Kevin from catch.com turned us onto a great new compilation, “Cowboys In Scandinavia: The New Folk Sounds From Northern Europe.” All the songs are sung in English and there are more than a few gems. Put out by Fargo, Andrew Bird’s label, it’s one of our favorites thus far this year.
EverythingIsFire has some MP3′s:
4. Nicolai Dunger – Soul Rush (mp3)
8. Dusty Fingers – Quite Alright (mp3)
12. Johanna Berhan – To Hide This Way (mp3)
And you can listen to a few others here.
Archive for February, 2006
We keep hoping this will just go away. From New York Observer:
The editorial staff of the alternative weekly New York Press walked out today, en masse, after the paper’s publishers backed down from printing the Danish cartoons that have become the center of a global free-speech fight.
Editor-in-Chief Harry Siegel emails, on behalf of the editorial staff:
New York Press, like so many other publications, has suborned its own professed principles. For all the talk of freedom of speech, only the New York Sun locally and two other papers nationally have mustered the
minimal courage needed to print simple and not especially offensive editorial cartoons that have been used as a pretext for great and greatly menacing violence directed against journalists, cartoonists, humanitarian aid workers, diplomats and others who represent the basic values and obligations of Western civilization. Having been ordered at the 11th hour to pull the now-infamous Danish cartoons from an issue dedicated to them, the editorial group‚Äîconsisting of myself, managing editor Tim Marchman, arts editorJonathan Leaf and one-man city hall bureau Azi Paybarah, chose instead to resign our positions.
We have no desire to be free speech martyrs, but it would have been nakedly hypocritical to avoid the same cartoons we’d criticized others for not running, cartoons that however absurdly have inspired arson, kidnapping and murder and forced cartoonists in at least two continents to go into hiding. Editors have already been forced to leave papers in Jordan and France for having run these cartoons. We have no illusions about the power of the Press (NY Press, we mean), but even on the far margins of the world-historical stage, we are not willing to side with the enemies of the values we hold dear, a free press not least among them.
This was not an easy decision. I’ve been reading the Press since 1988 and have dreamed of running it for nearly as long. The paper’s editorial staff has worked impossibly hard hours and has come quite a ways in only a few months towards restoring the paper’s tarnished editorial reputation and credibility. I’m proud of the work we’ve done, and wish we’d had time to finish the job. I wish the Press all the best, and hope that under new ownership and leadership it can again be an invaluable read for all good Gothamites.
Nevertheless, there’s a bigger cartoon scandal at New York Press. They no longer run Maakies. On another note, NPR has decided not to publish the cartoon. And thus far no major UK papers have published the cartoons. In this country, The Philadelphia Inquirer and The New York Sun are the only two major U.S. papers to publish any of the cartoons as of Tuesday night.
Damn. And we bought tickets. Hope she’s okay:
[from the Matador site]We regret to announce that Cat Power’s entire US tour has been canceled due to health reasons. Out of respect for Chan’s privacy, we can’t give more detailed information, but we hope and assume that you’ll respect her privacy during this time as well.
There will be information about refunds available imminently, and the tour will be rescheduled as soon as possible.
Chan is a good friend and a dear member of the Matador family, and when we have news about future performances, we’ll be certain to share it with you here. [via Brooklynvegan]
[From Daily News] A Busta Rhymes video shoot ended with a hail of gunfire that killed the rapper’s bodyguard in Brooklyn early yesterday, feet from some of the biggest names in hip hop – including 50 Cent, DMX and Mary J. Blige, police sources said.
At least a dozen bullets flew after burly bodyguard Israel Ramirez got into a scuffle during the shoot in a Greenpoint film studio that also drew Missy Elliott and Lloyd Banks, a member of 50 Cent’s G-Unit. Cops were investigating whether anyone involved in the bloodshed – and the dispute that sparked it – was a member of any of the big-name rappers’ entourages, sources said last night.
Shortly before the gunfire erupted at 12:25 a.m., video crew members tried to keep the noise level under control as they shooed extras and hangers-on out of the building. That spurred one enraged self-proclaimed ex-con to shout, “Who the f–k are you to tell me to be quiet? I’m on .parole, mother—–r!
“You don’t tell me to shut up,” added the man, who sported a G-Unit jacket, witnesses said.
Moments later, as people were pouring outside, Ramirez got into a fight – sparking a barrage of bullets. [read the rest]
by Dave Thomas
When you find out what’s coming out this month, you’ll be glad that February is short.
WHEN A STRANGER CALLS
WHAT’S THE PITCH?
Remember the beginning of ‚”Scream?” Okay, that for 100 minutes.
WILL IT SUCK?
“The clich√©s are coming from inside the house!” If the fact that Simon ‚”Tomb Raider” West is at the helm doesn’t fill you with confidence, I don’t know what will.
