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Friday Don't Be a Wise Guy It's Music News Day

| Fri Dec. 21, 2007 3:54 PM EST

Music News

  • 25th-anniversary edition of Michael Jackson's Thriller complete with remixes by Will.i.am and Kanye West universally panned. Whatever, this was just an excuse for me to post that creepy picture of Jackson shopping at Borders with what looks like tape holding his face together.
  • Amy Winehouse's Back to Black will likely be the biggest-selling album of the year in the UK, moving 1.5 million units so far, although reality-show star Leona Lewis may overtake her at the last minute. Yeah I have no idea who that is either.
  • Patti Smith has been hosting a podcast about the life of Bob Dylan, and everybody just noticed this, I guess. The latest edition features the Band's Garth Hudson and jazz great George Wein.
  • Moby's request for a fan to be sent to his room at a Ukranian hotel gets, erm, lost in translation, as the clerk responds that he's sorry but there are no women in the lobby. Ba-dump bam!
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    M.I.A., Spoon, Swizz Beats Among Shortlist Prize Nominees

    | Fri Dec. 21, 2007 3:05 PM EST

    mojo-photo-shortlist.jpgNominees for the Shortlist Prize (America's answer to the UK's Mercury Prize for best album of the year) were announced today, and there's 54 of them, so you might want to get a snack. Shortlist restricts nominees to albums that have sold less than 500,000 copies, which ain't so hard these days, but does eliminate Kanye. The nominating panel included Gary Lightbody from Snow Patrol, the Killers' Ronnie Vannuccii, and KCRW DJ Chris Douridas, and after the jump, the nominees, every last one of them:

    Party Ben's Top Ten Albums of 2007

    | Fri Dec. 21, 2007 12:25 AM EST

    mojo-photo-rifftoptenweek.jpgI know: I have a problem. It's serious, and it's not getting better. I'm obsessed with "Best of" lists. I love them! I collect them, compare them, fold them up into little squares and rub them against my cheeks. Not that last one. But I do read a lot of them, and yes, now mine does look pretty familiar: my Top 3, at least, is a lot like everyone else's. But I swear it: these are the albums that I enjoyed the most, and felt were the most significant, of the year, and just because I kind of agree with Pitchfork, does that make me a bad person? ...Don't answer that.

    Red Velvet Goldmine, or, Christmas With Bowie

    | Thu Dec. 20, 2007 5:43 PM EST

    If you're still singing to yourself, "I hurt myself today pa rum pum pum pum," then you might want to change your interior Muzak track with this gem. Here's what happened when David Bowie dropped by Bing Crosby's place for some Christmas cheer:

    (Via The Poop)

    All I Want for Christmas, Part 3: Cassette Bag

    | Thu Dec. 20, 2007 4:41 PM EST

    mojo-photo-cassettebag.jpgFrom the World Wide Fred website: "Time to unwind and rewind with this low-tech cassette tote bag. Full-color printed flexible plastic, complete with handles that look like the tape is unraveling (didn't you just hate it when that happened?). Casual and roomy, our Cassette Tote is the perfect way to pack your important stuff (like your leg warmers, mini skirt, and jelly shoes). What a feelin'!"

    There's no price and I can't find anywhere to actually buy it, so maybe it's not real, but it sure does bring me back to the days when home taping was killing the music industry. You know, when it unravels you can fix it with scotch tape (the cassette, not the industry).

    (Via AudioPorn Central)

    Mashup Roundup: Tasteless Ike Turner Mashup, Tasteful Christmas Mashups, Obvious Jay-Z Mashup Album, Super Zep Mashup

    | Thu Dec. 20, 2007 4:18 PM EST

    Santastic

  • First of all, let's get this out of the way: I can't even bring myself to say the name of the song that's been combined with an old Ike & Tina Turner number, but I bet you can guess it. (via Mashuptown.com)
  • Okay, clean your ears out with some lovely and innocent holiday-themed bootlegs: it's another "Santastic" compilation, edited by Boston's DJ BC and featuring the work of Go Home Productions, Freddy King of Pants, and a special "Dick In a Box" mix from A Plus D! Come to think of it, maybe this isn't so innocent. (Santastic3)
  • Not street enough for you? Well, SoCal's DJ Skee has put together a version of Jay-Z's latest album American Gangster using music from another well-known gangster movie: it's American Godfather, and while I'm a bit put off by Skee's ego ("often cited as the definitive DJ for the West Coast"?!) Radar seems to like it. (Download at SendSpace)
  • Now here's what mashups are really all about: actual musical craft. Lenlow's smooth combo of Led Zeppelin, Buffalo Springfield, and a bunch more stuff feels like a whole new song, so shut up about this being a "cringe-inducing fad," Radar. You're cringe-inducing. Nyah! (Via Lenlow's site)
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    Larry Flynt Doesn't Know Whether Rudolph Giuliani is Gay or Not

    | Thu Dec. 20, 2007 3:33 PM EST

    mojo-photo-flynt.JPGHustler publisher and aspiring political muckraker Larry Flynt has given an extensive interview to Vanity Fair in which he continues to promise the exposure of juicy tidbits about "hypocritical" politicians, although it's his comments about Rudy Giuliani that are raising eyebrows:

    Party Ben's Top 10 (Plus!) Songs of 2007

    | Wed Dec. 19, 2007 9:22 PM EST

    mojo-photo-rifftoptenweek.jpgOr "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Feist." Things have moved around a bit since my half-year list back in July, but the idea is the same: 2007, if anything, was a year of Big Songs. Big triumphant chords, big tragic emotions, big sing-along choruses—this was not the year for quiet ballads. Take "Umbrella," a shoe-in at #1; its genre-crushing intensity and live-remix vocal indulgences made it inescapable, but it was its big-hearted spirit that made it an anthem. Oddly enough, as I look down my list, a lot of these songs have similar emotional landscapes, if not geneses: even LCD Soundsystem seems to be offering up an umbrella for his friends to stand under. There's a theory (maybe?) that pop music gets better as the government gets more right-wing and screwed-up (compare the brilliance of early-80s electro-pop to mid-90s 3rd-tier pseudo-grunge), and maybe you could say these songs all have a fighting spirit, whether the enemies are the boys who "start a war" or the ones who try and make you go to rehab.

    Also, three of my Top 11 are in triple-time. Now that's weird.

    Here's my Top Ten complete with videos, and then #s 11-20, just cause there were a lot of good runners-up.

    A Little Holiday Cheer From... Nine Inch Nails?

    | Wed Dec. 19, 2007 5:35 PM EST

    Holy stocking stuffers, this is funny: Nine Inch Nails lyrics set to the tunes of classic Christmas carols, AKA Nine Inch Noëls. NSFW, needless to say.

    First Look at Lily Allen and Ed Simons' Baby

    | Wed Dec. 19, 2007 4:06 PM EST

    It's true, she's pregnant, it's in the NME! And Party Ben, using his Photoshop powers for evil, proudly gives you the first "if they mated"-style glimpse at what their offspring will probably look like. Is it the "Chemical Allen" or the "Lily Brother?" You decide, and then decide if it should maybe co-star on that Cavemen show. Prepare yourself, put the kids to bed, and then click the "continues inside" button to witness the carnage.