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Episode Twentytwo | Stereo Zeitgeist Interviews Jonathon Newby

"Chicago is the product of modern capitalism, and, like other great commercial centers, is unfit for human habitation."
- Eugene Debs
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OMGZ dudes, NIN have a new CD out! And Timbaland is producing it! Forum! Now!

On The Main Page

We did a slight touchup to the article pages. You'll notice it.

The top story is one of my favorite experiences since starting this darn music blog thingy. I got to talk to Jonathon motherfuckin Newby! He's one of my all-time musical heroes, so... yeah, great. He's also a very visually minded writer, so where you can sometimes do interviews where the other guy is just conveying information, Newby gives you the visual. It's good stuff.

When you’re talking about a group like Brazil, it’s very easy to lose sight of the big picture - there’s such a barrage of sonic and lyrical preferences that go into their music that you almost have to feel it out when explaining them to someone else, section by section, like a blind man fondling an elephant. Six piece. Keyboards. High ranged singer. Sorta like Yes/Queen/At The Drive-In/Rush/Whoever. Hailed from the mean streets of… Muncie, Indiana?

That’s right, Indiana - world famous for automobile racing, awesome popcorn, and housing death row inmates, but not so much on the whole rock music thing. Of course, my friends and I all thought of Tennessee as a hellish backwater until we spent some time there - then we were surprised to see how varied and vibrant that state was musically. So when I got the chance to talk to Brazil frontman Jon Newby, I first asked if there was more to Indiana from a touring and musical perspective than the average person might expect, and whether it was harder to make career advancements from Muncie, as opposed to a place on the coasts...

More free music! This time it's Kasabian, offering their Vlad The Impaler single for download for the next three days. Click through to get the link AND a YouTube video to see if you like the song.

Even though they picked out the wrong member of The Boosh to team up with for their video, Kasabian’s earning points for releasing their next single, Vlad The Impaler, for absolutely nothing. First you can check out the video on YouTube, then you can sign up on Kasabian’s website to get it sent to you.
And, we always want to cover classic material. This time we did a story on The Millenium's 1968 record Begin:

Creative control is a buzzword that gets a lot of love from artists, but let’s be honest - creative freedom is not for everyone. You might enjoy a suspenseful, cleverly told story in the theatres, but once you bring in the Extended Directors Cut on DVD with added special effects and an extra half an hour running time, you might learn it was probably for the best that the director didn’t have all of the tools to achieve his vision - the restraint forced him to be creative, and make the tough choices that led to a great work.

In order to succeed with creative control of a work, it’s probably best to have knowledge of more than one facet of production - in the same sense that a chef would be suited to take a few business classes before he opened his own restaurant.

A Future In Noise is always finding new music. This time it's Midnight Glass, the new album from Dead Times. Click the link and get the full album sent right to your computer!

Arizona experimental duo Dead Times (Travis Bunn and Calvin Markus) have recently released their album Midnight Glass for free on-line download. Their sound resides in a spooky dreamworld- perhaps what would happen if Fever Ray, William Basinski, and Department of Eagles were rolled into one dark ball of glorious noise.
You can also find a streaming listen of Seeland's Tomorrow Today, and The Noisette's covering The Killers among other interesting goodies. Go check it out!

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Episode Twentyone | Nigel Pulsford Interview, Last.fm, and Why Twitter Sucks, + Free Music!

"I began revolution with 82 men. If I had to do it again, I do it with 10 or 15 and absolute faith. It does not matter how small you are if you have faith and plan of action."
- Fidel Castro
On The Forums

We aren't too far away from the last episode of ER - do you still watch ER or take any interest in it? Are there other longrunning shows you've still got an interest in?

What shows are you going to this year, and are there any bands out there who's best material is ahead of them and not behind them?

Finally... if you whack your pud on an airplane next to someone else... are you cheating?
These and other deep questions are on our forum! Sign in, register, say hello, make our day!

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Recent posts! We made some changes to our website - you know longer HAVE to be a forum member to comment on articles! So... go to it!

