The end of the Noise Bazaar...

All good things must come to an end.... Man that was cliche, even for me.

Anyway, after weeks of thought, I've decided to step away from the Noise Bazaar blog here.

I've enjoyed posting my thoughts here, but I have noticed that recently all it has become is a dumping ground for links that I find. It had no direction...never really did. That made it hard to keep up to date. I couldn't even keep Tuesday Guilty Pleasure going.

It doesn't help that everyday I get spam comments on this and the blogger blogs I have at work too. Getting old.

I've decided to reorganize my blog presence.

If you didn't already know, I have a blog over at Posterous, "Preposterous," that I use to post videos, pictures and links I find around the web. It's much easier to update on a regular basis, so it's become the go-to blog. I will continue to update it, so follow me there if you want to read more of my stuff. I might even try to resurrect TGP over there if I get the inspiration.

I'm also still on Twitter, so you can always follow me there.

I was looking for something to get me writing again: something that I could write about each week outside of work, to keep things fresh. Most of you know that I have a new dog, Gracie. She's the perfect subject matter.

Last week, I launched "a man and his dog," a blog that I will update at least once a week about the adventures of me and my dog. I hope you'll read that blog regularly and also follow the Twitter account for more regular updates. The first post is already up and the second will be up on Thursday.

I will not delete this blog, but it will no longer have updates. For now, www.coreyinscoe.com will still redirect to here. Eventually, with the help of iWeb, I hope to set up a homepage at ci.com that will link to all of my stuff.

Thanks again for those who have read here and commented and I hope that you'll keep reading and interacting with me at my new sites.


The Foursquare Rap – Badges Like Us | BlackBerry Cool

This is just too funny. Gotta love goofy tech guys at Foursquare putting out a rap song.

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EuroTripping Part III

The long-awaited "EuroTripping Part III" is finally online! I've had this put together for about a week now, but I just took a while to get it uploaded.

This video chronicles our travels through Paris and Milan. In the video, though, you can't see all the crazy problems we had in Paris. For those, you'll have to go back to the blog and click on the EuroTripping label.

Hope you enjoy. The fourth and final part is on it's way, taking us through Florence and Munich.

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“Did it ever occur to you that even the most deathless love could wear out?” Rhett Butler from Gone With the Wind.

The truth is, it%u2019s always been a lousy business. My husband, Steve Buttry, has spent his 38-year professional life working in the newspaper business. After all that time, he%u2019s worn out.

We were college students when one of the papers in the city (yeah, there was still more than one paper per city back then) folded. The reporters arrived at the newsroom that day to be told to clear out their desks instead of going to work. The Fort Worth Press had ceased publication. Two years later, when our first son was still an infant, my husband came home and told me the publisher%u2019s wife at the small paper where he worked wanted him fired because a story he wrote embarrassed her friend. (He did not lose his job.) Six years later, I%u2019d just found out I was pregnant with our third child when the Des Moines Register and Tribune Company, where Steve worked, announced they%u2019d decided to shutter the Tribune. I spent much of that pregnancy waiting to hear if my husband would still be employed by the time the baby was born. (He was.) At a little weekly where I worked part-time, when we received our paychecks we raced to the bank on the corner to cash them. The last in line often had their checks bounce. Good journalist friends have been furloughed and laid off (a few by my husband). Steve has been fired once, reorganized too many times to count, been marginalized and had a story spiked at the request of the then-Archbishop of Omaha.

Like I said %u2013 a lousy business.

So who would want to be a journalist? It has always been work for the strong-hearted, the bull-headed and the hopelessly romantic. People do this work because they love it. They love telling stories, however grim, seamy, or heartbreaking. In fact, the more heartbreaking the better.

But here%u2019s a story that every working journalist, or would-be journalist, should hold in mind. Years ago, when a dear friend was in college, he also worked at the city newspaper. Aware he was fortunate, he gave the job everything, to the point that he sometimes just fell asleep in the newsroom. One morning an editor walked in to find him, bleary eyed, just waking. Shaking her head, the editor told him, Son, you can love this business with everything you%u2019ve got. Just don%u2019t forget that it is never, ever, going to love you back.

True words. Good advice.

I have always known I was not the only love in Steve%u2019s life. There%u2019s a wonderful line we often quote to each other from the great old Humphrey Bogart movie, %u201CDeadline USA.%u201D Bogie says to the publisher%u2019s widow, %u201CBut he loved you,%u201D and she replies with a snort, %u201COh passionately. Between editions.%u201D I%u2019m not asking for sympathy. In spite of the lousy business, we%u2019ve had a whole lot of fun between those editions. His love for his work isn%u2019t something I%u2019d change about him, any more than I%u2019d change the color of his eyes.

As a teenager writing for the Shenandoah Evening Sentinel, Steve got to do this work sitting at a rolltop desk. The quaintness of the antique appealed to him, with its slots and pigeonholes he filled up with notebooks and clippings. Like only the young can, I%u2019m sure he sat there many nights, clicking on his typewriter and fantasizing about becoming the next William Allen White. Of course his future held computer terminals and newsroom cubicles. Still, carrying on the fine tradition of journalism fit both our desires for his life%u2019s work. On our 10th anniversary, I bought him a rolltop desk of his own, and for years my early-rising husband would sit down at it every morning, starting his day%u2019s work long before he got to the newsroom. 

My husband is a passionate man, and he%u2019s poured his heart into the newspaper business. I%u2019ve held him when he returned from reporting on a drug-fueled bank robbery that left five victims dead in 40 seconds; after he returned from the rubble of Murrah building when it was bombed in Oklahoma City; after he laid off people who, like him, only wanted to keep working at the thing loved. Whatever the business asked of him, he did. But that long-ago editor%u2019s words were true. His love has been unrequited.

A few months ago, I realized he%u2019d had enough. He was finally ready to break off the relationship.

