Marcus Mumford Reveals Career ‘Contingency Plans’

Remember those days when you were little and your teachers would ask you what you wanted to be when you grew-up? Things like racecar driver, astronaut, and even a rock star might have been an answer at some point in time. Then, they would tell you that it was not a “very likely” dream and to pick something a little more “realistic.” Well, it look like even rock stars who sell-out arenas sometimes think like that.

During a recent interview with the United Kingdom’s The Big Issue, Mumford and Sons frontman, Marcus Mumford, somehow got onto the subject of what he would do if he was no longer in a big band. According to Mumford, he would be either a teacher or a farmer if his days of hitting the stage were to come to an end.

“I’m still not convinced this is my job,” begins Mumford.

“I’ve still got contingency plans at the back of my head, before every tour, about becoming a teacher or a farmer. I definitely have some sort of arrested development in terms of my psychology in terms of my career, where I still sort of feel like this is going to stop tomorrow.”

We guess we kind of understand why he thinks like that, after all, Mumford and Sons did go on a year-and-a-half-long hiatus due to exhaustion back in 2013 after taking the world by storm with their debut album Babel. But then again, from the pictures and videos we’ve seen of the band’s recent shows, we don’t see those contingency plans going into effect any time soon.

Phoenix Releases ‘Entertainment’ Video


A little over two weeks ago, the boys from Phoenix gave their fans the first single from their upcoming new album. While it was just the audio version of the new track, Entertainment, the band have now given the fans a full music video which features romance, violence, high drama; all the making for a Korean soap opera.

You can check out the full video below:

The Parisian band’s new album, Bankrupt! hits stores on April 23.

Chris Brown Fights with Bodyguard


Is this the part where we start to make jokes that at least the bodyguard was left in Bermuda and not beat up to a bloody pulp? Or is it too soon?

Anyways, reports are saying that Chris Brown had a major fight with his pal/bodyguard Big Pat on their private airplane yesterday that was headed to Bermuda for a refueling pit stop. Apparently, Big Pat got off the plane first and then was followed by Brown and an other guy to go through customs.

During that time Pat told them that he was not getting back on the plane due to the argument that he got into with Brown before they landed. Being the swell guy that he is, Brown and the other man went back through customs and returned to the plane which was said to have taken at 2:20 p.m. leaving the bodyguard abandoned on the island.

But worry not, the bodyguard was able to get a plane ride from Bermuda to JFK and the best part, no Chris Brown on board.

As if that wasn’t enough, the singer later went on to complain about a ten dollar valet fee for his car at a bowling alley in Studio City. He believed that he shouldn’t have been charged for the fee because he was only at the event for 30 minutes. Him and his posse threatened the poor valet.

Come on Chris, I’m pretty sure you can afford ten dollar if you can spend all that money on a private jet, just saying.

Patrick Stump Addresses the ‘Hate-Culture’

Patrick Stump

Patrick Stump from Fall Out Boy knows a thing or two about what it feels like to be looked at in a negative way. Back in 2005, when the band was getting big, there was a huge hate for the “emo” scene which included bands such as My Chemical Romance, The Used and Panic! at the Disco.

Fast forward to 2013 and the announcement of the Fall Out Boy reunion became such a huge topic that it nearly crashed Ticketmaster when the pre-sale tickets for their upcoming tour hit the web. But like life, there are still people who will say that they are a useless, talentless band, but many will beg to differ.

In a recent post, Stump takes a look at the ‘hate-culture’ and how people find it necessary to hate things just because it’s the thing to do. He goes ahead and talks about the hate people have for Nickelback even though they have sold more albums and tour tickets than anyone knows and even how people treat him whether it be with Fall Out Boy or on his solo stuff.

Take a look at what the frontman has to say about this and tell me if you think he hit it on the head or if it’s just fluff.

Hey! Don’t You Just Hate That (every)Thing?

