Monday, October 25, 2010

This is a "clay cookie." Some people eat them as food.

Angel Aloma, executive director of Food For The Poor, gave this one to me this morning.

In some of the poorer areas of Haiti, they make these out of clay, oil and salt and then bake them in the sun. To me, it tastes like play-doh with sand in it.

There's no telling what effect they have on your body but I find it hard to believe that eating plates could be healthy. This, at least, keeps them from feeling hungry.

Aloma also showed me a bottle of water that is "typical" of what people are drinking down there. The bits of stuff in the cloudy water looked to me like feces, which is likely, and explains the cholera outbreak. 

Don't take your lunch for granted today.

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So, Hot Sauce Committee Pt 2 is the same thing as Hot Sauce Committee Pt 1? Only the Beasties would do something like that.

The Beastie Boys website is now a group blog run by, you guessed it, the Beastie Boys.

More importantly, they've explained in another email that all the tracks planned and announced for Hot Sauce Committee Pt 1 will see the light of day after all. I'll let them explain:


In what can only be described as a bizarre coincidence, following an exhaustive re-sequence marathon, Beastie Boys have verified that their new Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 will be comprised of the same 16 tracks originally slated for inclusion on Hot Sauce Committee Part 1. The record (part 2 that is) will be released as planned in spring 2011 on Capitol.

The tracks originally recorded for Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 (which now are actually back on Part 1) have now apparently been bumped to make room for the former Hot Sauce Committee Part 1 material. Wait, what?

"I know it's weird and confusing, but at least we can say unequivocally that Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 is coming out on time, which is more than I can say about Part 1, and really is all that matters in the end." says Adam "MCA" Yauch. "We just kept working and working on various sequences for part 2, and after a year and half of spending days on end in the sequencing room trying out every possible combination, it finally became clear that this was the only way to make it work. Strange but true, the final sequence for Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 works best with all its songs replaced by the 16 tracks we originally had lined up in pretty much the same order we had them in for Hot Sauce Committee Part 1. So we've come full circle."

Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 marks Yauch, Mike "Mike D" Diamond, and Adam "Ad Rock" Horovitz's first full length effort since 2007's Grammy winning all-instrumental The Mix-Up. The new track listing of the album is now as follows:

1. Tadlock's Glasses

2. B-Boys In The Cut

3. Make Some Noise

4. Nonstop Disco Powerpack

5. OK

6. Too Many Rappers (featuring NAS)

7. Say It

8. The Bill Harper Collection

9. Don't Play No Game That I Can't Win (featuring Santigold)

10. Long Burn The Fire

11. Funky Donkey

12. Lee Majors Come Again

13. Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament

14. Pop Your Balloon

15. Crazy Ass Shit

16. Here's A Little Something For Ya

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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Friday, October 22, 2010

If you have an Android phone, get ready for DEALS DEALS DEALS!

Suddenly, Google not charging for Android makes a whole lot of sense. 

 (via @NiemanLab)

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Monday, October 18, 2010

RIP Eyedea

He was 28. No explanation for his death has been announced, but Eyedea & Abilities were pretty damn good.


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The Beastie Boys "Hot Sauce Committee Pt 2" will be out in spring 2011. Yes, I said part 2. Sweeeeeeeeeeeet.

In an email at 3am this morning, the Beastie Boys sent out an email with two pieces of information

First, the new album is out next spring, as originally planned - which is an interesting point for them to make. 

The other bit of news, which is somehow not too shocking, is that "Hot Sauce Committee Pt 1" has been shelved indefinitely. But what about that Nas collaboration, and the other preview the Boys dropped on Record Store Day? Um, can you say deluxe reissue in 2031?

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Friday, October 15, 2010

"Hurley" sucks, and that rarities album on the way is worthless. This is Weezer, and they'll never be this good again.

I just had a moment when I listened to "Tragic Girl." From the pacing of the song, to the background vocals, to the lack of irony in Rivers Cuomo's voice - this is what makes the Blue album and Pinkerton perfect albums. 

Back before he was trying to write hit songs, Cuomo wrote songs that meant something to him. Instead of being Katy Perry bouncing to "California Girls," he was, you know, an actual songwriter. 

In an interview about the Pinkerton deluxe reissue (due out on election day, November 2), the nerdy douche called this "You Know You're Right" for Weezer fans. This song pulls back some of the embarrassment I feel when I say I was ever a fan. Boom.

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

UNKLE offers sampler before US "tour."

UNKLE are playing three dates in the U.S. and two in Mexico. I don't know if that really qualifies as a tour. Faith No More and Rage Against The Machine played more reunion dates here, and they don't have a new album out.

Regardless, they're giving away two live UNKLE tracks and one each from the bands opening for them: Sleepy SunKi:Theory and The Golden Filter

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Oh, and here are the dates:

Sat. Oct. 23 New York, USA @ Webster Hall w/The Golden Filter & Ki:Theory
Mon. Oct. 25 Los Angeles, USA @ El Rey Theatre w/Sleepy Sun
Thur. Oct 28 San Francisco, USA @ Regency Ballroom w/Sleepy Sun
Sat. Oct. 30 Guadalajara, Mexico @ Rock X La Vida
Sun. Oct. 31 Mexico City, Mexico @ Circo Volador w/Sleepy Sun

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Would you suspend an executive w/o pay for including this in an email of "inspirational or at least interesting stuff?"

A sample from a new book, just received in the newsroom.

From "'Twas The Night Before Christmas: 21st Century Edition" by Bruce Kluger and David Slavin.

Great, clever political satire on the downfall of Santa Clause. Brilliant.

(Read the book at the link above, or buy it on Amazon.)

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A sample from a new book, just received in the newsroom

From "'Twas The Night Before Christmas: 21st Century Edition" by Bruce Kluger and David Slavin.

Great, clever political satire on the downfall of Santa Clause. Brilliant.

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Monday, October 11, 2010

Friday, October 1, 2010

It figures that on a day I don't watch "Morning Joe," Greg Graffin stops by.

I think Greg's response to Peggy Noonan is the best part. But really, before somebody said, "Hey, this punk rock guy is here to talk about his new book," do you think Scarborough had even heard of Bad Religion?

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Deadline and payday. Sing it Jigga.

For the record, I'd trade my stack for his any day. Just saying.


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