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    The only thing more exciting than a Taylor Swift concert is seeing who else shows up to share the spotlight.

    Swift has been surprising her fans with big surprise guests at her concerts and performances for years now, often resulting in giant duets. But the U.S. portion of her 1989 World Tour so far has been a juggernaut of its own thanks to the many, many cameos from Swift’s countless famous friends (and even one actual Friend). Once it happens on the stage, it goes straight to social media, courtesy of Swift’s ever-loyal fanbase.

    And like the Foo Fighters, anything Swift touches turns to viral gold.

    At every concert, Swift brings at least one member of her squad onstage—which includes actors, musicians, models, World Cup champions, and idols (and not just those featured in the “Bad Blood” music video). Some might just join her onstage, but others will pick up the mic, letting Swift fulfill everyone’s giant fantasy by dueting with many of our favorite people.

    Swift still has a couple more months of touring the U.S., and she’s bound to bring out even bigger stars along the way. But looking back at everyone she’s introduced so far, we can only say for sure that it’s going be hard to top Ellen DeGeneres’s sparkly tutu.

    1) Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons, May 30 in Detroit

    2) Little Big Town, June 6 in Pittsburgh

    3) Sydney Sierota of Echosmith, June 12 in Philadelphia

    4) Rachel Platten, June 13 in Philadelphia

    5) The Weeknd, July 10 in East Rutherford, New Jersey

    6) Nick Jonas, July 11 in East Rutherford, New Jersey

    7) Lorde, July 13 in Washington, D.C.

    8) Jason Derulo, July 14 in Washington, D.C.

    9) Andy Grammer, July 18 in Chicago

    10) Serayah, July 18 in Chicago

    11) Sam Hunt, July 19 in Chicago

    12) Nicholas Petricca of Walk the Moon, July 24 in Foxborough, Massachusetts

    13) Malcolm Kelley and Tony Oller of MKTO, July 25 in Foxborough, Massachusetts

    14) Nico & Vinz, Aug. 1 in Vancouver, British Columbia

    15) Fetty Wap, Aug. 8 in Seattle

    16) Fifth Harmony, Aug. 14 in Santa Clara, California

    17) Mary J. Blige, Aug. 22 in Los Angeles

    18) Uzo Aduba, Aug. 22 in Los Angeles

    19) Alanis Morissette, Aug. 24 in Los Angeles

    Illustration by Max Fleishman


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    All the Ghostbusters detractors who are upset with the all-female cast will have something new to grumble about after star Melissa McCarthy released a photo of a large group of women working on the film.

    McCarthy posted an Instagram with the hashtag #GirlPower, featuring women working on Ghostbusters both in front of the camera and behind the scenes, holding up paper with their job titles to show the diversity of the cast and crew.

     According to the signs, women are working across multiple departments on the film, including stunts, props, hair and makeup, and as a grip.

    “When we stand together we are unstoppable,” McCarthy wrote. 

    The film is slated for release July 16, 2016.

    Photo via DeclanTM/Flickr (CC BY 2.0) Remix by Fernando Alfonso III 


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    Nurse Ariel Febreeze is blindsided when she discovers an affair between Nurse Mittens and her boyfriend of one month, Ty Bundles. Meanwhile, Nurse Kathy is battling a pill addiction and Dr. Royce Darlington is standing up for an abused patient.

    That may sound like the plot of any standard soap opera, but half of those characters are actual cats.

    Cat Hospital is a joint production of YouTuber Mark Douglas of Barely Productions and YouTube Space’s experimental Field Day initiative that helps creators push the boundaries with enhanced equipment and locations. How we lived in a world without a cat-themed soap opera set in a hospital run by cats and humans, we may never know.

    Will Chase Buchanan III be caught for the murder of John Whiskerstein? You can’t tune in next week because this is a one-off video, but that's exactly why fanfiction exists.

    Screengrab via Field Day/YouTube


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    People will answer pretty much anything on camera, even if they have no idea what they're saying.

    We’ve seen that time and again with Jimmy Kimmel’s Lie Witness News segment, but now Kimmel's sending out his camera crew with a running question so long it would make most grammar nerds cringe. The question requires knowledge of the stock market crash, Donald Trump, Wiz Khalifa, anchor babies, the Iran deal, emoji, and Harry Styles.

