Meghan Trainor Talks 'All About That Bass,' In Illustrated Form

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Jena Ardell

"All About That Bass", Meghan Trainor's pop song about self-acceptance, shook-off Taylor Swift's single from its coveted position on Billboard's Hot 100 and is currently No. 1 in the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Trainor's rapid success is quite a feat, considering her first commercial album doesn't have a release date yet.

Youtube is already saturated with covers of Trainor's booty-pop single. The hit is actually a demo Trainor was told "re-produce, make it more pop, there's no Auto Tune" by record labels until her current label Epic heard it, liked it, and simply mastered the demo.

Trainor, a 20-year-old songwriter from Nantucket, has been writing songs for national and international acts since she was in high school. She currently resides in Nashville with her cat. Here's what the singer-songwriter had to say about the success "All About That Bass".

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Los Lobos Play Observatory This Saturday; Don't Forget They Started in OC!

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Gustavo note: Back in 2008, I interviewed Louie Perez of Los Lobos for a gig he was doing alongside fellow wolf David Hidalgo. We struck up a friendship since then that mostly consists of me taking him to hole-in-the-wall restaurants in OC, given he's a big foodie and has lived in OC now for almost 20 years.

Louie proved such a great quote-maker that I had a bunch of leftover quotes that didn't make it into the story. So here they are, for your perusal, as Los Lobos prepare to storm the Observatory this Saturday alongside X, Buzzcocks, the Blasters and more at the Bang Festival. Enjoy!

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Eddie Van Halen Contemplates Fame, In Illustrated Form

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Jena Ardell

Van Halen fans are hoping for a follow-up from the band whose last record, A Different Kind of Truth, was released two years ago.

"I'm writing. I write lyrics routinely," David Lee Roth told Jim Florentine from "That Metal Show" in 2013. "And the band plays together routinely, at least three times a week. They're up at Ed's place, routinely. I was up at Edward's house, maybe three days ago--just before I came here to the city--and we're starting to put music together. Not to give away exactly what the package will be. It's gonna be about 18 months, I think."

Ex-bandmembers routinely dish out details about the band's turbulent past in the media. Mick Jones told tensions were so high during the recording of 5150 that sound engineer Donn Landee "locked himself in the studio for a day and threatened to burn the tapes."

We imagine the drama within the group has subsided now that Eddie has both his brother, Alex, and son, Wolfgang, in the lineup. Hopefully Roth will stick around this time.

While fans eagerly await the band's (estimated 2015) return, they can rock out with the new EVH Stripe Series "Circles" guitar, made famous by Van Halen's 1981 "Unchained" music video. Here's what Eddie had to say about fame and his love for music.

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Skrillex Defends His Music, In Illustrated Form

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Jena Ardell

Burning Man attendees had their dusty panties in a bunch this week when Diplo and Skrillex stepped in to replace Seth Troxler at the Robot Heart camp toward the end of Troxler's set. Diplo dropped "Turn Down for What"--as a 'joke'--and reportedly, not everyone was happy about it.

"We've heard that there were a small amount of boos," reports. "But Diplo did not get booed off the stage."

According to Diplo, he and pal Shrillex were not booed. Here's a portion of the statement Diplo posted on twitter, along with our favorite responses to the debacle from

"Everyone on stage had a fun moment when we played a few tunes as we were Just killing time while the next dj was setting up.. We weren't kicked off or booed .. Jus wrapped our set up with an inside joke ... And of all the stories to come out after an amazing week... This is pretty tabloidish that's not what burningman is about.. Everything we did there was good fun and all the people that attended knows it.."


Feel free to chime in if you were present during this heavily reported BM faux pas.

In other news, Skrillex has a 27-date U.S. tour lined up this fall. Also, he and Diplo are working on new project dubbed 'Jack U.'

"It's just a lot of fun for [Diplo] and I to get in the studio and make jokes and just really try to come up with the most annoying sounds ever," Shrillex told "What we try to do is make the stupidest thing ever and make it actually work--that's our only thing."

For a good laugh, revist "7 grandparents reacting to Skrillex," a video compilation via

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Ridiculous Kanye West-isms, In Illustrated Form

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Jena Ardell
Kanye West and Paul McCartney are rumored to be collaborating, according to New York Post's Page Six. What's more surprising is one song's tentative title: "Piss On Your Grave."

"West's wife Kim Kardashian has been heard telling friends she was a little surprised they chose such a provocative name," reports

Hip-hop producer Statik Selektah recently revealed that part of the inspiration behind his new jazz-infused album, What Goes Around, was defying a criticism from West. "Kanye sat there and listened for like 10 seconds and he pressed stop," Selektah told MTV News. "and he was like: 'It's cool, but jazz is dead'." Selektah thought West's comment was "crazy" and moved forward with the project.

