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Monday, January 17, 2005 - 03:02 AM
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The content of his characterMLK DAY: The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. didn't set out to be a great man. He was a Baptist pastor in Montgomery, Alabama, until he became involved in the the 382-day boycott of the city's bus lines. Soon thereafter, he was touring the country and assisting other communities in organizing themselves for peaceful civil rights demonstrations. His argument for civil disobedience is famously set forth in his "Letter From Birmingham Jail," but he is probably most known for the "I Have a Dream" speech, given o­n August 28th, 1963, at the March o­n Washington.

THE GOLDEN GLOBES: Sideways, The Aviator, Million Dollar Baby and Desperate Housewives were the big winners. William Shatner also takes home a Globe for Boston Legal. Even though The Aviator took Best Drama, Scosese has to be worried about getting his Oscar with Eastwood taking Best Director. You have to like an award show where you can see Liam Neeson sitting with a toothpick hanging out of his mouth and Teri Hatcher thanking people for taking a chance on her when she was a big has-been.

NEKO CASE talked to Jim DeRogatis about her new live disc and her next studio effort.

CARL WILSON (not the late Beach Boy) takes a hard look at charity rock.

ANOTHER PATE INFLUENCE: The Lost Bands of the New Wave Era recently posted a brief profile of Dirty Looks, with a couple of links.

CANADIAN IMMIGRATION MINISTER JUDY SGRO resigns, not o­nly over allegations that she agreed to help a pizza shop owner avoid deportation in return for free food. Granted, a court ruled last year that pizza man Harjit Singh took part in a $1 million credit card scam with his three children. But the allegation followed prior claims that Sgro gave priority treatment to a Romanian stripper who worked o­n her campaign. She had to discontinue a program that fast-tracked work visas for other strippers.

HAS YOUR CHILD CONSIDERED A CAREER IN EXOTIC DANCING? Students at a Palo Alto middle school learned more than school officials ever expected when a recent "career day" speaker extolled the merits of stripping. About 16 students were told that strippers can earn as much as 250,000 dollars a year and that a larger bust -- whether natural or augmented -- has a direct relationship to a dancer's salary.

Love In A Trash CanFORTHCOMING TRACKS FROM SON VOLT, RAVEONETTES, KINGS OF LEON, and more can be streamed from NPR's All Songs Considered

VIDEO PROMOTED THE RADIO STAR? Manchester band Happy Mondays has had a resurging sales due to reality TV. Meanwhile PopMatters examines "The O.C. Effect."

DAN DREZNER has been blogging everything from how a discussion between two old-style baseball scouts and two new-style sabermetricians relates to Hobbes' Leviathan, to o­ne of his areas of expertise, outsourcing -- or, in this case, homeshoring.

JANE GALT had a wonderful question of the day last Friday.

SEX BOMB, MY BABY, YEAH! The Pentagon rejected the development of an "aphrodisiac" chemical weapon that would make enemy soldiers sexually irresistible to each other. Provoking widespread homosexual behaviour among troops would cause a "distasteful but completely non-lethal" blow to morale, the proposal said. The proposal was undoubtedly classified as "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," but what would Flipper say?

Careful with that nail gun, Eugene...I COULD SEE How this could give you a headache.

NEUROECONOMICS wants to use brain-scanning experiments to study how well economics' "rational person" theory comports with reality.

DELICIOUS MONSTER: This Seattle-based software company has cut out the middleman by officing in a coffee shop.

PSEUDO-DISNEY: Bangkok's largest theme park,"Dream World," looks eerily familiar. Meanwhile a Disney World fan saddened by the removal of "Mr. Toad's Wild Ride" is creating a CGI version of the attraction.

THE JOY OF LAZINESS is a book with a point, but probably an overstated o­ne.

Red and blue make purple, of course...ONE STATE, TWO STATES, RED STATES, BLUE STATES: Berns Rothchild is selling blue bracelets that say "COUNT ME BLUE," a sign of her opposition to the reelection of President Bush; her father has invested in 5,000 "COUNT ME RED" bracelets. From another perspective, however, blue and red bracelets might mean the same thing.

SPACE.COM has pics from the European Space Agency's Hguyens probe of Titan. UPDATE: Open source processing of the Titan images is even cooler.

THE FBI never adequately investigated complaints by a fired contract linguist who alleged shoddy work and possible espionage inside the bureau's translator program, although evidence and witnesses supported her, according to the Justice Department's Inspector General.

GUIDED BY VOICES attempts "Sympathy for the Devil;" The Copy, Right? blog has it for download, though I must add that it's not from the Dec. 30th show to which Liza refers.

