viernes, 30 de julio de 2010

Phrase of The Day

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.

Dr. Seuss (1904 - 1991)

Word Of The Day

inchoate • \in-KOH-ut\ • adjective

: being only partly in existence or operation; especially : imperfectly formed or formulated
Example Sentence:Kate had an inchoate suspicion that things were about to go wrong, but she was unable to think of any concrete reason for her concern.
Did you know?"Inchoate" derives from "inchoare," which means "to begin" in Latin but translates literally as "to hitch up." "Inchoare" was formed from the prefix "in-" and the noun "cohum," which refers to the strap that secures a plow beam to a pulling animal's yoke. The concept of implementing this initial step toward the larger task of plowing a field can help provide a clearer understanding of "inchoate," an adjective used to describe the imperfect form of something (as a plan or idea) in its early stages of development. Perhaps because it looks a little like the word "chaos" (although the two aren't closely related), "inchoate" now not only implies the formlessness that often marks beginnings, but also the confusion caused by chaos.

Born On This Day: Kate Bush, July 30, 1958

The English singer-songwriter, musician and record producer celebrates her birthday today. Catherine Bush was born in Bexleyheath, Kent, England. Today all Kate Bush fans celebrate Katemas!!!

lunes, 26 de julio de 2010

Phrase of The Day

An opinion should be the result of thought, not a substitute for it.

Jef Mallett, Frazz, 04-04-07

Word Of The Day

parlay • \PAHR-lay\ • verb

1 : to bet in a parlay
2 a : to exploit successfully
* b : to increase or otherwise transform into something of much greater value
Example Sentence:The young actor parlayed his popularity as a teen heartthrob into a successful film career.
Did you know?If you're the gambling type, you may already know that "parlay" can also be used as a noun describing a series of bets in which a person places a bet, then puts the original stake of money and all of its winnings on new wagers. But you might not know that "parlay" represents a modified spelling of the French name for such bets: "paroli." You might also be unaware that the original French word is still occasionally used in English with the same meaning as the noun "parlay." *Indicates the sense illustrated in the example sentence.

Today In Alternative Music History: July 26, 2005

Fans attending a Billy Corgan concert in Melbourne, Australia, shout requests for Smashing Pumpkins songs. The ex-Pumpkins frontman, who is touring to support his solo album "TheFutureEmbrace," gets angry when the shouting doesn't subside and walks off the stage.

jueves, 22 de julio de 2010

ON THIS DAY: July 22, 1996

Rob Collins, the original keyboardist for Manchester band The Charlatans passed away 14 years ago today. He was 31. His swirly and psychedelic organ playing stood out from other Madchester(Baggy) bands at the time. He recorded 4 albums with the band.
Collins began to record keyboard and organ parts for the Charlatans 5th album Tellin' Stories but that was never to be completed. He was killed in a car crash on a country road in Wales. This was just before sessions were completed. An investigation into the accident was done and it showed that Collins had consumed a sizable amount of alcohol , high toxin levels, and was not wearing a seatbelt when the accident happened. He died from head injuries on the roadside shortly after the accident. He had been thrown through the windshield of the car. Investigators said that he probably would not have died had he worn a seatbelt ( a word to all wear your seatbelts!!!)

His colleagues were in shock when the news broke. Rob's death was a week before The Charlatans' biggest gig ever, opening for Oasis at Knebworth.

Alt-Rocker Quotes

" I never was an angry young man. I was always an angry old man."

-Elvis Costello

Naming Names: How Bands Got Their Names: Shonen Knife

This band got their name from a Japanese toy knife ("Shonen" means "little boy" in Japanese).


Joey Ramone (Jeffery Hyman)

Phrase of The Day

Only sick music makes money today.

