We caught up with enigmatic Modest Mouse frontman Isaac Brock shortly after topping the Billboard charts to find out how it feels to sell thousands of records, what he’s up to next, and why the hell he cut himself.
So, um, why’d you cut yourself?
I had lost my voice in Portland, and I was drinking single malt scotch, which opens up your vocal chords. That night I was drinking coffee with single malt scotch and was having a really good time. I got hyper, got kind of punk rock on it, no crazier than Nick Cave or Iggy or anyone like that. It’s not a cry for help. If people want to make it a sad sack moment, f*ck them. I see no reason to turn my fun into their drama. After the show I was in a great mood. It wasn’t something I even thought about until a few days later when I got a text from a friend that said “Someone said you cut yourself — are you ok?” and I’m like, “Oh sh*t. Here we go. I know how this one plays out.” So now I gotta answer this question for the next year.
To find out what else Brock’s up to, check out after the jump.
Rap titan Jay-Z has finally decided on a bubbly brand to endorse, after a recent falling out with French brand Cristal. After wearying months of searching, he decided on Armand de Brignac Champagne, also known as the Ace of Spades because of its gold-plated bottle and pewter label shaped like an ace. No word on whether the fermentation process involves Lemmy and mutton-chops.
Jay-Z declared war on Cristal, calling for an industry wide boycott, following disparaging remarks Cristal head Frédéric Rouzaud made, worrying about the effects the endorsement of the rap community has on the brand: "What can we do? We can’t forbid people from buying it. I’m sure Dom Perignon or Krug would be delighted to have their business." In Jay’s video for "Show Me What You Got," he can be seen turning away a bottle of Cristal for the Ace of Spades.
Now and then our Tour Survival Guide will check in with rockers about life on the road. Here’s Mat Kearney talking fine wine and a certain Motley Crue drummer.
It’s a Good Thing He’s Not Playing Phuket…
"Norfolk," in Virginia, is a very tough [city] name to pronounce, without sounding like you’re cursing. So I got myself in trouble in Norfolk a little while ago. It’s a hard name to say properly without offending small children.
Singer, Songwriter, Sommelier…
Oregon Pinot Noir — that’s my red M&M item. I’m from Oregon, and it’s maybe the best Pinot country in the world. It’s been competing with France these days. Sometimes [venues] even get wineries that are within 10 miles from the house I grew up in.
After a 16-day hunger strike, doctors ordered "J" to end her "Starvation for Sanjaya" campaign. The 23-year-old American Idol fan garnered the nation’s attention when she announced her food boycott until hopeful Sanjaya Malakar was ejected from the AI line-up. The 17-year-old Malakar has had a polarizing effect on the nation, the like of which is usually reserved for wars, or actual issues.
In other Sanjaya news, KFC president Gregg Dedrick has plumbed new shallows in marketing, offering Malakar a lifetime of free KFC Classic Bowls in exchange for cutting his famed tresses into a bowl cut. In an open letter, Dedrick states: "We’re sure America will be as ‘bowled-over’ by your take on this classic look as they are by our KFC Famous Bowls."
Pitbull in a Skirt
Hip-hop honey Eve talked to Giant magazine about sex tapes, making up with Lil Kim, interracial love, and more (Giant)
Former Roc-a-Fella crooner Rell was busted for receiving 50 pounds of weed in the mail (All Hip-Hop)
The Vagina Luda-logues
St. John’s said no to the Vagina Monologues, so Ludacris might have to say no to swearing when he performs at the NYC university (XXL)
Hova Comes Ova
Rihanna‘s new single, "Umbrella," featuring Jay-Z, is up on the web. The Bajan beauty is also the next Cover Girl. (SOHH)
Save Your Budget for Your Bling
The latest trend in hip-hop videos? Superstars going super low-budget. (MTV)
Timbaland‘s Shock Value drops next week, and apparently nobody’s more curious about how it’ll be received than the man himself. SOHH ran some video of Timba at his New York listening party, and while he seems to be in a good mood when introducing the album, once it actually gets rolling you can see him scanning the room to see how people are responding. (Relax, Tim. Those in the know are mostly diggin’ on your efforts.)
