Eminem Takes A Shot At Racism and Cops

Eminem Takes A Shot At Racism and Cops
Hands up, officer don’t shoot
Then pull your pants up, promise you won’t loot
We may never understand each other it’s no use
We ain’t ever gonna grasp what each other goes through
Black boy, black boy, we ain’t gonna lie to you
Black boy, black boy, we don’t like the sight of you
Pull up on the side of you
Window rolled down, profiled
And then we wonder why we see this side of you
Probably coming from the dope house
We can let you slide but your tail light is blew, out
We know you’re hiding that Heidi Klum on you
And you’re on another drug charge, homie, it’s back inside for you
And just in case a chase might ensue, we got that tried and true pistol drew right at you we be delighted to unload it
In your bedroom, walk up, and lay that taser in the side of you
What the fuck am I gonna do? ‘Cause you’re a white boy, white boy
You’re a rockstar (My momma talk to me
Try to tell me how to live)
White boy, white boy, in your cop car (But I don’t listen to her
‘Cause my head is like a sieve)
White boy, white boy, you’re untouchable (The world’s coming to an end, I don’t even care)
Nobody can tell me shit ’cause I’m a (big rockstar)
Black boy, black boy, we don’t get your culture and
We don’t care what our government’s done to fuck you over, man
Don’t tell us your attitude’s a result of that
Balderdash, where’d you get the chip on your shoulder at
Why you kicking that soda can? His new track ‘Untouchable’ takes a hard look at racism and police. More like billy clubs and
And we really love it when you think we’re guilty ‘cause
We’re black
“But you kill each other, facts- you peel each
Others caps, for silly stuff like hats”
Single mother strugglin’ through substance abuse
While people with nothing to lose shoot each other for shoes
Fuck your republican views
Pull ourselves up by our bootstraps, where the fuck is the boots? Read more here. And streets act as a narrator
Don’t gotta read comics
Or be that into characters, just to see that just to be black, you better be strapped, with a derringer- or be “capped in America” like Steve Rogers
‘Cause no one overseas, these cops, and
Always see some B charges
We see them beat Rodney King and got off
So we don’t need all your crooked police peace officer offerings
Just keep marching, til’ we reach congress
But they gonna say you’re tying to take an irrational stance cause you try to slander the flag
But somebody has to be the sacrificial lamb
So they call it a Kapernick tantrum if you don’t stand for the national anthem
We raised it, you better praise it or you’ll be made to feel like a traitor, we’ll
Treat you like Rodney Dangerfield
Home of the bravest still, racist spills
So the whole nation feels like a plantation field
In a country that claims that it was foundation on based on united states ideals
That had its Natives killed
Got you singing the Star Spangled Banner to a piece of cloth that represents the land of the free that made people slaves to build
Really incredible. We just want a safe environment for our kids, but can’t escape
The sirens
Don’t take a scientist to see our violent nature lies
The poverty that we face so the crime rate’s the highest in
The lowest classes, its like a razor wire fence
And we’re trapped in, these racial biases
That plague our society which makes our anxiety levels raise
Every time we see a devil’s face
Lions, tigers and bears oh my! There is no doubt that Eminem is not shy when it comes to tough topics. ‘Cause America segregated us
Designated us, to an area
Separated us
Section-eight’d us
When we tear it up’s the only time attention’s paid to us
And education sucks, every days another
Freddie Grey for us, a levy breaks or fuzz
Why is it, they treat us like dryer lint? I keep telling myself keep doing like you’re doing
No matter how many lives you ruin
It’s for the red, white and blue
Time to go find a new one and split his head right in two
No one’s ever indicted you
Why? Pull your pants up
We bought to roll up, and
Throw your ass in the van, cuffed
You don’t have to know our plan or what our intentions are
Our guns are close to our chest
You better show your hands
And put our minds more at ease
And you’ll get shot in the thyroid, ’cause you might die, boy
We fighting a crime war
Here come the swine
Tryna’ clean up these streets from all these minorities
That’s why we call them pigstye’s for
They’re like eyesores to police
Talk to you like you’re a piece of trash
Feels like we’re stuck in a time warp to me
As I kick these facts, and
Get these mixed reactions
As this beat backspins
It like we’re drifting back into the 60s
Having black-skin is risky, ’cause this keeps happening
Throughout history, African-American’s have been treated like shit
And I admit, there have been times where it’s been embarrassing to be a
‘Cause you’re a white boy, white boy
You’re a rockstar (My momma talk to me
Try to tell me how to live)
White boy, white boy, in your cop car (But I don’t listen to her
‘Cause my head is like a sieve)
White boy, white boy, you’re untouchable (The world’s coming to an end, I don’t even care)
Nobody can tell me shit cause I’m a (big rockstar)
Seems like, the average lifespan of a white man
Is more than twice that of a black life-spanner
Wonder if sometimes it has a fight scanner
I feel like checking out on life, can’t escape my circumstance
I’d rather hear them say “Die N-word” than Die Antwoord
Ninja, now it’s better to describe banter
But that’s life
Strapped, ’cause we’re strapped financially
And can’t find answers
We’re applying for McDonald’s
It seems like the only franchise that’ll hire, so how can we have higher standards
As Dallas overshadows the battle for Black Lives Matter
We fight back with violence
But acts like that are
Black eyes on the movement
Which makes wack lives madder
At cops and cops madder
And that’s why it’s at a stalemate
Can’t arrive at a compromise so it’s Black Ops
I wonder if we hire more, black cops, the crap stops
The block is our backyard offices
Not the crack spot
Call the attack dogs off of us, man
You always act pissed off at us a traffic stop
And bad cops fuck it up for good cops
And man, stop, sending white cops, into black neighborhoods
‘Cause they ain’t acclimated to ’em
Like that’s the way to do it
Who’s seen some fuckin’ videos of rappers waving guns
And no nobody black so they act afraid of us
And that’s racism
Fear to the black face gives them
A subconscious racist
Wait, why is there black neighborhoods?