Will The Next.fm Please Stand Up? is a discussion on last.fm's price hikes on the majority of countries, and the unpleasant economic realities that come with label greed and the "everything is free" mentality of Internetters.

I’ve always had to wear two hats when it comes to commerce online. While it’s really easy to demagogue last.fm because they’re a corporation acting corporation-y, the fact of the matter is that we’re in a global recession - advertiser money is not exactly flowing like wine right now, and there are a lot of real world expenses involved with putting out a worldwide streaming radio thingamabob - bandwidth isn’t free, and record labels are still in their distressing old world mentality when it comes to royalties (hey, does anybody remember when radio was Free Promotion and labels busted ass to get exposure for songs? OK, me neither).

But in the same way the free market is completely amoral when it comes to the laws of commerce, it’s also amoral on the other end - that of user choice. How many internet companies have made the mistake of thinking brand loyalty means anything on the internet?

And also, we sought out former Bush guitarist Nigel Pulsford for his thoughts on working from home, balancing work and family, and a possible Bush reunion.

Oh no, we're not previewing this. Read the article!
It turns out that Doug is not a fan of Twitter - and months of mumbling culimated in one of our most explosive rants. Here's God Is Dead, And Twitter Killed Him:

We HAVE to stop this thing. We have to. It’s getting absurd. I’ll give you a true example, and I mean, honest to God, I’m not trying to be funny here. I’ve been trying to wake up earlier in the morning, even though I don’t go into work until way later anyway and could sleep half of the day sleeping like a bum, drooling down the side of my chin, so I’ve been attempting to use the today show as an alarm clock. So I’m watching, and this greased up, ratfaced Ryan Seacrest wannabe Billy Bush is co-hosting the last hour of it (I guess Kathie Lee Gifford was changing Cody’s diaper that day or something). And he’s expounding the virtues of Twitter and claiming it can be emotional and have, and he mentions Natasha Richardson’s death as an example and says that he twittered, in response, “those two boys have lost a mother…” ON TWITTER.

How deep. How profound! How emotional!

I remember sitting there on my couch thinking: the world has literally just punked itself. Because there isn’t a mental bar for entry for this thing if Billy Bush can get in on it. Right now, any douchebag with a hundred dollar blackberry can now expound a complete and merciless barrage of banality in the guise of profound thought in 140 characters or less. God is dead, and Twitter killed him.

Blur week at A Future In Noise turned out to be an Epic Fail - these damn bloggers and their Real Lives!  But there's always lots of stuff going on there - I wanted to draw your attention to the totally FREE release of L'Avventura's debut album, Your Star Was Shining:

s realized as an album you would expect out of a band that had been together for decades more than they have, with a reverence towards their influences. Taking lyrical and vocal cues from the likes of Elvis Costello and T. Rex, with dashes of glam glitz and tried-and-true rock sensibility, this is clearly a bunch steeped in rock music history, keeping things current all the while with a uniquely L'Avventura spin. This is a true case of "all killer, no filler", from the thoroughly groovy ("Swandive" and "Black Venus") and somberly sweet ("Rocket Sue", "Ms. Yugoslavia", and "Queen of the Forest") to some true gems of songcraft ("Ms. Yugoslavia" and "Angela Priest"). Expect great things from L'Avventura in times to come. The band has made Your Star Was Shining available for free download until 4/30/2009- grab it now!
Go and click the link for the download, I wouldn't point you to it if it was trash. Lastly, I threw in an embed of Team Teamwork's The Ocarina Of Rhyme - basically it's hip-hop meets N64 Zelda, which sounds like a disaster, but should at least make you smile.

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Episode Twenty | An Interesting Future

"The Gorillaz cartoons seem more real to me than the actual people on TV. Because at least you know that there's some intelligence behind the cartoons, and there's a lot of work that's gone into it, so it can't all be just a lie."
- Damon Albarn
On The Forums

Well, we're always looking to expand the reach of our forum sooo, the forum section of our board's been adopted by A Future In Noise, another quality music website. Now's never been a better time to join the boards and check out the craziness.

