Tom Jones

Watch a Janis Joplin and Tom Jones Duet from 1969

While it might be a little bit random, we couldn’t not pass along this gem of a clip unearthed by Dangerous Minds of Tom Jones and Janis Joplin performing Eddie Floyd’s “Raise You Hand” on Jones’ ABC variety show way back in 1969. Even if they both didn’t totally kill it on the vocals, the footage would be worth watching for Janis’ crazy Grimace-colored pants alone. Plus, for two artists who are so different, they have a surprising amount of chemistry. Enjoy a brief moment of time travel after the jump! … Read More

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NexCyx Join Sting, Tom Jones, and Hugh Laurie in Cognac

This Spring, Hennessy held an international competition to offer one band the chance to travel to France and perform at the Cognac Blues Passions festival. After extensive judging and voting, the winners of the competition were NexCyx, a five-piece group from Barbados that mixes together hip-hop, pop, rock, and reggae with excellent results. (We’re especially fond of their party-starting track “On the Floor.”) Jetting off to Cognac last week, the band joined a bill that also included Tom Jones, Sting, Hugh Laurie, and other heavy hitters from the worlds of blues and roots music in its six-day lineup. Take a look at some of the highlights from the fest — which celebrates its 20th anniversary next year — in our exclusive photo gallery. … Read More

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A Brief History of Actors Playing Themselves

The pop cultural impact of 30 Rock can be felt in many ways, but the most improbable of them all is that Alec Baldwin is somehow cool all of a sudden. As we reported earlier this week, Baldwin is going to appear in James Toback’s new film — a mockumentary about the Cannes Film Festival — and he’ll be playing himself. Of course, there’s an argument to be made that he plays himself in 30 Rock anyway — but in any case, the news got us thinking about the whole idea of actors playing themselves, which seems to have been undergoing something of a renaissance in recent years. Here are a few of the most notable examples, good and bad. … Read More

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10 MP3s You Need to Download for Free This Week: A Place to Bury Strangers, Led Er Est

It’s Friday, and we’re back with another installment of our regular roundup of downloadable MP3 goodness, both from around the web and from our own servers. This week there’s a new eardrum-rupturer from A Place to Bury Strangers, along with new stuff from Led Er Est and White Denim, interesting remixes of Burial/Four Tet and Spank Rock/Santigold, the return of Tom Jones (yay!), and, um, a disco version of Sonic Youth. In other words, there’s plenty of interesting sounds awaiting you after the jump, and since they won’t cost a penny or land you an RIAA lawsuit, as your attorneys we advise you to start downloading immediately. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. This year’s BAFTA longlist has been announced, with My Week With Marilyn and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy leading the pack with 16 mentions a piece. The narrowed down pool of nominees will be named on January 17, and the awards show will take place on February 12. [via Deadline]

2. Famed photo… Read More

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Listen to 5 Songs from the Season 3 Premiere of ‘Glee’

The new season of Glee promises changes a-plenty with new writers, fewer tribute episodes to glorious pop stars, and the impending sadness at the departure of a few favorite characters. Fear not, though. Jane Lynch isn’t going anywhere, and so long as Sue Sylvester is around to torment the singers of McKinley High or take time to star in hilarious PSAs, then we’ll have Glee programmed into the DVR.

Five songs from the season three opener, “The Purple Piano Project,” have found their way online ahead of next week. Sadly, there are no Foo Fighters or Kings of Leon songs to be heard. Still, after the jump you’ll hear New Directions tackle the likes of Tom Jones, The Go-Go’s, songs from Hairspray, Anything Goes, and The Wizard of Oz/Wicked. Not only do they sound great, but they get double bonus points for not singing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” Do the new songs get you excited for the upcoming season? … Read More

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10 Famous Musicians Caught Busking

You’re taking a stroll through Boston Public Garden. You stop to acknowledge the fingerpicking fellow busking nearby, maybe throw him a dollar, and then you realize — surprise! It’s Bruce Springsteen. Well-known rockers rarely take to busking, since they don’t have much need for petty cash, but impromptu public jams from Bruce and other musicians are always appreciated. We’ve gathered some noteworthy street sessions after the cut. … Read More

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A Short History of Weird Celebrity Stalking

There are countless cases of celebrity stalking. It makes some degree of sense – celebrities are celebrities because of the mere fact that everyone knows who they are, and that everyone (to varying degrees) likes to talk about them. And if you really spend three hours a week “with” someone, you must have a personal connection with them, right? Sure. Whatever. Many people engage in mild forms of celebrity stalking, like purchasing “star maps” and following Kanye’s tweets. But some people take it much further, and those people are the crazy people. Some of them, however, are crazier than others, and if you’re the crazy man’s crazy man, it’s time to figure some things out. Here’s our brief history of the weirdest celebrity stalkers ever, so hang on to your pants. No, seriously, hang on to them. … Read More

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