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Miley Cyrus announced that she wasn’t feeling well (for a change, she didn’t give TMI) but she certainly rallied for a hearty performance Monday at the X.
As my review indicated, she’s a little short on material but long on show-womanship.
A few more thoughts about Miley at the X:
Here is Miley’s set list from Monday:
SMS (Bangerz)/ 4X4/ Love Money Party/ My Darlin’/ Maybe You’re Right/ FU/ Do My Thang/ Get It Right/ Can’t Be Tamed/ metal musical interlude/ Adore You/ Drive/ Rooting for My Baby/ semi-acoustic set on satellite stage in bowl end: It Ain’t Me Babe (Bob Dylan)/ Ruler of My Heart (Linda Ronstadt)/ Summertime Sadness (Lana Del Ray)/ Hey Ya (OutKast)/ Jolene (Dolly Parton)/ back to mainstage 23/ On My Own/ Someone Else ENCORE 1 We Can’t Stop/ Wrecking Ball ENCORE 2 Party in the USA
Among the myriad of Twitter feuds you never thought you would see, the odd case of mouthy Twin Cities rapper Prof vs. hunky “Full House” and "ER" actor John Stamos might take the cake.
After two years of ironic, stalkerly tweets essentially trying to get a rise out of Stamos, Prof finally got his attention in a big way. The tipping point was a tweet sent a couple months ago that apparently suggested the actor famous for his “uncle” character is into children in a perverted way. Prof actually doesn’t remember sending the tweet and can’t find it now – “Let’s face it: I was probably drunk,” the rapper said – but Stamos certainly did remember it. He sent out several vehement tweets on the matter Thursday.
“U do pediphile [sic] jokes I’ll kill you,” read one of the messages from the @JohnStamos account, which has nearly 1.4 million followers (compared to almost 15,000 for @Profstophouse; though that number could very well be going up today).
Here are some of the other more colorful tweets sent out during the fracas, including one of several deleted from the Stamos account but captured by Prof on Instagram.
All I ask is that you pray for me and @johnstamos. This doesn't have to be the end!— Prof (@Profgampo) March 7, 2014
TRUTH is I have a relationship w johnstamos. Its been hectic lately & Im TERRIFIED Im going to lose… http://t.co/gAyDrzwVYg— Prof (@Profgampo) March 7, 2014
In the end, Prof and Stamos finally connected by phone late Thursday night and talked for about a half hour, according to Prof. It was tense at first, he said. “He told me he was lawyering up,” Prof claimed, admitting that threat scared him: “I really don’t know if I did break the law or not. Maybe.” (A legal case on the matter might have amounted to the Twitter equivalent of the Hustler Magazine v. Falwell trial.)
However, as the two got to talking, apparently things did smooth over -- at least to the point where Stamos backed off any legal threats, Prof said. The actor's New York publicist declined to verify details of the phone conversation or comment on the Twitter exchange. Stamos did confirm the phone call on Twitter. Pointing to his 28-year dedication to Phoenix-based abuse resource center Childhelp -- which he referenced in earlier tweets explaining his anger -- Stamos sent out a tweet Friday morning verifying the phone conversation, one of which read, “He apologized like a man.”
Adding to the all-out bizarreness of this feud, Prof said he and Stamos originally traded personal messages a year ago and almost met in person when Prof’s tweets first started reaching a feverish pitch. While he asked that the rapper “back off” then, Prof claimed, Stamos also apparently said he looked up Prof’s music and videos in the interim and enjoyed his work. The actor is well known to be a big music fan in general, having moonlighted often as an auxiliary percussionist for the Beach Boys. He even appeared in the memorable video for “Try to Sleep” by Duluth favorites Low.
However, Stamos was not a big enough fan of Prof to take the rapper up on a guest-list spot for the rapper’s show at Los Angeles’ El Rey Theatre in December 2012. Being a no-show predictably earned Stamos all the more grief from Prof’s Twitter account at the time.
