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Friday, June 06, 2003
you may or may not already be aware of this, but whatevs.org is hittin' the highway next week in search of all kindsa interstate PHC. your Uncle Grambo and Damore are packin' our bags and travelin' west down I-94 on Sunday, Windy City stizz. i've been neglecting the Central Standard Timezone for far too long, so it's time to get crackin' with some deep dish pizza, Chicago dogs and Wicker Park hotties. obvs. while in Chi-Town, this dastardly duo will be checking out Coldplay at the UIC Pavilion at the Fountains of Wayne instore perf @ Tower Records. ridiculous amounts of buzz are sure to follow.
then, when the clock strikes Crack O' Dawn on Thursday morning, it's off to NYC for parties, hotties, music and copious amounts of hard drugs (not necessarily in that order). events on the agenda include Evan Dando @ the Bowery Ballroom and Coldplay at MSG, and potentially even the Electric Six show on Saturday (if they haven't broken up by then). this whirlwind tour of Unprotected Hottness will conclude on Sunday, June 15 as Northworst Airlines drops my ass back off at Metro Airpizz, where I will likely spend the entire day detoxifying my body from the resultant nine day bender.
so, in essence, what i'm saying to you is that updates next week are likely to be sporadic (or is it sporatic?). but the good news is that my trusty laptop and digital camera will also be making the trip across timelines ... posts of extreme buzz are 100% guaranteed. quality over quantity. can you feel it?
so until then, may the Bynes be with you.
i say GOD DAMN! after spotting Amanda Bynes on last night's MTV Movie Awards, i tried looking for some paparazzi snaps to encompass the Pure Unadulterated Hottness that is Bynes Buzz. thank gawd for Google. a Google search revealed the following snaps from, get this, THE COVER SHOOT FOR NEXT MONTH'S VANITY FAIR! are you fucking kidding me? the cover will (supposedly) feature ALL of today's teen hotties, including Bynes, the Olsen Twins, Mandy Mizz, Duff, Evan Rachel Wood and more! Google revealed a gallery of stills on AmandaBynesNow.com! the issue supposedly streets on June 10th ... so much buzz!
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Thursday, June 05, 2003
MORRISSEY INKS RECORD DEAL WITH SANCTUARY RECORDS! no word on any potential release dates, but you'd think it would be relatively quick. he's been rumoured to have had at least one album completed while he was shopping his services. best news of the day! (thanks to MacK10 and Glavzies for simultaneously emailing me with the same information!)
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i consistently receive good tips on articles from FOWs which obvs makes this site remain as piping hot as poss. just wanted to say thanks to each and everyone of you who forwards the dope shizz, and here's a quick sample of some things that have landed in my inbox over the last 24 hours.
thanks to the FOW Nation for your ongoing contributions! If you see anything out there that's worthy of linkage, please drop me an email @ email@example.com. obvs.posted by uncle grambo |
locked in mortal kombat over who's got the hotter cover! my vote goes to Jewel someone send me some JPEGs from that issue ... STAT!
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breaking news. the Jayson Blair scandal that rocked the NYT has just racked up more professional casualties. Executive Editor Howell Raines and Managing Editor Gerald Boyd have just turned in their resignations from the paper. in other words, they got shitcanned. fired. tossed out like last week's SundayStyles section. someone had to take the fall for this and it ended up being two of Blair's mentors. too bad.
what a god damn fiasco Field Day has turned out to be. for those that aren't up on the latest Miss Modernage gossip, the planned two day festival has been reduced to a 1-day show at Giants Stadium. adding insult to injury, the fans that shelled out $150 per day for the old tickets are shite out of luck, b/c they will not be honored at the new venue!!! rumours are swirling that the "old tix" might not even be refunded. so while Radiohead, Beck and The Beasties are confirmed to take the stage, this show has next to no buzz. Evan Dando @ The Bowery Ballroom next Thursday has more buzz! guaranteed.
and in an article that is likely to interest only The Gorilla and C. Friggs, Slate.com's Fred Kaplan has written a fascinating article entitled "The End of History: How e-mail is wrecking our national archive." i quote, "Almost all Air Force documents today, for example, are presented as PowerPoint briefings. They are almost never printed and rarely stored. When they are saved, they are often unaccompanied by any text. As a result, in many cases, the briefings are incomprehensible." while I'm not necessarily as interested in the preservation of documents such as these for what some might call "historical purposes", it's pretty frightening to realize that there is no official record of what was said or what occured at some of these high-level military meetings, even under the auspices of "classified" information. looking forward to the FOWs thoughts on this one.
