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Friday, June 21, 2002  

A Special Evening With Immerse Village Idiot Pub Grosse Pointe Woods, MI June 20, 2002 I don't know what you were doing last night, but I bet that it wasn't 1/2 as sexxxy as watching the raging musical prodigies known to their fans as Immerse perform live. Unless, of course, I saw you at the show. In what I believe was Immerse's fourth live performance, the band delighted their extensive fan base with a deft mix of originals and crowd-pleasing cover tunes. It is quite apparent that the Boys Of Immerse have been playing together frequently, as their sound is really starting to jell (despite the less-than-stellar Idiot sound system). After Mark Julien's opening set, Topeka's favorite sons hit the stage hard and fast with "A Leftist's Tragedy" (off their forthcoming "Portrait Of A Marathon" long player). The song has a nice build and works quite well as a set-opening track. One of the aforementioned crowd-pleasing cover songs came next (the rousing "Yellow"), followed by what this writer believes to be the strongest song in the Immerse catalog, "She Sells". It bears absolutely no resemblance to The Cult's seminal "She Sells Sanctuary", but could quite possibly be an equally tigs tune with some solid production work. Lead singer Matthew Peabody's vocals soar as the song develops into a perfectly balanced, virtual crescendo of sonic best evs. Easily the evening's highlight. The rest of the band's set was solid, even though this writer was slightly disappointed that the proposed "Fitter Krengels" track was scrapped. The crowd who stuck around past the set's "official" closing number, "Wonderwall", were privy to some especially delicous treats. Aaron Peabs momentarily ditched the smokin' hottie who accompanied him to jump on stage to co-sing lead on "7 Days", and everyone sang along to Ryan Adams' ode to Winona Rizz, "New York, New York". All in all it was a fun-filled evening of earthly delight. Obvs. Set-List: A Leftist's Tragedy / Yellow / She Sells / Smolder / Halfway / Last Night / Pilot / You Can't Always Get What You Want / Hold The Fort / Dirty Encore: Barista Girl (solo acoustic) / Karma Police / Wonderwall (wsg Mark Julien) Tigs. Look for photos from the evening's show on the site sometime early next week. PS - Props to Foster! When is our next B-Dubs trip?

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Thursday, June 20, 2002  

so you say you don't have anything to do tonight? well don't let your lack of companionship and/or chronic alcoholism get you down, for the boys of Immerse will gladly rock you to and fro. i got a sneak peak at the set-list and let me assure you that tonight's gig is gonna be a doozy! getting setlists in advance is just one of the many perks of having an internationally renowned website (others include free backrubs from complete strangers and a 33% discount at Belle Tire). be sure and get there early for mark julien's opening set of acoustic alchemy. tonight's gig begins around 10:30 (ish) at Grosse Pointe's Village Idiot Bar, conveniently located on Mack Ave. complete details can be found by clicking through.

(editor's note: they're not this blurry in person...promise)

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from today's detroit news...
There's no crying in basketball! Bill Laimbeer to coach the Detroit Shock.

Will World Cup wins ignite boom for U.S. soccer? Let me take a moment to ask the editors of the Detroit News why they needed two writers for this story. I could've saved them some serious cash and written the article for them.

Will World Cup wins ignite boom for U.S. Soccer? By Mark Graham / Special Soccer Correspondant for The Detroit News No. But thanks for asking!


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Dave Poland stirs up some major buzz on Minority Report in today's Hot Button column. the column is long but worth reading because he reveals that Jessica Harper (!!!) appears in the movie. and for those not in the know, she starred in Dario Argento's triumphant tour-de-force of terror Suspiria. who knew that spielberg threw Anchor Bay props? buzz?

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GKV sent me this link as a semi-addendum to my cucumber/pickle dilemna from yesterday. it definitively answers the fact that a tomato is a vegetable and NOT a fruit. i always thought the tomato was a fruit. didn't George Constanza also wonder about this? i distinctly remember him saying "I wonder why the tomato never took off as a hand fruit."

this got me thinking. and when i get to thinking i usually consult Google for obvs reasons. a quick search of george costanza + tomato revealed many sites with WAV files of george saying "the tomato never really took off as a hand fruit". (i would've posted the actual WAV but my firewall doesn't let me access Geocities sites. worst)

methinks we have a controversy on our hands. tomato...fruit or vegetable? as with the number of licks that it takes to get to a center of a Tootsie Pop...

