Information Leafblower: January 2005 Archives

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Quite a weekend. Much better than my last one, thanks.

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Friday night I travelled up to the bustling metropolis of Baltimore with Miss Gl*mrocker to see The Bravery (aka The Next Big Thing) play at Fletcher's. It was my first time ever at Fletcher's and I liked it much better than the Ottobar. Much less of an ashtray. And guess what? The Bravery were the goods. In fact I'd say they were actually deserving of the hype that's getting tossed their way. They aren't exactly re-inventing the wheel with their sound but they had great energy and good tunes. I really enjoyed the show.
They wear their influences on their sleeve, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. They have a Strokes song, a Hot Hot Heat song, a Joy Division song, etc. I kept trying to think of a single band to compare their sound to and was leaning towards early (read:good) u2 but then the band knocked me for a loop during their encore with a spot on version of the INXS classic Don't Change that had the young 'uns in the crowd looking on with a confused look on their face. INXS is so effing best. Check that, pre-Welcome To Wherever You Are INXS is so effing best. But I digress...The Bravery, information leafblower approved and endorsed. Get those tickets for the Black Cat in March opening for Ash right now yo!

I bought the band's 3 song EP from iTunes on Saturday morning and it's so worth your $3. Buy It Here
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Buy Don't Change from INXS here
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Buy those four songs and download these two to complete your unofficial starter kit for The Bravery:
Public Service - This song has to be a single. Killer hook and chorus.
I Don't See No Ring On This Finger

Fun Fact: Although the band are "from New York" (really, who isn't these days) the lead singer and bassist are from the Baltimore area and pointed out their parents during the show.

Saturday I was supposed to go to Randi's bday party at Rhumba Cafe but it started snowing and the roads looked less than safe so I stayed in, drank some vino and watched the Celtics beat the Bulls for the second time this month. Chicago has lost only three games in January and two of them have been to PP and Co. That was a great win for us, now if we can just keep that momentum going.

Sunday I watched I Am Trying To Break Your Heart and although I enjoyed it, I still don't "get" Wilco. I found myself doing other things during the concert numbers but otherwise enjoyed watching the band deal with getting dropped and finding a new home. Sunday night I went to the Arcade Fire show at the 930 club with Glamourpuss and some of the DCist folk. I know the last thing the internets need is more bandwidth pointed at this band but what other choice do I have when a band lives up to all that hype? There's been plenty written about the band's music and not sure what I can add to that but I can tell you seeing this band perform live is something special.
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I walked out of the venue wondering why all concerts aren't like theirs. And by that I mean here is a band putting on a show, an event, an experience. There were upwards of eight people on stage at all time, all of them doing something special on stage, whether it be drumming on whatever they could get their drum sticks on, staging mock fights or climbing down from the dressing room railing onto the stage. Visually, it was alot to take in. When is the last time you've seen a band use every available inch of the stage?
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The band was so enthusiastic throughout the show it couldn't help but carry over into the crowd. Win talked about how they were doing Conan on Tuesday because Maroon 5 cancelled and talked about the absurdity of it all. You can tell they love what they do and appreciate everything that's being thrown at them right now. It's refreshing.
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The high points of the show were a peppy No Cars Go and the incredible 1,2 punch of the Neighborhood #3 / Rebellion medley, but the best part of the show was as they were winding down the final song of their encore, the band lined up and walked out onto the floor (still playing) and walked through the crowd, up the stairs in the back of the venue and traipsed around the balcony on the way to their dressing room. And when the houselights came up and people were filing out of the venue, the band was in their dressing room STILL playing. Respect.

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Buy the No Cars Go single from iTunes here
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Buy the album from iTunes here
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**UPDATE**Here is the DCist review.

Here's the Coachella lineup. Impressive but I don't think the headliners are anything special. Coldplay is the most boring live band on the planet.

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I'm about halfway through Eleanor Rigby and am liking it alot so far. It's not your usual Coupland fare, which is a good thing. Since it's a slow news day I scoured the web for some info on the inspriation behind this site. Here's what I found:

GoJason pointed me to an interview DC did with Nerve.com (fairly SFW but be careful when you scroll down) where he briefly discusses blogging and jPod, the sequel to Microserfs. "My next novel is actually ninety-five percent done right now, but it's a sequel to [1995's] Microserfs. Now they work for Electronic Arts, the computer-game company." Drool.

MacLeans has DC list a few of his favorite things.

Wikipedia points out that Sofia Coppola bought the rights to Generation X (Coupland's first novel and best known work) but did nothing with it and has let the rights expire. According to a recent interview with The Advocate, Dreamworks currently holds the rights to his novel All Families Are Psychotic.

Lastly, I give you DC v. Naomi Klein.

Hey dude, congrats on the gig! Being unemployed = no buzz. And I would know.

How the hell did we end up like this? Nickleback and their drummer part ways! Oh no Mr. Bill!

Still swamped at work...Pardon the brevity that follows.

Hot off the latest call of Paul Pierce must go, PP plays a great game and the C's FINALLY beat the Pacers and I can finally look Bob Cook in the (virtual) eye. Unfortunately, the C's lost wunderkind Al Jefferson to sprained ankle in the first half, but Kedrick "I Have A Posse" Perkins came through big time. Let's hope Doc continues to play Perk in the future. Wonder what this injury does to the Waltah trade? He still wants out and Doc doesn't seem sad to see him go. Join the effing club.