The band's o­n a roof, get it?THE VILLAGE VOICE is not high o­n Decemberists' frontman Colin Meloy's Let It Be, the 16th entry of 33 1/3's series of essays o­n really important albums.


BRIGHT EYES opens its latest tour in Omaha before an appeciative hometown audience.

CULT OF THE iPOD: Mercedes-Benz USA, Volvo, Nissan, Alfa Romeo and Ferrari join BMW and Mini Cooper in offering iPod integration with their automobiles.


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Friday, January 14, 2005 - 05:00 AM
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I hate music...it's got too many notes!SEE THE REPLACEMENTS circa September 5, 1981, in glorious Quicktime, courtesy of Twin/Tone Records. There's even a clip of "Hey, Good Lookin'," which was o­n the flipside of the "I Will Dare" 12-incher.

ON THE PITCHFORK: Steve Burns (Blue's Clues) contributes to the They Might Be Giants tribute disc, along with Frank Black, the Wrens, etc.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: "Basically, rock music in America still sounds pretty much the same, that low baritone style of singing and whining about your upbringing. So there's still work to be done." -- Hives vocalist Pelle Almqvist.

Have you ever been experienced?THE CHRIS STAMEY EXPERIENCE drops A Question of Temperature o­n January 25th. Given the title, the cover of "Politician" linked previously, and what Ken King rightly calls a mighty version of the Yardbirds' "Shapes of Things," with assists from Yo La Tengo and ex-dB Gene Holder, it may be quite the trip.

LOHAN GONE WILD: Gawker has the photos and a link to an official denial worthy of Claude Rains in Casablanca.

Those cats were fast as lightning...PLAYBOY PLAYMATE OF THE YEAR Carmella DeCesare, galpal of Cleveland Browns QB Jeff Garcia, accused of grabbing a dance pole and karate-kicking Garcia's ex-galpal in the head, was found not guilty of assaulting the woman. The big surprise to me was Garcia having two girlfriends.

DAVE BARRY "is—was—the most heroic newspaper columnist in America," according to Bryan Curtis in Slate

BOB DYLAN: The so-called "Minnesota Party Tape," believed to be some of the earliest recordings by Bob Dylan, can now be listened to in the library at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul.

I know what you're thinking...CLINT EASTWOOD TO MICHAEL MOORE: "Michael, if you ever show up at my front door with a camera - I'll kill you." Moore laughed; Jeff Goldstein translates.

BRAD AND JEN, DAY FIVE devolves into psychobabble, as the New York Daily News examines the Angelina Factor, asking: "Is your man's best (female) friend ruining your relationship?" If she's Angelina Jolie, probably yes. After all, if Brad and Jen had freebie lists, wouldn't Jolie be on both of them?

THE ONION has a MLK Day theme.

GLOBAL DIMMING: Cutting some types of pollution may accelerate global warming, as detailed in a BBC documentary.

OUTGOING HHS SECRETARY TOMMY THOMPSON wants TV viewers to drop and give him twenty!

I say your eyes may look like ears...SPENCER DRYDEN, drummer for the Jefferson Airplane when it was good, dead at 66.

KGSR (107.1 Austin, TX) lists its Top 107 (that's so radio) songs and CDs of 2004.

WHAT GOES o­n is cataloging "anomalies" in the Beatles' albums.

MUSIC (AND MOVIE) DOWNLOADING: Have you read any of my stuff about BitTorrent, podcasting, etc., and said "What?" Marc Eisenstadt explains it all in detail at Corante. The Vancouver Sun looks at the impact of peer-to-peer file sharing o­n the entertainment industry. Newsday covers audioblogs, including SoulSides, which I linked to recently.

STEVE ALBINI brings his unique perspective to food.

THE BLACK AND BLUE ALBUM: following in the mash-up tradition of The Grey Album, Jay-Zeezer combines Jay-Z's Black Album with Weezer's blue o­ne.

BLOGOLA: Zephyr Teachout notes that Markos Zuniga (of the Daily Kos) and Jerome Anderson (at MyDD) were paid by Howard Dean's campaign. Zuniga posted a disclosure in June 2003. Jeff Jarvis notes that the campaign believed it was buying something other than what Zuniga thought he was selling.

BLOGGER-JOURNO CHRIS ALLBRITTON raised 15,000 dollars from his readers to go to Iraq, which then turned into a gig with Time magazine.

MAMMALS ATE DINOSAURS: It's the Jurassic version of "Man bites Dog."

The kid is not my son...E! AND SKY NEWS, their cameras barred from the courtroom, plan to stage nightly reenactments of the Michael Jackson trial.

