• Watch Tacocat Pretend To Go To Hawaii

    Watch Tacocat Pretend To Go To Hawaii

    We've told you before, but let us say it again: Tacocat, a punk-pop riot-fizz four-piece based in the Pacific Northwest, put out one of the year's best records you might have missed. Engineered by Conrad Uno, who also worked on Bratmobile's grrrl canon Pottymouth, NVM is a buoyant work of soda-fountain punk — 13 short, bright, playful indie-fizz tunes about semi-serious things like cat-calling ("Hey Girl"), trust-fund anti-authoritarians ("This Is Anarchy"), and feminine biology ("Crimson Wave").In "Bridge To Hawaii," NVM's second song, the Seattle band imagines a road from their hometown's constant rain and encroaching gentrification. Watch the palindromic foursome try to actualize this fantasy in the song’s video above, a road-trip-of-the-mind clip written and directed by Stacy Peck and produced and edited by Marcy Stone-Francois.

  • Miley Cyrus' Homeless VMA Date Is Aspiring Model Jesse Helt

    Miley Cyrus' Homeless VMA Date Is Aspiring Model Jesse Helt

    Last night, Miley Cyrus had a homeless runaway accept her VMA for Best Music Video. He’d introduced himself as Jesse, but as of earlier this morning, the only biographical details we knew were that he delivered a prepared speech about the plight of homeless youth, he was originally from Oregon, and Katy Perry almost accidentally got him drunk. But now, because the internet employs an army of curious monsters (hi!), we can collectively confirm the identity of Miley Cyrus’ date. His name is Jesse Helt and he is a 22-year-old aspiring model from Salem, Oregon. He once sold "really sharp" knives as a job, loves those who love themselves, and hates lazy fat people.Early today, the Oregonian verified Jesse's identity with the young man's mother:"He called me last night at about one o' clock," Linda Helt said this afternoon.

  • Miley Cyrus and Jesse

    Katy Perry Almost Accidentally Got Miley Cyrus' Homeless VMA Date Drunk

    Last night at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, Miley Cyrus offered one of the ceremony's only distant glimmers of authentic human experience when she had "Jesse," a homeless runaway she'd brought as her date who the Oregonian now wants to dox, accept the Best Music Video award for "Wrecking Ball" and read a speech about homeless youth. The gesture was a deliberate nod to Marlon Brando’s Sacheen Littlefeather, a direct inspiration one of her reps acknowledged to the New York Times.This morning, Cyrus phoned in to Ryan Seacrest's radio show to fill in a few other blanks. VMA producers did not know that Billy Ray’s daughter was going to send her date to accept the award. "No one knew," she told Seacrest.

  • Miley Cyrus Had a Homeless Runaway Accept Her 'Wrecking Ball' VMA

    Miley Cyrus Had a Homeless Runaway Accept Her 'Wrecking Ball' VMA

    At the 2013 VMAs, Miley Cyrus shocked your grandmother with her risqué routine of twerking, tongue-wagging, and teddy-bear-wearing that cultural confabulators spent months overthinking. So how did Billy Ray's daughter compensate for this sensational behavior one year later? With her very own Brando moment.When her hammer-licking, ball-riding, Terry-Richardson-directed video for "Wrecking Ball" won Video of the Year, Cyrus had a homeless runaway who identified himself as "Jesse" accept the award on behalf of "the 1.6 million runaways and homeless youth in the United States, who are starving, lost, and scared for their lives right now." Reading from notes, Jesse went on to send the audience to Miley Cyrus's Facebook page for more information, where the following message was concurrently posted:Help me raise awareness and funds to end youth homelessness!

  • The MTV VMA Moonman Is the Third-Best Trophy of Our Time

    The MTV VMA Moonman Is the Third-Best Trophy of Our Time

    With the MTV Video Music Awards once again upon us, let us consider the Moonman. Modeled by creative firm Manhattan Design after the first images ever shown on MTV — an animated montage spun off the Apollo 11 landing, conceived by then-Creative Director Fred Seibert — the silver astronaut trophy has somehow survived three decades, despite Viacom's deliberate attempts to distance itself from its music-video programming past. For this alone, the sculpture is pretty damn remarkable. "The fact that the statue has persisted through a channel which is completely rebranded in every way except for its logo is really kinda rare," says Roman Mars, the West Coast-based host of design-and-architecture radio show 99% Invisible.

