February 16, 2012


Genre Report: Slayer Says Metallica Trying Too Hard & More

Kevin Winter
Kevin Winter

METAL: Slayer Frontman Says Metallica "Trying Too Hard"
Tom Araya, frontman for thrash outfit Slayer, thinks Metallica are "trying too hard to be cool." In an interview, the vocalist/bassist accused the band of latching onto Lou Reed's "avant garde" cool to increase their own, releasing a collaborative album with him last year. Araya continued, "They're going to hate it if they read this, they're going to hate me saying it, but it's just my personal opinion. I don't even need to listen to the album!" Araya also mentions that he happens to love Lou Reed: "Lou Reed is great, I think what he does is amazing." Shots fired in your direction, Metallica! [Blabbermouth]

COUNTRY: Woman Found Drunk in Country Star's Bathroom
A woman was arrested after being found drunk and hiding in a bathroom near Kenny Chesney's pool at his house in Franklin, TN, early yesterday morning. Police found her, allegedly, drinking wine and smoking cigarettes by the pool, and when they came to arrest her, she swore that she and Kenny Chesney were lovers. Chesney denies knowing her. The police booked her on charges of trespassing and public intoxication on Kenny Chesney's private property. [The Boot]

COUNTRY/R&B: Miranda Lambert Disses Chris Brown on Twitter
Country darling Miranda Lambert, solo artist and lead singer of Pistol Annies, went after Chris Brown on Twitter for attacking Rihanna: "I don't get [that he was allowed to perform at The GRAMMY Awards]. He beat on a woman." She then tweeted, "Not cool that we act like that didn't happen," and continued, "He needs to listen to [Miranda Lambert song Gunpowder & Lead] and be put back in his place. Not at the Grammys." Chris Brown responded in a characteristically ill-considered way: "HATE ALL U WANT BECUZ I GOT A GRAMMY Now!" Then he took that down. [Country Weekly]

HIP HOP: Star Rap Producer's Downfall Continues
Scott Storch, a former superstar producer (and founding member of The Roots) who has produced tracks for 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg, Beyonce and many more huge artists, has been arrested for cocaine possession in Las Vegas. Police were called to his hotel room after he refused to pay his bill and they found his cocaine there. Storch's downfall was cataloged brilliantly in a Miami New Times story in 2010, and it seemed to stem from his inability to stop spending massive amounts of money and doing a ton of drugs despite the admonitions of everyone close to him. Apparently cocaine is a "hell of a drug." [TMZ]

HIP HOP: Rapstress' Shocking Grammy Performance Part of "Movie"
Nicki Minaj, who offended Catholics and many other viewers with her shocking Exorcist-inspired GRAMMY performance, is now saying that the performance was part of a forthcoming movie, or something. Minaj said, "You know how people write plays and movies? That's what I did. I wrote that and I gave the world a tiny little preview of what was to come. And so I have to perform it on the set in which it would be in the movie, right?" Are we missing something here? We love her, but what is she talking about? Seems like she's making excuses for a performance that was, ummm... Polarizing at best. [Rapfix]

INDIE: Brooklyn Folk Legend Releasing 300 Copies of Book in UK
Will Oldham, perhaps better known as Bonnie "Prince" Billy, is the subject of a new book that's coming out on April 5th. The 400-page book, only available in the UK, will be printed in a run of 300 and will consist entirely of interviews between Will Oldham and avant garde musician/writer Alan Licht. The publisher says that the interviews "probe [Oldham's] highly individualistic approach to music making and the music industry." Sounds intimate! [Pitchfork]