Archive for February, 2008

Sasquatch is way hotter than your Mom!

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 25, 2008 by attemptedmustache

Yep… the lineup for the 2008 Sasquatch Music Festival has officially been announced and I nearly shit my pants, I kid you not. My only disappointment: There will be no Explosions in the Sky.

Now I just need to figure out which festival I’m going to attend, Sasquatch or All Points West?

My cost projection for 2008 seems to be the main predictor of what sorts of summer adventures I can feasibly conceive… so that may be the main PRO that sends me to Sasquatch town. Tickets are cheap.. $150.50 if I buy them very soon, and that is damn reasonable for a lineup like this one:


R.E.M., Modest Mouse, The Cure, Death Cab for Cutie, The Flaming Lips, Michael Franti and Spearhead, MIA, Built to Spill, The Presidents of the United States of America, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Tegan and Sara, Flight of the Conchords, Ozomatli, Blue Scholars, The Blakes, The Hives, The Kooks, Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks, The Cops, Cold War Kids, The New Pornographers, The National, Beirut, Rogue Wave, Dengue Fever, Fleet Foxes, The Breeders, Okkervil River, The Little Ones, Grand Archives, David Bazan, Joshua Morrison, Sera Cahoone, Throw the Statue, Crudo (featuring Mike Patton & Dan The Automator), Kinski, The Cave Singers, Battles, Destroyer, Jamie Liddell, Ghostland Observatory, Matt Costa, Pela, Awesome, White Rabbits, J. Tillman, The Heavenly States, 65 Days of Static, Mates of State, Say Hi, Vince Mira with the Roy Kay Trio, Dyme Def, Siberian, The Shaky Hands, Thao Nguyen with the Get Down Stay Dow


Now all I really have to do is figure out how Thao Nguyen really plans to “Get Down and Stay Down”… what a feat!!

Tickets go on sale March 8th.

John Stewart Can Read My Mind!

Posted in Media, Television with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 25, 2008 by attemptedmustache

So John Stewart can TOTALLY read my mind… and this little discovery may have led me to much shock and embarrassment if all I was thinking about yesterday was beer, vodka, jalapeno and cheddar potato chips, pizza and sex… but sometimes I do think about other things from time to time.

I have to say, the Oscars would have been a total bore without John Stewart. He is the official remedy to my Oscar success. Normally I come out of every broadcast with a deeper hatred for the Academy than the year before… but this year… well this year I still hate them, but I LOVE John Stewart!! He fills me with that euphoric feeling one might get when they realize that Angelina Jolie is having MORE of Brad Pitt’s children. Hallelujah! (Seriously, I didn’t think they’d even have time to have sex, you know, with all the life saving- do-goodery bullshit, and that field hockey team of children they own at the present time–yeah, I said ‘own’).

Anyways, you’re all thinking “Quit your whining princess, and stop watching the stupid Oscars if you hate them so much”, but it’s something I really can’t turn away from. I love watching the wealthy be more wasteful than conceivably necessary. It’s like a gypsy wearing a tuxedo, while playing the accordion in a Shoppers Drug Mart… I can’t stop staring.
It’s a delicious mind puzzle really…

But John Stewart… oh John. Seriously, it was as though he and I were one person. Every time I became annoyed, miffed, offended or filled with hilarity over some seriously misguided lines, acceptance speech, or…just the super corny, offensive, ridiculous, unnecessary, egoistic skits and segments they forced the audience to endure throughout the broadcast… John was right there to fill in the blank with the MOST appropriate cynicism, sarcasm… or just a ‘look’; it really made for an entertaining evening.

As per the actual Oscars… meh.
I never really find the Academy Awards to be generally a reflection of whats good in the movie industry. I mean, even though I TOTALLY loved Juno, I really didn’t think it should have been up there in the Best of the Best categories. And I mean c’mon… as IF a movie about Teen Pregnancy could win Best Picture… are you kidding me?? Not in America my friend. Now.. a Movie about violence, drug dealing, mayhem, a hunter who stumbles upon some dead bodies, a stash of heroin and more than $2 million in cash near the Rio Grande, and some crazy lunatic who decides to kill a bunch of people… now THERE’s American family values if I ever saw them!!

