Thursday, December 22, 2005

Best news I've had in ages

NO MORE STRIKE

if you see me I'll be dancing to some Madonna for the next half-day or so.

O M F G

I cant believe I didn't see this until now.

Just trust me.

Watch this video.

That show's funny again? I must have missed the memo.

South Park Dave

There's a website where you can create your own South Park character.

I informed PTM the other day after creating my South Park Dave and he followed suit with a South Park Mike.

Here's South Park Dave:


the likeness is almost creepy.

Gimme Fiction

Sometimes, I write things that are not true and pretend they are true (see: my review of High Expectations/Low Results).

Sometimes, I write that are true and pretend they are fiction.

This is one of those times.


Update: Sorry, decided not to post this on the internet. But, I'd love to share this... if you think you might want to read it let me know.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Burma '06, volume 1

I have it on good authority that The Onion's War on Christmas Party, on January 13 at the Bowery Ballroom, will have a secret guest performance...

scheduled acts are the Wrens, Eugene Mirman, the Pontani Sisters, Zach Galifianakis, the Favours and MC Chris.

Secret guests are MISSION OF BURMA.

The secret's out. Cop tix here

Friday, December 16, 2005

How is he gonna smoke it up? It doesn't even make sense!

The Pitchfork Line of the Day seems to have just disappeared with no apologies. And while I likely don't have the discipline to bring it back in daily form, I need to address some of the brilliance from yesterday's "The 15 Worst Releases of 2005" by Ryan Schreiber.

The Line of the Day from yesterday unquestionably was:
"All heroes falter sooner or later, but most have the common sense not to send imitation Crazy Frogs to the mic to spout lists of 21st century home PC functions over production so phoned in it hangs up on you."

Other contenders included "How is he gonna smoke it up? It doesn't even make sense!," "only at the expense of all human dignity," and "This is some Dante shit."

but Ryan's real genius in this piece:
putting Matisyahu's record on the list, with no other justification than a quote by Sam Endicott. awesome.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Monday, December 12, 2005

Genius

Best Craiglist post ever:
Hey Crackhead

Thanks PTM.

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Andy Rosen photos


Johnny Rotten
Originally uploaded by uground1.


Andy Rosen was taking pictures of England's punk scene when it all started, working as a rock photographer in London from 1976 to '84. A lot of his photos were stashed in his private collection, unpublished and unseen, until recently. Now he's posted some of them on his Flickr account, and he'll be updating it continually. I especially like some of the shots from his London Punks 1976 -1984 photoset, which includes not only Johnny Rotten, Peter Murphy, Siouxsie Sioux, and Malcolm McLaren but also Paul Weller, Simon LeBon and David Sylvian (among others).

Also, check out Andy's blog here.

This is essential viewing (and will become moreso as he puts up more material).


Thanks Flickr blog.

Friday, December 09, 2005

Quarterslot redux

counting down
Last night I made it out to see Quarterslot again at the Delancey. I arrived early enough to see Ism (who was surprisingly un-boring, for maybe half of their songs), but that was by accident. I just didn't want to miss Quarterslot's show (and also wanted to make sure to score a pre-show brownie).

Heidi had asked me to come by and take some pictures, since she liked the ones I took from the MyOpenBar party. So I went, camera in hand.

I did take some pictures of Ism, and though I've gone on record as saying they bore me, the band isn't bad live. If I weren't such a been-there, done-that music snob I'd think it was a pretty good show. Their by-the-numbers Muse cover had me pretty interested, though not much else was really up my alley... I took some pictures of them... I especially like the drummer, making faces and rocking out behind the kit at the back of the stage.

Sometime after they finished I went to talk to Heidi... it was really an introduce-myself, since she didn't know me before seeing my photos. I started to do that but she interrupted with "I know who you are!" and gave me a big hug. She offered me a brownie - which I accepted, but not before snapping a photo (I tried to get too fancy with the white balance, the lights were giving me lens flare... if she wasn't making 'seductive face' there'd be nothing redeemable about it at all). Oh, and her brownies are amazing. It's totally worth the cover charge for the brownies alone if you can scam 2.

Heidi was wearing this amazing Judy-Garland-in-The-Wizard-of-Oz dress, except the skirt was about 5 inches long. She completed the outfit with a pair of ruby-red heels.
My first thought when I saw this was:
"If I'm not dating Heidi, then she needs to tell my girlfriend where the Judy Garland fetish boutique is."

The show was excellent - better, even, than the MyOpenBar performance. I realized that I really like the things they do musically, but Heidi's charismatic, borderline-confrontational performance style is the biggest part of what makes them worth watching. So the show was really good but my camera ran out of batteries about 3 songs into the set... which means I have some good photos but I missed out on lots of great ones. I'm still kicking myself over that, because there were some shots I could have had later that were fucking unbelievable. I didn't have a spare battery with me and my camera wasn't charged... guess I forgot to plug it in the night before. Fuck. Sorry. I owe you one (readers, Heidi).

Check out the ones I did take; they're good, there just should be a lot more of them. Please, tell me what you think.
You can see them here.

