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Video Day! Plus the (music) news…and a playlist! by Tom Stillwagon

Today’s offering will be short on words, and long on media.

Video day! Word.

Remember back in school when you saw the teacher push that cart with the television into the room and you knew you weren’t going to have to read today and suddenly it was all good?  Yeah, it’s kind of like that.

Let’s start with something new. Like, I’m pretty sure you haven’t heard this shit new.

I’m pretty sure your hipster friends haven’t played him out already new.

Martin Harley. British born, currently residing in Texas. Writes. Good. Songs.

Catch him Saturday May 11th at the BottleRock Music Festival (Napa CA) or at the Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles on Wednesday May 22nd.

Woodkid. How about Woodkid. Have you heard Woodkid?

Because you should. You really should.

He makes swell music videos, too.

Then there’s this video from Fake Shark Real Zombie. I’m not sure anyone should hear it. Or maybe everyone should hear it. I don’t know. It’s simultaneously terrible and awesome and I don’t know what to think about it any more. But, you know, check it out, tell me what you think.

Then there’s the kid from Troll 2.

Oh yeah. The news:

The Rolling Stones played a warm-up gig at the tiny Echoplex in Los Angeles last Saturday. 500 lucky attendees were able to see the band up close and personal, as well as rub elbows with some famous Stones fans (Johnny Depp, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen and Bruce Willis were reportedly in attendance.) The 90 minute set apparently did not suck and fun was had by all.

Kanye West returned to Twitter with two simple words on Thursday: “June Eighteen.”

Sheeple-folk then proceeded to re-tweet it 10,000 times in 40 minutes. Let’s hope this is about new music and not the hairy Kardashian baby.

Mountain Dew went after two of its rapper spokesmen this week. First, a commercial for the soda directed by Odd Future leader Tyler the Creator was pulled for its racist and violent content. Then Lil’ Wayne lost his deal endorsing Mountain Dew after they didn’t like the lyrics in one of his songs. The offensive song was not released by Wayne’s camp, rather it leaked on the internet. Rough, son.

Chance the Rapper‘s new mixtape was released and lots of people like it and you can hear it HERE.


Napa Valley CA’s BottleRock Music Festival is this week, and the lineup is quite good. The Black Keys, Kings of Leon, Jane’s Addiction, the Flaming Lips and a whole lot more. for details.

Slayer guitarist and metal icon Jeff Hanneman has died. He was 49. Hanneman had not appeared with the band at recent concerts, as he was recovering from a spider bite that left him with a horrible flesh-eating bacteria known as necrotizing fasciitis. The doctors are claiming the cause of death to be liver failure.

Also RIP to Chris Kelly of 90’s hip hop duo Kris Kross, who passed away at age 34 this week.

This weeks playlist includes a soulful jam from Alice Russell, a cool spaced out instrumental from French art-rockers Air, a couple of tracks from the DangerMouse produced We Love Green album, and a new Iggy & the Stooges track. Also, Melvins cover Queen and the Hold Steady cover Springsteen. Peace.

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