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  1. Wednesday, May 28, 2008
  2. theres a few good things about dating the cougar 

    dont get me wrong.

    for starters, she puts out. which is a plus.
    girls a fraction yr age tend to overthink sex instead of doing.
    sex is the last thing you should overthink.
    overthink poetry or tolstoy or the stock market
    overthink the shoes you wanna buy or how to bust a rhyme
    overthink ways to write a headline
    but sex is like being in the middle of a really nice prom
    just dance.
    preferably with who brung ya.
    brought the cougar to the police at the hollywood bowl.
    hollywood smelled.
    first i thought it was her cuz shes not 19.
    then i thought it was me because i took the subway to her place and cabbed it over.
    then i thought it was the yuppies surrounding us on the benches
    but if theres one useful thing about those people its they dont smell.
    so then i thought it was me again.
    elvis costello opened.
    they had this huge stage and they packed elvis and his band in this tight spot
    like they were commoners.
    like they were Fastway opening for AC/DC
    (cougar would get that one)
    the yuppies stood in line for $8.50 heinekens and $6 merlot and missed e’s greatest hits
    the sun set during Alison and Sting came out and sang with the king of america
    it was pretty and cool and the cougar took my hand and i pretended like i wasnt feeling it
    but why pretend. its not like youre fooling anyone.
    police came out and did their greatest hits.
    because im old as dirt and actually older than the cougar id seen them do this routine during my fourth concert ever.
    (jackson five. acdc. scorpions.)
    although stewart was on fire and andy shreded and sting can really play the bass well
    and sing divinely
    not everything ages gracefully
    which is why we drank alot during the show
    and why one of my eyes was on the mexican girl in the row ahead of us
    who couldnt stop fingering her sidekick.

    above, hall n oates at the troubadour last week, via stereogum

  3. Tuesday, May 27, 2008

    today is christie st. martin’s birthday 

    she is 24.

    christie st martin and tony pierce in toronto canada

    born on the death star and rescued by dr. spock christie is clearly not of this galaxy. she enjoys wearing girlie clothes, knee high socks and doing boy things like playing video games and going to nba games.

    she writes Funny Pages 2.0 for us at the Times and i heart her.

    happy birthday baby!

  4. LAist’s recent review of the Adele show at the Roxy 

    gets Roxy owner to write long comment to defend his club, his staff, and even his part of The Strip

    Nic Adler is the owner of the Roxy. His father founded the historic club in the early ’70s and Nic grew up on the Strip. LAist contributor Simone Snaith is a talented musician and blogger who wrote a negative review of last week’s Adele show. The review was glowing in regards to the performance, but critical of the Roxy experience. A little past midnight tonight Nic wrote a long rebuttal to Simone’s piece.

    I am an avid and vocal supporter of the LAist for over a year now and read it on a daily basis( as well as listing it on our links section of our site as one of our favorites). I’m not one to comment on sites much or to get in a tit for tat with writers/reviewers because I believe their job is to independently write what they see and feel about their experiences wether good or bad. As the owner of The Roxy, I use reviews and comments I read to grow our business and to make a better experience at the club. I have to say, reading this review actually got me upset enough to not keep quiet and to speak my mind. From the first line, it felt that you had something out for the club. To me, it was a biased review. It did not read like someone who had a non-biased opinion of The Roxy.

    Over the last 35 years, The Roxy has had its ups and downs. We have gone through times where we have treated our costumers and bands with less respect then they derserved, I can admit this whole heartedly. Over the last 8 years, and more recently and aggressively, over the last two, we have strived to change this everyday and with every show. I can now say that hands down, everyone who works at The Roxy from the door to floor to the sound to the office, all love what we do here and get excited to come to work everyday. We try respect every single person that comes through our door. Saying that, I would like to “discuss”, on behalf of everyone who works at the club, point by point, the things said in this review. I will try my best to do this with facts and keep emotion out of it.

    “my ticket and that of the girl next to me in line said doors were at 8pm”
    You are 100% correct. Doors were at 8p. Load in for this show was at 3p, that gave Adele 5 hours to load in the gear and sound check. This was the first show of her tour, all the equipment was rented from SIR and she used brand new in-ear monitors, straight out of the box. Meaning, The band and Adele needed as much time as possible to get comfortable with the unfamiliar gear. 8p comes around and she is still not happy with her sound. 9p comes around and they were still not ready. Finally its 930p and we were allowed to open doors. The Roxy has NO control over the artist. We buy the show from the agent/manager and we are at the mercy of the act, when they say they are ready, we open. no sooner, no later. This is not something that happens often at the club but sometimes it does. Im not a liberty to say anything about this artist but i will refer to what you said in your review. “…I had to wonder if there were really technical difficulties or if she is just a tad picky.”. It was probably a little of both.

