Tuesday, February 28, 2006
- News from the blogosphere: Congratulations to Erika (of Snazzykat) and Jay on the arrival of their first child, Samson, on February 24th. Little Sam is undergoing some surgery on his heart today, so your thoughts and well-wishes will be greatly appreciated: send some love their way!
- Jill at feministe has a fine commentary reacting to conservative backlash to the film Brokeback Mountain; no particular quote to single out here, just good observations all around.
- Hummer-B-Gone: in droves, Indie bands are refusing to contribute music to Hummer ads despite the lure of instant money:
Washington D.C.'s Trans Am were offered $180,000 by Hummer for the song "Total Information Awareness." "We figured it was almost like giving music to the Army, or Exxon," guitarist Philip Manley said. They said no. The post-punk band LiLiPUT, who broke up more than 20 years ago, could have pocketed $50,000 for "Heidi's Head" after making close to nothing during their five-year existence. But they, too, said no. "At least I can sleep without nightmares," Marlene Marder reasoned.
"My standard line is you guys will play a hundred million gigs before you see this amount of money," [Lyle] Hysen [of Bank Robber Music, an ad-music licensing group] "Usually they come back with, 'We'll do anything BUT Hummer.'" [Austin360.com]
- Watching TV may in fact help you learn to read: Tzuredzuregusa has a post on PlanetRead's innovative Same Language Subtitle program for increased literacy.
- Check out FIQL's Top 20 Canadian Rock playlist. Spoiler: Rush' "Tom Sawyer" is listed at #1. Eh.