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844 - 1900), Der Fall Wagner, Section 5

Word Of The Day

inenarrable • \in-ih-NAIR-uh-bul\ • adjective

: incapable of being narrated : indescribable
Example Sentence:
"Their songs were sometimes frenzied like the dances in which they whirled to syncopated rhythms, but more often muffled and sad with the inenarrable misery of their bondage." (Ross Lockridge, Jr., Raintree County)
Did you know?
"Ineffable," "inenarrable," "indescribable" -- English has quite a few words for expressing that which can't be expressed. The prefix "in-," meaning "not," teamed up with Latin "enarrare" ("to explain in detail") to give us "inenarrable," and the same prefix joined with Latin "effabilis" ("capable of being expressed") to create "ineffable." English speakers have used "ineffable" since the 14th century, and "inenarrable" made its way into the language from French in the 15th century. "Indescribable" was a late arrival, relatively speaking -- it has only been with us since the 18th century.

The Discreet Charm of Morrissey

"The Smiths happened because I had walked home in the rain once too often."

lunes, 19 de julio de 2010

Wrestle Quotes

"And that's the bottom line, cuz Stone Cold said so"

- Stone Cold Steve Austin

The Most Significant Indie Records

Suicide - Suicide (Red Star, 1977)

Keyboardist Martin Rev and vocalist Alan Vega's minimalist, synth space performance art rock was not generally well liked when the pair first hit the New York scene as Suicide, and one doubts that it would go over well today. What made the pair so difficult probably has something to do with the average human being's attention span. Simply put, most people cannot stand in a club and listen to the same two or three notes played over and over again on a buzzy synthesizer while the singer shrieks about the Western Civilization or some variation thereof. Suicide's music was never meant to be accessible, but liking it doesn't make you a better person. Understanding it just means you're patient.

LUSH: Remembered, Respected and Loved

Here is an article from SOUNDS magazine from October 27, 1990. ENJOY!!!!

News From Outside the Bubble

Global Cola: 10 Pepsi-Cola Flavors That Are Really "Way Out There." (Truly Bizzare).

7. Pepsi Ice Cream – Russia

Not much is known about Pepsi Ice Cream, other than it’s sold only in Russia and tastes sort of like cream soda. Pepsi has a long history in Russia, in fact it has the distinction of being the first foreign product officially sanctioned for sale in the Soviet Union. With the fall of communist hegemony in 1991, however, Pepsi became associated with the old regime and the new guy, Coca-Cola, rapidly gained market share.

The ad, photographed on Moscow’s Tverskaya Street, promotes Pepsi Ice Cream with a curious Cold War angle: a secret agent broke down and spilled his secrets in exchange for Pepsi Ice Cream. The spy is quoted as saying “And I’d do it again… the taste was worth it!”

The Discreet Charm of Morrissey

"As far as I know, I don't attract any fans at all."

Phrase of The Day

A celebrity is a person who works hard all his life to become well known, then wears dark glasses to avoid being recognized.

Fred Allen (1894 - 1956)

Word Of The Day

Barmecidal • \bahr-muh-SYE-dul\ • adjective

: providing only the illusion of abundance
Example Sentence:
The tax rebate is a Barmecidal windfall, coming as it does in the wake of new hidden taxes on consumer goods and services.
Did you know?
"Barmecide" is the name of a family of princes in a tale from The Thousand and One Nights (also known as The Arabian Nights' Entertainment). One prince in the family torments a beggar by inviting him to a fabulous feast, at which all the dishes are imaginary. The poor man plays along with his malicious host, pretending to get drunk on the imaginary wine; he then gets even by knocking down the patronizing royal.

Born On this Day: Kevin Haskins, July 19, 1960

The former drummer for Bauhaus Tones on Tail and Love & Rockets celebrates his 50th birthday! Kevin Michael Dompe was born in Northampton, England.

domingo, 18 de julio de 2010

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viernes, 16 de julio de 2010

Born On This Day: Stewart Copeland, July 16, 1951

The drummer for the Police celebrates his birthday today. Stewart was born in Alexandria, Virginia.

Born On This Day: Ed Kowalczyk, July 16, 1971

The former lead singer for Live has a birthday today.Edward Joel Kowalczyk was born in York, Pennsylvania.

jueves, 15 de julio de 2010

Born On This Day: Marky Ramone, July 15, 1956

The former drummer for the Ramones celebrates his 54th birthday today! Marc Bell was born in Brooklyn, New York. In 1978, he replaces Tommy Ramone and becomes Marky Ramone.

miércoles, 14 de julio de 2010

Naming Names: How Bands Got Their Names: ABC

The urban English alt-popsters chose their name for its generic quality, and because it would put them at the beginning of alphabtical listings.

