The Biggest Ball Of Twine In Minnesota

Today PZ Myers posted a link to an article about the biggest ball of twine in Minnesota.  And I’m sort of Pavlovian about the biggest ball of twine in Minnesota: I cannot hear its named even mentioned without playing Weird Al’s classic tribute to it.  And since every thought that goes through my head gets [Read More...]

Jamaica’s Violent Homophobia

In reply to this brutal story about the murder of the honorary consul to the British High Commission in Jamaica which involved a note threatening the same fate for all other gays, “Sendai Anonymous” points me to a must-read article by the invaluable Johann Hari about the extent of the homophobia in Jamaica. Key excerpts: [Read More...]

Tom Petty On The Beatles

Tom Petty writes about the Beatles’ legendary Ed Sullivan appearance: I think the whole world was watching that night. It certainly felt that way – you just knew it, sitting in your living room, that everything around you was changing. It was like going from black-and-white to color. Really. I remember earlier that day, in [Read More...]

Beyonce, A Class Act

This was more like it, Beyonce gives Taylor Swift her due: YouTube won’t let me embed it, but I can’t mention Beyonce without including the single most mesmerizingly sexy music video in the universe.  It would be against Camels With Hammers law.   And for my fuller examination of the class of Beyonce and the [Read More...]

Sacrilegious Rendering Of Nirvana In Guitar Hero 5

This is abominable: In the below video (via Stereogum), watch in horror as the “Guitar Hero” Cobain belts out Flavor Flav ad-libs, Dave Mustaine giggle-rants, Billy Idol come-ons, and Jon Bon Jovi exhortations. You can even make Kurt Cobain sing a motherfucking Bush song. He does it all while dancing like he’s at a Phish show, accompanied [Read More...]

God Is In The House

As I’ve mentioned before:  As far as I go, no singer/songwriter better explores the theme of religion or better employs religious imagery than Nick Cave.  Very few people write either religious music or music about religion that avoids either preaching on its behalf or railing against it.  Nick Cave is liberated from any creedal loyalty [Read More...]

Laura Marlingmania

For tonight’s entertainment, here is about 70 minutes of the best of Laura Marling on youtube as conveniently culled by Camels With Hammers for you.  Interview: Her amazing album is Alas I Cannot Swim. Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Ghosts

Laura Marling has one of those rare voices and phrasing styles that seriously makes my heart hurt with its sublimity and keeps me repeatedly hitting the repeat button on my i-pod.   Out of the nearly 9000 songs on my i-pod, those featuring Marling, Lisa Hannigan, Neko Case, Lykke Li,  Amy Millan, Nina Persson, and Victoria Bergsman get the [Read More...]

Daily Hilarity: Do You Wanna Date My Avatar

Via hurtlingthroughspace comes a charming send up of online fantasy geekhood: [Read more...]


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