I know you’ve been wondering. Where is Nick Diamonds? Where is J’aime? Montreal? LA? NYC? Since winning the hearts of the masses as two/thirds of the French Canadian band the Unicorns, the pair have been busy traveling around this country and theirs working on various musical projects‚Äî including a brand new fantastique pop group called Islands.
Diamonds describes his group’s new music as “F-14 tomcat blah, blah,” which is really French-Canadian slang for fiery, shiny and shimmering madcap pop. Really though, it’s wonderful stuff and I couldn’t be happier to be the first kid on the block to bring it to you.
Archive for June, 2005
Tonight is opening night for what will be a new Williamsburg staple: AIREOKE. Every Wednesday at Trash Bar (formerly Luxx)
AIREOKE: The world’s first and foremost melding of karaoke and air guitar has come to Williamsburg to bring the art of air guitar out of the bedroom and on to the stage for one and all. Hosted by the recently crowned NUMBER ONE AIR GUITARIST in New York, Björn Türoque, AIREOKE is a monthly event where anyone can be a rock star. Choose any song from the list and wail away, sing along, or both. There are no karaoke machines, no bouncing balls, no crappy videos,and absolutely NO guitars. AIREOKE unleashes the guitar legends that live inside us all, and gives air guitarists the chance to achieve AIRNESS!
Tonight at 10pm at Trash Bar (256 Grand St. at Roebling). Six bucks to get in. Open Bar from 9-10pm.
This is the coolest Science story we’ve read in a while. Zombie dogs!
SCIENTISTS have created eerie zombie dogs, reanimating the canines after several hours of clinical death in attempts to develop suspended animation for humans.
US scientists have succeeded in reviving the dogs after three hours of clinical death, paving the way for trials on humans within years.
Pittsburgh’s Safar Centre for Resuscitation Research has developed a technique in which subject’s veins are drained of blood and filled with an ice-cold salt solution.
The animals are considered scientifically dead, as they stop breathing and have no heartbeat or brain activity.
But three hours later, their blood is replaced and the zombie dogs are brought back to life with an electric shock….
“The results are stunning. I think in 10 years we will be able to prevent death in a certain segment of those using this technology,” said one US battlefield doctor.
Read the whole article here
According to a new gallup poll, most Americans think Bush is a shitty president. We’d like to be delighted that people are finally coming around, but the fact that another 45% approve of his performance is mind-boggling. Read the whole story here.
Santorum’s statements on the clergy abuse scandal are nothing less than appalling [Via Atrios]:
It is startling that those in the media and academia appear most disturbed by this aberrant behavior, since they have zealously promoted moral relativism by sanctioning “private” moral matters such as alternative lifestyles. Priests, like all of us, are affected by culture. When the culture is sick, every element in it becomes infected. While it is no excuse for this scandal, it is no surprise that Boston, a seat of academic, political and cultural liberalism in America, lies at the center of the storm.
July 16th at Coney Island:
Q AND NOT U
MATES OF STATE
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BE YOUR OWN PET
NINE BLACK ALPS
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Warren B. Kanders with his wife. This douchebag’s company can’t produce enough armor-upgraded humvees to keep the troops safe but has lobbied aggressively for an exclusive contract.
The New York Times had two very enlightening stories yesterday worth mentioning. The first discussed the Pentagon’s refusal to supply the troops with safer humvees. Turns out there’s an exclusive humvee production contract held by an inept company called O’Gara-Hess & Eisenhardt. Not surprisingly, Warren B. Kanders, the CEO of O’Gara’s parent company, Armor Holdings, was a big contributor to the Bush campaign. The failure to produce the humvees needed to keep our troops safe is in part a result of O’Gara’s lobbying to keep their exclusive contract with our military. From NYTimes:
The Defense Department continues to rely on just one small company in Ohio to armor Humvees. And the company, O’Gara-Hess & Eisenhardt, has waged an aggressive campaign to hold onto its exclusive deal even as soaring rush orders from Iraq have been plagued by delays. The Marine Corps, for example, is still awaiting the 498 armored Humvees it sought last fall, officials told The Times.
In January, when military officials tried to speed production by buying the legal rights to the armor design so they could enlist other venders to help, O’Gara demurred, calling the move a threat to its “current and future competitive position,” according to e-mail records obtained from the Army….
Determined to hold onto its exclusive contract, O’Gara began lobbying Capitol Hill. Among those it drew to its side was Brian T. Hart, an outspoken father of a soldier who was killed in October 2003 while riding in a Humvee. Early last year, as a guest on a national radio show, Mr. Hart urged the Pentagon to involve more armor makers. Two weeks later a lobbyist for O’Gara approached him.
“He informed me that the company had more than enough capacity,” Mr. Hart says. “There was no need to second-source.”
Mr. Hart then redirected his efforts to help the company push Congress into forcing the Pentagon to buy more armored Humvees. With support from both parties, the company has received more than $1 billion in the past 18 months in military armoring contracts….
Meanwhile, the Army did not give up on trying to speed production by involving more armor makers. Brig. Gen. Patrick O’Reilly said several armor companies were eager to be part of a plan to produce armored Humvees entirely on AM General’s assembly line.
In January, when it asked O’Gara to name its price for the design rights for the armor, the company balked and suggested instead that the rights be placed in escrow for the Army to grab should the company ever fail to perform.
“Let’s try this again,” an Army major replied to the company in an e-mail message. “The question concerned the cost, not a request for an opinion.”
The Army has dropped the matter for now, General O’Reilly said, adding that he hoped to have other companies making armor by next April.
Asked why the Marine Corps is still waiting for the 498 Humvees it ordered last year, O’Gara acknowledged that it told the Marines it was backed up with Army orders, and has only begun filling the Marines’ request this month.
The other story was by Frank Rich (of course) and detailed a potential conspiracy behind the scenes at Tomlinson’s Corporation for Public Broadcasting:
Christian Breakdancers at Flushing Meadows
We checked out opening night of the Billy Graham crusade last night with Cakehead. We may be sinners, but who can resist the evangelical freakshow of a self-proclaimed religious crusade. Highlights include us heckling a few teens holding “God Hates Fags” signs and seeing the Christian breakdancers pictured above. But Cakehead captures the crusade’s strangest moment best:
My favorite part of the evening was when they had the alter call. Billy said something along the lines of, “if you are open to making Jesus your personal Savior come forward towards me.” Then he said, “if you are in one of the satellite sections (where people could only watch Billy on the big screen monitors) walk towards the television screen.” The idea of these hungry christians walking towards a tv screen for salvation really cracked me up. Is this not perfect material for a zombie movie?
Saturday, June 25th
Billy Effin Graham at Queens Meadows. He’s 86 and this will be his last crusade. This promises to be a freak show too bizarre to pass up. We hope to get filled with the Spirit. Provided the spirit is George Dickel, of course. We’re bringing a flask. Billy G is guaranteed to end early, so we’ll be checking out Comets of Fire at Mighty Robot afterwards.
Saturday, June 25th
If you’ve never been to The Mermaid Parade, check it out saturday at Coney Island. Otherwise, here are our picks:
East River Music Project presents
— Grizzly Bear
— Soft Circle
— Miighty Flashlight (download mp3: 1 | 2)
— Pajo (download mp3)
(East River Park Amphitheatre NYC just south of the Williamsburg Bridge on the Manhattan side) This show goes from 2-6pm. It’s free
Then at 7:30, as part of Prospect Park’s Celebrate Brooklyn:
New Pornographers / Stars / The Sadies
click here for directions and info.
Sunday, June 26th
Gay Pride, of course. Click here for information.