Friday, July 31, 2009
Bigger governmental programs take away our connectedness to the human family,
our brotherhood and our need for one another. [...] Anyone under 18 can be
eligible? Can’t they get a job during the summer by the time they are 16? Hunger can be a positive motivator.
Do you believe that Barack Obama was born in the United States of America
Yes - 42%
No - 28%
Not sure - 30%
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
If you are anything like me (which for your sake I hope you are not), then watching elected officials brawling is something that never gets old. The latest was a dust up that happened last week in the South Korea Parliament, which featured one guy who jumped around like Spiderman (check out :54 from the video above).
The article in the Lede blog from the New York Times took this occasion to look back at other political brawls (why not, right?). They offer some great video, but this page from the UK paper the Mirror is even better. Check it out for videos from what they picked as the top 10 brawls ever. Good Stuff.
Not quite sure how this has slipped through popular music history cracks, but as far as I know it has. (At least I had never heard of it)
When asked about what he was doing during the Apollo 11 space landing, David Gilmour said he was in "In a BBC studio jamming to the landing." For a band as hugely popular and legendary as Pink Floyd doing something like this and it not being a well known event is pretty staggering. The video is above and you can read more about it HERE.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
What. The. Fuck.
Seriously, the passage below, highlighted by Brenden Nyhan at Pollstar, really sums up how bat shit crazy this lady is. I have been stone cold drunk before and made more sense. Nothing like building something up before you break it down with a non sensical argument. Really, what do soldiers have to do with reporters "lying" about Sarah Palin.
"First, some straight talk for some -- just some -- in the media because
another right protected for all of us [by the military] is freedom of the press.
You have such important jobs reporting facts and informing the electorate and
exerting power to influence. You represent what could and should be a respected,
honest profession that could and should be a cornerstone of our democracy.
Democracy depends on you and that's why our troops are willing to die for you.
So how about in honor of the American soldier you quit making things up?"
"The American economy remains in dire straits, with one worker in six
unemployed or underemployed. Yet Goldman Sachs just reported record quarterly
profits — and it’s preparing to hand out huge bonuses, comparable to what it was
paying before the crisis."
"...it tells us that Goldman is very good at what it does. Unfortunately, what
it does is bad for America."
"The bottom line is that Goldman’s blowout quarter is good news for Goldman and
the people who work there. It’s good news for financial superstars in general,
whose paychecks are rapidly climbing back to precrisis levels. But it’s bad news
for almost everyone else. "
I may have been the last person in the world to see this video, but if there is in fact someone else out there who hasn't seen Micheal Jackson with his hair on fire, here it is for you. Also, the title of the video, "Pepsi Cola Murdered Micheal Jackson," may be slightly hyperbolic. They are saying that this incident caused the drugs/weirdness and led eventually to his death. I would say having a psycho, over-controlling dad who pimped you out pretty much from birth probably is as or more guilty than a soft drink, but that's just me.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
My review of excellent Plants and Animals set at Pitchfork is up over at Culture Bully. If you still have not heard the bands amazing debut album Parc Avenue, you need to stop reading this and head to the nearest (independent) record store and pick it up. You can thank me later.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
My review of the Cymbals Eat Guitars set at Pitchfork is up over at Culture Bully. The band, led by 20 year old singer/guitar shredder Joseph Ferocious, weren't the most polished band but still sounded good and showed a ton of promise. Their debut album, Why There Are Mountains, is out now and is well worth checking out.
|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart||Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c|
Right around the 2:15 mark things get especially crazy. You have to believe that the Daily Show writers just love these people. I mean, you would have a hard time making this up if you tried.
AWESOME news from the great folks at You Ain't No Picasso. Os Mutantes will be coming to the Cedar Cultural Center on Sept 26th. The video above, from the 2006 Pitchfork Festival, shows the band on their reunion tour. It was the first, and only,time I have seen the band, but I am very much looking forward to seeing what should be an amazing show.
(Cost of Health Care increases based on weight)
As much as we need Health Care Reform, what we really need is less McDonald's. I am not sure what warrants someone going from overweight to obese, but whatever that jump off point is really makes their health care cost skyrocket. It won't matter if we have the greatest health care system in the world if kids growing up today keep growing at the rate that they currently do. Maybe we finally have a sufficient argument for taxing junk food/pop/foods soaked in saturated fat.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
If this video isn't enough to sink both the current Republican ideology and auto-tune, I will officially lose hope for humanity. Lord knows we need more collage age d-bags in wife beaters (and no shirt at the end!) for guidance on fiscal policy. Especially when they sound like a robot.
After announcing the title and release date for their upcoming album, Why? now has details about their upcoming national tour. Lucky for us, the group will be making a stop at the Triple Rock Social Club on Oct. 7th for a show. The show also includes local group Dark Dark Dark, who will be touring with Why? for the first leg of their tour. Tickets will be on sale soon. The video above is for "The Hollows" from last years Alopecia, which was one of my favorite songs of 2008.
Monday, October 26
First Avenue Mainroom
8 PM $14 18+
with the Black Angels
I have only seen the Raveonettes once when they were opening for the Strokes at First Ave (a show which found both bands playing great sets), but the band has been pretty consistently great for the last few years. I was a little surprised to see them playing the Mainroom, but maybe they have more of a draw then I realize.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
You Ain't No Picasso has a video of a new Spoon song, "Is Love Forever," which I re-posted above. Anytime new Spoon comes out, it is a good day, although I still am disapointed with Get Nuffin, their latest EP.
Another very cool feature over at YANP is their collection of cover songs Spoon has played in the past, including some gems by Wolf Parade, the Kinks, Wire and Suicide (among others). Well worth your time.
Monday, July 13, 2009
If you missed the Meat Puppets show last night at the Entry, you will have another chance tonight. The reunited group, newly sober and back on the grind, will be playing an in-store at the Electric Fetus at 6 PM. For our out state friends, the band will be reprising their in-store performance Tuesday night at the Fetus in St. Cloud at 6PM. I can almost guarantee that the performance will look nothing like the video from above, so don't get your hopes up, but it should be cool none the less.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
I'm excited to see the Holy Steady on the church stage at the Basilica Block Party tonight. I have a strong feeling that we are going to hear quite a bit from their broken Catholic opus Separation Sunday, including their amazing "How a Resurrection Really Feels."
Friday, July 10, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Two things I enjoy immensely, Dent May and his Magnificent Ukulele and Mexican food, are together at last. Check out this cool video for what will apparently be an ongoing series.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
After posting Beck Hansen and gang's cover of "Sunday Morning" from his Classic Album project, I lost track of the site for a little bit. Silly me. Here are the next two videos, the awesome "I'm Waiting for the Man" and "Femme Fatale." I will keep an eye out for more videos as they come out.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Get them the hell out of our damn country and close the borders down. We can
do it. We’ve got the greatest military in the world and you’re telling me we can’t close our borders?