Information Leafblower: August 2004 Archives

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newimac2 Say hello to the new iMac, complete with G5 processor. This baby packs a complete computer system into two inches of depth in what Apple says is "the world's thinnest desktop computer." The new line offers 17- or 20-inch active matrix widescreen LCDs and G5 processors running up to 1.8GHz starting at $1,299. "Just like the iPod redefined portable digital music players, the new iMac G5 redefines what users expect from a consumer desktop," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior VP of Worldwide Product Marketing.

I have 6 5 4 3 2 1 no more Gmail invites to give out. If you want one, email me (link on the right).

The Sports Guy has an interesting theory on why LeBron and 'Melo didn't get any PT in Athens: ...it seems curious why he didn't want the No. 1 and No. 3 picks in the 2003 Draft to succeed in Athens. Until you remember that he's coaching the No. 2 pick from that same draft.Then it seems a little less curious. Just a little. Blame the Bronze on Darko!

KG, the current MVP, must be one helluva teammate. At an informal workout the other day at Target Center, after Timberwolves rookie Rick Rickert made a nifty move to slip past his boyhood idol, Kevin Garnett of the Wolves, to score a basket,Garnett responded, without warning, by punching Rickert in the jaw. A cut required seven stitches to close, and Rickert also suffered a chipped tooth. Remind me to get on KG's team next time we play a game of pick up.

Zach Randolph's recent legal troubles, which surprisingly have nothing to do with Peabs, might have him headed to Milwaukee. The current deal under discussion is Randolph, Derek Anderson and a 2005 draft pick to Milwaukee for Michael Redd, Desmond Mason and Marcus Haislip. How about this quote from Randolph's high school coach: "And the problem is he is hanging with the wrong people. I just don't want the day to come where I pick up that paper and it says he shot someone, or that he was shot. Every day that goes by that I don't see that, I feel good." Zach sounds like quality people.

It's a bit old, but it's still choice. From Boston Dirt Dogs;

sung to the tune of "fame"
Sveum! He's gonna wave forever. He sends Ortiz on a fly, Why? He feels it's now or never, Dale Sveum will send 'em then cry Sveum! He can't even make it a close play, Out like a light, douse the flame, Sveum! He's gonna wave forever, Davey remember his name, Remember, Remember, Remember, Remember, Remember, Remember.

Fucking genius I say.

J Will, 70 percent and rising. Go get 'em young buck.

This is a protest sign.

I laughed out loud a this one.

Why my cases ain't get thrown out / Why team USA keep getting blown out. Nice. Also, keep your eye out for the new Mos Def album in Mid-October.

One more Ted Leo tour before the end of the year! Holla.

Jaws in 30 seconds with Bunnies. All praise the Thighmaster for the link. And nice Serge Zwikker reference BTW. Don't think I didn't notice that one.

Let's hope this is better than Jersey Girl. Actually, I haven't seen Jersey Girl, I'm just assuming it sucks.

Don't get me wrong, I am fucking excited about 4.5, but I am ready for some fucking basketball. Fall can't get here soon enough.

Sink my hands into the sea
Reach your fingers up to me
Trust me one more time
I can only try
Throw yourself to me
And I'll try to pull you free

Monday Monday Monday. Most people in the office are real grumpy on Monday, but not me. My weekends are usually pretty boring, so I actually look forward to getting back in the office at the start of the week. Even more so today because I got a good nights sleep for the first time in a week. Laddie decided not to have his 4 AM playtime last night (he usually runs around my room and attacks his reflection in my mirrored closet doors) so I slept pretty soundly.

And to top it off, I actually did stuff this weekend! Friday night I had plans to go out, but after I got home from the gym, I turned on NBA TV and the Suns/Warriors game sucked me in. Barkely scored 56 on a trash talking CWebb (Webber was a total punk ass bitch in his first few years in the L) while Mullin dropped 30 on the Suns. Shit was fierce. Needless to say I was glued to the tube.

Saturday I had planned to go wander around the city, but it was ungodly hot out so that plan was nixed. Instead, I watched Team USA win the Bronze as well as more classic NBA (big surprise, I know). Later that night, I met up with some new friends and we went bar hopping, including a stop at the Rock Paper Scissors championships at DC9. I headed home on the subway at about 12:30 AM and made it back home in like 30 minutes! That has to be some kind of record.

Sunday was Larry Bird day on NBA TV. Guess what I did?

I tried to watch some of the MTV awards, but they were yawn inducing. Except for Hoobastank. They were cringe inducing. I guess it’s hard to sing without a computer adjusting the pitch, huh? At first I was all mad because they made the rock bands perform this quick medley, but then I realized it was because all those bands suck and so do the people that like those songs. The theme for the evening seemed to be, less rock, more skeet skeet skeet. I never thought the VMA’s could get worse than the year the Wayans twins hosted, but I was proved wrong last night. So I watched C’s v. Pistons instead. And yes, I hate Isiah as much today as I did back then. Makes me feel good.

In other news, 4.5 games, bitches. The always informative Peter Gammons notes On the morning of Saturday, Aug. 28, Boston had won 9 of 10, Anaheim had won nine straight, Oakland 10 of 11 ... and there were only three days all month when both the A's and Angels lost. This was also a pretty neat way of thinking about the season from a GM's perspective: the first two months are spent figuring out what your team has, the next two months are to get what you need and the last two months are played with the team you want.

"IMPEACH BUSH, If He Commits What Is Constitutionally Defined as an Impeachable Offense. Until then, Just Vote Against Him, as I Plan To."

Some people think Ronald Reagan brought communism to its knees, but then again it could have just been their own bloated and corrupt infrastructure falling in on itself and he could have just slept through the '80s. So why bother naming anything after Ronald Reagan? Especially when so few things are named after Martin Van Buren, who as we noted before is way cooler than Reagan.

It's that little souvenir / of a terrible year
Which makes my eyes feel sore
Oh I never should have said / the books that you read
Were all I loved you for

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Morrissey played How Soon Is Now yesterday at Reading, and apparently, it sounded pretty good. Legend has it Moz had never played the track live before.

PS - People, of course I know those are the wrong lyrics. It's a joke.