Point 1: Snow Patrol Fucking Sucks.
Point 2: Is Peace Witrh Iran Really Possible?
Point 3: Our Movies In General page is taking about Knowing starring the GREATEST ACTOR EVER, Nicolas Cage. Is this another one of his infamous flops or a return to form?

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Well, first of all, we updated the player with links to Pure Reason Revolution and Dredg, so c-c-c-check it out!

Second of all, you've got to be on stereozeitgeist.com so that you can get the latest updates: I try and keep everyone in touch on MySpace, but really we cant do everything at once. You've missed a lot since the last bulletin, but here are some highlights:

Ten Interesting Bands Playing SXSW was a story about... AUGH I hate it when we do really descriptive titles!

About a billion bands flood into Austin, Texas for the South by Southwest festival every year - and with that whole “everyone who’s anyone will be there” thing, who can blame them? There’s so much volume going through SXSW every year that it’s hard to pick out what’s worth seeing. Even though there’s no way to make a definitive list of the quality acts playing over the week (those interested should start with lots and work backwards), here’s a brief sampling of ten bands that might draw your interest whether you’ve saved up to go in person or you’re just planning to weep into a TV dinner as usual. In no particular order, and without any further ado, ado:
We posted a YouTube clip, a lastfm link, and a link to Amazon copies of their latest albums. You could probably spend about half an hour checking that stuff out. Go!

Here in full is another post we did: How To Crush Chris Cornell's self-esteem in 145 Characters or Less:

“You know that feeling you get when somebody embarrasses themselves so badly YOU feel uncomfortable? Heard Chris Cornell’s record? Jesus.” - Trent Reznor
We love when we can do those epic dissertations and really dig in and provide deep thought to something. Era Vulgaris: Literary Thought In Rock is a wonderland that talks about obviously connected things like Sartre, Augustus Caesar, Weezer, and Pink Floyd:

The poet Horace adopted shades of Homer’s style and rhetoric as he laid down his third books of odes around 23 BC. He saw a Roman Empire that was still on top of the world, but beginning to show signs of decay, immorality, and vulgarity. Does any of this sounds familiar? Like so many of the brilliant thinkers of today, Horace saw a world on the brink and yearned for yesterday - if the people could just get their lives right and embrace the old fashioned virtues, then the deep, structural problems with the Romans would magically fix themselves, and all would be right with the world. And so, this particular book was written for this purpose - to weave an epic story of the moral values that made his nation great, and call all of the citizens of the country to embrace these values and revitalize the nation. So, how does he start? With a little rhetorical nod to Homer. And what does he see as the problem?

Us. While we might think of vulgarity or profanity when we see the word Vulgaris (as Josh Homme did when he chose Era Vulgaris as the title of Queens of the Stone Age’s fifth LP), the root meaning of the word is actually “common”. The whims and impulses of the average person were the root of vulgarity in Horace’s aristocratic social circle. This wasn’t a blanket pronouncement; Horace came from the lower classes himself, so he certainly didn’t believe in a caste system - but the lifestyle of the average Roman, living from day to day, working hard and being loud, focused on food and shelter and sex, didn’t lend itself to the kind of meditative, transcendental thinking needed for a person to elevate above the vulgar state. So, what was his solution, the first step on the road to becoming as cultivated as the founders of his country?

What do the kids from Slumdog Millionaire have in common with the grown ass men of Blink 182? If you read here, you might get a clue.

Maybe we need to establish some criteria before letting the likes of Sublime sully our local auditoriums, say, for example, someone has to miss you. In addition to the Limp Bizkit’s and Faith No More’s, I hear about two new one hit wonders reuniting every week, the kind of people whose greatest hits albums could be played in the space of a particularly lengthy dump - and while you could say that the economy sucks and they’re doing it for the money, is that all there is to it?
Now, Damon Albarn is about to turn 41 believe it or not, and so it's Damon Albarn Week at A Future In Noise. I love Ian's stuff but he MIGHT be overdoing it a little bit. I mean, I seriously doubt that Damon Albarn is celebrating Damon Albarn week, but either way there's some very interesting well written stuff here. Oh, and did we mention all the music? Here are Ian's Favorite Blur Songs.

