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Sunday, October 30, 2005

The oddest Halloween promotion I've heard about... 


Saturday, October 29, 2005

Random Minutiae... 

1. Okay, I'm a Beatles fanatic, but this just disturbs me.

2. A list of songs I might play for Halloween while I'm on the air Monday afternoon include:
  • The B-52s, "Devil in My Car"
  • David Baerwald, "Hellbound Train"
  • The Beatles, "Devil In Her Heart"
  • Kate Bush, "Hammer Horror"
  • Cake, "Satan is my Motor"
  • Eric Clapton, "Hell Hound on My Trail"
  • Dream Syndicate, "Halloween"
  • Dave Edmunds, "The Creature from the Black Lagoon"
  • Roky Erikson, "Creature With the Atom Brain"
  • Grant Lee Buffalo, "Halloween"
  • John Wesley Harding, "The Devil In Me"
  • Alison Krauss & Union Station, "Devil in Disguise"
  • Meteors, "Night of the Werewolf"
  • Randy Newman, "Ghosts"
  • Oingo Boingo, "Dead Man's Party"
  • Roy Orbison, "Devil Doll"
  • Savoy Brown, "Hellbound Train"
  • Squirrel Nut Zippers, "Hell"
  • Chris Stamey, "Ghost Story"
  • Steve Wynn, "Ghosts"
  • Warren Zevon, "Werewolves of London"
Just some thoughts...

3. Finally, I'm eagerly awaiting the second solo album by New York singer/songwriter Mark McAdam. No idea of when it'll be coming out, but meanwhile, feel free to sample a terrific tune from his solo debut: "Driftwood"

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Ficticious Childhood Memories 

When I was a child, we used to travel to Ernest Tubb Town for family
vacations. What child wouldn't love to ride the Bluegrass Flume, or
visit the famous House of Honky Tonk Hoedown Honk?

Of course, them's were days when all 18 of us kids gots to travel in the
back of Pappy's truck....

Wait! Actually, that's all made up.

I guess I'm having someone else's childhood memories now.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Rock Is Dead, They Say 

Actor/rocker/Underground Garage host Little Steven Van Zandt, has been quoted as saying recently,
"In a real sense, the last big [rock] band through the door was U2, 25 years ago," Van Zandt said. "When our generation stops touring, it's over. Rock 'n' roll is a living, breathing animal that needs to be fed. With new blood."
I've been arguing for a while that the death of the Big Rock Band is probably a good thing. Like busting up AT&T twenty years ago, let's break up the Big Rock "monopoly" and allow for regional rock scenes to grow and flourish--just like they did in the days when rock 'n' roll first emerged.

Will this allow rock to regain its primacy in our culture? Maybe. Maybe not. Perhaps rock's day is done as the dominant creative musical style, having been surpassed by hip-hop just as rock surpassed jazz.

But regardless whether it re-emerges on top or not, it won't be via this notion by Little Steven:
Radio's rock mistake started, he said, with abandoning its '50s and '60s roots.

"Everything we do, everything we are, comes from those decades," he said. "And if you want younger people listening [to early rock], you can get that done. Who is cooler, early Elvis or Elton John? What appeals more to kids, Gene Vincent's black leather attitude, Little Richard's cry of liberation, Dion's total 'Sopranos' coolness - or the Eagles?
So Gene Vincent will save rock? Hmmm. Replace the phrase "What appeals more to kids" with "What appeals more to me," and Van Zandt's sentence makes more sense.

One can just as well ask, "Who is cooler, early Elvis or Snoop Dogg?" It's all one's perspective. And, though I have the utmost respect for Van Zandt and what he's trying to do, you simply can't impose your cultural standards on a younger generation and assume that they will react the same way you did.

Monday, October 24, 2005

Awakened from sleeplessness? 

According to a New York Times story about Hurricane Wilma,
Residents and tourists in Fort Myers Beach, on Florida's Gulf Coast, awakened to the full force of Hurricane Wilma this morning after a sleepless night of anticipation for many of them.
Awakened from sleeplessness? Just how, exactly, does that work?

Actually the Times has since cleaned the paragraph up a bit:
In Fort Myers Beach, on Florida's gulf coast, residents and tourists awakened to the full force of Hurricane Wilma this morning after what was for many a sleepless night of anticipation.
Okay, that works for me. I guess the story's authors were, when writing, groggy from just waking up and punchy from lack of sleep.

