Bush White House to be subpoenaed by wiretap lawyers

From Raw Story:

The announcement is due to arrive at 4:30 PM, outside of Verizon headquarters in New York, RAW STORY has confirmed.
The subpoenas come on the heels of two federal court decisions that were seen as blows to the Bush Administration warrantless spying program…
Mayer explained that the subpoena seeks to learn “whether the Bush administration has unlawfully targeted journalists, peace activists, libertarians, members of congress or generated an ‘enemies list.’” READ IT ALL

Reviews: Mika Miko and Paper Rad

Mika Miko – “C.Y.S.L.A.B.F.”
(Kill Rock Stars)
Download: Capricorinations (MP3)
Since 1991, Olympia, WA-based label Kill Rock Stars has been a proud promoter of kick-ass feminist punk music. At the time of its founding, the label released some of the most influential recordings of the riot girl movement. That youthful, idealistic spirit is recaptured on “C.Y.S.L.A.B.F.”, the debut full-length by the label’s most recent all-girl signing Mika Miko.
The group, a thrashy five-piece from Los Angeles, have a sound somewhat akin to early eighties hardcore. Given the current climate of trendy, mop-haired emoism, their classic one-two-three-go approach is rather refreshing. Plus, the group eschews the cheerleading, anthemic approach so relentlessly driven home by their now-defunct labelmates Bratmobile and Bikini Kill.
Cranked guitars and propulsive rhythms combine in alternately punky and funky ways. And dynamic dual vocals — one brash, one raspy—add just the right amount of complexity to their slightly simplistic ruckus, as do impressive bass and guitar licks whose melodies complimentarily collide up and down the scale.
The band adds an organ here and there too, as on “Take Hold” and “Capricorination” — perhaps their catchiest songs. But the instrument is too often buried in the mix to make much of a difference overall. Mika Miko have a righteous, raw punk sound that really shines, but it could stand to sparkle more.
“C.Y.S.L.A.B.F.” suffers from a minor case of stiffness and grows stale too soon over the course of the disc’s twenty minutes, yet a number of their songs are simply too infectious to ignore.
Catch Mika Miko with their Kill Rock Stars labelmates Erase Errata and The Gossip when their girl-powered tour van touches down at Irving Plaza in New York City on September 13.
Paper Rad – “Trash Talking”
Paper Rad is a Pittsburgh, PA/Northampton, MA collective that first gained notice for its irregularly published, multi-colored comic-based newspapers. The Paper Rad artists specialized in surrealist sketches and absurdist non-stories and I never missed a chance to grab an issue when I stumbled upon one.
I usually found them at shows providing merch money for their touring musician friends, or sometimes they would show up mysteriously at my local record or bookshop. For a mere dollar I would walk away alternately psyched and hesitant about what I would find when I opened it up.
Paper Rad is likely still involved in print media, but the artist collective has recently morphed into an animation and video group, applying their twisted talents towards the moving image—and the transformation has proved surprising effortless. Their very original, colorful, and slightly disturbing visions and confusing tales still excite.
Perhaps the only difference between their print and video art is the later appropriates popular culture on a grander scale. Its visual references tease your memory bank while its vibrant, clashing colors dilate your pupils. Their video art is also arguably less shocking, but Paper Rad hasn’t gone soft, just pixilated.
“Trash Talking” will subversively extend your capacity for visual stimulation. Don’t sleep on this one.
John Rickman

Stephen Colbert Calls Emmy Audience "Godless Sodomites"

This is hilarious. Watch it here via Crooks & Liars.

Have You Had Enough?

Tomorrow is the anniversary of Katrina. We’ve been in Iraq nearly 5 years. Gas prices continue to soar while corporate big wigs cash in. The Middle East is a terrifying mess. There’s no sign of Osama. Meanwhile, Dubya is on vacation. Have you had enough of lapdogs like Kline? [Hat Tip Atrios]

Summer's Almost Gone….

Summer is almost over and we’ve yet to take a vacation, so we’re officially signing off for a week. In the meantime, [*shameless plug coming*] go buy an advance copy of our new book, while we luxuriate in a champagne glass hot tub in the glorious Pocono’s.
Advance press for our new book, The Sinner’s Guide to the Evangelical Right:
“Like all great satire, the book is cerebral, irreverent and hilarious, while also edifying”
Publisher’s Weekly
“Not only is this an important
book, it’s a funny book.”
Marc Maron, Air America Radio
“This book should lay at the lifeless feet of your corpse as a silent, yet powerful and all encompassing explanation as to why you took your own life.”
David Cross, Arrested Development

To Do: New York Dolls, Rubulad, and Archie Bell

Archie Bell, best known for the ’60s soul hit “Tighten Up”
On Friday August 18
From Flavorpill

River to River presents the New York Dolls—FREE
when: Fri 8.18 (7pm)
where: South Street Seaport (Pier 17, 212.732.7678)
details: Event Info
They may be oldsters—hell, only two of them are actually alive— but the New York Dolls are still very much kicking. Tonight, Johansen and Sylvain recruit rocking support to show the kids why they’re punk-glam legends.

On Saturday August 19:
From Flavorpill

Rubulad presents Delirium Summer: A Fever Dream feat. Extra Action Marching Band and DJ $mall ¢hange
when: Sat 8.19 (10:30pm)
where: 3rd Ward (195 Morgan Ave, Bklyn, 718.715.4961)
price: $10
Rubulad aims for a “surfer circus” vibe with a night of disparate freaky performers, DJs, video, and food in Bushwick’s expansive indoor/outdoor 3rd Ward.

On Sunday August 20:
A free concert at McCarren Park Pool
Archie Bell & Mighty Hannibal backed by The Dansettes, The Fabulous Soul Shakers, DJs: Phast Phreddie and Cosmo Baker
More info here

To Do: Califone, Low, and Iron & Wine at McCarren

This promises to be an amazing show. The wildly underrated Califone is one of our favorites.
Click here for more information on tonight’s show.
DOWNLOAD: Califone – Pastry Sharp (MP3) (via BrooklynVegan)

Bush Policy Is "Crap" Says UK's Deputy Prime Minister

And we couldn’t agree more. Well actually, we prefer the terms inane, manipulative, evil, and fucking retarded. [From the Independent via HuffPost]

John Prescott has given vent to his private feelings about the Bush presidency, summing up George Bush’s administration in a single word: crap.
The Deputy Prime Minister’s condemnation of President Bush and his approach to the Middle East could cause a diplomatic row but it will please Labour MPs who are furious about Tony Blair’s backing of the United States over the bombing of Lebanon.
The remark is said to have been made at a private meeting in Mr Prescott’s Whitehall office on Tuesday with Muslim MPs and other Labour MPs with constituencies representing large Muslim communities. Muslim MPs wanted to press home their objections to British foreign policy and discuss ways of improving relations with the Muslim communities.
Some of the MPs present said yesterday they could not remember Mr Prescott making the remark. He has been at pains to avoid breaking ranks with Mr Blair in public although he is believed to have raised concern about the bombing of Lebanon at a private meeting of the Cabinet. But Harry Cohen, the MP whose constituency includes Walthamstow, scene of some of the police raids in the alleged “terror plot” investigation, said Mr Prescott had definitely used the word “crap” about the Bush administration.
“He was talking in the context of the ‘road map’ in the Middle East. He said he only gave support to the war on Iraq because they were promised the road map. But he said the Bush administration had been crap on that. We all laughed and he said to an official, ‘Don’t minute that’.” Mr Cohen added: “We also had a laugh when he said old Bush is just a cowboy with his Stetson on. But then he said, ‘I can hardly talk about that can I?’
read it all here