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Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch

For this post, there is no ‘Jackhole;’ there is only a ‘Homie.’ Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch of the Beastie Boys passed away this weekend after years of battling cancer, and I don’t believe that posting a satirical contrast would pay him the respect that he deserves.  MCA (MC Adam) contributed to so much of my youth and I am literally in tears from his passing. Honestly, it’s a little out of character for me to respond like this to the death of a celebrity. Even sweet little Brittany Murphy didn’t get so much as a single teardrop. So why, then, are the water works turning on in this case?  Probably because his death is actually due to life happening to a person… not a person living on the edge.

Not to mention, I have been listening to the Beastie Boys for 20 years. They helped me through my awkward adolescence, my young adult rebellion, and everything in between. How many bands can anyone say that about?  Crazy ish, man. And that was in the 90’s, when I lived in the suburbs and everyone pretty much did as they were told. Everyone needs a little bit of healthy rebellion. Literally, the first rebellious music I ever listened to was -ironically- on the way to church camp when I was 11. My sister’s boyfriend had his boombox on his lap, and he played his cassette with ‘No Sleep Till Brooklyn’ and ‘Fight for Your Right,’ and I was hooked. I had never had a single thought of defiance. Granted, an 11 year old should have boundaries… but what about a person’s individuality? What about their personal views that need developing? MCA was the last piece of the puzzle before Beastie Boys chose their new name, their direction, and went on to create music that would remain classics for decades.

And I’m just a grain of sand… when you have Snoop Dogg, Justin Timberlake, Rainn Wilson, and Rev Run tweeting in mourning, you know the whole nation has been affected.

MCA, you will live on in my iPod forever… or until the world revolutionizes mp3’s. I’ll keep rockin your party eight days a week:)


Oh No Not Stereo and Breathe Carolina

I began this blog as an assignment for a Mass Comm class with Phil Gordon at Utah Valley University.  On what must have been the first day of class, Phil told us about a student he had kept in contact with over the years who had formed a band.  Skyler Nielsen, now living in L.A. with said band, promotes solely by means of social media.  That in and of itself is pretty impressive, since they are apparently living comfortably in a very expensive city.  Oh No Not Stereo, who proudly remains independent, spent 16 weeks conceptualizing videos for each of their 10 songs on their full-length release last summer.  Namely, the video for their song ‘All You‘  was then licensed in order to be played on the revamped Beavis and Butthead.  Not too shabby for a dude who can’t hear in stereo

The ‘Homie’ of the week award goes to Skyler and Oh No Not Stereo.  We will no doubt see impressive things from you.

How ashamed I am that I listen to Breathe Carolina.  Bug-eyed and not cute, BC started basically with just a synthesizer and MySpace.  Ummm… forreal?  These guys make music that stays on REPEAT on my iHome and it disgusts me.  To rev up their street cred, these dudes added a few actual musicians to their ensemble, though much of their music remains electronic.  Really and truly, I feel as though they should have taken a cue from Gorillaz and made themselves to be cartoon characters to avoid the inevitable scrutiny that they would be put under for being so fugly.  Legit, I cannot watch their videos on YouTube.  I press play and switch tabs quickly.  If necessary, I will listen to an entire ad about baby diapers to avoid possibly seeing their faces.

Jackhole’ of the week goes to Breathe Carolina.  Please stop making music videos, and please send me your new album.  *shudders*..


Adam Lambert and Ashton Kutcher

Homie Rating: 8 out of 10

Adam, Adam, Adam… May I just say that your rendition of Johnny Cash’s ‘Ring of Fire‘ was amazing to me.  You are a true inspiration as an innovator and if you didn’t sometimes like boys, I would be so into you.  Which makes it so easy to brag on you for mentoring aspiring artists this week.

Adam Lambert, American Idol Finalist in 2009, dropped by for an hour and a half to advise and [hopefully] inspire participants on the show ‘Majors & Minors.’  He says that his advice may be a touch more valuable than those who have been around the block time and time again due to his more recent ‘tried and true’ efforts.  Currently, he is still fighting industry trends to make a career for himself. Not to mention, those who teach while they’re still learning have the potential to learn much, much more.  I’m definitely looking forward to what else you have to offer the community of young artists.  The only way I could rate you higher is if you were to mentor orphans.

