Monday, April 30, 2007

Go out and find yourself whore.....

This is gonna be great.

Sure, some Democrats will get hit by this, cause, well, Democrats like to fuck too, but we ain't all squeamish about it.

However, the biggies will all be hypocritical Republicans. Preachin' about abstinence and morality and the sanctity of marriage with their doe-eyed wives standing next to them at a noon presser and by 2 p.m. they're hog-tied by Mistress Sabrina with a ball gag in their mouths.

I fucking hate hypocrites and a love a good come uppance (pardon the pun).

'I Abhor Injustice,' Alleged Madam Says:

"'Miz Julia' doled out a steady stream of advice, both practical and philosophical.

From her California home, she e-mailed tips to the 132 women who worked across the Washington area for the firm Pamela Martin & Associates. Her newsletters, now excerpted in court records, were a virtual how-to manual for avoiding all kinds of trouble in a business said to specialize in erotic fantasies.

'One never quite knows where evil, i.e., the vice squad is lurking in this business,' read one arch entry from 1995. 'The misogynists get a real kick out of surprising (shocking) you girls, when you give them the opportunity!!! . . . Therefore, you are to lock, double lock, triple lock all doors!!! . . . Figure it out, before they 'get cha'!!!'"

If you didn't catch this you need to. Moyers is back at PBS and boy-howdy did he turn on the lights. Go watch the roaches scurry:

Bill Moyers Journal . Buying the War - PBS

How did the mainstream press get it so wrong? How did the evidence disputing the existence of weapons of mass destruction and the link between Saddam Hussein to 9-11 continue to go largely unreported? "What the conservative media did was easy to fathom; they had been cheerleaders for the White House from the beginning and were simply continuing to rally the public behind the President — no questions asked. How mainstream journalists suspended skepticism and scrutiny remains an issue of significance that the media has not satisfactorily explored," says Moyers. "How the administration marketed the war to the American people has been well covered, but critical questions remain: How and why did the press buy it, and what does it say about the role of journalists in helping the public sort out fact from propaganda?"


This has always been the most bullshit of arguments.

Put Bush's 'puppy dog' terror theory to sleep:

"Does the President think terrorists are puppy dogs? He keeps saying that terrorists will 'follow us home' like lost dogs. This will only happen, however, he says, if we 'lose' in Iraq.

The puppy dog theory is the corollary to earlier sloganeering that proved the President had never studied logic: 'We are fighting terrorists in Iraq so that we will not have to face them and fight them in the streets of our own cities.'

Remarkably, in his attempt to embrace the failed Iraqi adventure even more than the President, Sen. John McCain is now parroting the line. 'We lose this war and come home, they'll follow us home,' he says.

How is this odd terrorist puppy dog behavior supposed to work? The President must believe that terrorists are playing by some odd rules of chivalry. Would this be the 'only one slaughter ground at a time' rule of terrorism?

Of course, nothing about our being 'over there' in any way prevents terrorists from coming here. Quite the opposite, the evidence is overwhelming that our presence provides motivation for people throughout the Arab world to become anti-American terrorists."

She blinded me with science:


Researchers see nanotechnology treatment for spinal cord injuries:

"Nanotechnology is showing promise in treating spinal cord injuries and could conceivably reverse paralysis, according to a report on the future of the emerging technology in medicine.

The report, released at a Washington forum this week, said nanotechnology -- or the use of materials on the scale of atoms and molecules -- may also help cure other ailments believed to be intractable by repairing damaged organs or tissue.

This suggests damage from heart attacks or strokes, bone or tooth loss or ailments such as diabetes and Parkinson's disease could be treated with nanotechnology, researchers said."

Brains.... BRAINS!!!!

The five biggest neuroscience developments of the year

"2. The neural alteration of morality. Six people with damage to the ventromedial prefrontal cortex were presented with moral dilemmas (e.g., would you smother a baby to prevent bad guys from finding and killing people in hiding) and were found to be two to three times more willing to kill than people without brain damage. The advertised conclusion is that such willingness to kill is objectively immoral. The feared conclusion is that if brain design determines what's moral, you can change morality by changing the brain—and once technology manipulates ethics, ethics can no longer judge technology."

Can I keep my what from whating?

Can you keep your brain from aging?:

"Welcome to the age of neuroplasticity: the notion that adult brains are more adaptable, capable of reprogramming themselves, than was once thought. As a host of popularizers have begun to argue, neuroplasticity has enormous implications not only for our physical health but for our mental health. One recent example, Sharon Begley's Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain: How a New Science Reveals Our Extraordinary Potential to Transform Ourselves, aims to harness the self-improving yen of aging baby boomers while couching the desire in highbrow guise (offering up a dash of Buddhism, a short history of Tibet, a little biology). Even more than evolutionary psychology—yesterday's brain cause du journeuroplasticity has become fundamental to how we try to understand the brain, and ourselves."


