Saturday, December 30, 2006

Didn't Cha Know? Didn't Cha Know?

That Chris Brown starts a multiple episode arc on the O.C. starting January 4th. I sure as hell didn't. In case you're curious, Chris will be playing Will Tutt, a band geek who befriends Kaitlin Cooper. [The late Marissa's younger sister. God rest her soul.] Check him out below. Isn't he geektastic? I'm especially feeling those lines cut into his fade on the side. Gangsta.



  • Just Jared: Chris Brown Runs Its On ‘The O.C.’
  • VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR: Tauwan's Top 10 singles of 2006

    Because you can't get enough of videos, here they are [again] my top ten singles of the year! Check it out!

    10. Hot Chip-Over and Over



    9. Jessica Simpson-A Public Affair



    8. My Chemical Romance-Welcome to the Black Parade



    7. Justin Timberlake feat T.I.-My Love



    6. Gwen Stefani-Wind it Up




    5. Madonna-Get Together



    4. The Rapture-Get Myself Into It



    3. The Presets-Are You The One?



    2. Irreplaceable-Beyonce



    1. Gnarls Barkley-Crazy


    99 bottles of beer on the wall...

    2006. The singles. Best of. Continued...A let's go!

    Ciara feat Chamillionaire-Get Up



    Lily Allen-Smile



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  • POP...LIFE!: Tauwan's Top album of 2006



    1. Jenny Lewis with the Watson Twins-Rabbit Furcoat

    Post Thanksgiving 2005 I got my hands on a little disc by a former child star and two soulful back up singing twins. I was all sorts of excited because I had just climbed aboard the Rilo Kiley train and couldn't get enough of More Adventurous. For a while I could only bring myself to play Rabbit Furcoat the track over and over again. For me it was a delicious piece of songwriting and storytelling, that placed Lewis front and center with her childhood and her music, and I couldn't get enough. But eventually I took my finger off the repeat button and once I did, within my hands I found my very own Dusty in Memphis. Many people aren't making records like this anymore, and with one listen to this you'll be wondering why. From the opening twang of the gospel like hymn, Run Devil Run, right on down to the conversation with her spirituality on the gorgeously haunting Born Secular, Lewis and the Twins produce an immaculately crafted album centered in reality with a low tolerance for bullshit. The alt country soundscapes, the arresting vocals, the weight of those lyrics; white soul rarely sounds this good. Many albums came and went in 2006, but few stuck with me like Rabbit Furcoat did.
    KEY TRACKS: Big Guns/You Are What You Love/Born Secular

