Episode Thirteen | Of Course, It Would Be Thirteen
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Episode Thirteen | Of Course, It WOULD be Thirteen.

"Go take a flying fuck at a rolling donut."
- Eddie Dean
A Short Note

A few of our recent blog entires were baleeted. They'll be back very soon. :)


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Episode Twelve | Ten Percent Of People Are Idiots
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Episode Twelve | Ten Percent Of People Are Idiots

"I'm just another ten percenter, my mind is like an ocean..."
- Frank Black
On The Forums

You really need to just go visit the forums yourself. Go. Do it. If you've ever been ripped off by scalpers, you probably get Why I Hate EBay . We're also talking up favorite soundtracks and movie scores. Are you going to any shows this year? And there's also some talk on Blago's latest antics. Holla.

On The Main Page

New!
LiveJournal account! Go! Tell Your Friends!

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.

If you haven't heard of B.I.T.E (Beginning is the End for those of you who aren't acronym psychic), you're missing out. I won't insult them by calling them "post-grunge", which honestly brings Nickelback to mind, but if you're a 90's baby who appreciates innovation, you should check our article, Commercial Suicide In Four Easy Steps:

It’s always surprised me that B.I.T.E. hasn’t become one of those big time “underground” bands that gets written up in every magazine and namedropped by uncool people who want to seem “with it” and stuff. I’ve known about the Jersey area band since around 2003 - they were busting their asses promoting on every mailing list, message board and internet venue that existed back when MySpace was a twinkle in the mind’s eye. Most bands that promote online with a quick “hey, check this out” fade from your mind fast and break up even faster, but B.I.T.E., who take their name from an allusion to Dante’s Inferno, were in select company - the vocals were unique without being grating, and even though a lot of the songs on the demo had the tried and true quietLOUDquiet structure the kids were going wild about in those days, the songs had that mixture of raw passion and catchiness that makes a song classic.
It's really important as we go on this journey as MySpace buddies, to look toward the future, but also to understand and embrace the past. We hope to do stuff like If You's Black? Brother, Get Back! more often. We mean what we say about context. Your music didn't come from nowhere.

So the inauguration happened on Tuesday. It was, of course, the greatest event in American history, and the dawning of a new era of enlightenment in the history of the human race. Since most of America was in something of a state of sensory deprivation brought on by waves of orgasmic release at the thought of George Bush’s imminent return to Crawford, Texas, some people might have missed the benediction speech given Reverend Joseph Lowery near the end of the event. He sent the crowd away with these words:

“Lord, in the memory of all the saints who from their labors rest, and in the joy of a new beginning, we ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to get in back, when brown can stick around … when yellow will be mellow … when the red man can get ahead, man; and when white will embrace what is right. Now let all those who do justice and love mercy, say Amen.”

He later told the local news in Atlanta that his only regret as a minister was looking out at that vast crowd of passionate people… that he wasn’t allowed to pass out a collection plate. … huh.

Anyway, if you listen to conservative radio, this was apparently A Very Big Deal. How dare he imply that the whites weren’t doing what was right? Rabble rabble rabble! Right wing radio is an interesting medium - usually very loud, very angry, and completely devoid of context. I decided I’d mosey around the interwebs and see if there was a story worth telling. I found an interesting one that dates back to World War 2.

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 13 day mission.
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Episode Eleven | Pretty Much Our Biggest Updates Ever
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Episode Eleven | Pretty Much Our Biggest Updates Ever

"Ads and logos are our shared global culture and language, and people are insisting on the right to use that language, to reformulate it in the way that artists and writers always do with cultural material."
- Naomi Klein
On The Forums

Forum​! It's exploded with traffic over the weekend, and I couldn't be more happy with everyone who dropped by. Among the very long list of topics, we ask: how many albums can a band make before they lose it? Do style heavy bands offend you? Would you like your own ersonal masturbation chamber? And would you do it with John Mayer? OK, what if he wore a fez?

On The Main Page

We've really got the same problem with the main page that we're having with the forum, which is - there's almost too much going on to sum it all up in one or two posts. For starters, let's point you to our new
LiveJournal account. Personally, it's not my bag, but another member is starting it up, and I figure why not support it?

