Amy Winehouse Documentary Trailer

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With less than a month to go before the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, the Amy Winehouse documentary Amy is building up steam for the premiere. A trailer debuted earlier this month, teasing audiences with a rather intimate and stirring portrait of the late singer. But new claims suggest the film might not be what it appears.

According to The Guardian, Winehouse’s family has come out against the documentary with an official statement.

In a statement, a spokesman for the Winehouse family said they “would like to disassociate themselves from the forthcoming film about their much missed and beloved Amy”.

He went on: “They feel that the film is a missed opportunity to celebrate her life and talent and that it is both misleading and contains some basic untruths.

“There are specific allegations made against family and management that are unfounded and unbalanced.”

Meanwhile, the filmmakers responded by qualifying their film as one of “total objectivity” in regards to its subject.

Considering the documentary’s focus — a ridiculously gifted singer whose struggles with addiction eventually led to her death — allegations like these come has no surprise. Fingers are going to be pointed in all directions, with various friends, family members, and colleagues laying the blame for Winehouse’s death on everyone else.

The 68th Festival de Cannes runs from May 13th to 24th. Amy is one of the event’s three midnight screenings announced thus far.

(Via The Guardian)

Jay Z Tidal Launch

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Earlier today, Jay Z took to Twitter to defend Tidal from its detractors. In an unexpected twist, people responded with snarky and skeptical tweets. Below are some of the more notable responses.

 
Many had their own thoughts on the current state of affairs.

 
Some had their own suggestions.

 
Mostly about the money thing.

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Just in case you hadn’t noticed, Jack White has been touring the country this month with his super-small-and-secret acoustic series. Shows aren’t announced until the day of, and tickets run for $3 per person until all are sold. Buyers can only purchase tickets for themselves. Well the final concert of the series is tonight in Fargo, N.D.

Not in North Dakota? No problem if you’re a Tidal subscriber. According to Billboard:

To commemorate the occasion, the Fargo concert will begin streaming in full tonight at 8:30 p.m. CST to Tidal users.

The show will replay once after the live broadcast and be available on-demand through Tidal at a later date, according to a news release.

Maybe the artist-run subscription service truly is doing just fine, as Jay Z tweeted earlier today. Despite the guacamole controversy, White’s acoustic shows have been generating a lot of positive buzz for the musician and record store entrepreneur. Tonight’s live stream just might give Tidal a much-needed boost.

(Via Billboard)

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Ah, prom. That magical time of year when high school juniors and seniors come together to spend almost as much of the school’s money as the athletic department. It’s the source of treasured memories for most (and blackouts for many others), but for the students of Chatsworth Charter High School, it will forever be the night when Justin Bieber randomly showed up.

According to Hollywood Life, Bieber was en route to a recording studio that just so happened to be at the same place as the prom. I’m not so sure if any proms have ever happened at or near a studio before, but Chatsworth is just northwest of Los Angeles, so the likelihood is strong with this one.

Social media predictably lost its marbles when Chatsworth students began tweeting photos and videos of Bieber’s appearance.

Sure, if you’re a teenage girl (or guy — I won’t judge) and Bieber shows up to your prom, you’d most likely lose your sh*t. But what would have happened had you lost it a little bit too much? It’s not like Bieber was without his posse of over-sized bodyguards.

That would have made for an interesting prom fight. What prom king wouldn’t want to try and deck the guy after he stole your student body-approved date?

(Via Billboard and Hollywood Life)

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The growing consensus is that Tidal, the streaming service that Jay Z purchased and rebranded this year, has stumbled out of the gate. The star-studded press conference announcing the service was a misstep and the reported subscription numbers to this point have been dismal. But that’s not the truth according to Jay, who hopped on his rarely used Twitter account to let the world know that Tidal is doing just fine.

