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Top 10 Most Annoying Cartoon Characters of All Time

Saturday morning cartoons were a major event when I was a kid — what better way to celebrate a day off from school than by loading up on sugary breakfast cereal and sitting down to watch six hours of quality programming? Unfortunately, even the best shows sometimes falter when it comes to their lineup of characters. Take a look at some of the absolute worst.

Angelica Pickles, “Rugrats”

Angelica

Has their ever been a nastier, bossier, brattier, and more manipulative cartoon character than Angelica Pickles? Even the masturbating grandpa couldn’t rescue this show from the obnoxious clutches of Angelica.

Prince Adam and Cringer, “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe”

Prince Adam and Cringer

Contrary to popular belief, as a child, the night before Christmas was not when time seemed to slow down the most. It was during the early part of every episode of “He Man and the Masters of the Universe” before the insufferable duo of Adam and Cringer would transform into He-Man and Battle-Cat.

Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm, “The Flintstones”

Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm

While The Great Gazoo might be the most obvious choice for worst character from “The Flintstones,” he gets a pass for only appearing in a very small amount of episodes during the show’s final season. Besides, despite the fact that many fans point to Gazoo’s first appearance on October 29, 1965 as the moment the show “jumped the shark,” it’s more accurate to say that it happened the previous month.

In September 1965, an episode entitled “No Biz Like Show Biz” aired, and it featured to the heretofore gibberish-speaking babies repeatedly singing the most obnoxious song ever penned, “(Open Up Your Heart) And Let the Sunshine In.” I’ve had this song stuck in my head for decades now, people. Make it stop.

Scooter, “Challenge of the Gobots”

Gobots

Worthless — that’s the only way to describe Scooter and his contributions to the Guardians. In comparison to the others he was tiny, weak, and cowardly, and his voice — provided by the ubiquitous Frank Welker – was squeaky and weird, much better suited to Slimer and Nibbler than to a major player in the war to save GoBotron.

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Rancid to Release “Honor Is All We Know” on June 10, 2014

Rancid

Apparently, Rancid‘s long-awaited album Honor Is All We Know will finally be released on June 10, 2014 — at least, according to Amazon.com and Best Buy. No further more information is available, but hopefully the date posted by the major online retailers holds true.

Honor Is All We Know will be Rancid’s first studio album since 2009′s Let the Dominoes Fall. Rancid entered the studio to begin recording the new album way back in September 2012.

(via DS)

Listen: Kim Deal “The Root”

Kim Deal

Kim Deal (Pixies, The Breeders) has been releasing a series of solo seven-inch records, and the fourth installment, “The Root” b/w “Range on Castle,” was just released on April 1, 2014. “The Root” features Morgan Nagler of Whispertown, and you can listen to it below.

(via Brooklyn Vegan)

Kill Rock Stars Offers MP3 Sampler “CRAZED MP3 FANS Vol. 1″ Featuring Elliott Smith, Xiu Xiu, Corin Tucker, and Many More

KRS sampler

Kill Rock Stars has just released their first Bandcamp exclusive digital sampler, CRAZED MP3 FANS Vol. 1, a mix of songs from the current batch of KRS releases, KRS classics, rarities, and overlooked favorites from the KRS staff.

The sampler includes tracks from Marnie Stern, Corin Tucker Band, Kinski, Quasi, Thao With the Get Down Stay Down, Horse Feathers, Elliott Smith, Dos, Gravy Train!!!!, Excuse 17, Hands, Free Kitten, godheadSilo, Bratmobile, Emily’s Sassy Lime, The Thermals, Heavens To Betsy, Deerhoof, Xiu Xiu, and Kurt Braunohler. Full track list is below. Click here to stream or download.

