Billy Ray Cyrus & HomeTown Buffet: A Track-by-Track Menu


Shut up, everybody, because I have HUGE news: Billy Ray Cyrus is teaming up with HomeTown Buffet!

Buffets, Inc.® is proud to announce its latest tie-in with country music, this time with the singer/songwriter/actor Billy Ray Cyrus and his 13th studio album, Change My Mind. Beginning April 11, guests can pick up Cyrus' latest CD at Ryan's®, Country Buffet®, HomeTown® Buffet, Old Country Buffet® and Fire Mountain® for a special $8.99 price, while supplies last. Proceeds from the CDs will support the Armed Services YMCA® (ASYMCA) for Operation Outdoors, a camp program that assists the children of military personnel during deployment.

Count me in! What could be more sublime than listening to a Billy Ray Cyrus record in its natural habitat, pairing each song with authentic HomeTown cooking? Almost everything! But it's also a fine opportunity to combine two iconic American traditions-- doofus pop country and shoveling food into my fat face-- into one gravylogged bacchanal of sensual hillbilly excess.

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That Silly Thing About the FBI Classifying Juggalos as a Gang? It's No Joke.

This is an actual figure from a U.S. government document.

Last week, the U.S. Marshal's Service issued a press release with this headline: "Gang Member Removed from New Mexico's Most Wanted." The apprehended menace in question was 20-year-old Mark Anthony Carlson, a white 140-pound male wanted on a felony bench warrant for missing probation. His gang affiliation? The "Insane Clown Posse 'Juggalo'" gang.

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Scenes From Warped Tour's "Reverse Daycare": Blazing Saddles, Air Conditioning, And Parents' Memories Of Concerts Past

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The parents' tent at Warped Tour.
The Reverse Daycare tent at the Vans Warped Tour resembles nothing so much as a really relaxed waiting room. While away the hours in a bazaar armchair while your daughter (always a daughter) treks from stage to stage, occasionally texting you or stopping by the air-conditioned tent and asking the security guard stationed outside to poke his head in and call for you. (She's not allowed inside.) Read one of the provided magazines (Vogue, Allure, Lucky, In Style, Women's Health, Runner's World); watch a movie; doze off (intentionally or otherwise). It's a minor but crucial element of a tour that, as Reverse Daycare Tent Manager Shilpa Hareesh pointedly noted to me, is now older than many of its attendees.

On Saturday at Nassau Coliseum, Warped Tour first-timer Denise—who spent most of her time in the tent catching up on a backlog of Crain's New York Business—told me that the tent was the deciding factor in her 14-year-old daughter's Warped attendance, after a plan for her to go to the festival with a group of older kids was nixed. (Last names and kids' names and ages, where provided, were volunteered by parents.) Denise's daughter researched the Reverse Daycare Tent and presented her case, recruiting her mother as a chaperone for her and her friends. This is a common narrative, Hareesh told me, and a cursory online search for "reverse daycare" bears that out. Several other parents who had planned for Reverse Daycare also brought their own reading material, whether a Grisham mass-market or Fifty Shades Darker on an e-reader.

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Kelefa Sanneh Has Found Earl Sweatshirt, Who Would Like You To Lay Off His Mom

The new New Yorker contains Yet Another Story On Odd Future, although Kelefa Sanneh's piece outstrips its many bibliographic counterparts thanks to its particular focus on the LA hip-hop collective's most sloganeered member, Earl Sweatshirt. The 8,000-word piece, which took nine months of gestation and research to complete (oh, those media outlets that don't work on blog time!), contains interviews with Earl's father (the South African poet Keorapetse Kgositsile), mother (who does not want to be identified) and the M.I.A. rapper, real name Thebe Neruda Kgositsile, himself.

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Q&A: How Odd Future's Tyler, The Creator Got His Shoe Back, As Explained By The Guy Who Helped Steal It

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A triumphant, newly shoed Tyler, post-negotiation. Tim's in the middle, succeeding in his quest to not look too nervous. Also: Fuck Steve Harvey.
So Odd Future mastermind Tyler, the Creator lost his shoe while crowd-surfing during the L.A. rap crew's raucous show at Santos Party House Wednesday night, and damned if he didn't want it back. Thankfully, the fans who stole the shoe follow Tyler on Twitter, and soon, via the magic of @s and Direct Messages, Fordham student Tim Askerov and his friend (the actual thief, code-named Louis) were able to work out a deal. Here's what Askerov had to say about the theft, the negotiation, and the handoff.

