Friday, March 31, 2006

"Lost" - More frigging questions!

Locke's secret map - REVEALED AND TRANSLATED! I heart message boards. Let the speculations on the picture below for a closer look.

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Random Noise Bursts Sexy Sex-Off #2

Round Two - this is for the ladies, or for the more secure male. Behold the closely-cropped gentlemen before you and tell me, who is sexier - T. Rez or Matthew Crazy-Like-A Fox? Or are they the same person? Inquiring minds...

Monday, March 27, 2006

Random Noise Bursts Sexy Sex-Off #1

Time to place your vote - who is sexier? Remember, beauty is not the point here. Zero in and focus on the whole sexy package - attitude, musical content, hip thrusting and/or vocal inflection. Take your pick: Peaches vs. Allison Goldfrapp

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Fork. Stick. Done.

After these last couple of weeks, I need a serious brain vacation. So, today, I bask in my laziness. There will be no cleaning of any kind. There will be no thoughtful discussions about religion, politics or current events. There will be no building, crafting or maintenance of any kind. My jeans. My t-shirt. My God, life is good. I hope people enjoyed their couches and their pizza and their birthday shenanigans and their mechanical bulls last night. I caught up on two weeks worth of "Grey's Anatomy" and fell dead asleep. And, it felt heavenly.

Ron is yelling at the TV right now and I'm laughing at his yelling. He gets so angry at Jack Bauer sometimes. Everyone now - "Damn it!" Don't come between a man and his "24: The Game."

Does anyone else want to see the Neil Young documentary? It's playing at the Uptown 8 theatre in Birmingham.

Does anyone have any Eagles of Death Metal that I can sample? Any band with songs like "Whorehoppin'" is a friend of mine.

James Blunt was adorable. I now have a new research band - The Boy Least Likely To. They're like a minature version of Belle and Sebastian with a little bit of early Travis thrown in for color. Completely non-threatening and lots of fun. I think that children would really get into their music. Observation: so many girls there was dressed for the bar. Lots of halter tops and lots of heels. I don't understand. This is a rock show, albeit a watered-down rock show. There is no thumping bass and there is no grinding of any kind. Oh, and Mr. Blunt played "Where Is My Mind" first off during the encore. Talk about a see of confused faces. Doesn't anybody do their homework anymore?

I super-slacked last week. Here is my ovedue weekly installment of Sifl and Olly. Cynthia, Jax and Derf - enjoy!

Friday, March 24, 2006

TGI.....zzz...I mean, EFF!!!

I'm so glad that I had the opportunity to see "Awesome, I Fuckin' Shot That" last night on the big screen. It brought back the Cobo show and I could not stop body movin' in my seat. I think I was the only one - how can you NOT get down to the Beastie Boys. The camera work was very Blair Witchy at first, but you got used to the roller coaster ride after the first 15 minutes or so. The crowd/fan perspective made the film that much more entertaining. Beasties fans come from all walks of life, so it's great to see EVERYONE out there jammin' to "Paul Revere" or "Brass Monkey" or "Check It Out." And we got a special appearance by KRS-1. When it comes out on the DVD, pick it up and get your groove on. Oh, word...

The best music to listen to when you have to stay up until 4 in the morning? Start off with Arctic Monkeys, move on to your main course of Gay Dad with a side of Catherine Wheel, topped off with the latest from The Hold Steady.

Tonight, I get all girlie with Rashel for James Blunt. Tomorrow, headed up to the Mighty Mountain Town to mold/distort/manipulate the young broadcasting minds of America. I've done a tremendous job so far, fooling the BCA folks into thinking that I actually know what I'm doing. I'm just like Sydney Bristow - but my television show is better and more action packed!

Just added to the Nine Inch Nails/Bauhaus tour this summer - Peaches. FUCK YEAH. This show will be comepletely off the sexy charts. This is a definite must-see for June.

Peace out!

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Someone needs to give Pete Doherty a hug.

Honestly, whenever I think that I'm having a bad day, I just think 'hmm, at least I'm not Pete Doherty." Talk about a trainwreck. This man must have a heroin protein shake every morning before he goes off to work as a Cocaine Injection Specialist. In his free time, he freebases and teaches underprivilaged youth how to drop 'e.' Read here and here.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Make a list, check it twice

1. Eagles of Death Metal. What the hell took me so long? I've been missing out on all of this excessive rock-ity goodness. Plus in their new video (Thanks, Information Leafblower), the lead singer is proudly rocking a Fu Manchu plus Dave Grohl, AKA Satan and Jack Black have wigged-out cameos. E of DM are currently filling that void where the Darkness used to dwell.

