This week, Pearl Jam, my favorite band ever, announced that they are embarking on 24-date tour — five of which I will be attending if I get my way — and released their new single, “Mind Your Manners,” off their 10th studio album, Lightning Bolt (out October 15). You can listen to the frenetic, guitar-heavy song above. I’m screaming like a 13-year-old wearing flannel, naturally. [YouTube]
Just in case it’s not enough to listen to “Get Lucky” on repeat while you get down to business in the bedroom, it appears that you can now protect yourself from pregnancy and STDs with Daft Punk-themed condoms. These boxes of “Get Lucky” condoms were produced by Durex UK and apparently sent out as a gift to some prominent DJs. No word on whether they’ll ever be available to the public, but in any case, it’s a good reminder that whenever you’re up all night to get some, use protection! [Laughing Squid]
The Black Keys are probs best known for being the cool dude band who won three Grammys at the 2013 Grammy Awards, effectively stealing the thunder from Justin Bieber. Since then, the bespeckled and be-bearded have gone on to piss off Van Halen fans and Justin Bieber’s Beliebers. Because I am an old person and an indie rock snob,
the only song of theirs I like is “Hippie Hippie Hoorah.” I’m not really a fan.
For all their spirited anti-Justin Bieber proselytizing, it turns out the Keys really do love the kids. Which is why they’ve decided to sponsor a Little League baseball team in West Akron, Ohio. Drummer Patrick Carney grew up with the team’s coach Steve Milkovich, and both he and Keys guitarist Dan Auerbach played in the league as kids. The band shelled out the team’s $300 sponsorship fee, which is I guess the equivalent of 30 digital downloads of El Camino or something.
“They’ve asked for nothing,” said league president Mike Dies. “They just did it and didn’t ask for any publicity or anything. It’s good for them because they did a good thing for us.”
Check out a video of the adorable Little Leaguers, decked in their Black Keys gear, after the jump. [Masslive] Keep reading »
Welcome to a new semi-regular feature on The Frisky in which we comb through all the new releases in books and music, and present you with our top picks. We’re calling it “Like This, Love That” — think of it as a human “Amazon Recommends,” or that friend of yours who’s always on top of the newest and the latest. Check out our picks for this week — including Jay-Z’s latest (finally available to non Samsung users) and Denis Lehane-endorsed literary mystery — after the jump! Keep reading »
Here are some typical 16-year-old activities: Riding in cars with boys. Sneaking sips from your parents’ liquor cabinet behind the garage. Cutting class. Buying prom dresses. Dutifully making SAT vocab flash cards in your room with the door closed. Standard stuff, really. Here’s something not so typical for a 16-year-old: producing a song on Jay-Z’s latest album. Meet Ebony Oshunrinde [Note: We've also seen her name written as Ebony.] a.k.a WondaGurl, the teenage Canadian with a producing credit on “Crown,” a slowed-down, dancehall-tinged track off Jay’s latest record, Magna Carta Holy Grail, which is out officially today. Check out the beat here and listen to her talk about how all this came about in an interview with MTV News, above.
Activities are wonderful, but sometimes, it’s fine to want to shut the world out for a couple of days, and make some serious time for you. Don’t be afraid of FOMO, either. There will always be another party, another pub crawl, another picnic. The time you’ll spend indulging in the things you want to do, alone, are well worth it. Here’s a handy list of awesome things to do this weekend! Keep reading »