Saturday, March 03, 2007

Doves - Pounding

Live on Jools. I could not love this song more. Doves are a regular on my playlist at the flowershop on Saturday mornings, along with The Smiths, The Mondays, New Order, Oasis and The Roses. Manchester bands feel like Saturday to me. Especially rainy Saturdays. And I mean that in the Goldfrapp sort of way. "You're my Saturday."

I hope that doesn't sound too insane. Oh well.

Boy, Liz Hurley knows how to throw weddings

I can hardly wait to see the piccies in Hello!

Although the invitation given to guests said they would be going to the pair's 'marriage' it emerged yesterday that they had actually wed the day before in a private civil ceremony at the castle.

That did not stop 41-year-old Hurley from throwing an extravagant affair to celebrate her nuptials. She arrived in the morning and had a team of four hairdressers, three make-up artists and a dresser to help her prepare. Nayar, 42, arrived at 3.15pm in a blue Bentley.

The perimeter of the castle was protected by security guards who stopped passers-by walking along footpaths that were too close to the walls.

The couple were determined to protect their lucrative Hello! magazine, rumoured to be worth £2m, that gives the publication exclusive rights to photographs inside the party, set in a white marquee on the castle's grounds.

Afterwards Hurley and Nayar will take guests to Mumbai where there will be a week of events, including a traditional Hindu ceremony and cricket match.

Empire - NME awards 2007

Friday, March 02, 2007

Um, Senator Reid?

Senator Lieberman is NOT a Democrat.

He's an Independent. An actual Democrat, Ned Lamont, beat him in the primary. Therefore, and I'm going out on a limb here, I don't think he should give the Democratic radio address this week. Because he's not a Democrat.

Bootlicking pissant, yes.

Democrat, no.


Girls just wanna have fun

Looks like Nicola and Sarah had a good time at the NME awards, bless them.

Modfather for versuscancer

FUCK ME! This is going to be a hell of a show!

MODFATHER Paul Weller is the latest legend to sign up for Manchester charity extravaganza Versus Cancer.

The former Jam and Style Council frontman, who has topped charts over three decades with tracks like The Eton Rifles, Shout to the Top, and Wild Wood, will join a star-studded line-up at the MEN Arena show.

The March 30 concert, organised by former The Smiths' bassist Andy Rourke and his charity the Great Northern Aid Trust, promises to raise thousands for cancer research, with charities like Christie Hospital set to benefit.

Stone Roses singer Ian Brown, Echo and the Bunnymen, and nineties soul-rockers McAlmont and Butler are already confirmed, and Paul Weller is expected to team-up on stage with Charlatans singer Tim Burgess.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Random Ten

1. Bad Reputation- Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
2. Goodbye Earl- Dixie Chicks
3. Round Round- Sugababes
4. Half The World Away- Oasis
5. Can't Get Out Of Bed- Charlatans
6. Take Me To The River- Al Green
7. Mr. Brownstone- GNR
8. Hot Soft Light- The Hold Steady
9. The Winner Takes It All- ABBA
10. Ruby- Kaiser Chiefs

11. Judy Is a Punk- Ramones
12. Out On the Tiles- Led Zeppelin
13. Sound Of the Underground- Girls Aloud
14. Strict Machine- Goldfrapp

Scream Team with special guest....

Mick Jones! See previous post as to why Conor McNicholas presented the Screamers with the award.

Primal Scream have bagged the prestigious Godlike Genius prize at the Shockwaves NME Awards tonight (March 1) - and they celebrated by offering up a major surprise during their live performance.

The band's name was announced at London's Hammersmith Palais by NME editor Conor McNicholas and Clash legend Mick Jones.

Jones then joined them onstage to play a version of The Clash's legendary 1978 single '(White Man) In Hammersmith Palais'.

The band also performed their classic singles 'Movin' On Up', 'Country Girl', 'Rocks' and 'Swastika Eyes'.

During their acceptance speech, frontman Bobby Gillespie thanked new bands such as The View and The Gossip.


No comment-

Pete Doherty and his model girlfriend Kate Moss left the Shockwaves NME Awards 2007 early tonight (March 1).