If you're also using LiveJournal, or you have a friend that might be interested in stuff like this, but wouldn't be interested enough to join MySpace for it, please point them over there. It's not looking like much... but if you've seen our first MySpace bulletin you know we catch up quickly. ;)

With that out of the way, we've also got a weekly feature that focuses on breaking music. As you know we usually focus on "life stuff" that's related to tunes in a more spiritual sense, so Weekly Zeitgeist should be a great change of pace. It hits on Sundays, and we're usually less active on weekends, so it's good timing in that sense as well. There's recommendations and listenable links and all that stuff. You can find the
Premiere Edition on our website, and you can find the Bye Bye Bush edition as well. If you wanna know who's featured, you'll have to click!

The second edition of my new Sunday series is here! I spent most of the last week in DC, so these were kind of my theme for my journey from Iowa City to the Inauguration. I spent a lot of time Tuesday and Thursday wandering around town so I racked up a lot of “dial time”.

These were just things that I heard for the first time in the last week. And like usual just add thing that you heard in last week, preferably good, but feel free to warn us all from the truly awful. Our ears thank you.

This weeks list features six albums and one impressive EP from Bon Iver (I told you it would show up here), as well as several Canadians as I make my way through the Polaris Award nominees (for best Canadian album on artistic merit)...

Ten Musicians Who Need A Biopic? If you haven't heard of B.I.T.E. (Beginning is the End for those of you who aren't acronym psychic), you're missing out. I won't insult them by calling them "post-grunge", which honestly brings Nickelback to mind, but if you're a 90's baby who appreciates innovation, you should check our article, Commercial Suicide In Four Easy Steps:

It’s always surprised me that B.I.T.E. hasn’t become one of those big time “underground” bands that gets written up in every magazine and namedropped by uncool people who want to seem “with it” and stuff. I’ve known about the Jersey area band since around 2003 - they were busting their asses promoting on every mailing list, message board and internet venue that existed back when MySpace was a twinkle in the mind’s eye. Most bands that promote online with a quick “hey, check this out” fade from your mind fast and break up even faster, but B.I.T.E., who take their name from an allusion to Dante’s Inferno, were in select company - the vocals were unique without being grating, and even though a lot of the songs on the demo had the tried and true quietLOUDquiet structure the kids were going wild about in those days, the songs had that mixture of raw passion and catchiness that makes a song classic.
It's really important as we go on this journey as MySpace buddies, to look toward the future, but also to understand and embrace the past. We hope to do stuff like If You's Black? Brother, Get Back! more often. We mean what we say about context. Your music didn't come from nowhere.

So the inauguration happened on Tuesday. It was, of course, the greatest event in American history, and the dawning of a new era of enlightenment in the history of the human race. Since most of America was in something of a state of sensory deprivation brought on by waves of orgasmic release at the thought of George Bush’s imminent return to Crawford, Texas, some people might have missed the benediction speech given Reverend Joseph Lowery near the end of the event. He sent the crowd away with these words:

“Lord, in the memory of all the saints who from their labors rest, and in the joy of a new beginning, we ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to get in back, when brown can stick around … when yellow will be mellow … when the red man can get ahead, man; and when white will embrace what is right. Now let all those who do justice and love mercy, say Amen.”

He later told the local news in Atlanta that his only regret as a minister was looking out at that vast crowd of passionate people… that he wasn’t allowed to pass out a collection plate. … huh.

Anyway, if you listen to conservative radio, this was apparently A Very Big Deal. How dare he imply that the whites weren’t doing what was right? Rabble rabble rabble! Right wing radio is an interesting medium - usually very loud, very angry, and completely devoid of context. I decided I’d mosey around the interwebs and see if there was a story worth telling. I found an interesting one that dates back to World War 2.

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.
Whew! Stay tuned! We've got a feature on 13 Day Mission in the coming days. Until then: B.I.T.E.!
 
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Episode Ten | If You're Black? Brother, Get Back!
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Episode Ten | If You're Black? Brother, Get Back!

"The sufficiency of my merit is to know that my merit is not sufficient."
- Saint Augustine
On The Forums

Forum​! We ponder the deep questions: Can you talk about masturbation and still have nice things? How WTF can plastic surgery get? Our thoughts on the presidential inaguration, and some trannie-esque pictures of Gavin Rossdale. :D

On The Main Page

Well, first of all, we added an embedded flash player. And we went through all the trouble to make a customized one. Which is hard. Go to the main site (stereozeitgeist.com, derr) and tell us what you think.

