aug 24

what i skipped this summer


 New York Observer: "What I Skipped This Summer." I frequently have moments where I have to say, "Even though I will be dumber for not paying attention to this, I don't have the time to follow this cultural meme." My misses include: the O.J. Simpson trial (Kato who?), blockbuster network reality tv (Survivor), media-inflated murders (Laci Peterson), and reinvented teenyboppers (Justin and Christina). On second though, I might actually be much smarter because of this.


 Arnie's first campaign commercial. Well, it could be. There are a bunch more at Japander.


 I like the organizing principle of this blog on urban transportation.


 Snarky 50 Ways To Save The Movies.


 Prophetik has some okay tees.

 NY Times Mag article on Flash Mobs that starts with a DeLillo quote. See also: McSweeney's faux invite.


 The Believer has launched Snarkwatch, "a place to record enthusiasms, mystifications, as well as disgruntled reactions to 'critical activity'." Sounds like my nemesis. The Antic Muse riffs on it.


 Stick figure "Weapon of Choice" video.

 Tricky gets nasty in Jane magazine.

 Straight outta Seattle: Lollapalooza: Then and Now.

 ASCII Rock in Quicktime. Click 'em. Wow. Simply wow.

 At 43, Suzanne Vega learns to drive.

 The new issue of Magnet does the Top 60 albums of the last 10 years. Here's the top 10:

  1. Neutral Milk Hotel, In The Aeroplane Over The Sea
  2. Nirvana, In Utero
  3. Radiohead, OK Computer
  4. Guide By Voices, Alien Lanes
  5. Belle And Sebastian, If You're Feeling Sinister
  6. Breeders, Last Splash
  7. Yo La Tengo, I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One
  8. Verve, Urban Hymns
  9. Pavement, Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
  10. Tortoise, Millions Now Living Will Never Die
Of course, nothing released in the last five years, which really goes to show both what I miss about music and where I worry Magnet is headed. (See also: PopMatter's 100 Best Songs from 1977 to 2003).


 Lake Minnetonka is under attack!

 The Strib has this new thing called Pick Six in which two local scenesters each pick three cool things in the local music scene. My pal Catherine was in this week's.

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