jueves, 31 de marzo de 2011

Today In Alternative Music History: March 31, 2010

The Libertines perform an acoustic set at a London pub as part of a press conference announcing their reunion following a six year hiatus. Pete Doherty, Carl Barat, bassist John Hassell and drummer Gary Powell play eight songs. Of course they are a half-hour late for their own press conference.

Today In Alternative Music History: March 31, 1994

Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain walks out of the drug treatment Exodus Recovery Center in Marina del Rey, California and with him goes any chance of survival. Cobain entered the treatment center only three days earlier. He is dead (of a self-inflicted gun shot wound) a week later.

Phrase Of The Day

In the fight between you and the world, back the world. Frank Zappa (1940 - 1993)

Word of The Day

osculate\AHSS-kyuh-layt\ DEFINITION verb : kiss EXAMPLES "I've been osculated by everyone in the building!" Kevin exclaimed, wiping his cheeks to remove the vestiges of kisses planted there by adoring family on his wedding day. "When a pretty girl steps forward fully puckered up and expecting an appropriate response, it would be ungentlemanly to turn away…. But is there a correct way to osculate…?" -- From an article in The Sentinel (UK), February 22, 2010 DID YOU KNOW?" Osculate" comes from the Latin noun "osculum," meaning "kiss" or "little mouth." It was included in a dictionary of "hard" words in 1656, but we have no evidence that anyone actually used it until the 19th century, except for scientists who used it differently, to mean "contact." Today, "osculate" is used in geometry for the action of a pair of curves or surfaces that touch so that they have a common tangent at the point of contact. When "osculate" is used to mean "kiss," the context is often humorous.

jueves, 24 de marzo de 2011

The Discreet Charm of Morrissey

"Rejection is one thing - but rejection from a fool is cruel."

Phrase of the Day

The more you find out about the world, the more opportunities there are to laugh at it.

Bill Nye, Interview with Wired.com, April 2005

lunes, 21 de marzo de 2011

News From Outside of The Bubble

Fans Go Knuts Over Loss Of Polar Bear

Fans of Knut the polar bear have been lining his enclosure at Berlin Zoo with flowers after his surprise death.
Knut as his legion of fans will remember him
The four-year-old - who enjoyed worldwide celebrity - died suddenly on Saturday afternoon.
He waded into the water at his enclosure before having a short spasm and then dying in front of hundreds of zoo visitors.
Wild polar bears live between 15 and 20 years, but animals in captivity can last much longer.
According to some reports, Knut collapsed after mating with several females.
Berlin Zoo has said it will carry out a post mortem on Monday to establish the cause of death.
Knut was rejected by his mother after his birth on December 5, 2006, along with his twin brother, who died a few days later.
He first attracted attention when his main keeper camped out at the zoo to to give him his bottle every two hours.
Fan clubs soon sprang up across the globe, including in Japan and the United States.
In 2007 Knut even appeared on the front cover of Vanity Fair alongside Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio.
Knut retained his legion of fans despite piling on the pounds and his fur turning a yellowy colour.
News of his death quickly spread via Twitter, Facebook and text messaging.

The Discreet Charm Of Morrissey

"I was never young. This idea of fun: cars, girls, saturday night, bottle of wine... to me, these things are morbid. I was always attracted to people with the same problems as me. It doesn't help when most of them are dead."

Word of the Day



: a person of learning; especially : one with detailed knowledge in some specialized field (as of science or literature)

Since she knew that Brad was a savant when it came to cars, Millicent sought his advice on which of the year’s new models she should test-drive.

"It takes a certain type of savant to attend a Pink Floyd tribute show and audit every note, tempo, timbre, and sibilance. It takes an even more maniacal enthusiast to confirm which songs would have been embellished into improvisational sub-genres, and for how long." -- From a blog post by Ryan Carey on the web site of the Philadelphia City Paper, February 8, 2011

Savant comes from Latin "sapere" ("to be wise") by way of Middle French, where "savant" is the present participle of "savoir," meaning "to know." "Savant" shares roots with the English words "sapient" ("possessing great wisdom") and "sage" ("having or showing wisdom through reflection and experience"). The term is sometimes used in common parlance to refer to a person who demonstrates extraordinary knowledge in a particular subject, or an extraordinary ability to perform a particular task (such as complex arithmetic), but who has much more limited capacities in other areas.

