Thursday, April 29, 2010

Ah Ha. No plans to come through Austin on farewell tour. Bummer

The Go Go's in Austin?


THE GO-GO'S have announced that their upcoming tour will be their LAST.

--The last batch of dates, which they're calling their Happily Ever After - Farewell Tour, will begin with Lilith Fair performances in San Diego and Phoenix on July 7th and 8th, respectively . . . and will run through a July 27th show in Austin.

(--You can check out all the dates at their official website, here . . .)

--The band didn't give a specific reason for breaking things off . . . but it may be to do some more solo work. Lead singer BELINDA CARLISLE will be embarking on a big solo tour later this year. (--Dates haven't been announced yet.)

Of course there's an Austin connection with Kathy Valentine living here. I would definitely give them a nice sweet spot in rock n roll history. I'm there for the Austin show. A vid for nostalgic purposes.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Dates announced for Adam Lambert's tour

ADAM LAMBERT has announced the dates for his Glam Nation Tour.

--It'll kick off on June 4th in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania . . . and at least for now, it's scheduled to run through July 28th in Costa Mesa, California. More dates will be added later. (--You can find the full itinerary on Adam's site, here . . .)

--The opening acts will be 18-year-old ALLISON IRAHETA, who competed against Adam on the eighth season of "American Idol" . . . and ORIANTHI, the guitar minx who was going to be a part of MICHAEL JACKSON'S "This Is It" shows.

The Summers American Idol tour dates have been revealed

"American Idol" has unveiled the dates for this summer's Idols Live! Tour. It'll kick off on July 1st in Auburn Hills, Michigan . . . and run through a September 14th show in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (--You can find the full list of dates, here . . .)

Separateda at Birth.... Ali Lohan and Bert

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Spin's 125 top albums of past 25 yrs


"Spin" magazine has put out a list of The 125 Best Albums of the Past 25 Years, which dates back to 1985, when "Spin" magazine was founded.

--The U2 album, "Achtung Baby", came in at #1 . . . edging out PRINCE'S "Sign O' the Times". (--And hundreds of other superior albums. Arguably, I guess.)

--Here is the Top 20:

#1.) "Achtung Baby", U2 (1991)

#2.) "Sign O' the Times", PRINCE (1987)

#3.) "The Queen Is Dead", THE SMITHS (1986)

#4.) "Nevermind", NIRVANA (1991)

#5.) "OK Computer", RADIOHEAD (1997)

#6.) "It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back", PUBLIC ENEMY (1988)

#7.) "Appetite for Destruction", GUNS N' ROSES (1987)

#8.) "Rid of Me", PJ HARVEY (1993)

#9.) "Slanted and Enchanted", PAVEMENT (1992)

#10.) "The Downward Spiral", NINE INCH NAILS (1994)

#11.) "Tim", THE REPLACEMENTS (1985)

#12.) "Stankonia", OUTKAST (2000)

#13.) "Daydream Nation", SONIC YOUTH (1988)

#14.) "Paul's Boutique", BEASTIE BOYS (1989)

#15.) "New Day Rising", HUSKER DU (1985)

#16.) "Doolittle", PIXIES (1989)

#17.) "3 Feet High and Rising", DE LA SOUL (1989)

#18.) "Is This It", THE STROKES (2001)

#19.) "The Blueprint", JAY-Z (2001)

#20.) "Loveless", MY BLOODY VALENTINE (1991)

(--None of the Top 20 albums were released more recently than 2001 . . . none of the Top 50 were either. You have to go to #86 to find one released in the past five years. It was 2006's "Return to Cookie Mountain" by TV ON THE RADIO.)

(--You can check out the full Top 125 at, beginning here . . .)

Monday, April 26, 2010

Attention Beer Snobs

I'm a beer lover, but these beers are way out there. Has anyone had these?

The hard-hitting investigative journalists at "GQ" recently put together a list of the 50 best beers. I knew Anchor Steam, Sierra Nevada, and Sam Adams, but I've never heard of most of them, so this is one of those "beer snob lists."