Some juicy rumors floating around about a Marcus Banks and a 2nd round pick for Luke Walton and Brian Cook deal that will go down after the Waltah to Phoenix deal. The Lakers can keep Cook, gimme Sasha Vujacic instead yo.

Commence drooling. Stereolab Box Set. Holla!

Filter and Urban Outfitters have compiled a two disc charity album for Tsunami relief that I ain't mad at.

Ted Leo World Tour.

Filter still thinks the Bravery are still playing the Black Cat on Monday. They're not, but I'm going to see them in Baltimore on Friday instead.

You fuckers better come to DC!

Have I mentioned this week's bluestate giveaway? Enter through midnight tonight.

If, unlike me, you needed another reason to hate u2 OR ticketbastard, here ya go.

G5 Powerbooks on the way?

Genius Bars are the soul of Apple retail.

Minky is heading to Queens for a prospect.

Could it be time to say bye bye to Waltah? Please God yes. Interesting fact: It's Waltah bobblehead night at the Fleet on Friday. Might be his last home game. C's radio announcer Cedric Maxwell says there is movement on the Payton front and he may be gone very soon as well. One very unsubstantiated rumour has him and Jiri being shipped off to Denver for Andre Miller. Interesting...

Truer words were never spoken: Obviously, it was a snowstorm combined with wind, and people needed to be warned. But was it the Storm of the Century? The National Weather Service forecast five-to-nine inches of snow for Washington; four inches fell. The National Weather Service forecast 18 to 24 inches for New York City; 14 inches fell on Central Park. IF YOU LEAVE THE SAFETY OF BEING INDOORS YOU ARE PUTTING YOUR LIFE AT RISK, said a National Weather Service bulletin issued for New York City on Saturday morning. The bulletin ended, PREPARATIONS TO PROTECT LIFE AND PROPERTY SHOULD BE COMPLETED BY NOON. Hey, it's a snowfall, not a nuclear attack.

Go download Colin Mely's version of Jack The Ripper. It is effing superb.

Argh! To go or not to go? Gruff Rhys solo gig in NYC on Feb 3rd at Tonic.

Go download some tracks from Welsh popmeisters Datblygu. Full bio here.

Watch the new Beck video for Hell Yes. The new album, entitled Guero, drops on March 29th.

Swamped at work today. More later.

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At the present moment life seems to be an elusive concept at best. It crowds me and shoves me around when I need room and yet it's nowhere in sight when I need it most. I learn not to take life for granted by feeling the pain of it's absence. I never consider its potential to leave at any time when it's here, because it is. It's always here even when a part of it is gone forever. The value that you put on someone else's life is a reflection of the value that you put on your own. I have an understanding of things now that I didn't a few weeks ago. Respect yourself. You are full of life, taste every drop. Don't waste time. Don't take a second of this trip for granted. It ends so quickly and completely that it will break your heart forever. Live hard and long.
- Henry Rollins 1.10.92, Los Angeles, Ca - taken from the liner notes of Big Ugly Mouth

I know it's not cool to like Rollins, but frankly, I don't give a fuck. I've never claimed to be cool. Every once in a while I pull that out and reread it. It never fails to inspire.

Bloggie nominations for 2005 are in and big ups are going out to Frank Chromewaves (Best Canadian Blog), Uncle Grambo (Best Entertainment Weblog) and my boys over at 1115.org (Best Political Blog). All three are daily reads for yours truly and each has achieved "toolbar bookmark" status on my web browser of choice. In fact Chromewaves and 1115 are my first two stops on the interweb every morning after I check and see how my fantasy basketball team is doing(5th place and one game from 4th, obvs.). Grambo would also qualify for this "honor", but we all know he doesn't get his shit up until later in the afternoon. You just can't rush the PHC, bovs. Why all four of these excellent writers don't have serious, paid gigs doing what they do best is beyond me.

Every once in a while I'll get discouraged about the lack of recognition this site (and it's author) gets on the interweb and then 40+ people will leave me comments about my cat and that's when I realize that I get plenty of recognition and I need to shut the fuck up.

The unveiling of the Mac Mini. That thing is tiny.

Wanna buy an official 1991/1992 Duke Blue Devil NCAA Basketball ring? Ex-scrub Chrsitian Ast sold his on ebay.

Press the flesh.

Make your own joke.

Bad News: The Bravery cancelled their gig at the Black Cat.
Good News: Now they're opening for Ash instead! Fucking hell, that show's gonna be a madhouse. Must get tickets now.

Other ways to spend my disposable income:
March 29: Queens of the Stone Age @ 930
March 30: Graham Coxon @ Black Cat
April 9: Bloc Party @ Black Cat

CD's I'm gonna buy tomorrow:
...Trail of Dead - Worlds Apart
Super Furry Animals - Songbook CD and DVD

Last night at Borders I picked up Elanor Rigby and a copy of Travis:The Singles DVD. Full reports on both when I'm done with 'em.

