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SXSW — Thursday Recap

Friday, March 18th, 2011

After a late start yesterday, I decided to make up for lost time by checking out the Black Lips-curated Speed Sets at the Austin Convention Center. At these shows, bands each get 10 minutes on shared equipment, much of it provided by the gear-heads scattered about the exhibit hall. “Welcome to Guitar Center”, uttered by Natural Child’s frontman, pretty much summed up the vibe. If that wasn’t enough, a faux-Roman feel was in effect, with oversized beanbag-like lounging devices scattered around the performance area, their occupants lulled by (or in many cases, put to sleep by) the free beer being poured just feet away. Caligula would’ve been proud. (more…)

SXSW — Wednesday Recap

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Curiosity may have killed the cat, but it’s what kept yesterday incredibly interesting (if that was even an issue). While en route to the Austin convention center I passed by Waterloo Records, where I was planning on returning to see Apex Manor (fellow schmooru Adam Vine’s band) perform later in the afternoon. Checking out the day’s lineup, I saw that Wild Flag was scheduled to play at 2pm. There would be many more opportunities to see them this week, but I just couldn’t wait any longer (Mary Timony is one of my music heros) … I would have to risk missing out on the fount of party advice that was expected from Andrew W.K. at his speaking event. (more…)

SXSW — Tuesday Night Recap

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

After two near-missed flights, a (resolved) mishap at registration, a healthy dose of beer and street vendor foods, and literally tens of tweets, I’m up surprising early with some time to recount yesterday’s happenings. (more…)

Don’t Fear China. Those Grammarians Will Kill It First.

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

With last month’s visit of Hu Juntao, President of China — its like everyone’s worried about China taking over the United States! OMGAA! What’s most shocking to me is that this display of pageantry has sparked so much discussion about the two NATIONS, as if there aren’t people working on relations or flying on airplanes between the two places at every hour of every day of the year. (more…)

My Junior English Teacher Passed Away This Week

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

To set the mood, lets start this class in the continued pursuit in this forum of where creativity originates — with this sound to begin the “Morning Announcements, just as it once did in Barbara Wagner’s English classroom in 1990s Ottawa Hills, Ohio as she scowled from her front table. (more…)

TOP FIVE: Dentist Office Songs

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

The creative process rarely fully conceives of distribution. Will your work end up posted in an Applebees or at some snooty apple orchard art fair — its not always clear. (more…)

Making Change on YouTube

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

Interesting story from APM’s Marketplace on how people are making serious money on YouTube.  Who knew “David after Dentist” was making six figures? (more…)

The Political Discourse in the United States

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

WASHINGTON (SCHMOONEWS) -  As an indication of the present state of our national political dialogue, the following scene was witnessed outside 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. earlier today.

Spring Fever: The Four Requirments of an Everlasting Relationship

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Spring is Sprunging and for those of you who still depend on your animalistic clock and are just getting up from hyber-nation, next up is the HEAT filled months of REBIRTH, Cadbury CREME EGGS and LOVE. (more…)

How to Report the News

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

Another laugh from our friends across the pond. This is a bit old but “spot on” as they say. Writer/host Charlie Booker satirizes the visual language of television reporting. Are these industry standards stale or just plain effective?