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This is the single most illegal and horribly wrong video I have ever put on this blog. Brett and Josh have no idea they are in it. I use every transition in my editing program. I steal content. I stole music from a YouTube clip.
Everything about this video is morally and professionally bad.
And that is what Wednesdays are like: morally and professionally bad.
So go home now.
-John Lichman This is the single most illegal and horribly wrong video I have ever put on this... more
Josh Heller from Online Comedy went to Fever Ray last night at the Fonda in LA. This is his recap and some YouTube clips from the show. —SNK
Last night I went to the Music Box at the Fonda to see the most anticipated show of the year. That may be a subjective claim, because my friend convinced me to buy tickets six months in advance, he was sure this show would sell out. He ended up forgetting a ticket, and bought one at the door.
We edged our way towards the stage, for the last ten minutes of Nosaj Thing's set. I wish we got their earlier because I'm a sucker for the ethereal dancey bleeps and bloops that come out of people's computers. Instead, I was splitting a #3 at Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles. The curtains closed after his set, and the house lights went on. Strange mood-setting ambient sounds trickled out of the speakers. My friend said it sounded like we were about to be attacked by The Smoke Monster from LOST.
Fortunately we didn't get attacked by any monsters, just a parade of drunk girls, who apologized for being so annoying.
The tempo of the hypnotic music moved faster, then the curtains finally opened. The audience was blasted with fog, air-conditioning, and the scent of patchouli. It smelled like a used-record store inside of a Wal-Mart. Smoke filled the space. The men standing in front of synthesizers and percussion, wore tall hats and Age of Enlightenment make-up. They looked like they've been haunting Versailles since the 1680s. Fever Ray, née Karin Dreijer Andersson, entered the stage dressed inside of what looked like a buffalo.
Lasers formed a virtual tent above the crowd, as she started her hour long set. The light show was very impressive. The lighting changed for each song during the performance. At one point antique lamps illuminated on beat, making you feel like you were at Disney's Haunted Mansion. The coolest laser effects acted like an iTunes visualizer.
I'm very happy that I didn't arrive at the concert in a time machine. If you had time-traveled from Colonial Massachusetts you'd be sure that you were witnessing a Pagan ritual. At some point Fever Ray took off her buffalo, and the spotlight shined on to this spooky lady, who vaguely resembled the witch from Army of Darkness.
During the performance she moved her hands into the shape of a triangle. I'm sure this led conspiracy theorists to say she was a mason and a member of the illuminati. It led me to say "HOV" and presume that she was in fact Jay-Z.
She played her entire album, and I didn't even get bored until the last two songs. Which is very impressive, because at most shows I'm bored after the first few minutes. Fever Ray played an excellent show that outstandingly translated the eeriness of her album on to the stage.
It would suck though, if you thought you were going to a Sugar Ray concert.Josh Heller from Online Comedy went to Fever Ray last night at the Fonda in LA. This... more
Josh Heller at Current_Comedy and I are conducting a joint investigation into Czech President Vaclav Klaus. This is what I wrote for him post: "Dissent in 2.0, the internet versus Václav Klaus"
The Czech President, Václav Klaus, has been doing his best to hold up the EU’s Lisbon Treaty for a while now, but today he finally ratified it. He’s famously skeptical of the EU, but plenty of people put plenty of pressure on him. Lisbon aims to further unify the EU – giving Europe a President and a “foreign representative” for example. Václav Klaus, notably, is not Václav Havel – the only other post-Soviet Czech President who confusingly also happens to have the first name “Václav.” Havel, a rock star on the diplomatic circuit, is much more liberal – Klaus is considered much more conservative. -AF
Josh goes looking for an anti-Klaus meme, but instead just finds humorous dissent (yes, that's the Czech President on toilet paper). But what about Klaus the politician? Foreign Policy's Passport blog describes him as a "legendary euroskeptic" and points to their article "The Other Vaclav":
Although mostly known outside his country for his skeptical views on global warming (environmentalism, in his opinion, is "the most prominent antiliberal, populist ideology of the contemporary world, comparable to communism and Nazism.) Klaus is one of the most important figures in post-communist Czech history, and the Lisbon battle is just the latest in a long series of controversial stances in his career. But lately, this lifelong iconoclast appears more and more as a tragic political figure. He is now totally isolated in Europe, shunned by most EU politicians, who view his obstructions as proof of his, and his country's, lack of democratic credentials.