Maybe we need to establish some criteria before letting the likes of Sublime sully our local auditoriums, say, for example, someone has to miss you. In addition to the Limp Bizkit’s and Faith No More’s, I hear about two new one hit wonders reuniting every week, the kind of people whose greatest hits albums could be played in the space of a particularly lengthy dump - and while you could say that the economy sucks and they’re doing it for the money, is that all there is to it?

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Episode Nineteen | Can We Hug It Out?

"Anything worth doing is worth overdoing."
- Mick Jagger
On The Forums

The forums are back up, and have been for a little while! We're talking RE5 multiplayer and the release of Watchmen. There's people that hate it!

Seriously??

On The Main Page

Well, let's see. First there's  A Brief Guide To Musicians On Twitter, which is a history of the evolution of Union tactics during the first civil war. This is a little shorter than our usual work, but it was an interesting topic. Click through the article.

While it’s fairly understandable that you could pick up short updates from your friends (eating chinese, LOL!), chances are you associate music with something deep that makes a permanent impact on you, and microblogging about delicious cake doesn’t seem to compute with those ideas. But even famous musicians are people too, and Twitter’s brief format allows for normally busy people to shoot off a couple of sentences from their phones from an airport without going through the trouble of logging onto their computers and waiting for a page to load and telling the world what they’ve been doing for the last few weeks - it’s an ideal format if you’re on the go and, you know, doing stuff.
And a few days earlier, we did a much more substantive article on the wonderful Alexis Thompson in Alexis Thompson, The Velvet Underground, and Populism. We've got some music at the bottom of this post and on our main page. L I S T E N. 

In the wake of the epic hosing the public has taken at the hands of crashing bank system, populism is at the zeitgeist of current politicial thought in the United States. There’s the idea that there’s some vast and incoherent rage “out there” in the sticks, and the guys who successfully tap into it will reap the rewards. Populism isn’t really a political ideology as it is a force, a strong feeling that can be manipulated in any direction. Basically, whenever there’s a large group of people who feel like they’re being cheated out of their possessions or their way of life, populism isn’t too far behind. And while populism has made the way for positive advances on both sides of the political aisle, no one should completely forget that David Duke and George Wallace, two of the most popular populist leaders in the history of the country, were… um… let’s be nice and say that history’s decided those two were on the wrong track.

And since it's been such a long wait, why not link to another article I enjoyed? Here's a list of the Five Most Overhyped Bands In Music Today from A Tender Praise:

There has always been hype and with hype always comes a backlash, but in the age of the internet, ideas are more outspoken and spread faster. A band like Vampire Weekend went from being the most talked about band on music blogs to the band that was “cool to hate.” Just as hype can be driven by a collective mass all agreeing with each other and all wanting to believe in something, backlash can as well. It can be trendy to like things and trendy to hate things. It is unfortunate that something as amazing as music can get caught up in this game but it is hard to avoid. Sometimes we find ourselves getting too wrapped up in the overhyping or overhating of musical acts. I am guilty. We are all guilty. A certain music review website might publish a review for an album and put it in its “best new music” section and we will find ourselves listening to it more than if it didn’t receive this acclaim. When I start to get wrapped up in some of this nonsense, I repeat a phrase that I first said to myself sometime back in early high school. “Listen to what makes your ears happy.” This has been my music listening motto ever since...

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Episode Eighteen | So, I Heard You Like Jazz Fusion, Bobby Jindal, And The Hot Boyz...

"You don't want to have a market economy represented in you because you were the original market economy!"
- Dr. Trisha Rose
On The Forums

Well, we're kicking helluva ass on MySpace... but our forums are down. Gahdammit. This is quite ridiculous. If you're reading this and you do webhosting, this might be a good time to send something to our inbox.


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Meanwhile, we've got two dramatically different articles on our site. First a short discussion on the state of hip-hop. Represent? Uh, Represent What?

