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Cee-Lo Green has just released a song that is sure to be a contender for most subversively awesome summer anthem.
Usually telling your gold-digging ex-girlfriend and her new douchebag guy to fuck off is a sore subject. Apparently, not in Cee-Lo’s world, though, because on this absolutely appropriately titled track (“Fuck You,” natch), he sounds positively jubilant.
And no, this song isn’t a novelty, so don’t just write it off.
This track will appear on Cee-Lo’s new solo album, The Lady Killer, which should be out before the end of the year.
Many Constitutional scholars can’t agree whether or not corporations are recognized as persons in the eyes of the law. But somehow, over time, it has become the accepted standard that under the 14th Amendment, corporations are to receive virtually all of the rights that actual, individual human beings have.
This is fucking ridiculous. A corporation is not a person. Anyone who argues that it should be treated like one simply because it is made up of many is willfully ignorant. Here’s an appropriate quote from an essay that explains this nonsense better than I can:
People may not know exactly what Goldman Sachs is, but they know it is not a person. A person doesn’t have unlimited life or limited liability. A person is responsible for her decisions. If she makes a decision that kills or maims people she will go to jail. If a CEO makes such a decision she, at worst, receives a golden parachute.
Unlike a real person, a corporation lacks a conscience. It is guided neither by ethics nor morality but rather by laws that required its Boards to elevate the maximization of profits above all other concerns.
A real person is an independent actor, subject to many influences that affect how he votes. Warren Buffett, for example, thinks it is in his and society’s best interest for him to be required to pay more taxes. A corporation that made this decision could be taken to court by its stockholders.
Well, the Supreme Court upped the ante back in January when it ruled that corporations can spend an unlimited amount of money in our elections. Fan-fucking-tastic. Say hello to a new era of companies buying electoral results (well, moreso than they already do). And big companies have wasted no time in taking advantage of this ruling. In July, Target donated $150,000 to the campaign of the right-wing candidate for governor in Minnesota who happens to be anti-gay and oh yeah, anti-worker. (Wait, isn’t the Target corporation made up of thousands of workers? Oh yeah, those worthless peons are just necessary annoyances standing in the way of ever larger profits. So fuck ‘em.)
Well, a boycott against Target has been initiated by MoveOn.org and best of all, a small group of brave citizens brought the protest directly to Target, all in the form of a song. Rock on guys!
We’ve already seen one attempt at a 3D music video, but that one didn’t require any glasses and could be a little nauseating as a result of the technique used.
But Broken Bells has posted their attempt at a 3D video for the song “October” requiring those red and blue-lensed glasses, and the coolest part about it is that it’s interactive.
I didn’t even have the glasses, but it’s still a pretty cool idea. If you’ve got the specs, tell us how the 3D looks.
And is it just me, or did anyone else notice the ice cream-pooping taco from South Park in there somewhere?
When I heard Eminem’s new album, it was pretty evident that the track “Love The Way You Lie” was destined to end up as a commercial smash.
Not only did it have an instantly memorable hook, but it features mega-star Rihanna, who lends the song added crossover potential – meaning the song could find its way onto exponentially more radio stations’ playlists. And that’s exactly what happened. I know this because my 14 year old female cousin who probably never listened to an Eminem song in her life, posted the lyrics to this song on Facebook and is apparently now a fan. So the record company definitely did something right here.
But the most important thing is that the song is really good, and the new video for the song matches its quality (which is increasingly rare with music videos these days). And even though, like the song itself, the video deals with domestic violence. . . it’s still kinda hot.
Remember in the old Looney Tunes cartoons when a character would see a buxom female walk by and they would do a double-take followed by their eyes popping way out of their head, accompanied by an awooga horn?
That would be an appropriate reaction to this photo.
Regular Suds reader (and avid Tool fan) Justin S. will like this one.
At this year’s E3 video game conference, publisher Activision held a press conference for what I’m assuming is Guitar Hero 3,487. Obviously, there’s nothing really exciting about that.
But to spice up the proceedings they brought out Maynard James Keenan (of Tool, A Perfect Circle, and Puscifer – for those of you who are sadly unaware) and Billy Howerdel (also of A Perfect Circle and ASHES dIVIDE) to cover one of the greatest songs of all time – Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
They were backed up by a full orchestra and choir, not to mention some pixelated game avatars singing and playing along as well. Needless to say, it was pretty sweet (and I’m sure Maynard would have beaten that track on expert). Check it out:
And speaking of Maynard making awesome cover songs, he recently worked with The Flaming Lips’ guitarist Steven Drozd to cover Elton John’s “Rocket Man.” Their version carries the fantastic title “Rocket Mantastic.” They cut the song together during Drozd’s scoring work for the film “The Heart Is A Drum Machine.” You can stream the song over at Puscifer’s website.
Holy hell, this video is saccharine.
It’s oozing with enough sugary confection to give you diabetes…through the computer screen. If you already have diabetes, make sure you have your insulin shot nearby. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Now I dare you to get the song out of your head. I’m not gonna lie, I actually kinda like it, in some guiltily shameful way (and besides, who can resist those eyes Ms. Perry has?). My only gripe – what’s with that Miley Cyrus “Party In The U.S.A.”-style autotuning on the “Oh, oh, ohhh” parts of the pre-chorus. Katy’s got a pretty good voice, and that autotune shit is annoying.
I’m not big into rap and hip-hop because, let’s be honest, most rappers sound like morons spitting lame rhymes about how many times they’ve been shot or how much bling they are sporting around their neck. I don’t know about you, but I can’t relate to that shit. Sure, I’ll nod my head and smile at some of these beats that are accompanied by ludicrous braggadocio, but at the end of the day, I’m really laughing more at the rapper than with them.
Now there are certainly plenty of great rappers who eschew these trite conventions, and Eminem has always been one of my favorites. His insane wordplay and knowing sense of humor are enough to draw in plenty of fans like me who don’t usually frequent the rap world. But even Eminem was starting to fall into the trap of endlessly repeating himself. I mean, how many tracks can a guy sing about how much drugs messed him up?
But after scrapping the planned follow-up to his last album Relapse, and instead starting from scratch on his new album Recovery, which is due on June 22, it seems as if Mr. Mathers is toning down the wise cracks and focusing on his own faults. On the first single, he sings, “It was my decision to get clean, I did it for me/Admittedly I probably did it subliminally for you/So I could come back a brand new me, you helped me see through.” Funny or serious, with Eminem it’s all good.
Check out the video for “Not Afraid” after the jump (and notice the not-so-subtle product placement for Dr. Dre’s Beats laptop):
While Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz is off snuggling with his wifey and contemplating the end of his band, the other three members are off working on promising side projects.
Singer Patrick Stump is in the process of creating a solo album on which he pretty much handles all the duties (singing, drums, production, etc.) The other two Boys, guitarist Joe Trohman and drummer Andy Hurley, have joined in the creation of a new supergroup-type band, The Damned Things.
The Damned Things play mostly hard rock, which makes sense for Trohman and Hurley because I know they are pretty big metal fans. Joining them in the group are Scott Ian and Rob Caggiano of Anthrax and Keith Buckley and Josh Newton of Every Time I Die. That’s quite the cadre of guitarists.
The band posted rough mixes of two songs on their MySpace page this week, and for rough mixes they sound pretty good, especially “We’ve Got A Situation Here.” It’s nothing groundbreaking, but it’s definitely enough to make me want to hear more from these guys.