Capturing the band behind the scenes, in the studio, and in rare form enjoying a little time off, ¡Quatro! aims to give fans an inside look into not only the band’s personal battles in the balance of life and music, but their time in the studio.
“That summer, we took about a month off,” Billie Joe Armstrong says of the 2009’s 21st Century Breakdown. I set up a small studio and I started making demos, doing it for myself¦ I think sometimes taking time off feels dangerous to me. Bands that ‘take time off’ — they’re not as good when they come back.”
Through images of mass crowds, and screaming fans, we hear Armstrong continue, “Let your audience grow with you and grow up with you, and at some point grow old with you.”
You can check out a clip from the documentary right here, and catch its airdate on VH1, Wednesday, Nov. 28 at midnight ET and again on Palladia Friday, Nov. 30 at 9pm ET.
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The ex-wives of Hollywood stars Prince, R. Kelly, Will Smith, Jose Canseco and Eddie Murphy are set to star in their own television series, creatively titled Hollywood Exes. The show will run for ten summer episodes and will follow the five women as they go about their daily lives create their own success. As of now, none of the women’s former significant others are scheduled to make an appearance. Hollywood Exes is set to air on VH1 sometime this summer.
The ’90s coastal hip hop feud has been talked about, debated and over analyzed since, well, the ’90s. People are fascinated by the relationship between Biggie and Tupac, between Bad Boy Records and Death Row Records and of course the music that spawned from the disjuncture. In fact, you’re probably tired of hearing about it. So, here’s a (hypothetical) feud that you haven’t heard about: the riff between East Coast and West Coast rappers on OurStage! Let’s take a look at some of the players in this epic struggle for hip hop dominance.
You can’t have a conversation about East Coast hip hop on OurStage without talking about Overdose, aka “theofficialod.” This revolutionary emcee is redefining NYC rap and taking OurStage by storm at the same time. Sure he’s got a handful of badges for Top 40, Top 10 and even won the Alt. Hip Hop Channel, but earlier this year he was also crowned first place in our Best of Urban charts”three weeks in a row. Outside of OurStage, Overdose earned himself a feature on Nick Cannon Presents…America’s Wildstyle Champs and was a two-time finalist on Loud.com. Check out his track “Stepping Stone” below”after all, music does speak louder than words.
Born in Harlem and raised in the Bronx, Tribeca is another true New York talent. Not just by birthright, either”he’s toured with East Coast legends Fat Joe, Gang Starr and the Wu Tang Clan. Before he started rapping, however, he made a name for himself in the studio producing for other Bronx locals like Camp Lo and KRS-1. This guy’s done it all. I mean, he wrote the theme song to ESPN’s “The Life,” wrote a novel called Party and Bullshit and even body-doubled as Biggie for VIBE Magazine and VH1. Some other East Coasters you need to hear include Dom P MFD, Jae Apollo and Yonas.
This is only half the story though; we still need to take a look at their West Coast counterparts. Dylan Synclaire, for example, although born in Missouri, spent most of his life in Washington state. When given the choice of college or a music career after high school, the independent eighteen year old chose to follow his passion and started to write and perform locally. After making a name for himself in Kent, WA, Synclaire took the plunge and drove down to LA to test his mettle. Within a year, he signed a deal with Westlake Recording Services and worked with the engineer/producer for Salt-N-Pepa: Al Machera. Since then, he’s evolved into the uniquely polished but still raw artist he is today.
Also on the West Coast roster is the LA-born Element. Element is the perfect illustration of a natural-born rapper. The son of an R&B singer, Element was exposed to music and encouraged to dabble at a young age. This, coupled with severe domestic issues, caused him to fuse his interest in reading and poetry with writing music and free styling. In the last ten years, Element has taken his God- given talents to the next level. Don’t believe us? Give “Mic 2 Tha Thrizzoat” a listen on the playlist below.
