adfreak: Dallas launches ads opposing saggy pants: "It’s not just old people complaining about those damn kids and their baggy pants anymore. Now it’s Official Politics. Having solved all of its other problems, the city of Dallas has begun a new ad campaign “aimed at getting residents to pull their pants up.” The campaign so far features three billboards with anti-sagging messages written in secret hipster-kid language (an example of which is, seriously, “That’s Not Hip-Hop, That’s Flip Flop”). There’s also a Web site. Maybe in a few years they’ll get around to denouncing Black Sabbath records, too. Is there really no other issue on their docket? What non-aesthetic harm does pants-sagging cause citizens of Dallas? Whatever the problem is, slogans this lame won’t fix it. In fact, they pretty much guarantee that no teenager will pay any attention, and it’s hard to argue that they should. "
presumably this is from some kinda of anti-AIDS campaign in India? and it just goes on and on...
Our buddy Savanteous Q Malmsteen loves us sooo much...he sent us a podcast. Be sure to check out his review of the fried foods served up at this years state fair.
"Love is Alive" - Gary Wright
"The Beat That My Heart Skipped" - Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip
"Midnight Cowboy" - Buddy Merrill
"Ambiguity Song" - Camper Van Beethoven
"Through the Walls" - RJD2 & Ric Ocasek
"Tomboy" - Paul F Thompkins
"Academy Fight Song" - Misson to Burma
"Made You Look" - Nas
"Werewolves of London" - Magnolia Electric Co.
"Political Statement" - Barnes & Barnes
"So Rare" - Chet Atkins
"Arulpragasam" - MC Chris
"The Gold We're Digging" - Parts and Labor
"They Don't Know" - Tracey Ullman
"[ingenting] is Swedish for [nothing] and the band was formed late 2003 in Stockholm by Mattias, Tobias, Andreas, Sebastian and John who've been friends since forever...
Despite the fact that Labrador only release Swedish artists, this is actually the very first band which actually sings in Swedish! It's not that we don't like our own language, it's just that this is the first band singing in Swedish that's been amazing enough to be released on Labrador."
[ingenting] page on Labrador Records
[ingenting] - Punkdrommar (mp3)
pix by Jordan Lawrence.
and now back to our regularly scheduled hangover.
From one of my new favorite blogs comes the interesting question of what made you weird? Well, for me it was the number of random and sometimes intense books that I read combined with a clash of morals sometime in my early twenties. I can't pinpoint an exact thing but perhaps some of you out the know exactly when you became anormal, something other than the standard or otherwise outside the mainstream.
Book Price Fixing, Good, Bad or Just Weird - Cory Doctorow
You might not think it but the way books are priced and distributed has an incredible impact on a nation's cultural mindset. Books that have certain price quotes that are maintained across both the new bookstore purchase and the resale market restrain some texts from reaching a wider audience. Due to that, certain texts that might have a greater impact on a nation's culture is curtailed. It takes longer for such texts to infect the nation's cultural thinking and by that time the cultural viewpoint might have changed. Essentially, price-fixing fucks with the idea of free and open debate occurring in real time, something the Internet abhors. A small group of people touting a text that might not be available either by price or distribution will have less of an impact that one immediately available at a price most people can afford. The new media of blog and internet debate requires immediate access to information, whether contained in a website, a pamphlet or even a full text. Limiting this limits the impact of the text and thus what people can do with the text, how another culture can incorporate that text into their cultural perspective. Most importantly, a important text might not reach the audience it needs to reach due to publisher demands. Thus the idea of price-fixing goes directly against the needs of web culture. This, I think, is something worthwhile fighting against.
The term Halloween (and its alternative rendering Hallowe'en) is shortened from All-hallow-even, as it is the eve of "All Hallows' Day", also which is now known as All Saints' Day. It was a day of religious festivities in various northern European Pagan traditions, until Popes Gregory III and Gregory IV moved the old Christian feast of All Saints' Day from May 13 to November 1. The modern holiday of Halloween has its origins in the ancient Gaelic festival known as Samhain (pronounced /ˈsˠaunʲ/ from the Old Irish samain). The Festival of Samhain is a celebration of the end of the harvest season in Gaelic culture, and is erroneously regarded as 'The Celtic New Year'. Halloween did not become a holiday in the United States until the 19th century, where lingering Puritan tradition restricted even the observance of Christmas prior to the 1800s. (from wikipedia.org)
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Sex, drugs and, well...jail.
Face the Music: Rock Star Mug Shots : Photos : Rolling Stone
DECONSTRUCTING ROY LICHTENSTEIN
This guy compared real comic panels to Roy Lichtenstein's paintings and found the original inspirations and some dead knockoffs. Cool.