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A thud, and the second wheel hits the tarmac. The staccato of a hundred seat-belt buckles snapping open, and the single use friend you almost died next to says:
I hope you make your connection.
Yeah, me too.
And this is how long your moment lasted. And life goes on.
And somehow, by accident, Tyler and I met.
It was time for a vacation.
You wake up at LAX.
Again.
How I met Tyler was I went to a nude beach. This was the very end of summer, and I was asleep. Tyler was naked and sweaty and gritty with sand, his hair wet and stringy, hanging in his face.
Tyler had been around a long time before we net.
Tyler was pulling driftwood logs out of the surf and dragging them up the beach. In the wet sand, he'd already planted a half circle of logs so they stood a few inches apart and as tall as his eyes. There were four logs, and when I woke up, I watched Tyler pull a fifth log up the beach. Tyler dug a hole under one end of the log, then lifted the other end until the log slid into the hole and stood there at a slight angle.
You wake up at the beach.
We were the only people on the beach.
With a stick, Tyler drew a straight line in the sand several feet away. Tyler went back to straighten the log by stamping around its base.
I was the only person watching this.
Tyler called over, "Do you know what time it is?"
I always wear a watch.
"Do you know what time it is?"
I asked, where?
"Right here," Tyler said. "Right now."
It was 4:06 PM.
After a while, Tyler sat cross-legged in the shadow of the standing logs. Tyler sat for a few minutes, got up and took a swim, pulled on a T-shirt and a pair of sweatpants, and started to leave.
I had to ask.
I had to know what Tyler was doing while I was asleep.
If I could wake up in a different place, at a different time, could I wake up as a different person?
I asked if Tyler was an artist.
Tyler shrugged and showed me how the five standing logs were wider at the base. Tyler showed me the line he'd drawn in the sand, and how he'd use the line to gauge the shadow cast by each log.
Sometimes, you wake up and have to ask where you are.
What Tyler had created was the shadow of a giant hand. Only now the fingers were Nosferatu-long and the thumb was too short, but he said how at exactly four-thirty the hand was perfect. The giant shadow hand was perfect for one minute, and for one perfect minute Tyler had sat in the palm of a perfection he'd created himself.
You wake up, and you're nowhere.
One minute was enough, Tyler said, a person had to work hard for it, but a minute of perfection was worth the effort. A moment was the most you could ever expect from perfection.
You wake up, and that's enough.
His name was Tyler Durden, and he was a movie projectionist with the union, and he was a banquet waiter at a hotel, downtown, and he gave me his phone number.
And this is how we met.

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- Excerpted from the novel Fight Club, written by Chuck Palahniuk

Janelle and the Pooper got to meet Ted Leo Wednesday night. I'm trying not to hate them, but it's not working. Have I mentioned lately that Ted's new album is shit hot? Tien, it's on the way, I promise.

It's a sad, sad day when REM are charging seventy fucking five dollars for tickets to their show in DC!! I wanted to see this tour since I missed the last one but no way in hell am I paying that unless there is a handjob or something like that inlcuded in the ticket price.

The number of Americans in poverty and without health insurance each rose by more than 1 million in 2003, the Census Bureau reported Thursday. Turning the corner my ass.

Uh oh

The first rule of Project Mayhem is you do not ask questions about Project Mayhem!

BTW, Have I mentioned DCist yet?

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And finally, big shout out to Fiona and James (pictured above) who are tying the knot this weekend is scenic Ithaca, New York. Feelings of hostility towards yours truly from my suddenly psycho ex-girlfriend are preventing me from attending, god forbid we have the proverbial Drunken Punch Up At A Wedding, but I will be there in spirit. Good luck you two and best wishes for your new life together! I'll have to settle for spending the weekend with Larry Bird and Donnie Darko.

Drank to much and I've said to much
And there's nowhere to go but down

PS - I have a gmail invite for the first loyal reader that wants it. Just gimme a shout. My email link is on the right.

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Well, close enough. The Sports Guy finally unveiled the schedule for his stint as Director of Programming for NBATV this coming weekend. The highlights:

FRIDAY, AUGUST 27
3 a.m.: Rockets vs. Spurs (Game 2, 1995 Western Finals)
(Vengeance Scale Alert! Vengeance Scale Alert!)
Before this game, David Robinson was presented with his 1995 MVP award, so he gave a speech and thanked some of the centers who had won before him. Well, he didn't mention Hakeem. Big mistake. Hakeem exploded for 41 points and 16 boards, including 29 in the second half alone.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 28
12 p.m.: Suns vs. Warriors (Game 3, 1994 First Round)
(Vengeance Scale Alert! Vengeance Scale Alert!)
The set-up: Barkley was ticked off about a Nike commercial that showed C-Webb dunking on him.
The result: Barkley goes 23-for-31 for 56 points, including 27 in the first quarter. Sir Chazz at his absolute apex.
Fun wrinkle No. 1: Barkley was double-teamed a total of zero times during the game. Don Nelson at his absolute anti-apex.
Strange wrinkle: This was the last Warriors playoff game. Since this game was played, they're 254-566. And yet everyone makes fun of the Clippers. Go figure.

4:30 p.m.: Nets vs. Celtics (Game 3, 2002 Eastern Finals)
Just the fourth quarter. Greatest comeback in NBA history. Also one of my five drunkest nights ever in Boston. Good times all around.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 29
Now we're entering the Larry Legend Marathon: 27 straight hours of the Basketball Jesus. Try to contain yourselves. Anyway ...

6 p.m.: Pistons vs. Celtics (Game 5, 1985 Eastern Semis)
Classic '80s playoff game: Laimbeer, Isiah, Tripucka, Terry Tyler and the immortal Vinnie Johnson (fresh off an unconscious 22-point fourth quarter in Game 4) on one side; Bird, McHale, Parish, Ainge and DJ on the other. Not wanting to head back to Detroit down 3-2, Larry finishes with 43, including 17 in the final quarter. Enjoyable series, fantastic game. The Garden at its best, during one of the last seasons before they priced out the diehard fans and the suits took over.

12 a.m.: Celtics vs Hawks (March, 1985)
The famous 60-point game, highlighted by the Hawks high-fiving on their own bench. One of the craziest shooting displays of all-time. I can't discuss this game rationally.

6 a.m.: Bucks vs. Celtics (Game 7, 1987 Eastern Semis)
Another epic. McHale slaps up a 26-16 on that same broken foot -- unbelievable -- and Larry takes over down the stretch. Maybe the classic test of the "Team with the best player always wins the series" theory. The Bucks had no business losing this thing. But Bird just wouldn't let it happen.
(Great Bucks team, by the way -- just watching a clean John Lucas playing the point is worth the price of admission here. Plus, Terry Cummings, Jack Sikma, Paul Pressey, Ricky Pierce, Randy Breuer AND Paul Mokeski were involved. Between both of these teams, the record for "Most awkward-looking white guys in one series" will never, ever, EVER be surpassed.)

10 a.m.: Celtics vs. Sonics (Dec. 30, 1987 -- fourth quarter only)
Ho-hum ... another Bird buzzer-beater. This is the one where Bird points out a spot for Xavier McDaniel, then makes the winning shot on that exact spot. As the X-man describes in "Larry Bird: A Basketball Legend," And I was like ... damn.

I am seriously thinking about buying a Tivo.

glamoramaHow does this cast strike you? Kip Pardue, Casey Affleck, Brittany Daniel, Shannen Doherty, Maggie Gyllenhaal(!!!!!), Robert Sean Leonard, Rose McGowan, William L. Petersen, Shannyn Sossamon, Vince Vaughn, Estella Warren and Billy Zane. Not too shabby, eh? What movie are they starring in you ask? No biggie...only Glamorama! And yes, true believer, I did save the best for last. How does this strike you? Directed and Written for the Screen by Roger Avary (check out those Van Der Beek pics on his site, brilliant!). I am a huge fan of The Rules of Attraction so if Glamorama is half as good, I'll be in heaven.