The couple were were asked to leave the ceremony by security after a series of incidents at the ceremony held at Hammersmith Palais.

According to a source who spoke to NME.COM on the condition of remaining anonymous, the couple got into trouble after becoming too amorous for the security personel's liking.

The source said the loved-up pair were first caught trying to get into the venue's toilets together and were later caught in an alleyway at the back of the building together.

The anonymous source said: "Pete and Kate were trying to get into the premises' toilets but they were removed by the bouncers and told to go back to their table.

"Later they were both caught in a dark alleyway at the back of the building. So we got their own security guards to put them in a car and take them home."

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

For the record

I think it's freaking ridiculous that I'm still using my heavy duvet and electric blanket, and we're supposed to have thunderstorms, potentially severe storms, tonight. It's 35 degrees.


Thank you.

NME awards

To say that there is some potential for mayhem at the NME awards tomorrow, is a massive understatement. There's an open bar and rock stars. Tewtelly cool.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Oscar fashion roundup

My thoughts are as follows:


a- Navy blue and aubergine (Emily Blunt and Reese Witherspoon)
b- One-shouldered dresses (Kate Winslet and Cate Blanchett)
c- straight hair is back (Mrs. Urban and Mrs. Martin)

Unfortunate mishaps

a- Jennifer Hudson being led astray by Andre Leon Talley (Vogue) and Oscar De La Renta. I think Andre took his weight off too fast, and this resulted in his thinking that it was Studio 54 in the late 1970's, not the Academy Awards in 2007.
Mr. Talley, let's just put it this way- Bianca Jagger ain't going to be riding a horse through this after-party.

And Mr. De La Renta? He dresses skinny socialites, wives of Dr. Strangelove (Annette Kissinger) and SJP, who haven't consumed actual food since, well, Studio 54 in the 1970's. It's not J-Hud's fault.

b- I've said for a while that Chanel and Valentino were slipping. And now, this is being shifted from theory to scientific (fashion) law. Case in point- Kirsten Dunst and Cameron Diaz's respective dresses.

Kirsten's was couture. I get couture. It was still weird. And Cameron's looked like an odd combo of the curtains in my posh Aunt Sandy's front living room (the one where you can't sit on the furniture) and my junior prom dress. Only my prom dress wasn't a Valen-Freaking-Tino.

And I'd like to state for the record, I want to look like Helen Mirren when I finally grow up.


Why am I not terribly surprised that Steve Jones is the only one who doesn't deny knowing the madam? Once a Sex Pistol, always a Sex Pistol.

That was awful. My apologies.

In "Secrets of a Hollywood SuperMadam," an autobiography due in bookstores Thursday, Gibson names two dozen celebrities she says patronized her call-girl service.

Many of the names also appear in her phone books, a payment log and other records from the case that have been unsealed by Los Angeles Superior Court and can now be viewed in unredacted form.

A review of the court file shows that Gibson listed actor Bruce Willis; former Dodgers Manager Tom Lasorda; Steve Jones, the Sex Pistols guitarist and KDLE-FM (103.1) radio jock; and the late film producer Don Simpson, among others.

via Salon

V Festival lineup

I'm dying here, people! Lookit this! Kasabian, Basement Jaxx, Amy, Lily, KT and OH MY GOD, HAPPY MONDAYS! AND PRIMAL SCREAM????

The Killers
Foo Fighters
Snow Patrol
Basement Jaxx
The Kooks
Amy Winehouse
Manic Street Preachers
The Fratellis
Primal Scream
Lily Allen
Damien Rice
Happy Mondays
Paolo Nutini
KT Tunstall
James Morrison
Sophie Ellis-Bextor
The Coral
The Fray
The Proclaimers
The Goo Goo Dolls

Am I crazy?

I just downloaded the Kaiser Chiefs's new single, 'Ruby,' and I swear that the guitar solo sounds familiar. Not ripped off (though there's nothing wrong with that, a long-honored rock tradition), maybe just the same key? What the hell does it sound like? This will make me crazy.

Oh God, to me, it sounds like the guitar in 'The Final Countdown' by Europe. My hair-metal fan past rears it's ugly, Rave-hairsprayed head again.

