No matter how good or bad Zach Braff's new movie is, it'll have a pretty good soundtrack. Braff rounded up a list of indie music all-stars to write original songs for his movie, and the results have been spectacular so far. We've heard the Shins and Bon Iver contribute two stellar songs, and now this moody, simple new Cat Power + Coldplay collaboration sounds pretty great too. It's much more Cat Power than Coldplay, so you Coldplay fans will have to content yourself with their new album for the time being. Check out "Wish I Was Here" over at NPR ... Discuss

 

This week, we talk to rapper Andy Mineo and take you inside the new issue of RELEVANT. Plus, Jesse selects all the episode music while Chad is out, Eddie enlightens us about The Godfather, you all send in a ton of feedback, and a lot more ... Read More

 

The frontman for the band Arctic monkeys is turning his attention to a new creative endeavor: screenwriting. Singer Alex Turner is teaming with his bandmate from the side project Last Shadow Puppets, Miles Kane, to write a superhero movie together. Kane told Digital Spy, "It's gonna have a sort of X-Men kind of vibe and sort of set in the '60s, but I can't give anymore away than that." At this point, their retro X-Men film doesn’t have any projected release date, but at the very least, we can look forward to a good soundtrack ... Discuss

 

Today in legal action no one saw coming, Christian emcees like Flame, Lecrae and others are taking on human cupcake Katy Perry in a lawsuit alleging Perry's "Dark Horse" ripped off "Joyful Noise," a song Flame released back in 2008 with Lecrae and John Reilly. Moreover, they're saying their song has been “irreparably tarnished by its association with the witchcraft, paganism, black magic, and Illuminati imagery evoked by the same music in ‘Dark Horse’.” Yes, this lawsuit involves Christian rap, Katy Perry and the Illuminati, so there's a little something for everyone here. The complaint states:

Defendants never sought or obtained permission from plaintiffs to use the 'Joyful Noise' song in creating, reproducing, recording, distributing, selling, or publicly performing defendants' song. Plaintiffs never gave any of the defendants permission, consent, or a license to use 'Joyful Noise' for any purpose, including creation of a derivative work based on 'Joyful Noise.'

"Joyful Noise" took home a 2008 Dove Award for best rap song. "Dark Horse" held the top spot on Billboard for three weeks in 2013. You can hear "Joyful Noise here and "Dark Horse" here, and one has to admit, Flame and co. have a case. Will the Illuminati be forced to get involved? Stay tuned ... Discuss

 

Robin Thicke is not having a good year, and it's all his fault. The backlash against his misogynistic, sexually exploitive "Blurred Lines" video has lasted far longer than its early popularity. And his new album, Paula—which seems to be some sort of strained attempt to win back his estranged wife—is coming across as manipulative and creepy. Thicke is acting pretty sleazy. So who knows why VH1 thought it was good idea to ask fans to submit questions to Thicke over Twitter for a promotional stunt?

It was a monumental backfire, any way you look at it. Twitter was eager to give Thicke a taste of his own medicine with shots like "What form of sexual or emotional abuse will you be normalising in your next jaunty hit?" to "There's no need to #AskThicke. You know he wants it." As a matter of fact, there didn't seem to be hardly any genuine questions from real fans in the hashtag, which is not a great sign for a pop artist looking to score another hit, but is good news for anyone who likes their summer pop songs free of misogyny ... Discuss

 

On this week's podcast, we talk to author and speaker Francis Chan, as well as one of our favorite bands, The War on Drugs. In addition, Chad is out on paternity leave, it's Eddie's anniversary and technical difficulties lead to an unprecedented segment order. This is definitely a unique episode ... Read More