The Bosch - Brooklyn Cars (mp3)
Over at Nitrocorpz you can check out mixtapes put together by your favorite designers along with their signature mixtape cover designs. There's alot of lofi Brazilian crap but, a few gems here and there. All in all the mixes range from the horribly bad to pretty freaking awesome. Makes me wonder, would you think twice about buying someones art if you knew what they listened to for inspiration?
Hailing from Brooklyn has it's perks of music relationships, but playing the NYC city scene before you can operate a vehicle can be intimidating. Thanks to some solid praise from Newsweek and finger-on-the-pulse David Bowie, Tiny Masters quickly put together their first LP titled Bang Bang Boom Cake. They've opened up for Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Man Man, and Patrick Wolf; subsequently impressing each audience they take by storm." (i guess i'm floating)
[MP3] Tiny Masters Of Today - Hologram World (feat. Karen O & Nick Zinner)
I like what they are doing at Hard Format, basically archiving cd cover art in a minimalist format that lets the art speak for itself.
from the site:
"It seems like everybody’s talking about the end of physical music media. Who knows whether they’re right or not, but Hard Format is a little place we’ve set up to celebrate our love of brilliant music-related design. That means we’re going to focus on records, CDs, cassettes and their like "
"The Moot are a two piece female band from the UK who play an original blend of reggae, funk/ Pop and jamming. The line up is Clare (electric guitar and vocals) and Eryl (Drums & backing Vocals) The band have a unique live sound that has often been compared to that of a full band. They like to keep things simple and have a clean and uncluttered sound."
Now this is the kind of band we need in Dallas. Someone convince John Congleton to buy more amps for the next time Paperchase plays. If my ears aren't bleeding by the end of their next show, I'm asking for my money back.
okay, maybe i have weddings on the brain, but here are some facts about the history of marriage.
One nearly universal tradition is that of the engagement ring. This custom can be dated back to the ancient Romans. It is believed that the roundness of the ring represents eternity. Therefore, the wearing of wedding rings symbolizes a union that is to last forever. It was once thought that a vein or nerve ran directly from the "ring" finger of the left hand to the heart. (about.com) In Europe during the Middle Ages, marriage was enacted by the couple promising verbally to each other that they would be married to each other; the presence of a priest or other witnesses was not required. This promise was known as the "verbum". If made in the present tense (e.g. "I marry you"), it was unquestionably binding; if made in the future tense ("I will marry you"), it would constitute a betrothal, but if the couple proceeded to have sexual relations, the union was a marriage. (wikipedia.org).
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The Local - Man gets sick benefits for heavy metal addiction
"A Swedish heavy metal fan has had his musical preferences officially classified as a disability. The results of a psychological analysis enable the metal lover to supplement his income with state benefits...The manager at his new workplace allows him to go to concerts as long as he makes up for lost time at a later point. He is also allowed to dress as he likes and listen to heavy metal while working"
the word on the street (okay, just in our kitchen) is that the fotophonic house (4100 Main) is throwing an awesome Halloween party and show, Saturday the 27th. $3 for 3 bands and 3 kegs. you can't beat that with a bag full of candy...
a lineup and proper flyer, coming soon.
2000 BC The Corset can be traced back to about 2000 BC. It was open at the front to the waist, leaving the breasts uncovered. Small strips of leather round the waist were used to curve round the outline of the breasts.
17th Century AD Whilst men had worn washable underwear since ancient times, it was not until the 17th century that drawers were worn by women in France and Italy but it was the early 1800's before they arrived in England "drawers" comes from a lower body undergarment that could be "drawn on".
1850s US patents registered for first known bra-like devices.
1912 The term "brassiere" first appears in the Oxford English Dictionary.
History of the Bra
The Dallas State Fair & Exposition, to which the present State Fair of Texas traces its origin, was chartered as a private corporation on Jan. 30, 1886, by a group of Dallas businessmen. After a series of mishaps and financial failures, the Texas State Fair spurned offers from developers and sold its property to the City of Dallas in 1904 under an agreement that set aside a period each fall to hold the annual exposition. The reorganized State Fair of Texas prospered immediately, establishing new records for receipts and attendance as 300,000 people streamed through the gates in 1905. President William Howard Taft visited the Fair in 1909, and Woodrow Wilson delivered a speech in 1911.
Big Tex made his debut at the 1952 State Fair of Texas. Wearing size 70 boots and a 75-gallon hat, Tex towered 52' above wide-eyed visitors. The Texas Star Ferris Wheel is North America's largest ferris wheel.