Alt-Rocker Quotes

"Just because you call yourself psychedelic doesn't mean mean you're psychedelic."

-Richard Butler, The Psychedelic Furs


Adam Ant (Stuart Goddard)

Alias R.E.M.

Adolf and the Casuals, featuring Raoul. During a break from R.E.M.'s 1984 Little America tour, Peter Buck and the members of the Dream Syndicate(the tour's opening act) played and Impromptu set of covers at an Athens bar, after the original scheduled act, a local synthesizer band that had had its synth stolen, was forced to cancel. "We were so drunk we played 'Ghostbusters' twice", Buck said.

Phrase of The Day

The important thing is this: To be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.

Charles DuBois

Word Of The Day

prolegomenon • \proh-lih-GAH-muh-nahn\ • noun

: prefatory remarks; specifically : a formal essay or critical discussion serving to introduce and interpret an extended work
Example Sentence:
The book is introduced by a lengthy prolegomenon, which is followed by 17 chapters of analysis.
Did you know?
"Prolegomenon" is the singular and "prolegomena" is the plural of this scholarly word, though people sometimes mistakenly interpret "prolegomena" as the singular. The word, which comes from the Greek verb "prolegein" ("to say beforehand"), first appeared in print around 1652. It has appeared in the titles of noteworthy scholarly and philosophical works, but it has never been as common in general use as its older cousin "prologue." "Prologue" usually refers to an introduction to a literary work or to a speech addressed to the audience at the beginning of a play. "Prolegomenon" is most often used of the introduction to a work of scholarly analysis. Both words can also be used in a broader sense to refer generally to something that serves as an introduction.

Born On This Day: Tanya Donelly, July 14, 1966

The former guitar player for Throwing Muses and former lead singer for Belly celebrates her birthday. Tanya was born in Newport, Rhode Island.

domingo, 11 de julio de 2010

The Most Significant Indie Records

X - Los Angeles (Slash, 1980)

Their raucous power denoted punk rock, but it was the raw, slightly off key harmonies, rhythmic asymmetry and anecdotal notebook poetry that made this quartet's music so special. Arty, but never pretentious, X took on their hometown's decadence and spun it into something far more appealing. This debut is where the band show off their power. Nine songs are on this album (including a cover of the Door's Soul Kitchen, whose keyboardist Ray Manzarek produced this) in under thirty minutes. This album has nothing to do with the hardcore movement that was brewing in L.A. at the time, it's far too emotionally advanced for that.

R.E.M. Firsts

First Stadium Appearance: Opening for the Police and Joan Jett at Shea Stadium, Flushing, New York, Novemebr 24, 1982.

The Discreet Charm of Morrissey

"I'm completely unpredictable, especially on Friday nights."

Phrase of The Day

Originality is the fine art of remembering what you hear but forgetting where you heard it.

Laurence J. Peter (1919 - 1988)

Word Of The Day

sinew • \SIN-yoo\ • noun

1 : tendon; especially : one dressed for use as a cord or thread
2 a : solid resilient strength : power* b : the chief supporting force : mainstay -- usually used in plural
Example Sentence:
"For at Trout-hall … there is usually an Angler that proves good company. And let me tell you, good company and good discourse are the very sinews of virtue." (Izaak Walton, The Compleat Angler, 1653)
Did you know?
Many parts of the body have come to have figurative meanings in English. One can have an eye for interior design, for example, or the stomach for a fight. "Muscle," of course, can mean "strength," and so can "sinew," a word for the tissue that ties muscle to bone -- more commonly known as a tendon. (For a while, "sinew" also meant "nerve," but that usage is obsolete.) The use of "sinew" to mean "the chief supporting force" ties into its anatomical function as a stabilizing unit. "Sinew" derives via Middle English from Old English "seono"; it is also related to Old High German "senawa" ("sinew") and Sanskrit "syati" ("he binds").

