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On traveling to Bjork's homeland

Article: On traveling to Bjork's homeland

Angie Grant was a friend of mine in 9th grade. She had a blunt-cut died black bob and wore black and white striped tights with black Creepers. She stained her lip cherry red and idolized The Cure’s Robert Smith.

At 15 Angie had found a look. She’d created a strong visual that invited ridicule and attention. I admired her greatly. And when i found out a few years back she’d died a little piece of me too also left this world.

I was thinking of Angie Grant this past weekend as I traveled to Iceland for the first time. Angie gave me Bjork’s album Debut when we were high school kids. And it changed my world. It was one of those crystal-clear moments when you easily look back and remember finding a new world.

OMD Live at Terminal 5

Article: OMD Live at Terminal 5

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, the iconic electronic band that sadly most in the US only know from “If You Leave,” played their first US shows this week in over 20 years. At NYC’s Terminal 5 the energy was palpable and nostalgia flooded the room.

OMD’s latest album, History of Modern, is a welcome return to form. Unlike many other past-their-prime pop stars’ recent efforts, this album is quite good. It’s so good in fact it trumps much of OMD’s back catalog, which has always been a bit uneven.

Hoer Board's DJ table

Article: Hoer Board's DJ table

Hoer Board’s DJ table is simply delicious. If Apple was a DJ equipment this is what their DJ console would look like. Missing are screws, wires, and general messiness of DJ set ups are replaced with this piece of furniture from the future. It makes me want to learn how to Dj, simply to have a reason to buy it. Which with a price tag of around $2,000 it better be a very good reason.

1978 love letter from Sid Vicious to Nancy Spungen

Article: 1978 love letter from Sid Vicious to Nancy Spungen

An artifact from the annals of punk rock history and the tragic relationship between then 20-year-old punk rocker Sid Vicious and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen where Sid pens 12 things that makes Nancy so great. Note: number 9 on the list is NSFW.

Music in the shadow of Sundance

Article: Music in the shadow of Sundance

The Sundance Film Festival has long had a secondary focus on music. This year’s official, Sundance-sanctioned performers will include Lou Reed, who has a documentary short, RED SHIRLEY, premiering in the festival. And there are also afternoon showcases at the Sundance ASCAP Music Café. The festival provides “an especially welcoming environment for musicians; the Sundance…

Loving hating Gwyneth

Article: Loving hating Gwyneth

We always knew Gwyneth Paltrow was kind of annoying, but we didn’t realize it was “official” until we read the recent Time magazine review of her new movie “Country Strong,” which wasn’t so much a movie review as it was an account of how much people love to hate this privileged daughter of Hollywood elite…

EuroPopped, for all your crazy European music video needs

Article: EuroPopped, for all your crazy European music video needs

Our L.A. writer friend Charlie Amter recently launched a labor-of-love blog called EUROPOPPED, what he describes as “a little epic sideblog” to “turn on more people to the crazy Euro music vids” he finds every day. And they ARE crazy. Or just foreign. Or maybe something is just getting lost in translation. Whatever the reason,…

Keith Richards apologetic signature

Article: Keith Richards apologetic signature

The New York Public Library shared this amusing anecdote from Keith Richards’ visit in October. While Keef was waiting ‘backstage’ in the center before the talk, he unexpectedly lit up a cigarette in Marie’s office, and grabbed the clay saucer underneath the orchid for a makeshift ash tray. He then asked for the window to…

F* You If You Don't Like Christmas

Article: F* You If You Don't Like Christmas

Cartoonist and writer Drew has this heart-warming nonsensical song for the holidays that can be enjoyed by people of all religious persuasions. (Ed. note: salty language alert!)

NPR speaks with Glee's silent piano man

Article: NPR speaks with Glee's silent piano man

NPR has this interesting interview with Brad Ellis, the resident pianist on Glee where his official title is “Accompanist,” although contrary to his silent on-show character, he’s quite the conversationalist in real life. I noticed him early on in the show. He stood out because unlike the rest of the cast, Berklee College of Music trained Brad actually looked like a high school music teacher.
You ended up working on Glee because you knew the casting director, right? But you didn’t know you’d actually be on the show.