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good morning to one and all. i have a lot to say this morning, but when i checked my email this morning i discovered i had been trumped. Jason Nummer, aka The King of Plakas, has wonderously come across a new copy of The Flaming Lips' new album, Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots. major EXCLUSIVEbuzz follows...props out to Nummer

--- jason nummer wrote:
I'm Jason Nummer and I have an opinion (did I just bust Jimmy Fallon props?)...

June 15, 2002. Possibly the most important date of the summer so far. It was on none other than this fateful Saturday night that I was blessed with an advance copy of the new Flaming Lips album "Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots" (scheduled for a 7/16 release date).

Just to recap, Summer 2002 has already given us so much:
*Britta calves at the Magic Stick
*A 75% increase in Plakas visits
*WS/Strokes tickets
*Never ending IPOD buzz
*Back Porch Grillers @ Burger King
*Whatevs updates by the bakers dozen
*etc, etc, etc

I'm writing to let you know the new Lips album is pushing it's way to the top of this list faster than the new USA series The Dead Zone is moving towards cancellation.

Dig this man...the whole thing is pretty much a throwback to the old concept record idea. It basically tells the story of Yoshimi (played by real life Yoshimi Yokota from The Boredoms). Yoshimi is a black belt karate expert who works for the city. It seems that some evil robots, who have developed the power to think on their own, have devised a plan to overtake the world (represented by Wayne Coyne/Lips). Song intermissions include cheering from audiences watching the battle and at some points you can hear the robot master starting and stopping the robot testing exercises. Did I mention how best this is? I'd go so far as saying it's better than all of the as-of-now-unseen Royal Tenenbaums DVD extras.

posted by uncle grambo |

I'm Jason Nummer and I have an opinion (CON'T)
Check out these song titles:
Do Ya Realize / Are You A Hypnotist / Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots / Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots pt. 2 / Funeral In My Head / Up Above The Daily Hum / Fight Test (Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots pt. 3) / Sympathy 3000-21 / One More Robot / Ego Tripping At the Gates of Hell / In The Morning of the Magicians / It's Summertime / All We Have Is Now / Approaching Pavonis Mons By Balloon (Utopia Planitia)

The best tune is possibly 'Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots pt. 2'. This track is what is believed to be the actual battle itself. It has some Yoshimi screams that will make the lead singer of The Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs forget she ever screamed on "Art Star". And the cymbals on this track will have the current incarnation of QOTSA shit p'zones. Bung!

I was wondering how the Lips would follow up their absolutely 100% perfect 1999 outing "The Soft Bulletin". I'm glad to say it wasn't more of the same (easy way out style)! We get mother fuckin' Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots! Uhhh. AHHH. UHHH. RESPECT! What else should I have expected from the band that tops my Top 10 show and album list every year they're active? What I ask you?

Oh yeah, the Flaming Lips will touch down here in Detroit (albeit a festival setting) on 8/20 at Phoenix Plaza. I'm sure we'll only get a 45 minute set at the most, but a proper Fall Tour is more likely than me playing Metroid by the end of the week. For those who haven't seen the Lips, you're missing out. I saw them for the first time in 1995 (St. Andrews style) and that show is still my #1 SHOW OF ALL TIME! I even did a speech on it in high school speech class weeks later. Flaming Lips speeches. Unheard of?

Anyway, in the meantime, I suggest you head over to www.flaminglips.com and watch the video for the first single, "Do Ya Realize". It features really cute bikini girls that probably have Selma Blair blushing. I also suggest updating your desktops to the album's cover art (available above).

That is all for now. But remember this. Lips are life.

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Wednesday, June 19, 2002  


apparently Billy Joel has checked into rehab. say goodbye to hollywood and say hello to Charlie Sheen.

