I bet KRS was fighting the urge to give lil' 50 a big noogie:
(via Cocaine Blunts)
I bet KRS was fighting the urge to give lil' 50 a big noogie:
(via Cocaine Blunts)
New York Designer Turns to 'Harlan County' For Inspiration
|Quintron Miller says a entire generation of indie rockers had no clue they were dressing like the striking coal miners.|
NEW YORK (PCNN) -- An up-and-coming New York designer says his fall collection will be based entirely on the classic documentary Harlan County, U.S.A.
"Yes, it's an important film for sociological reasons, but I think the clothing, particularly the menswear, is a serendipitous achievement for the American aesthetic," said Quintron Miller, who debuted his first solo line -- based on the "proletariat-level" Jawas of the Star Wars films -- at Fashion Week in 2006.
The miners of Harlan County endured months of harassment and violence in their labor struggle against a giant power company. Miller acknowledged that the 1977 Barbara Kopple film has great emotional resonance, but he said he was more concerned with the workers' "label-free piecewear, wonderfully simplistic T-shirt sloganeering ... their rugged hairdos and their unpretentious application of color theory."
The power-company executives are unexpectedly cool-looking, too, Miller said, adding that all of the men in the film could be "fabulously spartan indie-rockers of the early-to-mid-'90s."
Previously from PCNN:
• Monster Advocates Decry Cavemen Characters
• Program Targets Recovering Hipsters
• Doughnut Chain Introduces 'Boom-Bappuccino'
• Chex Mix Launches Boutique 'Small Batch' Line
• Tara Reid Develops Extra Oriface On Her Head
• Strike Delays Opening of Cold, Flu Season
• Bangladesh Offers To Take People Displaced By Katrina
From the NYT mag cover story about Judd Apatow:
In “Knocked Up,” Rogen’s character lives in a ramshackle house in the Valley along with four friends with whom he’s planning to start a Web site that tracks nude scenes in films. Jason Segel, Jay Baruchel, Martin Starr and Jonah Hill play his buddies. In the movie, they all go by their real first names. Off-screen, they hang out together, sometimes play drinking games like Edward Fortyhands, in which two 40-ounce beers are taped to your hands and not removed until they’re empty.
I suggest a variation: Put a different brand of 40 in each hand, and then it's not only a drinking game, it's a taste test, too.
1. American Idol: Jordin will bitchsmack Blake, for the same reason that Kelly topped Justin: Squealing girls vote for cute boys, but squealing girls ultimately go for girl power. I know a lot about girl power.
Poppa Cesspool steps to the mic: "When I was a kid, we weren't worried about stupid terrorisists blowing up a couple of trains or planes. No, we had global thurmonuclear war! The Russians were smart, and they were gonna reduce us to dust! We didn't have computer viruses -- we had crack and AIDS, and they were EVERYWHERE! How about that, kiddies! And teens actually had old-fashioned penis-to-vagina sex. None of this blowjob-party stuff for us. Girls got really knocked up! Teen pregnancy was rampant! We smoked crack and drove drunk! Teen suicides were everywhere, too! If this was 1985, A.J. Soprano would've put on a Judas Priest record and simply gotten it over with. There were no 'cries for help' -- we got the job done! And we had good reasons! OMG are you gonna kill yourself for your TXT bill? Try having AIDS, a crack habit, a premature baby and a dad who lost his job at the steel mill or auto plant! Yeah, OK, fine, your generation really knows how to shoot up an educational facility. But that won't make anybody afraid over the long haul. Try going to bed every night knowing that Brezhnev -- with those bigass eyebrows -- has his finger on the button. Until you've done that, you're living in a video game! And Brezhnev didn't hide in caves! And oh yeah, we didn't wear our seatbelts, either!"
From the WSJ:
The Los Angeles Dodgers are rolling out a new marketing experiment: They're betting that several thousand of their fans will stomach steep price increases for some of the worst seats in the stadium, in return for being able to eat all the hot dogs, peanuts, popcorn, nachos and soda they can handle. Tickets range from $20 to $40 apiece, depending on the allure of the match-up and whether they are bought by groups or individuals.
High-end seating areas in sports venues have long offered all-you-can-eat food as part of the package. But the Dodgers are at the vanguard of a new trend -- letting hoi polloi in on the buffet. Dodgers executives say a handful of other teams across pro sports have already contacted them about copying the concept, including the Philadelphia-based owners of the National Basketball Association's 76ers and the National Hockey League's Flyers.
OK, so, if there's a city where this idea belongs, it's Philly. And I say that with mustard-slathered, nitrite-engorged pride. I can wolf down some ballpark grub with the best of 'em. But I'm actually surprised that two Philly franchises would be interested in the crappy seat/free eats concept: It seems totally out of character that the Sixers or Flyers would be looking to give away anything that otherwise equates to profits.
And BroTown's fans certainly are used to being fleeced regularly, if not by the teams themselves (repeat: no titles since '83 ... no titles since '83 ... no titles since '83), then by the concessionaires (anybody remember those friggin' Nylon Bros. beers with the ice in 'em?). We all know the feeling: UPON ENTERING STADIUM, PLEASE OPEN WALLET SO USHERS CAN VACUUM UP THE MONEY. Perhaps only Dave & Busters is more brutal on discretionary income.
But back to the meta-point ... that's right ... the Sixers and Flyers suck donkey dick, and it might be years before either franchise is a winner again. They should be giving away food as penance, not as a marketing ploy.
