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Monday, July 20, 2015

Ghostface Killah Threatens to Kill Action Bronson in YouTube Rant

Posted By on Mon, Jul 20, 2015 at 5:17 PM

Action Bronson's music has always garnered a lot of Ghostface Killah comparisons, and rightfully so. Bronson does sound a lot like Ghostface, who once joked after hearing Bronson's voice that he thought it was one of his own verses.

But it appears the jokes are over.

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Monday, July 13, 2015

50 Cent Files for Bankruptcy, Twitter Joke Protection

Posted By on Mon, Jul 13, 2015 at 1:07 PM

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Flavored-watered slanging rapper 50 Cent filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy Monday, according to the Wall Street Journal. 

The news comes only five days after The New York Times published a profile on the G-Unit leader, praising his business instincts.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Watch the Worst Music Video Ever Made and Get Pumped for Thor Tomorrow

Posted By on Wed, Jun 10, 2015 at 11:44 AM

Thor, the real-life Spinal Tap character, is headed to Thee Parkside tomorrow for a live show. The gig immediately follows a screening of I Am Thor, a new documentary about the Heman-looking body building champion, at The Roxie.

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Friday, May 22, 2015

The Origins of David Letterman's "Are Those Your Drums?"

Posted By on Fri, May 22, 2015 at 2:35 PM

David Letterman loves drums more than the guy outside your apartment window who won't stop banging on those bongos. At least, that's what you would think after watching this famous internet clip of him asking various musical guests about their kits, but according to Chart Attack, it's all a long-running joke.

Which, considering Letterman's personality, makes more sense.

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

The Great Pomplamoose Backlash of 2014 Is Upon Us: One Rebuttal to the Rebuttals

Posted By on Tue, Dec 2, 2014 at 4:38 PM

Pomplamoose and the no good, very bad week.
  • Pomplamoose and the no good, very bad week.
Last week, in what the musician likely thought was a gesture that might earn him some goodwill from fellow artists, Pomplamoose's Jack Conte published the details of his band's finances from their recent monthlong tour — an endeavor from which, after weighing tickets and other sales against the costs of travel, lodging, food, and paying a crew, they lost more than $11,000.

Interesting, right? Transparency. End of story. Except then the Internet exploded.

Some people felt the things Pomplamoose spent money on were not things "real musicians" should spend money on. Other people thought Conte's role as founder of Patreon, a startup that, yes, just received a shit-ton of funding, meant he didn't deserve to claim "starving artist" status. A lot of people have spent a lot of time declaring that they are the only ones who know how to be in a band, or what DIY means, or how the industry is supposed to work, and that everyone else is a big dummy. It's been a fun week.

Here's the Pitchfork rebuttal. Here's music analyst Bob Lefsetz's rebuttal. Here's New York Magazine on the squeezing of the music middle class.

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

The 10 Best Quotes from Steve Albini's Ask Me Anything on Reddit

Posted By on Tue, May 8, 2012 at 7:15 PM

Steve Albini
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Today, cranky lord of the mixing board Steve Albini submitted himself to an Ask Me Anything on Reddit. This means that random users asked him random questions for a few hours, and he gave responses as he saw fit. Many of the answers were very, very interesting. Steve Albini, of course, is the owner of Electrical Audio studios in Chicago, and has produced incredible albums from Nirvana, the Breeders, the Jesus and Mary Chain, Cloud Nothings, Screaming Females, and countless other independent rock bands. Below are 10 especially interesting excerpts from today's exchange; we encourage you to check out the whole conversation.

1. Artists he'd work with

Q: If you could work with any band/artist (past or present) who would you choose?

Albini: Patsy Cline, Neil Young or AC/DC.

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Friday, August 12, 2011

Videogame Music Wizard Doctor Octoroc on 8-Bit Music, Zelda, and, Naturally, Antonin Dvorak

Posted By on Fri, Aug 12, 2011 at 8:25 AM


As far as the Internets go, Doctor Octoroc is the real deal -- he's the animator, composer, and wizard behind more or less every good retro videogame parody online, like "Jersey Shore: The RPG," "Game of Thrones RPG," "8-Bit Twilight (Interactive Game)," and more.

Based in Philadelphia, Doc Oc has made videogame-style music -- or chiptunes -- for years, even releasing a collection of Christmas songs arranged in the 8-bit style called 8-Bit Jesus in 2008. Last week, he collaborated with the Fine Bros. to create a "Saved by the Bell Interactive Game" that's racking up the views on YouTube.

Doc Oc took a few minutes to talk about his passion for videogames and their crazy beeps.

How did you get into creating videogame music?

I originally got into it because I spent most of my time as a kid recreating and rearranging different scenes in different videogames, so there was always an appeal in videogame music for me, especially in the older systems, like Nintendo, Super Nintendo, and Genesis.

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Friday, July 29, 2011

The Six Best Ways to Get Kicked Out of a Room

Posted By on Fri, Jul 29, 2011 at 8:27 AM

Welcome to your new home.
  • Welcome to your new home.

If you're like half the Internet (the lame half), you're currently infatuated with the newest reason the U.S. will soon only be known as China's once-great fallen rival: Turntable. This is the website that lets you DJ with friends and strangers instead of working, walking your dog, maintaining relationships, showering, eating, and feeling human emotions. It's addictive as all get-out, and to be real with you, it took me four days to write this article because of it. My time on the site has taught me a few things, most of them about getting booted from DJ rooms for pissing off some sensitive idiots new friends. If you follow my simple rules below, you too can get your ass tossed out of the website that lets you add a soundtrack to your day. Your day of listening to songs and doing jackshit else. Enjoy!

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Wanna Be an Intern for Wu-Tang?

Posted By on Wed, Jul 27, 2011 at 4:58 PM

These guys could be your new bosses.
  • These guys could be your new bosses.

Wu-Tang Clan ain't nothing to fuck with, but they could be an excellent internship opportunity.

If today's (very legitimate-looking) Craigslist post is to be trusted, the group's management firm is looking for an office intern. So what does it take to work for Wu-Tang, aside from an obvious ability not to let cash rule everything around you?

Hit the jump to find out if you're qualified.

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Watch This Now: LaTosha Brown's Voice Will Give You the Chills (in a Good Way)

Posted By on Thu, Jul 14, 2011 at 3:09 PM


Two days ago, LaTosha Brown probably wouldn't have considered herself famous. But that may change soon -- since YouTube featured her impromptu performance of the spiritual "I Know I've Been Changed" yesterday, the video has racked up almost 500,000 views (and counting).

The video is part of a series by local label Porto Franco Records. Label cofounder Peter Varshavsky wrote in an e-mail that Porto Franco just tries to "promote everything we like," mostly but not exclusively music and artists from the Bay Area.

Hit the jump to get all tingly from watching it.

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