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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Watch Barney The Dinosaur Rap "Big Poppa" by Notorious B.I.G.

Posted By on Wed, Jun 22, 2016 at 11:46 AM

In addition to rapping, Barney can also do magic tricks - (AP PHOTO/NAM Y. HUH)
  • (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
  • In addition to rapping, Barney can also do magic tricks

All hail the internet and the amazing things people share on it. Like, for instance, this mash-up video featuring spliced scenes of Barney the purple dinosaur singing to Notorious B.I.G.'s "Big Poppa." And since the No. 6 Hot 100 hit from 1994 was not a solo effort, Barney's sidekick, BJ, sings Diddy's parts. 

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

This Professor Dressing Up Like David Bowie For a Year is the Funniest Thing You'll See This Week

Posted By on Thu, Aug 20, 2015 at 9:49 AM

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Here at All Shook Down, we know all about stupid jobs. But, this week, to our absolute astonishment, we found out that there are careers infinitely sillier than music blogging. Leading the way is the strange man you see in the photo above, who has taken it upon himself to pretend that dressing up like David Bowie for a year, is somehow furthering the world of academia.  

No, really. This is actually happening.

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

We Sent an Old Metal Dad and His 10-Year-Old Daughter to Review Meghan Trainor

Posted By on Thu, Jul 23, 2015 at 10:08 AM

  • Dave Pehlling

Meghan Trainor
Charlie Puth
Life of Dillon
July 21, 2015
The Masonic

"Is it going to end late?" my 10-year-old daughter Katrina asked, a touch of concern in her eyes as she looked up at me while we waited for the Powell Street cable car to take us up the hill to see Meghan Trainor at the Masonic. Ever since she was a toddler the kid had always been one to put herself to bed at a reasonable hour.

"I don't think so, as early as the show is starting," I reassured. "I'll be surprised if she plays for more than 70 minutes. We'll be home pretty close to 10."

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Friday, July 10, 2015

Rin Tin Tiger Has Website Hacked Ahead of Record Release Show Tonight

Posted By on Fri, Jul 10, 2015 at 4:31 PM


Katherine Archuleta, Director of Office of Personnel Management, resigned under pressure today after the personal information of 22 million people held by her department was compromised in a cyber attack. But that data breach wasn't the only cyber security failure in recent days.

Local folk rock trio Rin Tin Tiger had its website hacked to include the phase, "soft wet hair pussy finger fucked pics" in the header. The band is reportedly aware of the cyber security breach and looking for a tech-savy fan of indie rock who is willing to help the band correct the issue.

"We are basically going to have to redo our website to get it to go away," Sean Sullivan, who didn't indicate whether or not he planned to turn in his resignation to President over the growing scandal, said in an email.

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

The Rabbi of Rap, aka The Jewish Madonna, Releases New Music Video

Posted By on Thu, May 7, 2015 at 11:49 AM

  • Martin Backhauss
Noemi Zeigler Sanchez (stage name Madeline Minx) has released a new music video with her real-life Laney College media students titled “Rabbi of Rap.”

The plot is a tired cliché about urban youth rejecting negative stereotypes and focusing on schoolwork instead. “The Jewish Madonna” (yup, that’s what they call her) hands out books with yin and yang, peace, and various other symbols you could find on one of those coexist bumper stickers painted on their covers as the kids echo the phrase, “Put your guns down, lift your books up, rise up!”

Basically, the whole video is like a giant game of cliché Jenga: How many clichés can you stack on top of each other until the whole thing comes crumbling down?

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Here's Your Rainstorm Soundtrack

Posted By on Tue, Dec 9, 2014 at 4:24 PM


In case you hadn't heard, after one of the driest years on record, the Bay Area will be getting some major, much-needed rain starting tomorrow evening and continuing all through Thursday. With it will likely be high-speed winds, some flooding, downed power lines, the whole nine yards.

Obviously the ideal way to spend this time would be in bed, cozied up with a scary movie and copious amounts of hot chocolate and/or spiked hot apple cider. But if you (like we) have to actually go to work and generally continue to be an adult person in the world, the next best thing is to pass the time with some highly storm-specific music.

Lucky for you, we've already done the legwork. Here's an hour and 45 minutes of rainy, stormy tunes. Anything we forgot?

