Yesterday, headlines were made and stomachs were turned with the news that Trayvon Martin-shooter George Zimmerman would be taking part in a "Celebrity Boxing" event. As if the notion of killing a teenager qualifying one as a "celebrity" wasn't enough, it was announced that Zimmerman's opponent woul ... More >>
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A Flying Lotus apprentice comes into his own
As both Jessica Simpson and the Bard can attest, music is indeed the food of love. We, however, would much rather focus on the music of food. There's no lack of songs on the subject, so under two "foodonyms" (DJ Escoffier and DJ Bearded James) we've compiled a duo of mixes intended to get your stoma ... More >>
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The word dub was vibrant and respectable in its younger days but took a left turn in its thirties into some very dodgy areas. Fast forward to 2012 and one can see its lifeless corpse being paraded around town and affixed to any genre in sight, like an unlucky soldier in a candy colored war zone. Let ... More >>
Next month MTV2 will debut Hip-Hop Squares, a rap-centric takeoff on the "tic-tac-toe with trivia and celebrities" game show Hollywood Squares. (The non-genre-specific version of the show aired its last episode in 2004.) The show will be hosted by Hot 97's Peter Rosenberg, and MTV has announced a fe ... More >>
The Round of 64 for Sound of the City's own version of March Madnessin which you, the Sound of the City voting public, help determine the quintessential New York musiciancontinues, and you get to vote on who makes it to Round Two. Today, our Brooklyn division kicks into action when its ... More >>
Last week, the Detroit-based rapper and one-time J Dilla collaborator Elzhi released Elmatic. It's the second time a rapper has re-written and re-made Nas's hallowed Illmatic, with Fashawn attempting a similar feat last year. As a listening experience, Elmatic is less than convincing, leaving ... More >>
The Lonely Island, they of "Jizz In My Pants" and "I'm On A Boat" (and Saturday Night Live) fame, release Turtleneck and Chain next week. Two guest-star-assisted songs have hit the internet in the past few days: "Turtleneck and Chain" (featuring Snoop Dogg) and "Attracted To Us" (featuring Be ... More >>
All 400 cases of Australia's most expensive wine, a recently released Shiraz called Laird priced at $700 to $800 a bottle, have been sold. [Wall Street Journal] A number of good cocktailing options have cropped up around Times Square, including the newly revamped Rum House. [NY Times] The u ... More >>
Hip-hop legend Nathaniel Hale, a/k/a Nate Dogg, has passed away at the age of 41. The cause of death is still being investigated; he suffered a pair of strokes in recent years, reportedly paralyzing the left side of his body and severely impairing his speaking ability. Hailing from Long Bea ... More >>
Remember when comedy roasts consisted of hilarious old Jews making pesky fun of each other? Well, now, it's all kinds of people doing the same, but they all seem, I don't know...gay. They out celebrities, make fisting jokes, and refer to Ryan Seacrest's asshole. On last night's Donald Tru ... More >>
Via Kelly Reeves.GARY BUSEY'S HEAD! One can only imagine how Donald Trump's "Negative Contributions to Society" list compares to his "Positive Contributions to Society" list, but mark one down for the former. Evidence?
photo by Kelly SamardakJohn deBaryThere is no shortage of old-timey, Prohibition era-themed cocktail bars in this city. It's much more difficult to find places that are making truly innovative modern cocktails, of the sort that can be found at PDT, which is rolling out its new fall cocktail m ... More >>
In a week wherein we bid adieu to both Fat Beats and Paste magazine, we needed something to fill the void, be that the Das Racist video game or, far less pleasantly, a glowering, shirtless Rick Ross. Good thing this one's over with.
A common complaint about music charts in the post-sales age is that, with their reliance on SoundScan data and airplay numbers, they miss other avenues for popular consumption, from YouTube streams to--shh!--free downloads. BigChampagne, which started off as a service charting the popularity ... More >>
Amsterdam is now going to be using "Decoy Jews" to help ferret out anti-Semitic violence. They already use "Decoy Gays" and "Decoy Rich People," so this isn't really anything new. But still:
In the week SOTC blood kin Christopher R. Weingarten swore up an absolute storm in defense of music criticism, we memorialized his cascades of profanity in a very special video edit, then rode out on the battlefield once more to sort out the critical scrum that broke out in the speech's wake. ... More >>
Recognizable, not notable: Shwayze, Perez Hilton, Cisco Adler Nate "Igor" Smith took photos of semi-famous people at South By Southwest. No naked people, but Mary Louise Parker! Full gallery over here.
My compatriots are either in Texas for SXSW or Mexico for MtyMx (reminder to Zach: Do not buy or sell drugs) at the moment, but it's beautiful out in NYC right now so I am surprisingly not bitter about being left here to recap a week marred, unfortunately, by the death of power-pop god Alex Chilto ... More >>
You wouldn't think that the rapper behind "Gangsta's Paradise" would know his way around the kitchen, but it turns out that Coolio is something of a foodie. Last year, rather than settling in for a mild-mannered retirement with a Grammy, three VMAs, several movie roles, and a handful of TV appeara ... More >>
--The Knitting Factory is back. After getting chased out of Tribeca last year, the venue has rebounded, and will open up again at their new location in Williamsburg at Metropolitan and Havemayer (a/k/a the old Luna Lounge) for the first time tonight. Les Savy Fav, the comedian Hannibal Buress ... More >>
Hip-Hop royalty get stroked
Wednesday: Standing-it-old-school room still available for 311 and Snoop Dogg at Keyspan Park, Coney Island. 6 pm. Thursday: Coney Island Burlesque with Miss Saturn's HulaPalooza -- "an ALL HULA HOOP CABARET where comedy, burlesque, and circus converge... If you can hula hoop for more than 30 second ... More >>
Major-Label Hip-Hop Records in Burying-Best-Tracks Shocker!
Spoon throw in a horn or two but still trim the Anglophilic fat
Akon's singer-who-awkwardly-raps routine was stolen and perfected by the ladies he covets
Local ragtaggers get the love; spurned child takes the hate
Don't give up on them baby: Stiller and Wilson resurrect ambiguously gay supercop duo
Next-Big-Thing Rappers Arrive With Wheeze, Breeze, and Cheese
The March Of Ides