two Michigan men were just awarded a jury settlement of $30 million dollars when they successfully proved that Taco Bell stole their marketing idea for using a talking chihuahua as a product pitchman. according to the article, the pair formed a company in 1995 called Wrench LLC and collaborated to create and market an idea that they called the "Psycho Chihuahua - a cool, confident dog with an attitude." is it just me, or does that sound exactly like Poochie? "I'm half Joe Camel and a 1/3 Fonzarelli" ... Simpsons, so prescient.
and last but not least, two of my blogging comrades have some recent updates worth highlighting. over at the always tigs Glamorama, my main man Kegzies has just posted some excellent new reviews of Radiohead's "HTTF", Blur's "Think Tank" and Hot Hot Heat's "Make Up The Breakdown. " and over at Solotarian Views, Solo waxes reminiscently about how rad it was to have a BMX bike back in the day and theorizes a bit about "sissy mountain bikes" he even posts a pic of his old BMX! pure hottness.posted by uncle grambo |
so much buzz @ the magic stick last night for the Longwave / Phaser show. props out to Nummer, Damore, C Friggs, Big Matt and GP Jen for attending. so many pre-show CD-R trades! so many beers! so many stickers! but most importantly, so many hott indie rock chicks there unfortch for your Uncle Grambo, they couldn't get enough of Damizz! there were literally like three different hipster hotties competing for his attention ... obvs he revealed digits. Damore brought his god damn A game to the Stick / Garden Bowl last night, and hopefully I'll be able to latch onto some of his cast-offs next week as whatevs.org rolls through Chicago and NYC in search of Interstate Piping Hot Content. and although Nummer first revealed this last week, The Magic Stick has renovation buzz! brand new hardwood floors have replaced the crappy carpet that used to exist (no more fear of falling through the floor!), and there is a brand new bar back by the pool tables! while the Stick has been the epicenter of buzz in D-Town for quite some time, the improvements they made only increase its Best Ever Ratio.
below are some photos from last night, courtesy of Big Matt. check out his website, motorcityrocks.com, for an extremely comprehensive look at Detroit's rock scene. if you're ever in the mood to see some live music in the D, this site has got everything that you need to know. that site again is motorcityrocks.com.
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Wednesday, June 04, 2003
yep, still best! his war of words with Roger Ebert continues to rage on. here's the latest (as reported in today's Page Six):
while we're on the subject of updates, a recent Google search revealed that Miss Elizabeth's death was likely caused by what's known as a "cafe coronary." this refers to a scenario in which the victims are drinking alcohol and eating (and in Elizabeth's case, also mixing in some painkillers) and they suddently lose their eating coordination, which results in choking and death from asphyxiation. worst.
attention all FOWs: do you love mediocre Canadian music? do you love SARS? well then I've got just the event for you! pure bred Canucks such as Avril Lavigne, Sarah McLachlan, Sum 41, Our Lady Peace and the Barenaked Ladies are putting on a SARS Benefit Concert in Toronto on June 21st, according to Billboard.com. while this concert was put on to battle some of the recent image problems that Toronto has had because of SARS, i say that this whole entire line-up has SARS! can't someone schedule a Fred Durst solo appearance in Toronto sometime soon, preferably in the epicenter of the virus' buzz?
and the photo below was taken from a recent concert where Liz Phair opened up for The Flaming Lips. all who saw The Lips recently will recognize the giant image behind Liz is a result of the lipstick cam that was on Wayne's mic stand. best! (image courtesy of Kris Bell Blogs)
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because the FOWs demand the latest in Barry Manilow gossip, I bring it to you Juan Valdez stizz piping hot! Manilow issued a press release yesterday which disclosed that he recently woke up disoriented in the middle of the night, walked into a wall, broke his nose and then knocked himself unconscious. why he decided to issue a press release in honor of this unfortunate occasion is unfathomable to moi, but I guess that any press is good press when you're a washed-up, broken schnozz'd bitch of Bette Midler. obvs.
