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Posted on April 12, 2009 by Editor

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I Twaut I Taw The Anointed One!

from the LA Times

What’s up, Jesus? Looney Tunes ‘Last Supper’ parody stirs controversy

9:01 AM, April 11, 2009

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It’s not exactly a religious-art brouhaha of “Piss Christ” proportions, but a painting that uses popular cartoon characters to parody Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” is causing a bit of a stir in Old Town San Diego.

And just in time for Easter weekend.

“The Gathering,” a new painting by artist Glen Tarnowski, uses Looney Tunes characters such as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Marvin the Martian and Road Runner to stand in for Jesus and his disciples in da Vinci’s famous 15th century fresco.

The painting is currently hanging in the Chuck Jones Gallery in San Diego. Jones, of course, was an animator at Warner Bros. where he rose to fame working on the Looney Tunes series among many projects before opening his own studio. The gallery is owned by Linda Jones Enterprises. (Linda was Chuck’s only child.)

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Shut Up and Eat, Too Bad No Bon Appétit

Posted on April 11, 2009 by Editor

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Pork Tenderloin Stuffed With Sausage and Sphinx Dates With Tepary Bean Ragout and Arizona Spinach Tart

from the Arizona Republic

porktend1.jpgTenderloin

1/2 pound Meat Shop pork scraps, cut up
1 cup chopped pitted dates
1 teaspoon chopped thyme
 1/2 pound Meat Shop pork sausage cooked, chopped up into small pieces
 1/2 cup cream
Salt and pepper to taste 
1 Meat Shop pork tenderloin, cut down the center without cutting all the way through, lightly pounded out flat

Add pork scraps to a food processor and mix until smooth paste. Add dates, thyme, chopped sausage and cream, and incorporate until consistency of stuffing. Season with salt and pepper. Lightly pound out tenderloin to make one flat piece of meat. Arrange stuffing down the middle and wrap like a cigar. Tie with cooking twine. Sear all sides in a pan until brown. Finish in 350-degree oven, about 8-10 minutes a pound, until center of meat reads 140 degrees. Allow to rest. Slice width-wise to show off meat with center of stuffing.

[ click to read full recipe at the AZ Republic ]

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20 Things To Do With The Matzah You Didn’t Eat

Posted on April 10, 2009 by Editor

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Mike Sizemore on Frey

from Mike Sizemore’s site – read it there –>

The James Frey Interview

POSTED ON APRIL 9, 2009 BY MIKE

James Frey

After having some fun with film types and social media (I think there’s still some Michelle Yeoh footage to surface) I was approached by the publisher John Murray to see if I had any ideas about mixing things up with their authors. Of course, I said, as long as you have someone interesting. How about James Frey? was the reply…

Handily James was already scheduled to appear at the ICA last month and I’d already been chatting to those guys about helping out with what they do since they kindly suggested we relocate the Tuttle Club there. Perfect.

I’d read A Million Little Pieces just prior to its UK release and had actually met Frey before from my time as a bookseller, but aside from the South Park episode in which Oprah’s vagina pulls a gun and shoots a police officer, I hadn’t kept track of his career post-controversy. So off I went to his UK site and was pleasantly surprised to find it was the work of my friend @stml. Small world. Big Jim Industries is well worth a look too.

In the meantime @blackpooltower (James’ UK publisher) got the word out via his forum which eventually lead to a fun afternoon at the ICA chatting to the author. He was as laid back and interesting as I remember and had a copy of Knockemstiff by Donald Ray Pollock (highly recommended!) tucked under his arm. He turned out to be eager to go past our allotted time and here’s the resulting interview in three parts:

“I don’t believe in inspiration”

“I’m from the notorious Freys”

“I have the same lawyer as the guys from South Park”

What was interesting to me was that while James wasn’t prepared to speak at the later event about the Oprah controversy, he was more than happy to answer questions about it direct from his readers. It was also encouraging to see how quickly John Murray themselves got excited about this kind of thing.

There’s a direct link here between both the innovative stuff we’ve been doing with Reuters and all the film related stuff I’ve had a hand in since the Juno Twitter screening back in ‘07 and hanging out with Spielberg and the Indy cast in Cannes last year.

But more on all that later…

Oh and go read Bright Shiny Morning. It’s a lot of fun.

[ click to read this and more Mike Sizemore at sizemore.co.uk ]

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Thrilla in Manila

film review by Annie Vinton @ Film Monthly

Thrilla in Manila on HBO

(2009)

by Annie Vinton

Thrilla in Manila – A Thrilla for All.

