Archive for March, 2010

Ebert Disses Nicholas Sparks

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

I had the pleasure of reading Roger Ebert’s review of the new Nicholas Sparks-penned The Last Song. Ebert takes umbrage at Sparks’ recent declaration of being a greater novelist than Cormac McCarthy, which inspired a bit of cheeky ranting.

“The Last Song” is based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks, who also wrote the screenplay. Sparks recently went on record as saying he is a greater novelist than Cormac McCarthy. This is true in the same sense that I am a better novelist than William Shakespeare. Sparks also said his novels are like Greek Tragedies. This may actually be true. I can’t check it out because, tragically, no really bad Greek tragedies have survived. His story here amounts to soft porn for teenage girls, which the acting and the abilities of director Julie Anne Robinson have promoted over its pay scale.

He comes back to finish the job at the conclusion.

Iggy’s Last Dive

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Rolling Stone has footage of Iggy’s purported last stage dive. Fittingly, it was during “I Wanna Be Your Dog.”

The Onion Still Produces Perfection

Monday, March 29th, 2010

This Onion video news report is spot on: Scientists Successfully Teach Gorilla It Will Die Someday

Stefan Schumacher: Blow It Out Your A**

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

FLYMF alum Stefan Schumacher is continuing to debut songs from his No Big Deal EP. Here’s his “first official diss song”: Blow It Our Your A**.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lncS4CyTE5M

Stefan’s work for FLYMF included I Love My Dingy Poppers.

Taibbi on the Abuse Scandal

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

Matt Taibbi lights into the Catholic Church hierarchy and their continued rationalization and deflection surrounding the massive sexual abuse of children.

SXSW 2010 Recap

Friday, March 26th, 2010

My thoughts on the 22 bands I listened to at this year’s South By Southwest Music Festival.

Slow Club

Even better than last year. This British duo practices a perfect mixture of stomping rhythms and gorgeous harmonized vocals. Rebecca Taylor is a powerhouse singer, projecting a lovable blend of brashness and glee.

The Right Ons

Another killer live act, this Spanish quintet oozes good times. They shake like the Stones of your imagination, held forever in youth and small-venue fever. Their tunes aren’t the most ambitious, but the guitar rock is tight, and it’ll make you move.

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Respect My Authoritay!

Friday, March 26th, 2010

It’s hard not to despair when you read stories like this:

Three Seattle police officers were justified when they used a stun gun on a pregnant mother who refused to sign a traffic ticket, a federal appeals court ruled Friday in a case that prompted an incredulous dissent.

As Taser use is normalized, the police seem more and more happy to forcibly shock you for inconveniencing them. Chicago recently extended Tasers to all of their squad cars. I e-mailed the department to inquire about the terms of their use; I haven’t heard back nor do I expect to.

Affordability Index

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

The Center for Neighborhood Technology has put out a pretty cool interactive map comparing housing affordability in 330 metro areas with and without transportation costs mixed in. Unsurprisingly, the results show that seemingly affordable areas away from urban centers become more unaffordable when commuting costs are factored in.

I’m surprised to see that my childhood home in Indiana is rendered unaffordable by transportation while houses just on the other side of the St. Joseph River (seemingly in the same transit space) are unaffected. Our old place in Pasadena falls under the same categorization, while our current apartment in Chicago is affordable under both measures (but just barely!). Same for our old places in Wrigleyville (public transit must really factor in).

Ralph Gamelli in The Morning News

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

FLYMF alum Ralph Gamelli has had a story, “Go Climb a Tree,” published in The Morning News.

Ralph’s story, Rocky Balboa Launches Into Inspirational Speeches Too Frequently, was published in FLYMF’s Greatest Hits. He also contributed How Long Before I Use My Ejector Seat? and  Twilight Zone Episodes For the Internet Age.

The Dude Abides

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Down these mean streets walks a man who won’t allow his rug to be pissed on.

Roger Ebert has selected The Big Lebowski as his most-recent Great Movie.

Edit: I think his original review is better.