We all know that music can powerfully affect emotions, changing how you feel completely or intensifying the mood you’re already in. We also know that relationships can powerfully affect emotions, making you want to dance in the streets or hide out under the covers. Listening to the right song at the right moment will amp up your elation, pull you out of a funk, or plunge you deeper into despair. Click through for playlists to help you rejoice in the beginning of a new relationship, mourn the loss of an old one, or give you the strength to move on to the next.
News recently broke that the Spice Girls are considering a reunion at the Olympic Games in London this summer. I think this is the best idea in the history of the world. In fact, I’m not sure the Olympics should happen at all if the Spice Girls’ appearance falls through. Why? Because there are 10 reasons the Olympics needs the Spice Girls: Keep reading »
Stop toying with us, music industry. Fiona Apple is too incredible a musician to keep dicking her fans around! Alas, that’s what record companies have always done with Fiona, from her 2005 album Extraordinary Machine to her latest album, which has been sitting in limbo for one-year-plus. But over the weekend, Epic Records CEO L.A. Reid gave us hope: on Sunday he tweeted, “Lots of good music coming from @Epic_Records in the next few weeks. Stay tuned music fans. Welcome back Fiona!” In the next few weeks? Be still my heart! I don’t understand why backed-up albums keep happening to Fiona Apple, especially since she has a solid and ardent fan base. Is it a bad string of luck? Is she difficult to work with? Can the music industry make more money off Nicki Minaj singing about a “stupid hoe”? It’s probably some combination of all three. Release Fiona’s new album, Epic Records, and I promise I’ll buy the shit out of it. [Twitter.com/LA_Reid, Rolling Stone]
Maybe I am just old, finally. That would be the most reassuring explanation for Nicki Minaj’s seizure-inducing music video for “Stupid Hoe,” a song about … uh … some stupid hoe?
It’s a catchy, poppy rap that’s mostly titillating for being denigrating to women. (Although I’ll admit, “I’m Angelina / you Jennifer / come on, bitch, you see where Brad at” is really clever.) But it’s really the video that’s worth paying attention to: Nicki Minaj’s crazy-colored hair and lipstick schtick is trotted out again and in this video, she takes a Britney-esque turn by writhing inside a cage wearing fishnets. Oh, and there’s a lot of butts.
Lots to look at, at least. It’s visually interesting, but kind of the same way the inside of a Forever 21 is visually interesting: sensory overload, then forgettable. What say you? [FlavorWire]
For a mere 99 cents on iTunes, you can own “RHOA” star, Sheree Whitfield’s new single, “Who Gon Check Me Boo?” Or you can just listen to it right here because I’ve procured it for you.You can take a listen to her musical artistry after the jump. Keep reading »
The next time you open a copy of Spin magazine, there’s one thing you won’t be seeing: record reviews. That’s because the magazine’s editors have decided that they’ll no longer be devoting print editorial space to reviewing music. Instead, they’ll be tackling the difficult task of telling readers what to listen to via a new Twitter account: @SPINreviews.
And here’s what Spin’s senior editor Chris Weingarten had to say about it…
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“Feminism is not only for women. It’s something everyone can participate in, and evolve together, as the first step in the right direction. I see feminism as a tool to achieve … balance and peace. … Patriarchy is a fundamental imbalance underlying society. And it’s one we rarely address because it’s so universal. But as I get older, I see that peace is a product of balance. You can’t start with imbalance and end with peace, be that in your own body, in an ecosystem or between a government and its people. What we need to strive for is not perfection, but balance.”
– Ani Di Franco talks feminism while promoting her new album, Which Side Are You On?, which is coming out on January 16. It has always surprised me how some people think feminism means a matriarchy in the sense of oppressing men and women being in control of society. Really, people who care about gender equality care about just that: letting who you are dictate your opportunities, not your gender. How come that’s so hard to understand? [Independent UK]