Morning Discussion: Festivus Edition

By Alice O'Connor, Dec 23, 2010 5:00am PST Has it been a whole year already? After months of build-up and anticipation, the biggest celebration of the year is here--today is Festivus.

So we here at Shacknews Towers can celebrate Festivus, and any other festivities that might happen to be coming up soon, we're not really going to be posting much news over the next few days. Besides--you'll be away from your computer yourself, won't you?

However, we will return on Monday with our picks for the Best Video Game Thing and/or Stuff of the year. The votes are in, and it almost ended in a not-safe-for-work gruesome fight, but we have ultimately decided that we did indeed respond favourably to a number of video games this year. We'll let you know which next week.

In the meantime, enjoy today, tomorrow, the day after that and, heck, the rest of your life.

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  • Strip Clubs: Launch Pads For Hits In Atlanta

    http://www.npr.org/blogs/therecord/2010/12/23/132287578/strip-clubs-launch-pads-for-hits-in-atlanta

    Hip-hop producers have been breaking records in Atlanta strip clubs for a long time now — at least as far back as 2003, when Lil Jon was doing it with songs like, "Get Low." He's been quoted as saying "the butts don't lie," meaning if the strippers can dance to it, the song has potential. In Tamara Palmer's book, Country Fried Soul: Adventures in Dirty South Hip Hop, Lil Jon says "Get Low" had a slow start: the dancers "didn't feel it at first." But eventually it grew on them and several dancers at different strip clubs asked the DJs to play it during their stage sets. "Get Low" took off — in mainstream clubs and on radio and TV across the country.

    What attracted us to this story was that the strippers seemed to have a lot of power in the hip-hop hit-making process. Obviously they are the focal point when a new song is being played. As DJ Scream told me, "There's nothing like seeing a woman dance to a record. There's records that I hate and when I see a woman dancing I think, 'It's not that bad.'"