First an announcement that he’s going to tweet, because this is Jay Z:

Then, an update on subscriber numbers:

Then Jay asks the public for patience. Rome wasn’t built in a day ya’know:

Then a word for the haters:

And some more explanation of how Tidal is for the fans (and the artists):

Then Hov digs into one of the more common misconceptions (according to him) about Tidal — That it’s just a money grab for a bunch of people that are already ridiculously rich:

And he lets you know that this is serious business, his cousin even went to Nigeria:

And Jay makes his closing statements:

That’s all fine and dandy. Jay wants to make a statement to his fans and detractors, cool. But that doesn’t do anything to assuage any concerns that consumers may have with the service. It costs too much, the end. It also doesn’t address its most critical issue: piracy. The faux exclusivity is the inherent flaw of the service, and that was supposed to be its biggest selling point.

Jay Z may mean well and his partners may be “determined,” but unless they figure out a way to keep their exclusives exclusive, rumors of its demise won’t be exaggerated at all. They’ll be fact.

Omg! KYOOT RIGHT?

These are the Louisville Leopard Percussionists. They are a youth organization that gives kids a chance to play in a slamming ensemble and their take on Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train” is the least scary/most cute version you might see.

It is also necessary rehab from Justin Bieber’s rousing performance of it a while back.

Here’s some info about them:

The Louisville Leopard Percussionists are a performing ensemble comprised of 60+ student musicians ages 7-14, who reside in 26 different Louisville zip codes and attend 48 different schools in and around Louisville, Kentucky.

It’s a great org you might consider donating to if you weren’t so mesmerized by how adorable this all is.

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A tour bus belonging to Lil Wayne was reportedly shot at early Sunday morning following a performance in Atlanta. Wayne had finished performing at the Compound nightclub close to 3:30 AM when the shooting took place, shortly after the group of tour buses had left the club. From TMZ:

We’re told Weezy and a few other Young Money execs and artists—including Lil Twist and Hood—were on board at least one of the buses at the time of the shooting. It appears no one was injured, and it’s still unclear if Wayne was on board the bus that was hit.

The bus was driven to a nearby hotel immediately after the shooting and law enforcement was called to the scene. No injuries have been reported, so it would appear to be a close call until more details arise.

Update: Lil Wayne gives a status report—of sorts. It’s nothing more than Weezy sharing one of his usual skateboarding clips, which could be considered as a sign he’s okay, trying to relax after a tense night or all of the above.

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Yelawolf’s second major label release, Love Story, hit stores this week, which makes now the opportune time to share his new video for “Best Friend,” the soul-searching song featuring label boss Eminem. In the clip, the scenes remain simple, switching from wide open fields to churches and cemeteries, perhaps meant to keep the focus on the song’s strong lyrics centered on having faith in and a relationship with a higher power.

Love Story is available for download Love Story on here.

Lil Jon has been a pop culture institution for nearly two decades now. With that in mind, it’s not too farfetched for him to start thinking about retirement. Honestly, he could probably live comfortably for the rest of his life from sports arenas playing “Turn Down For What” and that bar you want to leave playing “Shots.” So when he stopped by Comedy Bang! Bang! this week, he spoke about his plans of stealing away to a sandy beach and forcing turtles to mate with each other. Totally normal stuff. Your grandparents probably would too if they had the money.

Though the mega producer cares more about our reptilian friends than the average person (in a very strange way), we can’t entirely blame him. That’s what happens when you have more money than you know what to do with. For better or worse, you’re above judgment. Also, he made “Yeah!,” so that’s pretty much the end of discussion.

(Via IFC)

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As you may know, Drake is quite the sports fan. He’s known to root for any number of teams, including the Kentucky Wildcats, Cleveland Browns, Miami Heat, Notre Dame Women’s basketball, Toronto Raptors and many more (some say he likes too many teams, but he doesn’t like when you say that).

Well, Drake may have let his dueling allegiances get the best of him again, this time letting whatever friendship he has with Washington Wizards forward Paul Pierce come before his role as “Raptors global ambassador” when he shook The Truth’s hand after the Toronto’s latest loss to the Wiz. It was probably just a show of respect for the future Hall of Famer, but fans of the Raptors weren’t happy, including councilor Norm Kelly.

The best part is clearly the “Yo” he threw in there. Who knows why he felt it was necessary to add that, but we can all just be happy he did.

