For those of you that don’t know (as I did not just a mere 10 minutes ago), “cosplay” is when people dress up like characters from fictional stories, usually in the anime, sci-fi, or fantasy genre. It is both as geeky and as awesome as it sounds, especially when it is matched up with “Game of Thrones” and the piano. And a dragon. What more could you really want if you’re trying to waste time at work? So, if you’re already feeling some “Game of Thrones” withdrawal after last night’s season three finale, this can help tide you over! [The Mary Sue]
Even Talib Kweli is, like, damn, that’s a cold-ass honky …
Appearing this week on Vlad TV (aka “the TMZ of hip hop”), the Brooklyn-born rapper was asked about white privilege in hip hop. Specifically, how being Caucasian can help some artists, like Mac Miller, make it to #1 on the charts. Kweli gave he honest (and true) assessment:
“I agree with that. This country is still based on racism. That will never change unless we tear it down and start over. White privilege is a real thing. And especially white male privilege. I have male privilege as a black male. But I don’t have white male privilege.” Keep reading »
The best way to start your day? Turns out it’s not coffee or morning sex; it’s a surprise song release from Nine Inch Nails! Trent posted the first single from NIN’s upcoming album “Hesitation Marks” (due out September 3rd) on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube this morning. It’s called “Came Back Haunted,” and while it’s not the best song NIN has ever done, the sound is pretty classic NIN (yay!), and I’m giving it a rating of solidly awesome. Trent, it’s so good to have you back. [YouTube]
Today in things that are perfect: a recently unearthed recording of David Bowie and the late, great Freddie Mercury singing the Queen song “Under Pressure,” without a backing track, their amazing voices isolated for your enjoyment. I got chills. [Huffington Post]
To usher in the unofficial start of summer (supposedly), we’ve created this beachy, summer jam-filled mix, sure to be the perfect soundtrack for your holiday weekend. We hope wherever you are, you’re relaxin’, maxin’ and spending some time in the sun. Keep reading »
A friend of mine took this picture at the American Ale House in State College, PA, and all I can say is I 100 percent understand the sentiment. I used to DJ pretty regularly, and people would come up to me all the time with requests. Sometimes they were nice, and sometimes they were pushy (a rock and punk DJ is probably never ever going to play that dubstep jam you really like). And sometimes — a lot of the time — they requested Michael Jackson. One time, a girl came up to me and requested a Guns ‘N’ Roses song and offered me $25 to play it. People are crazy (and really like to throw their money around).
But really, lay off the “Margaritaville,” okay?
A couple of weeks ago, we started talking about what version of the Rolling Stones’ song “Wild Horses” was our respective fave. Ami is partial to the recent “Voice” contestant cover, while I really love The Sundays version. I decided to put together a playlist with some of my favorite covers, alongside the originals (or at least an earlier version, in some cases) for comparison. The cover versions go first, with the original tracks following them, in the same order. Take a listen, and share with us in the comments your favorite cover song version.
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Pause your Spotify and listen to Kelly Rowland’s new song “Dirty Laundry” (after the jump) — not only is it intense, but it’s really good. She sings about how hard it was for her to watch her “sister” Beyoncé get A+++-list famous while Kelly was “going through some bullshit,” mostly, it seems, an abusive relationship: ”Meanwhile this ni**a puttin’ his hands on me, swear y’all don’t know the half of this industry. She sings about lying to her mother and her friends about the abusive relationship, classically being isolated from help. “Kinda lucky I was in her shadow / phone call from my sister, what’s the matter / she said ‘oh no, you gotta leave’ / I’m on the kitchen floor, he took the keys / I was mad at everybody, I mean everybody, her her her her everybody,” she sings, adding that it took five years to finally get her life together. “I was trapped in his house … I was battered / He hit the window like it was me, until it shattered,” she sings. “He told me nobody love you but me, not your mama, not your daddy, and especially not B. He turned me against my sister, I missed you.” Keep reading »
Planning a Mother’s Day get-together? Maybe a formal brunch (if you’re still searching for recipes, we’ve got you covered) or a low-key hangout at your parent’s house? However you’re celebrating this weekend, you’re gonna need some tunes. Preferably some overtly mother-themed songs that span every genre from country to pop to rap. That’s where our Mother’s Day Mix comes in. It’s eclectic, it’s slightly uncomfortable at times, it will probably spark some interesting conversations, and most importantly, it’s all about moms. Check it out after the jump, and happy Mother’s Day to you and yours! Keep reading »
A few years ago, I had to swear off dating musicians. I’d been dating them since high school, both casual guitar-noodlers and career musicians who had songs on CW shows and their faces on T-shirts. Again and again I’d fall for the sensitive guitar player who wears eyeliner … and again and again the same patterns would repeat themselves that led to us breaking up. I have nothing but the nicest things to say about most of them as people. Don’t take my swearing-off musicians as a warning, per se. On the contrary, my loss is your gain — the more for you! Just make sure you know these 12 details first. Keep reading »