The Album Is Not Dying, Despite What You May Have Heard

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Tell this guy about the death of the album.

By Michael Corcoran

"The album is dying in front of our very eyes," Variety columnist and music business know-it-all Bob Lefsetz wrote recently based on weak LP sales, including Katy Perry's Prism, which sold only about 220,000 copies in its first week.

"If your plan is to increase your audience, spread the word and make money, suddenly the album just isn't working anymore," he continued. "We've turned into a nation of grazers. And the artist's job is to constantly be at the smorgasbord. Not to deliver one big meal that is picked at and thrown away, but to constantly provide tantalizing bites to the public."

As if Bob Lefsetz knows anything about "the artist's job."

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Clash of the '90s in Hollywood Promises "a House Party in the Club"

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There are concerts galore and wild parties, too. But it's not every day that you hear about a blowout for which you'd leave your dog un-walked, mom alone on the grocery store line, or boss' calls unanswered. So, when we got wind of the first ever Clash of the '90s party, dedicated to this decade of decadence and described as "a house party at the club," we got the urge to shave our heads like Sinead and get Thug Life tatted on our big bellies.

This '90s everything jam is taking over Cafe Legends in Hollywood. It's the first collab between club promoter and owner Eullys "Jewelz" Hinnant III and house party aficionado Craig Edwards. It celebrates those crazy Clintonian years with music, dance, fashion, and even drinks.

The owner of the club got so exited about the idea, he ordered bottles of Hpnotiq and Alizé. Jewelz noted, "throwback bottles and everything." And, you can buy bottle service at '90s prices. What the what?! We're actually digging the neon out from the back of the closet as we type.

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Of Montreal Respond to La Luz's "Terrifying" Van Accident

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By Monica McGivern

Bands living on the edge from little sleep to partying non-stop, is nothing new. Add in a hectic touring schedule, and the potential for danger heightens.

Yesterday morning, we received some sad-glad news about Jacuzzi Boys Hardly Art label-mates, La Luz.

After living through one of "probably the most terrifying experiences" of their lives, we are happy to report all four members of La Luz are "OK" after being in an auto accident that totalled their van.

We reached out to Of Montreal, who was preparing for the Seattle show for which La Luz would've been opening, if not for the crash.

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Arcade Fire Lyrics That Possibly Indicate Other Secret Shows

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When South Florida heard Arcade Fire was making their local debut, no one would have ever guessed the first announced date would be at the Little Haiti Cultural Center.

But if you parse through the Montreal band's catalog, you'd remember that their first album included a beautiful ditty called "Haiti." With that in mind, we dug through the rest of their songs to see if we can sniff out locations for potential future secret Arcade Fire (aka the Reflektors) shows.

Although we couldn't find clues revealing their Miami date at Mekka, which went down last night, here are ten other songs which hint at which unusual venue Arcade Fire might be playing one day.

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Probability of 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees Getting In

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Yesterday morning, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced 15 acts that are on the ballot to be inducted in its august body. Not to be confused with the Hard Rock Casino, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a museum in Cleveland, Ohio, that celebrates its new inductees with an April New York City ceremony, complete with performances and overlong speeches.

To be nominated, 25 years must have passed since an artist's first recording. Then 600 musicians, historians, and industry insiders have to give the OK. We're here to share with you each announced nominee's chance of being part of a museum in a city only Drew Carey thinks "rocks."

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Sinead O'Connor's Other Angry Open Letters

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Miley modeled "Wrecking Ball" after "Nothing Compares 2 U."

If you only heard snippets of the profanity-laced open letters Sinead O'Connor wrote to Miley Cyrus and you typed into Google "Sinead O'Connor open letter," you would discover the former Hannah Montana is not the only person the Irish chanteuse has slammed in an open forum. In the past couple of years, Sinead O'Connor has written an open letter to Pope Benedict XVI and Trayvon Martin (who at the time was already dead) and as of this writing has already penned two open letters to her royal twerkness.

