Urban Outfitters Sells Blood-Stained “Vintage” Kent State University Sweatshirt

"Vintage" Kent State University sweatshirt splattered in fake blood - only from Urban Outfitters!

The always-classy chain retailer Urban Outfitters has recently put up for sale a “vintage” Kent State sweatshirt splattered in fake blood as an apparent homage to the 1970 shooting that left four dead.

The sweatshirt is now listed as “sold out” in Urban Outfitter’s online store. It appears to have been a one-off sale: “We only have one, so get it or regret it!” stated the website.

Of course, UO didn’t mean any harm. It was totally a coincidence. Urban Outfitters issued the following statement, via their Twitter account:

Urban Outfitters sincerely apologizes for any offense our Vintage Kent State Sweatshirt may have caused. It was never our intention to allude to the tragic events that took place at Kent State in 1970 and we are extremely saddened that this item was perceived as such. The one-of-a-kind item was purchased as part of our sun-faded vintage collection. There is no blood on this shirt nor has this item been altered in any way. The red stains are discoloration from the original shade of the shirt and the holes are from natural wear and fray. Again, we deeply regret that this item was perceived negatively and we have removed it immediately from our website to avoid further upset.

"Vintage" Kent State University sweatshirt splattered in fake blood from Urban Outfitters

(via Gawker)

Actor Richard Kiel Dies at Age 74

Richard Kiel in "Happy Gilmore"

Richard Kiel, a 7-foot-2-inch tall actor who cornered the market on playing giants in his career, has died at the age of 74.

Kiel’s agent, Steven Stevens, confirmed his death but declined to provide further details, according to a report from the Associated Press.

Kiel was perhaps best known for his performance as the steel-toothed villain “Jaws” in two James Bond films. However, his career spanned decades, and he is also well known for his performances in Happy Gilmore as Mr. Larson, the man shot in the head with a nail gun by Adam Sandler‘s character; as the alien “Kanamit” in the classic “Twilight Zone“ episode “To Serve Man”; and as the voice of Vlad in Tangled, among his more than 70 acting credits.

He is survived by a wife of 40 years, Diane Rogers, and four children.

Bizarre Unearthed Test Footage of Unmade Disney Version of “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?”

"Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" Disney test

Recently, footage has been unearthed of a 1983 episode of a Disney TV show called “Disney Studio Showcase” that exhibits clips of the unmade Disney version of the classic film, Who Framed Roger Rabbit? The film, which is based on a 1981 novel of the same name, stayed in the development stage with Disney for several years before they abandoned it around 1984. Several years later, the project was revisited and resurrected by producer Steven Spielberg, director Robert Zemeckis, and animator Richard Williams.

However, as you can see in this video, Disney created several test animations, and the voice of Roger Rabbit was provided by none other than Paul Reubens, two years before his breakout in Pee-wee’s Big Adventure. The voice of Jessica Rabbit is that of Russi Taylor, perhaps best known as the voice of  Martin Prince, Sherri and Terri, and Üter from “The Simpsons.”

(via RS)

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Watch: Courtney Love’s Isolated Vocal and Guitar Tracks From Live Performance of Hole’s “Celebrity Skin”

Courtney Love

In 2010, a guy named J.M. Ladd was hired to film a few bands, including Hole, at Don Hill’s in New York during Fashion Week. After it was done, he never heard from the company again: “I still have no idea what happened with regards to the dissolution of their/our arrangement but after fashion week was over, three days later I was standing there (literally) with an invoice and a hard drive,” he tells Noisey.

However, he hung onto the footage and has posted it to YouTube with Courtney Love’s vocal and guitar tracks isolated.

“To address the most obvious, inevitable question that I will be asked…this is not fake,” he says in the video’s description, “Whether you think she’s the worst or this just makes her all the more ‘punk rock’ is for you to decide. I’m merely presenting the facts as they are. Make of them what you will.” Watch below.