He%u2019d spent the last few years trying to lead newspapers where they must go to survive in this new age. It wasn%u2019t going well. Recent leadership changes where he worked put him in a role of a well paid blogger. But sitting on the sideline, commenting on a business slowly circling the drain was not his idea of meaningful work. That morning he was leaving for a meeting a couple hundred miles away to help plan a seminar on the future of the business. He%u2019d had a very short night%u2019s sleep. We%u2019d returned late the night before from a family funeral in Vermont. When he asked me to ride along with him I thought he needed company to distract from his grief or maybe just a voice to help him stay awake on the drive. But it was more than that. After the meeting I picked him up and when I glanced over at him, he looked more haggard, more downcast than I%u2019ve ever seen him. He said, %u201CThey%u2019re planning the usual shit they always do. This business isn%u2019t going to change. And the honest truth is, it%u2019s too late now anyway.%u201D In that instant I knew not only would he leave his job, he would leave the newspaper industry entirely. All it would take was the right opportunity.

I understood. You see, he was not the first in our family to give up on newspapers. Last summer, in the midst of a temper tantrum at our local paper, I told Steve I would not allow any newspaper into our home. Not the city paper, not any paper. When he laughed, my rage subsided enough for a rueful smile. We both knew I was addicted. I grew up reading the Des Moines Register. As a four-year-old, I would stretch out with the paper, picking out the words I could identify, longing for the day when I knew enough of them to understand the whole story. When I did, I loved reading even more than I dreamed. Poring over printed words became my daily ritual. I didn%u2019t even mind when the ink rubbed off on my hands.

Steve and I both knew my newspaper ban wouldn%u2019t last. But it did. There weren%u2019t even any withdrawal symptoms. I changed a lifetime habit overnight and it didn%u2019t hurt a bit. Every morning I turn on my laptop and catch up with the news. At first I wondered if I%u2019d stay as well informed. That seems na�ve now. I am better and more quickly informed. I no longer rely on an editor to pick and choose what news I will read. My news is no longer a day old. The only limit is the time I will give it. I hit links off my Twitter stream. I troll newspaper web sites. I visit all-digital news sites. Newspapers have cannibalized their product to make ends meet for so long, I%u2019ve lost nothing in the way of quality. If a web site has a paywall, I move on. I can always find someone else who%u2019s willing to give me the story for free.

Our defections are not unusual. A few weeks ago the friend who loved the work so much he slept in the newsroom, told me this story: He was home when a news bulletin came on the TV about a tragic, local event that caused several deaths. He looked at his phone, willing it not to ring. He didn%u2019t want the newsroom to call and put him on the story. He didn%u2019t have the heart for it. The cutbacks, the layoffs, the deadly newsroom morale had sucked the life out of his passion. He was simply worn out by it all. When the next round of buyouts came, he took one.

The end of a love affair is always a little sordid, isn%u2019t it? Awkward moments, bracketed by false reassurances that everything is still OK, postpone the inevitable. I have a Twitter friend who delights in collecting metaphors used to describe the sinking newspaper business. Here%u2019s a new one for you, Nick. The people who run newspapers and those who work for them are engaged in useless foreplay. They cling tightly, trying again and again to make the way they%u2019ve always done it still work, but the passion is gone. They talk change: tearing down silos, building audience and monetizing content. But talk is their only capability. They eye non-profit status with government subsidies like it%u2019s Viagra for print. They tussle through regrouping, %u201Cright-sizing,%u201D and stripping down to %u201Clean and mean.%u201D They reorganize, then reorganize again, then grope their way back to same old position that no longer works. The wretched gyrations are hideously frustrating for the poor souls involved, and sadly fruitless. They give birth to nothing new. The newspaper business is an aging, impotent beast, bringing down a lot of good journalists who are tangled in its foundering arms.

For my husband, the right opportunity presented itself. He%u2019s moved on. He%u2019s taken a job with a digital organization that plans to compete with the Washington Post for local news. It%u2019s a little disheartening to move again, but he thrives on meaningful work and uprooting is a small price to pay. In an ironic twist, when the buyers of our condo came to sign the paperwork, they asked if we%u2019d throw my husband%u2019s rolltop desk into the deal. I didn%u2019t answer. It does, after all, belong to him. For a second his eyes narrowed as he looked at it, a passing twinge of memories. And then he shrugged and said, %u201CTake it.%u201D Like Rhett Butler, he no longer gives a damn.

For myself, I learned a long time ago the one thing we can count on is change. Because of my husband%u2019s work, my life has had a rootlessness to it that I never intended, but have come to accept. The only thing that%u2019s brought me to tears during our latest upheaval is the number of colleagues who%u2019ve have contacted him about a job with the same company. So many good people, so desperate to escape the beast%u2019s arms.

Do I think this will be our last move? Maybe. Do I think this upstart start-up will be successful? I hope so. Do I think other news organizations follow? Beats me. The truth is, there%u2019re only three things I can say with certainty about this new endeavor:

1.My husband will throw himself into his new job and he will love it.

2.This new business will not love him back.

3.I will.

What a wonderfully written and thoughtful column about the newspaper industry. I believe this is something you see across the industry: journalists being disenchanted with newspapers and jumping ship to move online or in some other direction. And I can't say that I blame them.

I truly enjoy working at a newspaper and seeing my work in print, but I have to wonder if I'm just going down with the ship. I would love to believe that newspapers will make a comeback and find some niche in the media world (I still don't believe print newspapers will ever die...) but I'm just not sure that it will really happen.

I see how far behind the curve newspapers are and I don't see enough effort to get ahead. An awful economy forcing cuts doesn't help anything.

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Watch the New Vampire Weekend Video Featuring RZA, Jake Gyllenhaal, Lil Jon and a Jonas Brother :: Music :: News :: Paste

This video is great, as is the song. I'm a really big fan of the new Vampire Weekend. Haven't really listened their first album (somehow I missed out on them when they became blog obsessions last year) but I'll have to change that.

Lil' Jon as the tennis coach might be the best part.

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ACC Now - Agent says UNC's Davis hasn't signed, but has had contact with family | newsobserver.com blogs

11:45 a.m. UPDATE: Davis' dad says Davis hasn't made an NBA decision, and injury has set him back

North Carolina forward Ed Davis' biography was on a sports agency's Web site Thursday morning, but agent Vincent Porter said the sophomore has not signed, or verbally committed, to his agency -- even though Porter has had contact with the family.

"I don't even know if he's going to go pro ... this injury has opened up all possibilities,'' Porter said in a phone interview.

