You may have heard that Chris Brown has anger issues. There was the whole Rhianna incident a few years ago and now he is accused of brawling with Grammy nominated singer Frank Ocean over a parking spot in Hollywood. L.A. Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Steve Whitmore says that his department is currently investigating the incident and will determine whether either singer should be arrested. Brendan Spaar thinks that it is a little excessive to fight someone over a parking spot. This takes road rage to a whole new level. It would appear that Chris Brown gets a little angry when Grammy season rolls around.
It's official. Los Angeles Reid (ok...L.A. Reid), the man responsible for breaking Justin Beiber, is leaving Simon Cowell's X-Factor show to spend more time with his family. Does anyone other than Brendan Spaar think that this is a cop out? The show has had terrible ratings this year. Re-runs of the Big Bang Theory have beaten it. The only original cast member (besides Mr. Cowell who isn't going anywhere) is Reid. It is surprising that Reid didn't leave the show with Paula Abdul and Nichole Scherzinger. Maybe it was to show solidaridy in that the show wasn't a complete failure. After all, the host and two judges bit the dust. If Simon was the only survivor it would show total failure, something that Simon Cowell is not used to.
Well tonight's the night. If you haven't already heard, there is a huge Hurricane Sandy benefit concert tonight that is being hyped to be larger than the Live-8 concert a few years back. The concert, which starts tonight at 7:30pm ET will feature the likes of Bon Jovi, Eric Clapton, Dave Grohl, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Chris Martin, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Eddie Vedder, Roger Waters, Kanye West, The Who and Paul McCartney. Brendan Spaar has heard a rumor that Paul McCartney will take the stage and sing a Nirvana song with Dave Grohl on drums. This will be a little weird because McCartney's voice is not suited for Nirvana songs. The song he will choose will probably be a mellow song like About a Girl, The Man Who Sold The World, or Lithium but wouldn't it be great if he got up there and sang Smells Like Teen Spirit or Rape me? One things certain, this will be a great concert that you won't want to miss.
It must be a slow news week here in the United States because apparently the Psy story is all over TV. Turns out back in 2002 the up and coming rapper recorded a song with Korean Heavy Metal Band (yes there is such a thing!) N.E.X.T. called Dear American in which he called on the killing of "Yankees who have been torturing Iraqi captives." Why would Psy have such harsh words for is future audience? Well Brendan Spaar investigated and found that two South Korean middle school girls were killed by American troops shortly before the song was recorded. Their deaths were the result of a horrible accident but it fueled Anti American sentiment at the time. Apparently it is really good for your career if you bash America over in South Korea so Psy may have recorded this song for notariety and popularity. Does Psy hate America or is he simply seizing on an opportunity to make up for his limited talent? Look at his latest hit Gangnam Style and decide.
It's that time of year again where the top artists of 2012 are nominated for Grammy awards. These awards are supposed to recognize artistic merit and not put too much emphasis on popularity or album sales. This year, Brendan Spaar feels that was achieved by a few "surprise" snubs.
One Direction, Psy, Justin Bieber and the Wanted did not receive Grammy nominations and the internet is in a tizzy! None of these artists have done anything revolutionary in 2012. Bieber, One Direction, and The Wanted crank out manufactured pop songs like water. Psy took the world by storm because his song was so outragous that we had to see and hear it for shock value. Do any of these artists deserve an award for the work that they did? Probably not. To show that they didn't snub all manufactured pop artists and internet sensations, the Recording Industry nominated Carly Rae Jepsen for Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance. This high school girl may not have been discovered if Bieber hadn't tweeted out her song to his millions of followers.
Another weird category this year is Alternative Music. Somehow Gotye's Making Mirrors album ended up on the list of Best Alternative Albums of 2012. Sure Gotye is a talented artist but does he really belong in an Altermative Music category?
Maroon 5's lead singer and bad boy of The Voice Adam Levine has some harsh words for the reality TV show Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. In the December issue of GQ magazine, Levine called Honey Boo Boo's family "the decay of Western civilization. Just because so many people watch the show doesn't mean it's good." Brendan Spaar couldn't agree more. This show is encouraging people to be dumb and not try in life. If you are uneducated and have a family that you can barely afford, maybe a reality show will swoop in and save you. As a society we would rather watch this train wreck and laugh at them than feel sorry for the family's misfortune. The truth of the matter is there are many families in rural America just like the Thompsons. Instead of laughing at them on a reality TV show, let's help them. Reality TV is out of control and has turned into a point-and-laugh outlet for snobs.
If you didn't already know, corporations lobby Congress to pass laws that benefit them. There is real money involved in courting legislators and it has never been more aparant as in the case of the Internet Radio Fairness Act. Internet radio companies such as Pandora have lobbied Congress to draft legislation which would reduce the royalties paid to musicians each time their song is played online. The country has enough problems on its hand and instead of tackling the real issues, Congress is earning its fat cat reputation by putting this Act to a vote. The opposition includes some rather large names such as Katy Perry, Sheryl Crow, Rihanna, Pink Floyd, Blondie, Bill Joel, Amy Grant, Megadeth, CeeLo Green, Ted Nugent and the Dead Kennedys. Brendan Spaar does not believe that the government should regulate the amount of money a website pays to the artist. This should be negotiated between the artist's label and the website. If a compromise cannot be reached then pull the artist from the website. It's as simple as that.
While everyone in America is clawing each other's faces off to get the best bargains (ok 10% off of already crappy electronics), some people are flocking to their local record stores to pick up some music. That's right, today, Black Friday, is also Record Store Day. Many artists have released special albums (many on vinyl) to celebrate this day. Some of those artists include Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, John Mayer, David Bowie, Gaslight Anthem, Band of Horses, Captain Beefheart, Gene Clark, Coheed and Cambria, the Grateful Dead, Merle Haggard, Mayer Hawthorne, Lee Hazelwood, Wanda Jackson, Jellyfish, Mad Season, Mogwai, the Fat Boys and Teddy Thompson. Brendan Spaar may be picking up the 7-inch vinyl single of This Christmas by Cee Lo Green and Donny Hathaway. To find out which record store near you is participating in Record Store Day, click on the link below.
Did anyone out there see Rhianna on SNL over the weekend? Brendan Spaar is a huge Rhianna fan but was a little disappointed with her performance on NBC's hit comedy show. The use of flashy graphics and a green screen overshadowed her performance and was quite frankly a little distracting. Rhianna has an amazing voice overall but it wasn't the focus and the highlight of the performance. What ever happened to the singer and a microphone setup? Has music really devolved to the point that if there aren't flashy graphics people will lose interest? I blame the internet for the dumbing down of society. If people don't have something shiny to watch, they will divert their attention to their phones or something else, even during a musical performance. So my advice to Rhianna is to go back to the basics and lose the flasy graphics.
Life isn't all rosey when you're a celebrity. Cee Lo Green, real name Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, has been accused of the unthinkable! A woman is claiming that the Gnarls Barkley singer from Atlanta who now judges on The Voice sexually assaulted her at a Los Angeles area restaurant. Of course Cee Lo is denying it and this seems like it is giong to turn into a "he said, she said" ordeal. Brendan Spaar was a fan of Gnarls Barkley and also Dange Mouse, a DJ that Green has collaborated with in the past. Apparently the woman did not work at the restaurant. According to the documents filed with LAPD police officers, the woman was the date of Cee Lo Green. I'm sure that Cee Lo is singing his hit song "Forget You" everytime he thinks about this woman.