In case you missed it, this is pretty damn funny:
Archive for October, 2007
In case you missed it, this is pretty damn funny:
Like Harvest Moon, and most recently Prairie Wind, (both of which, odes and/or continuations of themes and motifs originating from 1972′s Harvest) Neil Young returns to retail shelves next week with Chrome Dreams II; a nod to his mid-seventies album, of the same name, which, sadly, never saw the light of day. In lieu of an intact Chrome Dreams, Young purloined songs from the album scattering them over various projects (see: American Stars ‘N Bars, Rust Never Sleeps).
Neil is quoted as saying Chrome Dreams II is ‚”more like After The Goldrush or Freedom, with different types of songs working together to form a feeling. Now that radio formats are not as influential as they once were, it’s easier to release an album that crosses all formats with a message that runs through the whole thing, regardless of the type of song or sound.” … What you see below is a bootleg acetate version of what is thought by many to be the original track listing for Chrome Dreams just prior to Young scrapping the project in 1977.
While the rest of the city is wallowing in CMJ hell tonight, we’ll be checking out M.I.A. at the brand spanking new club Terminal 5. The club has 3 floors and the sound was great at last week’s National show. And unlike other clubs in the city, there are enough bars at Terminal 5 to keep you from waiting for a half hour for an overpriced Heineken. M.I.A. will be playing with Baltimore’s Rye Rye [think a tamer Yo Majesty] and DJ Blaqstar. Here’s an interview with the ridiculously cute M.I.A. on “The Hour” with George Stroumboulopoulos (not to be confused with George Stephanopoulos):
Information about Terminal 5 can be found here.
We loved the first covers record and can’t wait to hear Jukebox on January 22 (when its released). CCR’s “Fortunate Son” should be especially interesting. Here’s the full list: [via Pitchfork]
01 Theme From ‘New York, New York’ (Kander/Ebb; popularized by Frank Sinatra/Liza Minnelli)
02 Metal Heart (Cat Power)
03 Ramblin’ (Wo)man (Hank Williams)
04 Song To Bobby (Cat Power– new song)
05 Aretha, Sing One For Me (J Harris/Eugene William; originally sung by George Jackson)
06 Lost Someone (James Brown)
07 I Believe In You (Bob Dylan)
08 Fortunate Son (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
09 Silver Stallion (Lee Clayton)
10 Dark End of the Street (Chips Moman/Dan Penn; originally sung by James Carr)
11 Don’t Explain (Billie Holiday)
12 Woman Left Lonely (Spooner Oldham/Dan Penn, popularized by Janis Joplin)
We find Dave Eggers to be a visionary editor and publisher (McSweeney’s) while being an extremely annoying writer (A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius). Because of the latter, we’re delighted to hear good things about his screenplay for Where the Wild Things Are. From The Vulture
In transforming the 338-word story of Where the Wild Things Are into a 111-page screenplay, Eggers and Jonze have fleshed out the story not, unexpectedly, with wild plot developments, and not, thankfully, with densely packed pop-fiction references. Instead Where the Wild Things Are is filled with richly imagined psychological detail, and the screenplay for this live-action film simply becomes a longer and more moving version of what Maurice Sendak’s book has always been at heart: a book about a lonely boy leaving the emotional terrain of boyhood behind….
We were deeply nervous about anyone taking on a story this beloved yet difficult, even talents like Eggers and Jonze, but this screenplay — if it hasn’t been changed too dramatically since October 2005, when it was turned in — goes a long way toward reassuring us that this movie, which is coming out in 2008, will be something special.
The Vulture’s got more details here. And we’ve got the original animated version after the jump.
Here’s Hillary Clinton entering Cono & Sons, a restaurant in Williamsburg. At the door she greeted Vito Lopez, before going inside to receive the endorsement of the Kings County Democratic Party.
“She’s paying her respects, which I think is a very good characteristic,” Lopez said about her visit.
It’s shameless self-promotion of course (since his book is about to come out) but Stephen Colbert penned Maureen Dowd’s column yesterday. Here’s a sample:
Surprised to see my byline here, aren’t you? I would be too, if I read The New York Times. But I don’t. So I’ll just have to take your word that this was published. Frankly, I prefer emoticons to the written word, and if you disagree
I’d like to thank Maureen Dowd for permitting/begging me to write her column today. As I type this, she’s watching from an overstuffed divan, petting her prize Abyssinian and sipping a Dirty Cosmotinijito. Which reminds me: Before I get started, I have to take care of one other bit of business:
Bad things are happening in countries you shouldn’t have to think about. It’s all George Bush’s fault, the vice president is Satan, and God is gay.
There. Now I’ve written Frank Rich’s column too.
Needless to say, the rest is worth checking out too.
It’s not our style to get preachy about what people eat, but the inconvenient truth about Al Gore’s green campaign is that factory farming is more responsible for global warming than SUVs. It’s a fact he’s afraid to discuss. From the NY Times
In late November, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization issued a report stating that the livestock business generates more greenhouse gas emissions than all forms of transportation combined…
“We know that vegetarian organizations have sometimes made exaggerated health and environmental claims, but that U.N. report is an impartial, unimpeachable source of statements we can quote,” said Matt Ball, executive director of Vegan Outreach.
Like Mr. Prescott, Mr. Ball is incensed that high-profile people like Al Gore — or environmental groups with deeper pockets than his — have not stepped up to the plate.
“Al Gore calls global warming an existential risk to humanity, yet it hasn’t prompted him to change his diet or even mention vegetarianism,” he complained. “And I guess the environmentalists recognize that it’s a lot easier to ask people to put in a fluorescent light bulb than to learn to cook with tofu.”…
Mr. Gore declined to make himself available for comment.
And here’s the report from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.
Our friend, Ian Cheney’s, new documentary King Corn is premiering tonight at Cinema Village. If you liked Supersize Me and Fast Food Nation, King Corn will be right up your alley. The Boston Globe calls it “enormously entertaining” and The New York Times featured it yesterday here.
Where: Cinema Village
When: Opens tonight. The film is only scheduled to be at Cinema Village for four days, unless enough people go to see this important film. Help to extend the run and buy your ticket now.
KING CORN tells the story of two friends, one acre of corn, and the subsidized crop that drives our fast-food nation. As the film unfolds, IanCheney and Curt Ellis, best friends from college on the east coast, move to the heartland to learn where their food comes from. With the help of friendly neighbors, genetically modified seeds, and powerful herbicides, they plant and grow a bumper crop of America’s most-productive, most-ubiquitous grain on one acre of Iowa soil. But when they try to follow their pile of corn into the food system, what they questions about how we eat–and how we farm