Bill Murray’s Casting Suggestions for an All-Female “Ghostbusters” Movie Reboot

Bill Murray as Peter Venkman in "Ghostbusters"

The idea of filming a third Ghostbusters movie has been plodding along for some time now. Way back in August 2011, Dan Aykroyd “officially” confirmed that a film was forthcoming; then, in fall of 2012, it was reported that the director of the original film, Ivan Reitman, would start filming Ghostbusters 3 in 2013. That never happened, and in March 2014, Reitman dropped off the project following Harold Ramis’s death.

However, all this inactivity hasn’t stopped the rumor mill, nor has it stopped speculation as to who would participate in a third installment or a reboot. Now Bill Murray has chimed in with who he thinks would be perfect for an all-female Ghostbusters reboot: “Melissa [McCarthy] would be a spectacular Ghostbuster. And Kristen Wiig is so funny — God, she’s funny! I like this girl Linda Cardellini a lot. And Emma Stone is funny. There are some funny girls out there.”

Regardless of his enthusiasm for the prospective reboot, Murray has long maintained that he will not be part of a third Ghostbusters film in any way.

Click here to see The Many Careers of Bill Murray

(via Slash Film)

Major US Websites Plan to “Go Slow” on September 10, 2014 to Protest Potential Net Neutrality Rule Changes by FCC

Internet slow lane

On September 10, 2014, several major websites including Etsy, Foursquare, Kickstarter, Mozilla, Reddit and Vimeo will install a widget on their sites to show how they believe the internet would look if the FCC overturns net neutrality rules.

According to The Guardian, the FCC is currently redrawing its rules after a series of legal challenges from cable and telecoms companies undermined its authority to regulate the internet. One proposal could allow internet service providers to offer “fast lanes” to higher paying customers, a move critics charge would break net neutrality — the principle that all traffic is treated equally online.

Evan Greer, co-founder of Fight for the Future, a pressure group helping to organize the protest day, has this to say:

“Net neutrality is tough to explain to people, so we wanted to organize an action that actually shows the world what’s at stake. I think the three most hated words on the internet right now are ‘Please wait, loading … ’ Unless internet users unite in defense of net neutrality, we could be seeing those dreaded ‘loading’ wheels a lot more often on some of our favorite websites, while monopolistic companies get to decide which content gets seen by the most people.”

In addition to the above mentioned sites, popular porn sites Pornhub, Youporn, and Redtube will also be taking part, according to Reddit user Katie_Pornhub (SFW link).

For more info, click here, and be sure to watch John Oliver’s incredible rant on net neutrality that aired on his show in June 2014.

Comedian Joan Rivers Dead at Age 81

Joan Rivers

Comedian Joan Rivers died on Thursday, September 4, 2014 in New York City. She was 81. Her daughter, Melissa, confirmed her death.

Rivers died at Mount Sinai Hospital, where she was taken last Thursday after reportedly losing consciousness while undergoing a procedure on her vocal cords at a doctor’s office on the Upper East Side. She was placed in a medically induced coma, and on Tuesday, her daughter said she was on life support. However, on Wednesday, she said she had been moved out of intensive care.

For more info on the life of one of America’s most successful comics, visit The New York Times.

Joan Rivers on “The Carol Burnett Show,” 1974

Faith No More to Release First Album in 18 Years, Tour US

Faith No More

In April 2015, Mike Patton‘s Faith No More are set to release their seventh album, their first in 18 year. The record will be recorded in their Oakland rehearsal space and released on their own imprint, Reclamation Records, with distribution by Patton’s Ipecac Recordings.

Though no dates have been booked, the band is planning a full US tour around the album’s release. Since their return to the stage in 2009, they’ve only played five American cities.

(via RS)

Suicidal Tendencies Bassist Tim “Rawbiz” Williams Has Died


Tim "Rawbiz" Williams - photo by Brandon Mizar

Tim “Rawbiz” Williams – photo by Brandon Mizar

California-based Suicidal Tendencies has released the following statement:

“It’s with complete sadness that we have to announce the passing of bassist Tim ‘Rawbiz’ Williams.

“Tim played bass for Suicidal Tendencies for almost four years until recently.

“Tim was a monster on bass, running around on stage in the pit, giving his all, even when his body wasn’t at its best. We will always remember him and appreciate all the kind words by those that were touched by his bass playing and him personally.”