The Raptors are in Washington tonight for Game 3 of their series against the Wizards, and they’re in need of a big win to avoid going down 3-0 in the best of seven. Drake usually catches on to this stuff and is in on the joke, so we’ll see what he has planned for Pierce tonight.

(via Complex)

Despite Taylor Swift‘s very public battle with rhythm, the pop country superstar has always held a soft spot for hip-hop. There’s her unforgettable team up with T-Pain on “Thug Story,” as well as her front-seat version of Kendrick Lamar’s “Backseat Freestyle.” But at the 2015 Shorty Awards, Taylor may have initiated the first steps of linking up with some hip-hop royalty from her own backyard of Nashville, or Ca$hville as Young Buck would say.

While accepting the award for Best Fansite, Taylor thanked her fans and then decided to run off the chorus of Young Buck’s 2004 mega hit “Shorty Wanna Ride.” Apparently, Young Buck was put in the loop (or is a huge fan of web-based award shows) and decided to send out this Instagram to her with an interesting caption.

“Shawty Wanna Work Wit Cha,” you say? We have to get these two into RCA Studio B immediately. The streets needs this. Which streets? That’s still unclear.

(Via The Shorty Awards)

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Bands often say they won’t reunite. Then, it’s explained to them how much money they stand to make by reuniting. Then, they reunite.

The Grateful Dead are playing five already-announced reunion shows in Chicago and Santa Clara this summer. It started as three dates, then the demand caused the band to add two more. With the group now looking at a potential $50 million in ticket sales for those five shows alone, there are (surprise!) rumors that a full reunion tour could be on the way.

While the five confirmed shows have Phish’s Trey Anastasio taking Jerry Garcia’s place up front, rumor has it that the full tour would be from a Dead lineup that features John Mayer, who’s already rumored to be rehearsing with the band in advance of an October trek.

Anastasio might be the more natural choice, given Phish’s spiritual and sonic link to the Dead’s canon (not to mention the crossover between the two bands’ fanbases), and Mayer is an easy target for criticism from music snobs who don’t take him seriously for whatever reason (he’s also rumored to be huge jerk, but that’s not musically relevant). But here’s the truth: Mayer can play. He might be the best guitar player in mainstream music over the last 15 years, although Jack White could certainly make a claim for that title, as well, and his Stevie Ray Vaughan/Allman Brothers/acid blues style would fit perfectly with the Dead.

As a matter of fact, he’s already played with the Dead’s Bob Weir back in February.

Cobain Airbnb

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If you travel often, it’s likely you know about the godsend that is Airbnb. The site allows travelers to book rooms, homes, apartments and guesthouses in cities all around the world, often for prices cheaper than hotels. Not only does Airbnb offer lodging at reasonable prices, but you also get unique opportunities like the one offered by a user named Brandon from Los Angeles.

Brandon just so happens to live in a rock monument, an apartment that used to house none other than the legendary Kurt Cobain. According to Brandon, the Nirvana frontman lived in the two-bedroom apartment from 1991 to 1992 and even wrote one of the band’s classic songs in the bathtub.

Welcome to my spacious two-bedroom apartment. We have a large living room with seating for you and all your friends, a dining area suitable for meals big and small, and fully stocked kitchen.

The place is the perfect combination of comfort, style, location and…rock n’ roll history.

First about the Rock History: Yes, Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love lived in the home during the height of Nirvana’s musical influence 91-92 to be specific. At the time, Kurt was focused on song writing and his artwork, much of which was created in the apartment. He was particularly into painting during this time and even decorated the walls in the living room and bedroom. His favorite spot in the house: the bathtub. In it, he wrote the song “Heart-Shaped Box.”

The location has been immortalized in books and across the web. I can provide many more pictures from SPIN magazines recent spread on the place.

If you’re headed to L.A. anytime soon, you can book the room, not the entire apartment, on Airbnb here for the low price of $290 a night. Remember, the Kurt Cobain documentary Montage of Heck is in some theaters now, with an HBO premiere date of May 4.

