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Jeffrey Lewis Cooler Than Elvis Costello

By May 24, 2010

Here’s a good idea for Elvis Costello: instead of bailing on your shows, maybe donate some of the money you make to an organization like Jeffrey Lewis is doing. All of Jeffrey’s proceeds from his shows in Israel go to … Read More

Jonathan Safran Foer Given Award for Being Annoying

By May 21, 2010

Last evening, Melville House presented the first annual Moby Awards, celebrating the best and worst book trailers, and wouldn’t you know it, Jonathan Safran Foer won an award…for most annoying performance by an author. I was going to ask "why’s … Read More

Israeli Booking Agency Makes Elvis Costello Look Like Douchebag

By May 20, 2010

Elvis Costello won’t get out of bailing on Israeli dates that easily.   In a letter to the musician, Alive, the Israeli artist booking agency that got the bespectacled singer-songwriter, basically asked Mr. Costello: "dude, don’t you listen to NPR, … Read More

Was Joey Ramone the Greatest Lead Singer Ever?

By May 19, 2010

We think there is a definite possibility that the answer is yes, but it’s Shavuot, and we’re supposed to be studying.  Since today would have been Joey’s 60th birthday, we’d just post a bunch of videos and let you guys … Read More

Hasids Visit Brokeback Mountain

By May 17, 2010

The Guardian review of Eyes Wide Open makes me think of those sleepovers I used to have when I was twelve where my friends and I would try and sneak a few minutes of whatever softcore film Cinemax or Showtime … Read More

Ariel Pink Controls The Weather Channel

By May 17, 2010

Somebody should tell The Weather Channel that getting Ariel Pink to score their programming would greatly increase the number of 23-35-year-old viewers in the Brooklyn, Chicago, and Los Angeles areas. (Via Impose)

Nothing can Stop Monotonix

By May 14, 2010

So apparently the reports of Ami Shalev — lead singer of Israeli rock n’ roll machine Monotonix — breaking his leg, were greatly exaggerated (see video below).  According to a press release by the bands label, Drag City: "First of … Read More

Can Tweets Shut Sarah Palin Up?

By May 12, 2010

I sit at my desk day after day thinking many things.  One of the recurring thoughts is: "how can we get Sarah Palin to shut the Fu** up?" If she isn’t telling Fox News that America is a Christian country … Read More