  • 2. The Elected-Sun,Sun,Sun

  • 3. Yeah Yeah Yeahs-Show Your Bones

  • 4. The Blow-Paper Television

  • 5. Justin Timberlake-Futuresex/Lovesounds

  • 6. The Rapture-Pieces of the People We Love

  • 7. Beyonce-B'Day

  • 8. Gwen Stefani-The Sweet Escape

  • 9. Scissor Sisters-Ta-Dah

  • 10. Dirty Sanchez-Dirty Sanchez

  • 11. Arctic Monkeys-Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not

  • 12. The Presets-Beams

  • 13. The Black Keys-Magic Potion

  • 14. The Clipse-Hell Hath No Fury

  • 15. The Ark-State of the Ark

  • 16. The Killers-Sam's Town

  • 17. My Chemical Romance-The Black Parade

  • 18. Basement Jaxx-Crazy Itch Radio

  • 19. Gnarls Barkley-St. Elsewhere

  • 20. Hot Chip-The Warning

  • 21. Beck-The Information

  • 22. The Flaming Lips-At War with the Mystics

  • 23. Peaches-Impeach My Bush

  • 24. The Strokes-First Impressions of Earth

  • 25. Wolfmother-Wolfmother
  • POP...LIFE!: Tauwan's Top 25 albums of 2006



    2. The Elected-Sun, Sun, Sun

    Anyday. Anyplace. 8.14 A.M. The clouds part and the sun shines through the darkness as you stretch and pull back your curtains. So begins your day, and so begins the sophomore effort by Blake Sennett and co., Sun, Sun, Sun, set to the sounds of birds chirping, harps, and harmonious vocals. Unlike 2004's Me First, Blake and co. turn down the then popular bleeps and blips and instead focus on a more bare bones/rustic approach to the music, that tugs at the heart and soaks itself in genuine emotion. Track for track Blake appears to be holding a conversation with a woman he holds in high esteem; "If I leave right now will you come with me?", "I heard that we can be fulfilled like fireflies in a steel mill", "come on back and do me good", cause "you're the biggest star I'll ever know." After a while such longing and pining for companionship can seem blase and hollow, but Blake and co. wrap each lyric and composition in sound textures that take their cue from baroque, country, and good old down southern blues sensibilities which manage to enhance the emotion present in each lyric. There was only other album that manage to tug at one's heartstrings such as this one, and it just so happened to be produced by a fellow band member...
    KEY TRACKS: Would You Come With Me/I'll Be Your Man/Biggest Star

  • Top Albums 20-25

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  • #'s 15 and 14

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  • Friday, December 29, 2006

    Video of the Night!

    Lil Chris. Checking it out. Spotted at
  • Headphone Sex.


  • [I be saying] NO! NO! NO! NO! NO!

    As if dipping his feet into the
  • acting pool
  • wasn't enough, Ladies and Gentlemen I present to you 50 Cent, the "New York Times Bestselling author."





  • Nah Right: 50 Cent: Bestselling Author
  • POP...LIFE!: Tauwan's Top 25 albums of 2006



    3. Yeah Yeah Yeahs-Show Your Bones

    When the Yeah Yeah Yeahs dropped their much lauded debut in 2003, it was easy to write them off as yet another art rock indie band from Brooklyn who hit it big, sit back and wait for them to fade into oblivion. Well, I have some sad news for you, cause unless some riff between the trio tears the band apart, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs are here to stay and need to be heard. Where the debut Fever to Tell was abrasive and breathing down your neck like a close talker, Show Your Bones takes a step back, giving itself and the listener room to breathe and take it all in. The winning elements of the first disc are still here, Nick Zinner's excellent guitar work, Karen O's wail of a voice, and Brian Chase's loud, fine tuned drumming, but this time around songs play out less like experimental fragments and more like actual compositions which go a long way in showcasing the band's maturity. For the majority of the disc, this maturity rests solely on the shoulders of that giant of a frontwoman Karen O. Keeping the screaming to a minimum, singing clearly and confidently, her voice and presence reigns supreme all over this album, whether she's scat singing [Phenomena], or cooing a lullaby [the hush little baby bounce of Dudley]. Sometimes it seems she's "bigger than the sound", but in actuality her and the sound are working together for Karen, along with Nick and Brian, still have a fever to tell.
    KEY TRACKS: Cheated Hearts/Mysteries/Turn Into

  • Top Albums 20-25

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  • #'s 17 and 16

  • #'s 15 and 14

  • #'s 13 and 12

  • #'s 11 and 10

  • # 9

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  • 99 bottles of beer on the wall...

    2006. The singles. Best of. Continued...A let's go!

    Jessica Simpson-A Public Affair




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  • Thursday, December 28, 2006

    Video of the Night!

    Amy Winehouse. Rehab. Enjoy!

    Headline of the Day!









  • New York Post: LOHAN BACK IN POLE POSITION
  • POP...LIFE!: Tauwan's Top 25 albums of 2006

    Sorry for the delay, food poisioning is a bitch. Now let's get to it!