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Tyler, The Creator‘s growth as an artist and producer on his latest album, Cherry Bomb, has brought him to collaborating with legendary musicians like Roy Ayers, Charlie Wilson and Leon Ware to name a few, as well as contemporaries like Chaz Bundick from Toro Y Moi, Pharrell, Dam-Funk, and Schoolboy Q. One of the album’s standout tracks, “Smuckers,” features hip-hop titans Kanye West and Lil Wayne, but, as Tyler told Billboard, it almost didn’t appear on his album, but 2011’s Jay Z-Kanye West tag-team opus Watch the Throne instead.

I made “Smuckers” in 2011 and sent it to Jay Z and ‘Ye. They were going to use it, but I kind of took it back. I was trying to make horn sections and drum kicks that sound epic. The second half is this jazz ensemble [Ed. note: “Smuckers” samples “Metropolis Notte” by Gabriele Ducros]. I’m like, “Oh my God, this is f—ing amazing. Lil Wayne would sound so good over this.” I sent Wayne a reference of what I was going to put, and he sent me the verse back. I legit was about to cry. I played it for ‘Ye at his house literally four days before the album was due. He was like, “OK, I got to step my bars up. Y’all n—-s is spitting.”

Tyler added that, despite the long journey the song has had, it almost didn’t make his album, either. He was late submitting the final copy.

I’m at the studio editing this shit, making sure my verse is right, and I’m like, “There’s something missing.” So at 2 a.m. — while the album was due four hours ago — I f—ing plugged my keyboard up and started adding f—ing bells and a harder bass, strings and French horns.

Just a few lost hours could have buried probably one of the hottest tracks on his album. Lucky for us, “Smuckers” made it through. And if you haven’t heard the final version of “Smuckers” yet, do yourself a favor:

(Via Billboard)

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The Grateful Dead and the sport of boxing are cited as the latest sources of inspiration for Black Keys vocalist/guitarist Dan Auerbach as he launches a new solo project called The Arcs.

Coinciding with the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight on May 2, the Grammy-winning musician and producer will release two “boxing-related” songs on his own: “Stay in My Corner” and “Tomato Can,” which will be available on 7-inch vinyl at independent retailers via Nonesuch Records. Auerbach is a boxer himself who often spars backstage to get pumped for shows. His last solo project was 2009’s Keep it Hid.

The Arcs’ full album will be out late this summer. Auerbach told Rolling Stone that he wanted to get “extra weird” while recording in Brooklyn and at various rehearsal studios:

“I wanted everything to flow [and] be cohesive. A lot of the songs bleed one into the other, a lot like the Grateful Dead – my favorite records that they did. So I’ve got a lot of connected songs. It’s basically everything I love about music all wrapped up into one record – that’s all!”

He promises that the weirdness will apply to his music videos, as well:

“I’m just finishing up the artwork now, working on a cartoon video with this kid who lives in Bakersfield who’s never made a video before,” Auerbach says. “Kind of ridiculous. I’m just having fun [and] basically making music with no responsibility.”

In other exciting news, if you can make it to Europe, Canada, San Francisco or the East Coast, you can catch Auerbach and his other half of the Black Keys, Patrick Carney, on tour now that Carney has recovered from a serious shoulder injury.

(Via Rolling Stone)

Words By Emanuel Vinson

The late Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, who died 13 years ago Saturday, on April 25, 2002, used R&B music for fun, fortune and fame. What makes Lopes’ legacy special is her upfront commitment to guiding others.

The fundamentals of her public presentation make The Last Days of Left Eye such a compelling watch. The documentary takes place during the ill-fated, 30-day retreat Lopes partakes with loved ones to Honduras: her favorite getaway. As T-Boz puts it in an interview with The Breakfast Club last year, “She was out there trying to find religion [and] herself.”

The footage, much of it shot by Lisa, got edited in a way so viewers may better understand her personality and make their own decisions concerning the lessons she wanted to impart. When recounting Left Eye’s past, the film’s clear about when her actions hurt others, got clouded and seemed dangerous. Lopes is portrayed as a whole spectrum of a person, right up to the disconcerting look in her eyes seconds before her fatal accident.

“If you see it in your head, it’s a possibility,” she once said. “If you believe it, it’s already happened… It’s all about believing in yourself. Trust me, it’ll happen. Ask and ye shall receive.”

