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Cone of Silence, Please

William Shatner has another record coming out: William Shatner is set to release a new album. Guest musicians on the new disc, which was produced by Ben Folds of the Ben Folds Five, include former Black Flag lead singer Henry Rollins and country star Brad Paisley. The new album isn’t …

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Kiss My Aphorism

If coming up with a good millennial sound bite were a criterion for leadership, North Korea’s Kim Jong-Il would be much less a psycho sack of totalitarian-communist shit than he is: Computer technology has been given top priority in North Korea, with the eldest son of the country’s ruler leading …

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Barbie Laughs at Mattel Again

When will Mattel realize that parodies of Barbie are a GOOD thing, confirming the spunky little tart’s cultural significance and continued relevance – worry when they STOP with the homages. Some people/companies are really stupid: Mattel Inc. could use some help after losing another round Monday in its legal battle …

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Jackson Turmoil

It would appear the “strategy” of having Michael Jackson defend himself on 60 Minutes last Sunday yielded mixed results at best. In addition to re-creeping out the nation by insisting that it’s hunky dory to sleep with children, his chief spokesperson has resigned over “strategic differences“: Michael Jackson’s chief spokesman …

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2003 In Review

As 2003 slips over the dam of time, it is therapeutic to pause the flow for a moment of reflection on the year’s superlatives and milestones. Now is the time for one and all to weigh in: Media Whore’s Top 20 CD’s of 2003 Better late then never. The list …

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2004: The Year Digital Delivery of Music Goes Mainstream

The combination of inexpensive speedy computers with burgeoning storage capacity, the wide availability of high-speed Internet connections, and the public’s growing familiarity with digital music formats (like MP3) and the portable hardware on which to play them (such as Apple’s iPod) have set the stage. Add to that the recording …

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The Pirates of the Caribbean – The Curse of the Black Pearl

We finally snagged The Pirates of the Caribbean DVD and watched the film portion last night – it is exceptional. The casting couldn’t have been much better, especially an extravagant, Peter O’Toole-like Johnny Depp as a surprisingly multi-dimensional pirate with a conscience, and Geoffrey Rush as his piratical nemesis and …

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Springsteen Tops 2003 Tour $$

The Boss and His Band were BACK in 2003: Springsteen and his E Street Band made $115.9m on 47 shows, including 13 stadium shows in the New York area. The figures put him second only to the Rolling Stones for the most money ever earned in a year. The Stones …

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NY Pardons Foulmouthed Junkie

Forty years after the fact, Lenny Bruce is pardoned on obscenity charges: Bruce was charged after a performance in 1964 during which he was said to have used more than 100 obscene words. He was convicted after a six-month trial. But he died of a drugs overdose in 1966 before …

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We Hate This Guy, Why?

Our anti-war and anti-administration friends invoke the name “Wolfowitz” as if it were a curse, as if the invocation of he name alone were enough to settle any argument: “But he has wanted to overthrow Saddam for years!” He should have been overthrown 12 years ago, so this is bad …

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