Friday, April 27, 2007

DBT WIR - 4/27/07

DBT - TDU -DBT - TDU!!!!

Update: Check out the new DBT website front page!

Happy Dirt Underneath Day, Y'all. Wish I was in Athens, GA this evening but I get two nights with the boys and girl in a bit over a week.

Lots of chatter on the DBT Yahoo Board and Ninebullets re: TDU.

Before we get started with a rather stripped down version of the DBT WIR, I need to take care of some housecleaning:

The Great Turtle Race:

Billie Jean is not my lover, but she is the turtle I picked to when it all.... and she did!

DBT Yahoo Board favorite, Windy had the early lead with an outside line but, apparently, either got distracted or winded.


Watched The Clash Documenatry Westway to the World recently. Highly recommend.


Tune in next week as, hopefully, we'll have a special blogurockumentary post complete with an audio fan interview with Patterson and Cooley.



Jenn puts things in perspective and gives us a glimpse into the future:

Nine Bullets

I was at both shows this weekend and I think I have a pretty good footing to say this - the band did extremely well. Friday night was a festival show, first show back, first without Jason and with a pretty new crew. Festivals kinda suck - there's not much time to get into the swing of things and the sound is never exactly what you want, but Saturday night was fantastic. It had much more of the pure rock feel of the old Star Bar shows, as Patterson said. Looser, yes; more disheveled, harder-edged, more dangerous. I loved it.

It's gonna be a different beast. It's just like those Slobberbone fans who expected The Drams to be the same - it's mostly the same musicians, but the band has no intentions of going on as they were. It's a new thing, and though change is painful, it is an opportunity for something just as wonderful to enter. Don't go to the show expecting to see the same thing - open your mind and experience what it is now becoming. You who care to watch have the opportunity to see a completely new and wonderful thing arise from these flames.

A radio station that plays DBT and the rest of your favorites? How did this happen? ClearChannel must not know about it yet.

dbts : Message: FINALLY, a free radio station, FOR US!:

"If you live in the DFW area, you need to give 92.5 KZPS a listen. They are now calling themselves LoneStar. This week, they are commercial free, classic rock AND Alt Country!! Wilco, Old 97's, Slobberbone, The Drams..............
THIS is what regular radio NEEDED to be, a LONG time ago!!

-- "

Jason Isbell

Isbell and Avril Lavigne in the same byline. Nice!

Billboard Bits: Sebadoh, Jason Isbell, Avril Lavigne:

"Former Drive By Truckers guitarist Jason Isbell will release his solo debut, 'Sirens of the Ditch,' July 10 via New West. The 11-track set features guest turns by DBT principals Patterson Hood, Shonna Tucker and Brad Morgan, plus Hood's father David and Spooner Oldham.

'Sirens of the Ditch' was tracked at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Ala., and Muscle Shoals session musicians will join Isbell on the road this summer, beginning July 9 in a city to be announced. Beforehand, the artist will play warm-up shows June 20 in Little Rock, Ark., June 21 in Memphis and June 22 in Chicago.

Here is the track list for 'Sirens of the Ditch':

'Brand New Kind of Actress'
'Down in a Hole'
'Chicago Promenade'
'Dress Blues'
'Hurricanes and Hand Grenades'
'In a Razor Town'
'Shotgun Wedding'
'The Magician'
'The Devil Is My Running Mate'"


Good interview with Winehouse:

Yahoo! Music Amy Winehouse


Haven't really checked this out yet, but it looks like it might have potential.



Punk icon Iggy Pop turns 60, dives off stage

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Iggy Pop marked his 60th birthday on Saturday just like any other respectable senior citizen would.

The eerily athletic "Godfather of Punk" stripped down to a tight pair of blue jeans and dived off the stage into the arms of his adoring fans during a concert in San Francisco with his reunited band the Stooges.


Pop no longer carves up his chest with a steak knife, rolls around in cut glass, smears himself in peanut butter, or follows a drug regimen that makes Keith Richards look like a choirboy. But the Michigan trailer-park kid otherwise outruns rockers one-third his age.


Ahhhhhh..... whatever:

Hip-hop's Simmons wants to remove offensive words:

"NEW YORK (Reuters) - Prominent U.S. hip-hop executive Russell Simmons on Monday recommended eliminating the words 'bitch,' 'ho' and 'nigger' from the recording industry, considering them 'extreme curse words.'

Ho is slang for whore and commonly used in hip-hop music while nigger, a derogatory term for blacks, is among the most highly charged insults in American culture. The slur 'nappy,' used by Imus, describes the tightly curled hair of many African Americans."

Engrained in our DNA

Sun's Atmosphere Sings:

"Astronomers have recorded heavenly music bellowed out by the Sun's atmosphere.

