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EARGASMIC
Review: OWSLA Presents EGGNOG 2014

It’s been said that if you want to be successful in life, you have to step outside of your comfort zone. OWSLA, much like its co-founder Skrillex, lives outside of that comfort zone. EGGNOG is an exhibition of the record label's vision for genreless music, where conventionality is frowned upon diversity is embraced. The compilation album features some of the biggest tracks released by the label this year, along with a few new songs that will be sure to add some zing to your holiday festivities.

EGGNOG starts off with a familiar tune - an alternative version of the Christmas Carol “Ave Maria,” as performed by New York City-based band Heartsrevolution. The following track is a true gem. Ghastly and Mijah, both ending a very strong year, join forces to deliver an absolute monster of a jam. “Crank It” straddles the line between tech house and dubstep with a funky bassline and wub-filled drop that will do damage on any dancefloor. The track also got a small but effective contribution from the “king of crunk” himself, Lil Jon. “Jaguar,” by Dj/producer duo What So Not, is another wub-friendly trap banger with some lovely vocals from Australian singer KLP.

SILVER SCREEN
George Clooney Fires at Hollywood and Press Over the Treatment of Hack Threats on Sony

The week's news has been flooded with updates on the Sony's data leek and terror threats from a rumored North Korean hacking group called Guardians of Peace. In a recent interview with Deadline, George Clooney, had some very strong opinions directed at the treatment of this issue by the media as well as his peers in Hollywood.

Firstly, Clooney expressed his distaste at Sony's decision to withdraw the movie out from any kind of a release - including home-video formats. His stance of having the movie shown in some format, even online, to the masses was elucidated in the interview. “Do whatever you can to get this movie out. Not because everybody has to see the movie, but because I’m not going to be told we can’t see the movie. That’s the most important part. We cannot be told we can’t see something by Kim Jong-un, of all f**king people ... we have allowed North Korea to dictate content, and that is just insane.”

TV TALK
Stephen Colbert Is Joined By Celebrity Friends for Final Episode

After 1, 447 episodes and 9 glorious years on Comedy Central, Stephen Colbert bid adieu to the Colbert Nation with a perfectly epic sendoff.

Taking a cue from Chelsea Handler’s memorable swan song earlier this year, Colbert enlisted the help of some famous friend to join him in song. Jon Stewart, Big Bird, James Franco, Elijah Wood, and Randy Newman were a few among many who took to the stage to sing “We’ll Meet Again,” with the host.

INDUSTRY NEWS
Kate Upton Named People Magazine's Sexiest Woman

Words to live by, from @KateUpton #PEOPLEMagazineAwards pic.twitter.com/Du8DqbFelr

— People magazine (@peoplemag) December 19, 2014


Last night at the People Magazine Awards Show in Beverly Hills, a new sexy lady took the crown of sexiest in all the land.

BREAKING BAND
Review: Foxy & The Hares 'Ethereal' EP

Ah, BandCamp. Tucked in with a sundry of angsty teen garage bands, amateur DJs, and wannabe rappers is an overlooked treasure trove of hidden musical gems, just waiting to be discovered.

Foxy & The Hares is one of the shiniest gems that we have found to date.

At first glance, their cover art for the demo version of their single, “YEAH!,” caught our eye. We here at Joonbug were absolutely blown away by the sheer amount of talent exuded by these Texas natives. Consisting of peppy frontwoman Katie Wallace, who’s backed by her dear friends Coleby Arnett, Luke Garrigus, and Jaremiah Rivas, Foxy & the Hares will enthrall your senses with their dreamy soundscapes.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Getting in the Ring with James L Mattern


As the host of Lust for Life and Get in the Ring, A Guns & Roses Appreciation Podcast, James Mattern has spent a lot of time speaking to as many interesting people as he can. But now, the tables are turned as the comedian opens up to Joonbug.com, giving us the deets on things from his appropriate rock and roll references to the most effective remedy for a sore throat. James has life advice to share, and an exciting plan for the future.