Right. I’d worked with Robert Ulrich. He’s a casting director, but he’s also so much more. I knew he was extremely good at his job, quickly seeing inside actors to steer them towards the right parts. One of the things I’m good at is teaching people that singing is just one more way of using their voices. So I had been working with a lot of the cast members, especially Cory Monteith, who didn’t have a singing background. And one day (creator) Ryan Murphy said to me, “You better get used to wearing all black.” And I thought he was talking about my fashion sense.

All of Billy Joel's greatest hits played at once

Article: All of Billy Joel's greatest hits played at once

Apropos of nothing other than the fact that I predict this will be the start of a trend with other greatest hit albums, you can now check off listening to all of Billy Joel’s greatest hit songs played simultaneously. I am not responsible for any bleeding of the ear that may occur. When I was…

Evolution of hand gestures at concerts

Article: Evolution of hand gestures at concerts

Artist Arya Mularama illustrated this piece depicting the evolution of hand gestures at concerts, which went viral. Check out his Tumblr for more drawings. He has a nice underground, slightly dark aesthetic. [Via]

20 iconic musicians' clothing

Article: 20 iconic musicians' clothing

Can you identify all 20 iconic musicians in the latest poster from Moxy Creative? You can also get posters of each individual outfit. I also like their poster of famous eyeglass frames. [Via]

Katy Perry's cleavage can tell you how to get to Sesame Street

Article: Katy Perry's cleavage can tell you how to get to Sesame Street

Or rather, how to get kicked off Sesame Street. Perry shot a music video with Elmo for the pre-schoolers’ show featuring a version of her “Hot n’ Cold” hit, this one about playing dress up (natch). Sesame Street does this all the time — kidifying a pop tune with the actual artist; check out Feist’s…

RIP: Eddie Fisher, 82

Article: RIP: Eddie Fisher, 82

On Wednesday 9/22,  American crooner Eddie Fisher passed away at the age of 82.  His singing career took off in the 1950s after being discovered by Eddie Cantor.  His hits included “Thinking of You” and “Any Time.”  He was married to Connie Stevens, Debbie Reynolds, and Elizabeth Taylor. His daughter, actress/screenwriter Carrie Fisher tweeted about…

OK Go does it again (sort of)

Article: OK Go does it again (sort of)

OK Go just released their new video for White Knuckles. It’s not quite as cool or intricate as some of their other videos, plus all the dogs make it a little precious (maybe you have to be a dog lover to really appreciate it). But if we try to be objective, than we realize our…

Vintage photo of Jay-Z during his hard knock life days

Article: Vintage photo of Jay-Z during his hard knock life days

I’m really digging this pre-Reasonable Doubt photo by Jayson James Zeigfeld of Jay-Z snapped before he became JAY-Z and back when it looked the rapper still had 99 problems.

Reused t-shirt entrepreneur goes on tour

Article: Reused t-shirt entrepreneur goes on tour

If you’re looking for green t-shirts, you’ve got lots of choices: organic cotton, recycled materials, or even bamboo and hemp. To my knowledge, though, Alex Eaves’ Stay Vocal is the only company out there selling reused t-shirts. That’s right… buy one of his products, and it may be a shirt someone’s worn before… though it’s just as likely to be a shirt that a vendor would’ve have otherwise tossed if Stay Vocal hadn’t purchased it. The company puts its own marks on these shirts through a variety of means: patches that go over existing printing, printing on top of printing, or even turning the shirt inside out and adding design.

Röyksopp's Senior

Article: Röyksopp's Senior

Royksopp – The Drug (Official video) from EMINOchannel on Vimeo.

Röyksopp‘s album Junior, from last year, was one of the top albums of 2009. Featuring the lead singer from The Knife and Robyn, it was a Scandinavian disco stomper. A mere year later the boys are back with the companion album to Junior, titled Senior. It’s trippy and moody and streaming live right now on Hype Machine.

