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NYC Scene Report - Wet, Barkhouse, & more
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

This week's edition of Neighborhood Watch: NYC features a beautiful new video from downtempo pop trio Wet, some rock n roll from Barkhouse, a psych-folk excursion led by Wild Leaves, and a deep shoegaze release from Slow Motion Picture.

Read the full column at Arena.com.


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Pop Shots - They’re Everywhere!
Monday, October 20, 2014

Welcome to your weekly dose of pop world musings. Covering all things pop culture, this week Pop Shots is hitting you with thoughts on everything from Kesha and Dr. Luke getting ugly in court, to Britney Spears saving a Vegas hot spot, to a Bieber bash getting shut down, and since it’s Pop Shots you know everything is seasoned with a little bit of attitude.

* Kesha and Dr. Luke won’t be making beautiful music together anytime soon, as instead of hitting the studio, they’re hitting the courtroom with really messy dueling lawsuits. Kesha’s allegations against Dr. Luke include rape, verbal and physical abuse, indentured servitude, and mental torment, while Dr. Luke claims Kesha, her mother, and manager, are attempting to extort him in order to extricate her from contracts with Luke's Kemosabe Records, and Prescription Songs. Something tells me none of this is going to help me with my bucket list goal of doing a shot with Kesha.

* Taylor Swift released “Out Of The Woods” last week and, predictably, it melted the internet. While I have a pretty big aversion to camping, I’m fairly sure that isn’t what the song is about. That said, I anticipate it being the topic of any future Weird Al parody of the song. It’s high time we had a follow up to “Nature Trail To Hell.”

* Britney Spears’ Las Vegas act is one Planet Hollywood hopes she does NOT take on the road anytime soon, as the pop star has reportedly boosted the hotel's annual earnings by "about $20 million," according to the Las Vegas Sun. Meanwhile, the locals at the North Dakota Karaoke Barn are said to be really warming up to Kevin Federline.

* Ariana Grande has landed a voice-acting role in Underdogs, an animated family film with a cast that already includes Katie Holmes, John Leguizamo, Matthew Morrison of Glee, and X-Men's Nicholas Hoult. Speaking of voice-acting roles, isn’t it time for a re-boot of Cool World?

* One Direction announced the track listing for their upcoming album, Four, which is due out Nov. 17th, along with the news that when fans pre-order the album on iTunes they'll be able to get five songs immediately, before the album's official release. I’m not sure how the band landed on the number five for this, as releasing four songs would have, ya know, coincided with the title of the album!

* Christina Aguilera will return to The Voice in early 2015, for season eight, but it isn’t just to mentor new talent, as she will also have an album ready that she’ll be needing to promote. Hopefully her attitude will be a bit better this time around, as being a cruel, heartless witch to anyone who decides to work with Adam Levine, or Blake Shelton, isn’t exactly the best way to say, “Buy my new album.”

* Maple Leif Garrett (aka Justin Bieber) threw a party last Tuesday night in his Beverly Hills condo that was visited twice by the cops. The party stopped for good at around 12:45am after the boys in blue’s second visit, and a warning that neighbors could make a citizen’s arrest if the noise didn’t cease. Seeing how well this worked, I’m wondering if a similar tactic can be used the next time Bieber is in the recording studio.

* Erykah Badu was doing some busking in Times Square the other day, performing an ad-libbed song about needing money. After a few minutes of performing, she wasn't recognized by anyone, and earned all of $3.60. To put that in perspective, the Naked Cowboy has a net worth of $4 million. Not kidding.  

* Finally, your new face, and hair, of marijuana reform... Afroman!

And with that, my time is up for the week, but I'll be back next week with more shots on all things pop.


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Vid Pick: P.SO The Earth Tone King w/ 8thW1 - She Don't
Friday, October 17, 2014

It seems like every time P.SO releases a new video he ups the ante when it comes to creativity. His latest, "She Don't," is another animated clip, as he continues to combine his loves of hip-hop and comic book art, and the song, which was produced by K.O. Beatz, features 8thW1 in a reuniting of AOK Collective members (I know all the underground hip-hop heads in NYC remember that supergroup. If you don't, look 'em up, they were an amazing team of artists).

On "She Don't," which is off of Gateway to Greatness / Constellations, P.SO looks to convince a woman he's interested in that good hip-hop exists, and that he makes it. As he raps "radio slavery, I free these captives" over the smooth, jazzy, beat, you realize that he's right on both his assertions.

Don't miss out on "She Don't." Also, beware of rapping owls. You'll understand when you watch the video.


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NYC Scene Report - Museum of Love, Verite, & more
Tuesday, October 14, 2014

This week's edition of Neighborhood Watch: NYC features the world premier of a song by electronic music act Ferris Wheel Operator, a new song from indie pop singer Verite, and brand new videos from electro-pop artist HoneyChrome, and electronic music duo Museum of Love (pictured).