2. We Are Scientists. I've been reluctant to get into them, if only to try and work against the hype machine. I like them. Not, holy-shit-they're-better-than-air good, but every song that I hear, I ask "who is that?" And EVERY TIME it's We Are Scientists.

3. I am in a serious New Music Void right now. I can't keep up with all this new music! I still need to get Tom Vek, Cat Power, The Gossip to name a few. And don't get me started on what I'm missing from 2005. Ugh, it never ends.

I've decided to follow the Rule of Threes today. You will get nothing else from me.

Oh, and did I mention how Google Chat is my favorite new invention since The Rollerblade? You can't hide from the Internet!

Thursday, March 16, 2006

It's almost the end of the show!

Welcome to my weekly Sifl and Olly post! Here's a trip in the waaaaaay back machine during when S & O lived on public access cable. Buy Firecrackers!

NEW LINKS - Oh goody!

Everyone should check out the links to my favorite podcasts. I don't know why it's taken me so long to get the word out to the masses, but some of the funniest, quirkiest, and at time educational entertainment on the IntraWeb can be found in these podcasts, video or audio. Check them out...and remember kids, you don't need iTunes to watch/listen/enjoy/hate/share them with everyone you know! Look left to thou sidebar and rockest on...

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Project Star Wars

Cynthia, I love you!!! It takes a photo like this to make my night. Okay, break, back to logging...

"Desingers, rock the casbah...and may the force be with you!"

Friday, March 10, 2006

Is this too much to ask?

Jenny Lewis, please, will you record a cover of Melanie's "Brand New Key?" Because that would make my world 100% complete. It's already 95% complete now that I've been listening to Rabbit Fur Coat. She is completely and utterly adorable. I have a total girl crush.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Sifl & Olly - Enjoy!

This is Precious Roy, and you guys got cat shit all over my parcheze board! Buy my coke bottle glasses! Suckers!

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Jimmy, come back to Detroit!

We love you! You seem to like us...a lot. You've even treated us to acoustic shows. Check out Emily's Ours sighting in our near futures. EXCITING!!!

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Tuesday Round-up

I firmly believe that in my other life, I was a 16 year old emo boy with a broken heart on my hooded zip-up sweatshirt. My awesome cousin Daniel made me two mix CDs with his favorite tracks from last year - they're full of adorable, acoustic-y, love-torn boy sing/shouting. I think he and a friend are coming up to Detroit for the Warped Tour this year. I get to take him to his first big rock show. I've always wanted to be that gal.

So, Blowout - OFFICIALLY SUPERB! Friday...well, let's just skip to Saturday. Well, I guess we could talk about The Muldoons. Dad might very well be riding on their shoelaces of success, but when you hear to two pre-adolescent boys cover Nirvana, and sing their own original songs about action figure battles in their bedroom, an angel gets its wings.

Saturday was tops!!! First of all, a ginormous shout-out to Uncle Grambo and The Senator for their uber generous hospitality. Seriously, you guys went all out with the munchies and the brew and the BONGOS, though Grambo was a bit I understand why! It was all very much appreciated...a tip of the cap to you both. The bands blew minds. In order of supreme rock:
1. Coke Dick Motorcycle Awesome - harder, louder, faster - don't mess with hardcore unless you're ready to bring it. It was a nice change of pace. One can only ingest so much 'garage rock' for one weekend.
2. Dangerville - an even BETTER change of pace. The last time these kats caught my ear was back in 2000 in the mighty mountain town. I've always loved the rockabilly sound, not to mention sassy ladies that play upright bass. *sigh* Delilah...
3. Starling Electric - here and here. 'Nuff said.
4. Queen Bee - meeh. Ron and I only caught two songs, but they were decent. She wasn't as theatrical, but can she pull off some platform boots. Me-ow.
5. Lee Marvin Computer Arm - to all of you who missed these guys, you. are. suckers. By far the best performance of the weekend. Ron and I were right up at the front and it pays to get in the middle of all that wild, on-stage action. The trumpet/tambourine boy did not disappoint and the energy level was through the fuckin' roof. They're all so young! And they make me feel young! I wanted to break a bottle over someone's head!
6. The Hard Lessons - so solid. They are always awesome to see live. Gin jumping off of amps, KoKo Louise and her soulful voice. "When I feel alright, it makes me feel alright, ALRIGHT!" I think KoKo and Delilah should have their own super-hot super-side project. Perhaps...