Whether talking Tupac, or speaking on her history of self-mutilation, Left Eye knew transparency would ultimately gift her with lasting power. With song titles like “The Universal Quest” and “True Confessions,” Lopes’ sole solo album Supernova embodies this philosophical approach. Her public reckoning transformed her life into a sacred text all its own. From “Waterfalls” on, Lisa was her own messiah, Heaven, and Hell.

And beneath it all, we know she was only human.

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Mobb Deep’s most heralded album, The Infamous, is turning 20 this week. While that fact might have some oldheads going through a mid-life crisis, it’s also a good excuse to go back to an album that still manages to hold up. In doing so myself, some strange questions came up. Some were only tangentially related to the album, some had definitive answers, but all of them were pretty damn random.

1. Where Can I Get Those Hennessy Jerseys?

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I had two takeaways from re-watching the Shook Ones video: The gas lighter might’ve made a better hi-hat than the one on the song, and I still kind of wanted one of those custom Hennessy jerseys. Too bad I didn’t know where to get one.

Then, I googled it.

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Apparently, Supreme teamed up with the cognac company for a limited run of jerseys in 2011. The best way to get them now is probably eBay. Or some place that can make custom jerseys.

2. Why Was Q-Tip So Damned Modest About His Production?

Even on an album where he got credit for three tracks, Tip was arranging and tightening up the drums throughout, from “Survival of the Fittest” to “Up North Trip,” and you’d never know it if Complex wasn’t interviewing everyone about the album years later.

Granted, my frustration goes back to the whole “BTW, I produced most of the first three Tribe albums by myself, but still credited the group instead” thing. Between that and his solo stuff (often credited to “A Tribe Called Quest”), Tip deserves be in the all-time producer arguments, but he never gets his due.

3. Speaking Of Q-Tip, That “Take Away The Pain” Verse…

In a song where P and Hav personified their alcohol brands as troublesome women, Q-Tip’s guest verse personified clothing brands planning a caper. Tip has since explained just why he did that:

They were obviously doing the liquor sh*t and it was they sh*t really. But they were just like, ‘Yo, jump on this sh*t.’ And, I mean, I was drinking but I wasn’t really drinking like that back then. That wasn’t my poison of choice. So, I was just like, ‘Yo, being that I’m the sore thumb on this record, let me just stick out all the way and go left of what they were saying.’ I flipped it and that’s one of my favorite rhymes actually.

And now you know the rest of the story. R.I.P. Helly Hansen.

4. Which Version Of “Temperature’s Rising” Is The Best?

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The one on the album is a highlight (despite whatever Preezy thinks), but the original with the Quincy Jones sample, and the remix make pretty good arguments for themselves. I’d have to go with the remix, as it has better drums and a better Prodigy verse. YMMV.

5. Did Big Noyd Have The Most Overlooked “Lyrical Miracle” Moment?

Look, I’ve got nothing bad to say about Noyd’s “Give Up The Goods” verse. That verse pretty much got him a solo deal on Tommy Boy. But after being bombarded with the phrase “lyrical miracle rapper” over the years, this part tends to stick out:

So bust me, you’re gonna have to
Cause I’ma blast through
My lyrical, like a miracle
Ill spiritual.

You might as well give him a backpack and a self-imposed authority on “real hip-hop.”

There was apparently some sort of basketball game played in New Orleans, the city in which I live, last night, but I don’t have any recollection of it. My mind is completely blank on everything that happened starting at around 8:30 local time til about 11:30 local time, for some reason. I guess I’m getting old. I suppose I was probably dancing the night away at a “gumbo party” or eating beignets or something because that’s what people in New Orleans do. No idea where I was. Nope. Something something Pelicans. Something something Warriors. Something something Steph Curry is a ridiculous basketball freak.  LA-LA-LA-LA-LA.

ANYWAY, Trombone Shorty performed at halftime of the basketball game that was allegedly played in New Orleans last night, and, as usual, he brought the funk. Outside of the Super Bowl, halftime entertainment is usually either terrible or a full-on freakshow. This was neither of those things, to say the least.

