I've always thought something was off about Taylor Swift. Her immaculate, porcelain skin, picture-perfect golden bangs -- and certainly, her singing voice. Previously, I attributed these things to digital image doctoring or recording software magic. More recently, I have become suspicious of the 24- ... More >>
This year marks 30 years since the first Def Jam single was released. Originally formed in NYU's Weinstein dorms after Russell Simmons was introduced to Rick Rubin by Vincent Gallo, Def Jam quickly became a brand early hip-hoppers could trust. Whether you fall in the camp who considers T La Rock's " ... More >>
It's not particularly surprising or original any more to talk about how terrible Black Friday is; it's materialistic, dysfunctional, and every year someone dies or is gruesomely injured; you can pretty much count on a video of a horrible stampede somewhere by about 9 a.m. Not even the Wall Street Jo ... More >>
About a year ago I attended an outdoor screening of the film Empire Records. I hadn't seen the film since long before I worked the final nine months of the Union Square Virgin Megastore's existence and revisiting the film revealed an accurate portrayal of what that record store life was really like. ... More >>
Germany's electronic duo Mouse on Mars have long been experimenters. Over 11 studio albums and countless collaborations Jan St. Werner and Andi Toma have played in their own corner of the sandbox, allowing a furious amount of sonic investigation into strange realms without pretentiously denying the ... More >>
Credit card debt? What credit card debt? Oh, pour yourself another drink. The latest fun -- and healthy! -- thing we're all doing under the influence of a little boozin' is...shopping on our own personal computers, from home, at night, after a hard day's work, with the jug of wine next to us. In a f ... More >>
If you thought nobody could rain on Danny Meyer's publicity parade, then Ryan Sutton would like to hand you an umbrella.
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Baby Geek.In this day and age, when Palin family members trademark themselves, corporations want to own words, particularly, words used for marketing purposes. So, while "geek" used to be just a techy offshoot of "nerd," something you could call the smartest guy in your computer class, now it ... More >>
Today is the official release date for Lady Gaga's long-incubating Born This Way, and it's being accompanied by aggressive efforts to move copies--today the album's retailing for 99 cents at Amazon MP3, while Best Buy is doling out free CDs to anyone who signs up for a smartphone contract thi ... More >>
The digital marketing firm Epsilon told its clients on Friday of "an unauthorized entry into Epsilon's email system," insisting it "was limited to email addresses and/or customer names only" and that no other information was at risk, but it's only now becoming clear just how widespread the ha ... More >>
There were so many celebs filling up the valued time between touchdowns at last night's Super Bowl that it almost made the long, laborious evening worthwhile for me. (I said almost.) Jazzing up all the high-powered commercials were starry names like Joan Rivers, Eminem, Adrien Brody, Timothy ... More >>
When Phonte Coleman, the singing, songwriting half of r&b duo the Foreign Exchange (the other half is producer/multi-instrumentalist Nicolay Rook), talks about the group's new album Authenticity, he's close to apologetic. That's because unlike 2008's Leave It All Behind, the group's Grammy-no ... More >>
Downtempo remix giants Kruder and Dorfmeister have not graced an NYC stage in nine years, but that drought ends tomorrow night at Best Buy Theatre (nee Nokia) as part of the "The 16 F***king Years Anniversary Session," and we can get you in for free.
Have seen you seen this man?In the week we wondered if it was still possible to sell out in 2010 (short answer: no), we also found ourselves introduced to the horrific new term "rape gaze," about which the less that's now said, the better. Cleanse your palate with the six best things you can ... More >>
Hopefully Drake got a free camera out of this. Pic by Puja.Drake/Trey Songz Best Buy Theater Tuesday, October 5 Secret, invite-only hip-hop shows don't exist, even if we went to one last night. Then again, with a lineup of Drake, Trey Songz, and Pitbull, we couldn't be too surprised at the l ... More >>
Spurred by this morning's rad New York Times piece on one of New York City's last great video arcades in Chinatown -- and in the Styles Section, no less! -- we present a nifty little roundup of the best places to play Video Games in New York City.
Either this rat really can't wait to get shop at Best Buy, or somebody hasn't negotiated with the union. It is of course the latter. Local 79 was protesting this morning outside of the old Circuit City in the Atlantic Mall in downtown Brooklyn, which went belly-up last October. Like the Cir ... More >>
David Perez, Now on DemandDavid Perez, who we told you about last week, wanted to go to the Advertising Festival in Cannes, and his employer, ad firm Leo Burnett, agreed to send him under one condition: He must do whatever people on Twitter tell him to do for a five days.
Nate "Igor" SmithCourtney Love at the Perez Hilton SXSW party 2010 It's a big week for Courtney Love. Tomorrow is the major-label release of her five-years-in-the-making Nobody's Daughter. There're two Hole headlining shows at this week at Terminal 5, one late-night rendevous at Union Square Best B ... More >>
If given the choice between debuting a new song on a music blog, Twitter, your own website, etc., why not choose the Washington Lottery? Starting today, an ad will start running in that state, featuring a new, unreleased track by Brooklyn's Grizzly Bear. Cole & Weber United, the ad agency tha ... More >>
Each Thursday, your Crap Archivist brings you the finest in forgotten and bewildering crap culled from basements, thrift stores, estate sales and flea markets. I do this for one reason: Knowledge is power. St. Nicholas for Boys and Girls Date: December, 1932 The Cover Promises: Exa ... More >>
Not even the 15th worst record this decade. Have a good weekend!In the week our F2K crew quantitatively decided that though Nickleback and Gym Class Heroes are bad, William Hung and Hinder were a whole lot worse, we continued to count down the worst songs of the '00s. That Santana song keepin ... More >>
The New York Times says vinyl is hot again. Not only old-fashioned record sales but also turntables sales are up. (The 35 percent lift in LP sales still doesn't put vinyl above 1 percent of the music market, but it's exciting nonetheless.) They talk to J&R Music, which normally sells CDs, an ... More >>
Italian-American heritage groups and residents of the Jersey shore are threatening boycotts over a new reality series, Jersey Shore, which MTV is promoting as a look at nine of the "hottest, tannest, craziest Guidos" displaying big hair, good abs, and various forms of lack of continence in a ... More >>
Sean C & LV may well have performed some kind of successful triage on this thing, but boy could next week be a pretty tough one for the Clipse. Having the record leak all over the internet probably doesn't help, but then again, whose doesn't at this point? If you want to be scrupulous about it, gr ... More >>
Maybe we've been too focused on devastating food industry documentaries and robots taking over the restaurant industry to notice, but it appears that Paradiso Girls, a sort of Spice Girls 2.0, has the hottest new club anthem... and it's about getting wasted on Patron tequila. The refrain goes: I ... More >>
Axl Rose amuses his delusion
Best Buy is opening a new store in the Bronx tomorrow, and what an exciting event that will be -- especially right on the heels of the parent company's dismal financial report, which showed October sales down seven percent due to "rapid, seismic changes in consumer behavior." Maybe they hope to pick ... More >>
Though a few passers-by by mumbled derogatory comments under their breath, and at least one guy hurled insults from the back of a passing taxi, most of those who passed the hundreds of gamers lined up outside of the Midtown Best Buy last night simply were just curious: "What's this line for?" They ... More >>
Joanna Newsom is nobody's pixie, sprite, bear, fairy, or folk freak
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