Die Antwoord Sign to Interscope Records

12 03 2010

from BoingBoing.net:

The South African rap-rave internet star known as The Ninja grabs my face by the cheeks. He leans forward and stares into my eyes, like a large savannah predator about to inhale a hamster.

“And that’s what I did to Jimmy Iovine,” he says. “He didn’t seem to like it, but nobody told me it wasn’t cool to do that. And then I kissed him on each cheek, because we were making a deal like you do with the mafia. Die Antwordis in business with Interscope now.”

“I’m not skinny like this by choice,” he says, huddled over the table in a Ren and Stimpy hoodie adorned with John Kricfalusi doodles. “We had no money forever. Now, we’re flying business class to America, and look at me, I’m eating berries and granola in Hollywood.”

Ninja is in LA for the first time, joined by his creative partner Yolandi Visser (who’s sleeping in this morning, upstairs in the hotel), and their “consigliere” Jay.

“When we did the big meeting with Interscope, Jimmy Iovine was telling me all about how badly their business has been harmed by the internet,” Ninja says, sipping black coffee. ” I can understand that but I said, ‘Jimmy, I want to give you a piece of samurai advice: Become the enemy.”

The band’s forthcoming debut album $O$, streaming in entirety on their website for free, is the first of 5 albums they plan to release. A sort of documentary film is in the works, too. “It’s like an hour-long introduction to a music video, like Thriller, only you can eat popcorn while you watch it at the cinema,” he says.

After breakfast, they’re off to meet one of their creative heroes, the director and curator of high weirdness David Lynch.

“I used to smoke a lot of weed,” Ninja says. “Then I got my hands on a David Lynch Twin Peaks box set, and I watched the whole thing in one sitting, and it blew my mind. Special Agent Dale Cooper said something about pot being bad for you, and that convinced me that maybe I shouldn’t smoke pot anymore. All of this now might be a little harder to take if I were.”

“This the only thing I can do, I can’t do anything else,” Ninja continues. “It is what I love, and all I have ever wanted to do in my life. Now that all of this—” he gestures toward Hollywood boulevard, as a truck carrying leftover Academy Awards props cruises by”—now that this is happening to us, it’s overwhelming because you also realize that it could disappear right away. ”

“I don’t know what that’s going to mean. But for now, I just know that we have a film to make, and albums to record, and shows to play.”

“It’s not bad.”

The only thing i have to say is: PLEASE INTERSCOPE….PLEASE DON’T FUCK THIS UP!

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Chad Ochocinco Gets His Own Reality Show: “The Tournament”

11 03 2010

From The Hollywood Reporter:

VH1 is teaming with Chad Ochocinco for a dating reality show.

The Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver will appear in a show that applies a sports bracket-style system to a dating show. In “The Tournament,” Ochocinco will travel the U.S. meeting potential dates, then will narrow down the group to four women representing the Northern, Western, Southern and Central part of the country. The 16 chosen will then compete in a “tournament-style dating competition.”

“Chad Ochocinco’s bigger-than-life personality on and off the field and his notorious skills as a social networker, connecting daily with his fans, makes him a perfect fit for VH1,” said Jeff Olde, executive vp of programming, VH1. “This show will not only give viewers a look inside his professional life, but also reveal his softer more romantic side when playing a very different kind of game.”

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Breaking News: Woman Sees Big Cat; Uses Hands for Visual Representation…

11 03 2010

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School Bus Driver Gets DUI While Driving a Full Busload of Kids

10 03 2010

WTF! As if just getting a DUI wasn’t bad enough, she blew a .226, thats nearly 3 times the legal limit!! What a fucking cunt. Here’s some more from the report at DailyHerald.com:

About 50 children from Lion’s Park Elementary School in Mount Prospect were aboard the bus, Mount Prospect police said.

Betty Burden, 54, was arrested around 3:45 p.m. She was charged with aggravated DUI of alcohol, authorities said. She appeared in court Wednesday morning in Rolling Meadows and Judge Kay Hanlon gave her a $10,000 bond.

Burden, who first started working for District 57 in 1991, registered a .230 blood-alcohol concentration level at the scene after police stopped the bus, prosecutors said.

One of Burden’s co-workers smelled alcohol Tuesday afternoon on Burden’s breath and told the district’s director of transportation, prosecutors said. The director noticed Burden appeared sleepy around 2:30 p.m. and followed the bus, police added. He then called police who stopped bus No. 11 and smelled alcohol on Burden’s breath while noticing she had bloodshot, watery eyes, authorities said.

OK, seriously?! One of her co-workers smelled alcohol on her breat and the director of transportation didn’t stop her from picking up a bus load of kids??? Instead they just followed the bus to see if she could drive it ok? What the fucking fuck. FUCK!





Lil Wayne to Begin Serving 1 Year Jail Sentence Immediately

8 03 2010

From Huffington Post:

NEW YORK — Lil Wayne was sentenced Monday to a year in jail in New York City for having a loaded gun on his tour bus in 2007, then was taken away in handcuffs to begin his term immediately.

The Grammy Award-winning rapper, born Dwayne Carter, was sentenced in Manhattan after pleading guilty in October to attempted criminal possession of a weapon. He admitted having the loaded .40-caliber semiautomatic gun on his tour bus.

Facing jail with his career in full throttle, Lil Wayne has prepared with a burst of work and farewell shows and videos for fans. He said in a video clip sent last week to MTV News that he shot footage for seven music videos with various artists in one night over the weekend.

He told Rolling Stone for a story last month that he planned to keep working while behind bars.

“I’ll be still rapping in there, have a gang of raps ready when I come back home,” he said.

