Every year the Victoria’s Secret fashion show storms into NYC, captivating audiences from around the world with their beautifully impractical bedroom-wear, and every year they feature the season’s hottest artists. This year, the Victoria’s Secret Angels walked alongside Fall Out Boy and special guest Taylor Swift as they performed “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light ‘Em Up)” and “The Phoenix.” It’s hard to stand out among all that glitter and gorgeousness, but Fall Out Boy seem to have made their mark, ending the year just as strong as they started it. Check out the performances below. Continue reading ‘Fall Out Boy, Taylor Swift Perform On Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show’
So, what happened is, Lorde gave an interview where she criticized Selena Gomez‘ song “Come & Get It” as being bad for women. A cursory listen or glance at the lyrics bear out her point. See, the chorus of the song isn’t just “come and get it,” it’s “When you’re ready come and get it.”
You ain’t gotta worry, it’s an open invitation I’ll be sittin’ right here, real patient All day, all night, I’ll be waitin’ standby Can’t stop because I love it, hate the way I love you All day, all night, maybe I’m addicted for life, no lie.
This is the basic message of the song, which is otherwise a vapid series of platitudes about love and how hard it is, over an obvious hook that desperately looks to Rihanna’s “Umbrella” and its many spawn (“When you’re re-eh-eh-eh-eh-eh-eh-ady come and get it”) for the secret to chart success. There’s also so weird, vaguely middle eastern tabla/sitar breaks happening. It’s all very unfortunate.
But I digress. Lorde pointed out that this kind of message (you call the shots, come and get it from me whenever you’re ready) is bad for women. Gomez responded to Lorde’s critique by saying that it’s anti-feminist to not show unwavering support for other women, regardless of what they’re doing.
Now Lorde has responded:
“I think there’s a funny culture in music that’s only happened over the last 15 years, that if you have an opinion about something in music that isn’t 100-percent good, you’re a ‘hater,’ even if you have perfectly reasonable grounds for that critique. People will say exactly what they think about a movie or a TV show, and that’s fine, but as soon as you say it about a record, you’re like some little zombie in a funny dungeon.”
Not sure what that last part was about, but she really calls out this cultural trend of instantly discrediting someone by labeling them a hater, as though the only reason they are being critical is for the sake of hate itself. I suppose there are some sad people who do that, but how about stepping up and defending yourself with logic and reason rather than trying to dismiss what is a valid argument?
Culture will only continue to devolve if we can’t debate it on its merits.
There’s something to be said about long-lost music finally seeing the light of day. A certain mystery, nostalgia, and, of course, curiosity. Well Johnny Cash fans, prepare yourself, because we have a regular Eddie and the Cruisers situation on our hands. An album Cash recorded in the early 1980s with Billy Sherrill is about to be released. Titled Out Among the Stars, the album was previously shelved by Columbia Records and later reported to have disappeared. As it turns out, Cash and his wife June Carter Cash had hidden the tapes and they were just discovered last year by their son John Carter Cash, who worked with Legacy Recordings to make the new release happen. Out Among the Stars will be released on March 25, 2014.
Everyone still in the Pixies, please take one step back.
In a new interview with the NME, Kim Shattuck, who was hired and fired from the Pixies in the span of a few months, reveals more about getting axed by the band’s manager just a day after returning from a European tour.
“I was surprised. Everything had gone well, the reviews were all good and the fans were super-nice about everything. They were like, ‘We love you, New Kim!’,” she says. “We said goodbye at the airport and the following morning the manager called me and said: ‘The band has made the decision to go with another bass player.’ I was shocked.”
She goes on to speculate that her extroverted nature clashed too much with the notoriously reserved Pixies, known for their zero tolerance stage banter policy, aside from the occasional “thanks a lot.” Shattuck cited one show during which she got excited and jumped into the crowd, and was admonished afterward that “…the Pixies don’t do that.”
However, Shattuck does not bear a grudge toward Frank Black and his band mates: “I would have preferred it if they told me face to face as a group, but they’re nice people. I’m still a fan of the Pixies!”