Williams is credited with playing bass on one song on Suicidal Tendencies’ latest album, 13, which came out in March 2013. It was the band’s first album in 13 years.

No cause of death has been revealed. (via Blabbermouth)

Morrissey to Curate a Ramones “Greatest Hits” Album

Morrissey with his good friend Johnny Ramone

Morrissey, who as a teenager once wrote that the “Ramones are rubbish,” now dubs himself a major fan and is curating a new greatest hits album by the influential punk band.

“My love for the Ramones would out-live time itself,” he has stated. In addition to the track list, he has also chosen the cover art, below. A statement on True to You said the compilation would soon be released through Sire/Rhino Records, and added, “Morrissey is thankful to the Ramones management for this invitation.” (via Spin, CoS)

"Best of Ramones" cover art, curated by Morrissey

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MTV Video Music Awards 2014 Winners List

MTV Video Music Awards 2014

The 2014 MTV Video Music Awards were held on August 24, 2014. In case you missed them — whether because you only get Netflix or because you just don’t have the patience to sit through it — here is a handy list of award winners that should condense the essence of the entire hours-long show down to less than five minutes of your time.

Of course, if none of this appeals to you, be sure to check out 12 MTV Video Music Awards performances worth rewatching.

Best Lyric Video
5 Seconds Of Summer – “Don’t Stop”

Best Female Video
Katy Perry – “Dark Horse” (Feat. Juicy J)

Best Male Video
Ed Sheeran – “Sing”

Best Pop Video
Ariana Grande – “Problem” (Feat. Iggy Azalea)

Best Hip-Hop Video
Drake – “Hold On We’re Going Home”

Best Rock Video
Lorde – “Royals”

Artist To Watch
Fifth Harmony

Video Of The Year
Miley Cyrus – “Wrecking Ball”

Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award


Best Collaboration
Beyoncé – “Drunk In Love” (Feat. Jay Z)

MTV Clubland Award
Zedd – “Stay The Night” (Feat. Hayley Williams)

Best Video With a Social Message
Beyoncé – “Pretty Hurts”

Best Choreography
Sia – “Chandelier”

Best Cinematography
Beyoncé – “Pretty Hurts”

Best Editing
Eminem – “Rap God”

Best Direction
DJ Snake & Lil Jon – “Turn Down For What”

Best Art Direction
Arcade Fire – “Reflektor”

Best Visual Effects
OK Go – “The Writing’s On The Wall”

12 MTV Video Music Awards Performances Worth Rewatching


Top 10 Richest Bassists in Music

Krist Novoselic, bassist of Nirvana

The Richest has published a list of the 10 wealthiest bassist in music. There are very few surprises here, including numerous bassists who also act as front men in their respective groups. Paul McCartney (worth $1.2 billion), Sting, and Gene Simmons are joined by the likes of Tony Kanal of No Doubt and Krist Novoselic of Nirvana, who hasn’t been terribly active in some time. The full list is below.

01. Paul McCartney – $1.2 billion
02. Sting – $300 million
02. Gene Simmons (KISS) – $300 million
04. Roger Waters – $270 million
05. Adam Clayton (U2) – $150 million
06. Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers) – $115 million
07. John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin) – $80 million
08. Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath) – $65 million
09. Tony Kanal (No Doubt) – $45 million
10. Krist Novoselic (Nirvana) – $40 million

(via CoS)

Ani DiFranco to Release “Allergic to Water” October 14, 2014 – Listen to “Woe Be Gone”

Ani DiFranco, photo by Patti Perret

On October 14, 2014, Ani DiFranco will release her 20th full-length studio album, Allergic to Water, on her own label, Righteous Babe Records. DiFranco announced the new album by stating, “Got a new wreckord and I don’t hate it.” Allergic to Water was recorded at her Victorian home in New Orleans and at a larger studio in an old church, “in two 4-day sessions, one while I was six and a half months pregnant,” she explains.

Below, watch the lyric video for “Woe Be Gone,” which premiered on USA Today.