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friday, january 31  

fare thee well

i'm bustin' outta here in a few. have a great weekend! before i rundst, i just thought that I should let you know that the rumours about The Olsen Twins have officially been debunked by E! Online. and while The Giors may be responsible for spreading the rumours, he has contacted whatevs.org and submitted an official apology. it is posted below in its entirety ... until Monday, peace out to the FOW Nation ...

False Buzz from The Giors
By: The Giors

What a cruel world we live in! On one hand, I have to rejoice in the knowledge that God doesn’t get pleasure out of tormenting The Giors. On the other hand, I am so disappointed in the false report of the Olson Twins coming to BGSU. The biggest blow is to my whatevs.org buzz reliability rating. I feel a responsibility to all the FOWs to only report on the most authentic of buzz and leave the hearsay to www.thedonz.com. Thank God for Uncle Grambo! He keeps the buzz in check like a 1920 muckraker journalist ( Holla to Jacob Reese and Upton Sinclair). "Olson Twins in BG you say…MO-K" says Uncle Grambo. We are so lucky to have the "Godfather" of Whatevs looking over us like a guardian angel or Aaron Spelling …whichever omnipotent entity you choose to believe in. So while you should all rejoice in the chance to throw stones and sharp pointy Missile-like objects at The Giors; take a second to tip your cap to the hippest buzz crazed cat this side of the Detroit River…Uncle Grambo. So in the words of the great Billy Madison I leave you … "Peace I’m outa here!"

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where are YOU coming from?

to let you all in on a little inside info, recently whatevs.org has been averaging between 100 to 120 unique visitors and 220 page views on any given weekday. this means that while a lot of people pop by once a day, there are a few dedicated FOWs who hit refresh several times throughout the day. all this is tiggs, you all know how much i appreciate your patronage. anysluts, i was combing through my Yahoo Mail a few minutes ago and i received my weekly traffic report from Sitemeter and WHAMMO! i was shocked to read that yesterday i racked up 650 unique visitors and served 806 pages, which is easily the single biggest day in the short history of whatevs.org. as of 12:30 this afternoon, i'm somehow on track to eclipse those numbers. what i want to know is "where are you coming from?" i know that some Joe Millionaire fans have been stumbling onto the site ("sarah kozer" is somehow the #1 search term that people use to find whatevs.org, although a quick Google search a few minutes ago didn't reveal any high ranking whatevs buzz). so if you're a new visitor to whatevs.org or even if you're a well-established FOW, take a second to pop on down to the comment link below and drop me a note. i'm just interested to figure out what people think of the site and how they discovered it in the first place.

so anyway, that's the latest and greatest news from me. obvs. more posts to follow this afternoon. but before i go, i'll leave you with a link to possibly the greatest Gossip Page of all-time. fly on over to a site called Two Dorks.com and witness the most astounding collection of celebrity gossip that i've ever seen. from Dan Ackroyd to Rob Zombie, there is dirt on virtually every celeb you can possibly think of. Mark Wahlberg? "Cokehead and booze-bag. Enjoys exposing himself in public places. Linked with Jordana Brewster, Gwyneth Paltrow, Winona Ryder & Uma Thurman." Charlize Theron? "Enjoys adult toys and ganja. Linked to George Clooney and Dwight Yoakum." Michael Stipe? "Massive cokehead. Rumored to prefer the company of gentlemen, and is now admitting it. Hygienically challenged. Reportedly linked with Helena Christensen, Toni Collette, Natalie Merchant, River Phoenix, and Keanu Reeves." these celebs and many more are featured on this astounding website. one click-through is guaranteed to result in at least twenty-five minutes of "no WAY!"s muttered under your breath ... "Arnold Schwarzenegger has a penile implant because of his steroid abuse? no WAY!" see what i mean?

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the adventures of link

i haven't written a post like this in a while, recent posts have tended to be pretty focused on one particular point. so be prepared to be jostled around a little as i return to the infamous Bullet Point List this morning:

  • after all of the Colin Farrell bashing on whatevs.org over the last few weeks, it's extremely disappointing to report the following news. jeffrey wells, who is one of my fave journalists and all-around coolest dudes that i've ever met, spends a good portion of this morning's column talking about the strong points of young Mr. Farrell, comparing him to a young Mel Gibson and says that he "shows his stuff when the action kicks in. I don't want this to sound like damnation with faint praise, but the guy really moves well. He knows how to hold a gun and race down a hallway and slam the heel of his fist into the bad guy's nose and do a quick roll under a subway train...he can basically make all of this action-movie choreography look true and beautiful, like he's a macho Mikhail Baryshnikov. And that ain't no potatoes." of course he's talking about "The Recruit", which opens nationwide today. has this turned into a must-see? have i given Farrell enough of a chance? i always tend to agree with Wells, especially after his recommendation to see "City Of God" and our resulting conversation at the Toronto International Film Festival. does anyone have thoughts on "The Recruit"? it looks good in an "Enemy Of The State" kind of way ... buzz?

  • speaking of Will Smith, Twentieth Century Fox has announced that his sci-fi flick "I, Robot" will be released on July 2, 2004. Smith has owned the July 4th holiday weekend for years, dating way back to the hugely successful runs of "Independence Day" and the original "Men In Black." Big Willie Style has lost considerable buzz over the last few years with three consecutive failures in "Bagger Vs", "Ali", "MIB II." his music career is just as over as Snow's, so this summer's release of "Bad Boys II" (July 18) will be very telling about the future potential of WS.

  • in the biggest choke job since C. Webb's timeout, internationally renowned grandmaster Garry Kasparov lost a key chess match to a computer because of "human error." wait ... who the Eff cares about humans battling computers in chess anyway? borrrrring!

  • go ahead and cancel all your plans on Friday, February 28th. Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band will headline their first broadcast network television special on CBS from 9-10 p.m. that night !!! According to the press release on BruceSpringsteen.net, "The concert special features "The Rising," "Lonesome Day," and "You're Missing" from Springsteen's album The Rising, in addition to "Darkness on the Edge of Town" and others." guaranteed hottness!

  • and in other music news, The Grizz reviews Zwan's new record in today's DetNews. he is one of the bigger Smashing Pumpkins fans that i've ever met, so hear what a true fan has to say about Billy's latest venture. The News also features a nice interview with members of Rainer Maria, who will be making their way through town next Wednesday for a gig at the Magic Stick. will you be there? i'm definitely gonna try, i saw them a few years back with Glavzies and Wartinsmooth at the illustrious Blind Pig and it was a kickass show.

  • closing out this morning's LinkFest is a preview of the White Stripes' "Elephant", which was released on vinyl to select journos earlier this week. whatevs.org is currently working overtime with their music industry ties to see if a preview listening can be arranged ... details to follow??? "Elephant" will likely street in April.

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thursday, january 30  

worst movie of 2003?

Title: "Looney Tunes: Back In Action"
Release Date: November 14, 2003
Directed By: Joe Dante (last film was "Small Soldiers")
Stars: Brendan Fraser, Jenna Elfman
Verdict: WORST EVS! guaranteed to make "Space Jam" look like "Citizen Kane"

worst movie ever

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evolution of a masterpiece

i'm not talking about Michelangelo's work on The Sistine Chapel. i'm not talking about the hours that Beethoven put into his magnificent Ninth Symphony. and i'm certainly not talking about Leo Da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" (besides, DaVinci isn't even the best Leonardo -- he ranks third behind DiCaprio and The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle). what i'm talking about is the evolution of the catchiest, original advertising anthem since "These Are The People In My Neighborhood" ("Tattoo Tony in his cool muscle shirt / Maria on the corner lookin' good in a skirt!"). of course I'm talking about the Coors Light campaign called "I Love", which includes playin' two hand touch, eatin' way too much, and the TWINS! this weekend's New York Times Magazine takes an in-depth look at what is probably the best beer commercial on television these days ... yes, that includes the Miller Lite "Catfight" ad. this is a must-read for anyone in the advertising or marketing industry, and even if you're not "in the Ad Game", it's a fascinating look into the genesis behind a genuine cultural phenomenon (at least among guys who watch football every week).

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oops, my bad

coming to the defense of the local newspapers, The Grizz sent through a link to a story in this Saturday's Detroit Free Press in which Brian McCollum interviewed Kid Rock about the success of the "Picture" single. the article is actually quite good and full of some choice Rock quotes and interesting revelations (Darren McCarty and Chris Chelios provide the finger snaps on the single). if McCollum stumbles upon this site, my apologies on trashing you earlier. no harm, no foul.

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more britney scoop

as a follow-up to yesterday's Brit Brit / C. Farrell buzz, London's Daily Mail is reporting that Spears was spotted leaving Farrell's hotel room at the Chateau Marmont around 5 a.m. the night of "The Recruit" premiere. "They kept on disappearing out onto the balcony. Then they went into one of the adjoining bedrooms where they stayed for at least an hour" one partygoer revealed. britney britney britney. why you gotta play me like that?

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feb 4 episodehercules hercules!

"American Idol." can't believe that i've been suckered in. actually, it's not that surprising at all. i managed to stay out of the whole phenomena for most of the first season's run, but i gotta admit that i was right there when when Kelly Clarkson won. so when Fox aired the first of their endless string of Season 2 Promos this fall, i knew that i should just plan on writing off social activities during the six or eight weeks that the show would be on the air. and after the first four or so episodes, i gotsta admit that i'm a little bit hooked. so when i rolled into work this morning after last night's episode, obvs that the first thing i did was surf on over to the American Idol on FOX site to check out who would be the first 8 to compete next week (posted at right). i'd be really suprised if Kimberly Caldwell (the blondie on the far rizz) didn't make it through to the next round, but of the rest, i didn't really remember a strong favorite from this bunch. allz i know is that i'm rooting hardcore for my boy Ricky "Hercules Hercules" Smith. that dude is priceless, he makes me laugh almost as much as Fred Armisen. i'm going to miss the next episode because i'll be at the Neil Finn / Rhett Miller show at St. Andrews -- maybe this will inspire me to pull my aging VCR out of its box in the basement and hook it up. VHS -- i've gone over a year without it! some say unnecessary...

surfing revealed a few other interesting articles out there this morning. The London Guardian features a nice little piece on blogs, focusing mainly on how some entrepreneurs are trying to figure out ways to make money off them (Gawker gets a mention). a little closer to home, today's Freep features a column from local legend Mike Wendlend on the world of blogs and how to get started with one ... how come i didn't already see that piece in The DetNews??? and speaking of major stories that both The DetNews and The Freep have somehow missed, Kid Rock's "Cocky" re-enters this week's Billboard Top 10 Albums chart (at #7 no less) for the first time in 62 weeks. whatevs.org briefly mentioned this buzz at this time last week, but the papers never seemed to pick up on it. i say shame on local music writers Wendy Case and Brian McCollum for not taking the time to write up this VERY worthy story. think about it -- a world famous rockstar who lives just up the street is making one of the biggest record industry comebacks in recent memory and our local papers can't get a few quotes or his side of the story? it's virtually legend how Rock has been begging Atlantic to release "Picture" for months and months -- there's TONS of scoop there, and it's not like the news has gone unnoticed (there is a brief mention in today's DetNews). now let's start the clock to see how long it takes for this article to be written. ready, steady, GO!

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wednesday, january 29  

most anticipated album release since "the rising"

no, i'm not talking about Zwan (still waiting for reports to purchase that one). what i'm about to reveal will have Indie Rockers, Angry Girls and English Majors from coast to coast rejoicing at the news. after having to wait for close to five agonizing years,
RollingStone.com is reporting that Liz Phair's Happy Tragic Thing is due May 20th on Capitol Records. these are the kind of announcements that make you kneel down and kiss the earth, esp. for a hardcore Liz fan like myself ... here's a little background buzz for y'all.

everyone who knows me knows my infatuation with Liz Phair. from the infamous "Girlysound Tapes" (my one and only purchase experience on EBay) to "Exile In Guyville" (the #1 Album of the 1990s according to The Grahammys 90/90 Volume 4, Number 4) to "Whip Smart" (tragically underrated, I was just hitting this on Saturday) to "whitechocolatespacegg" (#2 Album of 1998 according to The Grahammys - Music 99), Liz Phair's work has always enthralled me. i can't tell you how many spins each one of the aforementioned albums has garnered in my CD players over the years ... i've probably listened to Phair more than The Smiths, more than The Verve, and likely more than Springsteen. her work continues to speak to me 10 years after i first heard "Exile" in a listening station at Tower Records in Ann Arbor. obvs i picked up that CD right there and then (alongside Kirsty MacColl's "Titanic Days" -- I remember this day vividly -- Hansz was with me) and basically never let a month go by since without listening to Liz. i missed her first Detroit appearance at St. Andrews Hall back in late `93 or so, but I've caught her only other two Detroit-area performances (Clutch Cargo's in 1998, Lilith Fair in 1999) since then. she is overwhelmingly A M A Z I N G in every possible sense of the word, and is up there neck and neck with Springsteen as my all-time favorite recording artist. but before i send out too much of the Stalker Vibe, i'll fill you in on some details that i've gathered on the new album ...

it began about two weeks ago with a post on Velvetrope.com titled"Where's Liz Phair these days?" the question had been on every Liz Phair fan's mind ever since the Lilith Tour a few years back. Rumours circulated that she was recording with Michael Penn (true -- but most of the sessions were scrapped), that she was writing with Pete Yorn (also true -- but no details have emerged about whether or not any of these collaborations made the album), that she got divorced (also true), and that her album was slated to be released sometime in 2000 (unfortunately NOT true). this last rumour was especially disappointing, as Liz debuted some blazin' tracks (including "Love/Hate Transmission", of which only crappy MP3's currently exist) that we all were hoping would be included on the new album. so it was a relief to see that there were other Liz fans STILL out there, and that they presumably had some buzz about the new album. turns out that they did. through this thread i discovered a Liz fansite called Mesmerizing ... amazingly enough the girl who runs the site had just received an email about the new album from Liz herself!!! it turns out that she had been spending time with the production team known as The Matrix, who are currently riding high thanks to their work with Avril Lavigne ("Complicated", "Sk8r Boi"). but before you scream "SELLOUT!", i think it's important to note that Liz has always written her own songs and has continued to do so (in fact, she co-wrote and sings backup on Sheryl Crow's smash "Soak Up The Sun"). if her work gets a little "polishing" from a top-notch production team, what harm could that possibly do? the answer is "no harm at all." here's what liz had to say...

Oh, I'm just having the best time checking this site out. I love what you've done with it. There seems to be a small furor going on about release dates and evil production couplings, and all I can say is, really, no REALLY, don't worry. The Matrix songs are great, mainstreamy, but really exceptional as such. I needed to get on the radio, and they and I have had an unusually fruitful four song pairing. It's obviously different than my own quirky stuff, but we've amazed the label with a four for four hit-type factor, and no one who's heard it ( myself included) can stop playing it because it rocks and is fun and slick and smart. So that's that. Inside the game of the music business, I've turned my fate around with these tracks and am poised for a nice ride. Which is important to me. A huge part of my motivation in any creative endeavor is ignoring, if not down-right spitting in the face of, the words "No, you can't." I'm just rebelious. I hate that they say you can't get on the radio. I hate that those suited executives look at me (Or looked, thanks to some fabulously generous and outstanding work by Michael Penn, Gary Clark, and The Matrix) and think, "Art Piece. Hang it on the wall. Can't do anything else with it." You might understand that Music Industry is just another Guyville and I want to take it down. Or sit on top of it. It's just my nature. And it wouldn't be satisfying if I didn't love the music I make. I absolutely love some of those Matrix songs. I finally made music, like 'Extraordinary' and 'Rock Me', that I want to blast out of the windows of my car, waiting to park at Universal Studios for KCRW Christmas show. The Matrix stuff is the kind of stuff you take to rural America and play at top volume for your cousins because they get it, and they like it, but when they hear the words, it shocks them. I live for that reaction. As for my own art, there are many, many songs recorded over these last four years that we're deciding what to do with. Many are just me and my guitar, maybe not as good as at twenty-five, when all I had to do in the world was sit around, get stoned and play guitar, but alot are pretty special. I even thought of starting a subscription service to do like a song-a-month club on-line, because, why wait? I write songs all the time, and in their nascent form, are quite possibly more brilliant, especially to all my brainiac fans out there who don't need their art pre-digested. Release date for the proffesional album is very firmly May 22, 2003, because any longer than that and I run out of money. Expect to see me playing shows very soon, as per that money thing. No title as of yet, but I'm hovering around a 'night' image.

