Archive for December, 2005

Things I Forgot To Vote For




December 27, 2005 at 9:17 pm Leave a comment

Dumbest Pazz and Jop Ballot Ever



Annie – Anniemal (Warner Bros)
Electrelane – Axes (Too Pure)
Heartless Bastards – Stairs and Elevators (Fat Possum)
MIA – Arular (Interscope)
Original Soundtrack – Broken Flowers (Decca)
Out Hud – Let Us Never Speak Of It Again (Kranky)
Robyn – Robyn (Konichiwa)
Various – Children of Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From The Second Psychedelic Era 1976-1995 (Rhino)
Various – Girl Group Sounds: Lost & Found (Rhino)
Various – Nao Wave: Brazilian Post-Punk (Man Recordings)



Kelly Clarkson – “Since U Been Gone” (RCA)
Missy Elliott – “Lose Control” (Atlantic)
Franz Ferdinand – “Do You Want To” (Epic)
Gorillaz – “Dare” (Virgin)
Madonna – “Hung Up” (Warner Bros.)
Pipettes – “Dirty Mind” (Memphis Industries)
Rihana – “Pon De Replay” (Def Jam)
Sleater-Kinney – “Jumpers” (Sub Pop)
The Spinto Band – “Oh Mandy” (Stolen Transmission)
Gwen Stefani – “Hollaback Girl” (Interscope)

December 27, 2005 at 2:04 am Leave a comment

Happy Holidaze, Stupid and Crazy


I haven’t done an S&C retail dispatch in a while. So here you go, a couple of gems:

“Y’all got the new Kanye West?”

“Yes, it’s in rap, under W.”

“Why don’t you have it up front? It’s brand new.”

“Because it came out in August.”

“No I said Jamie Foxx. Where you get Kanye West from?”

“I just heard a song today. Can you help me find it? ‘Iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii’ll be home for Chriiiiiiiiiistmas…'”

“Do you know who does it? A lot of people have done that song.”

“No… goes, ‘Iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii’ll be home for Chriiiiiiiiiiiiiistmas…”

“How about Bing Crosby?”

“Nope that’s not it.”

Hours later, we heard the Bing Crosby version on Now That’s What I Call Christmas. I hope dude made it home for Christmas.

Things that we sold out of:
Scream Tour DVD
Neil Young
Jackson 5 Christmas
Salsoul Orchestra Christmas (Note, people who ask for this have very pronounced Philadelphia accents).
Strangest search on this blog: “does bow wow have armpit hair”

December 24, 2005 at 8:22 pm 1 comment

(I Can’t Get No) Cooperation

Today is my little sister’s birthay. She turned 31. We are five years and four days apart. I guess our parents really liked the month of March. I called to wish her a happy birthday and we were interrupted by sounds of despair from the twins. Something to do with a kiddie table that they were taking apart and trying to sit on simultaneously. My sister and I are polar opposites in every way but there is mutual respect and protectiveness between us. She always gets me really good clothes for my birthday so I returned the favor by buying her a black velvet blazer. I bought the babies some CD’s because they really love music. At their young ages, they get really excited and bounce around to any music at all, even stuff in commercials. Plus I really would like to tear them away from the giant TV for half a second. I’m glad so now I have an excuse to buy Sesame Street’s Born To Add. Also, if there are classic rock parodies on it, my sister and her husband will enjoy listening to it to. The important thing with kiddie music or DVD’s is to include jokes for the parents. It’s a delicate balance.

I love this cover:

December 24, 2005 at 8:04 pm Leave a comment

Let Products Sell Themselves


David Rees on D.Boon:

-The Minutemen’s catalytic philosophy–that “punk is whatever we make it to be,” that any group of kids could pick up instruments and make artistic, innovative, impossible music without worrying about cliques, categories, or condemnation; even working-class kids from San Pedro like Boon and Watt–is the greatest band philosophy of all time.

