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Updates on the two musical extremes of Canada

I'll give you the news on the musical shame of Canada first (No, not Nickelback, the other one) April Lapigne:

 

Punkette Avril Lavigne Denies Topless Photos, Intelligence

Heather Adler

Published: Friday, May 18, 2007

Everyone already knows how fucking punk-rock Avril Lavigne is: from her Hot Topic crinoline skirt to her unthinkably bad-assed bleach-blond hair, the Canadian mall rat is the punkiest thing since Tiffany. So, it should come as no surprise that her photo spread in the June issue of alternative zine Blender is also colon-rippingly rebellious. That's right, Lavine posed topless for the cover. Or did she?

See the steamy photos of Avril Lavigne in Blender

"Actually, I'm not topless on the cover. I was wearing a tube top, and they just kind of put a banner on top of it," Lavinge tells MTV, ignoring the fact that no tube top known to man could possibly have fit perfectly under the banner covering her nipples.

Other photos on the inside of the magazine show Lavigne totally rocking out, smoking a cigar, swigging a bottle of whiskey and screaming while clad in fishnets, a leather skirt and an open jacket that reveals her wicked-punk tummy.

"The Blender shoot was really fun because it was super rock and roll - we had a bottle of [whiskey] and ate cupcakes," Lavigne says. "Everyone was super cool. It was definitely a different kind of photo shoot for me."

Lavigne was also recently ranked No. 15 on Maxim's hot list, falling behind other punk legends Angelina Jolie, Beyonc, Lindsay Lohan, Jessica Alba and Scarlette Johansson. Oi!

 

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I'd like to once again thank Ms. Lapigne for once again providing evidence that her IQ is in the triple negative integers.

 

MS Lapigne: Though you said you would never show off your boobs, you lied, as seen here:

 

 

Do you totally believe she is not topless? I do...

 

Yeah, that was sarcasm. Lied twice and once again a hypocrite.

HOWEVER!

Now onto the musical PRIDE of Canada, the lovely ladies and gentlemen of The Arcade Fire:

 

I LOVE The Arcade Fire. Three of their songs are on my Top 25 Most Played.

 

They were on the cover of Blender this month with an AWESOME article, and had a big feature in Rolling Stone!

And lead singer's Win Butler's surgery on his sinuses was successful, WOOHOO!

And all over Google News are glowing reviews of their live shows!

Here is one in The Vancouver Sun!

Arcade Fire sizzles in glorious Deer Lake setting

Amy O'Brian, Vancouver Sun

Published: Friday, May 25, 2007

For those who find spirituality in the beauty of a dusky sky or by being swallowed in a massive wall of harmonious sound, Thursday night's Arcade Fire show at Burnaby's Deer Lake Park was likely a deeply religious experience.

The venue was as close to an outdoor cathedral as could have been hoped for. The lake was glassy beyond the stage, spring foliage burst from the surrounding woods and a perfect half moon rose directly above the stage as the Montreal indie gods pounded and belted their way through an awe-inspiring 90-minute set.

With nine people on stage, singing and rotating between an astounding array of instruments - including a pipe organ, hurdy gurdy, accordion, stand-up bass, keyboards and, at times, three drum sets - the band demonstrated why their sophomore album, Neon Bible, debuted at the No. 2 spot on Billboard and why they sell out nearly every show they play.

The sound and energy coming from the stage was uncontainable, making it hard to imagine the band playing indoors.
Moments after the last of the warm sun moved off the crowd - which must have numbered close to 10,000 - the first notes of the first song from Neon Bible began pumping through the speakers, sending hoards of people rushing towards the stage. The dark, whirling, theatrical sounds of Black Mirror built as the band warmed up itself and the audience.

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Not to confuse the fans who had memorized every note of the new album, the band duplicated the recorded string-tuning session from the album before moving into the faster-paced Keep the Car Running - the second song from Neon Bible.

But before the skeptics could think the band was just going to go through the set list from its latest album, they deviated with No Cars Go, followed by an '80s-inspired tune that had the band's co-founder Regine Chassagne vamping and dancing to some clever choreography of her own design.

Throughout the course of the night, Chassagne - a small, but full-voiced wonder - played the accordion, the hurdy gurdy, the keyboards and the drums. She darted from instrument to instrument, making her the biggest curiosity on stage even when she wasn't at the forefront.

Perhaps the most engrossing moment of the night was one that saw Chassagne sing like no one was watching and no one else was on stage. Grief and anger welled to the surface as she sang In the Backseat off the band's debut album Funeral.

"My family tree is losing all its leaves," she wailed.
Her husband and band co-founder Win Butler shared the lead singing duties for the night while everyone else - from Vancouver-raised violist Marika Anthony-Shaw to Ottawa-raised drummer Jeremy Gara - added to the wall of sound as an energetic back-up chorus.