This left us wondering what other open letters Ms. O'Connor might have sent out recently. After some intense hacking, we found the following letters saved in Sinead's computer in Microsoft Word format.

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Wit and Witticisms of Steely Dan

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Steely Dan is best known for classic rock staples like "Reelin' in the Years," "Do It Again," and "Hey Nineteen." On a recent teleconference to promote their 2013 Mood Swings: 8 Miles to Pancake Day Tour, the duo of Donald Fagen and Walter Becker, they also seemed to be perfecting a Vaudeville Act. If you were not precise with your questioning, you'd find them wandering off on the most bizarre tangents, amusing the reporters, but mostly, and most importantly, amusing themselves.

But what you would expect from a band who named themselves after a dildo from a William Burroughs novel? Here's what it's like to talk to Steely Dan -- who are performing tonight at Mizner Park Amphitheater -- starting with a question about how they came up with the name of their tour.

See also: Steely Dan: "I Think Somebody Took Over the Kanye West Personality Paradigm"

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R. Kelly: Still Funny, Even When He Remixes "U.O.E.N.O."

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Who would have guessed that in 2013, we'd still be writing about the guy who serenaded "I Believe I Can Fly" to Bugs Bunny and Michael Jordan in the movie Space Jam?

But R. Kelly's career trajectory changed with his creation of the epic 33-chapter R&B opera "Trapped in The Closet." Whether it was intentional or not, the totally weird series is comedy in its highest form. The humor is multiplied when you enjoy it with Kell's commentary, which, in essence, is like being in a private screening room with you watching R. Kelly watching himself while smoking a cigar and admiring the genius of his own lyricism. Since that viewing experience, many have decided every act by R. Kelly deserves to be analyzed with a fine comb.

His latest work, a remix of the popular radio song "U.O.E.N.O.," is no different.

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Blowfly Gets Political in Texas with Rick Perry Tampon Toss (VIDEO)

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Michael McElroy, Miami New Times

If you were on the rag or expecting to be last July 12, and you were bold enough to bring tampons or pads along with you to the Texas capitol that day, you got quite a surprise. The state Senate was voting, and Gov. Rick Perry signing off on some seriously abhorrent anti-abortion legislation. So, of course, women, who sometimes menstruate, would be present at the affair. But why would state troopers confiscate the womanly items that day and not guns which are typically allowed in the capitol building? They were worried the period stuff would be used as projectiles.

So when our dearest South Florida dirty rapper Blowfly -- a man to whom good taste is applied only to edible things with flavor -- took the stage at the Out of Bounds Comedy Festival at the Paramount Theater in Austin this past Friday, he was ready to comment on this horrifying anti-female fiasco in the classiest way imaginable, with a Rick Perry tampon toss.

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Gold Dust Lounge's Russell Mofsky Is Raising $15,000 for Upcoming Album


Russell Mofsky isn't asking much out of you. Just $15,000.

Even if you're not a local music freak, you might know Mofsky's act, Gold Dust Lounge. For folks into the art scene, it's the trio that has performed outside the Harold Golen Gallery in Miami on countless occasions. Fans of the tiki subculture, who spend their evenings at Fort Lauderdale's Mai Kai and pencil in the annual Hukilau celebration on their calendar months in advance, will recognize Mofsky's music in the forthcoming documentary on the resurgence of the tiki culture entitled Plastic Paradise, out this spring.

But for all of the recognition, Gold Dust Lounge's reverb-washed, warm blend of surf-rock, spy-movie soundtracks, and punk-rock sensibilities hasn't reached the masses with a well-promoted, hard-copy album. And that's where your fifteen Gs come in. Not just you, of course. Mofsky has started a Kickstarter campaign, which debuted Sept. 1, and the $15,000 is his goal.

"It is [a lot of money], and it isn't," Mofsky says. "It is in the sense that it's ambitious and the biggest part of that is to promote it. We're doing records, CDs, and the publicity. I've been told to budget $3,000 a month for three months just for publicity."

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