This book will always hold a special place in my heart as I got the pleasure of attending a Brett Easton Ellis reading/signing at The New School in NYC during his tour to promote the book. It was the first proper reading I had ever been to and I was hooked. I got Easton Ellis to autograph my copy (first edition, natch)and we even had a nice little conversation about Oasis. That was the first of my ever expanding collection of books signed by the author. Now I have books signed by Chuck Palahniuk (eight actually), Hunter S. Thompson, and Amy Hempel. My knee surgery kept me from getting Douglas Coupland's autograph last year in NYC. I was crushed to say the least. Hopefully he will do a book tour behind Elanor Rigby and I can finally tell him about information leafblower dot com (which he inspired).

Speaking of book tours, I'm sad to report that the aforementioned Chucky P. has elected to skip the nation's capitol on his latest book tour (but for some reason is going to Albany, Chapel Hill and Durham) for the trade paperback version of Choke.

Anyone catch Kerry on The Daily Show last night? I thought he did pretty well, but the guy has no personality. Lighten up dude. Oh, BTW, if you search for information on John Kerry on MSN, I am on the front page!

My guess is the following will be the most blogged about item in the world today: The state of Illinois sued the Dave Matthews Band on Tuesday for allegedly dumping up to 800 pounds of liquid human waste from a bus into the Chicago River, dousing a tour boat filled with passengers. No, I am not making this up. If it's on CNN, it must be true.

Moz on Thursday's episode of Kilborn? That's the next to last episode ever. If you need your Craiggers fix, get it while you can.

The "longlist" of nominee's for the ShortList Award.

See! Coolfer isn't all bad. He puts out some really good points in this post from yesterday.

I told myself I was gonna steer clear of this subject, but this is so unbelievably bad I just laughed when I watched/heard it. I'm not the only one. Maybe it's a big joke and I just don't get it. The word "caricature" comes to mind.

Just because I like beating a dead horse, it seems like Team USA could use a little PP in their game. Hello 19.8 ppg, 48% shooting percentage (49% from three), plus 4.6 rebounds a game in the 2002 World Championships. Also, here is an idea that's gaining some steam and worth considering. Bring back Trajan Langdon baby!

PS - How's that trade working out for you? Looks OK from over here.


"It's only after you've lost everything that you're free to do anything"
- Tyler Durden

As reported on DCist and in the Washington Post, John Kerry will be the guest on the Daily Show tonight!

As if this wasn't bad enough, he's at it again. [registration required, or just use BugMeNot]

This week the Bush campaign debuted a commercial titled "Victory," which conjures images of Olympic stadiums, and credits Bush with liberating athletes from Iraq and Afghanistan so that they can compete here. The U.S. Olympic Committee is not overjoyed with the ad, since the politicization of the Olympics is forbidden by, among other bodies, Congress and the International Olympic Committee.

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The USOC is reviewing the ad and considering whether to ask the campaign to pull it, as an infringement of its exclusive rights to the Olympics. The IOC charter states that the Olympic word, symbol and concept belong exclusively to the IOC (and to the USOC in the United States) and should not be used for political purposes.

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Let's just say that it's not an especially honorable or Olympic thing to do. It's also a highly ironic thing to do, given that before the Games began, former president George H.W. Bush visited here as head of the U.S. Olympic delegation and urged American athletes to refrain from unseemly displays. He asked them to behave with "class and dignity."

L Boogie and Johnny English are off to the the UK this evening to attend the Reading Festival (lucky bastards!) so I volunteered to cat sit while they were gone. As you can see, their cat Laddie is making himself right at home in his new surroundings.

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Gawker/Krucoff interviews Ted Leo. Dude is almost 34! Whoa!

[thanks to the ever vigilant L Boogie for the heads up]

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Ahem. FIVE AND ONE HALF GAMES, bitches. Now is the time on information leafblower when we start to get excited about baseball.

dcmonumentI did some sightseeing yesterday in DC. It was a gorgeous day out and I just couldn't waste it inside. I drove into town and actually found a parking place near the mall. I just wandered around for a few hours, saw some sights, ate a popsicle, read some Fight Club and chilled the fuck out. Then I came home and put some chicken on the grill and ate dinner on our deck. Not the most exciting weekend, but relaxing nonetheless.

I forgot to mention that they showed the trailer for The Life Aquatic before Garden State. Could I be any more excited for this movie? I heart The Royal Tennenbaums the mostest. My first kid is seriously in danger of being named Eli Cash. Or not.

Brad saw the director's cut of Donnie Darko. That's in the cards for me this upcoming weekend. And may I be the second to say...no Killing Moon??? WTF?

Have you seen The Mozfather? Yo, the DC gig is the first of the tour! [link via Janelle, The Real]

Ugh.

The music industry isn't the only industry laying people off.

Drag-and-drop flaw mars Microsoft's latest update.

Seriously, don't front. If the roles were reversed and this dude was American, we'd all be screaming bloody murder. Give them both the Gold. They both earned it. There is no shame in sharing.

Three cheers to Mike Vaccaro of the NY Post as well as Adrian Wojnarowski and Jim Caple of ESPN.com for being the only writers (that I have seen) that have enough balls to call out Larry Brown's totally shitty coaching job in Athens. You cannot convince me that there is any rhyme or reason to his player rotations. At times it seems to me that he is trying to lose. How many PG's have to torch Stephon Marbury before you try Dwyane Wade or (gasp) LeBron James instead? Yes the squad is flawed, but not as much as the game plan and substitution patterns.

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Although I was born is Worcester, MA, I was raised in the South and so I feel some sort of affection for all the pro sports teams from NC. However, WHY MUST THEY ALL HAVE GOD AWFUL UGLY UNI'S? Good lord people. These hurt my eyes. I'm not even sure if they are better than those old pinstripe teal ones. Seriously, who wears teal?

So ater 3 or 4 listens, I'm still not convinced. Is anyone else not feeling Antics? The first one took like a year to grow on me, so all is not lost. But this effort seems subpar. Unlike the new Ted Leo record which is like a 15 on a scale of 1 to 10.

And if you're not content to just believe
and if you don't consent to just let it be
stretch out your legs and dance with me
all ni-i-i-i-ight

sixandonehalf

First Things First: Six and one half games behind, bitches! Fuck yeah!

The Utah Jazz have declined to match the Milwaukee Bucks offer sheet for back up PG Mo Williams. Why is this newsworthy you ask? Because former next door neighbor to information leafblower Rusty LaRue is being mentioned as a possible replacement! Go Rusty!

aug21postcardYo, how was the big gig? Isn't this the best poster ever? Yes it is.