instead of meeting up at the Disco 2000, let's meet up at the next Marilyn Manson show! London's The Sun newspaper is reporting that former Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker has reinvented himself as a goth'd out character named Darren Spooner (not to be confused with Casey Spooner of FischerWurstEver) and will be fronting a new band called Relaxed Muscle. believe it or not, that scary lookin' chap to the right is good ole Jarvis. common people indeed!
are they or aren't they? the biggest buzz out on the Left Coast these days is whether or not Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore are a couple. while nothing has been revealed, the tabs are in a furious bidding war to try and capture snaps of the pair together. The New York Daily News' Rush & Molloy are reporting that The National Enquirer recent paid a papparazzo $112,000 for shots of the couple together!!! and the photo is only of them sitting near each other laughing! where's The Squirrel when you need him to confirm or deny a Hollywood rumour??? developing ...
and Liz Phair is continuing her promotional blitz for the upcoming June 24th release date of her latest album. CMJ takes a relatively unbiased look at her career and new efforts, while The San Francisco Bay Guardian goes out of their way to slam both her and the record. what a bunch of indie snobs. (second link via Catherine's Pita)posted by uncle grambo |
baby spice ... revealed!
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Tuesday, June 03, 2003
semi-quietly, Miramax has decided to move the highly anticipated "Jersey Girl", which stars J. Lo and Bennifer Affleck from its scheduled October 2003 release date. Miramax's official website reveals that the latest from director Kevin Smith has moved to being "In Theaters (During) 2004." has Harv seen the movie and senses that it's A bomb? or has Harv seen the movie and senses that it's THE bomb? only time will tell, my friends. only time will tell.
i know that this season of "Six Feet Under" started off slowly and lost a lot of its fanbase, but the last four or five episodes were among the best hours of television that I've ever seen (particularily the second to last episode). Slate.com's Virginia Heffernan analyzes the Season Finale and bids adieu to the show's greatest villian, Nate's (now ex) wife Lisa (played brilliantly by Lili Taylor).
quick political aside. if you thought that the politics surrounding the War On Terror (Iraq 2003 Style) was heated before, you ain't seen nothing yet. an article in the latest US News & World Report details the decisions that the US Government made on the eve of the war, as well as the internal debates between the White House and the CIA regarding the accuracy of the military intelligence that Colin Powell presented to the United Nations Security Council. hang on peeps, this ride's gonna get bumpy.
CALLING ALL CLONES! just revealed on WDFN! JIM ROME'S TOUR STOP #31 WILL BE HITTING THE PALACE OF AUBURN HILLS ON JULY 26th!!! it hasn't been revealed on the website yet, but a call from Coach Glinka just confirmed. how clutch is that? developing buzz!
last but not least, Miss Modernage is reporting that Jewel is in a G-string on the cover of the latest issue of Blender. unfortch, the Blender website doesn't reveal said photos. someone get those to me PRONTO stizz! just email me @ firstname.lastname@example.org. obvs.posted by uncle grambo |
"the telecommunications act of 1996. worst ... act ... ever!"
let's just hope that the changes to the act that were adopted yesterday will be struck down by the courts. as usual, Neal Pollack sums up my thoughts on the subject perfectly in yesterday's post (which I am excerpting -- okay, directly copying -- below):
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Monday, June 02, 2003
the streets can't wait! beyonce's solo album just had its street date moved from july 8 to june 24!
The Los Angeles Times' Robert Hilburn just published the most comprehensive interview with REM that I've read in years. anyone else planning on hittin' up that Palace show? i smell buzz.
