Radiohead Scores Choke

Great news:

1: Chuck Palahniuk’s book, “Choke” is going to be a movie, released September 26 in the US. Chuck Palahniuk wrote “Fight Club.” “Choke” is just as awesome and a little dirtier. Read it.

2: Radiohead will be scoring the movie. Originally recruited to create the song for the closing credits, when they saw the movie, they liked it so much, they decided to score the whole thing. Yessssss.

Check out the trailer:

Giant Step’s Resident 25: Lykke Li, MGMT, Peter Hadar, The DFA, The Herbaliser

By Mawuse Ziegbe

One of my favorite songs of the moment is “Little Bit” by Lykke Li. Lykke Li is a Swedish national who cranks out that folky, beige pop the Nordics craft so well. When I hear her music Feist and Peter Bjorn and John pop in my head. “Little Bit” is a sunny infusion of delicate, melodic guitar and fuzzy bass over which Lykke coyly proclaims she’s “a little bit in love with you” only if you’re “in la la la love with me.” That sort of naked declaration of undying (“and for you I keep my legs apart and forget about my tainted heart…) yet conditional love (“only if you’re a little in love with me”) is sooooo what being a 20-something fantasist is about. I’m also all about MGMT’s “Electric Feel.” This is a band I didn’t want to like, because its appeal is unabashedly hipster and well, I’m shallow. The two mussy-haired Brooklynites (via Weslyan University) do Hall and Oates and David Bowie proud with their proggy disco. The accompanying video is indulgent, trippy woodland camp that invokes Labyrinth and The Never Ending Story. In other words, video of the year.

When I’m not listening to bugged-out Gen-Y’ers, I’m listening to Peter Hadar. A burly wall of a man, Hadar (pronounced Hah-darr) pumps out sensual, electro-soul. An aural clone of Dwele, he’s more metaphorically nimble as he invites young tenderonies to visit his world (“Planets”) and croons about how a beautiful bedfellow induces pill-poppin’ (“Sleeping Pills”). Last Tuesday night, Hadar held court at Drom where Pete Rock spun records from Redman, Erick Sermon and 50 Cent (blech). Hadar kept it hip hop and kicked off his set with a freestyle over Lil Wayne’s thundering ” A Milli” instrumental. Then he launched into “Planets,” followed by a drum and bass vocal song and topped off the impassioned set by stomping all over the furniture.

Last Saturday, DFA Records was making a racket over at PS1′s Warm Up performance series. James Murphy and Pat Mahoney of LCD Soundsystem, a project I normally just can’t get into, spun cherubic disco house from some heavenly dance floor where angels do the hustle and the Jheri curl juice never drips. The art was fun too. I was particularly into the Olafur Eliasson’s Reversed Waterfall where water flows up and Damián Ortega’s Controller of the Universe where weapons float in the air. I was particularly so not into the exhibition, Arctic Hysteria: New Art From Finland. Especially Markus Cooper’s creepy kinetic sculpture Kursk; a series of life-sized hanging antique diving suits, rigged to jostle back and forth randomly in a cramped dark room. That almost killed my disco buzz.

But praise polyester there’s the good ol’ Giant Step Hudson Hotel party. UK’s The Herbaliser peppered the playlist with more funk than a little bit. But surprisingly, it was more of a sipping and head-nodding affair compared to the usual Hudson footwork fest. It started out somewhat slow but eventually swelled to a sizable jammy jam. And if this past week has taught me anything it’s that Finnish art gives me the heebie jeebies, my idea of heaven includes a mirrored ball and a wah-wah machine and that funk always gets the party started.

Elgin Baylor Lumpkin, Jr.

This is Ginuwine’s real name. This, and other hilarious parent-given names, compliments of Mark Edward Nero of About.com’s R&B column.