I don't know what else to tell you, but if you can stand to move a few feet closer to the center, I promise the album rocks. And if you can't, then have a laugh and wait for the demo material to trickle out. It's only music. You don't have cancer. I write it for me. It fulfills my need to speak, to be understood. And if I change, and you don't like it, I can't help you. Because only when I'm traveling in my life, when I feel like I'm transforming, or having some adventure, will music come flooding out of me. Friction, baby!

xxxxoooo Liz

okay, that was a little fanboy-ish of me, i apologize for you non-Phair fans out there (however, if that piqued your interest, there is a detailed dissection of the letter over at Glorious Noise that you'll certainly enjoy). regardless, my hope is that this little bit of insight into the creative process will encourage you to look into her work. or maybe the photos on the right hand margin will! they were pulled off the website of a Chicago-based fashion boutique. as you can see, Liz still looks foxxxy after all these years.

may 20th, 2003. only 112 more days. the countdown begins.

rolling stone buzz
details stizz

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Joe Millionaire Revealed!
(link courtesy of Drudge)

"One of the trio of "Joe Millionaire" finalists has starred in dozens of kinky bondage and fetish films that feature her being handcuffed, gagged, hog-tied, or bound with duct tape, The Smoking Gun has learned.

While Fox Television has described Sarah Kozer's occupation as "sales and design," the 29-year-old Los Angeles woman has a far more interesting entry on her resume: in the past few years she has starred in bondage films like "Novices in Knots," "Hogtied," and "Helpless Heroines," an well as foot fetish titles like "Dirty Soled Dolls." The 1998 graduate of Virginia's George Mason University is credited in these films as "Cindy Schubert."

joe millionaire. it just keeps getting better and better! kinky foot fetish contestants, how best is that?

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best tattoo ever

too bad i don't have a picture of it. venturing slightly awkwardly into Glamorama territory, i'd like to tell you about the hot new writer on the block (or so I read). his name is James Frey, but there's no word on whether or not he's any relation to A2 Based FOW C Friggs (aka Friggedy, aka CFrey). he's got a tattoo on his forearm that reads "F.T.B.S.I.T.T.T.D."

say what?

it stands for "FUCK THE BULLSHIT IT'S TIME TO THROW DOWN." what? BEST! there's a full-scale interview with him in this week's New York Observer that you can quickly access if you decide to click here. his new bio called "A Million Little Pieces" will be released by Doubleday in April. it has some HOT blurb buzz going on, here are a few select quotes:

"A bit like Charles Bukowski, had the Beat boozer been a suburban rich kid kicking the rock in Hazelden ... (it's) a relentless, halogen-lit confessional littered with self-loathing addicts, tortured souls, weeping and wailing and smoking and fighting and lots and lots of stomach bile." -- The New York Observer

"The 'War and Peace' of addiction" -- Pat Conroy

"As intense and perfectly detailed an account of a human quitting his drug and alcohol dependency as you are likely to read ... Frey is horribly honest and funny in a young-guard Eggers and Wallace sort of way." -- Gus Van Sant

"It will have you sobbing, laughing, angry, frustrated, and most importantly, hopeful. 'A Million Little Pieces' is inspirational and essential. A remarkable performance." --Bret Easton Ellis

if any of this has piqued your interest, you can pre-order it from Amazon.com today, or perhaps just throw it on your wish list. if the content even comes close to matching the hype, this is sure to be a front-runner for one of 2003's best books. essential?

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no to BGSUguest writer buzz

everyone has their favorite guest contributor to whatevs.org. some say The Grizz, some say Peabs, some say GKVibe, still others say Nummer and The H-Bomb. while i love all of the guest contributors like they were my first-born, i have a special fondness and admiration for the work of The Giors. the following was submitted to me this morning via Yahoo Mail. enjoy ...

Proof That God Hates The Giors!
By The Giors

For all you FOWs out there, I’m sure you’ve noticed that The Giors has a problem with anger. Some may say I have issues, others say I have more issues than the New York Stock Exchange. You may have doubted the authenticity of my angst, and while you were at it, I’m sure you chuckled and passed my comments off as just another manufactured article designed to entertain and delight you sexy bod. While these are goals of mine, I finally have an example of plight that will be universally recognized for its injustice…like I changed my name to either Sacco or Venzetti! So sit back, relizz, and take pleasure in the pain that is the life and times of The Giors.

Most of you don’t know the history of The Giors PHG (Pre High School Graduation) so to fill you in I’ll give you the edited for TV version. I was good at baseball so I took a scholarship to the worst, most miserable school in the country: Bowling Green State University (BGSU) in Ohio. My freshman year was all time worst evs! The topography is as flat and uneventful as Debra Messing, the facilities are older than Pasco’s Mom, and the night life is less exciting than watching the Detroit Tigers play the Florida Marlins. It was so worst!

After my freshman year I got out of there like I was Britney (Pickle) Spears at Sundance! Now to the part where God hates The Giors! What happens five years later?…at the most random, pseudo college in America. The most celebrated and anticipated "coming of age" duo…EVER announces they will be attending BGSU in the fall of 2003. So slap me silly and call me Danny Tanner, because the FUCKING OLSON TWINS ARE GOING TO BGSU! Yep…the hottest buzz evs surrounding twins since Kent Hrbeck and Dave Winfield will be sleeping in a dorm room about 100 miles from our nest in Oakland County. 100 miles? Well call me Eazy-E …cuz I will soon be 100 miles and runnin.’ Do you know how huge of a buzz this is? The Olson twins…so hot, and at BGSU…Why? Leave it to God to taunt me with the question "what if they were there when you were?" So when the Olson twins turn 18, The Giors will be down in BGSU trying to get them drunk, make them do some lewd acts…on film…and sell that shizz as the most sought after porn ever recorded! I think God owes me that much after this bullshizz. I’m now taking advanced orders….only $1,000 a tape….and worth every dollar!

i'm normally not one to bring a man down, but i gots to keep it on the rizzeal with The Giors. obvs this note was super hott and required instant Google Searching. a quick scan of Google News revealed that a massive Web Hoax involving a fake CNN.com site fooled thousands into believing that the beloved Olsen Twins were matriculating into their alma maters. witness these articles in Rochester (New York)'s Democrat & Chronicle (Rochester Institute of Technology Buzz) and Texas A&M's The Eagle. sorry to burst your bubble Giors, but it appears that God really does hate you. he took the extra step to rub your nose in the dirt by spreading false BGSU rumours online -- what a bast!

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"whoever i bang is bangin' me back"

when The Grizz wrote his landmark piece on Ferrell vs. Farrell, he forgot to tally up the Sexxx Factor. Today's Page Six, gossip section of The New York Post, reports that Britney Spears and Colin Farrell were seen getting hot and heavy at The Troubadour in LA this weekend. Quoth Page Six: ""I saw Britney Spears - who was intoxicated to say the least - and Colin Farrell talking on the couch," says our witness, "and the next thing I know he went in for the kill. Or maybe she did? All I know is, they were making out for a really long time. Then they all left together." Britney is turning into SUCH the megaslutball! Remember all of the hubbub over the last few weeks about Britney being an item with Durst? Well The Grizz is reporting this morning that Durst has removed all of his Britney-centric posts on Limp Bizkit's website! The girl is very aggressively playing the field and bangin' celebs to the left and to the rizz. and you KNOW that hookin' up with C. Farrell leads to a rendezvous with a large batch of Bolivian Marching Dust. looks like Justin Timbo was right after all, cry me a rivs Brit Brit!

but the real issue here isn't the Britney Factor, it's the inexplicable Farrell Factor. how in the eff did this guy get so much buzz? here's what Farrell recently said to W Magazine about his romantic liasons: "I'm into casual sex . . . I come into town and fuck whoever I can - but I'm not mean and egotistical about it. Whoever I bang is bangin' me back!" Farrell. makes you hate the guy even more. this guy just shows up at a club and the likes of Britney Spears shows up for some "tongue wrestling" (according to The Post). then the guy has the audacity to take Britney to the premiere of "The Recruit" in front of the whole world! pics below of the world's leading jackanapes ... so much anti-buzz!
Nice nips Brit
Nice shirt Colin

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tuesday, january 28  

we pardon this interruption of regularly scheduled programming for a political statement from Uncle Grambo

well, sorta.

tonight could very well end up being majorly important to our country. as most of you are aware, G Dubz is presenting us, the citizens of The United States Of America, with his annual "State Of The Union" address this evening. and as most of you know, we are thisclose to going to war with Iraq or North Korea or whoever the hell else Dubya feels like going after this week. while you sit in your living room pondering what it's going to be like to launch the first official war since the last time a Bush was in The White House, it might help to get wicked plastered. thank g-o-d for The State of the Union Address Drinking Game, which will help you pay attention to what the leader of our country is saying while also blissfully sending you into Happy Drunken Dreamland. lord knows that's where i'll be, after a Potently Potable combination of 'Tuss, Mentholyptus and 'Livet (Glen, that is). fellow FOWs, good luck to you and see you in the morning.

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flak to the rescue

though i'm not quite sure whether it's a disguised blessing or a horribly disfiguring curse, your humble editor of whatevs.org tried unsuccessfully to round up comments on this year's crop of Super Bowl commercials from assorted collegues in the advertising / marketing arena. perhaps it was the lateness of the request, perhaps the lameness of the commercials, perhaps it was the amount of alcohol consumed on sunday -- whatever reason, your Uncle Grambo received no replies to his request for content. but to this i shout a resounding "what evs!", because it honestly does not upset me that no one wrote back. this year's commercials all sucked, though some sucked WAY harder than others (I'm talking to you Ang Lee, "The Hulk" is gonna blow ass). the biggest laugh of the night was an unintentional one -- did you guys catch that spot where the two adults were solemnly looking at a positive pregnancy test? anyway, these two forlorn fortysomethings are staring at this EPT Stick all saddened and you start wondering what in the world could possibly be wrong with these two folks. hell, they've just been blessed by Hay-Seuss himself with the miracle of childbirth. well the camera pans across the room to show a white, teenage girl sitting on the bed and then it hits you ... the parents aren't preggers, the teenybopper is! how in the sam hell did this innocent little teen get knocked up? a voice-over tells us "Smoking marijuana impaired her judgement." cut immediately to belly-busting derisive laughter from me, The Grizz, Mandypantalons, Coach Glinka and Jillycakes. i mean, come ON, are you f'ing kidding me? unless your daughter is smoking weed with Snoop Dogg on his "Girls Gone Wild" tour, chances are pretty slim that marijuana use alone is going to land you in the Maternity Ward of Beaumont Hospital. adults -- so stupid!

getting back to my point, the Super Bowl commercials were very, very lame this year. i'm glad that no one wasted their time (or mine!) sending through commentary, especially when Flak Magazine just posted Super Bowl XXXVII | Operation Infinite Ads on their site. this wildly comprehensive review breaks down EVERY SINGLE AD and even groups them in convenient nuggets (Break 1, Break 2, Halftime Show, etc.) for us. totally best.

and for you "Joe Millionaire" fans out there, be sure and check out Lindsay Robertson's recap of Episode 4. she nails a couple of things PERFECTLY, including how Evan is ALWAYS drinking, how Melissa hilariously deemed herself as a "mercenary" (she meant to say "missionary"), Zora's look of "virtuous disappointment" when she doesn't get to experience any alone time in the hot tub with Evan, and finally The Blowjob (i knew it!) ... before you click through, here's an excerpt on said topic:

"Soon, we learn what dry-humping in gravel really sounds like, complete with subtitled moans.

[Female voice]: "Ahhhhh. Mwhah. Mmmmmm. Maybe it'll go better lying down? Slurp. Gulp. Slurp." Oooh, scandal!

Either Evan and Sarah both happen to be vocal exhibitionists, or the clause in their contract stipulating that they keep their mics on at all times carried a hefty penalty fee. There's no way to tell what really happened in those woods that night, but all the money in Vegas says it started with a "B" and ended with a "job."

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good news for Detroit!

i know that The Grizz spent a considerable amount of time on whatevs.org last week ripping on Tha D. this might just change his mind ... it turns out that a 25,000 square foot topless joint called Club Rain will be opening at the corner of Griswold and Grand River sometime in April. while it likely won't be as hot as The Sugar Shack (those who have been know what i'm sayin'), this bodes well for Detroit. no more ending up at tricked out nudie bars on 8 Mizz (see ya later Covergirls!), no more having to wander out to the airport (Flight Club + Landing Strip), no more trashy Warren chicks (Audi 5000 to Jon Jon's!), now we'll have some old fashioned hotties bumpin' and grindin' right downtown! further revealed by The Freep this morning is the fact that a strip club chain called "Larry Flynt's Hustler Club" will soon be taking over the three-story building on East Congress currently occupied by Space. how best evs is that? you head over to St. Andrews or The Shelter for some indie rock, take in a pint or two over at Jacoby's, and wrap up the night with a few lappies over at The Hustler Club! seriously, can life get any better? all they need is a 24-hour BW3 across the street and that will be the best block in the world! strippers + spicy garlic wings + "the most dangerous club in America (according to Spin)" = unforgettably best buzz.

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from the "you've GOT to be kidding me" files...

two entries have me shaking my head this morning, which is especially painful considering the whopper headache that this Tuss just ain't curin. first off is a piece in the LA Times by esteemed movie writer Patrick Goldstein, in which he scribbles 1,600 words that rail the MPAA for giving "Kangaroo Jack" a PG-rating, instead of a PG-13 rating. seriously, WTF? there have GOT to be better things to write about than this. like anyone is ever going to remember "Kangaroo J's" two months from now. c'mon.

the second makes me shake my head, but not in a painful way like that Goldstein article. apparently Britney Spears spent some time over the weekend out in Park City at the Sundance Film Festival. she hit the premiere of Robert Downey Best Evs' new film called "The Singing Detective", but caused a minor ruckus when she and her entire posse of bodyguards walked out of the theatre 45 minutes into the film. she's quoted by Page Six as saying "I didn't like the movie ... Sundance is weird. The movies are weird - you actually have to think about them when you watch them." oy!

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addicted to mentholyptus

so i'm fighting off my first legit cold in about a year. after getting about five minutes of sleep on sunday night, my body apparently entered a weakened state and some sort of virus tried bustin' my balls. usually colds are no big whoops, but getting a cold on January 27th posed a little bit of an issue for me. let me set the scene.

i started coughing around 12:30pm or so yesterday afternoon. you know, a cough here or there. no biggs. but when 2pm rolled around, i began a consistent coughing fit that lasted until about 7pm. not any irratating, morning after smoker-type cough, but your occasional hack here and there. you know how it is, the mini-coughs you get right before you get the flu. in the big picture, none of this really matters. but i was faced with a major dilemna, because i had been scheduled for MONTHS to go see Johnny Marr and The Healers at The Magic Stick last night. do i go down to The Stick to see one of my all-time heroes or do i rest and recuperate on my couch and go to bed early? i think that i'm beginning to show my age (28 buzz), because i ended up passing on the concert to watch "My So Called Life" on DVD and the first 45 minutes of "Joe Millionaire." speaking of Joe Millionaire, i'm pretty sure that Sarah introduced Evan to the works of Billy Joel. if you get my meaning. but anyway, for those of you (like me) who didn't get to go to Marr last night, here's an email exchange between The Grizz and myself about the occurences of last night.

-----Original Message-----
From: The Grizz
Sent: Tuesday, January 28, 2003 9:04AM
To: Uncle Grambo
Subject: Marr

summed up best by nummer. "forgettable"

--- "Uncle Grambo" wrote:
that sucks. i was cashed out by 9:45, couldn't even stay up to see who got the boot on Joe Millies. as soon as you left, i got up to make myself a cup of tea but decided that sleep would be better. thank god for Drew & Mizz, i found out that MoJo got the hammer dropped on her.

sorry for dissing out. i still feel like Thade but at least i feel rested.

did you see damore?


--- "The Grizz" wrote:
you don't have to feel like thade, but nice thade reference nonetheless.

when we got there we caught up with nummer, repped some sgt. pepperonis, and went upstairs where we were immediately greeted by GKVizz, damore and friggedy. GKV was talking a lot about his vibe. it was pretty hot.

marr came on at about 10:20; mandy, nummer and i stayed for about 10 songs and then took off. all the songs sounded sort of generic and marr's vocals sort of sucked. damore compared their sound to the stone roses circa "second coming." i think that praise is a little high.

anyway, one of the guitar players looked like peabs. other than that, you didn't miss anything.

glad you got some rest last nizz. you should go home early today if you can.

peace in the east

so i'm sitting here at work this morning sucking down some Cherry Halls Mentholyptus Plus, the kind with the Medicine Center. so much buzz in that middle. mmmmm ... mentholyptus.