My Take: Take a ringside seat – a “must see” for all, not just boxing fans.
Premiers on HBO Saturday, April 11th 8pm ET

You’ll want to pull up a ringside seat for Thrilla in Manila, another great HBO production that will warrant non-subscribers to order this cable service for the premier on April 11th at 8pm ET. The title, slightly varying from what the final fight between Frazier and Ali was originally coined, “Thriller in Manila” captures more than the historic boxing match – it delves into betrayal between two friends and complex race relations of the 1970’s.

Lively characters like Ali’s doctor, Dr. Ferdie Pacheco and one of the last living members from Frazier’s corner, Georgie Benton, are not interviewed together but [Director John] Dower cleverly strings their conversations together to tell the story. Moments woven in between the audience are sure to remember include Frazier watching footage of the final fight for the first time since 1975, after much cajoling from Dower. It’s a one camera shot of him sitting in a chair in a dark room and he’s heard coaching the TV, “Get closer, get closer!” Frazier felt that he should not have given Ali the room that he did and less “breathing room” could have made a difference in the battle. What also is revealed is that Frazier boxed a few of the rounds virtually blind.

Another moment most will probably be surprised to see is Ali speaking at a KKK rally, reminding us all of Ali’s influence and power outside of the ring and his views on race relations in the ‘70’s. As Pacheco described, these two fighters were “caught in the battle of the soul of Black America.”

Although the centerpiece of Thrilla in Manila highlights one of the most historical boxing bouts, it’s a story for non-boxing fans too. Frazier’s hope is that those watching can get a true of understanding of his relationship with Ali and what they were to each other, not just what was created in the media.

Annie Vinton Annie Vinton is a freelance writer and film critic living in NYC. You can read more about her and her writing at her blog here.

[ click to read full review at FilmMonthly.com ]

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Skeleton Boy

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“No, Doc – I’m telling ya – it’s like there’s a needle stuck permanently in my ass.”

from Ananova

Needle removed from bum – after 31 years

A Chinese pensioner can finally sit in comfort after doctors removed a broken syringe needle which had been stuck in his bottom for 31 years.

A surgeon holds up the needle tip in front of a relieved Lao Du /Quirky China News

Lao Du, 55, of Zhengzhou, said the needle was left in his rear by an ‘amateurish’ doctor in 1978, reports the Zhongyuan Network.

“I got a cold and went to see an amateurish doctor in my hometown village, but the needle broke off once it pierced my bum,” he said.

“I was sent to a provincial hospital immediately. After being hospitalised for nine days, doctors checked me but failed to find the broken needle.”

Lao Du said he always believed the broken needle was still in his bottom and four or five years ago he began to feel sharp pains regularly in his rear.

Chief surgeon Fu Konglong, who finally found the needle tip after three hours of surgery, said: “It was very detailed work. We had to look for it in every muscle fibre.”

[ click to read at ananova.com ]

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Breast-feeding Brand Baby

from The Coolhunter

Posted on April 7, 2009 by Editor

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Tom Waits: Life On Mars sucks.

from TwentyFourBit

Tom Waits Denies ‘Life on Mars’ Song, Says Show Sucks

ABC’s time-travel cop drama Life on Mars was canned after only one season, so now the show’s producers, Josh Appelbaum and Scott Rosenberg, are free to share all the behind the scenes dirt. When asked by TVGuide.com if there were any songs that they couldn’t get on their show despite all efforts, theLife on Mars producers had this interesting exchange about Tom Waits:

Appelbaum: We write every song into the script, not after the fact, because the music is so important. And only one person denied us.

Rosenberg: Because he thought the show sucked. [Laughs]

Appelbaum: It was Episode 6, and Sam describes when he met Maya (played by Lisa Bonet) for the first time. He flashes back to the scene and “Tom Traubert’s Blues” is playing. It was so good. Tom Waits approves all of his licensing, and he sent an email saying he thought the show was [bad]. It was pretty funny.

Tom Waits once said, “I’d rather have a hot lead enema” than license a song for a commercial.

[ click to read at TwentyFourBit.com ]

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Ungentlemanly Officiating

from The Guardian UK

Footballer given yellow card ‘for breaking wind’ during penalty shot

Referee books Chorlton Villa player for distracting rival with ‘ungentlemanly conduct’ at key moment in match

The drive to bring good manners back to football has reached new heights after a referee issued a yellow card to a player for “breaking wind” as a penalty was being taken.

