What was more important last night, America? Watching the Christmas Tree lighting or hearing your favorite artists’ announced as nominees for the 54th Grammy’s? Apparently, I thought neither, and opted for cocktails instead. Whoops.
Anyway … some of our favorites were on there once, some more than twice and some almost took over the whole freakin’ show (cough, Adele, cough). But seriously, I hope you win. A lot. Every award. Seriously.
But while we’re super pleased to see that our favorite party rockin’ anthems, heartbreak hymns and bumpin’ and grindin’ smooth jams made the cut, there were a lot of names and songs on the list this year that I didn’t recognize. So I went ahead and assumed that maybe our readers might not know them either. Read more…
Check out the video premiere of Lady Gaga’s “Marry the Night”! If you think you’ve seen every artistic, emotional and physical angle of Gaga, as always, think again. Never failing to push her own boundaries, “Marry the Night” is a psychotic whirlwind hinting of “Black Swan,” “Flashdance” and “Girl, Interrupted.” There is the usual lush excess — ballet slippers with 8-inch pointers, a hat like Saturn, outfits to die for — but a more personal quality, as well. Keep reading »
Ugh, the Grammys: so, so, so boring and mainstream in their nominations with the occasional WTF?! thrown in for good measure. The 2012 nominees, announced last night, are no exception. Adele was deservedly nominated for all the major awards and will likely take them all home. Meanwhile, Beyonce’s 4, which was arguably one of her best albums ever, was snubbed, as was Nicki Minaj’s “Super Bass.” Jay-Z and Kanye West got some love for their Watch the Throne collab, while Lady Gaga’s third consecutive Album of the Year nod has her tied for the record with The Beatles. And then there was something about a band called Skrillex making me feel old. Those are the noms in a nutshell, with more of my thoughts displayed in the Approval Matrix at left. Here‘s a list of more nominees.
Anyone been watching “Grey’s Anatomy” this season? Then you know Scars on 45, a British indie-pop band whose song “Heart On Fire” is in heavy rotation on the season promos. The band (think: Snow Patrol and Keane) are releasing “Heart On Fire” as their 2nd EP with Chop Shop/Atlantic. It’s in the Top 15 at Triple A radio and number 40 at the Hot AC radio. In other words, you’ll want to watch this video yesterday. What are you waiting for?
Lushes and music lovers (that’s all of us, then?): go ahead and add Drinkify to your list of fail-safe time wasters (if you have one; I do). The website is brand new, having been created over the weekend at Music Hack Day in Boston, and ooh, it is cool and I could do it all day long. Plug in what you’re listening to, or what you’re not listening to, or what you wish you were listening to, and Drinkify will respond with a choice of alcohol to pair perfectly with your musical tastes. For example, got a little Nina Simone on the stereo? Pop open a bottle of cabernet and serve at room temperature. Pearl Jam? Crack open a can of PBR. Meanwhile, Adele has her own specialty cocktail, made up of vodka, coconut milk, and honey. Yum! Cheers!
Let’s face it: keeping up with pop culture is difficult. With more than 1000 channels worth of TV shows, not to mention a new flood of movies and music every week, it’s practically a full-time job to keep up with everything. Luckily, it is our full-time job. So after the jump, your cheat sheet to the TV shows you need to watch, the albums you need to hear, and the movies you need to see. This week, we’ve got new albums from Coldplay and Kelly Clarkson, Justin Timberlake and Johnny Depp heating up the big screen, and a new reality show about horrific in-laws. Keep reading »
All morning I’ve been listening to Kelly Clarkson’s quite enjoyable new album, Stronger, and found myself laughing aloud at the lyrics to the song ”Einstein. Ahem:
Our love divided by the square root of pride
Multiply your lifeless time
I’m going out of my mind
It was heaven when I finally figured it out alone…
Dumb plus dumb equals you
Dumb plus dumb equals you
Dumb plus dumb equals you
Indeed, there is no better way to tell a man to shove it than to diminish him with some lyrics containing some seriously fuzzy math. Dumb plus dumb equal you, BOO YA!
In honor of Kelly — and my favorite high school calculus teacher — here are some other bad math moments in music history.
I’ve been kind of “meh” on Rihanna for awhile now and not particularly inspired by her recent music or the way she’s illustrated her songs in music videos. By my tune has been changed by the just-released video for her super danceable song “We Found Love” — you know, the video which got her kicked off a farmer’s land for running around topless? Anyway, it is one of the best videos I’ve seen in awhile (well, okay, since Beyonce’s “Countdown”); beautifully shot, the video tells the story of a relationship we can only assume — thanks to the Chris Brown look-a-like, for one — was at least in part inspired by her own with Brown. Couple falls madly in love and initially has the time of their lives together; that love devolves into obsession and finally violence. The video has a hyper speedy energy that’s intense to watch, particularly during the scene where the boyfriend tattoos “MINE” on Rihanna’s bare butt. This, as far as I am concerned, is the best video Rihanna has ever done and “We Found Love” is certainly one of her more inspired songs. Consider me “meh” no more. What do you think of the video? [Who Say]
Let’s face it: keeping up with pop culture is difficult. With more than 1000 channels worth of TV shows, not to mention a new flood of movies and music every week, it’s practically a full-time job to keep up with everything. Luckily, it is our full-time job. So after the jump, your cheat sheet to the TV shows you need to watch, the albums you need to hear, and the movies you need to see. This week, we’ve got “Paranormal Activity 3,” a Smiths boxset, and puppies vs. babies!
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