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monday, january 27  

freep scoops news

it's 4:17 pm. as previously reported on whatevs.org, Lions Insider JP McKrengels informed the FOW Nation that Marty Mornhinweg was fired from his position as Lions head coach. the press conference with Matt Millen just wrapped up (around 4:01pm) and The Freep has already posted a story online at Freep.com. The DetNews simply links to an AP story, but their front page has a graphic of Steve Mariucci and the words "the former 49ers coach is expected to replace (Mornhinweg)". positive props to The Freep for already putting a story together on this late-breaking story (complete with quotes from the press conference !!!), and negative journalistic props must go out to The DetNews for going to press with a "story" (if graphics can be considered a story) built solely on rampant speculation! i heard that Dewey Defeated Truman, do you think it's true??? The News would probably print it!

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mornhinweg buzz

from ESPN.com ... "ESPN.com's Len Pasquarelli reports that sources close to Steve Mariucci said today the former 49ers coach has not been contacted by the Lions about coaching in Detroit next season. Radio station WDFN reported today that Mariucci was going to be the next Lions coach, fueling speculation. The sources tell Pasquarelli that Mariucci is uncertain whether he wants to coach next season.

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krengels buzz

by day he's a mild mannered ad exec at a reputable agency downtown, but apparently our boy JP McKrengels is pulling double duty as a Lions Insider. he just forwarded this press release that states that the Detroit Lions have fired Head Coach Marty Mornhinwheg. to quoth Krengzies, "I hear that the new replacement is none other than former 49er's coach and friend of Izzo.... Steve Mariucci! Matt Millen to hold Press Conf at 3:30 today." developing !!!

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jodi kantor = best"i was always a journalism groupie"

wow. i know that i mentioned this buzz a couple of weeks ago, but Jodi Kantor was officially named as the editor of The New York Times' Arts & Leisure section on Thursday. color your Uncle Grambo mega-impressed. this 27-year old Harvard Law dropout got her first job in journalism less than four years ago (working in the New York office of Slate) and is clearly a master of networking (she held a fellowship on Guiliani's staff). one part not listed by The Times in her short bio is that she currently holds the #1 position in my personal list of People That I Am Obsessively Jealous Of. through the magic of Google, i have found a couple of interviews with Miss Kantor (as pictured at right) from the last few days that are worth taking the time to digest. in an interview that appeared in Friday's New York Daily News,
she was asked about the kind of directional changes she will implement on the section when her appointment takes effect on March 1: "One thing that 'Arts & Leisure' will not be doing is choosing between pop culture and the more refined arts. These days, rap stars give breathtakingly good performances in Broadway plays, the most beloved show on TV explores Freudian theory with great subtlety, and novels about comic books win Pulitzers...(it) will probably look and feel different in a few months." meanwhile, over at MSNBC.com, a full Q&A session with Kantor is featured -- she comes off as very intelligent and quite astute about how the NYT's cultural coverage should adapt in the short and long term. even though I'm REALLY jealous of her, it sounds like the folks over at The Times made a great decision on this hire. I, for one, will certainly be looking forward to picking up the Sunday editions with greater frequency beginning in March.

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super best wknd

another weekend gone by, another monday where i'm tired and slightly hung ovs. been v. busy this morning, which is too bad considering i have little or no energy because i only got about five minutes of sleep last nizz. spent most of the night hurling, but not from being overserved. i ate some bad food somewhere along the way, which is unsurprising considering how much food i threw down my cakehole yesterday. so much mexican dip, so much kielbasa, so many tortilla chips, so many slices of ham, and i'm pretty sure that the two slices of pizza i had for lunch didn't help matters much. shatts.

anyhooz, here's a few links to keep you occupied this morn / afternoon, courtesy of Flak Magazine. first off is a dissection of Miller Light's "Cat Fight" ad, which is currently the fave :30 ad of hetero males everywhere. the writer (some bloke named Bob Cook) has an interesting take on why Miller Lite has decided to stoop so low on the evolutionary ladder of advertising and what they forgot -- "(Miller Lite) has made a fundamental error in its advertising — it doesn't tell you the stuff is any good. No matter how you advertise it, no matter how many jiggling breasts and late-night, 900-number-ad-style come-ons you air, the ads will be ineffective in actually selling the product if you don't give a tangible reason to consume it." good point, but c'mon ... who doesn't dig scantily clad hotties mud wrestling for beer?

even better than Cook's article are Lindsay Robertson's recaps of "Joe Millionaire". ever since the days of Mighty Big TV (which evolved into Television Without Pity), the TV episode recap has been one of the web's best features. biting, hilarious and served with a heaping dose of sarcastic contempt, the recap flourished for years but has recently devolved into boring chick talk. but Robertson succeeds where other recaps have failed, mainly because she manages not to get too far off topic or too long winded in her posts; instead she concentrates on providing hilarious insights ("Sarah. Prissy, rockin'-bodied blonde ISO some hot leg action. Loves to kiss and tell.") in a relatively concise manner. so take a spin over to Flak to check out these articles and many more. tatts.

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friday, january 24  

"detroit has more of an image problem than an anorexic at prom time"

this rant courtesy of the one and only Grizz. mad props must be unleashed for providing whatevs.org with a steady stream of Piping Hot Content all this week. this little piece about Tha D and how our how thin our collective skin is will make you laugh out loud at least three times. however, for me, the best part is that subtly exposes the biggest taboo in Detroit, and i'm not talking about race relations or police enforcement or casinos or prostitution or bombed out buildings or homelessness or even crizzack. the one thing that you just can't do as a Detroiter is to stand up and crack back on the City. every 12-stepper knows that the first step to recovery is to admit that you have a problem, and that's one thing Detroiters never do. our problem is that we're so overly protective of Tha D and all it stands (stood?) for, that we can't see the forest for the trees. but before i start going off and boring y'all to tears, i'll leave it up to the far more eloquent and hee-haw-larious Grizz to break it down for y'all ...

"so i come in to work this morning and the very first thing i see is julie hinds' ridiculous non-story in the freep (http://www.freep.com/entertainment/tvandradio/det24_20030124.htm). immediately i start fuming. the story focuses on the "cheap shots" that "american idol" dealt to detroit the other night when the judges knocked the city's talent pool. to quote hinds -- whose work i usually admire, it should be noted -- "detroit is still reeling from the beating it took on reality tv this week." (her other evidence? ferndale bob got the boot from "the bachelorette" on wednesday.) as far as the "american idol" judges not being impressed by the talent put forth by the D -- HELLO!?? HAVE YOU EVER SEEN AMERICAN FUCKING IDOL?? the whole show is built around the acid-tongued barbs of simon cowell and would be nothing without them. we tune in to the god damn show (in record numbers, mind you -- note uncle grambo's posts from yests) to see him rip apart talentless wannabes, so much so that it's pretty much the entire premise of the program. should that change just because he's in detroit, a city that's been bereft of buzz since the late '60s? should he be polite to the singers and the city because detroit's ego is more bruised than pete townshend's D after a late-nite online sesh? hardly. alas, hinds isn't the only culprit here; drew and mizz were going off on the wrif airwaves yesterday about how bad "american idol" had made the city of detroit look. to quote the late, great nell carter, "gimme a brizz." i think it's a case of detroiters wanting to look bad, almost craving others to take pot shots at us so we can act all defeated as a result. this city and its inhabitants are so inherently f'd that if any outsiders state the truth about our crumbling ruins of a city. we coil up into a little ball. it's fine if we say it -- "look where the fuck we stay at," D12 state, laughing, on its "devil's night" LP -- but if ryan seacrest should happen to make an off-hand remark about how cold the city is, everyone's up in arms about how bad our city is being portrayed on television. get over yourselves. you know what i'm saying? it's not like there's articles in the new york times, the atlanta journal constitution or the miami herald about how simon came through and made their cities look like shit, but here in detroit, the story's sitting there staring right at you. detroit should be god damn good and happy "american idol" even bothered coming through town -- both it and the latest "making the band" actually kicked off their talent searches here in the city -- not crying over how it was portrayed on film. furthermore, people are up in arms about how shitty "8 mile" made the city look. news for you, losers: all they did is come in and turn the cameras on. how about "boyz n the hood" or "menace?" were there stories in the LA times about how bad those movies made los angeles look? doubt it. detroit needs to wake up and take a cold hard look at itself. sure, eminem is the biggest pop star in the world, the white stripes have buzz and the magic stick is a cool place to bowl. but the city sucks. and that's cool, that's actually what i like about it. i've got no problems with detroit, i just happen to accept it for what it is. but so many people in this city are so defensive about admitting the truth or stating an observation about detroit that they're desperate for someone to say something bad about it -- like guineyprops, when he beats others to the punch with his fat jokes -- so they can act appalled at the very notion that this isn't the worst metropolis in the united states. but when it comes down to it, they never actually listen to what the people are saying and are too wrapped up in their own detroitosity to see the big picture. detroit has more of an image problem than an anorexic at prom time. but if people are really, truly concerned about the city and its future, why do they let kwame and his bizzoys dress up like pimps (pinstriped suits are the norm for Big K) and pushers (i seriously saw the mayor's "press secretary" wearing a sideways fedora hat with a feather in it on wdivizz local 4) when they're supposed to be leading detroit's charge into the future? and as for guiney's being dismissed on "the bachelorette" making the city look bad -- or famie's bad rice, another argument hinds posed -- let's be god damn motherfuckin rease. obvs."

-the grizz

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besteverything i learn, i learn from MTV

a few quick hits from MTV.com before i'm off to meetings for the next three hours...

  • good news for Dido fans. one of whatevs.org's fave hotties is currently recording her follow-up to the multi-platinum smash "No Angel" and is targeting a fall release date. can't wait for more of that ethereal acoustic dreaminess...

  • as whatevs.org astutely noted back on July 29th, Brit Brit was "all dolled-up and looking like a two-bit sellout" in those Skechers 4Wheeler ads. well, it turns out that the rest of the American public felt the same way and avoided those rollerskates like they avoided "Pluto Nash." to add insult to injury, Skechers is now claiming that their relationship with Britney lost them tens of millions of dollars. "We did not get any value out of the money we gave her," Skechers attorney Daniel Petrocelli alleges, as Skechers prepares to file suit against Britney for breach of contract for "skating out" on a 3-year contract with the company. developing ...

  • this last bit of news is a few days old, but interesting nonetheless. next week's Billboard Music Charts reveal that The Donnas will sail 50 spots higher on next week's Top 200 Albums Chart, landing at a respectable #67. while actual sales figures for "Spend The Night" were not listed, it's fair to assume the band sold around 20,000 records after their performances on TRL and SNL. i heard "Take It Off" on WRIF last night, of all places. hottness.

    while that's all well and good, the real story of the charts this week is that Kid Rock's "Cocky" has moved into the Top 20 for the first time in over a year, thanks to the success of his duet with Sheryl Crow on "Picture." the single has, according to MTV, "re-introduced the pimp of the nation to adult contemporary formats, where his "Only God Knows Why" once had a home, and established his place on country radio." that's great news for Kid, who has been trashed all over the plizz because "Cocky" didn't even come close to replicating the success of "Devil Without A Cause." but as we all know, with every silver lining there's a cloud. the bad news is that the record still sucks.

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attack of The Grizz

besides the fantastic Ferrell vs. Farrell that is posted directly below, whatevs.org's fave member of the press hits readers with a whopping three stories in today's Detroit News. first and foremost, you may have read it here first yesterday, but The Grizz reports on the recent success of "American Idol." the similarities are verrrrry interesting (Grambo: "absolutely TROUNCED some very stiff competition", Grizz: "trounced the competition"). booya!

if music's your thing, reviews of The Raveonettes' "Whip It On" ("Imagine the White Stripes as a '50s-era, B-horror loving duo with the Jesus and Mary Chain's Jim Reid on vocals and Elvira on drums") and "Music from the Motion Picture 'Chicago' " are also featured. Here's a choice quote from the latter:

"Don't be fooled by the rocks that she's got, she's still (she's still) Zeta from the block. Seriously, if Jennifer Lopez can pass herself off as a pop star to the tune of platinum sales, where's the Catherine Zeta-Jones solo album? When she sings "the gin is cold, but the piano's hot!" on the "Chicago"-opening "All That Jazz," she exudes such a crazy verve and a sexy confidence that you want her to book studio time with Ja Rule to record a slinky, radio-friendly duet ASAP."

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thursday, january 23  


Ferrell vs. Farrell
by The Grizz

Come mid-February, the battle at the box-office will heat up, BIG TIME, when "Daredevil" opens up one week prior to the hotly anticipated "Old School." While on the surface these two pictures have very little, if anything, in common -- other than their target audience of adolescent males -- there's a grudge match between the two movies' stars taking place just below the surface. No, jerkies, I'm not talking about Ben Affleck and Luke Wilson, but rather, Will Ferrell and Colin Farrell. Who will come out on top of this fiercely competitive war that has divided the streets in two even moreso than the Jay-Z / Nas battle royale of the last two years? Let's look at the tale of the tape.










Originally From

Irvine, CA

Dublin, Ireland

Seen As

A proudly overgrown nerd

A handsome, profane, chain-smoking bad boy

Best Known For

His years of hard work on SNL

His ability to keep landing plum roles in huge Hollywood films ("Minority Report," "Hart's War," "The Recruit") and failing to break through in any of them

Best Role

George W. Bush on SNL

Vanity Fair cover model

First Role

TV's "Bucket of Blood" (1995)

TV's "Ballykissangel" (1996)

Right Hand Man

Chris Kattan

Joel Schumacher

Salary Buzz

$350,000 for SNL, 2001-02

$5 million for "The Recruit," $8 million for "S.W.A.T."


Yes (wrote "A Night at the Roxbury")





"Bachelorette" Doppleganger

Bob Guiney



"Few people know I'm fueled by my massive hatred of immigrants" (as Neil Diamond)

"I tell them, 'When you're at home puking your guts out, I'll be here drinking my Amstel Light." (on drinking tequila)

In 5 Years Will Be

Still making modestly successful comedies

Still waiting for his big break


The new Bill Murray at best, the new Chevy Chase at worst

The new Rob Lowe

Verdict: Will Ferrell by TKO. "Old School" looks best, and he has an everyman quality that is genuinely appealing. On the other hand, all C. Farrell has is a stash of photos (probably on loan from his boy Schumies) of George Lucas, Steven Speilberg, Tom Cruise and Tom Arnold all crazy gettin' it on in the back of a Volkswagon while Ben Affleck tapes them. How else to explain all those roles? Worst.

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further proving my theory that "everyone loves white girls"

shiiiiiiit. when you're right, you're right. i've been spouting this theory for years and have yet to be proven wrong. a quick google search of whatevs.org reveals four different mentions of the phrase, and here is another example to back up my point. US Weekly is reporting (via PageSix) that Nicole Kidman and Q-Tip (former lead singer of A Tribe Called Quest) were spotted at the ultra-trendy NYC sushi bar Nobu "making out a lot over dinner." according to the article, Q and Satine "have been kicking it for over a month now" and met through their mutual pal Leo DiCaprio. bonita applebaum you GOTTA put me on!

btw, everybody loves white girls. especially your Uncle Grambo.

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simon!it's on fox

the only thing with more buzz than The Donnas is the Fox television network. according to The Drudge Report, Fox handed a severe beatdown to its other network competitors for the third straight night. by now, everyone knows that "Joe Millionaire" is must-see TV, but "American Idol" was a mongo question mark on the network's schedule as little as three days ago. everyone was openly wondering whether it would be able to repeat the success of the summer edition, which had little or no competition from other original programming during the summer months. well the answer was an overwhelming "Hellzyeah!", as Tuesday's season premiere led Fox to the highest-rated night of entertainment programming in the network's history!!! but last night's "Idol" absolutely TROUNCED some very stiff competition with a 17.5 rating and 24 share, nearly doubling "The Bachelorette" (9.1 / 13). Simon, Randy and Paula also managed to punch "The West Wing" (7.9 / 11) in the gut and kick "60 Minutes 2" (6.8 / 10) in the nads. it's time to face facts -- Simon is the real "American Idol." forget my homegirl K. Clarkson, Simon IS responsible for this show's overwhelming success. fox = best evs, but simon = double best evs.

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wednesday, january 22  

yes, i'm tatts

check it out, now you too can be a commentator on whatevs.org! just added some Piping Hot Comment Coding to the site. obvs. let me know what you think. hott.

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ding dong the bitch is dead

mad breaking buzz. on the same day when it was revealed that the RIAA won a legal battle that will force Verizon to turn over names of music file-swappers, reports are breaking left and rizz that Hilary Rosen, the Chairwoman of the RIAA, will step down from her post at the end of this year. her name first surfaced in the late `90s during the Great Metallica / Shawn Fanning Wars, when she and Lars successfully lobbied Capitol Hill and led the efforts to disband Napster. obvs, this was worst. i'm sure that she will spend the next 11 or so months continuing to take on people who trade music online, but hopefully her replacement ends up being will bring some forward thinking to the table and concentrate on alternative means of promoting musical artists and the sales of their product instead of spending time waging an impossible war.

