Archive for September 14th, 2009

Pink, Paramore, Death Cab, Katy Perry, Ne-Yo and More: VMAs Interviews You Didn’t See on TV

September 14th, 2009
Now that Kanye West’s latest outburst is behind us, what else happened at the MTV Video Music Awards last night? Oh yeah, there were (planned) dramatic performances, a fashion faux pas or two and — surprisingly — a rather tame second-time bow by host Russell Brand. Think you saw it all? Read on for a glimpse of what they didn’t show on TV: Other than Lady Gaga’s impending appearance, which everyone anticipated would raise eyebrows, the ...

Did Jack White Donate Big Bucks to Restore Detroit Baseball Field?

September 14th, 2009
Photo: Grant/WireImage White Stripes, Raconteurs and Dead Weather leader Jack White may have anonymously donated $170,000 to help restore a baseball field in his hometown, the Detroit News reports (via TwentyFourBit). White, then known as Jack Gillis, spent his childhood playing baseball at Detroit’s Clark Park, and Morris “Coach Mo” Blackwell told the DN the guitarist was a skilled batter: “He was good. Smooth left-handed swing.” White might have moved to Nashville, but he’s gone ...

Watch No Age Duke it Out in a Video Game Challenge at All Tomorrow’s Parties

September 14th, 2009
We know No Age’s Randy Randall and Dean Allen Spunt are awesome at churning out noisy rock, but what we really wanted to test was their Bust-a-Move and Millipede skills. So we dragged them to an arcade at this past weekend’s All Tomorrow’s Parties fest in upstate New York to see which bandmate was worthy of winning the most fancy prize we could muster: a nose guard. Click above to watch the entire battle, and ...

Flaming Lips Wrap All Tomorrow’s Parties After Sets By No Age, Boris

September 14th, 2009
The third and final day of All Tomorrow’s Parties New York started with a mighty bang that didn’t stop banging for an hour and a half: The Japanese noise troupe Boredoms dominated the early afternoon with their “Boadrum 9″ performance. The Boadrum series began in earnest in July of 2007 — 7/7/07, precisely — with 77 drummers arrayed in a snaking spiral on the Brooklyn, New York, waterfront, bashing away in a constantly morphing pattern. ...

Grammys Visionary, Producer Pierre Cossette, Dead at 85

September 14th, 2009
Photo: Brown/Getty Pierre Cossette, the man responsible for bringing the Grammy Awards to television, passed away on September 11th at the age of 85 after suffering congestive heart failure in Montreal, the New York Times reports. Along with music executive Lou Adler, Cossette was a founder of Dunhill Records, a label that oversaw releases by Three Dog Night and the Mamas and the Papas before Cossette segued into television production in the 1970s. It was ...

“Basketball Diaries” Author, Punk Icon Jim Carroll Dead at 60

September 14th, 2009
Photo: Serban/Getty Poet and punk rocker Jim Carroll, whose life story was famously documented in his autobiography The Basketball Diaries, died following a heart attack on Friday, September 11th in New York City. Carroll was 60, the New York Times reports. The Basketball Diaries — which detailed Carroll’s struggles with drug use as a teenager in the 1960s — depicts his fall from prep school basketball star to heroin addict who turned to prostitution, all before ...

Kelly Clarkson, Pink, Katy Perry Lash Out at Kanye for Outburst

September 14th, 2009
Photo: Polk/Getty Last night’s VMAs ceremony featured Madonna and Janet Jackson’s tributes to the King of Pop, the This Is It trailer and Lady Gaga’s strangest costumes yet, but as soon as the lights dimmed at Radio City Music Hall, all everyone wanted to talk about was Kanye West’s outburst during Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech. Dozens of celebrities flocked to their Twitters and blogs in support of Swift, and three-time VMA winner Kelly Clarkson sat down ...

News Ticker: Janet Jackson, Black Keys, Chris Cornell, Emmys

September 14th, 2009
Photo: Mazur/WireImage Fresh off her widely praised performance at last night’s VMAs, Janet Jackson is offering fans a listen to new song “Make Me” as “A gift from Janet” on her official Website. The Black Keys have collaborated with RZA, Raekwon, Mos Def, Q-Tip and more MCs for their Blakroc project, due November 27th, Billboard reports. Chris Cornell stepped away from his Scream sound to perform John Lennon’s “Imagine” on The Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien on 9/11. ...

Ozzy Osbourne Digs Out Sabbath, Solo Tracks at Sunset Strip Fest

September 14th, 2009
Photo: Redmond/WireImage Ozzy Osbourne was back in the old neighborhood on Saturday, howling and drenching fans with a fire hose at the second annual Sunset Strip Music Fest. For years, he lived just blocks away in a house made famous during four seasons of The Osbournes, reinventing the Prince of Darkness as a befuddled, foul-mouthed family man. But with his annual Ozzfest tour on hiatus, the heavy metal frontman used the weekend’s outdoor setting to reignite ...