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A History Of The Umlaut In Popular Music (You Know, Those Two Little Dots Above A Letter That All The Metal Bands Use)

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We often ponder the origins of famous band names, whether they be boy bands, metal bands or even just really offensive ones. It’s less often that we ponder the diacritical marks some bands use to make their monikers extra special. What’s a diacritical mark you ask? They’re the little doodads you often see above words in other languages that connote how it should be pronounced. The coolest of all diacritical marks is obviously the “umlaut,” which you see used by many heavy metal bands, such as Motörhead and Mötley Crüe. We started wondering, when did bands first start adding it to their logos and what does it mean anyway?  Read more…

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Last Lap: Beyonce Shows Support For Frank Ocean

BEYONCE TAKES TO TUMBLR TO SHOW SUPPORT FOR FRANK OCEAN
In a short poem written for the man who wrote (and sometimes sings) “I Miss You” for her, Bey calls Ocean brave, free, and inspirational. Amen. [Beyonce]

PAUL MCCARTNEY IS TEAMING UP WITH HALO CREATORS FOR NEW PROJECT
The former Beatle has hooked up with the team behind the hugely popular video game Halo to make some new music for, well, nobody knows yet. Nevertheless, this sounds like a project worth keeping an eye on. [RS]
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Tuned In: Colbert Gets Otherworldly As Bjork Performs “Cosmogony”

When Björk takes to the stage you get to thinking that modern pop stars like Lady Gaga might not exist if it hadn’t been for the pioneering avant garde of pop. Suitably fruity in a voluminous orange hairstyle and futuristic electric blue dress, Björk intersects experimental fashion and art with pop music in a way that is now commonplace, but somehow the Icelandic beauty still manages to make it completely unique, without a hint of repetition or tiredness. Performing “Cosmogony” from her new album Biophilia on The Colbert Report, Björk was simply divine, her haunting vocal cruising along the wave of sweet harmonizing by an all-female choir.

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Bj?rk And Michel Gondry Reteam For Stop-Motion Lights-And-Rhythms “Crystalline” Video

Just a week after the premiere of “Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win,” the latest collaboration between the Beastie Boys and Spike Jonze (who returned to music-video direction after somewhat of an absence), another director from his era has returned thanks to an artist with whom the director has collaborated a number of times before. Today’s returning talent: Michel Gondry, helming the mostly stop-motion video for Bj?rk‘s new single “Crystalline.”

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