Brooklyn takes over today's spotlight with two 19- year old, first-time Olympians from the borough. Both have some of the most striking physical appearances out of the roster of the US fencing team as one is the only black woman and the other has been dubbed a "red-headed hipster".
The Crystal Ark w/Avan Lava Music Hall of Williamsburg Wednesday, May 30 Better than: The record, in one case. Last summer, Jonathan Galkin described his work as DFA Records' head of A&R for me in an interview. "I literally have a stack at home of 40 CDs I picked out that's, like, '88 to '92," he ... More >>
The national star-making machinery only begins to take you seriously when you command the field more than once. Just like, say, GOP presidential candidates, pop acts can't chart one strong number and assume dominance is permanently theirs. They've got to come back on top, week after week, sur ... More >>
A #1 hit, but not a one hit. Yes, the VH1-clip-showization of music-discussion culture is pretty much a given at this point, thanks to, well, the Internet, and its tendency for shared laughter to hold more ballast than shared enjoyment within. (Shh.) And it follows that calling certain artist ... More >>
Remember Rick Astley, the ginger-haired crooner with the boyish face and sultry dance moves from the '80s? Whoever is manning the White House Twitter sure does. When today's White House correspondence briefing was dubbed not "nearly as entertaining as yesterday's," they responded quickly, succinctly ... More >>
courtesy Pete Hammond If the '80s are defined by excess, perhaps no body of work is more endemic of that age than that of Mike Stock, Matt Aitken and Pete Waterman (collectively known as Stock Aitken Waterman), the production trio who ruled British radio at the end of that decade and into the ... More >>
Urlesque is officially closing up shop today. In an appropriate goodbye post, Jason Newman strung together the most popular memes of the last three years into a video backed by "The End of The Road" by Boyz II Men. Can you identify all of the memes in the video? Don't worry, we've got you covered wi ... More >>
Careening around a dim warehouse and gripping a bowler hat like Liza Minnelli on uppers, Thom Yorke leaves no doubt of his dancing prowess in the clip for "Lotus Flower," the lead single off Radiohead's feverishly received eighth album, The King of Limbs. His delectably bizarre moves continue ... More >>
If anybody would know what makes television-watching Americans tick, it's the guy who puts together viral video campaigns for politicians. And boy, does he know.
According to an internal company memo, Gawker Media had a record month in April! And all it took was maybe some potentially irreversible psychological damage to an Apple employee!
F2K is a countdown of the 50 worst songs of the decade. Track our progress here. Rivers Cuomo cooks up his own "American Pie," and music dies all over again.
This week's Marist poll on local baseball (!) found that 51 percent of New York City registered voters consider themselves baseball fans, and of those fans 53 percent favor the Yankees, and "a little over a third" are true to the orange and blue. This is no shock, as New York is overrun by noobs who ... More >>
Like most folks, we're fans of NY1 morning anchor Pat Kiernan, whom we named "Best New York Canadian" a few years back. Pat's daily "In the Papers" segment is a pleasing ritual, as is his bantering relationship with reporter Roger Clark, ever-affable as he checks in from odd locales around town. Eve ... More >>
Anons sings "The Ballad of Agent Pubeit" at anti-Scientology demo Inside the protest pen stationed across the street from the Church of Scientology on West 46th Street, a group of protesters huddled. "I was a donor," one Anon laughed, as he explained the travails of concealing the act of snipping p ... More >>
We've had a lot of posts at Runnin' Scared about Anonymous, the guerilla group dedicated to exposing Scientology. So we were surprised -- in a way -- when, after an Anon allegedly hacked Sarah Palin's email, conservative websites started calling Anonymous a bunch of liberals. "Left Wing Group Hacks ... More >>
Dick Valentine and the sardonic, fist-pumping insincerity of Electric Six
On the bewildering summertime dominance of Tay Zonday and R. Kelly