December 07, 2003

Feat. Al Sharpton

This is the worst episode of Saturday Night Live I've ever seen. Back me up peeps.

Also, Honey sucked, despite the good abs.

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December 05, 2003

Radiohead Do Can

Glamorama has an awesome live MP3 of Radiohead performing Can's "The Thief." Hear it here, electioneers.

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Ancient Cock

Brits discover "oldest penis the world."

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I'm A Loser Baby

Today we decided my coworker Ben needs a fancy new publicity photo on his VH1 artist page. So Celeste and I went head to head in a photo cropping competition.

Here's the original:

Here's Celeste's entry:

Here's Stereogum's entry:

And Celeste won! Such bullshit. Mine had a unifuckincorn!

I want a recount.

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Bound To Happen presents "Paris Hilton Blues."

Meanwhile, Justin Timberlake is the new King of Pop says Rolling Stone.

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Friday Celeb Gossip

From NY Post...

You Didn't Get Punk'd!
At Hollywood's El Compadre restaurant the other night, a couple was discussing an episode of VH1 Behind the Music about the Spice Girls, which reported that the band fired their manager before they had success. Suddenly, Scary Spice herself came to the table and started berating the couple. "My friends proceeded to apologize," said a source. "Scary Spice then revealed that she thought she was being Punk'd."

Gwyneth Already Married?
Did Gwyneth Paltrow secretly get married to lover Chris Martin? The pregnant star was sporting an engagement and a wedding ring during Monday night's Music Has Power Award ceremonies at Lincoln Center. A Hollywood insider said, "Gwyneth is not the kind of person to get pregnant out of wedlock." Spies say there is a wedding reception for "an Oscar-winning actress" Sunday at 60 Thompson Hotel.

From MTVNews...

Where's Courtney?
In rehab! Love checked into Wavelengths live-in facility on November 21, and though the process of detoxification is slow, sources close to the singer said she's making progress.

It's A Dead Man's Party
Spike Jones & Sofia Coppola are getting divorced. But Danny Elfman and Bridget Fonda are getting married! So it all evens out. Phew.

From Entertainment Weekly...

12 Bar Blues
Stone Temple Pilots are officially over. Could another miserable Talk Show album be far behind?

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Naked Cowboy Sells Out

The Naked Cowboy, Times Square's famous underdressed busker, is a sellout.

He's starting wearing a Coca-Cola hat, Coca-Cola boots, and Coca-Cola tighty whities.

What's next? ... a reality show about the homeless dude on 42nd Street?

Actually, that's not such a bad idea. I'm calling Fox.

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Brit's Mystery Man

Who is this dude? I hope he likes to lo-oo-oo-se control.

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December 04, 2003

Paris Hilton Not So Dumb

According to Slate, many of Paris Hilton's inane comments on The Simple Life are staged. For example, her professed ignorance about Wal-Mart? It was a prank. That makes me like her even more. But it doesn't matter. She'll always be the girl we love to hate. Zulkey knows.

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Right Click Save Target As

Sun Kil Moon - "Carry Me Ohio"

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And The Nominees Are.....

Beyonce feat. Jay-Z - "Crazy In Love"
Black Eyed Peas feat. Justin Timberlake - "Where Is The Love?"
Coldplay - "Clocks"
Eminem - "Lose Yourself"
Outkast - "Hey Ya!"

Missy Elliott - Under Construction
Evanescence - Fallen
Outkast - Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
Justin Timberlake - Justified
White Stripes - Elephant

Christina Aguilera - "Beautiful"
Luther Vandross - "Dance With My Father"
Avril Lavigne - "I'm With You"
Warren Zevon - "Keep Me In Your Heart"
Eminem - "Lose Yourself"

50 Cent
Fountains Of Wayne
Heather Headley
Sean Paul

Evanescence "Bring Me To Life"
Train "Calling All Angels"
Warren Zevon "Disorder In The House"
The White Stripes "Seven Nation Army"
Nickelback "Someday"

Audioslave, Audioslave
Evanescence, Fallen
Foo Fighters, One by One
matchbox 20, More Than You think You Are
Nickelback, The Long Road

Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Fever To Tell
The White Stripes, Elephant
The Flaming Lips, Fight Test
Radiohead, Hail to The Thief
Sigur Ros, ( )

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On Friendstership

I know what you're thinking ... Friendster jumped the shark MONTHS AGO. It's true. But Esquire is 6 months behind the rest of us, so for the January '04 issue they've asked cranky pop-culture aficionado Chuck Klosterman to write about it anyway.