It's really important as we go on this journey as MySpace buddies, to look toward the future, but also to understand and embrace the past. We hope to do stuff like
If You's Black? Brother, Get Back! more often. We mean what we say about context. Your music didn't come from nowhere.

So the inauguration happened on Tuesday. It was, of course, the greatest event in American history, and the dawning of a new era of enlightenment in the history of the human race. Since most of America was in something of a state of sensory deprivation brought on by waves of orgasmic release at the thought of George Bush’s imminent return to Crawford, Texas, some people might have missed the benediction speech given Reverend Joseph Lowery near the end of the event. He sent the crowd away with these words:

“Lord, in the memory of all the saints who from their labors rest, and in the joy of a new beginning, we ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to get in back, when brown can stick around … when yellow will be mellow … when the red man can get ahead, man; and when white will embrace what is right. Now let all those who do justice and love mercy, say Amen.”

He later told the local news in Atlanta that his only regret as a minister was looking out at that vast crowd of passionate people… that he wasn’t allowed to pass out a collection plate. … huh.

Anyway, if you listen to conservative radio, this was apparently A Very Big Deal. How dare he imply that the whites weren’t doing what was right? Rabble rabble rabble! Right wing radio is an interesting medium - usually very loud, very angry, and completely devoid of context. I decided I’d mosey around the interwebs and see if there was a story worth telling. I found an interesting one that dates back to World War 2.

Ten Musicians Who Need A Biopic? The (now slightly less) new hotness! It took a while but we've gotspanking new content.

The movie Notoriouscame out, eh, a couple of weeks ago, and while it reeked of the stenchthat usually comes with whitewashed, estate-approved biographies, itwas surprisingly decent for an artistic creation with Puffy's nameattached to it.

There's nothing wrong with Biggie getting a movie,but there's a load of stories in the music world so crazy, sointeresting, and so goddamned badass that they put Biggie's to shame.Since studio execs drop by our website like, all the time, we talkedover a few drinks and made a list of the ten artists who deserved itmost. In our infinite helpfulosity, we've brought together the idealstars for these flicks, as well. Without any further ado, ado...



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 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.
Thanks again.
 
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Episode Nine | Ten Artists Who Need A Biopic. And Obama Stuff.
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Episode Nine | Ten Artists Who Need A Biopic. And Obama Stuff.

"We remain the most prosperous, powerful nation on Earth. Our workers are no less productive than when this crisis began. Our minds are no less inventive, our goods and services no less needed than they were last week or last month or last year. Our capacity remains undiminished. But our time of standing pat, of protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decisions — that time has surely passed."
- Barack Obama
On The Forums

The forum​ had to deal with an arrest, as some NWO conspiracy spouting nutjob threatened to take out the new President and was promptly hauled away. We're wondering if we should follow in those footsteps. Sorta. Also, a kid beat his mom with a taco for unplugging the XBox. We dont make it up. Also, how come nobody coems out and says paris Hilton is ugly?

On The Main Page


Ten Musicians Who Need A Biopic? The new hotness! It too a while but we've gotspanking new content.

The movie Notorious came out, eh, a couple of weeks ago, and while it reeked of the stench that usually comes with whitewashed, estate-approved biographies, it was surprisingly decent for an artistic creation with Puffy's name attached to it.

There's nothing wrong with Biggie getting a movie, but there's a load of stories in the music world so crazy, so interesting, and so goddamned badass that they put Biggie's to shame. Since studio execs drop by our website like, all the time, we talked over a few drinks and made a list of the ten artists who deserved it most. In our infinite helpfulosity, we've brought together the ideal stars for these flicks, as well. Without any further ado, ado...


The other story is an old favorite from the days we were printing articles on the board. So You've Burned Out In Rainbows...um.. explains itself?

We know your type perfectly. You saw the article about Radiohead's new "pay what you want" LP on Digg and practically spooged your pre-faded vintage jeans with hot, salty delight. You jumped onto every message board you could find and typed your fingers to bloody nubs, telling the entire world what badass industry visionaries those guys were (conveniently ignoring that the Smashing Pumpkins did the exact same thing about seven years ago, because hey, those fuckers aren't scene). You e-highfived your AIM buddies and talked about how the industry was getting fucked over, as if your fad induced vegetarian omelette-eating ass wasn't going to download the torrent anyway – which you ended up having to do regardless when it was released a couple weeks later, because 1.2 million other hipster assholes were clogging the server at the exact same time you were.

