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June 30, 2004


Photo courtesy Little Big Man Publicity Posted by Hello

Every now and then, a record quietly comes out that knocks your proverbial Pumas off. Late last month, McLusky released "The Difference Between Me And You Is That I'm Not On Fire" to little fanfare. (Odd, because Steve Albini goes way back with the band, and he's on production as well.) Anyway, THIS IS AN INCREDIBLE FUCKING RECORD GO OUT AND GET A COPY RIGHT NOW. RIGHT NOW! Here's the only description I can muster:

It's the soundtrack of 3 am after the best party you've ever been to...the Jesus Lizard is giggling in the corner doing bong hits with Isaac Brock while Johnny Marr is noodling around with 3/4 of Mogwai on the guitar. Stuart Braithwaite runs by with a lampshade on his head and you just can't believe that you're there.

Yeeha! Rock is back!

June 29, 2004

"The death penalty cannot be useful, because of the example of barbarity it gives men." Cesare Beccaria

On this day in 1972, the Supreme Court of the United States decided Furman v. Georgia, ruling unconstitutional capital punishment as it was then employed on the state and federal level. The court found that, in violation of the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution, the death penalty qualified as "cruel and unusual punishment," primarily because death sentences were employed by states in "arbitrary and capricious ways," especially in regard to race. It was the first time that the Supreme Court had ever ruled against capital punishment. Unfortunately, because the Supreme Court left open the possiblity that new legislation could make death sentences constitutional again, the ban on the death penalty didn't last long. In 1977, Gary Gilmore, a career criminal who had murdered an elderly couple because they would not lend him their car, was the first person to be executed since the end of the ban. As he faced the firing squad in Utah, Gilmore's last words were, "Let's do it."

June 28, 2004

Fahrenheit 9/11

Goliath, meet David. Posted by Hello

June 25, 2004

Pitch this

It's Friday afternoon, and for some reason that meant I absolutely HAD to listen to "Straight On" by the wonderful, lovely Wilson sisters, aka Heart. And then I started thinking, WHY hasn't anyone done a movie a la Coal Miner's Daughter about these gals? Plus, can you not totally see Catherine Zeta-Jones and Gwyneth Paltrow as Ann and Nancy Wilson? Check out the uncanny resemblance...It's a coy little Versace ad campaign, at the very least:
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Guitar Voodoo

Photo/page courtesy of Guitar World Magazine Posted by Hello

Whoa, that's a lot of scratch for one guitar. Whoever paid almost a million bucks for Eric Clapton's prized "Blackie" Strat must've thought that was the one that passed through Robert Johnson's hands at the crossroads. It's for a good cause, though.

June 24, 2004

Kill This

A short list from The Killers show at the Mercury Lounge last night:

The lead singer spent college singing in an a capella group. I fucking hate a capella.

Their career will go about as far as Spandau Ballet's did.

No one here knows who Spandau Ballet is because they were all born in 1985. They think Interpol invented music.

The drummer is definetly, er, marching to a different beat back there. The rest of the band does not seem to notice.

Spotted: three trucker hats. Enough said.

Stop pogoing, you fat fuck. And put away your lighter.

Summary: Les enfants terribles. And not in a good way. YECH!!!

From Australia to America With Love

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Okay. My MOM excitedly told me this past weekend that she and her friend are going to see Puppetry of the Penis at the local theatre in Colorado. I was like "Huh?" and she was like "Oh yes, they've even auditioned for LOCAL ACTORS! I can't wait!!!" This, from the woman who handed me "What's Happening to Me?" in a paper bag sometime around my 14th birthday. Yeesh.

Here's a description of what Mom & Co. will be giggling about, from

"As the audience watches them manipulate their privates into such attractions as the Eiffel Tower, a sea anemone, a squirrel, and a hamburger (and many, many more) there is plenty of laughter, not all of it nervous. Four or five viewers, all men, did walk out but the vast majority stayed on, seeming to be enjoying themselves immensely. And, speaking of immensity, a TV camera helps out by zooming in on close-ups of each attraction (they call them installations) and projecting them on a huge screen center stage."

