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In the week one of our team successfully transitioned into the “expert” phase of her juggalo fascination, the rest of us just kind of got silly. Hence: the top ten songs named “Fuck You” or the immediate equivalent; Jay-Z’s ten most shameful rock and roll moments; and, slightly more defensibly, ten pioneering pieces of hip-hop street art. Lists!
Also, this: How Kanye West’s Twitter Killed Music Magazines.
Brother Ali previewed Rock the Bells for us; DJ Spinna talked Spike Lee and the Michael Jackson tribute the two of them have on deck for this weekend; Antony told us about moving to New York and making songs with made-up words with Björk; and Arp explained how all of a sudden their music sounds uncannily like Brian Eno’s.
Diddy, Dirty Money, and Rick Ross beat back the rain at Governors Island. Brandon Flowers sang “Bette Davis Eyes” (and a lot of his new solo songs) at Highline Ballroom. And Chromeo thrilled a soaked, oft-shoeless Jelly Pool Party with rampant corniness, causing us in turn to rate the audience’s goofy rain dances at the show.
Plus, a report on the new East Village spot Blind Barber, the day that 50 Cent threatened Gawker.com, Michelle Obama, and his own grandmother on Twitter, the end of the end of Wyclef Jean’s bid for Haitian presidency, New Order’s set at Paradise Garage July 7, 1983, “Galangs” (a mash-up of M.I.A.’s original and the Vijay Iyer Trio’s cover), James Murphy maybe unretiring, Jim Jones at Death By Audio, and Katy Perry gone Journey. Looking for something to do this weekend? Consult our nightlife guide, featuring Rock the Bells, New Orleans bounce, and the ghost of Michael Jackson. We’re back Monday.