the tom petty branch of rock

right after punk was fading out in LA in the mid 80s, country punk and americana sprung up.

bands like the beat farmers, the rave-ups, and lone justice embraced an america that punk rejected

which isnt to say they werent rebellious, i think lone justice’s first big hits were called east of eden and ways to be wicked

but there was definitely a return to good songwriting and musicianship

maria mckee of lone justice went off to have a successful solo career,

but one person whose solo works i also enjoyed was their bassist, marvin etzioni

you cant find the 1992 single “train of love” on youtube, but myspace has it:

the reason i bring it up is because for a while ive thought that two men should cover this song

1. mr tom waits

2. mr jack white

rise of the planet of the apes

James Franco in Rise of the Planet of the Apes

the 4:20pm screening at the Vista in Los Feliz was at about 80% capacity.

the sci fi thriller that thinks its a drama is currently getting an 80% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

i will say this, although i agree with the 20% for all of their minor criticisms

i completely agree with the majority who said this is the best, unaskedfor prequel thats come out in quite a while

james franco skates through his one dimensional role, john lithgow shines playing franco’s dad who has alzheimer’s

but whoever is behind the main ape, Caesar, deserves more awards than any weepy british flick.

heres why: i ate 100% of my popcorn.

and now, chinese people playing bluegrass

one good thing about having some free time is being able to read blogs

and sites that i love but was too busy to peruse.

have you seen The Wild Whites of West Virginia?

or whatever that doc was about those crazy hillbillies who are friends with Hank III

and sell drugs and tapdance.

(its on netflix streaming)

well, id like them to take the Jaybirds out of that Chinese bluegrass band,

get some more chinese people in there, cuz theyre fine all by themselves,

and let the Wild Whites tap dance to it.

thats a ticket id buy.

 h/t metafilter who has a funny thread going, naturally

dear media matters, [updated]

this is not blogging.

i know you might say that what Fox Nation did here is also not blogging

because all they did was take chunks of stuff from other people, and slapped it in a blog post,

but we’re not talking about Fox Nation, or Murdoch, or any of the bottom dwellers,

we’re talking about you, an actual blog. unless you consider yourself a bottom dweller too.

in which case, carry on.

but i dont think you are, and i dont think the democrats who fund your operations do.

copying and pasting someone else’s content and then stealing a different person’s graphic is not blogging.

it’s not providing any intellectual or editorial take.

and it’s not advancing a conversation.

if you have some commentary about Fox Nation’s headline, or apparent opinion, then state it.

you get paid to write shit down. so write it.

copying and pasting is not a noble activity, even on a friday.

everyone knows that there are some intelligent creatures at your building capable of having an enlightened discussion about what was omg wrong with Fox saying that a private birthday party held at the White House and paid for by the First Couple “didn’t create jobs”.

did it or didnt it? tell us.

speaking of jobs, if yours is to shine the light on “conservative misinformation” then you have one of the easiest jobs of all time.

do that easy job.

you didnt do it on that post.

that was not blogging.

update 6:30pm: this is blogging