*Indicates the sense illustrated in the example sentence.

Today In Alternative Music History: July 11, 1995

Garbage makes their network television debut on The Late Show with David Letterman.

Born On This Day: Scott Shriner, July 11, 1965

The bass player for Weezer celbrates his 44th birthday today. Scott was born in Toledo, Ohio.

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viernes, 9 de julio de 2010

Phrase of the Day

We all have strength enough to endure the misfortunes of others.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld (1613 - 1680)

Word of the Day

struthious • \STROO-thee-us\ • adjective

: of or relating to the ostriches and related birds
Example Sentence:
"The law is not so struthious as to compel a judge … to divorce himself or herself from common sense or to ignore what is perfectly obvious." (Hon. Bruce M. Selya, U.S. v. Sklar, U.S. Court of Appeals, 1st Circuit, 1990)
Did you know?
"Struthious" can be scientific and literal, or it can be figurative with the meaning "ostrich-like," as in our example sentence. The extended use suggests a tendency to bury one’s head in the sand like an ostrich. But do ostriches really do this? No -- the bird’s habit of lying down and flattening its neck and head against the ground to escape detection gave rise to the misconception. The word "struthious" has been fully visible in English since the 18th century. "Ostrich" is much older. Anglo-French speakers created "ostriz" from Vulgar Latin "avis struthio" ("ostrich bird"); Middle English speakers made it "ostrich" in the 13th century. Scientists seeking a genus word for ostriches turned back to Latin, choosing "struthio."

Today In Alternative Music History: July 9, 1989

Grunge label Sub-Pop presents the first Lame Fest at Seattle’s Moore Theater. The headliners are Tad and Mudhoney. The opening act is a little known band called Nirvana.

Born On This Day: Marc Almond, July 9, 1957

The singer/sonwriter and former lead singer for Soft Cell celebrates his birthday today. Peter Mark Sinclair Almond was born in Southport, Lancashire, England.

Born On This Day: Jim Kerr, July 9,1959

The lead singer for Simple minds celebrates his 51st birthday today. James Kerr was born in Glasgow, Scotland.

Born On This Day: Jack White, July 9,1975

The leader of The White Stripes, The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather and owner of Third Man Records has a birthday today. John Anthony Gillis was born in Detroit, Michigan.

Born On This Day: Courtney Love , July 9,1964

The leader of Hole and widow of Kurt Cobain celebrates her birthday today. Courtney Michelle Harrison was born in San Francisco, California.

jueves, 8 de julio de 2010

Born On This Day: Jamie Cook, July 8, 1985

The guitarist and co-founder from Arctic Monkeys has a birthday today. Jamie was born in Sheffield, England.

Born On This Day: Andy Fletcher, July 8, 1961

Depeche Mode member, Andy Fletcher celebrates his birthday today. Andy was born in Nottingham, England.

martes, 6 de julio de 2010

Phrase of the Day

Literature is news that stays news.

Ezra Pound (1885 - 1972), ABC of Reading (1934) chapter 8

Word of the Day

peloton • \pel-uh-TAHN\ • noun

: the main body of riders in a bicycle race
Example Sentence:
"The first major splits occur in the peloton at about the 110-mile mark, where many riders find they can no longer keep up." (Michael Barry, The New York Times, September 26, 2008)
Did you know?
If you've ever watched the Tour de France on television, you've seen the peloton, the brightly colored pack of riders making up the central group. You may have also gained some inadvertent insight into the word itself, which as you may have guessed is French in origin. In French, "peloton" literally means "ball," but it is most often used with the meaning "group." It's frequently used in the bicycling context, just as in English, but it can also refer to a group in a marathon or other sporting event. French "peloton" can also mean "squad" or "platoon," and since we’ve told you that you probably won’t be too surprised to learn that it is also the source of our word "platoon."

Born on this Day: John Keeble, July 6, 1959

The drummer for Spandau Ballet celebrates his birthday today. John was born in London, England.