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from the "you learn something new every day" files...

so i'm out having drinks last night with my friend Chrissy. we get to chatting about my extremely embarrassing lack of knowledge about vegetables. specifically, the difference between cucumbers and zucchini. then, out of nowhere, she drops the bomb on me that PICKLES ARE NOTHING BUT MINI-CUCUMBERS! i was like "no way" and she was like "way" -- damn. then when i met up with chris and jill at dick o'dow's and busted this interesting tidbit of trivia on them, they looked at me like i was from Mars. they were like "DUH!" and i was like "duh?". apparently everyone in the world knew that PICKLES ARE NOTHING BUT MINI-CUCUMBERS (!!!) but it somehow eluded me. worst.

ok, i'm off to an all-day meeting but i thought i would leave you kids with a pretty good piece from Salon.com called "The Strange Triumph Of Electronic Music." enjoy!

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Tuesday, June 18, 2002  

audiogalaxy is back! well, sort of and not really so much. seems as if they need to secure written permission from artists before posting their works. worst. hilary rosen can bite me.

posted by uncle grambo |

so did anyone go out and buy the new Paul Oakenfold cd today? i went to best buy at lunch (obvs!) with the intention of buying it, but i just couldn't bring myself to do it. when i looked at the back and saw names like Nelly Furtado, Shifty Shellshock and Ice Cube staring back at me, i dropped the cd and ran screaming in the other direction. i'm going to need some convincing that this CD is anything but straight-up Charles Nelson Reilly. oakzies. has the man lost it? i'm thinking the answer to that question is a resounding "yes". any disagreements? any record reviews? let me know.

that being said, i can't walk out of Best Buy empty-handed so i picked up the new Imperial Teen. i only got four songs in, but i could immediately tell this is going to be one of the summer's most criminally underplayed albums. upon first listen, i could only think to describe it as a Sonic Absolut + Lemonade -- sweet like candy but with the power to MOVE YOU, tenacious D style. rock on Roddy Bottum. bring your tour to The Shelter, d-town loves great crunchy pop music!

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Set your VCRs/Tivos/et al!!! CBS is set to air the Night of 1,000 Thongs during November sweeps. I heart sweeps.

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as first reported on the Immerse forum, Audiogalaxy shut down their servers last night. the big record companies are taking Audiogalaxy on and want to Napster-ize them. it looks as if they have won already, at least Napster put up a fight and let people download songs for a few more months. where am i going to find the newest Untz to spread across southeastern MI?

speaking of which, does anyone have any other recommendations about p2p sites where it is easy to find mp3s? i've heard a lot of good things about Morpheus, but i've never used it. please e-me if you have any insights. i'd be mucho appreciativo.

i'm currently making my way through the complete second season of Buffy The Vampire Slayer on DVD, and let me tell you it is beyond tigs. if you allow yourself to get past the perceptions that you may have (or feel that others will have about you) about watching a show that is actually called "Buffy The Vampire Slayer", you will discover one of the best television series of all-time. i'm serious. do yourself a favor and go out and buy the complete first season on DVD and dig in. more on my Buffy obsession will follow in the next few weeks (as if you care)...

other than that, it's a S L O W newsday. not much going on. i'm out for now. l8s.

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Monday, June 17, 2002  

the leading nominees for gayest song of the summer have got to be "days gone by" by dirty vegas (aka "the song that the robot chick from the Mitsubishi commercial jives to") and that cheezed out trance remix of bryan adams' "heaven". ay cono.

and about six lengths ahead of the field in the race for most overplayed song since "ghetto superstar" is that god damn P. Diddy song about J.Lo (aka "i need a girl"). who are the ad wizards who came up with this one?

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Revealed this morning on Davisdvd.com. Curley (aka Ryan Reynolds) will be proud!

» BEST DVD MENUS... EVER On August 20, Artisan Home Entertainment will release National Lampoon’s Van Wilder in separate double-disc ‘R’-rated and unrated editions (SRP $26.98), the latter containing about a minute’s worth of additional footage. The unrated version also gives consumers something else: the choice of “censored” and “uncensored” menus -- a first in the annals of DVD, according to Artisan director of marketing Michael Rathauser. In addition, the various menu options are not computer-generated. Rather, they’re printed on a T-shirt worn by one of the characters from the movie, who was filmed specifically for the menu. Both menus feature a T-shirt-clad “hostess” played by Ivana Bozilovic (who portrays Naomi in the movie), who removes her shirt when you choose a menu item and puts on another one "baring" the next set of menu items. In the censored version (which appears on both DVD editions), a black “censored” bar appears in a strategic location when she removes the shirt. The uncensored one gives you an eyeful. The unrated disc edition provides the option of choosing which menu to use. The concept came about because the movie is targeted at 18-to-34-year-old males. It’s inspired by the movie’s “topless tutors” scene. The option, said Rathauser, makes the unrated edition that much more collectible. “Not to mention the built-in publicity,” he said. (source: Video Store Magazine)