Prof also sent out a conciliatory tweet this morning that read, “Had a half hour conversation w @JohnStamos. Believe it or not, he is a REAL MAN. We ironed out our differences, & are now BFFS once again.”
Talking afterward, he also applauded Stamos for "being a good sport about it and not turning it into a Hollywood lawyer thing." However, the real-life Jacob Anderson also made it clear he does not intend to stop what he called "a comical obsession” over the actor – the sort of uncomfortable, unexplainable humor that fits in well with Prof’s overall act. “My fans loved it from the start,” he said of the Twitter fixation, which from his point of view has only been upgraded to another level.
“It’s an intense relationship; we’re sort of still in the newlywed stage,” Prof quipped, adding with no sense of irony, “This is really a dream come true of mine.”
Kentucky indie-rock gods My Morning Jacket have a rather spectacular new tune floating around the internet, and the stream behind it started here in Minnesota. The cover song, “Farewell Transmission,” is the title track of a new tribute album to late Ohio indie tunesmith Jason Molina -- the latest endeavor of St. Paul’s charitable nonprofit label/promoter Rock the Cause.
“We’re very excited and proud of this one,” said RTC founder Scott Herold, who is taking his cause to the South by Southwest Music Conference to promote “Farewell Transmission: The Music of Jason Molina” with a day party next week.
The 27-track Molina tribute will raise money for both MusiCares and the singer/songwriter's estate. Known as the driving force behind Magnolia Electric Co. and Songs: Ohia, Molina died in 2011 after a long battle with alcoholism.
Within weeks of the sad news, Herold was contacted by a couple of music bloggers on opposite ends of the country about trying to put the record together. The idea was spawned off another fine tribute collection, 2011’s “Minnesota Remembers Vic Chesnutt,” honoring the Georgia song legend who hadkilled himself a year earlier.
“Everything we’re able to do with this record points back to the Vic Chesnutt collection,” Herold said, explaining that the earlier disc gave them “a foot in the door on a national scale” and led to a distribution and overall financial structuring that helps RTC get a better return for its causes. This also helped with the success last year of Zach Sobiech's “Clouds” single, which hit the Billboard and iTunes charts just as the teenage Stillwater songwriter died of a rare form of cancer.
“Farewell Transmission” will arrive April 22, and Herold hopes to build the buzz in the meantime. Besides the My Morning Jacket cut (posted below), the album also features two dozen other recordings from the likes of Murder by Death, Cory Branan, Sarah Jaffe, Centromatic’s Will Johnson, Squares and a Minnesota cast that includes Communist Daughter, Farewell Milwaukee, Gabriel Douglas, Luke Redfield, Enemy Planes and Fathom Lane. Pitchfork.com originally posted the whole list and a report on the album here.
RTC’s SXSW party takes place next Friday, March 14, at the Liberty Bar in Austin, Texas, with a handful of the album’s participants and more RTC supporters, including Nicholas David. Some of Sobiech’s family and bandmates will also be on hand to pay tribute to him there. A local “Farewell Transmission” release party is set for April 19 at First Ave with Farewell Milwaukee and Fathom Lane. More details on the record and pre-order info are at IRocktheCause.org.
Rock the Cause also has its fifth annual Glitter Ball fundraiser coming up on March 29 at the Grain Belt Bottling House with one of the best party-starting rockers in the country, Austin's Black Joe Lewis.
Prince, we hardly knew ya. At least not like this.
The Purple One answered questions from fans and Arsenio Hall — and even played advice guru.
Prince has never seemed so normal, so comfortable and so un-self-conscious on television as he was Wednesday night on “The Arsenio Hall Show.” Yep, that Arsenio who had Prince as a guest back in the early ‘90s.
Except for Hall’s opening monologue, Wednesday’s hour-long program was devoted to Prince. With the New Power Generation and 3rdEyeGirl, he played two new songs (“FunknRoll,” “Mutiny”) and one old one (“She’s Always in My Hair”), and Liv Warfield, one of his former backup singers, offered a tune from her new album.