Porter said he believes someone hacked his site, ptasportsmanagement.com, and added information that looked as if it had been cut-and-pasted from the UNC's media guide -- such as where Davis played in high school, his high school statistics and his family information. Davis' picture had not been added to the site, and the information looked different from what was listed for other clients.

All of Davis' information had been taken off the site by 10:10 a.m.

Davis' father, Terry, said his son "hasn't committed to nobody verbally or in writing ... and as far as the Web site, we don't know what's going on." Agents, he said, have been trying to contact family members since last year, when Ed was considered a first-round pick, "but I've been trying to avoid them as much as possible."

He said that Ed Davis, who broke his wrist earlier this month and is likely sidelined for the rest of the season, remains focused on Carolina basketball, and hasn't made any decisions about when to turn pro.

"We feel like with the injury, that's something that has set him back as far as any plans to go to the NBA. ... With him not being able to shoot, it's a 6-to-8 week thing [as far as healing], there's no telling if he would be able to work out or anything [for NBA teams] this summer. ... We're just going to wait and see how it goes, but right now, we're not even talking about the NBA."

Terry Davis said his son is frustrated and saddened about his injury, especially because he feels like he could help the struggling Tar Heels right now. But despite the injury and UNC's disappointing season, his son has no regrets about returning for his sophomore year: "He loves Chapel Hill, he loves his girlfriend there, he loves his teammates, he coaches. He really loves playing in college."

Porter, the agent, said: "We have no commitment, nothing verbally or written from Ed Davis."

He did say, though, that he has had contact with the Davis family; Davis' father, Terry, is a former NBA player. Asked who contacted who, Porter said he and the family had a mutual friend in Richmond, Va., and "initially, they would have contacted me through that friend."

Asked when the contact was made, Porter would offer no more details.

Davis, who is considered a first-round draft pick, broke his left wrist earlier this month and is likely sidelined for the rest of the season.

Informed that Davis' bio was on the site this morning, a UNC spokesman said the school was looking into it. Davis has not been available to the media since his injury.

NCAA bylaws state that "an individual shall be ineligible for participation in an intercollegiate sport if he or she ever has agreed (orally or in writing) to be represented by an agent for the purpose of marketing his or her athletics abiltiy or reputation in that sport." An athlete can also become ineligible if his or her family accepts transportation or other benefits from an agent, but the bylaws do not state that there is anything wrong with an agent having contact with the family.

I know that the NBA looks a lot at "potential," but I don't think there's a single player on this UNC team that's ready to go pro. If Davis is getting knocked around down low by these college big men, what's going to happen in the NBA? And I really haven't noticed any mid-range ability to bolster his game.

Especially with the injury, I think it's a good idea for Ed to hang around one more year and develop. With Deon gone, he's going to be the big man on campus with Zeller and Henson helping out. And with quality guards coming in to supplement the big men, I believe his stock can only move up.

But, of course, when you have agents barking at you and showing you dollar signs, it's hard to resist. Not everyone has the desire for college ball that Tyler Hansbrough had.

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[YouTube] - Lupe Fiasco vs Kanye West - Superstar (Flashing Lights Remix)

I'm a big fan of both of these songs and this mashup is damn good. I need to break out the Lupe albums more often.

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Google shuts down music blogs without warning | Music | guardian.co.uk

Music blog Gorilla Vs Bear

Music blog Gorilla Vs Bear was concerned by Google's actions

In what critics are calling "musicblogocide 2010", Google has deleted at least six popular music blogs that it claims violated copyright law. These sites, hosted by Google's Blogger and Blogspot services, received notices only after their sites – and years of archives – were wiped from the internet.

"We'd like to inform you that we've received another complaint regarding your blog," begins the cheerful letter received by each of the owners of Pop Tarts, Masala, I Rock Cleveland, To Die By Your Side, It's a Rap and Living Ears. All of these are music-blogs – sites that write about music and post MP3s of what they are discussing. "Upon review of your account, we've noted that your blog has repeatedly violated Blogger's Terms of Service ... [and] we've been forced to remove your blog. Thank you for your understanding."

Jolly as Google may be, none of the bloggers who received these notices are "understanding" in the least. Although such sites once operated on the internet's fringes, almost exclusively posting songs without permission, many blogs are now wined, dined and even paid (via advertising) by record labels. After the success of blog-buzzy acts such as Arcade Fire, Lily Allen and Vampire Weekend, entire PR firms are dedicated to courting armchair DJs and amateur critics.

Despite the de facto alliance between labels and blogs, not all of the record companies' legal teams have received the message. In a complaint posted to Google Support, Bill Lipold, the owner of I Rock Cleveland, cited four cases in the past year when he had received copyright violation notices for songs he was legally entitled to post. Tracks by Jay Reatard, Nadja, BLK JKS and Spindrift all attracted complaints under the USA's Digital Millennium Copyright Act, even when the respective MP3s were official promo tracks. As a publicist for BLK JKS' label, Secretly Canadian, told Lipold: "Apparently DMCA operate on their own set of odd rules, as they even requested that the BLK JKS' official blog remove the song." It's not clear who "DMCA" is in this case, as the act does not defend itself.

"I assure you that everything I've posted for, let's say, the past two years, has either been provided by a promotional company, came directly from the record label, or came directly from the artist," Lipold wrote to Google.
The company's first official response came only late yesterday, as #Musicblogocide2k10 sped up Twitter's trending charts. "When we receive multiple DMCA complaints about the same blog, and have no indication that the offending content is being used in an authorised manner, we will remove the blog," explained product manager Rick Klau. "[If] this is the result of miscommunication by staff at the record label, or confusion over which MP3s are 'official' ... it is imperative that you file a DMCA counter-claim so we know you have the right to the music in question."

