Category: Entertainment

Vampire Weekend – ‘Oxford Comma’ (Official Music Video)

Oxford Comma – another enjoyable piece from Vampire Weekend.

Lead singer and guitarist Ezra Koenig teaches gradeschool full time.

Great sounds.

Who gives a fuck about an Oxford comma?


Hope to hear more from these gents.

Vampire Weekend – ‘A-Punk’ (Official Music Video)

As I said previously, Ezra Koenig is an amazing guitarist. A-Punk is just fun.

Hope to hear more from these gents.

Vampire Weekend – ‘Giving Up The Gun’ (Official Music Video)

I love these guys. Ezra Koenig is an amazing guitarist. I’ll publish another of their videos that, in my opinion, showcases his talent on the six-string.

Is John Mellencamp Gearing Up for the U.S. Senate? (Video and Text)

From the Chicago Sun-Times:

An online effort to draft Hoosier rocker John Mellencamp to run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Indiana’s Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh is building up steam.

Twitter is abuzz with the rumor and three separate Facebook groups have been set up, with the largest boasting about 2,000 members.

Mellencamp is no stranger to politics. In 2008, he recorded a radio commercial supporting Barack Obama’s presidential campaign and requested that Republican candidate John McCain stop playing his songs, including "Our Country" and "Pink Houses," at his rallies.

I would certainly send him a donation.

More here.

Mystery Visitor to Poe’s Grave Is a No-Show

From ABC:

It is what Edgar Allan Poe might have called "a mystery all insoluble": Every year for the past six decades, a shadowy visitor would leave roses and a half-empty bottle of cognac on Poe’s grave on the anniversary of the writer’s birth. This year, no one showed.

Did the mysterious "Poe toaster" meet his own mortal end? Did some kind of ghastly misfortune befall him? Will he be heard from nevermore?

"I’m confused, befuddled," said Jeff Jerome, curator of the Poe House and Museum. "I don’t know what’s going on."

The visitor’s absence this year only deepened the mystery over his identity. One name mentioned as a possibility was that of a Baltimore poet and known prankster who died in his 60s last week. But there is little or no evidence to suggest he was the man.

Happy Belated Birthday, Mr. Poe.

Let Harold Washington Rest In Peace, Dan (Video)

I laughed so hard when I heard this today on WBBM. Harold Washington campaigns from beyond the grave for Dan Hynes.

Give me a break.

From the Sun-Times:

One of Chicago’s most iconic politicians, Mayor Harold Washington, surfaced from the grave Thursday to call his 1986 hiring of Gov. Quinn as city revenue director “perhaps my greatest mistake in government.”

Washington’s comments appear in a new ad by Comptroller Dan Hynes that debuted on Chicago television stations Thursday and could prove to be a defining moment in their bitter gubernatorial primary.

“I must have been blind or staggering,” Washington said in the ad, which uses archival video from a November 1987 WGN-TV interview of Washington. “I would never appoint Pat Quinn to do anything. Pat Quinn is a totally and completely undisciplined individual who thinks this government is nothing but a large easel by which he can do his PR work.”

Quinn, at that point an up-and-coming government reformer, was brought on by Washington in 1986 to clean up the city’s scandal-plagued Revenue Department. But Washington canned Quinn in June 1987, alleging that Quinn engaged in grandstanding and repeatedly ignored orders.

“He went in there like a bull in a closet, wouldn’t do what he was told, which was to put the systems in there which I had discussed thoroughly with him,” Washington said, showing flashes of anger as he spoke. “No, he thought that department was a PR plantation, and he didn’t do his work. He was dismissed. He should have been dismissed. My only regret is that we hired him and kept him too long.”

The ad’s emergence caused Quinn’s gubernatorial campaign to go into major damage control, quickly issuing a lengthy statement that disputed Washington’s assertion Quinn was dismissed and asserted the late mayor is “spinning in his grave today.”

Quinn’s camp also ridiculed Hynes’ use of Washington’s image when the comptroller’s father, Tom Hynes, left the Democratic Party to mount an unsuccessful, third-party bid to unseat Washington in 1987.

“It is outrageous that Dan Hynes is now invoking the name of Mayor Harold Washington in a blatant maneuver to mislead voters. That Dan Hynes would use a 24-year-old news clip of a beloved figure to attack Gov. Quinn shows there is no limit to his negative campaigning. There also is no limit to his hypocrisy,” Quinn spokeswoman Elizabeth Austin said in a statement.

This is insane.

Dan, Pat, I could give a care how bad you think the other guy is. Tell us what you bring to the job, not what the other guy lacks.

For the record, Harold Washington and Pat Quinn reconciled, and Quinn supported Washington after the events referenced in the commercial. It’s politics. That’s all.

That having been said, I’m voting for Quinn. I like both of them, but I like Pat Quinn for governor more.

Is Jack Bauer A Terrorist? ’24’ Returns To Fox (Video Preview)

From the Chicago Sun-Times:

Here’s one reason to be proud to be an American: No matter how deep the recession, no matter how hopeless the situation, we can rest assured that there will always be enough money in the budget to blow things up for entertainment purposes.

Rare is the series that doesn’t have collateral damage. "Trauma," "Sons of Anarchy," "FlashForward" — they’re all upping the pyrotechnic ante. Even "Desperate Housewives" devastated Wisteria Lane with a plane crash.

Impressive, yes. But those are the kinds of situations Jack Bauer eats for breakfast.

"24" is back, and although Jack (Kiefer Sutherland) toys with the idea of settling down and enjoying the quiet life with his granddaughter, he is soon prevailed upon to save Western Civilization. Again.

He narrowly escaped death when he was exposed to a bioagent last season. But thanks to daughter Kim’s generous donation of stem cells, he’s all better, 18 months later.

A former informant tracks down Jack in New York and draws him into a plot to kill a Mideast leader. President Hassan ("Slumdog Millionaire’s" Anil Kapoor) is about to sign a groundbreaking anti-nuclear treaty with Madame President Alison Taylor (Cherry Jones) at the United Nations. Peace is at stake!

The new season of ’24’ debuts Sunday evening at 8:00 p.m. on WFLD, channel 12, in Chicago, Day 8: 7:00 AM to 8:00 AM. On Monday, two new episodes will air beginning at 7:00 PM.

Is Jack Bauer terrorist or savior? Just as long as he’s fictional, I love the show, and plan to tune in every week.