But still, after a long wait, those shitty 160Kbps rips were in your iTunes library, and all was right with the world. The final product was pretty average by Radiohead standards, but you didn't care – it was new Radiohead, and it was free. So you listened to In Rainbows again. And again. And again. And now, you're faced with a dilemma - gamely insist that this album will never, ever get old and soldier ahead with Bodysnatchers for the 87th time, or leave this moody, windswept world and listen to something new.



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 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.
On one hand, this is trival the day after the inaguration. On the other hand, fuck, is that all we're gonna talk about? We put away small things for a whole day. Now let's get back to talking about why Jay-Z needs a movie.

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Episode Eight | It's Educational!
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Episode Eight | It's Educational!

"I require only three things of a man. He must be handsome, ruthless and stupid."
- Dorothy Parker
On The Forums

The forum​ is doing forum stuff as always. There's a talking monkey with a nipple fetish. Do you think Osama bin Laden is still alive? And are you watching the new season of 24? Also, have you heard of Miocene or God Lives Underwater?

On The Main Page

New hotness! We've FINALLY got the place looking the way it should. Bug free design, integrated with the forum, just really really cool. The new story is an old favorite from the days we were printing articles on the board. So You've Burned Out In Rainbows...um.. explains itself?

We know your type perfectly. You saw the article about Radiohead's new "pay what you want" LP on Digg and practically spooged your pre-faded vintage jeans with hot, salty delight. You jumped onto every message board you could find and typed your fingers to bloody nubs, telling the entire world what badass industry visionaries those guys were (conveniently ignoring that the Smashing Pumpkins did the exact same thing about seven years ago, because hey, those fuckers aren't scene). You e-highfived your AIM buddies and talked about how the industry was getting fucked over, as if your fad induced vegetarian omelette-eating ass wasn't going to download the torrent anyway – which you ended up having to do regardless when it was released a couple weeks later, because 1.2 million other hipster assholes were clogging the server at the exact same time you were.

But still, after a long wait, those shitty 160Kbps rips were in your iTunes library, and all was right with the world. The final product was pretty average by Radiohead standards, but you didn't care – it was new Radiohead, and it was free. So you listened to In Rainbows again. And again. And again. And now, you're faced with a dilemma - gamely insist that this album will never, ever get old and soldier ahead with Bodysnatchers for the 87th time, or leave this moody, windswept world and listen to something new.


I Got A Story To Tell. How do other people's images of themselves change the way you see them?

All right. I wanna talk about Notorious for a minute.

So, they ask Ingrid Bergman to go spy on a bunch of Nazi's in South America...

Wait, wait, that isn't what I meant. There's a different Notorious hitting theaters in a few weeks, and even though Biggie doing a sequel would probably make a badass movie, we're getting a straight biography instead. That doesn't bother me much - it'll probably be an OK movie, the family will get a cut of the money, whatever. I am a little amused that so often, the winners get to write history. Say what you want about Diddy, but when it comes to life after Big, the man won, and almost everyone else who was around Bad Boy during that era didn't pan out for shit.

With all that said, most people know when to ignore him, too. Which is... usually. Whenever you see Puff's character in Notorious, you'll watch it keeping in mind that he's credited as the "executive producer" of the movie, which means he's gonna be get it a little differently than Lil' Kim, who didn't have anything to do with the movie. The image you see of him in the movie are carefully controlled, just like most of his image for the past decade, from Serious Thug to to Entrepreneurial Hustler to Bootleg Frank Sinatra to Big Time Mogul to the campy character he's playing now, and most people don't need to think too hard to figure out that the image doesn't really match reality...


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 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.
Thanks a lot for reading, like always. Drop a comment on the main page if you've got suggestions or whatever. Just reach oooooout! And we'll be there.

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Episode Seven | I Got A Story To Tell
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Episode Seven | I Got A Story To Tell

"Who wants to be well-adjusted to injustice? What kind of human being do you want to be?"
- Cornell West
On The Forums

The forum​ is seized with iPod mania, among other things. Got one? Want to talk about the stuff you bought for it? What kind do you have? Do you hate the whole iPod thing and thing everyone involved is a sheep?

And what's on it? There's a pretty decent discussion of your ten favorite CD's of all time. Go.