    The people who respond can barely follow half of the question, but most of them do render an opinion on some of the topics. And for once, it’s not just Trump.

    Screengrab via Jimmy Kimmel Live/YouTube


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    No one told you life was gonna be this way.

    In the final scene of Friends, the whole gang gets reminiscent as the last of new parents Monica and Chandler’s belongings are moved out of that iconic apartment. It was, at one point, everyone’s home, but now it’s time to move onto the next part of their life—once they’ve had one more cup of coffee at Central Perk, that is. It’s a simple and sweet send-off for the show that took over our TVs for 11 seasons.

    Except that according to one theory, that ending is a lot darker than we ever imagined.

    Gareth Stranks, a 30-year-old Friends fan from London, had been watching the show with his girlfriend and roommate this past Sunday when he came up with the theory.

    “Over dinner we were saying how Friends is basically the story of Rachel Green,” Stranks told the Independent. “Then we started talking about the different themes across the show and I thought it would be hilarious if there was a ‘big reveal’ ending that died it all together.”

    And while the “it was all a dream” finale had been overdone to him, he still wanted to come up with a way where everything came together in the end.

    The end result? It wasn’t real because Phoebe, who’s homeless and addicted to meth, imagined the entire thing.

    Friendless and alone, she latched onto these five people she didn’t know inside Central Perk and and created a bunch of fantasy situations in which she hung out with them. It explains her zany personality and her constantly pointing out how much of an outsider she was. Every fight, every hookup, the children, and even her one-time husband were all made up. And yes, she even created Joey’s ginormous life debt to Chandler.

    At the end of the show, the audience would get a glimpse at what Rachel, Ross, Monica, Chandler, and Joey were really like—along with how creepy they found the homeless woman who constantly stared at them.

    In all fairness, Stranks admitted he probably made things so bleak for Phoebe because she was his least-favorite character.

    Obviously that didn’t happen, and our Friends went on with their merry lives. But maybe there’s a point in reconsidering the darkness within that happy construct. Considering Rachel ended up with the ultimate “nice guy” at the end of the series, maybe it wasn’t as cheery as we remembered after all.

    H/T Independent | Screengrab via Jasmine Ricci/YouTube


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    The Daily Dot is celebrating Woman Crush Wednesday, better known as #WCW on Twitter and Instagram, by highlighting female creators on YouTube whose work we admire.

    Dodie Clark is the complete package of cuteness.

    Between her love for flower crowns, her talented ukulele covers, and her ability to rock the perfect pair of overalls, she’s 100 percent adorable. But beyond that cute foundation, Clark is also talented, spunky, self-aware, hilarious, and sarcastic as well.

    Since she joined YouTube in 2011, Clark has become best known for her covers, original songs, and candid vlogs discussing everything from boys and relationships to advice on ways to stay creative. Though her most popular videos are her original tracks “She” and “Adored by Him,” the videos I think best depict her musical talent—and ability to convince any YouTuber to perform—are “FourFiveSeconds” featuring Jack Howard and “A Song About Acne” with Charlieissocoollike. In the past year, Clark has toured the U.K. with fellow YouTube musicians Bry and Bethan Leadley (MusicalBethan) and is currently working on her first EP.

    With a steady growth in both subscribers and reputation in the U.K. vlogging community, Clark is one of the most well-connected creators on the platform. Her long list of collabs includes Jack Howard, Daniel J. Layton, MeowItsLucy, Hannah Witton, Evan Edinger, Bry, Jon Cozart, Hazel Hayes, and more. But it’s her friendships with Witton and MeowItsLucy, along with other brilliant women in the community, that continue to give me #squadgoals (and I don’t ever say things like #squadgoals).

    What sets Dodie apart is her candid and authentic nature; it penetrates the screen and allows her to make very real connections with her fans. To me, her personality is a mix of Liz Lemon from 30 Rock and Bee from Bee and Puppycat, and between that and her musical talent, she’s easily one of the most worthwhile YouTube creators to follow on the platform right now.

    Screengrab via doddleoddle/YouTube


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    You might call this a supercut of Jason Statham punching people, but you could just as easily call it a regular day in Statham's life. He's just that intense.