The trouble with filing a formal, legal DMCA counter-claim is, that most bloggers don't know how. What's more, many of Blogger's DMCA notices allegedly omit the name of the offending song. Bloggers aren't even sure what they are denying.
Take the case of Masala, co-founded by Guillaume Decouflet in mid-2005. Together with his partners, Decouflet has introduced hundreds of thousands of readers to underground genres such as kuduro and funk carioca. Masala's writers weren't typical music bloggers, waxing lyrical about Neon Indian and the new Phoenix remix: mostly DJs, they shared South African electronica, Japanese dancehall, UK funky and Senegalese hip-hop. "We haven't been posting any Whitney Houston or anything," Decouflet explained. He only recalls receiving one DMCA notice – ever – from Blogger. As this email did not name the offending song, he says he doesn't know what caused the complaint. Masala's bloggers responded to Google's email, Decouflet insists, but never heard back. That is, until their entire site – and more than four years of archives – were deleted this week.

"It's just sad because we were documenting young people's music from all around the globe," Decouflet said. "For a lot of people, it was music they wouldn't have been able to discover elsewhere." Decouflet is now trying to "salvage" the Masala archive, using Google's own Reader tool to dig up old posts. Other banished blogs have taken similar steps. Living Ears, It's a Rap and Pop Tarts have relaunched at new URLs, generally without any older material.

Not all music blogs are as innocent as I Love Cleveland and Masala. Although the majority of bloggers share only single songs, showing particular affection for the obscure and out of print, some blogs are the most banal sort of pirates – offering links to download entire new releases. However, these sites are ostracised by the blogging mainstream, left off aggregators such as the Hype Machine. No one protests when Google quietly removes their Blogspot accounts and yet ironically, amid the "musicblogocide", dozens of these still remain online.

The two largest Blogspot-hosted music blogs, Gorilla vs Bear and My Old Kentucky Home, show no sign of being affected, although they will still find these developments alarming. "I don't post anything that's not approved, and obviously nothing on major labels," said Gorilla vs Bear's Chris Cantalini. "But apparently that doesn't matter in some of these cases."

In a press release last year, Google seemed to recognise this distinction, announcing a new policy vis-a-vis music bloggers. From now on, it wrote, DMCA notices would not result in the instant deletion of offending blogs. Instead, individual posts would be temporarily removed, with a prominent notice to help bloggers respond to the allegations. "Music bloggers are a large segment of our users – and we know that for those who've received one or more DMCA complaints in the past, this may have been a frustrating experience," Klau wrote in August. Almost six months later, the experience doesn't appear to have become any less frustrating.

Decouflet sounds weary. "Google is treating bloggers like Big Brother," he said. "Shoot first, ask questions after."

This is just flat out wrong. Google and other companies are taking DMCA way too far. If someone is posting full albums or tons and tons of mp3s that are illegal, fine, take action. But, as the article says, many of these sites are legit and get permission from the artists or the record label.

I recently had a problem with Blogger and DMCA (http://noisebazaar.blogspot.com/2009/11/fighting-man.html), where they took down a post with an mp3 that I had gotten permission to post. I even talked to the record label contact and she was confused about why it had gotten taken down.

Taking down a post is one thing, but to completely destroy a blog (and years of hard work) without any warning is just plain wrong.

I wonder how many more users Wordpress will get now that this is coming out.

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ACC Now - Poll: Little hate in UNC-Duke rivalry | newsobserver.com blogs

Even if there is no love lost between Duke and North Carolina basketball fans, there's not much hate in the rivalry, either, according to a survey released today by Public Policy Polling.

Thirty-five percent of North Carolinians said they'd root for UNC Wednesday night, compared to 21 percent who said they'd root for Duke. Nearly half, 44 percent, said they don't care who wins.

Among those respondents who have a rooting interest in the game, just 18-20 percent of Duke fans and 17 percent of North Carolina fans said they "hate" their rival.

Both fan bases had generally positive fews of their rival's coaches, according to the survey.

Tar Heels supporters view Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski favorably by 46-26 percent. Blue Devils fans are less positive about UNC coach Roy Williams, but still view him favorably by 27-24 percent.

Maybe this is true for people that are just fans or graduated from either school long ago, but I bet if you polled current students and recent graduates you would get a MUCH different result.

Go to hell, dook!

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i guess i'm floating: [News] Bonnaroo 2010 Lineup (Updating)

Bonnaroo is just dying to be a trending topic today, or maybe they're scared their website is going to explode (again) when they unveil their lineup. They've been revealing "#BonnarooClues" the past week or so via Twitter as to who some of the acts on the bill shall be, ranging from Paul McCartney and Paul Simon to D.A.N.C.E.-enthused Justice. If they actually show up on the bill then I'll feel more investigative than Steve Burns himself. So while the Roo execs keep adding artists, I'll keep updating this post one-at-a-time:

The Flaming Lips (performing Dark Side of the Moon LP)
Dave Matthews Band
Avett Brothers
Jeff Beck
John Fogerty
Medeski, Martin, and Wood
Darryl Hall w/ Chromeo
Punch Brothers
Blues Traveler
Cross Canadian Ragweed
Neon Indian
Black Keys
Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers
Carolina Chocolate Drops
Ingrid Michaelson
The National
Local Natives
Regina Spektor
The xx
Mayer Hawthorne & The Country
Norah Jones
Monte Montgomery
Thievery Corporation
She & Him
Baaba Maal
Jimmy Cliff
Tokyo Police Club
Kid Cudi
John Prine
Dropkick Murphys
Stevie Wonder
Manchester Orchestra
Kings of Leon
Zac Brown Band
Dr. Dog
Dave Rawlings Machine
The Dead Weather
The Melvins
And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of The Dead
They Might Be Giants
The Asterik
The Bakerton Group
Big Sam's Funky Nation
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Julia Nunes
Jay Electronica
The Postelles
Michael Franti and Spearhead
Rise Against
Damian Marley & Nas
Tenacious D
Jamey Johnson
Tori Amos
The Entrance Band
The Gaslight Anthem
The Dodos
Blitzen Trapper
Mumford & Sons
Martin Sexton
Kris Kristofferson
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
The Temper Trap
Here We Go magic
LCD Soundsystem
The Disco Biscuits
Diane Birch
Miranda Lambert

Updated: 8:00 PM EST

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We finally have the full list and I must say that I am pretty pumped about it. A lot of great groups and artists, but the Avetts, Steve Martin, Jay-Z, She & Him and Stevie Wonder make the trip to Tennessee worthwhile.

I am very seriously considering making the trip to my first Bonnaroo.

Anyone interested in making the trip with me?

