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Archive for the month “February, 2009”

I’m in Florida

I’m in St. Petersburg, Florida doing Florida things. Last night we went to the shuffleboard court where the night’s theme was Bollywood. Indian music was playing and women dressed in Indian garb served yummy samosas and curried veggies and other things.

Right now I’m in Tampa about to head to the Florida Strawberry Festival in Plant City where I expect to see lots of fried food, strawberries, and rednecks.

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I’ll check in with you all a little later. Tonight we’re heading to a bowling alley on Pass-A-Grille Beach where we’re entering the big karaoke contest. Tomorrow I hope to hit some yard sales.

Sigh. I love Florida.

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Randy Bewley of Pylon

I just found out that Randy Bewley, guitarist for Pylon, one of my all-time favorite bands, has died. He had a heart attack while driving his van Monday and got into a bad accident. He was taken off life support today.

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I’m just heartbroken.

“Voulez-vous coucher avec moi (ce soir)?”

Sure, they sang it live and sounded terrific on The View today, but here’s a vintage clip of LaBelle getting freaky and funky performing their monster hit “Lady Marmalade.” If you were a kid in the 1970s, you strutted your little fanny around while this song played on the radio. And you gotta love their outfits!:

Thank the lord they’ve reunited. Maybe I can finally catch them live:

Hey sister, soul sister

If y’all hurry you can catch the reunited LaBelle singing “Lady Marmalade” on The View.

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They just did a quick chat with Whoopi and Sherri and now they’re singing their new single. After the commercial, we get to hear the classic (which they graciously said Lil’ Kim, Mya, Christina Aguilera and Pink covered very well for Moulin Rouge).

They’re all three in their 60s now and, I swear to god, black people don’t age. They look fantastic.

Iggy Pop’s car insurance company: no musicians

Remember when we bitched about Iggy Pop‘s British car insurance commercial for Swiftcover?

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It gets better.

Now The Guardian is reporting that IRL Swiftcover doesn’t insure musicians. Naturally, when some musicians were recently denied coverage by Swiftcover, they were flummoxed by the hypocrisy of the company’s having the 61-year-old Godather of Punk as its spokesperson. Some were so incensed, they enlisted the help of the Advertising Standards Authority whose spokesperson issued this statement:

“We have received 12 complaints and we are formally investigating those complaints. They have challenged whether it is misleading to suggest Iggy Pop has insurance with swiftcover because its website states that those who work in entertainment cannot take out a car insurance policy with that insurer.”

Why do they have Iggy Pop as their spokesperson if they don’t cover musicians?

The company’s response?

Tina Shortle, marketing director of swiftcover.com, said Iggy Pop had been chosen as the face of its advertising “because he loves life, not because he is a musician. He is an actor demonstrating the benefits of swiftcover.com.”

Iggy’s shirtless in the commercial. In full-on Iggy stage mode. Isn’t there some old Stooges road story about Iggy crashing their tour bus into an overpass?

Hear the new Neko Case album on NPR’s site

The NPR web site is streaming Middle Cyclone, Neko Case‘s latest, in its entirety right now. The album won’t be in stores until March 3.

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Wanna hear it? Go here.

We passed 100,000 hits today!

Congratulations, everyone. GV’sGH has passed the 100,000 hits point today!

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Thanks to all of you!

Pee-wee Herman: Say no to crack

The Huffington Post is recalling the nine weirdest Public Service Announcements ever made.

Here’s our fave, Pee-wee Herman urging ’80s youngsters not to smoke crack:

Long live Pee-wee! I heard Paul Reubens was resurrecting him. Have any of you heard this, too?

Playing Battleship with Brangelina

Did this freak out anyone else?

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The E! network’s red carpet crew was hunting down Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie like it was a game of Battleship. It made me uncomfortable. Maybe it was a preventive measure in case Angelina tried to snatch one of those Slumdog kids for her collection.

I’m glad Heath Ledger won

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The Academy should also retroactively give him Best Actor for his work in Brokeback Mountain. Never in my life have I seen a more deserving performance.

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