16 March 2011

RIP: Nate Dogg


{ RIP Nate Dogg }



On Tuesday, March 15, 2011, Nathaniel D. Hale - aka Nate Dogg - passed away at the age of 41. TIME had a nice little post remembering Nate Dogg's influence on hip-hop.

But I think Snoop Dogg said it best on his Twitter account:
all doggs go to heaven yo homie n baby brotha bigg snoopdogg!!
@SnoopDogg
If you end up at a karaoke bar this weekend, I think you know what you need to do. But brush up on the Nate Dogg parts, you don't want to disrespect his memory with a bad performance.

Rest In Peace, Nate Dogg!



{ Nate Dogg regulating upstairs now. }

14 March 2011

Top Albums: 2010


{ Oh, 2010, so close but yet so far away! In chronological order: Lady Gaga sent her first five singles to the number 1 spot (Amazing). Beyonce wins six Grammys. Taylor Swift (not a country singer) wins four. 311 on 3/11 plays a five hour set (I didn't know they had that much music). Waitwait, Lady Gaga sends her first six singles to number 1. Justin Beiber debuts at number 1 (I still haven't heard one of his songs). Hang on, Lady Gaga's SEVENTH single goes to number 1. Ringo turns 70 (my parents feel old now). Lady Gaga wears a meat dress. Christina Aguilera buys receives a start on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Whew. Quite a year, isn't it? }

09 March 2011

Colin Cowherd: Best Rock Band Bracket


{ The Beatles are No. 1 overall }

Sports talk radio and ESPN personality Colin Cowherd is doing a NCAA Basketball March Madness style bracket competition with rock 'n' roll bands. Anyone with a basic knowledge of sports will know what all this bracket stuff is all about.

Previously he did Superheroes vs. Supervillains (Batman beat the Joker) and breakfast cereals (Cheerios/Honeynut Cheerios beat out Frosted Flakes). Both proved to be incredibly popular and this rock 'n' roll band bracket will be sure to generate even more response and debate (especially since people have more of an emotional connection to music than, say, a superhero or a breakfast cereal).

Cowherd and his staff picked the field of 64 teams and then they look towards the fans to vote on each match up. You can cast your votes here.

Now the field is missing a lot of bands but that's what happens when you try and distill decades of rock 'n' roll history into the top 64 bands. And I'd like to think that the knuckleheads that listen to Cowherd's show are a bit more cultured and intelligent (like myself!) but we'll see how it all pans out.

Pet Bear Sounds will be tracking the tournament so watch this space for my votes (in bold) and the results!

08 March 2011

"All My Friends" Documentary


So, these kids want you to help fund the production costs involved in filming a documentary about going across the country (from Los Angeles) to see the last* LCD Soundsystem show at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Full disclosure, I know these nouveau-hippies (I mean that in the best possible way)! These are my close friends who want your help! (FYI: I'm not directly involved in the project):


Brooklyn Vegan recently posted something about the documentary and the comments from cynical hipsters are pretty scathing.

But I see a lot of promise in this documentary.

It's a road trip documentary about friends heading across the country to see LCD Soundsystem and meet other LCD Soundsystem fans fanatics along the way and share their love for LCD Soundsystem and - more importantly, I think - document the unifying power of music.

Sure, there's a lot of '60s-era romanticism and idealism here but there's nothing wrong with that. And shouldn't there be a little more of that in this world?

I think so.


If you feel like helping (and every little bit helps!), visit their Kickstarter page to help out! There's less than two weeks left.

There are many ways you can follow their updates and their progress:


{ You should get this album. It's worth it. }


* I personally have my doubts on whether this will really be LCD Soundsystem's last show. Maybe their last tour. But not their last show. And I can certainly see another album as well.