7 Days, 7 Questions: Day 7

7 Days, 7 Questions: Day 7
They are pictured below. It is owned by Bono and Edge from U2. I wish I could say I visited but alas, a friend and fellow U2 fan brought it back for me. Every week you’d find one of these top 30 lists at Sam The Record Man. Back in the day, Toronto radio station 1050 CHUM AM was THE station. To the right, at the top is a picture of my stamps from Ireland I ordered from the Irish post office when they released a stamp set that included U2, Van Morrison, Phil Lynott and Rory Gallagher. The first item is a Popmart inflatable lemon from the 1997 tour (there’s a story there for another time – possibly next week!). So how about you? Let’s talk about those musical momentos that we collect and what they mean to us. All this week I’ll be asking some questions, sharing my thoughts and, hopefully, hearing from you! The above item is a CHUM Chart from 1974. Let’s explore some of this passion we have for music. Finally, a keychain from The Clarence Hotel in Dublin. I have a few items to share. As well, I am a U2 fan (unapologetic but not a blind follower). Last day! I found this one in a box a few years ago and it was a nice surprise. I could never afford the endless reams of items that the band has put out over the decades but the few I have, I love. the oft ridiculed Pop album brought us irony and some weird things. It’s too hard to read from the picture but the top 10 singles of October 12, 1974 were: “I Love, I Honestly Love You” by Olivia Newton-John, “Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love Babe” by Barry White, “Tell Me Something Good” by Rufus, “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” by BTO, “Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd, “Another Saturday Night” by Cat Stevens, “Then Came You” by Dionne Warwick & The Spinners, “I Shot The Sheriff” by Eric Clapton, “The Bitch Is Back” by Elton John and “Nothing From Nothing” by Billy Preston.

Until Such Time There is a New Tool Album, These Two Tool-Related Projects Will Help

Here’s the first taste. Tool drummer Danny Carey went on the record last week saying that there will “definitely” be a Tool album in 2018. We’ve heard that before. Uh-huh. But at least there’s a new song and video in the wild. And then there’s this: Legend of Seagullmen, Danny Carey’s project with Brend Hinds of Mastodon, Pete Griffin of Dethklok and a whack of other people, both real and imagined. When (if) this album gets here, it’ll be the band’s first since 2004. However, we do have a couple of things to keep us company until then. Sounds good to me,. They have a self-titled debut album coming February 9 through Dine Alone. In fact, there’s the potential that we’ll have so much Tool and Tool-related stuff, we won’t know what do with ourselves. First, Maynard’s other OTHER band, A Perfect Circle, has (allegedly) an album scheduled for…er, we’re not sure and they’re not saying.
Until Such Time There is a New Tool Album, These Two Tool-Related Projects Will Help

The Donald Trump-Muppets Mashup

(Via Tom) This mashup based on the Trump-Clinton debates is over a year old, but it’s still good for a laugh.
The Donald Trump-Muppets Mashup

