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Vh1's 'Soul Train' documentary: don't miss it

I am not usually one to shill for Vh1 programming on this blog, unless it’s for the music Tom Sizemore hears in his head on Celebrity Rehab, but the channel’s Soul Train: The Hippest Trip in America, which airs Saturday night at 9:30pm ET/PT, should not be missed.

Terrence Howard narrates the documentary, Roots drummer Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson scores it, and countless icons spanning the show’s 40-year run, including Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Sly Stone, Smokey Robinson and Snoop Dogg, appear as talking heads.

But the real star of Hippest Trip is the show itself: Archival clips from its early beginnings as a local program in Chicago in 1970 and on through its move—both geographical and cultural—to Los Angeles, where its social impact reached far beyond hair styles and hot-minute singles.

Soul Train‘s producer and host, Don Cornelius, is still the man with the best baritone this side of James Earl Jones (and his snazzy outfits leave Darth Jones in the dust). The guests, from Ike & Tina to Public Enemy, are amazing—not to mention some of the first musicians to appear live on TV in a time when lip-synching was considered de rigueur. And the dancers, future stars Rosie Perez and Jody Watley among them, are insanely fun to watch. If you can toot your caboose half as well this crew on the infamous Soul Train Line, while looking one-tenth as fashion bananas, you are a champion.

Or, you could just make love to a red rose, rock the bejesus out of a pair of yellow poly pants and a brown silk arm sling, and be Al Green:

Seriously, tune in tomorrow night. If you have ever loved R&B, soul, hip hop, music, television, or joy, it is worth your time.

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New Mariah Carey video, 'Up Out My Face': Finally! Mimi is emancipated by hot new video

Sometimes, Mariah gets it wrong (“H.A.T.E. U”? H.A.T.E.D. those freakin swimsuits. “I Want to Know What Love Is”? I want to know why you’re in a baseball stadium full of sad people).

And then—she gets it so right.  In the new video for “Up Out My Face” from her upcoming duets remix album Angels Advocate, due March 30, there are so very many things to love: the color scheme (Target ad? White Stripes tribute?); the nonsensical (but sexical!) nurses’ outfits and Barbie boxes; rising Lil Wayne protege Nicki Minaj getting red, white, and saucypants all over; Nick Cannon (he also directs the clip) reprising his Drumline stomp in the outro. They wear silly outfits, they make silly faces; they have fun:

Wasn’t that delicious? Do you not want to put Minaj in your pocket? Are you fonder of Nick Cannon than you were five and half minutes ago? (He also directed his wife in another new video, the less-than-scintillating Ne-Yo collaboration “Angels Cry,” but we are letting that one slide; it is a forgiveness kind of day). Tell us what you think in the comments section below.

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Lady Gaga at Radio City: Best. Concert. Ever.

Lady Gaga at Radio City: Best. Concert. Ever.

Last night, I had the great pleasure of seeing Lady Gaga kick off a sold-out, four-night engagement at New York’s legendary Radio City Music Hall and, lemme tell you Music Mixers, I almost wept with joy. Gaga’s Monster Ball tour is one of the greatest concert experiences of my life. AH-MAZING. I can’t stop thinking about it. In the past week  Gaga had some health issues, but you would never have known based on her tireless energy and robust vocals. This lady is the real deal! She opened the show with “Dance in the Dark” and hardly took a break until the climactic, floor-shaking performance of “Bad Romance.” My personal fave was “Boys Boys Boys,” which she began by asking, “Where are all the gay boys at?” Obvs, I immediately jumped up and began dancing. But there is no doubt that “Bad Romance” was the ultimate showstopper, with all of Radio City on its feet for Gaga’s hit single. The only downside was that Gaga never did one of my fave tunes off The Fame Monster, “Telephone,” but I’ll let it slide. Music Mix-ers, if you have any chance of going to see Gaga at Radio City, I heartily endorse. It could change your life. Or at least just make it really sparkly for a couple of hours.

Have you seen any of Lady Gaga’s shows? Were they as good for you as for me?

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Ke$ha tells us all kinds of awesome, crazy stuff: 'Have I made out with chicks? Hell yeah.'

This week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly features a profile of randy new pop star Ke$ha (see an exclusive portrait from the photo shoot), who recently overtook Susan Boyle at the top of the charts and has generally been blowing up the music scene like she’s Lady Gaga in 2009. If you know anything about the budding pop princess, you know this: She’s not lacking in the personality department. Ke$ha always has something to say, and it’s usually kinda crazy. So we thought we’d treat you to all the juicy, leftover tidbits from our interview with her. Little gems like how she gets frisky while text messaging and Twittering, her hatred of “celebretards,” and how she wouldn’t want to meet Jay-Z in a rap-off. Enjoy below!

On the glitter around her right eye: “If I smear glitter on my face, you don’t have a choice—you will be more attracted to me. It’s part of our brand makeup. So anyway, then I started thinking, why just do my eyes? Why not my entire body? And at the end of my shows why don’t I put a backpack on that’s like a hand-held cannon and blast glitter at people? So not only do I look attractive, but so does everybody who’s dancing? It’s kind of like become my thing.”

On providing vocals for Flo Rida’s smash single “Right Round”: “I didn’t get credit, I didn’t get paid. Honestly, I walked into the studio and there was Flo Rida and Dr. Luke doing the song, and I was like, ‘I’ll just sing on it. I’m just happy you like my voice enough to put me on your song.’ I believe in karma, so if I’m not a douchebag about that, it’ll just come back to me. So it’s like, ‘You know what, if you don’t want to pay me, it’s fine. I’m excited to have my voice on the radio.'”

