Mixed Media

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.

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Breaker of Music Industry Laments Breakage of Music Industry

| Wed Dec. 19, 2007 1:59 PM EST

mojo-photo-mtv.jpgToday in the Riff's Head-Spinning Irony Department, it's the first part of MTV.com's 3-part series, "The Year the Music Industry Broke." Sure, lots of people have been saying it's been a tough year for record sales or for record company employees, but tell us, MTV, how bad is it?

Drudge Quotes The Enquirer on "Edwards Love Child"

| Wed Dec. 19, 2007 2:40 AM EST

mojo-photo-drudge.JPGMatt Drudge, ladies and gentlemen: he's always had some iffy sources, but have we ever seen him scan The Enquirer and put it "above the fold"? What next, quoting blind items from Ted Casablanca's "Awful Truth" columns? One wonders, who in the Clinton camp is pushing Drudge to go after Edwards, and what sort of Obama-ignoring strategy is that? Okay, that's three questions in a row, and here's another one: why am I still checking this website?

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.

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:

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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.

    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?