Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart compare prison time make mashed potatoes

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snoop_dogg_martha_stewart.jpgMy favourite bits?
“Yo, where do I put it at?”
“Yabba dabba do!”
“This smell gooood, what is this again?”
“You using white pepper? Step yo’ game up!”
“I wanna taste yours. I don’t trust mine.”
Check it out over the page.

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Alex Zane: "Scouting For Girls are starting to grate a little bit"

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Orange unsignedAct continues to crush bands’ dreams for our entertainment every weekend, bless its little heart. I spoke to Alex Zane about the show, Burt Reynolds and his approach to to playing Scouting For Girls records.

Hello Alex Zane. In this day and age, do bands really need reality TV exposure and a record deal to be successful?

Well, TV is just a different medium for bands to exploit. Bands like Arctic Monkeys used MySpace to launch their careers, and with MySpace you can be presented with a band as you lie in bed hungover on a Sunday morning. Orange unsignedAct does that as well at the moment.

What acts are you a fan of on Orange UnsignedAct ? I quite like Glass Shark, we’ve played them on the office stereo recently.

Glass Shark are really nice guys and I thought their song was fantastic. They’re out of the competition now though – they had other stuff bubbling under already for them, and acts on the show have to remain completely unsigned. They chose that option rather than to continue with the TV show.
There’s a great guy called Tommy Riley, from Glasgow. He’s a singer-songwriter with a passion onstage you don’t tend to see much nowadays. He’s only about twenty years old but he swallows all the atmosphere in a room and spits it back out. I love Hip Parade as well, they’re a really good rock n’ roll band.
Jolly good. Now, Orange is clearly the best mobile phone network in the galaxy.
I’ve heard that too.

If you were to enjoy an Orange Wednesday, who would it be with and what film would you go to see?

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Linkin Park to soundtrack CSI character's "emotional journey"

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Chester_Bennington_LP.JPGI had an emotional journey this morning. I’d forgotten to take the mince out of the freezer before I left the flat, and it was playing on my mind something terrible on the train the whole way. Thankfully a quick text to my flatmate got that sorted. Highs and bloody lows.
Anyway, that Gil Grissom off CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, he knows all about emotional journeys. You would, wouldn’t you, if you spent your time dicking around with corpses? How did they die? Was it gory? Will a reconstruction of their murder look wicked in High Definition?
In fact Grissom’s emotional journeys are so flipping intense that they are going to be scored by the new single from mildly irked rock boys Linkin Park.

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Sia lights up Later With Jools Holland

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sia_on_later.jpgIf there’s one thing I know about the current poplear music landscape, it’s that there aren’t quite enough unhinged lunatics out there. I don’t mean the kind of pop star who goes out of an evening, gets off their face on naughtyvits and punches a photographer. I mean genuinely eccentric, endlessly creative, risk-taking mavericks.
I think that Sia is up there with the best of them in the modern age. She writes very good songs, she has a very good voice and she doesn’t mind looking like a proper headcase.
Did you see her on Later With Jools Holland last week? She was the one who, with her band, looked like Papa Lazarou as drawn by a child with fluorescent crayons.
I can’t believe this is the first time I’ve written about Sia, I’m an IDIOT.

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TV On The Radio perform "Dancing Choose" on Later with Jools Holland

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tv_on_the_radio_kyp_malone.jpgI’m not going to do any of that “blah blah everyone likes TV On The Radio nowadays I liked them before they were born, etc” nonsense. Because, to be honest, I have never liked TV On The Radio. I’ve always found them to have trouble incorporating the “tunes” part of music-making into their work.
Until, that is, their new album Dear Science. It is quite brilliant, and will almost certainly be near the top of many end-of-year lists. It’s an actual album that sounds great from start to finish. As – cringe – “a body of work”.
Their recent performance on Later with Jools Holland seems to have won them a lot of new fans, and if you haven’t checked out their new stuff you might want to remedy that by watching “Dancing Choose” after the jump.

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Lovebox 2008 coverage includes, er, Britain's first fruit fight. And Lethal Bizzle

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Weird, isn’t it, how channels get the rights to cover music festivals, but then choose to air them weeks after the fact and in the wee hours. On a weeknight. Is this because they can’t sell advertising around music festivals? I dunno.
The Lovebox London Weekender, Groove Armada’s very own festival (now there’s a way to guarantee headline status), took place the best part of a month back now. Featured artists included Goldfrapp, The Flaming Lips, Manu Chao, Lethal Bizzle, Young Knives and, of course, the Armada themselves.

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Orange unsignedAct set to crush thousands more dreams in 2008

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Orange unsignedAct, the competition with the curious approach to capitalisation, flung open its doors to unsigned acts last week – and has already been deluged with over 1,000 entries from bands keen to make their mark in the filthy, disgusting, soul-destroying music industry.
Supported by Sony Ericsson, Orange unsignedAct allows bands to upload their music to the contest’s website before the billions of hopefuls are whittled down to a mere fifty. These lucky souls will then sing and dance before a panel of judges, to feature barefoot seductress Jo Whiley, cheese enthusiast Alex James and The Man’s Simon Gavin. I think this is the bit where the TV coverage may begin, because it provides the best opportunity for ritual humiliation.

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Let's play Glastonbury Festival TV coverage bingo!

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jo-whiley.gifA growing part of the Glastonbury vibe these days is the BBC’s coverage, which spans an impressive number of channels – this year there will be coverage on BBC2, BBC3, BBC4 as well as Radio 1, Radio 2 and 6 Music.
With such familiarity comes a pretty predictable set of things to expect, however. Here is your non-cut-out-and-keep card to mark as and when they appear as you watch from your sofa/bed/prison cell. If you get them all, make sure you come back and leave a comment saying “HOUSE!”. Or “BOLLOCKS!”. Either’s good.

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ITV provide Isle Of Wight TV and online coverage

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iggy.gifIsle of Wight festival this weekend, folks (sponsored by BT, remember!). And amongst all the festivals littering the summer calendar, this one has some pretty extensive coverage for those not lucky enough to be attending.
ITV2 will be broadcasting from the festival on Friday, Saturday and Sunday night from 11pm to midnight, with a highlights show the following week on Thursday 19th at 11.40pm.
With a bill including Sex Pistols, Kaiser Chiefs, The Police, Iggy Pop, N.E.R.D and The Kooks, there should be plenty of decent footage to feast your eyes and ears on.

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The Ting Tings, Alphabeat and Duffy among acts added to T4 On The Beach

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alphabeat_10,000_nights.gifBlimey. Never mind Glastonbury – for pop kidz, Weston-Super-Mare on Sunday 20th July looks like the place to be this summer. T4 On The Beach, already playing host to Adele, Pigeon Detectives, Lightspeed Champion, Robyn, The Feeling and many more, has added yet more top acts to its bill.
Those acts are: Guillemots, Feeder, Duffy, Alphabeat and The Ting Tings. If you added up the highest chart placings of all those acts, you’d get… *gets out calculator*… about… *shakes calculator*… something like… *throws calculator out of window*… well, not a very high number. Which is good. As far, like, how successful they’ve been. You remember how charts work, yeah? The lower the number the better.

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