June 23, 2004

In Sauce We Trust

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This is just amazing. I actually already saw this episode of Emeril Live! a few weeks back, and was amused throughout by the sly smirk of Mr. Joe "Schill Sauce" Perry. Perry's interlude really added nicely to Emeril's typical ouvre of slinging around food ingredients about as carefully as a 10th Avenue tranny on a meth bender at the Roxy picks her next dance partner. Here's the press release:

DATE: JUNE 22, 2004


JOE PERRY has been known as a hot guitarist--now he’s getting recognition for his own brand of hot sauce called “Joe Perry’s Rock Your World Boneyard Brew.” Look for the AEROSMITH guitarist to get in the kitchen with master chef Emeril Lagasse, spicing up food with the “Boneyard Brew”--available now in select markets and via the company’s website--on the Food Network’s “Emeril Live.” The program airs Sunday, June 27 at 3:00 PM ET/PT and again Sunday, August 8 at 8:00 PM ET/PT.

In a profile of PERRY and his fiery concoction, from the July 2004 issue of Bon Appétit magazine (on stands now), he described the genesis of the Brew: “I found myself carrying six bottles of hot sauce around everywhere I went in order to morph together the right mix, because some sauces work better for barbecue and others work better for eggs…A really strong habanero flattens your taste buds. It’s like listening to really loud music all the time. You don’t hear any of the nuance anymore. That’s when I decided to make my own.”

Check out to order a bottle of the sauce, which has PERRY’s personal stamp. As he reveals on the website, “I teamed up with David Ashley of Ashley Foods to create a brew of my own. I use it myself. I don't just slap my name on the bottle. I was involved with every step of development; from the way the sauce tastes to the type of bottle and packaging concept. So what's next? Well we have a few other sauces we are thinking about, but whatever it is, it will rock your world.”

June 22, 2004

Those Lucky Ferrets

pic via Disturbing Children's Books Posted by Hello

Not to obsess, but yesterday's post on the sorry state of the Fulton County Jail has me thinking more about criminal justice this week. Oddly enough, today, in addition to tying for second-longest day of the year, is also the last day the New York State Assembly & Senate are in session. This year, New York State legislators pledged to reform the Rockefeller drug laws, some of the harshest, most unfair drug laws in the country. Far from evenhanded in application, 94% of those incarcerated under the Rockefeller laws are Black and Latino, despite roughly equal drug use across races.

Using typical underhanded closed door tactics, Pataki is now at the very final hour trying to water down the Legislature's reform proposal to make it meaningless, thus killing any chance for real reform this year.

Call Governor Pataki and give him an earful: 518-474-8390
Or send him a fax: 518-474-1513

Let him know you understand that he is the obstacle to real reform of the Rockefeller drug laws, and ask him to keep his promise and fix these draconian, racist laws.

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June 21, 2004


Hilarity ensues when rapper "T.I." decides it would be a good idea to shoot a music video inside the Fulton County Jail in Georgia. Interestingly, a few of the guards claim not to even have known that there was a music video being shot there. A little research on the issue indicates that this is the least of Fulton County Jail's problems. According to a June 11, 2004 report, the jail is in such bad shape that an inspector found inmates sleeping on floor and unable to shower.

I can't decide which is more disturbing: that a celebrity would intend to use such a place as a means for some idiotic music video artistry or that the fucking HUMANE SOCIETY in my hometown has better accomodations for its unwanted ferrets than this place does for its human population.

June 18, 2004

One final thought for the weekend...

I hereby declare that Dinosaur Jr.'s "Choppin Away" is the perfect song. Though it's deserving of that elusive title in every way, if the guitar solo that takes up the last full minute of the song was it, that would be enough.
There is no such thing as a trivial pursuit

Okay, kids, it's Friday, and I know everyone is, er, tired, but here's a fun little activity courtesy of Charlie over at MUG. Have fun... and please, no's almost as naughty as fawking!!!

