Monday, December 7, 2009

Daily Headlines! Beasties, Pumpkins and more

Adam Yauch (MCA) of the Beastie Boys

Tomorrow, you'll get some a few pieces from me on Capgun Coup and Cursive, both of which told me interesting stuff that doesn't fit in the paper.

As for today, how about some headlines?

• Rolling Stone has a list of albums snubbed by the Grammys.

• Animal Collective's Deakin is trying to go to Africa. If you you help him out, he'll give you a limited edition CD.

• Here's an interview with one of Saddle Creek's newest additions: Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson.

• Smashing Pumpkins (yeah, Billy Corgan is apparently still trucking along with their 44-song album) put out a new song today: "A Song For A Son." Pitchfork called it "epic." I'd say it's just OK. In my opinion, "Cherub Rock" wins out any day.

• Does anyone else think that new Theory of a Deadman song , "Hate My Life," sounds like parody of every other Creed-ish, Nickelback-y song every made? It sounds like every terrible alternative rock clone mashed up into one. Too bad Theory of a Deadman isn't in on the joke... They're apparently serious with this song, but it's still hilarious. As is their frontman's soul patch.

• Billboard names its one hit wonders of the decade. These bring back some terrible/great memories and also keeps making me thing, "What happened to that guy?"

• Adam Yauch (MCA) of the Beastie Boys talks about his fight with cancer. Glad the guy's doing OK. I wish I could have seen the Beasties instead of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs at Lollapalooza this year. (The YYYs were terrible.)

• Last month's Paste had all of its best of the decade stuff in it, but my favorite piece was the "Evolution of the hipster." I guess other people liked it too: Paste said today that the story has more than 1 million views.

• Girl Talk (Greg Gillis) is putting out the Night Ripper album on limited edition, 180-gram, pink vinyl. For $100. The expense is because it's for charity. The vinyl is supposed to be up at the Illegal Art store soon.

• There's a new version of "Do They Know It's Christmas?" And it's sung by comedians. And it's therefore pretty funny.

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