Lift off

Thanks to everyone who came out to Angels and Kings Wednesday night to celebrate the launch of Damien’s Other Show on MTV mobile and MTV.com. Here is some visual proof of that night that was.

Damien, who stands over 6ft tall, was in the building thus making the party official.

The show is projected to the masses

People enjoyed free vodka compliments of the good people of Svedka

Thanks to our DJ for the evening, Maridi

Our friend Charlie loves contact, especially eye contact.

Best hair of the night, Matty Amendola

The Jonas Brothers I think

Most of the people who came to the party said they had “a really fun time.”

Jesse works really hard on Damien’s Other Show and these two young ladies came by to show him their support.

Detroit’s Mayor Thinks I’m Beautiful


Before Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick became embroiled in political scandal, or at least so dizzyingly embroiled that his eight felony charges and suspected role in putting a hit out on an exotic dancer make Eliot Spitzer’s run with prostitution look like philanthropy, he was just another fun loving mayor with a keen sense of style. At the night of our encounter, at a GM sponsored event in the Motor City, I shared this fashion sense with Kwame., and through a mutual appreciation of our apparel reminiscent of prohibition era bootlegging gangsters, we had a moment.

For those unfamiliar with Kwame’s scandal, I’ll give you a rundown:

In 2002 rumors emerged that he’d thrown a serious rager at Manoogian Mansion, the city’s mayoral residence. We’re talking the kind of party that young city scenesters get their tongues out at with hopes that party blogs will catch them in the pinnacle of their raunchy sexuality. At least that’s how I see it. The specific atmosphere can only be speculated, but there were strippers there. Allegedly Kwame’s wife Carlita came home in the midst of the shindig and pooped heavily on the party, getting in a fist fight with one of the dancers. (Carlita is the woman behind Kwame’s left shoulder in the video above). The mayor’s security team is suspected of assaulting party-goers. And one of the dancers, a Miss Tamara Greene, was murdered in professional fashion shortly after the party. She was shot 18 times in her SUV while her boyfriend sitting next to her was unharmed. Hmm…

The shindig provoked an internal investigation of the mayor and his security team, which, in turn, inspired the mayor and his chief of staff, Christine Beatty, to fire the officers leading the investigation. To do so is illegal, and so the officers sued the mayor.

Uh oh!

The suit went to civil court last year, and during the trial, Mayor Kwame and Christine Beatty denied having romantic affairs with each other. They also denied firing the officers. When the verdict went against them, they settled, using $8.4 million of city money to pay off the officers. Suspicious, no? And shortly after that, to top it all off, thousands of text messages that Kilpatrick and Beatty had sent to each other in the months after the party fell into the public eye. The Detroit Free Press published some juicy ones:

Beatty: “And, did you miss me, sexually?”

Kilpatrick: “Hell yeah! You couldn’t tell. I want some more. “

And on the topic of firing the officers:

Beatty: “I’m sorry that we are going through this mess because of a decision that we made to fire [Deputy Police Cheif] Gary Brown. I will make sure that the next decision is much more thought out. Not regretting what was done at all. But thinking about how we can do things smarter.”

Kilpatrick replied: “It had to happen though. I’m all the way with that!”

So Kwame and his lover on the side lied and now are charged with, among other things, perjury and obstruction of justice. He has until 7:00 a.m. tomorrow morning to turn himself in.

I wonder what he’ll be wearing? I wonder how the dimple on his tie will be? And you know, maybe Kwame did do some indecent things, but he was nice to me. He loved my hat. He thought I was styling. He suggested I try pinstripes. He had a very exuberant smile. Unfortunately, I was too short sighted to give him my phone number so that he could text message me in the future. Thus our acquaintance has withered. Soon will too his political career. But Kwame, for all you’re faults, I think your beautiful too. You like to party, you like to keep it real, you like to blur the boundaries between business and pleasure and make love with your most important coworker. Despite the fact that you used a crippled city as your piggy bank, you will always have a special place in my heart.