The Moz tour dates are coming fast and furious now. Coolfer will be happy to know that YATQ has sold over 159,000 copies. Righteous. And since I can't go a single day without mentioning Chromewaves, it's nice to see him getting some love from Moz-solo dot com for breaking the news about the Tdot gig. I bought my DC tix yesterday. Sorry Supergrass.

This is fucked up.

Check out these Charlie aftermath photos. [via Matt 5500 (I think)] Those take a while to load for those on dial up connections...

So I finally saw Garden State on Friday. I know I'm bringing up the rear on this, but that is one damn fine movie. It felt like a Wes Anderson flick with a serious, dark undercurrent to it. Lots of laughs though. Zach Braff did an outstanding job on this. The cast and soundtrack were both excellent. Highly recommended if you haven't seen it yet.

Lastly, I leave you with this bit from unofficial information leafblower DC tour guide L Boogie:

I went over to Tysons II this afternoon. I'm in SAKS browsing clothes I cannot afford and there are very few people in the department. Hence three, burly black men in dark shades stand out very obviously. I'm trying on this jacket and I look to my right and see a very pretty woman and a short, extremely well  groomed man whose ear blinds me with the sheer weight of the ice radiating from it. He smiles at the jacket and says "nice jacket". I say "yeah". but i should have said "YEEEEEEAAAAAAAH" like Lil Jon because standing before me in all his glory was Usher. Ollie [her adorable 18 month old son and future Red Sox fan] was clueless to the magnitude of our star sighting. I continued to "browse" and look at Usher and all his shortness (he is very short) and blingness (he had a pinky ring on that looked like a pop ring sucker, remember those?). My phone then rang and I was like eureka! I will use my camera phone. Now as I am technically inept and not very smooth at using the camera feature on the phone quite yet I fumbled for a bit. I got an angle and took a shot at which point Usher's (who had no idea I was taking a picture, mind you) body guards sprung to action and literally chased me out of SAKS. Seriously, they escorted me out! I'm not sure what the threat of a mild mannered woman strolling an 18 month child is to a man with 3 body guards but obviously the man don't like his picture taken. This is my confession (part I).

So effing Best! Thanks L Boogie!

Not much in the news this AM...

I was gonna write something on the new Ted Leo record (because, you know, I haven't gushed about it in like 72 hours) but The Big Ticket already did it. I was seriously gonna write something very similar today. Cheers to TBT and to Ted.

Team USA beats the Aussies.

The Sports Guy on He Got Game.

Lastly, from Frank Chromewaves, I give you The Coincidence Theorist's Guide to 9/11. It's a must read to say the least. Yes I know I've been stealing all my stuff from Frank lately. I'm suprised people even come around here any more. Be sure to check out his REM retrospective. Pretty spot on if you ask me, although I have a soft spot in my heart for Reckoning. I've always thought that New Adventures In Hi-Fi never got the props that it deserved. It might just be their best album. It's definitely my favorite to listen to.

And they aren't happy about it.

"Iraq as a team does not want Mr. Bush to use us for the presidential campaign," [Iraqi midfielder Salih] Sadir told SI.com through a translator, speaking calmly and directly. "He can find another way to advertise himself."

OK...so Duke only plays NC State once next year but we play Miami twice? What's that all about? Full schedule here. No games in the DC area (save Maryland on the road), but two in NYC/MSG. You know what that means.

So what should they call the two divisions of ACC basketball? Some suggestions.

That didn't take long...The Duke Curse (which strikes all teams that dare beat Duke in the NCAA's) hits UConn. God forbid we ever see Johnny Dawkins or Chris Collins pull a stunt like that.

Glad I'm not the only one that recognizes LeBron as the key to the Gold. Larry Brown needs to stop bullshitting and let the kid play.

Will I get to watch the DC Expos next year?

Polyphonic Spree to perform at the MTV Music Awards. Is everyone else like me and just watches it for the "crash and burn" factor? I mean, when is the last time they had bands that really matter play this thing?

No surprise here, 1115.org is days ahead of The Washington Post.

Bears prefer microbrews over Busch products....who knew?

Remember the lamp from A Christmas Story? But it on eBay.

morrisseyThe Good: Morrissey in DC on Sept. 29th! In Philly on Oct 1st and 2nd!

The Bad: Supergrass is playing DC on the same night. Argh.

The Drain On My Bank Account: Moz DC tickets on sale this Saturday, Philly tickets next Saturday.

Anyone from DC going?

Many thanks to unofficial information leafblower correspondent Emily and official DC tourguide Lorin for both sending along the info.

Also, any hip DC residents that can point me to a club/pub/space where I can start Djing once a month? Any help is appreciated.

When your name’s with the best
Will my name be on your guest list ?
And I will roar from the stalls
Ooh, the balcony fool was me, you fool

Wednesday PM Edition:

President Bush, Flip Flopper In Chief [via 1115.org of course]

Some highlights:
BUSH PLEDGES NOT TO TOUCH SOCIAL SECURITY SURPLUS... "We're going to keep the promise of Social Security and keep the government from raiding the Social Security surplus." [President Bush, 3/3/01]

...BUSH SPENDS SOCIAL SECURITY SURPLUS The New York Times reported that "the president's new budget uses Social Security surpluses to pay for other programs every year through 2013, ultimately diverting more than $1.4 trillion in Social Security funds to other purposes." [The New York Times, 2/6/02]

BUSH SPOKESMAN DENIES NEED FOR ADDITIONAL FUNDS FOR THE REST OF 2004... "We do not anticipate requesting supplemental funding for '04" [White House Budget Director Joshua Bolton, 2/2/04]

...BUSH REQUESTS ADDITIONAL FUNDS FOR IRAQ FOR 2004 "I am requesting that Congress establish a $25 billion contingency reserve fund for the coming fiscal year to meet all commitments to our troops." [President Bush, Statement by President, 5/5/04]

BUSH WANTS OSAMA DEAD OR ALIVE... "I want justice. And there's an old poster out West, I recall, that says, 'Wanted: Dead or Alive.'" [President Bush, on Osama Bin Laden, 09/17/01]

...BUSH DOESN'T CARE ABOUT OSAMA "I don't know where he is.You know, I just don't spend that much time on him... I truly am not that concerned about him."[President Bush, Press Conference, 3/13/02]

Dubyaspeak dot com [via the venerable Largehearted Boy]

Gizmodo on the REAL reasons behind REAL v. Apple. Brilliant stuff.

CNN on Gothamist. Great article, although I felt they should have touched on Gothamist's superior NBA coverage a bit more...

Debunking the "Apple's cost more than PC's" theory. Dude, if you're getting a Dell, you're paying more for a similar machine.

Even more reasons to buy a Mac. According to the researchers, an unpatched Windows PC connected to the Internet will last for only about 20 minutes before it's compromised by malware, on average. That figure is down from around 40 minutes, the group's estimate in 2003. 20 fucking minutes!!!

Danny Ainge speaks to WEEI. He expects Payton to be in Green next year and compares Delonte West to Chris Mullin! Minus the years of alcoholism of course....

