No doubt KU vs. MU talk has been getting as crazy as Gary Lezak in a pile of puppies. First came the T-shirt wars, including this tasteless one above, and then KU fans followed with their own version.
But the best volley yet has to be the e-mail going around that includes the cover of the "Missouriean" magazine. Even Mizzou fans have to appreciate this one. Or, maybe not. -- Eric Barton
This weekend, So This Is Xmas, an exhibit of John Lennon’s artwork, goes on display at the Hotel InterContinental. The paintings were handpicked – and some of them hand-colored – by Yoko Ono, who I got to talk to for this Night & Day blurb about the art show.
I would have posted the interview as an MP3, but I’m afraid that Ono’s people might put a hit out on me. Just before she patched me through to Ono in Brazil, I asked Ono’s assistant – a snippy woman who reserved the right to revoke my interviewing privileges at any time – if I could stream the interview at Pitch.com. She freaked out and scolded me for not asking about that in my original interview request. (OK, I should have.) Then she kept yammering nervously as if she were afraid I might just post the audio file anyway. You never can trust those rascally reporters.
Our year's best band is headed toward the big time, or if not that, well at least it's got a deal. The Republic Tigers have signed a contract with Chop Shop Records. Who Chop Shop, you ask? According to the label's MySpace...
The woman behind the soundtracks to "The OC" and "Grey's Anatomy" is launching her own label.
Alexandra Patsavas, the influential TV and film music supervisor who has helped put Death Cab for Cutie, Snow Patrol and the Fray on the mainstream map, has inked a deal with Warner Music Group's Atlantic Records to form a new imprint, Chop Shop Records. The label shares the name of Patsavas' 10-year-old California-based firm, Chop Shop Music Supervision.
Fuckin' A! Go Tigers! We'll look forward to hearing your fine homegrown jams on ABC in the near future. Or wherever. You guys rock.
Brandon Phillips needs no introduction, nor does his Wayward Blog Exclusive Survey Findings Report need explanation. Enjoy. -- Harper
At 12:00 PM CST on Saturday, November 17, 2007 I, Brandon Taylor Phillips, sat down with a cassette-tape from a rehearsal of my band, the Architects, to write lyrics to portions of previously composed music. At approximately 12:25 PM CST that same day, after repeated listening to the taped performance, I had what composers and lyricists refer to as “An Awful Idea”.
Based on my vast experience as a Music Industry Professional and my well-known reputation as a “Balla’”, I determined that the one and only course of action open to me in the face of the aforementioned “Awful Idea” was to organize an ad hoc Focus Group and put my “Awful Idea” to the test of peer opinion. The methodology was standard text-message or SMS-call-and-response. The sample group consisted of songwriters, experts in the field of popular music, and artists. The following are the results of that Focus Group Test.
(Photo by Michael Forester)
An alert Plog reader, who apparently has some Photoshop skills, sent in this photo of a slightly doctored billboard that has been popping up around town. The Photoshopper in question wished to remain anonymous.
For once, we're on Hearne Christopher Jr.'s side. His editor never should have prevented The Kansas City Star's gossip columnist from publishing his REAL Thanksgiving column, which we found, mysteriously, tucked under our windshield wiper this morning, written in Hearne's own hand on a piece of spinach-stained parchment. Go to the Star's site to read the original column, in which he quotes the owners of Lew's Tavern in Waldo, a season-one Bachelor contestant, and Roger Naber -- the latter of whom being the only one who remained from Hearne's original, though in the original, published after the jump, he says something completely different.
Friday, November 16
Harrah's VooDoo Lounge
Cheaper than: Cabo Wabo shots at the Uptown
Better than: A hayride through midtown
Review by Berry Anderson
There are a whopping 35 days left until winter. Before you retreat to the warmth of your velour pants and microfiber couch to lose yourself in the third season of Grey’s Anatomy, remind yourself that the clear nights and brisk air of the autumn we have are prime for adventures. Casino adventures, baby.
It doesn’t take much to get this sister north of the river. The titillating sociological implications of the casino complex, combined with some of the best peoplewatching in the city, are reasons enough to pull out that Total Rewards card and use it for its intended purpose rather than scraping the funk off of the back of the toilet.
Feeling like a winner, I headed for Harrah’s VooDoo Lounge Friday night, the spot for the final KC show of the year for local band Roman Numerals. Rollin’ solo that evening, I decided to save the excitement of The District for another time. Perhaps one day I will be beckoned back for freedom fries and fried bologna from that one bar and grill. Crazier things have happened.
(Above photo taken by Michael Forester of a RNs show earlier this year.)
BY ANDY VIHSTADT
Back to the Futureheads
Vagrant Records sent The Futureheads a Dear John letter shortly after the release of last year’s “News & Tributes.” No worries though, the UK postpunk act has since started its own label and wrapped up LP3, which the band claims will be “punkier” than the last one. Here’s the first song from the yet-to-be-titled album, due sometime early next year, thanks to Indie Blog Heaven.
The Futureheads: “Broke Up the Time” MP3
We seldom hear news about Hayden, but the indie folk-rocker is tuning up for LP5 on a current tour with the National. In Field & Town will see a Canadian release on his own Hardwood Records in January. No word on when we’ll see it south of the border, but grab the first single along with a couple of older tracks (including one of my favorite Pixies covers), thanks to Stereogum and Magitek.
Hayden: “Where and When” MP3 from In Field & Town
Hayden: “Dynamite Walls” MP3 from Skyscraper National Park
Hayden: “Bass Song” MP3 from Live at Convocation Hall
Hayden: “Gouge Away" (Pixies cover) MP3
Last month, The Pitch reported that the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce had pushed local veterans groups out of running the beer garden at the town’s annual Fall Fun Festival. Since then, the issue has folks foaming at the mouth, according to Blue Springs City Councilman Ron Fowler. “This thing has taken on a life of its own,” Fowler says. “It’s gone beyond our city borders. Veterans outside Blue Springs want to know why the city is picking on veterans. This is something our Chamber of Commerce is mainly doing and that’s where we’ve started to address it.”
Blue Springs veteran groups have not tempered their dissatisfaction with the decision. “Without us, they don’t have a chance to do well” with beer garden sales, says Bob Tharp, the Elks festival chairman and a member of the American Legion. “They are getting some bad PR right now.”
Last month, Operation Rescue’s Troy Newman sent out a frantic fund-raising e-mail declaring his anti-abortion group “FLAT BROKE!!!” In all caps, Newman wrote that Operation Rescue was “$22,000 IN THE RED” and needed $43,000 in 10 days or “PLANNED PARENTHOOD COULD WEASEL OUT OF THESE 107 CHARGES.” How Planned Parenthood could “weasel” out of criminal charges brought by the nation’s leading abortion opponent – Johnson County District Attorney Phill Kline – wasn’t clear. We called Newman to find out.
How’d you get $22,000 in the red?
By overspending. We’re back in the positive now. I do the projects that are necessary and worry about the details later. We have enough money in our savings account to cover that, and so it isn’t a problem. But we need to replenish our war chest to get back in the fight.
So you had the money in savings?
My accountant called me and told me we were upside down, what should we do? I said take it out of the savings account.
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Reallly!?!? No mention of Hopfest???