On The Main Page

New hotness! The new story is um.. I Got A Story To Tell. How do other people's images of themselves change the way you see them?

All right. I wanna talk about Notorious for a minute. So, they ask Ingrid Bergman to go spy on a bunch of Nazi’s in South America… Wait, wait, that isn’t what I meant. There’s a different Notorious hitting theaters in a few weeks, and even though Biggie doing a sequel would probably make a badass movie, we’re getting a straight biography instead. That doesn’t bother me much - it’ll probably be an OK movie, the family will get a cut of the money, whatever. I am a little amused that so often, the winners get to write history. Say what you want about Diddy, but when it comes to life after Big, the man won, and almost everyone else who was around Bad Boy during that era didn’t pan out for shit.

With all that said, most people know when to ignore him, too. Which is… usually. Whenever you see Puff’s character in Notorious, you’ll watch it keeping in mind that he’s credited as the “executive producer” of the movie, which means he’s gonna be get it a little differently than Lil’ Kim, who didn’t have anything to do with the movie. The image you see of him in the movie are carefully controlled, just like most of his image for the past decade, from Serious Thug to to Entrepreneurial Hustler to Bootleg Frank Sinatra to Big Time Mogul to the campy character he’s playing now, and most people don’t need to think too hard to figure out that the image doesn’t really match reality.

Failing Gracefully​ is still on the radar and asks what's sure to become an epic question: does the new Cornell song count as regular fail or epic fail?

You’ve seen this before. When an attempt to accomplish something backfires completely, an artistic endeavor flatlines so obviously, when an effort falls so short of victory that it might have been less humiliating to save the energy and not attempt it in the first place. You know, like Tom Cruise playing a samurai. Or a Paris Hilton reggae album. Or everything George W. Bush has ever done (quick, libs! only a few days left to blame him for EVERYTHING THAT GOES WRONG IN LIFE). This phenomenon, once encountered, will create shame amongst one’s allies, derision from one’s enemies, and a vague sense of vicarious embarrassment from can be summed up in a pithy single syllable : fail. In some especially pathetic cases, the phrase “epic fail” gets some play.

The ways we react to good old fashioned fail in media reflects the complex ways we react to in life. Sometimes, there’s a certain element of gratitude that it isn’t us in the spotlight screwing up. Sometimes, there’s anger and outrage at having our time wasted. And other times we ignore it altogether, which might be the worst case scenario for those who make a living of media attention. But sometimes fail isn’t what it’s cracked up to be. We don’t always mercilessly mock everyone who screws up anything in life, unless we’re major league assholes. We understand that sometimes in life, there are mitigating circumstances that make failure excusable. Whether we think about it or not, the same things come into play in music.



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 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've now got 200 members on MySpace. I know it isn't a lot, but this brave 200 will surely go down in the annals of time... and stuff. We're not going away.

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Episode Six | Failing Gracefully
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Episode Six | Failing Gracefully

"You can imprison a man, but not an idea. You can exile a man, but not an idea. You can kill a man, but not an idea.​"
- Benazir Bhutto
On The Forums

Sigh. We've still got a minor bug or two on the main page, but the forum​ is still rolling. We've got a story about a woman who was literally buried alive in shopping bags she bought from the store, a coatrack made of joysticks, a mall of bootleg Chinese goods, the huge, huge balls of Rod Blagojevich, and that's not even mentioning the music related topics. Poke your head in and seeeeee!

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New hotness! Failing Gracefully​ asks what's sure to become an epic question: does the new Cornell song count as regular fail or epic fail?


You’ve seen this before. When an attempt to accomplish something backfires completely, an artistic endeavor flatlines so obviously, when an effort falls so short of victory that it might have been less humiliating to save the energy and not attempt it in the first place. You know, like Tom Cruise playing a samurai. Or a Paris Hilton reggae album. Or everything George W. Bush has ever done (quick, libs! only a few days left to blame him for EVERYTHING THAT GOES WRONG IN LIFE). This phenomenon, once encountered, will create shame amongst one’s allies, derision from one’s enemies, and a vague sense of vicarious embarrassment from can be summed up in a pithy single syllable : fail. In some especially pathetic cases, the phrase “epic fail” gets some play.