LeBron gets his own Powerade flavor. Oh, sorry, I mant flava.

Andy Roddick is a marked man in Athens.

Reason #123 Why I Love DC: There is a rabbit that lives in my apartment complex. I've seen him twice in the last week. Last Thursday he had a leaf in his mouth and it looked like he was making his way back home with it. Yesterday AM he was just running around, playing in the morning sun. It's a nice way to start my morning to say the least.

This morning on the train, some lady was reading I, Robot - the book(!!!). WTF?

Well, Team USA beat Greece yesterday (by 6 whole points), so we are assured of leaving Athens with at least one W. For the record, Richard Jefferson has shot 3 - 17 so far, including 0 - 10 from downtown. Way to go Dicky Jeff. Why does Larry Brown insist on playing this clown over Carmelo Anthony (8 total minutes in 2 games)? The US team is getting zoned to death and Melo did play at Syracuse, which employs a zone defense with great results. Think he might know how to attack one?

Here is an actual quote from Larry Brown; I believe we will make an outside shot sometime in this tournament.

What he didn't tell you is that his coaching staff made the call on the final roster spot that ultimately went to Emeka Okafor. "The coaches wanted Okafor. At the time they felt that without Jermaine O'Neal and Elton Brand and Kenyon (Martin), we didn't have enough big players." After two games in Athens, Okafor is the only player that hasn't seem any playing time. And who, you ask, were the players that were left at home so Okafor could enjoy the Athens games from his front row seat? Michael Redd, Wally Szczerbiak and Brent Barry. The committee wanted one of those three players, but Brown and his staff over-ruled them. Again, for the record, the US is shooting 7 for 45 from three point land. Also note that in international competition, the line is almost 3 feet shorter than the NBA version. These are basically long jumpshots. Make no mistake, any failure the US faces in Athens is squarely on the coaching staff's shoulders.

If I was running the team, I would have left Stephon Marbury and either Dicky Jeff or Shawn Marion (they are basically the same player) at home in favor of Szczerbiak and Kirk Hinirch. Neither of those players needs to dominate the ball to make an impact. Wally is money from downtown and can rebound while Hinrich plays tough D and would be content to run the offense and get guys their shots. I should also note that if KG elected to travel to Athens, things would be much different. He's a 7 footer with an incredible mid-range game and he can shoot over pretty much anyone. But I digress...

Fella's...rejoice! A little porn is good for you.

Marilyn Manson was handed the video treatment for what ultimately turned into Karma Police, but he turned it down.

Hello new iMac. Apple filed a patent for a "chameleonic" electronic device which can "alter its visual appearance."

Ha! Google announced G-mail before they owned the name. Currently they are fourth in line for the rights to the name "Gmail".

eBay bought 25% of Craigslist.

Say, did you hear the one about MLB pitcher that pitched a no hitter while he was tripping acid? [I stole that link from someone and totally forgot who. Apologies]

Is anyone else still basking in the glow of Sports Guy v. Klosterman?

Updated all day long!

A sampling:
Sports Guy
I can't believe how bad our best players are. Watching them routinely screwing up three-on-ones, airballing open 3-pointers, botching defensive assignments on pick-and-rolls ... have we really fallen this far? To me, Marbury's predictable exposure in the Puerto Rico game symbolizes everything that's wrong about USA basketball. Here's a guy who makes something like $13 million a year, and he was totally in over his head. He couldn't guard Arroyo, couldn't set up teammates, couldn't make open jumpers, couldn't do anything. Without the safe harbor of a half-court offense built around him, one of those set-ups where he's allowed to dribble for 20 seconds and launch 24-footers, he was pretty much useless. In the NBA, he's a franchise player. Go figure.

Hmmmm....didn't I say something similar yesterday?

Klosterman
If we don't win every game by 20, the tournament is a failure. I don't care if that seems unreasonable or unfair. I don't care if "the world is catching up," or if Del Harris is coaching China, or if the best point guard in the NBA is often a Canadian who resembles the second guitar player from a Drive-By Trucker tribute band. This is just about the only thing we have left, and now we clearly don't even have this. Even if we somehow bounce back and win the gold, it's over for us as a nation; this is like when the Spanish Armada got iced in 1588. We might as well start caring about soccer.

Enjoy.

2:23 PM / UPDATE: Be sure to check out their Singles v. Reality Bites argument. I'm a Singles (and Cameron Crowe) guy myself. Not such a fan of Ben Stiller.

3:08 PM / UPDATE: The Sports Guy is a Cameron Crowe guy too!

Googs!

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My usual unconfirmed sources have the Celtics announcing the signing of free agent Tom Gugliotta this afternoon at 2:30 PM.

It is also rumoured that Danny Ainge will finally answer questions about the Payton trade at the press conference. Stay tuned.

If this actually goes down, well I scooped everyone again didn't I? And if it doesn't, well what do you want? It's not like I have credible sources.

UPDATE: Booyakasha!

Oh to be in LA on the day of Sep. 18th, 2004...

Glen Helen Hyundai Pavilion in Devore, CA.

Morrissey
Siouxsie and the Banshees
Devo
Billy Idol
Tears for Fears
Ian Brown of Stone Roses
Missing Persons
Flock of Seagulls
X
Franz Ferdinand
The Killers
Muse
Death Cab for Cutie
The Walkmen

Tix on sale SATURDAY.

Without further ado, I bring you the cover art to Shake The Sheets

shakethesheets

Allow me to put on my fanboy hat for a moment...If you haven't heard this record yet, you're missing out. The title track is totally rocking my world right now. It has this Van Halen type geetar solo near the end...it's umcredible (and I don't even like geetar solo's!).

ALBUM OF THE YEAR people! Hear me now, believe me later.

[via Chromewaves via The Big Ticket]

Go out and make your mark!
Put on your boots and march!
Go down and meet me where you'll find me doing my own part
Roll out your dented car
Maybe it won't go far
But if you do everything you can, well that's more than a start

There has been a "tweak" in the GP trade. The Celtics are keeping Marcus Banks AND the 2nd round pick they were due to send LA and substituting Jumaine Jones instead. Why Mitch Kupchak would agree to this I have no idea. The C's officially raped the Lakers in this one. Speculation is running high that Payton is refusing to play in Boston which means they C's will look to deal him somewhere else. According to the CBA, they can trade Payton whenever they want, but must wait 60 days if he is shipped with any other players.

Also, Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck announced the team would have a new free agent signed by Monday. The Sports Guy has dropped hints that it's a white guy and his dad would be "Fired Up" about the signing.
Michael Bradley?

Please note that as of now I am scooping ESPN on this story. As the league office is closed for the week, this may not be announced until Monday.

Call for back up, it's info leaf's payday!

Well truebelievers, today is Friday. That means another half day for yours truly and more importantly PAYDAY! This will be my first paycheck in many many moons. Yay for disposable income! Where did all the time go? Oh, that's right, into the archives on the right.

