Newsflash big guy, you've got less than the 12 days of Christmas before the big day is here and if you're someone who celebrates Hanukkah, then you've got even less time. If you haven't figured out what you're getting, don't worry. Take a deep breath and check out our gift guide. We've got something for pretty much everyone, separated into six different categories: DVDs, Videogames, gifts for the nerd, swag for those who need to stay fresh, gear for those outdoorsy types, and some sound products for the audiophile. Check it out after the jump.
Band names have always been oddballs: the Smashing Pumpkins, the Goo Goo Dolls, Bush. It’s not like we expected this to change — for Korn to suddenly spell their name with a “C” and start promoting the second tier of the food pyramid. I almost think that having a good band name is more important than having a good band (but that's why I'm not a musician). Time has proven that the weird names prevail, and we’ve got proof. Here’s a list of some of the weirdest, most out there band names we’ve come across.
Chiddy Bang's "Ray Charles" won top honors in our last SOTW poll, beating out Chris Brown's "All Back". Beating might not be the best choice of words when "Chris Brown" is in the same sentence. Anyway, this week's nominations include jams from Avicii, Flo Rida, Wilco, Bon Iver, and The Band Perry. What? Country? We know, it's scary. Check out which tracks made the cut then vote for your favorite after the jump-off.
I didn't watch the American Country Awards last night, but apparently I missed some serious cleavage from Kristin Chenoweth. The award-winning actress / singer gave reigning country music queen Carrie Underwood a run for her money. But, the real discovery here is Danelle Leverett, member of The Jane Dear Girls. She looks like a cross between Amber Heard and Denise Richards. Check out pics from the red carpet after the jump.
When I look at the Who's Who of people making it famous as rappers, I see dudes like Lil Wayne, Drake, and Childish Gambino. Yawn. Those guys aren't even rapping, they're just talking to a beat. When I see this kid, though and I'm actually amazed because he has actual flow. This two-year is on a whole other level than you guys, that's why you can't understand him. Check out the real Lil Lil after the jump!
If you're a rapper who likes to make it rain or addicted to the smell of baby wipes, dim lighting, and flowery-smelling lotions (i.e. me), you just can't enough of the strip club. A lot of dudes think it's just one big wallet-draining cock tease, but those of us with ingenuity know to wear silk or stain shorts without underwear when receiving a lap dance. Still, with the economy sucking dong, we long for the days when, as N.E.R.D. put it, "You can get this lap dance here for free". Well, now it's come true with RCRD LBL's Lap Dance playlist. Check it out then download all the tracks for free after the jump.
Calling all twinkle toes. Forget words, the power of the dance is the deepest form of expression. The way you sway, swoon, drop it like it’s hot or pop, lock and drop speaks volumes. And some moves should be avoided at all cost. In honor of Dumb Dances Day on November 29th, when you can shamelessly exercise your patriotic right to shake a leg, we've compiled a list of dumb dances to wholeheartedly embrace… just make sure you throw a few back beforehand.
If you're sick of listening to the play-by-play commentary during the NFL games or the sound of your aunt's voice is making your brain leak or your Friendsgiving could use a soundtrack, we've got just the (cranberry) jams for you! The rad crew at RCRDLBL has compiled two Thanksgiving-themed playlists for your jive turkey @ss - The Good and the Bad. No ugly, though - we've got plenty of that goin' on the TV. Baste your brains with thick beats after the jump.
Last week, we had a tie between And It Spread by The Avett Brothers and Drake's Crew Love. Just goes to show how diverse our listening palate's are at COED. In this week's edition of Al Jones' SOTW, we feature tracks from Janelle Monae, Wild Flag, Chris Brown, Chiddy Bang, and Blitzen Trapper. Take a listen then vote for your favorite after the jump!
According to The New York Times, Mac Miller, the 19-year-old Pittsburgh rapper, is the first artist to have an independently distributed debut album open in the top spot of Billboard Magazine in 16 years. In case you forgot, we're hosting a massive ticket giveaway to a bunch of his shows. Find out how to win 'em after the jump.
Thanksgiving is all about football, feasting, and family. But, if you're in the 18-34 age demo, this time of year is also your high school's homecoming. You'll usually rage your face off on Blackout Wednesday, gnaw on some hair of the dog at your high school's homecoming football game against your bitter rivals, stuff your grill that night, pass out, then marvel at all the @ssholes losing their minds on Black Friday while you prep your 'puter for Cyber Monday. To get you amped for the plethora of parties bound to go down this week, we've put together playlists comprised of the past decade's most popular songs by graduating class. Check out each class's suggested playlist after the jump.
Apparently, you guys "Love Lamp", the joint by Red, Gold, & Green because they crushed the competition in last week's SOTW poll. This week, we try to make you forget about Occupy Wall Street and Ped State with tracks from Drake, Mumford and Sons, David Byrne and the Dirty Projectors, The Avett Brothers, and the Good Husbands. Take a listen then vote for your favorite after the jump! Jump!
