Billy Mays found dead at age 50 in his home at 7:45 AM. Apparently he died in his sleep, no break-in, and no foul play is suspected. The day before his death he’d been on a plane that blew out its tires and said he got hit in the head with a few things, but there were no serious injuries reported and it’s not clear if his death was at all related.
Well, I’ll always know what I was doing when I found out Billy Mays died: Reading about how Michael Jackson died.
Archive for June, 2009
From NY Times
Obama’s inaction on gay civil rights is striking. So is his utterly uncharacteristic inarticulateness. The Justice Department brief defending DOMA has spoken louder for this president than any of his own words on the subject. Chrisler noted that he has given major speeches on race, on abortion and to the Muslim world. ‚”People are waiting for that passionate speech from him on equal rights,” she said, ‚”and the time is now.”
Action would be even better. It’s a press clich√© that ‚”gay supporters” are disappointed with Obama, but we should all be. Gay Americans aren’t just another political special interest group. They are Americans who are actively discriminated against by federal laws. If the president is to properly honor the memory of Stonewall, he should get up to speed on what happened there 40 years ago, when courageous kids who had nothing, not even a public acknowledgment of their existence, stood up to make history happen in the least likely of places.
[Featuring members of Vampire Weekend and Ra Ra Riot]
This is hilarious. But I shouldn’t have listened to the solo on Corey Hart’s “Never Surrender” on an empty stomach.
In this morning’s AM New York (seen above), Fahima Haque relives what must have been a dream last night about one of “the best of the free music fests” at McCarren Park Pool, the derelict pool turned “unpretentious and charming spot” that this summer will feature acts the likes of Dan Deacon, Grizzly Bear, and Girl Talk!
In this alterna-universe, the free shows start July 12 and run through August 30th, and we imagine the slip-n-slide will be there too! And you guys! Ohh, you guys will all be there! Everybody gets VIP in this dream, and I bet all the hip young indie actors will come out for MGMT again, and dance without regrets in the shaded corner left of stage! We’ll dance with them!
Oh, I just LOVE AMNY, those dreamers! Screw reporting, screw even being aware of the multi-year construction project at McCarren Park Pool that’s long sent the concert series to the waterfront. If we can’t dream alongside America’s Greatest Morning Daily, then I don’t even want to write a blog anymore.
Entertainer Michael Jackson has died after being taken to a hospital on Thursday after suffering cardiac arrest, according to multiple reports including the Los Angeles Times and the Associated Press. CNN has not confirmed his death.
Jackson, 50, had been in a coma at the hospital, sources told CNN.
Brian Oxman, a Jackson family attorney, said he was told by brother Randy Jackson that Michael Jackson collapsed at his home in west Los Angeles, California, Thursday morning.
Family members were told of the situation and were either at the hospital or en route, Oxman said.
Fire Capt. Steve Ruda told CNN a 911 call came in from a west Los Angeles residence at 12:21 p.m.
Ruda said Jackson was treated and transferred to the UCLA Medical Center.
Asked specifics of the patient’s condition, he said he could not discuss them because of federal privacy laws.
The music icon from Gary, Indiana, is known as the “King of Pop.” Jackson had many No. 1 hits and his “Thriller” is the best-selling album of all time. Video Jackson “as big as it gets” ¬ª
Jackson is the seventh of nine children in a well-known musical family. He has three children, Prince Michael I, Paris and Prince Michael II.
At the medical center, every entrance to the emergency room was blocked by security guards. Even hospital staffers were not permitted to enter. A few people stood inside the waiting area, some of them crying.
A large crowd was also gathering outside the hospital, according to video footage.
Outside Jackson’s Bel Air home, police arrived on motorcycles. The road in front of the home was closed in an attempt to hold traffic back, but several people were gathered outside the home.
British bank Barclays has put in a bid to rename Atlantic Avenue something much more proper than our Yankee rubbish:
If a $4 million deal is approved on Wednesday, the nexus of subway stops at Atlantic Avenue, Pacific Street and Flatbush Avenue in Downtown Brooklyn will add an additional name to its already lengthy title: Barclays.
But hey, what about naming things after great American corporations?
‚”It’s not like Taco Bell saying it wants Grand Army Plaza or something like that,” said John H. Banks III, a board member since 2004.
Would Mr. Banks oppose that idea?
‚”A year and a half ago? Yeah,” he said. ‚”Tomorrow? No.”
Looking forward to Taco Bell Muy Grande Army Plaza.
So, wow! Some “popular Williamsburg-based bar/music venue” is looking to fill a residency for a Vampire Weekend cover band made up of vague band member lookalikes! They just need their Ezra, their Rostam and the two Chris’s and they’ll be off the ground and Oxford Commaiing in no time. The question is, can we identify this bar/music venue? I’m going to throw my guess out there and say Union Pool. Or, I’m sorry, Brooklyn Pool, for those of you who watch Michael Cera on the big screen. Any other guesses?
And yes, we realize this is probably a joke. But oooooooh fingers are crossed that it’s real!
Via Mr. Ginsberg, who RT’d Pitchfork and Idolator.