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Pop Shots - Something New
Monday, October 13, 2014

Welcome to your weekly dose of pop world musings. Covering all things pop culture, this week Pop Shots is hitting you with thoughts on everything from Taylor Swift’s new song, to Katy Perry’s “super” new gig, to Nicki Minaj’s new goal in life, and since it’s Pop Shots you know everything is seasoned with a little bit of attitude.

* Taylor Swift dropped a hint on social media last week about a new song being released this Tuesday. Speculation was that it would be her next single, but she clarified this, telling fans that although she'll be releasing "Out of the Woods," it is not the next official single off of 1989. It is, however, reportedly about One Direction member Harry Styles. In a barely related story, Taylor Swift has been living in NYC since April, yet we still haven’t bumped into each other. The world is cruel place, man. A cruel, cruel place.

* Speaking of cruel, Houston's 92.1FM abruptly changed formats last week, going from news reports, traffic updates, and weather, to, I kid you not, airing nothing but Beyonce songs. This is surprising, as normally people wait until Halloween to put on such terrifying fare.

* It is being reported that Katy Perry will be performing at halftime of the Super Bowl. This is great news, as I was really tired of Jim Nantz being the only person there who can shoot whipped cream from their boobs.

* Jessie J, Nick Jonas, Meghan Trainor, Echosmith, and The Vamps have been announced as performers for this year's Nickelodeon HALO Awards, which celebrates kids who are "Helping and Leading Others" (HALO) in their communities. The show will air on Sunday, Nov. 30th, at which point some of us might actually know who The Vamps are, and Meghan Trainor will be on her 14th minute of fame.

* Snoop Dogg launched a campaign on the crowdfunding site Tilt to raise money for the Inner City Urban Development youth football league in Des Moines, Iowa. His target goal is $20,000 to buy new equipment for all 200 players in the league, and the first $5,000 came from his own wallet. Although unable to donate money, Jerry Sandusky would love to donate his time to "mentor" the young boys.

* Nicki Minaj was quoted by Italy's L'Uomo Vogue as saying she eventually plans on taking some time off... to start a family. According to a translation of the interview, the booty shaker said, "It is not time yet, but when I decide to get married, and become a mother, I would like to take a break and devote myself completely to my child." While I'm sure Nicki will be able to handle the eventual birds and the bees talk, is she ready to deal with the inevitable question of, "Why is Uncle Drake crying in the corner?"

* Michael Stipe, of R.E.M. fame, is trying his hand at teaching with a fall residency with NYU’s Steinhardt Department of Art and Art Professions. All students, no matter how good their work is, should expect at least a few failing grades throughout the semester, as Stipe is big on making sure everybody hurts, sometimes.

* The list of first year nominees for the Rock and Roll Half of Fame may cause you to feel a little old, as both Green Day and Nine Inch Nails have reached the 25 year mark as bands, making them eligible for induction. The other first-time nominees are The Smiths, Sting (as a solo artist), Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Bill Withers. Personally, I think they should all do their own personal Derek Jeter victory tours, where other artists have to celebrate them despite having never actually played with them.

* Debbie Harry will be performing at the 34th annual John Lennon charity tribute concert in New York City in December. My not-so-bold prediction: she will still be hot.

* Former Fugees member Pras has filed a $30 million defamation lawsuit against the NY Post for publishing an article claiming he bailed on his own 9/11 benefit concert. In the complaint he says he "has never owned, nor been an owner, director, or officer of the Foundation," that he never guaranteed a performance at the event, and that the event had nothing to do with 9/11. Personally, I think Pras should just take the press and run with it. This is the most anyone’s talked about him in years, and the only time someone’s mistaken him for a headliner.

* Finally, because I want you to be boisterously singing curse words all day, here's Mike Doughty's latest. It’s pretty awesome.

And with that, my time is up for the week, but I'll be back next week with more shots on all things pop.


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Vid Pick: Ciphurphace - Phacebook
Friday, October 10, 2014

If we're being completely honest with ourselves, almost all of us are involved in a crazy, love-hate, borderline abusive relationship with Facebook. Being connected to people is nice, but the bad often outweighs the good, as the site becomes an epic time suck, and, at its very worst, arguments over nonsense turn into lost friendships.

Ciphurphace, who is one half of Moonshine Burrito with Jake Palumbo, is airing out all of those issues, and many many more, on his latest single, "Phacebook." Some of the rhymes will make you wince, because you know you're guilty of them, while others will make you laugh, because sometimes the truth is hilarious. All of them will make you realize Ciphurphace is a dope emcee, and maybe we spend too much time on Mark Zuckerberg's project.

As an added bonus for older hip-hop fans, there's an homage to early Outkast near the end of the song. Enjoy!


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