In other news, a former Timba collaborator received a little shock value of his own recently. The Game was called out by model/singer Vida Guerra during a radio show appearance. Guerra "rapped" (at least we think it was supposed to be rap) about the Game having none after he called her a video ho on his single, "Wouldn’t Get Far." Don’t expect to see these two "collaborating" any time soon.
There have been rumors that Wyclef Jean has grown frustrated with the Fugees and is looking to start up a new band with none other than R&B superstar Akon. The pairing of ‘Clef and ‘Kon would be an island-soul dream team, but would it ever happen? In a recent interview with SOHH, Akon sounded skeptical, but said he would be on board.
It’s fun to speculate who would best complete the trio. The new gal would have to be soulful and sexy, with a killer voice. Kind of like … Nelly Furtado? Gwen Stefani?
Some ladies that Wyclef and Akon wouldn’t have any trouble recruiting are sexy-sister duo Brick and Lace. Cast from the Rhianna-Ciara mold, the young Jamaicans are the first act signed to Akon’s label, "Kon Live" and already have a video for their first single, "Never Never."
Who should be ‘Kon and ‘Clef’s female band member?
Photos: Wyclef Jean
How does a daughter of a late hip-hop legend honor a father’s legacy? Well, if you’re Erin "E.B." Wright, daughter of Eazy-E, maybe playing dad in a biopic is the answer.
In an interview with AllHipHop to help mark the 12th anniversary of her NWA MC’s death, E.B. suggested that she would like to cross genders and play the hard-core gangsta rapper who died of AIDS. "I think it was cool how Hilary Swank played that role as a boy in ‘Boys Don’t Cry,’" said E.B. "That movie was great! I would love to do something like that in my father’s movie."
Considering that E.B. has only starred on MTV’s "My Super Sweet 16," it’s hard to imagine she has Swank-sized chops. But if the acting thing doesn’t pan out, she can still try to cut it as a rapper — yup, E.B. has an album coming out later this year. (Listen to one of her songs here.)
You interested in seeing an Eazy-E movie?
Box Set: Eazy-E
Rapper Tony Yayo and R&B star Ne-Yo‘s careers are yo-yoing in two very different directions right now. Yayo turned himself in to New York police over the weekend after he allegedly assaulted a 14-year-old kid for wearing the wrong T-shirt. Although Yayo’s bud 50 Cent was reportedly with him at the time of the attack, 50′s lawyers claim he wasn’t in the state at the time.
Ne-Yo, meanwhile, is racking up the hits, not arrests. In an interesting interview with BallerStatus, the 24-year-old with the touch of gold talked about: being named after Keanu, his scary sessions with Jay-Z, and how Beyonce’s "Irreplaceable" could have just as easily wound up a country (!) song.
Would you mess with a kid because he was wearing the wrong T?
Artist Page: Tony Yayo
This Is Why He’s Hot
Why is MIMS so hot right now? According to this, it’s because he can backstroke. According to this, it’s because of the lessons his late mother taught him. And according to this, it’s because of some Venn diagrams. [VH1, Billboard, Houston Press]
Son of Czar Violated?
Charges are reportedly being considered against 50 Cent and Tony Yayo for allegedly roughing up the 14-year-old son of music mogul Jimmy "Henchman" Rosemond. [AllHipHop]
Slim to Kim: Zip It
Eminem‘s set to go to court in Michigan on Monday in an effort to get his ex-wife to stop talking trash about him. [Detroit News]
Keeping Up With the Joneses (and the Jacksons)
Are Ne-Yo and Jay-Z the new Michael and Quincy? Listen to their new single to find out if they’re for real or if they’re just "Crazy." [SOHH]
El Producto Es Muy Bueno
Trent Reznor and Chan Marshall on a hip-hop record? Might sound indie-sent, but El-P‘s LP is getting rave reviews. [AllHipHop]
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