--Here's a sampling . . .

#1.) BrewDog Smokehead

#2.) Hitachino Lacto Stout

#3.) Rogue Dead Guy Ale

#4.) Smuttynose Barleywine

#5.) Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye

#6.) Port Brewing Shark Attack Red

#7.) Russian River Pliny the Elder

#8.) Schneider Aventinus

#9.) Harviestoun Old Engine Oil

#10.) Great Divide Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout

(--You can check out the full list, along with a fruity description of each, here . . .)

Friday, April 23, 2010

Today would have been William Shakespeare's Birthday

He is credited with over 8,000 words and phrases that he created that we use in everyday language. Here are some of them:

All our yesterdays (Macbeth)

All that glitters is not gold (The Merchant of Venice)

All's well that ends well (title)

As good luck would have it (The Merry Wives of Windsor)

As merry as the day is long (Much Ado About Nothing / King John)

Bated breath (The Merchant of Venice)

Brave new world (The Tempest)

Break the ice (The Taming of the Shrew)

Breathed his last (3 Henry VI)

Brevity is the soul of wit (Hamlet)

Refuse to budge an inch (Measure for Measure / Taming of the Shrew)

Conscience does make cowards of us all (Hamlet)

Come what come may ("come what may") (Macbeth)

Comparisons are odorous (Much Ado about Nothing)

Crack of doom (Macbeth)

Dead as a doornail (2 Henry VI)

A dish fit for the gods (Julius Caesar)

Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war (Julius Caesar)

Dog will have his day (Hamlet)

Devil incarnate (Titus Andronicus / Henry V)

Eaten me out of house and home (2 Henry IV)

Elbow room (King John; first attested 1540 according to Merriam-Webster)
Farewell to all my greatness (Henry VIII)

Faint hearted (I Henry VI)

Fancy-free (Midsummer Night's Dream)

Fight till the last gasp (I Henry VI)
Flaming youth (Hamlet)

Fool's paradise (Romeo and Juliet)

Forever and a day (As You Like It)

For goodness' sake (Henry VIII)

Foregone conclusion (Othello)

Full circle (King Lear)

The game is afoot (I Henry IV)

The game is up (Cymbeline)

Give the devil his due (I Henry IV)

Good riddance (Troilus and Cressida)

Jealousy is the green-eyed monster (Othello)

It was Greek to me (Julius Caesar)

Heart of gold (Henry V)

Her infinite variety (Antony and Cleopatra)

'Tis high time (The Comedy of Errors)

Hoist with his own petard (Hamlet)

Household words (Henry V)

A horse, a horse! My kingdom for a horse! (Richard III)

Ill wind which blows no man to good (2 Henry IV)

Improbable fiction (Twelfth Night)

In a pickle (The Tempest)

In my heart of hearts (Hamlet)

In my mind's eye (Hamlet)
Infinite space (Hamlet)

Infirm of purpose (Macbeth)

In a pickle (The Tempest)

In my book of memory (I Henry VI)

It is but so-so(As You Like It)

It smells to heaven (Hamlet)
Itching palm (Julius Caesar)

Kill with kindness (Taming of the Shrew)

Killing frost (Henry VIII)

Knit brow (The Rape of Lucrece)

Knock knock! Who's there? (Macbeth)

Laid on with a trowel (As You Like It)

Laughing stock (The Merry Wives of Windsor)

Laugh yourself into stitches (Twelfth Night)

Lean and hungry look (Julius Caesar)

Lie low (Much Ado about Nothing)

Live long day (Julius Caesar)

Love is blind (Merchant of Venice)

Men's evil manners live in brass; their virtues we write in water (Henry VIII)

Melted into thin air (The Tempest)

Though this be madness, yet there is method in it ("There's a method to my madness") (Hamlet)

Make a virtue of necessity (The Two Gentlemen of Verona)

The Makings of(Henry VIII)

Milk of human kindness (Macbeth)

Ministering angel (Hamlet)

Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows (The Tempest)

More honored in the breach than in the observance (Hamlet)

More in sorrow than in anger (Hamlet)

More sinned against than sinning (King Lear)

Much Ado About Nothing (title)

Murder most foul (Hamlet)

Murder will out (Hamlet)

Naked truth (Love's Labours Lost)

Neither rhyme nor reason (As You Like It)

Not slept one wink (Cymbeline)

Nothing in his life became him like the leaving it (Macbeth)

[Obvious] as a nose on a man's face (The Two Gentlemen of Verona)

Once more into the breach (Henry V)

One fell swoop (Macbeth)

One that loved not wisely but too well (Othello)

Time is out of joint (Hamlet)

Out of the jaws of death (Twelfth Night)

Own flesh and blood (Hamlet)

Star-crossed lovers (Romeo and Juliet)

Parting is such sweet sorrow (Romeo and Juliet)

What's past is prologue (The Tempest)
[What] a piece of work [is man] (Hamlet)

Pitched battle (Taming of the Shrew)

A plague on both your houses (Romeo and Juliet)

Play fast and loose (King John)

Pomp and circumstance (Othello)

[A poor] thing, but mine own (As You Like It)

Pound of flesh (The Merchant of Venice)

Primrose path (Hamlet)

Quality of mercy is not strained (The Merchant of Venice)

Salad days (Antony and Cleopatra)

Sea change (The Tempest)

Seen better days (As You Like It? Timon of Athens?)

Send packing (I Henry IV)

How sharper than the serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child (King Lear)

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day (Sonnets)

Make short shrift (Richard III)

Sick at heart (Hamlet)

Snail paced (Troilus and Cressida)

Something in the wind (The Comedy of Errors)

Something wicked this way comes (Macbeth)

A sorry sight (Macbeth)

Sound and fury (Macbeth)

Spotless reputation (Richard II)

Stony hearted (I Henry IV)

Such stuff as dreams are made on (The Tempest)

Smooth runs the water where the brook is deep ("Still waters run deep") (2 Henry VI)

The short and the long of it (The Merry Wives of Windsor)

Sweet are the uses of adversity (As You Like It)

Sweets to the sweet (Hamlet)

Swift as a shadow (A Midsummer Night's Dream

Tedious as a twice-told tale (King John)

Set my teeth on edge (I Henry IV)

Tell truth and shame the devil (1 Henry IV)

Thereby hangs a tale (Othello; in context, this seems to have been already in use)

There's no such thing (?) (Macbeth)

There's the rub (Hamlet)

This mortal coil (Hamlet)

To gild refined gold, to pain the lily ("to gild the lily") (King John)

To thine own self be true (Hamlet)

Too much of a good thing (As You Like It)

Tower of strength (Richard III)

Towering passion (Hamlet)

Trippingly on the tongue (Hamlet)

Truth will out (The Merchant of Venice)

Violent delights have violent ends (Romeo and Juliet)

Wear my heart upon my sleeve (Othello)

What the dickens (The Merry Wives of Windsor)

What's done is done (Macbeth)

What's in a name? A rose by any other name would smell as sweet. (Romeo and Juliet)

What fools these mortals be (A Midsummer Night's Dream)

What the dickens (The Merry Wives of Windsor)

Wild-goose chase (Romeo and Juliet)

Wish is father to that thought (2 Henry IV)

Witching time of night (Hamlet)

Working-day world (As You Like It)

The world's my oyster (2 Henry IV)

Yeoman's service (Hamlet)

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Want to ask me anything? Feel free. I ain't skeered

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

I felt bad for playing Intervention Cry Guy, until I saw that someone took it a step further

P.I.L. at Coachella

Hope they play ACL. One of my favs. You either followed punk rock or you didn't. You either "Get this" or you "don't". Love it, love it, love it.

rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtis

According to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno't mtaetr waht oerdr the ltteres in a wrod are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. If you can raed tihs, psot it to yuor wlal. Olny 55% of plepoe can

Damn this is sexy