Monday, May 30, 2005

America's No. 1 grossing restaurant?

New York City's Tavern on the Green serves 1,500 high-priced meals a day.

F*%$ this, f*%$ that

There's power and beauty in the word 'fuck'.

Some examples:
The Doors, "The End"
This IS the greatest buildup to the use of 'fuck'.

Fatboy Slim, "In Heaven"
The word 'fucking' is repeated 108 times in less than 4 minutes.

Martha Wainwright, "Bloody Mother Fucking Asshole"
Again, another song that builds to the use of this phrase.

Babyshambles, "Fuck Forever"
This former Libertine lives out all uses of the word, thanks to heroin, jail time and Kate Moss.

R.E.M./W.S. Burroughs, "Star Me Kitten"
The original appeared on Automatic for the People. Hard to top this version with the Beat legend delivering, "so ... fuck me kitten".

These artists all share a common thread. They have used the word once if rarely throughout their entire careers.

Ok, maybe all but one.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

This is what $220 a night gets you in Chicago

"If you want a convenient location and don't mind paying for extras, this is for you. The hotel is in a convenient location for shopping! We unloaded our own luggage despite paying $38 for valet parking for 24 hours. If you want to check-out but leave your car parked for shopping/lunch, etc, it's $22 for 2 hours and to check your luggage at the desk while you do those things, that costs extra. The wait for the elevators is between 5-15 minutes. The rooms have unattractive, out-dated wallpaper and small T.V's. They did not provide a bar of soap. For $7 you can get a breakfast of juice, coffee, tea and pastries. Even though check-out is noon, housekeeping knocked at 9 and woke us up. Our T.V. didn't work but was replaced quickly. Upon check-out, the valet was much better. The front-desk staff was very stiff and not personable." - courtesy of a Citysearch user

To this, I add:
Each room does come with a mounted glass display of seemingly antique teacups

Friday, May 20, 2005

Something to keep in mind ...

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Ron Wood on the Rolling Stones' most "Spinal Tap" moment: "We were doing drugs in the dressing room [at a concert in the early '80s]. Suddenly the tour manager stuck his head around the door and said, 'The police are here!' We all panicked and threw our drugs in the toilet. Then Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland walked in." - Guitar World via Rush & Molloy via Salon via a NotJackKerouac reader

Smell this

In a recent article on Business 2.0, the Pew Internet & American Life Project found that 1 out of 17 adults has created a blog.

The numbers are even more alarming at my house, where 1 out of 2 residents have created a blog.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

What's an opinion worth?

In the early '90s, Ruth Reichl replaced Bryan Miller as the chief food critic at the New York Times. Her salary ... $82,000 plus meals.

Monday, May 16, 2005

Meet my neighbor

Here's my house:

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Here's Dennis Hopper's house:

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What separates us? Several millions and 6 blocks of houses/alleys like this:

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Sunday, May 15, 2005

Do we need sunglasses?

Five years ago, the Rambling Canuck and I (along with the help of music writers across the country) set out to survey the current pop music landscape. We called it, "Future's So Bright: 20 Musicians Who Hold The Next Generation Of Pop Music In Their Hands."

This was less about who would sell more music, and more about the influence these artists would have going forward.

Here's how the list looked when it was published on June 6, 2000.
20. Richard Buckner
19. e [The Eels]
18. Fiona Apple
17. Martin Sexton
16. Wil-Dog [Ozomalti]
15. Rufus Wainwright
14. Stuart Murdoch [Belle & Sebastian]
13. Tricky
12. Will Oldham [Palace ... ]
11. Lauryn Hill [Fugees]
10. Billy Corgan [Smashing Pumpkins]
9. Richard D. James [Aphex Twins]
8. Mos Def
7. Ben Harper
6. Jeff Tweedy [Wilco]
5. P.J. Harvey
4. Ani DiFranco
3. Thom Yorke [Radiohead]
2. Beth Orton
1. Beck
**We limited ourselves to musicmakers (people, not bands) who hadn't recorded extensively prior to 1990.

Here we are five years into our decade, so how did we do? Here's our 20 ranked by today's barometer of influence: # of Google search returns.

