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Friday, January 10, 2003  

friday afternoon topic: OVERDUE PROPS!




UNCLE GRAMBO

"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.

Seriously.

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.


JP MCKRENGELS

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.


THE GIORS

  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.


KOTOROBOTO

AIR. Francophile easy listening electronica? No!!! The other air. The original air. The one thatís everywhere stuff isnít. I use it all the time (except when driving past cemeteries) and itís seriously underrated. People go on forgetting about it even as they go on incessantly breathing it in and out. I say itís 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, itís inside you right now.


JSASSYP

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

Iím 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 didnít 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 Ė but when its good even the mightily, snooty New Yorker canít 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

Best.

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

Its really a trick pop music producers ďdiscoveredĒ in the Ď50ís or Ď60ís and its all over Pet Sounds, Phil Specterís 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 canít be from Gorilla without some sort of cheeseburger comment.

Micky Dís 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 Ní Tasty is neither Big Níor Tasty. Discuss amongst yourselves.


THE LAWRS

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...........


ANDREW MOORE

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.


NUMMER

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?


PROFETA

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.


MANDYPANTALONS

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 thereís 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.


DAMORE

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.


THE GRIZZ

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..."


APLarcadia

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!

NUMMERH-BOMB
EPISODE 9: JEFF GORDON / AVRIL LAVIGNE

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 09, 2003  

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...

ALBUMS OF TWO THOUSAND TIZZ, PEABS-STIZZ

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":

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    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

    http://artist.amazon.com/immerse

posted by uncle grambo |
Wednesday, January 08, 2003  

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!

oxox
-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 ...

posted by uncle grambo |
Tuesday, January 07, 2003  

separated at birth!

joe millionairepeter gallagher

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

posted by uncle grambo |
 

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.

posted by uncle grambo |
 

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!)"

posted by uncle grambo |
 

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!

posted by uncle grambo |
Monday, January 06, 2003  

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 ...

THE GRAHAMMYS 2k3: MUSIC EDITION

TOP 10 ALBUMS OF 2002

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?

TOP 10 SINGLES OF 2002

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

ET CETERA ET CETERA

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!

posted by uncle grambo |
Sunday, January 05, 2003  

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
JOE STRUMMER
Herb Ritts

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

Rock & Roll!
xoxo
MacKenzie

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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.

UncleG--
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

posted by uncle grambo |
 

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"

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


king of new york (special edition)



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john kennedy toole - a confederacy of dunces

adventures w/disposable income
date: 5.8.04
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amount: $19.48
(1) liter of Captain's
(2) liters of DC w/lime
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snl season 29
REVEALED!
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where's grambo?
may 10: the strokes @ state theatre
may 15: cardigans @ magic stick
may 17: softball league @ 8:30pm
may 17: last tourist @ small's (10pm)
may 24: softball league @ 6:10pm
may 27: sea ray / stills @ st. andrews
june 6: dido @ fox theater
june 7: softball league @ 7:20pm
june 14: softball @ 6:10pm
june 19: jessica's graduation party
june 21: softball @ 8:30pm
june 28: softball @ 6:10pm
july 3 - july 11: vacation @ TBD
july 12: softball @ 7:20pm
july 19: softball @ 7:20pm
july 26: softball @ 9:40pm
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august 14: nuptial buzz w/c friggs + lescal!!!
october 23: nuptial buzz w/the grizz + mandypants!!!
twenty word reviews
van helsing
**
REVIEW TK.
hellboy
***
REVIEW TK.
walking tall
*
REVIEW TK.
scooby doo 2: monsters unleashed
NO BUZZ!
REVIEW TK.
dawn of the dead
****1/2
REVIEW TK.
eternal sunshine of the spotless mind
****1/2
REVIEW TK.
starsky & hutch
***1/2
REVIEW TK.
girl next door
***
re-imagines "Risky Business" with Vivid Girls instead of prostitutes; marks Elisha Cuthbert's arrival as an alluring, big screen sex symbol.
eurotrip
*
Despite the best efforts of TrachtenBest, suffers greatly from a lack of forward momentum (scriptwise) and some remarkably bland casting
along came polly
**
aside from Philip Seymour Best Ever's performance ("RAIN DANCE!"), I vastly preferred this when it was called "Dharma And Greg."
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