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EARLY WORD: Gimme Fiction

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

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Eight years ago, Bill Ricchini released Ordinary Time, which still stands as one of the finest collections of pop music to ever emerge from the 215. After attempting to transition out of music and get some credit in the straight world, Bill wisely realized that he is a lifer and got back in the game with a new band, Summer Fiction, and a swell self-titled debut. You can check it out HERE. Bill will mark the CD’s release with rare appearance at Johnny Brendas tomorrow night. In the mean time, check out this groovy-cool video for the album’s catchy lead-off single “Chandeliers.”

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WHISTLE BLOWING: Wikileaks Plans To Do To Wall Street What It’s Done To The Pentagon & State Dept.

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

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FORBES: Early next year, Julian Assange says, a major American bank will suddenly find itself turned inside out. Tens of thousands of its internal documents will be exposed on Wikileaks.org with no polite requests for executives’ response or other forewarnings. The data dump will lay bare the finance firm’s secrets on the Web for every customer, every competitor, every regulator to examine and pass judgment on. When? Which bank? What documents? Cagey as always, Assange won’t say, so his claim is impossible to verify. But he has always followed through on his threats. Sitting for a rare interview in a http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5041/5217634178_1e329f5064_m.jpgLondon garden flat on a rainy November day, he compares what he is ready to unleash to the damning e-mails that poured out of the Enron trial: a comprehensive vivisection of corporate bad behavior. “You could call it the ecosystem of corruption,” he says, refusing to characterize the coming release in more detail. “But it’s also all the regular decision making that turns a blind eye to and supports unethical practices: the oversight that’s not done, the priorities of executives, how they think they’re fulfilling their own self-interest.” MORE

RELATED: Bank of America Corp. stock fell Tuesday afternoon on speculation that it might be the target of a WikiLeaks document release early next year. The bank’s stock was down 36 cents, or 3.2 percent to $10.95. In an interview published in the latest issue of Forbes magazine, the founder of the whistle-blower organization, Julian Assange, said he plans to release tons of internal documents from a major U.S. bank early next year. “It will give a true and representative insight into how banks behave at the executive level in a way that will stimulate investigations and reforms, I presume,” he told Forbes. “For this, there’s only one similar example. It’s like the Enron e-mails.” While Assange wouldn’t identify the bank to Forbes, he had said last year in a separate interview with Computerworld that he had several gigabytes of data from a Bank of America executive’s hard drive. A spokesman for Bank of America said in a statement: “We are unaware of any new claims by Wikileaks that pertain specifically to Bank of America.” MORE

TIME:  Hillary Clinton, Julian Assange said, “should resign.” Speaking over Skype from an undisclosed location on Tuesday, the WikiLeaks founder was http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5041/5217634178_1e329f5064_m.jpgreplying to a question by TIME managing editor Richard Stengel over the diplomatic-cable dump that Assange’s organization loosed on the world this past weekend. Stengel had said the U.S. Secretary of State was looking like “the fall guy” in the ensuing controversy, and had asked whether her firing or resignation was an outcome that Assange wanted. “I don’t think it would make much of a difference either way,” Assange said. “But she should resign if it can be shown that she was responsible for ordering U.S. diplomatic figures to engage in espionage in the United Nations, in violation of the international covenants to which the U.S. has signed up. Yes, she should resign over that.” MORE

NEW YORK TIMES: Interpol has placed the founder of the WikiLeaks whistle-blowing Web site on a so-called red notice wanted list following allegations of sexual misbehavior by a Swedish prosecutor, according to the police organization’s Web site on Wednesday. The notice said Mr. Assange, 39, was wanted for “sex crimes” on an arrest warrant brought by the international public prosecution office in Gothenburg, Sweden. Interpol is based in Lyon, France. Mr. Assange’s whereabouts were not immediately known. MORE

REUTERS: U.S. authorities could face insurmountable legal hurdles if they try to bring criminal charges against elusive WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange, even if he sets foot on U.S. soil. The Justice Department is investigating a series of leaks of hundreds of thousands of classified U.S. documents that the whistleblower website has provided to news media and made public on its own website. But three specialists in espionage law said prosecuting someone like Assange on those charges would require evidence the defendant was not only in contact with representatives of a foreign power but also intended to provide them with secrets. No such evidence has surfaced, or has even been alleged, in the case of WikiLeaks or Assange. MOREhttp://farm6.static.flickr.com/5041/5217634178_1e329f5064_m.jpg

