Friday, September 29, 2006

Greatest lyric of 2006: nominee

"Act bad, don't hurt me, look sexy, talk dirty"
-Khia, on Janet's "So Excited"

"Governors I'd like to oil up"

Too good to resist: one of the naughtiest Top 10 Lists I've heard from Letterman in a long time, "Chapter Titles in [Former NJ Governor] Jim McGreevey's Book" [The Confession, which is a already a bonafide best-seller]. Stolen from Gawker.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Hole - "Doll Parts"

Transcendent, burning, cathartic, fucking amazing, a torch to burn down the whole village, so '94 but could it really be from any other time? I hope Courtney's happy now, but honestly I don't see how she could be.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

I love that I live in a world where even this gets remastered.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Gay Aiken

I dearly hope my fellow fags remember Gay Aiken's remarks like these when, inevitably, he comes out some 5-10 years from now in a desperate bid to revive his then-flagging career. (Unless he's modelling his career on Barry Manilow's - in which case, good fucking luck, Clay, 'cause Manilow's a performer; you're just some boy singer.) It's not that I want to claim him for my team - I mean, artistically he's a pile of shit (covering "Without You" and making it his new album's first single? 'Nuff said) - but some honesty would be nice. Fuck you and your evasions and lies, Aiken. Fuck you.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Triumph of the "Badonkadonk"

Normally, I don't tend to point out my own writing on the web (meaning, mainly, at Stylus; there's a sidebar link for that), but I'm really pleased with the way my review of Trace Adkins' new album came out. It's all about the "Badonkadonk," folks.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Here's how it works: At the bottom of each post, you have the chance to "audition" to join our throng of opinion-slingers. Use the "Post The Comment" form to demonstrate your chops, preferably in the form of something insightful, smart and on-topic; don't just take up space with a crazed rant or hyped-up plug. Once you've crafted your brilliant missive, choose a user name and password, and submit it. Your message will be evaluated by our comment judges (who may or may not include Dave Navarro), and if they like it, you're in.

In the interest of full disclosure, I did attempt to leave a comment on Idolator, which was rejected (or at least not posted); I did so before I saw this. Really, to my eyes, this so boils down to three simple words: COOL KIDS ONLY. (I'm friends with/know some of those who were invited to comment, but c'mon: this is so ILX All-Stars, it's almost silly.)

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Greatest lyric of 2006: nominee

"How you keep sayin' no when your panties so wet?"
-T.I., "Why You Wanna"

Toby Keith - "A Little Too Late"

His best single in years. Gorgeous countrypolitan strings (he would've been a great artist in the late '60s - or anytime in the '70s, for that matter [cf. Waylon]) perfectly omplement one of his strongest vocals ever. (He's a much better singer than he gets credit for.) It's a strummy-guitar song about a breakup, but it's not snarky like Toby usually likes to be (except when singing about the U.S./military, natch), but instead heartfelt and a little sad. It suits him, maybe better than he knows.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Jean-Claude Van Damme: The Freshmaker

Link and title blatantly stolen from Defamer. Too good to pass up.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Even more on rockcrit topic #1

"I'll be OK. Like they say, it's too late to stop now. Or was that can't stop won't stop? Either way, both ways, I'll be in touch, and I'll be listening."

From the Dean's mouth to our ears.

More on rockcrit topic #1 (Christgau, duh)

Perhaps the best summation, in some ways, of Christgau and his impact/influence, from Jody Rosen:

"With Pauline Kael, Christgau is arguably one of the two most important American mass-culture critics of the second half of the 20th century — yet he's devoted the majority of his working life to fashioning 100-word blurbs with letter grades. He's a public intellectual who unwittingly invented the reviews section of Entertainment Weekly."

Link (of course) from Scott Woods, who's my favorite blogger-about-music these days. 'Cause he's been writing for years, and 'cause he simply gets it - kinda like Christgau, come to think ('cept not, y'know, in his 60s). Alf and I are totally his groupies.

Birdman featuring Lil' Wayne - "Stuntin' Like My Daddy"

Finally, some dirty South hip-hop I can get behind in the oh-six. Excellent horn-y production (I assume from Mannie Fresh) backing up fierce spittin' from Birdman and his boy Wayne (who's increasingly showing off as one of the best pound-for-pound rappers out right now) equals one hot damn track.

Dylan Comes Alive!

The headline, a fucking marvel:
"Dylan Earns First No. 1 Album Since 1976"
And it's not just #1 - it sold nearly 200,000 copies! I've been remiss in not mentioning that Modern Times is just ridiculously superb, easily the year's best to my ears.

And this just 2 months after:
"Cash Earns First No. 1 Album Since 1969"
Yeah, I'd say it's been an alright year in some ways. (American V is another of '06's finest to boot.)

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