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Discourse & Dischord

The Good

The week in videos

It’s hard to say which of this week’s video releases is the best. Our favorite “I love you, man” moment comes from Eminem, who spits his devotion at the supine body of Dr. Dre, willing him back to life in “I Need A Doctor.” If raw, male emotion doesn’t give you chills, maybe Lady Gaga giving birth to a new race will in “Born This Way.” Chins with eyeballs, psychedelic primordial sludge, pink side ponytails—it’s another freaky masterwork from the Mother of Monsters. Speaking of monsters, we love this fan video for LCD Soundsystem’s “Dance Yrself Clean,” where the Muppets delight residents of Bristol with a rooftop concert. Figure out your fave by watching all three below.

The Bad

Kanye West’s “All of the Lights” could cause the bad shakes

If you’re prone to seizures, you may want to skip the Hype Williams-directed video to Kanye West’s “All of the Lights.” As the title suggests, there are lots of lights. Epilepsy Action requested the video be removed from YouTube due to its propensity to induce epileptic fits. The video is still there, now with a warning. We watched it without incident—no seizures, just some dance moves that might look them. Watch at your own risk below.

The music industry mourns losses

It was a bad week for music-related deaths. Suze Rotolo, famous for appearing on the cover of The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, died at home in her Manhattan loft. Diane Izzo, seminal Chicago singer-songwriter, succumbed to cancer in Albuquerque. Eddie Kirkland, the legendary “Gypsy of the Blues” was killed in a car crash in Florida. And Smashing Pumpkins bassist Mark Tulin collapsed while taking part in an underwater clean up mission in Avalon, California. R.I.P. to all.

The Ugly

Christina Aguilera, Theodora Richards arrested

Christina Aguilera was arrested for public intoxication while out in West Hollywood with her boyfriend, Matthew Rutler, who was slapped with a misdemeanor for driving under the influence. Aguilera was thrown in the clink until she sobered up. Elsewhere, on the opposite coast, Keith Richards’ daughter Theodora was busted in NYC for defacing public property with a paint marker. Officers also found marijuana and hydrocodone pills when they searched the model. Yeah, we’re stunned by all of this, too. </sarcasm>

Rihanna and Ciara get into it in the Twitterverse

Thank goodness some people haven’t learned to keep their dirty laundry private, otherwise we’d have nothing to gawk over. Rihanna and Ciara got into it over Twitter… something about someone not being so pleasant to someone. You can read the transcript of their beef here.


Discourse & Dischord

The Good

Thom Yorke tackles all the hits

Thom Yorke isn’t exactly known for his blithe, insouciant demeanor. So seeing his herky-jerky freestyle dancing on Radiohead’s video for “Lotus Flower” off their new record, King of Limbs, sparked the imagination of some clever fans. Now the Internet is abuzz with Thom Yorke memes dancing to anything from “Single Ladies” to “Welcome to the Jungle.” Behold the original video and our personal favorite below.

Rufus Wainwright has daughter with Leonard Cohen’s daughter

Rufus Wainwright announced the birth of his daughter, Viva Katherine Wainwright Cohen, this week on his Web site. Baby mama is no other than Lorca Cohen, daughter of the venerable Leonard Cohen. Between the Wainwright and Cohen songwriting DNA, this kid has no choice but to rebel and become an accountant.

The Bad

Coke strips the hip away from Daft Punk

Coca-Cola, through some sort of deal with Satan, has convinced Daft Punk to team up with them on a limited edition run of Daft Coke. Look at it. It’s supposed to resemble the French duo’s helmets. This promotion is about as cool as your mom putting on plastic shoulder horns and telling people she’s Lady Gaga.

“Hold It Against Me” finally gets a video release

It’s here, and it’s queer. Britney Spear’s anticipated video for “Hold It Against Me” is a bizarre and befuddling montage of eyeless dancers, fighting Britneys and paint gun splatter. It’s not really edgy or sexy—and for that reason, it’s kind of perfect for the song. Watch it below and see if you agree.

The Ugly

Lil’ Kim puts the “dis” in discussion of Nicki Minaj

Lil’ Kim minced no words in a recent interview with Rap-Up about her rival, Nicki Minaj. “I just think that people give her more credit than she actually deserves,” she gripes. The rapper went on to discuss her inability to listen to Pink Friday in its entirety, and how her “beautiful fans” told her to put a decapitated Minaj on the cover of her new mixtape, Black Friday. Now all we need is for one of them to make a video for it featuring a dancing Thom Yorke.

Justin Bieber gets himself kilt on CSI

If you heard what sounded like the collective caterwaul of millions of teenage girls last Thursday, it was because of this:



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