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The Aftermizz Of The Golden Globes
a photographic retrospective compiled by uncle grambo

Best intro since Letterman's infamous Uma / Oprah mishap. "Bonnie, meet Bono. Bono, meet Bonnie." wait, now that i think about it, that really isn't funny at all. i suck.

easily one of the best revelations of the night was "The Princess Ds" herself, Anne Hathaway. who knew that Princess D stood for D-cups? or as Pantalons was overheard saying on Friday night at Fifth Ave, "bigboobs.org"!!!

Cynthia Nixon from "Sex and The City" got no props, but i thought that her look was easily one of the evening's best. simple, classy and elegant all at the same time. Julianne Moore should steal her stylist when the Oscars come 'round.

winning the Gary Busey Award for "Worst Public Display Of Being A Raging Cokehead" was Colin Worst-ell. when he presented the awards with his crappy Irish brogue, he was sniffing more than Jeff Richards doing his Busey impression! and he dropped S-bombs during a pre-show interview with Nancy O'Dell!!! despite the piece of AZZZ on his arm (who is this girl? yahoo didn't reveal), who smokes on the red carpet? totally shows zero class. this dude thinks he's too cool for school ... how does he keep getting roles? no buzz.

Big Fat Worst Evs. Dude, that schnozz might just rival Owen Wilson's for Worst Schnozz Of 2002. nice makeup! it looks like she went down to the local Walmart makeup counter before the show and passed out in a bucket of rouge.

speaking of hideous makeup, what the F happened to Cate Blanchett? she looks like a god damn bag lady. she looks like the living incarnation of My Worst Nightmare Of The Morning After. i think CB is one of the world's most gorgeous women, so hopefully this was just a one-night anomaly.

dude, SJP is giving Vardaworst a run for her money in the Great Schnozz-Off of 2003! i've never seen Sarah Jessica look as awful as she did on Sunday nizz. yukk!

these two have got to be the coolest couple going. despite the overwhelming failure of "Frida", Ed and Salma are the coolest couple since Chris Martin and Gwynnie. salma looks straight up foxxxy and ed is dressed classy cool, though his peeps should've gone with one of those silver ties that most guys were wearing.

don't mess with my TuTu! no discussion of the Golden Globes would be complete without some Lara Flynn Buzz-le. i know that Joan Rivers and the rest of the Hag Posse gave LFB all kindsa shit for this outfit, but just about every dude alive knew that she looked sexxxy as all get out. hummuna hummuna!

i don't want to steal any of Kegzie's buzz (The Hiltons are the Patron Saints of Glamorama), but what kind of after party would be complete without Paris and Nicky? sssssssmokin! and, for the record Kegzies, I got dibs on Paris!

C Diaz looked like such a slutball that i just had to post her picture, even if it is supertinybuzz. and by "slutball" i really mean "sex kitten." RAWR!

now it's time to move on to Debra Messy. seriously, i've never really understood the appeal of her. sure, back when she was all young and hott on "Ned and Stacey" (first "Ned and Stacey" reset in years!) she was the bomb, but she's just been getting grosser and grosser as time has gone by. check out them hips! how come they're so close to the ground? does she have midget legs? is she smuggling footballs in her pockets? WTF? so sick and so nast, she makes Vardalos look positively droolworthy.

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quoth The Lawrs

"I think she's really going to skank out on the next episode."

The Lawrs is one of the unsung FOWs who just doesn't get his deserved props ... until now, that is. after cracking up just about everyone at Fifth Ave (CoPa stizz) on Friday night with his Igor Larionov impressions ("Hey, hey Haaawk-eee-towwwn, ah whee-oooo!"), The Lawrs scores some prime quotes in an article focusing on the controversies surrounding "The Bachelorette." obvs, it was none other than The Grizz who wrote this top-notch piece that also manages to grab quotes from Trista herself, as well as Ferndale Bob (who is still alive and kicking in tonight's episode) and our cousin J-Bo. other than scoring some great quotes, this subject matter of this article digs deeper than whether or not "The Bachelorette" is a good / bad television program -- The Grizz chooses to focus on the cultural impact that the show might have. will audiences (particularily females) get turned off by what Matt Lauer calls "the floozy factor"? will this show help conquer the great gender divide of sleeping around (my self-dubbed "Stud / Slut Dynamic" ... take THAT Lauer!)? who knows, but take some time to read the article and you won't be disappointed.

"The Bachelorette" appears on ABC tonight at 9pm. as if you didn't already know!

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i heart tennis

mmmm, daniela hantuchova buzz ...
whoah!nice gams

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tuesday, january 21  

tickets to what you need

he's turning Madonna down and calling it his best move. he's got the tickets to what you need!

tickets to what you need

(image courtesy of The Grizz)

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SNL Host Buzz over here

(courtesy of Nummer)

"Saturday Night Live" is relying on an even mix of first timers and old pros to headline the show throughout the month of February, according to a source at the show.

The fun will begin February 8, when Matthew McConaughey and Dixie Chicks are both scheduled to make their debuts. McConaughey's latest film, the romantic comedy "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days," hits theaters that weekend. Dixie Chicks latest album, "Home," is up for Album of the Year at this year's Grammy awards.

"Alias" star Jennifer Garner is set to take on hosting duties the next weekend, February 15, with musical guest Beck back for a fourth time. Garner co-stars with Ben Affleck in the action film "Daredevil," opening that weekend. Beck's album "Sea Change" is up for Best Alternative Music Album at the Grammys.

The month is slated to end with a bang, as Christopher Walken returns for a sixth time as host, alongside the music of Foo Fighters, Grammy nominated for their rock song "All My Life."

All guests are subject to change until confirmed by NBC.

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the donnas have so much buzz

the donnas want YOU!

when it comes to Buzz Bands these days, nobody's hotter (literally AND figuratively) than The Donnas. their 30 minute set on MTV2 last mondizz rocked TRL, but was nothing compared to their utterly rad performances of "Take It Off" and "Who Invited You?" on SNL this wknd. now renowned music writer Greil Marcus is spouting their praises on the pages of Salon.com ... so much buzz! so much buzz that i even forgive them for getting my car stolen at their October 2001 show at the Magic Stick! when you can overcome Stolen Car Vibes, you know you're hotter than hott. anyway, here's what Greil had to say ...

2) Donnas, "Spend the Night" (Atlantic)

"Faster than sound," as Big Brother and the Holding Company put it 35 years ago in San Francisco, up the Peninsula from the Donnas' Palo Alto. But Big Brother didn't have Skyline Boulevard in their blood. Speed-shifting on the Skyline turns at midnight, way above the Stanford hills, is just what the Donnas' new music feels like -- except when it feels like X in 1980, the punk band burning their song "Los Angeles" into the pavement like rubber. Today "You Wanna Get Me High" jumps off the radio, as familiar as weather, as much of a shock as lightning hitting your house. "Take It Off" is right behind. This is what rock 'n' roll never forgets -- or rather it's what rock 'n' roll always forgets, until people like Brett Anderson, Maya Ford, Torry Castellano and Allison Robertson find it.

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return of whatevs!

so much buzz, so little time. sorry for the lack of updates over the last few days, i was out sick on Friday and yesterday was some MLK hittins. obvs. i'm booked solid in meetings until 4pm, which blows because i've got lots to say about the events of the last five days. but we'll start with this quick hit...

in Hollywood, it is a time-tested rule that all press is good press. apparently not for my Jailbait Homegirl Winonzies Rizz, because it looks like her recent grand theft and vandolism conviction has landed her in B-movie hell. winona just signed on to appear in an upcoming film called "Eulogy", which also stars such acting stalwarts as "Everybody Hates" Ray Romano, Hank "Don't Call Me Apu" Azaria, and Monica "Still Attempting To Ride On Patch Adams Buzz" Potter. the project will be written and directed by some lame ass named Michael Clancy, who is so well respected in Hollywood that he doesn't even appear on the IMDB. winona ... worst.

more lates ...

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thursday, january 16  

rant de peabs

this will be self-explanatory. the following is a rant that I received this afternoon from the one and only Peabs. it is a work of art.

From: Peabs
Date: Thu, 16 Jan 2003 12:36:50 EST
Subject: Barflizzies.
To: markdgraham@yahoo.com

Lately, yours truly, Peabs, has been spending most of his tiz either jazzing on your miz, or pseudo-managing at G-Willie-T style. And upon doing the latter, I have come across some characters worthy of namedropping; peeps that make JP McKrengels and Al Franken seem like nobodies, full on Kev Costner-stizz.

Flashbiz to Monday niz, circa Midnizzies.

There's this cock-star we like to call Tony Soprano, not so much for his striking resemb to James Gandolbestevs, but more so for his striking gorilla features, not so much Gorilla-stizz, but ya know, a fucking monkey. So Tony Toni Tone digs sitting at the biz, drinking a Coke, and swearing at his multiple personalities. Or he has tourette's (best!) and is swearing at the television. Either way equals "So fucking tigs." in the overall equation of liz. Oh yeah, to bizzoot, he has a larynx biz or whatevs-- you know, those tigs contraptions when you smoke ten packs a diz since you were cold kickin' it in the coal mines at age 6, Sissy Spacek-stizz-- so you can barely hear him spizz, thus making his random spouting off of expletives even that much more enjoyably tigs.

Howevs-- and there's always a tigs howevs in every stizz-- Tony S. didn't even compizz to the next Bozo that stumbled into G-Besties the other niz. This fucking cock-ring had obvs been out playing his version of the Grand Prize Game, with a full on raging boner for all things fagolicious, as he entered the biz all F'ed on who-the-fuck-knows-what (anybody that's done who-the-fuck-knows-what will understizz). He asks if we're open and if he can have a drizz. Yours truly wanted to say: "Obvs you fucking dildo, it's a biz, so lick my tats." But unfortch, I cannot spizz such brilliance. I notice it's 1:45 in the morn, so this douchenozzle has got a drink's worth alloted. He orders up a Mic Lizz and a shot of Crown Rizzie (which he ends up drizzing a sip, the fucking puss-bag!), and I tell him it's last call for alcohol, like a bad song by SemiSonic. He says, "Yes, sir" and salutes me. Now, anyone that knows Peabs knows his infatuation with the hatred of all militant forces; yours truly, the son of Fos, raging 70's neo-hippie galore; so I found his salute to me to be preposterous, totally worst! The man introduces himself as Woody... 15 times. And, he asks me my names nearly as many times, which was followed by "Continental Lanes welcomes you, Matt!" Fucking wack job. Woodrow then proceeds to thank me for spending all of the money. I reply: "On what?" His answer?

"You know what, Matt. You know. That new Mustang."

While I already knew that W wasn't rizz in the hizz, this solidified it. Of course, until he decided to get all Super Racist Dude all up on this piece, shouting his disdain for African-Americans and continuing to salute me, thank me, and introduce his worthless, piece of shit self. On a scale of one to tiz for full-on worst evs wack job, this dude was off the charts. Plus, his name was fucking Woody! Who in the fuck is named Woody anymore? Not since the glorious days of Woody from Cheers just the charcter, not Harrelson), or Woody Woodpecker, or Ohio State coach Woody or Woody "Don't Call Me Woodrow" Wilson has the name been tigs. Even the resurgence of recent Clemson QB and current NFL washout Woodrow "Woody" Danzler couldn't save the name.

And after Monday Niz, the once great name of Woody was set back years. Decades even.

The name Matthew, howevs, was not. I am gorgeous.

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wednesday, january 15  

et al

not a lot to discuss today. as i feared, my lack of strenuous work yesterday has led to a semi-hellish day today. alas, i've still got some buzz left in me, some of which originates from the collective mindshare of the FOW Nation. clicky clicky!

  • in response to The Supreme Court decision to uphold lengthier copyrights protecting the profits of songs, books and cartoon characters, The Gorilla sent along this reaction:

    "Disney sucks it hard, they make shit loads of money off public domain children’s stories (Cinderella, Snow White, et. al) and then they buy votes in congress to keep their own intellectual property from falling into the public domain. The checks and balances don’t work when Congress has a mouth full of Goofy balls. Worse than worst – full-on-German Wurst."

    i couldn't agree more, i can't see why the Public Domain laws should be changed just to benefit corporate behemoths like Disney and AOL/Time Warner. alas, i guess that's what the Big Bucks can buy you these days.

  • if you have spent anytime with Coach Glinka recently, you know that he knows more about Muggles and Hogwarts than just about any other Gen X'er. whether or not that's a good thing is still up for debate. regardless, he was kind enough to take the time to pass along the word that the fifth Harry Potter book will be released on June 21st. quoth The Coach, "Dude, Dumbledore is gonna reveal everything!"

  • add this to the growing list of accomplishments made by people younger than me. it looks like Jodi Kantor, a 27 year-old editor at Slate.com, is the new front runner to become the editor of The New York Times' "Arts & Leisure" section. mega-impressive, but i'm surprised they didn't look for the editor of whatevs.org!!!

  • while it doesn't quite stack up to "Joe Millionaire", ABC's "The Bachelorette" earns special buzz because it features a local dude on the show. i saw Bob out at Dick O'Dow's last Thursday night, but surprisingly he wasn't really recognized. that's all about to change, because The Grizz profiles him in today's Detroit News.

  • The Los Angeles Times' Robert Hilburn has taken a few months off from writing his "Ask Robert Hilburn" column, but Tuesday's edition finally featured a new column.

  • "It's definitely different than a T-shirt". Devoted alumni and fans of their college team can show their undying school spirit with college-themed caskets. (thanks to Maw for this story!)

  • the following is a mini-editorial (complete with link!) from JP McKrengels: "Perhaps our man in Amsterdam (well Poland really) Kegzies was right? In the 90's we had the "Decade of the Woman" or was it just a year (it sure felt like a decade). Now that Bush is here maybe we'll have the "Decade of the WASP". Take a look at this article involving President Bush and the University of Michigan's racial admissions battle. I for one, will now be applying and getting accepted to both Michigan's B- School and Law School simultaneously. Looks like I'll have some tough Postgraduate choices in the next year or so. I'm inspired! Hot New York Jewish girls... here I come!" (in response to http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/national/AP-Bush-Affirmative-Action.html)

  • finally, the lovely and talented Miss Melody Licious passed along the following info in response to my post regarding the RW/RR BOTS...best!

    ---------- Melody Licious wrote:

    I'm completely in love/addicted to Battle of the Sexes. It could only be better if it was two hours long. I'm such a fan/nerd I even have a Fantasy Challenge team on Mtv.com. I'm hoping the Belgian > doesn't get voted off because he's just too hot. Same goes for all gay boys. Anyway, here are some more related websites for your p.e.

    www.princessmelissa.com - Melissa from New Orleans Real World. Check out the "real world" section for her inside scoop at the BOTS episodes. The rest of it is pretty much crap

    www.countrytoconcrete.org - Danny from New Orleans' website

    www.planetjulie.com - Julie from New Orleans' website. It's pretty boring though.

    www.planetsocks.com - Hilarious recaps. The usually post BOTS and RW episode with in 48 hours of the episode's airing.

    www.televisionwithoutpity.com - recaps of all your favorite shows done in a hilarious manner. It usually takes 3 or 4 days (sometimes more) for the recap to be posted, but they are usually pretty thorough and funny.