To give this some context, Bob Dylan's name returns 5,320,000 results. Another lesser known, but talented troubadour Lio Gnaulati returns 8 results.

20. Jeff Tweedy [Wilco] 143,000
19. Thom Yorke [Radiohead] 177,000
18. Stuart Murdoch [Belle & Sebastian]219,000
17. Billy Corgan [Smashing Pumpkins] 363,000
16. Beth Orton 454,000
15. Richard Buckner 566,000
14. Mark Oliver Everett aka e [The Eels] 704,00
13. Fiona Apple 725,000
12. Lauryn Hill [Fugees] 782,000
11. Martin Sexton 815,000
10. Rufus Wainwright 872,000
9. Ani DiFranco 881,000
8. Mos Def 1,250,000
7. P.J. Harvey 1,390,000
6. Wil-Dog [Ozomalti]1,600,000
5. Will Oldham [Palace ... ] 3,140,000
4. Ben Harper 3,150,000
3. Tricky 9,650,000
2. Beck 15,500,000
1. Richard D. James [Aphex Twin] 33,400,000

After running the numbers, I now realize that Google might not be the end-all-be-all for tracking influence. Tweedy is Wilco, and hence he deserves the result of both names. But on another hand, the Apex Twin has folks like Univ. of Minnesota Aerospace & Mechanics Professor Richard D. James to thank for his No. 1 placement.

Here's to continuing the debate with new names like Ray LaMontagne, Mary Gauthier and Danko Jones.

Saturday, May 14, 2005

Today's horoscope

"You deserve the admiration of those you love without having to work so hard for it." - Los Angeles Times

I am going to sit on the couch, while you guys work on this for awhile.

Friday, May 13, 2005

Forgive, and please forget

I will admit it. I am a fan of Splendora. On Fridays, they send out a newsletter w/answers to the following questions.

Here would be my answers to their questions:
What to Wear: John Varvatos shirts
What NOT to Wear: Too tight shirts
What to Shoe: Kenneth Cole
What to Bag: Bananas
What to Hair: American Crew
Makeup: Sick days
What to Bargain: Gas
What to See: Any new Ryan Adams video
What to TV: Farrah reality show
What to Tivo: Farrah reality show -- if I missed it, and if I had Tivo
What to Listen: Ryan Adams' 'Cold Roses'
What to Download: New Wallflowers record; 'Heard It on the X' collection
iPod Rediscovery: JackFM
What to Read: Kiplingers
What to Eat: Veggies, fruit, nuts & other boring things
What to Drink: I miss Jamesons
Secret Weapon: 9 glasses of water a day
Crazy Weird Couple: That heavy, hairy guy in a tank top at Universal Studios & that attractive, not hairy woman, also in a tank top, at Universal Studios
Looking Extra Foxy: That attractive, not hairy woman in a tank top at Universal Studios
Looking Busted: Me
Looking Nipped & Tucked: Hopefully soon, that hairy, heavy guy in a tank top
Rumor That Makes Us Sad: House prices are still rising
Bizarre But Brilliant: [OUT OF RESPECT, I WILL KEEP SPLENDORA'S ANSWER]: Tara Reid as the potential host of E!'s Wild On

Tara Reid, courtesy of Splendora Posted by Hello

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Everybody hurts

Here are some interesting facts:
  • Los Angeles ranks No. 1 in yearly time residents spend in traffic.
  • It now takes more than $40 to fill up my 15-gallon tank.
  • "The number of miles of new roads built in the country over the last 20 years has gone up less than 5 percent, but the average miles Americans travel in their cars to work to shop to run the children around has increased 81 percent." -- The New York Times
  • The monorail in Las Vegas costs $3 and only runs about 5 city blocks.
  • And finally, the video for R.E.M.'s 'Everybody Hurts' was shot on a highway under construction right outside of San Antonio.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

What's in this name?

I thought I would give this a try.

Why the name and reference to Kerouac? When I first fell in love with writing, I fell in love with Kerouac -- by way of the 10,000 Maniacs' song, 'Hey, Jack Kerouac.'

I then spent the next 15 years realizing I was NOT Jack Kerouac.

Plus, it just sounds good to say.

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