Six Very Important Interactions Between Rappers And Dogs

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As part of this weekend's Catalpa Festival, Snoop Dogg will slouch around Randall's Island to perform his debut album, Doggystyle, in its entirety. With the Doggfather being somewhat obsessed with all things canine, SOTC decided it was fine time to shed light on hip-hop's infatuation with dogs. But be warned: This ain't exactly the equivalent of watching the cute lil' puppies prance around in the window of that pet store on Sixth Avenue in the West Village.

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Seven Important Takeaways From The Listening Session For Big Boi's Vicious Lies And Dangerous Rumors

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Andre 3000 might be spending his summer dressing up as Jimi Hendrix, but his Outkast pal Big Boi has been busy putting together a new album. Titled Vicious Lies And Dangerous Rumors, the project will be released on November 13; yesterday, Big Boi holed up in a Manhattan recording studio to host a listening session. Here are seven nuggets SOTC gleaned from the playback—one of which is a startling revelation about Big Boi's cheese habit.

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The Story Of This Weekend's Governor's Ball, Told In 35 Tweets

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Australia was borne of the idea that it would be a holding pen for criminals, the unwanted and the insane, a dumping ground for human garbage. Govenor's Ball, held this weekend on New York's refurbished Governor's Island, was more of a technicolor Alcatraz or a synth-laden Ellis Island. Droves arrived on these shores seeking life, liberty, and the pursuit to stand on line for hours.

A festival is a hard thing to cover. Moments are missed while standing on line for $5 waters or $24 meals; entire acts, while watching the members of Das Racist hooliganize the VIP area. Sometimes, other perspectives need to be counted on. As such, here is the narrative of the Governor's Ball—the details small and large—as told by the Twitter-ers who were there.


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Long Live The Funk? Big Boi Drops By Modest Mouse's Studio

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Today in "parties you weren't invited to" news: It appears that Outkast's Big Boi has been hanging out with Modest Mouse, who are working on their upcoming album, this week. In a series of tweets, Daddy Fat Sax announced that he-- and Grammy-winning producer Chris "Mouche" Carmouche--had been in the studio with "Issac and the crew" (the misspelling was his, but we figure it's because he's too excited). The next day, General Patton tweeted that he was, in fact, "Modest Mousin' It," whatever that may mean.

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Six Great Musical Moments From The "Law & Order" Version Of New York City

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Mike Logan and Lennie Briscoe: Not so into rap-metal.
The news that Law & Order: Criminal Intent would be ripping all those headlines about the struggles of Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark for an upcoming episode was notable for its lightning-quick turnaround time, and for its fictionalized take on one of rock's biggest characters: Bono. According to TVLine's Michael Ausiello, "Arno" (seriously) will be "a secretly bisexual rock-star composer who's cheating on the missus with a colleague." (But will he wear big glasses?)

This bit of news inspired a look back at all the times that shows within the Law & Order version of New York City have taken on music-related topics. After the jump, six (in honor of the dearly departed original version's cast roster) of the ones that stuck out the most.

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Big Boi and Terry Riley Added To the Animal Collective-Curated All Tomorrow's Parties

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Say what you want about Animal Collective's recent turn as wedding music for the shrillest people alive, they will probably always have a better record collection than you. To wit: The line-up for May's AnCo-curated All Tomorrow's Parties Festival in Minehead, England just added OutKast funkateer Big Boi and minimalism's blissmaster general Terry Riley in the same day. No word on whether Poppy Nogood and Sir Lucious Left Foot are gonna jam out on some indotrancealisticadillacmuzik, but with that news we're pretty much ready to hop on a plane--even if it means spending a weekend avoiding facepaint stains from AnCo's most fanatical, make-upped followers. General Patton and Terry also join an already double-stuffed lineup including the reborn masters of avant-clank Thinking Fellers Union 282, Saharan guitar masters Group Doueh, Atlas Sound, Gang Gang Dance, Meat Puppets, The Frogs, Vlasislav Delay and like the entire Paw-Tracks roster. Basically, if you like putting terrible things in your body and then rapidly sweating them out in a tiger mask, boy do we have a weekend for you. Full, totally batshit ridiculous line-up--including 12 new additions--after the jump.

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Big Boi Is Guest-Starring On East Village Radio Right Now

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Here's your proof. CREDIT
Fresh off his triumphant show at Brooklyn Bowl last night and set to play NYU's mystery concert (with, uh, Dr. Dog) tonight, Big Boi is spending the afternoon at First and First on East Village Radio.

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Live: Big Boi Does The Hits At Brooklyn Bowl

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Don't bother requesting anything, he's already gonna play it
Big Boi
Brooklyn Bowl
Monday, September 6

Better than: The vast majority of other greatest-hits sets performed in bowling alleys.

So Big Boi, as someone in his management circle is explaining before tonight's festivities begin, went to see Prince once, and was dismayed to learn that Prince refused to play anything from Purple Rain. "Why am I here then?" the distraught rapper reportedly exclaimed. It would seem he vowed that night never to deprive his own fans in such a brazen, past-denying manner, because once tonight's festivities do begin, he throws every Outkast song he can think of at us, immediately.

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In Honor Of Weezer's New Hurley, Here Are Suggestions For More Lost-Themed Albums

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So Weezer's next album is named Hurley, and that's the cover: an unadorned photo of Hurley's face. Even if you consider this a terrible idea, you must admit it doesn't crack the Weezer's top 25 worst ideas of the past five years; in fact, the idea of records inspired by Lost characters has potential. Here, some practical suggestions.

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Watch Big Boi Do "Shutterbug" For Jay Leno

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It's Big Boi's world this week, the praise for Sir Lucious Left Foot near-ubiquitous out in the Internet ether, so nothing left to do but perform perhaps the record's best song for the Internet's favorite late-night talk-show host. He's gonna do an actual show in NYC, with this full-ish band and everything, right? Right?

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