Nota Bene #120: Crazy Ivan

“If you can make a woman laugh, you’re seeing the most beautiful thing on God’s earth.” Who said it? Continue reading

Nota Bene #115: RIP No. 32

“If you’re really pro-life, do me a favor—don’t lock arms and block medical clinics. If you’re so pro-life, lock arms and block cemeteries.” Who said it? Continue reading

Nota Bene #111: Mmmmm… Beeeeeer

Sorry for the long absence. Let’s carry on, shall we? “If you listen to the guys up in the stands, pretty soon you’ll be up there sitting with them.” Who said it? Continue reading

Nota Bene #106: [no title due to budget cuts]

“Working for a major studio can be like trying to have sex with a porcupine. It’s one prick against thousands.” Who said it? Continue reading

Nota Bene #93: Linksgiving

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Tournament of Rock – Legends: Led Zeppelin vs Jimi Hendrix

Results: I suppose when a #3 seed beats a #2 seed and the #3 seed is one of the most important and influential bands of all time it’s hard to call it an upset, huh? The numbers: #3 The Who 66%; #2 Bruce Springsteen/E Street Band 34%. The Who are our first band into the Great 8.

Now let’s truck the tournament to name the greatest band of all time out to the Fillmore region and see if we can’t incite fans of incendiary hard rock guitar into a galloping hissy fit.

#1 Led Zeppelin: Listen #5 Jimi Hendrix: Listen

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Tournament of Rock: Black Mountain vs. Bon Iver

UPDATE: As of Tuesday afternoon Black Mountain is in front comfortably – call it a 2-to-1 margin. Still, there’s time for Bon Iver fans to make a late push if they can get their acts together. Polls close Thursday night.


Last week’s match provided the Tournament of Rock with its first ever blowout, as Gogol Bordello simply nard-stomped Epsilon-Zero 90%-10%. Personally, I’m a little bummed, as I was one of the rare E0 votes. But the tribe has spoken. Gogol Bordello moves on to round two where they’ll face Paul Steel.

In match #5 we have an all-indie affair. First, from America’s Dairyland, the tuneful, low-fi folk of Bon Iver. Continue reading