The various members of Arcade Fire appear to share a deep and genuine love of music, treating fame and sold-out crowds as a mere by-product of their passion. Not to say they're ungrateful - Butler and Chassagne thanked the crowd several times and Butler commented that it was "nice to just be in a field with the sky."

They perform like they take nothing for granted - like it could possibly be the last show they ever play (even though they're headlining the Sasquatch Festival in Washington this weekend).

By the time they reached the end of their set Thursday night, the audience was engaged in a steady bounce, drums were being tossed into the air, and the strings, horns, and guitars melded into a glorious fury of noise.

The band finished with a song meant to keep the party going as Butler sang "Sleeping is giving in/ so lift those heavy eyelids."

They came back for an energetic encore before the suburban 10 p.m. curfew was enforced and they chose to deliver a single drawn-out pipe organ note as the signal to exit the cathedral.

Woohooo!

Also, I'm sorry when I made like they were only Canadian. Lead Singer Win Butler is technically American, as is his brother Will. And Win Butler's wife, co-songwriter and co-leader Regine Chessagne is technically Haitian, though she's lived in Quebec since she was a little kid. Which begs the question:

When there is a band with both American and British members, they are called Anglo-American. So what do we call The Arcade Fire? Can-American? Canuk-American? Or just Canadian American? Hmmmmmm........

And in News about me..............

I got a new puppy! My dad insisted on naming it LANCE (ick). I wanted to call him Freddie. But he is SO CUTE! A six-week-old Yellow Lab! And he ADORES ME, which I just love in an animal. I'm his favorite person! AWWWW

Some more news on the Umbrella Academy

Sunday, May 27, 2007

 

My Chemical Romance, Portland, Ore., May 22

On May 22, My Chemical Romance came to Portland for a show at the Memorial Coliseum. Because Gerard's never not working, he arranged to meet up with some of us from Dark Horse to talk about The Umbrella Academy. We'd had some face-to-face meetings with the rest of the Dark Horse crew when Gerard spent a week in Portland back in December, before the tour started in earnest. That week in Portland, by the way, got the rumor mill going. Just two weeks ago—more than five months after his eight-day visit—a music critic anticipating the MCR Coliseum show said that Portland was Gerard's "current home while he preps a comic book for local publisher Dark Horse." (May 10, Portland Mercury) A week later, one of my coworkers heard on the radio that Gerard had been spotted the night before in Portland; even though I'd spoken to Gerard that night after a gig in Calgary.

The day of the recent Portland show, I heard that one local paparazzi (is there a singular form of paparazzi? paparazzus? or are they not technically paparazzi if it's one person?) put two and two together and staked out the Dark Horse offices, suspecting that Gerard might swing by. The cameraman never got his shot.

We had lunch with DH founder Mike Richardson someplace where we were pretty sure no one would spot Gerard. Just like during the December trip, my love of dive bars and old-man hangouts spares Gerard unprotected explosure to his fan base, even though downtown Milwaukie, Ore., is stocked full of his demogaphic. At the restaurant, Gerard grabbed the latest issue of the Portland Tribune off a counter, and it happened to have a two-page story about Mike and Dark Horse. As Mike said, it almost looked like we'd planned it, and planted it.

The band arranged for a VIP room for us at the show, making it possible for about twenty of us—including me, my assistant Rachel, art director Lia Ribacchi, and two of my main traveling buddies, Dirk Wood and Lance Kreiter, to see the last performance of the Black Parade tour in high style. Gerard hung out with us until his 7:45 makeup call, after which we went onto the floor to make sure we caught the opening, where he rolls out on a hospital bed.

For such a big tour, such a popular album, the concert had a lot of the feel of a small club. It was a bigger room than I'm used to seeing a band in, but there was still an intimate feeling. Gerard had told me a lot about the set, which he'd designed himself, but it didn't overpower the band. It made an impressive backdrop, but the show wasn't really about that. In 1989 I worked on building the set for the Rolling Stones' Steel Wheels tour. I'd been a Stones fan since I was eight, and so that show was sort of a dream come true—except that the spectacle overwhelmed the music, which felt automated to the degree that I've never considered buying tickets for a Stones show again—or any other arena shows. With a band like MCR, with someone as visually oriented as Gerard—with that hospital bed opening bit—I'd expected some of the same. I love the Black Parade album, but it's a little more glitzy, more heavily produced than anything else I listen to. But rather than employ all the digital crutches it would require to duplicate the record live, MCR played like a band. Six guys (including keyboards) playing their hearts out, absolutely live. Gerard knows how to connect with his audience like nobody's business. My coworkers and I were some of the oldest guys in the room, but we were pretty damn into it—especially Lance, who Gerard spotted from the stage, moshing in the front row. (Do the kids say "mosh" anymore?)