  • DJ Lethal in 2011

    Do You Have Limp Bizkit's Moonman? DJ Lethal Would Really Like His MTV Award Back

    Madonna might not care about the many MTV Video Music Awards she's won over the years, but erstwhile Limp Bizkit scratch-master DJ Lethal does. A lot. Last October, some dirtbag stole the former House of Pain member's Moonman from a Las Vegas bar he co-owns; even though he turned to Facebook for help relocating the prize, Leor Dimant hasn't been able to track down the award nearly a year later. "It still hasn't turned up," Lethal writes in an e-mail. The VMA statue for 2001's Best Rock Video "Rollin'" was on display at Backstage Bar and Billiards (a.k.a. "Triple B"), the Las Vegas rock joint the producer co-owns, as part of a collection of DJ Lethal's personal memorabilia. "It was screwed down and mounted. This was during the first few weeks of opening and we didn't have security cameras set up yet.

  • Warren G and Warren G. Harding

    Who Said It: Warren G or Warren G. Harding?

    Warren G. Harding, the 29th President of the United States, was a terrible leader. He also had a longtime mistress, Carrie Fulton Phillips, whom he corresponded with in 100s of handwritten letters, some of them quite salacious. Yesterday, the New York Times published a number of these sexy-time correspondences, including ones in which the future President called his dick "Jerry." (As in: "Jerry came and will not go, says he loves you." ) Another famous Warren G has also talked about naked canoodling. Can you tell which famous Warren G said what?1. "It was a clear black night / A clear white moon"2. "I love your poise / Of perfect thighs / When they hold me / In paradise"3. "That bitch you was glancin on / If she leaves with me / No chance that / Her pants is on"  4.

  • Strand of Oaks, Tim Showalter, Shut In, Dead Oceans

    Hear Strand of Oaks' Hermetic Rock Catharsis 'Shut In'

    Strand of Oaks is the recording identity of Timothy Showalter, a Philadelphia-based singer-songwriter with the grooming of a lion. Last December, the native Hoosier signed with Dead Oceans for his fourth record, the intensely personal HEAL, and that Secretly Canadian Group label debut comes out June 24.HEAL's second single, "Shut In," available today on iTunes, is a glorious ode to the hope of recovery. "It's not a soft, gentle healing, it's like scream therapy," Showalter says regarding the record's thematic title in press materials. "I ripped out my subconscious, looked through it, and saw the worst parts. And that's how I got better." You can hear that catharsis in this triumphant roots-rock anthem, a self-examined purge that matches Springsteen's phrasing with the Replacements' wounded alt-rock existence.

  • Hallelujah the Hills

    Watch Hallelujah the Hills' Drunkenly Antic Video for 'Do You Have Romantic Courage?'

    Hallelujah the Hills are a criminally underappreciated indie-rock band from Boston, Massachusetts, who've been around, in one form or another, since 2005. Titus Andronicus frontman Patrick Stickles cited the band's last LP, the Kickstarter-aided No One Knows What Happens Next, as one of 2012's best unsigned records, but it might just take the enduring strength of their forthcoming full-length Have You Ever Done Something Evil? — uh, why do you ask?

  • Rashad Owens

    SXSW Crash Suspect Is Rashad Charjuan Owens, an Aspiring Musician

    Austin Police have identified the man who allegedly crashed into a crowd of pedestrians, killing two and injuring nearly two dozen others, early Thursday morning downtown during the SXSW music festival and conference. Sources report that he is, in fact, a performer who was booked to perform at a venue nearby.Rashad Charjuan Owens, a 21-year-old from Killeen, Texas, was arrested after trying to flee the scene on foot. He had initially been stopped at a DWI checkpoint, then in an attempt to evade police, plowed into pedestrians occupying a closed-off street. He faces two counts of capital murder and 23 counts of aggravated assault with a motor vehicle. Formal charges are still pending, Austin Police Department said in a statement.If convicted, Owens could face the death penalty. The victims names have been released.The San Antonio Express-News reports that Owens has a criminal record.

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