Friday, January 29, 2010

Easter creep: Peeps' chocolate-covered marshmallows

Posted By on Fri, Jan 29, 2010 at 11:15 AM

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For those of you still stuck on Valentine's Day, that is so next month.

It's time for Easter, people. And that means a whole host of new chocolate candies. At the forefront is Peeps' chocolate-covered marshmallows, a departure from the exclusively marshmallow cutouts made by Just Born

I'll admit that I was hesitant to open the plastic packaging because of the chick-shaped chocolate blob on the front. Featureless chocolate figures tend to be amorphous in taste as well. 

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Clothes Whores: American Apparel wants that ass

Posted By on Fri, Jan 29, 2010 at 10:00 AM

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Apparently not satisfied with the skeeve factor already bestowed upon the brand by its founder and CEO, Dov Charney, American Apparel is hosting a contest to find the "best bottom in the world." They're calling for people (read: women) to enter their photographic submissions, like Lena of San Diego, there to the left, and encouraging viewers to rate the butts online.

The contest started yesterday and goes til February 21, 2010. Entrants must be 18 or older (somebody probably had to twist Dov's arm over that one). Two winners will be selected as the new "face" (ha) of the brand's "always expanding intimates and briefs lines," and will be flown to L.A. and photographed. The top ten entries, as established by their rankings online, will receive $300 worth of random American Apparel swag.

Check out the link to rate the specimens already posted and to submit your own booty pic...if you can stand the idea of Charney furiously rubbing himself with it.

Bonus after the jump: boobs!

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Whole Foods looks to employee incentives to lower health care costs

Posted By on Fri, Jan 29, 2010 at 9:45 AM

You're going to offer me bigger discounts if I shed a few pounds?
  • You're going to offer me bigger discounts if I shed a few pounds?

Whole Foods CEO John Mackey is seeking to use a carrot, not Kit Kat stick, to motivate his employees to get in better shape.

In a recent letter, Mackey explained that employees with healthier biometrics (cholesterol, blood pressure and body mass index levels) would qualify for a higher employee discount than the standard 20 percent. An employee who met the proposed new standards and participated in regular screenings would qualify for up to a 30 percent discount. 


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Concert Review: The Life and Times

Posted By on Fri, Jan 29, 2010 at 9:15 AM

There is something powerful about a rock concert when the hum of the band's static becomes a part of your body. You can feel the buzzing of the band in your stomach, your feet, your teeth.

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These moments remind me of something my parents said about hip-hop, and my parents' parents said about punk, and my parents' parents' parents said about rock and roll. "That's just noise," they said, spitting out the last word with disdain. Which leads me (and thousands of other music freaks before me) to think: Well, what the hell is wrong with noise?


According to native Kansas City post-rockers the Life and Times, there ain't nothing wrong with noise. Brain-bleeding, bass-buzzing, guitar-string-busting noise - and lots of it.

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Breakfast Buffet: Friday, January 29

Posted By on Fri, Jan 29, 2010 at 9:00 AM

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It would be so much easier to eat your greens if they all came with bacon in them like they do at Niecie's. [Happy in Bag]

S'mores Tarts: marshmallow and graham cracker and fire. It sounds epic. [Simmer Till Done]

A Dr Pepper musical commercial comes to Wall Street after the closing bell, and nobody is quite sure what to make of the flash mob. [YouTube]

Hostess is attempting to rebrand the Twinkie because for some reason it's synonymous with junk food. [Bnet]

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Podcast: "The Beat Bee Sessions"

Posted By on Fri, Jan 29, 2010 at 9:00 AM

Jim Mahfood is well-known around these parts. He went to the Kansas City Art Institute, and during his time there, he started his Grrl Scouts comics (then known as Girl Scouts), as well as doing some time with Flavorpak and the paper whence comes this blog.

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A brief aside: Mafood did the cover for the "Best In Music" issue one year ('97 or '98), and it hung on the wall of three different dorm rooms, and then died a terrible death from a water spill. Seriously, it's one of my favorite illustration pieces ever.

Mahfood's early comics were notable for the fact that each one featured recommended listening, and musical details stuck in here and there. The Generation X Underground Special has Jubilee rocking Fishbone, for instance. There are so many damn good musicians this man has turned me onto, I can't even begin to count.

Let him do the same for you, by aiming your favorite podcast listening device to "The Beat Bee Sessions." Mahfood, as Food One, teams up with Miss Jane Dope to bring you the best in funk, dance, and hip-hop every couple of weeks. It's like having a really awesome dance night in your living room. If you're a fan of folks like Cyrus D, you need this.

Download the Beat Bee Sessions Volume 3 or drop this link into your RSS reader to subscribe to the podcast.

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