RELATED: In a shockingly flippant comment to a Canadian television news anchor Evan Solomon of the CBC News Network on live TV, Tom Flanagan, a senior advisor and strategist to the Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper today called for the assassination of Wikileaks director Julian Assange. Tom Flanagan said the U.S. President should put out a “contract” on Assange or use “a drone” and that he would not be unhappy if Assange “disappeared.” MORE

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LISTEN LIKE THIEVES: The Rolling Stones’ “Gimme Shelter” Deconstructed Track By Track

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

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The folks over at Dangerous Minds have posted a series of must-hear YouTubes that deconstructs the classic mix of “Gimme Shelter” track by track, so you can just hear Jagger and Merry Clayton’s vox, or Keef’s guitar track, or Bill Wyman’s bass or Charlie Watts drums. It’s sorta like peeling back each layer of paint on a Picasso. Fascinating, Captain. Check it out HERE.

RELATED: A lucky few New Yorkers got to see legendary Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards in conversation with music writer Anthony DeCurtis at the New York Public Library this fall.  Tickets to the event sold out in a record 42 seconds, leaving thousands of fans in the cold and reminding them that you can’t always get what you want.  That’s why public radio station WFUV is making sure you get what you need, bringing the interview to all New Yorkers and Stones fans the world over with a special broadcast on Thursday, December 16th at 9:00 PM EST, two days before Richards’ 67th birthday. The recorded interview, part of the LIVE From The NYPL programming series, has a candid Richards discussing his feelings about everything from rock & roll (“turned the world from black and white into technicolor”) to The Beatles (“they beat us to the punch”) to women (“I love them dearly”) and recounting tales from his recently released autobiography, Life.   The interview will air on WFUV 90.7 FM in New York City and at www.wfuv.org worldwide.

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A.P. TICKER: Piggy Of The Week

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

People like you and me are never, repeat NEVER, going to join the ranks of the rich, because the game is rigged against people like you and me. But the moneyed class like to perpetuate the illusion that we are all just a few lucky breaks away from becoming independently wealthy to create voter sympathy for massive tax cuts for people earning more than a bazillion a year — because, ‘Hey, I could one day be one of those people making more than a bazillion a year and then that tax cut is gonna come in handy.’ And the moon is made of green cheese. Why do we keep falling for this?

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TONITE: Webb Of Intrigue

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

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Webbmedia Group CEO Amy Webb is an author, speaker and future thinker, adapting current and emerging technologies for use in communications. She has spent more than 15 years working with digital media, founding several web-based companies and now advising various startups, retailers, government agencies and media organizations as well as Webbmedia’s clients all over the world. She will be the featured speaker at tonight’s meeting of Philadelphia Initiative for Journalistic Innovation which starts at 5:30 PM at the Tuttleman Learning Center at the corner of 13th Street and Montgomery Avenue on Temple’s main campus. (Map)

Amy began her career as a reporter/ writer with Newsweek (Tokyo) and the Wall Street Journal (Hong Kong) where she covered emerging technology, media and cultural trends. She has contributed to the New York Times, NPR, EconomistPhiladelphia Inquirer and many publications and broadcast shows. Her work has been recognized with awards/nominations from Webby, Editor & Publisher, Investigative Reporters & Editors, Society of Professional Journalists, W3 and IAVA. She has a M.S. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and holds a B.A. in political economics from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. She also earned Nikyu Certification in the Japanese government-administered Language Proficiency Test and speaks fluently.

Amy serves on the Board of Directors for the Online News Association, the SXSW Accelerator Advisory BoardKnight-Batten Advisory Board, the Advisory Board for Temple University’s Journalism Program and the Advisory Board for the International Center for Journalists. She is one of the Knight News Challenge judges. Amy is also a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (Interactive Media Peer Group) and serves as a judge for the Emmy® awards. She has been on the adjunct journalism faculty at University of Maryland, Temple University, Tokyo University and University of the Arts. MORE

