PajibaCon East Update and More!
Let's get the administrative stuff out of the way first: The Roots Picnic / PajibaCon East is a GO. So far, me, Ervie, Tracer Bullet, Boo (and Mr. Boo), PissBoy, Julie, Nicole, Lainey, Trouble, jM, and Lizzieborden are all confirmed. Other possibles are Blonde Savant, your Salty Lovemaster Stacey Nosek, ShepRitz (who will have a kickass SXSW Music article up for you on Wednesday), and Kolby. That's right people, the mother of our dark messiah, the Kolbaby, may make an appearance. If all of this doesn't encourage you to get off your ass and buy a ticket, then you are dead inside. Tickets are general admission, so get 'em here and meet us there! June 6th. Illadelphia. Be there, or suffer the wrath of the Kolbaby.
Santigold has been a busy girl. In addition to prepping for appearances at Bonnaroo, The Roots Picnic and Washington's Sasquatch Festival, she also just finished recording new tracks with the Beastie Boys as well as David Byrne. Oh, and she also performed on the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, as well as at the US Snowboarding Championships in Vermont. I mean, damn.
What do you get when you add Sammy Hagar, former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony, Red Hot Chili Peppers' drummer Chad Smith and a dash of the dude who tried to sue Coldplay last year over the song "Viva La Vida?" Answer: A midlife crisis band. OK, so not really. More like the new "supergroup," if you can even categorize it as one, Chickenfoot. They are planning to release a self-titled album through Best Buy in June. I think I can predict the future of this group by judging the rumored album artwork of a heat-sensitive peace sign that reveals a photo of the band when activated. And let the jokes begin...
If you listen closely, you can hear Christian lose his shit from here. Why? Because this is one of the single coolest things you're likely to see. Minneapolis-based P.O.S. has recorded a cover of Pearl Jam's "Why Go?", from their 1991 first album 10. It's fucking badass. And it's here for your enjoyment. If you want to download the mp3 file, you can find it here. Pretty cool stuff, and cementing my belief that he's one of the most talented dudes in hip hop right now. I'd say the list goes: P.O.S., Lupe Fiasco and Atmosphere. Interesting that they're all out of the Midwest.
But I digress. Please, enjoy. No, cancel that. Rock the fuck out.
My eyes bleed every time I look at the top ten selling songs on iTunes. Flo Rida had the number one iTunes song last week with "Right Round," where he desecrates Dead or Alive's "You Spin Me Round." I mean, how can you possibly make that song any worse? The difference between the original and the rip off is that the original was so bad that it was good. Poor Pete Burns is on his death bed because of it. OK, no. Actually, last I heard he was laid up in the hospital with kidney stones. But I bet it's only because he heard Flo Rida trash his one hit wonder! And yes y'all, that is a real picture of Pete Burns...
Number seven on the iTunes list last week was Asher Roth's "I Love College." I can tell just by looking at this d-bag that I hate him, and all the people that love him. As if white suburban kids needed one more thing to be all loud about. If this is the direction the hip-hop train is going, I think I'll walk.
And the number 10 song last week on the iTunes list was Miley Cyrus with "The Climb." Need I say more? Eyes crying blood tears...
More news about Metallica's Hall of Fame induction. Jason Newstead, who left the band back in 2001 (back when they weren't lame), will be present for the ceremony and will be inducted with the band, along former bassist Ron McGovney, current bassist Robert Trujillo and Ray Burton, father of deceased original bassist (and the best one they've ever had), Cliff Burton. Apparently, anyone who was a part of the band gets to join them. Oh, wait. Except for Dave Mustaine (who left after Kill 'Em All to form Megadeth), for some inexplicable reason. Fuckin' Metallica.
The 40th anniversary Woodstock concert that we reported about here may not be happening any time soon. Festival organizers are running into technical difficulties, including trying to find a way to put on the show and not charge people for tickets. To hold you Woodstock fanatics over for now, here is the trailer for Ang Lee's new movie Taking Woodstock.
via The Insider
What. The. FUCK? Beyonce is on tour promoting her worthless I Am... Sasha Fierce album. Currently she's in Canada, and apparently she's doing a tribute to Canadian female artists. How? By covering tracks originally by Alanis Morissette and Sarah McLachlan. You think I'm kidding?
Here's your Monday Afternoon Playlist. Kinda short, because it's Spring and we're all outside basking in the sun.
Christian: Other than the new Decemberists album (about which I have been geeking out all week), I've been listening to Sufjan Stevens' new 10-minute dark electronic stunner "You Are The Blood" off of the Dark Was The Night compilation. Like Thom Yorke covering a Sufjan Stevens track, the song is layered with electro beats, blips and bloops, horns and strings, an AMAZING piano solo, tense vocal harmonies, and a general feeling of power and mystery. Presumably, he's still singing about Jesus, but for all intents and purposes, he might just be screaming "I wanna fuck you like an animal" while spinning in mid-air.
Caspar: I've been listening to "Too Cold" by Roots Manuva, from his album Awfully Deep. It's a massive song with a nastily syncopated beat -the instrumentation gives it real weight, and Manuva (or should I call him Roots?) lays down a really cool, relaxed flow on top of it all. Oh god, it's such a good song! And it makes me want to dance.
TK: Every now and then, I get sucked back into the complex, gorgeous world of Charles Mingus. His iconic album, Mingus Ah Um, is a work of genius from start to finish, but the randomized, start-stop toe-tapper "Boogie Stop Shuffle" is one of my favorites.
Kelly Clarkson maintains her position at the top of the charts. I'm as apathetic about this news as I was about the album. But at least it's not Taylor Swift, right? Right.