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Published:
Jul 13, 2017

Can Robert James Ritchie, better known as Kid Rock, be all of the following: an ordained minister; the star of a sex tape; an 8-time convict; a music star; and now, a US Senator? Some are trickier to answer than others, so let's get the easy ones out of the way. The sex tape happened, as did his 8 visits to prison, and his music career began with an attempt to be a rap star. He eventually gained success in the rap rock genre. Now as for being an ordained minister and a senator, you're just going to have to keep reading. 


Is Kid Rock An Ordained Minister?


Kid Rock is indeed an ordained minister. The rock star has married people across Texas and Detroit. He does, however, have one concern – marrying gay people. He says it worries him but that he's not opposed to it. Other well-known ordained ministers (surprisingly) include Omarosa, Lady Gaga, Kris Jenner, Kathy Griffin and Hugh Hefner. With some spare time on your hands and the correct website, you could become one too. 


Is Kid Rock Running For Senate?


The Michigan seat is up for election in 2018, and Democrat Debbie Stabenow might be facing Kid Rock in this terms election. The site kidrockforsenate.com has been gaining attention, and upon further investigation it does indeed look as though Rock will run for senate. The landing page hosts a picture of Kid Rock behind a big pair of shades with a taxidermied deer in the background that looks as frightened as the people of Michigan. There is also 'Kid Rock for US Senate' merch available on the site and flashing banners with text such us "Welcome to the Party" and "Pimp of the Nation." In a Tweet by Rock, he describes the numerous queries he's received about whether or not it's real, and states that "the answer is an absolute YES."


All this went down, shortly after posting this:


https://twitter.com/KidRock/status/885227339801657345


One would think that a Tweet with offensively-poor grammar and one confirming Michigan senatorship are mutually exclusive. The current US political situation seems to allow them to exist side by side just fine. #Covfefe


Is Kid Rock a Republican? 


Kid Rock does indeed identify as a Republican. He did, however, perform at Barack Obama’s presidential inauguration. Following that, Rock has been cited in The Guardian, complaining about what he perceived as a lack of effort from Obama to fulfill his campaign's promises. In that same interview, held in 2015, he said "I am definitely a Republican on fiscal issues and the military, but I lean to the middle on social issues." He then also said "I don’t smoke much weed, it makes me dumb. But they should legalize and tax everything: pot, cocaine, heroin."


Sometimes an interview has so many golden nuggets that it's hard not to keep referring back to it. Such is the case with the The Guardian's 2015 interview in which Rock also says "I don’t FaceTweet or whatever people do. I understand that I’m the old guy now. I turn on my computer and look at porn a little bit, see what’s going on in the news, but that’s about it." This is pretty evident in his latest Tweet, where he signs off as himself. 


https://twitter.com/KidRock/status/885240311307546624


While all this is no doubt exciting, CNN has reported that "there appears to be no Federal Election Committee records filed under "Kid Rock" or his legal name Robert James Ritchie or Robert Ritchie" 


Just for lols, here's a video of Kid Rock performing his hit "Cowboy."


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tpV-0bO-F8


Photo Credit: Larry Philpot of www.soundstagephotography.com

Jami Selikow

Author:
Jami Selikow

Published:
Jul 25, 2017

Updated 7/27/2017: Turns out, Arcade Fire are the kings of trolling. We reached out to Ben & Jerry's and they explained the following: "We're sorry but this is not a Ben & Jerry Flavor and we have no further information."


Arcade Fire, the highly acclaimed indie rock band, are working with the ice cream giants, Ben & Jerry's. It's all listed below. To start though, we'll lead with a wonderfully whimsical clue: "My Body is a Cone." There is a lot going on, we'll also shed light on Arcade Fire's involvement in all things Brooklyn Vegan and Yondr. 


Arcade Fire Ben & Jerry's 


Combine Ben & Jerry's with Arcade Fire? It's a combo that not many could turn down, nor really understand for that matter. The band has recently announced that at the end of August, Arcade Fire ice cream from Ben & Jerry's will be available. Just imagine Ben & Jerry's sweetness sprinkled with Arcade Fire's signature wit.


Arcade Fire ran a poll on Twitter to find a name for their Ben & Jerry's ice cream's flavor (all of this was in honor of National Ice Cream day...of course). 


The options



  • "Arcade Crunch"

  • "Peanut Butler & Kingsberry"

  • "Infinite Chocolate"

  • And the winner:


"My Body is a Cone"


That's right, a big pun on their single "My Body is a Cage," which you can listen to below...and eat a themed ice cream to.


Keep in mind, that these days everything is a meme and everyone is a troll, so it's highly unlikely we'll ever get to taste the flavor that involves 'fudge skeletons' and 'crunchy-bone pieces.' Then again, who knows, they did make cereal for "Creature Comforts," a track off their forthcoming album, Everything Now.