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KITCHEN BITCH: Leftoverture

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

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http://www.phawker.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/kitchen-bitch2.thumbnail.jpgBY MAVIS LINNEMANN I, like you, am still eating turkey and I’m starting to get sick of it. I decided last night that I wanted to make something very homey with my leftover turkey in the spirit of the holidays, something comforting but not at all related to Thanksgiving. In moments like these, there’s only one place to turn: mom. My mom was (still is) the queen of comfort food. Since there were so many mouths to feed in my family (triplets + me and my dad), casseroles were a staple in my mom’s culinary repertoire, and it’s no wonder why: they’re easy to prepare, warm, comforting and you can hide vegetables in between the layers. One casserole we kids really loved was my mom’s chicken tetrazzini. Made with spaghetti, creamy canned soup, chicken and peas, we thought it was the best thing to happen to us since sliced bread. It’s probably been almost 10 years since I’ve had it, so I decided to make a version of it last night. I was feeling lazy after all the Thanksgiving hullabaloo and Christmas decorating (I know y’all are feeling me here), so I decided to forgo making my own cream sauce in favor of those great pantry staples, cream of mushroom and cream of chicken soup. Yes, I know, it’s very Sandra Lee semi-homemade of me, but I just wanted deliciousness without all the fuss. I know many moms out there are going to love this recipe, because almost all the ingredients are probably already in your pantry or fridge. That’s the beauty of casserole recipes—you can change them up based upon whatever’s in your fridge. This creamy, mushroom- and pea-based casserole is a great way to use up that leftover turkey without feeling like you’re actually eating more turkey. (Please, no more turkey! No more cranberries! No more Thanksgiving until next year!) Turkey Tetrazzini is a home-style American dish that’s sure to win over your family, your wallet, and your leftover turkey. MORE

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EARLY WORD: NPR For The Jeff

Monday, November 29th, 2010

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In the wake of his hard-hitting Daily Beast piece on the Kensington Strangler and the gloves-off editorial he wrote for Phawker railing against the Philadelphia police departments’ unspoken policy of ignoring allegations of sexual violence against prostitutes, Jeff Deeney has been invited to discuss all the above on Radio Times tomorrow at 10 AM.

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BOOK REVIEW: Jay-Z’s Decoded

Monday, November 29th, 2010

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http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4092/5053921148_b44f529188_o.jpgBY MATTHEW HENGEVELD One thing is clear about Jay-Z’s new book, the memoir-cum-rap-treatise Decoded: He didn’t write it for the money. There are two “cash cow” stories he completely left out of the book. In the 334 pages documenting his life experiences, the names Nas and Beyoncé appear no more than once each. He never discusses his marriage with the R&B superstar and doesn’t even allude to his well-publicized and oft discussed feud with his Illmatic New York foil.

So, if you are looking for a gossip-filled book of big-booty sexploits and MC pissing contests, you’ll be fully disappointed with this book. Jay-Z’s memoir is pumped full of his entrepreneurial spirit and an examination of the hybridization of art and brand that is the modern hip-hop-industrial complex. Jay-Z wants to legitimize hip-hop. Not only as viable music form, but also as poetry with real literary value. He tackles this problem head-on with line-by-line deconstructions of lyrics from his songs. He provides tons of examples from popular songs like “99 Problems” to obscure tracks like “Beware of the Boys.” Ironically, his granular line readings provide some insight to the biographical back stories that inspired them, but are less effective at explaining the mechanics of his art.

This approach is more successful when he examines lines by rappers he most admires. For example, he takes rhyming words in Rakim’s “In the Ghetto” showcasing the powerful correlation these words have even when isolated. “Earth, birth, universe / Soul, controller / First, worst / Going, Flowing / Rough bust / State, shake, generate, earthquakes / Hard, boulevard, God, scarred…” It’s a convincing argument for hip-hop’s literary cred. Perhaps most potent is Jay-Z’s examination of his favorite storytellers — Slick Rick and Scarface. His comparison of the two story-telling MCs reminds me of an essay documenting the vast differences between Joyce and Yeats. The argument reveals a complexity to hip-hop that often eludes casual listeners.

On page 248 he declares, “The realness comes from how an MC shapes whatever their experience is into a rhyme … and the commitment to getting even the smallest details right.” Yet elsewhere in the book, he doesn’t seem to follow his own guidelines. He tells a story about being accosted by a group of thugs on a train. The whole thing seems dry and fabricated. In fact, all of his stories about his “hustler’s life” are riddled with ambiguity. They hardly contain as much vibrant detail as his stories about introduction to hip-hop and famous encounters with Bill Clinton, Bono, Quincy Jones and Michael Jordan. That’s not really a bad thing.  Stories about getting stoned with The Notorious B.I.G. are more entertaining than any street story I’ve ever heard.

