Bri Blahg: What Kanye Should Have Done. Music News Round Up 9/14/09

14 09 2009

by Brian Phillips (@BrianBlahg)

This Just In: Kanye West Is Kind Of An Asshole

Someday I’ll look so stinking old that no one will bother to ask me if I watched The MTV Video Music Awards. I suppose I should feel good that it hasn’t happened yet. The answer of course is no. Why?

1. Are you kidding me?

2. Bears/Packers

3. I was out of Jim Beam.

This morning the blahgspere, twitspere, fakebookspere, etc are all in a spit flying frenzy about Kanye West. It seems he jumped on stage and dissed Taylor Swift about winning some damn award or another.

I will tell you this; Bears fans would have been pleased if Kanye had grabbed the ball from Jay Cutler last night instead. Cripes was he awful. Since I didn’t watch, here then is EMO GIRL with his commentary.

hit the jump for the sad, sad video…

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Bri Blahg… Helping People, That’s What I Do. Music News Round Up: 9/9/09

9 09 2009

by Brian Phillips (@BrianBlahg)

That’s A Good Question Bri

Can you still be gangsta after going on Oprah? In fairness to Jay Z he is promoting his Friday charity concert. To help Jay maintain his hardness, here’s his mugshot courtesy The Smoking Gun:

Jay Z Wishing He Was At A Grizzly Bear Concert

That was snapped by NYPD in 1999 after Jay Z’s arrest on charges he stabbed a record executive. He probably had it coming right.

The Good News Is, I Now Know Who The Hell You Are

Rapper Max B (full disclosure, I had no idea who this guy was until today. See Max B knew exactly what he was doing) had 75 years dropped on his noggin last week for a robbery gone very bad. Bonus irony: It seems Max B had just extricated himself from a bad contract. Don’t worry about Max though, he’s just signed a new long term deal.

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Bri Blahg… Giant Heat Stroked Lollapalooza Wrap Up

10 08 2009

by Brian Phillips (@BrianBlahg)


And that’s it. Lollapalooza 2009 is history. We saw a little of everything this weekend. I swear it was down right chilly Friday. It was raining I know that. Saturday and Sunday were different stories. We got a good lather going by the end of the weekend. Lollapalooza adjusted though. Yesterday the Chicago Fire Department brought in a truck with a giant fan on top to spray mist. This ain’t a bad town if the fire department has a damn misting truck. I’m going to roll through some highlights here. I’m one man though and there’s so much I missed. I saw quite a lot too.


I raced to the BMI stage just in time to catch a wisp of April Smith. She’s somethin’, and a mean dresser too. Smith was kind enough to take us on a tour of the site seeing as how we just got there and all. April received as much as she gave in the form of Lobster Corn Dogs.

After watching nine year old Yuto Miyazawa play “Paranoid” by Sabbath on the Kidzapalooza stage a late Portland, Oregon band Hockey tried to make it work on The Playstation Stage. Unfortunately the power went out and they couldn’t get through their first number. The men were good sports in the media area later and told us about how Bruce Springsteen doesn’t pay attention when you meet him.

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Bri Blahg… Lollapalooza Saturday…. Late Afternoon. Bum Shoulders and Scottish Burrs.

9 08 2009

by Brian Phillips (@BrianBlahg)


Glasvegas' James Allan

Brothers James and Rab Allan of Mercury Prize nominated Glasvegas drifted by for an interview mid afternoon Saturday. The lads didn’t seem impressed by the thought of winning the prestigious award. The lightning fast Nick Jones and Dan Hoffman have already put together a piece here. We also have some other video of the boys questioning the modesty of their charming drummer Caroline McKay. “Don’t be fooled,” said James, “she’ll f%$# anything that moves.” I’m pretty sure they were just taking the piss out of her as they say. We’ll put that video up soon. I caught part of Glasvegas’ set late afternoon. At SXSW they didn’t do much for me, but I have to say as I listen to the record more their Jesus And Mary Chain meets Phil Spector and Frankie Valli sound is growing on me.

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Photos: Lollapalooza Day 2

9 08 2009

The Chicago weather did a complete 180 from day 1 to day 2. That said, it really didn’t make our photographer Gary‘s job any easier… today he was soaked with sweat in the 90 degree heat and humidity. But, Gary doesn’t complain and managed to get some great shots of day 2… oh yeah, and he got to go to a Playboy party. Check out all our festival photos here.


The Chicago 2016 stage from Imperial Suites at the Hilton


Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O

many more after the jump…

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Chatting with Glasvegas at Lollapalooza 2009

9 08 2009

Glasvegas talks about opening for U2, hanging with Kings of Leon, and the making of “Daddy’s Gone”.

hit the jump for pictures of Glasvegas’ Lollapaformance…

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