Sadly, It's Official

michael.jpgMichael Jackson has died at 50. Two icons from my childhood pass in one day! You were both crazy, but I’m still going to miss you.
From CNN

Entertainer Michael Jackson has died after being taken to a hospital on Thursday after suffering cardiac arrest, according to multiple reports including the Los Angeles Times and the Associated Press. CNN has not confirmed his death.
Jackson, 50, had been in a coma at the hospital, sources told CNN.
Brian Oxman, a Jackson family attorney, said he was told by brother Randy Jackson that Michael Jackson collapsed at his home in west Los Angeles, California, Thursday morning.
Family members were told of the situation and were either at the hospital or en route, Oxman said.
Fire Capt. Steve Ruda told CNN a 911 call came in from a west Los Angeles residence at 12:21 p.m.
Ruda said Jackson was treated and transferred to the UCLA Medical Center.
Asked specifics of the patient’s condition, he said he could not discuss them because of federal privacy laws.
The music icon from Gary, Indiana, is known as the “King of Pop.” Jackson had many No. 1 hits and his “Thriller” is the best-selling album of all time. Video Jackson “as big as it gets” ¬ª
Jackson is the seventh of nine children in a well-known musical family. He has three children, Prince Michael I, Paris and Prince Michael II.
At the medical center, every entrance to the emergency room was blocked by security guards. Even hospital staffers were not permitted to enter. A few people stood inside the waiting area, some of them crying.
A large crowd was also gathering outside the hospital, according to video footage.
Outside Jackson’s Bel Air home, police arrived on motorcycles. The road in front of the home was closed in an attempt to hold traffic back, but several people were gathered outside the home.

UPDATE: Andrew Sullivan has a nice post that we’ve included in full after the jump. [via]

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Pepsi presents: In association with Toyota Scion: BROOKLYN

British bank Barclays has put in a bid to rename Atlantic Avenue something much more proper than our Yankee rubbish:

If a $4 million deal is approved on Wednesday, the nexus of subway stops at Atlantic Avenue, Pacific Street and Flatbush Avenue in Downtown Brooklyn will add an additional name to its already lengthy title: Barclays.

But hey, what about naming things after great American corporations?

‚”It’s not like Taco Bell saying it wants Grand Army Plaza or something like that,” said John H. Banks III, a board member since 2004.
Would Mr. Banks oppose that idea?
‚”A year and a half ago? Yeah,” he said. ‚”Tomorrow? No.”

Looking forward to Taco Bell Muy Grande Army Plaza.
via NYTimes

Looking to start a Vampire Weekend Cover Band

So, wow! Some “popular Williamsburg-based bar/music venue” is looking to fill a residency for a Vampire Weekend cover band made up of vague band member lookalikes! They just need their Ezra, their Rostam and the two Chris’s and they’ll be off the ground and Oxford Commaiing in no time. The question is, can we identify this bar/music venue? I’m going to throw my guess out there and say Union Pool. Or, I’m sorry, Brooklyn Pool, for those of you who watch Michael Cera on the big screen. Any other guesses?
And yes, we realize this is probably a joke. But oooooooh fingers are crossed that it’s real!

Via Mr. Ginsberg, who RT’d Pitchfork and Idolator.

Eugene Levy Needs to Fire His Agent

Meet Gooby! [via]


The perfect hipster summer job

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Long hair? Beard? Anyone?

DJ Marty Markowitz


via Brooklyn Vegan

Been Waiting For This Since Forever Ago

On September 22nd, Jagjaguwar (the folks who bring you Sunset Rubdown, Dinosaur Jr., Black Mountain, and Okkervil River– just to name a few) are set to release the side project full-length debut of Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon with Collections of Colonies of Bees— they call it Volcano Choir. The LP, Unmap, is an accidental three years in the making, which says something about musicians making music for music’s sake. Here’s what Vernon had to say (via Pitchfork):

“We started collaborating three years ago and just this year we started to realize we had nine or 10 tracks almost done,” he said. “I sing on it, but there aren’t a lot of lyrics– it’s definitely more on the experimental side of things.”

If both camps previous work says anything about the upcoming Unmap, it’ll be sure to make you feel like a leaf floating along in an Autumn wind destiny. Oh Wisconsin, how you always manage to bring us love in the form of indie lullabies…

62 Reasons To Consider Living in Jersey

espadashocked.jpg Tired of giggling about South Carolina governor Mark Sanford’s dalliance in Buenos Aires but still hungry for more political slapstick? Well look no further than the Times’ latest attempt to ascertain what exactly our esteemed doucheba…er…state senators have been up to of late. In short, since one of the two Democrats who defected to the Republican side of the aisle returned to the fold, the two parties have been tied at 31 members each, both claiming leadership, forcing Governor Paterson to call a mandatory special sessions in order hold votes on gay marriage and, oh, every other issue needed to run New York. The parties “feuding junior high schoolers refusing to acknowledge each other, began holding separate legislative sessions at the same time,” complete with dueling gavels. Here are some zingers from what must be the funniest vaudeville act in Albany:
“Democrats gaveled the session to order at 3:02 p.m. After a few short speeches in which they said the governor’s proclamation for a so-called extraordinary session had constitutional and legal problems, they adjourned at 3:07 p.m. ‘Our members will be going home,’ said Malcolm A. Smith, one of the leaders of the Senate Democratic conference.”
“[State Supreme Court] Justice McNamara..continued to implore the sides to resolve their dispute on their own. ‘This has to be resolved by you, no matter what I do or don’t do on Friday,” he told the sides in court, adding: ‘I guess I’m talking like a human being, but I don’t understand what’s going on. You guys have to resolve this.'”
“Senator Dale M. Volker, 68, a Republican from the Buffalo area who is a former police officer, joked while he was riding up an elevator, ‘I might have to start carrying my sidearm again.'”
“‘This is turning into the worst reality TV show ever: ‘I’m a Senator, Get Me Out of Here,’ said Thomas R. Suozzi, Nassau County executive and former Democratic candidate for governor. ‘Jon and Kate are fighting less than these guys.'”

Photo of turncoat Pedro Espada Jr., now a Republican, care of Village Voice