Happy Missouri Day! - Yup, It's aready been a yurr since the last'n

Posted by Eric Brightwell, October 15, 2008 12:42am | Post a Comment

The 3rd Wednesday of the October, this year the 15th.

Map of Missouri
Pendersleigh & Sons' Official Map of Missouri

In my experience, when you'ins tell people you’re from Missouri, most people reply self-satisfiedly with "don't you mean Missouruh?" or, alternately, "where is Missouri? I don’t think I’ve ever been there."

Whether Missouri is Lower Midwestern or Upper Southern (or the Border South or, the Upland South, or less commonly today, the Yeoman South) is a somewhat common debate amongst Missourians... at least on the internet.

In my experience, Missouri's Midwestern neighbors, centered along the Great Lakes, (haters) tend to disparage Mighty Mo as a hick state whurr test scores are low, the accent is ugly and you'ins can buy fireworks, liquor and ammo... all in the same place.

Missouri's neighbors in the Deep South (also haters) usually don't consider it to be Southern because Missouri didn't side with the South in the Civil War (well, that's complicated-- thurr were 30,000 gray and 109,000 blue) and because South Coasters love to equate the entire South with just the Deep South aka the Lower South aka the Plantation South.

As far as Southern credentials go, Mark Twain, Langston Hughes, Thomas Hart Benton all seem fairly Southern, do they not? On the other hand, natives like T.S. Elliot, William Burroughs and Maya Angelou don’t so much, huh? Cultural cringe I reckon, plays a part in this confusion, as do geographical overlap and historical shifts.

The Employee Interview XX: Michelle

Posted by Miss Ess, October 14, 2008 04:24pm | Post a Comment
2 years employment
Floor Gal

Miss Ess: I know you are quite the artist. Whose music ins
phillip jeckpires your visual art? What do you like to listen to while you draw/paint?

Michelle: I have to listen to music when I draw or paint or am making something. What works best for me at the moment is drone-y, abstract, experimental sounds/different noises. I'm really into Philip Jeck's Surf album this week for sure. 
ME: What song describes your life perfectly right now?

Michelle: [What] describes my life perfectly right now is Reverend Al Green! Wooo hoooo! Of course! I'm in love and Al Green pops up wherever I go. One time we went to our favorite breakfast diner and they played Al Green songs the whole time we were there. Fancy beer plus fancy chocolate plus al greenfancy Al Green equals good quality couple time.
ME: How did you arrive at Amoeba?

Michelle: When I graduated and got my bachelor of fine arts I quit my job at Borders that I'd [had] for my whole 5 years of college; [I was] in charge of the music department. 

Then, I applied to both the Berkeley and Haight [Street] Amoebas; I love music, it fit my schedule, and [there are] creative people all over the place. [That] is what led me to the store. I'd cut high school just to go to shop at Amoeba; I always admired the people working there too.
I wanted to work at the Haight [Street] store but Berkeley hired me first. I was there for about half a year and transferred over to the Haight [Street] store and here I am now.
ME: What was it like to meet Mick Jones when he came in the store?

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The Malibu Bikini Shop

Posted by phil blankenship, October 14, 2008 02:13pm | Post a Comment
Malibu Bikini Shop sex comedy  Malibu Bikini Shop directed by David Wechter

Malibi Bikini Shop plot synopsis

CBS Fox Video 5040

New Digital Cumbia Releases from ZZK Records

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, October 14, 2008 12:48am | Post a Comment

ZZK Records
out of Buenos Aires, Argentina have just released 3 full albums from some of their artists that they featured on their debut compilation CD, Digital Cumbia Vol. 1. The first comes from Fauna, a group that consists of two bassists/producers, Federico Rodríguez and Cristian Del Negro, better known as Catar_sys and Color Kit. Their debut, La Manita de Fauna (Fauna’s Little Hand) is a mixture of Cumbia Villera, Dancehall and Reggaeton. Their Ragga vocals not only remind me of the Cumbia Villera groups, but of other Latin Alternative staples such as Todos Tus Muertos, El Gran Silencio and Sonido Nacional. That’s not a criticism of Fauna, it just seems that they have traveled the same route as those groups mentioned above in order to get where they are today.

Track of note: "El Zombie (with Princesa)"

Another ZZK release is from Chancha Vía Circuito, entitled Rodante. This group epitomizes the Digital Cumbia flavor. They use the güiro and various percussion instruments synonymous with traditional Cumbia and mix it with Dub and minimalist techno. Sometimes it’s reinterpretations of Colombian Cumbia; other times it’s Cumbia Villera out of the ghettos and back into the lab. It is as smart as it is danceable. For that reason, Rodante is slowly becoming one of my favorite releases of the year.

Track of Note: "Pachamama (with Poeta Inka)"

Coming soon will be El Remolón with Pibe Cosmo. El Remolon's prior release, Cumbia Bichera, was a excersise of their minimalist techno skills over their Cumbia skils. However on this release, Pablo Lescano from Damas Gratis (with keytar in tow) makes an appearance, which should shift the balance a little more to the Cumbia side.

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My Best Friend Is A Vampire

Posted by phil blankenship, October 13, 2008 06:13pm | Post a Comment
My Best Friend Is A Vampire starring Robert Sean Leonard  My Best Friend Is A Vampire directed by Jimmy Huston

My Best Friend Is A Vampire horror comedy plot synopsis

HBO Video 0144
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