After the show, we waited for Gerard in the VIP room. Everyone was asking me how long he was going to hang out for, what he does after a show. All I could think of was that three or four nights out of the week he calls me after a show, to talk about the book. But he does that from the bus, en route to the next venue, so after about ten minutes with us, posing for pictures and talking about what next, Gerard had to take off for the hotel, to get some sleep before the early-morning departure and endless flight to Japan, where he is right now.

We've just begun work on The Umbrella Academy #2—issue one is all drawn, and being colored by Dave Stewart. You're gonna be seeing an online preview, three pages of #1 colored and lettered, in just a few weeks. The first issue comes out in September, and demand is high; just like with Free Comic Book Day, I'm expecting that copies will go fast. So if you don't want to miss out, you want to reserve a copy at your local comics shop now.

Peace—
Scott

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What a Shit

NEW YORK (AP) - Marilyn Manson says he was devastated over the breakup of his marriage to model and burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese.

"I was completely destroyed. I had no soul left," the 38-year-old glitzy, goth rocker says in Spin magazine's June issue, on newsstands May 29. "I define myself as a person, a human, an artist, as someone who makes things - writing, painting, music - and I couldn't do anything."

Manson, whose real name is Brian Warner, married Von Teese in November 2005. She filed for divorce last December.

"She said she had tolerated the lifestyle because she hoped I would change and threatened to leave if I didn't," Manson says.

"I was sleeping on the couch in my own home. I was no longer supposed to be a rock star. I was someone who had to be apologized for. I wasn't prepared to be alone. I came out of this naked, a featherless bird."

His outlook changed when his friendship with 19-year-old actress Evan Rachel Wood turned romantic. He tells the magazine he was impressed when she said she would die for him.

"It might sound strange, but this made me want to live," he says.

Wood, whose screen credits include "Thirteen" and "Running With Scissors," was quoted in the story as saying, "Boys in eye makeup are the greatest thing ever - that whole androgynous thing."

Manson's new album, "Eat Me, Drink Me," is slated for release June 5.

 

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So, apparently, Dita, that bitch, wanted him to stop snorting lines, drinking, and partying constantly.

Oy vey.

And apparently, according to her interviews, Dita also had a problem with her husband fucking someone half his age.

Excuse me, but, um, huh?

Yeah, dude, guess what? When you're married, you're no longer a bachelor and you are supposed to take on a little responsibility. Just from what he said, I gather that for five years Dita was extremely accomodating, but expected after he promised to love, cherish, and take care of her for the rest of his life, expected him to stop taking drugs and spend more time at home. Wow. So demanding.

If this guy never had any intention of being less of a hooligan, he should have never married her. Plain and simple.

Newsflash: You can still be a rock star without being a drugged up adulterer. Like Bon Jovi. Or Billie Joe Armstrong. Or Bono.

He's just trying to justify himself being a stereotype and I'm not buying it. After reading this, I am more Team Dita than ever.

Let's get ready to Rumble!

Let’s Get Ready to Rumble!

 

             Ooooh, I wonder how much people might hate me after this one. Zing! Touchy subject.

 

 

            It seems these days if a girl wants anyone to feel pity or like her, all she has to do is make an issue of body image. Just cry about being pressured to be thinner, and everyone is on your side. Use it as a weapon, if you like. It’s very useful. Chances are no one will call you out on it.

 

            My theory on weight and body image is this: Much of the fashion industry is made up of pedophiles. Why? Because instead of looking like women, most of the models look like little boys. Even so much that most of the jeans they make for girls actually are worn more and more by guys. Now some people have fast metabolism and are just naturally that thin. It has nothing to do with how they eat, it’s their fast metabolism. Some women are naturally large. I myself am considerably big-boned. Some people have thyroid problems which affect their weight. My parents know a woman who runs marathons every year but it really big because of thyroid disease. Some women are unfairly blessed with a natural curvy figure which takes no effort to maintain (I’ll get you someday). I have gone through awkward stages. When I was little, I had a lightning-fast metabolism, but once I hit puberty, it slowed to a snail’s pace and as a result, I plumped up, even though I was dancing and playing basketball and soccer. Over the last couple of years my waistline has gone down six inches and I have only one chin. But I never felt pressure to look like Nicole Ritchie. Why? Well, I did not find those girls attractive. I wanted to look like my sister or America Ferrara. But then again, I read magazines like Alternative Press and Blender as opposed to Glamour and CosmoGirl. Also, I did not want to end upon a diet for the rest of my life.

 

            So yes, I hate the pedophilia going on in the fashion industry. What has irked me, however, are people using the body image crisis so they can gain publicity. People like Lily Allen.