Way to give back, ‘Homie!‘  Keep on keepin’ on:)

Jackhole Rating: 10 out of 10

Now on to Ashton.  My handsome Hollywood player.  I will admit to finding your twinkling eyes and dazzling smile somewhat irresistible.  But you had one of the hottest actresses EVER, and you blew it.

Demi Moore, Ashton’s wife of 6 years, announced plans for divorce this week.  Nothing has been confirmed, yet, but it’s likely to be due to Kutcher’s Tiger-like cheating.  The two have been seeking counseling from their Kabbalah center recently at an attempt to repair their recently broken marriage.  After reports of his infidelity, Kutcher was confronted by Moore’s (incredibly intimidating) ex-husband, Bruce Willis.  Willis got in Kutcher’s face, and rightfully so.  When reports of the Willis-Moore divorce surfaced, there was no real reason given and there had even been reports shortly thereafter about a possible reconciliation/remarriage.  However, Moore met Kutcher and married the cub instead.  I think Bruce has many regrets and was not willing to see Kutcher mess things up with a woman who is clearly a valued prize.  He told Kutcher that the couple needed to seek counseling from a licensed professional who specializes in marriage, and that he needed to quit fooling around with the bullshit of being an infidel.  Kutcher cried and agreed.  It’s only been a week, now, since the report of this confrontation came about and Demi is ready to call it quits.  As a girl who has been compared to Demi (for my fabulous taste in younger men), I applaud her and encourage her to get the hell out while she can and not let Ashton’s pretty face suck her back in.

You  blew it with one of the classiest, hottest, chillest women in Los Angelos.  Way to go, ‘Jackhole.’


Rihanna and Soulja Boy

Rihanna is a survivor. Born in Barbados, homegirl was raised in a dysfunctional home with an alcoholic father. Since moving to the states in 2005, she has released hit after hit, she models, and has a wildly successful fragrance. As a child, she suffered from terrible headaches but she hid her pain and refused to let her friends at school see her as abnormal. She had the same mindset when news broke about domestic abuse from her then-boyfriend, Chris Brown. I’m pretty sure no one would have blamed her if occasionally she would have asked for a Tylenol to help her feel better or if she, oh… I don’t know, went to report domestic abuse to the police. Instead, she has taken it all in stride and put on an act of being tough… until she actually began to believe it herself.

The video for Rihanna’s most recent single, ‘We Found Love,’ might be the most revealing and intimate video she’s ever made. Certain obvious parallels to her relationship with Brown are depicted as if their passion for each other were a drug. In spite of any bad that happens from it, all the two want is to be together. Ending with RiRi walking out, she makes it clear that she has mentally and physically moved on from her former love.

Rihanna is our ‘Homegirl’ of the week.  Between becoming a spokesperson against domestic abuse and laying all her cards on the table w this vid, she is someone for many to admire.

Soulja Boy Tell ‘Em.  You have recently been showing off with your new chains, and by spending $300,000 on your 21st birthday in July.  The H2 and Lamborghini you drive, while typical and not surprising, are mighty expensive.  Multiple guns are regularly in your possession, whether you carry a license for each of them may be questionable.  And on the afternoon of October 18th, you were arrested for drug possession (with intention to sell) and multiple firearms.  If I were struggling to pay that kind of a bar tab, I’d be hustlin’, too.  Legit- these are all super predictable for your line of work.  HOWEVER– I am disgusted at the location in which the drugs and tens of thousands of dollars were found.  A BRIEFCASE?  Really??  As if that is the least conspicuous way you could possibly transport and distribute.  My father has been working at an office job for the last 35 years and not once has he needed a briefcase, or even an attache, and he’s a middle-aged white man.  What makes you think that a 21 year old rapper can pull off holding a briefcase for even a second without being suspected of being up to something?  Whatever.  Do what you want.  I’m just sayin if you don’t hot-box the car or carry your shit around in a briefcase, you might get away with a little more than you do.  Oh, and hire a car service who regularly changes out their tail lights so the risk of all this bologna will significantly decrease.

Soulja Boy, you are the ‘Jackhole’ of the week.  Find yourself a Crown Royal bag or its EQ.