Q. What was the department store at Fifth Avenue and 34th Street?

Q. At the U.S. Open, the main court of the National Tennis Center in Queens is named for whom?

Q. Who is the mother of CNN anchor Anderson Cooper?

Q. Who is the father of The Strokes lead singer Julian Casablancas?

Q. Louis Sullivan designed one building in NY. What is it?

Q. Which Italian family took over the Rainbow Room and closed it to the public (except one night a week)?

Q. What word has The Daily Show with Jon Stewart coined to refer to the war in Iraq?

Q. What club features a mermaid swimming in an aquarium?

Q. Which highly-regarded restaurateur has named three of his restaurants after NYC parks?

Q. What was the name of the beloved city magazine in the 1980s, edited by Adam Moss?

Q. What crime was Leona Helmsley convicted of?

Q. Re-spell Gawker writer Choire Sicha's name as it's pronounced.

Q. Which stage and screen actor made his debut in Harvey Fierstein's "Torch Song Trilogy"?

June 17, 2004

Decisions, Decisions

From Other Music:

Dear friends,

For those of you keeping score, yesterday we announced in the Other Music Update that this Friday's Franz Ferdinand show had been moved from Volume to Warsaw. As of this morning, the promoter informed us that the sold out show has in fact now been moved back to Volume. So once and for all, here are the

FRANZ FERDINAND w/ special guests
Sons & Daughters and
The Oranges Band

99 N. 13 St.
Brooklyn, NY
Friday, June 18
9 p.m. Doors
Show is SOLD OUT

Also, don't forget tonight's Franz Ferdinand After Show Party at APT with DJ
sets from:

Ronnie Danzig & Rory Phillips (Trash U.K.)
Kris Chen (Domino Records)
Gerald (Other Music)
& special guest DJ sets from members of Franz Ferdinand!

419 W. 13th Street NY, NY
Thursday, June 17
11 p.m. to 4 a.m.
Upstairs Lounge - No Cover
(Capacity is very limited, so get there early!)


All of us at Other Music
There is only one word: Gorgeous!!!

It's all bluesy and jazzy and perfect and shit: The Scissor Sisters remake Take Me Out by Franz Ferdinand. Special thanks to Fluxblog!
Olympic Torch Relay Route

Can be found here. Just do not take any photos on your subway ride to the festivities, or else.
Broken Spindles

A few weeks ago at the Knitting Factory, I had one of those rare perfect moments of total visual, aural, and mental stimulation which at once moved me to complete bliss and put a lump dead in the center of my throat. Intense, yes, but it was an utter privilege to witness such an absolutely captivating musical spectacle courtesy of a little side project from Saddle Creek called Broken Spindles. Today on Junkmedia, Robert Albanese discusses with Mr. Broken Spindles, Joel Petersen, (aka the bassist for dance punk prophets The Faint), music and visual imagery, as well as the odd fact that some of the best music available right now is coming straight outta Omaha.

June 16, 2004!!!!!

Oh, those zany Microsoft guys. It's the ultimate punch line-- what happens when techno-weenies have all the money they want to fulfill their wildest Huxleyan fantasies. Well, proving star wars no longer the exclusive provenance of dead presidents, Paul Allen and his brethren are about to launch the first non-governmental manned space flight. I envision a smash reality hit: Survivor in Space. Here's a few suggestions of persons they should take along for ride who will be subject to being kicked off the moon or dumped into a black hole, or whatever:

(Editor's disclaimer: I have never seen Survivor, though I understand that there are between 8 and 10 contestants, right? let's say 9.)

1. Ann Curry. Katie Couric, meet job security.

2. The entire staff of Spin magazine. That way they can keep writing about the same five bands and it won't matter that no one cares.

