Outkast Set To Reunite At Coachella 2014?

The hip hop duo from Atlanta, Georgia that has given us classic hits, such as B.O.B., Hey Ya, The Way You Move, Ms. Jackson, The Way You Move, etc., are possibly getting back together! Hooray!

Here’s a snippet of the article from Billboard (click here to read the full article):

The Atlanta hip-hop duo is indeed in talks to reunite next year for the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, multiple sources have confirmed to Billboard. Under the current plan, Coachella, which kicks off on Apr. 11, 2014 in Indio, Calif., would be the start of the reunion run and would be followed by additional festival dates in 2014.

One source tells Billboard that there have definitely been “some conversations” about Outkast reuniting, while another says it is “all systems go” for Big Boi and Andre 3000 to end their hiatus next year. A rep for Outkast did not comment for this story, while reps for their current label home, Epic, as well as Coachella organizer Goldenvoice, did not respond to request for comment at press time.

This is easily the best news I have heard all week. I love Outkast, André 3000, and Big Boi and only wish them the best. I know the music and performances will be spectacular. (Read my ‘Band of the Week’ post about Outkast)

 

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The Best Of Chwomp: October Edition

Since Chwomp has been steadily rising in popularity of the past few months, I figured why not do a monthly ‘Best of’ feature? There have been a ton of quality posts this entire month, and I will do my best to put them in this piece but being scatterbrained I may miss a few! Enjoy them for the first, second, third time!

(Thanks again for over 3000 views this month alone! You’re all the best!)

Here are several of our favorite pieces this month:

Relive when I went to a Taking Back Sunday concert in Columbus, Ohio!

The crowd, including myself and my friend, sang every song in unison with the band. Every chorus, every backing vocals, every lead vocals. Everything was sung by the crowd. It was truly a fantastic experience. Taking Back Sunday played popular songs ‘Cute Without the E (Cut from the Team)’, ‘Liar (It Takes One To Know One)’ and ‘Make Damn Sure‘ (last song of the night), but also played fan favorite songs ‘My Blue Heaven’ (one of my favorites), ‘One-Eighty By Summer’, and ‘What’s It Feel Like To Be A Ghost?’ The band also sprinkled in ‘Catholic Knees’ (the only song off the album New Again to be played – to my knowledge) and ‘Call Me In The Morning’ – which is a fantastic song.

The Rambler Series:

We are a nation asleep. A nation that has been sedentary for decades just laying about waiting to be woken from our empty slumber. We have become a dreamless country and there seems to be no hope for our dreams to return.

Almost a week after the government has re-opened (this piece was featured 10/23), I felt it was the right time to throw my two cents into this whole ordeal. I am not going to talk about certain issues or agendas that Congress has but simply this: it is literally the Red Republicans versus the Blue Democrats. George Washington warned us in his farewell address that a rise in political parties would be detrimental to our government and society. Well, I think, wherever good old Georgie is, that he is laughing his ass off and saying, “I told you so.”

Here is an archive of all the daily music news!

Dave Grohl is unsure of this situation.

Dave Grohl is unsure of this situation at hand. Charles Barkley wants you to check out ‘The Rambler’ pieces!

Band of The Week Features:

All right, so technically Ylvis isn’t a band in the traditional sense, but a group rather – very similar to Lonely Island – that makes music. In fact, many [new] fans consider them the Norwegian Lonely Island. That’s pretty good company for Ylvis to be in as a comedic music group, but I’m going to elaborate more on Ylvis than just Ylvis being the Norwegian Lonely Island.

The band formed in 2005 and had already played their first show by March 4th of the same year. Near the end of 2005/beginning of 2006, the band signed to Fallout Records. The Fratellis were on their way. Their first EP was released in April of 2006 simply dubbed The Fratellis EP. Songs on the EP include ‘Stacie Anne’ and most notably ‘Henrietta’ (their first single).

Before Jukebox The Ghost were Jukebox The Ghost, they were Sunday Mail (2003) – a band formed by the trio while attending George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Within two years of creating Sunday Mail, the band decided to go on hiatus. During this hiatus, each member grew as a musician and individual, and began working on their own material. They wanted to regroup and collaborate on music together again, but with a new name for the band; thus the renaming to Jukebox The Ghost.

