First Aid Kit Perform A Gorgeous Rendition Of “Emmylou” For MTV Hive

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We’ve already gone on record stating our unequivocal love for First Aid Kit‘s song “Emmylou,” a song that first came to our attention via The League star Katie Aselton, and a track that we described as evoking “a particularly warm sense of romance and nostalgia with its references to timeless American musical couples, along with the most exquisite harmonizing that we’ve heard in some time.” So when saw that sisters Johanna and Klara Soderberg (age 21 and 18, respectively) met up with our friends over at MTV Hive for a First Take session, we squealed with delight.

Above, we have a gorgeous acoustic rendition of “Emmylou” for you (interspersed with a revealing interview), but if you’d like to see more from First Aid Kit, be sure to head over to MTV Hive for their full First Take session.

First Aid Kit Perform a Sparse “Emmylou” for ‘First Take’ [MTV Hive]
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That Metal Debate: Top 5 Bass Riffs Of All-Time

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We kicked off the season premiere of That Metal Show this weekend with Russell Allen and Mike Orlando of Adrenaline Mob, along with David Draiman of Disturbed fame, and rocked out with TMS veteran Mike Portnoy on drums.

In the Season 11 premiere episode, we debated the Top 5 Bass Riffs (not players) with signature lines in songs. You know, when you heard the first few seconds of a song and immediately start banging your head because you know exactly how to play it on air guitar bass and you immediately get excited cause it’s your favorite song or cause it just rocks that hard? Yeah, that.

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Gotye Makes The Gotye Mashup To End All Gotye Mashups

by (@zaragolden)

You might think that “Somebody That I Used To Know” is just a song that Gotye used to know. That at this point it has been surrounded on all sides by cover after parody after mash-up after cover, that it is but a thing of the internet, that it has taken on a life all its own. But Gotye has been watching all the while, and today he presents this most comprehensive super-cut of the internet’s worth of “Somebodies” into one great mobius strip of “Used To Knows.”

On his website, he writes of the project: “Reluctant as I am to add to the mountain of interpretations of  Somebody That I Used To Know seeming taking over their own area of the internet, I couldn’t resist the massive remixability that such a large, varied yet connected bundle of source material offered.” And, like the good internet citizen that he is, he links to each of the videos he used. So maybe he missed a few! But who’s to blame him for wanting to reclaim what was his, and for doing it so thoughtfully, too. Read more…

2 Chainz And Nicki Minaj Spend Their Spoils On Dem Strippers They Luv

by (@zaragolden)

2 Chainz Boost Mobile is chirpin’, his amiga Nicki Minaj‘s calling, and where else would be meeting if not at the strip club. The new Benny Boom directed clip for Chainz’s ode to the ladies “I Love Dem Strippers” returns the two to their “Beez in the Trap” strip club haunts, where they settle in with piles of cash, bottles of Birdman‘s GTV vodka and bunches of strippers. It’s an equal opportunity gentlemen’s club, and “crowned queen” Nicki fits right in because she’s got spoils to spend. “I ain’t lookin’ for the prom king,” she snarls, as she takes over the video in the second half.

Be warned, though: it’s not the artists billed on this song that get the real shine here, it’s the beloved Dem Strippers that really steal the show. So if you’re at work, check out our PG screen shots below and save the rest for when you get home. Read more…

Mariah Carey Is The Greatest Artist Of The 90s

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mariah carey wins as the greatest artist of the 90s

And then there was one. For the final round of Bracket Madness for the greatest artist of the 90s crown, Mariah Carey and TLC went head to head for the title. One woman with a five range octave and No. 1 hits that reach the double digits versus three women considered one of the greatest girl groups of all time. There are few matchups as great (and tough) as this pairing. In the end Mariah’s reign as the pop diva trumped the CrazySexyCool stardom of TLC. Read more…

2012 London Olympics Closing Ceremony: 3 Acts That Got Cut And 5 More You Can’t Miss

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As they’ve been wont to do, NBC clipped and hemmed last night’s Closing Ceremony broadcast in order to get things wrapped before their new sitcom, Animal Practice, was scheduled to air. Of the acts cut Ray Davies of The Kinks, Muse, and probably most egregious of all The Who, who closed the closing spectacle.
Ray Davies performed the Kink’s classic, “Waterloo Sunset”

Muse played their Olympic theme song, “Survivor”

The Who closed the Symphony of British Music with a run of their hits that included  “Baba O’Riley,” “See Me, Feel Me,” “Listening to You,” and “My Generation.”
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Beyonce’s Family Photos Are The Cutest Thing You’ve Ever Seen

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Beyonce, Solange and Tina Knowles

Many praises go to whoever is responsible for Beyonce joining Tumblr. Checking daily to see if Queen Bey has uploaded new photos has become quite the guilty pleasure. The 30-year-old new mom is notoriously private about her personal life, but mommyhood has opened her up more now than ever before. Over the weekend she gifted the world with family photos from her trip to Texas and her overseas travels where she Watch(ed) The Throne. Jay-Z, Solange and Tina Knowles make a cameo in the photos of the family living the good life. Be prepared to let out a loud “Awwwwww” when you see the back of baby Blue Ivy Carter with her Watch The Throne t-shirt while mama Bey feeds her a bottle. And Jay-Z pushing Bey on the swing? It doesn’t get much better than this ladies and gentleman. Read more…

Azealia Banks Doesn’t Care About Harlem Solidarity, Disses Jim Jones In “Succubi”

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Azealia Banks drops diss track "Succubi"

Not that Azealia Banks didn’t clap back at Jim Jones on Twitter during their medium rare beef last week. She did. The beef quickly turned from medium rare to well done when the Harlem newbie hit the studio and dropped “Succubi” only days after Jones called her a “slore” on Twitter. A Harlem rapper battling a fellow Harlem rapper takes us back to 2004. Read more…

Spice Girls Stick Their Landing At The Olympic Closing Ceremony

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As promised, the Spice Girls performed last night at the London Olympics Closing Ceremony. And it didn’t matter that they haven’t performed together since 2008, or that “Wannabe” and “Spice Up Your Life” are both older than most members of the gold medal winning U.S. women’s gymnastics team — aka, the other Fab Five — because this was like a two-and-a-half twists to a blind landing Amanar and they totally stuck the landing. Posh, Scary, Sporty, Ginger and Baby looked and sounded great from the moment they arrived on stage each in their own jazzed-up black cab until the moment they disappeared. There was a little bit of dancing, lots of sparkle and platformed shoes, of course. Even Posh seemed to have fun (though she looked a little nervous atop her taxicab). The whole thing was everything we wanted, really really wanted, zig-a-zig-ah! Read more…

Tuned In: You Oughta Know Represents At The London 2012 Olympics Closing Ceremony

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Of the many Brits who took the stage last night to pay homage to their homeland during the 2012 Olympics closing ceremony, two were You Oughta Know artists past. Emeli Sande and Ed Sheeran did VH1 proud with shining performances in front of the whole world wide. You Oughta Know no more, we say gold medals all around!

Closing Ceremony - Emeli Sande - London 2012 Olympic Games from mathew rumsey on Vimeo.

Sande’s really run these Games, kicking off both the Opening Ceremony and last night’s Closing Ceremony with stunning performances. The Scottish singer showed up to last night’s spectacular wearing Alexander McQueen and posed atop a newsprint covered stage, where she sang a cover of Professor Green‘s “Read All About It.” She was followed by the percussionists from Stomp and the entrance of Prince Harry, who was there in place of his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth. Sande was back on stage later in the night, finishing up “Read All About It” while a montage of memorable moments played and flags from the competing nations were brought in. Read more…