    Later Nic defends the show starting “late”, the $10 drinks, and even the parking. But it was interesting to see him explain the $4.50 bottles of water.

    “By the way, a bottle of water at The Roxy is $4.50. Discuss.”
    I can admit and agree that $4.50 is expensive for water. But at the end of the day this is a business, and we need to make money to make pay the rent and pay the bills, just like any other business. Being an all age venue we have shows where its 90% kids and the bar makes nothing. And sometimes we have adults and kids, that come to the venue and maybe only buy one water or sometimes nothing at all. The artist receives 70% of the ticket and the other 30% goes into hospitality, production, advertising and promotion. This leaves us with the bar to pay for everything else(which is a lot). We survive on our bar sales, thats why we are able to stay open.

    In the end Nic invites Simone and… everyone… to talk about ways that he can make the Roxy better, which seems pretty cool to me. my only suggestion would be to try not to make the seating area VIP only. one of the best experiences i ever had was sitting in there in ’86 while The Replacements and Thelonious Monster changed my life. im sure not every show they have VIP only over there, but in a place as small as the Roxy how about forgetting the idea of VIP, or maybe only having the special peeps feel special After the show upstairs On the Rox?

    Regardless i have seen many cool shows at the Roxy and that adele show sounds like it started off on a bad foot from the get go. but its nice to see the owner explain what happened in a public forum.

  5. Monday, May 26, 2008

    howard kurtz will not be taking the wapo buyout 

    which is a very good thing. somewhat because he enunciates whats happening in the newspaper business today way better than lots of people. and shows the outsiders that whats happening at papers like the LAT is almost exactly whats happening everywhere else. one part exciting, two parts terrifying. and a hundred parts sad.

    Let’s not bury the lead: This is a rough time for the newspaper business, a rough time for The Washington Post and a rough time for me.

    No one need shed any tears for the people leaving this building. The more than 100 journalists who have just taken early-retirement packages are voluntarily accepting a generous offer as the company trims its payroll — a situation far better than at newspapers that have resorted to layoffs.

    But it is painful to watch from the inside. The talented reporters, editors and photographers walking out the door are part of the heart and soul of a living, breathing organism. How do you replace a Tom Ricks, one of the best Pentagon reporters ever? Or a Sue Schmidt, the investigative reporter who revealed Jack Abramoff’s dirty dealings? Or Robin Wright, who’s covered the Middle East for a quarter-century? What about battle-scarred editors with deep knowledge and a light touch?

    I know, I know. The future is digital. The Web is a cornucopia of fast-moving video and blogs and bulletins and gossip, while newspapers are old, slow and less than hip. That’s why The Post (and every other paper on the planet) is beefing up its online presence and why I write a daily blog for the Web site.

    But — and stop me if you’ve heard this one — newspapers matter. There isn’t a Web site around that can produce the probing work, such as the exposé of shoddy conditions at the Army’s Walter Reed Medical Center, that won The Post six Pulitzer Prizes this year. The economics of the Web, for now, won’t support a staff that can hold public officials accountable across the region and still cover every Nationals game. So I cling to an old-fashioned, almost mystical belief in the power of ink on paper.

    its nice to know that im not alone in being hopelessly idealistic.

    jumping ahead to the end of his piece, kurtz says:

    In one sense, the Web is a blessing. Daily circulation for the newsprint Post, now 673,000, may be down from 813,000 in 2000, but we are drawing an eye-opening 9.4 million unique visitors online each month, 85 percent of them from outside the D.C. circulation area. Those readers don’t bring in the cash that print subscribers do — given the gotta-be-free mentality of the Web — but they do expand our reach.

    The ticking time bomb here is the wholesale abandonment of newspapers by younger people who grew up with a point-and-click mentality. When I was speaking at Harvard recently, a smug graduate student said, “I get everything I need from YouTube. What are you going to do about it?”

    “What are you going to do about it?” I shot back. If people want to tune out the news, no one can compel them to change their habits. We can be smarter, faster and jazzier in providing information, but we can’t force-feed the stuff. If newspapers wither and die, it will be in part because the next generation blew us off in favor of Xbox and Wii and full-length movies on their iPods. Network news faces the same erosion. Maybe, in the end, we get the media we deserve.

