Friday, April 29, 2005

George Bush vs. Seth Cohen

You better believe that I'm upset! The OC being cancelled because of the President's speech last night. Like, whatever! Who does George Bush think he is, pushing the Ryan, Seth, Summer and Marissa out of the spotlight so he can talk about Social Security Reform? In my world social security takes a back to seat to whether or not Julie Cooper is going to kill her husband.

But it's not all Mr. Bush's fault. What's up with those punks at Fox? The speech was over by 7 p.m. - just in time for the OC. Instead they showed Simpsons and Seinfeld re-runs followed by the epitome of television dross, The Simple Life.

This is what's wrong with America.

Thursday, April 28, 2005

Moby vs. 50 Cent

I've got mixed feelings about Moby. While I occasionally like his music, I also get the feeling that he's kind of a B-list celebrity, who wants more than anything to really become an A-lister.

He played Salt Lake yesterday and while he was here he did an interview with NPR (listen to it here). The radio show is about how in addition to selling records, he has also opened a vegetarian tea shop called "Teany" and has a book called "Teany book."

I think a lot about music and business and such. I think it's amazing that a young rapper can get his first hit single and within minutes he has his own record label, line of clothing, sports drink and mini empire. Case in point, last week I was watched "Rip the Runway" on BET, and marveling at the fashion stylings of P. Diddy's Sean Jean line of clothing and 50 Cent's G Unit line.

Why is that when hip-hoppers expand out into other business ventures, it is completely cool and when white techno guys do it, it just seems like selling out? What makes it okay for 50 Cent to be all about money-making and still be credible as a musician?

While there are many different factors in this equation, I think the simple answer is this - there's two pictures above of two musicians who both have lots of money. What's the difference?One sells Formula 50 super water (advertising slogan: "Honeys bounce when you throw bad game. Try a dose of formula 50...and lose the pimp cup:) and one sells organic tea (sample tea flavor: "herbal tea calm"). Poor, poor Moby.

Monday, April 25, 2005

Some Kind of Monster

I am taking the dreaded GMAT today, in hopes of getting into an MBA program this fall. As it gets down to crunch time I am wondering if it was a mistake to spend an entire night this past week avoiding studying by watching Metallica's "Some Kind of Monster" and "When Metallica Ruled the World" back-to-back on VH1. I am crossing my fingers that the Argument Analysis question will be "Some say that Metallica's new material lacks the intensity of early albums such as Ride the Lightning. Evaluate the validity of this argument." If it's not, I'm screwed.

Sunday, April 17, 2005

Rosa Parks vs. Outkast

The Rosa Parks drama is apparently over for Outkast. The famous civil rights bus rider sued Outkast for $5 billion in 1999 for using her name as the title of a song from their 1998 album "Aquemini."

"Ah ha, hush that fuss
Everybody move to the back of the bus
Do you wanna bump and slump with us
We the type of people make the club get crunk"

Rosa Parks apparently did not want to bump, slump or get crunk with Big Boi and Andre 3000.

The two parties have finally settled the suit. Outkast doesn't have to pay, but will make amends by working with the Rosa Parks Foundation to teach today's kids about her role in history.

Check out the full story here.

Wake up with the King (Have it your way, fatty)

I can't get enough of those creepy Burger King commercials! I have yet to enjoy the 710-calorie Enormous Omelet Sandwich, but I'm looking forward to it. (I am also looking forward to the resulting heart attack) I am also happy that Hootie is getting a second chance at fame. Listen to an interesting review of their strange ad campaign here.

Got a spare 7 minutes?

If you have seven minutes to spare, my latest song o' the month has just been posted here.

Manifesto Radio

As if having my own website, writing a self-centered blog, and constantly pimping my one-man band wasn't enough, I have pretty much decided that I need my own radio show as well. "Podcasting" (broadcasting via the internet, with capability of feeding the show to an mp3 player) has become the new rage and I want in! I have been doing some research on how to get the podcast up and rolling, but I don't really know what kind of weekly radio show I want to produce - music, politics, rantings. Any suggestions? I hope to have something rolling within the next week or so.

Monday, April 11, 2005

If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball

I feel like I’ve been hit by about a dozen wrenches. I participated in the Hillcrest Ward Elders Quorum’s First Annual Dodge Ball Tournament this past Saturday. I don’t know how I could have been this out of dodgeball-shape; it’s only been about 15 years since I last played. There are parts of my body that are sore that I didn’t even know existed. Fortunately I’m not the only one, just about everyone was limping around elders quorum meeting yesterday. I've made a decision: I'm going to stop studying for the GMAT and start training for Ben Stiller’s next dodgeball movie.

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Maybe I'm Human After All

I had pretty well conceded to being a techno artist. I would sit at my computer, turn knobs and make robot voices. And then tonight - during my elders quorum presidency meeting of all things - I had the chance to rock out to some live drums. Rock, sweet, rock. One of my fellow counselors, Dallon, happens to be incredibly good at the drums and the guitar. He said he's got my back and now I have no choice but to go back to my plans of rock revolution. Y'all better get ready...

Check out Dallon's guitarstring company at


Today is the 11th Anniversary of Kurt Cobain's death. If you are still interested in debating whether or not he committed suicide, check out

Monday, April 04, 2005

I Love the 90s

I ate lunch at Bubba's Firehouse BBQ today. I was just sitting at the table listening to the conversation when I realized the song playing at the restaurant was "Blow up the Outside World" by Soundgarden. Now, this restaurant isn't some hip place. It's just a regular-old joint that serves food to 40 year-olds. Next thing I knew, I was hearing hit after hit from the 90s- White Zombie, Hole, Weezer, even Dinosaur Jr! What was this place? It was amazing. I am 25 years old and today I was already having high school nostalgia like crazy! Then as I was driving home and I heard "6 Underground" by the Sneaker Pimps. No matter what the history books may say, the 90s produced some really good music.