    4. The Blow-Paper Television

    A year or two back Gwen Stefani did this song with the Neptunes. You may have heard it, it was a huge hit. It had a marching band, minimalist production, and a whole lot of b-girl swagger. It's a fun little ditty and admit it, you know all the words and love to sing along, but at the end of the day parts of the jam feel a little forced. I'm not saying Gwen can't be all up in yo grill and shit, but sometimes it was hard to take seriously. Not the case with Khaela Maricich of electro pop outfit the Blow. Track four, The Long List of Girls, with the brilliant chorus, "I guess I'm on the long list of girls who love the shit out of you." Like Hollaback Girl, this beat is bananas, marching band, bells, and whistles, with Khaela front and center admitting defeat, pining for some love and whip appeal. For the duration of Paper Television Khaela and Jona Bechtolt come correct offering ruminations on love, sex, and intimacy such as this. The beats "are for the clubs and cars that go boom", and you'd be a fool not to ta-turn the volume up.
    KEY TRACKS: Parentheses/The Big U/The Long List of Girls

  • Top Albums 20-25

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  • #'s 15 and 14

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  • 99 bottles of beer on the wall...

    2006. The singles. Best of. Continued...A let's go!

    The Rapture-Whoo! Alright! Yeah Uh-Huh!



    Gnarls Barkley-Crazy



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  • Wednesday, December 27, 2006

    Old school funk for the true funk soldiers!

    I have never been one to believe in extreme cases of foreshadowing, but this one summer, for a week at Woodcraft Rangers summer camp I got a sneak peek into what my future might look like. First off I was one of the few kids of color at this piece [hello college!] and for the week ending cabin talent show, I sang and dance my way inside of everyone's hearts in a skit revolving around Michael Jackson caught in an area he didn't belong and the only way he could interact with people was via singing his back catalogue. [Trust me, it was comedic/song and dance gold!]

    But another thing happened that summer, something that would stick with me long after I got off the bus and walked up to the scantily clad woman everyone was whispering about. [I called her mommmy] You see it was here, surrounded by the the young, the white, the wealthy, and the outcasts that I was turned on to music that wasn't Rap, R&B, or Hip-Hop. Now the exact year this all went down escapes me. I do remember it being some time in elementary school. Maybe the music can paint a picture of the time. CD's that were all the rage amongst my fellow Woodcraft Rangers included: Dookie, the Batman and Robin sdtrk, Silverchair's Freak Show, and of course Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness.There were others, but those are the ones that stick out in particular. For one week this is all I would hear, and since I brought no headphones or music of my own to share [they had CD's, I was still rocking the cassettes. I didn't get my hands on a CD til my 13th or 14th birthday. Toni Braxton Secrects, but that's only because Dru Hill's debut was sold out.]

    Seeing as how all this was the case, I allowed myself to not be the angry militant black kid who could hear no evil. Nope, I took it all in and from that point on made it my business to catch up on all the good things I was missing when it came to "alternative rock." [And I blame both Woodcraft Rangers and that Batman sdtrk for getting me hooked on Jewel.]

    Now aside from Green Day's Basket Case, the one song that sticks out for me whenever I think back on that time is the one presented below by the Smashing Pumpkins. I had forgotten about this song for a while, and then I watched Clerks II earlier this evening, heard this song, and it all came back to me. Good times.



    Also, am I the only one who misses these precious years of MTV?

    Now what you hear is not a test

    That is indeed Dita Von Teese, the wife of Mr. Marilyn Manson. Damn. Good for him.






  • Saving Face: Dita Von Teese in Blender Magazine-Jan 2007, no makeup
  • This shit is bananas!









  • SFGate: Daily Dish: 'Hustle and Flow' Actress Attacked!
  • POP...LIFE!: Tauwan's Top 25 albums of 2006



    5. Justin Timberlake-Futuresex/Lovesounds

    Also known as the headphone masterpiece...