Now, ignore the beat (which was hot as hell in 1998 or whatever, but just sounds tacky now), and the lyrics (which were never all that interesting), and the direction (surprisngly lowbudget) Put your eyes on the amenities: the big mansion, the jewelry, the girls, the helicopter (I guess Mannie Fresh is gonna airlift these dudes to Banana Republic or somethin’), the sportscars that were really badass in 1999… oh and the girls. All of it is 100% rented, and the dudes in the video went 100% broke a few years later. Juvenile? Broke. Turk? In jail, and broke. BG? Broke. Pretty sure Mannie is broke. If it wasn’t for Lil’ Wayne selling so many copies, there wouldn’t be any money at all coming through that label.
A few days ago, we did an article on John McLaughlin, Bobby Jindal, and how to respond when you have a
tough act to follow :

In order to keep the momentum of a show, a great opening act has to go out every night and walk a tightrope, striking the fine balance between drawing the crowd’s interest and stoking their excitement for the guys coming on after them and blowing them out of the water and making them look bad. You see the same thing in organized fighting. Mixed martial arts, boxing, hell, even professional wrestling obeys this rule: ratchet up the tension gradually, notch by notch, until it’s ready to explode. It’s good stagecraft, and it’s good fun.

But once in a while, you run into a complete jerkface who won’t cooperate with the time-honored laws of dramatic tension. Somebody full of themselves, determined to show you up and show you out.

No matter what your plan was to blow em away and make a big splash, there’s always an utter bastard like Barack Obama out to make you look like a complete assclown by comparison.

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Episode Seventeen | Why Does Everything Have To Fit On A Ringtone?

"Yeah I'm telling real stories, but if you pick up a documentary on strippers, you're going to want to see some stripping, so we definitely got that in there. "
- Method Man
On The Forums

We've passed 700 contacts on MySpace. Moo hoo ha ha. Our reach over the world continues to expand and extend.

Anyway, Ken Griffey Jr. has returned to the Seattle Mariners
. What does Dita Von Teese look like without makeup? And even though YouTube deleted that giant asskicking at the high school basketball game this week, we have obtained the footage! Exclusively! Thaaaat's right. You know, among other things.

There's also birthday's and other stuff, so as always, stop by the message board. It's good times.

On The Main Page

New.Anyway, the Oscars are the most bloated, masturbatory, and useless “spectacle” on TV, where a bunch of stupendously wealthy people gather together for a nice long group hug for three excruciating hours. The parts of the Oscars that are of actual interest to the public are about 15 minutes of action: Best Picture, Director, Lead Actor / Actress, Supporting Actor / Actress. Throw in a 45 minute preshow of famous people wearing pretty clothes and wrap that sucker up. Boom. In and out.
Slightly less new. Our tribute to music's
party crashers.

Do you remember the story If You Give A Mouse A Cookie? You give the mouse a cookie, he’ll ask for a glass of milk, and then a straw, and then a napkin to wipe his face with, and before you know it, radioactive zombie rats are raping your little sister while Courtney Love cheers them on. So even though The White Stripes, The Hives, The Strokes, The Vines and The Interpol (that’s their name, right?) could easily be thought of as radioactive rats vigorously humping the carcass of the modern musical landscape, Fred Fucking Durst is the useless ass sugar cookie that started all these problems in the first place.

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Episode Sixteen | Music's Top Ten Party Crashers

"Nationalism does nothing but teach you how to hate people you've never met-- all of a sudden you take pride in accomplishments you had no part in whatsoever... if you're American you'll go "Fuck the French! Fuck the French, if we hadn't have saved their ass in two World Wars, they'd be speakin' German right now!" And you go, "Oh, was that us?" Was that me and you, Tommy, we saved the French? Jesus! I know I blacked out a little after that fourth shot of Jägermeister last night, but I don't remember... I know we were going through the Wendy's drive-thru to get one of them "Freshetta" sandwiches that looked so alluring on the commercial, but then we ordered it and realized we had no money, and we had to ditch out before the second window, and those douchebags in line behind us with the bass music probably got our order and we laughed about that. But I don't remember savin' the French. At all! I went through the last ten calls on my cell phone and there's nothin'--incoming or outgoing--to the French, lookin' for muscle on a project! I checked my pants, there's no mud stains on the knees from when we were garroting Krauts in the trenches at Verdun. I think "we" didn't do anything but watch sports bloopers while we got hammered. I think "we" should shut the fuck up!"
- Doug Stanhope
On The Forums

If you'd like to share your favorite playlists, among other things, this is the perfect time to check out the board. Also! Your recent DVD purchases, and a chick with a Zelda tattoo. Hawt?