Josh Homme Kicks a Concert Photographer in the Head

I saw him coming over and I was shooting away,” she said. Oops. Josh Homme went on a bit of a kicking jag during a show in LA on Saturday night. Seriously, WHO DOES THAT?!? He looked straight at me, swung his leg back pretty hard and full-blown kicked me in the face. Lights, gear, a photographer. He continued performing, I was startled, I kind of stopped looking at him, I just got down and was holding my face because it hurt so badly.” Eventually she returned to the press room, where a rep from KROQ in the press room received a text from an audience member asking, “Did the guitarist for Queens Of The Stone Age kick a photographer in the face?”
Josh responded with this. pic.twitter.com/JCtdOAFEbq
— QOTSA (@qotsa) December 10, 2017

We’ll see where this goes. #joshhomme #queensofthestoneage #qotsa #qotsafamily #concertphotography #musicphotographer
A post shared by Chelsea Lauren (@chelsealaurenla) on Dec 9, 2017 at 11:38pm PST

The photographer at the end of Josh’s boot was Chelsea Lauren, on assignment for Shutterstock which has a license with Variety. Here’s how the magazine quoted her:
“Josh was coming over and I was pretty excited, I’ve never actually photographed Queens Of The Stone Agebefore, I was really looking forward to it. Thanks to @joshhomme @queensofthestoneage I now get to spend my night in the ER. “The next thing I know his foot connects with my camera and my camera connects with my face, really hard.
Josh Homme Kicks a Concert Photographer in the Head

Random Music News for Monday, December 11, 2017

Random Music News for Monday, December 11, 2017
Suicide. Again? A pub in England has banned all female-fronted bands. Oh, Morrissey. Sammy Hagar is unloading two properties. Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler has opened a shelter for abused women. A radio station just for nursing homes. I’ve got an urge to stand on the beach with “Ride of the Valkyries” on the iPhone. And don’t let anyone fool you: napalm stinks. Remember when after-market car audio systems were all the rage? It’s not just your imagination: there are more Christmas carols and holiday songs than ever before. He released it anyway. A lovely idea. And on a related note, this happened. This guy spent $200K on one of the craziest homages to Saturday Night Fever ever. Pandora has some plans to take on Spotify. Sufjan Stevens tried to write a song for the Tonya Harding movie, but it was rejected. Frances Bean Cobain, artist, is making waves in Miami. Some Japanese workers are chased home from the office by drones that blare music. The Spotify-Tencent mutual equity purchase is definitely happening. Speaking of U2, they played the U2 line in Berlin. Not so much anymore, but people are still into that sort of thing. You can imagine how that’s going down. We’ve made the escape from Hanoi and have made it to Hoi An via Da Nang. The surgeon who treated Bono after his serious 2014 Central Park bike accident has died. For the first time in 66 million years, we know what a Tyrannosaurus Rex sounds like. Here’s what’s for sale. And now, the music news for December 11. Parents are hacking this new toucan toy to say some naughty things. About 95% of all listeners have moved off FM and onto DAB in Norway. That must have been fun for commuters.

New Music from the Inbox for December 11, 2017: Iluka, Mallrat, Sun K, & More!

New Music from the Inbox for December 11, 2017: Iluka, Mallrat, Sun K, & More!
Watch: Watch:

Artist: The Fugitives
Song: “See This Winter Out (For Amy)”
Album: Single

A folk collective out based in both Toronto and Vancouver, The Fugitives wrote this song for a close friend coping with cancer. Artist: Iluka
Song: “Sympathy”
Album: Single

From her upcoming EP, the latest single by Iluka uses the rhythmic grooves of Motown to echo the voice of the people and highlight the need for radical change. Watch:

Artist: SOJA
Song: “Fire in the Sky”
Album: Poetry in Motion

Written outside of an airport in Argentina, this song by eight-piece super group SOJA is about the beauty of life. Listen:

Artist: Animal Years
Song: “Friends”
Album: Single

Pop-rock-Americana band Animal Years offer up an incredibly personal song for their latest single, “Friends”. Watch:

Artist: Sun K
Song: “Back to Massachusetts”
Album: Single

Toronto-based rock band Sun K bring a fun, and upbeat sound while also adding in vibes from New York’s underground scene and West Coast harmonies. Listen:

Artist: Mallrat
Song: “Better”
Album: Single

Young Brisbane, Australia artist Mallrat blends pop and rap together to make a unique sound of her own.

Gift Idea: A Pantera Baby Stroller. It’s a Real Thing.

