Odds & ends
۞ Ahhh, Friday. So hard to stay focused. You can while away the hours at work looking at pictures from the Hot Chicks with Douchebags blog. Captions include phrases like "Spot The Douchebag," "SpongeBob SquareDouche," and "Yayyy! We're Douchebags!" Here's my favorite, with the header "Yeah, but They Wouldn't":
۞ I posted about Jackie Greene a while back, and I wanted to point out a very cool site if you are looking to hear more from him (he's quite good): Stream Jackie Greene. The site was created by a fan, with Jackie's help and approval, and features totally exclusive free content, rare songs, demos, b-sides, live stuff along with some of the albums. Not a bad way to occupy your ears.
۞ On a more serious note: does anyone else not understand why this guy is going to jail? I keep reading articles about that tragic fire, but I have never found anything that led me to believe that the manager showed criminal negligence in causing those people's deaths. It seems like they just want someone to blame? What's up, my legal eagle readers?
۞ At the end of every month, I turn to pillaging eMusic, enjoying the process of finding things to use my 40 monthly downloads on. This month I found a few cool things of note: A whole bunch of Minutemen music (see my Mike Watt post), the soundtrack for the movie Brain Candy (from Matador Records, featuring Matthew Sweet, Pavement, Guided By Voices, Liz Phair, etc), and a live concert recording of the epic R&B label Stax's 1972 festival in Los Angeles, billed as "the black Woodstock," with The Staple Singers and Isaac Hayes, among others.
If you've been thinking about trying out this newfangled system, do it now because after June 1 you won't get the 50 free downloads (no strings attached) just for signing up. Click my banner thingie on the right sidebar and I get a little perk from your joining. And you get to select from the best music store on the web. So it's a "win-win-win" situation.
۞ KEXP, the awesome public radio station outta Washington, has started a blog with some good reads in addition to the live shows and streaming radio already available on their site. But, really, what I wanted to post was their statement of ethos about their feelings towards the word "blog":
"If I hear the word “blog” one more time I’m going to vomit -- but blogit, I’m going to blogity blog blog right bloggin now! I actually heard a commercial the other day where the guy is saying something like 'man, I’m online blogging all the time and when I need a break….' You can SEE the company president saying to his staff, 'Now LISTEN, I keep hearing about this wacky blog thing out there and I want to make sure we’re hip to that vibe man.' Then you can see the people making the commercial rolling their eyes at the copy they have to come up with. I feel for you. Hang in there….the commercial still blows though."
Blog. Such a geeky little word for such a cool concept. Does anyone else have to regularly explain what a blog is, and then feel like a dork doing so? I say "it's kind of like free-form journalism."
۞ HERE is something that is driving me crazy. Okay, I finally watched The 40-Year Old Virgin last night (and I literally was weeping from laughing so hard during the chest waxing scene, and I thought I would vomit because I couldn't breathe. I want Steve Carell to come live with me and be my personal comedic slave). Anyhow, they use that song:
"Believe it or not, I'm walkin' on air
I never thought I could feel so free . . ."
When I Google that song, I see that it is from Greatest American Hero TV show. Then how come I KNOW THAT SONG? As far as I recall, I never watched that show. Was that song used in something else? Anyone? It's driving me crazy. Come on, children of the '80s. Speak now. And I guess I should apologize for getting that song stuck in your head.
۞ And finally, a Chris Isaak in-store in San Francisco today, for all you cool kids in the city (or cit-aaay, as Journey likes to call it). He really puts on a great live show, and everything sounds better free.