At some point in the comedy and music industries, the idea of fusing the two – and thus creating “comedy music” – became, sorry to say, laughable. Much too often, comedians would squirm at the very notion of one of their own bringing music into their territory, often labeling it as “hacky.” And in judging from some of the sources, it’s somewhat understandable. But times are certainly changing…
To celebrate FXX's massive "Every Simpsons Ever" marathon, which I will be watching as much of as I possibly can, I've compiled a list of some artists who have been influenced by The Simpsons in some way, whether it's through their band name, a song title, or even the name of their home studio.
MTV will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Video Music Awards this Sunday. The awards show is known for getting raunchy, pushing the limits and making pop culture history. Although last year's VMAs became infamous for launching Miley Cyrus's new image and featured her twerking on Robin Thicke, that's hardly the craziest thing to have happened in the show's 30 years. Take a look back at some of the most memorable moments in VMA history.
You never realize what you're missing until its gone. Many seem to have realized this following the death of actor Robin Williams, as his work as a comedian has skyrocketed in terms of sales in the wake of his suicide, according to Billboard. Read this
Music and the Super Bowl has been a hot topic this week despite the fact that the NFL season hasn't started yet. Although the primary concern has been the NFL's desire for musicians to pay for the right to perform at the big game, The Hollywood Reporter now indicates that the league has settled out of court with M.I.A. regarding her flashing of the middle finger during her performance with Madonna at the game during 2012. Read this
It's been thirty years since the very first Video Music Awards on MTV, which means thirty videos have been granted the award for Video of the Year. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the VMA's, here are the best of the best, the top 10 winners of the coveted Video of the Year award. Read this
The cultural impact of The Simpsons is immeasurable, as you can tell from checking out Joey "Sideshow Joe" DeGroot's list on the number of bands that named songs (or themselves) after references to the animated classic. Celebrities of all stripes realize the kind of power that such a program packs so they'll readily appear as guest stars. The number of musical guests in the history of The Simpsons is huge, but we've whittled it down to nine of the best in honor of the current marathon of every episode currently happening on FXX. Read this
A great essay The New Yorker's website details how country music is stuck with Taylor Swift, regardless of what she does with her career. Read this
Everyone knows that Kanye West's acclaim is based on way more than just his lyrics. The amount of work and thought that go into his instrumental portions is crazy, even when much of it is built up of samples. The Verge has built up a "a listenable history of Kanye West's samples" for its site, which allows readers to scroll through, listen to the West track and then the sample used within. Tracks from all of the emcee's solo albums are available for perusing.Read more »
Taylor Swift's video for "Shake It Off" didn't take much time to dominate YouTube screens. But it was also immediately embroiled in controversy after a string of tweets from rapper Earl Sweatshirt.Read more »
Metal bands are great for satire, even if you hate the genre altogether. Today's awesome example is Puig Destroyer, a baseball-themed grindcore band. The band's title is obvious enough. "Puig" is a reference to Los Angeles star outfielder Yasiel Puig and "Destroyer" hails to grindcore band Pig Destroyer.Read more »
Katy Perry's party-friendly single "This Is How We Do" just got another massive dose of summertime laidback fun. Yesterday (Aug. 21), the Prism single got an official remix courtesy of bizarre rapper and Perry's BFF Riff Raff.Read more »
Miley Cyrus and Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne have become good buddies in recent months. They even have matching tattoos. But apparently he isn't the only member of the band who is a fan of the Bangerz singer. Guitarist Steven Drozd says that even though the band has received some criticism for associating with the popstar, he thinks the band has been around long enough to do whatever they want.Read more »
A great essay The New Yorker's website details how country music is stuck with Taylor Swift, regardless of what she does with her career.Read more »