Some choice observations:

  • Here is the experience most people have with Friendster: For a few weeks, they hear their colleagues discussing something that seems to make no sense. They hear sardonic buzzwords bandied about in the bathroom and around the Xerox machine. They start getting e-mails that seem like spam, except the messages mention acquaintances by name. And then people start incessantly asking them if they are on Friendster. "I'm not retarded," they inevitably respond. "Why would I waste my time with that shit?" They vow never to join. Everyone does this (at least for a while).
  • Weirdly, there are some elements of the Friendster personal profile that no one seems to lie about, most notably what TV shows they like. Friendsters seem totally comfortable with strangers assuming they cheat on their wives and sketch portraits of unicorns in their free time, but they don't want anyone to think they watch According to Jim unironically. This is similar to how a person will have oral sex with you on your very first date but won't let you look inside her glove compartment at the moment because it contains a Tori Amos cassette.
  • Every time I've ever needed to get on Friendster, the entire site was down. I could not log on. Like many people, Friendster has no problem telling you how amazing and sexy and clever you are when you really don't care, but it might be arbitrarily unresponsive at the singular moment when you desperately need a connection.

  • Go leave the author a testimonial. He has 92 friends.

    Did anyone read Sex, Drugs, & Cocoa Puffs? I wanna play Monkees = Monkees with someone. It kept me entertained during the blackout when there was nothing to do except smoke pot. I'm too lazy to explain the game right now.

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    The always embarrassingly unhip Grammy nominations will be announced this morning. I'm predicting major nods for Johnny Cash and Warren Zevon. Death = Grammy.

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    December 03, 2003

    Miss World

    February 10 is the new release date for America's Sweetheart, Courtney Love's MUCH-delayed solo debut. Sorry, no MP3s (Virgin is guarding these like they were long-lost Nirvana tracks), but here's the 411:

    Did you miss me? Sure, Courtney, I missed you, but why are you trying to sound like the Hives? Instead "Mono" sounds like a Donnas b-side, and of this Kurt would not approve.

    Tongue-in-cheek stalker tribute to the Stroke ("I know where you live!"). There's a cool breakdown in the middle where she gets all breathless ... When I touched your limousine I really caught a vibe/ It said I love you baby girl you know 'cause I could read your mind. Funny. You can hear a shitty live cut of this song here.

    "Hold On To Me"
    Starts off pretty enough, sorta R.E.M.-y. There's some piano too. But really it's just a paint-by-numbers rock ballad. Snooze.

    Courtney's lost her mind and we should boycott her products until she lays off the pills (it's for her own good) -- but in the name of objectivity, I give her 2 points for not using the Matrix.

    Which reminds me... that Courtney photo I posted a while back... from the very cool photo book so80s. Makes a great stocking stuffer (if you have a 3 ft. wide stocking).

    In neck-and-neck Billboard news...
    #1 Jay-Z The Black Album
    #2 No Doubt The Singles
    #3 Britney Spears In The Zone

    Brit drops 58% from last week. And it was her birthday yesterday! C'mon people! Show some love.

    AND Watch Missy's new vid.

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    If They Mated

    Gwyneth is pregnant. Thanks James for the tip.

    I just saw Jesse Jackson outside.

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    Have A Glam Rock XMas

    Finally... an MP3 of The Darkness - "Christmas Time (Don't Let The Bells End)." Much thanks to Largehearted Boy.

