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Music Video: Eminem’s “Berzerk”

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Music Video: Eminem’s “Berzerk”
Music Video: Eminem’s “Berzerk”

Today Eminem premiered the music video for his new single, “Berzerk,” which, true to the track’s retro-hip-hop style, pays homage to the Beastie Boys’ “So What’cha Want,” what with its fisheye-lens shots of Slim Shady donning a loose T-shirt and beanie. The clip also features footage from the music video for Billy Squier’s “The Stroke,” which “Berzerk” liberally samples, and cameos from producer Rick Rubin, Kid Rock, Kendrick Lamar, and Slaughterhouse. Alas, no sign of Kevin Federline.

Eminem Goes “Berzerk” on New Single

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Eminem Goes “Berzerk” on New Single
Eminem Goes “Berzerk” on New Single

On the heels of “Survival,” from the soundtrack to the first-person shooter game Call of Duty: Ghosts, Eminem has dropped “Berzerk,” the lead single from this forthcoming eighth studio album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2, the release of which he announced on Sunday with a teaser bearing the unmistakable acronym “MMLP2.” Executive-produced by Dr. Dre, Em’s mentor and longtime collaborator, and Rick Rubin, who was most recently at the helm of Kanye West’s Yeezus, the new album is a sequel to Slim Shady’s landmark 2000 release. The guitar-driven “Berzerk” samples Billy Squier’s 1981 hit “The Stroke” and finds Mathers paying homage to his white-rapper forefathers, affecting a screechy, Ad-Rock-style yelp atop a loop reminiscent of the Beastie Boys’ “Paul Revere” (produced by Rubin, incidentally): “Let’s take it back to straight hip-hop and start it from scratch.” The “vintage Slim” track also samples the Beasties’ “(You Gotta Fight) For Your Right (To Party)” for good measure.

15 Greatest MTV Video Music Awards Performances

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15 Greatest MTV Video Music Awards Performances
15 Greatest MTV Video Music Awards Performances

This Sunday marks the 30th annual MTV Video Music Awards. But this isn’t your father’s VMAs. After excising the words “Music Television” from its logo a few years back, and allowing viewers to vote for winners at its annual awards show, MTV has given its famous moonman award a temporary makeover (see above) to commemorate the ceremony’s move to Brooklyn’s Barclay’s Center. But one thing that hasn’t changed about the VMAs is the opportunity for show-stopping and iconic performances. From Britney’s snake to Madonna dressed as Marie Antoinette, we took a look back and picked 15 of our favorites.
 

House Playlist: Nine Inch Nails, King Krule, Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band, & Snow Ghosts

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House Playlist: Nine Inch Nails, King Krule, Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band, & Snow Ghosts
House Playlist: Nine Inch Nails, King Krule, Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band, & Snow Ghosts

[Editor’s Note: House Playlist is a weekly round-up of all the new music we think you need to hear.]

Nine Inch Nails, “Copy of A”: Nine Inch Nails have released another surprisingly synth-driven track from their upcoming album, Hesitation Marks, out September 3 on Columbia. Download the song for free for a limited time here.

 

The Indelicate Delinquent in Manic Winter: An Evening with Jerry Lewis

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The Indelicate Delinquent in Manic Winter: An Evening with Jerry Lewis
The Indelicate Delinquent in Manic Winter: An Evening with Jerry Lewis

On the occasion of his 86th birthday last Friday night, Jerry Lewis was in his element: water. He was drooling it onto his feet, wrapping his lips around the rim of a glass, and drinking from a pitcher. Abetted by his on-stage interviewer, comedian and TV cop Richard Belzer, the legendary nightclub performer, jack-of-all-film-trades, and philanthropic veteran of the Muscular Dystrophy Association met the expectations of fans who packed 92nd Street Y’s Kaufmann Auditorium on Manhattan’s Upper East Side by cutting loose with the brand of shameless clowning that has kept him rich and famous since the Truman Administration. Casually crossing his legs and sending a shoe flying into the first row, musically cutting off a Belzer follow-up question with “Was I throoooough?”, and fixing the perpetrator of a solitary laugh with a cartoonish, sneering turn of the head that dates back to his white-hot dual act with Dean Martin, Lewis was primed to give his audience a good time, and what was billed as a tribute by the fraternal comedians’ group The Friars Club morphed into a two-hour reciprocal love-in between childlike idol and uncritical idolators. “I’m nine, and I’ve always been nine,” Lewis self-diagnosed during a breather from his antic agenda. “The beauty of nine is that it’s not complicated.”

House Playlist: Patrick Wolf, Brian Eno, and Beastie Boys

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<em>House</em> Playlist: Patrick Wolf, Brian Eno, and Beastie Boys
<em>House</em> Playlist: Patrick Wolf, Brian Eno, and Beastie Boys

Patrick Wolf, “Together.” I can’t say I feel quite as enthusiastically as Slant’s Matthew Cole about Patrick Wolf’s new album, Lupercalia, out this week in the U.K. and coming to U.S. shores later this year. Wolf already explored the giddy heights of falling in love in 2007 on the superior The Magic Position. But there’s no shortage of gems on the new album, most notably the ecstatic penultimate track “Together,” the driving synth-pop strut, disco strings, and operatic vocals of which recall Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe’s finest, and finds Wolf branching out in a brand new sonic, if not thematic, direction. Sal Cinquemani