 

            Listen, I feel for her, I truly do. I think it must suck for her to constantly be compared to Amy Winehouse. They don’t sound alike and they don’t look alike. Also, admitting that you looked up information on liposuction is not a confessing of criminal behavior. It just means that after growing up amongst people involved in an industry obsessed with being thin, and then entering that industry, you should the slightest bit of weakness and exposed yourself to deeper temptation. The fact that Lily overcame that in spite of her looking shows greater strength than if she had not. And admitting it was a good thing. Because, let’s face it, no matter how much we try not to care, sometimes it gets to us. But when people see someone that maybe they look up to admitting a moment of weakness, especially someone who is as outrageous as Lily Allen, it shows that feeling some pressure does not make you superficial. Even with my issues with Lily Allen, I respect her for that.

 

            All the way up to the point where she mentioned Cheryl Tweedy. I don’t claim to know too much about Girls Aloud. From what I understand they are kind of a modern-day Spice Girls that has not come to America yet. While I don’t really like propping up these kinds of acts, it doesn’t do any good to attack them nonstop, especially on personal grounds. I would think Lily Allen had better things to do with her mouth than piss about people with less talent than her who are easy targets, but then again, apparently Lily Allen is an equal opportunity hater. Unfortunately for her, Isaac Newton happened to be right when he said every action has a reaction. When you call two members of a band ugly and vile, and another member’s husband horrendous, someone needs to stand up to this abuse. Now while I thought “chick with a dick” was not really the best choice of words, Lily should have kept her mouth shut.

 

 

            What is really low was when Lily replied, she tried to make it seem like Cheryl Tweedy was to blame for her insecurities. It is a cheap way to get people to fight for your side and justify yourself. Cheryl did not say a thing about Lily’s size. Now, if Lily said that she was tempted to take Estrogen supplements because what Cheryl said made her worry she might look a bit mannish, then I could understand. Kind of.

 

            Body image is a real issue, and using it for petty ends is really low. If everyone did that, then eventually every time somebody said they felt pressure to be thin, people would be like, “You just want attention.” Kind of like when someone goes to rehab now, and everyone cries “Publicity Stunt!” Or when a teenager says they feel unhappy, and people shout, “Emo!”

 

            If you felt bad about your weight and want to tell people, fine. But don’t blame it on people who have nothing to do with it. So far I’ve heard no one call Lily fat. Cheryl had nothing to do with it. Also, if you’re going to attack other people, you need to be prepared for retaliation, or you’re not only a hypocrite but a coward as well.

AVRIL LAVIGNE, I HEREBY DECLARE YOU GUILTY OF DOUCHEBAGGERY!!!!!!!!

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Avril Lavigne wants to be an actress!

And, in her typical obnoxious behavior, she's already talking shit about fellow singers turned thespians.

"I can't do a Mandy Moore kind of movie, a chick flick," Lavigne " Lavigne told the Australian newspaper Townsville Bulletin. "I have to do like a Girl Interrupted. I have to take my time and make the right choices."

Dear Avril, you are NO Angelina Jolie!

Douche!

 

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I am so sick of this cunt pretending to be a real artist when all she is is a slimy, stupid, phony piece of shit. For the record, Mandy Moore is not in a bunch of "chick flicks." She is in funny movies parodying various aspects of american life. I loved Saved! and American Dreamz.

Avril, you've been in "Over The Hedge." Time for you to never speak (or sing) again.

You claim you never said you were punk, but then in Seventeen Magazine when you first came out you said "Do you see Britney wearing neckties and singing punk?"

You're a liar.

That's why your CD had to be sold at discount price just to move units.

I can't believe how ridiculous this person is.

I think we should all just force feed her lard until she agrees to have her vocal chords surgically removed. Fucking poser makes me sick.

 

Your name is not Avril. It's April. You don't speak french. You're April. In fact, I'm replacing all the v's in your name with p's. So you are now April Lapigne.

Hobbingsworth will get you next time.

And after he does?

Wendy O Williams is waiting for you. And she will eat your soul.

GO TRENT REZNOR! GO TRENT REZNOR! GO! GO! GO TRENT REZNOR!!!


5/14/07, 3:43 pm EST

Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor Slams Records Labels for Sorry State of the Industry

Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor Slams Recording IndustryThe ongoing death of the CD has been discussed at length. There’s no shortage of directions to point the finger: iTunes, illegal file-sharing services, the lack of brick-and-mortar record stores, etc. But if you ask the Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor, maybe the record industry should start blaming the record industry.

