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Top Ten Online Radio Streams

| Tue Dec. 18, 2007 11:43 PM EST

mojo-photo-rifftoptenweek.jpgYes, the exciting Week of Top Tens continues here on the Riff, this list suggested by an esteemed Mother Jones editor, who was like, "what the hell should I listen to online?!" Well, first, take a deep breath, and then direct your browser to one of these ten stations, networks, or random dudes in a basement. I'll admit it up front: this list is heavy on actual radio stations that you can listen to online, since low-budget online radio usually can't compete with the sound quality, production, and industry access that "real" stations have. I like things to sound good, what can I say.

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Video: Huckabee & Norris Split the Screen on Larry King Live

| Tue Dec. 18, 2007 6:55 PM EST

At this risk of turning this site into "All Huckabee All the Time," here's an entertaining bit of video: it's the Huckster splitting the screen with an awesomely wordy Chuck Norris last night on "Larry King Live." Fun highlights include: counting how many times Huckabee blinks during Norris' intro ramble; the way Norris pronounces "a raging FIE-yer;" and his blinding white teeeeth! (Maybe that's why Mike was blinking so much).

BBC Reverses Decision to Censor Pogues Track

| Tue Dec. 18, 2007 6:06 PM EST

mojo-photo-fairytale.jpgThat was fast. I reported, like, just a few seconds ago that BBC Radio 1 had decided to cut two sections of the Pogues 20-year-old Christmas song, "Fairytale of New York," including the word "faggot" and the line "old slut on junk." Now comes word that they've reversed the decision and will play the original version of the song. Radio 1 "controller" Andy Parfitt released this statement to the press:

FCC Relaxes Media Ownership Rules... Again

| Tue Dec. 18, 2007 3:08 PM EST

mojo-photo-fcc.gifFirst of all, has anyone ever noticed that it looks like the eagle is getting electrocuted on the FCC's official seal over there? Ker-ZAPP, take that, freedom! Anyway, earlier today in a party-line 3-2 vote, the good old Commission overturned a 32-year-old ban that forbade broadcasters in the 20 largest media markets from also owning a newspaper. Do you get the sense that everybody in the Bush administration is just kind of "shooting the moon" at this point? Like, "screw it, let's just do all the evil crap we want, who cares?" Both Republican and Democratic members of congress had asked FCC chairman Kevin Martin not to proceed with the decision, but the White House was gunnin' for it. Yee-haw. [Edit: Hey, turns out MoJo's totally on top of this beat, check out this article, "Breaking the News," for some background.]

Tuesday Cures Your Flus with Music News Day

| Tue Dec. 18, 2007 2:35 PM EST

Music News

  • BBC Radio 1 has edited the Pogues' Christmas standard "Fairytale in New York," reports the NME. The song, originally a hit in 1987, now has the word "faggot" dubbed out, as well as the phrase "an old slut on junk." Who knew Kristi MacColl and Shane MacGowan were actually singing real words? MacColl's mother defended the songs in an interview, saying the singers are playing "characters."

  • 50 Cent has become the first high-profile artist to perform in the Kosovan capital Pristina since the war. The rapper gave a concert at a soccer stadium Monday night for which over 25,000 tickets had been sold.
  • The Breeders have announced a tour of the UK and Ireland in April of 2008. The band has been inactive for five years, but never officially broke up, and Kim Deal has of course been busy with a reunited Pixies. Word "on the street" is the Breeders will headline Coachella as well.
  • M.I.A. has posted a rambling message on her blog decrying the "censorship" she's experienced in the U.S., referring to the removal of gunshot sounds from her track "Paper Planes" during a performance on the Letterman show and by MTV. She also said she "felt soooooo bad for what they did to my sound" on the Letterman performance, something I mentioned here previously. Anyway, M.I.A. wants us all to watch the uncensored version of the video because "putting meanings in your videos in my opinion is a dying art." Fine, fine:

  • Top Ten DJ Mixes/Various Artists Sets of 2007

    | Tue Dec. 18, 2007 1:28 AM EST

    mojo-photo-rifftoptenweek.jpgOkay. First of all, I know I promised a Riff roundup of MoJo staffers' favorite albums of the year today, but only a few intrepid souls got their lists to me in time, so I'm abandoning my attempt to create an overall list. Instead, welcome to the Riff's Week of Top Tens, where I (and hopefully other Riffers) will be posting some of our favorite stuff 'n' things of the year. To kick it off: various-artist DJ sets.