On The Main Page  

The newest post is this one, on music's Top Ten Party Crashers:

Remember that song where the guy says “I wanna be welcomed, not just tolerated”?

No?

It would be nice to live in a pure meritocracy, where simply having the best ideas or the best songs or popular support would instantly elevate you to notoriety. But more often than not, the most powerful institutions - in music, in pop culture, in life overall - are packed to the hilt with the establishment - reputed and highly regarded figures that are resistant as all hell to change.

The establishment catches a terrible rap from most people who want to get Rebel Hipster Cred Points, but look- they’re established for a reason. Today’s establishment was yesterday’s anti-establishment, and it’s important not to blow yourself over in adulation of every lameass trend that enjoys a few minutes of the overheat.

But how sweet it is, those rare occurrences where somebody comes from out of absolutely nowhere to the biggest stages without shaking the right hands, kissing the right babies, or needing anybody’s damn permission for it. Sometimes it’s more annoying than epic - sometimes we never hear from them again. But party-crashers of the world, we salute you:

Before that, we talked about Joaquin Phoenix's letterman insanity.

On one level, there’s Joaquin Phoenix giving an incredibly awkward and unintentionally hilarious with David Letterman, featuring one word answers, long pauses, a near walkout, and a famous movie star who very well have checked out of his motherfucking brain. There are three possibilities here...
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A Special Announcement...
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It took a while for us to get steady and consistent enough to even go for it, and it took a little LOL and a little WTF and a little more maneuvering even after that, but we're pretty happy to announce we here at Stereo Zeitgeist have lined up a little conversation with former Bush guitarist, Nigel Pulsford concerning life, the universe, and everything... there may be a couple mentions of this neat band he used to be in, too.

Now, here's the extra part. If there are Nigel-related thoughts on your mind, burning questions that still hang in the air after these many years, you may email them to god at stereozeitgeist.com, and he will pick them up.

DON'T ask about honkey manchild.

Episode Fiveteen | Are You Kidding Me?
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Episode Fiveteen | Are You Kidding Me?

"What's real? What's not? That's what I do in my act, test how other people deal with reality."
- Andy Kaufman
On The Forums

As usual, there are a few interesting bits on the message board. There's discussion of our favorite song lyrics, the abomination that is the Pepsi:Refresh anthem, and a website devoted to tasty and disgusting treats called This Is Why You're Fat

On The Main Page

Well, it's been a little while since we've sent out a MySpace bulletin, so if you're just reading bulletins, you're missing out some of the breaking updates and blog posts. They've been a little shorter than our usual penetrating features, but not much less entertaining. Heard about that Phoenix fella?

On one level, there’s Joaquin Phoenix giving an incredibly awkward and unintentionally hilarious with David Letterman, featuring one word answers, long pauses, a near walkout, and a famous movie star who very well have checked out of his motherfucking brain. There are three possibilities here...
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And you missed a new showing of
Weekly Zeitgeist:

I took last week off, since I only ended up listening to one new album.
For whatever reason I just felt drawn to some old music, and that is
all I could listen to. Weakerthans, Rise Against, Gaslight Anthem,
Bayside, and Stars all had their role to play in this distraction. That
said this week’s also includes less obscure musicians…for the most part.

The Community

Thank​s again​ for the time,​ short​ as it might​ be! We're glad you spent the time with us.​ Help us out if you can!
  • Join the forums. Please. Pretty please. The site and the MySpace is really all an extension of the forum. It is how we gauge our success. We've got a
    chatroom, an arcade, all the whiz bang stuff, but most importantly, there's a growing community. It's young, it's crawling, it's innocent. Like a little baby. You don't want to kill babies... do you?
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..we leave you with EVEN MORE 13 day mission. laziness.

it frightens me, the awful truth of how sweet life can be...