Reznor, long at odds with parent company Universal Music Group (UMG), has done his part to try to ensure that his newest album, Year Zero, would shift units. First, he shook up the conventional ways a CD is promoted by creating an internet-based alternative reality game that helped enhance the listener’s Year Zero experience. Then he changed the way the CD looks by employing a color-changing disc and implanting hidden messages in both the music and the liner notes. Now he’s criticizing the way his own label’s Australian division milks his hardcore audience. In an angry message posted on the official NIN website, Reznor says that despite all his efforts to reimagine the album release in a post-Napster era, his label is conspiring against his fans. Reznor recently found out that Year Zero sells for $34.99 in Australian dollars, or $29.10 U.S. By comparison, Avril Lavigne’s new album sells for $21.99 AU ($18.21 US). The reason, as a label rep told Reznor: “We know you have a real core audience that will pay whatever it costs when you put something out - you know, true fans. It’s the pop stuff we have to discount to get people to buy.” And the record industry wonders why album sales are slumping?

This brand of intentionally screwing the fans is just one root of a big tree of problems plaguing major labels. In another attempt to prevent his fans’ wallets from being exploited, Reznor has banished a planned European maxi-single for the song “Capital G,” opting instead to release a Year Zero remix album in the future. This way, the fervent U.S. fans won’t have to spend $30+ to import a two-song single that includes one new remix. Who would have guessed that Trent Reznor would emerge as the Ralph Nader of the music industry?

-- Daniel Kreps

Posted on [05_13_2007]

As the climate grows more and more desperate for record labels, their answer to their mostly self-inflicted wounds seems to be to screw the consumer over even more. A couple of examples that quickly come to mind:

* The ABSURD retail pricing of Year Zero in Australia. Shame on you, UMG. Year Zero is selling for $34.99 Australian dollars ($29.10 US). No wonder people steal music. Avril Lavigne's record in the same store was $21.99 ($18.21 US).
By the way, when I asked a label rep about this his response was: "It's because we know you have a real core audience that will pay whatever it costs when you put something out - you know, true fans. It's the pop stuff we have to discount to get people to buy."
So... I guess as a reward for being a "true fan" you get ripped off.

* The dreaded EURO Maxi-single. Nothing but a consumer rip-off that I've been talked into my whole career. No more.

The point is, I am trying my best to make sure the music and items NIN puts in the marketplace have value, substance and are worth you considering purchasing. I am not allowing Capital G to be repackaged into several configurations that result in you getting ripped off.

We are planning a full-length remix collection of substance that will be announced soon.

 

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MCR should do this!

Oh boy, how much do you want to bet Avril Lavigne will feel this?

 

I love you, Trent. I love you. I love You. I love you.

I <3 Nine Inch Nails. This dude always seems to really be invested in his career whilst still manages to show his fans the consideration they deserve. It's almost like this guy, even though he's been a gazillionaire since '90, totally remembers what it's like to count how many one dollar bills you have left over from your ticket savings to see if you can possibly get that new Stevie Nicks collection. I can't believe how the record ndustry is exploiting people like this. They make CDs more expensive when no one wants to buy them anyways, and it would really be that much worthwhile to lower the prices?

Let me tell you, the only reason I did not get Year Zero the week it came out was because I could not afford it (I needed a vocabularly lesson book). I got it last thursday, it cost $16.99. While it WAS worth every penny, did it really need to cost that much? I mean, when the girl who goes to a catholic school and lives in the nicest part of the DC suburbs thinks that is expensive, that's something. And I can't imagine what it is like for Australian NIN fans!

Basically I think that record guy was trying to flatter Reznor and Trent saw right fucking through it. I mean, Year Zero is worth way more than The Worst Damn Album, not just due to quality but the effort that went into its release. But if it's going to be over-priced to the point of theft, who gives a shit?

 

I mean, I can barely afford to buy CDs unless I buy them used. That sucks. A lot.

And this dude really earns his bread and butter, not just through touring, but damn! The effort that went into those websites? Made it SO much more fun to listen to. The thought that must have gone into that.... Brilliant.

 

I solemnly swear never to download NIN tunes, unless they are overpriced to the point of extreme. (I'll admit I downloaded a few tracks of With Teeth for free [LEGALLY! I SWEAR] But I bought FOUR copies of that CD, and for some reason, things kept happening to them.)

 

I LOVE YOU TRENT!

I Love Buzznet but....

Avril Lavigne Contest? So Scene Contest? Jeffree Starr Contest? Eh?

And it all revolves around looks?

This place isn't superficial, so why is it pretending to be?

And I know two of the top bloggers here don't seem to like Avril much. But I realize that won't make a difference and that's not what is surprising me. What is surprising is that despite the fact that a lot of people I talk to seem to hate her, a lot of the same people seem to want me to buzz their entries to her contest too. I am a bit confused.

I mean, I'd kind of get it if Avril did something like put out a good record or give totally glowing compliments to My Chemical Romance, Muse, or Rage Against the Machine, but she's done none of that. So what has changed?

I'm just wondering....

