This morning on my way into work, John Mayer’s “Assassin” came on my iTunes, and I said “Ugh, this song is so underrated.” Then I realized I said it out loud on the train and the lady next to me shot me one of those “whatever you say” glares, having no idea what I was listening to. But the song speaks to me. It’s haunting in a beautiful way, but it was never pimped out like the majority of John’s other songs—which is probably why I love it.
I listened on to one of my favorite jams and realized there are SO many great tunes, by well-known and lesser known artists alike, that are completely underrated. Some songs just never made it big and others are simply underplayed and under appreciated for how freakin’ awesome they are. Because why listen to fantastic, fresh songs when every radio station can play Lady Gaga’s “Applause” one hundred times between breakfast and lunch, amiright? Keep reading »
Alison Gold is one of those post-Justin Bieber/Rebecca Black aspiring pop star types who is looking to hit it big via the interwebs. Her first effort was the vaguely racist ode to egg rolls and wonton soup, “Chinese Food,” the video for which featured her creepy producer, Patrice Wilson, bouncing around in a panda suit. The video for her latest song, “ABCDEFG,” has Wilson in an even creepier role as a guy at a club who keeps putting mysterious “potions” in Gold’s drink as she sings about the alphabet with a bunch of Muppets. “Sesame Street” this is not. I doubt Jim Henson would approve. [Fishwrapper]
On one hand, Lady Gaga singing “do what you want to my body” to R. Kelly, of all people, is disturbingly hilarious in that the self-described “Pied Piper of R&B” has a prior history of doing some pretty, um, icky things — is a golden shower really what you want, Gaga? On the other hand, the song itself is fantastic and indicates that perhaps Gaga’s upcoming ARTPOP record will be much better than the silly Jeff Koons cover art led us to believe. Fingers crossed!
Twerkin’ like Miley not your style this Halloween? Go the alternative route by channeling your inner teenage witchy goth as Lorde, the rising star on the pop scene. Lorde has got a thing for black mesh body-con dresses, almost black makeup, and the kind of jewelry that’s likely been cleansed by some new agey priestess. Memorize the lyrics to “Royals” or “Tennis Court,” wear your hair in long waves or plaited into a crown braid (as above) following this tutorial, and you’ll be a dead ringer for next year’s big Grammy winner (I predict, anyway). Deets on the items above, after the jump! Keep reading »
Listen, I love to go to the mall and gorge on Panda Express as much as the next MSG-addicted person, but this is too much. Behold, tween Alison Gold’s ode to chow mein and egg rolls, “Chinese Food.” Ark Music Factory co-founder Patrice Wilson — the guy who brought us Rebecca Black and her
shit hit song “Friday” – wrote the song and appears in the video, rapping in an “Asian accent” and dressed up like a panda bear, all while Gold sings and little geishas prance. It’s all so wrong. But also it made me hungry. [Huffington Post]
Alright, I think it’s time to start a petition to ban Matt Lauer from interviewing young famous women on “The Today Show.” It rarely doesn’t tread into uncomfy territory. (Remember when he asked Anne Hathaway about her vagina?) This morning, in between singing her hit songs “We Can’t Stop” and “Wrecking Ball,” Lauer interviewed Miley Cyrus about her new album, Bangerz, that whole Sinead O’Connor mess and, of course, her performance at the MTV VMAs last month, and it got … yucky. Watch above.