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TSOL Singer Jack Grisham Has New Book Out; Exploring Run for Senate in 2012

Posted in Announcements, Music, Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 15, 2011 by Ro

This is Jack. In my car.

Jack Grisham, lead singer for the popular 80’s punk/goth band TSOL, has a new book out.

“An American Demon: A Memoir” is a sometimes touching, mostly cringe-worthy book  detailing the evolution of Grisham’s life. Between dysfunctional family issues, the 80’s punk scene, religion, surfing, addiction, and cross-dressing, Jack’s neurotic story-telling combined with his unabashed hilarity makes this a “must-read” even for non-punk fans. Buy the book at Amazon.com.

In other Jack news, our hero is exploring the possibility of running for the senate in 2012 under the social-democrat platform. In 2003, he ran for governor of California but lost to Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Old punks remember that during the the early years of TSOL, Grisham was an outspoken anarchist, and his lyrics were often highly critical of the government. Songs such as “Abolish Government/Silent Majority,” “Peace Thru Power,” and “Property Is Theft” were standard in TSOL’s song sets. Grisham later changed his anti-government stance, stating, “What I realized about anarchy is that we are not responsible enough to be anarchist. There’s no way possible. We’re not responsible enough to be that. That’s a heavy concept.” For those paying attention, yes this came straight from his Wikipedia article, but I wrote most of his Wiki it so it’s cool.

LA/OC folks… go check out Jack’s book release party in Long Beach on May 1st. Details here.

Here is a young Jack with TSOL making a fashion statement. Now decades later, he still dresses with flair and still has that crazy head of hair!

Blow Popped at LAX With “Anomaly in His Pants.” Luckily, no Crack was Exposed.

Posted in Comedy, Entertainment, Music with tags , , , , , , , on January 18, 2011 by Ro

Ok so this happened in early December but I don’t know how I missed it. I’m writing about it now solely to showcase my HILARIOUS headline-writing skills.

December 2, 2010: Rapper Kurtis Blow was ticketed at the TSA security checkpoint at LAX after body-scanning technology detected “an anomaly in his pants.”  The TSA determined that a closer look at the small package in his pants was necessary. The anomaly turned out to be less than one ounce of weed – not enough to detain him. So Mr. Blow was ticketed and sent on to his flight.

Good thing the anomaly in his pants was so small.

Drummer Alex Kirst Killed in Hit and Run Accident

Posted in Deaths, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 16, 2011 by Ro


Alex Kirst (far right), the drummer for the iconic 1990’s band The Nymphs, was killed on January 13 in a hit-and-run car accident in which he was a pedestrian. He was 47 years old.

The Nymphs time was sadly short-lived as trouble with their record label Geffen along with some band member’s battles with drugs and alcohol lead to their early break-up in 1992. Since then, Alex and his guitarist brother Whitey Kirst played occasionally for punk-rock godfather Iggy Pop. Whitey said in a statement,

“I’m devastated. Just devastated. He was my big brother. He’s dynamite. He’s great. I loved playing with my brother, and since I was a kid, I always wanted to do that and I got to do that.”

Check out their only release in 1991 called “The Nymphs”.

On a personal note, In the 1990’s The Nymphs sold out every venue they played. I remember waiting in line with Mike Watt (The Minutemen, fIREHOSE, Iggy and the Stooges), Raymond Pettibon (artist), and Ricky Sepulveda (Guitarist for Lawndale and Nervous Gender) at Raji’s on Hollywood Boulevard when all of a sudden the fire marshal came to shut down the venue. We all scattered and ended up drinking in a seedy TV bar where the “ladies” were interested in Raymond and Mike Watt. They ignored me, and they hated Ricky.  But then again, most women hated Ricky.

 

Musician Teena Marie Died. Questo Got All “Kanye” for a Few Minutes.

Posted in Deaths, Entertainment, Music, News, Social Media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 27, 2010 by Ro

Part 1: Teena Marie Dies

Teena Marie, the only white female artist (besides Michael Jackson) to break into the R&B music scene to a urban majority audience has died of  “natural causes” at the age of 54.

On the evening of December 26, Marie was found dead in her bedroom by her daughter Alia Rose (also known under stage name Rose LeBeau) one day after Alia’s December 25th Birthday.

