The War on Drugs

Here’s the video for ‚”A Needle in Your Eye #16.” It’s one of the best songs off The War on Drugs’ Wagonwheel Blues, which is shaping up to be one of the most robust debuts from 2008. The band draws constant comparisons to both classic rock monoliths (i.e. Springsteen) notable proto/post-punk (like Sonic Youth or Half Japanese) as well as contemporary indie monoliths (Wolf Parade, Arcade Fire, Animal Collective). So – basically if you like good music, you’ll like The War on Drugs.


Untethered: A Sculpture Garden of Readymades Opens Tonight

C/O Eyebeam
Eyebeam is New York’s premiere art and technology space. Tonight, Untethered: A Sculpture Garden Of Readymades will open from 6-8pm. To give a brief description:

Untethered is a sculpture garden of everyday objects deprogrammed of their original function, embedded with new intelligence, and transformed into surrealist and surprising readymades, including a photocopier that reads the night sky; a PDA turned guitar; and a piano that plays the Internet. The exhibition features pieces by 15 artists working at the intersection of art and technology, including current and former Eyebeam residents and fellows, as well as leading international artists.

If you can make it out to Chelsea, definitely check it out. Review to follow later.

Williamsburg is Under Attack!

img c/o gothamist
Gothamist is reporting that a submarine is in our waters and is headed for Williamsburg. Everybody, RUN! Arm yourselves with PBR cans like you did when the Real World cast came, and get this metal tank of aquatic power off yer shores!

Perhaps submarines are always in the East River, just, you know, submerged–but we’ve never seen one. Until now! This one just floated through DUMBO headed in the direction of Williamsburg. So if you’re a hipster wearing your “Defend Brooklyn” T-shirt, the day has come to back it up!

Send it to Queens!

Sarah Silverman: "Tell Your Racist Jewish Grandparents To Vote Obama"

The Great Schlep aims to have Jewish grandchildren visit their grandparents in Florida, educate them about Obama, and therefore swing the crucial Florida vote in his favor.”
[hat tip Radar]

One Word: Pretzel

We love that Stone included the pretzel choking incident in his second “W” trailer. This looks hilarious:

Pakistani President to Palin: "You're Hot!"

image c/o AP
He was smitten…

On entering a room filled with several Pakistani officials this afternoon, Palin was immediately greeted by Sherry Rehman, the country’s Information Minister.
“And how does one keep looking that good when one is that busy?,” Rehman asked, drawing friendly laughter from the room when she complimented Palin.
“Oh, thank you,” Palin said.
Pakistan’s recently-elected president, Asif Ali Zardari, entered the room seconds later. Palin rose to shake his hand, saying she was ‚”honored” to meet him.
Zardari then called her “gorgeous” and said: “Now I know why the whole of America is crazy about you.”
“You are so nice,” Palin said, smiling. “Thank you.”
A handler from Zardari’s entourage then told the two politicians to keep shaking hands for the cameras.
“If he’s insisting, I might hug,” Zardari said. Palin smiled politely.

Sounds delightfully awkward. Can we start some internet rumors fueling speculation that Pakistani president Asif Ali Zardari could become the Second Dude?
Thanks, CNN!

Matt Taibbi On Sarah Palin

As always, Taibbi nails it:

Here’s what Sarah Palin represents: being a fat fucking pig who pins ‚”Country First” buttons on his man titties and chants ‚”U-S-A! U-S-A!” at the top of his lungs while his kids live off credit cards and Saudis buy up all the mortgages in Kansas.

Now, go read the whole damn thing.