The official deemed the act “ungentlemanly conduct” and booked the player responsible. However Chorlton Villa, who conceded a goal on the second take, went on to win the match 6-4 against local rivals International Manchester FC at Turn Moss in Stretford, Manchester, last Sunday.

Ian Treadwell, manager of Chorlton Villa for the past eight years, said his team had learnt lessons from the game in which three players were dismissed and two were booked.

“The other player had the penalty saved because it was a bad penalty it was nothing to do with any noise. Not one of their team remonstrated with the referee when the first penalty was taken.

[ click to continue reading at The Guardian ]

Posted on April 6, 2009 by Editor

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Robert Delford Brown Gone

from The New York Times

Robert Delford Brown, ‘Happenings’ Artist, Dies at 78

Robert Delford Brown, a painter, sculptor, performance artist and avant-garde philosopher whose exuberantly provocative works challenged orthodoxies of both the art world and the world at large, usually with a big wink, was found dead on March 24 in the Cape Fear River in Wilmington, N.C.

The death has been ruled accidental, Deputy Sheriff Charles Smith of the New Hanover County Sheriff’s office in North Carolina said. The cause appeared to be drowning. Mr. Brown was last seen on March 20, said his stepdaughter, Carol Cone. Mr. Brown, who had had hip surgery and walked with a cane, was known to have been scouting locations for an art project in the river involving a number of rafts, and he is thought to have fallen in.

A colleague of artists like Jim Dine, Claes Oldenburg and Nam June Paik, Mr. Brown was a central figure in the anarchic New York art scene of the early 1960s, a participant in — and instigator of — events-as-art known as “happenings.” He saw the potential for aesthetic pronouncement in virtually everything. His métier was willful preposterousness, and his work contained both anger and insouciance.

His raw materials included buildings, pornographic photos and even meat carcasses.

He often performed in the persona of a religious leader, but dressed in a clown suit with a red nose and antennas hung with ripe bananas. In the end his message to the world was that both spirited individualism and unimpeded creativity must triumph.

One happening, a 1964 performance of a musical theater piece by Karlheinz Stockhausen called “Originale,” included, according to Time magazine, “two white hens, a chimpanzee, six fish floating in two bowls suspended from the ceiling, a shapely model stripping to her black lace panties and bra, and a young man who squirted himself all over with shaving lather and then jumped into a tub of water.”

[ click to continue reading at NYTimes.com ]

Posted on April 6, 2009 by Editor

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Back into the Frey

from The Independent.ie

Back into the Frey

James Frey’s first memoir of recovery from addiction to drugs and alcohol was lauded before he was forced to admit there were fabrications, prompting uproar. But Frey is back and unrepentant, Emily Hourican finds and defying the media by lifting the lid on LA in his novel, Bright Shiny Morning

By Emily Hourican

Sunday April 05 2009

 

Having heard author James Frey on radio, I know he is in combatative form over the controversy that surrounded his first book, A Million Little Pieces.

jfswww.jpg“Only 15 pages of a 450-page book contained disputed information,” he told his interviewer sternly, so I’m not surprised when he insists to me that the entire episode was “not a big deal. I don’t think people have a problem with it, I think the media has a problem with it.” Later, he will tell me why, indeed, it was all a good thing, and how it made his brand new novel, Bright Shiny Morning, possible.

A Million Little Pieces, the story of Frey’s slow crawl back from the shattered depths of drug and alcohol addiction, was pitched as a memoir, and at first loved and lauded by everyone from Bret Easton Ellis to Gus Van Sant; even chosen by Oprah for her hugely influential book club. Naturally, it then went to number one in the New York Times Bestseller list, where it stayed for 15 weeks. As a writer, Frey had made it, and then some. But then an investigative website, The Smoking Gun, lashed out with claims that much of the book was false. And the good times began to fall apart.

Frey was invited back onto Oprah’s show, where she laid into him, ultimately forcing a confession that there were some fabrications. He was promptly dropped by his agent, and his American publishers offered a refund to readers who felt defrauded by the experience. Later editions carried a Note to the Reader, in which Frey apologises to those “disappointed by my actions”.

It was, depending on your point of view, an outrageous literary fraud, justly brought to book, or a massive storm in a teacup. And Frey is refusing to play the role of contrite sinner any longer. “The public face I showed at the time was more contrite than I really felt,” he tells me over Diet Coke in the Merrion Hotel.

“Absolutely. Some of the disclaimers placed in the books were placed for legal reasons, not because I felt some great need to do it. And they’re all coming out. They’re already out of the British edition of the book.” Not that it didn’t hurt, plenty, at the time.

