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Discourse & Dischord

The Good

Introducing the Barackness Monster

Jimmy Fallon wanted to slow jam the news, and thank goodness he had POTUS in attendance to help him. Does the Commander-in-Chief get nervous when he’s got to add some swagger to his speeches? Aw, PELL no! Watch below.

Black Lips bring Biggie Smalls back from the grave

Tupac wasn’t the only dead rapper to make a comeback at Coachella this year. The Notorious B.I.G. appeared during the Black Lips set, and it looks like it cost a lot less money for the band to conjure Biggie up than it did for Dr. Dre and his Tupac hologram. But watch the video below and judge for yourself.

The Bad

Rihanna talks that talk in new documentary

Rihanna has released a video on her YouTube channel that gives fans a behind-the-scenes look at the tail end of her Loud Tour. And what it shows us is that RiRi loves a good prank, says the word three like tree when she’s home in Barbados and has some hard core fans. So much so that she has to lock herself in a clothing store to ward off a mob of admirers. Well, there are worse places to get locked up, right?

Kids warn Thom Yorke could steal your toothbrush

Kids say the darndest things, and never so much as when they’re forced to listen to Radiohead’s Paranoid Android and share their thoughts. Turns out that NDUBZ is way better, Thom Yorke has no friends and eats only vegetables and if someone forgets your name, you should say, Dude, come on. My name’s Erin.

The Ugly

Jennifer Hudson testifies in family murder trial

This week Jennifer Hudson has been in a Chicago courtroom to testify against her ex brother-in-law, William Balfour, who is charged with killing Hudson’s mother, brother and nephew in 2008. When the prosecution showed photos of her slain nephew, Hudson and her sister stepped outside. If convicted, Balfour faces a mandatory life sentence.

Cher sells key to Australian city on eBay

If she could turn back time, Cher might not have sold her key to the Australian city of Adelaide”at least not on eBay where everyone could see. The city’s officials are exceptionally disappointed that the pop star would choose to part with the honor bestowed upon her in 1990. But at least the key is valued by someone”the top bid was for $81,000.

Miscellany

 

Monday, January 16th, 2012

Discourse & Dischord

The Good

Bjí¶rk releases Michel Gondry-directed video for Crystalline

Biophilia, Bjí¶rk’s eighth LP and first app album, isn’t descending upon planet Earth until September, but the artist is keeping fans happy by releasing a series of iPad apps for each track. If it’s all too futuristic for you, don’t despair. The Icelandic singer/composer also released a good old-fashioned music video for her cosmic single Crystalline, directed by Michel Gondry. Check out the intergalactic splendor below.

Jay-Z and Kanye West announce new name, release first track


Don’t call them Jay-Z and Kanye West. Don’t you dare. They go by The Throne now, and The Throne just released the first track off their upcoming collaboration, Watch The Throne. It’s called Otis, and it’s pretty much just Otis Redding’s Try A Little Tenderness with The Throne taking turns spitting lyrics over top. Decide whether it’s cool or convoluted by listening to it on Jay-Z’s Life + Times blog.

The Bad

Amy Winehouse laid to rest

What a week. Amy Winehouse was found dead in her London apartment last Saturday. The soul singer was 27”an unlucky age for musicians. After her autopsy proved to be inconclusive, Winehouse was laid to rest in London on Tuesday. Her funeral was attended by celebrities like Kelly Osbourne and Mark Ronson, who produced Winehouse’s GRAMMY-winning breakthrough album, Back to Black. In the days since her passing, musicians ranging from Rihanna to Katy Perry and George Michael have expressed their shock and grief. M.I.A. paid tribute to Winehouse with the release of 27, which you can listen to here. We’re posting the video of Winehouse’s last public appearance, just days before her death, which shows her happily dancing along to her goddaughter Dionne Bromfield’s performance of Mama Said. She was a tornado in a beehive, a rare talent whose demons cast a long shadow over her life, but never over her legacy. R.I.P., Amy.

Anthony Kiedis in tears over Justin Bieber

Anthony Kiedis has dealt with addiction, a father who was a drug dealer, and the loss of his best friend to heroin, but none of that has hardened him to the point where the image of a teenage girl crying over Justin Bieber doesn’t reduce him to tears. In an interview with Q Magazine he admits to getting misty over parts of the Bieber documentary Never Say Never. It seems the power of Bieber compels even a Red Hot Chili Pepper. All hail.

The Ugly

Justin Bieber and his dad get matching tattoos

What’s more disturbing”Justin Bieber opting for a matching tattoo with his dad, Justin Bieber’s dad opting for a matching tattoo with his son, or the fact that the elder Bieber doesn’t wear sunblock but does wear a soul patch and a gold chain. Trick question”it’s all disturbing.

Mariah Carey unleashes the diva on HSN

Mariah Carey’s first public appearance after having twins and giving them silly names was this little visit to HSN studios to hock her clothing and accessories lines. Mimi’s megalomania and micromanagement sends the show off the rails. If she sold one pair of earrings after using her allotted time to ramble on about swollen pregnancy feet and her stretched out body, we will be shocked, dahling.

Miscellany

Wolfmother’s Andrew Stockdale fined for drunk and disorderly conduct
Are Marcus Mumford and Carey Mulligan engaged?
Bob Dylan’s grandson, Pablo Dylan, launches hip-hop career
Lauryn Hill gives birth to sixth child
Gene Simmons proposes to longtime girlfriend Shannon Tweed
Phil Collins doesn’t like music
Dan Peek, founding member of America, dead at 60
Adam Levine and Stevie Nicks perform Leather and Lace at Hollywood Bowl
Kelly Rowland to star on A&E miniseries, Bag of Bones
Feist to release new album “Metals on Oct. 4
Nicky Minaj fined for sailor mouth in Jamaica
Kathy Griffin sings S&M