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How Singer/Songwriter Chris Garneau Helped Me Through My Mom’s Battle With Cancer


I vividly remember the best and worst night of my year. As Barack Obama cheered “Yes, We Can,” my mother was absent-mindedly thumbing what we all agreed was a lump on her chest. I took comfort in the fact that she said it hurt—cancer doesn’t hurt. She’ll be fine, I thought. But as we toasted champagne and hugged each other for Obama’s victory, with brows slightly furrowed, I prayed for my mother, my strong and stubborn mother. I didn’t go with her to the doctor—my father did. I probably slept until noon, which was a common occurrence since I’d just driven all my belongings and my cat 1,991 miles from New York City to Santa Fe in three days. I was jobless, tentatively moving to Los Angeles in a few months and had no idea what I was doing with my future. And it turned out that my 58-year-old mother, my best friend and deepest confidant, had breast cancer. Keep reading »

Album Drop: This Week’s New Releases, From Julian Casablancas To Weezer

It’s new release Tuesday, so it’s time to take the latest tunes for a spin! This week it’s all about The Strokes main man, Julian Casablancas, going solo and putting out one of the superflyest vigilante records ever. But he’s not the only hotness on this phat Tuesday. Carrie Underwood is weak for bad boys, Weezer’s got mad raditude, Say Anything keeps talkin’ the talk, and Schwayze is ready to throw a beat down on the dance floor. So, let’s get into the groove, after the jump!

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Kenny G, Weezer, And Other Bizarro Musical Collaborations

When I think of Kenny G, his long, curly fro and smooth jazz saxaphone stylings come to mind—not nerdy glasses and skinny jeans. And yet, Kenny G is teaming up with indie rock gods, Weezer, for a song on their album, Raditude, which drops next week. Frontman Rivers Cuomo apparently emailed The G and asked him to contribute a solo for “I’m Your Daddy.” Kenny fully admits that he didn’t even know who Weezer was before he got the email, but that didn’t stop him from diving fro first into the collaboration. My ears are already confused but still … can’t wait to hear it! [Popeater]

Kenny G and Weezer are not the first odd couple to make beautiful music together. After the jump music’s oddest pairings.
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New Heath Ledger-Directed Music Video For N’Fa’s “Cause An Effect”

Before passing away in 2008, Heath Ledger had started a career as a music video director. One of his videos premiered in August. And a second one, a rap video for Australian N’Fa’s “Cause An Effect,” debuted today on YouTube. The video was shot on one camera in Heath’s Sydney garage shortly before his death, and it’s believed this was the last project over which he exercised complete creative control. He was childhood friends with N’Fa, aka No Fixed Abode, previously known as NFamas from the Australian hip-hop band 1200 Techniques. “The idea was to keep it very artistic so that is what we did,” N’fa said in an accompanying video. “Heath directed it really well and I was really happy with the outcome … I know Heath was happy with the work,” he added. [Reuters] Keep reading »

The Genius Life Advice I Take From Kenny Rogers’ “The Gambler”

The other day I was attempting to organize my closet, but I wasn’t really getting anywhere: I have way too much stuff and I don’t like to get rid of anything, because I know the moment I do, it will come back in style. I’ve held on to almost everything, even a pair of high-waisted leather pants I bought in 1998. As I sat on my bedroom floor, surrounded by clothes that no longer fit or are past their prime, I thought: “What am I going to do?” Then, it hit me: “You gotta know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em, know when to walk away, know when to run.” Yeah, I’m quoting Kenny Rogers’ “The Gambler.” I decided that the garments that didn’t fit or hadn’t been worn in more than a year didn’t deserve a place in my closet. And those that I still wear regularly or hold some sort of sentimental value were folded and hung. Problem solved.

I don’t listen to country music. I can’t pretend I know what’s going on in the genre nowadays, and I’m still not convinced that Taylor Swift actually sings country. Yet, one of my favorite songs is “The Gambler” because it gives good life advice, even if you’re not a poker player. Keep reading »

G.I. Joe And Barbie Rock Out And Get It On


The best part of playing with Barbie dolls was, let’s face it, making them hump. Back then I didn’t know what missionary, doggy-style, or reverse cowgirl were, but my Barbie and Ken dolls sure did. That’s kind of what’s going on in this music video, from some band called Sextapes, only Ken has been traded in for a far more manly dude — G.I. Joe. [videos.antville.org] Keep reading »

The Wonderful World Of Musical Hand-Me-Downs


Out there pop singer Har Mar Superstar—who bears a striking resemblance to Ron Jeremy—wrote a song for Britney Spears called “Tall Boy.” The tune was about having sex with tall men and drinking cans of beer, so it’s not a big surprise that BritBrit passed on it. But Har Mar Superstar thinks this was, like, the best rejection ever. He put “Tall Boy” on his upcoming album, Dark Touches, and said, “It’s my favorite song I’ve written.” Actually, I could totally see Britney busting out this techno-esque tune while wearing some racy outfit. She’d probably just add a few electronically enhanced groans. [Spinner]

Lots of musicians perform hand-me-down songs. Here’s a collection of songs that were originally meant for another artist. Keep reading »

Adam Lambert’s Ultra Manly Album Cover

When I saw this album cover, before my first cup of coffee for the day, I thought this was Pink going through a blue period. But nope, it’s the cover for Adam Lambert‘s first album, For Your Entertainment. Folks on the interwebs are calling it “glamtastic,” but I think it’s a few steps beyond that—homedude got in a time machine, traveled back to the ’80s, went to the mall for a Glamour Shot, and paid extra for the “extreme airbrushing” package. Do you like this cover, or think it’s way over the top? Keep reading »

Album Drop: This Week’s New Releases, From Tegan & Sara To Devendra Banhart

It’s new release Tuesday, so it’s time to take the latest tunes for a spin! This week it’s all about thoughtful guitar tunes from The Swell Season, Chuck Prophet’s protest songs, and Devendra Banhart’s glammed-up grooves. But girl, if you’re looking for some action, turn up twinzies Tegan & Sara’s sixth record, cause this hot new album will make you go all dirty dancin’ to their Sainthood. So, let’s get into the groove, after the jump! Keep reading »

Rihanna Only Needs One Eye To Rule The Charts

Behold, the cover art for Rihanna’s upcoming album, Rated R, featuring the single “Russian Roulette.” It’s her first album since 2007′s Good Girl Gone Bad and to that I say, ABOUT TIME, RiRi. We’ve been waiting. [PopEater] Keep reading »

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