Do not confuse the band Polar Bear Club with the Polar Bear Club of Coney Island. I was utterly befuddled when I tried to find biographical information on the band and it led me to a site dedicated to ‘the oldest winter bathing organization in the United States.’ That’s awesome, Polar Bear Club of Coney Island, but I’m much more interested in the band.

The group now known as ‘OutKast’ was formed in 1992 in Atlanta, Georgia by André Benjamin (André 3000) and Antwan Patton (Big Boi). The original name of the hip-hop group was Two Shades Deep, but quickly became named as OutKast. The group is known as a hip-hop duo, but the pair use many different genres in their music, including:  blues, electronic, funk, jazz rock, spoken word poetry, and soul. Not quite a hip-hop duo at all, but that’s what makes OutKast great – the inability to pin them down onto one genre.

Big Boi and Andre 3000 implore you to read the 'Band of  the Week' piece on them. (Source)

Big Boi and Andre 3000 implore you to read the ‘Band of the Week’ piece on them. (Source)

NFL Predictions:

Fun Feature: Pokémon of the Week!

Meowth is a small, feline Pokémon with cream-colored fur that turns brown at the tips of its hind paws and tail. Its ovoid head features four prominent whiskers, wide eyes with slit pupils, and a gold oval coin embedded in its forehead. Its ears are black with brown interiors, and are flanked with an additional pair of long whiskers. Meowth is a quadruped with the ability to walk on its hind legs; while the games always depict Meowth on two legs, the anime states that Meowth normally walks on all fours. It can freely manipulate its claws, retracting them when it wants to move silently. The tip of its tail curls tightly.

According to the scientific logs found in the Pokémon Mansion of Cinnabar Island, Mewtwo was born of a pregnant Mew, found deep in the jungles of Guyana, whose embryo had been tampered with to alter its DNA. It was held and studied in the mansion where the scientists, including Blaine and Mr. Fuji, performed horrific gene-splicing experiments that made it vicious and extremely powerful. It eventually broke free of the Mansion, destroying it in the process, and fled. It can be encountered in Cerulean Cave, accessible only after a Trainer has proven his or her skill at the Indigo Plateau.

Other Features:

 

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Band of the Week: OutKast

Here are the previous ‘Band of the Week’ recipients.

Right away, I want to state that OutKast isn’t necessarily a band, per se, but I think their music is of high quality and warrants ‘Band of the Week’ honors. We can argue the semantics of ‘band’ later on, but for now OutKast is staying put as ‘Band of the Week.’ Comment below if you feel otherwise.

Big Boi and Andre 3000 in a picture titled "Grillin'." (Source)

Big Boi and André 3000 in a picture titled “Grillin’.” (Source)

The group now known as ‘OutKast’ was formed in 1992 in Atlanta, Georgia by André Benjamin (André 3000) and Antwan Patton (Big Boi). The original name of the hip-hop group was Two Shades Deep, but quickly became named as OutKast. The group is known as a hip-hop duo, but the pair use many different genres in their music, including:  blues, electronic, funk, jazz rock, spoken word poetry, and soul. Not quite a hip-hop duo at all, but that’s what makes OutKast great – the inability to pin them down onto one genre.

The duo have created six total albums, but first struck mainstream gold with Stankonia (2000); specifically with songs ‘Ms. Jackson’ and ‘B.O.B. (Bombs Over Baghdad). (The peculiar thing about B.O.B. is that the song was written before America had dropped bombs on Baghdad.) Three years later OutKast released Speakerboxxx/The Love Below – which I believe to be the best Hip-Hop album of the 21st century (I know it’s only been thirteen years into this century, but this album still holds up and will hold up).

This album was released in September 2003. (Source)

This album was released in September 2003. (Source)

Speakerboxxx/The Love Below  became Outkast’s most successful album to date (sold over 5 million albums and was the #1 album on the Billboard Top 200 for several), but that may be in part because of how the album was formulated. The album is actually a double album where Big Boi and André 3000 created several songs of their own without the other – the album includes 31 songs (including an ‘intro’ and an interlude). Other than Stadium Arcadium I can’t think of another recent album with this type of song volume. This strategy paid off because along with the commercial success, the group won the 2004 Grammy for ‘Album of the Year.’