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tuesday, january 14  

recent obsessions

i love days like this. today has been a brief respite from the sheer volume of projects that normally fly across my desk in a given day. and because your visits mean so much to me, i'm going to capitalize on this opportunity to spend a little time gabbing about some of the better things i've stumbled upon on recent visits along the Information Superhighway.

anybody whose ever visited this site before or spent 22 seconds talking to me knows that i'm a pop culture freak. and if you like to get freaky on the Pop Culture tip even half as much as i do, you need to stop what you're doing and click on over to Gawker.com. by their own definition, Gawker is "a live review of city news, and by news we mean, among other things, urban dating rituals, no-ropes social climbing, Condé Nastiness, downwardly-mobile i-bankers, real estate porn -- the serious stuff." in layman's terms, it's a Manhattan-centric blog that caters to young, trendy aspiring members of the glitterati, somehow managing to balance tawdry Page Six type gossip and crisp analysis of literary comings and goings. in other words, it is everything that whatevs.org aspires to be. updated multiple times throughout the day, Gawker is equal parts Smart and Sexxxy and will quickly become one of your Refresh-worthy sites. on top of all this, they are starting to break in with exclusive, original content that fits their mold through and through. for example, a piece called ""The Search For A Perfect Coke Dealer" was posted yesterday. i can't quite put my finger on whether or not it is pure fiction or a pure interview, but my guess is that it's a little of both. regardless, it's fascinating and funny and an all-around great read. Gawker -- best new website in ages!

however, i know there has to be some FOWs out there who could care less that "Celeb #1 is bangin' Celeb #2" or whether or not Pornikova has a tattoo on her arse. i know that you're few and far between, but i know that you're out there. the best thing about Sarah Hepola is that i'm very confident that her work will appeal to FOWs of all shapes and sizes. i first stumbled upon this Austin-based freelance writer on a site called The Morning News.org when she wrote an article about Ilan Mitchell-Smith, better known as Wyatt from "Weird Science." i linked to this story a few months back, but discovered that Miss Hepola had a site (Sarah Hepola.com) that she updated every so often. and in the past couple of days, she has written a couple of fantastic short stories that exist somewhere in the plane between fiction and reality. her most recent piece currently resides at the top of her site, and it feels to me like a meditation on breaking up with a boyfriend. it reminds me a little bit of a piece of dialogue from "Kicking And Screaming", where Grover laments that Jane has quit smoking. here's an excerpt:

"When we used to smoke we’d stay up till 3am drinking red wine and confessing everything, tipping over glasses and ripping seams, and I would wake up at 6am, having forgotten everything but the cigarettes, tens of them, thousands of them, stuck in my clothes and my hair, my tongue feeling as if it had grown a beard, and ashes on the floor, and ashes in the bed. You snored liked a giant.
“I’m never smoking again,” I told you when you woke.
“This is foul,” I told you as we made the bed. “Foul, foul.”
“I don't even like cigarettes,” I told you as we cleaned.
But the sun went down and it turned cold outside and I just wanted to join you, in the chair by the window where you sat, smoking."
-Sarah Hepola, from Sarah Hepola.com

you should click through and read the rest, and while you're there, scroll down to the entry that begins "We met in a coffeeshop in Dallas and I couldn’t believe it" and read it. it will take you three minutes and i guarantee it will be worth your while. and if you're itchin' for more Sarah, link on through to a piece she recently wrote for The Morning News.org called "A Game of Skill, Strategy, Chance" ... this is a slightly longer piece about falling in love while playing board games. i don't know what it is about her writing, but her work hits me in the same place that Noah Baumbach's films and Douglas Coupland's books hit me ... i know these characters, i've had these conversations, how do they know me so well if they've never even met me? i don't know, maybe you'll feel the same way or maybe these pieces won't really jive with your sensibilities. however, if you're down, let me know.

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click click click

before i scoot out the door to pick up "Blue Crush" and "About A Boy" from Besties, here are a few noteworthy links for you to nibble on...

  • i should've linked to this a few weeks ago but i forgot. The Grizz and Tom Long collaborated on this comprehensive review of the Year 2002. included within is basically everything that you need to win the Pink Pie when the 25th Anniversary Edition of Trivial Pursuit comes out in 2006.

  • are you as infatuated with the Real World / Road Rules "Battle Of The Sexes" as I am? of course not, you actually have a life. but if you care to dip your toe in the Ocean of Bunim-Murray Obsession, a great place to start is with the blogs of the show's participants. there are a few net-savvy cast members whose recaps of "behind the scenes" occurences from each episode are positively priceless. they include Colin's World (obvs from Colin of the RW Hawaii Cast) and Everything Lori (Lori from RW NYC who, incidentally, is the hottest Real World or Road Rules cast member of all-time). enjoy!

  • going virtually unnoticed (because it happened during the holidays) was the death of ace photog Herb Ritts. media outlets from coast to coast attributed the death to "complications stemming from pneumonia", which we all know is code for AIDS. a column that appeared in New York's Newsday magazine suggests that the lack of "energetic reporting" is a throwback to the closeting of AIDS during the Reagan-era. this is a well-thought out and very interesting piece, especially for those of you who follow the media as closely as i do.

  • spinning off in a completely divergent direction from the last bullet point is this interview with Christopher Walken that appeared in yesterday's Los Angeles Times. anyone who has seen "Catch Me If You Can" knows that Walken's performance as Frank's father is the crutch that allows Leo's performance to shine. without the understated and genius-level work of Walken, i guarantee this movie would've fallen into the same sentimental BS territory as Spielberg's last six or seven flicks. check out the interview because Walken rules.

  • if you grew up in the `80s, chances are you have a tape or CD somewhere in your collection of Yaz's "Upstairs At Eric's." if this is indeed the case, you'll probably be interested to hear that Alison Moyet has released a new album. Salon.com profiles her and fills us in on what she's been up to for the last 10 or so years...

  • this one speaks for itself. "A Russian court has upheld a $10,000 fine imposed on an advertising agency for showing a clip from the U.S. film comedy "The Big Lebowski" that the government says contributed to a rampage by soccer thugs in Moscow." at least they didn't pee on his rug!

  • last but not least, is there an Untz Fan alive who doesn't love listening to Pete Tong's "Essential Mix"? available online through BBC Radio, this show is broadcast every Friday afternoon live. "so what?" you ask. well, i retort with "on January 31st through February 2nd they'll be broadcasting live from New York"! special guests include Funkmaster Flex and DJ Cipha Sounds, who threw down some absolutely SICK tracks in Spike Lee's latest film, "25th Hour." this will be worth firing up your good ole Real Player during work and listening in. obvs.

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aussie open hotnessdee-lishyesterday buzz

i apologize for the lack of Piping Hot Content yesterday, especially with some of the ricockulously tawdry stories that broke. first and foremost was the controversy from Down Unda regarding whether or not Anna Kournikova recently got a tattoo on her ass. yes, on a day where #1 seed and defending Australian Open champ Jen "I Date Chandler" Capriati lost in the first round, Pornikova was still the top story. as Exhibit B on the right-hand side of this column demonstrates, Anna played her first round match with a visible ass bandage. wild speculation swirled that she had "Sergei" or "Enrique" tattooed there, but Kournies swears that it is a heat patch that she wears to treat her chronic back pain. one way or the other, you gotta love the fact that Anna's Ass is the #1 story on the tennis circuit.

while most of the free world will agree that Anna K is a Certified Grade A Hottie, i'm betting that she's way too old for Pete Townshend. it was a mere two months ago when whatevs.org linked to his review of Kurt Cobain's "Journals", in which Cobain famously wrote "I hope I die before I become Pete Townshend." looks like Cobain was right, because Townshend was arrested yesterday at his London home on child porn charges. the reports that Townshend was being investigated for viewing kiddie porn on the internet began surfacing on Saturday, and Pete issued a statement that he had viewed some materials to prepare in a legal fight to stop the distribution of child-P in the future. whoops, that turned out NOT to be the case. in fact, London's Sun tabloid is reporting that Townshend has even paid via credit card to view online images and movies. all in all, this puts PT up there with Wacko Jacko, R. Kelly and Gary Glitter as the top ranking musical sicko freaks. thank god i've never been a fan of The Who, the past six months or so have been simply devastating for their fans. first there was Entwhistle's OD and now this. reports of Roger Daltrey trying to resurrect his acting career are not available at press time.

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"this date is about as romantic as an iodine enema."

"she looked like a million bucks ... not that I know what a million bucks looks like."

"she's got the red hair, the red pants ... she's on fire!"

"sarah's a little more uptight than the girls that i usually date, but she's hot so I'm gonna give it a shot."

"joe millionaire" ... television doesn't get a whole lot better. TV's best new reality show had another exciting installment last night. after cutting 20 bachelorettes down to 12 in the first week's episode, Fox upped the ante on Extreme Reality by cutting another seven snaggletooth bimbos last night. just about the entire world was happy to see Joe / Evan give Heidi, the Uber-Beeyatch, the Heisman last night. how does she get by claiming she's only 24 years old? shiiiiiiiit, she doesn't look a day under 30. but still, that doesn't forgive Joe Construction Worker for giving MotorMouth Mojo a free pass into the next round. Seriously worst, but I think that Mojo's got a bitchy streak that will be revealed as soon as next week.

but before we even THINK about next Monday, Fox has got some ridiculously best evs shows on the horizon. Wednesday night will bring us "Man Vs. Beast", in which some crazy Japanese Hot Dog Eating Champion gets to go one-on-one in an eating contest with a bear and a "world class sprinter" gets to race a giraffe! and if that doesn't tickle yo fancy, Friday night's episode of "Fastlane" is being promoted as an evening in which we get to see Tiffani Amber-Hottie engage in some hot tub lesbo lovin' with Jaime "It's Already Been Baah-ROUGHT!" Pressley. this week has some serious potential as going down as one of the best TV viewing weeks evs. Guaranteed hottness to follow...

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monday, january 13  

twenty word reviews

i've taken the abuse long enough. the grizz and a handful of other FOWs have been slamming YT (yours truly) for months because all of my recent "twenty word reviews" have been just two words -- REVIEW TK. i'm going to try and get the 30-odd outstanding reviews completed this evening, but for your reading pleasure this afternoon, i have added reviews for three must-see films that i took in over the weekend. enjoy the buzz that is generated from these recaps of "About Schmidt", "25th Hour" and "Narc" ...

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more Top 10 2002 buzz

you may know him best as 1/2 of the "SNL Season 28 ... REVEALED!" team, but the FOW known simply as Nummer has excellent taste in music. in fact, if you flash back to January 21, 2002, he was the site's first guest contributor with his write-up of the Top 10 Shows of 2001. hott. anyhoozle, here is Nummer's look back at the Year in Music Circa 2002.


I didn't get too creative musically in 2002. I didn't rush out and buy as many new CDs as usual. Most of the new music I acquired this year came via CDR recommendations from friends. Because of this, most of the CDs I did buy were from "safety artists" that I can always count on to be good. The result? A list that isn't nearly as creative as year's past. Do I care? Not really.

10. The Vines "Highly Evolved" - Who cares if Cobain wrote half the songs. The album still rocks. Best summer album in years.
9. Tanya Donelly "Beauty Sleep" – I can't believe this didn't make a bigger splash.
8. Tom Waits "Alice" - Tom Waits has yet to do wrong. The material on this album was actually written back in the early 1990’s for a stage play loosely based on Alice in Wonderland. Excellent album.
7. Primal Scream "Evil Heat" - Track #4 is named Detroit. How can you not love it? While not as solid as 2000's XTRMNTR, it still gets cranked loud enough to piss off half of Warren Michigan.
6. Luna "Romantica" – “Salt and pepper squid, and Singapore noodles" anyone? Need I say more?
5. Phish "Round Room" - After nearly a two-year break, Phish gets back together to rehearse for a US Tour. After like two days, they decided to release the practice session as an album. The result is 76 some minutes of raw best.
4. Badly Drawn Boy "About A Boy" (sndtrk) - Did this album leave the CD player once during May? Nope.
3. Flaming Lips "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots" - Anyone who can listen to the first 4 tracks and not declare this an amazing album doesn't know music from a foghorn.
2. Badly Drawn Boy "Have you fed the Fish?" - Is there a “best of” list this year without this album? Thought not.
1. Tom Waits "Blood Money" - "All the good in the world, you can put inside a thimble, and still have room for you and me" - from the opening track "Misery is the River of the World”. Other joyous tracks include "Everything Goes to Hell", "God's Away on Business" and "Woe". This is the darkest album to come along in years. Just what I like.

The next five:
11. Trey Anastasio "Trey Anastasio"
12. Belle & Sebastian "Storytelling" (sndtrk)
13. Ekoostik Hookah "Ohio Grown"
14. Weezer "Maladroit"
15. ...Trail of the Dead "Source Tags and Codes"

On to shows....

Believe it or not, I saw 59 shows in 2002. Trimming the list down to the just 10 was pretty tough. Here goes:

10. Guns N' Roses/CKY/Mix Master Mike @ Palace of Auburn Hills - Auburn Hills, MI (11/21/02): Quite possibly the most ridiculous thing I've ever seen. At one point, Buckethead put down his guitar and just went to town with numchucks for a while. And Axl. Where to start?
9. Tanya Donelly/Chris Lee @ Magic Bag - Detroit, MI (4/4/02): Had to go solo! Didn't think it would be a tough sell. Apparently it was. I'd say there were less than 50 people there. Don't know why. The show was amazing.
8. The Flaming Lips (Unlimited Sunshine Tour) @ Phoenix Plaza - Pontiac, MI (8/20/02): They fucking covered Kylie! Combine that with costumed chaos, fake blood and Teletubby videos for a great summer night.
7. Badly Drawn Boy/Adam Green @ St. Andrews Hall - Detroit, MI (10/25/02): Not as good as his previous two Detroit area stops and it really sucked when he had to get off at 10:00 for Club Night, but the show still rocked.
6. Clinic/The Kingsbury Manx @ Shelter - Detroit, MI (3/30/02): Surgery masks. Clinic was the biggest buzzed band at the moment with great reason. Too bad the follow up show in October wailed in comparison.
5. Trey Anastasio @ Fox Theater – Detroit, MI (6/7/02): I’m such a sucker for this shit.
4. Wolf Eyes/The Animal Collective/Mammal @ CPOP - Detroit, MI (4/3/02): Wolf Eyes. Can they do wrong?
3. Belle & Sebastian/Slumber Party @ State Theater - Detroit, MI (5/10/02): Finally got to see them! I even made a first date out of it.
2. The Strokes/The White Stripes @ Chene Park - Detroit, MI (8/9/02): Totally blew away the shitty, shitty show the night before at Clutchies. Julian on crutches in front of the river? C'mon.
1. Andrew WK/Dirty Americans @ Shelter - Detroit, MI (3/18/02): Words can't describe. This may even be in my top 5 of all time. How can this man perform like this every night? Unforgettable.

The next five:
11. The Vines/OKGO @ Shelter - Detroit, MI (7/14/02)
12. Tenacious D/Home Town Hero @ Deltaplex - Grand Rapids, MI (4/9/02)
13. Luna/Sonic Boom @ Majestic - Detroit, MI (5/30/02)
14. Social Distortion @ Clutch Cargos - Pontiac, MI (6/17/02)
15. American Analog Set/Her Space Holiday @ Shelter - Detroit, MI (7/31/02) - They fucking sampled Wet Hot American Summer dialogue for Christ's sake!
Biggest show disappointment? Driving 4+ hours to Toronto in February for Gorillaz. Possibly the worst show ever.

That's it. Like I said, I missed tons of music this year. The Streets, Soundtrack of Our Lives, Beth Gibbons and the list goes on and on. I'm sure there was some other great stuff out there I'll pick up on in the coming months.

Thanks for reading,

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snl season 28 ... REVEALED!

while i can't wait to hear what Nummer and H-Bomb have to say about this weekend's Jeff Gordon / Avril Lavigne episode, their coney-laden reviews of the last two episodes are now posted for you and yours to enjoy. dig!

Episode 8 - Al Gore / Phish (12/14/02)
Special Episode: Christmas 2002 (12/17/02)

and Nummer revealed in a pre-Interpol conversation on Saturday night that THE DONNAS (!!!) are set to appear alongside Ray Liotta in Episode 10 this weekend! so hott!

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friday, january 10  

friday afternoon topic: OVERDUE PROPS!


"Double Dare" — When people talk about the truly great television shows of all-time, you usually hear responses like "The Sopranos", "Cheers", "60 Minutes" or "Hill Street Blues." Ask a younger crowd (anyone under 30) and they'll probably come up with shows like "Saved By The Bell", "90210", "The Simpsons", "Friends" or perhaps even "Buffy." I'm here today to pitch an argument that "Double Dare" should be included in that same breath.


DD premiered on the fledgling Nickelodeon network in 1986. Before that, I can't recall any game shows that were aimed at kids. The closest we got was the Grand Prize Game on the Bozo The Clown show, where kids would throw a ping pong ball in a watering can. While that was a tigs idea for its time, the good folks at Nick decided to up the friggin' ante. Their show would require contestants to possess equal parts of book smarts and mad physical skillz, not to mention the ability to tactically strategize and function in a team environment. By combining Junior Trivial Pursuit, "You Can't Do That On Television" and "Battle Of The Network Stars", DD's formula was revolutionary. The questions weren't too difficult, but if you didn't know the answer, you would Dare the other team to answer the question. If they didn't know (or in a strategic play they thought FOR SURE the other team wouldn't know), a Double Dare would be issued. From there, it was on. "PHYSICAL CHALLENGE!" Whether it was backwards egg tossing or riding tiny tricycles across the stage, every Physical Challenge was a hoot to watch. And if your team was in the lead at the end of the second round of questions, you won the opportunity to take on the ultra sloppy Obstacle Course! This was always my favorite part of the show, watching the kids collect those orange flags while taking on the 1 Ton Human Hamster Wheel, the Sundae Slide or digging through human-sized PB&J sandwiches. Who didn't stay up late wishing that somehow, someway they would get picked to go on the show?

