Archive for May, 2010

May 28th, 2010 - 2:10 am § in True/Slant

M.I.A.'s sloganeering: not quite Joe the Plumber

The word “terrorist” pops up seven times in Lynn Hirschberg’s New York Times profile of M.I.A. Within the context of the article, “terrorist” appeared to be something of a default word for M.I.A.: whereas others fill spaces in their sentences with “um” and &[...]

May 27th, 2010 - 8:34 pm § in True/Slant

The Sweets & Snacks Expo 2010 in pictures

After a troubling trek to the first day of the annual Sweets & Snacks Expo at Chicago’s McCormick Place, day two was a veritable paradise. It was a feast of the eyes as much as it was of the taste buds. As such, please peruse the following collection of photos for some real treats:[...]

May 25th, 2010 - 11:39 pm § in True/Slant

The longest trek for a piece of candy: The Sweets & Snacks Expo 2010

I haven’t had a morsel of sweets pass my lips since the middle of February. That is until today, when I attended the National Confectioners Association’s Sweets & Snacks Expo 2010. With more than 450 companies rolling out products new and old, this is where anyone who wishes they cou[...]

May 24th, 2010 - 7:30 pm § in True/Slant

R.I.P. Slipknot bassist Paul Gray

The Des Moines Register is reporting that Slipknot bassist Paul Gray has died: Paul Dedrick Gray, 38, of Johnston was found dead at approximately 10:50 a.m. today by an employee at TownePlace Suites, 8800 Northpark Drive, police said. There was no evidence of foul play, police said, but the investig[...]

May 21st, 2010 - 12:27 pm § in True/Slant

Metric at the Vic, May 20

Metric is a band made for the big stage. You wouldn’t know it from their background, as a term like “Canadian indie rock group” often equals total obscurity when crossing the border. But, somehow Metric has found success outside their home country. As their set at Chicago’s V[...]

May 20th, 2010 - 2:47 pm § in True/Slant

Dapper Diapers

What is one of the big things heating up the Internet today? Diapers. Not just any diapers mind you. Jean diapers. Call them “Huggies for Hipsters” as some sites have. Call them a gimmicky ploy to attract an increasingly marketable niche audience. Just don’t call them fake. It can [...]

May 20th, 2010 - 1:52 am § in True/Slant

Free the Music: Caddywhompus

Free the Music is a guide to new albums, EPs and songs that are available for free online. Today’s drop is: Caddywhompus – Remainder. At any one moment in indie music history, there are a number of divergent sounds heating up the national scene. They’ve got their communities, they’[...]

May 19th, 2010 - 6:37 pm § in Freelance Work

Everyone Everywhere | Everyone Everywhere – Boston Phoenix

Remember when emo wasn’t just some watered-down pop-punk version of goth? No? Well . . . it wasn’t. It’s hard to think of such a time’s existing now, with so many tepid My Chemical Romance derivatives clogging the scene — but Philly four-piece Everyone Everywhere have turned out an album t[...]

May 19th, 2010 - 2:51 am § in True/Slant

McLovin starts band that gets attention because McLovin is in it

All New York Magazine‘s Vulture blog needed was a short headline and YouTube video to get the point across: McLovin Is in a Band! Yep. McLovin is in a band. Stop the Internetz! Such news is of vital importance, especially when actor-musician Christopher Mintz-Plasse is referred to as the nickn[...]

May 18th, 2010 - 2:30 am § in True/Slant

Will Philly say 'yes' to cultural fascism?

On Friday, the Philadelphia City Paper stumbled upon a proposed bill that could dramatically alter the city’s cultural landscape. Bill No. 100267 is no ordinary promoters ordinance. If passed into law, the ordinance has the potential to stop smaller clubs’ schedules completely and leave [...]

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