“I had much more anger than I’m expressing to you, I had a bigger chip on my shoulder than I’m going to tell you.” But despite the humiliation, his self-belief, “at least my belief in my ability to write” never wavered. By so vigorously championing his own cause, he makes it look, rightly or wrongly, as though he is ranged on the side of freedom, the imagination, a certain largeness of vision, against the po-faced, reductionist, letter-of-the-law-abiding forces of puritanism. Under the circumstances, that’s quite a coup to pull off.

This bravado is what spurred him on to write his latest book, and first novel, Bright Shiny Morning, a sparky, sprawling homage to Los Angeles, written at a time when his career looked to be all washed up; he had no agent, no US publisher and for many, the status of Public Enemy Number One.

“I wrote it with a chip on my shoulder. I believed I had more to say. And I did set out to prove something, I did set out to show I wasn’t broken, I wasn’t changed, I wasn’t repentant, I wasn’t apologetic and I wasn’t going to back down or stop. I was going to say, OK, here I am again.” And here indeed he is. Bright Shiny Morning starts with the telling epigraph “Nothing in this book should be considered accurate or reliable.”

It’s another gauntlet thrown down, an in-joke for the initiated, and two fingers to the media. The book covers huge ground, historically, geographically and emotionally; with a large cast of characters, great chunks of facts — “the average citizen of Los Angeles consumes 250 tacos a year,” of which at least a third are, according to Frey, made up — and a potted history of LA, much of which is also invented, all running side-by-side.

“I always wanted to write a book about LA. LA is one of the great cities of the world and most of the rest of the great cities of the world have been written about — Joyce wrote about Dublin; Hugo, Paris; Dickens, London; Tolstoy, Moscow.” False modesty about the kind of literary company he aspires to keep is not Frey’s thing. “No one had ever taken LA on in a serious way. I wanted to do it. Because of the way the city is, I thought you couldn’t take a single narrative. It’s too big, too disconnected. So there are hundreds of parts that could stand alone, unto themselves, but can also function as something bigger.”

The city is very much the central character of the book, arching over everything, a muse unto itself. And of course, because this is LA, the entertainment industry features heavily, as a beacon of light visible for thousands of miles around, drawing the 100,000 hopefuls who arrive each year, then churning their dreams into dust.

Frey, who is from ClevelandOhio, moved to LA when he was 25, and was, briefly, until he thought better of it, almost one of the success stories. He wrote a couple of screenplays for films that got made, and even directed one, and so his insights into that business, though hard-boiled, count.

“I don’t try to be cynical about it I just try to present it as it is. A lot of people move out there because they love movies and they think people are going to embrace them. But it’s the film “business”, and when you’re out there trying to break into it, people will size you up and if they think they can make money off of you, you’ll work, and if they don’t, you won’t. It’s as simple as that.”

Would he like Bright Shiny Morning to be read as a cautionary tale by those naive enough to head for the bright lights with no plan other than ambition? “Yeah, for sure. I think people should know you can move to Los Angeles and your dreams can come true, you can become a worldwide superstar, but the chances are much greater that you will move there and fail, and become something that you don’t want to become.”

Despite a very privileged upbringing — Frey’s father was a successful businessman — he has a fascination for life’s seedy, even sordid, edges, the marginalised world of addicts, hookers, pimps and hustlers. “I know that, growing up, the books I loved were a lot about those things — Henry MillerCharles Bukowski, Baudelaire, Rimbaud; you seek out experience. You can’t seek out experience in a bubble of privilege.” This of course is the double-edged sword of affluence for an artist; “I grew up in an upper-middle class American household; I definitely have benefited from my father’s success, but in my life as a writer, I haven’t benefited in any way.”

Towards his own addictions, to alcohol and drugs, Frey shows the same kind of machismo that characterised his attitude to Oprah (of whom he says, “I don’t care what Oprah was. I don’t base my self-worth on the opinion of a TV talkshow host”). He has consistently refused the support of a 12-step programme.

“I just don’t drink, don’t use drugs, I don’t see any positive reason to, they’re not going to do anything but f*** my life up. That’s not to say I don’t sometimes have urges to drink and use drugs, but I know nothing good will come of it. It depends on the day; some days it’s not hard, some days it is. It’s like anything, you get better at it, you get more practised. I am accepting of my situation, which is that the shit will f*** me up if I do it, and so I can’t, and I don’t judge other people for doing it.”