So I'm making a bee line straight for the Ben Sherman store on 14th street as soon as I leave work. Obvs. The only thing better than making money is spending it!

And speaking of spending money, newly crowned friend of information leafblower Kerry SoSaysI pointed me to a very worthy cause yesterday. It seems that Ali Giampino, one of the booking agents at the Billions Booking Agency (who handle Sea Ray among many others) lost her home in a fire. She, her husband and her son all made it out, but her two cats didn't. They lost everything in the fire. Click through on the story to find out how you can make a donation and help them out. It doesn't have to be money, you can send clothes or toys and stuff like that. I had some clothes I was gonna take down to Goodwill this weekend...instead I think I'll ship them off to Seattle.

Craiggers is leaving Late Night when his contract is up. I was still on the road on Sunday when he did Sportscenter. Did anyone catch it? How was it? Kilby was always head and shoulders above everyone else on that show but unfortunately I think he is ultimately responsible for the crap that comes out of everyone's mouth these days. Is it unfair to blame him for Stuart Scott?

The Pixies say record companies are bad.

The reunion that no one cares about, and with good reason.

Shirley Manson and Brody Dalle, Queens of the Stone Age? Interesting.

Instead of stealing all of the link from today’s Chromewaves post, just click here and read on.

Go get 'em Tiger! Kirsten Dunst enjoys sex in public places.

Buy wedding presents for Julian Casablancas and Juliet. They are registered at Target. [via Productshopnyc]

Last but not least, Gothamist interviews Craig Wedren, former lead singer for Shudder To Think.


The Velvet Teen (who I often describe as v. Shudder To Think-esque) tonight at DC9. See ya there.

Last night I downloaded some stuff from the MTV Unplugged gig that Oasis did back in the day. The one where Noel sang because Liam was being a twat. Good stuff.

Sailing down a river alone
I've been trying to find / My way back home
But I don't believe in magic / Life is automatic
But I don't mind being on my own
No, I don't mind it on my own

Aug 13. The Velvet Teen / DC9
Aug 16. Elefant, Almbulance LTD. / Black Cat
Sept. 10 Snowpatrol / 9:30 Club
Sept. 11 GBV / 9:30 Club
Sept. 29 Supergrass / TBA
Oct. 1 Morrissey in Philly TBC
Oct. 1 REM in Philly
Oct. 2 Morrissey in Philly TBC
Nov. 1 REM / Constitution Hall
Dec. 7 Pixies / Constitution Hall
Dec. 8 Pixies / Constitution Hall

If any readers out there are attending these shows, drop me a line and maybe we can meet up.

How is it that Fox cancels all of their cool TV series after 4 episodes despite critical acclaim and CNBC pledges to keep McEnroe on the air despite the show’s 0.0 ratings? Don’t get me wrong, I worship Johnny Mac (even met him one time backstage at a Strokes gig, predictably, he was an asshole) but I don’t think the talk show format is his forte. Anyone that has heard his tennis commentary knows he is extremely intelligent and well spoken, but cancel this shipwreck and let’s file this with that crappy Fear Factor-lite reality show he hosted for two seconds.

Wow, the City of Cincinnati is finally lifting their ban on general admission festival seating, which was famously enacted after 11 fans were crushed to death in a scramble for seats at a 1979 concert by The Who.

Sad news, Dave Davies partially paralyzed after a stroke.

Ugh.

Dennis, the webmaster at ChuckyP.net interviewed Alex Garland.

Sports Guy on Madden 2005.

So... the GP trade. I like it. So do PP and Doc. Reaction on the many Celtics messageboards I peruse has been 60/40 in favor of the trade. The big issue the naysayers have is the inclusion of Marcus Banks. I may be in the minority here but I was very unimpressed with him in the summer league and I think it was just a matter of time before Delonte West was ahead of him on the depth chart. Banks will be forever tied to Ainge as it was his first draft pick as GM, but now Danny can say “We had to give up Marcus in the deal, but we got a Hall of Famer in return!”
In the past, Ainge has always liked competition at the PG slot. When he was coaching in Phoenix he had veteran Kevin Johnson fighting for playing time with Jason Kidd while a little used rookie named Steve Nash was on the bench. However, Ainge would have taken a beating in the press had West received more PT than Banks this year (which would also lower Banks trade value) so this move was likely made with that situation in mind.
Now everyone will think GP is over the hill, and he’s definitely not the same player he was even 3 years ago but keep a few things in mind. Before hitting his all time low in the playoffs (and yes, I was leading the charge in the “GP is done” brigade), Payton had a very good regular season, averaging 14 points and almost 6 assists per game. The C’s haven’t had that kind of production from their PG spot since Dennis Johnson was wearing short shorts. Let us not forget that GP looked very good as the Lakers started 18-3 last year and were fast breaking everyone off the court. It was when Karl Malone got hurt and missed extended time that the team went back to watching Kobe and Shaq fight over the ball. The Sports Guy said it best, GP has a lot to prove and he’s going to relish the chance to prove do so.
What has amazed me with this deal is the clear anti-Boston slant the media has taken about this deal. The worst offender this side of Steven AHole Smith has to be Mike Kahn of CBS Sportsline who declares Chucky Atkins as a “legit veteran point guard” while labeling Payton as “aged” and all but calling him worthless. Excuse me, when did Chucky Atkins light the world on fire? How many teams has he played for in his career?
The C’s needed veteran leadership and this trade brought it to them. GP will be a fine teacher and will be the vocal leader of this team, something PP will never be. PP plays his best when he can just concentrate on playing his game and needs someone to call him out at times. Payton will have no problem doing that.
Banks might actually thrive in LA. Kobe and Lamar Odom figure to have the ball in their hands a majority of the time so Banks won’t have to run the team, something he hasn’t shown the ability to do. Mihm will continue to be a space cadet with potential and remind everyone of Travis Knight. He will have occasional games of brilliance but more than likely will keep getting 3 fouls in 4 minutes of play.
I’ve been on the Ainge bandwagon from Day 1, and this trade hasn’t changed my mind one bit.

tedleo2Muchos props to Marleigh Hyperkinetic for the Ted Leo release date info. Hard copies of the new hottness, entitled Shake The Sheets will hit streets October 19th. People with awesome friends like me already have their copy. If you don't have your own copy of the hottness, then get over to the Lookout Records website stat! They have information leafblower SONG OF THE YEAR Me and Mia posted as a free download. Go download that shit now and commence rocking out! You will not be disappointed. Lastly, Bitchfork have a pretty damn good review of the track The Angel's Share. The Girlfriend In A Coma reference is spot on.

Morrissey is playing in Philly on Oct 1 & 2! Or is he? San Fran tickets for his Sept. 19th show go on sale tomorrow at 10 AM. Don't sleep (literally) West Coast peeps!

The kind folk over at 1115.org might be interested to know that Pylon are reuniting.

