You’re killing me, KROQ!

Around this time each year, LA’s most well-known rock station, KROQ, puts on a benefit concert that they call “Acoustic Christmas.” I’ve gone twice, including the great show last December.

There are two nights – here’s the lineup:

Night One: Foo Fighters, AFI, Incubus, My Chemical Romance, Fall Out Boy, Papa Roach, 30 Seconds to Mars, +44, Wolfmother, Saosin

Night Two: Foo Fighters, The Killers, Beck, The Raconteurs, Evanescence, Panic! At The Disco, Angles & Airwaves, Gnarls Barkley, Snow Patrol, She Wants Revenge

For me, Night Two is infinitely better than Night One, though I would like to catch Wolfmother eventually. Beck, the Ranconeurs, the Killers and Gnarls Barkley make the second night more than worthwhile.

So why is KROQ killing me? Usually, they send out an email to their “Street Team” announcing a presale which gives me a reasonable shot at landing tickets. This morning, they announced that this year tickets will go on sale (on TicketBastard) when they play “Everlong” by the Foo Fighters. Well, I guess that’s all well and good, but play the f’ng song already! I’ve been listening all day, heard more AFI and My Chemical Romance (and other Foo Fighters songs) than I would otherwise listen to in a lifetime, and I still haven’t heard “Everlong.” To make matters worse, the late afternoon DJ (“Stryker”) said that tickets could go on sale anytime…today or two days before the show (which is next weekend).

Now that the clock has struck 5 on the West Coast, I’m pretty sure they won’t play the song today. But as I type this, My Chemical Romance is playing (yet again) in the background.

Man, this is irritating.

Get to Know: Regina Spektor

Russian-born Regina Spektor makes quirky, piano-driven music for the hipster set. She scored a minor hit this year with “Fidelity” from Begin to Hope, her fourth full-length release, but her catalog features several great songs. Where possible, I included links to a live performance or the proper video for each song (hosted by YouTube). I also included links to iTunes and/or Amazon for convenient purchase. Let’s get to know Regina Spektor.

“Fidelity” – Begin to Hope

This song is insanely catchy, from the lovely melody to the creative chorus. It’s one of the few of her songs that doesn’t feature the piano, but it works nonetheless.
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Pissing away what little credibility they had in the first place…

…the Billboard Music Awards have announced this year’s hosts.

I don’t know about you, but I refuse to watch any award show whose hosts’ privates have not been exhaustively documented by multiple paparazzi. Because, you know, ya gotta have standards.

UPDATE: Britney has pulled out of the hosting commitment…which officially represents the first time she has made an intelligent decision with regard to breaking off an engagement.

I didn’t write this…

…but damned if this doesn’t sum up my feelings on Pitchfork.com perfectly.

Glad to know it’s not just me.

After receiving the billionth request, God complies with perv nation

Britney Spears, bottomless. (Most decidedly NSFW)

The Superficial comes through again, and thankfully (if there is indeed anything thankful to be had from this) Brit’s junk doesn’t look like it’s been through the wringer like those hideous shots of Lindsay Lohan from a while back. But be warned, fellow readers. Once you click this link, your life will be forever changed, and not necessarily for the better. (Prepare for delays in uploading. The site, as you can imagine, is getting pummelled with traffic.)

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