The duo then created music for the musical film Idlewild in 2005/06. Idlewild set in the depression era of the United States in Georgia; the film was distributed by Universal Pictures and HBO Films. The group created the entire soundtrack for Idlewild and would be the last full album the duo did together. Since 2007 the two have gone on their separate ways with solo work (including acting as well as music), but neither has officially closed the book on OutKast so there’s still a sliver of hope that the group reconnects in the future for some more stupendous music.

Here’s one of my favorite songs by OutKast (though it’s André 3000’s song) in ‘Hey Ya.’ But please read after the video why ‘Hey Ya’ is actually a very sad song, and not the upbeat hit that you may believe it to be. I cannot embed the actual video from OutKast because of Vevo being very limited with where their videos can be posted, so here’s a lyric video. I hope it suffices.

Here is an excerpt from a 2012 Cracked.com piece on why ‘Hey Ya’ is a sound song:

At its core, “Hey Ya” is an incredibly sad song. The lyrics are basically an indictment of the entire idea of being in a relationship. Not just getting married, but being in a relationship at all. The “hero” of the song has found himself tied down to a woman that he no longer loves, and to make matters worse, it’s pretty clear she’s lost that feeling for him also. And that’s how, in the midst of one of the most deceivingly happy-sounding songs ever, a line like this found its way in:

“So why oh, why oh/Why oh, why oh, why oh/Why are we so in denial/When we know we’re not happy heeeerrreeee?”

If you’re not reading that and feeling bummed out, congrats on the contentment you feel about your current relationship or your belief that your current state of soul-crushing loneliness will someday come to an end.

Thanks for reading this weeks ‘Band of the Week’ piece. If you have any suggestions for a band that should be ‘Band of the Week’ next week, please comment below.

Five Guilty Pleasure Songs

We all have one, or several, songs that we know are just poor pieces of ‘art,’ yet we can’t get enough of them. Typically it’s pop music, or anything played on the radio, but some of those songs just are so catchy and addictive that you can’t do anything to stop your like for them. It doesn’t have to be a song that is constantly played on the radio, though, and can very well be a really corny song from your favorite band, or least favorite band – yet you still enjoy it when you know you shouldn’t! It’s a great and sickening thing.

For those that don’t know what a ‘guilty pleasure’ is, here is the definition from the Oxford Dictionary:

noun

  • something, such as a movie, television program, or piece of music, that one enjoys despite feeling that it is not generally held in high regard.

Now that you’re up to speed on the definition here are my five guilty pleasure songs. Please include yours in the comments if you wish!

Note: Some songs will be NSFW, so listen at your own risk.

She Said OK by Big Boi

This is a very dirty song with no significance or meaning other than…well listen to it and you’ll see.

Larger Than Life by Backstreet Boys

I blame this one on having two older sisters in the 90s and early 2000s, but THIS SONG ROCKS! And the video is sick! Again, this song (like every boy band song) is pretty trivial in the grand scheme of music greatness.

 

I’m Blue by Eifel 65

Another popular song of my childhood that was played EVERYWHERE. It was Gangnam Style before Gangnam style, without the dance and over-the-top-everything. ‘I’m Blue’ had a bit of meaning behind it (depressing life, no friends because he’s different, etc. – really sad actually), but no one really ever thinks about the meaning of songs except music lovers.

 

Good Girls Bad Guys by Falling In Reverse

Another meaningless song, but catchy and pretty hilarious. Not a full fan of Falling In Reverse, but I enjoy this song (in secret).

 

Friday by Rebecca Black

I know. I know. You’re all ralphing in disgust over this one, but it became a tradition in University and I just couldn’t shake it. I only play it on Friday, however. Don’t judge me. (I probably wouldn’t watch this if I were you, definitely the most NSFW.)

 

What are your guilty pleasure songs?

Outkast Song ‘Hey Ya’ Turns 10 Years Old Today

The very popular Outkast song ‘Hey Ya’ turns 10 years old today.  I always liked this song and it’s energy; not really sure if there was an underlying theme to the song (I’ll look that up now), but it was good.

Happy 10th birthday ‘Hey Ya’!

What’s your opinion on ‘Hey Ya’?