This month, Jay Z's "retirement" album The Black Album turned 10 years old. While it's historic for being a lavish (third) retirement album, arguably its greatest impact was ushering in the era of the underground remix album. Bridging the gap between the initial mash-up craze of 2003 that gave us th ... More >>
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Cee-Lo and crew get the band back together
When word started getting around about Portugal. the Man's next record, singer John Gourley put it out there that they'd be working with Brian Joseph Burton, aka Danger Mouse--of Gnarls Barkley, Gorillaz and The Grey Album fame--and that the band was toying with the idea of writing "their" Dark Side ... More >>
Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist, and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you ... More >>
VH1 spent last week counting down what the channel, and its panel of celebrities and "experts," consider The 100 Greatest Songs of The '00s. They certainly haven't been the first to assemble such a listRolling Stone and Pitchfork and every blog under the sun had their say about two years ago, ... More >>
So: The Voice. The big challenge. American Idol has been the dominant ratings force in American TV for a full decade now, but none of the other networks has really managed to do much with that show's format, which seems like a relatively easy thing to steal. (Or they haven't made a big singin ... More >>
Summing up 2010 in two little words
Will The Lady Killer and 'Fuck You' finally turn him into a solo superstar?
These days, there's nothing attention grabbing about rappers who sing, whether it's Andre 3000's amped squawk, an Auto-Tune-enabled Kanye West, or Lil Wayne's upcoming Riker's Island shower room spirituals. This week the canon sees new album additions from one-time Goodie Mob member Cee-Lo Gr ... More >>
2010's hottest guest star seeks marquee status, less wimpiness
Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing new and emerging MP3s from local talent. Before losing a battle with lung cancer in May of 2008, Brooklyn-via-Ohio MC Camu Tao spent nearly a decade as one of the most underrated rappers in the indie underground. The depth of his talents w ... More >>
"Time to get paid, blow up like the World Trade," noted a young Notorious B.I.G. on his way to the top of the rap game, before he was brutally murdered in the climax of a rap war that left both him and his west coast equivalent, Tupac Shakur, dead. Hopefully that won't happen in this case! As ... More >>
Broken Bells Music Hall of Williamsburg Wednesday, March 10 The Shins are a band girlfriends take boyfriends to see. Gnarls Barkley are a band boyfriends take girlfriends to see. So it's no wonder that the crossover between the two turns out to be couples. Lots of them. Couples rubbing each other ... More >>
Her debut album is finally out. No more delays. Seriously.
"I'm not trying to burn bridges. I did the mixtape because I absolutely adore Santi." Southerngold, the ace Santigold/Southern rap remix record that sprang loose on the internet last week, has caused its creator, Brooklyn DJ Terry Urban, no end of trouble. Last Monday, as Urban was on the verge o ... More >>
Two parallel but related developments emerging from the existence of Southerngold, the ace Santigold/southern rap mash-up mixtape created by Brooklyn's Terry Urban. The first is a scandal: on the eve of Southerngold's "release"--i.e., Monday night, when Urban was sitting at his desk in Brooklyn on t ... More >>
Actual seduction not depicted, but you should be grateful, trust me. If you've not had the pleasure of one of the Roots' jam sessions at Highline Ballroom, know first of all that "jam" is taken very literally: They're more or less just fucking around, learning how to play Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" ... More >>
On the radical serenity/serene radicalism of Merriweather Post Pavilion
More Looney Tunes noir and psychiatrist's-couch pathos from Danger Mouse and Cee-Lo
Mall-stomping trash talk, right on time
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NYC nightlife luminaries fondly recall what they can still remember from 2006
The Strokes and Kanye West entreat the bold-faced masses. Bemused vulgarity ensues.
The Rapture can't quite afford Timbaland, but their bright, sharp pop triumphs anyway
How the boldfaced and the beautiful spent their summer vacations
Downward-spiral act moves woozily uptown
Cee-Lo and Danger Mouse elate, punk the masses