Order yours today –> http://bit.ly/DAP-PNStroller @panteraofficial #stroller #babystyle #babiesrock #pantera #vulgardisplayofpantera #baby #kids #toddler
A post shared by Pantera (@panteraofficial) on Dec 1, 2017 at 9:00am PST With declining music sales and with no hope in hell of streaming replacing those lost revenues, artists are looking at any possible way of making money, including entertaining licensing deals that in the past would have been, er, questionable. Get your Pantera stroller today for only $59.99 + S&H, with Next Day Shipping. Take, for example, this officially-endorsed Pantera baby stroller. Cool, yes, but I can’t even… (Via Metal Injection)

#Repost @daphyls (@get_repost) ・・・ You’ve waited a long time for this awesome stroller, and it has FINALLY arrived in all its glory! This is a great price for our limited edition ultralight stroller.
It’s a Real Thing. Gift Idea: A Pantera Baby Stroller.

7 Days, 7 Moments: Day 1

7 Days, 7 Moments: Day 1
How about you? My dad took my sister and I on a walking tour of the Red Light District, which was, ummmm, pretty interesting to a 12 year old! Lots of sightseeing. The internet has made this a much simpler task. Today, you can find it online. As it happened, the first show I saw had Dire Straits on it. It was probably a year later before I heard the song on the radio here. It was a generally awful trip as they had not been home in decades and we spent the bulk of the time visiting friends and family. In 1974 (I think), my parents took my sister and I to Holland (where they were born and raised). Being in another culture, getting exposed to music and a style I had never really noticed before, feeling very worldly knowing I had seen something that would become very popular before it became popular, all impacted me. Last week we dealt with questions about the various musical “stuff” you love, whether band, voice, lyric or item. So. I loved that song and I still do. And not just here at home but around the world. It was strange to see the much looser views on nudity, even in commercials. The next day we found a record store and I bought the single. We went back in 1978 and it was a much better trip. This week I’m going in a different direction. Each day I’ll share an important musical moment from my life. I never stop looking. My friends started talking about it and they were stunned that I already had the 45. On this trip though, we got to watch a fair bit of television. They spoke Dutch, which neither my sister nor I did, so we played Crazy 8’s and were bored to tears. Moments that changed things in some way for me. I hope this will inspire you to share some of your ‘moments’ too. The show that caught my eye, and my ear, was Top Of The Pops, that English music program that helped set the standard of the time. This was a moment for me on so many levels. It started me on a much wider exploration of music and culture that is still a part of me today. But nothing beats being abroad and getting the exposure to the culture that surrounds the music of a place. You had to travel for these experiences back then. Have you had a moment travelling that changed your musical outlook? They performed Sultans of Swing and I was mesmerized by it. Have you had a similar experience?

The New Trailer for Stephen Spielberg’s Ready Player One is Loaded with 80s Musical Goodness

The New Trailer for Stephen Spielberg’s Ready Player One is Loaded with 80s Musical Goodness
As you watch the latest trailer and listen to the 80s-era soundtrack, see what sly references to video games of the past you can spot. Come next year, though, he returns to the genre with Ready Player One, a video gamers wet dream based on the fantastically good book of the same name. The last time Stephen Spielberg made any kind of sci-fi/fantasy film was Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull back in 2007.

Toronto is Definitely Getting a New Concert Venue

Toronto is Definitely Getting a New Concert Venue
As rumours said earlier this year Live Nation is now definitely going ahead with the opening of a new mid-sized venue on the site of an off-track betting facility at 1661 Queen Street West. And here it is. Toronto desperately needs a mid-sized venue like this, especially with Massey Hall going offline for renovations at the end of June 2018. The still unnamed venue will have a capacity of about 2,700 (about the size of Massey Hall) and will reportedly host up to 150 shows a year. All the paperwork has been completed with the city, so now it’s just a matter of time before construction can begin. The situation isn’t as dire as we seen in Vancouver (Toronto was lucky to see a resurrection of Hugh’s Place), but the city could use some good news when it comes to venues. (Via City-TV) This past year has been rough when it comes to the loss of places for musicians to play in Toronto. It’s on a 24-hour streetcar line and just a short hop east of the downtown core. The projected opening will be in October 2018.

Why Is Apple Spending $400 Million to Buy Shazam? Here’s Why.