    Call this the year of ambition. The year when big time pop stars grew up and took risks, expanded their palettes, and thought outside the box. Nelly Furtado did it. Christina Aguilera did it. And so did
  • Beyonce Knowles.
  • But no one in the pop arena did it quite as masterfully as JT and his partner in crime "Timbaland a.k.a. Thomas Crown." Like a well crafted vinyl from back in the day, the record is split into two halves. Side A is Justin doing what he does best; suave, confident, and hellbent on letting the world know. Songs bleed into each other, and go on til the groove has finally had its say and decides to move on to the next track. Side B slows things down a bit. By this point you're hip to Justin's swagger. Three Six Mafia make a guest appearance for the clubs [yet again], Justin continues to court, and then reflects on it all as the wheels fall off and the disc comes to an end. Like Chad and P did with the Clipse, Timbo [along with Will.i.am on one track an Rick Rubin on another]provides Justin with all the musical goodies creativity can buy, but unlike the Clipse, Justin is pushed, stretched, and forced to get loose letting himself become an instrument, singing high, dropping low, headlining the party and reveling in his Futuresex/Lovesounds.
    KEY TRACKS: My Love/Lovestoned(I think she knows)*/What Goes Around Comes Around

    *Sure to be one of my favorite songs of all time. Words can't explain what this song does to me.

  • Top Albums 20-25

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  • 99 bottles of beer on the wall...

    2006. The singles. Best of. Continued...A let's go!

    Junior Boys-In The Morning (not the actual video)



    Pink-Who Knew




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  • Tuesday, December 26, 2006

    Old school funk for the true funk soldiers!

    See
  • I Will Follow You Into the Dark.


  • I remember sitting in my dorm room one Saturday morning hungover as hell and flipping through music channels. On came MTV2 and this video. For those three minutes the once awesome power of MTV took me over, as I sat motionless, unable to look away, and fell completely in love with a song thanks to a music video. Before all of this Bright Eyes was just another indie "wunderkid" I couldn't understand. [I was and am still in love with Ryan Adams and couldn't have someone come in and encroach on his "New Dylan" status. :). Maybe the same will happen somewhere down the line for me and TV on the Radio?]

    I jumped up and stumbled down the road to Bull Moose Records. I'm Wide Awake It's Morning had to be mine.


    ...and so beagn the first day of my life with Bright Eyes.




    Big ups to
  • Chris
  • for putting this back on my radar.

    Old school funk for the true funk soldiers!

    Yes, I know Plans came out last year so it's not that old school, but who cares, this song is just too damn good to not share with the masses. If I had to compile a list of the best songs of the 2000's so far, this would definitely be on it. Seriously. Listen and watch the entire thing. Hauntingly beautiful. Nuff said.

    It's coming around again

    As the year draws to a close and I stumble all over myself to compile a best albums of the year list [which is still happening
  • here
  • ], I find myself going back to those other albums of 2006, you know, the ones that didn't really grab me at all, or were unattainable at the time of their release that are now, somehow getting some good spins here and there, making me wish I gave them this much attention from the time of their release onward. Yeah... Anyways here's an example of one such disc:




    The Fiery Furnaces. Bitter Tea.

    Look, I ain't gon lie. I'm a little late to the whole Fiery Furnaces train. I came in with the
  • EP.


  • [Though, in all honesty, my first actual introduction occured at some hipster party in Los Angeles during a break from school. Everybody's drinking and carrying on conversation in the kitchen including me and a few friends when this attractive little something, all trendy and big purse joins in. Talk. Talk. Laugh. Talk Talk. Swig. Laugh. Nod. Agree. Soon the topic turns to the music, mostly fufilling its role of just resting in the background so not to drown out conversation. It is at this point that all trendy and big purse pulls out the Fiery Furnaces' sophomore album Blueberry Boat asking 'have you heard this disc yet? Best thing you'll hear all year. I'm trying to get them (the hosts of the party) to put it on.']

    Yes when that EP hit my college radio station I was all what is this? and fell in love. I mean have you heard the thing. It's one of those rare discs by a quirky acquired taste indie band that can pull in the outsiders. Tracks 1-5 are perfectly executed and sequenced, nicely setting you up for the constant quirks and idiosyncrancies present in the bottom half of the disc. This disc was so good that I did that rare thing I do when I am in love with an album and call myself "adding to the record sales": I went out and bought it, after nabbing a burned copy weeks in advance from my radio station. Take that RIAA!

