Pop culture and all that.






Other News And Pop Cult Based Sites I Visit:

Meme Pool
Pop Culture Junk Mail
Sharpe World
The Excitement Machine
The Onion
Gray Scale
Lying Media Bastards
In Passing...
The Morning News
Arts & Letters Daily
Obscure Store
Romenesko's Media News
Happy Robot
The Freep
The New York Times
The L.A. Times


    Friday, July 12, 2002

    DJ MC Hesher Tour Dates:
    Friday, July 19 @ Brainwash Cafe & Laundromat 9 - Midnight
    Saturday, July 27 @ 66 Balmy for El Rey's Mind Roastingly Supreme Art Party

    • Rock, Hip-Hop Stars Do Battle On 'XXX'
      So, they're releasing two soundtracks for the upcomoming flick "XXX." One his hip-hop centered (featuring new tracks from artists like Nelly, N.E.R.D., Mack 10 and Lil' Wayne) and the other is rock centered (featuring tracks from Moby, Gavin Rossdale, Queens of the Stone Age and Hatebreed). Given the signal-to-noise ratio of the average soundtrack, wouldn't it just be better to combine the best tracks from each group and make one killer album? Maybe not the for the best music biz wise, I'm strictly speaking as a consumer.

    • Sesame Street to introduce HIV-positive Muppet
      What? Will it be taking AZT? Will it join ACT-UP? Does it partcipate in fund-raising bike rides? Will it die young? What about skin lesions and getting abnormally thin? Okay, I'm painting with broad strokes here, I realize. What is noteworthy about this though is that this character is essentially a supply-and-demand response: the character is being introduced to the Sesame Street which airs in South Africa-- a country where 40 percent of women of child-bearing age are infected with HIV, and in 2000, about 40 percent of adult deaths in South Africa were attributed to AIDS.

    • Jacko May Claim 'Threats' by Mottola
      This is the best story yet about the financial stakes that are fueling Michael Jackson's recent attacks on Sony Music and the indusrty in general.

    • Proposal Would Give Acts Access To Older Titles
      A Senate measure, sponsored by Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah) would give new life to out-of-print recordings by allowing artists to bring them back to market. Ownership of recordings is not addressed in the bill, and therefore would continue to reside at the record company The bill would give labels the first right to reissue the works. If they pass, the artist can release the work. In a twist, artists would pay royalties to record companies at the same rate they received in their original contracts. The recordings could be licensed to webcasters and other third parties, who would pay either a compulsory license royalty rate or a rate imposed by the Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panel.

    posted by Randy on 12:41 PM | permanent link to this entry

    Thursday, July 11, 2002

    Sorry this is posted so late today-- I had jury duty this morning. I was excused from service.

    You, however, are not excused from DJ MC Hesher @ Brainwash Cafe & Laundromat Friday, July 19, 9 p.m. - Midnight Be there!

  • Rapper Fat Joe Arraigned in Bar Brawl
    When you get to be a big ol celebrity, you've gotta remember one thing-- when a bar brawl breaks out, run the other way. You'll save yourself a lot of cash and headaches. Anyway, ol' Fat Joe allegedly didn't heed my advice. He was once charged (along with the late, great Big Pun) with beating and snatching the chain of a guy during the NYC Puerto Rican Day parade. That case was dismissed, but it still is one of my fave alleged crimes in pop music history. How do you beat someone during a parade? I guess that is why it was dismissed.

  • Dixie Chicks-Dave Matthews Band CMT Show Cancelled
    I said when this pairing was announced that it seemed out of place for the Crossroads series. Previous guests: Hank Williams Jr. with Kid Rock, Ryan Adams with Elton John and Brooks & Dunn with ZZ Top. Those all make sense. Dixie Chicks and Dave Matthews Band? Not quite the same calibur. I guess they both have fiddle players. Back to the drawing boards, kids.

  • 112 And P. Diddy Dispute Label Deal, Publishing Deal, And Last Words
    Parents, don't let your 16 year old kids sign record contracts with people who claim they'll make them feel like family-- we all know never to mix buisness with family. And don't let 'em sign deals that hand over 100% of the publishing in exchange for advances. The real money is in publishing. do your research. Don't end up like 112.

