March 31, 2004  
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Website of the Week


Tired of cheesy, mainstream entertainment news that offers little besides red-carpet fashion critiques and recaps of last week’s American Idol telecast?

Fear not, because the self-proclaimed scenesters at offer industry gossip and a slew of other hilarious tidbits aimed at fighting the corporate music machine, laying down the facts about the state of rock music and keeping the masses laughing at the same time.

Hailing from Hollywood, Buddyhead is a record label with a twist. Run primarily by Travis Keller and Aaron North, the site functions not only as the label’s home on the Internet, but also as a counter-cultural mecca.

By harbouring cutting-edge independent acts such as The Icarus Line, Your Enemies Friends and gross-out rockers Shat, Buddyhead tries to offer alternative choices of listening material. Also, the website features several cleverly written mock interviews with bands like The Strokes and Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst.

To ensure musicians and fans alike know how to “properly” perform and experience music, Buddyhead presents two lists of rules: “Rules of Rock” and “Rules of Rock Audiences.”

For instance, bands should never wear visors, cowboy hats, their own band’s T-shirt or throw water on the crowd unless they are already famous.

On the other hand, rock audiences should never play “air instruments,” wear the band’s T-shirt to the show or shout out song requests.

Although updated sporadically and infrequently, Buddyhead’s gossip section provides conversation pieces for hipsters and indie snobs everywhere. If you want to know who Tara Reid is sleeping with or need an update about Jack White’s antics while on tour, this is definitely the place to go. is the perfect site for those who wish to supplement their e-news diet with inside information reported with charming, sceptical and sarcastic wit.

—Adam Kolubinski



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