OK..one last Jarvis post.
I got the call with the bad news around 4 PM on Thursday. I was just taking a load of laundry out of the dryer. The vet's office asked me if I wanted to be there when they put Jarvis down and I said of course I did, so I made plans to be there at 6:30 that night for my last goodbye to little J-man.
Honestly it went as well as can be expected and I actually felt better after it was finally over. Jarvis was really peaceful throughout the whole process. The veterinarian, a guy in his mid-30's with curly blonde hair, explained exactly what would happen and assured us we were doing the right thing. He gave Jarvis a sedative and said he would return in 5 minutes or so to deliver the last shot and then I spent my last five minutes with my cat. Elizabeth was nice enough to come with me for moral support and took one last picture. Then the vet returned and put a white towel over Jarvis and gave him an injection in his abdomen, Jarvis took a few more breaths and that was that.
I had never witnessed anyone actually die right in front of me and it wasn't what I expected. I mean that in a good way. It was very sad but it was better than the alternative. The vet warned their may be some involuntary muscle twitching after the fact, but luckily that was not to be.
Looking back now knowing what I do, Jarvis had been getting worse for a few weeks. I would have never guessed he was as sick as he actually was and I feel bad for not taking him to the vet earlier, but I know it wouldn't have made a difference and that his last days were happy ones.
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Afterwards, Elizabeth and I returned to my place so I could pull myself together and we went out for dinner because I hadn't eaten much that day. We got a carafe of wine and toasted to Jarvis a few times. It felt good.
Friday I called in sick and after emailing everyone to let them know I wouldn't make it NYC that night, I ran a few errands just to get out of the house. I went to Borders and bought the Ted Leo DVD, hoping Ted could get my mind on something else. I watched half of it before going out that night and then met Elizabeth, Catherine and some other friends at the Iota to see Colin Meloy of The Decemberists play a solo gig there. It was my first ever show at the Iota and while the seared ahi tuna was amazing, the same can not be said for their concert room. It was unbearably crowded in there. I'm guessing it has a 150 person capacity and there were well over 200 people packed in there. It was just miserable.
I was unfamiliar with Colin and the Decemberists, but had heard good things so I wanted to check him out. That and I wanted him to play some Morrissey covers, obvs., which he did with Sister I'm A Poet and I've Changed My Plea To Guilty (both on his EP of Moz covers), but sadly no Jack The Ripper. Overall though, I wasn't that impressed. I wouldn't be able to tell him or Ben Gibbard apart if I tried. Read a review of the gig here.
Saturday it snowed and I watched some movies and watched the Celtics blow a 17 point 3rd quarter lead to the lowly Hawks. Tony Allen started his first NBA game and scored 20 points. People are screaming for us to trade PP now, as if TA will play like this every game. Whatever.
Sunday was football. Eagles v. Pats then, eh? All week I heard "Steelers!" as if people actually though a rookie QB could take out the Champs.

Pics from the Sea Ray show I was forced to miss on Friday. *sigh* How was it?

It's never too early to talk shit. Listen to this crap from Purple Lips: "I just hope he continues to talk about me and my teammates, it's going to give us great motivation to beat him up in the future." I guess they're gonna try and choke Schilling or something.

One inch of snow in NC shuts down the effing state. Sad.

Jealous much?

Lastly I want to send heartfelt thanks out to everyone that sent in emails and left comments on the site the last few days. Words can't express how grateful I was for each and everyone of them. The media always seems to bash bloggers and the blogging community by calling us pajama clad pundits (whatever) but they never seem to pick up on the support that's out there for people online. All I can tell you is that I do appreciate it and it has helped me out tremendously.
A few people have asked, and yes, I intend to get a new cat. I may even do it soon. All weekend, in the back of my mind, I was thinking what a perfect weekend it would have been to spend with Jarvis, so I just can't see me not getting a new furball. The lady from the shelter I got Jarvis from (who paid all of the vet bills BTW - very nice of her) said they had a cat in mind for me so maybe in a week or so I will bring him to his new home. And I think when I do, I'll let all of you guys name him. So start thinking of some names.
Again, thanks everyone. Much like Bartles and Jaymes, I thank you for your support.

IN MEMORIUM
Jarvis The Cat
2/2004 - 1/2005

I just got back from the vet's office. We had to put Jarvis down. He had a case of FIP and they gave him only another week or so to live. I don't know what to say, but I feel like I should say something.
The fourth night I had Jarvis, I went to see the Pixies at DAR Constitution Hall. When I got up that morning, as I usually do, I played with Jarvis for little bit before I got in the shower. After I got out and got dressed for work, I went upstairs to check my email and the weather. When I came back downstairs I couldn't find Jarvis anywhere, but I was running late so I couldn't wait around and look for him much longer. I got home after 1 AM that night and expected him to greet me when I walked in the door. When he didn't, I got worried. I looked everywhere for him but still I couldn't find him. Half an hour later, at the end of my rope, I called my friend Elizabeth (who had gone to the show with me) and she suggested I check the drawers in my closet(literally the only place that I hadn't looked). So I opened my t-shirt drawer and Jarvis popped his head out. He had been in there all day with the drawer closed! But it didn't even phase him. He hopped out and started rubbing up against me, seemingly saying "Dude! Where you been? Let's play!" He was good like that.
I had a sinking feeling that last night would be our last together. He spent most of it under my bed, recovering from being poked and prodded at the vet's. So I left him alone for the most part, but before I turned in, I lay on the floor - half under the bed and half not - and had a long conversation with him while petting him. He kept kissing my hand the whole time. I swear he knew what was going on. Cats aren't stupid. Far from it. I'd like to think that he was telling me that it wasn't my fault. At least I hope that's how he felt. I only had Jarvis for 47 days. It seemed like alot more.
Rest In Peace Little Jarvis. I hope you are in a better place.