Teena Marie was an R&B singer/guitarist and a protégé of soul artist Rick James. Romantically and professionally linked to James,  the duo often collaborated and toured together.

Stemming from her lawsuit against Motown records, she leaves behind as her legacy “The Teena Marie Law”, which states that a record company cannot hold an artist under contract without publishing their material.

Part 2: Twitter Goes Apeshit

It started with rumors and speculation on Twitter. Did Teena Marie die or not? After all, there was a Teena Marie death hoax a few years ago. And she admittedly had a prior addiction to prescription medication. But no one wants to look stupid claiming that she died and looking like a sucker if the person in question did not actually die.

It all appeared to start with Shelia E’s announcement:


Then Questo from The Roots replied to Sheila and said he needed a whiter source of news.  (I know the time stamps are off, but I just took screenshots at different times):

Ron Isley from The Isley Brothers chimed in:

But Questo wasn’t buying it. He still needed verification from “The Man”:

Next, Questo links to The Huffington Post’s article and wonders if this is “white enough.” Me thinks it is. :

Incoming! CNN:

Ok now the Q-Man is convinced:

Then came the Twitter backlash against Questlove ranging from things like his Courtney Love comment, his need for a “whiter” news source, his seemingly contrived grieving for Teena Marie, etc.

Don’t get me wrong: I’m a big fan of the Roots and I love Questlove on twitter because he talks politics, love, and usually keeps it real and makes people think. But for a few minutes, I thought that this had the potential to be his Rick Sanchez moment and his downfall. Remember when CNN fired Rick Sanchez during his tirade against Jon Stewart? It went like this:

“I’m telling you that everybody who runs CNN is a lot like Stewart, and a lot of people who run all the other networks are a lot like Stewart, and to imply that somehow they — the people in this country who are Jewish — are an oppressed minority? Yeah.” – Rick Sanchez

But the music business is more forgiving if you keep making hit records. So rock-on Questo!

By the way, here are Teena Marie’s last twats, a quote about living forever and birthday wishes for her daughter. Very sad. My condolences to Rose. :

 

Here is Rick James and Teena Marie singing, “I’m Just a Sucker for Your Love”

25 Years Ago Today: D Boon from the Minutemen Died at Age 27

Posted in Deaths, Music, News with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 22, 2010 by Ro


On December 22, 1985, D. Boon, the 27-year-old singer/guitarist for the band Minutemen died tragically. He was killed in a single car accident on I-10 in Arizona after the van that he was a passenger in ran off the road and ejected him from the rear doors.

 I went by his grave on Thanksgiving and cleaned it during my   annual grave-cleaning trek (My father, aunt, father-in-law, and lots of friends are buried in the same cemetery). But his grave is at the bottom of a hill and was caked in mud and oil (as you can see from the greasy tire mark made from a riding mower).

 Another tragedy is that the Minutemen albums are big sellers for SST records (owned by Greg Ginn), and I can tell you on behalf of George Hurley that he hasn’t seen a lick of royalties ever. Time to lawyer-up, I say. If it weren’t illegal, I’d recommend that you go and download “3-Way Tie (For Last)” on the torrents. But that’s illegal so don’t do it.

Rapper Guru is in a Coma

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , on March 1, 2010 by Ro

Rapper Guru (Keith Elam, 43) is in a coma after suffering a heart attack on Sunday. He is scheduled for surgery today at a New York hospital.

Guru and his partner DJ Premier were the hip-hop group Gang Starr. Guru’s opus is his work on Jazzmatazz, a hip-hop and jazz fusion project. He is considered a pioneer of hip-hop/jazz crossover.

 

 

American Idol producers want Howard Stern to replace Simon

Posted in Entertainment, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 6, 2010 by Otto

NY POST: “American Idol” producers are eager to hire Howard Stern to replace Simon Cowell as the show’s tough-talking judge, sources tell Page Six.

An insider said that producers of the hit Fox show say Stern, America’s highest-paid radio personality, is their top choice to take over from Cowell, who leaves at the end of this season. They approached the King of All Media after he repeatedly mentioned on-air that his exclusive Sirius XM Radio deal expires next January and he was open to other offers. Cowell was paid $50 million a year.

A source connected to “Idol” said, “It’s one of the few shows that could compete with Stern’s $100 million-a-year Sirius contract, and ‘Idol’ bosses think he’d be even nastier than Simon.

