Posts By Jim Macnie

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Spoiler Alert: Daisy of Love Live Blog Party

Hey all! Be here at 9 pm ET to chat about the action as Daisy of Love airs on the East Coast. Chantal Claret, singer of Morningwood, is your hostess. West Coasters, don’t jump in if you don’t want to know the score…

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Anvil Sweepstakes: Win Brunch With the Band!

UPDATE! OUR SWEEPSTAKES IS OVER. THANKS TO ALL THE PARTICIPANTS!

For a long time now, metal mavens and thudmeisters have known that Anvil is one of their music’s best kept secrets. But since the arrival of Anvil! The Story of Anvil, lots of “regular” music fans have also discovered the power of the veteran Canadian rockers. The acclaimed documentary captures the group’s relentless spirit. Nope, the guys in Anvil have never been superstars. But they have carried on in the face of adversity. Turns out some dudes just love to rock. Guess that’s why Rolling Stone says the movie is a “tear-inducing testament to human perseverance.” WATCH CLIPS

The film has garnered all its accolades while being shown in limited release – an even bigger success story. Today, May 15, it opens to a much wider audience (see the list of cities and theaters after the jump), and we’re celebrating with a sweet little sweepstakes.

The guys in Anvil, including founders Steve “Lips” Kudlow and Robb Reiner, will have brunch with the winner and three friends in the winner’s hometown. That’s right, quite soon you just might be enjoying a heavy metal omelette with one of rock’s most ear-shattering bands. The brunch date also includes a car service pick-up and drop-off for the winner and his/her friends. Winner and guests must be 21 or over.

Winners will be chosen in a random drawing, but to enter you must comment on the movie. Watch the trailer above and tell us why you’d like to see this film.

Respond in the “comments” field below, and cross your fingers. You may soon be enjoying brunch with Anvil. Contest ends on June 5. Enter right now.

SEE THE LIST OF CITIES AND THEATERS AFTER THE JUMP

WATCH ANVIL TALK ABOUT THEIR FAVORITE SONGS AND VIDEOS

CHECK PHOTOS FROM THE LA PREMIERE OF THE MOVIE

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Daisy of Love Live Blog Party: 9 pm ET On Sunday Night

We usually do our live blog parties for Daisy of Love at midnight ET on Sundays. Chantal Claret, our hostess, is an L.A. woman, and our gab fests are coordinated to have her interact with the viewers watching the show live on the West Coast, at 9 pm PST.

That’s going to CHANGE this Sunday! If you like sharing your thoughts with others as the show takes place, on May 17 you need to be here at the blog at 9 pm ET. Chantal and her Morningwood mates are doing biz in NYC right now, hence the switcheroo.

What’s the story this week? Check the clip above. Daisy challenges the boyz to a little rocker contest. There should be lots of comments about their abilities this Sunday (at 9 ET).

WATCH THE FULL EPISODE OF LAST WEEK’S DAISY OF LOVE

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The Airborne Toxic Event: You Oughta Know This Band

They may live in one of L.A.’s grooviest neighborhoods, but The Airborne Toxic Event sure has made a dent in England. When we jumped on the phone with singer Mikel Jollett, he was in waiting to play a gig in Sheffield, a blue collar city outside London which he said reminded him of Cleveland. The band made lots of fans when they blew through Britain last fall, doing 30 shows in 30 days – no wonder they sound so tight these days. The Brits tend to love the punchy, angled tunes the Event is expert at; the young band’s self-titled debut even cracked the UK charts.

Now Americans are starting to come around, too; this is a band with forward motion. Maybe it’s because their music swoops through a number of spots. Sometimes they sound like The Cure in a good mood, sometimes it’s an ornery version of “Let’s Dance”-era Bowie. Jollett is a novelist, and the band’s moniker is clipped from Don DiLillo’s imposing White Noise. They’ve just become one of our You Oughta Know bands. We spoke to him about U.S. shows, not British.

YOU GUYS RECENTLY PLAYED COACHELLA. HOW DID YOU DO, WAS IT AN A, B, OR C PERFORMANCE?

