What EMA's "Meta-Grunge" Teaches Us About Fame, The NSA, And Courtney Love

Last month, Courtney Love announced on Facebook that she'd possibly located Malaysian Airlines flight MH370. She had not. But my god, that would've been glorious. Oil right where she'd scrawled, "Oil"; the plane right where she'd scrawled, "Plane?" One of the great and terrible mysteries of our young century, cracked by… » 4/08/14 3:11pm 4/08/14 3:11pm

Two Hours Of The Lexington Police Scanner After UK Wins, Set To Music

Kentucky's thrilling wins over Louisville, Michigan, and Wisconsin have delivered the Wildcats to tomorrow's NCAA national championship. They've also prompted UK students to engage in, ah, "civil disobedience." » 4/06/14 1:21pm 4/06/14 1:21pm

Drake's New Song Is A Big Shout Out To Johnny Manziel

The Johnny Manziel-Drake bromance continues apace. "Draft day, Johnny Manziel / Five years later, how am I the man still?" begins Drizzy's newest song, giving rarely seen prominence to the athlete-shout-out portion of a rap song (poor Andrew Wiggins gets second billing). » 4/02/14 11:58am 4/02/14 11:58am

A Bay Area Expat's Guide To Bay Area Rap

There is plenty to miss about the Bay Area, if you are ever fortunate enough to live there and then unfortunate enough to leave—the burritos, the vistas, the A's, the tech-doofus-dystopia hijinks, the absurdly temperate weather. ("At least you're part of the national conversation," crowed a sunny-and-65 San Francisco… » 3/28/14 9:24am 3/28/14 9:24am

Here Are Some People Who Got A Record Deal Because Of Vine

Vine, for the most part, is a great thing. How can an app that gifted us with the Nae Nae Panda and the Volleyball Stanky Leg be described as anything else? It's also a silly thing, though, because it made it possible for the folk-singing duo known as "Us" to get a record deal. » 3/25/14 1:21pm 3/25/14 1:21pm

In Praise Of The Schlub Frontman: Future Islands And The Hold Steady

There is no greater cultural delight on this earth than the sight, and sound, of David Letterman actually enjoying one of his musical guests. His curiosity piqued, his force field of indifference and disdain penetrated. It still happens. He likes Darlene Love; he likes drummers. And earlier this month, he fell hard for … » 3/24/14 9:59am 3/24/14 9:59am

Doomsday Prepper Sells Heavy Metal Bed & Breakfast To Fund Marijuana Biz

My neighbor is a reality TV star. Brent Bruns II, who with his family appeared on such intelligent National Geographic Channel programs as Doomsday Preppers and Doomsday Castle, decided to settle down in our neighborhood and open a rock & roll-themed bed and breakfast. Alas, he's now selling it to go into the marijuana… » 3/23/14 12:02pm 3/23/14 12:02pm

Who's Your State's Distinctive Musical Artist?

Over on his blog Music Machinery, Paul Lamere has taken an interesting look at the geography of American musical tastes, based on zip code data from a quarter million U.S. music listeners who use a variety of streaming services (online music listeners might not be a perfectly representative sample, but still). By… » 2/25/14 5:19pm 2/25/14 5:19pm

Those Olympic Hockey Organists You've Been Enjoying Are From The NHL

If you've watched any of the men's hockey games during these Olympics, you've probably found yourself enjoying the work of the arena organist. So far, games have featured snippets of the Star Wars and Game of Thrones theme songs, Van Halen's "Right Now," and Depeche Mode's "Personal Jesus." It just so happens that the… » 2/13/14 1:59pm 2/13/14 1:59pm

LeBron James: Pretty Good At Rapping "Back That Ass Up"

Last night was Shane Battier's annual karaoke event, known as "Battioke," which in the past has brought us gems like Mike Miller and Chris Andersen singing "Ice Ice Baby." The highlight of this year's event was definitely LeBron James going all-out on "Back That Ass Up," with an assist from Michael Beasley. » 1/28/14 9:59am 1/28/14 9:59am

The 24 Most Amazing YouTube Videos of 1955 (or Any Year)

On Tuesday, former U.S. poet laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Charles Simic wrote on the New York Review of Books' web site about the pleasures of reliving his youthful experiences through the music and movies he could find on YouTube. When Gawker editor John Cook wrote to compliment him on the piece, Simic… » 12/31/13 12:46pm 12/31/13 12:46pm