Beth Ditto has got me confuzzled. Very very Confuzzled

Okay. This is not about what she said about Saints Bob, Frank, Gerard, Mikey, and Ray. I swear.

 

I am just really fucking confused.

 

A few articles about Ditto:

 

Beth Ditto used to bully herself at school.

The outspoken Gossip singer, who was targeted when she was younger for being an overweight lesbian, decided get in there first and steal the bully's punch lines.

Beth said: "Growing up isn't easy when you're different from other kids.

"I was physically different, and a lesbian, too, so there was potentially a lot to deal with.

"Pretty early on I perfected that fat kid thing where, every time someone was going to say something nasty, I'd beat them to the punch.

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"Before they could make fun of me, I would go and make fun of me. And that turned out to be a great asset, because it helped me to develop my wit. I think I'm really lucky."

Beth recently insisted she is very boring and loves gardening.

She said: "One rule I always stick to is to stay away from drugs, which is why this idea that I'm a wild, crazy rock star is so hilarious.

"I do things like bake cakes and worry about whether I have time to pot my flowers before it gets too cold."

She must have a thing for facial furniture...

Gay Gossip singer Beth Ditto has revealed she had a teenage crush on bushy eyebrowed Oasis strummer, Noel Gallagher.

Talking to MTV News, the singer said, "I talked my High School boyfriend into having his haircut like Noel's back in the '90s - and I told Noel that! He was very nice about it. I told him it was a big complement because now I am a lesbian."

She added, "Noel got us into Oasis's party after the Brits, even though we hadn't gone to the awards. He was really nice, I was suprised."

And what took Beth even more by suprise was that the appreciation was reciprocated.

"Noel said he was a fan (of Gossip), his girlfriend said she was a fan too. It was all very surreal. I was looking around saying, 'Is this my life, are we living right now?'”

It is indeed. The band's storming tune 'Standing In The Way Of Control' is set to get a high new entry is this week's Top 10.

To watch the latest MTV News bulletins in Overdrive, click on the link above...

SLJ
01/03/07

 

 

 

Beth Ditto: 'I'd Rather Be A Lesbian Than Pregnant Teen'.... American rocker Beth Ditto was terrified of coming out as a lesbian in her home town, but preferred that to the alternative - getting pregnant.

The Gossip frontwoman was raised in Arkansas, where many locals viewed homosexuality as a sin, and thought girls should start producing children when they were barely into their teens.

Ditto says, "I so did not want to be gay. I didn't want to come out of the closet. I would rather have lived my life in misery.

"At the same time I didn't want to get pregnant because there was real pressure to do that too, even at 15."

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Try and work your way past the question of what she was doing with a poster of Noel Gallagher on her wall at all, and ponder Beth Ditto a moment:

"Noel said I had one of the best voices in rock. To me that's great. I had a huge poster on my wall in junior high. This was in Arkansas, where no one has heard of Oasis."


Curiously, she berated Scissor Sister fans for never having heard of John Waters, and yet apparently she assumes that Oasis fans will constantly be rewinding their tape of Pink Flamingos.

And you can't fault Ditto's ability to make it all about her - supposedly praising Noel, she manages to make it clear how she's got a brilliant voice and how she was the coolest teenager in Arkansas.

 

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Um, anyone see a problem here?

 

Okay, so she is a lesbian. Last time I checked, you are a lesbian the minute you are born. But she told Noel "Now I'm a lesbian"

So I guess she had a crush on Noel in past heterosexual life? I mean, it usually does take a while to figure out that you're gay, according to the gay people I know. But usually they say one of the indicators was not being very attracted to any members of the opposite sex. Plus she says she came out to avoid getting pregnant. And by her statement of "even at fifteen" I am guessing she had to come out to her peers when she was fifteen? So between the time she first went through puberty she had to have figured out she was gay, struggled with it, then hid it. In the meantime, she had a crush on Blowhard The Great Eyebrow and had a boyfriend? And she says she was the only one who listened to Oasis in Arkansas. Out of the 2,673,400 people there, she was the only one. Yet she tried to get her boyfriend to cut his hair like Blowhard The Great Eyebrow's. How would he know who Blowhard was, since Beth was the only person in Arkansas who listened to Oasis? Was he from out of state? And then later, after admitting she was gay, she made fun of herself. But wait, back to the boyfriend. When did she have said boyfriend? How exactly could she have said boyfriend when she was out and gay and a total outcast of Arkansas? Wouldn't he have a problem with that? Or was it her Tranny boyfriend? You know, the one who's technically female but lives, dresses, and acts like a dude? But then, if it was her tranny, then that means this happened after she was out, so how at that point could she have a crush on Blowhard? Or was it like, a boyfriend she had in Elementary school? You know, like the one you have that you kiss next to the jungle jim when you're seven and then wipe his cooties away? I have to assume that she had that boyfriend before she came out. So how did she find the time in her pre-out-and-gay-in-Arkansas period to find out her sexuality, hide it, have a crush on a person she's biologically disinclined to be atracted to, and date someone who is likewise incompatible with her AND try and get him to cut his hair like The Great Eyebrow's?