REM tour info. I saw their three previous tours (you know, when they refused to play any of the good shit from their early days) but had to skip the last one as the Super Furries were in town the same nights. It was not a hard decision.

A host of brit luminaries, including Liam, Noel and Super Furry Gruff, witnessed Ian Brown's recent gig in London. Also, the King Monkey talks about why he is playing all of those Stone Roses tunes at his gigs.

Thighswideshut continue their scoopage streak by pointing out that Supergrass are coming across the pond for a six show trek. I thought Life On Other Planets was v. underwhelming, but everyone that saw them on that tour thought they were the bee's knee's. I won't miss this tour. I saw them play Irving Plaza on the In It For The Money tour and they were shit hot, but then again, that is their best record.

Holy Fuck! Matt 5500 has 24 hours of Blur loaded into his iTunes. Yikes!

Congrats yo!

Here is the Fight Club;The Game preview. I think this is only available on Playstation 2 but don't quote me b/c I don't have a PS2 and I won't be buying this game. Gracias to Redboy for the link. It seems congrats are in order for you as well. Nice one sir.

Duke gets another basketball commitment for 2005, 6-7 forward Jamal Boykin. Peep this: Bob Gibbons, a high-school basketball recruiting analyst in Lenoir, ranks Boykin as the No. 23 senior nationally. The other members of Duke's class, forward Josh McRoberts of Carmel, Ind., and point guard Greg Paulus of Syracuse, N.Y., are top-25 seniors also. We just fucking reload baby!

Yay! TMQB is back! [thanks Tien]

The Sports Gods have heard my plea's!

Noneother thatn The Sports Guy will be programming an incredible 50 hours of time on ESPN Classic NBA TV over the Labor Day weekend and he's filling it entirely with NBA games. Is that not hottness personified?

The schedule:
Friday, Aug. 27: 6 p.m., ET, to 4 a.m., ET (10 straight hours).

Saturday, Aug. 28: Noon, ET, to 4 a.m., ET (16 straight hours).

Sunday-Monday, Aug. 29-30: Noon, ET, to Noon, ET (a 24-hour marathon).

I'm only showing old games from the '80's and early '90's. That's it. They're giving me access to the complete NBA Entertainment library -- if the game was played and there's an exisiting tape of it, I have the right to show it. Hey, I love the Isiah-Bernard game in '84 or the Larry-'Nique shootout in '88 as much as anyone, but you can catch those games on ESPN Classic or NBA TV anytime. I'm concentrating on games that haven't been shown before -- stuff you haven't seen, lost classics that represent the glory days of the league (1980 to 1993), that glorious span from "Uncomfortably Tight Shorts" to "Baggy Shorts," the heyday of Bird, Moses, MJ, Magic, Doc, 'Nique and Isiah, when players actually knew how to run a fast break and throw a sneaky elbow, when you could clothes-line someone and remain in the game, when every team went eight or nine deep, when playoff series were described as "battles" and the comparison didn't seem absurd.

The Sunday /Monday 24 hour slot is going to be ALL LARRY BIRD, ALL THE TIME.

And it gets better! You can email The Sports Guy and put in your requests! My suggestions were 1) any game by Reggie Lewis, just so I can see him play again and 2) Celtics @ Nets in late 2001 when PP dropped 48 on NJ, 46 in the second half and OT. He shot 1-12 in the first half and then owned the state of NJ after intermission. I was in attendance that day and it was the single best athletic feat I have ever witnessed in person in my lifetime.

Could I be any more excited about this? Could I be a bigger dork?

Float On!

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I am effing exhausted, but the weekend's shenanigans need to must be recorded for posterity's sake.

First, the visual record, .Mac website stizz. Be sure to see "The Reacharound". Hehehehe

The trip got off to an unsuspecting start when Danny Ainge decided to finalize a huge trade right before I left for the airport. The nerve of him! I wasn't going to be able to read anything about this until Monday at the earliest!

My flight to the D was uneventful, except for the 300 pound dude that sat right next to me and felt the need to break out his can of Skoal right after takeoff and spit tobacco into a Coke bottle for the rest of the flight. Dude was reading The Bourne Supremacy. Movie editions of books and dipping on a plane, durstness personified.

Once I was on the ground, I quickly met up with Damore and Peabs (Peabs: "We were just looking for a dude in an Oasis or Morrissey Tshirt") and we drove directly into Tha D and started drinking. I lost exact count, but I estimate that Damizz and Peabs said "Schmears" roughly 42 times before I even got in the car.

The Tiggers were finishing up their W over the Red Fizzle when we arrived, so we went to the roof bar attached to Comerica Park and got our drink on. JP McKrengles, Sean Tizz and others met us there. A quick call to Grambo requesting his presence was put in and we wandered down the street to the Town Pump to meet him. There we consumed roughly 22 pitchers of "The Hoe" (as Damore calls it) and general craziness ensued. I really liked that bar. Hot women, good beer and an even better jukebox/sound system. All sorts of indie faves were played and rocked out to.

After we closed that place, I realized that I hadn't eaten anything all day, so the three of us went to the Plaka Cafe and mealed. That's where this happened.

Then, because we didn't drink enough, we went back to Damore's place and consumed a few more on his awesome roof deck. Sleep came sometime after 4:30 AM.

Saturday (no hangover!) Damore and I went record shopping and then grabbed some grub at the Mack Avenue Diner while organizing the pre-game festivities for that night's main event. A bunch of people came over to Damore's around 7 PM and we watched the baseball game and complained about our respective teams. The Gorilla filled me in on the best nickname in the majors, that being Alex "Dirty" Sanchez (who went on the DL today BTW). Damore turned into Chef B-Boy Ardee and cooked up some tiggs burgers and chicken. We left for Grambo's Bday Party around 10 PM.

The night gets a bit hazy from that point on but lets just say that much alcohol was consumed and at a certain point, everyone stopped using English and just spoke in the "goofy patois" of the Whatevs Nation. We drank some more...Peabs took his clothes off...the Gas Face was given...beer was poured over EVERYONE...tee's were bovsed upon...blah blah blah. So Best. Also, if you need a DJ at your next party, you could do alot worse than Uncle Grambo. The Bday boy put together quite a playlist for the night. I don't remember a time when I've drank and danced more. When in Detroit...

At some point much later in the early morning, we were finally dropped off at Damore's place (by Foster "Mr. Peabs" Peabody in the Escalade limo while still drinking and watching Goodfellas, natch) and we went to bed and tried to prepare ourselves to start all over again on Sunday.

Peabs actually showed up at case de Damore at like 12:15 and we were at the game just after it's 1:05 PM start. The first thing we did after getting inside was getting at 32 oz. beer. Bovs. I picked a good game to attend. There were a combined 10 home runs hit by the teams (a Comerica Park record) and Tim Wakefield, the winning pitcher, gave up 6 home runs (tying a MLB record). I created the "Tim Wakefield Drinking Game" which was basically "Every time he gives up back to back home runs, take a drink". Sometime around the seventh inning, we went down and sat with The Gorilla something like 12 rows behind home plate. While we were sitting there, I got an actual celebrity sighting! Psuedo Jack was there! Ha!

