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Lady Amy's back in the MSP

I'm finally back from my big New York City trip with a couple of items for you.


CNN put's the C squad in:

I don't have cable at home. And I've always found that one of the best parts of traveling for a non-cable subscriber is getting a little glimpse at the more glamorous world of having a gazillion channels at your fingertips. As a kid, the big thrill on family vacations was getting to watch Beavis and Butthead in the hotel room after my parents went to sleep.

As an adult, though I still enjoy Beavis and Butthead, I am more excited to get a little break from the Fox 9 and KARE 11 news that I usually watch (more for comedic relief than hard news).


Sunday night in NYC I turned on CNN in pursuit of a slightly better newscast, only to find that the C-string reporters were producing the show. I hate to blog about something that I cannot support with pictures or video, but I feel that it is my civic duty to keep CNN honest about being a credible news source.

First, the anchor used the word "brotha" when introducing a story - and not in an I just misheard him rounding off the "r" while covering a story about "brothers" kind of way. Then the anchor threw it over to a reporter covering the Malibu fire amidst charred rubble and a few small, wastebasket-sized flames still flickering. Not having much to say about the huge blaze currently engulfing parts of California because it was not in the shot, he pointed at one of the small piles of flaming rubble and said, "whoa, look at that!"

The best part of program (before I couldn't take any more) was the weather. The meteorologist brought up a map of California on the backdrop to emphasize the Malibu fire story and explained that we were looking at a Google Earth image. Does CNN really not have its own maps for such purposes? And if not, shouldn't they pretend like they're not just using Google Maps? I mean I've never heard Fox 9 or KARE 11 cite Google as the source for their weather maps!


CMJ:

The main reason I went out to NYC was to see the CMJ music festival, as I briefly mentioned last week. I saw a ton of great music from some of my favorite bands and some that I'd never heard of. The best concert all week was, by far, Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth, who played an afternoon concert at the Apple Store in SOHO. I'm not very experienced in reviewing concerts so I'll just let you judge for yourself. For some reason I can't upload video so you'll have to follow this link to view video of Thurston Moore's performance.


The strangest show of the festival for me was a concert put on by Terrorbird Media. I was excited to see Celebration, who I had never seen in person or in photos. I've got to admit that I didn't really do my homework on this band before the concert. At the scheduled time, these three guys take the stage:


And I think to myself, "wow, they're a lot older than I had imagined." They also seemed to sound a bit different than I had imagined, but I decided to hear them out since the crowd seemed really into it. I didn't really understand the sound because each song seemed to cover every musical genre in existence and about three songs in I realized that this was definitely NOT Celebration.

Then who were these three gentlemen on stage?

As it turns out, I was in the middle of a Meat Puppets show. I didn't even realize that they still existed! They even have a new record out. Weird 80's/90's flashback.

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  1. Blogger DoktorPeace | 2:47 AM |  

    You didn't realize the Meat Puppets still existed? Perhaps you should have more carefully read the first line of their web site:
    "You'd never know it's been 12 years since brothers Curt and Cris Kirkwood made a Meat Puppets record together."
    THAT is how you should be feeling.

    PS Who are they?

  2. Blogger qualler | 10:58 AM |  

    Wait, you didn't go to NYC for the cable???

  3. Blogger P. Arty | 11:35 AM |  

    Oh man! Did they play Backwater? That song was my JAM in middle school. Seriously, top 10 songs of my youth.

    I heard that thing on New Rock 102.1 (you know what I'm talking about Polley!) and I requested the bejeebes out of it for months, never to hear it again. I finally heard it once, and I ran into my bathroom (where we had a radio with a cassette deck, and I taped the last half of it. For months (years?) that was the closest I got to hearing the song again.

    It's kind of depressing to think that no one will ever enjoy hearing half a song so much ever again.

  4. Blogger chris | 12:41 PM |  

    haha i'm glad that that meat puppets promo picture exists.

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