On Sunday, August 28, LAURA CANTRELL will be headlining and MC the third annual Bluegrass Ball in Tompkins Square Park. This FREE concert is part of the HOWL! Festival of East Village Arts, which also includes the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, Art Around the Park, Wigstock and numerous other events this week.
HOWL! FESTIVAL BLUEGRASS BALL
Sunday, August 28
Tompkins Square Park
Ave. A and 10th Street
3:00 Reckon So
3:40 John Herald Tribute band
4:15 Cobble Hillbillies
5:00 LAURA CANTRELL
with Mark Spencer, Jimmy Ryan, Jeremy Chatazky
Since it’s never to early to teach your children about hating gays, starting wars, pissing away the environment, the Rapture, or scratching the back of corporate interests, self-proclaimed “security mom for Bush” Katharine DeBrecht is pleased to announce the August arrival of her book Help! Mom! There Are Liberals Under My Bed!
From the publisher’s bio
This full-color illustrated book is a fun way for parents to teach young children the valuable lessons of conservatism. Written in simple text, readers can follow along with Tommy and Lou as they open a lemonade stand to earn money for a swing set. But when liberals start demanding that Tommy and Lou pay half their money in taxes, take down their picture of Jesus, and serve broccoli with every glass of lemonade, the young brothers experience the downside to living in Liberaland.
Inside, you’ll find find laugh-out-loud dialogue written in “simple” language that any child or neo-con can understand:
“‘It takes a village to get kids to eat their vegetables!’ Ms. Clunkton pointed her stubby finger at the boys, ‘Sooo, for every glass of lemonade you sell, you must, I say, you MUST, give two pieces of broccoli with it.’”
That’s a knee-slapper. Thanks Katharine! Tell us the one about the 23,000 civilian deaths in Iraq next! Kids just just love reading about tax cuts, ownership society, and neo-conservatives. More than candy and lemonade.
October 12 + 13 – New York, NY – Webster Hall
September 15 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom – CMJ show – 7.30pm
Their new record got a great review on Pitchfork yesterday. The Sept/Oct live line-up will feature all of your favorite New Pornographers members including A.C.Newman, Neko Case and Dan Bejar. All dates after the jump.
I miss the South. I do. Growing up in Virginia was overall a great experience for me. That’s why I find recent reports from home about the “Git-R-Done” phenomenon so disturbing. Evidently, “Git-R-Done” is Larry the Cable Guy‘s catchphrase. It’s become so popular, Git-R-Done bumper stickers have begun to rival the “support the troops” magnets. Of course, they generally are found next to the obligatory Dubya stickers. The phrase is often used in reference to the Iraq war, as in we vowed to stay the course so let’s Git-R-Done, but can be used in a variety of situations:
Jessie Lou sure is purty. I’m fixin’ to get up on that and git-r-done.
I’m fresh out of Skoal Bandits. I’m gonna take the truck down to 7-11 and git-r-done.
A friend from home had this to say:
“I doubt you have the “Git-R-Done” phenomenon in New York, but it’s the rage down here. Larry the Cable guy (who played the Roanoke Civic Center recently) apparently spawned this expression, and you hear it everywhere (lotsa stickers too). My daughter hears her classmates say it, and I heard two men at the public library use it as a farewell the other day. Then the whole thing entered a new arena when I saw a woman at the Target last Thursday night with a ‘Jesus Got-R-Done’ T-shirt.”
‘Jesus Got-R-Done’? Using that phrase has got to be breaking some biblical commandment. We don’t expect the phrase will be making its way to New York any time soon.
A day in the life of Bush on vacation [via HuffPost/NY Times]:
- Bike ride
- Lunch with Condi
- See Laura, talk “business”
- Read a little Elmore Leonard
- Go fishing with “my man Barney”
- Bed at 9:30
The Sunday Times Magazine included what is sure to be one of the most important stories of our time. (No it wasn’t the Style Section article about kids in upstate NY who hang out in fast food parking lots.) Here’s an excerpt from “The Breaking Point,” which argues that we need to begin looking for alternatives to oil now
The producers are not running out of oil, not yet, but their decades-old reservoirs are not as full and geologically spry as they used to be, and they may be incapable of producing, on a daily basis, the increasing volumes of oil that the world requires. ”One thing is clear,” warns Chevron, the second-largest American oil company, in a series of new advertisements, ”the era of easy oil is over.”
….One diplomat I spoke to recalled a comment from Sheik Ahmed Zaki Yamani, the larger-than-life Saudi oil minister during the 1970′s: ”The Stone Age didn’t end for lack of stone, and the oil age will end long before the world runs out of oil.”
Read the article after the jump
Our friends at Cakehead are holding a poll to see who has the best NY Cafeteria. Swing by and send them your vote.
Robert A. Moog, whose self-named synthesizers turned electric currents into sound and opened the musical wave that became electronica, has died. He was 71. (From CNN)
Join Operation Ceasefire, a new coalition of concerned musicians, for a massive anti-war concert/rally at the Washington Monument on September 24th. This event will be a centerpiece of what is expected to be 4 days of enormous protests in nation’s capital in support of a full withdrawal of U.S. forces from the quagmire in Iraq. The concert will bring together musical acts such as: Thievery Corporation, punk rock and independent musicians LeTigre, Bouncing Souls, Ted Leo & The Pharmacists; country music artist Steve Earle, rock and soul band the Bellrays; latin musicians Machetres, socially conscious hip-hop groups The Coup and Head-Roc; and even long time activists Wayne Kramer of the MC5, Jello Biafra and Greg Palast will be involved in this event!
With over 60% of the public currently opposed to the war in Iraq, this concert is a fun way we can all come together and demand that this Congress and this administration bring our troops home and start a well over due Ceasefire!