    So as a new found fan you can imagine my delight when Bitter Tea dropped. Once again I nabbed it before the official street date. Once again track one lured me in like many a good disc should. In My Little Thatched Hut shook like a 60's bop from one of Annette Funicello's beach blanket bingo movies and grew to surprise and intrigue me at every turn, adding a blip here, changing tempo there, like many a Furnace track does. But after a while this became too much. It wasn't charming anymore. The dubbing, tape running backwards, and whatever other look at us we're experimental trick became too much for me. [And in case you are wondering, I am not, repeat, not a fan of
  • Rehearsing My Choir
  • , no matter how many times I return to it.] I found myself stuck to things I heard before like the White Soul Doo Wop of Waiting to know you. But soon even that wasn't enough to keep me holding on, and I moved away.

    That was April. Skip to the end. December. I don't know what it was exactly, maybe it was a listeners also bought list on Itunes I saw while playing something else, or maybe it was the thought of wanting to add a Fiery Furnaces song to this playlist I have not yet finalized, but something brought me back this week. And now I am wishing I had a little more patience back in April. Had I taken the time to let it spin a few more times, this disc would have easily made my top 15, or even top ten. Hell had I rediscovered it two weeks ago it would have definitely landed a nice spot on the list. Oh well. One of those unskipable albums that should be played the way it's sequenced. Remember those? No fine tuning with the IPOD on this one. Creative, charming, and more than anything, gorgeous. Yes, gorgeous. When Eleanor Friedberger opens her mouth, something magical happens. The same can be said for the avant garde soundscapes she and brother Matthew wrap themselves in. It's a thrilling listen and I sincerely apologize to the two of you for sleeping on it for all these months.

    POP...LIFE!: Tauwan's Top 25 albums of 2006


    6. The Rapture-Pieces of the People We Love

    House of Jealous Lovers was [and still is] the shit. But let's not kid ourselves, it came bundled in package of tunes that screamed New York hipster dance scene cool. Not really accesible to the masses. That was three years ago. This is now. Flash forward to 2006 and you get this: ten tracks of pure funky disco lite dance punk outputs, ready, willing, and able to entertain the masses. More focused, concise, and funky than its predecessor, Pieces of the People We Love skates by on undeniable grooves and dancefloor ambitions that always succeed in making you sweat. Scream Whoo! Alright-Yeah... Uh-huh and get up on the good foot, cause you gotta get up to get down.
    KEY TRACKS: Get Myself Into It/Whoo! Alright-Yeah...Uh-Huh!/The Sound


  • Top Albums 20-25

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  • 99 bottles of beer on the wall...

    2006. The singles. Best of. Continued...A let's go!

    Chris Brown-Yo(Excuse Me Miss)



    Beck-Cellphone's Dead



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  • Monday, December 25, 2006

    I can't deny it...

    New Clap Your Hands Say Yeah! makes me excited. Some Loud Thunder. January 30, 2007. Cop it.



  • Listen to new CYHSY! tracks here.
  • For Your Consideration

    Pretty Ricky. Late Night Special. Bob ya head. Tilt ya head back. Join Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Black Parade.



    And if you're feeling curious, here's Slick 'Em, Spectacular, Pleasure, and Baby Blue's video for the first single off their new album, On the Hotline.



    Oh God.

    Old school funk for the true funk soldiers!

    One more, cause It's Christmas, and I'm feeling generous. Ooh, this my shit, this my shit...

    Old school funk for the true funk soldiers!

    I don't care what anyone says, this song is a bona fide classic. I will always love it. Shit, I remember going out and purchasing the cassingle for this jam. I wonder if I still have it somewhere...

    Merry Christmas y'all.