Frankly, my dear


JOHANSSON HINTS AT RIFT WITH BAY

Guarantee you he said something like "Wanna take a ride in my Ferrari, head back to my hot tub, and bang?"

weather forecast

I'd like to quote Ben Popken when I say: "Coke jokes are the gifts that keep giving. Head."

Age of Consent

Trailer for Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette... I know Peter and the boys are a bit older than I am, but are they old enough to soundtrack the French Revolution?

Also, I'm still convinced that I should have Jason Schwartzman's career... every role he gets is another little dig at my Rushmore audition. On this one I'll give him a free pass since they're cousins.

thanks shitparade. I couldn't have thought of a title without you.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

from friends at Fixed

Depeche Mode / Bravery Afterparty for their show at MSG
DJs: The Bravery, Justine D, Dave P
Open Vodka Bar from 10pm to 12am by Svedka!!!

Luke & Leroy
21 7th Avenue South at Leroy Street
10pm to 4am

rumor was the list is closed but I hear you're OK if you RSVP by 7 PM today at: getrad@igetrvng.com


also:

Saturday, December 10th, 2005
The FIXED Holiday Loft Party FREAKOUT!!!
w/ DJs JDH & Dave P, Cowboy Mark and very special guests!

FREE PABST BLUE RIBBON ALL NIGHT !!!

@ 69 W. 14th St @ 6th Ave
10pm, $7 at door or $5 with rsvp to: getrad@igetrvng.com (make sure to include event name in the subject line)

I majored in ‘Letters’


Today’s Village Voice published my letter on their ‘Homos on the Range’ cover story on Ang Lee’s new movie Brokeback Mountain. [Scroll down to read “Straight-up loving”] - Awesome.

Jewtastic

OJ Simpson: Not a Jew


“VH1 ALL ACCESS: SO JEWTASTIC”
Set your TiVos. Dec 19.
Thanks Jewlicious


Speaking of the Jewish People, I find it's easy to confuse Shimon Pres, Amir Peretz and Paris Hilton. If you share this problem then the Jewlicious folks have got you covered... this is a handy guide for keeping them straight. Please print out and place in your pocket as necessary.

The one I always fouled up (until now!):
Peres - Nobel Peace Prize winner
Peretz - Early Peace Now member
Paris - Skanky piece of ass


nope, still goy - why do you ask?
best,
Dave

Why I Am So Wise

This is the thing i forgot:

a few days ago i was in a bookstore killing time with Russo before meeting friends who were seeing a movie. (Actually, Mike and I were supposed to go with them but our friends bought tix ahead of time, while we - didn't). And I stumbled across a book entitled "Why I Am So Wise". I thought, this must be a joke, so I opened it up and looked at the chapter titles. They were:
"Why I Am So Wise"
"Why I Am So Clever"
"Why I Write Such Good Books"
"Why I Am a Destiny"
"Why The Ladies Love It"

ok, the last one was a joke, but otherwise those were the actual chapter titles. Russo thought the book's title should have been "Why I Am So Wise, Bitches." I think he's right.
That Nietzsche was crazy.

Sunday, December 04, 2005

ZX

On Thursday, when I should have been barely able to stand from the combination of my Wednesday + a busy day at work, I was convinced to go see ZX at the Knitting Factory. which makes sense, because Greg and I are pretty good friends. It was the best I've seen ZX... he seems really comfortable with the material and his string section is really good as well. His closing cover of Devo's Freedom of Choice is a pretty radical, stripped down reinterpretation. I'm looking forward to the album's official release... and there's talk I might be directing the video for the first single.

ZX was followed by Princess. Princess is... hard to describe. I think of Black Dice as being a band that has burned music history and is sculpting something new with the ashes. Princess is like a slasher in Rock and Roll Hall of Hame cutting off fragments and then pasting them on top of one another while rapping about nonsense.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/davelus/sets/1505847/

that's a start. nice to see Greg and Dustin and Ben and Cristina. it's already Sunday night and I don't have a party to go to on Monday night... someone should throw a party Monday night. say, at Cake Shop? I'll work on that.

Fuck You Tyra

I was seriously angry when Tyra and co. kept psychobitch instead of Kim on ANTM. But I didn't write anything about it because I've been either working or partying with little time for sleep or blog, so shitparade beat me to the punch (as well as writing better and more than I would have). all the links there are good ones, natch. so just go there.

Saturday, December 03, 2005

A picture's worth

lots to say to make up for the last few empty days... expect a blitz of posts over the next couple of days

Shindig was pretty fun, even if Anton wasn't anything special on the decks. hanging out until after 4 at Motor City with Flute (and a guy who cooks some great eggplant) was also.

finally cracked open Nick Z's book (inspired by his presence at Motor City Wed night)... so far I like it a lot a lot.
Update:Forgot to mention that Nick was hanging with Zach from the Fresh Kills, who was rocking the soundsystem that night}

speaking of photos, I took a photo of Merlin with his camera in front of his face that i really like:

check out his blog

I need to be snapping more photos... it seems I've missed a lot
next up: ZX back in NYC for a record pre-release show