If you want a little flavor of things to come from Beirut, look West, to “Bombay Beach.”
“2010 is the year of me,” M. Ward says, calling from his homebase in Portland, Ore. “Oh, man, it’s 2011, isn’t it? I mean 2011. This is my year.”
Because this blog lately has turned into J-Lo News Central, we might as well turn our eyes to the further simplicities of the "American Idol" judge's newest musical endeavors.
Case in point, the latest video for her "I'm Into You." Not only is there next to no effort exerted for the sticky, gummy, catchy chorus, but the video concept probably took about 10 seconds to explain.
Jennifer Lopez is featured writing in the water on a sandy beach in Mexico (in an impractical swimsuit cover-up, no less). Jennifer Lopez posing like a model on some stairs. Jennifer Lopez delightfully descending the steps of Chichen Itza in the Yucatan. Here's one where she has hair like Shakira. Throw a really hot guy (who is not her husband or FEATURED RAPPER Lil Wayne) (William Levy, yowzers) into the mix.
The clip -- which debuted on NBC's "Today" show -- makes plain why the 41-year-old is People's Most Beautiful Woman Of The Year.
"But," pleaded attending executives at the development meeting, "can we please include something ethnic? Even if it's a non-sequitur, totally unnecessary and unneeded in this particular capsule?"
The other executives sat thoughtfully, drinking their diamond champagne out of manatee skulls.
"I'm Into You" is on Lopez' new "Love?", out tomorrow (May 3).
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Remember how we were surmising Modest Mouse were finishing a new album, despite few murmurs of such news were emanating from their camp? Well, it seems the Northwest rockers are hard at work, and may be sonically roaming to different pastures.
Big Boi Tweeted this week that he was up to SOMETHING with frontman Isaac Brock and Co.
"Me and @mouche1 [producer Chris Carmouche] in the studio workin with Modest Mouse on their new album Turnt up ! Shout out to Issac and the crew!" Then, "Been camped out in the Lab with Modest Mouse all week, workin on the new mouse LP, coolest cats ever. Long Live The Funk."
No word if he's simply producing or contributing beats or vocals to the set.
Oh, but that's not all! The one half of Outkast has already done some time with Owl City's Adam Young. A spokesperson from Young's camp informed me that a winter recording session did, indeed, occur, and has dubbed the result as a "a quick collaboration." However, the track will not be included on Owl City's forthcoming album "All Things Bright and Beautiful," due June 14. Also, the source also said she was "not sure what's coming
The boys put the "pedal to the metal" for "Fast Lane," and there's a slew of metaphor, hackneyed and not. Along with the usual expectations on Em's end for rhymes on sucking d*ck and decapition, there's the sexy, sexy coo of "I hope I don't sound too heinous when I say this / but Nicki Minaj: I want to stick my penis in your anus."
I was about to launch into a feminist digression, on how the threat/come-on of anal sex to a female MC from one of rap's mainstays is hardly a backwards (no pun intended) compliment but a boys' club threat, the penance for entry into the male-driven industry is to invite a distillation of talent into a mere sexual object. Even for a pair of rappers who clearly have a mutual appreciation, and have collaborated extenstively before, even a joke-stripping of a woman publicly is to strip her of her power, blah blah. But then again: this is not new territory for Marshall Mathers or, rather, Slim Shady. This is to be expected. It's, again, like a nitrous-masked Dennis Hopper crouched on the floor, shouting into a vagina. I look forward to Minaj's "Roman-tic" response.
Meanwhile: "My natural persona's much worse," starts Royce, before his own collection of gross references, in hanging by one's balls from a unicorn horn, lighting cigarettes with one's assh*le and the "snatch of a fat dyke." He toys a lot with a number of crazy cadences while Mathers stays in the higher Shady register.
This, all on top of a dense thumping beat and a horns section from deep within your "Inception"-bound dreams.
"Bad Meets Evil" is out on June 14 on Em's Shady Interscope imprint. It's the first major collaboration between the two since 1999.
Do you like the track?
What happens to the real lives of two artists after they earn an Academy Award for their fictional love story? What happens to their very real, non-fictional relationship?
After starting at Sundance, then to SXSW, then this week’s limited release, Morgan Spurlock is ready to go global with his message movie “POM Wonderful Presents The Greatest Movie Ever Sold.”
One of two Lady Gaga-penned tracks from Jennifer Lopez' forthcoming "Love?" album has leaked, and it follows a similar formula that has put the singer back on the charts.
The unchangable RedOne produces on "Hypnotico," the refrain to which bounds and one-notes it just as the chorus to Lopez' "On the Floor" does. Since it seems Lady Gaga has gone a headier route with her new album, it's not a surprise that "Hypnotico" wasn't reserved for her own set: the simplicity is astounding.
Lyrics like "sunburned baby / hurts like crazy," "we're just some silly heartbreakers tonight" and rhyming "yum yum" with "some some" won't get this song very good scores on the SAT. In fact, it seems that Lopez goes out of her way to sing with a little-girl inflection to her 41-year-old pipes. But it comes off youthful, upbeat, and a little lighter than the single and her island-inflected collaboration with Lil Wayne, "I'm Into You."
In the same day that Gaga's "Judas" drops like a rock from the Hot 100, one of her own creations gets another start elsewhere. Not sure I feel strongly enough for it to make common rotation, but "On the Floor" is a hard act to follow...
Documentarian Morgan Spurlock hosted a traditional premiere of his latest film "POM Wonderful Presents The Greatest Movie Ever Sold" last week in Los Angeles. On Wednesday, it made its East Coast debut in a city that built its name around the title's success: POM Wonderful Presents The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, Penn.
"My faith in my creativity and my artistry has nothing to do with makin' it."
"I don't got no money."
"The Monster Ball now is reality. We attacked the whole world so profusely for three years until the Moster Ball became real. A coup d'etat. A coup de main."
"I'm still the same person that I was six years ago before all of this happened."
"I always want a little dirty on my show, I want one more stairwell to climb. I always want to have to want to walk up a walk-up... I'll f*ck myself up all the way to the top."
"Dear Lord... we feel so humbled..."
The voice of a "New York generation" will be singing all over "Lady Gaga Presents: The Monster Ball Tour" on HBO starting May 7.
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