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OK Go Talks About Creativity, In Illustrated Form

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OK Go does not take music videos lightly. The band is known for their colorful productions involving elaborate sets, stop motion, kaleidoscopic camera angles, strategic choreography, extreme nerdery, and--of course--treadmills.

The band turns every production into a viral video and they've really outdone themselves with their new video, "The Writing's On the Wall." The mind-bending music video (below) brings "some pleasure in your eyes" during a seamless, psychedelic journey.

The band also launched an step-by-step interactive website to show fans behind-the-scenes footage of how the video was created. So. Freaking. Cool.

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Life Lessons From Dr. John, In Illustrated Form

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Jena Ardell

With six Grammys and more than 30 studio albums under his belt, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Mac Rebennack (AKA: Dr. John) is a piece of N'awlins history.

"After I signed with Atlantic in '67, I created my Dr. John persona based on an old New Orleans spiritual leader," Rebennack recently told The Wall Street Journal. "I added the 'Night Tripper' to the name because I had always stayed up all night."

Rebennack's past wasn't always grooves and gumbo: Rebennack served two years in prison, after a decades-long battle with heroin and criminal activity that led to his arrest. He has been clean and sober for 25 years.

In 2012, Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys, approached Rebennack to record an album (Locked Down). Rebennack called the collaboration "a real group manoeuvre", which left him "feel[ing] good about the music".

Rebennack is back on tour after he "wuz bitten by a flu bug" earlier this month, which forced him to cancel a handful of shows. (Thank goodness it wasn't Ebola). He will be performing at UCLA December 6. Ske-Dat-De-Dat, Rebennack's upcoming album, drops August 19.

Here are a few life lessons from the Boogie Woogie Badass from the Bayou:

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Life According To Nicki Minaj, In Illustrated Form

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Jena Ardell
Nicki Minaj is throwing in the towel, errr, wig. She has decided the most shocking thing to do is: stop trying to be so shocking.

Minaj debuted the much-anticipated single "Anaconda" from her forthcoming album The Pink Print this week. One person who's not a fan: Lil Kim. The veteran rapper posted a photo on Instagram of her driver's license with Minaj's face superimposed over her own, with the words "Be careful what you wish for... #HardCoreMixtapeUpNext #TheQueenIsBack #QueenBee". Minaj's fans bombarded the photo's comment section with hateful jabs on par with words overheard during a prepubescent girl fight.

If you haven't already guessed, Minaj's "Anaconda" shamelessly samples the shit out of Sir Mix-A-Lot's "Baby Got Back." Minaj's verses allude to past sexual exploits and the outro hates on skinny chicks:

"Yeah! This one is for my bitches with a fat ass in the f---ing club
I said, where my fat ass big bitches in the club?
F--- the skinny bitches! F--- the skinny bitches in the club!
I wanna see all the big fat ass bitches in the muthaf---in' club
F--- you if you skinny bitches, what?! Kyuh."

Well, that's nice.

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Lana Del Rey Contemplates Happiness, In Illustrated Form

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Jena Ardell

Lana Del Rey debuted her music video for "Ultraviolence" on Noisey this week. The video features Del Rey as a makeshift bride and an ambiguous male whose fingers she sucks. Del Rey sucking on someone's finger didn't surprise us; what surprised us most was Del Rey eating an orange because orange is a happy color and this clashes with her troubled rebel soul, which we imagine is full of cigarette-colored tar and roses painted black. The vintage ambiance of the video echoes the pre-fame style of Del Rey's older music videos, which she shot and edited herself.

The songstress stirred the internet when she professed, "I wish I was dead already" in an interview with The Guardian in June. Here's what Little Miss Old Hollywood Sunshine had to say about her f-ed up life, critics, and what makes her happy.

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David Byrne Worries About Music's Future, In Illustrated Form

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If music is a form of art, are all musicians are artists? Short response: Not quite.

Some musicians have unarguably achieved higher forms of 'art' throughout their careers: David Byrne being the kingpin.

The former Talking Heads frontman dabbles in nearly every artistic genre: fine art, music, photography, writing (he contributes to The New York Times and The Guardian), theatre, film, and opera.

Bryne's artwork has been exhibited worldwide, and bike racks he's designed can be found around New York city.

It's obvious Byrne likes to surround himself with fellow creative geniuses: he had a four-year relationship with self portrait artist extraordinaire Cindy Sherman, and has collaborated with/spotlighted the lovable, eccentric musician Annie Clark, AKA: St. Vincent.

Since 2013, Byrne has been on a crusade against streaming music sites like Spotify and Pandora, who he feels are undermining artists by providing exposure, without providing worthwhile royalties.

Byrne hopes consumers will heed his warning to "stop for a moment and consider the effect these services and this technology will have, before 'selling off' all our cultural assets the way the big record companies did."

Here's what else Byrne had to say about the future of music consumption and the challenges artists face in the digital world.

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