Thursday, 26th January 2012
If you’re remotely familiar with any of Stevie D’s role in the nerdcore band Illbotz, you’ll probably be interested in knowing that he’s united with rising nerdcore legends Beefy and Adam WarRock to create a new Supergroup: The Best Damn F*ckin Rappers in the Universe.
Fans of the above should know that the single for D’s The Best Damn F*ckin’ Rappers in the Universe dropped today. Packed with nerdcore similar in flavor to the Illbotz’ best and greatest work, the new release comes hot on the heels of recent accolades heaped upon contributors Beefy and Warrock. The artwork, provided by renowned comic book artist Rusty Shackles, Keep Reading
When we brought you the story of potentially shady file sharing community MegaUpload being shutdown by the feds, accusations the site lead to over $500 million in lost revenue from pirated content was enough to land the execs on trial for various piracy related charges, racketeering, and money laundering.
While the company’s plans to launch a new music service known as “MegaBox” in 2012 are more than likely on hold, some are claiming it, and not piracy, lead to the ultimate demise of the site under the watch of Universal Music Group. Keep Reading
Who is the most hated band in the world? It sounds like quite a general topic, one that could set off a sprawling debate lasting for weeks. But judging by the petition signed by 55,000 haters to stop Nickelback from playing a Detroit Lions halftime show last year, the Canadian quartet is probably one of them.
Dedicated Star Wars fan Casey Pugh took it upon himself to re-make all of Episode IV: A New Hope back in 2009 — an epic undertaking if there ever was one. What exactly possessed him to do so, we may never know — but instead of trying to compete with the likes of Lucasfilm and ILM, Pugh had a different idea — assemble an entire 2 hours’ worth of 15 second clips, all sweded (“The summarized recreation of popular pop-culture films using limited budgets and a camcorder”) versions of the 1977 classic submitted by fans.
The result is a faithful and gleefully no-budget re-envisioning, and it doesn’t sound like it was easy Keep Reading
With a band moniker like IS TROPICAL, perhaps it’s only fitting that the quirky English synth pop band inspired a couple of loyal fans named Pablo and Josh to make an equally strange video for the single, ‘Land of The Nod.’
Somewhere between a digital painting slathered on your screen, and a youtube video suffering from what feels like standard Firefox stutter (on acid), ‘LOTN’ is as infectious as the erratic and quirky melody of Is Tropical’s beat.
Jackie Chan’s acrobatic stunts are swallowed and spit out by a congestion of thick pixellated paint, and it’s as smooth as water cascading through a river of oil. Keep Reading
As a kid I always used to marvel at friends who could perform ‘speed runs’ on Genesis and Super NES — those guys who could get through a copy of Mega Man or Super Mario or Zelda in a couple hours or few minutes with no fatalities — just because they knew all the tricks, warp zones and secret passageways from having played the game for years, and could now get it all done in a few minutes.
While at first I didn’t get the appeal of wanting to win the game twice, it soon registered that -duh!- the idea was to show off your skillz to all the ladies and thereby increase your influx of passed notes/playground pecks on the cheek Keep Reading
Talk to any aspiring somebody living in the City of Angels, hoping to achieve the dream of being able to live solely off their art, and you’ll hear stories of struggle. Possibly even drugs, prostitution, and being spit out the bottom of the porn industry. It’s a wonder the Hollywood sign doesn’t have a bigger one underneath it that reads “Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.”
For seemingly every thousand stories of “hey, I didn’t make it” comes a story of success. So where does Beatrice Brigitte fit in all of this? She’s a musician, avid gamer, geek, and someone who seems to believe unfailingly in the importance of art in and of itself. And as her profile suggests — and as a lot of wiser, older people would tell you — it’s largely about how you look at yourself, not how others look at you, that defines success for you as an artist. Keep Reading
DJ Magic Baron’s made a serious skill out of mashing up classic top 40 dance/electronica hits with various other talented acts. Fresh off his mutant molding of with LMFAO, the Baron has teamed up with singer Lana Del Rey for a cybernetic hybrid of Lady Gaga’s genre-bending country song, “You and I.” Instead of celebrating love unrequited to an androgynous alter-ego, however, Del Rey and Baron have created — what else? — “You and I Video Games”, a ballad for all things console-related.
Del Rey’s made a name for herself with her own unique styles of singing, which sometimes include country, alt rock, R&B, and pretty much whatever she wants. And with the help of videographer VJ Remedy, Baron and Del Rey (and Gaga) have created a clever little tribute. Not much else to it, as this video will attest, but we thought you’d enjoy it anyways. See what you think. Keep Reading
One of the fastest-growing talent/booking agencies in the world, AM Only, officially combined today with one of the other fastest growing — Paradigm — making for what many would call an unusual merger in the realm of corporate rock.
Paradigm is revered in the industry as home to rock and AOR stalwarts like Phish, Black Eyed Peas, Coldplay, Toby Keith, Dave Matthews Band, Aerosmith, and others. Booking/Talent Agency AM Only, meanwhile, houses David Guetta, Tiesto, Skrillex, and several more rising dance and DJ prodigies.