In conversation with Arsenio and the studio audience, Prince – wearing a series of turtlenecks and fur- or fringe-trimmed vests -- was quick, funny and short but to the point.
Here are some things Prince revealed:
Photo: Arsenio Hall Show/ CBS Television Distribution
After appearing on tracks by other Twin Cities hip-hop acts for more than a half-decade -- including Muja Messiah, M.anifest, Villa Rosa and I.B.E. – Minneapolis rapper Dodi Phy was finally set to release his own album later this year. Sadly, though, the personal troubles that may have helped make him a compelling lyricist got the best of him before the record was completed.
The real-life Mohamed Turay, age 31, was found dead at his mother’s home in Minneapolis on Feb. 21. Family members said he committed suicide after a long battle with depression. He leaves behind two sons, Jabarri and Khalil, ages 9 and 8.
"Dodi Phy was a lyricist genius," Muja Messiah said, one of many comments on Turay that were gathered by his friend and collaborator Maria Isa to memorialize the rapper, whose funeral is Saturday.
"He was a master wordsmith with powerful penmanship who enjoyed writing and discussing social relevant issues; he was looked up to by every rapper who knew him and made everyone in the studio during my album step their game up 10 notches.”
In addition to “Cause & Effect,” a highlight from Muja’s 2008 album “Thee Adventures of B-boy D-boy,” Turay rapped on such tracks as M.anifest’s “My Lady Oh,” Villa Rosa’s fast-food anti-anthem “Food,” I.B.E.’s “Holdin’ Something” and another Muja collaboration with his own name on it, “Dodi Phy State of Mind.” Several of his own tracks, including “Capture the Moment” and “Block to the Booth,” also went viral in recent years.
He was working on a full album, “All Things Considered,” at the time of his death. His chief collaborator on the project, DJ Turtleneck, reportedly plans to complete the record in his friend’s honor.
Born in Houston and raised in Brooklyn Park and Minneapolis’ Phillips neighborhood, Turay was the son of West African immigrants who maintained ties to Sierra Leone. He started freestyle rapping by the age of 7 and was hitting local club stages regularly by the mid-‘00s.
“He was a raw, talented and troubled kid,” said local hip-hop booster Jon Jon Scott, who runs Sound Verte Records. Scott went on to call Dodi Phy “Minneapolis' very own Big L,” referring to the late Harlem rapper cultishly revered by many other MCs.
Slug of Atmosphere paid his respects via Twitter as soon as the news of his death hit the scene.
rip dodi phy. positive thoughts to his family and friends.— atmosphere (@atmosphere) February 22, 2014
M.anifest also saluted him publicly through Twitter.
Such a beautiful soul. why. why. did he have to go. RIP Dodi Phy. Wish you got flowers when you could still smell 'em.— M.anifest (@manifestive) February 25, 2014
Urging a more open dialect and understanding of mental illness, Turay’s younger brother Allie Turay Jr. said, "My brother suffered from depression his whole life but didn't talk about it with anyone.” Allie also addressed his brother directly with these comments: “Thank you for blessing us with two beautiful boys, for being there for us in good times and bad. You inspired and protected us, and will continue to throughout our lives.”
Turay will be remembered with a memorial service 11 a.m. Saturday at Masjid An-Nur Mosque, 1729 N. Lyndale Av., Mpls. Donations are being sent to the family via a GiveForward.com fund. A musical tribute is also in the works, tentatively scheduled March 30 at the Nomad Pub.
Special thanks to Maria Isa for gathering quotes and information for this report to pay her respect. The above photo of Turay, left, with Spit Ric, Maria and Muja Messiah was taken by BFresh Photography's Rebecca McDonald when they opened up for the Wu-Tang Clan at Epic nightclub in 2012 .
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