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New York Times: "On College Campuses, a Shortage of Men"

This article is unbelievable. Not the premise, but the way it was written.

The idea of this New York Times piece is that many universities have an overwhelming female majority. OK, sure. It's focused around UNC Chapel Hill, which is about a 60/40 ratio women to men. Got it. 

The idea of the article is that it's essentially slim pickens for girls as many guys are already taken or "aren't datable." It also says that guys get better pick of girls because the girls have less to choose from. I can get behind that. I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have a prayer at my girlfriend if it wasn't for her lack of choice. (She would disagree, but that's just her being nice....)

Though I can't really disagree with the premise, some of the lines in this article really bother me. 

Like this one: 

As for a man’s cheating, “that’s a thing that girls let slide, because you have to,” said Emily Kennard, a junior at North Carolina. “If you don’t let it slide, you don’t have a boyfriend.”

Um, excuse me? You've got bigger problems than a lack of boys at your school if you say something like that. 

But that one the writer can at least contribute to a dumb-girl quote. Not this one. 

Thanks to simple laws of supply and demand, it is often the women who must assert themselves romantically or be left alone on Valentine’s Day, staring down a George Clooney movie over a half-empty pizza box. 

That's the writer talking. He doesn't attribute it to anyone. That's just insulting. 

Read the full article, because it's well worth it. While the stats and base ideas are right, everything else in this story is just completely different from my experience at Carolina and, I would argue, different than the experience of my female friends at Carolina. Sure, if you limit your search to fraternities, sororities and their favorite hangouts (Pantana Bobs and Deep End, where the two pictures were taken) you're going to get answers like that. 

But talk to the intelligent girls who don't feel the need to look like a prostitute to get a guy's attention and the reasonably competent men who don't go sleeping around the sorority houses and you'll get a totally different picture. 

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i guess i'm floating: [MP3] Sunglasses: "Whiplash" + Video

There is an unhealthy correlation between the sheer volume of mail flowing into the inbox and the amount of crazy/bizarre/wacko things exposed to my eyes and ears. Sometimes it feels like being an average fan of art walking around the the Louvre, quickly flocking to the things that are famously familiar while either being drawn into the adventurous pieces or passing them over semi-appalled muttering "I just don't get it!" Luckily, the only thing to "get" about Sunglasses is the combo of catchy tunes and a seriously enjoyable music video.

[MP3] Sunglasses - Whiplash

Information is sparse on this young band from Georgia and they have less than 2,000 MySpace views as I type this, so here's the skinny: (1) they're a duo (2) 8000 bam bam (Samuel Cooper) & Baby Seal (Brady Keehn) first started working together at the Savannah College of Art & Design during Cooper's senior thesis (3) their relationship strictly dealt with dialogue and the mixing of original songs for short film. It's a good things these dudes got along so well during school and decided to make music together afterwards, let alone one of the most enjoyable music videos I've seen in quite some time. It's what you get when you mix 1980s hipsters + dancing + a green screen (and some sunglasses):

All I want to do is shake the rainbow spandex wearing, mustache man's hand and say, "Job well done, sir." I hope it was as fun and trippy for you as it was me, head over to Sunglasses' MySpace for another tune. Here's to hoping Savannah, with all of its southern splendor, has a hidden musical sweet spot.

Not only is this song trippy and friggin' amazing, the song is doubly so. I highly suggest you download it. And I mean now. Then do a dance in your Wayfarers.

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New Broken Social Scene Album Coming in May :: Music :: News :: Paste

It’s about time, Broken Social Scene. Since the release of the band’s 2005 self-titled album, the Canadian collective has toured extensively but not released any new material (aside from solo efforts). But all that will change on May 4 when the group releases it’s latest LP via Arts & Crafts.

The yet-to-be-titled album features the current lineup of Kevin Drew, Brendan Canning, Justin Peroff, Charles Spearin, Andrew Whiteman, Sam Goldberg and Lisa Lobsinger in addition to a huge list of guest contributors and BSS alum.

Accompanying the album’s release is a handful of live dates, including the BSS-curated Toronto Island Concert on June 19.

Those dates:

1 – San Francisco, Calif. @ The Fillmore
3 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ Henry Fonda Theatre
7 – New York @ Webster Hall
13 – London, England @ Brixton Academy
14 – Minehead, UK @ All Tomorrow’s Parties
17 – London, Englad @ Heaven
18 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Melkweg
19 – Cologne, Germany @ Burgerhaus Stollwerck
21 – Paris, France @ La Maroquinerie

19 – Toronto, Ontario @ Toronto Island Concert

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It IS about time. Can't wait to hear this.

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On the Beat: David Menconi on music - Mamadou Diabate gets by with a little help from some strangers | newsobserver.com blogs

There was lots of hoopla over the garish performances and big winners at Sunday night's Grammy Awards, which overshadowed a fantastic little human-interest story. And that involved kora master Mamadou Diabate -- a Durham resident who very nearly didn't make it to Los Angeles and needed a big favor to get there in time to hear his name read at the ceremonies. Read about it here.

Diabate, by the way, was in the 2006 edition of our annual local-music spotlight, Eight Great Local Acts. The 2010 model will be unveiled on Feb. 26. You may start sharpening your knives. 

Congrats to Diabate! I saw him at UNC's campus on a Thursday on the Terrace performance I went to for a music class. Very cool and interesting guy!

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Kim Kardashian, Soulja Boy, More Making Thousands From Single Tweets :: Culture :: News :: Paste

What’s the old adage? A tweet is worth…ten thousand dollars? The saying holds true if you’re Kim Kardashian, reality-television star and one of a number of celebrities making thousands of dollars to send out product-endorsing tweets.

PRNewser reported last month that Kardashian receives up to $10,000 per tweet about specific products.

In a post from Jan. 12, Kardashian says, “Have u guys ever tried Popchips? They are kind of amazing!” This may or may not be an ad; it’s sometimes difficult to tell.

This blending of tweets and advertisements is no doubt intentional, but this isn’t a good thing to all followers. In an article from The Daily Beast, Expert Labs’ director of public technology Anil Dash said, “There’s a very high risk of antagonizing your followers, and it’s very, very easy to unfollow." Naturally, advertisers pay more for larger followings.

