In my dreams, Miley and Sinead decide to be grown ass women who, at the end of the day, respect each other’s work, go out for a beer and have a cool, smart, healthy debate about sexual expression/exploitation in the music biz. Then they head to the studio and record a song together and it is awesome. I am losing hope of this actually happening in real life, so Robin Skouteris‘s excellent mashup of Sinead’s “Nothing Compares 2 U” and Miley’s “Wrecking Ball” will have to do. [via Jezebel]
See those ladies up there? That’s Haim (rhymes with lime), America’s favorite Jewish sister indie-rock group. See all that hair? It is the stuff of modern legend. It’s the kind of hair that makes me ponder extensions and cast quiet incantations willing my follicles to grow a foot of bouncy, swingy, perfectly ombred hair over night. Thank god for The New York Times Style section, and their brief but extremely informative article on the maintenance of these shiny-haired goddesses. Quoth their stylist Candice Birns: “Those girls are my little Shaggy McShaggersteins.” Truer words were never spoke. Read the article, absorb every word, and listen to this bonus track off their debut Days Are Gone, after the jump. Keep reading »
The only reason I feel any sort of sympathy or human compassion for Miley Cyrus today, or ever, is because her dad just performed a song alongside Fred Durst on “The Arsenio Hall Show.” Worst nightmares realized. Like, I would be so embarrassed if my dad were to so much as breathe the same air as Fred Durst, especially if my dad were already Billy Ray Cyrus. I thank god every day that my dad is my dad and not Billy Ray Cyrus.
October is country music month — what better time to spread some love for a genre that’s adored by half the country and reviled by the other? Country music is a pretty standard life soundtrack if you live in the South or any rural area, but if you live in a city, especially a super liberal, quinoa-eating, Ralph Nader-voting, Arcade Fire-worshiping one (ahem, Portland), being a country fan can be pretty lonely. In fact, when I lived in Portland, I was convinced I hated country until a couple of my friends basically forced me to listen to it. Now I live in Nashville. Coincidence? Kind of. Mostly. But really, I love country music and am always excited and perhaps overly willing to convince other people to love it too. Wondering how to get your hipster friends on board the country train? Here are some tips… Keep reading »
Are you having a “Good Time”? Because Paris Hilton is having a good time in her new music video teaser, complete with water guns, alcohol (she’s a bit tipsy!!!!), a pool, flashing lights, Lil Wayne … etcetera, etcetera. Watch the dragged-out atrophy of Weezy’s once-fruitful career in slow motion as he spits (more of a groan, really) a verse so terrible, it almost deserves a pat on the back. [Gawker]
Does Beyoncé need a new backup dancer? Because this little girl and her mom, Tianne King, who live near Atlanta, are available! King is a dance teacher who has taught her moves to her adorable two-year-old daughter. This video of them dancing together to Beyoncé’s “End Of Time” is nothing short of amazing. It’s incredible this little girl can not only remember all those moves but also have the stamina to do them during a nearly-four minute song. [YouTube]
Got half a million dollars lying around? Because Kurt Cobain’s childhood home is for sale. Cobain’s mom, Wendy O’Connor, is sharing childhood photos of a smiling, youthful Kurt taken inside the house to help sell it. The home, located in Aberdeen, Washington, is being marketed through a Beverly Hills real estate agency. It’s listed for $500,000 — which is over seven times its worth. His family has alluded that they’d be interested in a partnership to turn the house into a museum. Cobain lived there from ages two to nine and again in his teenage years. He had said his childhood there was a happy one — well, besides his parents’ divorce, which also took place there. His old bedroom still has the band names he etched on the wall decades ago, and even his mattress is still in the house’s crawlspace. [People]
It’s official. Fall is here to stay, and the same old dance jams of this summer’s BBQs and lazy beach days feel not quite right. Fall music is music you listen to wrapped in a scarf and sipping hot chocolate, walking thru freshly raked leaves. Fall music has a little more oomph, because fall is Serious Business. You’ll need a new soundtrack for handholding, cuddling, briskly shopping, and whatever other treats fall might bring you. We want to celebrate the glory that is new fall releases, with a healthy dose of some old classics. Throw on this playlist, make a lasagna, bake some cookies, or just sit and watch the light change through the leaves. Keep reading »
The Muppets are having a busy week! First, the family of Jim Henson donated the “Sesame Street” characters to the National Museum of American History, part of the Smithsonion. Then, Cookie Monster, Elmo, Big Bird and the gang stopped by “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” to perform with The Roots. They sang — what else? — the “Sesame Street” theme song. Dying. DYING! [YouTube]
I am running out of things to say about Miley Cyrus, I mostly just wish to see a little less of her exposed tongue. It’s just so much tongue! Even Cher thinks it’s too much tongue, and also that the Cyrus tongue was “coated,” which is v. true, and v. gross.
Anyway, Miley, tongue, et al. landed the October cover of “Rolling Stone”. Of her VMAs performance, she told the publication, “Honestly, that was our MTV version. We could have even gone further, but we didn’t.” I am frightened, but also curious as to what that would entail. There is something about Cyrus that makes me, a fairly freewheelin’ human of approximately the same age, feel like I am 90 years old and seeing women in trousers rather than skirts for the very first time. I’m generally a huge fan of badly-behaved women, so I really don’t know why this is.
Similarly, this new video for “23″ by Mike WiLL Made It (Miley’s rumored new squeeze, byyyyy the way), which features Cyrus, makes me want to rap my cane against the porch floor and holler about THE YOUTH THESE DAYS. Hear ol’ Miley try her hand at some rapping, after the jump. Spoiler: it’s not very good! Keep reading »