LL Cool J can do no wrong lately. Actually, strike that, LL Cool J does everything wrong lately. Last year there was his trend-hopping track "Ratchet," dubbed one of the worst of 2012. More recently there was his duet with Brad Paisley, "Accidental Racist," in which he more or less forgave the sin o ... More >>
The brunette in the backward pink mesh trucker hat and booty shorts grabs a megaphone and addresses her fellow campers.
"WECOME TO COOOOACHEELLLA."
The congregation of twenty 20-somethings lustily applauds. It's Thursday night, a dozen hours before the festival officially begins, and the rules ar ... More >>
Monday, Brad Paisley, a white man, joined hands with LL Cool J, a black man, and attempted to end racism with a song called "Accidental Racist" (below), wherein Paisley addressed the debilitating dread of being an affluent white male in America and LL panthered around in the background, high-fiving ... More >>
By Alan Scherstuhl
Editor's note: Alan Scherstuhl sometimes writes about country music for our sister blog at the Village Voice.
Brad Paisley, "Southern Comfort Zone"
Current Billboard Country Singles Chart Position: 10
The Verdict: Holy shit, songs on the radio can still be important!
In this ... More >>
By Alan Scherstuhl
This list of the year's best country albums is assembled with two important premises in mind: First: If the people who record and listen to these records consider them country, than they're damn well country. Purists who argue that country should still sound like '68, '76, '84 o ... More >>
Better than... not keeping it country.
Last night east-coast rockers Dive, who have been building a strong buzz through publications like Pitchfork, played a surprising set at The Satellite. They are a group of thin white guys from Brooklyn -- a trope that has, deserv ... More >>
See also: Toby Keith's "Red Solo Cup": Why This Song Sucks
Asking people what kind of music they like can be a loaded question. People want to seem open-minded, yet cool, which for some reason tends to inspire this insipid response: "I like pretty much everything. Except country."
(The hipster var ... More >>
See also: William Shatner Is Recording Star-Studded Metal Album in L.A.: We Got the Details
William Shatner's first foray into music was 1968's The Transformed Man, a novelty of Shakespeare and Cyrano de Bergerac passages paired with a couple of pop tunes, "Mr. Tambourine Man," "Lucy in the ... More >>
2011 Sesame Workshop. Photo by: Gil VakninNew Muppet Lily with Brad Paisley and Elmo
Cookie Monster probably is going to rethink those cookies: on Sunday, Sesame Street will air a primetime special, Growing Hope Against Hunger, in which the Sesame Street residents learn about hunger issues in ... More >>
Back in February, we broke the news that William Shatner was working on a star-studded new album with some of LA's most prominent metal session musicians (Read "William Shatner Is Recording Star-Studded Metal Album in L.A.: We Got the Details").
Well, now WilliamShatner.com (of course there' ... More >>
Eazylanish/FlickrWe've seen it over and over on Facebook profiles. Music: "I like just about anything...except COUNTRY, of course!" As if admitting to liking mainstream country music (because, sure, everyone likes Johnny Cash) is like admitting to having a Beanie Babies collection. It's sham ... More >>
You don't need a half-wit music critic to tell you it's been a remarkable year for America, one historians will be discussing and researching for centuries to come. War, financial collapse, politics, technology: All have been dinner-table topics for many Americans. Racial barriers in 2008 were dem ... More >>
Because Live Blogging is so gauche.
Occasionally the Grammy Committee's old fogey sensibility yields huge dividends. See the inclusion of Morris Day and the motherfucking Time. As far as I know, only two people have paid much attention to Morris Day and the Time post "Jerk Out:" the illustrious ... More >>