Kanye West caused a big stir with My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy – and not just because the album has earned countless five-star reviews (read Bloginity’s review right here). Kanye West also caused a big stir with the My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy album cover, which features some artistic nudity. But the rapper insists he didn’t choose the cover to cause a stir, but because it spoke to him, artistically.
A film about CBGB, an iconic and historic New York venue that helped give rise to the punk rock scene, is in the works. Filmmakers Randall Miller and Jody Savin are in the midst of working on a biopic of the famous venue, which helped the careers of bands such as The Ramones, The Talking Heads and Blondie take off. In a recent interview with Sound on Sight, the filmmakers stated that the film will encompass more than just CBGB itself, but an entire musical generation – the underground punk rock music scene, as well as the era of rebellion and expression that followed along.
Matt and Kim and the Beastie Boys may not be too similar in a musical sense, but both groups hail from New York City and now they’ve come together on a remix of “Cameras,” the lead single from Matt and Kim’s latest effort, Sidewalks. You can listen to the Mike D remix of “Cameras” below – let us know what you think of it!
For fans of T.I., it’s nice to see the king of the south out and about in the video for “No Mercy,” as Tip is currently behind bars. As you can see in the official “No Mercy” video below, which features The Dream, T.I. is taking things seriously this time around. “No Mercy” is the title track from T.I.’s recently released No Mercy (formerly King Uncaged).
If your idea of good rock music is what you can find on a top-4o station, then this will likely be the highlight of 2010 for you. If you prefer a little originality, creativity and perhaps even a time signature other than 4/4, then prepare to be disappointed. However, that’s not to say All American Nightmare won’t sell well; it will probably be certified gold and spawn a single or two that you’ll come to loathe as they’re overplayed. Hinder knows its demographic, and nails it on this album, suggesting that All American Nightmare is far more clever than it initially appears.
Rise Records scored two hot up-and-coming acts today, with the signing of Man Overboard and Transit. The bands and Rise are wasting no time getting down to business, as both acts have releases planned for 2011.
Named after a vintage Gretsch bass drum pedal, Floating Action is the pseudonym of Black Mountain, North Carolina-based musician, songwriter, and producer Seth Kauffman. Following the 2007 homemade gem Research (released under his own name) and Floating Action’s gorgeously understated self-titled follow-up from 2009, Floating Action will release Desert Etiquette on February 22, 2011. Until then, download Floating Action’s music here.
Up and coming rapper Yelawolf has just been announced as this week’s Clear Channel NEW! Music Monday Urban Artist of the Week! The Alabama-born rapper, aka Catfish Billy, recently dropped Trunk Muzik 0 – 60 – read Bloginity’s review of the album right here and download it right here.
Charlie Wilson is known to many as the lead singer of the Gap Band, but the singer proves his solo efforts have not been a fluke on his latest effort, Just Charlie. Although Charlie Wilson has worked with a veritable who’s who of the R&B and hip-hop worlds, he keeps things simple on Just Charlie, limiting the guest spots to just one (Fantasia, on “I Wanna Be Your Man”), which allows him to shine.
Carrie Underwood proved she’s still on top of the country music world at Monday’s American Country Awards, capturing the coveted Artist of the Year title among five other awards on the night. Of course, Underwood wasn’t the only American Country Awards winner – you can see all of the American Country Awards honorees below.
Sick of mainstream radio rap? Looking for some legitimate, inspired hip-hop with an unstoppable flow? Then check out the new Joell Ortiz video for “Battle Cry.” This Brooklyn-based rapper is as real as it gets, and as you can see in “Battle Cry,” he’s not bashful about letting people know.
Mister Heavenly is a newly formed band – the upcoming dates in support of Passion Pit will be their first live shows. One of the official members is also part of Modest Mouse, which is among the most (mainstream) famous contemporary indie bands out there.