3. Moby. He'd probably win and open up a teashop on Mars.

4. Carson Daly. No explanation necessary.

5. John Edward. The Crossing Over with John Edward guy, not the Senator. Maybe he'll figure out he could win if he manipulates the other contestants minds using the emotional lure of connecting them with dead loved ones.

6. Lindsay and her Lohans. Will boost ratings when she throws a drink in Carson's face.

7. Tupac. He's totally alive, I saw him on the 2/3 train last weekend.

8. Gale Norton. Let's see how Bush's interior secretary does in a no-oxygen environment. That's what she's trying to do to all of us.

9. Lisa Kudrow. The one Friend that can actually act, which means there is no chance she'll ever work again.

June 14, 2004

Scandal Abrewing?

This morning, the Washington Post reported on a stewy little extortion scheme involving Dominic Dunne, Vanity Fair diarist, and a woman from Virginia. I suppose we'll have to wait and see how Dunne handles it, but it is of O. Henry-esqe irony when the muckraker gets raked. I support Dunne wholeheartedly for this phrase alone: "On my word of honor as a lapsed Roman Catholic, I did not write these e-mails."

June 11, 2004

Fuck and Run

I remember when I thought Liz Phair was really, really cool. Now Ticketbastard, no, I'm sorry, MAYBELLINE presents "Chicks with Attitude featuring Liz Phair". Liz, do us all a favor: leave the kiddie-grrl punk thing to Avril and check out what Kim Gordon's been up to, i.e., making interesting music. Thanks.

June 10, 2004


Here's my latest piece on the new Ted Leo DVD for JunkMedia magazine. Enjoy!
You Won't Find This on Page Six

Today's daily financial fraud lesson comes to you courtesy of Popbitch, a wonderfully salacious weekly newletter from across the pond:

"There's a widespread accounting loophole that
allows unlimited money to be spent on "Fruit and
Flowers" - a handy get-out clause for the
fashion, music, TV and film industries to
purchase sex and drugs. Everyone has their
own variations: we brought you the "flowers for
the client" ruse last week. Chrysalis Records'
accounting code in the 80s and 90s was "Champagne
and Flowers" - particularly useful whenever Billy
Idol was in town. Convicted accounting embezzler
Frank Dixon used "fruit and flowers" to steal
half of Primal Scream and Suede's money. And BBC
also favoured "fruit and flowers". Brian Cant is
said to have been rather particular about the
quality of his fruit."

Fleur de lis, I guess. Remember that song "Love in the 21st Century?" Okay, so Glenn Frye was singing to his accountant... it all makes sense now...

"Tell me do I look like a desperate man
Champagne and flowers in my hand
I don't know her, she don't know me
She's my video date, she's my destiny"


June 09, 2004

Babbo or Bust

Okay, not to be too NYC-centric today, but seriously, pure lunacy deserves some sort of response. Today, Frank Bruni of the New York Times takes the unusual step of re-reviewing Babbo after its six-year tenure. However, though it initially smells like vindication for Mario, Mr. Bruni holds back in his praise of Babbo's unparalleled cuisine for one strange singular reason: the MUSIC. It seems that Mr. Bruni would prefer not to experience "Bucatini with the Black Crowes" or "Linguine with Led Zeppelin" preferring instead to deny a Times 4-star rating to a restaurant actually deserving of 5. Don't you get it, Bruni? Feeling the maelstrom of Mr. Batali's Ipod is as integral to the Babbo dining experince to some of us as chomping on its calf brains, and it's what really sets the place apart from all of the other overpriced, pretentious, corporate foie gras hoohas. Babbo proves you don't have to be a snob haven to roll with the big boys, something Wylie, Danny and Bobby already know. And although Mr. Bruni elects to preserve the Times' status quo of only awarding 4 stars to French restaurants, I say, let them eat cake. I'll be having Weezer with my Warm Plum Crostata.
Eat a Big Cookie and a Blog Everyday...What?!