    The Post has proven to be an awfully resilient place over the years. And if we have to do more with less, well, welcome to the global economy. After pondering the offer, I decided: I’ll badly miss the people who are leaving, but I’m staying put.

    in lots of ways what i have seen in my first six months at the LAT is a lot like what i saw in my last six months at the dot com when the web imploded. many goodbyes. many mixed feelings from those who left and those who stayed. thats why im grateful to read kurtz explain what his feelings are in regards to his paper on the other coast. its a far more complicated situation than it might appear. and its so very interesting that writers are at the center of it, because who better to report on it.

    if these things interest you, you should read his whole piece/column/post whatever they call it these days.

    photos by afagen via flickr

  6. exclusive interview with sass 

    tony says: hola canadian girl
    sass says: Holla

    tony says: state your name and province please
    sass says: Sass, Ontario

    tony says: i like your blog. its funny, it’s fun
    sass says: I like your blog. It’s great. and good. grood.

    tony says: but i have one question, why do you get rid of the faces of your girls?
    sass says: Raymi asked me the same thing the other day. It’s because it’s my choice to put all my bidness up on the public interweb, not my friends’. so it’s just safer to leave them unrecognizable unless they have a blog too and plaster their faces on a public domain in their own accord.

    tony says: did all of them request such privacy?
    sass says: Nope, but some have. Now it’s just a keeping it consistent thing. Cuz I’ll take pics and my friends will be like “Ooooh are you going to black out my face on your blog?”

    tony says: and theyre ok with that? i thought the girls in canada were damn near all cam-loving bicurious exhibitionists
    sass says: Totes. But they can do that on their own facebook profiles. I don’t want the responsibility of exhibiting them.

    tony says: why didnt you party with raymi, christie, and that crew when i was up there for new years?
    sass says: Cuz I didn’t jump on the blogging bandwagon til March. And I’m not friends with Raymi. Yet. But hollatchagirl the next time you’re here

    tony says: and yet i understand that you blogspotted her the other day but didnt say hi? true?
    sass says: Uh no. I was “slumming it” at this wing and rib place in our mutual hood and she was walking on the streetskies with Fil, and she waved. and I waved back and I had the urge to jump out the window and get all crazy on her (not really) but I decided that would be stupid. and also she was already gone before the end of that thought process.

    tony says: youre not a hockey player, youre not in Rush, and you werentblogging, so what on earth were you doing in Canada before March?

    sass says: I can’t remember. Nothing’s real until it’s on a blog anyway.
    sass says: That’s a lie.
    sass says: Crying and bitching all the time about my heinous, awful ex-boyfriend to everyone and anyone. Now I just do it on wordpress.

    tony says: arent you still in college?
    sass says: No. I’m a child prodigy.

    tony says: ok so when did you start reading blogs?
    sass says: Erm. 2004?? I had a xanga page then.
    tony says: oh my
    sass says: Yea I kept it up until 2006. Then I started having real boyfriends and broke up with xanaga. Now I’m completely babeless spend my energy on a blog instead.

    tony says: and you never went to college?
    sass says: Oh no, I did. From 2002 – 2007. Wait. I totally got my xanga dates wrong then. Hold on let me check when my first post was
    tony says: holding…
    sass says: June 10th 2002
    sass says: My first ever blog post
    sass says: It’s 2:15 am in Toronto. I’ve lost my fucking mind.
    sass says: So ok, I’m been blogging since 2002. I have a good memory though. I swear.

    tony says: so you graduated two years ago
    tony says: what have you done since then?
    sass says: Well I stopped taking any course December 06. But I didn’t convocate til June, so all my graduation day photos would be with my friends.
    tony says: such a girl decision
    sass says: I worked at Club Monaco. But they had rats and my gay boyfriend quit. So a few days later so did I. Then he got a job where I work now and 2 weeks later I started working there too. Then that week I started dating my ex who’s known as “The
    Fifth” on my blog. My life pathetically revolved around him. And now I’m less pathetic. Because I have a blog.

    tony says: you live in the Annex, if i remember correctly, true?
    sass says: Hells yea. That’s where Raymi lives too.
    tony says: raymi talks hella shit about the annex
    tony says: but denies living there
    sass says: I love the annex.
    tony says: why does raymi talk shit? i think she says its yuppie?
    sass says: Well I hear her address is 123 Penis Lane, Sandusky, Ohio, which isn’t in the Annex at all.
    tony says: ahahahahaha
    sass says: I don’t know why she talks shit. I think it’s all the fucktards in her building. I think the Annex is the happiest place in the world. For me at least.
    sass says: Because I’ve never existed elswhere in Toronto except for the Annex/U of T bubble.