  • Anybody home? E! reality show to follow Anna Nicole Smith's daily life, but she's no Ozzy
    The advance word on the soon-to-arrive Anna Nicle Smith reality show-- not good. I've never seen her be charming, intellegent or engaging, why would I expect anything different from a TV show about her life. Nice try, E!. I'll give it a few chances, though.

    Okay I Admit It: I've watched every Big Brother here in the US-- the first one which was a bizarre experiment in what was actually happening vs. what the network was showing us and the second one which only reinforced that this game truly about how to drive people crazy. And I watched the debut of #3 last night. These folks will be at each others throats-- and I'm talking *literally* in less than a few weeks. Mark my words. the mean ones are mean and the nice ones are annoying. Not a reciple for healthy secluded living-- but it allegedly makes for great television.

    Okay, I Admit It Pt. II: And I watched all of The Mole, too. And I've caught all of The Mole 2. My top two suspects-- Darwin and Katie have been eliminated, leaving only my other suspect Dorthy. Though she seems *too* obvious-- my new second candidate is Bill who has screwed things up in little ways.

    posted by Randy on 2:27 PM | permanent link to this entry

    Wednesday, July 10, 2002

    Shake Your Ass, Do Your Laundry: DJ MC Hesher @ Brainwash Cafe & Laundromat Friday, July 19, 9 p.m. - Midnight

    • Judge OKs suit against Kazaa parent
      A federal judge said Monday that record labels and film studios could expand an ongoing copyright lawsuit to include Sharman Networks, which distributes the popular Kazaa software. Fire up those computers, kids! Get it while you can.

    • Stop Music for Free, Pleads Record Industry
      Denial -- Anger -- Bargaining -- Depression -- Acceptance-- the five stage of grieving. The record industry has just entered stage three-- lowering prices on CDs, fianlly getting music to legitimate online outlets and now this. "Music for free means less new music, fewer new artists, less choice, thousands less jobs," said Jay Berman, head of the industry's main trade body, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI). Um, no. Music for free means more new music because people want as much as they can get. Music for free means more new artists becuase consumers are not restricted by price in getting all the music they want. By the same token, this means more choice. Thousands less jobs-- okay, he's got me there. But if thousands of record industry weasels got real jobs, this might be a better world. With free music, artists will make money they way they alwyas have-- live performance, liscencing and lastly (yes, it happens sometimes) sales. That's just my take.

    • Michael Jackson Says Industry Labeled Him 'Freak' At Harlem Summit
      Plastic surgery disasters-- check. Spending an crazy amount of time with kids-- check. Naming your compund "Neverland ranch"-- check. (Hell, *having* a compound-- check.) Bubbles The Chimp-- check. Wearing skin lightening make-up (instead of darkening make-up) in response to skin disease-- check. Bizarre crotch-grabbing fest at end of video-- check. Blaming your label for the failure of your album, despite the fact that you didn't tour-- check. Need I go on? How does this equal a conspiracy to have you labeled a FREAK. You did a lot of that yourself, MJ. The New York Post has some more choice quotes.

    • Eddie Van Halen and Valerie Bertinelli Have Separated
      Poor Eddie. Basically without his band and now without his wife. And there was that bout with cancer. Condolences from The kicker about this story is that they've been seperated since October of last year!! where was the paperazzi on this story? And how come 9/11 didn't save their marriage-- Laura Bush, I'm looking in your direction now.

    • Warner Bros. plans 'Superman vs. Batman' movie
      The childhood/playground argument finally comes to the big screen. Crime Fighting Rich Freak against Crime Fighting Alien Freak. How is this even a competition? Alien over Rich Guy, every time.

    • The List That Is Pissing Everyone Off
      10 "Seminal" Bands That You Say You Love but Never Actually Listen To and 10 "Irrelevant" Bands That You Never Mention but Listen to Evey Day. The former list is better than the latter, in my opinion, basically because the first list is true and the second list is just made up to counter-balance the piece.

