Monday, 24th October 2011
Written By Jeff Nau
Bobby Brown recently announced plans to return to television, this time with ex-bandmates New Edition, with whom he helped sire a whole new brand of ‘boy band’ rock. Which pretty much became a joke after New Edition went away.
“We have a conference call every Sunday,” said Bobby Brown of the new reunion. “We’re putting the band back together. I think the thing that was missing with us was prayer. Being able to pray together and understand our differences. I think that’s what made us fight so much.” Keep Reading
Complete with shag carpeting, 70s wood paneled basement walls, and a gaggle of geeks, MC Frontalot’s video for “Critical Hit” is pure projection — not that there’s anything wrong with that. Yeah, there’s probably something more significant behind it all, but it’s easy to get lost in the freakshow fantasy that Frontalot imagines his life to be.
Part Ziggy Stardust, part Leisure Suit Larry, all Frontalot, the video features Brian Poesehn, lord of the Dungeon Masters, tons of hot role-playing action, and some moments that all of us can relate to (on some level). Keep Reading
Written By Jeff Nau
Half video game, half Paganini concerto, Eric Speed’s video/cover of Flashdance’s “Maniac” is a hybrid between a side-scrolling, Street Fighter-style coin-op and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World with an 80′s twist.
With his electric violin plugged in (via audio remote), Speed’s tribute to the irreverent 1983 hit Flashdance and “Maniac” is also the tale of him being whisked away by sidekick/girlfriend Emmanuelle Le Phan, who plays the Jennifer Beals role (if Jennifer Beals was more into Irish jigs and kickboxing). Together they fight against the usual suspects — evil b-boys, jealous exes,and people who might just hate him for covering the song to Flashdance. Keep Reading
If you haven’t had enough video game music, video game concerts, live symphonic versions of Zelda/Mario/Castlevania, Super Mario: The Opera, we have some good news for ya. What is largely regarded as the most well-respected orchestra in the world, The London Philharmonic, is recording some of the best video game soundtracks of all-time for an album ingeniously titled, yes, Video Game Music.
Available starting November 8th, both digitally and in stores, the Philharmonic’s latest will focus mainly on new school vgm, though there will be some older titles (Mario, Tetris) in there as well. Here’s a sneak peek at their interpretation of The Zelda Theme, taken from the Video Game Heroes series of performances: Keep Reading
During these crappy economic times, rising hip-hop star Professor Green may have innovated a completely new way for struggling (read: broke) musicians and artists to be viable in a music industry that is barely limping along.
The Virgin/EMI-signed rapper this week introduced his “Inconvenience Store”, which is actually nothing of the sort: by watching a certain number of videos, answering trivia questions about Professor Green, and even visiting his Facebook profile (just once), fans earn store Greenbacks — a kind of virtual money which they can use to buy his songs, albums, swag, etc. Keep Reading
Written By Paul Nyhart
Kreayshawn reportedly had nothing to do with the game, until she saw it and re-blogged the hell out of it on her Tumblr.
For those of you who don’t feel like playing the video game, it takes you into four worlds: the beach, the mall, the pier, and the club, otherwise known as the trashiest places in LA. The game doesn’t pretend to have good graphics, or really much else…you just run around with a gun and try to ignore the fact Keep Reading
Today Russell Simmons tweeted a picture of himself with Kanye, hanging out with the protesters that have been railing against the wealthiest 1% for weeks. Other than that, information is pretty scarce, but as New York Magazine dutifully points out, Kanye did so without removing any of his jewelry.
Well, why should he hide who he is? Then again, would it have killed him to at least wear maybe a sweatshirt overtop it?
While judging from the picture it looks kind of like Keep Reading
That’s right, until now the closest we had was ZeaLouS1 telling the ladies that he was willing to ‘pass on that ass’ after getting to a certain level in World of Warcraft.
Meet Jonathan “Fatal1ty” Wendel. He’s considered the first real professional video gamer, so much so that he’s acquired over $500,000 in competitions over the past 12 years, particularly in survival/1st-person shooter games like Quake and Doom. He’s even managed to hold his own in terms of Rock Band.
