sweet lonely death i am waitinf for your death

Saturday..

Oh cripes. Old white conservative congressmen now have a new book jacket to pin up in their offices and fantasize about. Amy Poehler does a better job of being you than you.
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In How to Talk to a Liberal (If You Must), Annie gives us these gems:

  • The essence of being a liberal: “The absolute conviction that there is one set of rules for you, and another, completely different set of rules for everyone else.”
  • Her 9/11 comments: “I am often asked if I still think we should invade their countries, kill their leaders, and convert them to Christianity. The answer is: Now more than ever!”
  • Her philosophy for arguing with liberals: “Tough love, except I don’t love them. My ‘tough love’ approach is much like the Democrats’ ‘middle-class tax cuts’—everything but the last word.”
  • The “Treason Lobby”: “Want to make liberals angry? Defend the United States.

Tee hee. Comparing the midwest to the mideast. Sorry Brenda, Mario, Justin, et. al. My favorite: comparing the fashions:

Ted Leo has posted his thoughts about the debates.

After everyone stops tripping themselves over the Postal Service and the Shins, maybe they will realize there are other kick-ass bands on Sub Pop. Like the Thermals (check out How We Know) and th Helio Sequence (download Everyone Knows Everyone).

I know I am about a thousand years late on this, but I finally got my hands on the Streets’ Original Pirate Material. I don’t normally like hip-hop/rap, but it is quite delightful. Also loving the pronunciation of “garage” and “mobile”.

What the hell is with Myspace? Is it really just a site for Eurotrash and I haven;t figured it out? I get several messages from men a day, of course, all that makes me swoon. Example:

“girl show me the extra baggage cause i sure dont see it hope we can be friends and stay cool and keep smiling bye bye from ohio howell”

So stoked about DIG!, the documentary about the rivalry of the Dandy Warhols and the Brian Jonestown Massacre. Shocker, it’s not playing in CT at the moment. The synopsis, from the official press kit:

DIG! is the feature-length documentary shot over seven years about musicians Anton Newcombe, leader of the Brian Jonestown Massacre, and Courtney Taylor, head of The Dandy Warhols – star-crossed friends and bitter rivals. From the moment they met, The Dandy Warhols and the Brian Jonestown Massacre quickly bonded over a desire to not conform to the tastes of the recording industry. Yet the bands’ choices over how to express their creativity and originality in a profit-driven industry eventually put them at irreconcilable odds.
Culled from 1,500 hours of footage and narrated by Courtney Taylor, DIG! follows the underground giant Anton Newcombe, unearthing him to be an important yet largely unnoticed artist of our time.

In 1996, Anton Newcombe and his band, Brian Jonestown Massacre – who in a decade independently released 11 albums, three recorded in one year – are hell-bent on staging a revolution in the music industry. They are convinced their friends, The Dandy Warhols, will join them to create a united front. But Anton’s creative psychosis takes him to the most remote areas of the human mind to find his original art, and as a result, he destroys every opportunity for financial success.

While tracking the destructive path of the Brian Jonestown Massacre, DIG! also accompanies the more ‘well-adjusted’ Warhols, lead by Courtney Taylor, as they navigate the corporate sea, trying to maintain their creative edge while starring in mega-budget music videos and entertaining crowds in the tens of thousands.

DIG! is about both musicians’ love and obsession, gigs and recordings, arrests and death threats, uppers and downers – their choices between art and industry, which unfold with the passage of time.

Some nonessential reading for a Saturday morning:
-Republicans try to convince West Virgians that liberals are trying to ban the bible and there will be an outbreak of same sex marriage. Oh jeez, who let our secret out?
Interview with Jenny Lewis of Rilo Kiley. Did they need to drudge up the past, like when she stuck her tongue down Ben Seaver’s throat?
-The decline of teen rags.
-One arrested RNC protester managed to hold on to his cameraphone.
-A mainstream review of a Scissor Sisters show.
-the Religious Right warns us of the evil of Mean Girls. I love looking through that database, especially at movies such as Boogie Nights and seeing them get their panties in a bunch.

Interview with Andrew Huddleston

Government operative by day, provacative auteur by night. I finally got a chance to sit down with the always-charming Andrew Huddleston, the original keyboardist and titular member of the No Andrews Band.
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What do you do?
I’m an analyst for the U.S. Government Accountability Office. Basically, we make sure the feds are doing what they’re supposed to be doing.

What are your life’s passions?
My partner, of course, reading, music, movies, and making a lasting impact.L

I heard you produced a TV show and some movies. Do tell….
Well, I can’t take all the credit, but I have had a hand in the fantastic
career of Eryn Q Hammers. Her last film, Babydangler was a biopic of
Michael Jackson with ErynQ in the lead role. Out next is Zookiller a horror/thriller film. Currently, we’re working on the sixth, and dare I say final season of B. R. A. T. S. on UPN. After that, Hammers will begin work on her most challenging film role yet, portraying Mary Kay Letourneau in Teacher’s Pet.

What is you current top ten list?