    • Weezer's Rivers Cuomo Records With Crazy Town
      Cuomo recently paid a visit to rap-rockers Crazy Town's studio to contribute a guitar solo on a track for the band's forthcoming album, according to a Crazy Town spokesperson. While the guys in Crazy Town were casually dressed, Cuomo arrived last Wednesday looking sophisticated in a dark suit, green shirt and blue tie and proceeded to lay down licks on the tentatively titled "Hurt." In other Weezer news, peep their new video in Real Video. Excellent recreation of The Muppet Show.

    posted by Randy on 11:53 AM | permanent link to this entry

    Tuesday, July 09, 2002

    Shake Your Ass, Do Your Laundry: MC Hesher @ Brainwash Cafe & Laundromat Friday, July 19, 9 p.m. - Midnight

    • Universal Music provides alternative to file sharing-- Rare old albums can be bought, downloaded on
      Two or three years late, but welcome to the party, Universal Music! If you're tired of trying to track down an old, out of print Olivia Newton John album on your fave file sharing app, then head on over to EMusic. Among the other artists included in this deal: Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Gladys Knight and Bing Crosby. I'm glad that one of the najors is finally seeing the light vis-a-vis getting catalog out there in a format that the people want.

    • Jermaine Dupri Looks To Follow Diddy Down Free-Agent Path
      Oh, JD. I don't know what to say. If you think Sony Music is gonna let you walk away with your So So Def catalog the way BMG stupidly let Puff Daddy go with the Bad Boy catalog, you've got another thing coming. I'd love to see JD and Puffy combine forces and start a "sixth major," but that's just a pipe dream.

    • Tori Amos' America-Themed Scarlet's Walk Due Oct. 15
      I'll let the first two paragraphs speak for themselves: "Native American history, pornography, Oliver Stone, and Andrew Jackson are just some of the subject matter on Tori Amos' forthcoming America-themed new album, Scarlet's Walk, according to a spokesperson for the singer. As for the album's namesake, Scarlet "may be the land and may be a person and may be a trail of blood" and is the personification of everyone's search for answers, as the story of the album goes. The album's musical and lyrical journey was inspired by the tragic events of Sept. 11 -- the album was written entirely after the attacks on America while Amos was on the road." What more can I add to that?

    • Hardest-working man in rap E-40's blueprint for success paying off
      E-40 has always gotten my love and respect. He has always been able to sell just as many albums out of his trunk as he has with his distribution deal with Jive. And all of kids saying "off the heazy fo sheazy" owe E-40 a royalty. If you aren't hip to E-40, cop his new album: Grit & Grind. When I parked my car last night at 8 p.m. he was on the radio with his crew. When I drove to work today at 8:30 a.m., he was still on. I am assuming he went home beteween shows, but you never know.

    • Homer, Jagger Team Up on 'Simpsons'
      Mick Jagger and Keith Richards will appear on an upcoming episode of "The Simpsons." The plot: Homer goes to Rock n' Roll Fantasy Camp. Homer get all the cool gigs.

    • Mike Myers Considers Keith Moon Film
      I'd rather see Jason Schwartzman in the role-- he already plays the drums, is about 1,000 years younger and looks a bit like Moon. Anyway, Roger Daltry sez he recently spoke to Myers about doing the movie. In Hollywood terms, this means basically nothing-- it is barely a first step in possibly looking into getting the ball rolling on the project.

    • Richard Ashcroft To Reveal Human Conditions in October
      Former The Verve frontman Richard Ashcroft will release Human Conditions in October. The album will feature appearances by Brian Wilson, Talvin Singh, and DJ Shadow. An appearance by Brian Wilson these days should give you the fear. They don't plug in his keys anymore becuase he barely plays them through his acid-damaged foggy brain and he certainly can't hit the notes he used to. Was I the only one who was freaked out by his appearnace at that Jubilee thing. Man, even Baby Spice on backing vocals couldn't save that performance.

    posted by Randy on 11:42 AM | permanent link to this entry

    Monday, July 08, 2002

    • Michael Jackson: Recording Industry Racist
      Oooh boy, this was quite the weekend for Wacko Jacko. Calling the head of your record label "evil" devilish" and a racist-- and then doing it again. And again. Not the wisest negotiation tactic. And according to this article, the Rev. Al Sharpton was a bit taken aback by Jacko's comments, even though he was the one who arranged the whole media circus. Ther Official Rocktober.Com Position On The Issues At Hand: Media/Music Industy: Bad. Media/Music Indusrty Reform: Good. Wacko Jacko and Rev. Al Leading The Fight: Bad.