    POP...LIFE!: Tauwan's Top 25 albums of 2006


    7. Beyonce-B'Day

    Overexposure is a bitch, ain't it? And nine times out of ten we're constantly subjected to viewing the whims, antics, and feeble attempts at performing by some talentless hack. But every now and then there's an artist who's atop the charts, all over your newstands, and in constant rotation on both the radio and television, and it's completely deserved. 25 year old Beyonce Knowles is one such artist. And as long as she's churning out tightly wound, wonderfully sequenced albums such as this, she can be all up in my grill morning, noon, and night. We all know Beyonce can write a hit song, ride the beat, and sing her ass off, but never has she been this fearless. The risks hinted at in songs like Bootylicious and Lose My Breath with Destiny's Child is taken to the nines, as Beyonce rides the beats composed of claps, whistles, and catcalls [Get Me Bodied] or lets the raw emotion of her lyrics jump off the page in a way we've never heard from her before [Ring the Alarm]. There's so much going on and it's all expertly crafted, finely tuned, and full of passion. [Damn that girl can sang!]All of this is made even more impressive when you take into consideration that all of this was done in two weeks, with the final tracklist being whittled down from a choice of 25-50 songs to a neat and compact ten. Yeah, she's been in the game for forever and a day, but Beyonce Knowles is one to watch. Go on B, talk yo shit!
    KEY TRACKS: Suga Mama/Kitty Kat/Irreplaceable

  • Top Albums 20-25

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  • 99 bottles of beer on the wall...

    2006. The singles. Best of. Continued...A let's go!

    Jenny Lewis with the Watson Twins-Rise Up With Fists



    Hot Chip-Over and Over



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  • Irreplaceable



    There will never be another you.

  • James Brown. 1933-2006.
  • Have a holly jolly Christmas!



    Spotted over at
  • the Modern Age.
  • Question?!

    What the hell happened to Arsenio Hall?




    Los Angeles. Dreamgirls premiere. December 11th, 2006.


    Woot! Woot! Woot?

    Sunday, December 24, 2006

    Ba da ba ba ba...



    Spotted at
  • Rhymes with Snitch.
  • POP...LIFE!: Tauwan's Top 25 albums of 2006



    8. Gwen Stefani-The Sweet Escape

    Walk in the place/they know my face/encore, sophomore/only one solo/ I swore/big mouth/applause/oh please/one more/wanna hear it before I say naw/let me check my itenerary/ummmmm.../alright/presto/skintight...


    And so begins track 7. Yummy. A milkshakin minimalist bounce courtesy of the Neptunes. Get the point? Good. Let's dance! Nobody rocks it like Gwen. Sure a few bite and/or share the style, but when it comes to sheer experimentalism and the courage to take risks, few in the pop arena have her beat. With the Sweet Escape, Stefani along with the Neptunes, Akon, and fellow No Doubt member Tony Kanal, stretch, enlarge, and italicize pop music, presenting it in the vibrant sheen of technicolor. Gwen raps, coos, meditates, and yodels as the beats slide, snack, crackle and pop all around here. Look, it's easy to write her off as silly and out of control, but remember, that's the point: mindless rumpshaking ditties that would make the 1980's [and fun loving criminals everywhere] proud.
    KEY TRACKS: Now That You Got It/Fluorescent/U Started It

  • Top Albums 20-25

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  • #'s 15 and 14

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  • # 9
  • 99 bottles of beer on the wall...

    2006. The singles. Best of. Continued...A let's go!

    Danity Kane-Showstopper



    The Killers-When You Were Young



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  • Saturday, December 23, 2006

    Go dumb, dumb, dumb!

    You ever listen to a CD and think to yourself, 'now this track right here? This track needs to be released as a single.' I get this thought all the time, but the last time it really hit me was when I gave Snoop's new album Tha Blue Carpet Treatment a spin. Track six. Candy (Drippin' Like Water). Snoop, E-40, MC Eiht, Goldie Loc, Daz, AND Kurupt. I say GODDAMN! And I ain't even talked about the fly ass beast. Vacant, heavy, 808. And the female monotone like coo provided in the chorus. MUAH! Fire baby.

    Well guess what, we got a video. Now you too can share in this glorious meeting of California's Northern and Southern coasts. Get hyphy. Go stupid. Get DUMB. And yes I know, another song using candy metaphors. Get that shit out of here and just enjoy it. And big ups to Snoop, That's That Shit, I Wanna Fuck You, and now this. He's on a fucking roll.



