Platt a Plagiarist? I Think Not.

A new Youtube video, apparently recorded in 1996, has brought up the question of whether American Idol’s General Larry Platt ripped off the previously unknown Green Brothers with his song ‘Pants on the Ground’. I didn’t really find his Idol audition to be funny, but that’s beside the point. The question is, was this plagiarism? Here is that original video which was only posted on Youtube after Platt debuted his song.

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Polly Scattergood and UK Music

There’s something about the music that comes from the UK. Often the Americans who come across it cling to it and elevate it above where they might place it if it was American. I assume this is because foreign is sexy. I mean, you might be indie if you like listen to Saddle Creek Records, but if your musical selection is so elite you have to go overseas to find anything good, then you must really have discriminating tastes, right?

That being said I personally would rather listen to music out of the UK than most anything you’ll find on Top 40 American radio. (more…)

2009 Link Round-Up, Highlights and Lowlights

Well 2009 is coming to a close so I thought I’d compile some of my note-worthy internet finds of 2009. Not all originated in 2009, but most of the content and news did. Anything that didn’t, I discovered for myself in 2009.

2009 saw a pair of near tragic events in the air this year, neither of which ended with the loss of human life. First in January when a plane piloted by Captain Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger went into the Hudson with 155 people on board. Then on Christmas day when a wanna-be terrorist, Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab, failed to successfully detonate a bomb on an airliner headed to Detroit.

Taking Back Sunday released a new album called New Again. A decent CD, but a typical Taking Back Sunday CD. Nothing groundbreaking or especially catching so overall a disappointment. But a new TBS CD is always a good thing.

The writer of Punk Rock Paint found a good way to deal with packsearchers. (PunkRockPaint.com) (more…)