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Wednesday, June 23, 2004

BEDAZZLED/chagrined ...

blah ... so remember in may when we all went to the bang! in ann arbor for a hipster dance party and i ran into an ex of mine, who has gone completely insane btw, who looked as if he was wearing something rejected from betty white's closet? well the official site for the bang! has posted pix from that night and i present to you ... the biggest embarrassment of my life:

yes folks ... i dated this person for about 2 years until he went completely psycho on me and attacked me at a surprise birthday party i threw for him because i wanted to go home at the end of the night and he didn't want me to leave. yes yes, it's a crazy scenario which i'm glad i survived. i can assure you that he did not used to dress like a geriatric solid gold dancer when we were together ... or at least while we were in communicado.

ack ... the next bang! is scheduled for july 3rd ... i'm going again but with my posse (at last count: erik, mike, jacob, brandon) so i can ward off any bejeweled crazies.


My Life waaaaaaaaay abridged

leave it to the omnipotent grambo at to bring you the news that ...

Slate reads My Life so you don't have to.

Want to read Bill Clinton's My Life without turning all 957 turgid pages? We can help! Slate's "Juicy Bits" team has constructed a reader's guide to Clinton's memoir, with handy jumps to Hillary, Chelsea, Ken Starr, Marc Rich, George Stephanopoulos, and Monica Lewinsky.

check out the link to get all the salacious tidbits w/o having to crack the spine of a book*. i mean books are heavy and really difficult to lug around in the summer sun ... and who really has time to read when shows like nip/tuck and blow out must be ingested?

* my apologies to my dear diana who is sure to give me shit for passing along this information. i can see her furrowed brow, crossed arms and tapping toe casting down disappointment and chagrin upon this laziness. in my defense, tho, i can assure her that i *do* plan on reading the book cover to cover.



okay ... i had to give in ... POE has started a really kickass project and as much as i thought i was too cool to participate i realized that this is really cool and i should participate. as you may, or may not know, i have been a POE fan for a very long time. when her first album, hello, came out in 1996 i picked it up on a whim and fell in love with it instantly. i was living in oklahoma at the time and when she went on tour we had to go to all the dates that were close by (and by "close" we meant a 5 hour driving radius) ... as a result we saw her in texas, kansas and oklahoma (both oklahoma city and tulsa). i like to take pictures at concerts so i shot her entire OKC show and gave them to her (and the band) when we saw her show in kansas. she/they were so appreciative she asked my friend mike and i to sing on stage with her when she performed in tulsa ... we, of course, said yes and got to perform on stage with her

we kept in pretty close touch thru my oklahoma years (she gave me her phone number ... it was before email was rampant) but lost touch after i moved home to detroit (and while she was between albums; not touring). with her second album, haunted, she toured again and i saw her open for depeche mode but was never given the opportunity to reconnect with her (so many years had passed and she had acquired so many new and more dedicated fans; tony was one of those new fans/friends, incidentally, even tho i didn't know him at the time). she played the shelter here in detroit and i went ... i ran into her after the show as she was getting into her car. i asked her to sign my cd and she looked at me but i couldn't tell if she recognized me or not (when we were "friends" i had blonde hair ... this time i had my natural dark brown hair). she signed my cd and that was that ... but there could have been a look of recognition there.

since then she has been locked in a bitter legal dispute with her record company (atlantic records) ... i'm not sure what the exact details are but the gist is that atlantic wouldn't let her out of her contract ... and then they dropped her (along with a lot of other artists; for financial reasons).

it is my understanding that she has started her own record company called RePOE Records and is in the process of putting togther a roster of other artists while working on her next album (since haunted came out she did do vocals for the latest conjure one album along side other singers like sinead o'connor and ofra haza).

god there is so much to talk about concerning the amazing POE ... from her fanatical fans the angry psychos to the insanely dedicated kids that hang out at poeland; the official POE message board ... but the main reason for this post is to talk about PROJECT POE BALL: The RePoeZessed!

