Run-on Song Titles

Check out this article about the “trend” of super-long song titles featuring an analysis of Painc!, FOB, Of Montreal, Sufjan Stevens and the winners for longest title in this article–with a whoping 55-word title, the Flaming Lips.

Fall Out Boy Throw Down on…Kidz Bop?

In the funnest smackdown of the week, Fall Out Boy totally sticks it to pre-teen music makers Kidz Bop by putting a halt to their song “Dance, Dance” being included on Volume 10 of the wildly popular kids music CDs.

According to, the band found out about their hit single being included on the tweeny-bopper-sung cover album via internet message postings/ emails/ and IMs. Pete Wentz (aka- Captain Harsh Face) wrote the following on regarding the song inclusion: “Here’s the answer: We don’t know what’s going on, because they can use a song without your permission. However, I can’t imagine some young kids singing ‘crawling into bed with me’ and all. If they change the lyrics, I believe they need to get permission. We’re looking into it.”

As luck would have it, Wentz was correct, and if the KB folks changed song lyrics, they’d need the OK from the band. After what one would assume was a friendly call from the Fall Out Boy lawyers and/or management, “Dance, Dance” will no longer appear on Volume 10 of Kidz Bop. I’m kinda thankful that I will never hear the KB kids singing how misery loves them. However they will do a rendition of Nick Lachey‘s divorce song, “What’s Left of Me”. Just what I need, another level of depressing things to be associated with that tune.

Forever Young: New Music Wednesday

I’m devoting today to great songs, bands I just discovered I like, and anything that makes me feel warm and fuzzy.

First up, the totally awesome cover version of “Forever Young” by Youth Group which was featured on one of The OC soundtracks (number 5…apparently). This weekend, during our drive up to Montreal I discovered that 1) The OC has soundtracks and 2) I want to die to this song. It’s so incredibly beautiful–like in the way that it makes me feel like crawling into a corner clutching a teddy bear and crying because it’s so pretty.

LISTEN: “Forever Young” by Youth Group

I also need to point out that Patrick Matthews is the bassist in this band. You’ll remember him as the really hot bassist from The Vines, where he spent a good majority of his time shaking his head in disbelief while dealing with Craig Nichols’s antics.

Next on my list is The Futureheads. They’ve got a new album, News and Tributes, which features their new single, “Skip to the End”, which has delicious harmonies and a fabulously catchy chorus. Check out their new video for “Skip to the End” featuring Barry and the lads outdoors dressed in formalwear. What more could you want?

Also you have GOT to check them out when they come to your town, The ‘Heads give a fantastic live show. I remember seeing them at the Canal Room in 2004 and being BLOWN AWAY like you wouldn’t believe. They play here in NYC on June 30th at Webster Hall. Tickets are still available.

WATCH: “Skip to the End” by The Futureheads

Going back to the youngster theme, I gotta mention Young Love right now. Yesterday, after seeing The Upwelling at Mercury Lounge (more on that later) Peter kept telling me about them and how Sarah totally loves them. Then it JUST so happens I got a listen of their new song, “Discotech”, and I can confirm that Sarah and Peter are right for saying they’re a band to watch. “Discotech” is totally Bloc Party’s “Banquet” 2006. By that I mean you will soon see hipsters from coast to coast (probably clad in leggings) rolling their shoulders back and running in place to this song on a dirty dance floor for the next 6 months. Act like you heard.

Ok so last night I went to go see a local band called The Upwelling. I think we can all agree that it can be pretty weird seeing bands with people you know independently of them being in a band. What do you do if you think they’re not so great? There’s absolutely no delicate way to get around it.

the upwelling mercury lounge

Well lucky for me, The Upwelling were great. I’m not sure if they’d agree, but I found a lot of moments of the show to be very Coldplay-esque–soaring vocals, pretty melodies, but with a bit more straight up 80s pop rock influence. (Their bio says their influences include Pink Floyd and The Police.) You can check out tunes off their self-produced EP on their MySpace profile.

This week I decided I couldn’t classify Panic! at the Disco as being “emo” or “pop” or “emo punk” so I created a new genre of music for them: THEATRA-POP. I’m sorry, but you can’t call a band emo if they’ve got crazy circus performers in their act. I also thing Panic! is put together perfectly in terms of music, styling, and image.