“They know he would be great TV and would clash with the other judges such as Ellen DeGeneres and the contestants. ‘Idol’ will do what it takes to sign him.”

But a second source told us Stern hasn’t made the “Idol” talks easy, and has been giving out mixed messages about his intentions.

“Despite what he’s been saying on-air, Howard isn’t ready to leave radio and would like to stay on at Sirius,” the source said. “We believe this is a ploy to make Sirius pay up and keep him on his huge contract. But if Sirius can’t pay him the money he wants, he may negotiate to film ‘Idol’ on the side.”

Stern is also believed to be reluctant to commit to a show that would require him to tour the US as a judge and spend much of the year in Los Angeles.

He recently said, somewhat cryptically, “I was approached by a major TV network to take over a TV show and leave here and do that next year — and I did turn it down . . . I’m not even sure if I want to be working. I’m waiting to see what happens.”

This will never happen. Even if they moved the show to New York, Stern would not travel around the country to listen to the initial auditions. Stern would love to take the job, considering he is into the show more than a prepubescent girl. I think he would be awesome on it, insulting Seacrest, Ellen, Randy, and most likely key Fox executives by the second show.

Let’s not forget this is another show or concept that Stern claimed to conceive, because he used to have 3 record producers on his show to listen to amateur bands, and have them fight for a contract. Of course Stern has interviewed Kevin Bacon, therefore by 6 or less degrees of separation, Stern has invented every concept ever used on TV since Stern’s first shows on college radio. He will inform you of this fact repeatedly as well.

This is nothing but a PR move by FOX to promote Idol, on a FOX owned newspaper, as a viable show. This comes on the heels of the mass realization that the show has grown stale, lost it’s key talent, and was gay from the beginning. Not homosexual gay, but just gay like having sex with another man in his anus.

This is the last you will hear of this, unless you listen to The Howard Stern Radio Show, where he will talk about it repeatedly, and refer to it until he retires.

Beware of Pete Townshend!

Posted in Crime, Music, Sports with tags , , , , , on January 28, 2010 by Ro


Some Miami residents were treated to an advisory sent out by Protect Our Children, Inc. warning them about an alleged child predator: Pete Townshend, guitarist from the rock band The Who.

Why are they targeting Townshend? In 2003, he was placed on a UK sex-offender list for charges related to online child pornography. The Who will be in Miami on February 7th to play during Superbowl half-time.

Lady Gaga Stumbles Onstage… TWICE!

Posted in Entertainment, Music with tags , , on December 6, 2009 by Ro

Are 25 inch heels really necessary? Safety first, dumbass!

Murdoch Defends Glenn Beck’s Statement that Obama is a Racist: ‘He Was Right’

Posted in Actors. LOL., Crime, Entertainment, Movies, Music, News, Politics, Sports, War with tags , , , , , , on November 10, 2009 by Otto
Murdoch

Rupert Murdoch Owns A Few Things:

Film

* Twentieth Century Fox
* Twentieth Century Fox Español
* Twentieth Century Fox International
* Twentieth Century Fox Television
* Fox Searchlight Pictures
* Fox Studios Australia
* Fox Studios Baja
* Fox Studios Los Angeles
* Fox Television Studios

Television
Broadcast/Production assets

* 20th Century Fox Television
* 20th Television
* bTV
* Foxtel
* Fox Broadcasting Company
* Fox International Channels Italy
* Fox Kids (1990-2002)
* Fox Sports Australia
* Fox Telecolombia
* Fox Television Stations
* Fox Television Studios
* Imedi TV
* Latvijas Neatkarīgā Televīzija
* MyNetworkTV
* STAR TV
* TV5 Rīga

Cable Assets

* Big Ten Network (49%)
* Fox Business Network
* Fox College Sports
* Fox Movie Channel
* Fox News Channel
* Fox Soccer Channel
* Fox Sports Enterprises
* Fox Sports en Español
* Fox Sports Net
* FUEL TV
* FX Networks
* Fox Reality
* National Geographic Channel (50%)
o National Geographic Channel UK (50%)
* Speed Channel
* SportSouth
* LAPTV (Latin America — co-owned with Paramount Pictures/Viacom, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/MGM Holdings and Universal Studios/NBC Universal)
* Telecine (Brazil — co-owned with Globosat Canais, Paramount Pictures, MGM, Universal Studios and DreamWorks);