So — who gives a sh*t, you might ask, about yet another messy corporate merger in the world of corporate music? Keep Reading
The Wall Street Journal reports Sony has decided to launch an iOS app in early 2012:
Sony’s decision to offer the service, touted as the Japanese company’s answer to Apple’s iTunes, on iOS devices speaks to Apple’s presence in the all-important smartphone and tablet markets as well as Sony’s willingness to do whatever it takes to expand the reach of its content services.
Youtuber AndywithanM concocted a witty little video worshiping at the altar of all things Hunger Games — and after a couple days, damn if ain’t whipping up a fair amount of hits. Even if you hate Bruno Mars‘ “Grenade” and/or the HG books there’s worse things to look at than a cute blonde chick running around the forest and lamenting the omniscient presence of a Big Brother kind of govt. while dressing herself in raggedy outfits in front of a green screen (and damn if that doesn’t look like a decent 30% cleavage or so).
She also manages to do so without taking herself seriously, most succinctly in the lyrics, like this chorus: Keep Reading
All right, so this is the second video we’ve featured with nutty dancers in Mortal Kombat outfits trapesing around New York City like morons. But as opposed to the n00bs (saibot!) of video # 1, GeeksAreSexy featured video of this kombat krew, who went back to Beat Street for some refresher lessons. Witness, for instance, Scorpion’s bad-ass caterpillar, dancing of a much ballsier variety (i.e. up in everyone’s face, from restaurant patrons to sidewalk Santas), and the fact that there’s a girl who braved New York’s Winter to dress like Mileena (?), even down to the nifty booty shorts.
They even jump on/off a moving port-a-potty truck, gyrate up against an unsuspecting Spongebob and comatose Cookie Monster, and even demonstrate what might be some actual karate moves Keep Reading
Ask a lot of people, and they’ll tell you that the greatest thing about Tron: Legacy was the terrific score that came courtesy of Daft Punk. That brings us to the strange musical breed known as MrSolidSnake745 — a man who molds music utilizing old school floppy disk drives.
Fortunately, there’s Spike Jonze, the director who brought you Where The Wild Things Are and the music video with that guy on fire. And of course the video also features Buck, who’s hard to dig up info on but is listed as a “classically trained street dancer” who’s currently enjoying a residence at the Vail Int’l Film Festival.
The Recording Academy announced last night the recipients of this year’s Special Merit Awards, which include Lifetime Achievement Awards, Trustees Awards, and Technical Grammy Awards. One of this year’s recipients for the Trustees Award stands out from the rest– Steve Jobs. Keep Reading
For those of you who missed it, Common was a guest on DJ Sway’s Sirius XM morning show yesterday on Shade 45 (http://www.siriusxm.com/shade45), and made a few points about a recurring theme in hip hop these days: MCs duking it out, exchanging disses, taunts and threats, and perhaps all in sacrifice of what some might see as the bigger picture — the music and lyrics.
After taking a few seconds to listen to “Sweet,” a new single from his new album The Dreamer/The Believer,Common even told Sway and his audience that he himself was fair game. “Any artist can be a target, especially when you get in and start saying ‘they’re dope’…for me, there’s some cats that are gonna come at me, but I’m a warrior so let’s go. That’s just what it is.” Keep Reading
If by chance you’re in the neighborhood of Meridian, Idaho you’re probably very familiar with the Cadger Family’s Christmas Light display.
With over 35,000 LED lights and 64 Light O Rama channels (Light O Rama being the leading manufacturer and retailer of systems used to create animated shows involving lights, music and motion, of course), the family decided to spice things up this year with a dubstep re-mix of the Nutcracker. Keep Reading
Freddie Gibbs makes a lot of things look easy — could breaking the law be one of them? After finding two bags of weed in the rapper’s bags, TSA officials apparently let him off with a warning, via handwritten note that simply read “C’mon Son.”
Rumors abound as to whether the ‘note’ was an authentic warning, or just part of a quickly thought-up hoax by Gibbs, designed to get him some attention.
If anything’s for certain, it’s that the ‘Cmon Son’ note bears an uncanny resemblance to the note left behind by another TSA agent, who wrote “Get Your Freak On Girl” upon finding a passenger’s vibrator during a routine bag search. Said TSA-er was promptly fired; could it be said these guys have learned nothing since that debacle? Will this agent end up enduring a similar fate? Or did the vibrator incident inspire Gibbs to pull off his own stunt? Keep Reading
Consider this part two to our recent segment covering choirs covering video game music.
There’s the “Pokemon Medley” from “Pokemon.” “Guilty” from “L.A. Noire.” “Gerudo Valley” from “The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.” “Still Alive” from “Portal.” If only my choir in elementary school had sung songs like these — probably a lot more people would have joined and it wouldn’t have seemed so sissy…
But video game music is something that Berklee, one of America’s most reknown schools for music, takes very seriously.
Aside from the choir shown below, The Berklee Video Game Orchestra was founded in 2008 at Berklee, bringing together musicians from Berklee as well as the Boston Conservatory and the New England Conservatory of Music to play video game jamz Keep Reading