awards season

Ryan Seacrest Oddly Not Involved in YouTube’s First-Ever Music Awards Show

Area woman slated to appear. (Photo: File)

Someone wake Giuliana Rancic from her bed in the middle of the Rockefeller Center Anthropologie, because YouTube is planning its first award show. The YouTube Music Awards is slated for Nov. 3 and will feature performances the kind of up-and-comers the platform is so great at spotlighting, like Lady Gaga, Arcade Fire and Eminem. It’ll be beamed to your computers live from Pier 36 in the Lower East Side. Read More

Brooklyn We Go Hard

At Baby DJ School, Tots Drop Bombs (And Not Just in Their Diapers)

"That's that shit" (Photo: NatalieElizabethWeiss.com)

“My name is Oliver and I’m here to say/I like organic onesies and gluten-free cake,” is just one of the rhyming couplets we imagine Brooklyn babies are incorporating into their sick beats at a new DJ school for babies. Because, yes, Baby DJ School exists nowadays.

It’s an eight-week program for individuals ages three and below. Natalie Elizabeth Weiss, a DJ who’s worked with LCD Soundsystem, Fischerspooner, and other big kids with turntables, will orchestrate the whole thing. Read More

Visiting Dignitaries

Groupon Founder Andrew Mason’s Album of ‘Motivational Business Music’ Drops July 2nd

Here's the album cover! (Photo via Andrew Mason)

Last month we reported that former Groupon CEO Andrew Mason was eschewing the traditional “taking a break to spend time with his family” routine in lieu of one that would make “investors” like Will.i.am proud: Mr. Mason, who was fired from the daily deals site he founded earlier this year, has recently been spending time in L.A. recording his first album of “motivational business music,” entitled “Hardly Workin’.” Read More

Visiting Dignitaries

Microsoft Cofounder Paul Allen Is Putting Out an Album of ‘Blues-Based Guitar Rock Nuggets’

(Photo: Amazon)

Paul Allen may be the undersung Microsoft cofounder, but dude apparently knows how to shred on guitar. The philanthropist and Seattle Seahawks owner announced on Twitter today that he and his band the Underthinkers will be releasing a debut album, Everywhere At Once, on August 6th. According to Amazon, the album is an “all-star, 13-song program of blues-based guitar rock nuggets” and will feature guests from Heart and Los Lobos. Guess you know what you’re getting your dad for Father’s Day! Read More

Visiting Dignitaries

For His Next Act, Ousted Groupon CEO Andrew Mason Will Release an Album of ‘Motivational Business Music’

Mr. Mason

Typically, when CEOs are ousted from the businesses they founded, they go “spend more time” with their families, take up a hobby like yachting or move immediately on to the next company they can try not to drive into the ground. Not so for former Groupon CEO Andrew Mason, who was fired earlier this year. Though he’s going to join Y Combinator as an advisor, Mr. Mason has another trick up his sleeve: dropping an album, of course. Read More