Do They Know It's Christmas Time At All?!

It’s sort of problematic that they’re associating Black History with underprivileged children. It’s more than a little bit silly that the decidedly white owner of the team appears in the ad, especially with his less than sterling record of race-relations. But really, why celebrate Black History Month (that’s February for those of you keeping track) in March (not Black History Month)? It’s no wonder...

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Obits make adult contemporary indie.

Brooklyn-based Obits are coming at you with a new release, Moody, Standard and Poor. Obits is an indie supergroup of sorts, featuring singers/guitarists Rick Froberg (Drive Like Jehu, Hot Snakes) and Sohrab Habibion (Edsel). Obits play a reverb-drenched variety of straight-forward rock that seems to borrow equally from surf and pyschadelia and, to a lesser extent, blues. After respectable careers making cacophonous punk rock, they...

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Burning Out and Fading Away, Part 2.

Quick round up of other examples of burning out and fading away, in reference to my previous post. One thing of note is this is all subjective; I do not have a solid metric on this. It’s all opinion-based. I suppose you could measure all of this in terms of commerce or by doing straw polls, but I’d much prefer to force my opinion on everyone. That’s just what happens when you wallow in the anonymity of the internet....

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Back to the Constant Future

I’m going to say this, as neutrally as I possibly can. Parts and Labor are one of the most under appreciated bands on this planet. I never bought into that whole sad song about how there are so many musicians who are brilliant but don’t make it; I generally feel that there’s a very distinct reason why certain bands attract healthy followings and certain bands wallow in obscurity. With a few exceptions, parents feed...

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Today's roundup of public humiliation

This is one of those ideas that I can picture being born in a smokey conference room, packed full of “idea men” who are trying to “contemporize the brand.” Truly, don’t hate these men: they have good intentions. Really, wow. Just…yuck. What audience are they targeting here? The awkward whiteboy/aspiring rapper subset? Were the 1985 Chicago Bears booked? There’s an obligatory Vanilla Ice...

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Sign of the times

It can be tedious and tiresome, being perpetually bombarded with the cry of “It’s a bad economy!” This is something else though: TAUNTON, Mass.—A Massachusetts employment organization has canceled its annual job fair because not enough companies have come forward to offer jobs. Richard Shafer, chairman of the Taunton Employment Task Force, says 20 to 25 employers are needed for the fair scheduled for April 6,...

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