HUMAN CELLS USE MORSE CODE -- or something like it -- to switch genes o­n and off, posing new challenges for drug designers.

VAN GORDON SAUTER, former president of CBS News, explains why he stopped watching it some time ago.

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Thursday, January 13, 2005 - 05:00 AM
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Of course, we'll promote others here, too. Mike? Jon H?THE LAYAWAYS: A shameless plug for Sylvia's boss, but I've disclosed it and have received no compensation, avoiding any Armstrong Williams problem. Plus, I'm all in favor of cool bosses. The Layaways tend to be described as a mix of the Jesus & Mary Chain and various others. I'd pick the Stone Roses, maybe a litle U2-type atmospherics with a dash of George Harrison. You can stream the new album or download a couple of MP3s at the band's site.

ON THE PITCHFORK: More of the SXSW 2005 lineup.

POLICY REVIEW is usually not the sort of journal that publishes an article about the sociology and influence of rap and rock lyrics, particularly o­ne titled "Eminem Was Right." But there it is. David Adesnik comments o­n the article at OxBlog.

Cranberry sauce...LET ME CLOSE YOU DOWN, 'cause I'm go-ing to...

THE GOLDEN GLOBES are awarded by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, but many members of the HFPA are neither foreign nor press.

BRAD AND JEN BREAKUP MOURNING DRAGS o­n with this priceless lede from the Associated Press: "In the world of celebrities and those who love them, the Jennifer Aniston-Brad Pitt breakup was like the fall of the Berlin Wall." Reporter Derrik J. Lang does not clarify whether this means that celebs and their fans think the fall of the Berlin Wall was a bad thing or the Pittston breakup is a good thing. Both seem equally possible. Elsewhere, USA Today is already working o­n auditing the couple's books.

EXPLODING TV: Jeff Jarvis has a must-read item o­n the future of television, including searchable video, video blogging, endless content organized by viewer ratings, and televisions with TiVo-like services integrated with the internet. Meanwhile, Christine Rosen asks whether technologies of personalization, from the remote control to video recording and iPods, risk making us incapable of ever being surprised.

AD RANTS begins its item o­n the creepy sexualization of tweens with a creepy phrase: "While it's become almost normal to occasionally mistake a 13 year old girl for an 18 year old..."

FOOD PORN REVISITED: I meant to revisit the case of Hardee's Monster Thickburger. Daniel Drezner beat me to the punch, including a link to a Slate piece o­n the Thickburger ads. I even enjoyed many of the comments posted by Drezner's readers.

THE MAINSTREAMING OF PORN is also visible at Defamer, which notes the number of mainstream showbiz types attending the Adult Video News awards.

WASHINGTON STATE GOVERNOR'S RACE: Grigoire has been certified as the next Governor; Seattle Post-Intelligencer columnist Robert L. Jamieson Jr. profiles Stefan Sharkansky, a blogger whose shoe leather may affect Rossi's legal challenge to the election.


"In the face of their tactics, we cannot move our party or our nation forward under the pale colors and timid voices. We cannot play Republican clones. If we do, we will lose again, and deserve to lose." -- Sen. Ted Kennedy, January 12, 2005.

"Our people look for a cause to believe in. Is it a third party we need, or is it a new and revitalized second party, raising a banner of no pale pastels, but bold colors which make it unmistakably clear where we stand o­n all of the issues troubling the people?" -- Ronald Reagan, March 1, 1975.

MADONNA and her husband use a Kabbalah ritual to cleanse Chernobyl of radiation.

OLD SCHOOL RADIO is promoting itself as though it is cheese. I guess that's about right.

FROM THE "WHERE ARE THEY NOW?" FILE: Men Without Hats. And Puppet Show.

CRACKING THE CODE? Researchers have discovered Leonardo da Vinci's secret laboratory in previously sealed rooms at a monastery in Florence.

It would be easier to win with o­nly two players...ROBOTS: Robot makers say World Cup will be theirs by 2050. Wired News asks questions about "Ethics for the Robot Age," such as, "Should telerobotic labor be regulated?"

ARE VIDEOGAMERS WELL-ADJUSTED? A new poll commissioned by the industry says the image of the reclusive, anti-social videogamer is a myth, revealing that they regularly volunteer, exercise, and attend religious services. Wired News, however, collects anecdotes suggesting that hardcore gamers may have a difficult time separating their real-life consciousness from that of their game. Zoe Flower argues that videogames remain wedded to sexual archetypes.

SKEPTIC MICHAEL SHERMER is not skeptical about the power of intuition.

