Your top national music stories for Wednesday, December 24, 2008:
- Remember back in '89 when no one knew we were in the midst of Hip-Hop's "golden age" and KRS-One schooled us on why non-violence is good with the ditty "Self Destruction?" Well, now the young pups of today can have their own version: KRS-One, along with David Banner, Talib Kweli, The Game, 50 Cent and others have recorded "Self Destruction 2009." See? It's not just Natalie Maines, Eddie Vedder and Steve Earle who are preachy! But, at least Fitty can add some substance to the anti-violence stance...
- If you would've had an extra $100,000 laying around, you too could have purchased a smashed Kurt Cobain gee-tar.
- Wanna know what all the hip kids downloaded this year? Stereogum has the list of the top 50 mp3s downloaded from its website. Oh, and you can download them--all of them--if you so desire. Hey, they're free!
- When it comes to Christmas, you'd think Wayne Coyne would say "Spike the egg nog with liquid LSD!" But, instead, he plays it straight and gives 12 surprisingly poignant reasons why to like Christmas. Merry Christmas.. er, Happy Holidays y'all! --Lance Lester