Old News: Paul McCartney Could Have Been In Them Crooked Vultures

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If you have seen and heard Paul McCartney's collaboration with the surviving members of Nirvana this past week, then you no doubt have entertained the thought of a tour or at least an album by the super group. As of now of course, they have only publicly released one track, "Cut Me Some Slack", which you heard on the Hurricane Sandy charity show telecast and this past weekend's Saturday Night Live.

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Aftermath: Them Crooked Vultures at Stubb's in Austin


But few remember that McCartney wanted in on Dave Grohl's last supergroup, Them Crooked Vultures, a band that only released one album of material in 2009. The Vultures, made up of Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme, Grohl, QOTSA family member Alain Johannes, and Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones.

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Craig Hlavaty's 10 Best Houston Albums of 2012

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It's that time of year -- or at least it has been since, like, November -- for rock writers to show everyone else how cool they think they are with their year-end best-of lists. How obscure can you get? How controversial can you be with your choices?

"If only Honey Boo Boo released album that I could put next to Frank Ocean!" says one blogger to himself as he makes his Top 50 that no one will ever read. Who the fuck is Grimes anyway?

This best-of list is geared towards my favorite local albums of the year, the ones that grabbed me and shook me for weeks and months on end. No beers. shots, or free merch were involved.

I swear.


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Looking Back On Queens Of The Stone Age's Songs For The Deaf

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This past week one of the most beloved rock disc in the decade turned 10 years old. It was August 27, 2002 that the world met Queens Of The Stone Age's third LP, Songs For The Deaf, a blistering, swaggery, pummeling kick-in-the-nuts of a rock album.

The band, lead by towering Ginger Elvis Joshua Homme (rhymes with "mommy"), had two records already under their belt, a self-titled 1998 debut, 2000's Rated X, plus a handful of EPs. At this point in the band's career they were still unknown to everyone except beardos, a few adventuresome Ozzfest fans, and your tattoo artist.

The album came into my life right as I signed papers to leave for the United States Marine Corps. Right after I signed my military contract, I walked around the corner to a record store at Baybrook Mall and bought SFTD and promptly lost my shit on the way home, and not just because I had also just signed away the next few years of my life to the government, on the brink of war in the Middle East.

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Wanna Feel Old? These Are Pamela Anderson And Tommy Lee's Kids

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Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee and pinup gal Pamela Anderson were one of the most read-about and photographed couples of the '90s. Their leaked honeymoon sex tape would make millions for porn company IEG and it would cement Lee's legend as a wangsman of the highest order and make lonely men and young boys fall in love with the blonde, buxom Anderson for the rest of their days.

Some of you haven't recovered, and for many it was the first "porn" they would ever see.

Now that that creepiness is out of the way...

Two sons would come from their torrid marriage, Brandon and Dylan Lee, in that order. Their welfare was the subject of numerous tabloid stories and a child's death at a birthday pool party for five-year old Brandon in 2001 would bring about an ultimately fruitless lawsuit for the grieving family.

Above is a picture of the boys that Tommy recently posted to Instagram.

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Top 10 Zaniest "Call Me Maybe" Covers & Remixes

In case if you haven't heard Canadian songstress Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe," above is the song's official music video. You can also find this jam, which is currently comfortably sitting at the very top of the Billboard charts, blaring after about every other song on most top-hit radio stations.

"Call Me Maybe" festers in your head, an obvious attribute of a top hit song. It's undeniably catchy. Many may even feel the great urge to burst out and sing the chorus wherever and whenever they hear this song in passing.

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An Obamacare Playlist You Can Afford

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The Supreme Court's decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act has now been almost two weeks ago. If you keep up with national news, or maybe just don't avoid the Internet machine, well, you have probably observed that people are still noticeably buzzing about the ruling.

It does happen to be one of the polarizing issues of our current president's term, so, granted, the existence of these fiery debates -- including the comment wars via social-networking sites --do make sense. Better yet, uncensored discussion of any issue is part of what makes the Internet a pastime, right?

That being said, I'm not a constitutional scholar myself. I'm here to accordingly provide you with a short soundtrack to these contentious times, with all points of view taken under consideration. If you're lactose intolerant to cheese, with the new healthcare system in the works, you'll be OK soon enough after reading this. Debatably.


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20 Albums To Leave Your Children Plus Five To Grow On...

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It started as a simple question: What albums would you leave your unborn children, if you knew you were on borrowed time and may not be around to show them the way. At first I asked for albums for sons, but then it grew broader, not out of needing to pacify the PC-thug in me, but to make sure everyone, regardless of gender, had a sort of Rosetta Stone of musical history in their hands.

You could leave them pristine vinyl versions of these, a collection of cassettes, or maybe just a diamond-covered flash drive, if are so inclined. As for me, I will also leave my unborn child my Rdio account. That's not a paid endorsement, that's just me being expedient.

To get some obvious picks out of the way, the entire Beatles catalog will come standard with being my child, like seat-belts in cars. As will George Strait's Strait Out Of The Box, and ZZ Top's catalog.

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Fly To The Angels: A Hair Metal Tribute To Kim Jong-il

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Kim Jong-il and '80s hair metal were almost synonymous, and last night when the world found out that the North Korean leader passed on to the big rock show in the sky, all I could listen to was hair ballads, driving through the city in tears. Looking at things he would never get to look at through my tear-stricken eyes.

The swagger, the passion, the cult of personality, the virile way he lead his people, his fans, just like Axl Rose on the Use Your Illusion tour, or at the very least, the late Jani Lane at a record signing after "Cherry Pie" came out. The Dear Leader had charisma for days, the wardrobe, the mythology - he invented the hamburger after all - and the adoration of millions and millions in his home country.


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Lost '90s Songs Houston's The Zone Should Play

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A few weekends back, Craig's Hlist spent his whole weekend driving around town running errands listening to 106.9 The Zone, Houston's newest "alternative gold" radio station. In those 48 hours, our entire adolescence flew into our ears, reminding us of most every good and bad moment, at least those related to radio-rock.

We are unrepentant '90s music junkies. There exists a pocket in that decade, from about the time Nirvana hit MTV until at least late 1999, permanently marked into our brain as ground zero for all that would come after.

Most things pop, rock, and hip-hop we cherish in 2011 are somehow divined from those eight years. All the music and entertainment magazines we pored over for those days, weeks, and months form a sort of bedrock in our musical knowledge, leading to what we do today.


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Is Blog Love Overvalued?

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It's funny watching new artists stumble over themselves trying to score coverage on popular blogs. Take the fast rising L.A. crew Odd Future, for example. Group captain Tyler, The Creator is almost as famous for his musical ingenuity as he is for his feud with revered rap blogs Nah Right and 2 Dope Boyz. After unleashing a slew of disses on the sites for ignoring his music, Tyler finally found a way to appear on the sites. He bought an ad for his Goblin LP. But when fans click on the ad, it brings up a teaser site which reads: "Fuck 2 Dope Boyz & Nah Right."

On the surface, it was a clever move, and Tyler is obviously having fun with the beef at this point. But it also betrayed his innermost desire to gain the cosign of those blogs, which is interesting, given that he's made it this far without their backing.

There are three main rationales behind the fervent pursuit of accolades from blogs: (1) visibility; (2) the appearance of legitimacy; (3) leverage. Question is, what's the actual worth of blog love? In the big picture, it is a currency with depressingly low conversion rates.

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