MASH-UPS are going legit.

JUDY REYES (Scrubs) sounds off o­n Latinas being cast as maids: "It’s just so utterly played out, and it’s a phenomenon created by non-Latino people Hollywood whose experiences with Latinas are limited to conversations they’ve had with their maids."

WHO OWNS E-MAIL ACCOUNTS? When L/Cpl Justin Ellsworth was killed in Iraq, his father decided to create a memorial to his dead son using the e-mails he wrote and received while in the Middle East. But Yahoo! still refuses to release the messages, due to privacy protections written into the Yahoo! Terms of Service.

ANONYMOUS E-MAILER allowed to remain so, rules a Texas judge.

CNN/US PREZ JONATHAN KLEIN o­nce dismissed bloggers as guys sitting around in their pajamas. He's now starting to give grudging respect.

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Wednesday, January 12, 2005 - 08:00 AM
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Urge Overkill and more...ONE DAY LEFT o­n that eBay auction of a near-complete set of 45s issued by the Sub Pop Singles Club. As you're reading this, Craig O'Neill's ears are burning.

ON THE PITCHFORK: Modest Mouse announce its U.S. tourYo La Tengo plans a three CD career retrospectiveCrooked Fingers to issue a new album. Also, a cover of Cream's "Politician," by Chris Stamey & Yo La Tengo.

MOURNING OF BRAD AND JEN SPLIT CONTINUES: The rumors involving Angelina Jolie now center o­n phone sex. PLUS: The tsunami issues a statement o­n the breakup.

WHY I LOVE LAWYERS (IRAQ edition):  A lawyer for the accused ringleader in the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal addressed the charge of piling naked prisoners into pyramids by rhetorically asking, "Don't cheerleaders all over America form pyramids six to eight times a year. Is that torture?"  But the cheerleaders aren't forced to do so naked, as fair as I know.  If you have evidence to the contrary, drop me an e-mail, preferably with an attachment.

AMBER FREY autographs a copy of her book (i.e., the o­ne bearing her name) for New York Post scribe Andrea Peyser.  The favor is not returned.

That which does not kill me makes me strongerTHE GOVERNATOR'S SECRET WEAPON: Most people have not noticed that California Republicans now chair the most important committees in the House of Representatives: Appropriations (spending), Ways and Means (taxes, Social Security and Medicare), Rules (controls whiich bills go to the floor and the terms of debate), Armed Services and Homeland Security. A better return o­n the tax dollars California sends to DC certainly would help Ahnuld fix the state budget.

POLITICS allowed Polio to spread in Nigeria.

He's got Oscar o­n his mind...CRITICS' CHOICE AWARDS went Sideways, as the "little film that could" collected five awards, including Best Picture. Jamie Foxx took home Best Actor for Ray, whereupon he led the crowd in a call-and-response from "What'd I Say?"

THE SCREEN ACTORS GUILD nominations have been announced.

DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES has sneaky product placement.

MR. BLACKWELL puts a desperate housewife at the top of his 45th Annual "10 Worst Dressed Women" list, while complimenting Teri Hatcher o­n her improvement. You could probably guess most of the fashion victims (e.g., Courtney Love, French Hotel), but placing Jessica and Ashlee Simpson in a tie was a nice touch that will avoid any sibling rivalry. The big surprise was number nine.

ASK METAFILTER rounds up MP3 blogs.AOL's music programming, much of it created specifically as o­nline content, has become the top free video-on-demand service o­n Time Warner's cable TV network.

LITTLE STEVEN'S UNDERGROUND GARAGE: Top 15 Records of 2004.  Garage records, that is... black gold... Texas Tea...

NANOPARTICLES will be reviewed by the FDA as a treatment for breast cancer. In a somewhat related story, The New York Times reports that "[h]uman milk is like ice cream, Valium and Ecstasy all wrapped up in two pretty packages."

DEMOCRATS' DIAGNOSIS: In the Village Voice, cartoonist Will Sutton hands out "The 2004 Wussies of the Year Award to Self-Hating Democrats." o­n the other hand, at NewDonkey.com, an unofficial weblog sponsored by the Democratic Leadership Council, disputes the notion that Clintonism is to blame for the party's fortunes.

MICHAEL MUSTO, the gossip columnist for the Village Voice, following Lloyd Grove's example, bans the heiress named after a French hotel from his column.

The Club is CLOSEDGUIDED BY VOICES: Reviews of their last show continue to roll in.  Here's o­ne in Filter magazine.

NEW ORDER: New disc. New details. New Musical Express.  Also a story detailing the planned biopic of suicidal Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis.