What do TiVo, Gawker and Tina Brown all have in common? according to New York's Simon Dumenco, they all relate to the concept of hyperpassivity. just what does that mean? "When it comes to pop-cultural literacy, I’ve lately discovered, it’s the thought that counts. It’s important to know what you’re supposed to knowbut you don’t actually have to know it firsthand." in other words, in order to carry on a good conversation these days, you no longer need to know explicit details about any particular subject, just a nugget or two to prove that you're in-the-know. a truly hott article! (link courtesy of Romenesko)posted by uncle grambo |
i rose from my slumber on saturday morning with what can only be described as a raging, post-wedding reception fueled hangover. my temples were throbbing, my throat was parched and i felt the insatiable desire for caffeine and grease. moving slowly yet surely from my bed to my car, i climbed into the Envoy and made my way down to the Greek Islands Coney in downtown Birmingham. normally i would blaze down Woodward with my system pumpin' out some J. Timbo or some indie rock, but the swelling in my head demanded some low volume talk radio. naturally, i turned on Sports Radio 1130 Da Fan hoping to catch anyone other than Sean Baligian ... what i tuned onto was a press conference "already in progress" with Joe Dumars and Pistons coach Rick Carlisle. i wondered to myself why in tarnations would these two be having a press conference at noon on some random Saturday in June. did they announce that they're going to draft Darco? did Carlisle sign his much discussed contract extension? what the dilly? Joe sounded a little distressed, but Rick sounded upbeat. what the eff was going on! just seconds later, Matt "Diesel" Dery jumped in with a quick voiceover that said "You are listening live to the press conference announcing the firing of Rick Carlisle." wait a second, the WHAT? the firing of the coach that turned us around from league laughingstock to consecutive Central Division champions? the firing of the coach who just led us into the Eastern Conference Finals? what the EFF!?!
after the initial shock of the announcement wore off (and after I got the #6 special in my belly), I tuned back onto WDFN where Sean Baligian (DURST!) was taking calls from confused Pistons fans. Terry Foster had just reported that the organization was going to name coaching vagabond Larry Brown as Carlisle's replacement as early as Monday. it was at this exact moment that the confusion swirling around my head changed into venomous anger. how DARE the Pistons fire the best young coach in the league? for chrissakes, he was just named Coach Of The Year last year! sure, I had been openly critical of Carlisle in the past, but that was only because I knew that he was capable of better. i thought for sure that Rick would be the Pistons head coach for at least the next 10 years. he was building some good buzz and making positive steps in the right direction and now, all of a sudden, the Pistons were kicking him to the curb for a coaching philanderer like Larry Brown! worst ... decision ... evs!
now it's Monday morning. 48 hours have passed since the announcement and the media smear job on Carlisle has begun. if you believe what you read in the papers, Carlisle was fired for pissing off a lot of bigwigs in the Palace Sports & Entertainment Group, and Mitch Albom goes as far as saying that "there is only one man in the Pistons organization who shakes the thunder and claps the lightning", and that's Pistons owner Bill Davidson. Freep columnist Drew Sharp is reporting today that "Carlisle hadn't spoken one word (to Davidson) for the past couple of months" and that he "treated certain factions of the organization with utter disrespect" ... while that's not exactly the smartest move in the world, is that a reason to fire a wonderfully successful young coach? hellz no. and based on the Pistons long-standing history with poor employee relations, it is entirely possible that the disrespect was initiated by Davidson. remember what happened to Isiah Thomas? Davidson ran his ass out of town after Isiah gave his heart and soul to this community. remember when the Pistons were floundering in the mid `90s and they tried to bring Chuck Daly back to town in a General Manager capacity? Daly said "thanks, but no thanks." i could go on and on with other examples (Grant Hill would be another example of a big fish that got away, even though his career turned out to be shite), but the simple truth of the matter is this. the Detroit Pistons market themselves to the fans as tough, rugged individuals who never give up and "go to work" every night, but their upper management doesn't honor those values and instead places their emphasis on being able to play the corporate politics game.
what's the lesson here kids? even in a blue collar town like Detroit, it's more important to schmooze than to win.
(EDITOR'S NOTE: Don't even get me started on the Tigers ... I went down to the CoPa yesterday with Coach Glinka expecting to see Roger Clemens make history by winning his 300th game. Instead, The Rocket got a no decision, the beer lines were impenetrable, I got a massive sunburn and the Tigers ended up losing in the 17th inning. what a bunch of spoilers! the only positive was the fact that Coach Mooch (aka Steve Mariucci) was revealed three rows behind our seats (no Izzo in sight) ... also, saw my first SARS Turtl on Woodward. buzz!)posted by uncle grambo |
as promised on friday afternoon, FOW Fave Damore made a rare appearance at the local multiplex (Forum 30 stizz) in support of Eliza Dushku's latest film, "Wrong Turn." this astute analysis made its way into my inbox over the weekend ... and although I thoroughly disagree with his overall rating (if I were still updating Twenty Word Reviews, i'd rate this *1/2), i'm sure you'll find this write-up both engaging and entertaining and a good start to your week.
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