Until Poe is finally liberated from the horrible contractual entanglements that are preventing her from releasing a new album and touring, the Poe Ball will be touring the world in her place. That's right. A bright red Poe Ball is going to make its way around the globe accompanied by a leather bound journal. I like to think of the Ball as a little space probe, going out to meet all the folks that have hung in there with Poe for so long; and of course we hope that the Ball will make lots of new friends along the way. (Poe ball can also check out future places for Poe to perform, and thanks to the journal, it will bring back the stories of all the glorious Psychos that have had it in their POE-Zession!)

when the pistons won the national championship i decided to sign up and have the POE BALL come to detroit so i could incorporate the ball with the celebrations. i'm not sure when the POE BALL is coming into my possession but i have recieved confirmation that it is scheduled to come my way. and when it does i plan on doing cool things with it. i'd like to take a picture of it with the pistons trophy ... i'll bring it to a kickball game and have the team take pix with it (i'd also like to have the team sign the journal that will come with the POE BALL). we might go to a detroit tigers game or a detroit shock game ... maybe the ball would like to visit some detroit landmarks ... if it arrives at the right time of the month, it will be my date to the bang ... if any of you have any ideas on what i should do with the POE BALL send them my way ...

the ball will defo be appearing on this blog; i've already put a link to PROJECT POE BALL on the right hand side ... it just has to get here ... and when it does we'll ................................... have a ball!


Phairly HOT!!!

geeze louise ... sex pot liz phair is at it again. check out her photo spread in stuff magazine for some hot pix (she is apparently "girl 388").

lordy! lordy!

more fodder for the haters ... but who cares ... liz rox!

(buzz via stereogum)


because every second of her life needs to be documented

mtv news has never-before-seen photographs and video of britney's fall that injured her knee

... Spears turned and then fell, with an open-mouthed expression of surprise. From the footage, it appears that few seemed to understand the extent of her injury, until she was carried away by a bodyguard, unable to walk.

the video (shot by an amateur camera man) is pretty good tho. it was shot over the heads of the crowd and from an extreme right angle but you can see her doing her dance routine, she does a turn and then goes down.

poor brit. i hope she feels better but maybe it's good that she's taking time off to rest up. as long as she stays away from pet stores from now on ... i think she'll be okay.


the american way???

Rumsfeld OK'd harsh treatment

In an extraordinary disclosure of classified material, the Bush administration released 258 pages of internal documents Tuesday that portray harsh interrogation techniques - including stripping terror suspects and threatening them with dogs - as a necessary response to threats from al-Qaeda terrorists ... Though some of the memos argued that Bush had the right to approve torture, the administration said it had never done so, and pointed to techniques it said fell far short of torture ... Bush made his most explicit comments yet about the issue Tuesday: "We do not condone torture. I have never ordered torture. I will never order torture," Bush said.

open your eyes people ... this administration is evil! i hope this proves to be one of the many nails in GWB's political coffin.


R you kidding me?!?

Moore's 'Fahrenheit' to keep its R rating

Distributors tried Tuesday to get the rating reduced to PG-13. An R rating means those under 17 must be accompanied by an adult. But a Motion Picture Association of America appeals board upheld the R rating based on language and graphic content.

whatever! images of war are shown nightly on broadcast television ... this better not be an attempt to try and keep people from going to the film. MoveOn PAC is urging everyone to see it opening day and that's what we are going to do ... you should too!


i think it's a cute name!

Here comes Coco

awww ... they look so cute together ... hurray for courtney and david ... and screw what anyone says, Coco is a cute name!


first lollapalooza and now jane's addiction

Jane's Addiction to split for good?

The statement on Navarro’s website reads: "We know we can't avoid this anymore so we will give it our best shot. What's the deal? The deal is that it simply didn't work out. Sometimes things just don't work out. In all honesty, we have broken up and rejoined roughly four times over the years. Perhaps that should shed some light as to where we are now. We really don't know. We do know that we really gave it everything we had this time and we actually made a really great record after so many years of silence.

this is really sad ... jane's addiction is one of THE best bands of the 90's ... perry farrell can't seem to catch a break these days.



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