It’s tough talk, but backed by 15 years of sobriety and therefore convincing. During that time he has moved to New York, at the insistence of his wife (“I have a policy in my marriage which is ‘just say yes!”), had two children, aged four and two, and made enough money to indulge his passion for art — on the walls of his apartment are works by Picasso, Matisse and Francis Bacon. It’s been a productive sobriety.

Bright Shiny Morning is open-ended in its conclusions, dispassionate in its presentation of LA and the lives of its protagonists. Deliberately so. “I tried to write from a distance and let the reader decide how they feel about it,” says Frey. “I give the reader a lot of credit, I believe they’re smart, cool, interesting people who want to be presented with challenging material.” This belief has been borne in on him, and is confirmed, by the reaction to A Million Little Pieces. He has received tens of thousands of emails from readers who loved and were greatly moved by the book. Only one in every couple of hundred, he claims, was not supportive. It’s a continuing reaction that reinforces his relief at the dramatic turn his career took. Because yes, Frey has convinced himself that the Smoking Gun exposure was a good thing.

“A lot of good came out of it. I wasn’t comfortable with the way things were. I didn’t like being placed on this pedestal. This work of what I considered literature got taken out of that and placed into this self-help context which it was actually designed to insult. I didn’t want to be that person. I’m a writer, I’m not Wayne Dyer or Deepak Chopra. The controversy pushed it back into the place it belonged, pushed me back into the place I belong, with literary writers.”

In an odd kind of way, Bright Shiny Morning has to both live down the controversy of A Million Little Pieces, as well as live up to the rave reviews it got, even after the exposure. Does he not worry that no other book he writes will quite escape the shadow of his first? “At a certain point, I just don’t think I’ll talk about any more. I’ll talk about it now because it’s the first book after that happened, but if I write books that matter, the more of them I write, the further away from that I get, the less it all matters. If that continues to happen, it will make the controversy not relevant.”

And so he neatly draws a line under the experiences of the last few years. Now, it’s about the future, and the future, to Frey, looks shiny and bright. “When Time magazine wrote their review of Bright Shiny Morning, the headline was “America’s Most Notorious Author Returns”. When I read that I though, f*** yeah, that’s where I always wanted to be. I didn’t get there the way I expected to, it was a little harder and more uncomfortable than I wanted it to be, but that’s where I am, that’s where I’m happy. And that’s where I’m going to stay.”

Bright Shiny Morning is out in paperback; John Murray, £7.99

– Emily Hourican

[ click to read at Independent.ie ]

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QT Returning

from The Guardian UK

Quentin Tarantino makes Cannes comeback

Hollywood’s most controversial director hopes to reignite his career through a return to the famous festival with Nazi epic starring Brad Pitt

Quentin Tarantino is to return to the film festival that made his name with a movie that is certain to be the most controversial of his career.

Next month, the brilliant and outrageous director will arrive in Cannes, where his 1994 film Pulp Fiction was such a hit, to relaunch a career that, by his high standards, has been in the doldrums.

The work he is taking to the world’s premier film festival is an ultra-violent take on the second world war and that most sacred of Hollywood movie subjects, the Holocaust.

The news that Tarantino was bringing his film, with the deliberately misspelt title Inglourious Basterds, set the movie world alight with speculation that Tarantino and his star, Brad Pitt, will dominate Cannes this year.

It is certainly a place where Tarantino has always felt at home. Pulp Fiction won the festival’s highest honour, the Palme d’Or, 15 years ago, catapulting the already controversial director of cult hit Reservoir Dogs to worldwide fame and acclaim. Since then he has served as president of the festival’s jury and also shown several other films there.

Pitt…, playing the leader of a group of Jewish American soldiers recruited to hunt down and kill Nazis in the most dramatic and brutal ways possible, inspiring panic in the Third Reich. In a trailer, Pitt’s character gives his squad a pre-mission pep talk: “We’re going to be doing one thing and one thing only: killing Nazis!” If the rest of the trailer – blood spattering on walls and violent shoot-outs – is anything to go by, Pitt’s men deliver.

[ click to continue reading at The Guardian ]

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A teenage boy walking in the woods of Bruckberg, Bavaria…

from Bild

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Future Inductee To The Financial Hall Of Fame

from Billboard

Duff McKagan Restarts Loaded, Says U.S. Economy ‘Will Recover’

Duff McKagan’s rocking again with Loaded.

April 03, 2009 10:33 AM ET

Gary Graff, Detroit

Duff McKagan wants to be of service with more than his music these days.