The night ended with the best kareoke experience next to the Red Dog Saloon in West Virginia. You get all of us ladies in front of a mic and watch 'Bust a Move' flow like Molson. Thanks to Emily and Sarah for the 'Cover Girl' support! All in all, the best Blowout so far - only 363 more days 'til 2007 goes OFF!

Why is Jack Bauer a crazy motherfucker? Because he shoot women. On purpose. He's the badest ass on television.

Frankie Forcefield - RIP, little buddy. Pets are so precious, especially when they are truly part of our family. Stay strong, Liam!

Friday, March 03, 2006

Hamtramck Blowout - Bridge to the weekend...

Thursdays are always difficult. After thoroughly enjoying an active Wednesday night, the adrenaline kicks in and you say 'bring it on...I'm ready to rock all week long!" Well, come around 4pm on that Thursday, your body taps you on the shoulder, *clears throat* "excuse me, miss, but I believe you grossly underestimated my staying power. You're going to have to calm down." The crowds were a bit sparse last night, but I'm sure people are reserving their energy for the rest of the Official Weekend Days - Friday and Saturday.

Leaving Rouge played at the Painted Lady. Very interesting bar, a bookend to a residential street with a shady "side door" entrance with an equally shady alley way to get there. "Elsewhere" comes out this month - another recommended listening experience. Thanks to encouraging words from Big Matt and The Sutlan, we took a brisk walk to The New Dodge to see The Salt Miners. I've never admitted this, but I love bluegrass music - I mean, olde timey bluegrass music. They made we want to do-si-do and knee slap and "drink something from a mug and eat greasy food." The Salt Miners came at us with upright bass, banjos, seemingly homemade guitars and I was all a-smiles. Ron and I then met Uncle Grambo and The Senator at Paychecks for Marie and Francis. While it's always great to see Betty Marie Barnes (sporting a stylish new 'do, by the way), they were lackluster. It wasn't terrible, but it didn't get me in the mood to rawk...or dance...or sway, for that matter. So, in a way, it was a great way to level off the evening.

A simple evening, indeed, but I'm really for a full-on weekend. Pepper in some DDR and you have yourselves a par-tay. TONIGHT'S BUZZ: Great Lakes Myth Society, Athletic Mic League, The Sights (get there early for this one), Porchsleeper, Hairshirt and The Muldoons. But that's just my opinion...Emily and Jackie, we'd better see you guys out there! *wink*

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Hamtramck Blowout - time to play!

I'm in such a good headspace right now. I haven't worked with music and elements of production together since the days of Live From Studio A (Moore Hall Television - what WHAT!), but last night was the culmonation of a month worth of preparation, begging, putting out fires. And it went off beautifully. The Holy Fire put on a tremendous show and I was happy to see lots of folks turned out. If you don't have the new EP, get it right now. You will not be disappointed. You will pay attention.

I missed out on Loretta and the Larkspurs, but I did have some personal hightlights. First of all, I FINALLY met Sterling. The "I own Jacoby's-David Bowie slept on my couch" Sterling - he's a laid-back, great guy who geniunely loves people and loves the Detroit scene; a quiet passionate man. And though the crowd was sparse, Downtown Brown kicked out their own funky, funny jams. They were so much fun, poked fun at themselves, shot lasers (REAL lasers!) from their guitars, played industrial size cow bells during "Mullet Millenium," brought out a piccolo-player for a Flogging Molly-esque drinking song (there were bottles in the air and there was group swaying), and the afore mentioned Sterling joined the band for "Kick out the Jams." Rawk.

I did want to catch Johnny Headband, but Crud was just too much. Too much of what, you ask? Name it. Too many boobs. Too many thongs and fishnets. Too much Vinnie Dombrowski as a less fabulous but equally impressive Scott Weiland. Too much coal-mining drummer. Too much industrial, sexual energy. Too many inflattable dolls attached to the backdrop. And yes, I do remember when Emily interviewed them for WMHW and when they played Rubble's. I still don't know how they managed to fit everyone in that tiny club. They still are employing that sassy vixen of a vocalist. I bet she volunteers at a senior living community and knits sweaters for little dogs.

TONIGHT'S BUZZ: Man Inc., The Fags, American Mars, Leaving Rouge, Marie & Francis, and Mason Proper. Remember, Molsons are $3.00 all weekend...

Also, Liam Lynch just finished episode 3 of the Lynchland podcast. Three full half-hours in less than a month? You're too good to me, sweetie.

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