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.
Adele's next album may be nursery rhymes and not about heartbreak. Rumor has it that Adele and her boyfriend Simon Konecki have had a baby boy on Friday. The singer's official webpage and Twitter feed have been silent so all Brendan Spaar can go by are online reports. One thing is for certain, this unnamed baby that Adele has given birth to is destined for great things. I wonder how long it will be until we see him on a reality show like American Idol, X-Factor, or The Voice.
The wait is finally over! R. Kelly is coming out of the closet! Well maybe Brendan Spaar should reword that. New chapters of R. Kelly's Trapped in the Closet Hip Hopera are set to debut on IFC November 23rd at 9pm. Then after the premiere, IFC will be running a marathon all Thanksgiving day of the previous Trapped in the Closet chapters! IFC is serving up a heaping helping of waffles to go with the viewer's turkey this Thanksgiving. I kind of like this unusual marathon and would never have guessed IFC to be the venue for it. This isn't really an independent film because I'm sure that R. Kelly had some big money behind him in making it. I will be watching the marathon though because all I know of this hip hopera is the one chapter that was released to radio back in 2005. Click the source for a preview of the latest chapter (23!) and look below for Weird Al Yankovic's parody of the first chapter.
We are all about diverse music here at the Brendan Spaar Music Blog. Today's post is all about those Wicked Clowns known as the Insane Clown Posse. Daniel Tosh has featured the rap duo of Violent J and Shaggy Two Dope on his Tosh.0 show last season. Their fans, usually teenagers, refer to themselves as Juggalos. There is another name for a fan of the Insane Clown Posse according to the FBI: gang banger. This all comes from a national report on gangs released in 2011 that listed Juggalos as a type of gang because they "gang-like behaviour" and commit crimes and violence. The band filed a freedom of information claim asking why Juggalos were included in the report and of course the FBI failed to respond. Now the Insane Clowns' lawyers are suing to get the documents.
Not likely. By now Brendan Spaar is sure that everyone has heard of the "feud" between Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey during the filming of auditions for American Idol. If you haven't heard, Nicki blew up at Mariah during the auditions in Charolette, NC. saying:
“I told them I'm not f*ckin' putting up with her f**kin' highness over there," “I'm gonna knock you out."
Now a lot of people are saying that Nicki might get "fired" from the show. Others are questioning whether Mariah will have Minaj charged for threatening her. The only thing that's on fire is interest in American Idol and that's just the way the producers want it. This fight has been great for the show and I'm sure they want more of it. Afterall, this is reality TV where nothing is real. If this really happened where you work, you would be fired in a moment. That may be why people think that Minaj is in danger of losing her job. What no one realizes is that her job is to fight with Mariah and to be as obnoxious as possible. That is why they hired the obnoxious diva in the first place! At this rate, we'll see some hair pulling and water throwing when the show returns to FOX in January. The real question remains: Is reality television harmful to society?
It's not every night that David Letterman has game changing inventors on his show so when Brendan Spaar heard that Neal Young was on the show pitching new music technology, he had to check it out. Young took the opportunity of his appearance on the show to talk about his new high fidelity audio service called Pono (which I found out is not the same as the high fidelity adult video service called Porno). The goal of this service is to offer consumers digital access to as pure of an audio recording as possible. This is great news because the quality of digital recording varies so much between providors. Apple has only recently started offering lossless quality which means if you purchased any MP3s prior to 2011 then you have compressed audio in your library. If Neil Young's project is successful, all audio will be presented in the way that it was recorded. So far all of the major record labels are interested so we will have to wait and see if this idea takes off.