This explains a lot….

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This is from the National Enquirer, so of course it’s probably not true, but we couldn’t resist running it nonetheless:

Faced with the biggest crisis of his political life, President Bush has hit the bottle again, The National Enquirer can reveal.
Bush, who said he quit drinking the morning after his 40th birthday, has started boozing amid the Katrina catastrophe.
Family sources have told how the 59-year-old president was caught by First Lady Laura downing a shot of booze at their family ranch in Crawford, Texas, when he learned of the hurricane disaster.
His worried wife yelled at him: “Stop, George.”
Following the shocking incident, disclosed here for the first time, Laura privately warned her husband against “falling off the wagon” and vowed to travel with him more often so that she can keep an eye on Dubya, the sources add.
“When the levees broke in New Orleans, it apparently made him reach for a shot,” said one insider. “He poured himself a Texas-sized shot of straight whiskey and tossed it back. The First Lady was shocked and shouted: “Stop George!”
“Laura gave him an ultimatum before, ‘It’s Jim Beam or me.’ She doesn’t want to replay that nightmare ‚Äî especially now when it’s such tough going for her husband.”
Bush is under the worst pressure of his two terms in office and his popularity is near an all-time low. The handling of the Katrina crisis and troop losses in Iraq have fueled public discontent and pushed Bush back to drink.

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September 24 March: End the War on Iraq!

A reminder that this Saturday there will be a huge march for peace in DC. It will be followed by a free concert featuring:
Ted Leo and The Pharmacists, Le Tigre, Bouncing Souls, Steve Earle, The Coup, The Bellrays, and many others on the Washington Monument grounds.
Strangely, none of the New York bloggers are covering this event thus far. Here’s our two cents on political marches… they are generally not very effective since the media and right wingers portray participants as dirty, Lefty, nutjobs. Nevertheless, showing other nations that not everyone in this country approves of the Iraq war and George Bush is extremely important. The Bush administration wants to ignore and censor protest. What’s more important than exercising free speech in these creepy times? Don’t be a cynic, head on down if you can. Click here for more.

The Journey of the Curly-Haired Author Over Retard Land

The First Amendment Project is hoping to raise some scratch for free speech via an Ebay auction. Winners get to have their names included in upcoming literary works by Stephen King, Rick Moody, Dorothy Allison, and many more. This sounded like a great idea until we read what the staggeringly pretentious Dave Eggers was offering.

[Via Gawker] The winner will be featured in a strange illustrated story I’m working on called The Journey of the Fishes Overland. The winner, or someone of her/his choosing, will be encountered by the traveling fish in question, as they travel over land. It could also be a family, a house, an address, whatever. I get to decide why the fishes see this person/place, and what’s said by/to or done by/to the person/place. This story will be finished and published in the fall. That name/s have to be tasteful and undisruptive to the narrative. I reserve the right to refuse using a name I find offensive.

Would it be an affront to free speech to bar The Journey of the Fishes Overland from being written? Check out the auction here. Sounds like a cool and creative way to raise money for a great cause.

Time to raise the alert level

CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll:
58% Disapprove Of Bush’s Overall Performance
59% Call Iraq Invasion A Mistake
67% Dissaprove Of Bush’s Handling Of Iraq War
41% Chance Christopher Hitchens admits he was wrong about the war and/or overdoses on pills

Can't we all just leave Anton Newcombe alone?

Sure, the incredibly talented — and, incidentally, incredibly nice — Anton Newcombe has a notoriously short fuse (see Dig!), but getting your van and equipment stolen is enough to piss anyone off. Give the band their shit back. We were hoping to see Brian Jonestown Massacre play an all acoustic show tonight at Pianos. Hopefully, the show will go on. More on the theft via Brooklyn Vegan. (We tried to catch BJM at Northsix for CMJ on Saturday, but when we arrived at the club at 1am some Wiccan, Black Sabbath obssessed band named Witch who was slotted before them was still setting up. We were too drunk to hang around and were afraid of Witch’s drummer who looked like a cross between Garth Algar and a professionally certified chaotic evil D&D dungeon master with infinite hit points.)
Drunk fans love to heckle Anton, knowing he’ll lash out. Warning: he may kill you if you heckle him Tuesday night if the show goes on as scheduled. In the mean time, be on the look out for these things on Ebay and in pawn shops.

Giant Drag

Interview by Monte Holman
Giant Drag is slacker noise-pop duo with a propensity for shrugging satire. Annie Hardy plays the guitar, spread thick with effects pedals. She drawls the vocals with a permanent half-smile and half-shut eyes. Micah Calabrese plays drums, saving his left hand to ring out the synth bass lines. The final product is fuzzy pop in slow motion that doesn’t take itself too seriously.
The duo just released their first LP, Hearts and Unicorns (Kickball Records). The songs on the record have a nice mix of low-fi warmth and polished production, which is evidenced in a huge wall of sound.
We chatted with Annie and Micah while they were here for CMJ. Things started off poorly when, a couple questions into the interview, the bouncers at Northsix kicked everyone out of the club to check for wristbands. Annie was starving, and the band had nearly rumbled with a sound guy the night before, so prospects for conversation looked shaky. Luckily, Annie and Micah have a sense of humor and are as friendly and upbeat as you’d imagine after hearing their record.
Stream Hearts and Unicorns here. Despite the band’s ironic, self effacing name, it’s a great debut. Check them out October 6 at Irving Plaza with Stellastar.
FREEwilliamsburg: Some songs on Hearts and Unicorns, particularly “Cordial Invitation” have a certain My Bloody Valentineness to them, which is surprising coming from a band made up of two people. How do you translate that lush fullness live?
Micah: We turn up the delay pedal a little more. (laughs)
Annie: We don’t really try to match the album. It’s like the album and the live show are two different entities. Live, you get to establish a relationship with the people in the room.
FREEwilliamsburg: How do you try to establish that relationship?
Micah: Usually Annie’s on the mic telling jokes.

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Google search for failure

This rules.

Hurricane Katrina Benefits

There are a ton of them coming soon. Here are some highlights:
This Sunday, September 18, Ryan Adams & the Cardinals, Ted Leo & Pharmacists, Jesse Malin, Debbie Harry, Joseph Arthur, Butch Walker and Marah headline Mojo Aid benefit at Irving Plaza.
Tuesday September 20 –The Vision Festival featuring Matthew Shipp, Yo La Tengo, Jazz Passengers with Deborah Harry and Elvis Costello, William Parker and dozens of jazz greats
Brooklyn Responds, Sep 21 and 25 at Southpaw. Two nights of music featuring The Wrens, Radio 4, The Cloud Room, Pela,Au Revoir Simone, Domino and many more.
And tonight at Club Exit, Todd P presents Japanther, Bad Wizard, Love as Laughter, Two Gallants and many more. Click here for info.