The politically correct answer would be A, but I think it was a B, B+. Coachella has become scene-y. You’re supposed say Coachella’s awesome so you don’t piss off the promoter, and actually, to be honest, the Coachella promoter is a great guy. But it’s gotten weird, with lots of Hollywood stars hanging out backstage. Playing was great and the audience was really supportive – maybe more supportive than they should’ve been, hahahaha. Our really good shows feel like a riot, like the place is about to burn down – we like it that way. For us [a show is truly happening] when half the audience is on the stage, we’re leaping into the crowd, someone’s dancing on the speakers, someone else is bleeding, two people are making out in the corner and someone’s in a fight in the other corner. Everyone’s jumping and screaming…that’s rock ‘n’ roll; you gotta sweat, gotta bleed, something’s gotta happen – something as opposed to nothing, right? Otherwise it’s just folk music with a backbeat.

DID YOU ROAM AROUND COACHELLA? WHICH BAND IMPRESSED YOU MOST?

Oh, I watched Leonard Cohen.It was like…religious. Best concert I’ve seen in years. The stage sound was hushed, and everyone quieted down. I was there with my brother and he’s a big guy with tatted arms, a recovering junkie – you don’t mess with my brother. During this quiet section the people in back of us were talking. And he gave them this look and they instantly shut the hell up. And everyone around us was thankful. The wind was blowing, it was nighttime, and there was Leonard Cohen singing. Very memorable.

YOU LIVE IN SILVER LAKE, ONE OF L.A.’S CHIC NEIGHBORHOODS. DESCRIBE IT A BIT.

I moved in five years ago, before it got super chic. They just redid my block with all new landscaping and stuff. I was flat broke, living in this crackerjack apartment, and I think we were part of the window dressing for realtors. They’d walk the perspective buyers through and show us off: “Here, live among artists,” and me and the guys on my block would be getting high. It’s changed a lot. The music scene is great, though. It’s more supportive than competitive. We’ve played with everyone at various times. There’s a similarity between the bands: it’s about putting on an active show rather than standing around staring at your feet.

YOU WERE A ROCK JOURNALIST AND A NOVELIST. WHAT’S MORE FUN TO WRITE, A REVIEW OR A SONG?

Well, I don’t think one has anything to do with the other really. I was bad at it. It was just a chance to meet people I admired and ask them questions. I didn’t really care about the stories. I cared about the writing, but not the facts, and to this day I don’t care about facts. I got to meet David Bowie and ask him questions. I had this very paternal moment with him. We were having this big talk about the death of Nietzsche, and asked me
“Is it hard for people in your generation to care about anything?” It was like “Yes, yes, thanks for asking, Ziggy.” I spent the next two years trying to answer that question.

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Best Week Ever: Watch The Latest Full Episode

Paul F. Tompkins and the gang had lots of fun last week. They looked at all the moms on TV, laughed at Joan Rivers‘ bad jokes, and investigated Van Gogh‘s severed ear incident. Doug Benson handed out doggie treats to the best moments of all the dog reality shows now airing. Watch the entire episode, and check a sneak peek of this Friday night’s show.

GRAB YOUR POP CULTURE CRAZINESS EVERY DAY AT THE BEST WEEK EVER BLOG

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Green Day: Watch Interview, Listen To New CD

VH1 News connected with Green Day for a chat about their new 21st Century Breakdown. The guys said they were trying to raise the bar and seize the moment – two goals the CD accomplishes nicely. The record is released this Friday, May 15, but we’re streaming it right now. Head to The Leak to hear the entire album.

WATCH GREEN DAY MUSIC VIDEO AND INTERVIEWS.

GET GREEN DAY TOUR DATES

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Best Week Ever: Sneak Peek Friday’s Show

Bill Hader from Saturday Night Live stops by the show this Friday night. He’s central to the antics that play out in the new Night At The Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, which opens this weekend. Check the clip above and you’ll find out that BWE has its own chunk of family tensions…

GET ALL YOUR BEST WEEK EVER NEEDS FULFILLED AT THE BEST WEEK EVER BLOG!

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SAFETYSUIT: You Oughta Know This Band

If a band can overwhelm you with a first flourish of sound, there’s a good chance that you’ll be impressed forever. SAFETYSUIT likes to make a big splash. That’s why they blast their way through “Someone Like You” to kickoff their disc, Life Left To Go. They’re asking questions all over this album: how much emotion can one relationship handle? What do you do if you believe the end is near? Isn’t holding on better than letting go? Singer Doug Brown, guitarist Dave Garofalo, bassist Jeremy Henshaw, and drummer Tate Cunningham love their music to punch the air – fierce yet graceful, their songs have a way of soaring. They know about catchy refrains, too. Fans of Rob Thomas and U2, the southern boys (Nashville via Tulsa, y’all) bend their influences to come up with something unique. The are one of our latest You Oughta Know bands. We spoke with golfing fiend Brown about a variety of subjects.

