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80/35

Well, it seems like someone should write about the biggest music festival to hit downtown Des Moines, so here I go….

Overall: There was an overall lack of enthusiasm, in my opinion.  But it’s always good for people, myself included, to hear new stuff.  Here’s why I think people weren’t very excited for the bands (excluding PCC):  Nobody, except for about ten people total, walked over and held a spot for Black Francis; perhaps people were being polite and I hear there was excitement right in front of the stage, but a lot of the time people didn’t cheer for the FL until after he said, “Thank you;” during the FL, the people in front of me did not move once; the FL played a lot of recognizable singles, but the reception for each song was pretty much the same; the person behind me was more concerned about complaining how he didn’t have weed and how he just came to get high off of someone else’s weed.  Yeah, I like going to concerts where people are really excited and don’t stand the entire time w/ their hands folded or in their pockets…

I only saw five bands perform…

Andrew Bird: I think this was my favorite performance of the the entire festival. I have been wanting to give him a listen for awhile and his performance was a good reminder to do so. I think, with the exception of indie kids and some out-of-towners, nobody knew he existed before Friday evening.

Flaming Lips: Fuck Bush. Fuck this war. Am I the only one getting tired of hearing this everywhere from MTV to the anarchist’s hat at the bus stop? It is the general consensus that America does say, “Fuck Bush and Fuck this War,” so can’t we go beyond spreading the word that has already been spread and focus on the next election? Anyway….the Flaming Lips are known for their crazy, over-the-top, party-style performances. Is it just me or did it seem like we got a slightly abbreviated performance? With the naked painted ladies, skull costume and psychdelic colors, I was mostly reminded of a Beavis and Butt-head dream sequence, which isn’t bad, but who wants a dog when you can have a puppy? Maybe I would have enjoyed this more had a pair of giants not been standing right in front of me.

Jakob Dylan

Black Francis: I went to see Black Francis hoping for the Pixes, or even Frank Black. :( It still was thrilling to see a member of one of my favorite bands perform though.

Poison Control Center: This was the most fun performance. Their loyal fans love them, so the energy is great!

Food: I ordered chicken nachos and there were six-inch pieces of chicken on them, which made them impossible to eat without sitting at a table with a fork and knife. Also, they put shredded cheese on top of pump cheese, ew! I wish I could have found the regular nachos you get at ballparks or movie theaters. OH well, I had some delicious Thai Food afterwards.

Drink: The beer was cheap and the one with the one with the horse was decent. The water was cheap too, but the vendor was overly aggressive when it came to tipping!

Conclusion: I definitely have to commend the committee/people that made this happen because it was quite the feat. Good luck next year!

movie challenge 2005: chapter 3

some background and chapter 1 is HERE
chapter 2 is HERE

May 4th, 2005

I’m already falling behind schedule. sickness plus the book i’m reading getting interesting equals less time for movies.

an american werewolf in london:

i liked this movie. it had sweet non computer special effects. it was written well, and acted well. however, i’m a sucker for classic monsters, such as werewolves, so others might not like it as much.

an american werewolf in paris:

i guess this is supposedly a sequel, but has nothing to do with the other one at all. except it has werewolves. this was enjoyable too. different than the prequel. this one was less about the dude becoming a werewolf, and more about action. but i didn’t get bored with it, like i do with most action movies, so i guess that’s good. the highlight of this movie is the killer 90’s soundtrack.
check it:

Bush
Refreshments
Better Than Ezra
Cake
Suicide Machines
Skinny Puppy
Caroline’s Spine
Phunk Junkeez

there were others, but i didn’t know who they were, so i didn’t bother listing them.

***get your own copy of the werewolf in paris soundtrack! and listen to it while perusing through other movies with male bondage!

scott

Supreme Court Allows Guantanamo Bay Detainees to Challenge Their Detention

again, here are the story highlights which blow my mind…not even a recap, just quotes taken out of the one paragraph article.

highlights:
Decision marks another blow to Bush administration’s war on terrorism policies
Justices rule 5-4 U.S. military lacks legal autonomy to prosecute suspects at Gitmo
High court has ruled twice on issue since 2004, each time against government

WASHINGTON (CNN) — Suspected terrorists and foreign fighters held by the U.S. military at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have the right to challenge their detention in federal court, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

The decision marked another legal blow to the Bush administration’s war on terrorism policies.

In a 5-4 ruling, the justices said the U.S. military lacks the legal autonomy to prosecute as many as 300 prisoners.

At issue were the rights of the detainees to contest their imprisonment as well as the rules established to try them in military tribunals.

A congressional law passed in 2006 would limit court jurisdiction to hear such challenges.

It is a legal question the justices have tackled three times since 2004, including Thursday’s ruling.

Each time the high court ruled against the government’s claim that it has the authority to hold people it labels “enemy combatants.”

from cnn.com.

nataliebeth

list of songs deemed inappropriate by clear channel following 9/11

oh man! i had forgotten all about this list! micah refreshed my memory earlier today.

check it out: “list of songs deemed inappropriate by clear channel following the septermber 11, 2001 attacks”

it’s so good. clear channel is cool. i cannot wait till they finally take over ALL the world’s airwaves!

some of my favorites:

safe in new york city

we gotta get out of this place

burnin’ for you

in the air tonight

bits and pieces

crash into me

learn to fly

great balls of fire

devil with a blue dress on

ALL SONGS BY RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE

wipeout

 

scott

 

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chris matthews vs. kevin james

well, after that horrifyingly long slew of in-depth video game reviews, i hope this will be a relief.

i forgot how much i love chris matthews until i watched this video. it focuses on bush’s remarks to the israeli legislature on may 15. bush referred to former idaho senator william borah, and borah’s statement in 1939 in which he said, ‘lord, if only I could have talked with hitler, all of this might have been avoided,’ essentially meaning that leaders do not negotiate with enemies. obviously, borah believed that they should.

bush also said, ‘some seem to believe that we should negotiate with the terrorists and radicals, as if some ingenious argument will persuade them they have been wrong all along.’ many have interpreted that this statement refers to barack obama, although bush’s reps have said he was referring to jimmy carter.

regardless…

in this video, then, chris matthews interviews conservative radio host kevin james, and mark green, president of air america. james boldly begins by saying that bush should have been talking about obama even if he wasn’t talking about obama. then he says something about what barack obama should have done, what he didn’t do this, and states that barack obama is endorsed by hamas. the best part of the video, though, is when matthews asks james what exactly chamberlain’s mistake was (which borah referred to in 1939).
and kevin james has no idea.

this video is so worth a watch, it is absolutely hilarious.

nataliebeth