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RIP Nate Dogg

The LBC’s own Nathaniel Hale, otherwise known as Nate Dogg, has passed away at only 41. Hale had been struggling with health problems for years after suffering strokes in 2007 and 2008. The Long Beach Press-Telegram broke the news late last night, which has since spread all over the world–including the Wall Street Journal in this rather bizarre post.

Nate Dogg made his recording debut on Dr. Dre’s “The Chronic” back in 1992–the album which blew up and put LA hip-hop culture on the global map. But we personally like “Ain’t No Fun” with Snoop from 1993 better. Just plain nasty and hilarious.

How to Game Pitchfork

San Diego CityBeat just put out its annual “Local Music Issue”–which is probably best known for writing up every locally produced demo that get sent to the office and royally shitting on the bad ones (i.e. most of them). This year’s issue doesn’t disappoint in that regard. However, shitting on crappy music aside, we also like this piece by music editor Peter Holslin about how to get your band written up on Pitchfork–”The New York Times Book Review of the indie-rock world,” in Holslin’s words.

Among seven bits of advice to aspiring indie musicians, these two struck us as the funniest. First, get a decent name.

Nostalgia is key. The name needs to evoke youth and fun, but also an element of sadness and resentment. Some combination of the following words should suffice: “Teenage,” “Memory,” “Dream,” “Neon,” “Young,” “Girls,” “Mirror.” But if that doesn’t work, go ahead and use “Gak.”

He’s right about that last part. We’re pretty sure the only reason the band Allister is still around is because of their You Can’t Do That on Television reference.

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James Bond Composer John Barry Dead at 77

John Barry, the man who probably did more to make James Bond a household name than Sean Connery, died in New York yesterday at the age of 77. Barry was the musician behind the scores of a dozen Bond films, including “Goldfinger.” He picked up five Oscars over the course of his more than 40-year career, for films like “Out of Africa” (1985) and “Dances with Wolves” (1990). His compositions were often way better than the movies they were in. The piece above is from the otherwise forgettable 1979 film “Black Hole.” The LA TimesRandall Roberts compiled a Youtube list of some of Barry’s other great works.

Johnny Rotten Takes a Ride With the LA Times

LA Times music editor Randall Roberts took a two-camera cruise with Sex Pistols frontman John Lydon, otherwise known as Johnny Rotten. Among other interesting tidbits from the ride, Lydon professes a love for Mexican Viagra, reveals he used to live in the “religious suburbs” of Pasadena, and takes credit for helping to bring about the modern day paparazzi, who he says “had a free hand with us” back when the Pistols were still big news. Lydon has lived just off the beach in Venice for the past 20 years.

Lydon is also profiled by Roberts in the paper, where talks about “Mr. Rotten’s Scrapbook,” a $750 collection he’s put together of “drawings, paintings, photos, poems, scribbles and reminiscences.”

KCRW DJ Gary Calamar Nominated for Grammy Award

KCRW DJ Gary Calamar was just nominated for his fourth Grammy Award for his work on the “True Blood 2″ soundtrack. He’s up for the “Best Compilation Soundtrack,” award against “Crazy Heart,” “Glee: The Music, Volume 1,” “Treme,” and “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.” We pray to Jesus, Allah, Yahweh and giant desert tortoise that he beats Twilight and Glee.

Calamar has been a DJ with KCRW since the mid-90′s and got his start in the music supervision biz working on the soundtrack of the 1998 film Varsity Blues. He previously picked up two Grammy Awards nominations for his work on the Six Feet Under soundtrack.

Orange County Crap-Hop Band ‘Imperial Stars’ Charged With Felony For Blocking Freeway

Remember the band of idiots from Orange County who blocked rush hour traffic so they could play their crappy single on the 101 freeway? Here’s a reminder. Anyway, they just got hit with felony conspiracy charges for their guerilla marketing scheme media whoredom.

“This was not a matter involving free speech or lawful protest,” said LA County District Attorney Steve Cooley. “This was a well-orchestrated commercial stunt perpetrated by these defendants and their accomplices with no concern for the lives or well-being of thousands of innocent victims who were caught up in the prank. I hope this filing sends a strong message of deterrence. This type of dangerous behavior will not be tolerated.”

No word on if Cooley will seek to substitute prison time for a Singapore-style public caning. We here at FBLA fully support the endeavor.

Previously on FBLA: Orange County Media Whores Clog the 101 Freeway

California Medical Weed is Willie Nelson’s Best Hope

As you may have heard, country legend Willie Nelson was arrested in Austin, Texas for possession of six ounces of marijuana. He’s looking at six months minimum in jail, but could face up to two years. But Bruce Margolin, director LA’s of NORML, told TMZ Willie has a chance to skirt the charges — if he can convince a jury the pot was California-grown medical marijuana and he forgot it was on the bus. Like to see how the lawyers will play that one. “Ladies and gentleman of the jury, my client was baked out of his mind and completely forgot about that marijuana on his bus.”

Doesn’t really seem like it will fly, but for Willie’s sake, we hope it works.

Robert Greenwald’s Brave New Interview World

Documentary filmmaker Robert Greenwald and team continue to quietly build his Charlie Rose iteration, posting conversations that can be accessed on a sliding scale subscription basis. Last week, interview subjects included filmmaker Oliver Stone and Andy Bichlbaum, co-director of a documentary described as “Bruno meets Michael Moore.” He spoke with Greenwald colleague Christopher Sprinkle.

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Keenan Cahill Gets Assist from ‘Cougar’ Chelsea Handler

On Monday, Chelsea Handler welcomed as her Chelsea Lately guest 15-year-old YouTube sensation Keenan Cahill. The Chicago teen, who suffers from Maroteaux-Lamy Syndrome, has exploded with his lip-synched versions of various pop hits.

It certainly pays to have fans like Handler, whom Cahill hilariously referred to as a “cougar” during his E! appearance. As part of his LA visit, the head-bobbing cover artist got to work with rapper (and rumored CL boyfriend) 50 Cent, who drops in starting at the 1:20 mark to help with Cahill’s latest redo, “Down On Me.”

Check it out:

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Santa Monica College Dropout Genki Sudo Is a Superstar in Japan

Now that’s a music video, courtesy of Japanese MMA/J-pop superstar Genki Sudo and his group World Order. Very cool.

Sudo doesn’t just fight and make videos, he’s also a well-known essayist in Japan. Not bad for a guy who apparently dropped out of Santa Monica College when he was younger. More on Genki Sudo from Kogi taco truck PR firebrand Aliiiice, who also provides some salient sociocultural analysis, befitting her Asian American studies degree.

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