Both Vaclavs, Klaus and Havel were there when the Soviet system collapsed. And both of them quickly made the transition into the new fledgling government. Havel, the poet-President, however, left the game. Which left the Czech Republic in the hands of Klaus, who served as Czech Prime Minister during his rule, and had long been Havel's rival. The NY Review of Books has a great short piece on "Vaclav vs Vaclav":
The two Václavs, it can be said, represent two poles of the broad Czech democratic center. Havel, the more liberal, believed that a new political culture should emerge from a rich and diverse civic society, with a healthy degree of decentralization and strong regional governments. As president he argued for policies that supported the nonprofit sector and mitigated the worst effects of rapid privatization. Klaus, an economist and admirer of Friedrich Hayek, Milton Friedman, and Margaret Thatcher, was a market fundamentalist who believed in a strong central government in the hands of strong political parties. The political friction between the two men was exacerbated by a clash of personalities. Beneath their quite different exteriors—Klaus abrasive to the point of arrogance, Havel polite to the point of shyness—each man had a firm will that made their differences seem inevitable and irresolvable.
So now the EU has finally gotten its Lisbon treaty, and Klaus seems to have used it to upstage his former rival's global presence. But still no meme for Vaclav Klaus. (If only he had a different first name!) Recently on the Current News Blog: - Election Perspective: New York and New Jersey by ScorpioGee - Hamas has a new rocket? - USS New York arrives in New York (Video) - Tomorrow is election day - Clinton's 11 foot statue in KosovoJosh Heller at Current_Comedy and I are conducting a joint investigation into Czech... more
My colleague Josh Heller over at Current_Comedy posted this collection of pretty hilarious dance videos featuring policemen in uniform. Two of them are from Mexico, where police corruption is endemic. While not following protocol is certainly a problem for Mexico's policemen, it is my solemn duty as Mr. Serious on the Current team to remind everyone that corruption in Mexico's police force is far, far worse than a little rump-shakin'.
Just a few weeks ago from the AP: Mexico: Army raid finds cash addressed to police:
Soldiers raiding a drug gang safehouse in northern Mexico found money-stuffed envelopes earmarked for various police forces and one marked for "press," authorities said Tuesday.
Four people were arrested and $5 million in U.S. and Mexican currency was seized during the raid Monday in the industrial city of Monterrey, according to an army statement. Soldiers, acting on an anonymous tip, also seized drugs, money counting machines, cell phones and five vehicles.
Monterrey and the surrounding state of Nuevo Leon, which borders Texas, have been a focus of the federal government's crackdown on police corruption.
The cash and seized items were displayed at military barracks north of the city, with dozens of white envelopes containing some of the cash arranged in rows on a table.
Envelopes at the front of the rows had yellow post-it notes with the names of police precincts in Monterrey and other municipal forces in Nuevo Leon state. One was labeled "press.
In Mexico's battle to fight off the drug gangs, the corruption in its police force has been crippling. Many part of the police are so corrupt, in fact, that they work for the gangs themselves. It's been so bad that Mexican President Calderon had to start using the Army to battle gangs.
Mexico's Drug War is a topic we're following closely, and you can too by going to the group page and joining the group.
Also from Mexico's Drug War:
- Mexico setting up special bilingual police for tourists
- Rehab Patients Gunned Down: Raw VideoMy colleague Josh Heller over at Current_Comedy posted this collection of pretty... more
Current is turning 4, and to celebrate we're airing a Birthday Blowout special tonight at 9pm pacific on Current TV!
We want to know what your first experience with Current was like! So, fire up the ol' webcam or any other video recording device within arms reach, and follow these instructions to join in on the fun:
-- Login to Current.com, and head over to this group: http://current.com/groups/current-firsts/
-- Click the “Join this Group” button FIRST! Current is turning 4, and to celebrate we're airing a Birthday Blowout... more
...he eats dried cranberries and drinks indigestion medicine.