My flight didn't leave until 9:30 PM so we took it easy the rest of the day and I didn't get home until 12:30 AM. At least I finally got to bed before 5 AM. Then Monday morning, my bus was 30 minutes late and I was 45 minutes late to work. Having a job to be 45 minutes late to...So Best.

I had a fucking blast in Detroit and can't wait to go back. Big ups to Damore for being an incredible host and letting me crash at his pad (despite never having met me before) and Peabs for playing tour guide all weekend and making sure I had a full beer at all times. And for the record, Peabs (aka "The Enabler") is exactly like you think he would be. This is a good thing. She-mars.

Also, much respect to the FOW's. Each and every person I met in Detroit was super friendly and went out of their way to make me feel at home, particularly the Grizz and the Gorilla, who contrary to my previous beliefs, are actually two separate people. It goes without saying that everyone has an open invite to DC next time you feel like a roadtrip.

And the highlight of the weekend, my own personal contribution to the Whatevs language.

Be mad, be rash
Smoke and explode
Sell all of your clothes
Just bear in mind
There just might come a time
When you need some friends

Damizz


dotherobot


thegame

Full write up later tonight / tomorrow.


Boves on your eefing tess!

Old Rivals completed a rare trade today as Gary Payton and former Celtic Rick Fox were sent to Boston. In return, the Lakers get Chucky Atkins, Chris Mihm and Marcus Banks. This trade gives Boston a veteran PG (with lots to prove) as well as clearing out the glut of swingmen. The Marcus Banks era is over before it ever began, but I think once Delonte West emerges, no one will miss him. Frontcourt depth for Boston is still an issue, but this trade ensures promising rookie Al Jefferson will get plenty of PT next year, pending anything else Danny Ainge has on up his sleeve.

This deal also gives Boston $15 million in expiring contracts. Watch for a bigger move at the trade deadline.

Was it respected philosopher Soren Kierkegaard or former US poet Laureate O’Shea Jackson that once opined “God Damn, today is a good day”? Nonetheless, that’s how we are feeling today at information leafblower.

Last night, that benevolent being known as Frank Chromewaves bestowed upon me the greatest of gifts, that being 11 delicious sounding downloads that together form the new Ted Leo record, entitled Shake The Sheets. In a surprise showing of self restraint, I decided to wait until this morning to listen to it. I guess I knew if I started trying to take it in last night I would have never gotten to sleep.

What a record! Chris Shaw has his hands all over it, from the deep drum sounds to the full sounding guitar sprinkled throughout. The hi hat and tambourine are to die for. Upon first listen, Shake The Sheets reminds me decidedly of GBV’s extremely underrated Do The Collapse, just for the fact that it’s the whole “indie band uses good studio and proper producer to make a fully produced record” vibe.

Standout songs so far include the title track, Walking to Do (the new Timorous Me) and the AC/DC meets The Smiths sounds of Little Dawn. It should be noted that sonically, the whole record is a revelation.

The best song, hands down, is Me and Mia. I am all but ready to declare this tune as the best in Ted’s cannon. It’s just so fucking tight and hits all the right spots. All the shitty bands on commercial alternative radio should listen to it just so they can here how the “soft verse/loud chorus” thing can be applied without sounding completely tired. The lyrics really hit home for me as they can be (and have been) applied to many of the things I have gone through in the last 12 months. It earned extra coolpoints because it namechecks my friend Anna. It’s a very triumphant song, perfect for summer. I swear I listened to it like 12 times on the way to work this morning. Everyone thought I was a wacko b/c I was totally playing air guitar and rocking out the entire time. So best.

So...needless to say, my day got off on the right foot. Also, we have a half day at work today, which should leave me plenty of time to go home and pack for my flight to Detroit tonight. That's right faithfull readers, I am venturing to the land of 8 Mile and tee’s jonesing to be Bovs’ed upon so that I can help my brother from another mother Uncle Grambo celebrate turning the big 3-0 (something I did in June). Peabs and Damore are picking me up from the airport tonight. A full weekend of debauchery is sure to follow. And to top it off, the Red Sox will be in town all weekend and we are going to the game Sunday. Be sure to check back on Monday as I’m sure to have lots of good pictures to share. Until then…

Call your friends 'cause we've forgotten
what it's like to eat what's rotten
What's eating you alive
just might help you to survive

Enough already. It's over, just let it go.

Does it seem weird to anyone else that the media is following this story alot closer than some of the other important issues out there?

Italy crushed the US in an Olympic basketball exhibition today. Disgraceful. The press decided to blame Paul Pierce (unfairly) for Team USA's disappointing 6th place finish at the World Championships two years ago. So who is to blame now?

"Somewhere Else"

August04

The Sports Guy on the Nomah trade.

Sad news...The Beta Band have split.

Here's something to cheer you up. The Napoleon Dynamite soundboard. [via Thighswideshut]

I see you shuffle on the set when you stand inside it.
and there's applause raining down that won't last.
and it's the lines that i forget that keep me around, I guess.
for something better yet.


Well, my first day as an employed taxpayer was pretty underwhelming. A few tours of the office and a bunch of internet surfing. Tomorrow figures to be a little better...I have my HR de-briefing in the AM and then the rest of the team are going to show me the ropes as far as the database and all that goes.

My commute kinda sucked. The (much cheaper) local bus zoomed by 4 minutes ahead of schedule as I was walking out to the bus stop, so I had to take the (more expensive) express bus to the Pentagon. It will take a while for the kinks to get worked out but it doesn't seem so bad.

This weekend was torture as our cable went out and took our interweb service with it. I didn't even find out about the Nomah trade until I read the Sunday paper! How fucking 1980's is that? Not sure that I can add anything that hasn't already been said but I like the deal. Nomah hasn't been the same since he hurt his wrist. He's a fucking crybaby and the team will be better with him moving on. Cabrera is much better than his play this year would tell you so maybe they can lock him up cheap. I am a bit worried that the Matt Clement deal didn't go down, but hopefully Derek Lowe comes around now that he has an infield that can catch the ball behind him. Oh, and Nomah might have to sit out the month of August to get ready for September. Besides, if this deal really sucked for the Sox, Peter Gammons would have said so.

The NBA schedule for next year has been released. The C's open with Philly and play in DC very early in the season. Buzz.

The Sports Guy off the record on what he thinks the C's will do next year. Here is the second part of the Fe-mail bag.

OK, who wants to download the new Ted Leo record for me? Fabulous riches await you.

Pixies tour dates.

The Strokes decide to milk their first record even more. They're worse than Oasis!

Batman Begins trailer.

Have you seen this yet?

It's started to happen / it's started to change
With the movement up on us / hope we make it o.k.
If it takes a life / or a couple of days
It's coming together / in relative ways