Kanye West Offers A Song To Taylor Swift

You know when you really like an artist or musician that has a slightly bad reputation for being a bit of an asshole, and you find yourself constantly having to defend them? Well, I have exactly this problem with RnB’s number 1 willy cloth Kanye West.

Following his absurd outburst at last year’s MTV Video Music Awards during Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech for the ‘Video Of The Year’ award, Kanye Seems to have done a bit of soul searching and has claimed via Twitter that he has written a song for Taylor as something of an apology.

As much as his onstage rebellion was a hilarious highlight of an otherwise rather dull ceremony, I’m sure that Taylor would rather just forget about it. I’m also sure that Kayne, as brilliant and talented as he is would not thrive in a country/Hip-Hop collaboration, and would leave himself and all his fans royally humiliated (again). Of course there is a part of me curious to here this inevitable abomination, but it will only make him harder to defend to his various critics.

You can see the entirety of Kanye’s drunken (his words, not mine) outburst in the form of several tweets by clicking here. I’ve also included the video of his onstage humiliation below.

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Song Writing Competition

Browsing the SoundCloud blog I just noticed this group of songwriters trying to get a competition going; all you have to do is write a 1 minute song – the most dramatic song wins.

I think this is an excellent idea for a competition and a good test of your songwriting skills. Please take a look at this group and submit your entry. All you need is a SoundCloud account and some way of recording your music, oh and some talent and a bit of taste.

If you want an idea of what you’ll be up against, listen to the group’s set below.

1-minute wonders

Something For The Weekend?

With the international break leaving us with no Premier League football this weekend and nothing but an inevitably drab set of international performances to endure, why not fill that excitement void with some new music?

Here are a couple of playlists that might help you get through what will probably be the last remotely warm weekend of the year.

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Music Week have very kindly put together a SoundCloud set focusing around new Irish talent. There is some very good stuff on here, my highlights being the opening song from Cathy Davey and the seventh song from the wonderfully named Electric Penguins, a band well worth investing some time in, should you have the spare time.

Music Week Presents…Irish Talent by Music Week

David Kirk is a singer/songwriter from London who has already received a decent amount of attention from various authorities in ‘new music’, not least of all from 6 Music who have given tracks from his most recent E.P Fortune Green several plays. If you’re a fan of strummy little dittys and a nice voice then there’s a good chance you’ll like this. I must confess that the E.P isn’t exactly my thing, but David Kirk seems like a nice enough man who just wants to share his music with the world, you could give him at least that, couldn’t you? Listen to the entire E.P below and if you like it you can buy if from his BandCamp page for £2.

And with that, I wish you a fine weekend!

Rapper T.I. and His Wife Have Been Arrested on Drug Charges

Rapper T.I. (né Clifford Harris Jr.), 29, and his wife, Tameka Cottle, 36, were arrested last night in L.A. after police detected marijuana coming from their car at a traffic stop in West Hollywood. Authorities subsequently searched T.I.’s car and arrested the couple for possession of a controlled substance. T.I. and Cottle, who were married July 30, posted $10,000 bail and were released this morning.

After reading this on other sites I thought it was going to be a heavy drug charge, not just the possession of marijuana (kids… drugs are bad!). This kind of press is much need, as it probably hleps his credibility to kids buying his records.

The Grammy-winning rapper and sometime actor is still on probation after serving seven months in prison last year for a weapons conviction. Thus, Im surprised that he didnt head straight back to jail after being arrested while on probation.

Stereogum 40 Best New Bands of 2010

Stereogum has just released their 40 Best New Bands of 2010, and the list is amazing! All the bands on the list have a complete bio with links to their website and social network profiles. Additionally, each band has provided a free track for users to download. So make sure you head over to Stereogum and take a look at what they think the best bands of 2010 are.

Yoko Ono To Hold John Lennon Tribute Concert in Los Angeles Next Month

Yoko Ono is planning to throw a two day concert in Los Angeles for her late husband, John Lennon.

