G-Unit drops a surprise EP, ‘The Beauty of Independence’

After their Summer Jam reunion, G-Unit revealed they were working on brand new music. Early this morning, they made like Beyonce and released a brand new EP without telling anyone. “The Beauty of Independence” is their first official project since 2008′s “Terminate On Sight.” The title is a not subtle reference to 50 Cent’s decision to leave Interscope Records and go independent.

If you’re not obsessed with the new Ty Segall album, Manipulator, there’s no helping you

Manipulator surely comes from some alien lifeforce that has absorbed all of Earth’s best rock music from the past 50 years and distilled it into a perfect artist named “Ty Segall.” I’m almost entirely sure that’s how this album came about, because certainly no mere mortal could accomplish such a masterwork.

Fin: Dumb Ditka, dueling SNL weeks and what’s so R-rated about being gay?

On the Mike Ditka “Redskins” comment, I ask of you: Have you ever once heard Ditka say something out loud, whether in his coaching or broadcasting careers, that didn’t make you think to yourself, “this man is a blithering idiot?” I’m just glad he never followed through on his threats to run for political office. more »


Only in America: The saga of Nate Green, formerly gay country singer 

There’s a completely bonkers story bubbling up from the world of country music that illustrates a lot of things, either about the fluidity of human sexuality, or the never-ending American capacity for human reinvention, or  the moral and creative bankruptcy of the music industry. Or possibly all three. Here’s what happening according to website WeHo Confidential, more »

Geddy Lee and his bobblehead do the Ice Bucket Challenge

The Ice Bucket Challenge has reached Canada- with a challenge performed by the Great White North’s preeminent 61-year-old ponytailed bass player/frontman. Yes, I’m talking about Geddy Lee. You know- Geddy Lee? Of Rush? Of Salesmen? That’s right Meatwad. Challenged by fellow rock star Les Claypool of Primus, Lee first did the challenge with a bobblehead figurine more »

Fin: Mormons place “Book of Mormon” ads, the revival of Comedy Central and the best movie mix tapes

I saw the touring production of “The Book of Mormon” last night here in Philadelphia, having never seen it before or heard any of the music, and I loved it, it’s every bit as great as everyone says. But I noticed something interesting: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints- the actual Mormons- placed more »

SoundHound can now produce automatic Rdio playlists

Sound search app SoundHound today announced an update that includes Connect to Rdio, which allows users to have “newly discovered songs automatically populate in a specially designated SoundHound playlist” in the Rdio streaming music service.

What’s the story with the new U2 album? 

Hey, wasn’t U2 supposed to have a new album this year? First they did, then they didn’t, and now it sounds like they may again. The band was suddenly everywhere earlier this year, on the strength of their Oscar-nominated song from the Nelson Mandela movie, and then their Super Bowl commercial and their appearance on more »

Fin: Baseball’s best fans, drug-testing comedians and Fareed gets nailed 

One of my favorite Twitter accounts for the past several years has been @BestFansStLouis, a feed consisting entirely of retweets of unfair and often racist things posted by fans of the St. Louis Cardinals. The idea is to push back against the notion that Cards fans are somehow classier or more friendly than those of every more »

No, Taylor Swift’s new video is not racist

T-Swizz’s new video to “Shake it Off” dropped today and the Internet is conflicted as to whether or not it’s okay to love the sh*t out of it. Though the song is catchier than God’s own voice inviting you into heaven and the video is Audrey Hepburn circa “Funny Face” on steroids, the Internet is more »

Fin: Morris on Ferguson, Jarvis vs. Jarvis and “gross Amazon affiliate links”

Wesley Morris‘ essay on “12 Years a Slave” was the best piece on movies published anywhere in 2013. Now, with his “Let’s Be Cops”/Ferguson piece, Morris is going for the repeat (Grantland) For a supposed Internet guru, Jeff Jarvis has broken one of the sacred rules of the Internet: Never get into a pissing match more »

‘Equalizer’ preview used to tease Eminem/Sia single, not the other way around

You know how movie trailers these days tend to feed off the popularity and catchiness of music hit singles to boost awareness and hype? Heck, most films don’t even end up using the songs on their actual soundtracks, and oftentimes, there’s but a loose connection between the picture being advertised and the melody in the more »