Week ending October 2, 2004 (TW, LW. Title / Artist (wks @ #1 if
applicable))
1,2. She Will Be Loved / Maroon 5 (1 wk @ #1)
2,1. Take Your Mama / Scissor Sisters (2 wks @ #1)
3,4. My Happy Ending / Avril Lavigne
4,3. These Words / Natasha Bedingfield (1 wk @ #1)
5,10. Gravity / Embrace
6,6. Take Me Out / Franz Ferdinand
7,7. Bedshaped / Keane (2 wks @ #1)
8,9. On The Way Down / Ryan Cabrera
9,8. Pieces of Me / Ashlee Simpson
10,5. Laura / Scissor Sisters
Upcoming: Lose My Breath / Destiny’s Child, Breakway / Kelly Clarkson, Real
To Me / Brian McFadden, Call on Me / Eric Prydz, Somebody Told Me / The
KillersOf these, 1,3,8 and 9 are currently in U.S. pop top 10; 1,3,4,5,7,10 are
currently or have been recently in U.K. top 10. 6 is top 10 U.S. alternative.

What are you reading right now?
I’m reading The Inner Circle by TC Boyle, which is a fictionalized account of the life of an assistant to the famous sex researcher Alfred Kinsey, and Random Family by Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, which is a nonfiction account of the interwined lives of a group of people living in the Bronx in the late ’80s, early ’90s.

Robin is awesome. Why is that?
Robin is larger than life, beautiful, and has the biggest heart for someone who is sometimes crabby.

Tell us about your main squeeze.
Chris is a reporter. We’ve been together 4 years, and got engaged this last spring. He’s from southern Maryland. He’s smart, creative, cute, sweet, neat, and petite. The love of my life.

Where do you go out in DC?
Out the front door to work it seems these days. Daytime we enjoy Borders, movies at Loews Georgetown, and lunch at the Cheesecake Factory. Evenings we like Cafe Deluxe, City Lights of China, Yanni’s, Alero, Mei Wah, and Cafe Asia.

What was your role in the now legendary No Andrews Band?
I was the keyboardist and did vocals on one song that I wrote, “Innocence.” I was also the least neurotic member of the band.

Lindsay or Hilary?
Definitely Lindsay. Mean Girls and Freaky Friday were fantastic. She’s also not afraid to show her colors in public. Hilary seems fake, I don’t like her music, and her movies look trite.

What celebrity would play you in the movie of your life?
I used to say Matt Damon, but now I’d probably pick Mark Ruffalo, even though he’s 10 years older than me. He’s a great actor and quite attractive.

sometimes when you’re on you’re really fucking on

Friday.

Kelis mixed with Q-tip? You got it. Ray Parker, jr. mixed with Will Smith? You got it. Check out the downloads on Mashmix.com.

I know I said I wasn’t going to talk about the debate, but my gf Jessi Klein does such a good job of it.

Thursday.

I am not even going to try to give commentary on the debates, because there are much better places to go for that. I am not going to comment on the smirking, the “uhs”, and the constant “oh, no you di’nt” that went on. Yarf.

However, each November, I get this ironic patriotic feeling. Like, everyone (correction: mostly the middle and upper class) are all watching the debates and having the same conversations the next morning. It makes the country feel part of my ingroup, and for once I welcome the mass conformity of being interested on politics. I strive so hard all year to be unique and distinguish myself from the mainstream, but election time I welcome falling into line and participating in the election. Yesterday I finally got my paperwork stating I was eligible to vote in CT, and I squealed with delight. Despite the actual dismal choices, the idea of going to the polls absolutely delights me. I guess this is patriotism? Whatever.

Currently listing to: Beulah, Yoko, Animal Collective’s Sung Tongs (meh), Neutral Milk Hotel’s In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, Coheed and Cambria’s Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth 3, +/-; You Are Here, Helio Sequence’s Love & Distance; Guided by Voices- Isolation Drills, John Vanderslice’s Time Travel is Lonely and finally got my hands on The Misfits’ Legacy of Brutality. How have I been living without unarguabley the best Misfits album? Unbelievable.

Oh, and fyi you guys, The Go Team kicks ass. Download stuff here.

A new bestseller: He’s Just Not That Into You: The Truth to Understanding Guys. Although I am in full support of anything that tells people franky that they are crap, this irks me to no end. Thank you, authors, for emphasizing the gender binary and basically generalizing all men and all women into generalized statements. If I ever meet anyone or see anyone who is reading this, I will have to make them dead to me. They are probably the same kind of women who proclaim “I’m a Carrie” and my friend is “soooooo my Miranda”. Me, hateful much? Absolutely. I am just sick of pop culture reducing everything, including adult relationships, to an episode of Dawson’s Creek.

Tonight:

Try this drinking game.

I’ve finally found my political niche: Kerry Haters for Kerry:


Are you going to vote for John Kerry even though you find him unpleasant, annoying, arrogant, waffling, misguided or just generally unappealing in some profound way? Then you’ve come to the right place! We’re Kerry Haters for Kerry — perhaps his largest constituency! No need to hide in the Kerry-hating closet anymore while you pretend to everyone that he’ll be a great president. Here you are among friends. You can speak freely and honestly. You can admit: ‘He’s awful! And I’m for him!’

Who will reign supreme?
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Well, Barbie, of course! She promotes kindness to animals! And health and exercise! Plus, she has a snazzy pantsuit and pretty hair that she lets me brush.

Finally, the answer to Tyra Banks’ snoozefest ego trip…Manhunt: The Search for America’s Hottest Male Model. Otherwise known as porn.
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Brian, Mario, John…I am counting on you to watch this religiously.

Cedric Diggory will be played by…

Meh.