Episode Fourteen | Don't Pull A Haggard!
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Episode Fourteen | Don't Pull A Haggard!

"The more things a man is ashamed of, the more respectable he is."
- George Bernard Shaw
On The Forums

Well first of all, thank you for checking in. I have been Teh Sick as of late which is why the updates haven't been coming in the last few days. If you're new to us, you should pop in on February 5th.

Yes, we are doing another chat by popular demand, and no, were not doing it on Saturday night because apparently that's big fail potential. After a great deal of hassling back and forth, we're going to schedule 2 on that day. Dos! Compende?

The first one will be at 7PM GMT, which is 3PM Eastern.
The second will be at 10PM Eastern, which is like 2AM GMT. This gives people on the west coast of the US time to get home and chill or whatever.

Right now, it's mostly cracking up over stuff on YouTube. Christian Bale remixes and Katt Williams and stuff like that.

On The Main Page

New!
LiveJournal account! Go! Tell Your Friends!

We've got a quicky today. Wanna talk about those gay urges?

Well, if they were trying to remind Tibetans exactly why they hate
living under the Chinese so much : Mission Accomplished! With the 50th
anniversary of the Tibetan uprising coming up, China’s cracking down in
advance with something they’re calling “strike hard” campaigns. Yes,
the Chinese are thrusting the rock hard peen of state authority into
Tibet’s… vagina? Anyway, sexual innuendo aside, China’s cracking down,
raiding houses and bars and hotels. In the last couple weeks, they’ve
locked up about 90 people - mostly for “unspecified criminal
activities” - although we do know that two people have been locked up
for having “reactionary music” on their cellphones.


Now, I am not one of those “free Tibet!” hippies - China’s human
rights record isn’t as good as it could be, but letting a theocrat like
the Dalai Lama run things on the basis of nothing more weighty than his
own religious belief seems a little much to me. However - there are
ways to get long term results when you’re in power, and this isn’t one
of them. Maybe the Chinese think they’re warning those citizens off
from starting any shit, but in reality, all they’re doing is raising
their visibility, making the citizens resent them more than they would
have in the first place.

New article, Covering 13 Day Mission's upcoming show in Atlanta:

Ten percent of people in this world are complete morons. I’ve seen people put the idiot number as high as thirty, but I figure two thirds of those people are just really stubborn. But that last third, they’re complete dillweeds. Ten percent of people couldn’t hold down a job if it just meant dressing nicely, showing up on time, having a seat, and not ruining everything. Ten percent of sportswriters don’t want to put Ricky Henderson into the Hall of Fame. Ten percent of dentists seriously want to hate on Crest toothpaste. I’m not sure whether these people defy the obvious for attention or not, but we all know somebody like this, who just gets a great amusement out of being a contrarian jackass.

There’s also another ten percent, the ones everyone looks up to, people who defy convention in all the right ways, not just shaking their heads and saying “no”, but opening our eyes to new possibilities and new ideas. Sometimes good timing helps, but when opportunity knocks, they’re always leaning against the door, ready to stumble in at full blast.

Something happened recently that made me wonder which camp I was in.

The Community

Thank​s again​ for the time,​ short​ as it might​ be! We're glad you spent the time with us.​ Help us out if you can!
  • Join the forums. Please. Pretty please. The site and the MySpace is really all an extension of the forum. It is how we gauge our success. We've got a
    chatroom, an arcade, all the whiz bang stuff, but most importantly, there's a growing community. It's young, it's crawling, it's innocent. Like a little baby. You don't want to kill babies... do you?
  • If you've got a blog, link to us! If you're a band with something decent to shill, send us a line!
  • If you like the blog entires, or hate them, or something in between, comment on it!
  • If you're on this list, it probably means you're cool people. Which means you know cool people. Show it to your friends, post a copy wherever you hang out online. If you can tell, we haul ass actually making this stuff, and even though we do our best, we don't have time to promote all over the planet.

..

..we leave you with MORE 13 day mission. we lost their article for a while, and i guess this is a way of saying thanks.

it frightens me, the awful truth of how sweet life can be...



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