Posts By Nick Minichino

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On 4/20, Saluting Five Musicians Who Carry a Torch for Pot

Two weeks ago, our sister site, The Fab Life, counted down the Top 25 Fictional Stoners in Cinematic History. Of course, it’s a lot easier to be famous for using an illegal substance if you’re not real. So we thought for 4/20 we’d honor (or at least acknowledge) some of today’s most vocal pro-marijuana musicians.

Wiz Khalifa
Khalifa’s big hit may be “Black and Yellow,” but he’s been pretty busy using much of the money, attention, and goodwill he gained from that song to rap about weed (though not, surprisingly, on his newest single “Roll Up”). His newest album is even called Rolling Papers. When even “The Lonely Stoner,” Kid Cudi, has given up marijuana, Wiz is holding fast, even writing a sidebar for Rolling Stone‘s Best of Rock 2011 issue, feting OG Kush as “Best Weed.”

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Iggy Pop Wants to Be Your Doll

The Iggy Pop action figure spotted by MTV News at Toy Fair in February is finally available to pre-order (though Toys ‘R’ Us quicky pulled the item’s online listing after a number of fake “product reviews” featuring Stooges puns popped up). Unlike the other action figures in NECA’s “Music Icons” series, Iggy Pop’s figure is designed after his 2011 self, rather than a particularly “iconic” look from the past, like the circa-1975 Jimmy Page figure.

Then again, maybe Iggy Pop’s current look is his iconic look. In the first place, “jeans and shirtless” has been his standard for decades. And granted, he turns 64 on Thursday, but a long-kicked heroin addiction gave him his physique long before age ever had an opportunity. Remember the “Candy” video?

Of course, even at his age, the real Iggy Pop has a few more points of articulation than the scale replica.

[HT: Gothamist. Image Credit: Getty Images]

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You Oughta Know Live: Fitz And The Tantrums And The Power of “L.O.V.”

As we teased not quite two weeks ago, You Oughta Know artist Fitz and the Tantrums swung by the VH1 offices for an exclusive You Oughta Know Live performance. The four-song set was a blast, but the absolute highlight was the double-time clapping and funky breakdown of “L.O.V.” which we’ve shared above.

Stream the whole set, including the band’s most recent single “MoneyGrabber”, exclusively via VH1.com.

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Is Britain’s Got Talent Contestant Michael Collings The New Susan Boyle?


BGT: Michael Collings the new Susan Boyle? by itnnews

The promos for NBC’s new singing competition show, The Voice, have made much of the show’s swiveling chairs, which are designed to allow a blind audition for the judges. Not so with Britain’s Got Talent, which from its launch (with Simon Cowell in one of the judge’s chairs) has wholeheartedly embraced the narrative of deceiving appearances. The latest such entrant is Michael Collings, a young IT engineer and father-to-be who played guitar and sang “Fast Car”, by Tracy Chapman, with surprising power. Read more…

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Bret Michaels Teams Up With His Daughters For A Kidz Bop Cover Of “Every Rose Has Its Thorn”

Are children ages 5-12 desperate to be introduced to hair-metal ballads that are decades older than they are? Kidz Bop, the now-venerable series of age-appropriate kid-chorus cover compilations, hopes so: May 17 will see the release of Kidz Bop Sings Monster Ballads. Life As I Know It‘s own Bret Michaels and his daughters Raine and Jorja have recorded what will likely be the jewel of this volume: a re-recording of “Every Rose Has Its Thorn,” which Michaels originally sang with Poison in 1988, and which was previously anthologized on Monster Ballads: Platinum Edition. This time around, his daughters take the lead, with Bret on guitar. Read more…

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Wish We Were There: The Top Five Moments From Coachella 2011

Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival 2011 - Day 2

The 2011 Coachella Festival is a wrap! Sadly, we didn’t go, but here are five reasons we wish we had:

LAURYN HILL
Those who stuck it out through Cee Lo Green‘s transportation-delayed (and, by some accounts, uninspiring performance) on the main stage Friday were rewarded with a razor-sharp set from Lauryn Hill, who immediately followed. After the enormous success of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, which struck a chord with millions?Adele called the album “life-defining” in last week’s Rolling Stone? Hill shrank from the spotlight, and her performances of late have been as sporadic in quality as they have in quantity. But Spin reports that she was in top form at Coachella, and we can’t doubt after watching set-closer “Doo Wop (That Thing)”:

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Saturday Is Record Store Day

This Saturday, April 16, Record Store Day celebrates four years of promoting brick and mortar, non-corporate-owned music sellers. Since 2008, an increasing number of artists on both independent and major labels have concocted exclusive releases and recordings and made them available for sale only through independent record stores on the third Saturday of April, as a means of helping them continue to survive in today’s complex retail landscape (dominated by big box stores and digital downloads). In conjunction, many shops host in-store performances or giveaways. There’s always a good reason to visit your favorite local independent record store, but Record Store Day’s exclusives and artist appearances provide a hefty additional incentive.

Record Store Day’s list of exclusive releases is exhaustive, but also a bit overwhelming, so here are some of your best bets (including a bunch from You Oughta Know artists):
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