  • Akon – Aliuane Badara Thiam. He’s claimed in
    the past that his full name is Aliaune Damala Bouga Time Puru Nacka Lu Lu Lu Badara Akon Thiam, however this has never been independently verified. (More info about Akon.)
  • Alicia Keys – Alicia Cook. She’s said in interviews that she chose the name ‘Keys’ to represent her piano keys.
  • Angie Stone – Angela Brown. FYI, she was known Angie B. back in the 1980s when she was in the singing group The Sequence. (More about Angie Stone.)
  • Babyface – Kenneth “Kenny” Edmonds. (Read About R&B’s Q&A with Babyface.)
  • Billy Ocean – Leslie Sebastian Charles.
  • Bobby Valentino (aka Bobby V.) – Robert Wilson. He was born around Valentine’s Day, hence the stage name.
  • Chaka Khan – Chaka was born Yvette Marie Stevens, but adopted the first name Chaka during the Black Power Movement in the 1970s. She took the surname Khan after marrying bassist Hassan Khan.
  • Donna Summer – LaDonna Gaines. She adopted her stage name after marrying Helmuth Sommer, an Austrian actor.
  • Dwele – Andwele Gardner. (More about Dwele.)
  • Erykah Badu – Erica Wright. She changed the spelling of her first name as a girl. Badu in Arabic means truth and light. (More about Erykah Badu.)
  • Ginuwine – Elgin Baylor Lumpkin, Jr. (More about Ginuwine.)
  • India.Arie – India Arie Simpson. (More about India.Arie.)
  • J. Holiday – Nahum Grymes. It’s a biblical name – his mother’s a preacher.
  • John Legend – John Stephens. (More about John Legend.)
  • Joss Stone – Jocelyn Stoker. (More about Joss Stone.)
  • Kelis – Kelis Rogers. After marrying the rapper Nas (Nasir Jones), she legally changed her name to Kelis Rogers-Jones. (More about Kelis.)
  • Macy Gray – Natalie McIntyre.
  • Marvin Gaye – Marvin Gay Jr, with no ‘e’ on the end.
  • Maxwell – Maxwell Rivera.
  • Ne-Yo – Shaffer Smith.
  • Nokio (of Dru Hill) – Tamir Ruffin. (The real names of all Dru Hill’s members.)
  • Omarion – Omari Grandberry. (More about Omarion.)
  • Patti LaBelle – Patricia “Patsy” Holte. She was given the name Patti LaBelle by Blue Note Records when her former group, the Bluebelles (whose name later became Labelle) signed with the label.
  • Prince – Prince Rogers Nelson. He was named after jazz pianist Prince Rogers of the Prince Rogers Trio.
  • R. Kelly – Robert Kelly. (More about R. Kelly.)
  • Raphael Saadiq – Charlie Ray Wiggins. (More about Raphael Saadiq.)
  • Rick James – James Johnson, Jr.
  • Sade Adu – Helen Folasade Adu.
  • Seal – Seal Henry Olusegun Olumide Adeola Samuel, also known as Sealhenry Olumide Samuel.
  • Sly Stone – Sylvester Stewart. He took his stage name as an alias during the mid-1960s when he was AWOL from the military.
  • Smokey Robinson – William Robinson, Jr. As a kid, he was nicknamed “Smokey Joe” by an uncle because he loved cowboy movies. Eventually the name evolved to just Smokey.
  • Sisqó (of Dru Hill) – Mark Andrews. (The real names of all Dru Hill’s members.)
  • Stevie Wonder – He was born Stevland Judkins, but his last name was legally changed to Morris after he joined Motown Records when he was 12.
  • Tammi Terrell – Thomasina Montgomery. (R.I.P. Tammi.)
  • Tank – Durrell Babbs. (More about Tank.)
  • The-Dream – Terius Nash.
  • Tina Turner – Anna Mae Bullock. She was given her stage name by her one-time husband, singer-musician Ike Turner.
  • Trey Songz – Tremaine Neverson. (More about Trey Songz.)
  • Tweet – Charlene Keys. Tweet was her nickname growing up, long before she used the name professionally. (More about Tweet.)
  • Usher – Usher Raymond IV. (More about Usher.)