The Week That Was

M.I.A.'s video for "Born Free" was so violent that YouTube took it down. That's impressive, because I've uploaded a ton of snuff videos there.

Friday: Now this is a tour I can get behind—Thao Nguyen and Mirah. After performing together at the Noise Pop Festival in San Francisco, this pair decided to make a go at touring together in June as Thao and Mirah With The Most of All. They’ll dabble in one another’s catalogs, in addition to singing whatever else they feel like. Yes, please.

This tour news is slightly more epic—Passion Pit is going to open for Muse! The Pit will join the rockers for eight dates starting in late September. Mind = blown.

Saturday: Bret Michaels is in critical condition after suffering a subarachnoid hemorrhage. He was rushed to the hospital after complaining of a massive headache. Holy shit! I feel like that’s something that you only hear about on episodes of House, M.D. Hugh Laurie lust aside, our thoughts are with you, Bret!

Sunday: I’m so excited that How to Train Your Dragon made the most money again. It makes for all sorts of great headlines about how impossible the movie is to slay. It earned $15 million, while The Back-Up Plan somehow mustered up the strength to pull in $12.3 million.

Monday: Apparently, there’s a new Grizzly Bear song on the loose…in a Washington state lottery ad! Well, since it’s a commercial, it’s only a minute. I’m not going to go all “OMG, SELLOUT!” on their asses in this case. I will play the sellout card on them for the fact that “Two Weeks” made an appearance on this week’s episode of Gossip Girl. To be fair, though, the worst part of this whole ordeal is that I’ve just proven that I watch Gossip Girl.

Tuesday: M.I.A.’s new album hasn’t even dropped yet, and the girl’s already starting loads of controversy. Love it. The video for her new song “Born Free” is so violent and graphic that YouTube took it down! Thankfully, it’s since been reposted, but it is pretty insane. I just got ten times more excited to hear the whole album. 

Wednesday: The sooner Jesse James and his ladies go away, the happier I’ll be. They’re giving motorcycles and tattoos a bad rap! Anyway, it looks like the whole scandal may be dying down — Sandra Bullock told People magazine that she has filed for divorce from James. THANK GOD. We can finally stop trying to spot her without a wedding ring. Also, she revealed that she adopted a son—three-and-a-half-month old Louis. She began the adoption process with James, but is now adopting as a single parent. I’d say Bullock has had an eventful couple of months.

Thursday: How fun is this—Colin Meloy and his wife, Carson Ellis, signed a sweet book deal with HarperCollins!  They’ll pen three children’s books, and the series will be called Wildwood. It’ll take place in an alternate version of Portland, Oregon, and they will be full of “adventure, magic, and danger,” or so says the press release. The first book will hit shelves in fall 2011. It’s safe to say that I’m even more excited about this than I was about any Harry Potter book.

Posted by Alyssa Vincent, Alyssa Vincent on Apr 30, 2010 @ 12:00 am

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