CRAZED MP3 Fans Vol. 1 Track List
01. Marnie Stern – Year of the Glad
02. Corin Tucker Band – I Don’t Wanna Go
03. Kinski – Conflict Free Diamonds
04. Quasi – See You On Mars
05. Thao with the Get Down Stay Down – Bag of Hammers
06. Horse Feathers – Fit Against the Country
07. Elliott Smith – Needle in the Hay (trumpet)
08. Dos – Dream of San Pedro
09. Gravy Train!!!! – Hella Nervous
10. Milagres – The Black Table
11. Hands – Videolove (Radio Edit)
12. Free Kitten – Never Gonna Sleep
13. Emily’s Sassy Lime – Mr. Moneybag$
14. Bratmobile – Love Thing
15. The Thermals – I Don’t Believe You
16. Heavens To Betsy – Axemen
17. Deerhoof – Milk Man
18. Xiu Xiu – Clowne Towne
19. Excuse 17 – I’d Rather Eat Glass
20. godheadSilo – Bereft Rescue Mission No. 43
21. Kurt Braunohler – List Of People I Need To Kill

Dave Gregg, Former Guitarist of D.O.A. and The Real McKenzies, Dies at Age 54

Dave Gregg at Gore Manor punk house, early '80s | photo by Lynn Werner (via Ominocity.com)

Dave Gregg at Gore Manor punk house, early ’80s | photo by Lynn Werner (via Ominocity.com)

DOA guitarist Dave Gregg has died at the age of 54. News of his death was reported on March 31, 2014 via the Authortities who stated on Facebook that Gregg died on the night of March 30th:

“Our dear friend and mentor Dave Gregg passed away yesterday evening surrounded by family in White Rock, BC… Those of you who know Dave, understand what an incredible person he was and know what a huge gap is now in a lot of lives. We will miss you Dave.”

Gregg joined DOA in 1980 as second guitarist and played on albums including DOA’s 1980 debut Something Better Change and Hardcore ’81. He quit the band in 1988, but later played in The Real McKenzies for several years.

D.O.A. have not yet commented on Gregg’s passing. A cause of death has yet to be revealed.

(via Exclaim)

Jawbox’s “Novelty” to Be Reissued on Vinyl by Dischord Records in May 2014

Jawbox "Novelty"

In May 2014, Dischord Records will reissue Jawbox‘s long out-of-print second album, Novelty, on vinyl. Novelty was recorded at Inner Ear Studios in January of 1992 with producer Iain Burgess and was the band’s first full-length to feature guitar player Bill Barbot. The record has been remastered and recut by Bob Weston at Chicago Mastering Studios and will be pressed onto clear-colored vinyl with revised artwork.

Listen: Tori Amos “Trouble’s Lament”

Tori Amos will soon be releasing her 14th studio album, Unrepentant Geraldines, on May 13, 2014. The track “Trouble’s Lament” is the first song to be shared from it, debuting on Noisey. Listen above, and check out Amos’s upcoming tour dates, listed below.

Tori Amos on Tour
7/16 Vancouver, BC @ Orpheum
7/17 Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
7/18 Portland, OR @ Oregon Zoo Amphitheatre
7/21 Oakland, CA @ Paramount Theatre
7/23 Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre
7/24 San Diego, CA @ Humphrey’s
7/25 Mesa, AZ @ Mesa Arts Center
7/27 Denver, CO @ Paramount Theatre
7/29 Dallas, TX @ Winspear Opera House
7/30 Austin, TX @ Long Center
8/01 St. Louis, MO @ Peabody Opera House
8/02 Kansas City, MO @ Midland Theatre
8/03 St. Paul, MN @ The O’Shaughnessy
8/05 Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre
8/06 Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre
8/07 Cleveland, OH @ Cain Park
8/08 Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall
8/10 Philadelphia, PA @ Verizon Hall
8/12 New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
8/13 New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
8/15 Boston, MA @ Opera House
8/16 Washington, DC @ DAR Constitution Hall
8/18 Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
8/19 Atlanta, GA @ Cobb-Energy PAC
8/20 Durham, NC @ Durham PAC
8/22 Clearwater, FL @ Ruth Eckerd Hall
8/23 Orlando, FL @ Bob Carr PAC
8/24 Miami, FL @ Fillmore at The Jackie Gleason Theatre