Last, but hardly least, we should mention a California girl named Sibley. This hellraiser took LA by storm in 2005 and hasn’t relented since. She’s made a cameo in an Usher video, been all over the radio and eventually earned the chance to work with all-star producers Marc Kinchen, Brian Kennedy and Kadis & Sean. Other West Coast honorable mentions include Kadeve, Reyn, OddiO and J. Vic.
- Just call Billy Ray Cyrus the new Michael Lohan
- Drummer of Ex-Paramore Farro brothers’ new band Novel American “steps down”. You still with us?
- First listen of Foo Fighters’ upcoming ‘Wasting Light’
- Britney Spears earns $500K for her latest commercial, er, music video
- VH1 Storytellers to feature My Morning Jacket, Death Cab for Cutie and more. Told ya they were going hipster.
- All Bieber, all the time
- Ciara asks for divine intervention, and an out from her label
- Does Thom Yorke have more releases up his fancy dancing sleeves?
- Bieber’s mouth, meet foot
- Radiohead gets cryptic on Twitter
- Mumford & Sons puke in flower pots, you can take the boys out of the country but…
- Now “Inception” is a threat even on your phone
- Strokes resentment towards Casablancas for not recording together. No kidding.
- The Fallon performance last night that people just won’t stop talking about
- GRAMMYs snub Fantasia, so Fantasia snubs the GRAMMYs
- VH1 is going hipster
- Charlie Sheen gives advice to Lindsay Lohan. Wait, seriously?
- MICK JAGGER IS ALIVE
- Really, people just won’t up about about Odd Future on Jimmy Fallon
It’s no wonder both the Washington Wizards and Mystics use Mambo Sauce’s Welcome to D.C. as their theme song for home games”it’s almost impossible not to slam dunk something when you’re listening to it. Galvanizing synths and electric guitars sound the opening salvo, followed shortly by a fiery Latin chorus that sends your adrenaline through the roof. The track is not only a great fight song for D.C. denizens, it’s proven it has legs by climbing onto the Billboard Hip Hop/R&B Charts and moving into rotation on VH1 and BET. But Welcome to D.C. isn’t the only arrow in the band’s quiver. Check out No Sleep for Mambo Sauce’s signature blend of hip hop, neo-soul, synth rock, and go-go. The band’s two MCs”Alfred Black Boo Duncan and Joi JC Carter take turns delivering quicksilver manifestos against searing synths and metal guitars, keeping a breathless pace before slowing to the song’s monumental chorus. It’s a clever, flawlessly crafted rocker, but there are plenty of other flavors to be sampled in the Mambo Sauce songbook. Just mind the heat.
This week’s Needle in the Haystack is an artist whose parents were both zookeepers, but whose music is not defined by this animalistic upbringing. Be that as it may, Hailey Wojcik is known to perform her song “Raised in a Zoo” wearing brightly-colored animal masks. Talk about having a unique personality!
Hailey has recently released her full-length album called Diorama, which explores the idea of being part theatrical, part museum exhibit. The album features wide use of instrumentation including an Indian banjo, mellotron, and recorded samples of (you guessed it) animal noises!
For the album artwork of her album, Hailey actually created a diorama to represent each and every song. It turns out that she’s actually a very talented visual artist as well. In addition to her Diorama skills, Hailey co-produced and co-directed a music video for each of the eleven tracks on her album! Her videos have received airplay on VH1, MTV and LOGO.
Take a listen to her free track “Pumpkinteeth,” available below. If you check back again this week, there will be plenty more Hailey Wojcik to come, so stay tuned!
iamamiwhoami artist revealed?
Maybe you’ve been following the enigmatic (and fairly disturbing) videos of mystery artist iamamiwhoami on YouTube. If not, do check them out. Most are one-minute vignettes set to alternately ambient and jarring electronic music, featuring a feral blonde woman with freakishly long eyelashes. First guess is Lady Gaga, naturally. Who else would wrap themselves in plastic to play the piano, or lick a tree? Well, looks like there may be another wildly eccentric pop performance artist out there. For the mystery reveal, click here. Check out the video here.
Lady Gaga’s Telephone finally debuts
(And by bad we mean Michael Jackson-style, you know, with dancing thugs, leather and snarls.)