    • A Media Giant Needs a Script
      Very nice piece in the NY Times about how corporate infighting and low morale are dooming AOLTW's efforts at synergy and media domination.

    • Industry Woes Hit Vivendi's Music Unit
      If Vevendi Universal tried to sell their music properties a few years ago, they might have had a few takers. Thes e days, who the hell wants it? The big players can't buy becuase of anti-trust concerns. Outside buyers see the music industry in decline. Plus, artists are in revolt over restrictive contracts. Why would anyone wanna buy into this industry?

    • Firm Believer
      This profile of Jeff Kwatinetz and The Firm is very interesting. It reads like a profile of someone who is so obviously going to rise and fall that it seems amazing he's even trying to become the super agent he longs to be. Plus, he looks like Adam Curry a bit. That's never a good sign.

    • Destiny's Child Star: Show Biz Can Drive You Crazy
      See also: "Shocker: Sun Rises In East!" and "Experts Predict Blue Sky Today"

    • Project Pat Seeks New Weapons Trial
      It seems the prosecuters keprt referring to his career as a gangsta rap artist. Could that have tainted the jury? Do ya think? Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmaayyybe....

    • I Was A PreCog
      I saw Minority Report. It was pretty good, but the plot holes were annoying, the dialogue was sometimes clunky and it should've ended a half-hour before it actually did-- just like A.I. Anyway, this is a behind the scenes report from one of the brothers playing the pre-cogs we learned nothing about in the flick.

      Apparently, John Entwistle's doctors advised him against going out on tour. He didn't listen. Ooops.

    Shake Your Ass, Do Your Laundry: MC Hesher @ Brainwash Cafe & Laundromat Friday, July 19 9 - Midnight

    posted by Randy on 11:52 AM | permanent link to this entry

  • This page is powered by Blogger.

    Music Commentary/Reviews
    The Nuclear Bunker
    Hipster Detritus
    Blogcritics: Music
    You Wearing A Wire?
    NY London Paris Munich
    The Minor Fall, The Major Lift
    Large Hearted Boy
    Done Waiting
    Pitchfork: Repeat
    Homeland Obscurity
    Tiny Mix Tapes
    Blog From Esoterica
    Slap Dee Barnes
    You Can't Wear Nail Polish to a Surgery
    Tim O Thompson
    Melody Nelson
    Product Shop
    The Modern Age
    The Rub
    The Motherfucker Blog
    The Devil's Radio
    No Rock And Roll Fun
    Last Plane To Jakarta
    I Hate Music
    The Problem With Music
    Why Do We Need The Music Industry?
    Cool And Strange Music
    Fat Chuck's Corrupt CDs
    Music Reviewer
    Rock's Back Pages
    Mr. Lee
    Roxanne Blanford
    Musical Discoveries
    Will Shilling
    Scott Tribble
    Jim DeRogatis
    The War Against Silence
    Hybrid Magazine
    Flux Blog
    Deviated Septum

    The Edison Sound Recording Collection
    The American Song Poem Music Archive
    Show And Tell Music
    Celebrites At Their Worst
    Xeno Music
    Soul Heaven

    Music News
    Music Headlines
    LiveDaily Music News
    LiveDaily Tour News
    Pitchfork Media
    Buddyhead - Gossip
    Punk News.Org
    The Velvet Rope'
    Support Online Hip-Hop News
    Country Standard Time News
    Manhunt Urban Music News
    BBC Music News
    The Daily Dish
    Dot Music
    The 411
    DaveyD's Hip-Hop Corner
    Boston Herald
    AllHip-Hop News
    MTV Asia News
    MTV News
    SixShot News
    Homegrown Music News