Perez Hilton, Tastemaker?!?

perez Hilton and sloane Berrent at Twiistup 3 by Mike Macadaan

Sloane Berrent with Perez Hilton and “Britney’s dirty underwear” by Mike Macadaan at Twiistup 3.

Waking up to this story in the NYT made sent a chuckle of disbelief across the land. Perez Hilton, the ocd-celeb blogger with the funny, unshowered hair and the hastily Photoshopped, illegal photo usage, is now Mr. Lavandeira in the New York Times? In an uncorroborated report that he’s soon to be given his own record label by a major?

The talks are preliminary, and an agreement is not certain, but Mr. Lavandeira could receive $100,000 a year as an advance against 50 percent of any profits generated by artists he discovers and releases…

First McCain and now this — the Gray Lady really is on the fast road to fade to black. They didn’t bother to mention Lavandeira’s tendency to print rumors from unnamed sources as fact — take for example his guaranteed reports of Fidel Castro’s death last year.

Read the story here.

Wilco in Chicago [Testing Y! Media player]

Lucas Gonze is giving a presentation on the just-launched Yahoo! Media player today at SF Music Tech Conference. I’m not there but just glanced at his online powerpoint and remembered that I have yet to check out the player!

Let’s test it out right here, with a cut from the last set of Wilco’s historic 5-night run at the Riviera in Chicago this month.

Wilco – Muzzle of Bees w/ Andrew Bird

Check out the rest of the show at I am Fuel.

I had a tricky time getting the htrack microformat to work and eventually gave up (on second thought I think this was due to some issues with the Firefox 3 Beta I was testing it on). However, I now see that there is a WordPress Plugin that might make it even easier.

What the Zeitgeist Are You Thinking, Hype Machine?

Oh yes, it’s prime time to prove to record labels and profit-worthy artists that your free Web site aspires to legitimacy. But COME ON, HypeM — especially in light of the Qtrax hilarity — how can you do something so dumb?

What kind of “zeitgeist” looks like this? A painful-to-the-eye layout of 50 records + a few advertised fakes? Wow. And this is the shit that put Virgin Sunset out?

First off, I blame Billy Corgan. Ever since he pretended it was 1992 all over again and named a record “Zeitgeist” I just KNEW that awesome word would slide straight into the linguistic deathpool.

Lo, I must give props to the Largeheartedboy blog, which aggregated ALL of the 2007 best of lists as it has for years.

But Hype Machine, if you’re gonna go legit, look what happened with QTrax — the public won’t side with the fakers, even in attempt to punk the majors. Because it’s all about the songs, with equal respect to the artists and the listeners. And, gimme a break, no fake-out ads in the middle of a Best of list, OK?

I’ll stick to Pazz and Jop.