Last Lap: Wednesday’s Odds And Ends In Music News


Pop’s Punching Bag: Hating the Black Eyed Peas
In the wake of the Black Eyed Peas’ hiatus announcement, a number of critical outlets responded to the effect of “Good riddance!” Ann Powers at NPR’s Record explores why. (Short version: “They imagine what life would be like with no consequences.” The piece may as well be about LMFAO, whose “Party Rock Anthem” is again #1 in the country.) But stay out of the comments; though the ignorance of many of them serves to reinforce Powers’ arguments, they also include descriptions of the Black Eyed Peas that we would rather not republish. [The Record]

If He Hadn’t Quit Twitter, John Mayer Might Not Have Ever Recorded Another Album
Depending on your opinion on the controversial crooner, that’s either really good or really bad news. Either way, during a chat at the Berklee College of Music, he confessed that frequent Twitter use was beginning to cost him his ability to write songs. “I had four million Twitter followers, and I was always writing on it,” he told a group of students. “And I stopped using Twitter as an outlet and I started using Twitter as the instrument to riff on, and it started to make my mind smaller and smaller and smaller. And I couldn’t write a song.” Consequently, look for most of the songs on his new record to include significantly more than 140 characters. [Rolling Stone]

Calle 13’s Gruesome But Goofy New Video “Muerte En Hawaii”
Reggaetón all-stars Calle 13 have always invited controversy. (Most notably, during their 2007 Latin Grammys performance of “Pa’l Norte”, the stage was ringed with Colombian farmers chewing coca!) Their new video “Muerte in Hawaii” is no exception. The song, a laid-back bit of braggadocio en español from Residente (one-half of the group) over a chilled-out ukulele track, is probably the closest the group will get to a crossover track, so lest you think they’re after a bigger market share, they filmed a video in which Residente and his female companion are brutally murdered on a beach by a surprising culprit. [HT Alt.Latino]

New Business Model For Small-Scale Artists: Corporate Sponsorship
Rubber Tracks, the Brooklyn recording studio owned and operated by Converse, opened today for bands (selected via an application process) to record for free. This comes two days after Jessica Hopper explored the ins and outs of the Cool Kids’ record deal with Mountain Dew’s Green Label Sound for The Daily. As Cool Kids member Mikey Rocks put it, in contrast to the ailing record companies, “When you’re a soda company, record money is nothing. The $100,000 they spend is nothing. It’s like a commercial for them.” [Billboard]

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