The Week In Music: Where's The Kobe Bryant We Used To Know?
Los Angeles Lakers fans aren't used to losing, so it's not surprising, given the team's elimination in the second round of the NBA playoffs this year, that the Lakers that we used to know are lamented in a new video. Or, more specifically, the Kobe Bryant that we used to know. Kobye — the team of Dan Rib and Ken Belcher — have parodied the smash Gotye hit "Somebody That I Used To Know" to pretty much pin the Lakers' demise on their biggest star. "You didn't have to hog the ball," they sing, "You're triple teamed so kick it out to either Blake or Sessions/I know they don't shoot so well/but you're really not the Kobe that we used to know." If No. 24 has anything to say about it, it seems he's not going down without a fight. "I'm not fading into the shadows … I'm not going anywhere," said a stubborn Bryant after the Lakers' elimination loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. As the dust settles on another disappointing season, Laker Nation seems to be siding with Kobye. "Give this song thumbs UP the white boy speeks the TRUTH," offered one astute YouTube commenter.
Here's a good tale from the crypt. The vault in which Elvis Presley was first laid to rest before being moved to the grounds of Graceland will be auctioned off during Julien's Auctions Sports Legends and Music Icons sale from June 23–24. It's unclear whether the living will reap any benefits from the purchased lot as it includes the crypt itself, opening and closing of the vault for burial, memorial inscription, and use of a small chapel for a memorial service. If you're not into crypthouse rock, you can also bid on a ripped "Hell" T-shirt worn by the Rolling Stones' Keith Richards; a robe the late Amy Winehouse used in her video for "Rehab"; as well as other clothing worn by David Bowie, Michael Jackson and John Lennon. With the exception of Bowie and Richards, this sounds like a dead man's party.
It seems Ween is being weaned. The alternative band that "Beavis And Butt-Head" loved to hate have called it quits after a more than 25-year run (pretty good, since Butt-Head predicted they had no future). The problem is that only one member of the duo seems to know it's over. Aaron Freeman (aka Gene Ween) told Rolling Stone the band was retiring, but Mickey Melchiondo (Dean Ween) took to his Facebook page to say "This is news to me." Hey, ask any mom: It's tough to wean kids.
Looking for that must-attend summer barbeque for your social calendar? Consider the GWAR-B-Q, a music festival on Aug. 18 in Richmond, Va., offering a "stinking hot, beer and beef-smeared metallic murderfest of unprecedented debauchery." The festival will feature finger-lickin' good performances by such heavyweight artists as the Casualties, Valient Thorr, Occultist, Lionize, and Highness, with GWAR serving as headliners. As if one needed more enticement, the 2012 GWAR-B-Q will mark the return of the Sexecutioner character to the GWAR stage for the first time in 12 years. "I can't tell you how ecstatic I am to once again be engaging in acts of necro-bestial delight with my old buddy, the Sexecutioner," said GWAR lead vocalist Oderus Urungus. Proving this is one metal event worth its bite, a portion of ticket proceeds will benefit Richmond's Ring Dog Rescue.
Here at TWIM we're as devastated as you over the breakup of DJ Afrojack and pop star heiress Paris Hilton. Well, we're devastated now, but we weren't even aware the two were an item, which apparently they weren't, sort of. As the story goes, the two hooked up while Afrojack was producing tracks for Hilton's upcoming album, and he even moved into her house. But according to a RadarOnline report, Afrojack was just looking for some fun, not exclusivity. A source says Hilton is also working with Flo Rida, David Guetta and LMFAO on the album, so even if she doesn't find love with one of them, with Afrojack gone, maybe party rock will be in her house tonight. Leave your condolences messages below.
Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To Know" featuring Kimbra is tops on the Billboard Hot 100 and Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" is No. 1 on the iTunes singles chart.
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