Andrew WK brings the party to Android commercial

Admit it: When you first heard Andrew WK’s music, circa 2000, you just knew he’d still be a cultural force nearly 15 years later. And you certainly knew he’d pen an advice column for the Village Voice, would attempt a short-lived career as a diplomat, and would compose parody songs about The McLaughlin Group which more »

The WXPN 885 Countdown will save your week

Ask me the last time I listened to the radio, and I can pinpoint exactly when it was – this time, last year. Why? Because that’s when Philadelphia’s WXPN radio station hosts its annual 885 Countdown AKA the GREATEST radio event of the year. I can say that with confidence because it’s the only time I listen to the radio anymore.

Meet the next streaming contender: Tidal 

The streaming music field is getting quite crowded- and that’s before talk earlier this month of a streaming price war, with Apple/Beats taking on Pandora, Spotify and the rest of the competition. Now, the North American streaming market is about to get another contender: Tidal. Tidal describes itself as “The First High Fidelity Music Streaming more »

Fin: Keep playing “Royals,” Scarlett O’Hara sucks and Banksy has not been arrested 

San Francisco radio stations pulling “Royals” from the air ahead of the World Series is, to use a local term, hella stupid. It looks nothing like a principled stand and everything like a publicity stunt. Yea, pulling a year-old song for one week is totally gonna make a huge difference- although I would be on more »

Is Billy Joel finally making a pop comeback? 

Billy Joel, famously, retired from releasing new pop music after 1993′s “River of Dreams” album, although he has continued to tour, while playing his old hits, ever since. He had a period where he composed classical music, and has put out a couple of one-off singles along with seemingly endless greatest-hits albums, but Joel has more »

Fin: Parenthood’s hippie-punching, circling jerks at NRO and the stupidity of 

I love how NBC’s Parenthood, on top of all of its other virtues, takes occasional shots at, for lack of a better term, California hippie bullshit. That “spirituality retreat” in Big Sur on this week’s episode had the added benefit of dressing the characters in white and having them take a vow of silence, so more »

Fin: “Fight Club” and the ’90s, the Dane Cook comeback no one wants and Godspeed, Ronan

The 15th anniversary of “Fight Club”- and especially Bill Gibron’s essay- made me think about something: I’ve long looked back on the ’90s, especially the latter half, as a relatively happy time, when we weren’t at war, the economy was pretty good, the future looked generally bright, and instead of the Soviet Union or al-Qaeda more » debuts i.amPULS wearable

For a guy whose main profession is music, seems to interface with the consumer electronic industry an awful lot. For a time he was Intel’s “creative director,” and has been a frequent visitor to International CES on behalf of various companies. Now, the performer, whose real name is William Adams, has jumped into the more »

Fin: The Love-Grohl truce, “Fight Club” at 15, and the sexiest bullfight alive 

If Courtney Love and Dave Grohl can make peace after 20 years, then I suppose there’s hope for the Israelis and Palestinians after all (Page Six) On the exact 10th anniversary of Jon Stewart’s “you’re hurting America” speech, CNN cancelled the newest version of Crossfire, meaning it has hurt America for the last time. Since more »

A very Bono apology for Apple album 

On the day after Apple’s inexplicably outrage-inducing giveaway of U2′s new album expired, frontman Bono issued an apology for the whole thing- which sounded almost exactly like the sort of thing Bono might recite, very slowly, during one of his between-song monologues on stage, before jumping into “Bullet the Blue Sky’ or something. On Tuesday, more »

Afroman’s “Because I Got High” gets a pro-pot remix

Remember “Because I Got High,” that funny novelty single from 2001 from one-hit-wonder rapper Afroman? The song is back, with a new remix, courtesy of something called Weedmaps TV- which appears to be the video production arm of the dispensary-location/review app of that name. According to a press release Wednesday, the song has been revived more »

Fin: The next stage of ebola panic, questions from Al Sharpton and M. Night Reitman 

Anyone else get the impression that the media, especially cable news, is telling us that now that a pretty American lady has ebola, it’s “real,” and it’s “arrived,” and now we’re really supposed to care? Never mind the woman- I think I’ve already seen the picture of her dog more on the news than I more »