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Chris DeVille
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Creed were one of the most successful bands of my lifetime, but frontman Scott Stapp is not enjoying a life of luxury these days. Stapp announced today in a video titled Public Statement #1 posted on Creed’s Facebook page and his personal account that he is “completely penniless” after the IRS froze his bank accounts. (Separately he states that someone has accessed his account online, changed his password, and cleaned out his savings.) He’s staying at a Holiday Inn after sleeping in his truck for two weeks. He mentions that a personal audit revealed that money had been stolen and royalty payments had not come through. He alludes to rumors that he’s back on drugs and says they’re false, and he repeatedly refers to his Christian faith as a basis for forgiving his accusers. He apologizes to his kids for embarrassing them with his prior alcoholism and says his wife is trying to get him committed. He also mentions the crisis in Ferguson, as you can see in this excerpt from the end of the video:

We had extremely positive things to say about Ariel Pink’s live show last month. See for yourself: He’s playing a live set at the Boiler Room right now. Watch below.

Chief Keef associate SD teamed up with Danny Brown on a song last year, and Brown tweeted a link to another great SD track this morning. “Circles,” from SD’s full-length debut Truly Blessed, puts him in a tradition from Biz Markie to 50 Cent to ILoveMakonnen: guys who have an innate sense of melody even though they can’t really sing. (Lest we forget, SD’s pal Keef has a similar gift.) In SD’s case, that means melodiously intoning violent threats, Dej Loaf-style, over forebodingly ornate production at a molasses crawl. It’s an absolute monster, so listen below.

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Stereogum style is “were,” not “was” — a very British approach.

 0Posted on Nov 21st | re: Skrillex - "Fuck That" Video (Dir. Nabil) (3 comments)

THAT’s his name. I couldn’t remember it for the life of me.

Shout out to arglebargle on the headline

I said she wrote a great song, not an important one. But the question was always whether she would be more than a one-hit wonder (she won’t).

 +1Posted on Nov 19th | re: Metal Box: John Lydon Says He Spent £10,000 On Apps (3 comments)

The iPad is the metal box.

 +6Posted on Nov 19th | re: 26 Essential Songs From The NYC Rock Resurgence (117 comments)

Agreed 100 percent.

 +8Posted on Nov 19th | re: Interpol Have Been Trapped In A Buffalo Snowstorm For 40 Hours (36 comments)

Man, you guys are all way more on-point with the Interpol puns than I am today. Round of applause.

 +2Posted on Nov 15th | re: Neil Young Says "Goodbye Starbucks" In Angry Open Letter (32 comments)

Incidentally, when I re-watched Good Will Hunting upon Robin Williams’ death I noticed there’s a scene where Matt Damon is drinking from a Peet’s cup.

 +3Posted on Nov 15th | re: Neil Young Says "Goodbye Starbucks" In Angry Open Letter (32 comments)

Peet’s bought Caribou and turned most of the Caribou locations in Columbus into Peet’s, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Caribous in Chicago converted into Peet’s too.