Sunday, October 23, 2005


Go to work in an egg:
An even more unusual parking trick was revealed by Nissan Motor's Pivo concept car. This vehicles egg-shaped cabin can swivel 360°, allowing the driver to turn backwards into forwards at the flick of a switch. Central to this idea is drive-by-wire technology – controlling the car electronically, rather than mechanically.
image via Raw Feed

Saturday, October 22, 2005

The Week of Concerts Concludes with a Bang 

7 concerts in 8 days. Didn't plan it, but just rolled with it. One can't ignore talent like this when it comes to town, even if in one very busy week.

A recap:
10/15 - Bonnie Raitt/Maia Sharp
10/16 - Jonathan Richman/Vic Chesnutt
10/18 - Richard Thompson/Eliza Gilkyson
10/19 - Mike Doughty/Orenda Fink (early show)
10/19 - matt pond PA (late show)
10/21 - James McMurtry
10/22 - U2/Damien Marley
All were excellent. I'm exhausted, but each was worth it and highly recommended.

Related mp3s (studio recordings):

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Whilst surfing the web 

Men were very fond of their chest hair in the late '70s and early '80s, as I discovered while looking up other, non-chest-hair-related information on the web today.

Exhibit A. Tony Orlando. 1978.

Exhibit B. Jonathan Richman. c.1983.

Exhibit C. Ummm. Okay this has nothing to do with chest hair, but it's even more disturbing.

As Bill Paxton put it in Aliens, "That's it, man, game over, man! Game over!"

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Concerts, Concerts, Concerts 

Been making the rounds of many live shows in recent days.

Last Saturday, it was Bonnie Raitt with Maia Sharp. Sunday, it was Jonathan Richman with the very incompatible Vic Chesnutt opening. And Richard Thompson with Eliza Gilkyson warming up the crowd.

A few lyrics...

Vic Chesnutt's music is so dark and moody, and Jonathan Richman is so childlike and happy, that the pairing couldn't help but be a train wreck. I showed up halfway through Vic's set, and immediately one could feel the tension between Vic and the audience, who were overwhelmingly there to see Jonathan. So Vic started singing some lyrics (apparently) made up on the spot which crystallized the standoffish situation:

"I am such a 'ny-hilist'
And Jonathan's such a smile-ist
And it would be the vilest
If I brought you fuckers down
If I brought you fuckers down"

On the other end of the mood spectrum, Richard Thompson played a number of new (or, at least, previously unreleased), rather droll songs, including "The Hots for the Smarts" (a title which has internal rhyme if you're British):

"I need a girl with a feel for Faraday's wheel
A girl who'll drool for Fleming's Left Hand Rule
Now you may like pin-ups of girls who do chin-ups
Like Xena the Warrior Princess but I'll take to dinner
My Nobel Prize winner with plutonium stains down her dress"

Tonight I'm torn between Mike Doughty and matt pond PA, Friday is perhaps James McMurtry, and Saturday is U2 (!). Whoo-hoo!

Well, it would be the vilest if I brought you fuckers down, so I'll bid you farewell for now.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Why the Radio Industry is in Trouble 

An email I received at work:
SUBJECT: Need listener audio?

Stop having your secretary fake it!

Introducing THE NEW LISTENER AUDIO PAGE!!! A searchable archive of listener testimonials.

There are HUNDREDS of listeners loaded already, and we'll be adding more and more all the time. Use this link to access the new page:


Once you're there, check out the demo, and sign up! You'll get unlimited access to the listener audio members area for just $99.99 per year!
Yes, fabricating your own marketing hype ALWAYS works out great! Ummm....doesn't it?

Monday, October 17, 2005

The Code of the Paparazzo 

These youngsters aren't following the code anymore:
Francois Navarre, a Frenchman and former Le Monde journalist who heads X-17, said he uses only freelancers, guys with streets smarts and connections such as former San Diego-area firefighter Brad Diaz, who was shot with a BB gun outside Britney Spears' baby shower in Malibu this summer.

"We respect the rules of the community … not the laws or rules that these [old guard] guys created," Navarre said. "There's no priority for the old paparazzi."


Frank Griffin is co-owner with Randy Bauer of the Bauer-Griffin Agency, one of the more established and respected firms. In one breath he lamented the influx of "guns for hire" that have added a "renegade element" to the trade.
A "respected" paparrazzi firm? I guess everything's relative.