    tony says: ok so that place is populated with young people, youre in the biggest city in Canaduh, so why are you obsessed with exes and pretending that you dont have any other life outside of blogging?
    sass says: Just the one really. Only because it ended so terribly and the drama continued til I don’t know April.
    sass says: I do have a life outside of blogging. As my blog exhibits.

    tony says: what was so terrible about the end? did he get with your bff?
    sass says: No with the girl who played his love interest on his TV show.
    tony says: omg was that YOUR sex tape i saw?
    sass says: I don’t have a sex tape. But I do have nude photes.
    tony says: wait, bro has a tv show?
    sass says: Yea in fact one of Raymi’s friends was the director. That’s probably giving too much info.
    tony says: raymi is too connected
    sass says: So am I. Foo.

    tony says: ok so why are you going to move to the hk then
    sass says: I’m not. But my mom likes to dangle the idea to me on a weekly basis.
    sass says: I was born there. Lived there for 10 years or so. My parents still live there.
    tony says: do you habla chinese?
    sass says: Oui
    tony says: have you ever been with a chinese dude?
    sass says: Define “been with”
    tony says: omg OMG wait yes Yes YES!OOOOOOOOOOOMG o. m. g.
    tony says: etc
    sass says: I’ve never had sex with a Chinese guy
    sass says: I’ve made out with 2. That’s it. I think.
    tony says: any explanation for this?
    sass says: Just haven’t met one I’ve been attracted to the point of doing it?
    tony says: in your Match.com profile you say that you only like dudes over 6’2″ – could that be the reason?
    sass says: I don’t have a Match.com profile.
    sass says: But in my About Sass page I do say that.
    sass says: It could be the reason why I don’t like Asian guys. But it’s also the reason why I don’t like a lot of white guys either.

    tony says: so its the blacks you love? perfect.
    sass says: No, I’ve never even made out with a black guy.
    sass says: They’re rare, where I frequent.
    sass says: At U of T I was at a college which was mainly Jewish.
    sass says: At Club Monaco, boys were mainly gay. And not Black. There’s one black guy at my office now. that’s about it.

    tony says: why were you at a gay club? and why did your bf start working there? this is all very curious
    sass says: Club Monaco is a clothing store. They have them in LA. It’s owned by Ralph Lauren. It’s very much like Banana Republic only everything isn’t in subdued khaki pansy colours but black and white
    tony says: i think im glad i have never heard of it
    sass says: http://www.clubmonaco.com/052008/default.asp
    tony says: i only wear clothes my mom got me at sears 15 years ago
    sass says: Zexy.
    tony says: yeah those clothes are gay times a million
    sass says: TOTES. But hot.
    sass says: And chic.
    sass says: I can’t bring myself to buy anything from there now that I don’t have an employee discount.

    tony says: do you get a lot of readers on your blog?
    sass says: No
    sass says: It’s still a baby
    sass says: But I ought to. Doncha think?
    tony says: yes i do
    sass says: Woot!
    sass says: I like you. Let’s be friends. And party. In the Annex. Or not. So Raymi will come.
    tony says: i like all of canada. even the parts canadians say are lame
    sass says: I haven’t been to many parts. So i’ll take your word for it.
    tony says: seen one igloo seen em all

    tony says: ok so when are you gonna get over your ex?
    sass says: Ugh…. who knooooowwwsss. Probably when I start legitimately liking someone else. I’m not over him because I have no other reference of ‘boy’ in my head except for him.
    tony says: was he your first bf?
    sass says: Oh and that I’m friends with his friends and he live 960 metres away from me.
    sass says: No, he was the third boyfriend.
    tony says: is that far away or close?
    tony says: in america we only use centimeters
    sass says: Let me convert that into miles
    tony says: gratzi
    sass says: 0.596516345 miles.
    tony says: half mile eh
    tony says: enough to skip there
    sass says: enough to spit
    sass says: Raymi’s right. The Annex SUCKS.
    tony says: ahahahaha
    sass says: He lives on the street side too. So even my friends have developed a habit of looking into his window when they walk by. I don’t anymore. Because if I see the blinds shut I know he’s fucking in there. And I don’t want to know that anymore.