As we told you recently, the band has hired a new bassist, Paz Lenchatin, and will be embarking on a pretty huge tour in 2014. Shattuck has said that she’s looking forward to working on a new Muffs album.
I’ll be honest, I have a soft spot for We Are the in Crowd, and the release of their new music video for ”The Best Thing (That Never Happened)” has only strengthened that. Filled with fast cars, and a surprisingly dramatic plot line, the video showcases their new single off their upcoming full length, Weird Kids.
What a character Kanye West is. Sometimes he comes off totally bonkers, other times he appears to be an artist of a caliber so high that we can barely keep up with him. But the best is when both happen in one instance. Take his little impromptu speech at Harvard University last month, in which he veered from incoherent to highly-conceptual in the space of a single sentence. Now comes video of a November 8th performance in San Antonio, Texas, where Kanye has clearly had enough from some audience members who won’t stop imploring him to remove his Maison Martin Margiela-created mask – part of his stage costume.
He tells the fans that they can see his face “every motherfucking day on the Internet” before stating his chief problem: ”I came here, I open up a mountain…and you tryin’ to tell me how to give you my art.”
You do not fuck with Kanye’s art.
He goes back to a freestyle explaining why he wears the mask, taking it all with a little humor, but then one woman continues to shout at him to take off the mask. He then signals to security to have the woman removed, to the delight of the crowd.
“Do I look like a motherfucking comedian? Don’t fucking heckle me. I’m Kanye motherfucking West.”
Kim Kardashian has nothing to do with this story, but now that I’ve mentioned her, way more people will read this. Hi, Kim fans!
South By So What?! have just announced a ton of new bands including Taking Back Sunday, The Used, Chiodos, and The Devil Wears Prada. The three-day festival will take place from March 14 – 16 in Grand Prairie, TX at Quiktrip Park. And hey, remember those awesome gift ideas we were mentioning in our gift guide earlier this week? Well, you can get a head start on that and grab your early bird tickets right here. Check out the new additions below. Continue reading ‘South By So What?! Announce Taking Back Sunday, The Used, And More’
Beloved alt-rock pioneers The Pixies have had a seemingly bumpy road lately, with a remarkably weird negative review of their latest EP from the ever-influential Pitchfork, which followed the news that founding bassist, singer, and songwriter Kim Deal was leaving the band. It was not long before they announced her replacement, Muffs bassist Kim Shattuck. However, upon returning from a recent European tour, Shattuck revealed the news that she was being let go.
But this weekend, The Pixies hired Paz Lenchantin, a session pro who’s played with Billy Corgan’s Zwan and A Perfect Circle, among others.
On the heels of that news, they’ve just released a delightful new video for “Another Toe In The Ocean,” following the animated adventures of frontman Frank Black. You can see the clip, written, directed, and animated by LiviuBoar, below.
And just to prove that all this tumult isn’t slowing them down, The Pixies will be back on tour throughout the first six months of 2014, hitting the U.S., South America, and Europe, with various dates being opened by Best Coast, Fidlar, and Cults, and a date opening for ArcadeFire in Dublin. See tour dates below. Continue reading ‘The Pixies: New Bassist, New Video, New Tour Dates’
A fight at Saturday’s Meek Mill concert in Wilmington, Delaware ended in gunfire, with four people hit by bullets. None of the wounds were life threatening, but victims were transported to hospital.
Sgt. Paul Shavack of the Delaware State Police said that officers arrived on the scene at the Moodswing Niteclub just before 2 a.m. to find between 600-700 people trying to flee the gunshots. The police believe there was more than one shooter, but no suspects have been identified.
This past Friday, the 56th Annual Grammy Awards nominations were announced during the Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! Countdown To Music’s Biggest Night which featured performances by Taylor Swift, Lorde, Katy Perry, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.
Among the nominees were the above mentioned performers, along with a slew of others that you’d expect including Daft Punk, Zedd, Michael Bublé, The National, and Vampire Weekend. Check out the full list of nominations below. Continue reading ‘Grammy Awards Nominations 2014′