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September 29, 2004

Dogs Die in Hot Cars.

Is it:

(1) An obvious statement.
(2) A band that sounds like Boston would if they all wore dresses and rode around in a convertible with Dexy's Midnight Runners (e.g. the band behind "Come On Eileen").
(3) A bit of both.

Standardized tests suck. Have a listen to the mp3 of their single, Godhopping.

September 28, 2004

Blog Critic?

I suppose the advent of a site like someblogsarebetterthanothers is inevitable when writers, er, bloggers, tend to mix up their personal and social lives with their work product, but come on....

The one who runs the site calls him/herself "Blog Critic." Although criticism is defined either as the act of "finding fault" with or the act of "evaluation", criticism is NOT acting like a whiny jealous baby because other people are out there living their lives and having fun. Remember, bro/sis, they may be writing about it, but YOU are reading it, and then writing about them. At least Ceweb. seems to revel in the fact that he's a dilletante.

A special P.S. for the self proclaimed "critic"--tu me peles le jonc. You asked for it.

September 23, 2004

Decide For Yourself

Stream Interpol's Antics here.

September 21, 2004


So a few weeks ago, the guys that own this club Vela along with Scott Weiland and Duff McKagan of Velvet Revolver and Brett Scallions of Fuel opened up Snitch, purportedly a "rock club", with the added bonus of being open 24 hours a day on weekends.

My first thought was "Gee, that sounds cool. And what a nice alternative to other chosen Saturday night activities."

Then I went to check it out last Saturday. Do not do this. Unless, of course, you want to enjoy a $9 scotch and soda in the midst of pumping 2 year old hip-hop and poseurs extraordinaire. The only bonus was that my handsome companion and I were whisked in, as one bouncer leaned over and whispered to the door guy, "I think he's some rock guy." Well, Mr. Doorguy, as your razor-sharp intelligence indicated,he is, but his bandmates later admonished us for stepping foot in there on a Saturday. Word on the street is that Tuesday's what the fuss is about. Maybe-- if there's an open bar.

September 20, 2004



If only 538 more Floridians had voted for Al Gore in 2000, we wouldn't be in Iraq. 130,000 of our brave men and women would be safer, deployed elsewhere. 37,000 reservists would still be here at home.

Together, we can change our country's course on November 2nd, but only if every one of us votes.

Shockingly, when we checked public voter files in a couple of key states, up to 30% of MoveOn members were not yet registered to vote -- even though almost all of us think we are. Luckily, there's a simple solution to this problem: Register. Yes, you. Right now. Even if you're already registered, it's better to play it safe than be sorry on November 2nd.
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Official Bush margin in Florida 537 votes
Gore margin in New Mexico 365 votes
Margin of victory in IA, NH, OR and WI Fewer than 8,000 votes in each
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Total eligible voters who didn't vote 56.8 million

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--Eli Pariser and the whole MoveOn PAC team
Monday, September 20th, 2004

September 15, 2004

You make me want to pick up a guitar and celebrate the myriad ways that I love you.

Hey, wanna see the video for Slow Hands, the first single off of Interpol's Antics? Ok, then.

Modest Mouse

I know that the music blogerati are all up on this, but you should know that tickets are STILL available for the secret show tonight.

In related news, I am also very pleased to report that on Monday Pitchfork awarded it's highest score of the year to the Arcade Fire's new record. Feel the love and dance your morning away with this mp3 of Neighborhood #3 (Power Out). Link via, again, Stereogum.

September 13, 2004


Yep, it's been up for a while now... as of late, includes Apple-esque "I am a Cewebrity" ads. Good for blogfucking, bad for the environment.

September 10, 2004

That is so awesome!!!

Holy shit the new Faint album is SO good. Stream it here. Oh, thank you, god. Now just one more thing. Please make sure that John Kerry becomes President and it doesn't end up being decided in Colorado.

September 09, 2004


9:30 Franz Ferdinand on stage at Roseland
11:30 Paris Hilton stalking at Lot 61
12:00 evade arrest, head to Rothko for FF afterparty
3:00 crawl home
7:00 wake up to a phone call from England. Good thing the questions are all typed out already! er...

September 08, 2004

Hurricane Franzes

Well, this is no big surprise. But I still find it odd that Joss Stone was in the running.

September 07, 2004


My review of the Galaxie 500 DVD, Don't Let Our Youth Go To Waste ran last week on Junkmedia-- read it here. Incidentally, you may also want to check out a killer interview with NME darlings The Libertines on JM's front page.