The ethereal, experimental sounds of prog-rock band the Mars Volta are no more. Loyal fans are awakening to the depressing news after vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zavala aired out all his frustrations on Twitter last night.
"I can't sit here and pretend any more. I no longer am a member of Mars Volta," he tweeted. Sorry folks, it doesn't really get any more directly to the point than that.
Bixler-Zavala and guitarist Omar Rodríguez-López were key cornerstones of the band with other musicians coming in and out as revolving members. But it was Rodríguez-López's own musical departure from the Mars Volta that caused the irreconcilable tension.
Seems like everyone is trying to cash in on the alleged Mayan Apocalypse, so we thought we'd join them. Here are some mildly amusing doomsday tweets from the rich and famous for you to read before blasting REM's "It's The End Of The World As We Know It" on your way to an Apocalypse party tonight. Remember to drink responsibly and never trust a Mayan.
It was a sad day for music fans and weirdos alike as Aaron Freeman, better known as "Gene Ween," announced that his beloved duo Ween were calling it quits. Freeman told Rolling Stone yesterday that he's retiring the character, something that was news to bandmate Mickey Melchiondo (Dean Ween) with whom he formed the band 28 years ago in an eighth grade typing class.
Putting out well-received studio albums since 1990's GodWeenSatan: The Oneness and performing as recently as last New Year's Eve in Denver, their legacy consists of both an eclectic discography and devoted fanbase rivaled by few. If you're late to the Ween party, here's five reasons you should be upset at their end.
5) No More Signature Ween Humor
"Push Th' Little Daisies" (1992)
While Dean and Gene were celebrated multi-instrumentalists, the duo's music is probably best known for their quirky, sometimes disturbing, sense of humor. If your funny bone fits in their Frankenstein, you'll frequently laugh while trying to decern their each song's possibly dark meaning.
Creme Tangerine Records in Costa Mesa suffered a second break-in in two months on March 5. The most recent robbery involved two men who broke into the vintage trailer-turned-record store at the LAB Anti Mall in front Urban Outfitters, as well as another shop, according to Creme Tangerine Records' Facebook. They did not report what was stolen or damaged.
Creme Tangerine Records released two images from a nearby surveillance camera showing two men who appear to be wearing sunglasses and hats, walking away from the record store at 3:45 a.m. on March 5.
Cruz will continue on with his EBS Muzik hustle including an upcoming tribute video/song for Guru. HecVortex is forging ahead on a planned event Our Stories: Hip Hop in the 21st Century featuring performances, dialogue and screenings in SanTana later this month.
[UPDATE: 1/12/2010 2:50 PM] Sergent Phil Meyers, Costa Mesa Police Department's Public Information Officer, told the Weekly no burglaries have been reported at the LAB this month.
Creme Tangerine, one of Orange County's quirkier (if not the quirkiest) record stores, was broken into on Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning, sometime after it closed. The thieves stole all of the cash and broke a window and a turntable. It is not yet clear if any records were stolen, but the perpetrators did not take a MacBook that was left out.
Sesame Street announced that a new, "poverty-stricken Muppet" will talk about hunger struggles on Sesame Street. Named Muppet Lily, her family deals with "food insecurity," and will part of a prime-time special with country singer Brad Paisley and his wife Kimberly Williams Paisley called "Growing Hope Against Hunger," to air Oct 9.
She's supposed to bring awareness to the ongoing hunger struggles that families face in the United States. As the Paisleys said in the statement, "Food insecurity is a growing and difficult issue for adults to discuss, much less children."
The Oct. 9 show will show kids telling personal stories of their families
struggling with hunger, and will also show how some families deal with it, including food drives and
What was once (and still could be, who the hell knows)
There some people who are blinded by love, then there others who are addicted to it--sadly Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez are each of these things, respectively.
Some were surprised when the pair announced their separation less than a week ago, mostly because the two were seen on just about every channel promoting their various endeavors from American Idol, to Gucci ads, and new dance tracks, all helmed by J.Lo.
However, they both are working on a new reality show called Q'Viva!, an American Idol-like show with a Latino spin, of course, and have vowed to continue to proceed with through their separation. Awkward!
So as we bid-adios to one of our favorite power couples (we wouldn't put it past them to pull this off as a publicity stunt, perhaps reconcile during their show launch), we sincerely ask Marc Anthony, how could you have missed the signs? (Yes, we are thinking this is all Lopez' doing considering her track record).
Missy Elliott reveals she's had Graves' disease--an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid--since 2008.
Elliott told People Magazine that the symptoms came suddenly:
"I was [driving and] trying to put my foot on the brake, but my leg was jumping. I couldn't keep the brake down and almost crashed," Elliott said. "I couldn't write because my nervous system was so bad -- I couldn't even use a pen."More »