Direct broadcast satellite Assets

* BSkyB (39.1%)
* Sky Deutschland (39.96%)
* SKY Italia
* SKY Network Television (43.65%)
* Tata Sky (20%)

Internet

* Fox Interactive Media
o AmericanIdol.com
o AskMen.com
o Fox.com
o Foxsports.com
o GameSpy
o Hulu.com
o kSolo
o IGN
o Drownedinsound.com
o MySpace
o MyNetworktv.com
o NewRoo.com
o Strategicdatacorp.com
o Photobucket.com
o Rotten Tomatoes
o Scout.com
o SpringWidgets
o WhatIfSports

* Beliefnet
* News Digital Media
* Slingshot Labs

Magazines and Inserts

* InsideOut
* donna hay
* News America Marketing
* SmartSource
Newspapers and Information Services

United Kingdom

News International

* The Sun
* News of the World
* The Times
* Sunday Times
* thelondonpaper (a free newspaper which closed in September 2009)

Australasia

News Limited

* The Daily Telegraph (Sydney)
* The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney)
* The Australian (national)
* The Weekend Australian (national)
* The Advertiser (Adelaide)
* Sunday Mail (Adelaide)
* The Sunday Times (Perth)
* Herald Sun (Melbourne)
* Sunday Herald Sun (Melbourne)
* mX (Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane)
* The Courier-Mail (Brisbane)
* The Cairns Post (Cairns, Queensland)
* Geelong Advertiser
* Gold Coast Bulletin
* The Mercury and Sunday Tasmanian (Hobart)
* Northern Territory News (Darwin)
* The Sunday Territorian (Darwin)
* Australian Associated Press (45%)

Papua New Guinea

* Papua New Guinea Post-Courier

Fiji

* The Fiji Times

United States

* New York Post

Community Newspaper Group

* The Brooklyn Paper
* Courier-Life Publications
* TimesLedger Newspapers
* Bronx Times Reporter Inc.

International

Dow Jones & Company

Consumer Media Group

* The Wall Street Journal – the leading US financial newspaper.
* Wall Street Journal Europe
* Wall Street Journal Asia
* Barron’s – weekly financial markets magazine.
* Marketwatch – Financial news and information website.
* Far Eastern Economic Review
* Financial News

Enterprise Media Group

* Dow Jones Newswires – global, real-time news and information provider.
* Factiva – provides business news and information together with content delivery tools and services.
* Dow Jones Indexes – stock market indexes and indicators, including the Dow Jones Industrial Average.
* Dow Jones Financial Information Services — produces databases, electronic media, newsletters, conferences, directories, and other information services on specialised markets and industry sectors.
* Betten Financial News — leading Dutch language financial and economic news service.

Local Media Group

* Dow Jones Local Media Group (formerly Ottaway Community Newspapers) – 8 daily and 15 weekly regional newspapers.

Strategic Alliances

* STOXX (33%) – joint venture with Deutsche Boerse and SWG Group for the development and distribution of Dow Jones STOXX indices.
* Vedomosti (33%) – Russia’s leading financial newspaper (joint venture with Financial Times and Independent Media).
* SmartMoney (50%)
* FiLife.com (50%)

Books

* HarperCollins
o HarperCollins India (40%) joint venture with India Today Group
* Zondervan Publishing
o Youth Specialties — organisation helping youth workers worldwide through training seminars and conventions, resources and the internet.
o Inspirio — religious gift production.

Miscellaneous

* National Rugby League (NRL) (50%)
* Ansett Australia, Until 2000 (50%)
* Jamba! – Mobile Entertainment/Mobile Handsets Personalisation/Games.
* News Outdoor Group – Largest outdoor advertising company in Eastern Europe with over 70,000 ads including billboards and bus shelters, operating in Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, India, Israel, Poland, Romania, Russia (96 cities), Turkey & Ukraine.
o Maximedia Israel (67%)
o Mosgorreklama (50%) – Russia sign and marketing material manufacturer
o Kamera Acikhava Reklamclik (?) – leading outdoor advertising company in Turkey
* NDS Group (49%) – DRM and conditional access company.