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 my 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, George Clooney and Ryan Gosling double team us in “The Ides Of March,” Feist counts down “1234″ toward the release of her new album, and Ryan Murphy tries to scare us with his latest, “American Horror Story.”
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Courtney Stodden is more than a teen bride with a super sexy sensual vocabulary and an upcoming reality show; she’s also a singer. Take a listen to her super patriotic — and cheesy club-worthy — song “We Are America.” Rather, “taste it,” as Courtney put it in a tweet late Friday. Okay! [Popdust]
Adele‘s “Someone Like You” is the most gut-wrenching song ever. As in, I had to stop listening to it because it just brought me to a dark place. And now, following her bonkers performance of the song at the MTV VMAs, Adele has released the video for the song. It shows her walking along the river in Paris, by herself, in black and white. And then maybe meeting the guy she’s singing to at a cafe and watching him walk away? Adele, of course, looks stunning. And the overall effect is simple and very heart-tugging. Keep reading »
“I consider ‘groupie’ a sexist term. I think it’s a misused term. I’ve seen Jerry Hall called a groupie in the English press, and this is a girl who gave Mick Jagger four babies, and how many years did she spend with him? When people just decide that every woman in rock and roll is a groupie because she dated a rock star or two, that’s when I draw the line. A groupie was the girl that came backstage offering the blow jobs to the crew or this or that. I was a rock girlfriend … I had lovely boyfriends. I think for your first three boyfriends to be Mick Jagger, Todd Rungren, and David Bowie, I think that’s okay.”
—Bebe Buell, aka the mother of Liv Tyler, talks to New York magazine about her reputation as one of the most famous groupies of all time. You gotta admit, homegirl did pretty well for herself back in the day. In addition to these guys, she was also linked to, duh, Steven Tyler and Elvis Costello. But Bebe didn’t just date rock stars. She also makes music. In fact, her first big album, Hard Love, drops soon.
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 my full-time job. So after the jump, your cheat sheet to the TV shows you need to watch, the albums you need to hear, the movies you need to see, and much, much more this week. Keep reading »
Do you remember Aqua? The European dance group that brought you what Rolling Stone readers recently rated as the worst song of the ’90s, “Barbie Girl?” Well, apparently they recently reunited to record their third album, Megalomania. Here, for your perusal, is their new video for “Playmate to Jesus.” The styling is post-Lady Gaga, and the lyrics are maybe Christian? I am confused. [Idolator] Keep reading »
“We’re becoming friends again. It’s alright, I know what I’m doing. Enough time has gone by. Now with what’s going on with the album around the world, it’s important to be able to share it with him because it’s marvelous what has happened. He changed my life, I can’t deny that. The album helped me get over splitting up with my boyfriend. It helped me forgive and I hope that he has forgiven himself. I’m not boastful but selling 10 million albums for a little girl from Tottenham, I’m very proud of that.”
—Adele says she is once again in touch with the mystery guy who inspired the songs “Rolling in the Deep” and “Someone Like You.” I’m so glad to hear that she feels largely healed from the breakup, and that she’s big enough to acknowledge that, whatever this guy did wrong, he is a small part of her success. If only every woman who went through a painful breakup could create something as amazing as the album 21. [ONTD] Keep reading »
Lady Gaga didn’t think one video for “Yoü and I” was enough, so she has also created six “fashion films” about each of the vid’s assorted characters. She’s shown us the Nymph and the Bride and, today, she released the third video in the series about her mermaid alter ego, Yüyi. The film, called “Haus of Ü Featuring Yüyi,” shows Gaga as a mermaid writhing in a director’s chair, smoking a cigarette, and being carried out of a trailer. And yes, she has gils. Lots of them.
But what I find most notable about this video: all those umlauts! Keep reading »
There are a lot of bands I love and a wealth of genres of music on my iPod, but there is one band that will go down in history as my favorite — Pearl Jam. I discovered the band at 12 and it changed my relationship to music forever — two decades, 10 live shows later, and many discarded flannel shirts later, I am still just as moved by their music as I was back then; I’m just better at containing my hysterical shrieks. This week, the band celebrates their 20th anniversary with the release of “Pearl Jam 20,” a documentary film directed by Cameron Crowe which tells the real story of how the band came to be and how they’ve survived this long. (A week-long run in select theaters starting on Friday and the movie will air on TV in October.) In addition to the film, the band has released a double-disc soundtrack filled with rare demos and live performances, as well as a book documenting their 20 years together. If you are a fan, you need both, trust me. Right now, I am singing along to the demo version of “Nothing As It Seems,” while looking at old photos of Jeff Ament and wondering whether he kept all his ugly hats. As Eddie sings in a tune he recently penned for the occasion, I’m so glad they’ve made it “to when it all got good.”