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 #117: Wake Up!

“Hollywood is so crooked that Mafia gangsters are entirely outclassed and don’t stand a chance. People in Hollywood are smarter. They have more sophisticated knowledge of money and deals and how to steal legally rather than illegally.” 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 #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 #103: Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse

“To take people from the music world and give them the same kind of credibility that you give me, Morgan Freeman, Laurence Fishburne, Forest Whitaker—that’s like an aberration. I know there’s some young actor sitting in New York or L.A. who’s spent half of his life learning how to act and sacrificing to learn his craft but isn’t going to get his opportunity because of some ‘actor’ who’s been created.” Who said it? Continue reading

Nota Bene #97: toDwI'ma' qoS yItIvqu'!

“To be truly free, and truly to appreciate its freedom, a society must be literate.” Continue reading

Nota Bene #95: STFU

Gonna try something different Continue reading

Nota Bene #94: Bear Vs. Ninja

“Overture, curtain, lights Continue reading

Nota Bene #91: No Joke

Well I figured I’d give you all a break Continue reading

Nota Bene #86: Blog Post Go Boom

I learned something new today Continue reading

Nota Bene #85: Beer Votes and Rock Quotes

Summer is gone Continue reading

Nota Bene #84: Lemmy and the Mets

Perfect cure for a hangover: Continue reading

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

TunesDay: welcome to Pop Underground

We write about music here from time to time and I know that a lot of our readers look forward to posts about tuneage. If you love music and want to hear more, let me introduce you to a new music site you may appreciate, and one that comes with the coveted S&R Seal of Approval: Pop Underground. Continue reading

TunesDay presents our band of the week: The Birthday Massacre

One of my top CDs for 2007 was Walking With Strangers by The Birthday Massacre. And one of the top CDs of 2005 was Violet, also by TBM. About the harshest criticism I could muster for last year’s effort was that it wasn’t appreciably better than the 2005 release, but given how great Violet was, that’s hardly a damning critique.

If you’ve never encountered The Birthday Massacre before, let me see if I can describe them for you. The ’80s post-punk influences are evident and the haunted dollhouse goth edge to their aesthetic owes plenty to the likes of the late great Switchblade Symphony. Continue reading