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JULY 30, 2006
Madonna's Gonna Mash Jessica

MadonnajessicaSomeone mashed up Jessica Simpson's new single, "Public Affair," with Madonna's "Holiday." Nothing was done to either track, the speed was not manipulated, they were just spliced together to show how uncannily close they sound. If I were Jessica, I'd start coming up with a great story as to how the song was created for her and she had no idea it sounded like Madonna's -- she should try to get away with saying she never heard "Holiday" before and therefore couldn't have had a clue that her song was a total and complete ripoff.

check it out.

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JULY 29, 2006
Mel Gibson's Anti-Semitic Tirade

Gibson_exclusive_wi_2 Normally I don't post things that anger me or raise my ire since SomethingGlorious promotes things I love, but this is something that I just couldn't turn a blind eye to. Yesterday the news broke that Mel Gibson was arrested on suspiscion of drunk driving -- but not many details were revealed. Today, has an exclusive story detailing hateful, angry rhetoric spewed by Gibson, who allegedly said "fucking Jews ... the Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world." The report comes from the arresting officer on the case, LA County Sheriff's Deputy James Mee, who said Gibson threatened his life, claimed to "own Malibu" and resisted arrest.

Apparently the LA County police initially wanted to cover up Gibson's inflammatory speech, saying it would only incite Jewish hatred and cause more problems. Mee was asked to tone down his report, scrub it and write up something softer.

In my opinion, Gibson needs to be held accountable and now that his hatred for Jews, which is shared by his father, who has gone on record to say the Holocaust never happened,  has been exposed, I find it hard to believe that this ultra-conservative, right-wing Christian fanatic  will every again make a movie in Hollywood, which is heavily populated with Jewish producers, directors, financiers, writers and more. The report claims that Gibson said his life was "fucked." I hope he's right.

Read four pages from the original report.

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JULY 27, 2006
Jack Spade Limited Edition Travel Scrabble

DetailI love Scrabble. I make no bones about it. I have a deluxe edition that spins, an old travel pack and the official Scrabble dictionary because I love to challenge. Sadly, I don't get to play as often as I'd like, but now at least I can boast about one of the coolest gifts I've ever received (and I can't believe I haven't blogged about it before).

Last year, Jack Spade partnered with the now-defunct Cargo magazine (may she rest in peace) to produce a limited edition line of travel Scrabble cases. With 30% of proceeds benefitting Book Relief, an initiative of First Book, the zippered case is made of camo waxware  and comes with everything you need to Scrabble on the road (sans challenging dictionary) including a sturdy, built-in board.

Get it at Jack Spade for $95 -- 212.625.1820.

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Gnarls Barkley: Who Cares

You do. Now watch this:

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JULY 26, 2006
JT: SexyBack video

Justin Timberlake (see, it wasn't so hard to get back to him and let Lance's news slide) premiered the video for his new single, "SexyBack," on YouTube yesterday. Apparently bringing sexy back involves spies, sexual trysts, bombs and European nightclubs.

via Stereogum

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Lance: I'm Gay!

After months (years?) of speculation, former 'N Sync-er Lance Bass is finally and officially coming out. Over the last few months, he's been spotted all over the place with reality TV hunk Reichen Lehmkuhl and I guess the pressure of the truth got to Lance. In the new issue of People magazine, Lance says he's now happier and more liberated than ever before. Congrats on being yourself!

Now let Justin have the spotlight back.

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JULY 23, 2006
City Boy Grill


The City Boy Grill is a genius product for any urban dweller who doesn't have the space for a large grill. But it's also perfect for hitting the beach, camping, hanging out in front of your house on the sidewalk -- pretty much anywhere you get a hankering for grilled chicken, a burger, salmon patties (or whatever you want to throw on there).

Created by Finnish designer Klaus Aalto, its compact size is ideal for light travel, but it's the small gas canister that powers this little stove that makes it so appealing. Plus, when it's time for cleaning, the interior wipes clean and the grate can be tossed in the dishwasher or wiped down in the sink.

Made of powder-painted steel with a heat-resistant stainless steel and wood handle, the City Boy Grill stands only 8.7" high.

As far as I can tell, it's only available (for $300) at I.D. Chicago, which I've said has become one of my favorite home shops in the city.

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JULY 21, 2006
Davenport SkyBridge



Who knew Iowa was so hip? A friend showed me a video he took on his phone from a recent trip to Davenport, Iowa, one of the "quad cities" that straddle the Iowa/Illinois border along the Mississippi River. Apparently, Davenport has a pedestrian walking bridge -- the SkyBridge -- that stretches from the parking garage of a music museum to a riverboat casino called the Rhythm City. Now I don't know much about Davenport, but I do know that this is one trippy-ass bridge.


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Chicago's Best Venue: Charter One Pavilion

Charterone Where planes used to land now sits one of the best music venues I've ever attended. Charter One Pavilion was constructed for the 2005 summer season and has continued through to this year.

The venue sits on the 91-acre Northerly Island, former home of Meigs Field, Chicago's in-city airport that was demolished some years ago. The area was enclosed as parkland to create the city's Museum Campus, which includes the Field Museum, Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium, Soldier Field, Burnham Harbor and now Charter One Pavilion.

So, why does Charter One rock? For one, it's entirely outdoors and sits right on Lake Michigan. Two, when  you're jamming out to whatever band, you have an incredible view: Chicago's skyline rising up in the background. Need another reason? It has the most laid-back security. You're allowed to "sign out" for 15 minutes and leave the venue to do whatever -- most people head behind the venue to hang out on the beach on Lake Michigan.

Last night, Trey Anastasio and Mike Gordon from Phish played together with the Benevento/Russo Duo. I'd do a proper review but, really, this post is about Charter One. They just happened to be there.

Overall, it was a great night of music. The guys were as tight as ever and I heard a few people rumbling that Phish might actually get back together for some shows this fall. Then again, that could just be wishful thinking. Although, apparently on this tour, Page McConnell, Phish's keyboardist, has joined them for a few shows.

I think my favorite part of the night was walking down to the beach through the sand, seeing light waves lap on the shore and hearing fantastic music flow out of the venue.

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When Did You Choose to Be Straight?


If you are one of those people who truly and honestly believes that gay people choose their sexual orientation, then you need to ask yourself: when did you choose to be straight?

A group, BornDifferent, has created a series of short videos chronicling the life of Norman, a springer spaniel that was born different. His difference: he moos instead of barking. The five 30-second videos show how Norman is shunned by his family, runs away and has difficulty fitting in -- all because he was born different.

In one video, titled "What People Think," the producers stop random people on the street to ask them if they think gay people are born that way or choose to be gay. The responses are interesting -- especially when they ask, "When did you choose to be straight?" It opened up a lot of eyes.

Watch Norman's story. And once you get to the main site, look toward the bottom of the screen and click on the links "Norman on TV" and "What People Think."

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