    Big ups to
  • Concrete Loop
  • for putting this on my radar.

    Word Up! Hey!

    Fo'real do!?

    Meanwhile over at 106 & Park...



    I'm feeling the one two punch of the Hanes draws riding up over the Louis Vuitton belt. Gangsta.

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  • Strike a pose!

    Nothing to say here really. Just some pics of Omarion, Nas, and Jamie Foxx doing them for the cameras backstage at TRL. Hmm. I thought TRL had a photo booth or TRL print wall that celebrities posed in front of when they stopped by the joint, not some back alley in the Meat Packing district.



    King Without A Crown


    Yet another reason why Bono is better than you:

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    9. Scissor Sisters-Ta-Dah

    With their self titled debut, it seemed as if the Scissor Sisters were too much of a good thing. Said disc was a 35 minute excercise in late 70's excess complete with sexual audacity and pulsating fearlessness uncommon to the airwaves in mid 2004. This was a little band that could, and seeing as how this was the case, whether or not such moves could be done again were called into question. Well Ta-Dah! Not only did Jake Shears and company do it again, but they managed to keep it fresh while expanding on that 70's AM sound. It's easy to get swept away by all the shiny, shimmering, splendidness of it all, but underneath the glitter lies a band stuck in the smoky haze of the moment with longevity on the brain. The confidence is still in tact, and so is the showmanship, as well as the influences: Elton John, the Bee Gees, Abba, Fleetwood Mac, Duran Duran, Chic; Yes, the influences are all there in the sound, but at the end of the day the magic reveberating from your speakers is unmistakably that of the Scissor Sisters.
    KEY TRACKS: I Don't Feel Like Dancin/Land of a Thousand Words/Lights


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  • 99 bottles of beer on the wall...

    2006. The singles. Best of. Continued...A let's go!

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    Y'all think this is a game?



    Unfortunately, it is not.

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    Aaron Carter and girlfriend Kaci Brown cast themselves in the 2006 remake of From Here to Eternity on the sands of Venice Beach.

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  • Well at least she looks happy to be seen with him.

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    11. Arctic Monkeys-Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not

    When you flip through the booklet for the Arctic Monkey's debut you aren't hit with the typical liner notes and thank yous to management and A&R people. Instead you are hit with a pictorial narrative of young twentysomethings out and about in London town, spillng out of taxi cabs, puffing on cigarettes, downing alcohol, and reveling in the adolescent euphoria of their youth. It is a fiiting set of images for a band who music and showmanship bristles at the seams with youth, energy, confidence, and attitude. There's a reason why the British press couldn't get enough of these lads. Less forced and more manic than say American counterparts Panic! at the Disco or Fall Out Boy, the Arctic Monkeys talk shit, bang the gong, and revel in sin without a care in the world. One would be wise to put on his or her dancing shoes and join in on the fun.
    KEY TRACKS: I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor/Riot Van/A Certain Romance



    10. Dirty Sanchez-Dirty Sanchez

    A hunk, a dude who looks like a lady, and a quiet man with one of those over the shoulder keyboard guitars walk into a bar. The crowd goes silent. Even the jukebox comes to a complete stop as all eyes are fixated on the door. The trio walk slowly from the door to the stage. DJ Barabeau gets behind his boards, Mario cracks his neck, and Jackie Beat grabs the mic. The music starts. "Suck it/suck it/get it wet and fuck it/go somewhere and hide it/somewhere dark in private." " Yeah/Lick it/lick it/get it wet and stick it/go somewhere and hide it/somewhere dark and private." It's on now. And there's no turning back. Sometimes music takes itself too seriously, even electro, but with a band like Dirty Sanchez, cheese, smut, and irony looks good and they wear it well. You'll be hard pressed to find another cd that applauds fucking on the dancefloor while at the same time showing no love for youth and beauty. Get pass the title. Get pass the fact that many of the lead vocals are provided by a man in drag [and done quite well I must add] and shake that ass.
    KEY TRACKS: Really Rich Italian Satanists/U Got the Look/Fucking on the Dancefloor

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