Snagging orchestra seats for this solar symphony would be fruitless, however, as the frequency of the sound waves is below the human hearing threshold. While humans can make out sounds between 20 and 20,000 hertz, the solar sound waves are on the order of milli-hertz--a thousandth of a hertz.

The study, presented this week at the Royal Astronomical Society's National Astronomy Meeting in Lancashire, England, reveals that the looping magnetic fields along the Sun's outer regions, called the corona, carry magnetic sound waves in a similar manner to musical instruments such as guitars or pipe organs."

I wonder if it really is a grave yard smash....

'Monster Mash' singer dead at 69:

"NEW YORK (AP) -- He does the 'Monster Mash' no more.

Bobby 'Boris' Pickett, whose dead-on Boris Karloff impression propelled the Halloween anthem to the top of the charts in 1962, making him one of pop music's most enduring one-hit wonders, has died of leukemia. He was 69.

Pickett, dubbed 'The Guy Lombardo of Halloween,' died Wednesday night at the West Los Angeles Veterans Hospital, said his longtime manager, Stuart Hersh. His daughter, Nancy, and his sister, Lynda, were at Pickett's bedside."


Thursday, April 26, 2007

Pocket Full of Kryptonite


Network Hosting Attorney Scandal E-Mails Also Hosted Ohio's 2004 Election Results

Did the most powerful Republicans in America have the computer capacity, software skills and electronic infrastructure in place on Election Night 2004 to tamper with the Ohio results to ensure George W. Bush's re-election?

The answer appears to be yes. There is more than ample documentation to show that on Election Night 2004, Ohio's "official" Secretary of State website -- which gave the world the presidential election results -- was redirected from an Ohio government server to a group of servers that contain scores of Republican web sites, including the secret White House e-mail accounts that have emerged in the scandal surrounding Attorney General Alberto Gonzales's firing of eight federal prosecutors.

Recent revelations have documented that the Republican National Committee (RNC) ran a secret White House e-mail system for Karl Rove and dozens of White House staffers. This high-tech system used to count and report the 2004 presidential vote- from server-hosting contracts, to software-writing services, to remote-access capability, to the actual server usage logs themselves -- must be added to the growing congressional investigations.

Numerous tech-savvy bloggers, starting with the online investigative consortium and their November 2006 article cross-posted by contributor luaptifer to Dailykos, and Joseph Cannon's blog at, outed the RNC tech network. That web-hosting firm is SMARTech Corp. of Chattanooga, TN, operating out of the basement in the old Pioneer Bank building. The firm hosts scores of Republican websites, including, and

Plus this......

White House has used Justice Department to restrict voting and help Republicans:

"The Bush administration has used the Justice Department to manipulate voter turnout in 'battleground states' in ways that favor Republicans over the past six years, writes Greg Gordon for the McClatchy Newspapers.

'The administration intensified its efforts last year as President Bush's popularity and Republican support eroded heading into a midterm battle for control of Congress, which the Democrats won,' writes Gordon."

Equals this:

Fascist America, in 10 easy steps:

"As difficult as this is to contemplate, it is clear, if you are willing to look, that each of these 10 steps has already been initiated today in the United States by the Bush administration."

1. Invoke a terrifying internal and external enemy
2. Create a gulag
3. Develop a thug caste
4. Set up an internal surveillance system
5. Harass citizens' groups
6. Engage in arbitrary detention and release
7. Target key individuals
8. Control the press
9. Dissent equals treason
10. Suspend the rule of law

They also exclude bullet wounds, decapitations and being run over by a tank....

Jesus, these guys will put the fix on anything:

U.S. officials exclude car bombs in touting drop in Iraq violence:

"WASHINGTON - U.S. officials who say there has been a dramatic drop in sectarian violence in Iraq since President Bush began sending more American troops into Baghdad aren't counting one of the main killers of Iraqi civilians.

Car bombs and other explosive devices have killed thousands of Iraqis in the past three years, but the administration doesn't include them in the casualty counts it has been citing as evidence that the surge of additional U.S. forces is beginning to defuse tensions between Shiite and Sunni Muslims.

President Bush explained why in a television interview on Tuesday. 'If the standard of success is no car bombings or suicide bombings, we have just handed those who commit suicide bombings a huge victory,' he told TV interviewer Charlie Rose."
Yeah, what Marty says...

These Are The Final Days:

"Has he fallen off the wagon? Are he and Laura splitsville? Is he taking midnight dictation from his Higher Father? Auto-erotically self-asphyxiating on pretzel bits? We don't know, and maybe we'll never know. But the truth is that it doesn't matter. Except to titillate us with lurid symptoms, there's no need for some future Woodstein to reveal the Nixonian dementia that was going on behind closed doors; the real horror show is hidden in plain sight, right now, for all to see.

