Monday, September 14, 2009

Headlines! VMAs, Cursive and more

The pop culture world is ablaze today with talk of Kanye West and his douchey move toward Taylor Swift. For those that didn't watch the VMAs last night (I'll admit to it... I was pretty bored), Kanye jumped onstage and stole Swift's microphone after she had won the moonman for best female video. He proceeded to basically say that she didn't deserve it and that Beyonce Knowles did for her "Single Ladies" video.

1. What an ass. 2. That "Single Ladies" video is pretty stupid, even though it ended up winning video of the year. 3. Feel kinda bad for Taylor Swift, especially since she was talking about being grateful that a country artist could win a VMA before the hip hopper grabbed her microphone.

Paste says Swift shouldn't be mad. Apparently, his outburst may have helped ratings. Kanye apologized on his blog, but then took it down.

It was the most interesting moment of a pretty awful show. Most of the performances (except for Muse and Taylor Swift) were pretty lackluster and unless you're a fan of the CW, the Hills or Twilight, you probably didn't recognize many of the presenters.

I'm even a big fan of Russell Brand, but he was incredibly annoying, especially his habit of SHOUTING into the microphone all night. Calm down, dude. It's just live television.

Personal favorite moment was Gerard Butler getting a New York street crowd to yell "Haroo!" with him before he introduced Muse.

Anyway... headlines!

• Spin talks about the good, the bad and the ugly at the VMAs.

• Apparently All Tomorrow's Parties in New York was pretty sweet. Not as sweet? Sufjan Stevens' costume.

• A couple big names are getting together for a romantic comedy. Not who you expect though. Michael Stipe, and... uh, Barry Manilow? What the hell?

• Wolfmother did an acoustic set for Spin.

• Cursive is still doing a bunch of shows, special sets and the like. Check out these four songs Kasher and co. did for Luxury Wafers.

• NOFX kicked out the jams at a 15th anniversary celebration for the Warped Tour. Wonder if that show is as fun as it used to be. It's one of the only touring fests left, isn't it?

• U2 kicked off its tour last night.

Today's Mail: Shadows Fall, new Simon Joyner, that Metalocalypse Dethklok CD, Don Ray Band (never heard of them), Drive-By Truckers, a compilation of Cy Coleman songs, The Summer Set, Brooke Waggoner, Manassas (Stephen Stills of Crosby, Stills & Nash), Lita Ford (seriously?) and a new Foreigner album (wait... what?)

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