Today marks the seventeenth anniversary of the death of Kurt Cobain. The music he and his bandmates in Nirvana created helped to catapult the indie rock underground of the 1980s into the public spotlight and forge a new rock mainstream, inspiring and influencing millions of listeners.
But Cobain, who never found an effective way to cope with that spotlight, would likely prefer to be remembered as a person, not as an icon of sadness, forever moping over his guitar on the set of Unplugged:
The new single’s clip is in the style of the “I’m a Slave 4 U” video, if it were set during the movie 2012 (though the comet may be a callback to “Hold It Against Me”). One thing’s for sure: even as the world is literally crumbling around her, Britney is having a ball – ??an attitude that matches the song, cowritten, as it is, by Ke$ha, the Road Warrior ofÂ today’s pop.
While many bands have successfully pulled off the “single-take” music video (think OK Go‘s “This Too Shall Pass,” think Feist‘s “1, 2, 3, 4″), no band has EVER attempted to complete a single-take video while also simultaneously broadcasting the events live on the web. Yet that’s exactly the challenge that Death Cab For Cutie has before them tonight.
This weekend Nicki Minaj released her verses from “Tragedy,” a track allegedly from Lil Wayne‘s upcoming Tha Carter IV, to New York’s Hot 97. Taken alone, her bars are a brutal Lil Kim dis track.
Why such vitriol? In short, she’s responding to Lil Kim’s retail mixtape Black Friday, itself heavily laden with digs at Ms. Young Money. The title track, which Kim leaked in November, called her a “deluded Kim wannabe,” among many other things.
To promote their new album Codes and Keys (out May 31), upcomingVH1 Storytellers performers Death Cab for Cutie digitally released “You Are a Tourist,” the record’s first single, last Tuesday, and they’re preparing to shoot a video tomorrow night at 7PM EDT that will also premiere tomorrow night at 7PM EDT. Confused? Listen to the song and its accompanying image will explain:
“You Are a Tourist” will be, this clip claims, “the first live, scripted, one-take music video shoot. Ever.” And VH1 will be carrying this event live –yes, as it’s happening!– in conjunction with our friends over at Ustream.
Despite what you might have read, the future of music and technology is not in the cloud or on some device or through whatever new gadget tech companies distribute from on high in an attempt to capture the tech-blogger zeitgeist. No, the future of music and technology is with you, the fans, and with the artists, which is why the O Music Awards exist. The OMAs, which will descend on a currently undisclosed location on April 28, are a celebration of the ways in which music exists, spreads, and is shared and remixed (aurally and visually) in ways that necessarily require online technology. The twenty categories of the OMAs recognize those who have achieved greatness in music via the blends of media that the internet enables and encourages.
Of course, such an award could only derive legitimacy from its participants, which is why all the winners will be determined by your online votes. The nominees in all categories will be open for voting beginning tomorrow, April 6, and write-in candidates are highly encouraged. Your voices will determine the winners. Voting closes as early as April 17 for some of the categories, so hurry up and let your voice be heard!
But time marches on! April’s VH1 Posted artist is none other than Hanson! If you’re still under the misapprehension that the brothers are a boy-band one-hit wonder, here’s a corrective-in-brief: After the massive success of 1997′s triple-Grammy-nominated Middle of Nowhere, the band toured incessantly, reissued their indie back catalog, and then recorded follow-up This Time Around. But personnel changes at Mercury during its late-1998 absorption into Island Def Jam left the band without any label support for that nonetheless critically acclaimed 2000 record. Four years years of negotiation (documented in the 2005 film Strong Enough to Break) later, Hanson and Island parted ways, and the band has continued to release modestly successful, well-reviewed records on their own label, 3CG Records?most recently 2010′s Shout It Out, featuring “Thinking ‘Bout Something” and “Give a Little”:
At first glance, The Civil Wars (songwriters Joy Williams and John Paul White) have a familiar backstory: they teamed in Nashville circa 2008, got some buzz for their 2009 EP Poison & Wine and then received a ton of attention when that EP’s title track was featured on an episode of Grey’s Anatomy. But there’s much more depth and range to the neo-Americana duo than is suggested by that tale of canny cross-marketing, which is why The Civil Wars are VH1′s latest You Oughta Know artist.
When we first saw Katy Perry’s “E.T.” music video last week, we noted that director Floria Sigismondi worked quite a few visual references to other famous directors’s work into her five-minute space epic. Well, since we always preferred the “Show” portion of the grade school classic Show & Tell to the boring old “Tell” part, we figured we’d grab some screenshots that we referred to in our video review last week to help illustrate our case (and since we couldn’t help ourselves, we added a few others in for good measure). This isn’t quite Behind The Music, but we hope you enjoy it all the same.