Arcade Fire Brooklyn Vegan 


Arcade Fire have an Everything Now release show taking place on July 27th at Grand Prospect Hall in Brooklyn. It'll be live-streamed on Apple Music. There was controversy after Brooklyn Vegan revealed a message detailing a dress code for attendants:  



Our dress code is HIP & TRENDY as if you are going to a concert or night out with friends! The event is standing-room-only so please plan accordingly.
PLEASE DO NOT WEAR shorts, large logos, flip flops, tank tops, crop tops, baseball hats, solid white or red clothing. We reserve the right to deny entry to anyone dressed inappropriately.



Arcade Fire has disputed this, saying that if the 'dress code is "hip and trendy," band members will not be allowed through the door.' Win Butler, the band's frontman, said that the dress code, as well as phones being taken at the door (explained below) must 'be an Apple thing.' 


https://twitter.com/arcadefire/status/889573429233553408


https://twitter.com/DJWindows98/status/889571482459926528 


Yondr


Included in the pre-show message, was the following notification: 



No cellphones, cameras or recording devices will be allowed at this show. Upon arrival, all phones and smart watches will be secured in Yondr pouches that will be unlocked at the end of the show. Guests maintain possession of their phones throughout the night, and if needed, may access their phones at designated Yondr unlocking stations in the lobby.



Yondr is a new development that allows show participants to keep possession of their phone, but removes their ability to use it. As people enter a venue utilizing Yondr, they place their phone in a bag which locks when entering certain zones.


Arcade Fire have hosted a secret show before where phones were taken away at the door, however, they're denying plans to do this at the Everything Now release show. To end off, let's all take a moment to allow Win's wise words to sink in:


https://twitter.com/DJWindows98/status/889690714799579138


Image Source: Arcade Fire Twitter

Arcade Fire - My Body is a Cage

Arcade Fire - My Body is a Cage

Dylan Heneck

Author:
Dylan Heneck

Published:
Jul 27, 2017

What is the Mercury Prize? Well, if you're kind of dumb, like me, then you would have believed it involved science and the elements. Luckily, as an avid Indie Shuffle reader, the truth lies no further than a flicked scroll. 


What Is The Mercury Prize?


If it isn't blatantly obvious already, the Mercury Prize is a music award. Yeah, so? The Mercury Music Prize is annually awarded to the top rated album from Ireland and the United Kingdom. Hold on a second though, this has nothing to do with Brexit.


Receivers of the Mercury Prize include Alt-j, The xx, PJ Harvey, James Blake, Arctic Monkeys and 2016's winner, Skepta, to name a few. No literally, there are tons since the prize dates all the way back to 1992.


This years nominees are listed below and will be selected by a panel of music industry buffs. Personally, the judges that stood out include Marcus Mumford (Mumford & Sons), Jessie Ware (Jessie Ware), and Lianne La Havvas (Really? Does it need to be in brackets?).


Kate Tempest: Mercury Prize Nominee


A fan favorite no doubt, Kate Tempest's Let Them Eat Chaos, along with her inspiring live performances, have won her a spot amongst an elite crowd of British artists. Indie Shuffle had the pleasure of missing both of her performances at Primavera Sound in Barcelona, so you can imagine that this is a hard article to write.


Thank fuck for NPR's Tiny Desk:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xqd86is7y54


Oh, and Glasto?:


https://youtu.be/mLzJUalxZYM


Dinosaur: Mercury Prize Nominee


Dinosaur are total newcomers on Indie Shuffle's radar, which is cool though, we're all about new finds. If you're very into jazz, then this is good route to head down, musically. To be frank, even the Ed Sheeran album is listenable, so I doubt you'll find a bad album in the crop of nominees. That said, Dinosaur are our pick of lesser known artists in the pile.


Did You Just Mention Ed Sheeran?


Why yes, Ed Sheeran's record breaking % is on the list of top releases coming from the isles in 2017. No real surprise there. To have 16 singles in the UK Top 20 definitely warrants some recognition.


Hyundai Mercury Prize Shortlist


Last years panel is still reeling from not giving the Mercury Prize to David Bowie, lets see how they do this year. Here are your nominees:


Alt-J – Relaxer
Blossoms – Blossoms
Dinosaur – Together, As One
Ed Sheeran – %
Glass Animals – How To Be A Human Being
J Hus – Common Sense
Kate Tempest – Let Them Eat Chaos
Loyle Carner – Yesterday’s Gone
Sampha – Process
Stormzy – Gang Signs & Prayer
The Big Moon – Love in the Fourth Dimension
The xx – I See You

Kate Tempest - Lonely Daze

Kate Tempest - Lonely Daze

Sampha - (No One Knows Me) Like The Piano

Sampha - (No One Knows Me) Like The Piano

Alt-J - 3WW

Alt-J - 3WW

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