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Sincere thanks to Elizabeth, who was nice enough to accompany me to the vets office and help me through this ordeal, and to everyone that sent in their thoughts and prayers for Jarvis.

Eyes they open wide
Eyes they open wide
I like the way it was
Hate the way it is now

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The news from the vet was not good. There is a good chance Jarvis has FIP, a terminal disease for which there is no cure. I have to take him to the emergency vet hospital first thing tomorrow morning for a full diagnosis, so for right now my snowbaording trip and my weekend in NYC are on hold.
Please be OK Jarvis.

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lordjarvis.jpg It's snowing!!!

I'm feeling a bit better today, thanks for asking. Unfortunately the same cannot be said for LL Cool Jarvis. He has had a slight cough for the last week or so and it's gotten worse so we are going to the vet tonight. I hope he's OK. I'm sure it's nothing serious but I freaked out where I started doing research on the internets about cat cough. Yikes! The same thing happened to me right before my knee surgery. I was fine leading up to the big event, and then the night before I started poking around on the interweb and what I read seriously freaked me out. *sigh*

So I bought my ticket last night and I'm definitely going to NYC on Friday to see Sea Ray's final show. Road trip! Who's with me? Any NYC peeps going to be in attendance? If so, drop me a line and let's get together. ...Trail of Dead are also playing that night so hopefully I can go to both. If anyone has any details for that, let me know.

I don't watch a whole lot of non-basketball related TV but a friend got me hooked on The Amazing Race and I was v. happy to see Jonathan (aka "the Mental Magician") get canned last night. What a DB! And is it just me, or is little Hayden a total hottie? Granted that's not the best pic of her.

More pictures of me on the internets.

Marky Doodles and "Brandon" Arroyo will be back in Beantown next year. Good stuff.

The C's play the Baby Bulls tonight. It's their first game in four days. I've been in serious withdrawl. This is a big game for us. If we can win this our next three games are at Jersey, Atlanta and Charlotte and if we win all four, we'll be over .500 and in first place. Then we can lose to Phoenix and Indiana after that and be right back where we started. In other news, Delonte West is ready to be activated. Hott.

Doggie doo doo delays Pistons game.

Can you say letdown game?

Woo Hoo! New Portishead on the way!

The Super Furries have finished mixing their new album in Rio with Mario Caldato. It is still untitled but Bunf and Dav will sing on it!

Go download you some KCRW Arcade Fire.

Go download you some more new Idlewild. What I have heard thus far has been less than promising. Will they ever recapture the glory and sonic godhead that was 100 Broken Windows (literally one of the 20 best CD's I own). Damore, your thoughts?

Lastly, this is why I am going snowboarding on my day off tomorrow.

Not really in the blogging mood today, sorry. Long story.

himorrissey.jpg NME and Billboard chime in on the upcoming live CD and DVD from the Mighty Mozzer.

Congratulations Alain, you have left the band.

Info on Colin Meloy's Morrissey EP.

Gruff Rhys dot com.

Turn and iPod into an iPod Shuffle in three easy steps. [via Janelle]

Putting a Mac Mini in your car dashboard.

Ha, wouldn't you know it. My iPod just cued up Unloveable.

More tomorrow?

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good weather
is like
good women -
it doesn't always happen
and when it does
it doesn't always last.
a man is
more stable:
if he's bad
there's more chance
he'll stay that way,
or if he's good
he might hang
on,
but a woman
is changed forever
by
children
age
diet
conversation
sex
the moon
the absence or
the presence of the sun
or good times.
a woman must be nursed
into subsistence
by love
where a man can become
stronger
by being hated

-- Written by Charles Bukowski, taken from his book The Roominghouse Madrigals

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Obvs.

Props to the WMATA bus driver that stopped about 20 yards after the bus stop this AM as he saw me sprint through traffic in the monsoon we were having. Respect.

Check out the first of many reoccuring giveaways we are having over at bluestate. First up is a signed copy of the Futureheads CD. Contest ends next Wednesday.

I was just checking something in the archives and I realized that my beloved eMac is 366 days old. Woohoo! And I know this is in bad taste given the picture above, but I wonder how Kitty is doing...

The peeps at the Pill in Beantown, including friend of information leafblower Derek as well as unofficial information leafblower correspondant Emily, give us their 2004 year in review.

Cheetah cam! So hott. Yes I am a dork. [via DCist]

Not that anyone has asked, but my fantasy basketball team, The Jiri Havliczech's, are a surprising 5th out of the 20 teams in my league. I know what you're saying,"But leaf, you know everything about basketball and have Dwyane Wade and Tim Duncan on your team, you SHOULD be near the top," and I would have to agree with you, because, let's face it, flattery gets you everywhere with me. But my team has been decimated by injuries(hello Bobby Jackson, David West and Glenn Robinson). Now comes word that my replacement for BJax, Kings gaurd Maurice Evans has sustained a concussion. That's it! No more Cowtown Kings for me.

Kobe hurt, LeBron concerned: James visited the Lakers' locker room at halftime to check on Bryant. "I just went in there to see how he was doing," James said. "He told me that he was likely going to be out for a little bit, but I hope he gets well soon. [He's] like an idol to me." Try and imagine Kobe saying that about ANYONE.

Here is a story that probably happens all the time but we never hear about it. Lakers unnerved after rocky flight.

Just like rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic.

This is literally the funniest thing I have ever read. Seriously, I laughed out loud no fewer than 10 times. Here's part one. [via Nick Catchdubs]

Bitchfork reviews the new KCRW disc. Kinda.

