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A Visual Guide to Pitchfork’s 2010 Album Reviews

Article: A Visual Guide to Pitchfork’s 2010 Album Reviews

If paging through album reviews is a favorite pastime of yours, you’ll love this visual guide to the past year’s worth of Pitchfork’s that was painstakingly compiled into a fun-to-mouseover graphic. And if you despise reading album reviews, then you may find this to be a nice way of absorbing them anyway. The Pitchfork obsessed…

The Smiths’ Unreleased Demos

Article: The Smiths’ Unreleased Demos

Stereogum has a scoop on a collection of Smiths bootlegs that turned up called Unreleased Demos & Instrumentals. These are the kind of tracks that can help a guy get over the often difficult, girly, Morrissey, hurdle and get into The Smiths in a heavy way. They remind me of The Peel Sessions tracks the…

Flaming Lips Plan To Release New Song Every Month In 2011

Article: Flaming Lips Plan To Release New Song Every Month In 2011

“Not that I think the old way was boring, but to spend another two years with the same 13 songs, it’s just like fuck,” Flaming Lips frontman, Wayne Coyne told Rolling Stone. The band is looking for a different way to record their music in the new year and aim to release one new song…

Method Man Cast In David Gordon Green’s “The Sitter”

Article: Method Man Cast In David Gordon Green’s “The Sitter”

Wu-Tang Clan’s Method Man has appeared in some wack films since he began dabbling in them in the late 90′s, first with the Samuel L. Jackson thriller, “187.” But, Method Man also played Melvin ‘Cheese’ Wagstaff in one of the best TV series of the last decade, “The Wire” and has appeared in quality films…

The Ten Greatest Things Michael Jackson Ever Did

Article: The Ten Greatest Things Michael Jackson Ever Did

A planned TV special on a UK Discovery channel that re-enacts Michael Jackson’s autopsy has been criticized by his estate as being “in shockingly bad taste” and a “blind desire to exploit Michael’s death.” A print ad for the show depicted a corpse on a steel table covered by a sheet, with a hand sticking…

Exclusive Premiere: NewVillager “Rich Doors”

Article: Exclusive Premiere: NewVillager “Rich Doors”

The San Francisco/New York multi-media duo, NewVillager, have dreamed up a new mythology of their own, with which they create their art. Actually, it’s unclear which came first, the art or the mythology, but now they’re evolving together over a series of bi-coastal installations, performances and videos. Ben Bromley and Ross Simonini put so much…

Top Ten Selling Albums Of 2010′s Final Week

Article: Top Ten Selling Albums Of 2010′s Final Week

Technically there are two more days to go, but this Billboard list of the top sellers this week should be a good snapshot of where the country at large is at in music tastes. It certainly reveals something about what people think other people wanted for Christmas. It’s fairly bleak. Perhaps it was Taylor Smith’s…

Rock Hard Rockers Are Top Tour Acts Of 2010

Article: Rock Hard Rockers Are Top Tour Acts Of 2010

The old crowd really put out for tours this year, making acts like Bon Jovi, AC/DC, and The Eagles some of the top touring shows of the year. Bon Jovi, recently appointed to the White House Council for Community Solutions takes the No. 1 spot. Cougars are the likely demographic to have raised him up…

Sonic Youth Soundtrack For French Mystery “Simon Werner A Disparu”

Article: Sonic Youth Soundtrack For French Mystery “Simon Werner A Disparu”

Sonic Youth’s next release will be a film soundtrack and one you may never have heard of — the French murder mystery “Simon Werner a Disparu” premiered at Cannes, but has no US distributor (though IMDB lists it with the US/UK title “Light’s Out”). TwentyFourBit reveals the soundtrack will at least get a release, January…

Bipartisan Bill Frees Radio Waves For The People

Article: Bipartisan Bill Frees Radio Waves For The People

It wasn’t covered too thoroughly by the major news outlets, but as Pitchfork enthusiastically points out, Congress passed the Local Community Radio Act this weekend. The hard fought legislation vastly opens up the radio spectrum to independent stations and diverse voices. The bill is a victory for progressives and independents who seek to add their…

Forget Juilliard, Neverland Ranch May Open As Music School

Article: Forget Juilliard, Neverland Ranch May Open As Music School

Michael Jackson hadn’t been living at his Neverland Ranch for years before he died, first from having too many negative vibes from all the alleged sex crime scandal, then from losing is outright when he went into debt. But the flower clock and the choo choos need not fall into ruin. The current owner, a…

Dave Grohl Joins “The Muppets,” Lady Gaga Still Just A Rumor

Article: Dave Grohl Joins “The Muppets,” Lady Gaga Still Just A Rumor

The new Muppets flick continues to accrue a load of pop cameos. Dave Grohl is confirmed for a small part, joining Alan Arkin, Ricky Gervais, Billy Crystal, Zach Galifianakis, Jack Black and Jean-Claude Van Damme. The Foo Fighter will be covering for Animal — the crazed iconic drummer from the Muppet’s house band, Dr. Teeth…

Don Cheadle Envisions Herbie Hancock And Jay-Z For His Miles Davis Biopic

Article: Don Cheadle Envisions Herbie Hancock And Jay-Z For His Miles Davis Biopic