Ad.ly is the company responsible for much of the tweets-as-ads trend. Ad.ly brokers a deal between advertisers and Twitter users with large followings (including Kardashian’s sister Khloe, Lauren Conrad and Dr. Drew), allowing these celebrities to post one profitable tweet per day. This one-a-day limit is an effort to reduce backlash from followers.

Listed second (in number of followers) on Ad.ly’s list of publishers, rapper Soulja Boy’s posts are a bit more transparent when it comes to tweets vs. ads: “Who sippin dat sauce” and “I know all my followers is hittin the club tonight. Where the party at” were posted just days after: “Time Warner Cable subscribers can win a free trip for 2 to the 2010 Sundance Film Festival sponsored http://j.mp/3IfpkL.”

Not only are celebrities cashing in on their Twitter followers, but several fake celeb accounts are listed among Ad.ly’s publishers. Contrary to reports, Stephen Colbert is not cashing in with his tweets. The publisher StephenTColbert is linked to Ad.ly, but is not the comedian’s official Twitter account. StephenAtHome—Colbert’s verified account—is not affiliated with Ad.ly and does not make money from tweeting promotions.

How will this brand of marketing affect Twitter in the future? Hard to say, but it stands to reason that the rapidly-growing, clever company will find ways to profit from it.

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This is just crazy! Who wants to pay me to tweet about products? And I'll make it look legit!! How much do I get for having 200-300 followers? Hit me up Ad.ly.

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Tuesday Guilty Pleasure: "Hoarders"

A&E is my new favorite channel (and one of the three I know by heart here in Charlotte) and shows like "Hoarders" are the reason.

Nothing makes an unorganized, cluttery person like myself feel better about life than watching people who have houses literally overflowing in junk.

So my coffee table is a little messy. This woman hasn't been able to get into her kitchen for the past three years.

So I have a few clothes on the floor of my room. This guy hasn't seen the floor of his house since the last time the Buffalo Bills made the playoffs.

I do feel a little bad about the people that have serious psychological issues related to OCD and hoarding, but at least their getting help. But I have to admit that seeing a guy freak out about throwing away old beer cans is hilarious.

I just don't understand how people can live in some of these houses. They literally don't have room to move, breathe or make a decent meal. Piles of dirty dishes, trash and "collectibles" litter every room. Some people can't even get into their bedrooms anymore.

The show is inspirational, though. Right now I'm washing dishes and folding clothes.


Triangle Music: Conan gives fans "Free Bird" on final 'Tonight Show'

In what was a fantastic and classy ending to his far too brief run on "The Tonight Show," Conan O'Brien threw on a Les Paul and rocked in an all-star jam of "Free Bird." The band included Will Ferrell on lead vocals decked out as a Van Zant brother along with Beck, Ben Harper and Billy Gibbons (of ZZ Top). There's also the return of Ferrell's infamous cowbell too. Check out the video below and enjoy. Oh, and watch for Conan's solo towards the end. He's a pretty decent player.

Check out a video of Neil Young's solo performance of "Long May You Run" from the show too by going back a bit in the Hulu video.

We'll be keeping an eye out for Conan's in about 7 months where he'll hopefully keep his love of music alive. Many local favorites made their network television debuts on "Late Night" including Annuals and The Avett Brothers. Long live Coco.

Man, how in the world did I miss this? Fun little performance at the end, but the talk that he does at the beginning of the segment is pretty solid, too.

I don't watch much late night TV (but when I do, I watch Craig Ferguson), but I used to watch Conan on his previous show and he was great. I hope someone picks him up as soon as possible. He's a class act and always has some good music on the show.

Click through the link for the full video.

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i guess i'm floating: [News] Bonnaroo 2010 Lineup Leaked?

It's that time of the year again, when all my Bonnaroo brethren are anxiously awaiting for the official lineup to be announced. The Roo crew usually release the lineup the first week of February, so it's only natural that the rumors and leaky lineups pick up super steam the week or two before the real deal drops. Is the below list completely accurate? I'm not sure. That all depends on how well you trust "hackers", "message board gurus", and the "hip insiders". I can say, from multiple Bonnaroo experiences, it's really rare for a band to be signed up for the festival in back-to-back years.. making this particular lineup somewhat believable.

Jay Z
Neil Young
Dave Matthews Band
Kings of Leon
Stevie Wonder
Arcade Fire
Norah Jones
Massive Attack
String Cheese Incident
Michael Franti and Spearhead
Dead Weather
New Pornographers
Mos Def
The Black Keys
Avett Brothers
Disco Biscuits
Cat Power
Explosions in the Sky
Yonder Mountain String Band
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Ingrid Michaelson
John Frusciante
Dan Deacon
Lord T and Eloise
Ryan Bingham
Brian Jonestown Massacre
Gaslight Anthem
Steve Martin
Mayer Hawthorne
Noah and the Whale

Stevie Wonder! Although I'm still waiting for that mythical Led Zepellin Roo reunion, it's an interesting list that features a little bit of everything and has more of a jam-band feel than the past couple of years. You could color me excited for Jay-Z, Neil Young, Arcade Fire, and Pavement though!

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If this list is anywhere close to accurate, I'm going to have to make a trip to Tennessee. I mean, Stevie Wonder? That's enough for me to want to go and the rest of the lineup is great!

Who's in?

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Fake AP Stylebook Twitter Account Lands Book Deal :: Music :: News :: Paste

Journalists, at the mercy of financial woes and a shifting industry, have had to find ways to cope. Many have turned to Internet humor to help them bear the strain. There are those who’ve become cynical fast (We’re looking at you, Overheard in the Newsroom), but others have created something that appeals to industry outsiders.

Ken Lowery, Mark Hale and their contributors at Twitter account Fake AP Stylebook, have done just that. Their spoofs on the Associated Press (AP) Stylebook, whose grammatical rules journalists have long obeyed, range from scalding cultural commentary to poop jokes. In December, we told you that you should be following the folks at Fake AP Stylebook, and just yesterday afternoon they announced (via tweet, of course) that they’ve been awarded a book deal from Three Rivers Press. The tome is scheduled to hit bookstore shelves in spring of 2011.

