Seventeen years after Ryan Schreiber first started banging out reviews in his Minneapolis bedroom, Pitchfork’s end-of-year lists are probably the most anticipated in the music industry — both because for all its failings the site remains the Internet’s most popular and thus most influential hive of music criticism, and because it holds its lists until pretty much everyone else has published theirs. Over the last couple of years, we’ve amused ourselves by pondering what the songs in the ’Fork’s Top 10 say about its readership (which, of course, includes us) — and so, with the publication yesterday of this year’s winners, we’re giving the exercise another go-around. … Read More
1. Jon Stewart and Bill O’Reilly have announced plans to face off in “The Rumble in the Air-Conditioned Auditorium,” a 90-minute debate that will take place on October 6th at George Washington University and is set to be livestreamed online. “I’m excited to debate Mr. O’Reilly,” says Stewart. “I believe this will be a very… Read More
If winter is the time of year when single people scowl, forsake love, and slink off to that alone-time retreat they’ve created for themselves under the Manhattan Bridge out of watermelon rinds and Chinese food take-out cartons, then summer is when they thaw and renew their search for romance. They might make bold overtures to someone they’ve admired for quite while. They might even fall back in love with the idea of being in love. Recently, I found myself somewhere in the middle, entertaining a Lazy Susan of dates, each more hilariously terrible than the last. One way I’ve been coping with dashed expectations is by wistfully working through love songs released this year.
More than almost any other pop subject, love songs can get away without having to be original or innovative. Every type of love song that ever will be has already been written, making my search for the definitive love song of the year especially tricky. But there was something about “30 Minute Love Affair” by Paloma Faith that resonated with me. Maybe at some point in time, I might email one of those bad dates — the one who keeps texting me after he blew me off — the video below, with the subject line, “Baby, we’re done.” … Read More
1. After moving more than 5 million copies, Adele’s 21 is not only the top-selling album of the year — it’s the best-selling album since Usher’s Confessions, which was released back in 2004. Also worth noting: Music sales were up 3 percent overall this year. [via Reuters]
2. Thanks to some serious preparations… Read More
Today at Flavorpilll, we looked at snowflakes under an electron microscope. We were happy to hear that Yoko Ono approves of Lady Gaga’s bottom. We were surprised by the similarities between Usher’s 2010 hit “OMG” and Homer Simpson’s Christmas carol from the season 14 episode “Dude, Where’s My Ranch?”… Read More
R.Kelly has never really struck us as one to hold back. With 10 studio albums (most recently last week’s warmly received Untitled), a 22 chapter hip-hopera, and more finess-fueled sexcapades than we care to count, he’s taken us from the bedroom to the courtroom, from the basketball court to the barber shop, and from jungles to outer space. It’s hard to imagine that the King of R&B has left much territory uncovered, and with his patented style of real talk, never the… Read More
Before you watch this, some back story: Justin Bieber is Usher’s 15-year-old protege and looks like he weighs about 60 pounds, wet. He’s Canadian, and he got his big break in a local talent competition called Stratford Idol. Then he started promoting himself on YouTube and got a manager. Usher beat Justin Timberlake out for the chance to sign him because his deal was “way better” and he had L.A. Reid in his corner.
“One Time” is the first single off of his album, My World; it is about “puppy love” and involves a wild house party full of tweens (except for the woman who walks in at 1:05…she looks about 30) and some silly string. Watching it made us feel ancient. Also: there’s so much texting going on that we got sympathy carpal tunnel.… Read More