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Rihanna's "S&M" Video: NYC Sex-Shop Employees (Including A Former Dominatrix) Weigh In

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Delicious and nutritious

There comes a time in a foreign country's life when it has to stand up and say, "No, Rihanna, we do not want to see you deep-throat that banana." That time was last week, when 11 countries banned the pop star's new bubblegum-colored, bondage-laden music video for her song "S&M." Supposedly, according to director Melina Matsoukas and Rihanna herself, the video is a light-hearted examination of the latter's relationship with the press -- she enjoys enduring daily paparazzi pain, because that's what gives her the pleasure of fame. As for the U.S., MTV is considering a clean edit. Meanwhile, to assess the validity of the video's so-called inappropriateness, we went directly to the source: sex shops. We asked the kind folks at Fantasy Party, Cherry Boxxx, and Tic Tac Toe what they thought of all the hullabaloo -- and Rihanna's S&M prowess.

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Best Coast Cat-Lady Stats Update: Check The Tweets

So yesterday we conducted an in-depth analysis of Best Coast's lyrics, to chart the frequency with which she sings the words "boy," "love," "summer," "weed," and "cat," as compared to the frequency with which her critics/admirers use those same words to describe her. General findings: The general public uses "weed" and "cat" way more than she does. Gripping stuff. But it has since been pointed out to us, reasonably, that as vital a source of data as they may be, Bethany Cosentino's lyrics may not be the clearest, most intimate window into the depths of her soul. That, of course, would be her Twitter account.

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Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino Is The Savviest Crazy Cat Lady Of All Time, And We've Got The Stats To Prove It

Bethany Cosentino and her alleged muse
You can summarize Best Coast's roughly 1,040,000 Google-search results in just seven words: "boy," "love," "summer," "weed," "cat," "cat," and "cat." This is remarkable because a) frontwoman Bethany Cosentino has been anointed indie-rock's first ever "crazy cat lady," which is an accomplishment of sorts, and b) holy crap, she only mentions the word "cat" in one song. That's it! The line is, "I wish my cat could talk." Why is it, then, that nearly every review, feature, or blog post about the band gives a shout-out to her cat, Snacks?

The short answer is that Cosentino has enough marketing know-how to be a character on Mad Men. The long answer is revealed in a pseudo-credible statistical analysis we've conducted here at SOTC, juxtaposing the words critics most often use when describing Best Coast's debut album, Crazy for You, with the lyrics to Best Coast's actual songs. The results will make you say, "Well, huh."

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The Horrifyingly Named Micro-Genre "Rape Gaze" Explained

One guess as to what they call the expressions they're making in this photo
Readers of this morning's Salem review on Pitchfork might have recoiled a bit as the piece's writer, Larry Fitzmaurice, casually rattled off a few terms commonly used to describe the gothy Michigan band's sound--"witch house, drag, haunted house, rape gaze, and so on." Rape gaze? What could that phrase possibly describe? Not knowing ourselves, we called up local DJ Lauren Flax, who along with Lauren Dillard plays music in the frequently-tagged-as-witch house ("I think we've graduated from that sound," Flax avers) Brooklyn duo Creep. They're the ones who first coined the term, posting it on their MySpace page earlier this year. So what does it mean?

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DJ Ayres on Savalas's Rap Music Ban: "I've Been Going Through This With Club Owners in New York City for Ten Years"

Yesterday, ubiquitous New York turntable presence DJ Ayres found his monthly Savalas party, Strictly Hits, abruptly cancelled. The reason? In the words of the club: Savalas is "taking a rap sabbatical." What this meant became clear when SOTC obtained the email a Savalas employee had sent to club's entire DJ roster, explaining that "the crowd at Savalas has been changing recently" and the venue's own regulars were being replaced with "drug dealers, meat heads, [and] dare I say *gasp* New Jersey kids"--hence the club banning what they perceive to be the bridge and tunnel's music of choice. We reached out to Ayres to see what happened to his party, whether this kind of rap alarmism is a constant in the life of a New York DJ, and whether he has any kind of future with Savalas. This is what he told us:

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