    tony says: poor girl. so wait have you met Raymi yet?
    sass says: No. Just that wave from yonder side of the glass of St. Louis Bar & Grill. But soon.
    tony says: shes great, as is fil. and christie. and christies girls
    sass says: Who’s Christie? She’ll have to be my friend then too.
    tony says: when youre on my blog, if you click the top banner picture deal it goes to her blog on the LA Times. she lives in yr hood too.
    sass says: Funny pages 2.0?
    tony says: yep
    sass says: She’s hot. She’s got that evil raised eyebrow, smirk thing going on there on her blurb. I don’t think she’d be friends with me though. I can tell.
    tony says: and thats where youre wrong
    tony says: isnt it nice to be wrong sometimes?
    sass says: No. Never. In fact tonight my best friend Kate yelled out loud while I was talking to some guy “Don’t you know? SASS ALWAYS HAS TO BE RIGHT!”

    tony says: ok if youre not gonna be a doctor in china, what do you want to be when you grow up?
    sass says: MTV VJ. or a Pussycat Doll.
    sass says: Make it happen Tony, make it happen.
    tony says: but of course
    tony says: are you a good dancer?
    sass says: Totes.
    tony says: Christie should be on tv too. maybe you two can do a show together
    sass says: Raymi. Christie and I should all do a show together.
    tony says: no no. not raymi
    sass says: why not?
    sass says: She’s my fave.
    tony says: raymi cannot share the camera with anyone. let alone two other babes
    tony says: shes my fave too. but she needs her own deal
    sass says: Fine. Ok. The more famous one gets her own deal.
    tony says: maybe you could tie her up in the corner. and have her screaming in the background “I COULD BE DOING THIS BETTER!”
    sass says: No, that would be cruel. Dinkus.
    tony says: cruel or hilarious?
    sass says: Only when the cruelty is inflicted on shady motherfuckers.
    sass says:I’ll have Raymi sing on the show.

    tony says: you three should go to the cat and the fiddle. or whatever it is that karaoke place is
    sass says: What’s that?
    tony says: under the holiday inn
    sass says: oh fox and the fiddle.

    tony says: you will be happy to know that i went to Panda Express tonight
    sass says: Sacrilege
    tony says: sometimes you want fast n easy chinese.
    tony says: and they had a donation thing for the Sichauan Relief fund
    sass says: Oh.
    sass says: That’s gangster.
    tony says: and it had several $10 bills in there
    sass says: YAY! yea the momsicle calls every other day telling me how terrible it all is. and crying. which really disturbs me, because she’s usually such an evil bitch.
    tony says: and this got to her?
    sass says: yea. majorly.
    sass says: we don’t get hourly updates here in north america
    tony says: sometimes tragedies wake people up
    sass says: yea it is. like i said in my blog, Chinese people are so strangely connected
    tony says: even though theres a billion of ya?
    sass says: not that other people aren’t emphatic
    sass says: but like if something happened in poland
    sass says: or i don’t know Ireland.
    sass says: all the “Irish-Canadians” will probably feel less personally involved than all the Chinese do at this point. I really just feel terrible about all the horrendous damage, deaths, amputations, orphans, like I wish my parents could adopt a kid who lost their leg or something.
    sass says: but they’re too old to be eligible.
    tony says: thats sad
    sass says: Yea. Way to end on a light note, sass.
    tony says: its ok. i loved your video and now we can include it
    sass says: yea i’m waiting for my friend who offered me $20. Then i’m just gonna write off a cheque for $100 or something
    tony says: if you have paypal my readers have been known to paypal people

    sass says: Why can’t i see older posts other than the ones on the first page of your blog?
    sass says: I only started reading when i found the link off of Raymi’s page
    sass says: and i like your poetry. a lot.
    tony says: awww thanks!
    tony says: i am trying to get people to read only the new stuff every day
    sass says: also i hadn’t seen any other interviews so i was like what the deal?
    tony says: i am on the cusp of scorpio, so you know, mystery, etc
    sass says: libra? or saggitt-loserus
    tony says: libra
    sass says: niceee
    tony says: 10/22
    sass says: oooh! Zac Hanson’s birthday
    tony says: that was a little too quick.
    sass says: haha also my childhood bff’s sharon’s birthday
    tony says: great lets have a pajama party.

  7. Sunday, May 25, 2008

    with americans like these, who needs terrorists 

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    her bio describes her thusly: Liz Trotta is the former New York bureau chief of The Washington Times and is a contributor for FOX News Channel.

    Raw Story transcribed today’s example of Fox’s contributor at her finest, “and now we have what some are reading as a suggestion that somebody knock off Os–Osama–um, uh–Obama. Well, both, if we could…”

    her joke speaks volumes, but its the choice of the word “we” that makes me extremely curious.

    update: i should have looked at Digg first. its the #2 story of the day over there and the comments are on fire

    second update: she has now, a day later, apologized