Every episode educated and entertained kids across America, thanks in no small part to Marc Summers. He was the anti-Woolery, the anti-Martindale -- he was neither smug nor smarmy. He was more like a big kid than a game show host, someone who was more than willing to get slime on his suit explaining how to do a Physical Challenge. During the question rounds, he always treated the kids respectfully with nary a hint of condescension. He was probably the preeminent game show host of the 1980s (take that Trebek!), but I fear that history will never give him those kind of props.

Double Dare. SO fun! It never got old, I swear that I watched this show just about every single day after school for about three years straight. It was single handedly responsible for launching Nickelodeon into the stratosphere (though some props must be thrown to "Dangermouse"), not to mention cable TV as a whole. The public clamored for more, and in subsequent years "Family Double Dare" (it was on Fox in primetime!), "Super Sloppy Double Dare" and "DoubleDare 2000" were created to whet this appetite. Yet somehow, after all these years, DD gets no props. Here's to hoping that changes after today. Double Dare. Remember it. Love it. Look for reruns. Best.


I thought that perhaps I should take more time with this. After all "Overdue Props" is somewhat of a heavy responsibility. But I'll have to go with what first came to mind. A Tom Hanks movie. What?!! Tom Hanks!!?? The most propped out man in America, you say? Yes... I say. Now this "Overdue Props" goes out to pre-Oscar Tom Hanks. No, not Bachelor Party, although any movie that depicts a horse taking some blues, reds, and then doing a line off blow bigger than the Grand Canyon, has to be duly noted. But no... my Tom Hanks movie of over due recognition is Joe Vs. The Volcano. This, in my opinion, is one the premiere Hanks' credits. It incorporates the best of his dramatic and comedic ability way before he went all Philadelphia and Greatest Generation memorial on us. This is also the first pairing of Tom and Meg Ryan (best evs) from which we then have Sleepless in Seattle and You've got Mail as if you didn't already know...But for God's sake, Abe Vigoda is it. He's the chief of the Island of the Waponi Woo, where all the inhabitants drink orange cola and are tremendous cowards. There are plenty of other notable celbs throughout the film as well. Ossie Davis, Nathan Lane, Lloyd Bridges, Dan Hedaya, Amanda Plummer, and Robert Stack (that guy is in everything). On top of this cast buzz, you've got a great screenplay and dialogue. Check out this snippet between Ossie Davis and Hanks discussing shopping for new clothes. Enough said. Best and most underrated Tom Hanks film.


  1. Kicking & Screaming - Obvs. Anyone who knows The Giors knew that this would be number one. Maybe the best movie evs. For some strange reason the blockbusty roster for rental history includes me, Robby Nelson, and the brothers Grizz.
  2. Whatevs.org - Best...no other website commands more cosmopolitan thought, or knowledge of self invented vocab...obvs!
  3. Stars - I mean what's the deal with stars? Balls of explosive gas?????? hella crazed.
  4. Chairs - I mean can you imagine where you would sit in your car if there were no chairs?
  5. The humor of prohibition - Think about this: tomorrow the U.S. Government informs us that no longer will it be legal to purchase, sell, consume or produce alcohol in any form. How funny is that? I guess these jackanapes thought this would take....MO-K! Hey hey I got a good idea, let's outlaw cable TV while we're at it...the government is so gay!
  6. Throwing cans of unopened pop (soda as idiots call it) into the street and watching it explode in a beautiful sticky crazed! - This one should be obvs.
  7. AMC Hampton Theater - Only in the wake of it being turned into a BBBW (Bed Bath and Body Works) did we fully realized the lure of this landmark theater. Sure it was actually dark, and musty, and the floors were sticky...but IT ONLY COST A DOLLAR! And you could be dragged out of the theater by police, not theater security or an usher...but police, all for laughing at Marky Mark in "Fear."
  8. J.J. Allen - The guy was going to put on a concert where at the end of his final set, he was going to kill himself on stage! Fuck Cobain, and his guitar trashing antics...this is the real excuse to not do an encore.
  9. Pens - Can you imagine doing your homework in high school, or signing a check with one of those feather ass quills....Quills was such a good movie by the way.
  10. Merry Shuart - Seriously, for all you who don't know Merry Shuart you are missing out. This girl is the best invention since porn (you didn't think I would make it through a list without mentioning porn now did you?) She is equal parts beautiful, and sarcastic, and if you don't believe me on the physical aspect just as The Grizz about that bikini when he was froggin with The Hurls.


AIR. Francophile easy listening electronica? No!!! The other air. The original air. The one that’s everywhere stuff isn’t. I use it all the time (except when driving past cemeteries) and it’s seriously underrated. People go on forgetting about it even as they go on incessantly breathing it in and out. I say it’s time to change all that, and it should start with that ANWR drilling, EPA snubbing, carbon monoxide loving, windbag in the White House. Air; show it some respect, after all, it’s inside you right now.


mcdonalds's fountain coke. the nectar of the gods: sticky and sweet, fizzy and happy. college best friend after a night of binge-kegging. no other fountain coke tastes like it. its the perfect blend of effervescence and syrup. still a personal best friend. have a coke and a smile.

windshield wiper fluid. imagine driving during a michigan winter without it. impossible.

sippy cups. being a mother of a toddler, i have a new found appreciation for cups filled with grape juice that can be carried upside down but nothing drips out. an evolutionary form of the pacifier, it keeps the mouth occupied...which is a good thing, especially on crabby days. i consider it a mom's hands-free version of feeding.

the double cheeTHE GORILLA

I’m on this Smart is better than cool kick since I started reading the Tom Shales SNL book, some of these are in that light and are usually ignored or overlooked but they are crazy good.

http://www.thismodernworld.com/ - Sure Tom Tomorrow is pretty far left, but he has enough venom for democrats and republicans alike. He also has this crazy idea that political satire and humor can be thoughtful, smart, and deftly logical without being pretentious or preachy. SNL bought some cartoons from him once and didn’t run them, which is typical of their recent Fallonesque pandering to the lowest Mad TV brain cell.

Harpers Index (www.harpers.org) - The magazine is also Leftist, Intellectual and often bordering on indecipherably boring – but when its good even the mightily, snooty New Yorker can’t touch it. Plus every month they do the most random list of insightful stats and facts. For example from Dec.:

Percentage of Americans surveyed who say they refused to participate in a survey during the past year : 44

Percentage of those contacted for this survey who refused to participate in it : 60


The tambourine - Its not just for talentless backup singers anymore.

Its really a trick pop music producers “discovered” in the ‘50’s or ‘60’s and its all over Pet Sounds, Phil Specter’s Wall of sound, and some recent artists like the Doves.

It can provide this endlessly propulsive energy and high end sparkle that just brings some recordings to life. Listen to some classic pop/rock recordings and realize that the tambourine is just as high in the mix as the vocal and melody -- rock. Plus, who knew you could spend $80 on one if you wanted to? I love this country.

And as always it can’t be from Gorilla without some sort of cheeseburger comment.

Micky D’s double chee - McDonalds is much maligned and rightfully so. But the double cheeseburger is so good and often, 99 cents. Sometimes they even do a triple cheese burger which is also, pretty damn good. Is it as good as the junior bacon cheese burger, a Blimpy with the Works or five sliders? Maybe not, but it is cheap, tasty readily available on every inch of the globe and in my opinion vastly superior the overrated Royal with Cheese. Also, the Big N’ Tasty is neither Big N’or Tasty. Discuss amongst yourselves.


i think that something that really needs to get some props, is the "mouse". everyone is always talking about the internet, computer chips, flat screens monitors, games, mp3 players, cd-roms, but everyone forgets that the mouse is what brings you and your computer together. it is what makes navigating the internet so enjoyable. point and click, point and click, you wouldn't be able to sh*t without the mouse. to the mouse...........


totally underated and often overlooked but slowly making a come back according to andrew moore, SLIP ON SHOES. taking velcro shoes to the next level and a lot more fashionable. no laces, a futuristic look and can slide with the hassle of lacing. if matt from blue crushies wears em i sure can. speaking of blue crush- coming in a close second, PENNY from BLUE CRUSH. some say mika boorem is already typecast as the rebelious sister as seen in blue crush and the creek, i say boorem will have an oscar by 2011.

KEGZIES (Glamorama)

My props go out to WASPs everywhere. It got pretty scary in the 90s there....Democrats were running the show, everybody was 'getting down' to hip-hop, and white trash glamour queens like Christina Aguilera were on the cover of every magazine. 2003, on the other hand, looks to be far more 'WASP Friendly': good old song-based rock is coming back, even the top rappers are wearing Burberry, and a brutal war on those baddies in the Middle East is only a heartbeat away! Hell, it's like Reagan never left office. Props to my preppy brothers.


Two words: Chicken Rings. Forget KFC, McDonalds, Wendys or Tyson frozen nuggets. When it comes to bite sized finger food chicken, White Castle has them all licked. I was first introduced to these little gems in 1995 and I've been hooked ever since. It escapes me how White Castle's chicken rings have not become a staple in everyone's diet. So good. And rings? Who thought to put chicken in ring form?


daisy duke

Forgotten, But Not Forgotten...

the makerFRIGGEDY

"The Maker" (1997). straight-to-cable escapism stars Jonathan Rhys-Meyers (not to be confused with John Rhys-Davies) as Josh, whose older brother (Matthew 'best' Modine) comes back into his life and introduces him to a life of crime. The story is not outstanding, but it's the many side plots that make it entertaining.

First, Fairuza Balk tries to get with a cheerleader and joins Josh as "The Mail Gods," teens who highjack mailbags, steam everything open in the bathroom while getting high, read everyone's mail, make philosophical observations about these intercepted letters and communications, and then give it all back while playing everyone's favorite word game, the one where you reply to someone with a phrase or cliche using the last word of their sentence, and then following the variations. ("Good night!" "Good Night of the Living Dead!" "Good Night of the Living Dead Kennedys!" etc.) Second, Modine excels, steering him to bigger scores. His "Code of the Thief"-style philosophizing ("Walter never plays the gun unless he has to.") is up there with "Heat." Finally, Mary-Louise Parker shines as a cop on whom Josh develops an unlikely crush, especially after pulling him over for a hilarious DUI stop, and an even more genius pick-up line: "Three words..." (you'll have to find it--so far no DVD.)

In summary: The Maker. Fairuza. Modine. Parker. Michael Madsen(?!). Underrated.


Ceiling fans are the most underrated cooling device. While air conditioning units generally get all the props in the cooling category, ceiling fans are quietly, and effectively cooling off rooms completely unnoticed. By saving money on electric bills and not adding to that big hole (or did scientists find that there’s not a hole?) in the ozone with chemicals or fumes or whatever, ceiling fans have earned their right to be given props. This summer I encourage all to turn off the ac, open a few windows, turn on the ceiling fan and listen to the sounds of summertime. Ceiling fans. Yes.

p.s. ceiling fans are also useful in the winter by flipping a switch that is actually on the fan and reversing the direction. This pushes the heat down, or something.


Twinkies--So good, the post-game treat of choice for kids' sports all across America. I played Little League & soccer just for the twinkie snacks after the games.

Member's Only jackets-- Ultimate status symbol for Elementary/Middle schoolers in the 80's. I think Beck still wears one. I wish I had kept the one I had in 5th grade, still might have fit.

Carl (From the Simpsons)-- Homer's best side-kick at Springfield Nuclear. Lenny's gets all the press, & that's ok, but Carl steals the show. Ever notice that white guy's are named Lenny, & black guy's are named Carl?

Robyn--What the hell happened to this vixen? Maybe she got too old (22) for MTV. Her video for 'Show Me Love' was smoking! In a world of Britney, Christina, etc (I like shiney things), it would be nice & refreshing to have the Real Deal still around. Oh well, just have to wait for the E! True Hollywood story & the forthcoming Playboy pictorial down the road.

Cap guns & Snap-Its-- So simple, yet so fun. Always fun to through snap-its at people, or just on the floor to scare people or pets. A gun that makes cool sounds & smokes afterwards just by loading in 'bullet' caps & pulling the trigger.

Nerf Turbos-- The Cadillac of the Nerf sporting line. For the Damore to (Dirty) McKean QB/WR combo, this was the weapon of choice.


overdue hittins must be rewarded to my homeboys the goo goo dolls. How good are those singles? "Slide" seriously has more shelf life than any single released in the last five years, and it was the only thing that could bring me back down after that disasterous first screening of requiem hittins (which only unclegrambo himself can attest to). Here is gone is right there behind it in terms of catcy choruses, and broadway, black balloon and big machine are pretty much must-listens, too, whenever they come on the rades. Maybe it's because the individual band members have the worst names in rock (robbie teckack? Johnny rezeznick?), maybe it's because of that awful single from city of worst, but it seems to me that no one, EVER, talks about the goos, and goddammit, they deserve some props. Which is why I nominate buffalo's favorite sons in the category of overdue props. "And I want to be free... Talk to me..."


australian tea tree chewing sticks:think in terms of a very robust toothpick (or, as i read the label on mine -- "birchwood impregnated with Tea Tree Oil") with a strong mint-type flavor. i discovered these a few years back via a friend and have been hooked ever since; there aren't many instances where these can't be useful. you can find them at whole foods or other health food stores. major overdue props to the chewing sticks! where have you been all my life?

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slight delay

just wanted to drop you FOWs a quick note to let you know that the posting of this week's Friday Afternoon Topic will be slightly delayed. currently, i'm pretty swamped with writing a business case to get the necessary fundage approved for an upcoming email campaign we'll be launching. i'll try to get the responses (there are some DOOZIES!) posted by 5pm or so. this is a last minute reprieve for you slackers who haven't finished theirs yet ... get crackin'!

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SNL Season 28 - REVEALED!

i apologize to the FOWs of the world for being negligent in posting the fab reviews of Episode 8 (Al Gore / Phish) and the SNL Christmas Special. they will be posted tomorrow. but in the interim, the hard working duo of Nummer and Heather are back with a preview of the first brand new SNL Show of 2003. so enjoy!


I have no idea what to expect from this episode. I know Avril will earn a few coneys for what will most likely be a very comical performance (unintentionally), but Gordon? The only thing I can compare it to is the Coca-Cola Racing Team movie shorts they play at AMC Theaters before films. Those are pretty bad too. Sports stars on SNL are so hit or miss. Mosely for example? Best ever. Derek Jeter on the other hand? Worst. I'd say this episode has as much buzz as the McCormack episode last Fall. What does this all mean? I guess I don't mind missing the show live due to Interpol's stop in Detroit Saturday night. I did read they are planning a Joe Millionaire spoof called "Joe Huge Penis" though. That should be best.

In other SNL news, NBC has announced there will be a live SNL Superbowl halftime show. Hopefully it will be better than those dreadful 20 minute Thursday night shorts they did after Friends a few times back in 2000. SNL seldom succeeds in goofy time slots when a rather large audience is expected. Time will tell. Oh, and RAY LIOTA IS HOSTING THE 1/18/03 EPISODE!!!! LIOTA!!!

Who knew?? SNL and NASCAR?? Together at last?? I'm at a complete loss as to what to expect when Jeff Gordon hosts SNL this week. Which is not that unusal since Gordon will be the first motorsports driver to ever host the show. Gordon was quoted as saying, "It should be a great experience, but I don't know what to expect. It will probably be a lot like The Winston -- 90 minutes of controlled chaos." Uhhh yeah. I don't know. I think I'm going to once again stick my neck out and give it the benefit of the doubt. Last season's Mosley episode ended up being pretty decent and spawned the infamous Extreme Wedding sketch. Hopefully Gordon will follow down the same path.

As for Avril, she's starting to grow on me, so I'm kind of looking forward to her performance. If it's sans Sk8er Boi, it should be cool.

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thursday, january 9  

unexpected buzz

i've been in meetings ALL EFFIN' AFTERNIZZ! shatts, getting back to work is proving to be harder than i had originally planned for. so what makes me happier than anything? coming back to my desk, signing onto Yahoo Mail and finding a correspondance from one of the original FOW supporters, known simply as Peabs (aka Meabs, aka Mario, aka Peabo Bryson). out of nowhizz, he submitted a sublimely tatts Top 10 list. and obvs, the second i got it i got to work at posting it. enjoy the following piece of brilliance...