 

The Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver bassist, who’s now back to fronting his other band, Duff McKagan’s Loaded, is also busy these days writing a weekly financial column Duffnomics, for Playboy.com. He’s qualified — McKagan holds a finance degree from Seattle University — and McKagan tells Billboard.com that he wants to take economics and finances “back to basics” to help his readers understand what’s going on in this current state of crisis.

“If you’re like me, you get kind of sick watching guys talk about market-to-market and aggregates and…’What the hell did you say to me?’,” McKagan explains. “I actually know what they’re saying, but I know that 99 percent of us don’t. We’re getting all this information, and people don’t really understand what happened to our economy, why it failed, what the credit crunch actually meant, what predatory lending practices were.”

McKagan — who predicts that the U.S. economy “will recover” in time — says he’s using reader feedback to help him determine what to write about. “People ask me, ‘Is now a good time to buy a house?’ so, OK, I’ll write about that. Or I’ll get an email, ‘Hey Duff, can you tell us about’ this or that, then I’ll write about those things.

 

[ click to continue reading at Billboard.com ]

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Run Hits The Hall

from The Times South Africa

Run-DMC, Metallica in Rock Hall of Fame

CLEVELAND — Metallica shoved the mosh pit into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Heavy metal’s heaviest hitters, whose menacing, monstrous sound has banged heads around the globe for decades, were inducted into rock’s shrine on Saturday night, capping a star-studded ceremony that felt much more like a concert than an awards show.

Many came to pay homage to Metallica, which earned top billing in an eclectic 2009 class that included rap pioneers Run-DMC, virtuoso guitarist Jeff Beck, soul singer Bobby Womack and rhythm and blues vocal group Little Anthony and the Imperials.

Metallica’s members have survived some of the dark themes — death, destruction and desolation — that threads through its music, and their induction was a chance to celebrate their legacy as perhaps the hardest band to ever walk the earth. The event also served as a reunion as bassist Jason Newsted, who left the group in 2001, joined his former bandmates on stage for seering versions of “Master of Puppets” and “Enter Sandman.”

“Whatever the intangibles elements are that make a band the best, Metallica has them,” said Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, who delivered a heartfelt speech in presenting the band. He recalled being on tour and hearing Metallica on the radio for the first time.

“My mind was blown. It wasn’t punk rock. It wasn’t heavy metal. It just stood by itself,” he said. “I didn’t know what it was, but I knew it was a mighty thing.”

With two turntables and a microphone, Run-DMC broke down the barriers between rock and rap. With sparse, stripped-down lyrics above pounding beats, the trio of Joseph “DJ Run” Simmons, Darryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels and Jason “Jam Master Jay” Mizell changed rap in the 1980s by taking the realities of the streets to the suburbs.

“They broke away from the pack by being the pack,” said rapper Eminem, looking like the band’s lost member by sporting the group’s trademark black fedora and black leather jacket. “They were the baddest of the bad and the coolest of the cool. Run-DMC changed my life.”

“There’s three of them and if you grew up with hip hop like I did, they were the Beatles.”

Their remake and collaboration with Aerosmith on the rock band’s “Walk This Way” changed modern music.

[ click to read full article at The Times South Africa ]

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Noodles & Nothing To Worry About

Posted on April 4, 2009 by Editor

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Part Woman, Part Fish

from The Times Online

Sara Campbell, ‘part woman, part fish’, regains freediving record

womanfish.jpgA British woman pushed the boundaries of human endurance to new levels yesterday as she dived 96 metres (314ft) below the surface of the Atlantic and back again on a single, very deep, breath.

Sara Campbell — “part woman, part fish” — broke the world record in the extreme sport of freediving, whose participants dice with death by submerging themselves to lung-crushing depths without breathing apparatus.

Holding her breath for three minutes 36 seconds, she went deeper than any female freediver has gone before without weights or equipment to hasten her descent, or an airbag to speed her back to the surface.

“The dive felt great and I’m just feeling fantastic,” she said last night. “At one point I started feeling negative thoughts — ‘Do I really want to do this?’ — but then I told myself not to be ridiculous, just get it done, go for the bottom.

“For me, that’s really what the personal battle was all about — fighting my demons and overcoming my doubts.”

[ click to read at TimesOnline.co.uk ]

Posted on April 3, 2009 by Editor

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Crazy Tree Climbing


AZ Tree Climbing Championships from sonoranstudios on Vimeo.