    The four-and-a-half-minute supercut from the folks at Burger Fiction features every punch Statham has ever thrown on screen, dating back to his early work in Danny Boyle’s Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. The Stath is shown punching dudes in the face, in the crotch, while wearing Hulk hands, while on fire, and often while well-dressed—there were not as many shirtless Statham fights as we thought we remembered.

    The video tallies 264 punches altogether, which seems a little low, if you ask us. And if you’re wondering, Stath punches Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson—the only person who could conceivably take him—from punch 251 through 261. 

    This video proves that anyone in their right mind would want Statham on their side. If he’s one of the bad guys, then you join him!

    H/T Death and Taxes | Screengrab via BestActionScene/YouTube


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    "Don't worry Spitzy, this punk's never going to write a bad Yelp review again."

    It's that kind of high-stakes drama that shapes Social Media Special-Ops, a new webseries from MTV (Other). The series deals with the world of social media crime while spoofing on the genre of law enforcement procedurals like Law & Order.

    Cases range from recovering the missing cell phone of a social media star and solving the mystery of a dead man's still-active fantasy sports team.

    The series stars Anu Valia and Nate Fernald as the investigative partners Kelly and Spitzy, with muscle being produced by Mehran Khaghani as Bruno. They interrogate subjects who've been posting negative comments on videos, and discover the hidden dangers of Internet fame.

    MTV (Other) has been on a roll releasing new content this summer, including The Untitled Web Series Morgan Evans Is Doing and topical vlog programs from YouTubersLaci Green and Franchesca Ramsey

    The three-part series of  is available now.

    Screengrab via MTV/YouTube


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    The Force has awoken, and it's coming for an IMAX theater near you.

    Star Wars has contracted with IMAX to take over all IMAX theaters in the U.S. completely for a full month after the release of The Force Awakens.

    This means that fans eager to see other winter-release films on the largest screen possible will just have to wait—and hope the Star Wars run doesn't edge out their faves completely.

    The takeover will cover about 400 screens in the U.S. and extend to non-traditional movie theaters like museums and aquariums, which traditionally only show more science-related IMAX fare.

    The contract will also include more than 400 international IMAX screens.

    The Hollywood Reporter notes that films like Ron Howard's epic whaling movie In The Heart of the Sea, which opens before The Force Awakens, will get a drastically shortened time on the larger screens due to the month-long glut. 

    So will Birdman director Alejandro Iñárritu's highly anticipated The Revenant, which may not see an IMAX opening until at least a week after its release in January.

    Though IMAX has placed the Disney disaster film The Finest Hours on its schedule in late January, the rest of that month remains clear as well, which means the Star Wars bonanza could continue.

    Photo via Pixabay (public domain)


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    For the second of two innovative films that debuted at this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, Alfonso Albaisa, Infiniti's executive design director, takes viewers into the design process of the QX30 concept car. 

    "From Pencil to Metal" brings you into the studio to see initial sketches of the vehicle being scribbled in thin air, as the car is created around you. From CAD files to clay modeling to the impeccable finished product, the team at Infiniti has put the driver first, creating a virtual reality experience where the car takes shape around you—literally; thanks to YouTube's 360-degree video playback, users can look around the car as it comes to life.  

    "Traditional media can be one-sided, and seem to talk at consumers," the team behind the project says. "But VR allows us to literally bring them inside of the Infiniti brand, an Infiniti car and an engaging story."

    YouTube's 360-degree videos are playable on your desktop when using Chrome, Opera or Firefox;  when on your cellphone, you'll need the latest version of the YouTube app.


    Photo via Infiniti


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    The Los Angeles Police Department has reportedly given TMZ the exclusive news that Justin Bieber impersonator Tobias Strebel, who was officially reported missing last week, was found dead in a San Fernando Valley Motel 6 on Friday. 

    Born "Toby Sheldon," Strebel was widely known as the 35-year-old man who undertook the task of changing far more than just his name—he paid an excess of $100,000 for plastic surgery in hopes of resembling that of the 21-year-old singer and paparazzi-magnet, Justin Bieber. 