Good song, though. Ricky Wilson is a hot ginger.

Monday, February 26, 2007


For my fives (maybe tens:) of readers, as of yesterday, I will be posting regularly at Oh, Beehave, in addition to my ramblings here.

It's nice to know that I'm not the only Anglophile in the U.S.

This? Kicks Ass

This is ridiculous-

Worried that a negative stereotype of the sorority was contributing to a decline in membership that had left its Greek-columned house here half empty, Delta Zeta’s national officers interviewed 35 DePauw members in November, quizzing them about their dedication to recruitment. They judged 23 of the women insufficiently committed and later told them to vacate the sorority house.

This is disgusting-

The 23 members included every woman who was overweight. They also included the only black, Korean and Vietnamese members. The dozen students allowed to stay were slender and popular with fraternity men — conventionally pretty women the sorority hoped could attract new recruits. Six of the 12 were so infuriated they quit.

But then, it gets REAL interesting-

If you read in between the lines of the news story, it's fabulous: they kicked out a computer science major with the research skills to go track down evidence of past discrimination in the library; a junior with the organizational skills and chutzpah to put together an open meeting at the student union to tell the DePauw student body what had really happened; and the editor of the DePauw student paper (what were they thinking?!?).

I love it when college women make trouble, don't you? Rock on, ladies.

via Broadsheet

Storm, trois

This is what it looks like all over SE Iowa. Ice, snow & collapsed electric poles.

The storm, part two

I actually left the house today (my day off) and ran into town for a while. There are trees snapped in half all along the road, and the storm fence (to prevent snow from drifting) along Hwy. 61 had collapsed in places. I kept thinking, "Chet's going to declare a state of emergency." And so he did. Thanks, Gov. Culver.

Most of my hometown* should get power back tomorrow, but the rural areas are especially hard-hit. There's a 2-3 mile stretch that might not get power back till several days into March. This includes my friend Jen and her hubby's dairy farm. And let me tell you, cows do not understand that the electric is out. I'm so glad they have a generator.

Y'all, it's Iowa at the end of February, and it's cold here. This is not good.

*My mom's flower shop avoided disaster. When the power went out in town, my dad went in and pulled all of the flowers out of the cooler and put them in the garage. In a few hours, the temp went from 36 degrees in the cooler to 45**. Again, not good. We were almost physically ill thinking about if this had happened at Valentine's Day.

**That still may sound cool, but believe me, flowers are picky little bitches who are constantly having hot flashes. You want that temp cooler than cool. Ice cold, if you will.

LDN, live

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Oscars commentary at the Guardian

This post by Xan Brooks is the funniest damn thing I've read in days.....

7.40pm: "I was just backstage drinking with Jack Nicholson and Al Gore," says George Clooney. "I don't think he's running for president."

Clooney is here to hand out the Oscar for best supporting actress. His line is funny, but it is effortlessly trumped by the response of Dreamgirls' Jennifer Hudson, which is purely hilarious. "Oh God," she screams. "Look what God can do."

Needless to say this raises all kinds of theological issues. Principal among these is that if God's greatest miracle is His ability to bestow supporting actress Oscars on losing American Idol contestants, then one wonders if He is using His time as wisely as He might.

What God cannot do, apparently, is extend J-Hud's time at the podium. The music soars and drowns out her tears.

Eat your Wheaties

Now with added Beckham!

Until now "Brand Beckham" has not been as strong in the US as in the rest of the world, but all that appears to be changing since the iconic athlete signed to promote Wheaties. By appearing on packaging for the product, which dubs itself "the breakfast of champions", Becks follows in the footsteps of one of his greatest sporting idols, Michael Jordan.

I didn't realize

that vintage LaBelle stage costumes were acceptable Oscar wear.

picture from Reuters

Note to idiot commentators on E!

J-Lo's Marchesa dress? Not vintage.

The storm

Meteorologist Donna Dubberke predicted additional ice and snow accumulation overnight.

"Saturday in the Burlington area there were lots of reports of 1/4– to 1/2–inch ice," she said. "It was mostly rapid rain accumulation that caused all the damage going on down there."