With good behavior, he could be released in about eight months.

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On-Air Newsroom Fight

5 03 2010

hahaha awesome. happy friday everyone.

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Valve Announces Portal 2!

5 03 2010

From SteamPowered.com:

Valve, creators of best-selling game franchises (such as Left 4 Dead, Counter-Strike and Half-Life) and leading technologies (such as Steam and Source), today announced Portal 2 for shipment this coming holiday season.

Portal 2 is the sequel to 2007’s Portal, which won 70 industry achievement awards.

I’m obviously pretty stoked for this sequel since the first one is definitely one of my favorite games of all time; I’m actually replaying through it right now. Can’t wait to play these new maps, it just sucks that we have to wait until november.

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Shots Fired Outside Pentagon, 3 People Hospitalized

4 03 2010

From WTOP.com

WASHINGTON – A Metrorail stop on the Yellow Line has closed after a shooting Thursday evening.The Pentagon Metro station has been closed due to a shooting outside the station. Trains are no longer stopping at the station.

Arlington Country Fire and Rescue says three people have been transported to a local hospital. There has been no word on their condition.

Metro is in the process of coordinating shuttle buses around the station.

Update from CNN.com:

Two officers are believed to have been shot Thursday outside the Pentagon Metro station, a public affairs officer for the Pentagon Force Protection Agency said.”We believe we have one person in custody,” said Chris Layman.

The Pentagon Force Protection Agency is the Pentagon’s police department.

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My Chemical Romance and Bob Bryar have parted ways.

3 03 2010

From their official website:

Hello Friends,

Recently it seems as though every time we write to you guys we have bad news, and we apologize for that, but we’ve learned in life you can’t have the sweet without the sour. As a band we have been very fortunate over the years that our sweet times have greatly outweighed the sour ones, and a great deal of that is owed to you, the fans. Which is why we wanted this news to come from us and not some bullshit gossip site.

As of 4 weeks ago, My Chemical Romance and Bob Bryar parted ways. This was a painful decision for all of us to make and was not taken lightly. We wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors and expect you all to do the same.

We also wanted to give you all a quick heads up on how the record is progressing. We have been writing some very powerful new songs so this week the four of us entered the studio once again, and what has been ending up on tape each night is some of the most exciting and honest work we have ever created.

We hope this letter finds you well, we miss you…
talk to you soon,
xo MCR

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CONFIRMED: Neill Blomkamp to Direct ‘Die Antwoord’ Music Video

3 03 2010

In the interview I posted with them yesterday you can see that Ninja pretty much admits it straight up; but now they have confirmed it via the band’s twitter & facebook accounts….Oscar Nominated Director Neill Blomkamp (district 9) will be making the next Die Antwoord music video!

Obviously the video is going to be insane…i just hope they make it quick cause i want to see it NOW!





Conan O’Brien to do World Tour?

1 03 2010

From The NewYorkTimes:

With his separation deal from NBC preventing Mr. O’Brien from appearing anywhere on television until after Sept. 1, the comedian’s representatives have for several weeks been formulating a plan to get him back in front of the public in a show that would have some elements of his television work combined with new stage elements.

After exploring the degree of interest with some locations, Mr. O’Brien’s team has received “enormous interest from all over,” said one of his representatives, who asked not to be identified because the plans are not yet ready to announce. “We’ve heard from the U.K., Scandinavia, Australia, Toronto, everywhere; it’s been incredible.”

They are saying that no dates are finalized yet, but that he will be performing in sizable venues. I’ll update with tour dates as soon as they are released.

(via @jesslynplague)





Archaeologists uncover 140-Year-Old Hot Dog in Coney Island

25 02 2010

See, this is the type of shit i figured that people would be doing thousands of years in the future. We see news reports all the time where they have uncovered something crazy in egypt, but there is only so much to find before we start looking at our own ancient trash as if belongs in a museum.

First off, what the hell are archaeologists doing fucking around in the basement of a hot dog factory in NYC, i would assume there would be better locations to uncover items of cultural significance….but i guess as far as Coney Island is concerned, this is pretty significant.

The best part of the video for me is the “man on the street” interviews…a whole lot of “Oh damn, they found a hot dog that old? shiiiiiiit”





Shamu kills trainer at SeaWorld in Florida

24 02 2010

Now this doesn’t make sense at all…..a ‘Killer Whale’ killing something? My mind can barely grasp on to that concept.

From CNN:

A killer whale killed a trainer Wednesday afternoon at SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida, a spokesman for the Orange County Fire Department said.

The spokesman, John Mulhall, said the trainer was pronounced dead at the scene.

The incident did not occur during a performance, said a spokeswoman for SeaWorld, who added that more information was to be released soon.

Next time you wanna take a beast that is so good at killing shit that they fucking name it after its favorite pasttime, put it in a tank, and make it do tricks for fish….just expect something to go wrong at some point.

update: AP Video added

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Juggalo News is Hilarious and Awesome

22 02 2010

Just came upon this video for ‘Juggalo News’ and was going to skip right by it but for whatever reason i was intrigued. I’m glad i checked it out cause this shit is comedy gold!!

suprised? impressed? trying to catch my breath from laughter? ALL OF THE ABOVE.

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Don’t ever slap this cop’s glasses off his face

18 02 2010

The Woman in this video is a school teacher and was apparently getting investigated for abusing her students, which makes sense since shes so used to dishing it out that she backhands a police officer in the face.

To be honest, she got off kind of easy considering she slapped a cop; if she had done that in the US she probably would have gotten tazed and then beaten. USA! USA!

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