Thursday News Threads

  • Protect Ya Neck -- and benefit from excellent arch support. RZA, GZA, Raekwon, U-God, Ghostface Killah, et al. have paired with Fila to produce Wu-Tang-emblazed Weathertech boots just in time for 2008′s dismal holiday buying season. It’s not the first pair out for purchase; 2007 marked the limited edition C.R.E.A.M. shoe, which sounds far grosser than it actually is. In any event, the Clan will be at the Showbox SoDo on December 1; they released their documentary Wu: The Story of the Wu-Tang Clan on Tuesday; and, to top it all off, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, Method Man, and others have signed a few skateboard decks that you can purchase at auction for charity. So sell your penny stocks in Citibank and buy up.
  • Everyone’s got a point to make, and, for better or worse, some have those points reported in the MSM. In an interview with The New Yorker, the artist known as Prince has revealed, from the confines of his thirty-thousand-square-foot Italianate villa, that he has experienced a “realization,” much “like Morpheus and Neo in ‘The Matrix,’” which has led to the following understanding:

    “So here’s how it is: you’ve got the Republicans, and basically they want to live according to this.” [Prince] pointed to a Bible. “But there’s the problem of interpretation, and you’ve got some churches, some people, basically doing things and saying it comes from here, but it doesn’t. And then on the opposite end of the spectrum you’ve got blue, you’ve got the Democrats, and they’re, like, ‘You can do whatever you want.’ Gay marriage, whatever. But neither of them is right.”

    Say what? The article continues: “When asked about his perspective on social issues -- gay marriage, abortion -- Prince tapped his Bible and said, ‘God came to earth and saw people sticking it wherever and doing it with whatever, and he just cleared it all out. He was, like, “Enough.”‘”

    Huh.

    Since that time, media sources from Rolling Stone to Wired have reported that Prince didn’t mean it, was misquoted, etc., and so on. The New Yorker is sticking by its story.

  • In vaguely related news, Neil Young has tried to top “His Purpleness” by likewise entering into the political arena and providing advice on energy, national security, and the market for electric cars. However, it appears Neil’s remarks were not even close to inflammatory enough to warrant the same sort of widespread media attention. In any event, we personally the most troubling aspect of all this talk to be the following, unchallenged description of Prince’s pad:
  • [T]he place was done up in a generic Mediterranean style, although there were personal flourishes here and there -- a Lucite grand piano with a gold-colored “Artist Formerly Known as Prince” symbol suspended over it, purple paisley pillows on a couch. Candles scented the air, and New Age music played in the living room, where a TV screen showed images of bearded men playing flutes. Prince padded into the kitchen, a small fifty-year-old man in yoga pants and a big sweater, wearing platform flip-flops over white socks, like a geisha.

    Yikes.


  • At long last, Chinese Democracy is streaming on the Guns n’ Roses website. This is as of last night, 9:00 p.m. Pacific, 12:00 a.m. Eastern. Don’t care? Well, don’t reveal your indifference to Mr. Brownstone, the Gn’R tribute band composed of members of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Takka Takka, and the Dave Godowsky band that made its network television debut last night on Letterman. I mean, you can only sway to November Rain so long before you need new material, and covering covers from The Spaghetti Incident? hasn’t been cutting it. As you can imagine.
  • If you’re a planner, then book your flight to NYC now: CMJ has announced dates for its 2009 Music Marathon & Film Festival and is even offering “SUPER EARLY BIRD discounts.” Now, we could talk here about the over 1,200 artists and 120,000 fans that are supposed to be at the 2009 festival, but instead we’re going to note that talk of CMJ reminds us of the five -- count ‘em -- awards a certain radio station recently won (including Station of the Year for the fourth year running). In light of its humility, poise, and intriguingly understated class, said station will remain nameless. [cough]
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