Michael Stipe Thinks the Koch Brothers' Power Is Just Kind of Stinky

Categories: R.E.M., Video

We ran into R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe on Thursday near the brand-new David H. Koch Plaza, outside the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and asked him what he thought of the gleaming new fountains.

Stipe says he likes the new fountains in front of the Met -- but the Koch brothers? Not so much.


Watch Andrew W.K. on Glenn Beck's Show

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Andrew W.K. + Glenn Beck
In his column last week Andrew W.K. advised a young man with a right-wing asshole father how the two could get along. The answer is lengthy, and, as nearly all of Twitter has pointed out by now, SUPER DUPER INCREDIBLE AND HELPFUL OMG THANK YOU ANDREW YR BRILLIANT. You are perhaps already familiar with this drill: Andrew fields these very-hard-to-answer questions and somehow knocks them out of the park week in and week out. It's quite a thing to behold, and last week's advice to this kid spoke a forgotten truth so fundamental it moved a lot of people, making it go hyper-viral. One of the people it moved was conservative media mogul Glenn Beck, who promptly invited Andrew onto his show. Andrew being Andrew, he accepted. What happened next will blow your mind.

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Video: Gen X'ers Tell Us About the '90s at a Soundgarden Reunion Show

Categories: Soundgarden, Video

When Soundgarden's Chris Cornell screamed the words "SPOOON MAN! Stop eating with those spoons and play those spoons!!" in 1990whatever, he sparked a revolution, one that wouldn't end until government outlawed the playing of spoons after several thousand injuries. Or something. We don't really remember the '90s, honestly. So we went to a Soundgarden reunion show earlier this week at Webster Hall to ask members of Generation X -- remember that term? -- to tell us about grunge, crowd-surfing, flannel, and spooning spoon playing. Video by Lea Scruggs. (Brian McManus)

Enjoy!

See also: 10 Reasons 1994 Was the Best Year for Music

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This Week in Pop Videos: Robin Thicke! 50 Cent! Lil Wayne! More!

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A look at the week's hottest pop clips, including the frolicsome ribaldry of Robin Thicke, the mansion malaise of 50 Cent and the insufferable wackness of Somethingorother Yacht Idiots.

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Vice Columnist Sexes Up Riff Raff's New Video

Categories: Video

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Riff Raff has made a name for himself blowing up the materialistic trappings of hip-hop to such a cartoonish degree some have questioned whether or not he's serious or some act of neon-coated performance art. Until recently, he's sidestepped the lazy hip-hop video staple of "woman as accessory," but with his latest, "Midnight Sprite," he's gone all in, casting former xojane beauty editor/Vice columnist/NYC nightlife fixture Cat Marnell in the role of vixen. She's the blonde. Watch the video after the jump.
See Also:
- The 18 Most Preposterously Quotable Lines From Riff Raff's New Mixtape
- Riff Raff FTW: His Best Tweets From a Turbulent Time


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Watch The Brand-New, Emotion-Fueled Video For Hospitality's "Eighth Avenue"

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The Brooklyn indiepop outfit (and 4Knots Music Festival alums) Hospitality have been at the forefront of the city's indiepop resurgence since their formation at the end of the naughts. The video for "Eighth Avenue," from their self-titled debut on Merge, pairs well with lead singer Amber Papini's plaintive coo and the song's insistent thrum; the clip tells the tale of a racecar driver (played by Victor Magro) whose hot rod gets particularly juiced when his female sidekick's (Courtney O'Reilly) emotional cup runneth over. Check it out below.

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Premiere: Watch Razika's Video For "Aldri"

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One of my favorite new bands of the past 12 months is Razika, a Norwegian quartet whose blend of gently bouncing beats, chiming guitars, and heartbroken lyrics (their lyrics are in their mother tongue, but Google Translate offers a gist) put them squarely in the tradition of Heavenly, the Raincoats' "Adventures Close To Home," and other great twee-leaning acts. The video for "Aldri," directed by Mona Lerche (she's directed a couple of clips for her husband Sondre as well as the video for Razika's utterly infectious "Vondt i Hjertet"), captures the quiet joy that bubbles through even the saddest songs the band has to offer. Watch below.

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Q&A: Dinowalrus' Peter Feigenbaum on Co-Starring With Cult Legend Lloyd Kaufman

Categories: Video

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Dinowalrus 2012: Peter Feigenbaum, synth/bassist Liam Andrew, and drummer Max Tucker

In the two years since their woefully under-appreciated debut %, Brooklyn demento-wavers Dinowalrus have been almost completely overhauled, with two-thirds of the trio replaced and their experimental globs diluted from drum-and-drone loogie to synth-wave drizzle. One remaining consistent is the band's longstanding visual affection for psychedelic New York City. There was the Matthew-Caron-directed video for skronk-wave single "Bead," a track from their 2010 Kanine Records release, which was a purple-hazed tribute to old-school New York iconography, a skittish montage of rooftop scenes, graffiti throw-ups, and subway rails, all paced like a crystal-meth fit. Today marks the release of Dinowalrus's sophomore record, Best Behavior, with cover art that's a lavender-tinted Domino Sugar Factory homage to Pink Floyd's Animals. (They're playing the Mercury Lounge tonight in celebration.) Also, the surreal-fable video for Best Behavior's first single, "Phone Home From the Edge," features Dinowalrus founding member Peter Feigenbaum falling asleep and waking up as another iconic New York figure, cult-legend moviemaker Lloyd Kaufman. "They're pretty good," Kaufman recently told us about Dinowalrus. "I hope they stay together."

So do they. That's what Feigenbaum told us recently, over a dying cell phone from his friend's house, when we called to talk with him about working with the man responsible for The Toxic Avenger.

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Here Is Wheelchair Sports Camp's New Life-Affirming Video, "Where We All Live"

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Kalyn Heffernan proudly sleeps 'til noon

We'd like to direct your attention to the new video released by CMJ 2011 underdogs Wheelchair Sports Camp, the little Denver band who came to New York this past fall and demonstrated so much fortitude of character they ended up on our front cover. Since we last heard from the psuedo-hop trio, they've not only opened for old-school rap-heroes Salt N' Pepa, thereby playing to their biggest crowd of more than 1000 people, but the Mile High kids also put together a soon-to-be-released EP Where We All Live, and recently posted a video for the EP's title single.

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Instead Of Listening To The Michael Jackson Sentencing, Why Not Watch Das Racist Perform "Michael Jackson" On Conan?

Categories: Das Racist, Video

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Bless Das Racist for always coming along at the right time, right? The group performed on Conan last night, and while the reactions the group was retweeting in the broadcast's wake seemed a little bit confused/outraged/weary, their take on the completely goofy "Michael Jackson" was, I thought, pretty fun, and it made me wonder if there will some day be tryouts to be one of their "cymbal girls." I can smash things real good, you know? Clip below, and a warning: Watching Heems spin around and bleep himself at the same time made me kind of dizzy.

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