Glasto DVD. Unlikely to make it to these shores.

How can you not love 1115.org? In addition to their eye opening political commentary, they drop gems like this about the new Chemical Bros. / Q-Tip joint: By this point, the Chemicals seem to have lost all of the energy that made their early releases such a guilty pleasure, and to say that Q-Tip’s vocals are phoned in would be an insult to the fine people at AT&T. Bravo gents. I have that song the Chems did with Wayne Coyne and it's not so good.

More downloads for everyone:

  • Annie - Me Plus One (mp3) - I CANNOT stop listening to this song. Loving the Daft Punk sample and how the vocals aren't pushed way up front. Highly addictive.

  • The Go Betweens - Streets Of Your Town (AAC) - A friend turned me on to these guys. This is an old track from the '80's, but it's full of Australian indiepop goodness.

  • Kasabian - Reason Is Treason (live) (mp3) - Live track taken from the band's RCA website. The more I hear of this group, the more I like. Hitting DC in Feb. with The Music.

  • Mylo - Drop The Pressure (mp3) - Some housey stuff with vocoder vocals that say "motherfucker" over and over again. Guess it doesn't take much for me. *shrug*

  • Oasis - A Bell Will Ring (live) (mp3) - One of the rumoured new tracks from the Battlin' Brothers Gallagher.
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    How in the world does this guy have not one, but two women fight over him? Did I mention that one is the reigning Playmate of the Year? Check it:
    A Playboy Playmate accused of karate-kicking the ex-girlfriend of NFL quarterback Jeff Garcia was acquitted Wednesday of a misdemeanor assault charge. According to testimony, Garcia dated Kristen Hine, 32, four or five times but later dropped her for DeCesare, 22. The Playmate of the Year testified Wednesday that Garcia cheated on her with Hine. Nasty phone calls and threatening voice mails followed and culminated in a confrontation Aug. 21 at the Tramp nightclub. Name-calling ensued, and a friend of Hine's dumped a drink on DeCesare. Each woman had to be restrained. Hine accused DeCesare of grabbing a dance pole and kicking her in the head. DeCesare told the judge that she was dancing on a table when one of Hine's friends started "coming at me full-force, swinging like a guy."
    Can't find much about Hine on the web, and since I'm at work, I can't do much about looking for photos of DeCesare, but there's always google image search! (borderline NSFW)

    Can the race for the ACC Hoops crown be over after four games? Effing unbalanced schedule. In other news, UNC is pretty good this year. Payback's gon' be a beatch.

    I have no idea what's wrong with my C's *cough*4 games under .500*cough* but it's never good when MoPete drops 37 on ya!

    Must. Resist. Urge. To. Make. Joke. Fitness celebrity and television personality, John Basedow has been missing in Phuket, Thailand since the deadly Tsunami devastated the area where he was vacationing on Sunday, December 26th, 2004. [via K-Man]

    Thanks to Chromewaves for pointing us to the new Idlewild track over at Scenestars. Pardon me now while I go mutter under my breath about my work computer's lack of a soundcard.

    I totally would have rocked that new Idlewild jernt at iPod Jukebox last night. Instead I rocked that Annie song and some other stuff. Setlists here.

    Check out this interview with the mighty Mozzer from the wayback machine in 1984. [thanks L Boogie]

    Oasis will play some new tracks when they tour this summer.

    Details on the new elbow LP. drool.

    I give you the much ballyhooed Bitchfork redesign. The verdict? See the new site, same as the old site.

    The Fiddle is back!

    The Apple Store of the future. More Apple humor here. [via The Best Janelle and Brooklyn Vegan respectively]

    An open letter to all DC radio stations.

    Fri. Jan 28 - Thievery Corporation (Tsunami benefit) / 930 club
    Sun. Jan 30 - Arcade Fire / 930 club
    Mon. Jan 31 - The Bravery / Black Cat (backstage)
    Fri. Feb 18 - The Music & Kasabian / 930 club
    Mon. Feb 21 - Futureheads / 930 club
    Fri. Mar 04 - Secret Machines / 930 club
    Thur. Mar 10 - Ash / Black Cat

    Still on the fence about this Thievery Corp. gig. Tix are $25 but going to a good cause. I think if I do go, it will be a last minute thing.
    You all know that on Feb. 1st us at bluestate will be able to say we played the same venue as The Bravery (should they blow up). Hey, it'll look good on the CV.
    On a completely seperate note, I downloaded some tunes by the Bloc Party last night and they are the goods. Very peppy, danceable indie pop type stuff. And I finally heard my first Annie song! Stereogum was on point with her. Is that a Daft Punk sample in Me Plus One? That shit is so bluestate worthy, it's not even funny. I'll throw those tracks into my new downloads section (located to your right under the iPod section) sometime later this week. For now you'll have to do with tracks from Kasabian, Mylo and The Go-Betweens as well as video streams from Elefant and Joy Zipper. Keep your eye on that section as things will be going up fast and furious over there. Time for me to take advantage of all that space on my .Mac account.

    Super Furry Gruff goes on tour!