1.) Wilco, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Missing the innocence they've known, the alt-country heroes follow-up 1999's pop portrait Summerteeth with a masterful hybrid of Kid A's minimalism, Pet Sounds' lush production, and the late 60's Beatles inner band turmoil. The story behind the album (Time-Warner owned Reprise dropped the record, saying it was commercially anemic, only to have Time-Warner subsidiary Nonesuch pick up the record a year later) makes it even more poignant, as told in the film "I am trying to break your heart:" a fuck you to the industry that took Wilco back with open arms, and thrice the dollar bills. Standout track: "Jesus, etc." (Tweedy goes all Jerry Garcia on this Steely Dan-esque beauty.)

2.) Coldplay, A Rush of Blood to the Head
To think this band could leap this far after their breakthough debut, Parachutes, was a shock to everyone, until one listens to the record twice. Upon my second listen, Martin & Co. decided that piano should be the most prevelant instrument on the record, and rightly so, albeit simply played. Mike Kegler said best that Chris Martin is brilliant at conveying simple emotions, and he does this not only lyrically, but also musically with both his voice and keys. The guitar is a sweeping dreamscape to Coldplay's throbbing rhythm section. A big step forward for what should be the biggest band in the world. Standout track/moment: "The Scientist" and the last minute and a half of "Pollitick" (Four chord resolution shoegazing heaven.)

3.) Doves, The Last Broadcast
Fantastic. Upon hearing this record for the first time, and seeing them for the first time in June, I knew it would stand near the top of my list come year's end. Tight two-part harmonies over New Order-esque melodies, Doves' second record is much like Coldplay's-- a band hitting their stride, getting better with every note they play. TLB is at times a dance record, at other times a driving rock record, borrowing from the aforementioned New Order, Stone Roses, and Bends-era Radiohead. Standout track: the single of the year, "Pounding" (New Order decides that the Edge would be a fab choice at lead guitar. Best.)

4.) Brenden Benson, Lapalco
Whoever said that The White Stripes were the saviors of Detroit rock are sorely mistaken. While the Stripes may be getting the hype, it's Benson, the do-all Motor-City power pop god, that deserves the press (not to mention former Benson openers The Waxwings, see below). Lapalco blends the Beatles and Ben Folds; geek pop English school lyrical structures and driving fuzzed out anthems, with Benson at the helm, producing and playing most of the instruments (though live he's backed by the fantastic Well-Fed Boys, who do not look very well-fed, like their fearless leader). His first album is nearly as good; only time will tell what this talent will bring to the table, and luckily we here in Detroit have him to ourselves (for the time being). Standout track: "Metarie" (If it were a single, it would have been my single of the year. A Ringo like backbeat to slacker cliche lyrics never sounded so fresh and original. It's hi-lo-fi.)

5.) Sigur Ros, ( )
They sing in a made-up language. They lack song titles. Their album title requires the use of the damn shift key on the keyboard (twice, even). One should be annoyed with this band, but that's hardly the case, in my opinion. ( ), broken up into two halves (light and dark), builds each track into classical grandiose structures, simple melodies toppling each other until a sonic wall of sound is at it's apex. Beautiful, haunting, mysterious. Standout track: "____________" aka #8 (Reminiscent of Godspeed, you black emperor!, a roaring track with an explosive, climatic ending).

6.) Badly Drawn Boy, Have You Fed the Fish Today?
While the cover art is downright atrocious, the music (unsurprisingly) is not. Stepping slightly forward from his previous LP, The Hour of Bewilderbeast, BDB adds even more strings (if that's possible) ala the About a Boy soundtrack (see below). Ambitious, per usual, Damon Gough's eccletic and eccentric second full length record tackles such hard topics as feeding fish, buying tickets for scorned ex-lovers and watching the news the night Jeff Buckley died. Best. Standout track: "You Were Right" (BDB's ode to turning Madonna down, buying her trickets, you know, all of those important world affairs.)

7.) The Waxwings, Shadows of the Waxwings
Stormed into my top ten literally days before I came up with it. My current obsession, The Waxwings, along with Brenden Benson, are the brightest young band to come out of Detroit in years. Their second LP is a pop gem; balls out rockers, gorgeous three part harmonies, lush string arrangements. It's the British Beach Boys, via Detroit. You need to buy this record-- if you can find it. (hint: Tower, Birmingham). Standout track: "Looks Down Darkly" (Beach Boy harmonies behind a driving beat with an outro-- oh lord, that fucking outro!!-- chock full of gorgeous strings. Can't get enough of this song.)

8.) The Flaming Lips, Yoshimii Battles the Pink Robots
I'm always a sucker for concept albums, especially ones about a Japanese girl and her struggle to battle those eveil natured pink robots. While not nearly as good as their previous effort, 1999's wonderful The Soft Bulletin, Wayne Coyne and Co. have established themselves as a formidible rock power, further beyond their one mainstream hit ('94's "She Don't Use Jelly"). Clearly the "what the fuck!?!?!" record of the year by the "what the fuck!?!?!" artists of all time, the Oklahoma natives' 10th record is beautiful, strange and irresistible. Standout track: "Fight Test" (The album opener, with a can't-get-out-of-your-head chorus, sets the tone for Yoshimii's brilliance.)

9.) Ben Kweller, Sha Sha
The love child of Rivers Cuomo, Ben Folds and Brenden Benson, the 21-year old phenom Kweller has crafted a fantastic, geeky power pop album full of hooks, Weezer guitars and harmonies, and English major lyrics ("The butterfiles are passive aggressive and put their problems on the shelf; but they're beautiful. And you realize, the only thing that's real are the kids that kid themselves with the demise.") At such a young age, it'll be interesting to see how such a talent progresses. Hopefully he hasn't peaked too early. Standout track: "Falling" (The album's apex and closer, placed perfectly after you think it couldn't get much better. The chorus is perfect.)

10.) Badly Drawn Boy, About a Boy (Soundtrack)
Not entirely the followup to 2000's fantastic The Hour of Bewilderbeast, BDB's first (and hopefully not last) attempt at film scoring is beyond brilliance. While there are only maybe eight full length tracks on the record, each are beautifully structured, all worthy of their own seperate "proper" record. The instrumental interludes tie it together, strings abundant. No one since those darn Beatles have released such two fabulous records in a calendar year. Standout track: "Silent Sigh" (Perfect on both record and the big screen, it's BDB's most ambitious track to date; the popster as maetro of the orchestra and poet to the masses.)

Honorable mentions:
Ours, Precious
Ryan Adams, Demolition
Haven, Between the Senses
South, From Here On In
David Gray, A New Day at Midnight
Red Hot Chili Peppers, By The Way

Single of the Year: "Pounding," Doves (Best.)
Biggest Disappointment: Gomez, In Our Gun (Once the most promising Brit band, combining pop hooks with jam-band sensibility, this over-produced mess is a digression from 1999's remarkable Liquid Skin.)
Best Live Show: Ryan Adams (solo), State Theatre, October 13th 2002. (The rockstar at his finest-- stripped down, fucked up, perfect pitch.)
Best "Best Of" Record: Ride, OX4- The Best of Ride
Best Bar to listen to music: (tie) 5th Ave. Royal Oak (Sugar Hiccup), 5th Ave. Downtown (Sofa).
Biggest undeserved hype: Garage Rock. (Note to bands who aren't the Strokes: It's not 2001 anymore, and the White Stripes aren't that great. Oh yeah, lo-fi can still sound hi-fi and vice versa.)

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tristaa smorgasbord of links

reality television. SO good! so i'm already hooked on "joe millionaire", "the real world / road rules challenge: battle of the sexes" and "the real world." after last night, i do believe that "the bachelorette" is going to be another must-watch for the next three months or whatever. did anyone else watch that last night? did you see that there is some dude from Ferndale on the show? well Drew & Mike revealed that he was the lead singer in the legendary East Lansing band called Fat Amy that, if you recall, were thisclose to making it big along with The Verve Pipe. he was pretty funny, although some have already referred to him as "pudgy" ... here's hoping he gets a piece. did you see that chatch who gave Trista the Tiffany's bracelet? what a tool! as far as The Bachelorette herself is concerned, she's ranking about 6.5 on a scale of 1 to 10. sometimes she looks h-o-t-t-o-g-o, but other times is the vision of nast. we'll see how the season progresses, but as of right now i'm hooked. on the other hand, "Celebrity Mole" was worthless. i turned it off after the first commercial break. no Anderson Cooper = worst evs.

for this morning's links, we'll focus on music. i've got some sizzlin' links for later this afternoon, but you'll just have to wait on those. i would prefer to keep the rest of this post thematically consistent...pshaw.

  • what are YOU going to be doing for the Super Bowl this year? i have no clue. one way or the other, the Halftime show will be chockfulla hotties. while Brit Brit won't be making a return appearance, No Doubt, Shania, and the Dixie Chicks are scheduled to perform. here's to hoping that Shania wears something saucy ... yum.

  • have you ever heard of The Raveonettes, Kings Of Leon, The Bronx, Jean Grae, Jin, Ms. Dynamite, AFI, Loon, The Exies, or Kathleen Edwards? unless you're Maw, i'm betting on no. personally, I've only heard The Raveonettes and Ms. Dynamite. so, if you are as uneducated on these names as I am, you NEED to check out Rolling Stone's "The Next Wave: 10 Artists To Watch in 2003.

  • along those same lines, music labels released approximately 27,000 CDs last year in the United States. based on the sheer volume, chances are that a number of tigs releases slipped right by you (and me!). but thanks to The New York Times, here are some "Tributaries to the Musical Mainstream" from 2002 that might be worth looking into.

  • and last but not least, Topeka's favorite sons, Immerse are (sorta) back from their extended hiatus. while rumours of a Christmas time reunion show never came to fruition, it seems that the band has found some time to record and lay down a new track. here is a short clip from the top-notch FOW known as The Gorilla on the band's latest track, entitled "Pilot":

    To: markdgraham@yahoo.com
    From: The Gorilla
    Time: Thu, 09 Jan 2003 14:40:05 -0000
    Subject: [Immerse - Announce] New Immerse Song Posted on AMAZON

    Its true, Immerse hasn't been doing much lately - and it seems they will continue to not do much.

    I blame the media.

    That whole J'Lo Ben Affleck thing is very distracting, just keeping up with all the details on E!, Access Hollywood and the net takes up so much time that could otherwise be spent rockin'.

    Oh well, you can still download the new MP3, "Pilot" - which as always - rocks your mom.

    Peace and Happy New Year

    The Gorilla


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wednesday, january 8  

friday afternoon topic

at long last, entrance to the Friday Afternoon Topic club is open to any FOW who wishes to contribute. here is an email that recently went out to prior contributors, but if you have an idea that you would like to submit, please email me at markdgraham@yahoo.com. word 'em up!

-----Original Message-----
From: Mark Graham [mailto:markdgraham@yahoo.com]
Sent: Wednesday, January 08, 2003 12:26 PM
Subject: friday afternoon topic

dear geeks, sportos, motorheads, dweebs, dorks, sluts, buttheads and righteous dudes --

happy new year. obvs. hope that 2000-thrizz is treating you in the manner in which you are accustomed. whatevs.org is up and running after a two-plus week hiatus, and once again I am calling on you, the loyal FOWs of the world, for assistance with some Piping Hot Content for all of our Sexy Bods. this week's friday afternoon topic is going to stray a little off course from previous topics. while Lists are still Hott in the year 2k3, i thought that some variation would prevent us from getting stale buzz. so here's the subject...

Overdue Props!

here's your shot to let the world (or at least the five other people who read this site) know about something that you find to be criminally underrated, altogether unknown or largely forgotten. i would like to get a few sentences (or perhaps a paragraph or two -- pick your poison) from you that you feel deserves more props. maybe it's The Slurpee, maybe it's Sela Ward's tremendous beauty, maybe it's "Press Your Luck", maybe it's scissors. i don't know, that's where you come in. where do you see a cosmic injustice in the doling out of props? THAT'S what i want to see.

per usual, you have until 2pm on Friday afternoon (1.10.03) to complete this task. that's 49 hours and 40 minutes to reflect and write, which should be plenty of time. as usual, i'm not looking for a thesis on this stuff, whatever you feel is sufficient will do. also, please send me your FOW nickname (self-appointed, obvs) if you have not already had one assigned. just email me and we'll be straight as a gate.

now go forth and Blaze Trails, my little cowboys and cowgirls! hee HAW!

-uncle grambo

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and it is written!

it is only january 8th and already we have a "musical trend" for 2003. according to David Samuels over at Slate, the next big thing will be "The Return of Mope Rock". he writes "There's a new generation of mope-rock bands, including Interpol, Matt Pond PA, and My Favorite. They are very clearly descended, respectively, from the Psychedelic Furs, the Cure, and the Smiths." well kiddies, Interpol turned up on quite a few of this year's Top 10 Lists (including the #1 spot on MacK10's list and #2 on the The Glamorama Best of 2002 Wrap-up) and they're playing at The Magic Stick on Saturday, so i'd say that equals a must-see show. has anyone heard of Matt Pond PA or My Favorite? any buzz?

btw, what do you think of the new colors? e-me ...

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tuesday, january 7  

separated at birth!

joe millionairepeter gallagher

it's them eyebrows ... they're ... they're ... just so ... CREEPY!

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oh that Davis!

holy site redesign! good ole Davis just upped the ante on web design in 2003. even though we've had our sparring battles in the past (that were admittedly one way or born purely out of my jealousy), his supremely tigs DVD site, DavisDVD.com just got a facelift that would make Zsa Zsa Gabor proud. wait, didn't Zsa Zsa just die or something? what was the name of that pig on Green Acres? arnold ziffel buzz? that pig didn't have half the buzz as Babe The Gallant Pig. but the best pig evs was obvs that talking pig from "Big Top Pee-Wee." pigs. so underrated.

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all social engagements are temporarily postponed

ah Best Buy, how i missed you! from the day after Thanksgiving through the new year, you were swamped with incompetent morons and parents looking to buy "Jonah's Veggie Tales" for their kids. while my love for you stayed strong, i knew that we needed this time apart. combing your aisles in search of hott DVDs became a chore. a wise man once told me, "if you love someone, set them free." so i let you go for the last six weeks, but when i came strolling in your doors at lunch today, you welcomed me back like a long-lost lover -- tender, caressing and willing to get a little freaky deaky. untz.

so this is an official announcement that my post-work plans will be put on hiatus for awhile, as i just purchased Season 3 of "Buffy The Vampire Slayer", as well as $9.99 copies of "Rush" and "Bad Influence" (as recommended by Kegzies of Glamorama fame). instead of tossing back Jager shots and romancing the hunnyz, i will be curled up on the couch with a mug of hot cocoa and the Scooby Gang. and the best part? it was all free! thank you Santa Claus, you truly are the original (and huggable) Fat Bastard.

so, in the immortal words of Yello, "ohhhh yeahhhh (chick chickaa chick ahhh!)"

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back to bloggin'

after a two week hiatus, i'm back and freshly tigs. hopefully you FOWs out there found alternate means of getting your news, but judging from the batch of "where's whatevs.org?" emails i got over break, maybe that wasn't the case. regardless, i am back to bring you salvation and buzz from media outlets coast to coast. read on, but more importantly, rock on!

  • oops they've done it again! the final nominations for the 45th annual Grammy Awards were released this morning. oy. while these nominations are assuredly bland and sometimes downright preposterous ("Nellyville" for Album of the Year???), there are some tigs nominations. Eminem racked up a bunch of nominations (Record & Album of the year), as did other whatevs.org faves such as Springsteen, Vanessa Carlton, and, uh, well, that's about it. all the chicks will be happy to hear that John Mayer scored nominations in the "Best New Artist" and "Best Male Pop Vocal Performance" performance, one of which he's sure to win. guaranteed. more to follow on this developing story...

  • over the break, film fans in the Detroit metro area experienced a major change in local criticism. the 800 pound gorilla of local movie coverage will remain The Freep's Terry Lawson, but there was a changing of the guard over at The Detroit News. as The Grizz reported on Christmas Day, Tom Long will replace Susan Stark as the lead DetNews film critic. While I rarely (if ever) agreed with Starkie's reviews (or her ridiculous system of rating films by roses -- wtf?), it's worth giving her some props. Her official retirement column is a nice look back at her career, and you know that there was no way she would bust out without releasing her top 10 films of 2002. congrats to Tom Long, here's hoping that The News can make some strides to catch up with The Freep's far superior film department. and just as i say that, Long has a feature in this morning's paper called "A Big Fat Movie Box Office" that is exactly the kind of thing that readers in the Motor City will respond to. good show!

  • i've ALWAYS wanted something like this -- are the music labels getting smart? The New York Times is reporting that there is a new service that offers made-to-order CDs from Dawson's Creek! Users of www.dawsonscreekcds.com will be able to create their own individual CDs of music that is featured on the show, most of which is never officially recognized in the show's credits. tracks will be identified with descriptions like "Episode 207: Song plays while Jen and Chris are in the hot tub." users will be able to create CDs with up to 14 songs for only $11.95...buzz!

