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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Alanis Morissette Covers Green Day

If that headline caught your attention, then you are probably reading this because you are either: A. an Alanis Morissette fan, B. a Green Day fan, or C. terribly confused and/or curious. Chances are the majority of you fall within the latter if not the first two or all of the above.

Yes, Alanis Morissette recently performed as the musical guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live and yes, she decided to close the show with her own version of Green Day’s “Basket Case.” The soft soothing ballad rendition is simultaneously funny yet touching, as she mentions at the end of her performance, “We love you Billie Joe!” It seems as though the singer was paying homage and showing support for her fellow 90’s alt-rock star after he recently admitted to and checked into rehab for substance abuse. It was a kind gesture on Morissette’s part, and a surprisingly fitting cover.

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OurStage Reports On Idolator Reporting On Guardian Writer's Discovery Of NME Using Alanis Morissette Photo For Fiona Apple Album Review. Film At 11.

Earlier today, The Guardian’s Rebecca Nicholson picked up the latest issue of NME and, while perusing the latter’s rock-solid take on Fiona Apple‘s new album, noticed the wrong angsty-brooding-’90s-era-songstress looking casually over her shoulder. And she shared her discovery on Twitter

 

NME had run a picture of Alanis Morisseette above the review, and while the two artists do share a vague resemblance (i.e. they are both white women with…hair), we’re amazed that no one in the editing process caught the mistake before plastering it across half a page of prime real estate. Only a few hours later, the reblogging had started; Idolator ran a full story, Dangerous Minds called NME out for their rough week, and MTV questioned the integrity of the review after such a big blunder.

Here’s hoping we haven’t made any major typos, or you know, confused two of the biggest female music stars of our generation in the past couple weeks. Those (re)bloggers are ruthless…

April 2nd, 2012

Vocal Points: A Single Voice Rings Out

Adrina Thorpe, singer-songwriter from California, has been involved with music for a long time. Originally a classically trained musician, she fell in love with songwriting at the tender age of six. Since then, she has turned this love into a craft that she approaches masterfully. But it is not her songs which make her so special; it is her incredible voice that conveys emotion with such intensity and passion that makes her stand apart.

Her vocal ability is off the charts. She has such a powerful voice, but she sings in a way which is never forceful or overbearing. Her voice is flawless”not only can she carry a tune, she can work with her voice to create many different effects. At times her voice is soft and gentle, other times it pierces through you, giving you shivers. Thorpe has an amazing way of picking and choosing the right moments to let her full vocal power out. Obviously, this ability comes from familiarity with her voice and, of course, from practice. Because of her vocal control, Adrina’s second album Halflight & Shadows, which was released in 2009, is incredibly interesting to listen to. From a song like, “Everything Changes” which is more upbeat to “Midnight” which is hauntingly beautiful, you never know what pleasant surprises you’ll find when you listen to the album.

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Discourse & Dischord

The Good

Weezer chooses photo of Hurley as cover art for Hurley

In the ultimate show of fandom, Weezer has selected a photo of a smiling Jorge Garcia, who played the character of Hurley on Lost, as the album art for the band’s upcoming album, also titled Hurley. (Confused yet?) Garcia is rightfully stoked about getting the cover. This is really close to the top, for sure. One thing Garcia is less thrilled about is his ponytail in the shot, which looks like it’s starting to come loose or something. Look, Hurley, count your blessings. Some people can’t even grow ponytails (looking at you, John Locke).

Britney Spears to appear on Glee

Yup, it’s really happening. Ms. Spears is not only getting a whole episode dedicated to her music, she’s also getting an acting part. Squeal! Jazz hands! Theater kids!

The Bad

Idol winner Fantasia ODs

After scandal erupted over her affair with a married man and an alleged sex tape, American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino overdosed on aspirin and sleeping pills and was rushed to the hospital in Charlotte, NC. The singer was released two days later with no life-threatening injuries. Besides the shame, embarrassment and guilt, she’s fine now. Which leads us to the question”Has there ever been a happy ending involving a sex tape? (On second thought, don’t answer that.)

The Ugly

Bieber gets water-bottled

During a concert in Sacramento, California, an overly excited fan (or that fan’s jealy boyfriend) threw a water bottle at Justin Bieber that hit him right in the face. Luckily it was captured on video. Two questions: 1) Why are we just seeing this now and 2) Wouldn’t it be cool if someone made the footage into a sweet remix? Oh wait, they did. Check it out below.

Miscellany

Kanye West back to following nobody on Twitter
Erykah Badu goes blonde, gets ˜hawk
Lady Gaga stage dives into crowd at Lollapalooza
Julian Casablancas wants to write theme song for NY Mets
Arcade Fire debuts at Number 1 on Billboard
M.I.A. debuts extremely SFW video for XXXO
Broken Social Scene endorses fan slap video for All to All
Soundgarden release comeback single Black Rain
Alanis Morissette is pregnant

Discourse & Dischord

The Good

Christian Bale dances to Gaga

Don’t know about you, but all that oil spill footage had us in a deep, greasy funk this week. So it’s nice to get some levity, especially when it comes from an unexpected source such as the perpetually cranky Christian Bale. Watch this clever mash-up of Bale circa the 1992 Disney musical Newsies dancing to Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance. Yes, it’s another Gaga video. We promise we’ll stop. Right after we tell you about this one starring babies dancing to Telephone. There, done.

The Bad

Chris Brown denied visa to UK

Chris Brown

Days before his UK tour was set to begin, Chris Brown was notified this week that his application for a visa had been rejected due to his February assault conviction stemming from a fight with ex-girlfriend Rihanna. The UK Home Office reserves the right to deny entry to anyone guilty of a criminal offense. Brown indulged in a little pity party in the Twitterverse after hearing the news, writing, U ever feel like the storm clouds are too thick for any sunshine to get through? [sic]. We would feel sorry for him if not for, you know, that whole oil spill thing going on. And every other thing happening in the world.

Gorillaz and Pixies pull out of Tel Aviv music festival

First it was Elvis Costello, now Gorillaz and Pixies have canceled their appearances at a Tel Aviv music festival after Israeli forces attacked ships bringing aid to Gaza, resulting in nine deaths. Costello’s wife, chanteuse Diana Krall, is still scheduled to perform this summer.

The Ugly

Lady Gaga debuts Alejandro video, ruffles feathers across America

Remember that time we said were done with Lady Gaga videos? Kidding! This one is the latest from the woman herself, and it’s a doozey. The concept is sort of all over the place, but in a nutshell it’s about gay men in fishnets and bowl cuts simulating sex with Gaga. Oh, and she wears a nun’s habit and eats a rosary, too. If you listen closely, you can hear the message boards on Fox News screaming.

Kanye West’s car stolen, totaled

Kanye West

Looks like Kanye West’s black Porsche Panamera was stolen in Honolulu and crashed into a house shortly thereafter. We anticipate an explosion of caps on West’s blog in 3 ¦ 2 ¦ 1 ¦

Miscellany