HOW WELL WILL IT DO?
I think audiences are just gullible enough to give this a shot in spite of the clich√©, but regardless ‚”Final Destination 3″ will blow this out of the water the following week. $33mil.
WHAT’S THE PITCH?
Black chick dates a white guy. That’s new, right?
WILL IT SUCK?
Time will tell if this is more ‚”Love Jones” or ‚”Booty Call,” but with a writer who’s worked on both ‚”Everybody Hates Chris” and ‚”Whoopi” on board, either could happen. If you’ve been looking forward to another flick from that chick from ‚”Alien vs. Predator” or the dead gay guy from ‚”L.A. Confidential,” here you go. Seriously, though, you can’t beat Donald Faison for your comic relief.
HOW WELL WILL IT DO?
An onslaught of new films next week will minimize the impact of this, which will already be compromised by ‚”When a Stranger Calls.” $24mil.
THE THREE BURIALS OF MELQUIADES ESTRADA
WHAT’S THE PITCH?
Tommy Lee Jones (in his directorial debut) takes on a corrupt border patrolman in an effort to return a corpse to Mexico.
WILL IT SUCK?
From the writer of ‚”Amores Perros” and ‚”21 Grams,” so expect it to be harsh. Early buzz is oustanding, and the flick won Best Actor (Tommy Lee Jones) and Screenplay at Cannes (along with a Palme D’Or nod for Jones). Also with Barry Pepper and Dwight Yoakam.
HOW WELL WILL IT DO?
Delayed (or perhaps released only in LA for Oscar consideration) from December, and I can’t blame them. It was very crowded. Here it can breathe, even if it’s Oscar chances are shot. $3mil.
We somehow managed to get invited to a restaurant opening last night in Park Slope. The restaurant is called Little Dishes. We’ll leave the explanations to our resident foodie, cakehead who enjoyed the meal as much as we did:
Owned by husband and wife Colin Wright and Mira Friedlaender, Little Dishes offers the American eating community delicious mezze such as salt cod fritters, the most tender octopus salad we’ve eaten since Spain, cauliflower soup that tastes like Ambrosia from the Gods. You could easily make a meal of the little dishes or try one of the larger dishes. Dishes like pork chops, skate and our favorite: the fall-off-the bone lamb shank that seemed to melt in the mouth.
We loved it and the owners were charming. Here’s their menu. Pay them a visit. Tonight is their official opening.
434 Seventh Avenue
Park Slope, Brooklyn
(F train to 7th Avenue)
Dear Mr. President,
This March will mark the beginning of the 4th year of the war in Iraq. In contrast, U.S. involvement in WWI came to an end after 19 months. Victory in Europe was declared in WWII after 3 years 5 months. In the Korean War, a cease-fire was signed after 3 years and 1 month. But after more than three and a half years into the war in Iraq, your administration finally produced what is called a “Plan for Victory” in Iraq.
Iraq is not the center for the global war on terrorism. I believe Iraq has diverted our attention away from the fight against global terrorism and has depleted the required resources needed to wage an effective war. It is estimated that there are only about 750 to 1,000 al-Qaeda in Iraq. I believe the Iraqis will force them out or kill them after U.S. troops are gone. In fact, there is now evidence that Iraqi insurgent groups are increasingly turning against al-Qaeda and other foreign terrorists.
Our country needs a vigorous and comprehensive strategy for victory against global terrorism.
In our interview with The Libertines in September 2004, we stated incorrectly that Banny Poostchi, the band’s original manager, was “sacked.. for being too strict.” Poostchi, who discovered The Libertines, was not sacked — she chose to leave on October 20th 2003, a year after the release of their debut album, “Up the Bracket.” Sorry!
Harlequin Romance and NASCAR are teaming up to create a new line of chick lit for the toothless set. This sounds like a marriage made in hell:
[from USA Today] The first offspring of this new union, a racetrack romance entitled In the Groove by Pamela Britton, goes on sale Tuesday ‚Äî just a few weeks before the Daytona 500….
“NASCAR very much portrays themselves as a family-oriented sport, and most romance fiction is about commitment and about the promise of happily-ever-after”…
In the Groove features down-on-his-luck NASCAR driver Lance Cooper and ex-kindergarten teacher Sarah Tingle. They meet when his car hits her. She gets a bump on the head. He’s driven to distraction. When he looks at Sarah, Cooper “feels like he has been shocked by a loose spark plug wire.”
Okay, we admit it…. after reading that quote, we REALLY want to read this book. The possibilities for car-related double entendres are endless. We bet Lance Copper goes on to check Sarah Tingle’s oil. Or at least take a look under her hood. Just thinking about it revs our engine. And you just know they are going to do it on the hood of the car.
If there’s a market for books about women who love thugs, we suppose there will be a market for books about women who love NASCAR dads.