 

Just a few questions.

 

Is it me or does this girl seem a little full of shit and starved for attention?

The Manifesto of a Parader-Tot

You know, it puts me to shame every time a story like the salmonella/death threat story comes out. It is an embarrassment to me and so many MCR fans. Sending death threats to people like those idiots did not only is an insult to the band, but to me and every MCR fan out there. Let me tell you something people, if you're going to do something like that, don't bother with this band. Don't go to their shows. Don't buy their records. Don't watch their videos or put their posters on your walls. And leave this group immediately.

We started this group to find a safe haven for fans of this band who shattered the stereotype and were actually smart, fun, articulate, mature, and interesting. For fans who did not act like the stereotype emo teenybopper freak. It disgusts me that people would indulge in such behaviour.

You know, there are people who are afraid to admit they like this band because of that shit? Or afraid of even liking this band? Even when I tell people I love this band, I always prepare myself to defend my taste in music. I'm always on the defensive. Do you know how humiliating that is? How uncomfortable that is? How monotonous it is to have to prepare a good explanation of why I am not a wrist-slitting tiger beat reader just because I love this band? I fucking hate that shit. Because unless I recite a manifesto to 85% of my peers once admitting my love of this band, it's like leprosy. I am sick of paying for other people's idiocy. I get patronized enough being a teenage girl without having to validify my entire lifestyle due to my favorite band. But guess what? I have to.

I could just stop listening, I suppose. Or hide my love of this band or stop participating on here or on the net where mychem is concerned. But I don't. I am willing to profess my love of them, pay tribute to them, do it publicly and defend myself against any little indie snobs because I owe it to this band. They saved my fucking life. For that, I'll do this. Fuck, without them, I'd probably be the stereotypical bullshit emo teenybopper people might believe me to be.

But I'm not. And more people would realize that. More people would not have to take the time to look through my love of one band to see everything else about me if not for this type of ridiculous behavior. I am sick of being grouped up with those little freaks. I am sick of it.

This is why this group is so important. I believe many of you feel the same way. So?

We need to figure something out. We need to do something to make sure people see we are not the death cult people believe us to be.

Anyone else concur?

How I totally had to pwn another aging agist indie hipster anglophile snob....... again

Yep, this is really funny.

 

My Chem, Muse make for unusual pairing
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By CE SKIDMORE
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Published: Tuesday, May 01, 2007


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COURTESY PHOTO My Chemical Romance, above, and Muse roll into the Glens Falls Civic Center on Thursday night.

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IF YOU GO

My Chemical Romance with special guests Muse will be at the Glens Falls Civic Center on Thursday. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are available for $30.25.

As a critic, I'm scratching my head. As a fan, I'm verging on outraged.

I'm super-psyched that Muse is coming to Glens Falls. But as second fiddle to My Chemical Romance? Something smells funky.

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Muse's musicians are epic songwriters with albums that are theatrical and dramatic, yet still relevant on the rock charts. Muse has mastered the European airwaves, earning awards and accolades in the United Kingdom for each of its major label releases. Granted, Europeans have been wrong before. They did plague us with New Wave. But we can also thank them for the Beatles and the Stones. It's a fair trade.

Muse songs like "Knights of Sedonia" and "Stockholm Syndrome" make you want to ride into battle, or, at the least, take a powder keg to all your emo albums.

Speaking of emo ...

My Chemical Romance is another in a long line of bands with black nails and gender-bending haircuts that makes money via desperate song titles like "Vampires Will Never Hurt You" and "Welcome to the Black Parade." Maybe I'm getting old, but these just sound like the grindhouse double-feature at the B-movie multiplex.

MCR publicly rejects the term emo. But if it walks like a duck, talks like a duck and whines like a little girl with a skinned knee ... it's an emo duck.

I'm not saying it's a bad band. If you're into that kind of thing, MCR is in the upper echelon. It filled a marketing gap and the kids sure do love 'em. But, brass tacks, Muse is the better band.

Civic Center Director Suzanna Bernd calls the concert an "intriguing, eclectic mix." She is almost as perplexed as I am about the split bill. Bernd thinks My Chemical Romance appeals to a school-age crowd while Muse, she said, is "attracting more people my age."

They must be doing something right. Can't wait to find out what.