In the event that you’re hungry for more Shorty to help get you through this Friday, here’s a full two-hour show the fine folks at Liveset recorded in New Orleans a couple of years ago. Enjoy…

(Via Deadspin)

Buckwheat Groats is back following their fantastic “Tom Hanks” rap song, which spoofed the actor and portrayed him in a variety of compromising situations. This time, they’re soft-rapping about eating the booty. “I waaant you to clamp those buttcheeks on my head, and smother meeeee,” the duo sings.

The premise may seem gross to many, but if Buckwheat Groats keeps this up, they’ll become the parallel of what Weird Al is to pop music, just more obscene. I don’t think I have to tell you that this video is very NSFW. Also, it’s friggin’ hilarious.

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Yelawolf makes it easy to question his direction as of late since he’s jumped from Lil Jon jams to his current sing-song, Kid Rock-like direction. Not too many summers ago, he found himself in a one-day marathon session with a British ginger who he opted not to clown and push into the lockers, but instead, vibe with and make good tunes. Three years later, the Ed Sheeran and ‘Wolf collabo EP Slumdon Bridge serves as an oddly prolific monument to the relationship of two budding artists who haven’t seen each other since that day in 2012.

The scenario proves what many casual fans may not know about the collaborations and industry in general. Features are mostly strung together by managing parties and labels with the rare opportunity to get in the kitchen and cook up together. “I didn’t really have nothing to do,” Yela explained. “I was like, lemme just go up to the studio and holler at him… Go up to the studio, shook hands with him, dude was cool, we vibed out, we recorded five songs in one session, and I haven’t seen him since.”

Capitalizing on the opportunity before Sheeran lit up the charts may have seemed like Yela inherited all of the risk at the time, since he was fresh off a debut album with Shady and a rising tide. But it speaks to both artists’ willingness to push boundaries across continents, in the name of art.

“There were people in Europe going, What the f*** were you thinking? Why did you do a collab with Ed Sheeran? I was like, ‘Dude, you don’t understand how that happened.’ It might not make creative sense, but somehow it did.” If the industry had more cross-pollination like this and less verses and hooks being emailed around, who knows what kind of amazing sounds we would be rolling up to this summer?

In recent months, Ed has been heard singing along to OT Genasis’ banger “CoCo” and other hip-hop staples, but nary a Yelawolf cover. Could this mean the five-track EP from 2012 is the only work we’ll ever see from the two crooners? Are there are a few more gems from those faithful sessions left to drop?

Seeing as how the two have switched places in chart positions and Sheeran has been launched to ungodly levels of popularity around the globe, this may be the only time we hear the two together on record. If so, trust your TSS family. For “F***s Sake”, you know we’re good for it.

(via MTV)

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Sit down. This news will be hard to take. (Well, unless you’ve already read the headline, which I assume you have, so you already get where I’m going.)

It appears as if Tom DeLonge’s departure from Blink-182 will stick this time.

The singer/guitarist’s first hiatus from the band in 2005 lasted until a reunion and new album, Neighborhoods, in 2009. But DeLonge has bailed again (and maybe gone crazy?), amidst a slew of festival dates this time, and Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker appear ready to move on.

They enlisted Alkaline Trio frontman Matt Skiba to fill in on those dates, and the relationship could continue in the form of new music. Barker already broached the idea of Blink recording a new album with Skiba instead of DeLonge, and Skiba himself has now said that it’s a possibility.

I think that’s a great idea and it’s something we have discussed. I’m pleasantly surprised to see Travis mention it to you guys. It’s something I would be very excited to do and I’ve known the Blink guys for about fifteen years and we’ve become good friends. Playing songs I haven’t written with Mark and Travis is a blast, so to go in and create music with them would be amazing.

Despite that, Skiba said it’s too early to call him a “permanent member” of Blink-182, but also left the door open, saying, “It’s a hope of mine.”