I rest my case.

All Points West, or Bust!

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 21, 2008 by attemptedmustache

I can finally breathe a huge sigh of relief today, the All Points West Festival Lineup has been announced… and, it looks pretty damn good.


APW is to be hosted by Goldenvoice/AEG Live and Liberty Events. And get this, it’s gonna be a GREEN event too!! All the better! This includes carpooling, ample transportation to and from the site as well as all day Ferry service. Sounds damn classy, I’m telling you!
And, coming all the way from Canada, it’s ALWAYS in ones best interest to carpool; the gas costs will screw you every time!

Tickets for this three-day, multi-stage festival go on sale Feb 29th through Ticketmaster.
The ALL POINTS WEST MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL LINE-UP (as of 2/21) is as follows: Radiohead, Jack Johnson, Underworld, Kings of Leon, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Cat Power, The Roots, The New Pornographers, Youssou N’Dour, Animal Collective, Andrew Bird, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Metric, CSS, Girl Talk, Chromeo, The Go! Team, Amadou & Mariam, The Black Angels, Sia, The Felice Brothers, K’Naan, Jason Isbell, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Alberta Cross, The Virgins, Black Kids, Mates of State, Duffy, Forro in the Dark, Nicole Atkins, Juana Molina, Little Brother, Rogue Wave, Neil Halstead and Your Vegas.


There are 40 acts scheduled in total, so the above list is just a sneak-peak. Not to mention, Radiohead is headlining both Friday and Saturday night! Thats the money’s worth right there!!

SOLD!

For more info check here

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Senate puts a limit on waterboarding–Torture isn’t cool?

Posted in Current Events with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 15, 2008 by attemptedmustache

The US Senate decided to limit the C.I.A’s use of drastic interrogation techniques such as water-boarding (simulated drowning, aka: torture).
According to BBC News:

“The Senate vote follows a similar move by the House of Representatives in December, despite a threat by President George W Bush to veto such legislation.

A senior justice department official is set to testify later in the day that water-boarding is now not legal.

“The set of interrogation methods authorised for current use is narrower than before, and it does not today include water-boarding,” says Steven Bradbury, the acting head of the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel.”

But liberals and humanists around the world, don’t put down your picketing signs just yet… the debate isn’t over!!

Brainiac U.S. President George W. Bush announced today that he does indeed plan to veto the legislation passed by the Senate.

Makes me feel like we’re living in medieval times. I propose that since we’re so down with torture, we may as well start burning witches at the stake again, it’s equally reasonable.

Some may argue that water-boarding is a perfectly legitimate method of interrogation, but I don’t think anyone has ever proved that forms of torture are any more effective at producing a desired outcome than other less archaic methods of interrogation. Using terrorism to end terrorism is likely the most ridiculous idea I’ve ever heard of, but it seems to coincide well with the other acts of pure genius the President has supported… like using terrorism to promote democracy, for instance.

In the President’s defense, I will admit that I don’t mutually understand what it must be like running the most powerful country in the world. Perhaps I should grow a penis, drop 10 hits of acid and THEN I’d be more qualified?

Nothern Illinois University Shooting

Posted in Current Events with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 14, 2008 by attemptedmustache

A mere 10 months after the shooting at Virginia Tech State University that took the lives of 32 people and the gunman Seung-Hui Cho, another school shooting has occurred, this time at the North Illinois University just outside Chicago.

I’m not going to speculate as to why this keeps happening. I think there are so many answers to that question, and people are too blind to look at the root causes.
I just cannot understand why places of learning have become the battlefield where these sorts of things play themselves out, over and over again, in such a hateful way. It is truly horrifying.