In today's world of electronic music, it's refreshing to know that not everyone is obsessed with making the next dubstep or Dutch house single. Some, like A-Trak, even still use *gasp* real turntables for their performances. In my opinion, this shows not only real talent, but also a dedication to the idea behind the DJ being a musician. As you can tell from his brand-new mix, the vinyl goes hand-in-hand with his funky fresh style of dance music. Don't worry, you don't need to be able to rock the tables yourself, A-Trak's uploaded his new mix for you to download. Check out his new mix from Fool's Gold Radio after the jump.
There’s three things a good pair of headphones better do: seal off the outside; have a dynamic range (i.e. make your stolen MP3s sound like crap); and fit well enough so that you can wear them for hours. Courtesy of good padding, custom paired titanium plated drivers, a 10Hz-20 kHz range and sensible adjustment methods, these Fanny Wang on-ear headphones do it all. If you're looking for a pair of headphones noticeably lacking a rapper's name on them, check these out after the jump!
Mac Miller's debut album, Blue Slide Park, dropped yesterday and is blowing up in a big way. We f--king love this guy and so do his 1.4 million Facebook fans and 1.1 million Twitter followers. To get the word out about his upcoming tour, we're giving away tickets to more than 25 of his upcoming concerts across the country. If you and a friend want to a chance to win, make sure you fill out our entry form after the jump.
Last night, country music's best gathered to celebrate the year's best artists at the CMAs. Personally, I'm not a fan of country music. I fully support the messages behind most songs - drink and screw - but I've never really 100% followed the scene. It's been argued that southern women are the hottest and overall best because of their ability to A) party and B) still look hot / not act psycho / remain classy while doing it. Well, color me surprised, because I didn't think Erin Andrews was a country music fan or from the south, but she dominated the red carpet at last night's ceremony. Check her out along with the other sexiest celebs in our gallery then vote for the one you think won the night after the jump.
Last week, Passion Pit's "Swimming in the Flood" bested the competition with more than 60% of the total vote. However, today, we're mourning the loss of Heavy D who died at the young age of 44. While we don't feature any of his music in this edition of Songs of the Week, we do shine the spotlight on tracks from REM, Red Gold & Green, Childish Gambino, The Black Keys, and Florence + the Machin. Take a listen then vote for your favorite after the jump.
This past Friday I got the chance to trek down to Atlantic City for the Childish Gambino concert. First of all, if you haven't listened to Gambino yet you have been missing out. He hasn't put out any physical releases yet, but his online mixtapes have been nothing short of awesome. His 2010 release Culdesac put him on the map and he hasn't slowed down since. 2011 saw him release E.P. and on November 15th his first full length album, Camp, will drop in stores and online. Needless to say I was real pumped to check out his show last weekend, and he did not disappoint. Check out pics and videos from the show after the jump.
Who's ready for a fresh new round of Songs of the Week? Last week, we saw T.I. watch the throne with Hova and 'Ye with his remix of "N****s In Paris." We need a new king though, so that's why we need you to vote! This week, we got tracks from Nicki Minaj, Tupac favorite Bruce Hornsby, James Morrison, Ghostface Killah, and Passion Pit. Check out which songs made the cut then vote for your favorite after the jump!
Midterms were a couple weeks ago. You either rocked the sh*t or sh*t the bed. With the holidays right around the corner, you've either taken your foot off the pedal and are coasting or you're freaking the f*ck out. We don't advise you do either of those things, so to get your mind right the rad party rockers at RCRD LBL have assembled this "Studying Sucks" playlist. From Moby declaring a "Study War" to Class Actress trying to "Keep You" focused to The Game taking a non-traditional kind of test, there is something for everyone here. So, plug in and silence the voices in your head with these concentracks (concentration + tracks) after the jump.
This week has been a real winner in terms of celebrity news. Just as Kim Kardashian becomes single and I think that the week can't get any better, child-star Justin Bieber is accused of knocking up Mariah Yeater. Haven't heard of her yet? Yeah, us neither. So instead of losing his V-card to Selena Gomez, Mariah would have us Beliebe that Justin chose her to share his special first moment back-stage in a bathroom. What makes this story even more incredible [i.e. hilarious] is that she claims he only lasted 30 seconds. Check out the brand-spankin' new photos of Justin's accuser [and new target of hate Tweets] after the jump.
The rad dudes and dudettes at RCRD LBL have come through again, this time supplying you with "Chillers" from Creep, Dawn Golden & Rosy Cross, Chairlift, The Field and "Thrillers" from Hussle Club, Atari Teenage Riot and... Britney Spears?!? Shave your heads, kiddies, because this spooktacular mixtape will have all the party people boo-ing in a good way. Let us know which is your favorite track in the comments. Many thanks to RCRD LBL for the downloads! Click the link to check it out.
