Internet mega-conglomerate, Google, has announced that will be diving head first into the internet music industry by launching a new music purchasing feature on their website. The company will be teaming up with the music streaming service, LaLa, to provide a service that will both stream music searched on its website and allow a portal with which one can purchase said music. The process will be a “simplified” version of music discovery that is expected to rival that of websites like Pandora, LastFM, and iTunes, the latter of which dominates the online music market.
The time has come to un-box those classic Adidas shelltoes, throw on that vintage Run DMC t-shirt, and join with all the other b-boy and b-girl culture freaks for this year’s Red Bull BC One break dancing competition. The tournament, which has been hosted internationally in Brazil, South Africa, and cities across Europe, will be returning to New York City, the birthplace of hip-hop, at the Hammerstein Ballroom on November 18.
The former front man for the Smiths and patriarch for the melancholy, Morrissey, was released from a hospital after collapsing during a performance in Swindon, England. A spokesman for the hospital stated that the singer’s condition was “much improved” and that “he was admitted overnight as a precautionary measure.”
The incident occurred during a performance at the Oasis Leisure Centre in Swindon Saturday night. Prior to the opening song, a rendition of the classic Smiths’ tune “This Charming Man,” the singer had addressed the audience by saying, “Good evening…probably.” According to fans that were in attendance, he struggled through the song occasionally holding his hand up to his mouth as if he were hiding an urge to vomit. At the conclusion of the number, he dropped down to his knees and then fell to the floor. Two band members helped the fallen singer offstage where the he was reported as having difficulty breathing. A spokesman for the venue then announced to the audience that the show was cancelled due to serious illness.
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It is very likely that you have heard of RJD2 (born Ramble John Krohn) and haven’t even realized it yet. The DJ/producer has been making music since the mid-nineties when he was the background DJ for the Columbus, OH, rap group MHz. His name comes from a friend’s shout-out on a rap track that stuck with him. He later released a solo “mix CD” titled Your Face and Your Kneecaps under the Fondle ‘Em record label. A year later, he signed onto Definitive Jux, the record label operated by renowned DJ El-P, and released two highly acclaimed solo records Deadringer and Since We Last Spoke. During his time on Definitive Jux, he worked with fellow Columbus MC, Blueprint, and released two albums under the collaborative title Soul Position, the second of which was released under the Rhymesayers label. He continued to work with underground rappers producing beats for Cunninlynguists, Cage, MFDoom, Diverse, Aceyalone, and also producing a cover of Radiohead’s “Airbag,” for the album Exit Music. He released his third solo album, The Third Hand, after leaving Rhymesayers for the XL Recordings label, citing an interest in making music that was more “pop-friendly.” In 2009, he left XL Recordings to create his own record label, Electrical Connections, which is expected to release his first fully independent album, The Colossus, sometime next year.
Latin music extraordinaire and melodramatic tenor Marc Anthony was personally handed the keys to Dwyane Wade's house Saturday night. Wade, NBA star player of the Miami Heat, surprised Anthony on stage midway through the the singer/songwriter's performance to make sure he would feel right at home. "You know Marc, this is usually my house," said Wade. "Tonight though, mi casa, tu casa."
Alex Ridha, the German mastermind behind the skullcrushing electro mayhem of Boys Noize, is one busy man. At 27 years old, he runs white hot Boys Noize Records, plays festivals from Berlin to Montreal, and has even had a song featured in the massively popular Grand Theft Auto IV, so the next time you jack a Lamborghini you can outrun the cops while being assualted with the mindmelting grandeur of '& Down.' Where he found the time to put together Power, his first album since his debut Oi Oi Oi blew up dancefloors in 2007, is a mystery on par with what Daft Punk look like behind the robot helmets.
The National Campaign to Close Guantanamo has received its share of criticism, but the support from popular musicians and members of the music industry have further encouraged the Obama administration to follow through on their efforts to close the controversial prison. Both REM and Pearl Jam have joined with the likes of Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, Roseanne Cash, and Rage Against the Machine in protest against the interrogation practices applied at the institution.
Most recently, the coalition has spoken up against CIA interrogators using music to “encourage” the detainees to reveal information relative to their involvement in terrorist plots and/or organizations. It has been reported that music from Britney Spears, AC/DC the Bee Gees, and Marilyn Manson has been used in prisoner control procedures, as well as songs from Sesame Street, Barney, and the Meow-Mix theme song. The songs were pumped into prisoners’ cells at near-deafening levels in what the CIA describes as an attempt to maintain prison security rather than “punitive purposes.” The National Security Archive is filing a request through the Freedom of Information Act to create a list of the exact songs that have been used at the prison. Thomas Blanton, executive director of the National Security Archive, said, “At Guantanamo, the U.S. turned a jukebox into an instrument of torture.”
If the term “supergroup” gives your brain the mental hard-on comparable to a pre-pubescent girl at the mention of the latest Twilight movie, then the announcement of the new album by Them Crooked Vultures will have your mind pitching a tent that only a Lincoln-esque, stovepipe hat can cover up.
Them Crooked Vultures is comprised of three of rock’s best musicians; guitarist/vocalist Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age), bassist/keyboardist John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin), and proving that he can still murder a drum kit, drummer Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters and Nirvana). All three members have proven their musical prowess in their previous engagements which further heightens the “hell-yeah!” factor of their upcoming album.
Cheeky, sardonic and foul-mouthed because she can be, I didn’t expect British pop misfit Lily Allen’s sophomore album It’s Not Me, It’s You to aim much higher than the predecessor, 2007’s Alright, Still, which in retrospect, for its many lapses, had its bright spots. Sadly, things actually get a lot dimmer, and unwarrantedly, a lot nastier on this one. Leadoff “Everyone’s At It,” and single “The Fear” are about as good as it gets on an album that leaves brave listeners the victim of a spiritless barrage of vapid vocals and weak beats many times over.