    More on the iMac mini and the iPod Shuffle. Can you believe people are still bitching about the iMac mini? We wouldn't get too excited about the Mac Mini's $499 price tag. Add in the cost of a new monitor, keyboard, and mouse, and with the Mac Mini's barest configuration, you're looking at roughly $750 at a minimum to get up and running. No shit Sherlock. This computer is squarely aimed at peecee zombies that like their iPod but don't want to shell out over $800 for a new Apple machine when they already have a monitor, keyboard and mouse (hereby forever known as "Coolfer's mantra"). And I wont be buying one, but it looks like the iPod Shuffle has some pretty cool features, despite the lack of a display. Notice I said "buy one", not "accept one as a gift". Here is all the MacWorld coverage you need.

    Steve Francis is taking that Cuttino Mobley for Doug Christie deal very hard. Listen to this dreck:
    "I can't put it into words," Francis said. "Playing with a guy, living with a guy, just knowing that every day when I wake up that's something I can count on, that I'm going to be in practice or in a game with Cuttino. Him not being here is going to be tough for me. I don't know what I'm going to wake up for."
    This sound like Tim and Dawn winding up Gareth about his miltary training.

    Hmmmm...Gotta love it when the guy that's on the field for 5 plays a game starts talking shit to the defending champs.

    24 reasons to love 24.

    Mary's Dairy can go suck it! Call the blogger beat down squad.

    I don't even know what to make of this but it's funny as hell.

    Ack! I'm glad I don't have to come into work on the day of the inauguration.

    WHFS, RIP?

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    iMac mini!
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    Everyone's breaking up and getting back together.

    The most overblogged bands of 2004. I never write about ANY of them so I don't know what he's talking about. PS - Being jaded is the new black.

    Apropos, no?

    Our tax dollars hard at work. [via 1115.org]

    You just got the Heisman!

    Maintain the rock! Don't stop the rock!

    Hmmmmm....Has anyone suggested they run 6 car trains as opposed to 4 car trains during rush hour? Or does that make too much sense?

    Owned. PS - Looks like that Doug Christie reality show will be set in Orlando, not Cowtown. Somewhere Coolfer is smiling. When he's not busy being jaded that is.

    **UPDATE** The Sports Guy's 33 favorite things about the NBA. Good stuff. Can't wait for the Wiz / Suns game on Saturday! Yes I'm going.

    I saw the new u2 video last night and I want to go on record saying that it just might be the worst song I've ever heard. Hey guys...you left out the hook. Bono just looks and sounds pathetic now, which is a shame because the rest of the band seem like they still have it. All that you can't leave behind indeed.

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    Fucking hell. Could I have had any more fun at bluestate on Saturday night? Fuck no. We had a huuuuuge crowd (the room we were in holds 150 people and I'd wager we were at or over the century mark for a good portion of the evening) that was into the music and beer and the vibe in general. I started things off a little after 9:30 and by 10ish, the place was already half full.
    We had a few, minor technical problems throughout the night but considering I hadn't DJ'ed since 1996 and none of my three cohorts had ever done it, we did just fine. I can't say enough about the crowd. I was wandering around the place all night saying "I can't believe how many people showed up!" So big ups to all of those that helped us promote the night, you know who you are.
    I was really nervous throughout my set but it went well and I got some rumps shaking towards the end. It felt really good to get behind the decks again (even if I did play mostly CD's all night). I had forgotten how much I loved doing that in college. Some people complained about the lack of dancing, but I kept reminding them that indie rockers don't dance, so heads nodding were just as good.
    So again, thanks to everyone that came out and represented. We hope to have another gig in the very near future and you'll of course be able to read all about it right here.
    More pics over on the bluestate site as well as some by Catherine. Set lists are here. The first three pics were taken by L Boogie and Johnny English(pictured above). I'll have to wear my hideously ugly green and blue sweater more often. You can pick me out of any pic with that thing.

    Ash is coming to the Black Cat in March!!!!!!!! Free All Angels has been on constant repeat for me for the last month or so.

    It takes three people to replace John Peel.

    Thanks for the props.

    Who else is thankful that Jack is back!

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    All the press we've gotten this week has made me realize that people are actually coming to this shindig on Saturday. Like Woah. Spent last night changing up my set list (so focused now!) and testing it out while I was on the treadmill. Best of all, I think I figured out how to sneak in an Oasis track without stepping on the toes of the big Britpop night going on upstairs. I tell ya, trying to come up with 90 minutes of booty shakin' jawns without using any Britpop was quite a challenge. Anyways, hope to see you on Saturday. And if you are a fellow blogger or reader of this site, please come up and say hi before the night is out. I'll have my digicam locked and loaded so expect lots of visual evidence next Monday.

    The Chief finally kicks the kanowledge on the upcoming LP from the Brothers Gallagher. He said: "The finished album is my favourite one of the last four. Because we're all contributing to the songwriting there's a different feel to it. In fact the only songs that sound like Oasis are Andy Bell's funnily enough."

    "There was an obvious first single but I was singing it," Noel explained. "After 12 years of Oasis, Liam thought that might sound a bit odd, people might think he'd left the band. He threw his cans out the pram." Blahblahblah. This better not suck.

    The bands to watch in '05, according to the Beeb. [via Chromewaves]

    Oooh! New KCRW Sounds Eclectic CD! Live stuff from The Modfather, Radiohead, The Flaming Lips and Interpol.

    ...Trail of Dead warm up the promo machine for their new record, which apprently is pretty damn good.

    The year in Morrissey.

    What can I say, I'm a sucker for cat pics.

    Wha? No real time broadcast feed of the MacWorld keynote speech? Wha' happened? Stevie's throwing HIS cans out of the pram because of all the product leaks that have been going around lately. Like the Motorola iTunes phone.