December 24, 2005 at 7:25 pm Leave a comment

Get This Winter Over With!


A very bittersweet article about The Waitresses and “Christmas Wrapping.” RIP, Patty Donahue, you were the Liz Phair of 1981. I wear a black-and-white checker print tank top and a red belt in your memory.

And also, I talked to Jon Solomon for the People Paper. If you don’t know about this already, listen to his Xmas marathon starting tomorrow.

December 23, 2005 at 9:39 pm 2 comments


Pictured: John as Dino and Jimmi as Tiny Coletta in “Tiny Coletta’s Fashion Fiasco,” March 2004

This Wednesday is my 100th birthday and also the night of the next
Dumpsta Players. I’m planning a low-key meet-up at TRITONE, 1508 South
Street from 8-10. At 11, follow me across the street to BOB AND
BARBARA’S for the special holiday edition of the Dumpsta Players, where
I star as the daughter of a very dysfunctional family.

Do one, or do both!

Here’s the info for the show:

DJ K-Tell & The Dumpsta’ Players present:
Wed. December 21st
11pm Showtime — sharp!
@ Bob and Barbara’s
1509 South Street
Info: (215)-545-4511
99 cent cover


This Christmas, Come to Southwest Philly, to spend your Holidays with
hefty heifer Tiny Coletta and her clan. Tiny’s daughter, Luralayne is back
from Fat Camp, Dino is hooked up with hot party girl and Miss Prom Trash
2005, Amanda Playwythe. But it ain’t gonna be just any Christmas! The
Bitch Beach Tag Lady is plotting her revenge! What is this about Tiny’s
dead husband and whatever happened to Baby Loretta? Christmas family
dysfunction is ready to blow as grudges get settled! Get your Christmas
candy and have a slice of pie and enjoy–
Tiny Coletta’s Hefty Holidays!

December 17, 2005 at 7:12 pm Leave a comment

Why Was I Only 10 In 1980?


I stumbled across this site, which is where I found the Blondie image in the previous entry. An interesting look at punk/new wave Philadelphia in the 80s. I think I spotted a couple of Jay Schwartz Hot Club fliers.

December 13, 2005 at 9:54 pm Leave a comment

Philadelphia: It’s Bad For You


Posted on Tue, Dec. 13, 2005

Inqlings | Philly recaptures a ‘worst environment’ title

By Michael Klein

Inquirer Columnist

Self Magazine is out with its sixth annual America’s Healthiest Places for Women list in its December issue, and – as usual – Philly didn’t fare so hot.

Overall, the city placed 88th out of 100 ranked metro areas. Last year, Philly was 100th out of 200.

Self staff evaluates 49 factors, including body-mass index, heart disease and smoking rates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, environmental statistics from the Environmental Protection Agency, and crime figures from the FBI.

The healthiest area was Long Island, N.Y., followed by San Jose and Orange County, Calif., Burlington, Vt., and San Francisco.

Rated worst: Cincinnati, followed by Tulsa and Oklahoma City, Okla., Dayton-Springfield, Ohio, and Memphis, Tenn.

Philly did have one distinction this time out: It was dubbed “worst environment,” a title it also won in the 2002 and 2003 surveys based on air quality, the number of toxic sites, and the amount of green space.

What happened in 2004? “We didn’t do ‘worst environment’ that year,” says news director Sara Austin. “We did ‘worst air.’ ”

Guess who “won” that one

December 13, 2005 at 9:38 pm Leave a comment

Queen of All Media


Our domination of Philadelphia media continues. I like the cartoon version of us, except I think in the cartoon, we should book bands in space.


It was a good piece except we are not officially a label. But that just makes us sound more important.

By the way, the reading went well last night, as I managed to not read like an auctioneer. For those who weren’t there, WXPN is airing it at 10:00 p.m. on Thursday December 15, and the stuff will be up on the KWH site soon.

December 13, 2005 at 9:16 pm 2 comments

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