Witchdoctor's alliance with Adult Swim-certified imprint Williams Street Records was an unlikely one. Accordingly, the two have come up with some wacky promotions for his recently released album, Diary of an American Witchdoctor. Below you'll find a TV ad that pairs the rapper's Dungeon Family funk with "Soul Train"-like visuals. For more on Witchdoctor, check out my Nov. 1 CL story here.
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JUMPING JACKS AT PHILIPS ARENA NOV. 17: Sting only jumped once on stage, but his son Joe Sumner (below) of Fiction Plane jumped several times. ... Getting old sucks.
A PUMPKIN WITHOUT HIS PATCH: Billy Corgan wasn't joined by the rest of the Smashing Pumpkins until the fifth song at the Nov. 15 Fox Theatre performance.
(photos by Perry Julien)
DAMN THOSE CRAMPS: Tori Amos holds it down at the Fox Theatre, Nov. 14. (photos by Perry Julien)
Despite his indelible association with the punk movement, rock filmmaker Julien Temple didn't become friends with Joe Strummer until the final years of the Clash co-founder, who died in 2002 at age 50. Temple's documentary, Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten, deftly chronicles Strummer's life, giving equal weight to the wilderness years that followed the Clash's breakup in the 1980s. They shared a love of the Glastonbury festival, chronicled in Temple's recent documentary.
Film critic Curt Holman has written insightful reviews of both The Future Is Unwritten (opening today, Nov. 9, at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema) and Glastonbury. I recently got a chance to interview Temple (The Filth and the Fury) and discuss his latest work and the challenge of making a compelling rock biography.
Also, feel free to check out my review of Pat Gilbert's excellent Clash bio, Passion Is a Fashion: The Real Story of the Clash, while I was at Gambit Weekly in New Orleans.
Note: This really is just a snippet of a 25-minute interview. Send your comments if you'd like to hear more. Be glad to edit up another, extended version for you Clash fans. Also, just for the record, for a man who's pretty much a legend unto himself, Temple's incredibly accessible and engaging and didn't seem to snicker too loudly when I confessed to being a Clash fan. (Talk about your Chris Farley moments.)
MORRISSEY PERFORMING AT THE TABERNACLE NOV. 5: "Obviously I miss the vibe of Chastain Park ... you'll never match it here ... don't try."
MUTEMATH AT THE TABERNACLE, NOV. 3
ALL HAIL THE QUEEN: Latifah brings it with the backing of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
LOVE'S IN NEED OF LOVE TODAY: Stevie at Philips Arena, Nov. 1.
(photos by Perry Julien)
Near the end of his concert at Philips Arena last night, Stevie Wonder shared a poignant message with all the haters of the world: If you really want to hate, he said, why don't you just die and go straight to hell so the lovers can live in peace.
I'm paraphrasing, but it pretty much went like that. Followed by thunderous applause.
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About a month before T.I. walked into a federal courtroom in Atlanta, he took the stand in a televised but slightly less publicized trial of a different sort. "Hip-Hop vs. America," the taped town-hall panel that aired on BET, also featured rappers Nelly (of credit-card ass-swiping, "Tip Drill" fame) and Mike Jones. They defended commercial rap's exploitative excess against critics such as Stanley Crouch, Nelson George, Farai Chideya and the Rev. Al Sharpton.
The YouTube video above is from part one of the second round of congressional hearings held in September on hip-hop. You can read more about that hearing -- which featured rappers David Banner, Master P and intellectual Michael Eric Dyson -- and some of the controversy surrounding the genre in this week's music story: "It's bigger than T.I.: Hip-hop is on trial and everybody's snitching."
The rest of the congressional hearing footage, below the jump, is must-see stuff, even though nothing much is likely to result from it. Curiously, footage of record company executives speaking before Congress in part one of the hearing is harder to find.
Click here to view BET's three-part town-hall panel "Hip-Hop vs. America," which aired in September.
Click here to view Oprah Winfrey's "After Imus: The Hip-Hop Community Responds," which aired in April.
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ooooohhhh, I'm so excited!! I can't wait to see them together!
come on man you know you got a bromance. you probably still rock that OutKast…
Yes, 14 is the correct answer. I'll pass your info along to the group's manager,…
That was January of 2007, and they are 21 now, so I'm guessing 14?