  • more news to follow as the day progresses, but i just want to say that Monday nights are my new fave night to watch TV! did y'all catch "Joe Millionaire"? where in the F did the casting peeps at Fox find all those ridiculously nasty skanks? but more importantly, i hope that you were watching the latest incarnation of "The Real World / Road Rules Challenge." instant classic! puck cries ... AND beats his wife! david is a crackhead! melissa HATES julie the mormon! so many grudges revealed!

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monday, january 6  

grahammy's 2k3: music edition

happy 2003 to every FOW from sea to shining sea! thanks for your patience with me over the last few weeks, tonight is the first time that i've checked email or even so much as LOOKED at a computer screen since december 21st or so. i've spent the last few weeks on a massive interstate bender, but now i'm Rested, Relaxed and ready to `Rite. that being said, i'm going to have an assload of work on my desk when i roll in tomorrow morning, so this will likely be the day's only update. fortunately for you, some FOWs were kind enough to contribute their own personal recap of the best that music had to offer in 2002 ... thanks and mad buzz are to be bestowed on MacK10, APLarcadia and Damore, their entries are in the subsequent posts below. drum rizz plizz ...



Close But No Cigar: Flaming Lips, "Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots"; Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band, "The Rising"; Underworld, "A Hundred Days Off"

10) Badly Drawn Boy, "About A Boy Original Soundtrack" - Stands alone as a great album, but works even better after you've seen the film.
9) Weezer, "Maladroit" - I bashed this album incessantly after its release ... now that six months or so has passed, give it another whirl and you won't be disappointed.
8) Breeders, "Title TK" - Sloppy, slurred, messy and unpolished ... perfect!
7) Moby, "18" - 'Twas in vogue all year to dis the little bald man, but there's still something stirring about his work to me.
6) Luna, "Romantica" - Their finest hour since 1995's "Penthouse", followed up by an equally stellar EP ("Close Cover Before Striking").
5) Imperial Teen, "On" - The best power pop album you'll hear until Fountains Of Wayne finds a record label ... and they love The Prime Ministers!
4) Badly Drawn Boy, "Have You Fed The Fish?" - Badly Drizz was quite possibly the Artist of the Year, and his craft keeps getting better from album to album.
3) Red Hot Chili Peppers, "By The Way" - They could've sold more records by faking the funk, but instead they chose to go out and make the most beautiful LP of their career, certifying John Frusciante as the guitar genius of our generation.
2) The Streets, "Original Pirate Material" - If you go in expecting "The British Eminem", you're going to be disappointed ... because Mike Skinner just might be better. Stutter speaking about booze, geezers, lost relationships and life on the dole, this album reminds me of DJ Shadow's "...Entroducing" in its sheer originality.
1) Coldplay, "A Rush Of Blood To The Head" - Outside of The Verve and Radiohead, Mr. Paltrow and the rest of Coldplizz could go toe to toe with any BritPop act from the last 15 years and knock them out. Spin Magazine described this record pitch perfectly as "trance for people who like guitars" ... as long as you don't read that statement literally (don't go pop a few pills and lay back in the grass listening to Chris Martin's falsetto), there probably isn't a better description of this record. The album's strength is simple. In plain English, IT'S CHOCK FULL OF GREAT SONGS THAT GET BETTER AND BETTER AS TIME PASSES. What more could you possibly want?


Just A Bit Outside: Alanis Morrisette, "Hands Clean"; Tok Tok vs. Soffy O, "Missy Queen's Gonna Die"; The Paybacks, "Just You Wait", No Doubt, "Hella Good"; Badly Drawn Boy, "You Were Right"

10) Underworld, "Two Months Off"
9) White Stripes, "Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground"
8) Vanessa Carlton, "A Thousand Miles"
7) Golden Boy feat. Miss Kittin, "Rippin Kittin"
6) Red Hot Chili Peppers, "By The Way"
5) Justin Timberlake, "Cry Me A River"
4) Chemical Brothers, "Star Guitar"
3) No Doubt feat. Lady Saw, "Underneath It All"
2) Coldplay, "The Scientist"
1) Eminem, "Lose Yourself"

TOP 10 SHOWS OF 2002

Good Times That Fell Just Short: Dave Clarke @ DEMF - Underground Stage; John Mayer @ Meadowbrook Music Festival; Luna @ Majestic Theater

10) Sasha & Digweed @ State Fairgrounds
9) White Stripes @ Royal Oak Music Theater
8) Stacey Pullen @ Porter Street Station
7) Underworld @ Clutch Cargo's
6) The Breeders @ Magic Stick
5) Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band @ Palace Of Auburn Hills
4) Fountains Of Wayne @ The Shelter
3) The Strokes @ Chene Park
2) QOTSA @ The Shelter
1) Richie Hawtin @ City Club


Best Album Cover - Andrew WK, "I Get Wet"
Best (Almost Nude) Album Cover - Anna Waronker, "Anna"
Best Comp - Ghostly International Presents "Tangent 2002: Disco Nouveau"
Best DJ Mix Album - Felix da Housecat, "Excursions"
Best Live Album - Bob Dylan, "Live 1975: The Rolling Thunder Revue"
Best Local Release - Gore Gore Girls, "Up All Night"
Best Local Band - The Prime Ministers
Best Box Set - Ride, "The Box Set" (IMPORT)
Best Packaging - Bjork, "Family Tree." Who releases 5-inch CDs? BEST!
Worst Packaging - Bjork, "Family Tree." Who releases 5-inch CDs? WORST!
Best Venue - The Magic Stick. Obvs.
Worst Venue - Chene Park. 'Squitos evs!
Biggest Disappointment - Richard Ashcroft, "Human Conditions"
Biggest Disappointment Part Deux - Jay-Z and R. Kelly, "The Best Of Both Worlds"
Squandered Buzz - The White Stripes' performance @ Chene Park
Best Power Choruses - Pink, "Don't Let Me Get Me" and "Just Like A Pill"
Most Annoying (tie) - DJ Sammy, "Heaven" and Avril Lavigne, "Sk8r Boi"
Best Technological Breakthrough - XM Satellite Radio
Best Trend - Mash Ups
Worst Trend (tie) - Electroclash / Chill Out Comps
Best Sign Of The Impending Best Everness of 2003 - Matchbox 20 released an album on November 20th ... and no one cared!

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sunday, january 5  

Mack10's Best of 2002

Date: Fri, 27 Dec 2002 14:29:58 -0800 (PST)
From: MacK10
Subject: Best of 2002
To: markdgraham@yahoo.com

Hello Kids-

It is definitely that time of year - time reflect on the stuff that made us shake our booties, boogie a bit while driving our car, and made us raise our fists. There were some things that made us gag, puke and cringe... but that's what made this year what it was. I hope lots of hella cool goodness surrounded each and every one of you this year. I don't know about you, but I'm ready for 2003. It's time to kiss 2002 goodbye.

Top 10 Albums of 2002:
10. "1,000 Kisses" - Patty Griffin
9. "Jennie Bomb" - Sahara Hotnights
8. "The Last Broadcast" - Doves
7. "The Joy of Sing-Sing" - Sing-Sing
6. "Demolition" - Ryan Adams
5. "Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me is Gone" - The Walkmen
4. "7 Worlds Collide" - Neil Finn
3. "Daybreaker" - Beth Orton
2. "A Rush of Blood to the Head" - Coldplay
1. "Turn on the Bright Lights" - Interpol

*Honorable Mentions:
"Viva Death" - Viva Death
"Sea Change" - Beck
"Beautysleep" - Tanya Donelly

Top 5 Reissues/Best Ofs/Anthologies,etc. of 2002:
"Land (1975-2002)" - Patti Smith
"Best of Siouxsie & The Banshees" - Siouxsie & The Banshees
"Forever Delayed" - Manic Street Preachers
"Eli and the Thirteenth Confession" - Laura Nyro
"New York Tendaberry" - Laura Nyro

Top 10 Singles of 2002:
I have two singles from No Doubt in my list this year. Interesting. It partly has to do with the videos. Gwen Stefani is one sassy vixen and I adore her. Who doesn't want to be her friend? Who wouldn't want to be married to Gavin and have a dog named Winston? Anyways, No Doubt did something good this year. As for the rest of 'em, it was all about style, class and funk for me.

10. "Underneath It All" - No Doubt
9. "Dy-Na-Mi-Tee" - Ms. Dynamite
8. "Sweetness" - Jimmy Eat World
7. "What About Us?" - Brandy
6. "Lose Yourself" - Eminem
5. "No More Drama" - Mary J. Blige
4. "Addictive" - Truth Hurts
3. "There Goes the Fear" - Doves
2. "Hella Good" - No Doubt
1. "Work It" - Missy Elliott

Top 10 Shows for 2002:
10. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young — February 6, 2002 @ the Palace
9. Jimmy Eat World — September 24, 2002 @ the Royal Oak Music Theatre
8. Elvis Costello — June 7, 2002 @ DTE
7. Ryan Adams w/Tegan & Sara — October 13, 2002 @ The State Theater
6. Rush — August 11, 2002 @ DTE
5. Queens of the Stone Age w/Trail of Dead — September 13, 2002 @ St. Andrews
4. Coldplay — August 2, 2002 @ the Vic (Chicago)
3. Interpol w/Midwest Product — September 27, 2002 @ the Magic Stick
2. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds — April 27, 2002 @ the State Theatre
1. Ryan Adams w/Leona Naess — March 15, 2002 @ the Majestic

Hypes, disappointments, lame stuff:
Shakira (2nd year on the list)
Nyla — Britney's restaurant bombs
Yngwie Malmsteen threatens lady on flight to Tokyo — "Youf unleashed a faahhking fury! See you in Tokyo bitch."

Sad Farewells:
John Entwistle
Timothy B. White
Peggy Lee
Jam Master Jay
Waylon Jennings
Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes
Dee Dee Ramone
Juan Garcia Esquivel
Rosemary Clooney
Herb Ritts

Best of 2002... thank you ladies and gentleman.

Rock & Roll!

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APLarcadia's top10

Date: Tue, 31 Dec 2002 14:10:59 -0500 (EST)
From: APLarcadia
To: markdgraham@yahoo.com
Subject: top10.


this was torture. believe it or not, i've never actually made a top10 list before. i've definitely made mental notes of favorite albums year to year but i've never had to rank them. below are the albums that had the greatest impact on me this year and spent the most time in my player which i feel is the ultimate judge of worthiness. here 'ya go:

  1. pearl jam - riot act
  2. sonic youth - murray street
  3. doug martsch - now you now
  4. brendan benson - lapalco
  5. spoon - kill the moonlight
  6. QOTSA - songs for the deaf
  7. sigur ros - ()
  8. sleater-kinney - one beat
  9. flaming lips - yoshimi...
  10. doves - last broadcast

very, very honorable mentions:
supergrass - life on other planets
neil halstead - sleeping on roads
ani difranco - so much shouting, so much laughter (live album)
patti smith - land (greatest hits, b-side, demos)
...trail of dead - source tags & code
pretty girls make graves - good health
bright eyes - lifted ...
beck - sea change
eddie vedder - live at royce hall. all tomorrow's parties. 3.15.02 (bootleg that got incessant play)
wilco - yankee hotel foxtrot
sparta - wiretap scars
coldplay - a rush of blood to the head

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damore's 10 of '02

From: Damore
To: markdgraham@yahoo.com
Subject: Damore's 10 of '02
Date: Thu, 26 Dec 2002 13:49:26 -0500

MG D-lite, here are my top 10 favorite discs of 2002, along w/ the reserve squad:

  1. Doves, "Last Broadcast" — Chock full of tasty anthems. Official soundtrack of '02. 2003 buzz: Backing Mr. Adams in Abbey Rd studios on future release?
  2. Coldplay, "Rush of Blood" — Much like Doves, made huge strides musically. Can they get much better yet?
  3. Rich Ashcroft, "Human Conditions" — Brilliant follow-up to debut AWE. Beautiful, beautiful music.
  4. Ryan Adams, "Demolition" — Can't seem to write a bad song. Feels like 3 outstanding EP's somehow blended into one great album. The slower tunes are the gems.
  5. Badly Drawn Boy, "About a Boy" — Blows away 'proper' follow-up to Bewilderbeast (Although that is is top-shelf too). Greatness in spite of supporting a Who Grant movie (just kidding--no really).
  6. Wilco, "Yankee" — Greater appreciation of all the genius & struggle that went into this record having seen I am Trying to Break Your Heart.
  7. David Gray, "New Day at Midnight" — Darker album from the master of comedown. Proves that sad Mr. Gray is as good as happy-go-lucky Dr. Gray.
  8. Sigur Ros, "( )"
  9. Haven, "Between the Senses" — Brilliant debut start to finish. Produced by Johnny Marr, managed by Joe Moss of Smith's lineage...Enough said.
  10. Brendan Benson, "Lapalco" — Catchy power-pop goodness. The ballads are even better than the jams.

Honorable Mentions: The Music, "The Music"; South, "From Here on In"; Badly Drawn Boy, "...Fed the Fish?"; Soundtrack of Our Lives, "Behind the Music"; Ours, "Precious"; Chemical Brothers, "Come w/ Us"; Ben Folds, "Rockin' the Burbs"

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"The Eggers book pissed me off. Because a book that I thought was mediocre was being hailed as the best book written by the best writer of my generation. Fuck that. And fuck him and fuck anybody that says that. I don't give a fuck what they think of me. I'm going to try to write the best book of my generation and I'm going to try to be the best writer."
James Frey, author of the upcoming biography "A Million Little Pieces", when asked what he thought about Dave Eggers' "A Heartbreaking Work Of Staggering Genius"
be like mark
adventures w/disposable income
date: 1.30.03
source(s): Uptown Palladium / Tower Records
amount: $45.47
(1) adult ticket to "Confessions"
(1) small popcorn
(1) medium diet coke
(1) copy of zwan's "mary star of the sea"
(1) copy of mary lorson and billy cote's "piano creeps"
where's grambo?
january 31: nummer's bday @ fifth ave (copa)
february 4: neil finn wsg rhett miller @ st. andrews
february 5: rainer maria @ magic stick
february 8: luna wsg slumber party @ blind pig
february 19: sleater-kinney @ magic stick
march 3: coldplay @ fox theater
march 29: datsuns @ magic stick
april 11: dustin diamond (aka Screech!) @ joey's comedy club
twenty word reviews
confessions of a dangerous mind
your expectations won't be met, but ultimately earns "must-see" status because of sam rockwell's virtuoso, Oscar worthy performance. simply harrowing.
a guy thing
mgm's ads hornswaggled the public into believing this was a Stiles vehicle, unfortunately it's just another disappointing Jason Lee flick.
about schmidt
a rich, resonant and deeply moving "coming of (old) age" tale that is anchored by jack nicholson's bravura performance. best.
25th hour
spike lee's emotionally explosive film doesn't shy away from exposing the core of male friendship, nor from NYC's 9/11 aftermath.
audaciously intense and bereft of typical cop film cliches, immediately add this to the short list of this genre's best.
harry potter & the chamber of secrets
gangs of new york
you gotta admire Scorsese's passion and commitment, but ultimately the performances and his directorial vision are neither compelling nor noteworthy.
the salton sea
the dangerous lives of altar boys
lotr: the two towers
far from heaven
die another day
`r xmas
rodger dodger
femme fatale
death to smoochy
punch drunk love
bloody sunday
the ring
the transporter

swept away

the rules of attraction

my big fat greek wedding


spirited away

red dragon

igby goes down


we were soldiers

the time machine

8 mile

winged migration


bowling for columbine

bubba ho-tep

welcome to collinwood


lost in la mancha

the good thief

white oleander


jonas akerlund's disappointing directorial debut lacks cohesion and buzz, mainly because it's chock full of sleazy and uninteresting characters/situations.
city of god

nothing short of a cinematic masterpiece, this film focuses on the impossible struggle to survive the "Mean Streets" of Rio.
les diables

blend "natural born killers", "what's eating gilbert grape?", "Stand By Me" and pre-teen nudity and voila! you've got les diables.
the kid stays in the picture

adapted from robert evans' infamous autobiography, this documentary brims with the grandiose glory of a life lived to the fullest.

kinda like simultaneoulsy drinking jolt, red bull and mountain dew, this concoction of loud music + dazzling stunts is pure fun.
the sweetest thing
**1/2 (RENTAL)

a cinematic equivalent of "Tomcats" on Midol where Cameron Diaz and her galpals cuss incessantly and have sex with purple elephants.
blue crush

a talented young hottie conquers NFL quarterbacks, battles tasty waves, and plays Xbox outside (!!!) in this incredibly enjoyable summer spectacular .
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