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5 Tips For Throwing A Record Party

About a year ago, a group of my closest friends got together in a basement apartment in Queens. It was a Saturday night in the dead of winter, and most of us were broke (the economy was crashing) and lazy (we didn’t feel like trekking to a bar in the city). As we cracked open a bottle of wine and ate fresh-baked zucchini muffins, one of my friends decided to play us some records on the record player he had recently inherited from his parents. It turned out to be one of the best nights of our lives. In sharing great music, great food, and great fun, a tradition was born—Record Party. The New York Times is finally catching on to something my friends and I discovered that night; vinyl is back in a major way. The stats say that CDs are becoming just about as obsolete as cassettes and 8-tracks. Sure, iPods are fun if you’re on the go, but really the only way to devour your favorite music (other than to hear it live) is to listen to it on vinyl. It’s like hearing the music again for the first time—rich and layered. Mike Jbara, a bigwig at Warner Music Group, says, “It is absolutely easy to say vinyl doesn’t make sense when you look at convenience, portability, all those things. But all the really great stuff in our lives comes from a root of passion or love.” [New York Times]

That’s what Record Party is really all about. But don’t take my word for it. Experience Record Party for yourself. After the jump, five tips for throwing your own rocking Record Party. Keep reading »

Lady Gaga Is Unhealthy For Your Relationship

Songs can be dangerous to your health, says a teen panel that has developed a “nutrition facts label” for currently popular songs. The panel worked with the Boston Public Health Commission and judged songs based on “healthy relationship ingredients” like equality, trust, and respect and also “unhealthy relationship ingredients” like possession/obsession, disrespect, and drama. Their conclusions are then displayed in a chart similar to the nutrition facts chart found on food labels. The health commission says these labels help consumers become lyric nutritionists, so they can better identify the themes in a song that will undoubtedly have an impact on their mood and relationships, and then can consume more “healthy relationship ingredients” for a “balanced media diet.”

Both Lady Gaga‘s “Paparazzi” and “Bad Romance” made it into the top 10 list of unhealthy songs, but “Break Up” by Mario featuring Gucci Mane and Sean Garrett, which has themes of manipulation and disrespect, topped the list. [Impact Lab] Keep reading »

Pam Anderson, The Pop Star?

Pam Anderson managed to do the impossible and strike the sweater-knitting grandma connotation from the name “Pamela.” But I just dunno if she has much of a shot at being a pop star at this point. That, however, won’t stop her from trying. Pam is currently recording her first single with Richie Rich, designer for Heatherette, called “High,” about drugs high fashion. “Pam says she wants to sing, but nothing too difficult, so she’s just going to sing the word ‘high’ over and over,” Richie said. This is, of course, in addition to Pamela’s other-other career—designing a clothing line called A*Muse. (Get it? Like ” to amuse” or “I’m a muse.” Doh.) Though, honestly, Pamela couldn’t sound much worse than Britney on this microphone feed. [NY Post] Keep reading »

Will.i.am Signs Kelis To His Label

Kelis has had one crazy year. First, she got pregnant with then-husband Nas‘ baby. Then, she filed for divorce and had to fight him for spousal support. After that, she gave birth with her mother and sister by her side. We’re pretty sure she’s looking forward to the new possibilities that come with a new year. “2010 is around the corner and I can’t wait to put out new music and spend time with real music fans on tour again,” she said in a released statement. And the stars are already lining up for her. Keep reading »

Adam Lambert Courts “Eclipse” Soundtrack

Adam Lambert has garnered heaps of attention lately, what with his on-stage gay kiss, the blurring out of said kiss by CBS’s “Early Show,” dis-invitation to “Good Morning America,” and subsequent media frenzy. If he gets his way, he’ll triangulate even more focus his way. In an interview with MTV, he explained that he’d really love to see an unused track from his new album find its way to “maybe Twilight.” The reason the song was discarded — “too campy, too theatrical.” The Twi-hards are gonna love that. Lambert’s frothy sexuality and “Twilight”‘s hot, girl-focused abstinence could be perfect together, though I’m not too sure the sparkly vampire set would agree. [MTV UK] Keep reading »

Ladies Looking Good For Grammy Gold

Last night was the Grammy nomination special, featuring performances by the likes of Nick Jonas (solo for the first time, though his brothers did introduce him), Maxwell (who is hard to listen to when all I can think of is this picture), and LL Cool J. (How is he not around more? I love this guy, “Deep Blue Sea” aside.) But the real story of the night was the ladies of music land. Beyoncé led the pack, with ten nominations. Taylor Swift followed her with eight nominations. And Lady Gaga picked up four. Let’s just hope that the world has been so fully saturated with Taylor-Kanye-Beyoncé jokes and recreations that they won’t try to do any more come the Grammy Awards on Jan. 31. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »

The Top Pop Albums Of The Decade 2000s

As the decade nears its end, one thing that will be missed is the music. Remember those albums we left on repeat because they really were worth listening to? From the catchy dance tracks to the political rock records that defined the 2000s, we saw artists like Justin Timberlake and Amy Winehouse grow up and deliver pinnacle records we never saw coming. When it came to the Top 40 set, this was a great time to love music. Here are our picks for the Top 10 Pop albums of the ’00s. Read more Keep reading »

Those Australians Wouldn’t Have Boycotted If They Knew Britney Sounded This Bad Live


We all know that Britney Spears is a seasoned pro. Like all “Mickey Mouse Club”-launched superstars, she’s been singing onstage since childhood. Which makes this video kind of baffling. Supposedly, it’s Britney’s microphone feed isolated during a concert in Vegas, though we know the “original audio” could have easily been doctored. While my first instinct was to plug my ears and laugh, it does make me squirm a little when I think of how I would sound, taken out of context, singing while dancing my ass off. I have the shower stall acoustics and appreciative backup vocals by my cat, though, so I know I always sound hilarious fab. [Live Leak] Keep reading »

Album Drop: This Week’s New Releases, From The Bravery to Allison Iraheta

It’s new release Tuesday, so it’s time to take the latest tunes for a spin. This week it’s all about the booty—but isn’t it always, ladies? Amid the constant stream of Christmas music, there’s a ray of hope, and that ray is a DJ light pointed right at the dance floor, girl. So put on your high heels, ’cause R. Kelly’s socking it to ya; Allison Iraheta gets Idol-worthy; Juvenile backs it up; and The Bravery break out their skinny jeans. So, let’s get into the groove, after the jump! Keep reading »

Quickies: Sade To Release First Album In 10 Years & Racist Image Of Michelle Obama Taken Down

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