    Strebel's quest to become a second Bieber landed him an appearance on the E! network's Botched, a show dedicated to covering victims of poorly executed plastic surgeries:

    He was also the focus of an episode of TLC's My Strange Addiction, which focused not on the plastic surgery itself, but on Strebel's underlying addiction to look like the famous pop star:

    TMZ reports that the LAPD thought a breakup with his boyfriend may have led to Strebel's initial disappearance. Drugs were discovered in the same motel room as his body, but police say there is no evidence yet that his death was related to them, nor have they released details on what those drugs were.

    H/T TMZ | Screengrab via TLC/YouTube


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    Within seconds of sitting down to lunch with the Janoskians, three of the five members of the YouTube group take off their shirts.

    It’s a warm day in Los Angeles and there’s a pool nearby, but we’re still clearly in the bounds of a restaurant. These guys obviously value comfort above all else, and as the Janoskians, they’ve made a career out of ignoring societal conventions for fun and profit.

    The Janoskians (that’s: Just Another Name of Silly Kids In Another Nation) are redefining boy fands for the YouTube generation. The fivesome from Australia—twins Luke and Jai Brooks, their elder brother Beau, and friends James Yammouni and Daniel Sahyounie—started posting their prank and social experiment videos to the platform in 2011 and built a loyal following that now includes over 2 million subscribers to their main channel.

    They’re about to go on tour, and citing concerns for staying in shape, Daniel and Beau both order salads (but then sneak fries from my plate, with permission). The rest of the boys opt for carbs with me—burgers and pizzas. They’re playful but exceedingly more reserved than their YouTube channel would lead you to believe. They’re polite, they don’t talk over one another or get into any mischief during the meal, and they actually ask me detailed questions about my career. It’s a far cry from the YouTube image of them pepper spraying each other and drunkenly rolling down hills.

    This is the last break they’ll have for a few weeks. In addition to prepping for an international tour, they’ll attend the Teen Choice Awards clad primarily in body-paint tuxedos and then launch their first film, Janoskians: Untold and Untrue.

    It’s a far cry from the YouTube image of them pepper spraying each other and drunkenly rolling down hills.

    “We’ve always loved entertaining, whether it’s music or YouTube videos or a TV show,” Beau explains. “We thought a movie was a good way to express ourselves.”

    The film, available for download and on-demand viewing Aug. 28, began as a traditional documentary, in line with the likes of Justin Bieber’s Never Say Never or One Direction’s This Is Us. But in a fitting twist, the guys tweaked the script, revamping it as a mockumentary that both celebrates and pokes fun at their success.

    “There’s so many boy bands who’ve done what they’ve done; let’s sort of make a mock of boy bands,” Beau recalls thinking. “It’s a fine line between knowing what’s real in the movie and what’s not.”

    Putting themselves out there

    Janoskians exist in a sort of in-between space between YouTube celebrities and a band. Their rise as a group was a combination of two standout videos. The first, “Awkward Train Situations,” featured them being awkward on public transit. Another, where they answer a dare from The Ellen DeGeneres Show and danced behind unsuspecting people, got played on the air and won them a legion of fans.

    While their music—half of them play instruments—veers pop-rock, their videos fall squarely into the prank category on YouTube. A classic Janoskian prank is usually directed on another member of the group and involves some level of pain. For example, the guys, on their Dare Sundays channel, have acted like a human dartboard and eaten insects.

    Their videos only occasionally border on “social experiments,” where a YouTuber goes out into the public and does something aimed at getting a reaction from those around them. They’re quick to draw a distinction between their segments, which rely on public disturbance and shock—like engaging in awkward phone conversations in public spaces—and other practitioners of the genre, like Sam Pepper, who faced backlash for sexual harassing unsuspecting girls, pinching them on their behinds and recording their reactions.

    Janoskians exist in a sort of in-between space between YouTube celebrities and a band. 

    The Janoskians aren’t phased by any negative comments they get, but they are quick to point out that they try to stay in the realm of making fools of themselves, not other people.

    “We don’t do [pranks] on the daily,” Luke says. “We sort of do it to a more exaggerated extent, which is why some people don’t get it. They think it’s crossing a line, but it’s just another genre of comedy.”

    Their pranks and gross-out humor have attracted the attention of former Jackass star Steve-O, who was a recent guest on their channel and, according to Daniel, was inspired by the group to “keep up on YouTube.”

    “The majority of the stuff we do is humiliate ourselves in public,” James explains. “We don’t want to bully other people. Then you’re an idiot.”