According to CNN:

“A person who shot 13 people Thursday at Northern Illinois University’s DeKalb campus outside Chicago has died, local reports said.

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Ambulances line up at Northern Illinois University after a shooting.

” Most of the 13 wounded were shot in the head, said Theresa Comitas, spokeswoman for Kishwaukee Community Hospital, located about 10 minutes from the school.

According to the Chicago Tribune, the DeKalb County coroner’s office said no fatalities had been immediately reported.

A local hospital tells CNN affiliate CLTV that it expects to receive 15 patients and has so far treated at least two.

CLTV reports that Kishwaukee Medical Center in DeKalb is treating six people with head wounds.”

Other Sources are reporting that 17 persons were shot at and wounded, and 3 are being reported as in critical condition. The story is still developing.

I personally cannot comment on any of this, but my thoughts are with all those involved, the victims, their friends and families.

Rothbury Festival Comes out of Nowhere!

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 13, 2008 by attemptedmustache

Ever since the release of the Coachella 2008 lineup, I’ve been reeling and writhing in agony just waiting for a better festival to present itself. Then out of no where the Rothbury Festival arrives… and… furthers my fall into a sad sad musical depression.

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The Coachella forum has been rumoring this mystery festival for a little while now, and it seems like there are plenty of people out there just like me just waiting with baited breath for something better to come our way. I’m glad to see I’m not the only opportunist. And whats that shit they say about how idealists never succeed?! I won’t believe it!!

Either way, it doesn’t look like this is going to be THE festival I’ve been hoping for though… but the lineup is pretty decent, just not quite enough for me to take the bait. Seems that the longer I wait the more my hopes on Lollapalooza, Sasquatch and the All Points West Festival seem to grow.

As per the Rothbury Festival: (To be held in Rothbury, Michigan between July 3-6)

Here are some of the highlights:

Dave Matthews Band + Widespread Panic + John Mayer + 311 + Phil Lesh and Friends + Primus + Thievery Corporation + Snoop Dogg + Modest Mouse + Michael Franti and Spearhead + Gov’t Mule + Slightly Stoopid + STS9 + Colbie Caillat + The Black Keys + Yonder Mountain String Band with Jon Fishman + Gogol Bordello + Citizen Cope + Keller Williams and The WMD’S + The Disco Biscuits+ Medeski Martin & Wood + Ray LaMontagne + Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Soul Stew Revival + Drive-By Truckers + Of Montreal + The Dresden Dolls + Gomez + Brett Dennen + Taj Mahal + Mike Gordon + Zappa Plays Zappa

More news to come…

Frances Bean Cobain has already surpassed her mother, yep, she can SPEAK!

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , , on February 12, 2008 by attemptedmustache

So has time gone screwy, or am I just getting old?
Yep, I’m old… and so is Frances Bean Cobain… 15 years if you’ll believe it!! Which is remarkable, considering in my minds eye, she’s still about 7 years old, and I’m still 18… haven’t aged a day. nope.

So, other than working on her modeling career, and clearly wearing pajamas for a living, the miniature Cobain is also giving the press the old F.O!

According to Music News:

“Appearing in Harper’s Bazaar spread, Frances, Bean spoke of her hopes and plans for the future and insisted “I’m not my parents”.

Speaking about the public’s interest in her life, she explained: “These people are fascinated by me, but I haven’t done anything.”

“If you’re a big Nirvana fan, or a big Hole fan, then I understand why you would want to get to know me, but I’m not my parents.” “People need to wait until I’ve done something valid with my life”, said Cobain, who is considering a career in the media as a journalist or photographer.”

So how about that? Ms. Cobain seems pretty grounded… which, when you consider the events leading up to this point in her life, seems kinda miraculous.

Personally, I’ll just let her enjoy these last few years before the Paris’ and the Britney’s get a hold of her… then I guess we can start adding a candle for every extra D.U.I., fake British accent and stint in rehab. Well… lets hope not!

But for now… I hope she’ll just give me those shoes.