But with the arrival of the new Rocksmith game, which allows budding rock stars to plug in a real electric guitar and play along with some of their favorite tunes, Jonathan has a new sort of challenge to deal with.
“I’ve played (guitar) a little bit in college, but other than that, I kinda dropped it, and haven’t played it since then,” remarks Jonathan. “The chance to play with a real guitar was pretty exciting.”
You had to think it was only a matter of time before somebody made a dubstep song out of Danny Elfman scores, but we’re so glad that it was director Bo Gus who decided to collaborate with dubsteppers Trick James for this particularly brilliant mutant-hybrid of what are arguably Burton and Elfman’s greatest hits: Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, Beetlejuice, and Tales From the Crypt.
Pee Wee gets our vote, if only because his dance moves are timed so succinctly Keep Reading
Fifteen years after his death, a Tupac sex tape is rumored to be hitting the web soon. The report comes from TMZ who claim that an anonymous source is offering big cash for the scene.
Dating back to 1991, the video is complete with groupies, oral sex, and a cameo by Digital Underground’s Money B (the hip hop group gave Tupac his start on their classic “Same Song”).
As a tease for his still-untitled 5th studio album, 50 Cent has released two singles — “Love, Hate, Love,” and “The Enforcer.” The latter track may be diss-free, but “Love” is full of ‘em, and they’re aimed primarily at Lil Wayne and Game.
As writer Brittny Pierre wisely points out, all this despite the rapper joining the anti-bullying campaign and writing an anti-bullying book for kids.
Duly keeping you updated on T.I.’s off/on-again visits to prison, (http://www.jacehallshow.com/music/t-i-is-back-in-prison-one-day-after-getting-out/) the rapper/Grand Hustle Records CEO is finally getting out.
His series of run-ins with the law started back in 2007 with the ammo/guns charge that came right before the BET awards that year.
Charles Hamilton’s fanbase seems as genuinely torn as the man himself. He’s an authentic nerd, sure, just not like the ones we’ve heard about, at least in the nerdcore genre. He’s just kinda different. Keep Reading
Rihanna and her crew took off to Ireland over the weekend to shoot her new music video. Even though they’d gotten his permission, this particular Irish guy was plenty pissed when he saw Rihanna take off her shirt for one scene, and promptly climbed down his tractor and kicked them off.
Farmer Alan Graham, a resident of the small scenic area of Bangor, Ireland (near Belfast), claimed he didn’t know exactly what the shoot would entail. “I did not know on Friday who was coming, but if the name Rihanna had have been mentioned to me the name would have meant nothing to me.
Late last night, Cali Swag District’s show at Hollywood nightclub Wonderland erupted into violence and rioting when a couple of audience members got into a fight. Police reports say that attendees ran for the doors after two shots were fired.
Widely hailed as one of the greatest things to come out of Denmark since this guy, The Raveonettes walk a big fuzzy line between the spectral melodies of David Lynch composer Angelo Badalaenti and dance punk. They’re known for their ambient, haunting electronic minimalist melodies and ethereal keyboard work – not exactly the stuff of Hans Zimmer or really even Danny Elfman, the two longtime composers for the Batman franchise. Keep Reading
The point isn’t what German musical blitzkrieg David Hasselhoff has to do with the newest edition of Criterion Games’ Burnout Crash! The point is if you have a chance to see the star of Knight Rider and the greatest video ever produced Keep Reading
..and it appears they weren’t the only ones. Everybody from Pope Benedict to Jimmy Carter, from Archbishop Desmond Tutu to former FBI Director William Sessions had called upon the Georgia legal system to grant convicted murderer Troy Davis a clemency hearing.
For those of you outside the Nerdcore circle, MC Chris (aka Chris Ward) may be the one who gets the biggest amount of sh*t. Numerous forums and even the rapper’s own Facebook postings have pointed to a curious trend that may really be a bit unwarranted. Here’s why.
As The Wall Street Journal pointed out recently, when Chris Ward’s nephew Murray Goff, was born with cystic fibrosis in 2008, MC Chris took it upon himself to start a donation campaign in order to raise money for cystic fibrosis. When the $200 or so he collected per show wasn’t cutting it, he forced himself to take bigger steps: namely, through his Facebook page. Keep Reading