Hipster Makeover


This video is hilarious, even if it’s a bit derivative of this makeover we did for a writer at Entertainment Weekly, uh, 4 years ago. [Video via Gawker & Imaginary Socialite]

Creeping Nobodies at Uncle Paulie's tonight

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Toronto-based post-punkers the Creeping Nobodies might have started as a one-off collaboration at a Fall tribute show, but they have come a long way from imitating Mark E. Smith for kicks. The Nobodies are touring in support of their latest record, ‚”Sound of Joy,” which was released in May 2006 on Toronto’s Blocks Recording Club label and sounds like a modern version of Sonic Youth’s classic, ‚”Sister.” The band also channels the Ex and the Birthday Party, and their live show is characterized by the frenetic energy they bring to the stage. Lead singer Derek Westerholm, in true punk fashion, is more than willing to not only hop on his band mates, but dive in to the audience as well. In an era when many post-punk bands take on an air of cool detachment, it’s refreshing to see a band that are willing to jump right in, even if they do wind up landing on your head.
Show deets: Creeping Nobodies —–> from Toronto
:::: Parenthetical Girls
:::::: The Golden Era
[ UNCLE PAULIE'S ] ~~ heated! ~~
NE corner of Monitor St & Greenpoint Ave | Greenpoint, Brooklyn
G-Greenpoint or L-Graham | 8pm | all ages | $tba
– MYSPACE / DIRECTIONS –> http://myspace.com/unclepauliesnyc
mp3s: http://www.myspace.com/thecreepingnobodies

Erase Errata at Studio B Saturday night

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Webzine nemu.com described Erase Errata as ‚”post-riot-grrl, post-feminist, and post-punk.” Maybe they’re better defined as the pre-eminent art noise band of the decade. Cited as favorites by godfathers of feedback Sonic Youth, Erase Errata caught some flack last year when a line-up change resulted in their usually chaotic noise gaining some discipline. They certainly haven’t hit the straight and narrow, though; their art-damaged noise is still spastic, danceable, and fun. Closer inspection of their lyrics reveals able brainpower and a feminist mindset; this is a band that hosted a discussion of third wave women’s issues after a concert at Smith College. Like a Gender Studies class set to a beat, Erase Errata inform and entertain at the same time. Their marriage of dancing and revolution would make Emma Goldman proud.
Show deets: :: Adult
:::: Erase Errata
:::::: Child Abuse
[ STUDIO B ] -> totally superclub style! now w/ friendlier bouncer dudes!
259 Banker St @ Calyer | Greenpoint/Williamsburg, Brooklyn
L-Bedford/G-Nassau | -ALL AGES- | $10 | 8PM | 718.389.1880
-Cortney Harding

Cheney Lurks Behind Shrub At Bush Press Conference

This looks like a trailer to some unmade horror movie where Cheney leads a minion of Zombie Pod-People at the onset of Armageddon. [Via Huffpost]

MySpace To Hold Presidential Primary

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We’re voting for Myspace Tom
From HuffingtonPost

It’s true, and it’s a brilliant marketing gimmick if not exactly the most electorally sound: MySpace will be inviting each of its members to vote in their very own primary on January 1st and 2nd, 2008, prior to any of the state primaries. Said MySpace president Tom Anderson (that’s MySpace Tom to you): “Iowa and New Hampshire may be selecting delegates, but the MySpace vote will be the first test of where candidates stand in the election year.”
Wow. Sort of scary, when you think about it. How difficult is it, exactly to sign up for a MySpace account? For multiple MySpace accounts? You certainly don’t have to be American to do so. Or of voting age (especially not of voting age, which is why MySpace got into some hot water with respect to its underage users). But, like the voting for American Idol, that matters not all that matters is the numbers, and when they come down next January you can bet they will shift the dynamic of the primaries. This is what they’re talking about when they talk about the power of the web in 2008. READ IT ALL

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Muppets/N.W.A. Mash

Keith Richards: 'I Snorted My Father'

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I’ve been wondering what to do with my cat’s ashes. Now I know, I’ll just cut her with some blow and do a few lines. [from AP]

Keith Richards has acknowledged consuming a raft of illegal substances in his time, but this may top them all. In comments published Tuesday, the 63-year-old Rolling Stones guitarist said he had snorted his father’s ashes mixed with cocaine.
“The strangest thing I’ve tried to snort? My father. I snorted my father,” Richards was quoted as saying by British music magazine NME.
“He was cremated and I couldn’t resist grinding him up with a little bit of blow. My dad wouldn’t have cared,” he said. “… It went down pretty well, and I’m still alive.”
Richards’ father, Bert, died in 2002, at 84.
Richards, one of rock’s legendary wild men, told the magazine that his survival was the result of luck, and advised young musicians against trying to emulate him.
“I did it because that was the way I did it. Now people think it’s a way of life,” he was quoted as saying.
“I’ve no pretensions about immortality,” he added. “I’m the same as everyone … just kind of lucky.
“I was No. 1 on the ‘who’s likely to die’ list for 10 years. I mean, I was really disappointed when I fell off the list,” Richards said.

Bright Eyes: "Four Winds" Video


Bright Eyes’ new record, Cassadaga, is out next week and we love what we’ve heard thus far, even if the cover concept sounds a bit cheesy. From Music Slut:

As one rep at his label, Saddle Creek explains: “The original concept as Conor Oberst and I discused it was to use a 3D stereogram, a ‘magic eye’ illusion, for the artwork, so if you stared at it the right way, images of pyramids would appear in 3D. The problem with this was that, especially with CD packaging, the stereogram would have to be very small. Also, there are some people who are not able to view magic eye images – myself included – and they would be losing out.”
“I did some hunting around for other options and found a company based in London who offer a patented process they developed called Focal Decoder that we ended up using. What we liked about this option was that it was very difficult to see anything of the hidden images without the decoder, it allowed a high level of detail in the hidden images and text, and it was a technique that we hadn’t seen anywhere before.”
“The hidden text was mostly written by Conor and translated into other languages by friends. The rest of the hidden text is magical in nature and from historical sources. I liked Conor’s idea of using different languages, so even after you use the decoder to view the text, you still have one more level before you can decipher the message. The ‘deluxe’ version of the CD and the vinyl LP have the most encoded images. The LP decoder is a larger size to accommodate the larger encoded panels. The design of the decoder was based on Conor’s idea of having it look like an antique scientific instrument.”

Here’s the cover and you can download some tracks here.