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Donald Glover drops new Childish Gambino EP 'Kauai'; listen here

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Childish Gambino's new mixtape/EP cover.

Rapper Childish Gambino, aka "Community" star Donald Glover, dropped new mixtape "STN MTN" earlier this week and then put out a new EP, "Kauai."

Like a lot of music today, the new EP leaked prior to its release (according to Glover on Twitter), but the full set is available now. Along with new material, it features a helium-voiced remix of his hit single "3005," labeled the "Beach Picnic Version."

It includes one high-profile guest star on a couple of tracks: Will Smith progeny Jaden Smith, doing spoken word. Glover also makes it a family affair with a guest appearance by his brother Steve.

The appearance by Smith continues the rap mythology Glover's started to build in his Childish Gambino persona, which has included a short film and even a 73-page screenplay designed to be read along with the album. Smith serves as a Glover stand-in, playing the character of "The Boy" which Glover has developed previously.


Homestar Runner's Strong Bad returns in new music video 'Fish Eye Lens'

Fish Eye Lens

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New Strong Bad rap video "Fish Eye Lens."

If you were on the Internet in the early 2000s, the hot Web cartoon was Homestar Runner — particularly the series of cartoons featuring his nemesis, Strong Bad. Regular updates stopped about four years ago, but early 2000s Internet icon Strong Bad made a triumphant return this week with a new music video.

You can watch the video above or at this link — one bonus of watching at the Homestar Runner site has always been Easter eggs in the cartoons which you can get by clicking around, but if you don't want to bother, all that extra content is available at the end of the YouTube video above.

The video uses a trope that probably peaked a number of years ago too: the use of a fish-eye lens in a rap video. Strong Bad tackles a number of rap video tropes in the new video, like the use of low-angle shots.


25 humble suggestions for 'The Equalizer' brand extensions

Denzel Washington stars as a retired intelligence officer in The Equalizer.

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Denzel Washington stars as a retired intelligence officer in "The Equalizer."

"The Equalizer," in which Denzel Washington plays a man who gets revenge on all manner of bad guys, and maybe annoying people, and maybe just other people? Anyway, it seems inevitable that if the movie comes back, they'll be looking for ways to extend the brand. Fortunately, we've got some ideas.

1. A woman in a Bugs Bunny cartoon takes revenge on the cartoon mouse that's been frightening her for years in: The Eekqualizer.

2. A parent gives a stern talking-to to a child who won't stop looking under the bed for his Christmas presents in: The Peekqualizer.

3. Not everyone believes in vengeance, and one peace-loving man proves it in: The Turn the Other Cheekqualizer.

4. A woman returns unwanted but high-quality salad bowls in: The Teakqualizer.

5. Teenagers turn on each other using multisyllabic words in: The Dawson's Creekqualizer.


4 of America's most musical universities are in California, according to Spotify


Genres listened to at UCLA, according to Spotify.

Music streaming service Spotify recently released their list of the "Top 40 Most Musical Universities In America" — schools that listen to streaming music on Spotify the most — and four California schools made the list: UCLA, UC Berkeley, USC and, coming in at number one, Cal Poly.

"We saw quite a bit of diversity in listening behavior, especially in the distinctive tracks and artists that define a school’s taste," said Spotify's Paul Lamere in a press release. The list is based on schools where students who signed up for Spotify's student discounts stream the most music.

Distinctive artists at Southern California schools included Flume, Boyce Avenue, Haim, Sam Smith and the xx, while country and Christian music proved less popular than at other schools. UCLA students ranked highly when it came to acoustic songs and longer songs, while USC ranked highly for listening to instrumental music. Both schools ranked highly for discovering new music — and ranked among the lowest listeners when it came to positive, happy music, with UCLA at the bottom of the 40 schools ranked.


ESPN suspends Bill Simmons for calling NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell a liar

Panel & Screening Of "Beyond Playing The Field" 2010 Tribeca Film Festival

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Bill Simmons speaks at the panel and screening of "Beyond Playing The Field" during the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival at the School of Visual Arts Theater on April 24, 2010 in New York City.

ESPN analyst and Grantland editor-in-chief Bill Simmons has been suspended for comments where he called NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell a liar over his comments regarding the Ray Rice abuse scandal.

"Every employee must be accountable to ESPN and those engaged in our editorial operations must also operate within ESPN’s journalistic standards," ESPN said in a statement. " We have worked hard to ensure that our recent NFL coverage has met that criteria. Bill Simmons did not meet those obligations in a recent podcast, and as a result we have suspended him for three weeks."

Simmons called Goodell a liar for saying that he hadn't seen the video apparently showing Rice knocking out his then-fiancee in an elevator. He made the comments on his ESPN B.S. Report podcast.

"I just think not enough is being made out of the fact that they knew about the tape and they knew what was on it," Simmons said. "Goodell, if he didn't know what was on that tape, he's a liar. I'm just saying it. He is lying. I think that dude is lying. If you put him up on a lie detector test that guy would fail. For all these people to pretend they didn't know is such f---ing bulls---. It really is - it's such f---ing bulls---. And for him to go in that press conference and pretend otherwise, I was so insulted. I really was."