 

 

 

 Comment by Wendy:

 

 

I'm a HUGE MCR fan and HUGE Muse fan. To me it is brilliant and although people might have trouble hearing similarities between the two sounds, I hear sounds reminiscent of the MC5 and Stardust-era David Bowie that both bands share. Both have big, bombastic sounds and together make a lovely Anglo-American sandwich. Age has nothing to do with it, especially considering the amount of aging hipsters drooling over the arctic monkeys and the amount of teenagers with Dark Side of the Moon T-shirts. Ugh. Agism. It puts my imaginary testicles in a vice.

 

 

BTW, how is "I am not afraid to leep on living" (MCR, Famous Last Words) Emo when

"You make me wanna die, you cut my name into my heart" (Muse, Space Dementia) not?

 

Comment by Wendy

 

PS: Muse's musicians are not all epic songwriters. Only one of the members actually write the songs-- Matthew Bellamy. Shouldn't you know more about Muse if you're going to write about them? However, all MCR's members contribute to the songwriting. That means by Iggy Pop's standard (and I do hope you know who he is) Muse are not even a real band, whereas mcr are.

 

"There are no real bands anymore, these days one person has all the talent and there are just a bunch of other guys with similar haircuts"-- Iggy Pop

 

He said that I believe in the march issue of spin with fall out boy on the cover.

 

Though technically every member of muse is important and they do not have similar haircuts.

 

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I did not have the heart to tell this geezer that I was only sixteen.

 

I'm sorry, but the concert I went to was one of the most mind-opening, broad, clever, and beautiful shows I've ever seen whether live, on a live video on Youtube, or on a concert DVD. The sounds actually mesh beautifully for the reasons which I stated above. People judge too much on appearances.

 

But I guess now based on my comments, if everyone who listens to MCR is an emo kid, so is every kid who listens to Muse.

 

"Everyone's a little but emo/ sometimes/ doesn't mean we go around committing /suicides/If we all could just admit/ that we are emo a little bit/ And everyone stop being so /enraged/ doesn't mean your boyfriend/ is gay"

 

Cheers

 

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My name is Wendy Weissman. I am a voracious writer who will yack about her opinions to anyone willing to listen/read. Former Catholic schoolgirl. No fan of organized religion. Reads a lot. Words are loud, voice is loud, doesn't speak much. Love it when I manage to make my dad and sister laugh. I am not a Republican. I am not a Democrat. I am an American. Compulsive arguer. Do not relate to people my age but very well with people who are older or younger. I prefer to read speeches rather than listen to/watch them so as not to be swayed by charisma and actually know what the fuck is being said. Buzznet addict.

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Don't mess with me, my sister is a future lawyer AND in the army. So she can kick your ass and then sue you. You get the idea.

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Interests:

writing like a writing machine, reading. knitting. dancing. watching movies. listening to music. watching stand up comedy. Obsessing over things. Current obsession(s): Stevie Nicks, arcade fire, the current presidential race, lewis black's new show, blogging, the buzz brigade group. planning the music history school with john, enjoying spring break

Favorite Music:

Ramones, The sex pistols, apples in stereo, my chemical romance, dead kennedys, fleetwood mac, stevie nicks, stooges (iggy and the stooges NOT the 3 stooges), DAVID BOWIE, Arcade Fire, Placebo, Muse, The Bastard Fairies, The Academy is...., Nine Inch Nails, The Clash, Alice Cooper, John Lennon, the pixies, the new york dolls, the replacements, smashing pumpkins, the beatles(duh), nirvana(but I do not want to talk about kurt cobain), foo fighters, hole, BLONDIE, Souixsie and the banshees, the slits, fall out boy, green day(too an extent...... on their old records), velvet underground, lou reed, iggy pop, bikini kill, PiL, Arctic Monkeys, Kanye West, Showtunes by Cole Porter, kaiser chiefs, .....

Favorite Movies:

The Exorcist, The Omen, Labyrinth, Wedding Crashers, any Monty Python, it's a wonderful life, A&E's pride and predjudice, bridget jones's diary, love the hard way, zoolander, exorcism of emily rose, orig amityville, interview w/ the vampire, bram stroker's dracula, adams family values, nightmare on elm street 3, halloween, rocky horror, Drop Dead Gorgeous, anything with gene kelley or fred astaire, If..., .......

Favorite TV Shows:

Comedy Central Presents, Numb3rs, Premium Blend, South Park, HBO comedy specials, conan, sex and the city, House M.D, Whose Line is it anyway?, Colbert Report, The Daily Show, Lewis Black's Root of all Evil.......

Favorite Books:

All vamp chronicles, all georgia nicolson, bridget jones, Elizabeth the struggle for the throne, hitchhikers guide to the galaxy, the count of monte cristo, the birth of venus, rotten no blacks no irish no dogs, Naked Lunch, The Book of Eleanor, the red tent, Princess, The Prince, Utopia, Most stuff by George Orwell, When Will Jesus Bring in the Pork Chops?