Thursday, December 31, 2009

Rock of Pages: the Ultimate Hipster Reading List

Posted By on Thu, Dec 31, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Ooh, boy. Nice work by the folks over at Flavorwire. They've put together what they call "the Ultimate Hipster Reading List."

They've got lists of suggested material from the folks at Vice, David J. Gutowski (editor of largeheartedboy), and assorted other folks "in the know."

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The only book on the list I can recall reading is The Manual of Detection by Jedediah Berry. However, that book is just about one of the best things I've read in the past decade. Trust me, I've been unemployed or broke enough in the previous ten years to have found every good thing to grace the shelves at the Lawrence Public Library.

Along with Joe Meno's The Boy Detective Fails, it's one of the books to redefine what detective fiction can be. Rather than following the traditional Dashiell Hammett noir or Agatha Christie whodunit formula, the books work with the nature of memory and how reality can be perceived.

So, it looks like I've got some more things to add to my reserve list -- after I get through this stack of post-holiday, non-thinking, ridiculously violent thrillers from John Connolly.

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For you homebodies tonight

Posted By on Thu, Dec 31, 2009 at 2:00 PM

For those of you like myself (a habitual early riser prone to crawling into bed before the news is over), or my wife (who's got to work at 7:00 a.m. tomorrow), the idea of going out tonight is pretty much unfair. I love to party, but the point of a New Year's party is staying 'til midnight. If you're leaving early, you might as well just stay in.

Then again, there's a plethora of options available to those of us staying on the couch tonight. Despite the fact that most of us are wont to pick up the remote and tune into watch the ball drop in Times Square, do not take the obvious entertainment route this evening.

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Nay -- I suggest you switch your radio to 106.9FM. Better known as Topeka's Country Legends, 106.9FM will be airing a New Year's Eve countdown of the greatest classic country songs of all time.

Well, the first half, at least. That's tonight from 6:00 p.m. to midnight, and the countdown continues tomorrow from noon to 6:00 p.m. Those of you too deep in the metro area can check it out streaming online.

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Our top five videos of 2009: White T-Shirt Kicked out of P&L

Posted By on Thu, Dec 31, 2009 at 1:32 PM

Of all the footage we shot this year, this video was the most important. Ever since the Power & Light District opened, its dress code has been a source of controversy.  Some argued it unfairly targeted black men, others said it was simply about "setting a standard of attire" to protect the district's image. Meetings were held, marchers marched, and Cordish held discussions with city leaders. Even with all this, few people actually knew what enforcing the code looked like. Then on St. Patrick's Day, the Pitch Action News Team was in P&L getting some photographs when a young man in a white shirt who - as far as we could see - was only calmly drinking a beer with some friends, was surrounded by security guards and escorted out. Whatever your judgment of the situation is, it was important for people to get to see the dress code in action. 

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Our top five videos of 2009: The Waking Nightmare of Life in Kansas City

Posted By on Thu, Dec 31, 2009 at 1:05 PM

We love Kansas City, but sometimes it sucks. Most of the things that make us feel like this city is actually an evil monster bent on drowning your hopes and dreams in despair and barbecue sauce are represented in this trailer for Kansas City: The Horror Movie. If this were a real movie with a trivia section on IMDB, one of the fun facts would be Sprint announced layoffs less than two weeks after we posted this. Eerie.....

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Our top five videos of 2009: Juggalo Sidewalk

Posted By on Thu, Dec 31, 2009 at 12:30 PM

There is little as fascinating as obsession, and fewer places where it presents itself for inspection as readily as it does in the music fan. But even among music fans, the Juggalo stands apart. How to account for them? The bad music, the backyard wrestling, the need to be doused in cheap soft drinks, the public ridicule..... The Juggalo is a question mark as big as the Mona Lisa's smile. So when the traveling clown hip-hop circus came to Lawrence, the Pitch Action News Team demanded answers. In the tradition of Heavy Metal Parking Lot, here is Juggalo Sidewalk.

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Tonight: Kelley Hunt at Liberty Hall

Posted By on Thu, Dec 31, 2009 at 12:00 PM

Every year, Kansas City's lady blues singer Kelley Hunt plays all over the country. It's nice to see her making a return to the area on New Year's Eve.

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Her fourth album, Mercy, came out this past July to near-universal plaudits, and she draws in fans from all over with her sound that is the very epitome of modern blues.

This is the show to hit if you're looking to do something choice for New Year's. Lawrence's Liberty Hall is a far classier venue than a bar, and certainly more intimate than a hotel ballroom. And, if you'd like to feel a little better about dropping thirty-some dollars plus drinks and whatnot, the show is a benefit for ECKAN/Just Food. Bring a non-perishable food item or a donation check to ECKAN and receive $5 off any Kelley Hunt merchandise (including CDs).

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Our top five videos of 2009: War is Hell

Posted By on Thu, Dec 31, 2009 at 11:59 AM

No one could anticipate the carnage at this year's International G.I. Joe Convention, which Kansas City was lucky enough to host. Especially at the event's Joe Drop, where 300 12-inch G.I. paratrooper dolls were tossed off the roof of the Hyatt to a ravenous mass of children and man-children below. Grown men knocked over kids, kids knocked over kids, grown men escaped mostly unscathed. The smart ones ran away as soon as they had a doll in hand. Then there was this poor bastard, who couldn't move fast enough to escape an angry mother with a toyless child. We were there to capture it all.

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Our top five videos of 2009: The House of Horror

Posted By on Thu, Dec 31, 2009 at 11:35 AM

In the last hours of 2009, we thought we'd take a look back at the Pitch movies this year that made us smile, shake our heads in confusion, and sometimes get righteously pissed off. 

Starting the countdown is this video of John Bersuch showing us how to make spooky sound effects cool. Remember, no matter what time of year it is, it's always the right time to turn your home into a place of evil.

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Video of the Year: Lil B, "Like A Martian"

Posted By on Thu, Dec 31, 2009 at 9:00 AM

Thank you, Lil B. New Year's Eve is exactly the sort of time of year to hear a jam just this fucked up. I imagine that it's going to sound amazing after a few drinks, and brilliant by the time midnight rolls around.

The Seattle Times piece on the song says that it's anti-homophobia.

I say it looks and sounds like the next logical step past Lil Wayne, into that great wide open where you just get fucked up to the point just before you start to lose the ability to enunciate, and then just start flowing.

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Weekend Distractions

Posted By on Thu, Dec 31, 2009 at 8:00 AM

There are so many ways to bid this year adieu and get 2010 started off right. Our suggestions:

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1. Go out! Duh -- it's New Year's Eve. And we rounded up a list of the best parties happening all over the metro tonight.

2. On Friday, nurse that hangover. For the last decade of January firsts, the Brick has provided some of the best hair of the dog therapy in the Crossroads. Other reputable places to get your greasy food fix will also be open on January 1.

3. Help beautify the city! Starting at 11 a.m. on Friday, volunteers will gather to plant tulip bulbs at 18th and Troost.

4. Bargain shop! This Saturday and Sunday, Urban Mining Homewares is having a clearance sale.

5. Go on a cheap date! Through the Movie and Meal deal, buy a matinee ticket to Duck Soup at the Tivoli and score a discount at a Westport restaurant this Saturday or Sunday.

For more weekend fun, see The Pitch calendar.

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