Posted on April 3, 2009 by Editor

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Oils For Smack

from the Hartford Courant

Stolen Artwork Recovered In New Haven

Press Conference
From left, New Haven Police Sgt. Stephen Shea, Assistant Police Chief Peter Reichard, lead detective Scott Branfuhr and Matthew Prinz were on hand to answer questions about the recovered artworks. Three of the pieces — items No. 10, 12 and 14 — belonged to David Gelernter, the Yale professor who was a victim of the Unabomber, police said. Police said they seized 39 pieces of stolen art and six firearms. (RICHARD MESSINA / HARTFORD COURANT / March 23, 2009)

NEW HAVEN — – The paintings, photos and prints arrived one or two at a time at the brick home on Sylvan Avenue.

The man who brought them allegedly stole them from places around New Haven, including the city’s public library and the Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale University. Inside the second-floor apartment at 24 Sylvan Ave., the 53-year-old man would trade the pieces for $30 to $40 worth of heroin, police said.

Two of the three paintings stolen from the Slifka Center were by David Gelernter, a Yale computer science professor who was seriously wounded by the Unabomber. The third was by Gelernter’s son Daniel. Together, police said Monday, the paintings are valued at $40,000.

The man also allegedly took prints from the New Haven Public Library on March 5, including one called “Elm City” by Tony Falcone. Those pieces were valued at $6,000, police said.

Police raided [an] apartment at 12:30 a.m. Saturday and found Bruno Nestir, 47, as well as 39 paintings, photos and prints, two shotguns, two rifles, two revolvers, $987 in cash, and heroin and marijuana packaged for sale. Nestir was held on drug charges and possession of stolen property. Police are now working on an arrest warrant for the man they say stole the paintings.

[ click to read full article at the Hartford Courant ]

Posted on April 3, 2009 by Editor

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“Mayonnaise, poodle hair, broken zippers.”

from The NY Observer

The Critic’s Critic 

By Sparrow

I spoke to Arnold J. Foley, freelance art critic, in a Nigerian tea bar in Astoria, Queens.

Sparrow: What are the main problems in the contemporary art world?
Mr. Foley: To begin with, the art world in New York is entirely segregated by neighborhood. All the paintings in the Upper East Side galleries must be attractive hanging over a sofa.

I don’t care if they’re by Picasso, they have to be “sofa-ready” (that’s the term I use). The art in Chelsea must impress an art professor; in fact, it has impressed an art professor. The art on the Lower East Side is scruffy—not really scruffy, but faux-scruffy. The art in Williamsburg is made out of non-art stuff: mayonnaise, poodle hair, broken zippers.

Sparrow: And which is your favorite art?

Mr. Foley: It’s not a matter of favorites. My point is just the opposite. All segregation is evil, even in art. We need the sofa-ready paintings to speak to the poodle hair sculptures, but they never do! In fact, the two genres need to mate.

Sparrow: Do you have any other complaints about the art world?

Mr. Foley: Another philosophical problem is “outsider art.” No one can settle on a name for it. Some prefer “vernacular art”; some go for “self-taught art.” Or “folk art.” I like to call it True Art.

[ click to read at observer.com ]

Posted on April 2, 2009 by Editor

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Longest Running Scripted Series Ever Cancelled

from The New York Times

CBS Turns Out ‘Guiding Light’

CBS announced Wednesday the cancellation of the longest-running scripted program in broadcasting history, the soap opera “Guiding Light.”

The show has been on radio and television for 72 years, beginning on NBC radio in 1937 and moving to CBS television in 1952.

The move came after many years of steeply declining ratings for the hourlong soap, which is owned by Procter & Gamble and thus was a link to the earliest days of daytime serial dramas on radio. The shows were eventually called soap operas because soap companies sponsored them.

A spokeswoman for P.&G., Jeannie Tharrington, said the company would seek to place “Guiding Light” elsewhere. “We’re looking at all our options,” she said. “This show started as a 15-minute radio show, and then it was a half-hour television show, so it has adapted over the years.”

None of the producers or stars of “Guiding Light” would grant an interview Wednesday about the decision. “The news is too fresh,” Ms. Tharrington said.

The show also provided breakthroughs for many well-known actors, including Kevin BaconJames Earl JonesCalista FlockhartAllison Janney and Cicely Tyson. “Guiding Light” claims the distinction of being the first network soap to introduce regular African-American characters, in 1966.

[ click to read full article at NYTimes.com ]

Posted on April 2, 2009 by Editor

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“You will see it – but your kids won’t” (Yeah right – maybe your kids, Missy!)

… από την πανέμορφη κι ελεύθερη Μαρία-Χριστίνα!!!

Posted on April 2, 2009 by Editor

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Author seeks more controversy

from The Independent


Author seeks more controversy

Few novelists have whipped up quite so much of a storm in modern times as James Frey.

