Osama Levitra

Via The Consumerist, hat tip Noah.

New Tom Waits MP3

Download Bottom of the World here.
And here’s some info about Tom Waits’ Orphans: [From Anti]

Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers and Bastards is a wide-ranging collection of 54 songs Рincluding 30 new recordings – equaling over three hours of rare and never-before heard music. The set comes complete with a 94-page booklet.
Each of the three CDs is separately grouped and sub-titled — ‘Brawlers’, ‘Bawlers’ and ‘Bastards’ ‚Äì to capture the full spectrum of Waits’ ranging and roving musical styles. ‘Brawlers’ is chock full of raucous blues and full-throated juke joint stomp; ‘Bawlers’ comprises Celtic and country ballads, waltzes, lullabies, piano and classic lyrical Waits’ songs while ‘Bastards’ is filled with experimental music and strange tales.
Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers and Bastards (Anti Records) is Waits’ first release since 2004’s much-lauded Real Gone. The album was written and produced by Waits with his wife and long-time collaborator Kathleen Brennan and is released on Tuesday 21th November 2006.

Hat tip BrooklynVegan

Bush's Own Church Has Called For The Withdrawal Of Troops From Iraq

Our Jesusy brother site, The Sinner’s Guide to the Evangelical Right has the story.

To Do: Agora & Alvo Noto

From Agora 1, image c/o Gothamist
Following several rainy weekends, it looks like we might actually have a clear evening tonight, so we recommend checking out Agora 2 at McCarren Park:

Inspired by the “agora,” the center of town or marketplace in ancient Greece, AGORA II investigates the role of public space in contemporary urban life. Performed beyond the theater walls, this work challenges the interactionss between public space, performance and audience. AGORA II is a continuation of the site-specific piece AGORA originally created and directed by No√©mie Lafrance in 2005 in the abandoned McCarren Park pool in Brooklyn. It further explores treatments of the pool site combined with ideas of collectivity. Expressed as one large breath, AGORA II layers strokes of audience interactions around a core group of characters and cameo appearances by guest artists, creating a grand tableau – a city slice – a social experiment… MORE INFO HERE

And on Saturday, alva noto, (also known as Carsten Nicolai and xerrox) performs at The Kitchen

In conjunction with the exhibition Invisible Geographies: New Sound Art from Germany, Berlin-based artist Carsten Nicolai, whose minimalist, post-techno music is released under the name alva noto, presents the United States premiere of his latest live solo work for laptop and video. Using a range of quotidian audio and visual sources, including Muzak, melodies from TV advertisements, and elevator bell tones, Nicolai submits this material to a series of compressions, multiplications, scale changes, and shifts in resolution that gradually progress into digital noise and visual abstraction. MORE INFO HERE

When The Going Gets Tough, Turd Blossom Gets Slimy

From Raw Story:

Conservative websites claim Rove has been promising GOP insiders an ‘October surprise’
According to two conservative websites, White House political strategist Karl Rove has been promising GOP insiders that there will be an “October surprise” before the midterm elections.
“In the past week, Karl Rove has been promising Republican insiders an ‘October surprise’ to help win the November congressional elections,” reports Ronald Kessler for Newsmax.
“President Bush’s political strategist is also saying that the final two weeks before the elections will see a blitz of advertising, and the Republican National Committee is deploying an army of volunteers to key locations to help the grass-roots effort and monitor the election,” the article continues. “The RNC is offering to fly in volunteers and cover their expenses.”
A few weeks ago, another conservative publication, The American Spectator, reported that White House staffers had “been talking up the possibilities of an ‘October Surprise’ or two leading into the mid-term elections.”
“They say the President feels confident he can still play a role in the election, that he intends to campaign hard for Republicans, and that on the policy front, there are a couple of issues that can be used as wedges along the way,” according to a column written by “The Prowler.”
Excerpts from Newsmax article:
Rove is not saying what the October surprise will be. Asked if he would elaborate and give his thinking about the coming elections, Rove told NewsMax that his take largely parallels what RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman said in a Sept. 5 NewsMax story.
As for the October Surprise, Rove said, “I’d rather let the balance [of plans for the elections] unroll on its own.”

Why Mommy Is A Democrat

This is hilarious. [Via Gawker]

The New York Times Sounds Off On Cat Power, Oprah Style

Today’s NY Times has a story on Cat Power’s battle with addiction. Here’s a sample:

About two weeks before [the release of The Greatest] in January, Ms. Marshall said, she lost her mind: ‚”I was looking at death. I wanted to die.” Holed up in her Miami apartment for seven days, she turned off the phone, played Miles Davis on repeat, stopped eating and sleeping. She drank to oblivion and prayed to die.
Susanna Vapnek, a painter, came over to check on her friend. Ms. Marshall was acting bizarrely, obsessively chasing ‚”bad spirits” around her apartment with a lighter and sage. Ms. Vapnek bathed her and stayed by her side. Eight hours later she took Ms. Marshall to Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami, where she was admitted.
Confined for psychiatric treatment, Ms. Marshall recalled refusing to bathe, hiding from her reflection and wanting to be drunk. ‚”I asked God, I said, I’m tired, I can’t do this,” she said. ‚”I was asking him to just take me.” She was terrified by the other patients who screamed at night and were comatose during the day.
After seven days in the hospital she was allowed to leave. ‚”It was like I was in glue,” she said of the heavy doses of lithium given her.

Most bizarrely, Cat Power says she wants to “join the cast of ‘Saturday Night Live’ next summer.” We love Chan’s music, but can’t imagine that starring in wacky skits about manic depression with Horation Sanz is a good career move.

Even The Tools At Fox News Are Talking About Voter Fraud

Read more about the Princeton/Diebold Vote-Reversal story here. [Thanks MQ]