ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
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
Fear not, because the self-proclaimed scenesters at buddyhead.com 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
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.
Buddyhead.com is the perfect site for those who wish to supplement their e-news
diet with inside information reported with charming, sceptical and sarcastic