Scissor Sisters "News" broadcast from US tour

Article: Scissor Sisters "News" broadcast from US tour

Scissor Sisters are in the middle of the US leg of their tour to support their new album, Night Work, so Scissor Sisters News just released this update: Katy Perry Watches Adam Lambert Make Out with [lead singer] Jake Shears. Check it out to see the silly backstage shenanigans and get some serious kissing tips…

The Ballad of Steven Slater (the JetBlue guy)

Article: The Ballad of Steven Slater (the JetBlue guy)

When I first heard about the JetBlue flight attendant story, I presciently tweeted that this will be the “Must Read NYC Story of the Day.” In case you’ve been living in a cave the past couple days and don’t know what I’m referring to, here’s a short summary. The Jet Blue flight attendant in the center of the storm Steven Slater dealt with an abusive passenger by cursing over the plane intercom (it went something like this: “F— you! F— all of you! I’m f—— through with this! I’VE HAD IT! I’ve been doing this for 28 f—— years and I can’t take it anymore. And for the f—– a—–who told me to f— off: f— you! That’s it! I’m done! F— you all!”), then dramatically deplaning via the emergency exit slide – but not before grabbing a couple beers for the road.

What’s been remarkable about the story is generally how united the public has been in supporting Steven and saying the passenger is the one who should’ve been arrested. Many are paying tribute and calling him a folk hero. A Washington Post poll asked “Were flight attendant Steven Slater’s alleged actions justifiable?” 43 percent selected “Legendary. He stole a beer AND activated the slide” and 29% said it was “Completely justified. Travelers are so impatient these days.” Slater has tapped into a national frustration.

Over at Metafilter, one MeFite Astro Zombie penned “The Ballad of Steven Slater” which Josh Millard aka Cortex (a MeFi moderator) then put to song. It’s fantastic. I know pilot Captain Sully was the hero for 2009, but I don’t remember anyone writing a song about him. Steven Slater is the new Sully of 2010. Full lyrics after the jump.

Robyn's Bitch Track

Article: Robyn's Bitch Track

Robyn, the Swedish disco-pop songstress, embarking on a tour with Kelis this summer has released her first of three slated albums this year already. I’ve highlighted the first single, “Dancing On My Own,” here already. The song “Killing Me” is equally as mesmerizing. The video is quite remarkable too. The song sees Robyn, repeatedly, saying…

Books: Every Rose Has Its Thorn

Article: Books: Every Rose Has Its Thorn

We really should have some kind of back-stabbing, cat-fighting (or at least pillow-fighting) relationship with Erin Bradley — author of the new book Every Rose Has Its Thorn: The Rock ‘n’ Roll Field Guide to Guys — seeing as she picked up where we left off at Nerve.com. She’s been their advice lady now for five years. But we’re bigger people than that. Okay, we’re not, but she’s really sweet and very funny and gives solid advice — what’s not to like?

The book examines ten different types of guys, based on rock stars you know and love-slash-hate, as a means of giving straight women advice about their dating and sex lives. In other words, there’s a lot to be learned from trying to figure out if Morrissey would make a better boyfriend or booty call. If we were to judge a book by its cover, we’d never have picked this one up. But fortunately we’re not that superficial (and fortunately it’s much cooler-looking inside). Here are some of our favorite quotes about the ten different types covered in the book:

Neil Young's GREENDALE comes to print

Article: Neil Young's GREENDALE comes to print

Iconic rocker Neil Young wasted no time in crafting a response to the launch of the war in Iraq, and the larger political and cultural forces he saw motivating it: the concept album Greendale came out in August, 2003, a mere six months after the first attacks were launched. Since then, Young has recrafted the story of Sun Green and her family into a live rock opera, a film (which he directed under the pseudonym Bernard Shakey), and, of course, a website (though, as you might expect, not the usual promotional site).

Our crush of the week: 6th grader performing Lady Gaga's "Paparazzi"

Article: Our crush of the week: 6th grader performing Lady Gaga's "Paparazzi"

Okay, it may be a stretch that we’re covering this in the Naked Love category of SUNfiltered, but we’re totally smitten with Greyson Chance (what a name!), the 6th grader who recently did  a cover of Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi” at a school event. No singing lessons, only three years of piano! He’s so good even…