According to Spin, October 1st will feature performances by Iggy Pop, Nels Cline and Mike Watt.  October 2nd will host sets by Lady Gaga, along with Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth.  And finally, both nights will feature “RZA, Perry Farrell, Carrie “Princess Leia” Fisher, actor Vincent Gallo, Paul Simon’s son Harper, and more.”

“Hand-picked artists will join the band onstage, much like the We Are Plastic Ono Band show in Brooklyn this past February, where guest stars included Eric Clapton, Paul Simon, and Scissor Sisters…

“Fans can expect something similar to the Brooklyn show, where the band played selections from Plastic Ono Band’s catalogue, including an all-star jam finale of 1969’s “Give Peace a Chance.” The set also featured newer material culled from Ono’s surprising 2009 album, Between My Head and the Sky.

“Tickets are already onsale for the event via Ticketmaster.”

Paste Magazine Have Closed Down Their Print Publication

The magazine industry is in heavy decline and the latest casualty is music magazine Paste. Paste magazine announced yesterday that it will no longer publish a print edition.

“Struggles with mounting debt were made public last year when our readers responded with generosity to save the magazine. But the prolonged downturn of the ad market has forced a hiatus”, according to a post on the site. Moving to web-only has hurt other publications, but the magazine’s staff vows to fight on. “Paste, while considering strategic alternatives, is focusing on its digital assets, including PasteMagazine.com.”

“We thank all of those who have shown such tremendous support to a vision of independent media focused on Signs of Life in Music, Film & Culture, including subscribers, advertisers, writers, photographers, illustrators, publicists, record labels, movie studios, book & game publishers and others in the press.”

New Apple Products

Just a quick post for those of you who missed yesterday’s Apple news because you live in a cave on the moon or somewhere beneath the ocean – here are the most exciting bits from the keynote;

1) iPod Shuffle – not much new to say here. They have returned to the clip design which I approve of. The voice over feature might be useful; this will say the name of the song, album or playlist to you so you know roughly where in your playlist you are. This has been a genuine problem with previous shuffles. £39 for 2gb is excellent value for money.

2) iPod Touch – consistently the most underwhelming of the iPod range. This new version has made a move inline with the iPhone 4, as was probably to be expected. HD video recording, front facing camera allowing for ‘FaceTime’ blah blah blah. It’s not that I don’t think this is a great product, I do, it’s just that the entry level 8gb model is £189. For that price you could just get an iPhone 4 and have the same product as your mobile phone.

3) Apple TV – you’ve got to give it to Steve Jobs, the guy is persistent. After years of trying to make Apple TV work they are still grinding away. Here is the latest redesign/revamp of the service. I really want this to work and think that the Movie rental feature will be key to its success. Call me a capitalist if you will, but a way to monetize the online video market is something the media has been in desperate need of for years. I will be buying it, I suggest you do the same.

4) iPod Nano – this 6th generation of the iPod Nano has taken my first place award as the best announcement of last night. A brilliant multi-touch screen on a device that clips to your jacket is inspired. If I didn’t already own an iPhone 4 this would be the iPod for me. At £129 for the basic 8gb I think that these will sell quicker than any of the other new announcements. Watch the video below for full details.

Soundrop iPhone App

If any of you own or have at any point owned a Nintendo DS, you might have come across a game called Electroplankton. In my idiotic and useless opinion, it was the first ‘music game’ that really worked on both levels as a game that you could really spend hour playing and as a genuine musical compositional tool.

The reason for its success was the simple interface and its ‘open’ music format. Too many music games tried to replicate a sequencer, which inevitably led to lots of people making very shi*t house music out of an extremely limited bank of samples.

Soundrop iPhone is an even more simplistic version of the Electroplankton model, that you can download for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.
The interface really is as straight forward as; draw a line, let a ball bounce on it, when the ball hits the line a marimba sample will sound, draw another line, create rhythms and patterns. Before you know it you’ll think you’re a regular Philip Glass.

The free version of the app is fun enough, but if you can stretch to £1.19 you’ll get the pro version which allows you a broader range of sounds.

Very fun and addictive app that I urge you to try. You can find out everything you need to know by clicking here.