On her relationship with her former marching bandmates from high school: “I get text messages all the time. And they were all such bitches, so now I’m like, Eat it! I save their numbers to prank later.”

On people thinking that she runs around with the likes of Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie: “Oh, gross! I’m from the opposite of that. Do you think that those girls dig through the garbage for their clothes? That’s what I’m saying. And, you know, would they live in a house with 10 people that they’ve never met, you know? And would they be OK if they never came home for four days and just went to Vegas on a whim? Like, would they never wear high heels when they go out so they can run from the cops? Very different.”

Much more after the jump!


Who needs a whole choir to make 'Glee'? This guy can belt out a duet all by himself

A lot of us here are stoked about the release of Glee’s first thirteen episodes on DVD (I can finally skip the fake pregnancy subplot!), but we’re also left wondering what we’re going to do without a reliable dose of singing and dancing teenyboppers in our lives, at least until the show returns in April.

Well, if you want more Glee in your life, why not make it yourself? That’s what YouTube sensation Nick Pitera has done: The 23-year-old has the jaw-dropping ability to sing pitch-perfectly in a smooth male croon and in a falsetto that, well, sounds like a girl’s voice. And a fabulous one at that.

You have to hear what he does to believe it. Pitera covers Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” and sings it just like it appears in the Fox series’ first episode—that is, he does it as a male-female duet. And as you can see in the split-screen video below, this computer-animator-by-day performs both parts himself. If you close your eyes while he alternates between vocal registers, you would swear it’s two separate people—of different sexes—singing.

You can also check out Pitera’s take on Glee’s cover of Bill Withers feel-good-classic “Lean on Me,” where he yet again belts out the boy/girl sections with equal aplomb.

So what do you say? Have you heard Nick Pitera before, (his “Don’t Stop Believin'” cover is up to one million views, so somebody has to be watching), and what do you make of his singular talent? And if you still aren’t wowed, check out his cover of “A Whole New World” from Aladdin. You won’t dare close your eyes.

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'The Cleveland Show': Watch Hall and Oates' devilish (and angel-ish) cameo

This Sunday, Hall and Oates cameo on Family Guy spin off The Cleveland Show, and you can see their appearance below. I don’t know what relevance it has to the plot, but I do know Oates has allowed himself to be the butt of jokes abut his lack of stature (both professional and actual). That makes him a big man in my book. And, as the book in question is the new biggie from Stephen King, he will actually fit in it!

I jest, of course.

Dare I ask if you can go for this cameo? I dare! I dare!

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Them Crooked Vultures: The rock supergroup streams their entire album online

Rock geek dream supergroup Them Crooked Vultures just leaked their entire album online today. For the uninitiated, The band’s membership is made up of Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme singing and shredding on guitar, Foo Fighter/Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl on sticks, and John Paul Jones of LED FREAKING ZEPPELIN on bass and keyboards. Amazing x 3 + holy crap = I’m gonna by this album.

But why did they release their entire 13-track album a week early? According to an email they sent out to fans, “F— PATIENCE, LET’S DANCE. STREAM THE FULL ALBUM NOW.”

Succinctly put, sirs, and hardly misleading—Them Crooked Vultures’ self-titled debut is the booty-shaking kind of hard rock that Homme has experimented with before, but never have the results been so much fun. The dance-tastic “Scumbag Blues” even has a keyboard funk vamp!

Songs like “New Fang” and “Dead End Friends” boast Zep’s God-of-Thunder-style drumming (courtesy of their disciple Grohl) and QOTSA’s inventive guitar playing… they even throw in a few drops of Vanilla Fudge’s psych-metal for flavor. For evidence, listen to “Elephant” below:

So what do you think—now that you can hear it in full, are you more likely to buy when it’s released on November 17th in the U.S.? And how do the Vultures measure up to other hard rock supergroups, like, say, Audioslave, Velvet Revolver or The Dead Weather?

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Electro-pop chanteuse Roisin Murphy gets 'Orally Fixated' on new single

Irish dancefloor iconoclast Roisin Murphy’s new single “Orally Fixated” doesn’t physically come to the U.S. until November 17, but its synthetic charms are already wending their way through the internet’s many channels.

If you think that Roisin is singing about an oral fixation because she’s nine months pregnant—meaning she eats a lot of pickles, right?—well, bless your sweet heart, and try to tune out the words while you listen to the lyrically NSFW song after the jump.


Mayer Hawthorne: The Music Mix recommends

Mayer Hawthorne just wrapped up his first U.S. tour this month, but we miss him already. The sweet bespectacled crooner from Ann Arbor, Mich., has been all over the place lately, selling out cool-kid venues like NYC’s Mercury Lounge, bringing respectable crowds to suburban shopping malls, even playing soundtrack to a sexy (fantasy?) moment in the Spike Jonze/Kanye West short We Were Once a Fairytale — and yet we still can’t get enough of his Motown-worthy grooves and soothing falsetto.

We’re not the only ones. Hawthorne’s already impressed tastemakers like Mark Ronson, garnered multiple comparisons to soul great Curtis Mayfield (he admits he’s a fan), and nabbed John Mayer’s endorsement for his recently released debut, A Strange Arrangement, as “best record of the year” (Mayer also invited him to open up on several live dates later this year).

What do you think—are you swooning to Hawthorne’s doo-wop tunes as much as we are?

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