Check out footage of Blink’s first show with Skiba:

(Via Alternative Nation)

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Despite having a proudly loyal fanbase, My Morning Jacket has never had a hit. At least not in conventional terms. Their most recent album, 2011’s Circuital, peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard 200, but lead single “Holdin’ On to Black Metal” couldn’t creep past No. 36 on the alt-rock charts, and it was nowhere to be seen in the Hot 100. “I’m Amazed” should’ve been huge, but unless you’re the Black Keys, there’s no place for a fuzzed-out, Kentucky-fried stomper on top 40 radio. Instead, MMJ had to settle for changing Stan Smith’s life.

Jim James & Co. will release their seventh album, The Waterfall, next month, and they’re already making the press rounds. In an interview with Rolling Stone, James sounds like he’s come to terms with their lack of mainstream love, saying, “Having a hit would be awesome, but I don’t know if it’s meant to happen.” In addition to saying that pop radio is “a waste of time,” he added, “I feel like modern country is deliberately dumbing down the human race. They’re deliberately making people take glory in being uneducated and racist, and it’s just sad. I think it’s absolute mind control.”

Let’s take a look at the current Hot Country Songs chart: At the top is Sam Hunt’s “Take Your Time,” a weepy, talkative ballad with the pacing of Train’s “Meet Virginia,” followed by familiar arena-filling names like Little Big Town and Florida George Line and five, count ’em five, songs that reference drinking in the top 10. I wouldn’t go so far as to call any of the singles “racist” (“Accidental Racist” is nowhere to be found). They are more muscular and tattooed and Taylor Swift-y than the radio-country James grew up with, but there’s a difference between taking glory in outward bigotry and “pandering,” which is what’s going on. Modern country knows what country fans want to hear, just as Netflix was keenly aware that House of Cards would be a hit.

It’s algorithms, y’all.

Via: Rolling Stone

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David Letterman’s friends are all stopping by as the host prepares to hand off The Late Show to Stephen Colbert. He has few better than Elvis Costello, at least as far as the show goes.

On Thursday, Costello made his 27th, and likely final appearance, on The Late Show under Letterman’s watch. Don’t forget, he was actually a guest host one of those times (with Mitch Hedberg as a guest! R.I.P., Mitch).

Backed by the vocal group The Quills, Costello performed a gentle medley of Nick Lowe’s “When I Write the Book” and his own “Everyday I Write the Book.”

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“Daaaaaaaaaamn!”

It’s been an entire two decades since Friday, the stoner flick with a heart of gold, hit theaters. You may remember it as the film that launched the acting and writing/producing career of Ice Cube.

The classic still holds up well today. You may have seen it a million times, but there’s probably some stuff about Friday you probably don’t know….

1. Craig’s girlfriend Joi had a man in the bed with her when she called him.

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Joi sucked as a girlfriend. We all know this, but some don’t realize just how terrible she was. In one of those “you have to be told to actually notice” moments, Joi has some guy sleeping next to her when she calls Craig to chew him out about going to the movies.

2. Friday was the feature film debut of Megan Good and Oscar nominee Michael Clarke Duncan.

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Yeah, Meagan Good is kind of an obvious one, but did you notice the late Michael Clarke Duncan shooting craps with Smokey and Deebo? Duncan didn’t get any lines, but Good got a few, including a deleted scene that can be seen in the extended director’s cut of the movie.

3. Craig opens the movie wearing the same outfit that Doughboy wore at the end of Boyz n the Hood.

Just a little bit of continuity and attention to detail to make Friday an alternate ending to Boyz n the Hood, that’s all. Granted, Dickie shorts, a black tee and house shoes wasn’t the most unique outfit in L.A. in the ’90s, but it is a nice touch.

4. #ByeFelicia is a typo.

Yeah, it turns out that you’ve been clowning everybody on Twitter all these years with a typo. Everybody’s favorite beggar is actually named Felisha.

5. Felisha’s son might be going to the NFL.

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The actress who actually plays Felisha, Angela Means, is the mother of University of Miami starting quarterback Brad Kaaya. Brad started last season as a true freshman, and while he had his ups and downs, he’s seen as an NFL prospect with plenty of room to grow. You just can’t help but wonder, though, how many times he has heard “Bye, Felicia” after a sack or interception in his career.