The wait is over for the Lady Gaga and Beyoncé collaborative video for Telephone. For your patience, you get nine-plus minutes of women’s penitentiary sexy times, sandwich making, mass poisonings, multiple costume changes and good ol’ fashioned, Thelma and Louise-style, female camaraderie. (Sweet Beyoncé even swears!) Get an eyeful here¦ and lookout for cigarette sunglasses to become the next big thing.
Alex Chilton dies
The untimely deaths keep coming. This time it’s Alex Chilton, former front man of ’60s pop act the Box Tops and later, Big Star. Chilton died in New Orleans on Wednesday at the age of 59 from what appears to be a heart problem. If you’re unfamiliar with Chilton’s work, we suggest you go to your music source of choice and download “The Letter” by the Box Tops and “September Gurls” by Big Star. Another sad day for music.
Miley Cyrus says a bunch of dumb stuff in Teen Vogue
Oh Miley. The soundbites from your latest interview are like potent little vitamins to fortify all your haters. When you’re not dissing the public at large by declaring you and your boyfriend’s superiority (I think we’re both deeper than normal people, what they think and how they feel,) then you’re contradicting yourself. Exhibit A: The more I make music that doesn’t truly inspire me, the more I feel like I’m blending in with everyone else. So after this next album, I’m taking some time off.” Exhibit B: I don’t really believe in breaks. Once you figure it out, let us know. We’ll have to make do in the meantime with our shallow thoughts and feelings.
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- Nas and Damian Marley to release collaborative album
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- Daft Punk, Feist, Cat Power, Vampire Weekend, Grizzly Bear auction goods for Haiti relief
2010 GRAMMY Nominees Announced
Last week the 2010 GRAMMY nominees were announced. Beyoncé led the pack with 10 nods, followed by country cutie Taylor Swift, who received 8 nods. Kanye West, the Black Eyed Peas and Maxwell each received 6 nods, while Lady Gaga only received a mere 5. So sad.
The most unusual nomination went to the Andy Samberg-led comedy music group The Lonely Island for their collaboration with T-Pain on I’m On A Boat. They’re up against Kanye West and Beyoncé for their song,Ego. Oh, this is too good. It’s a perfect storm for a Kanye meltdown. We hope The Lonely Island sails off into the sunset with the GRAMMY, if only to see how Kanye would handle his Ego losing to a novelty rap song. Stay tuned for potential fireworks on January 31st.
Jay-Z turns 40
Mr. HOVA himself, Jay-Z, turned 40 on Friday. He celebrated the event by renting a mansion in the Dominican Republic and flying in the likes of M.I.A., Kanye West, Oprah, Alicia Keys and A-Rod on private jets. Weird, same way I celebrated my birthday last year.
Rivers Cuomo Injured in Weezer Tour Bus Accident
Weezer singer Rivers Cuomo landed in the hospital on Sunday after his band’s tour bus skidded on ice and ran off the road in upstate New York. The band was travelling from Toronto to Boston for a show at Boston University. Rivers and his assistant were hospitalized with minor injuries ”both are expected to make full recoveries.
VH1 releases Kanye West Storytellers
OK, lots of Kanye this week but he just makes it too easy. Remember the rapper’s long-winded, awkward and grandiose performance on VH1 Storytellers last February? Now you can relive the discomfort via a CD/DVD release of Mr. West’s performance in its entirety. The album hits stores on January 5th. Next time you do something embarrassing, just pop this thing in your DVD player”you’ll feel better about yourself in no time.
Lady Gaga Meets Queen Elizabeth
This historic event happened Monday in Blackpool, England, at the Royal Variety Performance. I don’t know why I included it in the ugly section. The Queen of England is certainly not unattractive, nor is our Lady of Gaga. They’re both extremely handsome women. That scarlet Elizabethan condom that LG is wearing is another story. I suppose you can’t wear a sequined thong or a Kermit the Frog cloak to meet the Queen. But really. The ladies from Go Fug Yourself agree. I rest my case.
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¢ Spin releases Top 40 albums of 2009