The ways we react to good old fashioned fail in media reflects the complex ways we react to in life. Sometimes, there’s a certain element of gratitude that it isn’t us in the spotlight screwing up. Sometimes, there’s anger and outrage at having our time wasted. And other times we ignore it altogether, which might be the worst case scenario for those who make a living of media attention. But sometimes fail isn’t what it’s cracked up to be. We don’t always mercilessly mock everyone who screws up anything in life, unless we’re major league assholes. We understand that sometimes in life, there are mitigating circumstances that make failure excusable. Whether we think about it or not, the same things come into play in music.


Bloodstained Glass​ took center stage before that.

Well,John Travolta's kid barely turned cold before the carrion consumers of popular culture circled about, each of them wanting to get their little slice of flesh off the bone, answering all the dirty questions that nobody with any fucking common sense bothers to ask in the first place.Is John Travolta boning his nanny on the side (becuase there's no way a guy can be qualified to take care of a child, amiright)? Was the autopsy through enough? Could the creepy family religion have indirectly caused his death by irrationally causing them to avoid treatment? Yeah, those crazy religious people and their nonsense beliefs. Wake me up when Inside Edition starts talking shit about how half this country thinks we rode dinos with Jesus 6,000 years ago. That might be worth watching, but until then, you're a bunch of cowardly demagogues who get paid to read a teleprompter. Shut the fuck up and tell me about celebrity birthdays.

It sickens anybody who's got electric currents running through their brain, but it's not interesting.The average person sees so much of this garbage during the day to day that it's easy to become desensitized to it. Once in a while though, there's something that comes along to tweak your sense of outrage just enough, and for me this did it:


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Episode Five | Happy Birthday, Bowie!
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Episode Five | Happy Birthday, Bowie!

"If absolute power corrupts absolutely, does absolute powerlessness make you pure?​"
- Harry Shearer
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Honestly, we've been busy polishing the technical end of the website today, and while we have lots of interesting stuff in the pipe (couple articles and a couple interviews), there's nothing breaking out today. Thank Jaysus for the forum​ , huh? It's been a Hip-Hop heavy couple of days, freestyles from Capone, Noreaga, and Immortal Technique being posted (if you've never heard of em... they're good), and the new Eminem which is... less good, but that's life in the big city. A snarky comment or two about Sarah Palin, aaand also it's David Bowie's birthday! If you want to just poke your head in there and wish him one and see him tooling particularly ON FUCKING COKE, go check it. ;)

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Well, we added a chatroom widget to the main page. Now one can see who's chatting here, 24/7. And the articles that have already been up. Bloodstained Glass​ talks about the nostalgia and high expectations that form the roots of obsession:

Well,John Travolta's kid barely turned cold before the carrion consumers of popular culture circled about, each of them wanting to get their little slice of flesh off the bone, answering all the dirty questions that nobody with any fucking common sense bothers to ask in the first place.Is John Travolta boning his nanny on the side (becuase there's no way a guy can be qualified to take care of a child, amiright)? Was the autopsy through enough? Could the creepy family religion have indirectly caused his death by irrationally causing them to avoid treatment? Yeah, those crazy religious people and their nonsense beliefs. Wake me up when Inside Edition starts talking shit about how half this country thinks we rode dinos with Jesus 6,000 years ago. That might be worth watching, but until then, you're a bunch of cowardly demagogues who get paid to read a teleprompter. Shut the fuck up and tell me about celebrity birthdays.

It sickens anybody who's got electric currents running through their brain, but it's not interesting.The average person sees so much of this garbage during the day to day that it's easy to become desensitized to it. Once in a while though, there's something that comes along to tweak your sense of outrage just enough, and for me this did it:


Guest writer Matt Dawson, who posts as Legion on the boards chimes in with a review of the new
Jaydiohead mash-up album...

Ever since the beginning of this decade we have seen in the music
industry the revival of some genres such as thrash metal whilst also
seeing the creation of new genres such as the Klaxons inspired
‘Nu-Rave’ but there is a number that have remained surprisingly
consistent yet unless you knew exactly where to look it would remain a
mystery.

Dance music has always used sampling to create a beat for people to
dance to in clubs around the world ever since the days of Coldcut and
M/A/R/R/S but the year 2000 brought on the idea of mixing an acapella
of one song with the instrumental of another in what has been dubbed as
a ‘mashup’ and has created forums such as Get Your Bootleg On amongst
others...


If you haven't read either, now is a good time!

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    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 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.
          Thanks. :)

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

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