ODDLY, YOU GUYS ARE A ROCK BAND ON THE MOTOWN LABEL. GOT A FAVORITE R&B SINGER?

It’s weird, right? R&B isn’t my main focus, but I like Ray Charles. Unless of course we’re going to go straight to Brian McKnight, and then I’m going to go with “Back At One.” If you say you don’t have a favorite Brian McKnight, you’re a liar.

YOU LIVE IN NASHVILLE. EVER BUMP INTO A COUNTRY STAR IN THE GROCERY STORE?

Well, I saw Faith Hill downtown at a Mexican restaurant – you don’t expect to her when you’re reaching for a taco.

IS THERE ONE ICONIC ARTIST THAT YOU GUYS CAN’T AGREE ON?

Great question – ha! He’ll kill me for saying it, but Tate our drummer appreciates every single Sting song ever. But if you actually listen to every Sting song ever, you’ll find that some are not worth appreciating. He’s got lots of great ones, but some you have to say “that just might be one of his weaker songs.”

AND THE ARTISTS YOU DO AGREE ON?

That will reveal the depth of what we’re into. I’d say U2, Springsteen, Coldplay – we all know they’re great. Though lately [there’s some differences about] “Outlaw Pete” on Springsteen’s new album. I think it’s brilliant. The story is awesome, and the fact that he calls him Pete is great. Not everyone agrees. One of our promo guys is a massive Springsteen fan, and we go “Hey “Outlaw Pete,” awesome, right?” And he says “Ehhh…” But turn it on, and I guarantee you’ll fall for it.

DID YOU TWEET BEFORE YOU WENT TO BED LAST NIGHT?

I did it yesterday, when I was playing golf with Jeremy. It said “Playing golf with great friends…and Jeremy.” He actually got the update while we were on the course.

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Vote On A Youssou N’Dour Remix, Bolster African Health

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These are the days when we have to solve problems together. Working in the spirit of such notions, the IntraHealth group has brought lots of new ideas about open source medical technologies to the table, and their health care initiatives in Africa are benefiting from them. Like most forward thinking enterprises, they’ve gotten plenty of cooperation from artists.

African bandleader and global superstar Youssou N’Dour is key to this movement, and his “Wake Up – It’s Africa Calling,” is at the center of a fun contest that finds the global music community rocking remixes of the song. Nas, Duncan Sheik and Peter Buck of R.E.M. have already put a spin on it, and after a few weeks worth of entries, lots of others have tried their hands as well, using online collaboration software from Indaba, the social network that has members in over 175 countries.

Now it’s your turn to participate. Head to the site, listen to some great music, and vote on the tracks that you like. After the winning selection is chosen, it will be added to the official OPEN Remix album and will be available for download on both the IntraHealth website and on Rhapsody. The voting ends May 22, so carve out some time to connect with others, hear these fun tracks, and learn more about IntraHealth’s goals.

Listen to the submissions, and learn more more about the IntraHealth initiative.


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Daisy of Love: Live Blog Chat Sunday Night

Lots of people showed up last Sunday night to discuss Daisy of Love as the show was enjoying its West Coast airing. We’re offering live blog chats each week throughout the show’s run, so consider this an invitation to be here this Sunday evening at midnight ET (that’s 9 pm PST) to weigh in on what’s taking place on-air. The sneak clip above explains this week’s action. The guys have to protect a mannequin version of our star while gun-wielding marksmen blast paintballs at them.

As you may know Chantal Claret, lead singer of Morningwood and celebreality maven, hosts our Daisy chats. She’s a hoot! Check her photo gallery post from the Daisy premiere party. Be here Sunday with one eye on your TV and one on your computer. Chantal and team want to hear what you have to say about Ms. De La Hoya. Midnight ET.

Morningwood does the Daisy of Love theme song, “Best of Me.” Watch the video right here.

Check our video interview with Daisy right here.