Billy Corgan's Finishing Move Is a Total Lack of Shame

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Billy Corgan (second from left), former rock star and current wrestling executive?
Who knew that Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness was a prophecy, not just an album?

Consider the career trajectory of Billy Corgan. Once an alt-rock god revered for his work with Smashing Pumpkins, yesterday it was announced that he'd joined Nashville-based TNA Wrestling as Senior Producer, Creative and Talent Development. Say what?

But lest anyone think Billy is a wrasslin' Johnny-come-lately, let's take note of his work in Chicago's wrestling scene. Corgan spent four years with Resistance Pro, the pro wrestling league he co-founded with brothers Gabe and Jacques Baron.

He's really into this stuff. And it's just as tragic as it sounds.

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Celebrities Continue to Bash Kanye Over Grammys Stunt

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Jena Ardell

Kanye West's biggest character flaw is he can't keep his mouth shut. His little stunt at the Grammys could have been viewed as a self-deprecating parody, had he not opened his mouth backstage. Instead, West created more reasons for us to dislike him.

We don't agree with The Guardian, which feels West's Grammy rant was "an act of brave solidarity". Beyoncé is far from a struggling artist who needs her voice heard, and interrupting someone's deserved recognition is the lowest form of protest.

The question we have is: Who arranges the seating chart for the Grammys? And why was West allowed to sit near the front of the stage after his 2009 incident with Taylor Swift?


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CDs Are Dead

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It's over.
At the height of the dopey youthful experience, I had hundreds of rare European import CDs piled up and displayed by some sort of giant lava lamp rack. They're all gone now, save for a few jewel cases that are sitting in a burlap sack in my bathroom for some reason. I sold them so I could buy weed. I don't miss them, either.

Because I hate CDs.

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The Ten Biggest Douchebags In Country Music

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Mainstream country music gets an unfair rap as being universally over-polished and formulaic, a notion that artists like Kacey Musgraves and Eric Church obliterate every time they strap on their guitars. But there's a granule of truth to the stereotype, and a particularly damaging subgenre -- known as "bro-country" -- is lending it far too much credibility right now.

See also: The 15 Most Ridiculous Band Promo Photos Ever

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Five Albums That Breed Insufferable Fans

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There are only a few albums in the world that transcend any scene or genre, and build a following in their own, distinct shadows. It's powerful, and it's mostly good, but sometimes the greatest albums of all time can turn good, solid people into an absolutely insufferable demographic. You know what I'm talking about. Those albums.

You're at a party, you asked someone about their favorite records, they reply with a record you both like, but their fandom runs in a dark, depressing obsession -- there's a reason Weezer fans always travel in groups. We went ahead and highlighted a few of these albums, if only to help inspire a bit of sanity back into their steadfast followers. It's never good when a human being can be adequately described with the name of an album.

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Five Music Writing Clichés That Need to Die

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Cloud Nothings' Here and Nowhere Else: "Powerfully utilitarian."
On Monday, I read the following sentence on a popular music website about the new Cloud Nothings album: "The band continues to make powerfully utilitarian music for people who don't seek out this type of music just to be told what to think." I read it over and over again until my eyes rolled back into my head. It is perhaps the most inscrutable piece of music writing ever published, because not only does it imply that some people turn to a band like Cloud Nothings to "be told what to think," it also makes the claim that Cloud Nothings somehow subvert that expectation.

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Why the Grammys Don't Matter

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About this time five years ago, I was driving around with the radio tuned to a classic-rock station when whatever supercomputer Clear Channel uses to program its stations decided it was time for "Heart of Gold." "That was Neil Young," the DJ bantered afterward. "Congrats to him for winning his first ever Grammy last night."

"Seriously?" I thought. "It's 2009, and Neil Young just got his first Grammy? He didn't get anything for 'Harvest Moon' or 'Rockin' in the Free World' or 'Ohio'? Nothing for Harvest, one of the biggest albums of the '70s?" Clearly, AllMusic.com had to be consulted.

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Music's Biggest Douchebags: 2013 Edition

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King Douchebag himself, Kanye West.
The musical landscape abounds with douchebags of all stripes. Normally their D-bag behavior is pretty amusing, but this year things took a turn for the completely messed-up -- music might have had more douchebags in 2013 than ever before.

It was tough sifting through the bad behavior that went on this year, but I forced myself to endure it to find the worst of the worst. Let's have a toast for the biggest douchebags of the year, including douchebaggery's patron saint Kanye West, who managed to once again engage in the douchebaginess he has come to embody.

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Why Kanye's St. Louis Tour Date Was Really Cancelled

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By Jay Stephens

It's been almost two weeks since the truck carrying Kanye West's specialized tour equipment was in a mysterious accident, resulting in the postponement of many of the shows on the YEEZUS tour and the outright cancellation of its St. Louis date. There is still no new information regarding the nature of the crash or the people involved, and the investigation may stop altogether now that the equipment has been repaired and the tour is kicking back off again.

But luckily, we're here to speculate wildly on who the most likely culprits of a YEEZUS tour sabotage might be.

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Ten Things the Door Guy Hates About You

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The Door Guy. He's seen and heard it all. Pukes puking. Bros fighting. Liars lying about the guest list to get by him. Drunks falling. Your "Turn up!" is his "Calm down!" Frankly, he hates you. Here are ten reasons why you can't blame him.

See Also: The Top Ten Ways to Piss Off Your Bartender at a Music Venue

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