We're Feeling Like Hippies…

That’s why we’re pointing you in the direction of two patchouli-friendly concert downloads on Aquarium Drunkard. Both of these shows are amazing:
Bob Marley & The Wailers :: Los Angeles, CA – 1976
Ryan Adams :: La Maroquinerie, Paris, France, 2007

Classified Docs: No Iraq Withdrawal Until At Least 2009

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illustration: Tim Jessell
Apparently, Dubya and his neocon lunatics are the ONLY people who still think we can win this insane war. From NYTimes

While Washington is mired in political debate over the future of Iraq, the American command here has prepared a detailed plan that foresees a significant American role for the next two years.
The classified plan, which represents the coordinated strategy of the top American commander and the American ambassador, calls for restoring security in local areas, including Baghdad, by the summer of 2008. ‚”Sustainable security” is to be established on a nationwide basis by the summer of 2009, according to American officials familiar with the document.
The detailed document, known as the Joint Campaign Plan, is an elaboration of the new strategy President Bush signaled in January when he decided to send five additional American combat brigades and other units to Iraq. That signaled a shift from the previous strategy, which emphasized transferring to Iraqis the responsibility for safeguarding their security.
That new approach put a premium on protecting the Iraqi population in Baghdad, on the theory that improved security would provide Iraqi political leaders with the breathing space they needed to try political reconciliation.
The latest plan, which covers a two-year period, does not explicitly address troop levels or withdrawal schedules. It anticipates a decline in American forces as the ‚”surge” in troops runs its course later this year or in early 2008. But it nonetheless assumes continued American involvement to train soldiers, act as partners with Iraqi forces and fight terrorist groups in Iraq, American officials said.
The goals in the document appear ambitious, given the immensity of the challenge of dealing with die-hard Sunni insurgents, renegade Shiite militias, Iraqi leaders who have made only fitful progress toward political reconciliation, as well as Iranian and Syrian neighbors who have not hesitated to interfere in Iraq’s affairs. And the White House’s interim assessment of progress, issued n July 12, is mixed.
But at a time when critics at home are defining patience in terms of weeks, the strategy may run into the expectations of many lawmakers for an early end to the American mission here.
The plan, developed by Gen. David H. Petraeus, the senior American commander, and Ryan C. Crocker, the American ambassador, has been briefed to Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Adm. William J. Fallon, the head of the Central Command. It is expected to be formally issued to officials here this week. [Keep Reading]

Flight of the Conchords Strangely Under The Radar

Are we the only people currently loving this show, much of which is filmed in Williamsburg? People don’t seem to be talking about it very much. If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s a taste:

Band Of Horses Playing McCarren Park On Sunday

We’re excited since we’re huge fans of the band. More info on the McCarren Park show here.
Turns out, the band is a little touchy about being filmed/photographed. Here’s a video of Ben Bridwell acting all douchey and flicking off a fan for filming them at a recent performance in California. [Via BrooklynVegan]

Bridwell explains how he’s a prima donna to Pitchfork:

It seems to keep happening. You see it getting progressively worse. It’s almost like the skateboarding community, where everyone’s a fucking photographer now. You look at shots, and it’s hard to keep the photographers out of the shot, you know? It kind of seems like the same thing with indie rock; everyone’s got a fucking camera in their hand and, I don’t know, is there no sanctity left for live performance with going to a show and seeing it with your own eyes and remembering it? Do you have to tape every second, or even just your favorite song? I understand it, but it’s becoming annoying.

Get over yourself, fuckhead.

Young Republican Patriot Pussies

Watch Bush’s college-aged base explain how a.) The war in Iraq is totally necessary and b.) how they won’t be enlisting. C/O Max Blumenthal of Huff Po and Media Matters.

Details on the Jon Lovitz/Andy Dick Smackdown

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Is it wrong that we find this funny? From Defamer

LOVITZ: “I realized, ooh, ‘here’s my chance,’ so I pulled him back by the shirt and I then I just pushed him almost as hard as I could, really hard, and, you know, I smashed his back and his head into the bar and I just lost it. And then I kept doing it…I would’ve kept going…and when I did it the second time it was really hard and he went [untranscribable sound of unmanly anguish].”

Here’s the audio on dennismillerradio.com and here’s the back story.

Lily Allen Has A Third Nipple

We’re speechless. via Gawker

Celebrity donors

We knew there was a reason we loved Mark Ruffalo.