heralded as a very persistent seeker of quality rock photography, but you might win a bunch of magnificent David Bowie merchandise. You will definitely unlock a secret video stream from his 1976…

Exclusive: Bird By Snow’s “Ascension Sessions”

Article: Exclusive: Bird By Snow’s “Ascension Sessions”

Grab hold of your chakras we’re heading into the spirit world. On October 16th, San Francisco’s Bird By Snow hiked three miles up to a secluded wooded grove in Big Sur, taking a few instruments and a toy Japanese camera with them into the fog. They came to a big oak tree and crafted a…

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