Deadmau5 sounds off about … well, just about everything in the new Rolling Stone:
- On Skrillex: “[He] isn’t doing anything too technical. He has a laptop and a MIDI recorder, and he’s just playing his shit … People are, thank God, smartening up about who does what – but there’s still button-pushers getting paid half a million.”
- On Madonna, and her widely panned performance at the Ultra Music Festival in Miami: “You want to be ‘hip’ and ‘cool’ and ‘funky grandma’? Fine. It’s not my place to say you’re irrelevant. If you’re gonna come into my world, at least do it with a little more dignity.”
On most dance music: “”Just 120 bpm with a fucking kick drum on every quarter note.”
A day after we caught word of Shia LaBeouf baring it all in a video for Sigur Ros, now here’s Daniel Radcliffe appearing in the video for “Beginners,” the new video by UK indie duo Slow Club. Radcliffe remains clothed.
David Lowery, a veteran of the bands Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven, takes exception to Emily White, an intern at NPR’s “All Songs Considered,” who admitted that while she owned 11,000 songs, she’s only paid for 15 CDs in her life. Lowery takes 3,700 WORDS to reply in this open letter. “Why do we value the network and hardware that delivers music but not the music itself?” he asks. But in White’s defense, she notes in her post that she very rarely illegally downloaded music. Most of it she acquired from trades with friends or from the vast library of CDs at her college radio station. While this certainly isn’t getting artists any royalties, it’s a far cry from acquiring an entire collection via MegaUpload. In fact, it’s not a whole lot different from previous generations’ trading mixtapes or dubbing cassettes for each other.
NPR looks at “Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey,” the documentary about Journey and Filipino singer Arnel Pineda. The doc opened the annual Silverdocs Film Festival this week.
Tower Records founder Russ Solomon is archiving all of his memorabilia online, and collecting employees’ remembrances.
D.C. culture site Brightest Young Things has a contest in which best suicide note wins tickets to see Morrissey.
Nineties alt-rock band Lorelei is back with their first album in 18 years. Enterprising Sidewalks is out Aug. 16.
A rabid skunk bit a woman at Jimmy Buffett‘s Cheeseburger in Paradise restaurant in Southern Maryland. The whole thing just stinks.
And today in Nickelback hating: Ology reports on a new Facebook app that shows you which of your friends likes Nickelback, so you can drop them all in one fell swoop.