Category Archives: Shorties

Gorillaz Video: Rockit

Someone has been listening to Herbie Hancock, and it’s not just the song title that this ditty shares with the 80s hit.

Gorillas – Rockit

Gorillaz – Rockit (Official Video)

Billboard Boosts Eagles, Bumps Britney

In a last-minute decision Bilboard magazine revised its chart policy to allow the Eagles to debut at #1 over Britney Spears’ new album. Without this change, the Eagles wouldn’t have charted at all because their album is only for sale at Wal-Mart.

In consultation with Nielsen SoundScan, Billboard will now allow exclusive album titles that are only available through one retailer to appear on The Billboard 200 and other charts, effective with this week’s charts. Prior to this, proprietary titles were not eligible to appear on most Billboard charts.

It’s notable that Eagles manager Irving Azoff had been vying for this change for the entire week leading up to the decision. “If the Eagles were SoundScanning this week, even though it’s only available at one retailer, Britney wouldn’t be No. 1,” Azoff told Billboard on Wednesday, October 31.

In explaining the change, senior analyst and director of charts Geoff Mayfield said, “We know that some retailers will be uncomfortable with this policy, but it was inevitable that Billboard‘s charts would ultimately widen the parameters to reflect changes that are unfolding in music distribution. We would have preferred to make this decision earlier, but only became aware within the last 24 hours that Wal-Mart would be willing to share the data for this title with Nielsen SoundScan.”

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Over a Third of Fans Pay for Radiohead

A new press release from “global Internet information provider” comScore claims that approximately 2 out of 5 people who downloaded Radiohead’s In Rainbows were actually willing to pay for it:

During the first 29 days of October, 1.2 million people worldwide visited the “In Rainbows” site, with a significant percentage of visitors ultimately downloading the album. The study showed that 38 percent of global downloaders of the album willingly paid to do so, with the remaining 62 percent choosing to pay nothing.

As someone in the majority (i.e., a freeloader), I can explain precisely what led me to pay 0.00 for my download. First, I’m not a big Radiohead fan; I would have never even considered purchasing this album without this gimmick. Second, they never mentioned what the quality of the files would be. Third, I wasn’t 100% cool with giving them my credit card information. Fourth, they let me pay nothing. Fifth, I figured if I really loved it I could go back and pay for it, or wait and buy the physical CD.

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Mark Ronson & Lily Allen Video – Oh My God

This dude can’t miss, especially when he hooks up with the plucky Allen. A big fat beat, “Superstition”-style keyboards, and some killer horns. Get your shit down!

Mark Ronson featuring Lily Allen – “Oh My God”

Mark Ronson – Oh My God ft. Lily Allen

Arcade Fire Respond to Sasha Frere-Jones

Perhaps they are a bit sensitive, those kids from the North who have stormed the alt.nation with their bombast and severe haircuts, but I like them. Win Will Butler, singer for member of the Arcade Fire, responds to an article from the New Yorker (and discussed at some length here) in which he takes offense at the writer’s insistence that his band does not display any influence from black artists. True to his band’s dramatic flair, Butler insists he in fact STEALS from “black people’s music from all over the globe.”

And he proves it by posting an mp3 with, what are to him, decidedly “black” sounding elements from the Arcade Fire’s catalog.

MP3: Arcade Fire Response to Sasha Frere-Jones

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Morrissey gives good head

According to Billboard, opening act Kristeen Young was booted from the Morrissey tour for saying rude things:

According to reports at, some audience members were chanting “Morrissey” during Young’s set, to which she replied, “Morrissey gives good head, I mean, er, cunnilingus…”

She opened when I saw Morrissey last year, and it was one of the most grating performances I’ve ever witnessed. Even from the relative cloister of the Aragon Ballroom’s Casbah lounge, her obnoxious screeching was still far too penetrating. Imagine, if you can, a louder, less musical, more affected Dresden Dolls. It’s hard, I know.

Read Young’s full statement after the jump…

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Cheap MP3s from Glorious Noise Records

It’s been a while since we’ve pimped our record label, Glorious Noise Records. The reason is obvious: we haven’t released anything new in almost a year. That doesn’t mean there’s nothing going on, of course.

Tomorrow will mark the third anniversary of the release of our first album, Taro Sound by Quasar Wut-Wut. And now, you can purchase MP3 versions of all three GLONO releases for just six bucks each (cheap!) via CD Baby.

So if you’ve been waiting for a good excuse to buy the music we started a record label to release, now’s as good a time as any!

Quasar Wut-Wut – Taro Sound (2004) Also available on Amazon MP3 for $6.99.

Riviera – At the End of the American Century (2005) Also available on Amazon MP3 for $6.99.

Riviera – Capital (2006) – Not available on Amazon MP3 yet.

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New Oasis Video – Lord Don’t Slow Me Down

People love ’em, people hate ’em. Take a side. I know which one I’m on.

Oasis – Lord Don’t Slow Me Down

A great return to the vintage Oasis pub rock that sloshed beer and stomped boots in the late 90s. I love when they cut loose with the Big Rock.

Elliott Smith’s Girlfriend Cut Off

Elliott Smith’s girlfriend Jennifer Chiba has lost a California appellate court case where she claimed she was entitled to a portion of Smith’s estate “because they had lived together, shared equally their earnings and property and held themselves out to the public as husband and wife. Smith, she claimed, promised to support Chiba for the rest of her life.”

She also claimed she acted as Smith’s manager and agent, including booking gigs for him, and was entitled to 15% of all proceeds he earned. She sought more than $1 million.

Chiba was there when Smith allegedly killed himself, and admitted to police that she pulled the knife out of his chest. Chiba has maintained that she didn’t kill him: “It’s absolutely not my fault. I know that, and people close to Elliott know that.” Smith’s family, however, was not so sure

Elliott Smith and Jennifer Chiba

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Pete Loves Amy

For weeks, Jake and I have been IMing about the respective issues and trials surrounding both Pete Doherty and Amy Winehouse. Now, I don’t mind that they get loaded and cause trouble. In fact, I like it. Rock and roll needs some troublemakers. Complaining about Pete Doherty’s drug arrests and Amy Winehouse’s tabloid travails seems to me to be anti-rock and roll. But I don’t want them to die. I love their music and want more and more of it. They also seem like cool people. I’m not sure I’d let them babysit my son, but I’d sure as fuck love to go to a dirty rock club with them and argue about the Kinks.

They seemed to us to be those two jacked up friends you’re always talking about. The friends you know shouldn’t get together, but if they ever did they’d have a hell of a good time and probably a few arrests under their arms before it was all said and done. I mean, imagine if Pete and Amy got together?

Imagine no more. The NME reports that Winehouse has in fact recorded a track with Doherty’s own Babyshambles. Guitarist Mik Whitnall explained, “It’s a ska type track. Amy’s playing guitar on it and singing as well,” he said. “I’m assuming that the pair have been jamming in Wiltshire where Amy’s been staying with him along with his new fiancĂ© from what I could gather.”

And proving that rock and roll is still a bit of a boys club, Whitnall added this bit about Winehouse’s guitar playing, “She thinks she’s shit but she’s not. I’ve never met a girl who plays like that, let alone a man.” Gee, thanks.