Hey Mister Mayor!  You're looking fly!

for more on Mayor Kilpatrick:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kwame_Kilpatrick

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/25/us/24cnd-detroit.html?ref=us

http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080124/NEWS05/801240414/&imw=Y

Hoops there it is

Well the first weekend of March madness has come and gone and like a lot of sports fans, I will suffer from basketball withdraw until Thursday. Here are some things I took away from the first two rounds of the tournament. First of all, for the 2nd straight year I signed up on cbs.sportsline.com to watch all the game over the net. What a great service. You can watch whichever game you’d like which makes it a nice alternative to TV where you only get the single game being broadcast in your region. I watched over my Mac and must admit the streaming video is interrupted once in a while and freezes every so often. I’ve heard the experience is a little smoother on a PC. Regardless, having all the action at your fingertips is a great feeling for any fan. On my way home from Boston yesterday I was on a bus (limoliner.com) that provided free internet access so I was able to watch all the action live during my 4 hour ride. God bless technology. I can only hope that someday the TV broadcast will mirror that of the web model and us viewers will control what games we see. Currently you can get all the games over direct TV but that comes at a cost. As far as our office pool goes, I’m in 4th place in our company pool and with UNC as my predicted champ I feel good about my picks. We have 35 people competing and after this weekend the entry in first place belongs to my dad. I hope he’s able to enjoy the view from the top while it lasts.

The Real Little Friend

little friend

Last night saw the grand opening party for the Picture Box departmental store in Gowanus, Brooklyn. The new space looks great, and it was fun to peruse their excellent selection of graphic novels, art books and other unique merchandise. What really caught my eye, however, was an odd blue toy called Little Friend. Here’s the description from Picture Box:

Huggable talking plush toy friend created by artist Mike Kelley, produced in Hong Kong by PAM & Medicom. This pillow-sized toy is covered in blue plush and speaks twenty different phrases in random order when you squeeze it…eg. “Hurt Me, I Don’t Mind!” and “Do You Really Love Me?” Plush toy with plastic eyes, felt hands & feet; 480 mm tall; talking voice w/ 20 phrases; in color cardboard box; first edition of 800.

Also notable is the tagline on the box that reads “I WATCH YOU – all the time.” I think the blog has officially found its mascot.

A delicious recipe indeed

I like basketball, and the Beastie Boys, and documentaries so I’m naturally excited for “GUNNIN’ FOR THAT #1 SPOT.” It’s a documentary about the top high school basketball players of last year. Most of the players in the film are getting ready to rep their schools in the NCAA tournament. The film was directed by Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys and marks his non musical directing debut. Whether he surfaces as himself or alter-ego Nathaniel Hornblower, Yauch brings a fresh approach to shooting and editing so it’ll interesting to see what he did with this . Big egos, big pressure, big competition – should be cool.

The Raconteurs bring back the mystery.

The Raconteurs resurfaced this week and delivered this message

The Raconteurs are happy to announce that in one week’s time their second album, entitled “Consolers Of The Lonely”, will be available EVERYWHERE Tuesday, March 25th.

“Album” meaning: full length vinyl, CD and digital formats; and “everywhere” meaning: local mom and pop Indie retailers, corporate superstores, supermarkets, iTunes, Amazon, the band’s own website and any other location that could get the record up and going this quickly (some places couldn’t move this fast, so they will join in as soon as they can).

The purpose: to get the album to the fans as soon as possible and as we promised. We wanted to get this record to fans, the press, radio, etc., all at the EXACT SAME TIME so that no one has an upper hand on anyone else regarding it’s availability, reception or perception.

With this release, The Raconteurs are forgoing the usual months of lead time for press and radio set up, as well as forgoing the all important “first week sales”. We wanted to explore the idea of releasing an album everywhere at once and THEN marketing and promoting it thereafter. The Raconteurs would rather this release not be defined by it’s first weeks sales, pre-release promotion, or by someone defining it FOR YOU before you get to hear it.

Thank God for a little mystery. I’m sick of seeing everyone all the time. There once was a time when people actually had to wait for an album to come out to see what a band looked like. Now it seems like everyday “artists” feel the need to give you a little more of themselves. Its refreshing when a band actually makes an effort to maintain privacy rather than simply complain that they don’t have any. It seems like Jack White just gets it. Yes, he’s an amazing musical talent but he’s equally skilled in the presentation of his art. Every angle of it is done so well and is no doubt very calculated. The Raconteurs are taking advantage people’s impatience and unrelenting appetite for information and as a result are getting press for not doing press. I love it. There’s no longer a standard model for releasing an album and it’s been exciting to see people get creative with that in addition to making good music. Like Radiohead before them, The Raconteurs have done something cool and different that not only challenges existing business methods but also shines a light on the direction things may be headed. I can only hope the album is as great as the method in which they chose to handle its release. Continue reading “The Raconteurs bring back the mystery.”

Sun Kil Moon Releases April

mark kozelek

Finally. Sun Kil Moon’s Ghosts of the Great Highway is one of my favorite albums of all time, so it should come as no surprise that I was excited for a proper follow-up record. After five years, Mr. Kozelek has finally delivered in the form of April, now available for digital download from Caldo Verde Records. Upon first listen I am very pleased, but it definitely needs more time to fully sink into my consciousness.