He spends numerable chapters dissecting the dualities that inform the hip-hop state of mind, namely the symbiosis between the drug trade and law enforcement. Both provide a means of sustainability but come with a heavy price tag in the form of addiction, violence, injustice and corruption. He considers: “In some ways, rap was the ideal way for me to make sense of a life that was doubled…. How can a song about the election of a black president and the dreams of Martin Luther King have a chorus about the color of his Maybach?”

Though Jay-Z never implicitly states that this examination is a goal of writing his book. His point colludes with theories set forth by Charles H. Long, Egyptian mythologist, who suggests that all myth and folktale derive from society’s interpretation of opposites. Still, Decoded is not academia. It’s larded with juicy but ultimately banal commentary and written in the vernacular of the street. While he makes a strong case for the literary value of hip-hop, but he falls short at legitimizing hip-hop as a musical art form— completely disregarding the connections between a sample-based music and Cubism. Yet, despite all this, Decoded is a fascinating peephole into the inner life of hip-hop’s poet emeritus.

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WHISTLE BLOWN: Massive Wikileaks Dump Of State Department Cables Sets World Of Diplomacy On Fire

Sunday, November 28th, 2010

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THE GUARDIAN: The United States was catapulted into a worldwide diplomatic crisis today, with the leaking to the Guardian and other international media of more than 250,000 classified cables from its embassies, many sent as recently as February this year. At the start of a series of daily extracts from the US embassy cables – many designated “secret” – the Guardian can disclose that Arab leaders are privately urging an air strike on Iran and that US officials have been instructed to spy on the UN leadership. These two revelations alone would be likely to reverberate around the world. But the secret dispatches, which were obtained by WikiLeaks, the whistleblowers’ website, also reveal Washington’s evaluation of many other highly sensitive international issues. These include a shift in relations between China and North Korea, high-level concerns over Pakistan’s growing instability, and details of clandestine US efforts to combat al-Qaida in Yemen. MORE

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: According to a computer chat log published in June by Wired News, soldier http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5041/5217634178_1e329f5064_m.jpgBradley Manning bragged to Adrian Lamo, the hacker who turned him in, that he was going to unleash “worldwide anarchy in CSV [comma separated value] format.” “Hillary Clinton and several thousand diplomats around the world are going to have a heart attack when they wake up one morning and find an entire repository of classified foreign policy is available, in searchable format, to the public,” Manning said. “Everywhere there’s a US post, there’s a diplomatic scandal that will be revealed.” MORE

CBS NEWS: The U.K. Guardian reports Washington is running a secret intelligence campaign targeted at the leadership of the United Nations, including the secretary general, Ban Ki-moon and the permanent security council representatives from China, Russia, France and the UK. A classified directive which appears to blur the line between diplomacy and spying was issued to U.S. diplomats under Hillary Clinton’s name in July 2009, the Guardian reports, demanding forensic technical details about the communications systems used by top UN officials, including passwords and personal encryption keys used in private and commercial networks for official communications. MORE

CNN: The information Clinton directed the diplomats she oversees to ascertain ranged from basic biographical http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5041/5217634178_1e329f5064_m.jpgdata such as diplomats’ names and addresses to their frequent flyer and credit card numbers, to even “biometric information on ranking North Korean diplomats.” Typical biometric information includes fingerprints, signatures, and iris recognition. The cable, simply signed ‘CLINTON’, is classified S/NF – or ‘Secret/No Foreign’ – and was sent to 33 embassies and the U.N. mission offices in New York, Vienna, and Rome.  MORE

DAILY TELEGRAPH: King Abdullah proposed implanting detainees with a chip that contained their personal information before authorities tracked their movements using Bluetooth technology.[...]  “‘I’ve just thought of something,” the King added, and proposed implanting detainees with an electronic chip containing information about them and allowing their movements to be tracked with Bluetooth,” the cables said.” “This was done with horses and falcons, the King said.” [...] The King of Saudi Arabia also privately urged the United States to attack Iran to destroy its nuclear weapons programme, according to diplomatic cables leaked by the whistle-blowing website. MORE

