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What’s Your Wedding Song — Real Or Imagined?

Sitting in Starbucks awhile ago, Jack Johnson‘s cute little ditty “Banana Pancakes” came over the sound system. “Pretend like it’s the weekend now,” I sang to myself, thinking, This song is significant. Why is this song significant? Then I remembered: my friend Tania picked “Banana Pancakes” as her first dance song when she married her now-husband Mark this summer. At the time, I thought “Banana Pancakes” wasn’t particularly romantic, but hearing it again, I think it’s sweet. Keep reading »

Ani Di Franco And Margaret Cho Bring You … Captain Cameltoe!


This Ani Di Franco/Margaret Cho animated music video for “Captain Cameltoe,” off Cho’s new album Cho Dependent, is something you’ll appreciate fully the more stoned you get. (JK! Don’t do drugs, kids!) But I can’t say my 16-year-old self isn’t thrilled two of her real-life superheroes finally teamed up as Captain Cameltoe and Righteous Babe. And who doesn’t need to hear “I’m a freaking rock star superhero bitch” on repeat?! New personal mantra, what what! [MargaretCho.com] Keep reading »

Ricky Gervais Impersonates David Bowie

Well lookey what we have here. A young Ricky Gervais who clearly fancies himself a David Bowie disciple. Ricky was the front man of British new wave band, Seona Dancing. Even though this song hit number 70 on the UK charts, I’m glad he decided to explore his comedic side instead of staying focused on his bitter heart. I prefer Ricky’s music video for “If You Don’t Know Me by Now” made as David Brent from “The Office.” The white linen outfit kills me every time. Check it out after the jump. [Buzzfeed] Keep reading »

What Is “Slutwave” And What Does It Have To Do With Katy Perry’s Boobs?

When I was a young teen, Britney Spears trotted onto the scene in her braids, schoolgirl skirt and red lipstick, posing for Rolling Stone while sucking lollipops and hugging stuffed animals. At the time, her look was described as “kinderwhore.” Over a decade later, Britney’s most barely-legal moments look tame in comparison to the pop tarts who’ve followed her. Lady Gaga‘s pantless get-ups. Katy Perry‘s latex dress and bra that shoots whipped cream. Miley Cyrus pole-dancing on an ice cream cart. Ke$ha‘s entire existence. A hipster blog called Hipster Runoff has coined a new name for it and none other than Rolling Stone has anointed it a genre (albeit a “fake genre”) in the pages of their magazine. Ladies and gentlemen, we are now riding the “slutwave.” Keep reading »

The Gold Dust Woman Is Back

Uh, my celebrity soul mate, Stevie Nicks, is back. Her new album, In Your Dreams, is out in May. This single off the album, “Secret Love,” is a song she’s been working on since the ’70s. No wonder it sounds so Stevie-vintage-wonderful. I really want her to start wearing capes and feathers again. Now I need to know who her secret love is. [The Hairpin] Keep reading »

Can’t Get Laid? Listen To Some Music

Put another record on: It turns out that listening to music is just about as good as sex when it comes to making people happy. A new study from Canadian researchers at McGill University in Montreal found that the dopamine released while having sex is the same you get when listening to music. Researchers vetted 10 subjects to receive specialized brain scans to measure dopamine levels. They were then played their favorite music while dopamine levels were measured. Regardless of the genre of music — punk, classical or pop — subjects felt a dopamine high. The coolest thing: Dopamine responds to the pauses and pathways in different songs. So if you’re particularly familiar with a song or a sequence, your brain will anticipate it and produce dopamine ahead of it.

The music dopamine is particularly good news when it comes to figuring out how to treat depression and anxiety. “For reasons that we don’t entirely understand, somehow music was able to kick in with the same system,” said Robert Zatorre, lead researcher on the study. “And that gives it power that it might not otherwise have…Because it gives us pleasure, we can use it to our advantage to modulate our state of mind.” [Montreal Gazette]
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Do You And Your S.O. Have A Song?


This weekend I saw “Blue Valentine” for the second time — and there probably will be a third viewing, so just deal! — and I was struck, again, by a moment in the movie when Ryan Gosling’s character, Dean, picks out a song for he and Cindy, played by Michelle Williams. “I got us a song, like our song, that would just be for you and me,” he says. “Because everybody’s got songs, but they’re lame and they all share them, you know, it’s disgusting. Not us. We have our own song.” That song is Penny & the Quarters’ “You and Me” and, I’m not gonna lie, I sort of want to steal it for myself and the future Mr. Amelia, whoever he may be. Keep reading »

Rock Concert In Space?

Rock band Muse is aiming to be the first band to perform a live gig in space. Frontman Matt Bellamy (boyfriend of Kate Hudson) is hard at work plotting the band’s liftoff on Richard Branson’s soon-to-launch Virgin Galactic. “Maybe I’ve seen The Jetsons too many times … [but] I’m thinking of approaching Richard Branson to see if we could do it on his spacecraft … I do think it will be possible in the future and I’m sure it will happen in my lifetime. We’d love to be part of that,” he told The Sun. The last thing to figure out? How to keep amps from knocking out crowd-surfing fans in zero-gravity conditions. “We do have a lot of equipment, so I guess we’d have to use pods to carry our stuff and we’d scale back the shows a lot,” he said. That’s would be some in-flight entertainment. I wonder if I can get a free ticket if I volunteer to be a roadie? I could carry the equipment no problem if it weighs nothing. [Guardian UK] Keep reading »

Get Your Tickets To “Anna Nicole Smith: The Opera” Now, People

Anna Nicole Smith died ignobly, but perhaps an opera at the Royal Opera House in London will redeem her. Nah, probably not. “Anna Nicole,” which is not so much an ode to the woman born Vickie Lynn Hogan but a musical rendering of her tragic life, will play February 17 to March 4. The buxom billionaire’s widow will be played by Eva-Maria Westbroe, a Dutch soprano who has also performed in operas by Puccini and Verdi. Supposedly, the opera will be a capital-I Intellectual analysis of Anna’s scheming, wanton lifestyle, drug abuse and binge eating. And it will be a classy affair, let me tell you: The libretto was written by the same guy who wrote “Jerry Springer: The Opera” and a brochure for the show warns the faint of heart of “extreme language, drug abuse and sexual content.” For an opera based on Anna Nicole Smith’s life, I would expect nothing less. [Guardian UK] Keep reading »

Old-School Wednesdays: George Michael Wants His “Freedom”

In retrospect, no one should have been the least bit surprised that George Michael was gay. I mean, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out what “Freedom” is all about. [YouTube] Keep reading »

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