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

5 Reasons Why Drunken British Musicians Are the Best Drunken Musicians

Posted By on Wed, Apr 24, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Adele: Even more charming when drunk.
  • Adele: Even more charming when drunk.

Why is it that when British people drink too much, they become 10 times funnier? It's not just the accents (though that does definitely help). There is just something specific to coming from that island -- and we have no idea what it is -- that inspires a special next-level of unhindered glee and cockiness after too much boozing. Here are our favorite incidents of British singers getting "pissed" (that means wasted where they come from, not angry) in public.

Liam Gallagher Rides a Dog

Reports surfaced earlier this week that Liam Gallagher had run up a £300 bar tab in Ye Olde White Bear pub in Hampstead (a posh part of London). Sure, that doesn't sound like a great deal of money in celebrity terms, but £300 can buy an awful lot of even the fancy champagne Gallagher was drinking, especially when tipping isn't involved. So we're not terribly surprised that one thing led to another and Liam mounted the nearest animal. That's right -- witnesses told The Sun newspaper that the ex-Oasis (and current Beady Eye) singer "was absolutely hammered" and "tried to get on [a] dog's back". Nice one, Liam. We're hoping it was a Great Dane and not a Chihuahua

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Top Five Things Oakland Spokesman MC Hammer Could Do To Improve His Hometown

Posted By on Wed, Nov 14, 2012 at 12:10 PM

A Hammer for Oakland
  • A Hammer for Oakland

Oakland, meet your new tourism ambassador: MC Hammer, famous rapper, man of Christ, former A's exec, and purveyor of some very goofy pantaloons. The man born Stanley Burrell was born and raised in East Oakland, so it's only natural that he'd by tapped by the city for a new campaign to counter its rather grim public image. "Oakland: To know it is to love it" is the slogan for Hammer's effort, and while we'd agree, fancy words aren't going to solve Oakland's image problem alone. (Hammer pants, on the other hand...) So: as an encouraging slap on the back to the man who first introduced us, indirectly, to "Super Freak" -- and who played the first concert we ever attended, in Oakland -- here are five fairly easy ways Hammer could help his native burg.

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Monday, August 27, 2012

Noel Gallagher Claims Rock Stardom Will Go Extinct, Apparently Hasn't Heard of Other Forms of Stardom

Posted By on Mon, Aug 27, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Noel Gallagher performing in S.F. - CHRISTOPHER VICTORIO
  • Christopher Victorio
  • Noel Gallagher performing in S.F.

Aw, look: Another one of Oasis' Gallagher brothers uttered a statement that managed to be arrogant, ignorant, and fuddy-duddy all at the same time!

This time it was the elder (and usually saner) one, Noel, speaking to the U.K.'s Sunday Express about the impending die-off of that rare and vital species, the Rock Star:

Rock stardom will die because nobody will make enough money any more to be rock stars. Everybody will be jobbing musicians. It's unbelievable. The music industry has changed beyond all recognition. The music business we signed in to does not exist any more.

Pity the poor rock star! How will our cultural ecosystem recover? Who will we get to trash hotel rooms? And sleep with multiple groupies at the same time? And release bloated records that only sound good if you've been doing coke for three years straight?

Oh, that's right: DJs, pop stars, and rappers.

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Friday, November 11, 2011

The Annotated Robert Christgau: A Public Service

Posted By on Fri, Nov 11, 2011 at 5:00 AM

Seriously, the b-side was called "I Killed Christgau With My Big Fucking Dick."
  • Seriously, the b-side was called "I Killed Christgau With My Big Fucking Dick."
Robert Christgau has long been held as the dean of rock criticism and perhaps the discipline's greatest practitioner.

He listens widely, with an open mind, and has over his 40 years in the business been bang-on right more often than any other critic, especially when it comes to pop, world music, and the important work of separating the minor pleasures from the major artists. His review of the Ramones' Rocket to Russia is a high-water mark of writing about popular music: Celebrating the Ramones' formal brilliance, he achieved a formal brilliance of his own.

But often these days his reviews -- always as tight and dense as bouillon cubes -- can tend toward the inscrutable. (He posts a couple times a week on his Expert Witness blog.) To aid the perplexed, we've taken the liberty of annotating a pair of his recent write-ups, a process something like adding water back to astronaut food.

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