Some sample tweets:

“The word ‘diarrhea’ is hard to spell. Try: transporter problems, Jackson Brown, #3, blowing the devil’s trombone.”

“Be sure to get the opinion of failed political candidates on all major legislation. Their opinions still matter for some reason.”

“When writing about the stock market, use words that make it look like you or anyone else knows what you’re talking about.”

“When it is raining put a circumflex above all vowels to prêvênt thêm frôm gêttîng wêt.”

We look forward to flipping through the book full of fake newswriting tips during commercial breaks from CBS’s upcoming family comedy based on Fake AP Stylebook peer Shit My Dad Says."

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This is great! I love @fakeAPstylebook. This might be the next book that ends up on my desk at work...could be extremely useful.

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[Video] SK6ers "Shady Esperanto and the Young Hearts"

I'm not sure how in the world I missed this, but thank you Twitter for showing it to me.

This is the latest video from Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers for their song "Shady Esperanto and the Young Hearts." It's a great track off their new album, "The Bear," and it was featured on this week's Music Tuesday on YouTube.

The video shows exactly why I love seeing this band live: they like to have fun.

Gotta give props to the UMass marching band for the awesome choreography, too. And the way they run to that last set and spell out "SK6ers" is pretty sweet. Yeah, I'm a marching band nerd.


ACC Now - Five wishes for ACC football in 2010 | newsobserver.com blogs

The 2009 football season couldn't end soon enough for the ACC.

Just when it appeared the ACC was making a move toward respectability, Clemson, Georgia Tech and Florida State lost to their in-state, SEC rivals on Nov. 28, the final weekend of the regular season.

The ACC championship game (Clemson vs. Georgia Tech) drew about one-fourth the viewership of the Big 12 championship (Texas vs. Nebraska) that was televised in the same time slot.

Four of the seven ACC teams that reached bowl games lost, including Georgia Tech against Iowa State in the Orange Bowl. And just four ACC teams - No. 10 Virginia Tech, No. 13 Georgia Tech, No. 19 Miami and No. 24 Clemson - finished the season in The Associated Press' top 25.

The Sagarin computer ratings have the ACC as the fourth best conference, behind the SEC, Big East and Pac-10 but ahead of the Big 12 and Big Ten. But it hurt the ACC to have the regional rival from the SEC win the BCS for the fourth straight year while the ACC barely had a team in the top 10.

Here are five things to wish for if you want the ACC to improve its lot in 2010:

1. Hokie high. Virginia Tech is geared up for a possible run at the top five in the preseason rankings.

The Hokies return Tyrod Taylor, an athletic quarterback who's improved as a passer. They have a fantastic stable of running backs with Darren Evans returning from a knee injury and Ryan Williams coming back after an outstanding redshirt freshman season.

Although Virginia Tech loses some defenders, including Cody Grimm and early NFL draft entry Jason Worilds, the Hokies always are good on defense and special teams. The returning players on offense should give the Hokies a shot at a BCS championship game appearance that the ACC desperately needs to gain credibility.

2. Georgia Tech gets defensive. After two years, it's clear that Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson has built an offense that can be devastating except in bowl games and other times when opponents have more than a week to prepare for it.

But despite having some excellent athletes such as Morgan Burnett and Derrick Morgan, the Georgia Tech defense struggled this season. Johnson and defensive coordinator Dave Wommack have parted ways, so the Yellow Jackets need a big-time hire here.

If Johnson makes a good hire and the defense improves, Georgia Tech has a chance to be considered an elite team.

3. Russell returns. N.C. State quarterback Russell Wilson made first-team All-ACC as a redshirt freshman in 2008 and led the ACC in touchdown passes in 2009, but there's a chance his days in school are numbered.

Wilson, who also plays baseball for the Wolfpack, will be eligible for the major league draft this summer. It would seem based on Wilson's poor numbers as a hitter (.236 in 2009) that he won't attract much interest - or a big signing bonus - from baseball executives.

But there's a school of thought that says if Wilson ever played baseball full time, he'd have a better shot at becoming an accomplished hitter.

Although N.C. State has another capable young quarterback in Mike Glennon, the Wolfpack needs Wilson back. And so does the ACC.

4. FSU rises. It's impossible to predict what effect Bobby Bowden's forced retirement will have at Florida State.

It seemed apparent that the Seminoles had plenty of speed on defense in 2009 but were playing a high-pressure scheme under now-retired Mickey Andrews that left them vulnerable to big plays by opponents.

If Fisher can get the defense turned around, Florida State has enough talented skill players on offense to be the Atlantic Division favorite. And the ACC dearly needs Florida State to become relevant again.

5. UNC QB shines. With Marvin Austin, Deunta Williams and Bruce Carter all returning for their senior year, North Carolina's defense will be dominant again.

But the ACC needs the Tar Heels to make a big statement in the season opener against LSU and make the transition from an eight-win team to a 10-win team. That won't happen unless North Carolina gets improved play at quarterback.

Whether it's senior three-year starter T.J. Yates or highly regarded freshman Bryn Renner, somebody needs to give the Tar Heels a serviceable passing attack that won't waste the contributions of the team's dynamic defense.  

I wrote a much longer post about this post earlier, but my internet decided to die and I lost it, so I'm not going to rewrite it.

Let me just say that I totally agree with what Tysiac says here and I think the teams that we added to beef up the ACC's football pedigree (Virginia Tech, Miami and Boston College) have underachieved.

VTech has been the best by far, but Miami lost it's swagger and hasn't been "The U" in a while and Boston College was a non-factor this year. (By the way, UNC beat all three of those teams this year.)

Also, I completely agree with No. 5. UNC will have one of the best defenses in the country next year, along with a talented receiving core that will have a year under their belts and three talented running backs. If poor quarterback play screws that up, we will be wasting a lot of talent.

This should be a 10-win team and could bring UNC back to the prominence it had in the '90s.

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Thankful for southern hospitality | CLT Blog

I surprised my son for Christmas and scored 2 tickets on eBay to the Carolina Panthers-New York Giants game over the holidays.  It would be his first trip to a visiting team’s venue.  What a better place for his first visit than the confines of the Meadowlands, for the last game at Giants stadium, complete with New York fanfare.

