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Blame the incredibly long shadow of “Weird Al” Yankovic or the crop of so many dime-a-dozen parodists dropping quickly-crafted goofs on YouTube, but it always feels that The Lonely Island are criminally underrated. Sure, the trio of writer/actors Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccome and Akiva Schaeffer have earned plenty of acclaim for their daffy song satire, thanks to their beloved Digital Shorts on Saturday Night Live , where Samberg acted and Taccome wrote for several years. Some of these clips, including the ’90s R&B pastiche “ Dick in a Box ” [...]
Kells’ ongoing opus is the most brilliant thing he’s ever done. Here are five reasons why.
If you love Swedish-American alt-rock trio Miike Snow, you’ll be happy to know they have a new album, Happy to You, coming soon. And if you don’t know Miike Snow, you’ll be surprised to know they’re partially responsible for a few of the biggest mainstream hits of the past few years. Miike Snow – comprised of writer-producer-instrumentalists Christian Karlsson and Pontus Winnberg and vocalist Andrew Wyatt – had a great shoulda-been-a-hit with their self-titled debut in 2009 and hypnotic, Peter [...]
As you pore over the litany of year-end lists that will no doubt dominate the blogosphere this week ( including ours ), it’s easy to forget that new music continues to trickle in, even as the year rapidly draws to a close. Case in point: Alan Wilkis. Alan Wilkis is a man on the move. He’s got two solo releases under his belt (2008’s Babies Dream Big and 2009’s excellent Pink and Purple). He’s also been hard at work with a bevvy of remixes [...]
If you and I are friends – and if we’re not, we probably should be – you’re undoubtedly scratching your head right now, wondering why I’m about to lay into Beyonce. After all, I’ve been a vocal and unabashed fan of Lady B even before she went solo; I’ve got love for Miss Knowles (Mrs. Z?), and I don’t care who knows. She’s one of the finest pop stars of our time, a classy performer with an ear for a [...]
Man, the videos are flying out from Fountains of Wayne’s Sky Full of Holes , eh? Barely a month after the clip for “The Summer Place” surfaced, the guys are back with a new “short film” (to use Michael Jackson’s favorite term)-this one for “Someone’s Gonna Break Your Heart”. It’s not a particularly thrilling video-tons of quick cuts, mostly live footage (or “candid” footage of the band members goofing around) mixed with beach shots containing a pretty girl and kids. It was probably thrown together for not a lot of [...]
Missy Elliott works it, Isaac Brock and Modest Mouse try on funny mustaches, and Fiddy parties like it’s yo’ berf day (AKA #20-#11) here . 10. Here it Goes Again | OK Go (2006) It all started with some treadmills. Add in a synchronized choreography routine (not very easy to do on treadmills, mind you) and a C-list power-pop band turns into those guys! Do you think the members of OK Go are pissed because they’ve turned into something of a [...]
Beyonce shakes her tailfeather, Erykah Badu reminds us what the inside of a wrecka’ sto’ looks like, and Stacy’s mom has got it going on here (AKA #21-#30). Now we’re in the Top 20. Any idea what’s gonna be #1 yet? 20. “Float On” | Modest Mouse (2004) Underground darlings for years, Modest Mouse broke through to the mainstream with this uncharacteristically peppy ode to floating through your troubles. Tons of underwater imagery (a theme that would become even more apparent [...]
Madonna writhes around in a leotard, Dave Grohl channels Michael Douglas in “Falling Down”, and The White Stripes do “Conan” (in other words, #50-#41) can be found here . Now, here’s the next batch of new millennium video hits! (said in douchey DJ voice) 40. Burning Beard | Clutch (2005) “Burning Beard” by Clutch had me the moment Neil Fallon opened his maw and barked “Everyday/I wake up/Drink a lot of coffee and watch the CNN” (He also actually barks later [...]
Check out the first ten entries in our list here , and let’s move on… 40. Slayer “Seasons in the Abyss” (1990) I don’t know exactly why, but it makes absolutely perfect sense to set Slayer up in a desert with temples looming behind them while they perform this song. One can practically see Karl Sanders from Nile sitting on a couch, guitar in hand, writing riffs for songs that would eventually appear on “Amongst The Catacombs Of Nephren-Ka” while watching [...]
So, MTV is 30. I don’t know any other channel that has had the ability to make one feel both old and completely out of touch with modern, pop society as MTV. The station has been in existence for the better part of my life. At this point we’re a lot like a divorced couple without kids still living in the same town—I know it’s still out there, I know it’s dating but couldn’t tell you word one about what [...]