How many people reading this are fans of Nickelback? How about Dane Cook? Now, I can safely assume that, unless this blog gets reposted on a site dedicated to those respective artists, those questions would be met with tumbleweeds and the distant sound of crickets. Like Creed or Limp Bizkit or the “Dude! You’re getting a Dell!” kid, they’ve become ubiquitously hate-able. I would not be exaggerating to state I’ve simply never heard someone admit to liking them.

Why is that? Now, I’m not saying I like them. Like you (fellow pop culture spectator) I am honor-bound by the unspoken law that, no matter what, I am not allowed to say anything positive about these artists. What have they really done wrong? Have they offended me? Not really. I’ve been more offended by Michael Richards famous rant or Sean Connery’s statements about hitting women. I still watch Seinfeld and James Bond movies. Hell, the misogynistic subtext of James Bond movies offend more of my sensibilities than anything Nickelback ever did and yet I don’t have any problem escaping to a world of fast cars and women with offensively suggestive names (Pussy Galore? Like…are we not even trying?) Somewhere in the world at this moment, some snooty contrarian is probably defending the paintings of Adolph Hitler. Yet for some reason, here I am crippled by a vague and probably unwarranted desire not to appear to be a fan of Nickelback and Dane Cook.

That’s sad. In this generation of blazing wi-fi and scathing tweets, I think it’s very easy to lose sight of anyone else’s opinion. We’re so busy broadcasting our latest cultural disdain that we scantly notice anything we enjoy. “Oh man, this Rebecca Black kid is terrible! Let’s laugh at her!” has become more culturally relevant than “I really love this new Bilal record.” I read an entire article examining why we as a society don’t like Anne Hathaway’s (in my un-necessary opinion, lovely) face. Well, criticizing art and the artists that make it is a lazier pass time than creating or appreciating it. 

I’m not saying professional critics aren’t good at what they do. On the contrary; Some of my favorite writers are and have been. The problem is that now everyone has a blog. Everyone’s a critic. Hell, I have a blog. That I’m writing on right now. I have movie reviews posted on here somewhere. What gives me the right? The late Lester Bangs knew what he was talking about. Roger Ebert has written enough scripts to know when somebody sucked at writing one. They earned their stripes as have countless current critics (too many to list here and I think to name names would be a conflict of interest). These people are artists in their own right.

I’m an artist. Not necessarily a good one (and certainly not as a critic), but I consider myself one nonetheless. I look at the music I create as art. I work hard to craft it. When I perform, I make as many sacrifices as I find reasonable in order to perform to the best of my abilities. It affects the way I eat, the way I sleep, the frequency with which I can drink, the medications I take, the nightclubs I can go to (namely: None); I have to take my entire life a little more seriously if I’m going to not sound like the Cave of Wonders from Alladin. I study other musicians. I’m always working to improve my abilities as a songwriter or a guitarist or a producer or a programmer or a lyricist, etc. I’m sure Nickelback, at least somewhere in they’re career, are or were no different. They worked (and potentially still are working) to be the best damned Nickelback they can be. All of the agreed upon pariahs throughout pop-culture history put their identities into the thing we decry. 

And yet we derive our own identities from the act of hating. We connect on the things we are disappointed in. Some may argue that nothing in history gathers a crowd like complaining about Lady Gaga’s meat dress. Near-masturbatory complaining has brought together more people than cheap liquor. “Who hates the government?” “Cheeer!!!!” “Don’t you just hate Justin Bieber?” “Huzaaaaah!”

What is it about pop culture though? We don’t have the same reactions to, arguably, more personal tastes/decisions such as food. We actually physically put food into our bodies. We are literally made of the things we eat. We don’t go into a grocery store and go “Ew! Hey, look at barbecue sauce! Don’t you just friggin’ hate barbecue sauce?” No. Because clearly tons of people love barbecue sauce and if we don’t like it, we will quietly opt out of eating it. There’s not instant value judgement in removing yourself from the crowd of barbecue sauce lovers. There’s also not a decided alternative to barbecue sauce because, hell, the whole damn grocery store is an alternative to barbecue sauce. If anything, in regards to pop culture, we don’t just go out of our way to avoid the things we don’t like; If it’s the grocery store we more or less put on our coats, brush the snow off our cars, drive across town, find a parking space, run into the aisle, and stand in front of the product going “Haaaa! Fuck this thing!”  All I can guess is this must simply be more entertaining than wasting time actually ENJOYING something.