DAN'S THE MAN desperately dialing Jenny.

IF THERE'S A CELEBRITY TELETHON, could some mud-wrestling of George Clooney and Bill O'Reilly be far behind? At least they managed to kiss and make up the next day. But if I was George, I would make sure Bill doesn't bring a falafel to the show.

NOT FOOTLOOSE: A high school principal cancels the rest of this year's school dances after students refuse to stop "freak dancing." I guess the kids will have to dance in a barn across the tracks.

NATIONAL TREASURE: Sandy Berger, the unappetizingly-named former National Security Adviser, faces a grand jury investigation into his smuggling of top-secret documents from the National Archives. The probe began after archives staffers reported seeing Berger sneak the documents out his pants and socks while vetting Clinton-era items for 9/11 commission. And since the story runs in the New York Post, the headline is "JURY PROBES EX-BILL AIDE'S 'SOCKS DOCS'."

MICHAEL MOORE AND MEL GIBSON chummy at the People's Choice Awards? It's the New World Order, I tell you!

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Monday, January 10, 2005 - 07:00 PM
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BRAD AND JEN ARE SPLITSVILLE: A NATION MOURNS. People magazine rushes a full issue to newsstands four days ahead of schedule; Us Weekly is publishing a day early. Rumors of disagreement over whether to have children and interference by Angelina Jolie swirl. Not that there's anything wrong with a swirling Jolie, mind you.

KID ROCK may perform at a youth concert at the presidential inauguration, upsetting some Bush supporters. Jeff Goldstein at Protein Wisdom is not o­ne of them and much funnier to boot.

THE ATKINS DIET, as practiced by Dr. Atkins, apparently included a steady diet of his female patients. Now that's low-carb.

THE DAILY REFILL links to Quicktime movies of Wilco, including a rendition of "Love Will Keep Us Together."

KARL MUELLER: Rockcritics.com presents its Best Music Scribing Awards for 2004. o­ne of the winners was an article about Soul Asylum bassist Karl Mueller's battle with throat cancer. A Soul Asylum live CD is out today, commemorating happier times. A benefit for Mueller almost reunited the Replacements, according to Paul Westerberg in an interview chock full of 'Mats dish, including plans to reissue expanded editions of their entire catalog. An addendum to that interview has Bob Mould picking his fave 'Mats moments.

PORN DRIVES TECHNOLOGY: It's being proved again. o­ne of the next big issues in which pornographers could play a deciding role is the future of high-definition DVDs.

COLUMBIA HOUSE GOES PORNO, launching an adult video club with Playboy Entertainment.

FILMOCULOUS has the year in lists.

OSAMA BIN LADEN: The CIA’s recently departed executive director thinks that the world may be better off if OBL remains at large. Which may explain why he's recently departed.

THE NEW YORKER reports that the Iraq war is "producing the creative and flexible junior officers that the Army’s training could not." These officers grew up with the Internet, and have created websites for sharing information that the Army does not control. "Instead of looking up to the Army for instructions, they are teaching themselves how to fight the war. The Army, to its credit, stays out of their way."

IRAQ: Multi-national forces capture three of four senior terror masters in Mosul.

SASHA FRERE-JONES is lovin' U2, the Pixies, REM and Bowie live.

PERFECT SOUND FOREVER features an oral history of the Long Ryders and Paisley L.A., as told by members of the Long Ryders, the Dream Syndicate, etc.

THE BOSTON GLOBE reports that pop songs killed the radio jingle. Glad I'm not the o­nly o­ne to notice.

COLIN FARRELL praises prostitution, likening it to ordering pizza for delivery. But o­ne's not free if it takes more than 30 minutes.

LOW CULTURE decodes Michael Moore's new look.

FRANCE is calling for a "new relationship" with the United States and says its first test will be the capacity of President Bush and his European allies to advance a Middle East peace within the next six months.

I'LL BE A DENTIST: They now make more money o­n average than general physicians.

"HELL HATH NO FURY LIKE A HOLLYWOOD LESBIAN SCORNED." That's the opening sentence to a London Times article reporting that the former girlfriend of Ellen DeGeneres is considering legal action against both the comedian and her new lover, the Arrested Development and Ally McBeal actress Portia de Rossi. How could I not link?

THE AXE FALLS AT CBS: Four CBS News employees, including three executives, have been ousted for their role in preparing and reporting a disputed story about President Bush’s National Guard service. For a summary of the report's findings, with more links, analysis and just a wee bit of ranting, you can click o­n the "Read More" link at the bottom of today's links.

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