    I'm sure there's a joke in here somehwere.

    So get this, some fucktard is suing NBC because he watched contestants on Fear Factor eat rat guts that had been mixed together in a blender. According to the AP: Austin Aitken told The Associated Press he watches "Fear Factor" often and had no problem with past installments where the reality show's participants ate worms and insects in pursuit of a $50,000 prize -- but eating rats went "too far.

    Asked why he didn't shut off his television before the rat-eating segment, Aitken said he couldn't do it quick enough. Well at least we know where that imaginary line in the sand is now.

    **UPDATE** I totally forgot to give a big shout out to Furdell.com for sending along some of the methods they use to combat comment spam. Sounds like a winner to me, I'll have to get my vast array of IT people to look into that. Many thanks!

    Check out the bluestate buzz in the Washington Post!!!

    Why didn't anyone tell me when I made the switch from Typepad to Movable Type that I would spend the majority of my day deleting spam comments. Jeezy Creezy, this shit is getting ridiculous.

    gruff-J.jpg Super Furry Animals frontman and information leafblower homie *cough*namedropper*cough* Gruff Rhys will be releasing his first ever solo record on January 21 across the pond and on March 8 here in the States via Rough Trade Records. Entitled Yr Atal Genhedlaeth (The Stuttering Generation), Gruff plays all the instruments on the record save for banjo and trumpet and sings the entire album in Welsh. So effing best. Superfurrylogic has a track by track breakdown of the album, and I have an MP3 for you! Check out Rhagluniaeth Ysgafn (May My Destiny Be Light) in all it's lo-fi glory.

    DC's very own Thievery Corporation are chipping in with the tsunami relief by playing the 930 club on Friday January 28th. Who's in? NYC's own The Bravery are at the Black Cat on January 31st. Sandwiched in between those two gigs is The Arcade Fire on January 31st.

    Look out! Fellow Sox fan Lockhart has been assimilated into the Gawker Empire and decides to unleash the mighty Peabs on the mass media! [via whatevs]

    Sanctuary Records have decided that The Charlatans have met their minimum album released requirements in order to join their artist roster.

    Postal workers are cool.

    MacWorld is close, so the rumours are heating up, Lohan stizz. How about some office software?

    bluestate in about 56 hours and counting. Here is the DJ schedule if you missed it the first 32 times I posted it. Bonus points for anyone that can guess which Morrissey song I'm gonna play.

    Safe as fuck. You know's it.

    Busy day at the office today. Sheesh. Let's get right to it.

    Any town in the state of Massachusetts can request a visit from the World Series trophy. Just after the World Series ended (probably the same time i was finishing that bottle of champagna) Team President Larry Lucchino pledged to take the trophy to each of the 351 cities and towns in the state. "It seemed like a good idea at the time," said Lucchino. "Frankly, it still does." Right on!

    Bye Bye Pokey.

    Anyone that knows me knows I watch two kinds of reality TV: little and none. But that's about to change now. Doug and Jackie Christie (of crazy and crazier fame) are about to get their own reality show. Let's all take a moment, sit back and just wait for those Sports Guy columns to roll in. Pure comedy gold I tell ya! (thanks Coolfer)

    Speaking of the Sports Guy, he has a column up today called State of The Celtics, Volume One! Should be good, but I'll have to check it out after I'm done writing this.

    And speaking of muthafookin' Coolfer, let's give him one big collective pat on the back for 1) finally being assimilated into my beloved Tech Cult and 2) for getting his own fookin' column in Playlist Mag!!!!! Yes, that deserved five exclamation points. Our little baby is all growns up. Seems like yesterday I was giving a fledgling Coolfer my spare copy of MacWorld so he could decide what blogging platform to use for his crazy idea of a blog that actually talked about the inner workings of the music industry. Nice one my friend. And if you aren't already jealous of him, the Kings finally beat the Knicks in the Garden last night, a game he saw in the flesh. It was their first W there since I was still in college! It's OK to hate him.

    Does it get any better than this GBV Eulogy over at Nudeasthenews? If you said yes, then check out their Top 100 GBV Songs and that will certainly change your mind. I am by no means a GBVhead, but no Surgical Focus? Wha' happened?
    PS - Catherine went to the last ever GBV show.

    You're going straight to hell.

    DC Concert Alert!
    2/17: The Music w/ Kasabian Although their new records blows chunks, very excited to finally see The Music and I've heard nothing but good things about Kasabian.
    2/21: The Futureheads. Still don't have this record, but I downloaded one of their tracks and looooooved it.

    Someone out there has the new Wedding Present album...

    The Night David Lee Roth Saved My Life (via The DCeiver)

    More site redesigns! I guess that just leaves you...Glad I got mine done ahead of the curb. Best thing that came about due to my redesign? I'm back in the creme de la creme at Whatevs. I no longer simply have more buzz than you! Ha!

    More bluestate buzz!

    Lastly, today I leave you with an MP3 of the new sensation...Welsh rap collective the Goldie Lookin Chain. You may recall their appearance in my year end Top 10 album list, well now I'm giving you a chance to check out the goods(in MP3 format - and not AAC- no less). This track is called Guns Don't Kill People, Rappers Do, and it's true because they saw it in a documentary on BBC2. Check it out and let me know what you think. Tomorrow I'll drop a track from the upcoming Super Furry Gruff record. If the mp3 doesn't work leave me a comment and I'll fix it later. Everytime I try and check it here at work, Firefox crashes.