You see it all the time in the music community. We partition ourselves off into little sub-groups. From those sub-groups, even littler still. When I was a kid I loved a Chicago hardcore band called Los Crudos. They’re reuniting and I’m excited about that. However, I would be (based on my career path) designated as either a pop-punk, emo, or outright pop-singer and therefor I feel a slight tinge of worry at my admission that I love Crudos. Part of me thinks “Wow, anyone who’s heard of that band almost certainly hates mine and will almost certainly hate me and want to disassociate themselves from me,”. I can’t watch the HBO show Girls (which I love) without thinking to myself “Oh man, these characters and maybe even some of these actors would probably be too ashamed to be caught dead even knowing someone who still owns a Fall Out Boy shirt.”

Because we define ourselves by hate. It’s an obvious insecurity we can’t see in ourselves. I can’t tell you how many times I (either as part of Fall Out Boy or as a solo artist) have asked another artist to tour together or work together on a song and been shot down on the grounds of “Oh you guys are lame.” I can’t tell you how many times I (either as part of Fall Out Boy or as a solo artist) have probably unwittingly done the same exact thing to another artist. That’s strange. A simple “No,” would have sufficed. But for some reason, we as human beings have to stamp it into the ground and shout it from the rooftops; “Let it be known that I wouldn’t be caught DEAD in a St. Anger t-shirt…just in case you were wondering. And Twilight SUCKS!…probably.”

Now, I’m not saying everyone needs to go around playing nice and never admitting that they dislike things. That’d be ridiculous. But perhaps we as a culture have exhausted (at least for a little while) whatever can positively be gained by ignorantly dismissing things as loudly as we can. I started off talking about Nickelback. I really couldn’t tell you one of their songs. What qualifies me to say I dislike them? Dane Cook? He was actually pretty rad on that Louis C.K. show. Maybe next time I’m at the proverbial pop culture grocery store and someone offers me the proverbial barbecue sauce, I’ll politely decline and head to another aisle to purchase something I enjoy.


Simon Cowell Launches Online Talent Contest

Simon Cowell

Sometimes you have to wonder if Simon Cowell ever sleeps or if he’s just a vampire. With American Idol and The X Factor under his belt (just here in the US, we aren’t counting all the other things he has going on in the UK) you have to wonder how he comes up with all these talent shows to help launch people into stardom.

Now, two years or so after the launch of the American version of The X Factor, Cowell is back with an online talent contest. Cowell’s company, Syco Entertainment and Youtube have announced that they will be launching Your Generation, a global talent contest where they are seeking people with “original and unconventional talent” from singers and artists to chefs and magicians.

The contest is slated to start next month and will run for a year; every two weeks auditions from different categories will take place. Potential contestants can enter their videos at the contest’s official Youtube page which will then be seen by a panel of judges.

While the prizes have yet to be confirmed, this talent contest will be available in 15 different languages as well as 26 countries around the world. So start working on those talents guys; who knows, you might be the next big thing.

Phoenix Release New Track


French band Phoenix are back with a brand new track off their upcoming album, Bankrupt!  It’s been a little over four years since the release of their last album, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix which was met with a lot of accolades and was critically.

In April 2011, the band posted pictures of themselves with the caption reading “songwriting” giving fans hope that a new album would soon be in the works. In January 2012, the band had announced that they officially had four songs done for their fifth album which would be released in the Summer of 2012 with a tour in the Fall, but like life that did not exactly pan out. Exactly after a year after that announcement, the band revealed that the still untitled album would be named Bankrupt! and then gave the fans a teaser what to expect. Earlier this month the band has revealed the official release date for the new album.

Phoenix fans (and non-fans alike) can check out the audio for their new song (and first single), Entertainment right here:

Bankrupt! will be available on April 23 in the US.