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Counterintuitive, to say the least 

Pot promotes brain cells?
While other studies have shown that periodic use of marijuana can cause memory loss and impair learning and a host of other health problems down the road, new research suggests the drug could have some benefits when administered regularly in a highly potent form.

Most "drugs of abuse" such as alcohol, heroin, cocaine and nicotine suppress growth of new brain cells. However, researchers found that cannabinoids promoted generation of new neurons in rats' hippocampuses.
Before fully explaining their findings, however, researchers ran out to order 29 plates of buffalo wings with a side order of Cool Ranch Doritos.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Well, that's strange... 

In an article on CD copyprotection from Rolling Stone,
Oddly, Sony BMG will, upon request, e-mail detailed instructions on how to crack the copy protection.
That's their own CDs they're helping you to bypass protection measures.


More Musical News 

Guettel and Goldman to Team on Princess Bride Musical:
Composer Adam Guettel and screenwriter William Goldman will collaborate on a musical version or the hit fairy tale film "The Princess Bride," the New York Post reported.
First Fight Club, now this? While The Princess Bride will probably make a better musical than Fight Club (and "probably" is an understatement), and speaking as a fan of recontextualization, the never-ending parade of movie-to-play and play-to-movie adapatations is getting, well, played out.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Notes from a Bizarre World 

Out-of-control passenger bites bus driver on arm, troopers say:
A passenger on a Greyhound bus heading from Punta Gorda to Miami caused a stir Tuesday night when she traipsed through the aisles screaming and ended up biting the arm of the bus driver, prompting him to call 911.
Prize pumpkins weigh in at over 1,200 lbs:
A retired Washington firefighter won the annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off on Monday, presenting a gigantic pumpkin that weighed 1,229 pounds. In Rhode Island, a welder won a similar contest with an entry weighing 1,443 pounds.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005


You need not be paranoid to fear RFID:
If this sounds paranoid, take it up with IBM. The company filed a patent application in 2001 which contemplates using this wireless snooping technology to track people as they roam through "shopping malls, airports, train stations, bus stations, elevators, trains, airplanes, rest rooms, sports arenas, libraries, theaters, museums, etc." An IBM spokeswoman insisted the company isn't really prepared to go this far. Patent applications are routinely written to include every possible use of a technology, even some the company doesn't intend to pursue. Still, it's clear somebody at IBM has a pretty creepy imagination....

"I think the shocking part is they've spent the past three years saying, oh no, we'd never do this," Albrecht said.
Saith Ray Davies:
There's a time device inside of me, I'm a self-destructing man
There's a red, under my bed and there's a little green man in my head
And he said, you're not going crazy, you're just a bit sad
Cause there's a man in you, gnawing you, tearing you into two

Monday, October 10, 2005

Lyric Discussion 

From Michael Sembello's "Maniac":
"She has danced into the danger zone, when the dancer becomes the dance."

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

"the majority of those sued are innocent" 

RIAA Takes Shotgun to Traders:
The RIAA began its litigation campaign in September 2003, resulting in more than 14,000 lawsuits. So far, more than 3,300 parties have settled, which the RIAA says proves the overwhelming majority of those summoned are guilty of stealing copyright files.

But attorneys representing many of the accused say that's not true. Estimates of how many people are being wrongly targeted for illegal file sharing vary, from hundreds to many more.

Ray Beckerman, a New York-based attorney with Beldock Levine & Hoffman, put the number in the thousands.

"My impression is that the majority of those sued are innocent," Beckerman said.

The UberBoss 

Details for the below item, about my former radio home, were supplied by station staff.

On the final day of their fall membership drive, New Jersey public radio station WBJB had an unexpected volunteer show up to help out with fundraising: local resident Bruce Springsteen. With guitar and harmonica in hand, Bruce surprised the staff with his visit to strum a few tunes on the air and encourage fellow listeners to support their local member-supported music radio outlet.

"I heard people on the radio begging for money," Springsteen reportedly said, "So I thought I should show up with either some cash or my guitar."

Songs performed during the half-hour chat included "All the Way Home" and "If I Should Fall Behind."

The UnderBoss Springsteen 

While doing a Bruce Springsteen-related web search, I ran across another Springsteen.