A Million Little Piecesturned out to be a work of fiction – is attempting to enlist two of the British cultural scene’s leading controversialists.

“I’m going to try and get Banksy or Damien Hirst to do the cover for my next book because I know what I want it to be,” he tells Pandora. “If I can get one of those guys to do it, it would be amazing.”

The Final Testament of the Bible, which Frey describes as a “reaction to the religious fundamentalism we’re seeing all over the world.”

Sounds right up Hirst’s street.

pandora@independent.co.uk

[ click to read at The Independent ]

Posted on April 1, 2009 by Editor

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Use #47,912 For Post-it Notes

Posted on April 1, 2009 by MJS

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Superstition Dissected

from NoiseAddicts via The Daily Swarm 

STEVIE WONDER’S ‘SUPERSTITION’ CLAVINET PARTS REVEALED…

 

via Noise Addicts

It’s of course the signature Clavinet part that just oozes the funk – In fact it was Superstition that really put the Hohner Clavinet on the map in funk/soul music. A lot of keyboard players instantly tried to cop the part, but it seemed impossible to play. Even Stevie himself never really played it properly when he played live.

An engineer has acquired the master recordings and has dissected Stevie Wonder’s multitrack masters of the song. Through the use of Protools, he was able to isolate all the tracks to get a listen to the infamous Clavinet parts. Ready for this? … In reality, it’s actually 8 Clavinet parts!

[ from NoiseAddicts via The Daily Swarm ]

Posted on April 1, 2009 by Editor

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Jack Johnson’s Way-too Posthumous Pardon

from The AZ Republic

McCain seeks pardon for boxer Jack Johnson

WASHINGTON – Sen. John McCain wants a presidential pardon for Jack Johnson, who became the nation’s first black heavyweight boxing champion 100 years before Barack Obama became its first black president.

jj.pngMcCain feels Johnson was wronged by a 1913 conviction of violating the Mann Act by having a consensual relationship with a white woman – a conviction widely seen as racially motivated.

Johnson won the world heavyweight title on Dec. 26, 1908, after police in Australia stopped his 14-round match against the severely battered Canadian world champion, Tommy Burns. That led to a search for a “Great White Hope” who could beat Johnson. Two years later, the American world titleholder Johnson had tried for years to fight, Jim Jeffries, came out of retirement but lost in a match called “The Battle of the Century,” resulting in deadly riots.

Authorities first targeted Johnson’s relationship with a white woman who later became his wife, then found another white woman to testify against him. Johnson fled the country after his conviction, but agreed years later to return and serve a 10-month jail sentence. He tried to renew his boxing career after leaving prison, but failed to regain his title. He died in a car crash in 1946 at age 68.

“When we couldn’t beat him in the ring, the white power establishment decided to beat him in the courts,” Burns told the AP in a telephone interview. Burns’ 2005 documentary, “Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson,” examined Johnson’s case and the sentencing judge’s admitted desire to “send a message” to black men about relationships with white women.

[ click to read full article at AZCentral.com ]

Posted on April 1, 2009 by Editor

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Why Spock Never Got A Real Date

from the NY Post

Published: 03/31/2009 10:14:58

[ click to view full slideshow at the NY Post ]

Posted on April 1, 2009 by Editor

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Maurice Jarre Gone

from the LA Times

Maurice Jarre

Without Maurice Jarre, who died last week at 84, who would David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia be? Peter O’Toole’s deliquescent eyes, shimmering in the desert light, would have been little more than a silent mirage. Jarre’s 1962 film score, which won an Academy Award, is a reminder that in the movies there is no character and no landscape unless there is a musical soundscape too.

Maurice Jarre gave many of us a notion of the scale on which our personal life theme music might be written. People often notice the nostalgic quality of scent, the way a familiar smell can instantly carry you backward in time. The same is true of music.

A few bars of the theme from “The Longest Day” — astonishingly upright and Anglo-American for a French composer — and I am somewhere back in 1962, when I first saw the movie — and even further back in 1945. I understood, of course, that there was no harmony in the real sounds of D-Day. But Jarre’s score made the horrors and the heroism of that day palpably real for me.

To me, the indelible sign of Jarre’s power is the score for “Doctor Zhivago,” which was released in December 1965. Let me put my 1965 in perspective. The Beatles album “Help” came out in August, and “Rubber Soul” came out a couple of weeks before “Zhivago….”

[ click to read at LATimes.com ]

Posted on April 1, 2009 by Editor

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