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CMA Nominees

In addition to CBS, which will broadcast the awards, I am certain there are several of people who care about the Country Music Association Awards: Brooks & Dunn To Host 2004 CMA Awards With Special Guests Including Shania Twain Country Icon Kris Kristofferson And Industry Veteran Jim Foglesong To Be …

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Athens Olympics 2004: The End

We watched the Athens Olympics every night for over two weeks, and It Was Good. I viewed the Games at a strange remove having been there in person for the previous five, and while TV can give a scope and comprehensiveness not possible in person (unless you have a jet-pack) …

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All Toby All the Time?

Harrah’s apparently thinks it’s a good idea: Harrah’s Las Vegas Casino & Hotel announced today that it will build a themed bar, restaurant and entertainment venue with award-winning country music star, Toby Keith. The center strip resort will build a Toby Keith themed venue, slated for a summer, 2005, opening, …

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So Long Scotty

I loved Star Trek as a kid and watched it faithfully in the original run from ’66-’69 (can it really be that long ago?) – it was exciting, fired my young imagination and seemed like a fully-realized creation, manned with real people doing real things in fantastic settings (I wanted …

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Alexander the Great?

If we are referring to my youngest son, the appellation is doubtless true, but what of the forthcoming Oliver Stone film? This one looks almost like a real Hollywood epic from the iconoclast Stone: He was many things to many people – a dashing warrior king, filled with ambition, courage …

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Saxman Noble “Thin Man” Watts Dies

From our most excellent pals at Alligator Records: NOBLE “THIN MAN” WATTS: FEBRUARY 17, 1926 – AUGUST 24, 2004 Influential R&B and jazz saxophonist Noble “Thin Man” Watts, whose recording career began in 1954 and who shared stages with such musical luminaries as Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly and Jerry Lee …

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Princess Ai

Volume One in Courtney Love's new manga graphic novel series. . .

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“Fahcking Gypsies”

When Europeans are caterwauling about American treatment of its minorities or Australian mistreatment of its indiginous, they conveniently leave out the fact that they commonly LOATHE AND DESPISE gypsies. “Oh, that’s different,” they say, “gypsies really do suck ass.” When we were in Madrid in ’92, my brother and I …

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“Don’t throw me away, I’m art”

I am a big fan of conceptual art – I LIKE being forced to rethink the ontological staus of objects and my unexamined assumptions by daring and jarring contextual juxtapositions and other such similar theoretical theorizing. My own best art uses “found” objects (audio and physical) as creative fodder. But …

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