Rupert Murdoch & Mark Burnett to launch search for an independent presidential candidate

MySpace owner Rupert Murdoch & Mark Burnett
From HuffingtonPost

The online social networking site MySpace and reality TV producer Mark Burnett are teaming to launch the search for an independent presidential candidate.
The political reality show “Independent” comes with a $1 million cash prize and a catch: the winner can’t keep the money.
The prize can be used to finance a run for the White House or can be given to a political action committee or political cause.
Contestants in the show, set to launch in early 2008, will meet the public and interact with supporters, protesters and others. An interactive “town hall” will give MySpace users and TV viewers a chance to rate their performance.
The show does not yet have a commitment from a TV network.
Potential candidates will audition for the show by submitting a video. Once the contestants are chosen, they will set up MySpace profiles to serve as their campaign headquarters.
The hope is that the show, with its Internet component, will engage younger voters in the political process.
“Through this new network television series and the partnership of MySpace, we’re going to discover in a big way what America really thinks, and bring to light the issues that are closest to those who now finally have a chance to be heard,” Burnett said.
MySpace is a unit of Fox Interactive Media, which is owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp.

The Field: From Here We Go Sublime

We’re glad to see that one of our favorite records of the year, From Here We Go Sublime, is metacritic’s highest ratest record of 2007 thus far. This wonderful release by Sweden’s Axel Willner (Kompakt) is pure heaven for minimal techno aficionados. If you haven’t heard it yet, you can check out a track here:
MP3: The Field: Over the Ice
Speaking of amazing music, Of Montreal’s EP “Icons, Abstract Thee” is even better than Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer? (which, frankly, we’ve been lukewarm on). Sadly, it’s a bit difficult to find: From Polyvinyl

As a bonus to online store customers we are releasing this exclusive CDEP Icons, Abstract Thee for mailorder only! (The EP will also be available from of Montreal on tour). The EP consists of five songs which are not on the Hissing Fauna CD.

If you miss the carefree pop of The Sunlandic Twins, do yourself a favor and get your hands on a copy.

Bjork – Earth Intruders (Live on SNL)

Jarvis Cocker at Webster Hall Monday night

Jarvis Cocker
Rough Trade, 2007
After artsy Brit-poppers Pulp imploded in 2001, their iconic front man Jarvis Cocker seemed to go on a permanent musical hiatus as well, preferring guest editing stints at the UK’s Guardian newspaper and hanging out with his wife in Paris to releasing new music. To the delight of many fans, he reemerged last year with a witty, political track called ‚”Cunts Are Still Running the World,” and Cocker seems to have lost none of his ability to provide sardonic social commentary via pop music. On his self-titled solo release, he rails against naughty, chubby teenagers on ‚”Fat Children” and questions how parents can explain away the ills of the world on ‚”Disney Time.” Cocker also casts a critical eye on modern romance in ‚”Don’t Let Him Waste Your Time,” (which he wrote for Nancy Sinatra), but seems to find redemption on the joyful ‚”Baby’s Coming Back to Me.” Musically, the album is a bit sparer than Pulp’s grandiose recordings, but still unmistakably Brit-pop. From ‚”Common People” to the cunts in control, Jarvis is proving to be one of the smartest and most sardonic chroniclers of our time.
Show details: Mon 4/23 8:00 PM Jarvis Cocker Webster Hall 18+ $32
-Cortney Harding

Brooklyn Label

image c/o Gothamist
We’ve been meaning to spread the word about our favorite new brunch spot, Brooklyn Label. It can get crowded at times, but the food is well worth it. A welcome addition to the hood. Have you been? Let us know what you think here.

South Street Seaport Partial Line-Up Announced

Animal Collective
The line-up thus far looks pretty solid and, as always, all shows are free [via BrooklynVegan]
June 1 – Animal Collective & Danielson
June 16 – Brooklyn Philharmonic
June 17 – The Jonas Brothers
June 29 – TBA
July 6 – Fujiya & Migyagi & TBA
July 13 – Menomena & TBA
July 20 – Bishop Allen & Rock Plaza Central
July 27 – TBA
August 3 – Turntables on the Hudson — Billie Holiday Remixed and Reimagined
August 10 – Au Revoir Simone & Metronomy
August 17 – The National & Takka Takka & The Forms
August 24 – TBA
August 31 – Battles & TBA
September 7 – TBA

CocoRosie at Warsaw Friday night

CocoRosie, ‚”Hairnet Paradise”
CocoRosie are definitely an acquired taste, but fans of Devendra B and Joanna Newsom should be eating this right up. I interviewed them a while ago and found them to be cool, down-to-earth girls who spun good stories and avoided talking about new agey unicorn bs. Plus, one of them has the best fashion mullet ever.
Show details: Warsaw 16+ $18.50
-Cortney Harding

Harry and the Potters Friday night

According to the Harry and the Potters website, ‚”[t]he idea is that the Harry Potter from Year 7 and the Harry Potter from Year 4 started a rock band. And now, no one can stop the wizard rock.” Does this sound like the greatest thing ever, or what? I’ve never read any of the Harry Potter books and am scarred for life by the fact that I worked at a bookstore the summer one of the books came out and had to get up at 6am on Saturday to paint lightning bolts on kids’ faces, and I’m still excited for this show. Geek rock at its finest.
Show details:
:: Harry and the Potters
:::: Japanther
:::::: Jason Anderson and the Best ——> x Wolf Colonel
289 Kent Ave @ S 2nd St | ALL AGES | Williamsburg, Brooklyn
L-Bedford, G-Metropolitan, JM-Marcy | doors 8PM sharp!
-Cortney Harding