If You Only Read Two Tributes To Lou Reed…

Lou Reed black and whiteA hoard of celebrities, some of whom knew the late rock legend Lou Reed, who passed away on Sunday in Long Island after battling liver disease, and some who didn’t, have tweeted and blogged kind words acknowledging his legacy.

Out of all those words, including some by Morrissey, David Bowie and Reed’s bandmate, The Velvet Underground co-founder John Cale, the ones written by Metric’s Emily Haines and journalist Legs McNeil (Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk) touched me most.

“The first time I sang ‘Perfect Day’ for him, Lou said, ‘You have to bring more pain to it. You’re not singing about a fucking picnic,'” Haines, who collaborated with Reed on her latest albumwrote in a piece featured on Rolling Stone.

“In his last message to me, Lou wrote, ‘I’m so sorry Emily I would’ve if I could have but I’m a little under the weather but I love you,” she concluded in reference to a cancelled duet at Coachella.  Continue reading “If You Only Read Two Tributes To Lou Reed…”

Gwyneth Paltrow and Her Freshly-Mowed Bush Hated The Met Gala

Gwyneth Paltrow bored Met GalaGwyneth Paltrow got a little tipsy and divulged her true feelings about the Met Gala and many other things. Paltrow was hilariously honest with Jackie O and Kyle, telling the radio hosts that the Gala was staler than Nicole Richie’s pre-weight loss Taco Bell farts. This due to a Kanye West tempter tantrum, elderly people dressing like punks, and an identity mishap involving Psy.

Do you want me to be honest? It sucked. It seems like the best thing in the world. You think, ‘Oh my god, it’s going to be so glamorous and amazing, and you’re going to see all these famous people.’ And then you get there, and it’s so hot, and so crowded, and everyone’s pushing you. This year it was really intense. It wasn’t fun!

Here’s the part about 99% of the population, including celebs, not knowing punk from Top 40:

Everyone was dressed in punk … and I feel that we’re all a bit old to be dressed punk, you know what I mean? I didn’t. I just went kind of normal.  Continue reading “Gwyneth Paltrow and Her Freshly-Mowed Bush Hated The Met Gala”

Iconic Punk Rocker Richard Hell Gives Patti Smith the ‘Sexual Napalm’ Treatment

vintage patti smithRichard Hell, member of Television and Voidoids, recently wrote a book chronicling his life as a vital punk innovator. In one excerpt, Hell (born Richard Lester Meyers in October, 1949) describes his love for “Because The Night” singer Patti Smith…

“She was a natural-born sex waif and a pretty-assed comedian. She’d step out with her hand on her tight-cocked hip, all casual, if in-your-face, and jack out mind and body gush, giggling at herself like a five-year-old, under her deep-set eyes and her coal-black shag, begging to be f*cked, skinny as a rod, massive t*ts…”

Story time. I just went to a Patti Smith concert at the end of last month and it was amazing. Transformative even. I’d be inspired to start a rock band if I had a lick of musical ability and didn’t already have a job as the operator of a snarky gossip website. Continue reading “Iconic Punk Rocker Richard Hell Gives Patti Smith the ‘Sexual Napalm’ Treatment”

One Direction Ruin Blondie and The Undertones in One Fell Swoop

Harry Styles one way or anotherArizona is frozen, Australia is burning, it’s raining spiders in Brazil, there’s snow on the beaches of Croatia, a 10,000 ton meteor hit Russia and One Direction did a mash-up of “One Way Or Another” and “Teenage Kicks.”

Taylor Swift’s babyfaced ex singing not one but two iconic new wave songs written about 20 years before he was born has to be the most frightening sign of the coming apocalypse. (Though maybe he relates to that whole being stalked theme?)

I remember Glee and Angelica from The Rugrats ruining “One Way Or Another” on separate occasions. And dwarfy Billie Joe Armstrong didn’t have to squat too low for The Undertones’ classic… But this is a goddamn musical snuff double feature! Continue reading “One Direction Ruin Blondie and The Undertones in One Fell Swoop”

Justin Bieber ‘Trying To Be Better’ After Joint-Smoking Photos

Justin Bieber alleged drugJustin Bieber partied it up in a Newport Beach hotel sans Selena January 2, talking about fast food while holding a joint disguised as a cigarette.

TMZ has photos and details about the guest list – which included a random female “friend” who slept over, and rapper Lil’ Twist (who we now know was driving Bieber’s Ferrari when paparazzo Chris Guerra was struck by oncoming traffic).

Justin took to Twitter hours after the images went viral, writing “Everyday growing and learning. trying to be better. u get knocked down, u get up,” which is very similar to every other message the Biebs delivers when he’s involved in a scandal. Continue reading “Justin Bieber ‘Trying To Be Better’ After Joint-Smoking Photos”

Billie Joe Armstrong Smashes Guitar, Says “Fuck” At Least Ten Times, Then Checks Into Rehab

Billie Joe Armstong is SO punk. If your definition of “punk” is similar to Avril Lavigne’s. You know, smashing guitars, dissing fellow pop stars, and expressing yourself with your middle finger and the word “fuck,” just in case the audience is deaf.

Late Friday night an especially enraged Billie Joe performed at the iHeartRadio Festival in Vegas. Usher’s set ended up running long, causing Green Day‘s to be cut short.

“You’re gonna give me one minute?! Let me tell you something, I’ve been around since fucking nineteen eighty fucking eight, and you’re gonna give me one minute?! You’ve gotta be fucking kidding me!” he yelled after being told to wrap it up.  Continue reading “Billie Joe Armstrong Smashes Guitar, Says “Fuck” At Least Ten Times, Then Checks Into Rehab”

Swiss Modernism Meets Punk Rock

Besides t-shirt websites, I enjoy browsing Fab.com because, as rainbow-centric as I sound, it is actually a fabulous site despite the registration requirement. A few days ago I stumbled upon some posters by Mike Joyce…

Artistic ones, of an extensive amount of really cool punk and rock bands. Joyce, who owns Stereotype Design in NYC, is selling the prints on his website Swissted.com and through Fab for a limited time.

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The Vaccines – What Did You Expect From The Vaccines? Album Review

Brand new onto the indie rock scene, The Vaccines, a four-piece hailing from London, debuted their very first album What Did You Expect From The Vaccines? on March 14th. A 33 minute long musical tapestry sure to land them on many prestigious top band lists of 2011. The Vaccines might be this year’s Phoenix, but they possess a less tightly wound style and it’s not hard to tell that their CD was recorded in only two weeks.

What Did You Expect From The Vaccines? Has a rough-around-the-edges punk quality, as if there was a large hole in the recording studio wall and a small fraction of the music drifted outside. Of course you can be sure this is not the case, sounds like this are largely intentional and wonderful.

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