RAPPER'S DELIGHT
New Music Video: The Rap Monument

Noisey finally premieres the full-length 42 minute music video project to 'The Rap Monument.' The project consists of three studio sessions, also shot in New York, Atlanta and Los Angeles. Various emcees provide hip-hop lovers with another "rapper's delight," as they flow over a medley of instrumentals, co-produced by Nick Hook, S-Type and G.O.O.D Music's Hudson Mohawke. In order, the recording artists featured on the project includes:

Pusha T, Bryant Dope, Go Dreamer, Retch, Nipsey Hussle, Problem, Danny Brown, Mayhem Lauren, Raekwon da Chef, Vado, Kilo Kish, Flatbush Zombies, Renegade El Rey, Rockie Fresh, Pill, Bodega Bamz, Remy Banks, Killer Mike, Del Harris,YG, CyHi da Prince, Young Thug, Aston Matthews, Prodigy, SL Jones, Nigel Nasty, Bobby Creekwater, Action Bronson, Heems, Mike G, Yak Ballz, Zebra Katz,Two-9, Alexander Spit, ScottyATL and, Da$h. Check out the new compilation below.

EARGASMIC
New Music: T-Pain Feat. Lil' Wayne 'Let Me Thru'

T-Pain refuses to let anyone hold him back, especially in his own lane and clarifies that on his latest single entitled, 'Let Me Thru,' featuring Lil' Wayne, released today.

Over a trap beat produced by DJ Montay, T-Pain commences with an off beat flow as he brags about beating his competition, then after a brief pause, he demands his contenders to get out of his way, yelling, 'Hold up! You Got to let me thru.'

EARGASMIC
New Music: Maroon 5 Feat. Big Boi 'Animals' (Remix)

Big Boi can always make an already energetic track all the more captivating, no matter what the musical genre.

The Outkast rapper applies his witty metaphors and punchlines along with his precise, lithe flow to Maroon 5's 'Animals' remix.

Unsurprisingly, Big Boi's verse prevails on yet another Billlboard Hot 100 hit and complements the beat on the Martin and Isaiah Tejada produced track. Take a listen to the remix below.

DO-GOODERS
Prince Harry Brings Christmas Tidings in Lesotho, South Africa

Christmasis a time for good cheer, spreading smiles, and helping those in need. Earlier this month, Prince Harry embraced the essence of Christmas as he set out for Lesotho, South Africa on behalf of his charity, Sentebale. Co-founded by Prince Seeiso of Lesotho and Prince Harry, the charity aims to provide aid and educational means to disadvantaged children; those with disabilities and those who are orphans. Sentebale supports these organizations by providing funding, training and development support.

The Prince of the British Royal Family flew down to Lesotho on December 5th, in hopes to spend some quality time with these kids. And quality time was definitely had! The 30-year old royalty donned his Santa hat and was all smiles while catching up with children, visiting the construction site of Sentebale's newest care center, Mamohato Children's Centre in Thaba Bosiu. This is their newest addition to Sentebale's list of successful facilities providing support to AIDS-stricken children. During his visit, Prince Harry hosted and attended an array of workshops that included educational activities such as a cooking class, sitting in on school lessons, lending a helping hand at the construction site with sandstone cladding and so on!

The Mamohato Children's Centre is due to open in 2015 and we can't wait to see how the seeds of Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso of Lesotho's time and efforts bloom!

EARGASMIC Bare Noize - Dire/Reticulum
Bare Noize Bring Their New Single To Pilot Records


Fresh sounds are always welcomed in today’s music scene and that is exactly what the boys of Bare Noize have brought with this next release. Released today via Pilot Records, the double-sided "Dire/Reticulum" pushes the boundaries as a stunning production is brought to life.

"Dire" uses almost unrecognizable vocals to add to the strong rhythmical elements over the deep bass, and features unique percussion that powers throughout the entirety of the track. In response, "Reticulum" opts for a more progressive manner, through mellow changes and a complex hi hat structure, the song flows effortlessly from start to finish, creating one spectacular journey.

Out now, you can grab a copy here.