Rants & Ramblings

random commentary about culture, media, politics, technology and whatnot.

mar
28
2005

music service fee

Ticketmaster’s fee structure mystifies me. This evening, I was looking up tickets for a concert next month. The per-ticket base price is $18. Ticketmaster then adds a $4.75 per-ticket service fee. On top of that, I then get the following …

mar
21
2005

magic run

My new musical obsession of the moment is the dreamy song used in Adidas’s new ad campaign for its “Adidas-1” shoe. The Internet tells me that the song is “Hello Tomorrow,” featuring Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. I …

mar
17
2005

random roundup

Stories that have caught my eye in the past few days.

mar
13
2005

song of the moment: “rock 'n roll”

Heard a fun song on the radio on the way home from the weekly pilgrimage to Kabob Bazaar: “Rock N Roll” (iTMS) by local musician Eric Hutchinson. Folksy, “guy and his guitar” tune. His voice reminds me a little of …

mar
11
2005

another rumor debunked

Yet another rumor / “wouldn’t this be nice?” supposition I sort of wanted to be true has now been debunked. Reuters reports that Bono, lead singer of U2 is, in fact, not in the running to lead the World Bank. …

mar
08
2005

seen: so there

This cracked me up. Seen on the LiveJournal of someone I know: “Turns out I Googled every band you know, and I stole their music, and I listened to their music and deleted it! What do you think about THAT?”

mar
07
2005

ben singing

If you’re a Ben Folds / Five fan, the Ben Folds Rarehouse collection of live bootleg tracks might be enough to get you drooling. (Also features music by The Bens (Folds’s collaboration with Ben Lee and Ben Kweller) and selections …

mar
06
2005

no dvd for you

Ever wonder why some television shows have been released on DVD, while other classics (or not-so-classics) have yet to find their way onto store shelves? According to a story at Wired News, music may be partly to blame. (“Copyrights Keep …

mar
03
2005

the pepsi challenge

Despite all logic, I’ve been going to the CVS a few times a week specifically to buy Diet Pepsi. And I don’t even really like Diet Pepsi all that much. (I’ll drink it, but it’s not my usual drink of …

mar
02
2005

on the job

Assorted jobs that I would have no interest in ever trying: (This is by no means a definitive list; it’s more “stuff I’ve read lately.”) White House social secretary. Yesterday, the Washington Post profiled Lea Berman, Laura Bush’s new right-hand …

feb
24
2005

daily ephemera

Continuing my new lazy habit of just listing my daily reading highlights as bullet points, rather than fleshed-out separate entries…

feb
13
2005

playlist: a valentine

For Valentine’s Day this year, I made Rob a playlist. Inspired by a how-to article that ran in Macworld last year, I wrote up a text narrative, linking key words and phrases to particular songs — reminders of things we’d …

feb
03
2005

look away

After about a year of procrastinating about it, I finally went to see a dermatologist today to take care of a mole on my face, next to my nose. Removing it was an easy matter, and the doctor put in …

jan
29
2005

i've got a fever…

The Washington Post today has a story about the impact of the now-classic Saturday Night Live sketch (Windows Media player) lampooning VH1: Behind the Music and the song “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” (iTMS) by the band Blue Öyster Cult. (“Blue …

dec
14
2004

song of the moment: 'future sightings'

My random music recommendation of the day: “Future Sightings” (mp3) by the group I Am the World Trade Center, a bright New Order-ish electronica-pop ditty. I’ve had it stuck in my head for the past 12 hours, and it seems …

dec
03
2004

oh, the irony

The New York Times today reports that the major record labels are turning to Shawn Fanning, who as a teenager created the original Napster, for help and advice in cutting down on illegal music downloads. (“Music Industry Turns to Napster …

nov
23
2004

the bono strain

Bono must be stopped. I have something of a love-hate relationship with the frontman of U2. On one hand, I find his energy, enthusiasm, social conciousness and almost bufoonish pretentiousness almost endearing. U2 wouldn’t be U2 without him. However, I …

nov
14
2004

girlfriend

Rob and I went to see Matthew Sweet, with Velvet Crush, at the 9:30 Club last night. I’m not very familiar with Sweet’s music, beyond the MP3 of “I’ve Been Waiting” (iTMS) that lives in my music library and the …

oct
18
2004

sometimes i feel i've got to … run away

I read today that Marc Almond, the lead singer of ‘80s band Soft Cell, was critically injured this weekend in a car / motorcycle accident. The headline immediately made me picture him in that Levi jeans commercial where the doctors …

oct
11
2004

shatneresque

I never thought I'd say this but … Have you heard the new William Shatner album? It's pretty good.