Saturday, February 28, 2009

Is It Live or Is It Memorex?

The Machine


I went over to MSNBC to look for an article on something else, something that I was going to write about and have been distracted by these videos.

The article at MSNBC that distracted me was on tribute bands, and how they are rising in popularity. I think that this is probably because the new bands cannot even come close to the music of my day...but there is probably a more logical explanation, like the fact that our population is filled with folks my age and a little older, who grew up on this music and we always identify - for the rest of our lives - with the music that grabbed us in our teens.

It was the video of AC/DShe that grabbed me. An all female AC/DC tribute band. How fun is that?

Then it was The Machine; a Pink Floyd tribute band. This is an amazing feat, playing Floyd, and what makes them so good is their keyboardist (I swear it is always the keyboard players that make the tribute bands...anyone can learn the guitar well enough and most guitarists grew up trying to copy their favs, and most of the singers never compare - same true, here - but the keyboardist, damn, he is fabulous.)


What tribute band would you join, if you could play? Or sing?

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They'll be mortified I linked them - but anyone wondering where some of our posters went . .

One thing, you bring any political bags over, they'll kick your ass.

I'm still waiting for discussion and comments about last night's Battlestar. It's a twisty one. Who expected the StarChilde to already be under your nose?

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Thursday, February 26, 2009


I haven't written anything lately nor have I read anything lately. Why bother. The world is coming to an end, the sky is falling, and the hand we have been dealt is unplayable. Perhaps the only answer is to burrow into a dark hole and die.

The stimulus bill passed, and right on cue, the Republicans have made it clear we're in for four years of partisan trench warfare. However, the Republicans aren't the only problem. The media gives the impression that the election had a different outcome than it did, and that the majority of Americans are not behind this stimulus bill. The media instead of supporting bipartisan efforts by President Obama, eagerly swallow lies fed to them by the Republicans and the Republicans (who continue to consistently dominate the news shows), continue to lie. According to the media and the Republicans, there is no hope.

I am not a therapist or a Ph.D. in anything, but I know one thing for sure, you can't keep telling people every night that there is no hope and all is lost without consequences. Why would I buy a house, or a car, or invest in the market or a new business, when all I hear is economic doom and gloom?

The cost of all this doom and gloom spreads this contagious influence to the public at large, running the risk that the words become a self-fulfilling prophesy. There is a loss of confidence already in our future, and it continues to heighten the degree of doom and gloom for our economic prospects of recovery. I don't need the media to tell me 24/7 of the enormous economic uncertainty.

The point is, the financial problems are being addressed, but without the help of the media and the opposition, how can we restore order and confidence?

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Changes More Than Skin Deep

Steven Page leaves the Barenaked Ladies

The news comes several months after drug charges against Page were dropped in the U.S. His arrest came after the band, known for its clean-cut image and whimsical lyrics, released an album of children's songs titled, "Snacktime."

. . Page, his girlfriend and her roommate were charged with drug possession in July after police found cocaine at an apartment in New York state. In late October, all three secured a deal to have charges dropped if they stayed out of trouble for six months.

Page wished the band the best.

"These guys are my brothers," he said in the online statement. "We've grown up together over the past 20 years. I love them and wish them all the best in the future."

. . The other members will return to the studio in April and will tour in the fall.

"It's the start of a new chapter for all of us," band member Ed Robertson said. "Here's to the future!"

I know very few people share my BNL obsession - which is why I don't usually bore most of you with it. But Page and Robertson started doing music together in Jr. High
school. Ed's statement sounds forced, and I really would like to know what the hell is going on with Steven Page. I know some people grow apart in their lives, but this seems beyond.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Jeez, Who'd ya piss off, Brian?

Remember a few months ago when I wrote about the local daily firing the political cartoonist, Brian Duffy, it its last downsizing?

It's worse than that now - The Register never allowed Duffy to pack his office and has had it locked ever since. Editor Carolyn Washburn informed Duffy last week that he will not get any of his drawings or other work back; The Register is donating it all to the University of Iowa and archived as part of the collection for political cartoonists like Frank Miller and Ding Darling.
"All along, it has been a history of the cartoon was in essence the property of the cartoonist," said Duffy.

Duffy said he was always under the impression that his sketches were a joint copyright, just like when he published his book.

"Copyright Brian Duffy and the Des Moines Register, not just the Des Moines Register," said Duffy. "I have no problem donating a large body of work to the University of Iowa. In fact, I'd love to do that."

But he wants to do it on his terms not on behalf of the newspaper that shooed him out the door.

Washburn issued this statement: "It's not about withholding things from Brian. The Des Moines Register paid him for his very excellent work, but we hold the copyright for the work our staff produces. We're trying to do the right thing and make sure these unique pieces of work are protected for Iowans and available to the public."

"These are all personal things to me that I have in essence lost," said Duffy. "I'm not giving up on trying to get my originals back. I'm going to fight very hard to get those."

Duffy - you've down the rabbit hole of intellectual property syndication. Prior to Bill Watterson's Calvin & Hobbes, very few artists owned their work and controlled it's use once it was published. My best to you, but I think you're in an uphill fight.

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