Phrase of the Day

If you haven't found something strange during the day, it hasn't been much of a day.

John A. Wheeler

viernes, 18 de marzo de 2011


Today I bring you another artist in the local alternative music scene. He is familiar to this site. Elia Liut is the first solo outing for Ignacio Izquierdo. Ignacio is known in the local alternative scene for his past achievements in bands like Turnover, and Indie faves Motozen. Ignacio is now focusing his talents in American Folk and Alternative Music. His stage name "Elia Liut" was chosen for his passion for aviation. Elia Liut was the first pilot (Italian) to fly across Ecuadorian Lands.
His debut EP is called Complacency and has 4 tracks and to tell you the truth, is a great listen. Ignacio wil soon depart for Los Angeles, California to continue in music, so don't miss out. Catch him live here in Ecuador! I highly recommend you check this artist!! Well worth it!!!

Born on this Day: Jerry Cantrell: March 18, 1966

Today is the guitarist, singer songwriter for Alice in Chains. Jerry Fulton Cantrell Jr. was born in Tacoma, Washington.

Word Of The Day



: a person who lives in a foreign country; also : a person who has renounced his or her native country

After college Joshua got a job teaching English in Prague, where he shared an apartment with several fellow expatriates.

"Carlos operated a catering business within one of the country’s large oil camps, which included a nine-hole golf course that was built for American expatriates." -- From an article by Tod Leonard in The San Diego Union-Tribune, January 21, 2011

"Patria," the Latin word for "native country," is derived from "pater," meaning "father." ("Patria" is occasionally used for "native country" in English, too.) Speakers of Medieval Latin combined "patria" with the prefix "ex-" ("out of") to form the verb "expatriare," meaning "to leave one's native country," which led to our verb "expatriate" in the 18th century and the adjective and noun "expatriate" in the 19th century. We also have "repatriate" (from Late Latin "repatriare"), which is a verb meaning "to return to one's native country" and a noun meaning "one who is repatriated."

Phrase of the Day

Money's the same, whoever gives it to you. That was the point of money, after all: crisp and clean or wrinkled or disintegrated into quarters - a dollar was always worth a hundred cents.

Scott Westerfeld, The Last Days, 2006

jueves, 17 de marzo de 2011

Alternative Music News: March 17, 2011

Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster split up

Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster have announced that they have split up. They announced the split on their Facebook page, Facebook.com/The-Eighties-Matchbox-B-line-Disaster.

"We are sorry to announce that the band have broken up," they wrote. "We all thank you for the years of love and support you have all shown. We are all now working on different projects."

Sad indeed.

Today In Alternative Music History: March 17, 1986

Twenty-five years ago today, Depeche Mode released its landmark fifth album Black Celebration, which opened a dark trilogy — including 1987’s Music for the Masses and 1990’s Violator — that cemented the synthpop act’s evolution from underground cult faves to global chart-toppers.

Born On This Day: Melissa Auf der Maur: March 17, 1972

Former Hole, Smashing Pumkins bassist and now solo artist has a birthday today. Happy Birthday Melissa!

Born On This Day: Billy Corgan March 17, 1967

Singer Songwriter and leader of the Smashing Pumpkins celebrates his birthday today.

Phrase Of The Day

In journalism, there has always been a tension between getting it first and getting it right.

Ellen Goodman (1941 - )

Word Of The Day


into destruction or confusion

A rogue wave knocked the anchored boats galley-west.

"'Get the door, Scott.' 'Daddy, what if he's … there?' 'Then I'll knock him galley-west with this thing.'" -- From Stephen King's 2006 novel Lisey's Story

American author Mark Twain is on record as one of the first to use "galley-west" in his writing. Etymologists believe the word is a corruption of dialectal English "colleywest" or "collyweston." The earliest appearance of those words, used with the meaning "askew or awry," dates from the late 16th century. The ultimate source of "colleywest" and "collyweston" is not known but is suspected to be from a personal name. When "galley-west" is used in speech or writing, the verb "knock" usually precedes it.