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not only is Nickelback the most amazing rock band since Mister Mister, but now they are tackling the challenge posed by Suzanne Vega's "Luka" head-on in their new video. this will easily be the most-important video since Corey Hart took on the disturbing topic of runaways in his video for "Never Surrender". so wickedly obvs it's sick. these five words in my head scream "are we having fun yet?" yeah yeah YEAH!

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How long until this one hits the front of the Enquirer as the latest celeb divorce? my guess is in the 18 month ballpark. in reading this article, i learned that ABC cancelled Spin City...my question is did anyone even care? that show had less buzz than Minority Report.

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monday, monday. it's relatively dreary and overcast in MI this morn, it was tough crawling out of bed. i'm working on my second cup of coffee, which is amazing because i rarely (if ever) indulge in the partaking of the coffee bean. what?

some good stuff i came across this morning when i logged on before work...
-Salon.com features an interesting article on the cultural significance of Pac-Man as part of their on-going "Masterpiece" series
-the United States whooped on Mexico in some hot guy-on-guy World Cup action. next up are the germans. but does anyone really care? i mean other than Kevin Bolon? where are you Kevin Bolon? KB was a totally tigs dude that Clarky and I were buddies with back in the day. in one of those unfortunate life developments, he just kind of fell off our radar screen (and vice versa). i'd love to figure out what he's up to...has anyone heard?
-last but obvs tigs the MOST important, Immerse has a gig this Thursday at Grosse Pointe's Village Idiot bar. check out their smokin' new forum for some good conversation and great band updates. and if you get the hankerin' to sing along on thursday night, practice by downloading some mp3s

and because i always give credit where credit is due, props to kegler for hooking me up w/the Dunst homepage photo.

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"I started out with a lot of Audioslave or anything Chris Cornell -- it helped with the aggression. And Chris Webber from the [Sacramento] Kings. There's a real sweetness behind his eyes, but he's pissed off."
Brad Pitt on the sources of inspiration for his character in "Troy"
be like mark

loretta lynn - van lear rose


king of new york (special edition)


john kennedy toole - a confederacy of dunces

adventures w/disposable income
date: 5.8.04
source: CVS
amount: $19.48
(1) liter of Captain's
(2) liters of DC w/lime
(1) mother's day card

snl season 29
by Nummer & H-Bomb
where's grambo?
may 10: the strokes @ state theatre
may 15: cardigans @ magic stick
may 17: softball league @ 8:30pm
may 17: last tourist @ small's (10pm)
may 24: softball league @ 6:10pm
may 27: sea ray / stills @ st. andrews
june 6: dido @ fox theater
june 7: softball league @ 7:20pm
june 14: softball @ 6:10pm
june 19: jessica's graduation party
june 21: softball @ 8:30pm
june 28: softball @ 6:10pm
july 3 - july 11: vacation @ TBD
july 12: softball @ 7:20pm
july 19: softball @ 7:20pm
july 26: softball @ 9:40pm
august 2: softball @ 7:20pm
august 14: nuptial buzz w/c friggs + lescal!!!
october 23: nuptial buzz w/the grizz + mandypants!!!
twenty word reviews
van helsing
walking tall
scooby doo 2: monsters unleashed
dawn of the dead
eternal sunshine of the spotless mind
starsky & hutch
girl next door
re-imagines "Risky Business" with Vivid Girls instead of prostitutes; marks Elisha Cuthbert's arrival as an alluring, big screen sex symbol.
Despite the best efforts of TrachtenBest, suffers greatly from a lack of forward momentum (scriptwise) and some remarkably bland casting
along came polly
aside from Philip Seymour Best Ever's performance ("RAIN DANCE!"), I vastly preferred this when it was called "Dharma And Greg."
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