POINTS OF REFERENCE is a music news blog for people with actual lives and/or short attention spans: a weekly selection of topical, pop music talking points fit for bars and break rooms. It’s divided into three sections: NEWS (duh), ALBUM RELEASES (once more with feeling), and STUFF AND THINGS (random, music-related crap from the internet). So, I’m all finished up here. Scroll down, won’t you?
- Curtis Jackson, aka Spaghetti Arm.
- Apple acquired Beats By Dre which means celebratory awkward photograph!
- Former Journey singer Steve Perry performed with Eels. In related news, Jody Rosen wrote this essay: “In Defense of Schlock Music: Why Journey, Billy Joel, and Lionel Richie Are Better Than You Think.” Your dad feels totally vindicated.
- Exene Cervenka lost control of her intrinsic muscles or something.
- The remaining members of GWAR plan to open a bar in Richmond, Virginia. The band’s lead singer David Brockie died in March.
- Jack White won music journalism this week.
ALBUM RELEASES, JUNE 3:
50 Cent, “Animal Ambition” (Caroline). Listen.
Bob Mould, “Beauty & Ruin” (Merge). Listen.
Buzz Osborne, “This Machine Kills Artists” (Ipecac).
F***** Up, “Glass Boys” (Matador). Listen.
Miranda Lambert, “Platinum” (RCA Nashville).
Parquet Courts, “Sunbathing Animal” (Mom + Pop). Listen.
STUFF & THINGS:
- A.V. Club scribe Kenneth Partridge published on essay on “La Bamba (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)” (Warner Bros.).
- Beyonce-Godzilla mashup.
- Consequence of Sound found “the 25 Worst Band T-Shirts.” NSFW.
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