What teenage girl WOULDN’T love a band of 19-year-olds with glossy hair and a style that is 1/2 Interpol and 1/2 Killers, who play music that has hints of 80s synth pop and punk, with lyics about sex, cheating, and being a “wet dream for the webzine“? It’s been scientifically proven that they are irresistable to anyone who loves slick pop. Genius.

Speaking of Panic!, in the latest issue of NYLON, they interview Fall Out Boy bassist and Decaydance honcho Pete Wentz alongside Panic!’s guitarist Ryan Ross. They talk about Pete’s blond dreadlock days, Ryan’s hatred for being labeled “emo” (thankyouverymuch), and Wentz’s love of Kelly Clarkson (yesssss!).

Also featured in the issue is a story on MisShapes kids, getting discovered as a model on MySpace, and an interview with The Raconteurs (and yes, Jack makes his obligatory “I kinda hate the internet” comment). It’s available for digital viewing right here.

nylon magazine panic
In dubious taste in music news, Teddy Geiger will be performing for free at the Target Children’s Day at South Street Seaport on June 10th. In addition to Teddy, Barney, Driver Daniel from Thomas the Tank Engine, Rebecca Frezza and Big Truck will be performing. Also on the guest list: Arthur, Berenstain Bears, Caillou, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Digit, Noddy, Piggley Winks â„¢ from Jakers!, Thomas the Tank Engine, and Zaboo. You can see why Jeff calls this event “Woodstock for 2-year-olds“. Brilliant.

Soon I’ll Be Deported For Talking about Fall Out Boy Too Much

This morning Patrick from Fall Out Boy appeared in the Live Lounge on Jo Whiley. Poor little Patrick was the only one in the Maida Vale studio–his bandmates were most likely sleeping off the jet lag or taking promo pictures of their peens. (According to Pete Wentz‘s latest FOB Journal entry, he hasn’t slept in two days can’t get used to the time difference.)

patrick stump fall out boy jo whiley

Patrick performed acoustic versions of “Sugar We’re Going Down” as well as doing a cover of Ne-Yo‘s “So Sick”. Personally, I would much rather have heard Patrick do Arctic Monkeys’ “When the Sun Goes Down” or “Crazy” by Gnarls Barkley, but hey, you can’t win ’em all. Here are MP3s of the sessions:

DOWNLOAD: “So Sick” (Cover of Ne-Yo) by Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump

DOWNLOAD: “So Sick” (Cover of Ne-Yo) by Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump

DOWNLOAD: “Sugar We’re Going Down” by Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump

DOWNLOAD: Interview with Patrick Stump on Jo Whiley on Radio 1

Listen to the whole interview here.

Surprisingly Emo, Even When I Don’t Mean to Be

Ok, it’s official. I really need to buy a point-and-shoot camera that I will carry around with me every single day because taking photos on my cameraphone is getting sad. So sad. Almost as sad as the fact that I went to go see Say Anything at the SPIN offices tonight. I went half went to take a copy of the issue with The Raconteurs on the cover, and the other half of me went for the free alcohol.

But the saddest thing of all was in the midst of all the “heys” and “woahs” that permeated through almost every single Say Anything song I kinda fell in love with the guy on the right’s t-shirt, which was a black tee with a skeleton on it. I have no idea what that dude’s name was since whenever anybody writes about the band all they talk about is the singer/writer, Max Bemis. UPDATE: His name is Jeff Turner. (No relation to Alex.)

say anything at spinhouse live

I was so enamoured with his shirt that stopped him on the street (I saw him walking with his gear in front of me as I was going to the subway) and told him how much I liked it. He said that he got his super-comfortable tshirt in a thrift store and was all excited that it was an original tshirt from the 70s, but then got all bummed because clothing companies are re-creating that tshirt and selling them again. I sympathized, saying “Oh yeah, and now they’re selling them at Delia*s or something…”–which may or may not have made him cry inside, and that’s how I left it since he was right by his van.

Anyhoo, Say Anything have wear-their-heart-on-their-sleeve lyrics, and a lot of the aforementioned “woahs” and “heys”. Many lines will produce chuckles from y’all like this one from “Woe”: “She said ‘I can’t get laid in this town without these pointy fucking shoes. My feet are so black and blue and so are you.'” Some of you may think that kind of lyricism is endearing and clever, others will think it’s highly annoying and stupid. I just think you should all be thankful that at least it’s written in English, unlike Fall Out Boy‘s songs.

