Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Music Journalism as Microcosm

Posted By on Wed, Jan 31, 2007 at 11:25 PM

Jason Gross' 2006 Best Music Scribing Awards, posted on, is a thorough run-down of events in the world of music journalism in 2006, as well as a wider look at newsmedia as a whole. Is it ironic that I'm posting this on a blog? Yes, Virginia, it is.

Another Week, Another 'Weekly'

Posted By on Wed, Jan 31, 2007 at 3:24 PM

As Jimmy would say, if he were here instead of on his piña colada-swilling big gay vacation, there's a fresh issue of the 'Weekly' just posted online. Click into it in the right-hand column (if you're on the blog's home page) or via the menu above. We'll be glad you did.

Speaking of Constitutional Guarantees...

Posted By on Wed, Jan 31, 2007 at 9:55 AM

State Sen. Karen Johnson has introduced legislation to keep Arizona courts from making decisions on cases involving "the acknowledgement of God as the sovereign source of law, liberty or government."

"I want my government to have a faith-based perspective," the Mesa Republican is quoted as saying.

I'd like my legislators to have a reality-based perspective, but the chances of SCR 1026 passing are higher.

There is No Constitutional Guarantee of Habeas Corpus

Posted By on Wed, Jan 31, 2007 at 8:14 AM

In case you were wondering. Anyway, that's Alberto Gonzalez's take. Seriously, shouldn't he just resign after making this claim? I mean, not because it's so completely unAmerican, but because it's such total fucking bullshit. O, and evil. It's incredibly evil. Here's Gonzalez being so weasely that he just about starts feeding on small mammals.

"There is no express grant of habeas in the constitution," says the apparently confused or ethically challenged Mr. Gonzalez.

"You may be treading on your interdiction and violating common sense," is Sen. Arlen Specter's rather politic response.

Fillin' in for Jim

Posted By on Wed, Jan 31, 2007 at 8:13 AM

While Jimmy's on his self-described "big gay vacation" I'll post a few entries here to fill up the otherwise depressingly empty space.

OK, I'm not sure why this isn't making a bigger splash in the MSM (I hate that term so I thought I'd use it. It's like aversion therapy) but according to this GQ interview with Chuck Hagel, Bush's original Iraq war proposal would have given him license to attack any country in the middle east. Like maybe even Greece.

GQ: It’s incredible that you had to ask for that.

Hagel: It is incredible. That’s what I said to Andy Card. Said it to Powell, said it to Rice. Might have even said it to the president. And finally, begrudgingly, they sent over a resolution for Congress to approve. Well, it was astounding. It said they could go anywhere in the region.

GQ: It wasn’t specific to Iraq?

Hagel: Oh no. It said the whole region! They could go into Greece or anywhere. I mean, is Central Asia in the region? I suppose! Sure as hell it was clear they meant the whole Middle East. It was anything they wanted. It was literally anything. No boundaries. No restrictions.

GQ: They expected Congress to let them start a war anywhere they wanted in the Middle East?

Hagel: Yes. Yes. Wide open. We had to rewrite it. Joe Biden, Dick Lugar, and I stripped the language that the White House had set up, and put our language in it.

Yes, flamelords, Greece isn't in the middle east. That's why it's funny.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

The Blog Goes on Vacation

Posted By on Tue, Jan 30, 2007 at 3:34 PM

Greetings from the beautiful Caribbean! Yes, the most frequent blogger (MFB) has left Tucson for a big gay vacation. Why are we taking the time to blog this? Well, since this blog is part of a business, two words: tax writeoff.

Ha! We kid, because the drinks are cheap here in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where we spent the day touring a fort and enjoying a vanilla soy latte at Starbucks.

We also had a drink at a restaurant that was notable because it had flowers floating in a lovely bowl of water at each table. And these flowers were plastic.

We have a horribly blurry picture of these flowers, but we don't have time to upload it now. Because we have food to eat and drinks to, um, drink. And we think this fulfills our business duties enough for tax purposes.

Until we return, we are SURE the other bloggers will be blogging their hearts out, like they're supposed to be doing, although they're apparently not yet. If they don't, we promise you, blog readers, these absentee bloggers will get a dose or two of plastic flowers in a very unpleasant place when we return.

Ta ta!

An 'Other' iTunes alternative

Posted By on Tue, Jan 30, 2007 at 10:24 AM

For all ye music fans out there who would rather download music from a more independent source, here's news for you: Other Music (a NYC independent music store) will open a digital music store sometime in February. CMJ reports that the file sizes will be bigger'n'better than the venerable iTunes, and might offer other services like live streaming and "guest curators." Not exactly sure what that means, but it's gotta be cool.

Friday, January 26, 2007

Some Late-Breaking Events

Posted By on Fri, Jan 26, 2007 at 4:10 PM

Here is a selection of events that were received too late for inclusion in our print issue.

  • Saturday, Jan. 27 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 28 at 2 p.m.

    Catalina Foothills High School

    4300 E. Sunrise Drive

    In Tune With Tucson. Viviana Cumplido, principal flute of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, will perform in a MasterWorks Chamber Orchestra series concert. Tickets are $30, available online at and at the box office kiosk 30 minutes prior to performance time.

  • Sunday, Jan. 28 at 3 p.m.

    Stogie and Vine

    2920 N. Swan Road

    Cognac Tasting. Enjoy a cigar, tapas and a one-ounce pour of six different cognacs. $85, tax and gratuity included. Reservations required. Call 881-1830.

  • Wednesday, Jan. 31 at 6 p.m.

    Columbus Library

    4350 E. 22nd St.

    Abolish Corporate Personhood. A meeting of a democracy organizing group. Refreshments served. Please rsvp to by Tuesday, Jan. 30.

  • Wednesday, Jan. 31 at 7 p.m.

    Holsclaw Hall, UA School of Music building

    Corner of Park Avenue and Speedway Boulevard

    UA School of Music. Guest pianist Betty Oberacker will perform Book II of J.S. Bach's "Well Tempered Clavier." Free. Call 621-2998 or visit for information.

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