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Saudi Arabia has repeatedly urged the United States to launch air strikes on Iran http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5041/5217634178_1e329f5064_m.jpgto destroy its nuclear program. “Cut off the head of the snake,” the Saudi ambassador to Washington urged Gen. David Petraeus, who commands U.S. forces in Afghanistan. Officials in Jordan, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt have all also secretly pushed for military strikes against Tehran‘s nuke plans, according to the secret cables. “The danger of letting it go on is greater than the danger of stopping it,” said Bahrain’s King Hamad. MORE

ABC NEWS: What the cables also reveal is the often frank assessments that diplomats make of foreign leaders for consumption back home. Italy’s Silvio Berlusconi comes in for a harsh review. He’s reportedly described in one cable as “feckless, vain, and ineffective as a modern European leader”. In another cable he is described as a “physically and politically weak” prime minister whose taste for partying means he doesn’t get enough rest. MORE

SLASH GEAR: Documents released as part of the ongoing WikiLeaks controversy have again fingered China as directly responsible for hacking attempts on Google in January 2010, with a Chinese source apparently informing the American Embassy in Beijing that the incidents were “part of a coordinated campaign of computer sabotage carried out by government operatives, private security experts and internet outlaws recruited by the Chinese government.” The attacks were supposedly prompted by a senior Politburo official finding critical sites when performing a vanity search using Google. According to the papers, the Chinese government’s hacking team has also broken into American government computers and those of Western allies, as well as those of the Dalai Lama and American businesses. Rather than being a one-off, the cyber attacks have been ongoing since 2002, the cables claim. MORE

DAILY BEAST: U.S. authorities were so anxious to resettle Guantanamo prisoners abroad that they were ready to strike any deal with a foreign country willing to take them. Officials offered Kiribati, a tiny island nation in the Pacific—population 98,000—millions of dollars in incentives to shelter Chinese Muslim detainees. They also bribed Slovenian officials to take an inmate in exchange for the chance to meet President Obama. MORE

WALL STREET JOURNAL: In a strategy aimed at raising its profile, WikiLeaks has been teaming up with newshttp://farm6.static.flickr.com/5041/5217634178_1e329f5064_m.jpg organizations on its leaks. Last week it offered The Wall Street Journal access to a portion of the documents it possesses if the Journal signed a confidentiality agreement. The Journal declined. “We didn’t want to agree to a set of pre-conditions related to the disclosure of the Wikileaks documents without even being given a broad understanding of what these documents contained,” a spokeswoman for the paper said. CNN also declined to make an agreement with WikiLeaks. It declined to comment further. MORE

PREVIOUSLY:  Just hours ahead of an expected release of three million classified U.S. documents, the website WikiLeaks said it has been the target of a computer attack. “We are currently under a mass distributed denial of service attack,” WikiLeaks tweeted midday Sunday. MORE

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RIP: Leslie Nielsen, Duke Of Deadpan, Dead At 84

Sunday, November 28th, 2010

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EW: The master of parody boasted a talent for delivering the most ridiculous lines in the straightest way possible, cloaking outright absurdity in straight-faced obliviousness. Ironically enough, the foundation of that earnest gravitas was built early in his career as a dramatic actor: After serving in the Royal Canadian Air Force and studying at New York City’s famed Actors Studio, the Saskatchewan-born Nielsen popped up on early ’50s TV. He received his first big film break playing sturdy Commander J.J. Adams in the 1956 sci-fi flick Forbidden Planet. Over the next few decades, he established himself as a reliable, handsome, rich-voiced character actor who graced myriad TV dramas (Peyton Place, Dr. Kildare) and movies (The Poseidon Adventure). His career took a comical hard left turn when he was cast as Dr. Rumack in the 1980 big-screen parody film Airplane! (Let us honor his famous line, which stands as one of the best retorts in comedic cinema history: “Surely you can’t be serious!” “I am serious. And don’t call me Shirley.”) MORE

FRESH AIR: In a 1993 interview on Fresh Air, Nielsen explained how the Naked Gun team — producers-directors-and-writers Jim Abrahams and David and Jerry Zucker — initially approached him, as well as Peter Graves, Lloyd Bridges and Robert Stack, to star in their 1980 disaster-movie spoof, Airplane! “They had written something that was just wonderfully dumb and funny,” he said. “And they knew that if [we] approached their material with the same seriousness and the same gravity with which we approached our police television shows that we were doing, that it would be very funny.” MORE

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Ex-Inquirer Editor-In-Chief Bill Marimow Debuts New Investigative Reporting Role With Damning Piece On School Superintendent Arlene Ackerman

