• 13 People You Met This Summer You Will Never See Again

    13 People You Met This Summer You Will Never See Again

    That corny Canadian rasta-brah of Magic! who would just not go away? Oh, he will. And so will these other 12 pop-cultural cartoons you thought you'd never escape.

  • 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.

  • Nerve Beats

    This Is What Hawaii Art-Punk Sounds Like

    Nerve Beats are an art-punk trio from Hawaii with situationist ideals and an avant sensibility. Three guys with extensive musical backgrounds, the Oahu-formed band fluctuate between lo-fi noise and experimental no-wave meditations. This past May, they released a cassingle tribute to the Bags’ Chicana feminist punk frontwoman (Song for Alice Bag). Next month, they’re putting out the vinyl seven-inch ART HISTORY 1& 2, which includes an instrumental reflection on the Hawaiian islands’ unification by Chief Kamehameha I and a series of songs inspired by 20th-century American painters. "Eyes In the Heat" is one of those latter tracks, a sturdy punk chug of college-radio excellence that takes its title from the 1946 Jackson Pollock work of the same name.Nerve Beats are currently on a "DIY-as-hell" tour of the mainland.

  • Q&A: David Yow on Cats

    Q&A: David Yow on Cats

    David Yow is not the first guy you’d expect to be emotionally invested in cats. As a live performer, the former Jesus Lizard antagonist has a well-founded reputation for crassly unsettling onstage antics, including wrapping his genitals around microphones (a move he nicknamed the "Tight & Shiny"), puking and then cleaning up the mess with his shirt, and bidding “Happy 9/11 day, everybody!” throughout a 2009 set that took place on that date. But the persona is not always the person, and the post-hardcore singer and actor is also a seriously intense cat lover who’s been drawing cats recreationally for the last 30 years.This week, Akashic Books releases a hardcover compilation of Yow’s cat-cartoon puns called Copycat: And a Litter of Other Cats. Tomorrow, the Scratch Acid veteran will be in Chicago with SPIN’s recent profile star, Lil BUB, where they’ll conduct Lil BUB’s Big Show live.

  • 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.

  • Memory Map: One of these men has a very famous cat.

    Stream Memory Map's Jigsaw-Indie Album 'The Sky As Well As Space' in Full

    Memory Map are a constellation of Bloomington, Indiana all-stars. Guitarist Matt Tobey has another life as folk-punk character and Kimya Dawson collaborator Matty Pop Chart, as well as a staple of pop-punk trio Good Luck. Singer/rhythm guitarist/de facto bassist Mike Dixon, who's since relocated from Indiana, used to be in pinched-nose spazz-core foursome Rapider than Horsepower. Steely-armed drummer Josh Morrow splits his time among anywhere from three to 10 trillion other Hoosier bands, including psych-surf trio Triptides, '70s burnouts Harpooner, and a side-project called the Sands, fronted by former Magnolia Electric Co. linchpin Jason Evans Groth.

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