Week in Review: Welcome to the Ultimate Vacation


In the week we got real cozy with some our subjects, Camille Dodero spent four days at the Gathering of the Juggalos and came back best friends with Tom Green, Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope (who say it’s happening again next year), the world’s youngest juggalo rapper, and 25 people covered in Insane Clown Posse tattoos. In other news, our former chillwave intern is doing everything he can to play guitar with Pavement on Jimmy Fallon, and we’re doing everything we can to disparage the other entrants. Sometimes it just gets personal, you know?

Nor are we afraid to be service-y: presenting a pop star’s guide to making music on Twitter, a brief history of so-called “dirty words” in indie-rock, an investigation into whether or not the Brooklyn Masonic Temple is the loudest venue in New York, and a list of even less appropriate songs for Susan Boyle to sing, now that “Perfect Day” is out. Plus: Mike Tyson’s top ten rap cameos! Inside the music blog The Music Slut’s public breakup! And other similarly important topics! Such as our exclusive download of Das Racist’s “Free Jazzmatazz,” costarring Vijay Iyer, the video premiere of Lia Ices’s “Grown Unknown,” and a lovely download of Spectre Folk’s “Burning Bridge.”

Kanye West performed while standing on the bar at the Boom Boom Room at 3 a.m. last night. We chronicled the ten best moments of All Tomorrow’s Parties New York 2010, and threw in a bunch of photos too. Happy Birthday went rolling with The Fader at Brooklyn Bowl. Armin Van Buuren, Diplo, and Aeroplane regaled the ravers at Electric Zoo. Fat Beats hosted a cathartic going-away party. Oneida reigned supreme at the Monster Island Block Party. Big Boi did the hits at Brooklyn Bowl. The Brooklyn Masonic Temple endured the dual shocks of Sunn O))), Boris, and Ian Astbury on one night, and Sleep on the very next.

Animal Collective’s Panda Bear told us about how similar he is to Kanye West. M.I.A. swore she’s still doing a free New York show, somewhere, sometime (just as soon as the United States lets her mother into the country to see it, it turns out). Plus the musical spoils of Sunday’s Brooklyn Book Festival, a user’s guide to tonight’s Fashion’s Night Out, and more, below. We’re back on Sunday night, live-blogging the VMAs. See you then.