    While the Janoskians are popular in the U.S., they’re even more so in Europe. One scene in particular in Untold and Untrue captures the ferocity of their fanbase, when a spontaneous gathering in Hyde Park turns into an unscripted riot scene.

    “That day was scary; the footage does not do it justice,” James recalls. “We had two security guards per person.”

    Because of their self-described edginess, James says it’s hard for the group to get sponsorships to fund their channel.

    “We aren't really ones to sell out; we’re very selective,” he explains. “The brand has to give us creative control,” Beau chimes in. They recall failed attempts by marketers just trying to cash in on their audience without understanding the Janoskian way at all.

    “There’s one movie we had to promote, and they wanted us to sit in a circle and make a song about it,” laughed Beau.

    The Janoskians are about the furthest thing you can find on YouTube from a campfire singalong, unless the song was about puke and farts.

    “We put ourselves out there,” adds Luke, circling back to the riot in Hyde Park. “A Bieber or a One Direction would not put themselves in that situation.”

    ‘Untold and Untrue’

    A diverse crowd of young women and a few boys started camping out at 10pm the night before the Aug. 25 premiere of Janoskians: Untold and Untrue at the Bruin Theater in Los Angeles. When the group finally arrives—wearing red silk wrestling robes—the first thing they do is snap selfies with the crowd.

    Inside the theater, the fans dodge security to get more snaps with YouTubers and Vine stars who’ve come out in support, from Jack and Jack, who appear in the film, to Best YouTuber Teen Choice Awardwinner Kian Lawley. When the film starts, it’s hard to hear much over the screaming each time one of the boys appears on screen.

    The mockumentary concept definitely takes much of the crowd by surprise—and why wouldn’t it? The Janoskians, and presumably much of their audience, haven’t seen some of the seminal works in the genre on which their film is based. To them, the self parody is natural, not an homage to Christopher Guest’s Best in Show or Joaquin Phoenix’s art project I’m Still Here.

    The Janoskians didn’t “go method” in their mockumentary at all; they simply worked with a script provided to them by a director and made small tweaks to their characters over the two weeks of filming.

    “My character was meant to be someone who’s shy, but I changed it to someone who’s super paranoid,” explains Jai, who goes into hiding throughout the film to avoid being caught by mysterious forces.

    There are murmurs in the theater when the film starts to tease Beau’s character as “a jerk when the cameras are off,” but after a few more joke sections, the crowd starts to catch on. The mockumentary concept doesn’t fully land, but that might be more of a function of a crowd that can’t keep itself totally focused, instead often darting up from their seats to follow their favorite celebs up to the lobby and bathrooms for more selfies.

    The film builds around the Janoskians playing a single night at Wembley Arena in London, and leads up to a rock opera closing number, where the boys all incorporate their mockumentary personas into a big musical performance. It’s completely different from the other songs sprinkled throughout the film, and each member performs a section related to his character. It’s decidedly weird—and probably even weirder for the fans in attendance at Wembley who didn’t know it was the punchline in an elaborate mockumentary joke.

    But it also has weirdly sweet moments, including the boys shouting that “all love is equal” and a bit about how fans on Twitter like to imagine Jai is dating Harry Styles (complete with a shirt featuring Jai’s own art of Styles). In the end, they spray the crowd with Super Soakers, pull their friends on stage, and promise to stay together forever.

    It’s a similar scene back at the restaurant as lunch wraps up. The shirts go back on and the guys get ready to visit a pre-Teen Choice gifting suite at the hotel, clearly ready for a break at the end of a long promotional cycle. They show no signs of stopping and plan to make good on their mockumentary promise.

    “Until there’s not a last fan standing,” Luke says, “then we’ll accept that it’s over.” 

    Photo via the Janoskians


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    Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and in a recent video between YouTube stars Bethany Mota and Tyler Oakley, they go the distance impersonating a fellow YouTuber—even if it requires an excessive amount of rep lipstick.

    Last year Mota and Oakley shared the stage at the Teen Choice Awards as Choice Web Star Male and Female, and now they’re collaborating for the first time to celebrate YouTuber Miranda Sings by copying her iconic style.