Watch a Model Transform Into Marge Simpson

Russian photographer Alexander Kholov, makeup artist Veronica Ershova, and hair stylist Mikhail Kravchenko have transformed a model into a real life Marge Simpson. The highlight of the makeover is the re-creation of Marge’s towering blue bouffant, made with chrysanthemums spray-painted blue and attached to a wire cage. Watch the video below:

A Fourth Person Has Died From Injuries Sustained During the 2014 SXSW Crash

SXSW accident

On March 12, 2014, a man drove his car through a crowd at SXSW while try to evade police. Two people were dead on the scene, and more than 20 were injured. A third person later died, and now, a fourth person has passed due to injuries incurred during the tragedy.

From Statesman.com:

A fourth person who was injured in a massive South by Southwest festival crash has died, according to Austin police.

DeAndre Tatum, 18, of Forth Worth died from his injuries at University Medical Center Brackenridge on Thursday morning. He was among the nearly two dozen victims hurt when police said 21-year-old Rashad Owens plowed through a crowd of people on Red River Street while attempting to flee officers on March 13.

Jamie West, a 27-year-old from Austin, 35-year-old Steven Craenmehr from the Netherlands and 26-year-old Sandy Thuy Le of Austin also were killed.

Owens remains in the Travis County Jail charged with capital murder with bail set at $3 million. A grand jury will determine whether Owens will be charged with additional crimes, police said.

 

Jake Bellows Announces Spring 2014 Tour Dates

Jake Bellows

Jake Bellows has announced a spring tour with Margot & The Nuclear So and So’s. Bellows is touring in support of his critically acclaimed debut solo album New Ocean, which was released in 2013 on CD, vinyl, and cassette. Dates are listed below — additional tour dates, including Jake’s first solo dates on the East Coast, will be announced in the coming weeks.

Jake Bellows on Tour
4/27 Scottsdale, AZ @ The Rouge Bar
4/28 Santa Fe, NM @ Duel Brewing
4/28 Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive
5/11 Omaha, NE @ The Slowdown
5/24 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry *
5/28 Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge *
5/30 Boise, ID @ Neurolux *
5/31 Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile *
6/01 Portland, OR @ The Doug Fir *
6/03 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall *
6/04 Los Angeles, CA @ The Bootleg *
6/06 San Diego, CA @ The Casbah *
6/07 Santa Ana, CA @ The Constellation Room *
6/10 Dallas, TX @ Club Dada *
6/11 Austin, TX @ Red 7 *
6/13 Norman, OK @ Opolis *
6/14 St. Louis, MO @ Firebird *

* with Margot & The Nuclear So and So’s

Kurt Cobain, John Lennon, Tupac Shakur, Marilyn Monroe, Bruce Lee, and Elvis Presley Are All Still Alive…and Selling Beer

Thanks to a weird beer company, we now know the truth behind all of these celebrity deaths — Kurt Cobain, John Lennon, Marilyn Monroe, Tupac, and others actually are on a deserted island. Apparently, Andy Kaufman wasn’t invited to the party.

And here’s how 12 deceased rock stars might look today…if they really were alive.

(via Spin)

Gwar Front Man Dave Brockie (Oderus Urungus) Dies at Age 50

Dave Brockie

Dave Brockie, better known as Oderus Urungus, the founder and lead singer of Richmond, Virginia-based metal band Gwar, has died at the age of 50. Roommates reportedly found Brockie’s body at his home on the evening of Sunday, March 23, 2014.

“At approximately 6:53 p.m. on Sunday, Richmond Police were called to a residence in the 4800 block of West Seminary Avenue for a report of a deceased individual,” a Richmond Police spokeswoman said in a statement. “When officers arrived, they found David M. Brockie, 50, deceased inside the home. Detectives do not suspect foul play at this time and the Medical Examiner’s Office will determine cause of death.” (via Blabbermouth)