Jay-Z is doing what he knows best on the eighth anniversary of Sept. 11. Tonight, at the Madison Square Garden, the talented rap artist will be giving a memorial benefit concert. All proceeds from the Answer the Call Tribute Show will be donated to the New York Police & Fire Widows’ & Children’s Benefit Fund.
According to MTV news, if the star’s secret show at the Blender Theatre on Wednesday was any hint of what he has in store for his MSG show, fans can expect old hits and fresh cuts off his just released album, The Blueprint 3. At Blender, Jay popped off classics like “Show Me What You Got,” “I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)” and “Izzo (H.O.V.A.),” and new songs, such as “Run This Town” and “D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune).”
Jay-Z’s first Blueprint album was released on Sept. 11, 2001.
The new CW show, The Vampire Diaries, is host to some pretty wild antics by the cast and crew. The show that premiered yesterday has already encountered some off-set shenanigans.
According to perezhilton.com, several actresses from The Vampire Diaries and an accompanying photographer were booked for disorderly conduct last week for participating in a photo shoot that included hanging over the I-75 bridge at Rumble Road in Smarr, Georgia.
They were detained while authorities responded to the 911 calls of seven different motorists citing women in danger. Yet, one caller claims the ladies were flashing traffic down below.
You know, I have recently become enamored with the idea of the Top 5 List, as I’m sure you have gathered from the numerous past blogs in that fashion. I think that it’s interesting to see what trends and relationships different games share. However, it’s only a matter of time before these lists devolve into trite ideas like “The Top 5 Headshots in Video Games” or “The Top 5 Witty Remarks in Video Games”.
So I think I’ll take a break from my beloved yet frivolous Top 5′s, and talk a bit more directly on a more serious subject that affects people all over the world, gamers and non-gamers alike: Game Rage. Read more…
The poster for Michael Jackson’s This Is It has officially been released by Sony Pictures, who are producing the film. This Is It hits theatres on October 28th and features the legendary singer preparing for his last performance which would have taken place beginning this summer starting at London’s O2 Arena. The Estate of Michael Jackson is in full support of the release of the film.
The ultimate remastered edition of the Beatles catalog is probably going to be the big-ticket Christmas item this holiday season. Alongside this cornucopia of creamy Liverpool goodness is The Beatles: Rock Band, most likely the other big ticket Christmas item – if the stores have any left after the initial sellout.
And to provide the third stabilizing leg to this triumverate of old-meets-new deliciousness is a brand-new The Beatles: Rock Band Xbox 360 model. Featuring psychedelic designs by the same animators who will blow your minds via the intro cinematic sequence to the new Rock Band cash-cow, this model also has another feature that I’m sure the boys from across the pond would be proud of – every unit sold has all proceeds benefiting Doctors Without Borders.
Finally, as if the above trinity of Beatlemania wasn’t enough, All You Need Is Love is now available as an Xbox Live download, once again with proceeds going to DWB.
To find out more information, head on over to http://www.xbox.com/en-CA/games/splash/b/beatlesrockband/ where you’ll have the chance to join the Fab Four Mystery Tour, an “interactive look at the Beatles and the many twists and turns of their legendary career.” Check it out, Jude, don’t let me down.
Getting ready to record our 1st XM radio show in my parents’ basement in a former storage room. Can’t wait till my parents see that we needed to drill holes in the wall to hang the sound insulation. Remember to tune into Laugh Attack 5pm EST on Friday September 18th with your XM Radio!
We remember meeting Cascada a couple of years ago when she was not quite as big, but we do remember her being hot and very friendly. The same remains except she now rules the dance charts with her latest release “Evacuate The Dancefloor”. What did we learn from this interview? The key to being on the road according to Cascada is Red Bull.
I didn’t think anybody but T-Pain bought into the Autotune trend, but it looks like I was wrong.
Apple has released an iPhone application that allows you to Autotune your voice, and has apply called it “I Am T-Pain” after the rapper who brought the device to overwhelming mainstream employment. The app retails at $2.99 and comes with T-Pain’s instrumental discography as well as a Freestyle option that allows you to sing whatever the heck you want and sound like a robot.
T-Pain has actually based his career on his electronic-induced vocals, with songs like “Buy you a Drank (Shawty Snappin’)” and even won a spot “singing” on the SNL’s Lonely Island skit, “I’m on a Boat.”
After TV on the Radio topped year-end lists the world over last year with their sophomore release, Dear Science, the band have announced they are taking time off.
Lead singer Tunde Adebimpe told MTV last week the band will be taking some indefinite time off.
“This was the last show for us, for a while,” he told MTV following their set at the Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco. “We decided to take, well, the going theory is to take about a year off, because you have to go and live a life and change things up.”
The changing bit is already well underway, as the band have dispersed in various directions to pursue other projects.
Adebimpe teamed up with Massive Attack to record “Pray for Rain”, a track from the long-awaited EP Splitting the Atom slated for release Oct. 6.
The line between electro-rock and hip-hop was never exactly straight in the first place, but this year has more or less witnessed its disappearance. The most recent installments in the collabo hall of fame popped up on Pitchfork this week.
First, there was Matt & Kim’s reworked “Daylight (Troublemaker Remix).” Now, this song is perfect just the way it is but with rap legends De La Soul on the remixed track, there is a whole other dimension of mind-boggling pop mastery.
The signature chorus (“Cause in the daylight I don’t pick up my phone”) is looped atop an amplified version of the song’s backbeat, with a spaced out synth riff to boot. In between, De La Soul spit their classic rhymes (“Leave your message after the tone/while I lay around actin’ like I’m too old for this shit”), transforming the song from hair-shaking hipster dance party to a groovy soul redub.
The song will be featured on the NBA Live 2010 soundtrack when the game is released on Oct. 6. It will also appear in every playlist I make for the next month.