    Mota and Oakley pin back their hair (in Oakley’s case, a wig), slap on some overdone red lipstick and a striped shirt, and do their best Miranda impressions. Or, in Oakley’s case, the worst Miranda impression, according to Miranda herself.

    The video is part of Auguest, Oakley’s annual monthlong collaboration effort each August. While he fills most of the spots with fellow YouTubers, he usually reserves the final spot for a mainstream celebrity. In the past that’s included One Direction and Glee star Darren Criss. There haven’t yet been any clues about if a celeb will show up this year or who that celeb might be.

    Auguest wraps up next week on Oakley’s channel.

    Screengrab via Tyler Oakley/YouTube


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    Rapper Tyler the Creator has been officially barred from entering the U.K. for a period of three to five years, he said on Wednesday.

    The rapper’s manager, Christian Clancy, explained in a Tumblr post that the team received a letter from the U.K.’s Secretary of State for the Home Department, Theresa May.

    the letter specifically cites lyrics he wrote 6-7 years ago for his albums bastard and goblin – the type of lyrics he hasn’t written since… highlights from the letter include that his work “encourages violence and intolerance of homosexuality” and “fosters hatred with views thats seek to provoke others to terrorist acts.”
    to say that i am confused would be an understatement. can you imagine being beholden to things you said when you were 18? tyler has been to the UK over 20x in the last 5 years without incident (shows, in stores, meet and greets). we rented out a movie theatre last month in London for a private showing of napoleon dynamite for his fans. literally last month.
    more importantly, this is a broader issue of free speech, with new lines being drawn that include reaching back in time without acknowledging growth. in fact, punishing growth. what i do know is tyler is part of an argument that is counter to who he has become. how do you punish someone for growing up? 

    Tyler the Creator, a member of the Odd Future collective that also includes Frank Ocean (who shared his experiences with same-sex attraction in 2012), rapper Earl Sweatshirt, and about a dozen others. The entire collective was banned from New Zealand in February 2014, where they were scheduled to open for Eminem. New Zealand authorities cited a “potential threat to public order and the public interest for several reasons, including incidents at past performances in which they have incited violence.”

    On Twitter, Tyler the Creator announced the ban with confusion, saying that the U.K. letter referenced lyrics he wrote six years ago with no acknowledgment of his current milieu. He also pointed out the many recent trips he’s made to the country to perform.

    Fans and industry supporters also jumped in and heavily criticized the U.K. decision to bar Tyler the Creator online. Some, like rapper Azealia Banks, called the ban hypocritical in light of other artists that have also been accused of homophobic and misogynist lyrics—specifically, Eminem.

    One Tyler fan named Luke Parfitt tried to petition Parliament on Wednesday. The petition is, at press time, blocked from viewing on the Parliament website, with a message stating that “We need to check it meets the petition standards before we publish it” and to try back in a few days.

    The majority of the controversy around Tyler the Creator’s offensive lyrics stems from a 2009 mixtape called Bastard that was written when he was a teenager. On a particularly song called “Blow,” he raps from the perspective of a guy who rapes and murders a woman. But according to Rap Genius, which examines the meaning behind rap lyrics, the song is about a serial killer—not Tyler's actual desires or actions.

    “The song "Blow”… [is] from the mind of Ted Bundy, the way he got females with his charm, the smooth way that he got it… I wrote that song from that mindstate.“
    “ i made that after listening to Lets Get Blown, ( i am a big neptunes STAN if you didnt know) thar why the beat was called blow and i never changed the title and just made a song named after the beat haha, i was 16. i miss those days cause i had no one watching and i was just running free, now its eyes on everything so its hard to be natural when. never mind.”

    Fader magazine reached out to the U.K. Secretary of State’s office on Wednesday night for clarification on why Tyler the Creator was barred from the country.

    “Coming to the UK is a privilege, and we expect those who come here to respect our shared values," the office wrote in an email to Fader.

    “The Home Secretary has the power to exclude an individual if she considers that his or her presence in the UK is not conducive to the public good or if their exclusion is justified on public policy grounds.”

    H/T The Fader | Photo via Wikimedia Commons


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    Ellen Kempner is the anxiety-plagued 21-year-old who writes and performs nearly every chunk of Palehound’s music. She hails from a New York ’burb and dropped out of school in Boston—you know, urban hubs that can do a number on introverts.