    Let's start a thread: What's your favorite XMas song? I'm partial to Sir Paul. And The Waitresses.

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    Get Your Crayons Kids

    Preston School Of Industry, everyone's second favorite Pavement spin-off, returns in February with its sophomore disc Monsoon. Spiral Stairs gave Malkmus & The Jicks a run for their money two years ago with All This Sounds Gas, and word is Monsoon is gonna be even better.
    Matador whets our appetite with a rollicking MP3...
    Preston School Of Industry - "Get Your Crayons"

    But if you still need convincing, check out this track from the band's first album. It's like a great lost late-era Pavement song.

    Preston School Of Industry - "Falling Away".

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    December 02, 2003

    I Almost Forgot

    See you in April, Britney.

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    It's Been Awhile

    Since I've posted about Brit Brit. Fear not -- sources confirm she spent Thanksgiving tanning in Hawaii. And yes, there are photos!. Link via Whatevs.

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    Derek Zoolander's Favorite Holiday Movies

  • Taxi Driver is one of my favorite Christmas movies because at the end he's wearing a green jacket, and then he gets red all over it.

  • GoodFellas, because I think Santa is probably a really good fellow.

  • The Deer Hunter is one of my favorite Christmas movies because Robert De Niro has a beard in it. And you know who also has a beard.

  • Raging Bull is one of my favorite Christmas movies but only at the end when Robert De Niro is big and fat just like Santa Claus.


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  • You Got Post Punk'd

    I'm playing with my tiny new Ericsson, which T-Mobile just turned on after one week, not 24 hours like they promised. I downloaded a Coldplay ringtone for 99cents just to try out their 'megatones' service. It was a horrible muzak version of "Clocks." I shoulda went with "Crazy in Love."

    Here's an oldie but a goodie -- my favorite song from the Comsat Angels, taken from the band's debut album Waiting For A Miracle. Recommended if you like Joy Division, early U2, Gang of Four, and bands of that ilk.

    the comsat angels - independence day.mp3

    Maybe we can all e-mail T-Mobile and tell them to make it into a ringtone.

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    December 01, 2003

    My Retro iPod

    By now you should've read the great article about iPods and the cult of Mac, from yesterday's NYTimes Magazine's design issue...

    Steve Jobs: ''Most people make the mistake of thinking design is what it looks like. People think it's this veneer -- that the designers are handed this box and told, 'Make it look good!' That's not what we think design is. It's not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.''
    Over Thanksgiving, I convinced my dad to write a check so I could buy him one and fill it with music he likes (White Stripes? ... Yes; Darkness? ... No).

    Yesterday I went to the Mac store in Soho and got him the 10GBer and an iTrip.

    Problem is:

  • iTrip for the new iPod doesn't work with my 6 month old iPod
  • cradle for new iPod doesn't work with my 6 month old iPod
  • Apple store doesn't sell remotes for my 6 month old iPod

    MY iPod is OLD. I hate Moore's Law.

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  • Secret Agent Simpson

    Jessica Simpson isn't the dumb blonde you think she is. In fact, she's a secret agent who singlehandedly ended the blackout. Watch Jess & Nick's sketch from VH1's Big In '03 show. Written by my former boss.

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    We Said Hello Goodbye

    Today Phil Collins announces his retirement tour, aptly titled The First Final Farewell Tour. Of course bands never actually retire when they say they will. Every time a new Cure album drops, Robert Smith says it's the last one. Cher's farewell tour has been going on for years. And will Jay-Z actually step down from the stage? Doubtful. That's why today we give props to Pastor Mason Betha (f.k.a. Ma$e). In 1999, he claimed he was leaving rap to follow God ... and he wasn't full of shit! His book Revelations: There's a Light After the Lime is now available in paperback. Also Bill Berry wasn't full of shit. He is still a farmer.

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    November 30, 2003

    Life Warrior

    Sarah Silverman Survives The Pain

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    Fetching Fab's Snapple

    What it's like to intern for the Strokes...

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