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    Love and Marriage

    | Mon Dec. 17, 2007 8:00 PM EST

    Pam Anderson files for divorce after two months. A husband and wife throw down OK Corral-style, leaving her dead. Oh well, at least the couple that enslaves together stays together, if in separate prisons. When, oh when, will homosexuals stop destroying marriage?

    Led Zeppelin: No Spring Tour, But Maybe Belfast, and Save Those Ticket Stubs

    | Mon Dec. 17, 2007 4:46 PM EST

    Robert PlantAfter Led Zeppelin's "triumphant" reunion show at London's O2 Arena last Monday, the rumors of an upcoming tour were inevitable. E! reports that a set of dates in early 2008 seemed possible, and that a headline slot at Tennessee's Bonnaroo festival in June was also rumored. But alas, it's not meant to be: Robert Plant has set aside May for a European tour with Allison Krauss, with whom he made the critically-acclaimed album Raising Sand. Plant is also rumored to be the one Zep most opposed to the idea of continuing the band's successful tour, telling the Sunday Times that "a cavalcade of merciless repetition is not what it's all about."

    But now the Belfast Telegraph is reporting that a local promoter is negotiating to bring the band back to the Northern Ireland city, where they played "Stairway to Heaven" for the first time in public. While that legendary show was at the Ulster Hall, the promoter says that venue is "too small" and that they would likely play an arena.

    And finally, if you were one of the lucky fans who scored a ticket to the aforementioned O2 Arena show, don't throw out that ticket stub: NME reports that the crumpled scraps are going for up to £125 ($250) on eBay.

    All I Want for Christmas, Part 2: Tenori-On

    | Mon Dec. 17, 2007 3:45 PM EST

    mojo-photo-tenorion.JPGIs it a Lite Brite? An etch-a-sketch? An elaborate "NextBus" sign? Nope: it's a musical instrument. Tenori-On means "sound in your palm" in Japanese, and this eight-inch square little miracle (made by Yamaha) lets you make beats and loops by touching—well, caressing—its surface. The instructions are a little opaque: draw the wave form! Assign individual sounds to each key! Hold the key down to create a repeating audio loop! Huh? But the video of somebody who knows what they're doing making (an admittedly pretty noodly) little techno number is positively jaw-dropping. Watch it after the jump.

    Tenori-On is only available in the UK right now, but with a low low price of $1200 you can afford a round-trip flight to pick it up for me, right, Secret Santa?

    Porn, Porn Everywhere

    | Sun Dec. 16, 2007 11:17 AM EST

    A study has found, duh, that most young women in college find pornography acceptable and view it themselves. As if you couldn't tell that from the way they dress and comport themselves.

    Don't get me wrong, porn's fine. In fact, it's a girl's best friend. Quite the little time saver.
    Whenever the man-of-the-moment started giving me the horny eyeball when I had a good book to finish or laundry to do, POP went the VCR. Most porn is so silly, with those pneumatic, ridiculo-boobs, and toothache moaning, five or so minutes in, a sister was bored and wandering off for a snack. The hard part, you'll excuse the expression, was snaking out of that feverish clawing with a fako-bacon, husky "I'll be right back" in a 1-900 voice he interpreted to mean that I'd be donning something uncomfortable and sleazy but which really meant, "I think there's some Chunky Monkey left".