Don Cheadle has big plans for a Miles Davis resurgence. Hearing his ideas for the biopic which Cheadle plans to both direct and star in, you almost get the sense that, more than making good film, his main motivation is to introduce the jazz legend to a new generation of fans. “We just turned in…

Exclusive Premiere: Charles Bradley “The World (Is Going Up In Flames)”

Article: Exclusive Premiere: Charles Bradley “The World (Is Going Up In Flames)”

Charles Bradley found his calling when he saw James Brown perform at The Apollo in 1964 and promptly began perfecting his moves at home with a broom-turned-microphone. But like his similarly influenced soul sister (and now label mate), Sharon Jones, he’s spent most of the ensuing years just trying to get by — honing his…

Grizzly Bear Underscores “Blue Valentine”

Article: Grizzly Bear Underscores “Blue Valentine”

Director Derek Cianfrance always wanted Brooklyn’s Grizzly Bear to score his film “Blue Valentine,” but it wasn’t quite meant to be, at least not technically speaking. Grizzly Bear’s Ed Droste told Variety, “Derek contacted us about three years ago. We were really excited. We were between albums, and we were ready. They hadn’t shot yet,…

It’s A Kanye Christmas!

Article: It’s A Kanye Christmas!

The holly jolly Kanye West Christmas song that popped up online isn’t a finished version, just a leak according to EW. You wouldn’t know to hear it though, with Kanye and accomplices caroling on a track called “Christmas In Harlem,” it doesn’t sound like it’s lacking any necessary production or Yuletide cheer. It’s also pretty…

Usher Gets Kicked In Head While Wooing A Woman On Stage

Article: Usher Gets Kicked In Head While Wooing A Woman On Stage

If you’ve ever wanted to see Billboard hot 100 R&B singer, Usher, kicked in the head now’s your chance. The smooth superstar for part of his “OMG” tour at Madison Square Garden, had pulled a woman from the crowd to serenade her in classic form — hot male entertainer wooing an overzealous female fan. It’s…

Eminem Returns To Big Screen In “Southpaw”

Article: Eminem Returns To Big Screen In “Southpaw”

It’s been eight long years since Eminem starred in “8 Mile” with the late Brittany Murphy and surprised the hell out of everyone with how well he could act. He took home an Oscar for it too, for best original song. He returns to Hollywood now in a role being crafted specifically for the rapper…

OK Go’s Parade Spells Band’s Name Out Using People On Streets Of LA

Article: OK Go’s Parade Spells Band’s Name Out Using People On Streets Of LA

Masters of the pop music video OK Go took to the streets of LA with 100 friends to have a parade, and while they were at it they spelled “OK Go” out in what EW rightly described as a “GPS-assisted human Etch-a-Sketch.” It smells a bit like a plug for Range Rover’s GPS tracking app,…

Most Viewed YouTube Video Of 2010 Is The “Bed Intruder Song”

Article: Most Viewed YouTube Video Of 2010 Is The “Bed Intruder Song”

When Kelly Dodson was “attacked by some idiot from out here in the projects,” it was no laughing matter, but watching her brother come on all strong and crazy on the local Huntsville, Alabama news piece afterward was one of the most entertaining events of the summer. Over 20 million people have watched it on…

Will Ferrell And John C. Reilly Remake Bing/Bowie Classic

Article: Will Ferrell And John C. Reilly Remake Bing/Bowie Classic

David Bowie and Bing Crosby’s “The Little Drummer Boy / Peace On Earth” recording and TV special is nearly as much a part of obligatory holiday viewing as “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” This year Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly decided to revisit the oddball pairing, which was totally surreal in the late 70′s when…

Putin On The Ritz For Vincent Cassel, Mickey Rourke, Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell

Article: Putin On The Ritz For Vincent Cassel, Mickey Rourke, Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell

The oft bare chested hero of the Motherland, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin put on his best world leader casual wear for a children’s cancer benefit in St. Petersburg on Friday. “Like most people, I can neither sing nor play,” Putin said, according to THR, then proceeded to sit down at a piano in front…

Zooey Deschanel And M Ward’s “I Put a Spell on You”

Article: Zooey Deschanel And M Ward’s “I Put a Spell on You”

In the event you missed this last week on “Conan,” She & Him’s cover of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins‘ “I Put a Spell on You” deserves a viewing. Never would have guessed that Zooey Deschanel and M Ward would make such a fine match, but they sure do and continue to prove it with performances like…

Ten Greatest Music Videos Of 2010

Article: Ten Greatest Music Videos Of 2010

We’ve premiered quite a few magnificent music videos this year, and some of the best to be seen anywhere just in the past few months, if I dare say. Since there are far too many shot for any one person to see them all, inevitably, all the issues of bias and subjectivity that apply to…

J Mascis’ Acoustic Treat, “Not Enough”

Article: J Mascis’ Acoustic Treat, “Not Enough”

It’s hard to believe that J Mascis just finished his first solo record, after all these years and various projects outside of Dinosaur Jr. Remember his 1996 album, “Martin + Me?” Martin was a guitar, not a guy doing a duet with Mascis, but that was a live record. So Mascis’ for real first solo…

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