I was out looking for a new magazine a while back and I was flipping through some goth magazine (because my heart is black) and there was an article about post punk. I read through it and one band caught my attention, probably because they weren't overly gothic like most of the other bands mentioned and probably because they were an 80s Brooklyn band which is the hipster's cream (because my pants are tight). But mostly it was because the sound described seemed very similar to Joy Division. So I stole a pen and wrote down a ...
A guillemot is a sea bird found mostly in the UK. It nests on sheer cliffs and makes a loud whirring sound. So does the London-based band. Make a loud whirring sound, that is. I have no idea where they nest. But that loud whirring sound... it's kind of annoying. So is the beginning of this song. It sounds like a party with people talking as if you're supposed to play the song at your own party and the conversations at your party will mix with those on the song. I actually ...
There’s like…four of them.
The Star Spangled Banner
(The Defense of Fort McHenry)
September 20, 1814
By Francis Scott Key
Oh, say can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe’s ...
I'm not able to log into my other blog from my hotel, so I thought I'd let all the Scenestars posse know what I'm up to. I'm in Miami for Winter Music Conference 2006, a massive international confab of DJs, producers, promoters, record labels and assorted party people. Besides the chance to network and get some interviews with movers and shakers, I thought this would be a great opportunity to get some sun and heat, what with temperatures in Memphis about 20 degrees below normal. No dice: It's about 65 degrees and overcast, and tonight's low will be an unheard-of-for-spring ...
It’s true. If you’re at the DeSoto Civic Center on Saturday Night for the final Riverkings game of the season, you’ll hear yours truly belting out the Star Spangled Banner before the game. The first 1000 visitors get a free Riverkings t-shirt, nope I don’t have any free tickets, and I hope some of you will be there!`
When I have more time (ha!), I'll dig deeper into this policy analysis of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act that appears on the Web site of the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank. I know most of you don't read Scenestars for policy analysis, but this should be of interest to anyone who checks out digital media.
The executive summary provides the gist: That Congress screwed up when it passed the DMCA in 1998. The courts were busy establishing a framework for intellectual property protection amid technological change, but then the legislative branch -- led by Big Media lackey and recording ...
I am working on this Fox pilot and everything is going great. People that I am working with are very professional, a lot of fun, and this whole thing looks like it will be really cool. I can’t spill any details, but I hope it turns out as good as it looks when they’re shooting it. Mind you, I’m not working on the set on this project for the first time ever. I actually enjoy the work, the people I’m working with, and the project. It’s great.
Here’s what I learned from this job before I ...
This new collection of Radiohead covers, "Exit Music: Songs with Radio Heads," is by no means the first crack at covering material from the band's bravado '90s output. In fact, albums like "OK Computer" and "Kid A" seem to be entering the standard repertoire: witness jazz pianist Brad Mehldau's interpretations of "Paranoid Android" and "Exit Music (For a Film)," the namesake of this album.For this effort, Rapster Records assembled artists who have recorded for the BBE/Rapster family or who are associated in some way with the edgier, more progressive wing of the urban music community. If you're previously disposed to ...
There is something unique about the way people in our town like to do business. Many of them, particularly the ones who own their own businesses, seem to have a “devil-may-care” attitude when it comes to accepting your business. I don’t think it’s always intentional — people get busy, things slip minds. But it’s almost an affront to the idea of getting ahead in this world to sleep on opportunity when it knocks.
I’m working for a production that, at it’s peak, will have 110 full-time employees. Those people are visiting our city. They have needs. ...
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