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TMZ reports that Joe Cocker, the English blues-rock singer with the intense howl and the distinctive stage presence, died of lung disease today while at home in Colorado. Cocker was 70.

Spoon’s shimmering groove “Inside Out” and Dej Loaf’s twinkling Detroit rap hit “Try Me” are two of the songs that snuck up on us the hardest as this past summer drew to a close. And now, in the grand tradition of their Taylor Swift/Kendrick Lamar and Future/Future Islands mash-ups, Chicago DJ team the Hood Internet have combined “Try Me” and “Inside Out” into one song, throwing Dej Loaf’s vocals over Spoon’s instrumentals. As with so many of these things, the component parts gel way, way better than you might expect. Listen below.

Garth Brooks’ 1990 monster hit “Friends In Low Places” is probably the one Brooks song that even non-country fans can sing on command. Justin Timberlake has been covering the song live lately. And when he played Nashville on Friday night, Timberlake introduced Brooks to the stage to help out on the song, which already had the crowd losing its shit before Brooks showed up. The two did an extremely long version of the song, somehow stretching it out to 10 minutes. Worth noting: Brooks was easily the worst-dressed person on that stage. I am literally home blogging right now, and I am wearing better clothes than Garth Brooks was when he was standing in front of thousands in his hometown. Watch the performance below.

Comments

 +4Posted on Dec 5th | re: Beanie Sigel Has Been Shot (6 comments)

Peak era Jay is pretty much 96-03. It was a long era. Everything Beanie did during his Roc stint was absolute blood-raining fire. The Reason, The Mack, and The B.Coming are nearly as great as any of those Jay albums.

 +7Posted on Dec 5th | re: The 5 Best Videos Of The Week (6 comments)

It’s asshole satire. Laughing at poor people fighting over shit at Wal-Mart is also an asshole move. The people who get all “look, rampant consumerism” about that shit are people who don’t rely on predatory Black Friday bargains to get shit for their families. The people who are fighting over those things are people who would never otherwise be able to afford those things. Wareheim’s video is mocking those people. It’s an asshole move, albeit a brilliantly executed one.

 +9Posted on Dec 2nd | re: The 50 Best Albums Of 2014 (530 comments)

My personal honorable mentions that didn’t make the big list:

Lil Boosie – Life After Deathrow
Rancid – Honor Is All We Know
Young Thug & Bloody Jay – Black Portland
Ex Hex – Rips
The Hold Steady – Teeth Dreams

 0Posted on Nov 25th | re: Album Of The Week: Primordial Where Greater Men Have Fallen (16 comments)

I will, thanks!

Stop trying to police my tastes, you fucking weirdo.

Yeah, actually.

 +18Posted on Nov 10th | re: Premature Evaluation: Foo Fighters Sonic Highways (50 comments)

He matters more in Nashville now than fuckin Auerbach, who’s all over that thing.

 +5Posted on Nov 10th | re: Premature Evaluation: Foo Fighters Sonic Highways (50 comments)

I haven’t seen the Austin episode yet, but there does seem to be something weird about which artists get left out of which cities: No mention of Smashing Pumpkins in Chicago, no mention of Jack White in Nashville. I know it’s one dude’s subjective idea of these cities and all, but it’s weird to just ignore those guys.

 +16Posted on Oct 27th | re: Premature Evaluation: Taylor Swift 1989 (167 comments)

Start one.

And please stop with the “we don’t take this stuff seriously and we write about it for money” argument. It’s stupid.

 +5Posted on Oct 27th | re: Premature Evaluation: Taylor Swift 1989 (167 comments)

Too bad I couldn’t work in the bit about how I tear up every time the “marry me Juliet” bit kicks in on “Love Story.” Taylor Swift songs stay affecting me.