If you're looking for an ego-check, wash some windows. I spent a couple of hours on Saturday hosing, wiping and drying the two large ones in the front of my house. Despite my efforts, imperfection apparently was inevitable. Half a bottle of Windex and half a roll of paper towels later, they were noticeably cleaner, and they appeared to be largely streak-free in the noon sun. On Sunday morning, however, when the angle of the early sun was most acute, I could see a tiny swirl here and there. Such moments are enough to make a Buddhist out of anybody.
When I think of bright young things struggling to find acceptable housing in an oh-so-desirable location, I immediately think of those squatter scenes in "In The Name Of The Father" when the hippie/revolutionaries started dismantling their building in order to have enough firewood. (Couldn't find any clips or still shots of the specific scenes. Oh well.)
I take this connection as a sign that my brain is more poetic than I give it credit for.
Monster Advocates Decry 'Monstrelsy' of Caveman Characters
The Cavemen characters present themselves as agents for social equality, but the GEICO campaign is exploitative nonetheless, monster groups say.
WASHINGTON (PCNN) -- Monster-rights groups say the "Cavemen" characters popularized by a TV commercial campaign are harmful to the reputation of the broader monster population.
The Cavemen characters fight for social acceptance, but the commercials nonetheless are exploiting their freakishness, the groups say.
"In the same way that African-Americans were burdened with the ignorance of minstrels, the Cavemen characters denigrate the long-suffering history of monsters, mutants, subhumans and other beings who do not fit the 'normal' homo-sapiens profile," said Zorg McWolf, president of the Monster Rights Alliance (MRA).
MRA has formed a coalition with other monster advocates to "re-educate" the public about the cavemen ads, which have been generally well-received by viewers. The coalition's primary "talking point" is that the characters are humans dressed as cavemen, much in the same way that minstrels involved white people performing in blackface.
"This is a new form of minstrelsy. I call it monstrelsy," McWolf said in a statement released Tuesday.
The companies involved with the Cavemen advertising campaign -- as well as the television network that has ordered a sitcom pilot based on the characters -- were not available for comment.
Jean-Pierre Baptiste-Coleman, a Louisiana-based monster expert who specializes in humanoid creatures, said the concerns of the monster groups may be unfounded.
"Cavemen are technically not monsters," Baptiste-Coleman said. "They are pre-humans who walk among us, much in the way that, say, the ancient coelecanth fish still can be found in the oceans."
McWolf disputes that viewpoint. He says the "otherness" of cavemen makes them "monsters" in the general sense.
"Where does the caveman end and the wolfman begin," he asked rhetorically.
The nation's only caveman advocacy group, the Prehuman Union, has so far sided with the MRA on the issue.
"The advertisements would have been more effective if they actually featured real cavemen," the organization said in a statement on its Web site.
Previously from PCNN:
Program Targets Recovering Hipsters
Doughnut Chain Introduces 'Boom-Bappuccino'
Chex Mix Launches Boutique 'Small Batch' Line
Tara Reid Develops Extra Oriface On Her Head
Strike Delays Opening of Cold, Flu Season
Bangladesh Offers To Take People Displaced By Katrina
The top selling Guided By Voices songs on iTunes, if you take out duplicate entries that result when a song appears on more than one album:
1. Hold On Hope from Do The Collapse
2. Everyone Thinks I'm a Raincloud (When I'm Not Looking) from Half Smiles of the Decomposed
3. Teenage FBI from Do The Collapse
4. I Am a Scientist from Bee Thousand
5. Downed from The Best of Jill Hives EP
6. Glad Girls from Isolation Drills
7. The Best Of Jill Hives from Earthquake Glue
8. I Am a Tree from Mag Earwhig!
9. Motor Away from Alien Lanes
10. Chasing Heather Crazy from Isolation Drills
Interesting mix there -- the latter-day albums seem to have a few certifiable hits, and I had no clue about The Best of Jill Hives EP. I'm a little surprised by Hold On Hope taking the top spot -- I would've guessed Glad Girls or Teenage FBI. Maybe dudes are putting it at the end of their girlfriend-mixes. If Bob ever rolls out the ol' GBV train again, he should base the set list entirely on iTunes sales. He'd be guaranteed to do a few cuts from Earthquake Glue, Half Smiles Of The Decomposed, and Universal Truths And Cycles, which places Everywhere With Helicopter at No. 15. He'd probably like that. Here's the rest of the top 20:
11. Echos Myron from Bee Thousand
12. Girls of Wild Strawberries from Half Smiles of the Decomposed
13. Window of My World from Half Smiles of the Decomposed
14. Game of Pricks from Alien Lanes
15. Everywhere with Helicopter from Universal Truths and Cycles
16. My Kind of Soldier from Earthquake Glue
17. As We Go Up, We Go Down from Alien Lanes
18. A Salty Salute from Alien Lanes
19. Bulldog Skin from Mag Earwhig!
20. Evil Speakers from Alien Lanes
I'm a bit surprised by the overall lack of Bee Thousand tracks, but then again, almost everybody who would want that album has probably bought or stolen it by now. The Bee doesn't start producing best-sellers until you get into the 30s on the iTunes list. But at eMusic, the "Popular Tracks" list for GBV is populated by Bee songs. I guess the eMusic format has something to do with that. If you're not a GBV fan, but you have a lot of credits to use up, why not start with the most canonical album, right?
OK, no more jabs at lame pop stars or quadraplegic scientists, at least not for the next 72 hours or so. Today's topic is ordinary rich people, as filtered through the Wall Street Journal's Wealth Report blog, which can be read without a subscription (I think). Read some random sequences after the jump: