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Weekly Roundup

Celebrity quote of the week: “”I am going to take my outline to all of the writers and one by one get their ideas and feedback, and by the end of that, it’ll be kick-ass in a way only a ninja can kick ass.”
–Rainn Wilson, speaking of his new NINJA movie, “Bonzai Shadowhands.” You will all go see the movie! Dwight commands it! Reuters

Audio

Last time I was at Mezzanineowls.com, you could stream their whole album for free. I don’t know what I think of them yet, other than their name, which is awesome.

At Minty Fresh records (if you click on “stimuli”), you can download a free EP from the French band Prototypes. It rocks, I think … I can’t understand a word of it.

Video

Math & Physics Club videos at skatterbrain. Very amusing — the lead looks like a rockstar version of my stepbrother! Hee hee.

At Jibjab, Weird Al video to “Do I Creep You Out”. I really think this is the most disturbing Weird Al song ever — when he starts singing about pit stains and underwear, I get awfully uncomfortable.

Print

Stereogum announces there will be a New Air album, called “Pocket Symphony.” Wooty.

If you’re a big old nerd, you can go vote at the Plug awards. Although the “Album of the Year” doesn’t actually have any albums that I would consider. And on the electronic album of the year, where’s Karsh Kale? And on Music Website of the year, where’s Daytrotter? On Blog of the Year, where’s TRGAW? And not a mention of the Decemberists at all! People! Get with it!

Newsweek reviews the Zune. I’m a stick with my pink Mini, thank you very much.

Culturebully has a great article on bands that have ‘still got licks’.

The Sun reports on the biggest commercial ever. Now we just need a photo of a lawyer that we can see from space, and when the aliens come, they’ll know exactly what we’re about.

At Slate magazine, a great article about ‘Unsolved Mysteries’, which I used to watch religiously back in my younger days.

Slate also has a list of the US’s biggest charitable contributors; those enormous numbers being the biggest argument I can think of against taxing the rich (or any of us, for that matter).

And also also at Slate, a great discussion of hip-hop and sampling, and a corporation making a lot of money off of something they shouldn’t.

Theonering.net reports that Wingnut Films and New Line have broken up!! Who will get custody of their baby, a little guy we like to call “The Hobbit”? This can only end in tears.

At IGN, a list of 007’s top 10 gadgets. I hate James Bond, but his gadgets are nifty.

And at CNN, FOX salvages what’s left of its conscience and pulls OJ’s murder special. Cue the angelic choir.

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Math and Physics Club

What an intimidating name for an English major to take on. But maybe if I ever met the Math and Physics Club, they’d be really nice, like my stepbrother who’s getting a masters in theoretical math. I prefer to think of it that way, instead of them making really obscure black hole jokes and then laughing at my puzzled expression.

Nah, I’m just kidding, because M&PC seems more focussed on the math & physics of relationships, and that’s familiar territory. I’ll make the inevitable Lucksmiths comparison – in “Weekends Away,” they really do sound like the Lucksmiths’ Seattle counterparts. But therein lies the goodness — it’s fun, sweet, easy music. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to get it (fortunately). They say that there will be a new CD out in October, so keep a lookout.

Math and Physics Club – Site | Myspace | Label (Matinee)

[These tracks have been removed. You can contact me if you’d like a copy.]

Math and Physics Club – Darling, Please Come Home
Math and Physics Club – Weekends Away
Math and Physics Club – Everybody Lies

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