New York DJ Scott Melker wanted to make a remix of Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know” that would stand out, so he decided to mash the softspoken Australian artist with the late Brooklyn rapper Notorious B.I.G. “Everyone has remixed Gotye. But nobody has done it like this,” says Scott on his blog. “‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ is a song about being pissed off at a woman. [B.I.G.'s] ‘Dead Wrong’ is similar, but far more aggressive. I think Gotye needs to be more aggressive. I … helped him out.”
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Meet Henry. He’s a resident of this Brooklyn nursing home where new music therapy is being used to help break senior patients out of their shells. Henry experienced several strokes and was in a near wordless, silent state. But when nurses gave him an iPod filled with music from his youth, Henry came back to life. The change in him was both physical and mental — and as neuroscientist Oliver Sacks notes, “He’s reacquired his identity for a while through the power of music.” It’s really a must watch. [Buzzfeed]
Did you know that today’s a holiday? A holiday more important and sacred than Christmas and Halloween and Easter and National Corndog Day combined? It’s Celine Dion’s birthday! Wondering how to celebrate? Here are 10 ways to pay homage to the greatest singer and human being this world has ever known… Keep reading »
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Naomi Wolf, a prominent feminist activist, is calling for a boycott of Katy Perry’s entire pop music oeuvre on account of the singer’s music video for her song “Part Of Me.” In the video, Katy dumps a boyfriend and then joins the Marines, where she endures tough training while singing about how she’s so strong and “you’re never gonna break my soul.” On her Facebook page, Naomi Wolf wrote that the video is “a total piece of propaganda for the Marines,” continuing:
I really want to find out if she was paid by them for making it. It is truly shameful … I would suggest a boycott of this singer whom I really liked — if you are as offended at this glorification of violence as I am. Keep reading »
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Snoop Dogg’s little girl, Cori B. is following in her father’s footsteps. This is her third single, “Daddy’s Girl”, from her forthcoming album Choc’s World. How did I miss her first two singles? May I just say that I love how appropriate this song is. It’s all puppies and cotton candy. No blunts or booty shaking. Just regular father/daughter shit. Only, Cori’s slightly more spoiled than most of us. My dad never bought me a custom, pink car for my birthday. Did yours? [Buzzfeed]
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In their Rolling Stone cover story earlier this year, The Black Keys had some choice words for Nickelback: “Rock ‘n’ roll is dying because people became OK with Nickelback being the biggest band in the world. So they became OK with the idea that the biggest rock band in the world is always going to be shit.” Now in an interview with MTV News, the Keys are apologizing for their statements. Well, kinda. Actually, as bandmember Patrick Carney put it, “That was the worst apology.” Check out the clip to see why.
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T-minus five days until “Mad Men” is back on-air and this will get you pumped! Video artists Elisa Kreisinger and Marc Faletti have remixed the ladies of “Mad Men” singing a kickass mashup of The Supremes song “You Keep Me Hangin’ On.” You’ve probably heard the song before — but you’ve never heard it like this. [Vimeo]
So it turns out that Sade — yes, Sade — was the highest-earning British music act in the United States last year, beating out even Adele. We figured you could use a pic of her whipping her hair in the wind. Why not?
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A few days ago, NPR’s “Talk Of The Nation” featured a psychologist named Vicky Williamson who specializes in earworms. That might sound like a particularly gnarly kind of parasite, but it’s actually the term for songs and melodies that get stuck in your head. According to Williamson, 90 percent of people experience an earworm at least once a week, and she’s studying the phenomenon in the hopes of better understanding human memory. In the process she’s collecting data on the most common earworms along with potential cures (apparently reciting the British National Anthem will clear your head in no time). I am often plagued by awful commercial jingles, Nickelback choruses, and Jeff Buckley’s “Hallelujah” (yep, my life sucks). How about you guys? What songs always get stuck in your head? [NPR]