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ACL Fest 08 /day3


Lady sitting next to me: "ACL is too much of an endurance test".

And the prize for whiniest band goes to.......THE KILLS. The heat was killing them, and apparently they've never done a daytime show, so "Hotel" wanted to give out the number to their agent so we would call between the hours of 2am and 4am and ask him why the fuck they were playing during the daytime. Last words of their set: "Stay Out Of The Sun".  One twitter message from the local paper said something along the lines of "I wonder what it would take for the Kills not to wear black. maybe 94 degrees would do it." At one point Alison said "My feet are on fire".

+ Austin City Limits report: FNL's Adrianne Palicki on John Fogerty
+ Austin City Limits report: FNL's Scott Porter on N.E.R.D and the Swell Season

Tegan and Sara ACL 2008 

the Kills, ACL, Last Day of Magic 

ACL Fest 08 /day1


+ Austin City Limits, guest-starring 'Friday Night Lights'

Early in the day, one of the more enthusiastic songs I heard was Asleep at the Wheel's "Boogie Back To Texas".
+ Barack Obama Boogie Back To Texas with Asleep at the Wheel


Vampire Weekend at Austin City Limits 2008 w/Tosca

Vampire Weekend, new song, at Austin City Limits 2008 


Yes, I played "Beat It" on Guitar Hero: World Tour and kicked ass at it.

Pre (ACL) Austin City Limits`08 stuff


+ Why festivals are the new normal
+ Austin360 ACL Twitter
+ Austin 360 coverage
+ Austin Chronicle coverage
+ Austin City Limits Music Festival To Be Webcast This Weekend
+ Austin City Limits Festival to begin in less than 48 Hours
+ Allen Boots has an ACL blog?
+ Austin City Limits Festival latest to offer VIP comforts
+ Texas Music Matters
+ Nylon: I see dancing people

What the Fuck Bono? Bono + Pailin

Other things to watch out for this week: Wearing my ONE campaign hat, I should be meeting up with Senator John McCain and Governor Sarah Palin; hoping to see Senator Obama and Senator Joe Biden in the next few weeks.
+ U2's Bono Blogs For New York Summit

Making a bid to bolster her foreign-policy cred with a series of meetings at the U.N. building in Manhattan is none other than VP candidate, Sarah Palin. Not only will she be at a sit-down with the Iraqi president, chatting with the Georgian and Ukraine presidents, having talks with both Pakistani and Indian presidents, but also hanging out with Bono! These two will meet up as Bono promotes his non-profit to her: His ONE campaign that is "focused on fighting extreme poverty and preventable disease around the world!”

+ Bono And McCain To Meet

UPDATE: NEW YORK (CNN) – John McCain and Sarah Palin’s meeting with Bono was canceled Wednesday due to scheduling reasons, according to the campaign.

Level-5 + Studio Ghibli



"Dragon Quest VIII and Professor Layton developer Level-5 has announced a suite of new games to celebrate the company’s 10th anniversary –- including a new Nintendo DS title featuring work from famed Japanese animation company Studio Ghibli."
Gamasutra: Level-5 Turns 10, Teams Up With Studio Ghibli
Screenshots from Article
more screens
Level-5 announces Ushiro for the PSP

Yes! I love both of these studios and expect on greatness from this collaboration.

50 % heart, 50 % Ache

this poisoned truth.

Dear []

These are the things I can’t tell you. I wish I inspired you. You inspire me. It’s hard for me to say goodbye to you because I could talk to you forever. I can't tell you which song is about which girl. Who’s the better muse? Who’s the one that matters the most? Who’s the one I'll detest 'till the end. 

// Rain on Me - Cyndi Lauper

And taken by light in her arms at long and dear last
I may without fail
Suffer the first vision that set fire to the stars.
Dyland Thomas

knowing that you don't know is the most essential step to knowing



A figure of speech in which:

A Part is used for the Whole
The Screen for Movies

A Whole stands for a Part
The Law for Police

A Species (specific kind)
stands for its Genus (general kind)
Cutthroats for Assassins

A Genus stands in for its Species
Creature for Person

A Material stands for a Thing
Ivories for Piano Keys

+ Trailer for Synecdoche, New York

+ Nellie Mckay Manhattan Avenue live @ Dallas
p.s. I love you Nellie!

almost time to rock (again)

The Official No Frills Prescription Strength ROCK BAND PLATFORM Thread

+ Rock Band 2 Intro
+ IGN video review
+ Rock Band reality show coming to MTV
+ 13 Songs In Both ‘Rock Band 2′ And ‘Guitar Hero: World Tour’
+ Rock Band players can now download “Charlene (I’m Right Behind You)” by Stephen and the Colberts from the Marketplace for absolutely free [xboxic, DLC galore to Rock Band next week, new freebie on XBLM]

Superman's Yottabytes

I read Grant Morrison's "Superman Beyond #1" during one of my insomniac nights. I don't recommend that. It almost made my brain explode. I kept re-reading some of the panels because I though "Surely I just imagined that passage, let me read it again". Nope, it's a strange and exciting read indeed.

+ Preview - Final Crisis: Superman Beyond #1
+ Funny Book Babylon: Review Final Crisis: Superman Beyond #1
+ Best Shots Extra: Final Crisis: Superman Beyond
+ Spoiler Review: Final Crisis: Superman Beyond #1
+ All Star Superman in Eleven Panels [via]
+ What Comics do Women Read?



The "Bright Lights, Big City" 20th Anniversary Special Edition DVD came out today. I love this movie. It's the little things that mattered back then when I saw it the first time on PBS or HBO: an ill mother, wanting to be a writer, wanting to be in New York in the 80's. I can watch this movie and it will forever be a time capsule to all that. I have this personal New York movie saga made up of movies that I saw within a 4 year period that is made up of "Bight Lights, Big City", "Metropolitan", "Manhattan", "The Night We Never Met", "The Freshman" and a few others I can't think of right now.

[ Hawksley Workman: The City Is A Drag ]

/ Plaid: This City is Hell
/ Andrew Bird: Sectionate City
+ Ghostland Observatory - Sad Sad City

+ Trivia: Tom Cruise turned down the part later played by 'Michael J. Fox' as he didn't like the idea of scenes involving him taking drugs.
+ The novel was named after the song Bright Lights, Big City, originally sung by Jimmy Reed

"Here you are again. All messed up and no place to go."

"... and what you are left with is a premonition of the way your life will fade behind you, like a book you have read too quickly, leaving a dwindling trail of images and emotions until all you can remember is a name."
Jay McInerney