Dec 27th Panthers vs. Giants (photo courtesy of hearldonline.com)

Dec 27th Panthers vs. Giants (photo courtesy of hearldonline.com)

The morning of the game we met two Panthers fans at the hotel clad in full Carolina blue and black.  Little did we know that those would be the last Panthers fans we would see until the end of the game 7 hours later!  We are used to Bank of America stadium where thousands of visiting fans fill seats throughout our stadium.  But not in New York, not when “Big Blue” is playing.  Maybe we were just two of the very few that had the nerve to venture into a Giants game without sporting Manning, Boss, or Umenyiora jerseys.

Opening Day at Gaints stadium in 1976

Opening Day at Giants Stadium circa 1976 (photo courtesy of Giants.com)

My son’s curiosity peaked throughout our NJ Transit train ride to the stadium.  Why did the Giants play in New Jersey?  Why is it so dirty outside?  Why did the guy in the Secaucus connection tell me I was “crazy”?  Why did the Giants and Jets share a stadium but it is called Giants Stadium?  Why are they building a new stadium next door instead of in the city?  Why does everybody curse a lot?  Why did we have to buy a program instead of getting one at the gate?  And why did he, an 8-year old kid, get patted down for a weapon at the entrance.  Welcome to New York son!

The game was great.  The Panthers had the game well in hand by the middle of the first quarter and eventually crushed the Giants.  The fans booed their team after each possession, Eli Manning was told, “your not your brother” multiple times by fans in our section, another group of fans chanted “lets go Yankees”, and 80% of the stadium cleared out by the middle of the third quarter.  My son and I maintained a low profile with simple high fives after each touchdown.  Nobody acknowledged or spoke to us.  But we didn’t get a beer thrown on us either, as many of our Panthers friends suggested would happen.

We stayed until the clock hit 0:0 and reveled in the shellacking we applied for the closing on the Giants 33-year old home.  As the last few die-hard fans trickled out, we noticed a guy carrying a small box down to the field.  I couldn’t help but think he was taking ashes down to the turf to be buried in the swamps of the Meadowlands with the other famous NY/NJ icons.  But I kept that thought to myself….my 8-year old didn’t need to hear my Jimmy Hoffa theory.

After we got back to Charlotte, I asked my son the three things he remembered the most about our visit to Giants Stadium.  His response was, 1) the scary bathrooms (small, “no flushers”, and surly fans), 2) the bad language (he heard more F-bombs in the first quarter alone than he has ever heard in his life, and 3) the decorated history of the stadium (several vignettes of memorable plays and players were shown in a Giants Stadium tribute at halftime.

Fast forward to this past Sunday for the Panthers-Saints game in Charlotte.  Plenty of New Orleans fans filled our stadium.  A group of Saints fans were walking out at the end of the game and I said, “Good luck in the playoffs.”  A lady in the group stopped and thanked me, mentioned the wonderful hospitality Panthers fans had shown to her group, and what a beautiful city and stadium we had.  My son looked at me and said, “That wouldn’t have happened in New York.”  I responded, “Welcome back to Charlotte son.”

Great post (except for the possible mix up of "peaked" and "piqued"). I take Southern hospitality for granted so often until I go up north for some random reason.

It's nice to hold doors for people, greet people walking down the street or simply acknowledge another person's presence when they are around you.

I was honestly surprised the first time I was in New York and this didn't happen. Call us what you like, but Southerners know how to treat guests. And that's what I love about us.

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"Pursuit of Happiness" : Kid Cudi feat. MGMT and Ratatat

Pursuit Of Happiness (Feat. Mgmt & Ratatat) by Kid Cudi  
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This is a great track that I stumbled on thanks to the great music blog i guess i'm floating. 

I love all three of these artists and they definitely need to collaborate more. 

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ACC Now - UNC fans can re-live last night's "classic" | newsobserver.com blogs

In case you missed it, or if you just wanted to relive the agony (or joy, Duke and N.C. State fans) of UNC's overtime loss to College of Charleston last night, there will be an encore broadcast of the game tonight.

The College of Charleston's sports information office sent out a news release today announcing that the upset win has been dubbed an 'Instant Classic' by ESPN, which will broadcast the game again at 8 p.m. tonight on ESPN Classic.

Spoiler alert: in this re-run, the Cougars still go on a 12-1 run in the final 3:51 of regulation, capped by a three-pointer by junior Andrew Goudelock, to erase UNC's 11-point lead and send the game into overtime.

Thanks, ESPN, for rubbing it in our faces.

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Triangle Music: Hopscotch Festival to host 120 bands in Raleigh

There have bit bits and pieces about a new ambitious music festival in Raleigh floating around for a little while now and it's definitely seems to be happening (the permits have even been filed). It's been dubbed the Hopscotch Festival and is being organized by The Independent Weekly. The festival is set to span 10 venues in downtown Raleigh and host a whopping 120 bands from September 9-11. The venues will include Tir Na Nog, The Pour House, Slim's and even City Plaza on on Fayetteville Street. Artists will include a mix of local and national acts.

Pretty pumped that Raleigh is finally getting a music festival. It deserves one with all the good local talent in the area. And now I won't have to go to Austin to see multi-day events full of music!!

Now if they would integrate technology and social media conferences and demos into it (like SXSW) it could be even cooler.

Great concept and expect me to be there in September.

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Tuesday Guilty Pleasure: "TiK ToK"

Happy New Year! My resolution? Blog more.

Speaking of which, here is the first Tuesday Guilty Pleasure of 2010 (pronounced "twenty-ten" according to the Associated Press).

This one is pretty embarrassing, I'm not going to lie.

The first time I heard "TiK ToK" by Ke$ha (yes, with a dollar sign) I thought it was a joke. The second time it got stuck in my head. The third I was dancing.

There's really nothing redeeming about this song other than that it has a fun beat and the girl's voice is pretty goofy.

The lyrics are stupid, it's over-produced, the video is dumb and she sounds like any drunk white girl trying to rap at a college party.

It just goes to show you how little talent that it takes to make it in the music business nowadays.

Either way, every time it comes on the radio I get a little excited inside.

I wonder what brushing my teeth with a bottle of Jack would be like....