Couldn?t make it to South by Southwest? Not to worry — we?ve got reports from the year?s premiere music festival. Menomena?s Brent Knopf fills us in.
What?s the inconvenient truth about South by Southwest?
This is the second time we?ve played the festival. Both times we?ve arrived in Austin there?s been these strange, End Times rainstorms. When we came in two years ago, all of a sudden the clouds unleashed their fury. There was flooding in the streets! We were only here for a couple of hours. This time we get to hang out and enjoy, but sure enough, when we arrived, there was massive flooding.
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Couldn?t make it to South by Southwest? Not to worry — we?ve got reports from the frontlines of the year?s premiere music festival. Mute Math’s Paul Meany fills us in.
Caution: Rocking is Hazardous to Your Health
They need to start doing some sort of first aid tent. I’m hobbling right now. Of course a Mutemath show is a finely tuned ballet and I pride myself on that, but every now and then something goes wrong, and my God did I smash into something last night. Both my feet are throbbing. The roofs of my feet are killing me.
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Timbaland‘s teaming up with Rockstar Games to create a hip-hop video game, "Beaterator." (HipHopDX)
Problem No. 100: Cristal Lies
Jay-Z denies drinking a bottle of boycotted bubbly that was sent to his table at a New York club. Scroll down to read. (TMZ)
Extreme Makeover: ‘Hood Edition
Ice Cube is producing an inner-city reality show about reformed gangsters. (SOHH)
Long Live The Man
Pennsylvania Congressman Mike Doyle comes to the defense of DJ Drama by comparing him to Girl Talk and … Paul McCartney? (HipHopDX)
Sweet Homie From Alabama
‘Bama baller Rich Boy is all the rage online. Interviews, party recaps, more interviews, video debuts, record reviews … you name it, Rich B. runnin’ it.
Couldn’t make it to South By Southwest? Not to worry — we’ve got reports from the frontlines of the year’s premiere music festival. Stars of Track and Field’s drummer Dan Orvik fills us in.
It can get violent on stage…
We played five shows in 48 hours. It’s been f*cking crazy, we’re on our way to our sixth show right now. We’re borrowing a lot of gear — you have ten minute changeovers so you go with the house kit. Yesterday I played a show and we’re playing one of our big rock songs and there’s the kick drum pedal, it has a big felt beater on it, and right in the middle of the biggest part of the song it flew off. This is stuff that wouldn’t happen on my kit. I picked it up and threw it at [guitarist] Jason [Bell], because it’s important to me that he knew. I didn’t want to be a wet rag but it was my little way of trying to deal with it.
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Church leaders on the island of Trinidad and Tobago are trying to ban Elton John from performing there. Not only did they say that the Rocket Man?s sexual orientation failed to conform to Biblical teaching, they also claimed that the famously gay star?s ?visit to the island can open the country to be tempted towards pursuing his lifestyle.? In honor of those carefully measured words, we?d like to announce Archdeacon Philip Isaac as our “Moron of the Week.”
T&T has a notoriously long anti-gay history, but that?s not going to stop Elton from doing his job at the Plymouth Jazz Festival – and to him we doff our caps, say thanks for the Almost Famous soundtrack and the Scissor Sisters, and wish him the best. Just don’t be shocked if you see some T&T taxpayers playing the hell out of the piano, wearing rose-colored glasses, and slagging off Madonna at press conferences – these things rub off. [Via This Is London]
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The man who has brought pop music Justin Guarini and Clay Aiken is measuring his worth in a new way: by comparing himself to Bruce Springsteen. It seems Simon Cowell has told 60 Minutes that he’s a bigger than the Boss.
I mean, in the last five years, I’ve probably sold over 100 million records. If (Springsteen) got one hundred (million dollars), I should have got five hundred (million dollars)," he says.
Maybe the question should be: who will be spinning discs by Fantasia and Ruben in 10 years? And maybe the answer will be: the null set. Hope those zealous Jersey fans don’t hear about this or Cowell will be toast.
In other Simon/60 news, the Idol star says a man once approached him to have his coitus critiqued. The offered payment was 100K, but the judge wasn’t up for the job.
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reports from the frontlines of the year’s premiere music festival. Young Love’s singer Dan Keyes fills us in.
Talk about the frustration . . .
I don?t have a badge. I don?t have a bracelet. And I?m playing! It?s ridiculous. Last night, when I went to go see my friends play, I couldn?t even get in because I didn?t have a pass. So I was like, "All right, I?m going down to the east side." That?s where all the real parties are going down – in the warehouses and stuff.
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Mope-rockers Interpol have wrapped recording on their third album, due out early this summer on Capitol – their first for their major label. The foursome, the rightful heirs to the suicide sounds of Joy Division and New Order, told NME about a couple of songs (?Mammoth? and ?The Heimlich Manoeuvre?), explained that they?d used more keyboards this time and announced tour dates – in Canada. The reason? Speculation has it that Interpol goes down better in wintry weather, and it stays cold up north at least until August. At least. [NME.com]
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Daniel Craig‘s ice-blue eyes may be of little use to him in an upcoming role. The man best known as Bond is eying a role in the big-screen adaptation of Blindness, the book that helped nab its author Jos? Saramago the Nobel Prize for literature. The story concerns a town whose citizens mysteriously go blind. Julianne Moore is attached, which is good because she’s awesome and bad because her hotness is totally going to waste on a bunch of blind people. [Hollywood Reporter/Reuters]
Couldn’t make it to South By Southwest? Not to worry — we’ve got reports from the frontlines of the year’s premiere music festival. Bassist Gordon Moakes fills us in.
Rock Stars and In-Laws?
We saw Amy from Stars, she was on the same flight from Phoenix, so that was nice. It was so late when we got in last night, and we were so hungry, we didn’t go into the fray. Almost certainly we’ll bump into people we know. Also I’ve got family here, in-laws.
Sensitive songwriter, witty comedian, and part-time bluesman John Mayer has announced the opening act for his upcoming tour: likeminded soul Ben Folds. He also announced his opening-opening acts: rocker Rocco DeLuca, indie-folkie Brett Dennen and just-add-a-beach-and-piano pop star James Morrison. The tour starts June 1st in Ridgefield, Washington, and goes for 38 dates – which is probably just long enough for Mayer to come up with some ideas for a new VH1 comedy show, a feature and in-book contest for Esquire, and a whole line of clothing for hipsters. What a guy. Check his tour dates here.
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