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As our readers know, here at Commotion we do our best to write about those subjects that we’re passionate about — music, fashion, film, sports and pop culture.

While those subjects mentioned above are near and dear to us, and we certainly write about some more than others, there are countless ideas we encounter every day that we don’t get to explore in our proper posts. That’s why as of yesterday, we’ve launched a companion site at commotionmag.tumblr.com.  This new space will be a place for us to share the songs, pictures, videos and other minutiae that inspire us but we just can’t put into words.  This is by no means a replacement for what we do here on the big blog and the new site is in no way meant to compete with or interfere with the posts we make here.  This is simply another avenue for us to showcase those things we wish we could dedicate a full post to but for whatever reason, cannot.  Of course, we hope this will be another way to connect more with those of you who follow us loyally or those of you who just stop by every once in a while.

As always, thanks for reading Commotion.  Also, we’re looking for a name for the companion site — if you have any ideas, feel free to contact us.  We hope you enjoy the new site as much as we enjoy making it.

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We’re On Twitter and Facebook

We're totally NOT desperate!

We're totally NOT desperate!

Hey readers.  We try not to get too carried away with the whole social networking thing (yes, despite the fact that we’re a blog).  There are just too many out there right now.  Between MySpace (the betamax of social networks), Facebook (the VHS) and now Twitter (the Zack Morris phone) we’ve been less than eager to spread the word of Commotion via those avenues.  However, we’re relenting, as the title of this post indicates, and are starting to get into those Twitter and Facebook things (sorry MySpace).

For those of you who want to keep up with us in a new and exciting way (until the next new and exciting way comes along in 10 minutes), you can tweet along with us at twitter.com/commotionmag or click the Facebook badge on the right side of your screen.

Thank you and you’re welcome.

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Trick Or Treat!

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John McCain Gets Barack Roll’d

There’s really nothing to say.  Just watch.

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The Commotion Repertory Players Present: Kanye West & Justice, A Play In 3 Sentences

From Kanye’s blog:

JUSTICE PLAYED THIS FOR ME AT THERE CRIB A FEW DAYS B4 THE DIOR SHOW!
Just like Daft Punk did for Louis Vuitton last year, Justice made a mix for the Dior Homme Spring/Summer ‘09 fashion show in Paris.

Allow us if you will to perform a dramatic re-enactment of the scene above.  Cue French accordion music…

Justice Dude 1: [adjusting his beret and taking slow drag from his cigarette]  Eeello Kanye.  Welkem to ewr hewwm on tep of zee Eiffel Tewell.  We medd ziz mix feur Klisteean Diewwww.  Wewd yew like to leesen?

Kanye:  Word?

Justice Dude 2: Sacre bleu!?! Yew mean I medd ziz mix feur Klistieean Diewwww???  Yew deedn’t dew anysing but snewt kewcaine and hev zex wiz ze modelz!!! [takes a large bite from a crepe]

Justice Dude 1: He’s ektuelly rett abewt zat.

Aaaaaaaaand scene!  (bowing)

Check out the actual Dior/Justice mix at Kanye’s blog.

And check out the inspiration for our bad French accents here and here

Picture via Vice

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Top 11 Fake British Accents in Rock

It’s the Fourth of July.  And if you’re not out exploding fireworks or debating if Hancock looks any good (it doesn’t, don’t fool yourself) then we’re glad you’re spending it here with us.  So, without any further ado and in honor of our liberation from the British, we give you the top 11 fake British accents in rock.  Please note, Madonna will not be on here.

11. Julian Casablancas, The Strokes – “Is This It” sounded like the culminating sound of four generations worth of rock and one thing that Mr. Casablancas was shrewd enough not to overlook was the importance of the fake British accent.  However, he really made it his own by avoiding the cliche cockney-inflected voice and going for a more affected, spoiled-boarding-school-brat-on-holiday voice.  Oh, wait, that wasn’t an act?

10. Mark Mothersbaugh, Devo – If de-evolution required that we start talking like squeaky, English robots (C3PO anyone?) then Mark Mothersbaugh deserves credit for turning that concept into musical gold.

9. Brandon Flowers, The Killers – He’s a self-professed New Order/Joy Division fanatic and his angst in this video almost reaches French levels.  You can almost taste how badly he wishes he was born and raised in Manchester instead of Las Vegas.  He’ll always have that fake accent though to keep him warm at night.

8. Adam Cox, The Exploding Hearts – Although little known, this band packed a wallop in the faux British accent department.  The video on these guys is shoddy at best so we thought we’d give you a song to sample instead.  We can only imagine how huge these guys would be if tragedy hadn’t struck.  Such great songs.
Exploding Hearts – Busy Signals

7. Billy Joe Armstrong, Green Day – Green Day?  More like Greenwich Meantime Day!!! <hi fiving friends in room>  Billy Joe Armstrong’s fake accent is so thick that it sounds like his mouth is stuffed with spotted dick.

6. Steve Bays, Hot Hot Heat – We actually don’t know a whole lot about this band except that they’re Canadian.  But one thing we can all agree on is that front man Steve Bays channels Elvis Costello through his sinuses every time he gets behind the mic.

5. Andre 3000, Outkast – I think this video tells you all you need to know.

4. Jay Reatard – Although still an up and comer, this Memphis new waver can hang a fake British accent with the best of the legends on our list.  The only thing keeping him from jumping to number one is the fact that he’s so young.  He’s like the LeBron James of fake British accents: destined for greatness, he’s almost at the top of the mountain, but not quite there yet.  Don’t worry Jay, maybe when we re-do this list in ten years you’ll be number one.

3. Jack White, The White Stripes, The Raconteurs – If you ask him, he’ll probably insist that he’s more a world-weary-90-year-old-black bluesman from the Mississippi delta than English dandy.  This doesn’t change the fact that he sings about frou frou British topics like the hardest buttons to button and prominently featured bag pipes on Icky Thump.  The verdict from our white wigged judges?  Anglophile!

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Kanye West + Absolut Infomercial

We usually try to avoid viral videos (they start to smell of age as soon as you post them), but it’s a slow news day.  I’m curious to know just what these marketers were thinking.  How does this make me want to drink Absolut????

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