Meet Chris Springsteen, public affairs reporter for Michigan's Battle Creek Enquirer!

His bio comprises entirely of his areas of expertise ("Battle Creek City Hall, Emmett Township") and a Douglas Adams quote. Anyone who quotes Adams gets bonus points from me.

And just as Bruce is known for his marathon, hours-long rockin' in stadiums and arenas around the country, I would suspect that Chris is known for his marathon, hours-long city commission meetings on the third floor of Battle Creek City Hall.

Here's what I also learned from the B.C. Enquirer: That "a Weblog is a unique form of story telling that's native to the Net." And also that "it's called blogging, or officially Weblogging, and, in the words of Paris Hilton, that's hot."


Music, Pronouncements, and Half-filled Glasses 

One view of the music industry:
Legal music downloads more than doubled in the first half of the year, but total music shipments dipped slightly, reversing last year's rising trend, amid fresh concerns over Web piracy, a record group said on Monday.
Another view:
The United States saw a drop in physical sales of 5.3 percent in value but a strong increase in digital music sales, with single track downloads totaling 159 million in the first half of 2005, nearly three times the figure for the year-previous period.
The first is what the Recording Industry Association of America says, and the second is from the now rather quaintly-named International Federation of the Phonographic Industry.

The RIAA says "more than doubled" while the IFPI says it was "nearly three times" a year previous. While I suppose the two statements may both be true--three IS technically "more than" double, after all--I guess we can see which trade association is the glass-half-empty one.

Sunday, October 02, 2005

Priests & Vowels 

Fued prompts Norwich diocese to lock priest out of rectory:
A longstanding dispute between a Roman Catholic priest and the bishop of Norwich took another twist when the Rev. Justinian B. Rweyemamu found himself locked out of St. Bernard Church's rectory this weekend.

It was a move Norwich Bishop Michael Cote said was the result of the priest's refusal to obey repeated orders to leave, according to a story posted Sunday on the Journal-Inquirer Web site. In a statement released to the newspaper on Saturday, Cote said he has told the priest to leave the rectory three times since the beginning of the year, but that Rweyemamu has refused....

The two sides have been at odds since April 2004 when Rweyemamu, who is from Tanzania, says he was unfairly passed over for a temporary promotion in the parish, in part because of his race.

Cote, however, said race has played no role in the controversy. He said that parishioners have raised questions about Rweyemamu's homilies as well as his administration of a private charity not affiliated with the diocese....

Rweyemamu said after dining with friends Saturday night he returned to the rectory to find the locks had been changed. He spent the night at a friend's home.
Point one. It's my understanding that most places have laws which mandate that you go through a prescribed process before someone has the locks changed on their dwelling. I assume that's not the case here, since Rweyemamu was seemingly unaware of any such proceedings. It's an interesting point if someone works in the same place they live, and the place is owned by the employer--I don't know if that changes anything, but it's interesting.

Point two. The headline was misspelled on the Boston Globe website. Since it's an AP story, I did a quick Google check and, sure enough, it was incorrect on at least two other sources. So the AP sent the story out with the incorrect "fued" in the headline (as of 9:30pm EDT, it was still misspelled on the Globe site as well as on WNTH.com; the spelling had been corrected on the New York Newsday site, although it was still wrong when indexed by Google).

Here's an image of the Globe site featuring the typo headline (click for a larger version):


Saturday, October 01, 2005

Quote of the Day 

"Selling out has changed. Selling out means you're doing bad creative."

~~Cheryl Berman,
chief creative officer for the
Leo Burnett ad agency, on the
Rolling Stones' new promotional
deal with TV soap opera
Days of Our Lives

I guess she should know all about artistic integrity. According to her bio page,
Cheryl has also written celebrated music for clients like McDonald's, Disney and Hallmark that has been performed by celebrities such as Christina Aguilera, Enrique Iglesias, Gloria Estefan and Shawn Colvin.
Aguilera is the ultimate paragon of artistic integrity, so I can see where it would rub off on Ms. Berman.


So, O.J. Simpson is making an appearance at a Los Angeles horror convention this weekend.

I guess he feels like a piker next to mindless killer Jason Voorhees (a.k.a. actor Richard J. Brooker), or "Dr. Satan" from the movie House of 1000 Corpses.

Listen to O.J.'s personal greeting for the event.

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