Born On This Day: Nic Chester, July 6, 1979

The lead singer for the band Jet has a birthday today.Nicholas (Nic) John Cester was born in Melbourne, Australia.

domingo, 4 de julio de 2010

The Most Significant Indie Records

Richard Hell and the Voidoids - Blank Generation (EP) (Ork, 1976)

Though by definition punk rock was more concerned with spunk rather than precision, it couldn't hurt if you had both. This was recorded mainly as a demo to generate major-label interest, Blank Generation includes early versions of the title track and "Another World," both of which would figure on Hell's major label debut LP (also called Blank Generation) released teh following year. Though Hell's untutored whine is spotlighted, the real stars of this record are guitarists Robert Quine and Ivan Julian; solos are traded, rhythms trampled, notes bent in and out of key at will. This is highly recommended for all lovers of the true punk scene.


Today marks Independence Day in the United States. It is commonly known as the Fourth of July. It is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, political speeches and ceremonies, and various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. Many politicians make it a point on this day to appear at a public event to praise the nation's heritage, laws, history, society, and people. Families often celebrate Independence Day by hosting or attending a picnic or barbecue and take advantage of the day off and, in some years, long weekend to gather with relatives. Decorations (e.g., streamers, balloons, and clothing) are generally colored red, white, and blue, the colors of the American flag. Parades often are in the morning, while fireworks displays occur in the evening at such places as parks, fairgrounds, or town squares.Firework shows are held in many states, and many fireworks are sold for personal use or as an alternative to a public show. Here are some facts about the observance of Fourth of July.

In 1777, thirteen gunshots were fired, once at morning and again as evening fell, on July 4 in Bristol, Rhode Island. Philadelphia celebrated the first anniversary in a manner a modern American would find quite familiar: an official dinner for the Continental Congress, toasts, 13-gun salutes, speeches, prayers, music, parades, troop reviews, and fireworks. Ships were decked with red, white, and blue bunting.
In 1778, General George Washington marked July 4 with a double ration of rum for his soldiers and an artillery salute. Across the Atlantic Ocean, ambassadors John Adams and Benjamin Franklin held a dinner for their fellow Americans in Paris, France.
In 1779, July 4 fell on a Sunday. The holiday was celebrated on
Monday, July 5.
In 1781, the Massachusetts General Court became the first state legislature to recognize July 4 as a state celebration.
In 1783, Moravians in Salem, North Carolina, held a celebration of July 4 with a challenging music program assembled by Johann Friedrich Peter. This work was titled "The Psalm of Joy"
In 1791 the first recorded use of the name "Independence Day" occurred.
In 1820 the first Fourth of July celebration was held in Eastport, Maine which remains the largest in the state.
In 1870, the U.S. Congress made Independence Day an unpaid holiday for federal employees.
In 1938, Congress changed Independence Day to a paid federal holiday.

Here are some unique and historical celebrations:

Held since 1785, the Bristol Fourth of July Parade in Bristol, Rhode Island is the oldest continuous Independence Day celebration in the United States
Since 1912, the Rebild Society, a Danish-American friendship organization, has held a July 4th weekend festival that serves as a homecoming for Danish-Americans in the Rebild section of Denmark.
Since 1916, Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York City supposedly started as a way to settle a dispute among four immigrants as to who was the most patriotic
Since 1959, the International Freedom Festival is jointly held in Detroit, Michigan and Windsor Ontario during the last week of June each year as a mutual celebration of Independence Day and Canada Day (July 1). It culminates in a large fireworks display over the Detroit River
Numerous major and minor league baseball games are played on Independence Day
The famous Macy's fireworks display usually held over the East River in New York City has been televised nationwide on NBC since 1976. In 2009, the fireworks display was returned to the Hudson River for the first time since 2000 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson's exploration of that river.
Since 1970, the annual 10 kilometer Peachtree Road Race is held in Atlanta, Georgia
The Boston Pops Orchestra has hosted a music and fireworks show over the Charles River Esplanade called the "Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular" annually since 1973. The event has been broadcast nationally since 2003 on CBS.

On the Capitol lawn in Washington, D.C., “A Capitol Fourth,” a free concert, precedes the fireworks and attracts over half a million people annually.

Happy 4th of July to all !!!