    Luckily for us, Kempner is a bold, brave songwriter, and her band’s August album Dry Food is among the year’s most efficient, at eight gems hung across 28 minutes. “I’m nursing all the ugly things I see,” she sings to an ex on the album’s title track, because, “you made beauty a monster to me.”

    If the songs pop and sound furiously rehearsed, peg that on the fact that Dry Food was reportedly written two years ago—that “spend your whole life making your first album” kinda thing. Kempner cranks out matted, warped guitar rock with purpose, but she holds your attention with acoustic songwriting that literally makes chores interesting. See “Dixie,” including this ode to when hair clogs up your shower drain: “I try to scoop it out but I retch until I’m stuck to stare and gag into a Dixie cup.”

    Her simile game is just as strong, especially the one about twitching “like a pet in the palm of someone’s mean, fat kid.” But Kempner becomes family when, on “Healthier Folk,” she sings about being too stoned to take an antibiotic. (Definitely spin the whole record on Spotify.)

    It’s an album about getting to the top of the escalator and then realizing you’ve only been lifted out of the parking garage to a fluorescent food court. About the uncertainty of life stages and the banality of what we have to tend to in between. 

    The Daily Dot has partnered with Daytrotter to highlight one session a week, which will be available to stream here exclusively. Ride with Palehound so you can enjoy them live at a middling venue this fall.

    For nearly a decade, Daytrotter has been recording some of the best talent around, and now you can stream half of this incredible (and growing) archive, featuring thousands of band sessions, for free—or join for full access and free downloads.

    Illustration by Johnnie Cluney/Daytrotter


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    Once upon a time, a former editor told me he didn't think I wanted to be a music writer forever because, ultimately, it’s a “boy’s profession.” This didn’t happen decades ago; it happened in the last five years. 

    I felt the phantom sting of that comment while reading through Jessica Hopper’s Twittertimeline. Since Monday, Hopper—a longtime music critic, senior editor at Pitchfork, and author of the new book The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic—has been retweeting comments from women and men about experiences with sexism in the music industry. As of yesterday, she said she’d gotten more than 400 responses. 

    As much as the music industry has shifted both in both medium and message, the idea that women don’t count persists. There’s still the notion that women can’t be true collectors, that they don’t know how to actually play, that they’re backstage to sleep with musicians, not interview them. Last week, Billboardran a now-deleted poll about Kesha’s sexual assault lawsuit against former producer Dr. Luke. Who did industry execs believe, the poll asked: her or him? Earlier this month, Chvrches singer Lauren Mayberry documented the harassment she’s endured at the hands of trash heaps like 4chan. And, of course, trolls have been popping up in Hopper’s mentions. 

    Writer Meaghan Garvey, author of this scalpel-sharp Drake op-ed, discussed her painful experience at length. 

    As Hopper points out, there are still so many women who don’t feel they can speak out about their experiences. For many women, doing so might cost them a paying gig or a job, or worse.   

    Earlier this year, Hopper spoke with Björk about experiencing sexism in the industry after more than 30 years as an artist, and how women are often rendered invisible within their own work, even as we still must be the “glue” for other parts of our life:  
    That’s what women do a lot—they’re the glue between a lot of things. Not only artists, but whatever job they do: in the office, or homemakers. ...It’s a strange moment. Women are the glue. It’s invisible, what women do. It’s not rewarded as much.

    And later, the constant fight:  

    [I]t’s an ongoing battle. I hope it doesn’t come across as too defensive, but it is the truth. I definitely can feel the third or fourth feminist wave in the air, so maybe this is a good time to open that Pandora’s box a little bit and air it out.

    We’ve reached out to Hopper for comment on this “Pandora’s box” and will update this story if we hear back.

    Photo via styeb/Flickr (CC BY SA 2.0)


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    You can learn a lot on YouTube: how to apply the perfect eyeliner, how to decorate a cupcake, how to win a gold medal in javelin.

    Julius Yego achieved the latter, winning the 2015 World Championships in Beijing with a distance of 92.72 meters after being self-trained with only the help of YouTube videos to guide him.

    In a 2012 documentary about “Mr. YouTube Man,” as he’s known in Kenya, explained how he started using the video platform to perfect his training. He finished 12th in the 2012 Olympics, a far cry from his early days of just throwing a stick around his hometown.

