PaloozaHead Greatest Thing Ever Invented

Eric at Grow Interactive sent over the most enjoyable thing I’ve seen in a while: PaloozaHead. It was launched to coincide with today’s announcement of the 2007 Lollapalooza lineup. You can logon and upload your OWN head and dance to a selection of music by some of the confirm acts playing the fest. Believe you me, the results are pretty hilarious. Check out my PaloozaHead of Matt Bellamy dancing to M.I.A.

More fun starring Pete Wentz and Jack White after the cut…
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Beware of Dangerous Dangerous EMOS!

I posted this on my other blog, So More Scene, so you can go there for my full 3-point analysis, but I just had to share with you kids as well. This. Is. Hysterical:

The one thing I will comment on here is this:

The area in which this is being broadcast is Devils Lake/Grand Forks, which is humorous in itself. But the scary thing is that this particular area (Devils Lake) in North Dakota was the home of the now (in)famous evangelical Christian “Kids on Fire” summer retreat documented in the Oscar-nominated film Jesus Camp. You know, that place where Pentecostal child pastor Betty Fischer made kids cry for the sins of the world out of deranged devotion for the Lord, where kids spoke in tongue, fell on to their knees, and hypnotically prayed to God. In other words, this town is seriously into Jesus, and sometimes a little TOO serious about everything.

Real or No Real? Does Pete Wentz Reveal TMI, or Was Vice Just Making It Up?

The jury is still out on this one… Why did Vice take down their interview with Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz, posted on their daily blog? Did someone at Island freak out when they saw the content of the interview (Pete gives the nod to a particularly Brokeback style of love-making…talks about drinking and taking downers, and other material that would destroy any remaining warm fuzzy perceptions of Pete.) OR was the interview just a joke that got way too out of hand and landed Vice in the position of being sued?

Answers, anyone?

Vice has taken the entry off their blog archives, but you can still view the original post. And in case they take that link down, you can view a JPG of it on So More Scene.

Volunteers, Fistfights, Nelly, and Nas: Just Another Night with the Boost Mobile Rock Corps

This weekend I got to attend the Boost Mobile Rock Corps event at NYC’s famed Radio City Music Hall. The concert was the big payoff for thousands of NYC kids who volunteered at least 4 hours of community service at various sponsored events throughout the city.

The lineup was totally A-list, with performances by Nelly, Taking Back Sunday, Fabolous, Kelis and Nas, Young Jeezy, Panic! at the Disco, and T.I. I already did a write-up on So More Scene, but here are some extra tidbits about the show:

Nelly was the first performer of the night, and he and his crew made their entrance in grand style–with a classic convertible rising up to the stage on a hydraulic lift with Nelly and crew inside, all the meanwhile flames shot up from the stage–a total Great White moment. One dude in Nelly’s crew had more mobile communication units than a freaking T-Mobile store–and all of them bling-ed out with diamonds and strapped on his belt like the world’s most expensive tool belt.

During his bit, Nelly pulled a girl out of the audience to sing a song with him. He asked her if she knew all the songs and if she was ready to perform in front of all these people. She said she was. Then the DJ started to play the opening chords of “Dilemma“, Nelly’s duet song with Kelly Rowland. He asked her again if she was ready, because it was her, not him, who would have to go back and face all her classmates the next day. Ok, so it was Saturday, but we got what Nelly was saying. The girl said she was ready.

Over the course of the song, the girl started to groove real close to Nelly, I think at one point with her arm slung around his shoulder. You could tell that Nelly was all, “Uh, don’t get too close to me,” it was pretty funny.

Well Kelis came on, she started off with the song “Millionaire” (the duet with Andre 3000), which was possibly the worst song she could have chosen to sing for this crowd. “Millionaire” is an ok song, but it’s kinda slow, and this was a hip hop crowd. It totally didn’t fly.

“Milkshake” fared a little bit better, but something funny happens when Kelis performs live–since she performs with a live band, her music sounds really pop rock, which is confusing because she’s more hip hop than rock. Her new song, “Bossy” was also received pretty well. But the crowd really went crazy when her main man, Nas, came out at the end of her set and they did “If I Ruled the World” together. You could really tell how in love they are, when Nas walked pass Kelis, he outstretched his arm and touched her cheek.

During one of the many between-band-breaks a commotion errupted out of nowhere. Everyone in the balcony was screaming and howling–apparently a fight had broken out in the center aisle. Some dude picked up his microphone and called for security, then gave some stern words about how those dudes must not have “done their 4 hours” and that any man who came to this event and faught with girls “must be gay”. WHaaaaAAA? That was a really confusing moment. Yes, I’m against fighting, but no, I’m not for linking negative behavior with being gay.

T.I. closed the night and totally tore the house down peforming hits like “Why U Wanna”. Oh and I’m still not entirely sure why T.I. came onstage with a huge designer backpack slung over his shoulder. I thought for sure he was going to reach into it at any moment during his performance and start throwing money into the crowd–but alas, no such thing was done. In fact some dude just stood there holding the backpack the whole time and then when the show was over, he took the backpack pack and slung it back over his shoulder. Who does he think he is with his mystery bags, Antony of Antony and the Johnsons?

VMAs Reaction…

Was anyone else a little saddened that the Raconteurs were the VMA equivalent of the Paul Shaffer Band? And anyone else get a little uneasy when Jack Black started doing the Jack Black/ Jack White thing?

I didn’t see the begining of the end, so apparently I missed Lou Reed and Panic! at the Disco winning for video of the year, which is SO CRAZY! The Panic! performance was…uh…not their best, and I missed the Rose Vest.

Was really happy to see All-American Rejects win for best group video–the vid for “Move Along” is awsome. Not so happy seeing Paris Hilton talk about Tyson.

I think Chris Brown looked piiiissseed when Avenge Sevenfold won for best new artist, and I felt REALLY SCARED for Little Miss Sunshine when those burly, tattooed men got on stage and surrounded her. I feared a little bit for her safety. Where’s Dwayne when you need him?

Jared Leto wore TOO MUCH eye makeup and Jessica Simpson didn’t wear enough clothing and looked a little manish in the shoulders. The Britney/ Kevin segment totally bombed as did most of Sarah Silverman‘s stuff.

The capes and gray clothing made Fall Out Boy all look a bit stout, and I learned that the not screamy dude from Linkin Park has a side project.

Liza Minnelli to Appear on New My Chemical Romance Album

According to an interview with the band, the new My Chemical Romance album (called The Black Parade) will feature legendary vocal performer Liza Minnelli on their song, “Mama”. Yup, LIZA MINNELLI. Believe me, I couldn’t even make this stuff up if I wanted to.

Also, for those who think that pop punk is not their thing and have dismissed My Chemical Romance based on the fact that they’ve been on Warped Tour–I encourage you to listen to this live version of “I Don’t Love You”, one of the songs off their new album. I think you’ll be surprised to find that you might like it…perhaps you’ll even love it.

If you like Queen, David Bowie, or Supertramp, you might really dig this song. I think it’s a brilliant turn for the band and really shows how much they’ve matured as a group. It really showcases their great songwriting ability and proves they can write straight up beautiful pop songs.

DOWNLOAD: “I Don’t Love You” by My Chemical Romance