F*ck off Ticketmaster!

December 30, 2008

Finally someone has taken a stand against Ticketmaster’s monopoly on entertainment ticket sales. Concert promoter behemoth, Live Nation, is finally providing competition to Ticketmaster’s price and service fee business model. Hopefully, competition will drive the model towards the removal or at least lowering of fees for tickets.

And yes, I do understand that most charges go toward the venues. Either way it’s a good start to a long time problem.

read about it here.

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2008 – The Year in Photos

December 28, 2008

The end of the year always comes with a glut of lists…best of this, best of that. Most of them suck. Fortunately, I found one that doesn’t suck – the Year in Photos list from “The Big Picture Blog” via the Boston Globe. Do yourself a favor and take a look at parts ONE, TWO and THREE. I’ve included a few of my personal favorites below.

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Samuel Peter from Nigeria receives a punch from Vitali Klitschko of Ukraine during their WBC heavyweight boxing world championship fight in Berlin, Germany on Oct. 11, 2008. Klitschko won the fight after round nine due to technical knock out.

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A solar eclipse can be seen above the Jiayuguan Fort on the Great Wall of China in the town of Jiayuguan, Gansu Province, China on August 1, 2008.

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Drummers perform during the Opening Ceremony for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics at the National Stadium on August 8, 2008 in Beijing.

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A man in a traditional “Perchten” costume performs during an Austrian league soccer match in Ried, Austria November 12, 2008.

harmony_korine_collected_fanzinesI’ve never ordered anything from Amazon.com before in my life. There’s no particular reason for my complete lack of patronage, I guess I’m just not much of an online shopper. I also think that the sheer number of options available on Amazon is incredibly overwhelming. Do I want a hat or granola bars? A book or an umbrella? I’m utterly intimidated. However, given that I received an Amazon gift card for Christmas this year, it seems I’ll be forced to overcome my fears sooner than I anticipated.

Thing is, I already know the first thing I’m going to order: The Collected Fanzines by Harmony Korine. Best known for writing the screenplay for Kids while still in his teens, Korine came to embody the DIY mindset in New York in the 90s. An integral part of Aaron Rose’s Alleged Gallery on Ludlow back in the day, Korine combined the skateboarding/punk/hip hop aesthetic into his work, be it film, art or whatever. The Collected Fanzines is just that, a collection of zines that Korine and pal and fellow skater/artist Mark Gonzales put together for the fuck of it. I’m pumped to see what it’s all about, not only because I’m a fan of Korine’s work and the outlook he represents, but also because I wasn’t lucky enough to be around NYC in the 90s when all of these artists were on the come-up. This is creativity for creativity’s sake and it’s inspirational.

If you want to see Dave Letterman at his most uncomfortable (and I’m a fan of Dave) check out a couple of his interviews with Harmony on The Late Show. Great stuff.

Animal Collective

December 27, 2008

Everyone is freaking out about the new Animal Collective record as if it’s already going to the be best release of 2009. Guess we’ll have to wait for next Tuesday. Until then, here’s a sweet video a buddy showed me that syncs the song “Fireworks” with stop-motion animation from Where The Wild Things Are. Pretty trippy. Also below is a live version of “My Girls,” from the forthcoming Merriweather Post Pavilion.

Bon Iver – Skinny Love

December 18, 2008

Nothing new, but dude’s voice is ethereal. Gives me chills. Heard his shows at Town Hall were epic.

The Big Picture Blog

December 15, 2008

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I recently learned of the Boston Globe‘s Big Picture blog via Very Short List, a blog that highlights a single item each day from the world of media and entertainment that has otherwise flown under the radar.

The Big Picture blog itself displays particularly noteworthy images from the newswire in large format (the inspiration for the blog was Life magazine). Recently, the blog selected a number of images taken during the eruption of Chile’s Chaiten volcano this past May. The photos speak for themselves. They simultaneaously capture both the beauty and shear destructive force of mother nature. Especially breathtaking are the photos of lightning. Unbelievable. Do yourself a favor and peep it HERE.

This past weekend The Mae Shi hit NYC. I’m sorry to say I missed their loud, spastic, catchy, synth-laden brand of rock. They headlined with Snakes Say Hiss! at Silent Barn. One of these days, I’ll actually make it out to one of these shows. Anyways, enjoy the vid and the song.¬†

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Snakes Say Hisss! – I Control the Wind