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August is, generally speaking, not such a great month. It’s the dead zone between blockbuster season and Oscar season, and the moment before TV’s fall schedule kicks off. So then, this month my favorite soundtrack moments came from all over — from one glorious blockbuster to end the summer, to good-but-not-amazing movies I happened to… More »

The music mavens at the venerable Time magazine have compiled their list of the “ALL-TIME 100″ albums — unranked and broken down by decade. We’re not sure what’s better: that only five albums of the past five years are among their 100 greatest, or that four of those five were by people who were deadMore »

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Check Out The New Simpsons Figurines Of R.E.M., Elvis Costello, & Weird Al

For the 25th anniversary of The Simpsons, the merchandising machine behind the show has been going all out with an FXX marathon, Hollywood Bowl concerts, cosmetics, and the release of collectible figures of various guest stars. Today The National Entertainment Collectibles Association and Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products announced the fourth wave of these “25… More »

By: Miles Bowe / September 9, 2014 - 7:02 pm

Watch The James Brown Biopic Trailer

After years stuck in production purgatory, James Brown’s biopic, Get On Up, is finally coming out this year. The film is directed by Tate Taylor of The Help, produced by Mick Jagger, and stars Chadwick Boseman, who recently played Jackie Robinson in 2013’s biopic 42, as Brown. It’s planned for an August release, which i… More »

By: Miles Bowe / March 14, 2014 - 1:07 pm

James Brown & 2Pac – “Unchained (The Payback/Untouchable)”

For the soundtrack of Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, the former 2Pac engineer Claudio Cueni pulled a Girl Talk, smashing Pac’s vocal from the posthumous throwdown “Untouchable” with James Brown’s “The Payback,” dialog clips from the movie, and triumphant spaghetti-western horns. The end result, entitled “Unchained” is an exhilarating mess, and you can hear it below. More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 11, 2012 - 9:58 am

Tribute Bands Take Over Letterman This Week

PopCandy lets us know that David’s booked a cover band for each night this week, starting tonight with Purple Reign (Prince) and then on to the Cold Hard Cash (as in Johnny), Mr. Brownstone (Dr. Pepper’s favorite band), Super Diamond (i.e. Neil), and concluding Friday with James Brown authorities the Allstarz. Set your DVRs, cover… More »

By: Amrit Singh / November 17, 2008 - 10:38 am

Papa’s Got A Brand New Bang

Another senseless (attempted) killing over music trivia. The Toronto Star reports:Dan Gulley Jr. was charged with assault in the shooting of David James Brooks Jr., police said.

Officers said the men were at a friend’s home on Monday when, according to witnesses, the argument over the height of the late “Godfather of Soul” escalated,… More »

By: Stereogum / January 11, 2007 - 1:15 pm

The Godfather Of Soul’s “Widow” Sets The Record Straight

Wondering why JB’s lawyers have padlocked her out of the estate? It’s ’cause she had pizza! More »

By: Stereogum / January 5, 2007 - 9:00 am

Casting Couch: James Brown

The Godfather Of Soul may have terrorized his last concert stage, but his dramatic life and times will live on in celluloid, courtesy of a Spike Lee-directed, Brian Grazer-produced biopic. This from Variety:Brown was an active part of the development of the biopic project. The singer met with Baigelman, and gave the Butterworth brothers acce… More »

By: Stereogum / December 28, 2006 - 12:03 pm

R.I.P. James Brown

May 3, 1933 ? December 25, 2006

The season for giving took one of rock/funk/r&b/soul’s most influential and legendary figures Xmas morning, as The Hardest Working Man In Show Business was forced into retirement after 73 years of gettin’ on the good foot, gettin’ brand new bags, and gettin’ loopy on national television. Brown’… More »

By: Stereogum / December 26, 2006 - 11:23 am