Dan Quayle Storms Out of Mellencamp Performance

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From Mercury News via HuffPost:

Before launching into the song [“Walk Tall”], Mellencamp told the Harveys casino crowd, in effect, that it was dedicated to everyone hurt by policies of the current Bush administration.
Quayle, who served as vice president for President Bush’s father in 1989-93 walked out of the venue before Mellencamp finished the song.
Quayle said through a publicist: “Well, I think Mellencamp’s performance was not very good to begin with, and the comment put it over the top.”

And of course this begs the question, who the hell would go too see Mellencamp perform in the first place? Evidently Dan Quayle. Still, we’re glad to hear Mellencamp is on the right team.

Middle East Conflict Has Rapture-Ready Nuts Very Excited

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‚”I am excited beyond words that the struggle of this life may be over soon and I can finally be FREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!”
Our Rapture Ready brother, EvangelicalRight.com has the story.

The Terrorist Target Quiz

After slashing anti-terrorism grant money to New York and Washington, D.C. by 40%, The Homeland Security Department released its list of potential terrorist targets this week. Indiana and Wisconsin were cited as the two states with the most potential targets. Since the blog world and the media have been ablaze all week about the absurdity of the list, we feel it’s time to test our readers knowledge.
Select the Potential Terrorist Targets Included in Homeland Security’s National Asset Database:
A. Old MacDonald’s Petting Zoo, Huntsville, Alabama
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B. Times Square, New York City
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C. Amish Country Popcorn, Adams County, Indiana
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D. The Statue of Liberty, New York City
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E. The Brooklyn Bridge, New York City
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F. The Kangaroo Conservation Center, Dawsonville, Georgia
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ANSWERS AFTER THE JUMP

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The Siren Festival

It’s that time of the year again. And like always, it’s supposed to be hot as PBR piss tomorrow at Coney Island. Click here for more information about the Siren Fest. And if it’s too hot for you, you can always skip Coney Island and go to the after party.
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Yo La Tengo: Tonight At Prospect Park

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From Celebrate Brooklyn website:

Celebrate Brooklyn!: Yo La Tengo: The Sounds of Silence / Samara Lubelski
Thursday, Jul 13, 2006, 7:30 pm
Adventures in sight and sound: the great experimental alt rock trio returns to Celebrate Brooklyn to perform its live score to a collection of the surreally beautiful short documentaries of underwater life by the revolutionary French filmmaker Jean Painlevé. The dreamy, atmospheric compositions of multi-instrumentalist SAMARA LUBELSKI set the mood.
A program of BRIC/Brooklyn Information & Culture, Celebrate Brooklyn is one of New York City’s longest-running, free, outdoor performing arts festivals, offering music, dance, film and spoken word at the Prospect Park Bandshell each summer. Our objective and inspiration is to “celebrate” the diverse and vibrant cultural life of Brooklyn through the performing arts. Keep It Great, Give $3 at the Gate!
Location: Prospect Park Bandshell – enter at Prospect Park West & 9th Street, Park Slope

Siren Festival Afterparty

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Radio 4
The Rogers Sisters
Roxy Pain
w/ Special Guests Elisita Punto, Katie from Young People
Proton Proton
Saturday July 15 at THE HOOK in Red Hook
18 Commerce
www.thehookmusic.com [Thanks Kayrock]

Bowie on Syd Barrett

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The LA Times has a nice obituary on Syd Barrett. It includes praise from David Bowie:

“Syd was a major inspiration for me. The few times I saw him perform in London at UFO and the Marquee clubs during the ’60s will forever be etched in my mind,” Bowie said. “He was so charismatic and such a startlingly original songwriter…. His impact on my thinking was enormous. A major regret is that I never got to know him. A diamond indeed.”

The Washington Post has a great obit too, revealing our favorite bit of Barrett trivia thus far:

He enjoyed gardening… and was said to be skillful at stuffing peppers.

Now that Johnny Depp is *hopefully* done impersonating Keith Richards, maybe he can start working on a Syd Barrett biopic, something he claims to want to do.

Just In: The Shins to Play McCarren Park Pool

Wednesday, August 23
Tickets On Sale Sat, 7/15 at 12:00 pm