    “As the world progresses everything changes, so maybe one day everyone will be learning through videos,” he says in the clip. “The answers are there.”

    H/T Tubefilter | Screengrab via EMEASports/YouTube


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    With Jon Stewart at the helm of The Daily Show, finding ways to make an impact on social media were plentiful, particularly since the show oftentimes filled act 1 with outrage and then produced viral-worthy field pieces for act 2.

    It was nearly perfect for people looking to waste part of their mornings while perusing the Internet. But Stewart never joined Facebook or Twitter, and he once told New York magazine that scrolling through the Internet was like "walking through Coney Island" and hearing "carnival barkers."

    Now, armed with a new host in 31-year-old Trevor Noah and a new direction, The Daily Show will begin producing original content across multiple platforms for the Web and social media.

    Comedy Central said Thursday that the creation of production of the new multi-platform content will be led by Baratunde Thurston, a comedian, writer, and author who the network also calls a "digital entrepreneur."

    “Baratunde brings a very unique set of skills to The Daily Show. We’ve been admirers of his comedic work on all platforms for a long time,” Michele Ganeless, the president of Comedy Central, said in a statement. “We’re thrilled he is joining the team and can’t wait to see what he and the team create for the show under Trevor Noah.”

    Thurston previously served as the director of digital for the Onion, co-founded the Cultivated Wit website, and wrote the New York Times-bestselling How To Be Black.

    “This must be what it’s like to have Nick Fury call and welcome you to The Avengers. I’m honored and floored and so many other verbs,” Thurston said in a statement. “Also, I really love that quote by Michele Ganeless because she makes me sound like Liam Neeson. I will definitely be sharing that on multiple digital and social outlets.”

    Or to put it another way.

    The move makes sense for the newest era of late-night talk show hosts. Though Jay Leno, Dave Letterman, and Stewart seemed to avoid the idea of making content just so it could go viral, the newest crop of hosts like Jimmy Kimmel, Seth Meyers, and especially Jimmy Fallon create much of the content on their late-night shows so that it will also play well the next morning on the Web, creating plenty of buzz (and mouse clicks).

    “There’s a lot of pent-up demand here to do some really fascinating things, and as we shift that focal point of the lens, beyond cable video news into other realms, the show itself will change," Thurston told the New York Times. "...  What can we say that is the Daily Show take on a space like Instagram? These places are real communities. They’re not just technical platforms. They’re like Soylent Green— they’re people.”

    The Noah-hosted Daily Show will premiere Monday, Sept. 28 at 11pm ET.

    Screengrab via Comedy Central/YouTube


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    What would you do if your favorite memes screamed "It's a trap!" at you every time you lit up a cigarette?

    Anti-smoking campaign The Truth is hoping that if you're a teen or young adult, this approach get you to quit.

    In a new video to combat social smoking, YouTube stars like Rachel Levin, Ryan Higa, Christian DelGrosso, and Jerry Purpdrank appeal to young adults to drop their smoking habits. But they're not alone: Image macro characters like Goosebumps Girl and Joseph Ducreux/Archaic Rap offer Admiral Ackbar's classic Star Wars warning, "It's a trap!" in reference to the tobacco industry.

    The spot will run during Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards.

    It's not the first time an anti-smoking campaign has used YouTubers to target young smokers. Earlier this year, several creators partnered to make LeftSwipeDat, a musical video encouraging viewers not to date people with cigarettes in their profiles. That spot premiered during the Grammy Awards, another youth-heavy award show.

    Screengrab via truthorange/YouTube


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    Thanks to Jimmy Kimmel, we finally have an idea of what the country would be like under a Donald Trump administration.

    Trump has been leading pretty much every poll for weeks now, growing more popular with every new controversy. But now that we’re starting to settle into the 2016 presidential election campaign, people are starting to wonder what Trump’s other policies are.

    He wrote about them 15 years ago, but aside from wanting to build a wall around Mexico, we don’t know what he wants to do about most things.

    Luckily, "Trump" made a new ad to clear things up. He wants to make America great again with bigger and greater plans, and he’s got good people to help him with it (and not stupid people). But how? Your guess is as good as mine.

    Screengrab via Jimmy Kimmel Live/YouTube


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