It's true... Joey over at TOTC has finally validated my longtime sense that surfing the internet is beneficial to one's health. Especially if you want to stay cool and avoid bodily harm. Lesson of The Delancey opening: the LES still belongs to the Gangs of New York.

June 08, 2004

Video Killed the Radio Star

For anyone who is reading this in NYC (all 10 of you, props to you), there's a fun show tomorrow night. If it was anything like the Sexy Magazines CD release bash, take Thursday off work. It's perfect park weather anyway. Show details below. See you there!


What: Drag Citizen and the Sexy Magazines
Where: Don Hill's (Spring/Greenwich in NYC's West Village)
When: Wednesday June 9th, 10 PM

This is the video shoot for Drag Citizen's new promo film, it'll be fun and/or interesting to say the very least!

FLYER available here (though DO NOT get caught stapling it to a wall in the East Village!!!!)

DRAG CITIZEN WEBSITE for the latest on the band!

DON HILL's WEBSITE for directions and club info

INDUSTRY PEOPLE: Electronic Press Kit (EPK) is available at Sonic Bids

Show guest list inquiries - email

June 07, 2004

Hot Time, Summer in the City

The summer is a great time to be in the City for two equally important reasons: (1) approximately half of the population leaves on Friday afternoon, and (2) there are tons of cheap fun things to do. Please indulge the list format.

1. HBO screens free movies in Bryant Park. But be forewarned, you gotta get there early. So tell your boss you have a 5pm botox date, and scurry out of the office concealing your picnic basket under your jacket.

2. Of course, there's tons of free high-culture to be had in various outdoor venues. MUG had a nice roundup last week.

3. Indie rock shows at Castle Clinton. The tickets for these release at 5 p.m. day of show, but people can line up at 3 p.m. so go early. The schedule for this year isn't out yet, but in past year, Spoon, Cat Power, and Neko Case have all done it there for free. Er...

4. Restaurant Week. Get your lunch on for $20.01 or have dinner for $30.01. Most of the better, spendier restuarants offer lunch only, but you can still get a great bang for your buck at hot shit restaurants run by celeb chefs such as Mssrs. Flay, Batali, Samuelsson, Vongerichten, et al. Or you could just grab a sixer of Pabst and fire up some weiners on the grill.

5. MTA summer getaways. Get to the beach without feeling the finger-bang sleaze of the Jersey Shore or risking the dangerous Hamptons parking lots. Package deals that will transport you from hot sticky Midtown to tranquil, pristine beaches in about an hour and a half or so. Pass the grigio.

June 04, 2004


So, the day is finally come, Creed has called it quits. I wonder if they could be sued for not breaking up sooner.

June 02, 2004

I don't know, what do you want to do?

Once upon a time, I was a green little New York implant who would codependently await the weekly snarkiness of Time Out to tell me what to do with my weekend. Unfortunately, by the time anything good hit that kitty-litter liner (meow, that's for you Charles), it would often already be SOLD OUT!!! Lame!!!

Thankfully, some cool people recently gave us A fun little site that lists events in tons of US cities, it's a hootenanny of real-time event postings driven by word of mouth alone. S-weet!

June 01, 2004

A nice mix for a "Rainy-I-Can't-Believe-I-Am-Back-At-Work-After-A-Three-Day-Weekend-Day"...

"Car" - Built To Spill
"Metal Heart" - Cat Power
"Brown Eyed Handsome Man" - Chuck Berry
"Daytona 500" - Ghostface Killah
"Islands In The Stream" - Dolly Parton
"Gravity Rides Everything" - Modest Mouse
"The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway" - Genesis
"To Here Knows When" - My Bloody Valentine
"I Will Sing You Songs" - My Morning Jacket
"Range Life" - Pavement
"Beauty Of The Ride" - Sebadoh
"Debaser" - The Pixies
"Our Way To Fall" - Yo La Tengo