Posts By Jim Macnie

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Britney’s New Video: Want a “Piece”?

How can a pop star live a normal life when the cameras are always in her face and her fans are so toxic? How much can one woman give before it’s time to shave her head and crumble right before the planet’s eyes? These were unanswerable questions until Britney Spears dropped her new video for “Piece of Me” a few hours ago. Have a peek, and you’ll find out why our girl is so tortured all the time. Leave her alone, damn it!

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Ice-T’s Got A Big Ole Joystick

icet.jpg Lots of us have gaming fever. So it’s no surprise that Ice-T likes to get super focused on the screen and the strategy. In a chat with our game site, he recently said that being alone and riding the mouse are two of his favorite things.

“I?m a very solitary cat. If I have five guys over and we?re talking business, I?m like, ‘OK, time for y?all to leave.’ With games online, I can play with a lot of people without having them over my house to eat my sh*t. ”

What’s the O.G. playing these days? Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, and Kane & Lynch: Dead Men. Says Ice: “As much trouble as I got in…all these guys do is try to shoot cops.” Told you: O.G.

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Zep Tears Sh!t Up in London

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Yep, it happened last night. The ’70s kingpins Led Zeppelin reunited to celebrate their music biz pal Ahmet Ertegun and tickle a global fanbase that remains fervent four decades after the band first began. The set list ranged from “Rock and Roll” to “No Quarter” to “Dazed and Confused.” The audience members ranged from Mick Jagger to Dave Grohl to Pink to Naomi Campbell. More reports and live clips coming in soon. Keep checking back throughout the day.

Didn’t make the show? Watch a block of Led Zeppelin videos to relieve the frustration. Don’t overlook some of their coolest tracks.

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Pop Friday: Country Soul & Troop Support

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Joss Stone & Leanne Rimes Throw Down Some Country Soul

R&B meets C&W as the two singers connect on Crossroads. They do “Super Duper Love” and others. The show airs tonight on CMT, but you can watch it at the above link now.

Five For Fighting Helps the Troops That Are Fighting

A new CD put together by John Ondrasik has an array of artists including The Fray, Goo Goo Dolls, and Josh Groban, who are giving our military some music for the holidays.

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MC Perez’s Rap: VajayjayZ?

Perez Hilton and VH1?s New York.One quick wit and a microphone. We know that Perez Hilton slings mud in celebville, gets all rock critic about musical acts he adores, and loves himself some beats. But did you know he was a microphone fiend?

After drinking some funky cold medina, the blue-haired Queen decided to do the theme song to his upcoming 07 wrap-up show. That’s the place where he’s handing out awards in such categories as “Best Africa Spokeswhore” and “Hottest MILF,” so the tune references vajayjay, lady lumps, Xtina, trainwrecks, ankle bracelets, and the rest of the year’s BS.

Click the icon to listen, and rap along yourself: audio.gif

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Spears vs Lohan: Who Strips Better?

Rehab mamas like Brit and Linds are always flaunting their sexual sides. Spears lets it all hang out by leaving her thong at home, and with boytoy after boytoy in her wake, “Firecrotch” Lohan is about the hotness, 24-7. So of course it makes sense that the ladies have one key sex item in common: a stripper pole. During the video for “Gimme More,” itself an electro anthem of insatiability and “crazy positions,” the Toxic One is onstage at a bar, sporting black hair, black leather, and black fishnets. Her pouting and writhing comes from experience. In I Know Who Killed Me, the Mean Girl has a scene where she’s hired as a hostess of a “gentlemen’s” club but winds up doing the nasty with radically dark eyes, some tossed-around hair, and a full exposed libido. Exhibitionism is in the house, y’all.

What we want to know: which trainwreck do you think is hotter when working the pole? Check both of the videos and hit the comments section.

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NGAB: Bye-Bye Bluegrass, Hello Satan

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We?ll never get to hear the banjo?d-out version of ?No Expectations? or ?Honky Tonk Women? or whatever Stones song Cliff Wagner & the Old #7 were plotting before they got deep-sixed last Friday night. Americans with money and phones have voted, and bluegrass ain?t part of Next Great American Band?s agenda.

That?s okay, it?s a pop and rock world we live in, especially when you?re selling blocks of commercial time in a talent contest, so we?re now down to six outfits that are going to take us through the start of ’08. I?ve still got my fingers crossed for Tres Bien, who did the shimmy-shimmy-shake on ?Get Off My Cloud? (with a ?Satisfaction? guitar riff thrown in for you dudes who miss mash-ups) and conjured a vibe out of That Thing You Do.

All in all, it was a surprisingly fun romp through the Jagger-Richards songbook, with no one ? except for the big-band nimrods ? embarrassing themselves. The metal rugrats should have told Dicko to sticko and come out sans shirts for their ?Jumping Jack Flash? romp. Something very odd about seeing an 11-year-old from the San Diego suburbs singing that he was ?born in a cross-fire hurricane,? but the Light of Doom kid swings his hair around really well; I believed him for a sec or two. And the praying pickers in the Clark Brothers summoned the dangers of the devil quite convincingly with their judge-pleasing ?Gimme Shelter.?

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Astbury Tripping or Zeppelin Fibbing?

plant-180?210.jpgEvery right-thinking rock fan wants Led Zeppelin to play more dates than the single reunion gig that’s caused so much ballyhoo since its announcement last month. But Robert Plant says it’s highly unlikely and Jimmy Page is uncertain. Someone should give the icons a magic eight ball. But maybe Zep fans are being fed some fibs about the likelihood of a more extensive tour. Seems that Ian Astbury, tough-guy singer for the Cult, mouthed off about his band’s opening slot on a Zeppelin 2008 tour on stage in that rock ‘n’ roll paradise, Cincinnati.

Blast the new, 5.1 surround sound version, of The Song Remains the Same until the real beans about the tour are spilled from the Zep camp.

And here are 10 tunes that don’t get enough respect from Zeppelinites.

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Trampled Under Foot: Zep?s Hidden Gems

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Certain Led Zeppelin tunes are played to death, and others languish in the background. Here are 10 that deserve to be spun a bit more often then they usually are. Whether you’re making a last ditch attempt to win tickets to the band’s reunion show, or getting psyched for next Tuesday’s DVD release of The Song Remains the Same, or hanging out watching earth-shaking videos, you should get familiar with the following 10 tunes. By the way, which Zep track do you think deserves more dap?

1. Black Mountain Side
This acoustic ditty from the band’s first album vibes like a jukebox raga, illustrating Jimmy Page?s other interest besides the blues: Celtic folk tunes. Played by Bert Jansch, the endlessly rippling tune was called ?Blackwaterside.?

2. Living Loving Maid
We all know that the band liked to stretch the hell out of its songs ? melodrama was its middle name. But for every ?Dazed and Confused? there was a compact ass-kicker. The first album had ?Communication Breakdown.? On the second, it?s this nugget.

3. Celebration Day
It?s the giddy side of the blues, with Plant singing the praises of New York street scenes and Page working the slide guitar like it was his own private joystick. Good helium vocals by the blond god on this III track.

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Radiohead Drifts Toward Iceland

The surprise that Thom and the guys had for their legion last night was an Eno-esque spin on the slow-moving and gorgeous Bjork tune, “Unravel.” The original, from the singer’s Homogenic, was a pinnacle of ambient abstraction. In the hands of Radiohead, with Yorke singing like a heartbroken child, its mournful vibe is pushed even farther.

Here are both for your perusal. Promise us you’ll only play them after midnight.