Bad 25: Ne-Yo, Melanie Fiona, Swizz Beatz
Wednesday, August 29
Better than: an easy hair-burning joke.
"You just don't do a Michael songyou try and do the best you can." So said Ne-Yo, dabbing at his forehead, having sweated through his "Smooth Criminal" costume. On screens behi ... More >>
Two of my "best bashes in history" were casino galas that were outrageouly lavish and star studded, just the way events in a glitzy gambling temple should be.
First of all: The opening of the Mohegan Sun Hotel and spa in Connecticut in 2002
How's this for a gala weekend?
Friday night in the bi ... More >>
Wednesday, November 30
Better than: Ja Rule's acting in The Fast and the Furious.
It seems cruel that as the recession continues to hit the "snooze" button, Swizz Beatz has picked up yet another job, another paycheck. He is the luxe James Franco, collecting 1099s like pass ... More >>
Bless Das Racist for always coming along at the right time, right? The group performed on Conan last night, and while the reactions the group was retweeting in the broadcast's wake seemed a little bit confused/outraged/weary, their take on the completely goofy "Michael Jackson" was, I thought, prett ... More >>
Das Racist's Relax is currently online for your perusal/enjoyment right now, and the group's just released the video for the bonkers first single "Michael Jackson." It's an homage to "Black Or White" that comes complete with references to The Simpsons and Saturday Night Live and the Last Supp ... More >>
MTV turns 30 today. To celebrate, we're running a bunch of pieces on the channel, its legacy, and its future.
Earlier today, we counted down the best music videos directed by people who took home (or, more likely, left at the podium) the Razzies' "Golden Raspberry" award for worst director. ... More >>
While uncluttering the house one day, I found a Michael Jackson chocolate bar -- dark chocolate, mind you -- on a shelf, though I have no idea where I'd originally attained it.
Must be the Jesus juice.
Wherever the thing came from, this discovery had me moonwalking for joy, and I assumed I ... More >>
We're going to recommend you avoid Manhattan this weekend. Thanks to NYU and Columbia, every 20-year-old within a ten-mile radius will either be moving back into their dorms or celebrating the end of summer with one last cityside hurrah. Instead, take Friday night off and keep yourself in the ... More >>
In this week's Village Voice, we happily present the 37th (or, uh, 38th) annual Pazz & Jop Critics' Poll, won handily--SPOILER, guys--by Animal Collective's Merriweather Post Pavilion and, in singles, Jay-Z's "Empire State of Mind." The full album results are here; singles are here. Plus essa ... More >>
After widespread alarm by citizens and city officials about "crowd control" and potential chaos in Fort Greene around Spike Lee's Michael Jackson tribute block party next weekend, the city announced today that event will move from Fort Greene Park to the center of Prospect Park. Jackson is no ... More >>
--Yesterday, we reported the existence of a new Weezer track, the punchy "(If You're Wondering if I Want You To) I Want You To." Today, Weezer announced the title of their new album, and it's Raditude. Yes, Raditude. Longtime Weez webman Karl Koch writes on the band's site: "'Raditude"??' WHA ... More >>
--Legendary cult UK folk singer Vashti Bunyan will appear at 92Y Tribeca with director Kieran Evans for a live performance and screening of the documentary Vashti Bunyan: From Here To Before on October 16th and 17th. The New York Press once called Bunyan the "Godmother of Freak Folk." She rel ... More >>
--Postpunk pioneers the Feelies, whom this paper once called "The best underground band in New York," will reissue their 1980 debut, Crazy Rhythms and the 1986 Peter Buck-produced follow-up The Good Earth, on September 8. The reissued albums will be released on CD and vinyl in their original ... More >>
--The Dead Weather, who we saw at the Bowery last April, long ago sold out their gigs at Terminal 5 this Thursday and Friday, but the band will play a free show tomorrow at noon at the Third Man Records pop-up store store at 131 Chrystie Street. The one-off is first come, first serve. We recommend b ... More >>
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For all the lovely grace notes, homages, and eulogies that have flowed from any number of erudite and compassionate individuals in the wake of Michael Jackson's untimely death at the young age of 50, a celebrity's death is not over in American until the huge, gaudy, ... More >>
We need something to get our minds off Michael Jackson and onto the scandals of the living. So thanks to Bitten and Bound for posting what it says are "alleged photos" of Maria Belen Shapur, the alleged lover of South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford. And The Swamp has an alleged photo of the alleged ... More >>