Why Is Apple Spending $400 Million to Buy Shazam? Here’s Why.
The Apple acquisition though, is one of the few ways that Shazam’s ‘hidden’ value can be realised. Keep reading. Ever since its affiliate sales revenue model crumbled with the onset of streaming (there’s no business in an affiliate fee on a $0.01 stream), Shazam has been trying to find a new business model. The fact that it sold for $400 million – just 2.8 times its total investment ($143 million) and well below its previous pre-money valuation of $1 billion, illustrates how much value has seeped out of Shazam’s business. Shazam finally found a buyer: Apple. It doubled down on providing tools for TV advertisers but never got enough traction for that to be a true pivot. Music Industry Blog explains. Interesting. Shazam’s problem has always been that it was a feature rather than a product – as so many VC funded tech companies are. But why? If all goes according to the rumours today, Apple will announce the acquisition of the nifty music identification app, Shazam.

Random Music News for Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Random Music News for Tuesday, December 12, 2017
This chart gives you an idea as to why Apple bought Shazam. Why everyone–musicians, composers, fans, labels, publishers–should care deeply about proper metadata. A number of artists have published an open letter to Donald Trump about his decision to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Amazon has made some great strides in catching up to Spotify and Apple Music in the streaming sphere. Demand for vinyl is so high that indie artists are running into supply issues. There is a fascinating audio project going on at NASA involving tapes from the Apollo missions. From Greggory: “When you’re watching Christmas movies and you get to Lethal Weapon (if Die Hard is a Christmas movie, so is Lethal Weapon!) it’s Anthony Kiedis’ dad that takes Mel Gibson hostage on the Christmas tree lot in the drug buying scene. Details here. I bought two bottles to serve people I don’t like. Josh Homme has doubled down on his apology for kicking a reporter. Let’s take a look. I had some terrible Vietnamese vodka here in Hoi An yesterday that resulted in a headache after just two shots. U2 sold 180,000 physical copies of Songs of Experience in the US in its first week, more than any other album. Is there something special about Mick Jagger’s genes? Pretty effective, as it turns out. So how effective are ads within podcasts? And now, music news for December 12.

New Music From The Inbox – Tuesday Edition! (Dec 12, 2017): Whiskey Shivers, Moon Honey, Kae Sun, and more!

(Dec 12, 2017): Whiskey Shivers, Moon Honey, Kae Sun, and more! New Music From The Inbox – Tuesday Edition!
Future dance? The Inbox entry also threw around the word ‘voodoo’ a lot, which I can’t help agreeing with. It’s not even that the lyrical content is sad…it’s just got that feeling, you know? About as hectic as traditional folk can get, there’s a happy riot happening in “Reckless” and you’re invited. Watch/Listen: The simplicity within the song’s layers is appreciable, too – “Stalk” doesn’t require too many complicated moving parts to get itself rolling. Quiet melancholy prowls the depths of Cones’ latest single, while still dropping a catchy hook or two to maintain interest. Watch/Listen:

Artist: Moon Honey
Song: “Betta Fish”
Album/EP: Single

Built around curiously eccentric lead vocals and anchored by gritty guitars and a stilted, stumbling progression, Moon Honey isn’t afraid to let their freak flag fly with “Betta Fish”. Seriously – it may sound like the 80s, but the candy coating has been carefully scrubbed away. Watch/Listen:

Artist: Kae Sun
Song: “Stalk”
Album/EP: Single

Catchy but low-key, the groove of Kae Sun’s smooth R&B stylings remains upbeat without getting overwhelming or overexcited. Is it art pop? (spoiler: this track came out years ago, so it’s not)

Artist: Cones
Song: “First Time”
Album/EP: Single

All of the aesthetic of glitzy synth pop without its joy or optimism. Of being hurt. Not quite prog rock but still managing to capture that high-brow awareness of something new and fresh, it’ll keep you tuned in (and slightly puzzled) for its deceptive yet delightful runtime. Synth prog? Inventive, unique, quirky, but still catchy and pleasing – if this is what 2018 sounds like, I’m on board. Artist: Whiskey Shivers
Song: “Reckless”
Album/EP: Some Part of Something

You’d expect a raucous rockabilly band would be more appreciated in an east coast kitchen party than blockbusters like Pitch Perfect 3, yet here we are. Hard to say, but if you can imagine what all those descriptors would sound like, then you have a pretty solid sonic idea of what “Buku Love” is like (and a rather perceptive imagination, too). Watch/Listen:

Artist: Rubycon
Song: “Buku Love”
Album/EP: Buku Love

Describing avant-garde music is so fun. Who can resist a gaggle of good ole boys shouting round a banjo and fiddle?