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    Safe As Fuck! You Knows It.

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    Another day, another 50 spam comments in the inbox. Fucktards.

    Here is the January 05 playlist which is composed of a bunch of songs that I continually had on repeat all year. It's by no means comprehensive, simply stuff I enjoyed in my headphones going to and from work.

    Behold the definition of HOTTNESS: bluestate gets props in the Baltimore City Paper!

    Seattle Seahawk running back Shaun Alexander: "Hey guys, you know yesterday when I said my coach stabbed me in the back on Sunday when I lost the league rushing title by one yard? My bad."

    Fancy! Checkout the site redesign from Catherine and Tom.

    You = Evil.

    Goliath's feeling deprived.

    Hmmmmmmmm...I'd have to go with London Calling.

    *cough*Bloggie nominations are open*cough*
    Unfortunately there is no "Blog Most Obesessed by Morrissey" category. Rats.

    T-Muffle is back! No one can resist the lure of doing their big year end listravaganza.

    You know, when people say 'Tis The Season, I usually think it means "You know, December is the 31 days of drinking" but I think it means 'Tis The Season for everyone to have babies. Big Ups to Matt and Mary of BlueRoom fame as they welcomed baby Holly into the world last week. Ever the enterprising blogger, Matt has set up a new blog to address the wonderful world of fatherhood. Congrats you two!

    Southern California, where common sense and good ol' fashioned marketing strategies collide!
    The AP is reporting: Baseball's Angels have a new name, and it's a mouthful: The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

    Get it? They're in Anaheim, but not really, because Los Angeles is a state of mind maaaaan. If I knew anything whatsoever about LA (other than Bukowski is buried there) I would insert some traffic related 405-type joke here. Instead, just think of your own.

    I need an explanation! "We believe that the appeal in the marketplace will be broader," Angels spokesman Tim Mead said.
    Alrighty then!

    Unsurprisingly, the city of Anaheim is nonplussed at this idea and have filed a court injunction preventing the name change. "It's geographically confusing and absurd," (city spokesman John) Nicoletti said. "No other professional sports franchise that I know of has two different cities in its names."

    jarvisnappy.jpg Happy New Year everyone! How was the big night? Mine was decidedly low key, which is just the way I like it. The rest of the weekend was spent doing what Jarvis is doing in this picture. There was alot of lying around and I watched my Xmas gift to myself, The Office DVD Box Set. I lose it every time I see Brent do that dance on the Comedy Relief episode.

    Actually, I did do a little work. I deleted the 400+ spam comments that bombarded my site from Thursday afternoon until Saturday morning (did anyone else get hit like this?) and I started putting my set together for bluestate this Saturday.

    One of the few presents I got for Xmas was the the brand new Harvey Danger Xmas EP, sent to me by the band themselves. There's some great stuff on there, including Plague of Locusts, a tune I've been begging the band to release for some time now, and the demo version of Pike St, Park Slope. Go buy it now.

    Catchdubs gets a new logo and lets everyone know that that was not him at the Black Cat last Thursday, which is good, because there was a guy with messy indie rock hair and indie rock glasses DJing upstairs but after looking at him I thought to myself "That is not Nick Catchdubs." Nice to see I'm not going insane.

    Muchos props go out to Whatevs own resident SNL tag team of Nummer and H-Bomb for getting some respect in the NY Times. Cheers.

    Johnny Damon wedding pics. Oh shut up, it's the off season!

    Speaking of, NESN veiwers get a late Xmas present when the network shows 25 different Red Sox post season games over 25 nights in January. Included will be the '75 World Series, the '86 World Series and the 2004 ALCS and World Series. Hotttttt.

    My Panthers fell just short of the NFL postseason, but I'm proud of them for not giving up on the season with 4 of their top 6 players lost for the season. John Fox is one helluva coach. Here are some of the NFL and team records that were achieved this season.

    Pistons > Celtics. grumblegrumblegrumble

    Welcome to the club LeBron. Dikembe Mutumbo's path of destruction in the NBA. There's probably a tsunami reference in there somewhere but I won't go there.

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    NPR's Top 10 records of the year. [via ProductShop NYC]

    I forget where I found this, but it's funny as hell. Not exactly work safe, but turn your speakers down and you might be alright.

    Will next week's MacWorld give us the headless iMac everyone's been clamoring for?

    Yahoo Movies takes an extended sneak peak at the upcoming Fantastic Four movie. Jessica Alba, how you doin?

    I know I'm going a bit overboard on the Jarvis pics lately but please keep in mind 1)He's much cuter than me, 2) I'm a doting parent and 3) I'm not this bad. Yet. But at least if you want to buy Jarvis a Red Sox jersey or perhaps a Duke hoodie, you know where to look now. I'm still waiting for one of you guys to buy me that Bukowski Calendar.
    *taps foot impatiently*

    Lastly but certainly not least, I want to send a big shout out to my former co-worker and current fellow DC resident Emiie Leake Reddoch as she and her hubby Jimmy welcomed their son Charles Hudson Reddoch (weighing in at 9 lbs!!) into the world last Tuesday. Yay for them! Emilie got back from the hospital Saturday and for some reason felt the need to email me yesterday. Get back in bed girl and save up your strength while I go shopping so I can start off young Charlie on the right foot!