Want more? Here’s a video of them performing “Alive with the Glory of Love” live. Also here’s an MP3 of “Wow, I Can Get Sexual Too” which is a reaction to what happens when you’re on the phone with someone and they start touching their naughty bits. (I think we all know how uncomfortable that gets.) I gotta say, I do love the Jewish guilt reference.

PS- the guy in the olive tshirt (above)/ black blazer and jeans (below) totally looks like the younger brother of Evan and Jaron.

say anything promo shot

Pete Wentz Pimps Out His Body for The Hush Sound

In your weekly dose of “oh no they didn’t”, Pete Wentz cannot leave well enough alone and has decided to take on The Bled Perfect’s James Munoz and compete for “Best Peengate Parody Photos” in order to pimp out The Hush Sound, a band signed to his Fueled By Ramen imprint, Decaydance Records.

In photos released by FBR, Wentz recreates the infamous NSFW series of photos that were stolen off of his Sidekick (aka- “Peengate”), but instead of showing us his manhood, he tops the snaps off by using a Hush Sound CD to cover his private parts.

It should also be noted that it seems as though he’s almost matched the color of his underwear to the purple in his sweatshirt hoodie. That’s dedication.

However, you can see that Morrissey is so embarrassed to even be remotely associated with these pictures that he had the foresight to cover his face for the poster shot that hangs behind Pete.

Cheap publicity stunt? Yes. But still enjoyable in a gonna make-you-want-to-throw-up-a-little kinda way? Absolutely.

Semi-NSFW photos after the jump.

EDITOR’S NOTE, JUNE 19, 2006: To anyone reading this post, I’ve started a new Web site: SO MORE, where I talk about Fall Out Boy, Panic! at the Disco, Taking Back Sunday and other bands of that nature, so please check it out if you like reading content just like this!

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Bassist Parts Ways with Panic! at the Disco

In my on-going effort to be a 14-year-old girl, I finally figured out how to glean some type of information from the totally confusing Panic! at the Disco web site. Seriously, it’s worse that with its virtual house set up. I’m pretty sure that I’m the only one reading this who actually cares about learning more information about Panic! at the Disco.

Anyway, if you type in “news” from the get-go you can read the message that was posted on the site…or you could just read it right here:

There really isn’t a good way to say this, and it was a decision that was very tough to make, but feels like it will be the right decision for everyone. We regret to inform you that Brent is no longer a part of Panic at the Disco, and although this choice does feel very healthy, he is a great friend of ours and he will definitely be missed. We all wish him well and the best of luck in everything he wants to do in the future.The last few years will be something we will never forget, all the places we’ve been that we never thought we’d go and things we’ve seen that we thought we’d never see when we started this band.

Right now our friend jon is going to be filling in, and I’m sure it would ease his nerves a bit to get a warm reception. We’re at home preparing for the summer tour, and we’ve never worked so hard on putting something together. I can’t tell you how excited we are for these shows and for you all to see what we’ve been planning, we’ve got a few tricks up our sleeves…just you wait.

However, I really do have to give props to a comment left on the Strokes message board about this heart-breaking news: “now if they would just split with the guitarist, singer and drummer, id be happy.” Sorry, it’s pretty funny.

More on the Panic! split.

In other news, things got really desperate this morning when I woke up at 7am and then ended up listening to October Fall song “Caught In the Rain” about 6 times in a row on MySpace. It’s kinda pop perfect with a cute horn section that pipes up ever so often.

As a peace offering for all the emo talk above, here’s a screencap of the photo of the video shoot for “You Only Live Once” (directed by Samuel Bayer, who also did the “Heart In a Cage” video and the epic “Wake Me Up When September Ends” for Greenday) that appeared on The video will have its UK premiere on May 24th.

strokes yolo

PS- Pete Wentz Hates Meeting Y’all On MySpace

While dispensing vital dating advice to Jane, Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz made the following comment:

People meeting on MySpace, I think it’s just the most terrible way to get to know somebody.

GOLD! That is my favorite quote of the week. Do you agree/disagree with that statment?

Oh, and for the record, Pete prefers “chance encounters”…let’s just hope not of the George Michael kind. Hey, he’s kinda halfway there, don’t you think?

EDITOR’S NOTE, JUNE 19, 2006: To anyone reading this post, I’ve started a new Web site: SO MORE, where I talk about Fall Out Boy, Panic! at the Disco, Taking Back Sunday and other bands of that nature, so please check it out if you like reading content just like this!