Sunday, November 28th, 2010

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INQUIRER: In a highly unusual move, city School Superintendent Arlene C. Ackerman interceded to remove a contractor from a $7.5 million, no-bid emergency project and then awarded the work to a small company to install surveillance cameras in 19 dangerous schools, according to sources with extensive experience in district business operations.  IBS Communications Inc., the Philadelphia firm that was awarded the project, was not on a state-approved list of contractors eligible for emergency work. Without explanation, sources said, Ackerman summoned key aides to a meeting Sept. 23 and ordered them to award the work to IBS, a minority firm, without competitive bidding – even though her professional staff had asked another company to begin expedited work. It was the second time in the last year the superintendent had steered work to the Mount Airy company. On the earlier occasion, the district ended up paying 12 times more than the offering price of another contractor. MORE

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CONCERT REVIEW: Foxy Shazam At The TLA

Sunday, November 28th, 2010

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http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4112/5028289906_3f1f62aebf_t.jpgBY PELLE GUNTHER “If I had a genie, all three of those wishes would be that tonight was THE BEST SHOW EVER,” Eric Nally, front man for Ohio’s Foxy Shazam, screamed into his mic before raging through their single song set and leaving the stage with a nice “Thank you for having us, we’re Foxy Shazam.” Although they were thankfully cheered back on for an hour long “encore”, even that single song wouldn’t have disappointed. With Nally’s mic stand tricks, and the band’s various acrobatics and stage antics the show was as much a theatrical act as a concert with unrivaled wild, raw energy all wrapped around surprisingly brilliant glam rock with an edge.

In a short conversation after the show with Schuyler White, Foxy’s wildly bearded pianist, he said after riding around in a smelly RV for most of a tour, getting on stage was the where they were finally able to release and have fun. Although, when I saw them once before, Eric Nally said he did the things he did because he wants attention. And, with a stage act like theirs its hard not to give it to them. Not once during the show could you look around stage to find only boring cliche rocker stances. In fact, it makes it just about impossible to choose a favorite moment.

Aside from Nally doing mic stand tricks, diving, dancing, leapfrogging the guitarist, drinking water from a fan’s shoe, and eating four lit cigarettes, the trumpet player threw his instrument wildly in the air to the songs, the pianist stamped the keyboard, played with his ass and any number of other body parts and the audience ate every move right up. But the best moment for me was definitely their final song. They chose to do an a capella version of “Evil Thoughts” as opposed to their usual freak out, in honor of the last show of their tour. Nally ended by saying that they’d already done an encore and not to ask for one, which made their exeunt after the first song come into sudden clarity.

The focus of the night was most definitely on Foxy. The fans were a sure gauge of that, at least half of them leaving before Free Energy’s set. Earlier when the opener’s tried to psych up the crowd for Foxy and Free Energy, the cheer for the headliners was feeble when compared with Foxy’s wild cheering. My feelings about Free Energy’s indie pop rock were similarly dismal. Not that they were bad, just that they were extremely unimpressive. While I was not a large fan originally, it was clear that whatever they even had in their album didn’t carry over well in a live performance. If they had been by themselves, my perception might have been less swayed, but after Foxy’s performance, they never stood a chance.

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FREE WILLIE: Busting Willie Nelson For Possessing Pot Is Like Busting Firemen For Wearing Helmets

Saturday, November 27th, 2010

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ROLLING STONE: Willie Nelson was arrested yesterday at a border patrol checkpoint in Sierra Blanca, Texas after agents reportedly found 6 ounces of marijuana on his tour bus. Mickey Raphael, Nelson’s longtime harmonica player, tells Rolling Stone that the singer, who posted a $2,500 bond was freed by 1:30 p.m. yesterday, is in good spirits. “He said he feels great — he lost six ounces.” Raphael says Nelson, 77, was traveling without his band from California, where he spent the Thanksgiving holiday, to Austin, TX, where he owns a ranch. The El Paso Times reports that agents at a checkpoint searched his bus, called the Honeysuckle Rose III, at 9 a.m. Nelson admitted the pot was his and was taken to the local Hudspeth County jail. “It’s kind of surprising, but I mean we treat him like anybody else,” Hudspeth County Sherriff Arvin West told the newspaper. “He could get 180 days in county jail,” the sheriff added. “If he does, I’m going to make him cook and clean.” MORE

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