We're about to enter the fourth quarter for music and should be seeing a lot new releases coming out soon. Coldplay, Drake, Florence + the Machine, and Rihanna are all releasing some new cuts, some of which have been included on a very hot Songs of the Week. Last week, Pretty Lights really got it going with their song "Finally Moving". This week, we feature songs by Rihanna, Phantogram, Coldplay, Kanye, Hova, TI, and Metric. Check out which ones made the cut then vote for your favorite after the jump! Get involved. Every vote counts.
Jukeboxes are a wonderful thing - they give patrons the opportunity to choose the music they want to hear on any given evening at their local watering hole. Some people, however, use the jukebox more than others. After the jump, you fill find a look at the eight different people who
usedominate the jukebox on a regular basis. You may know some of these people, and if you don’t, congratulations, you are probably one of them.
The CMJ ("College Music Journal") Music Marathon is an annual event where selected bands and artists play at various clubs throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn. This year's edition started yesterday, October 18th, and runs through 10/22. We thought we'd give you a preview (for those in the area) or a taste of what you're missing with this CMJ 2011 Playlist provided by our brohams at RCRD LBL, that includes tracks from Teen Daze, Caveman, PUJOL, North Highlands, Trash Talk, Widowspeak, EMA, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Class Actress, Oneohtrix Point Never, Mr. Dream, Guards and Friends. Check it out after the jump. Then crank that sh*t up to 99%!
So you walk into the party and right from the get-go you realize that the tunes playing are total crap. You've got better stuff on your smartphone, but there's no way you’re going to search for an audio cable to plug into the headphone jack or start messing with the guy’s stereo or some pair of powered speakers. That’s where the Kanex AirBlue comes in: first because it’s smaller than a hockey puck, but shaped like one and runs off rechargeable USB power, and second, because it’s got streaming Bluetooth-tech built in.
Last week, J. Cole's "Mr. Nice Watch" featuring Jay-Z CRUSHED the competition in our poll, snatching away 86% of the total vote. This week's edition features tracks from Radiohead, Tinie Tempah, One Republic, Maroon 5, and T-Pain - HOLLA ATCHA BOY! Check out the mega-gigawatts after the jump, son! (And don't forget to vote for your favorite joint in our poll at the bottom).
Empire of the Sun took control of your music world last week with their song "Walking on a Dream." This week's Songs of the Week features tracks from Radical Face, St. Vincent, Foster the People, J. Cole, and Mayer Hawthorne. Check out which joints made the cut and DON'T FORGET TO VOTE for your favorite after the jump!
In case you hadn't heard, Nirvana is having their 20th anniversary celebration of Nevermind. On top of getting the original cover baby back into the pool, footage from the band's 1991 show at the Paramount is on YouTube for a limited amount of time. Considering that there's no band right now that can even hold a candle to these guys, you're definitely going to want to relive the greatness in all of its free glory after the jump.
EMI Music is releasing "Why Pink Floyd?", a comprehensive smorgasbord of unreleased music from the archives, collectors’ box sets and complete studio recordings remastered. To celebrate we're giving away two (2) Dark Side of the Moon 2-CD sets (which contain a digitally remastered version by James Guthrie and a previously unreleased live performance at Wembley Stadium in 1974), two (2) Why Pink Floyd? posters & two (2) Why Pink Floyd? t-shirts. Find out how to enter after the jump.
COED was able to catch up with Sebastian [no longer SebastiAn] at Electric Zoo a few weeks ago. After seeing his DJ set, packed with his awesome sound and tracks from his new album Total, I was more than a little surprised. As he was rocking one of the better sets that weekend, he simultaneously showed some pretty depressing footage from films and the news. I wanted to learn more about how he came up with the idea of getting a bunch of ravers to cut the rug to war footage and dictatorial threats. Check out our exclusive interview with the French legend after the jump!
Last week, Beyonce's "Love on Top" topped Florence + The Machine's Hurricane and The Game's Nation. This week's edition of SOTW features tracks from artists who played this year’s Austin City Limits (ACL) festival - Coldplay, Empire of the Sun, Cults, Fitz and the Tantrums, and Young the Giant. Take a listen then vote for your favorite in our poll after the jump.
Olivia Wilde's favorite Seattle soul-folk songsters Motopony are playing The Mercury in NYC tonight. To celebrate this joyous occasion we're giving away an autographed copy of their self-titled debut album on vinyl to one lucky user. The band's been gaining some serious buzz in recent months. In addition to being named "Buzzworthy" by MTV, the band's song “King of Diamonds” is #14 on Amazon's “Best Songs of the Year So Far." Find out how to enter and check out their music video after the jump.
Lady Gaga stole the show last week away from Little Dragon with her song "You and I." This week's Songs of the Week feature tracks from Florence + the Machine, the Game, David Guetta, Beyonce, and Mark Ronson. Check out which songs made the cut, then vote for your favorite after the jump!
Bad Meets Evil burned up the competition with "Lighters" feat. Bruno Mars. This week's contenders are Drake, Bombay Bicycle Club, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Lady Gaga, and Little Dragon. Check out which joints made the list, then vote on your favorite after the jump.