But with a handful of exceptions, the press is behaving as though the denouement of the W story must be known before the beginning and middle can be told. They're begging off on connecting the dots today, as though the picture could end up being drawn in different ways, depending on how it all turns out. The MSM are saying, in effect, that if Bush is not impeached, and if Giuliani or Thompson or Romney or McCain ends up being the next President -- that is, if the Rove voter-fraud fraud, tallied by Diebold AccuTouch [sic] machines, manages to deliver the rurally-rigged Electoral College to a Republican -- then the underlying reality of 2001-2008 will retroactively turn out to be different than the nightmare that the vast majority of Americans, right now, already know that it actually is."


Wal-Mart recruits intelligence officers:

"Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has been recruiting former military and government intelligence officers for a branch of its global security office aimed at identifying threats to the world's largest retailer, including from 'suspect individuals and groups'.

Wal-Mart's interest in intelligence operatives comes at a time when the retailer is defending itself against allegations by a fired security employee that it ran surveillance operations against targets including critics, dissident shareholders, employees and suppliers. Wal-Mart has denied any wrongdoing.

Wal-Mart posted ads in March on its own web site and sites for security professionals, including the bulletin of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers, for 'global threat analysts' with a background in government or military intelligence work."

Truth sometimes equals fiction.

'Kryptonite' discovered in mine:

"Researchers from mining group Rio Tinto discovered the unusual mineral and enlisted the help of Dr Stanley when they could not match it with anything known previously to science.

Once the London expert had unravelled the mineral's chemical make-up, he was shocked to discover this formula was already referenced in literature - albeit fictional literature.

'Towards the end of my research I searched the web using the mineral's chemical formula - sodium lithium boron silicate hydroxide - and was amazed to discover that same scientific name, written on a case of rock containing kryptonite stolen by Lex Luther from a museum in the film Superman Returns."

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Remember to Keep Breathing

What kind of world do we live in?

What's next, an NBA star moonlighting as a Florida State Trooper?.... wait...

Miss America Helps Catch Sex Predators:

"Miss America can add crime fighter to her resume. Lauren Nelson recently went undercover with police in New York for a sting targeting sexual predators.

Officers with Suffolk County's computer crimes unit created an online profile of a 14-year-old girl that included photographs of Nelson as a teenager.

Here's your money quote:

'I got to chat online with the predators and made phone calls, too,'

"And I was like, oh-my-god, this is so kewl. So, you're like a sex prepper, riiight? Oh my god, this one time at a pageant in Orlando....."

I really fucking hate certain things about the U.S. sometimes....


I really, really, really, don't want to write this but.....

To finally do this, Alabama... is mighty white of you.

Ala. legislators OK slavery apologies:

"MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The state House and Senate approved separate resolutions apologizing for slavery Tuesday — one day after Confederate Memorial Day, an official state holiday.

'An apology goes a long way,' said Sen. Hank Sanders, a Democrat from Selma who sponsored his chamber's resolution. 'Some of us can't begin to heal until we have an apology. Some of us can't move into reconciliation until we have an apology.'"

Germany has rednecks too!

Drunk Man Parks Horse in German Bank

BERLIN — An early-morning German bank customer had a bit of a shock when he found a horse already in line at the automatic teller machine in front of him. It seems the horse's owner, identified only as Wolfgang H., had a bit too much to drink the night before and decided to sleep it off inside the bank's heated foyer, police said Tuesday.

The 40-year-old machinist told Bild newspaper he had had "a few beers" with a friend in Wiesenburg, southwest of Berlin, and decided to hit the hay in the bank on his way home.

"It was late, it was already dark and cold," he was quoted as saying.


Very cool.

Potentially Habitable Planet Found:

"WASHINGTON (AP) - For the first time astronomers have discovered a planet outside our solar system that is potentially habitable, with Earth-like temperatures, a find researchers described Tuesday as a big step in the search for 'life in the universe.'

The planet is just the right size, might have water in liquid form, and in galactic terms is relatively nearby at 120 trillion miles away. But the star it closely orbits, known as a 'red dwarf,' is much smaller, dimmer and cooler than our sun.


In your face, grim reaper!

Man beats bookmakers by turning 100:

"LONDON (Reuters) - A British man celebrated his 100th birthday with 25,000 pounds ($50,000) in winnings on Tuesday after he beat the bookmakers with a wager that he would live for a century.

Alec Holden, from Epsom, south west of London, had placed a 100 pound bet with bookmaker William Hill almost 10 years ago that he would live to be 100 years old.

The retired engineer said a daily diet of porridge and playing chess was the key to his longevity -- as was remembering to keep breathing."


Tuesday, April 24, 2007

InterDate 2.0

Bombs in the goddamn, motherfucking sand.

For no good, goddamn reason....


Suicide bombers kill�9 U.S. soldiers in Iraq:

"BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Nine U.S. paratroopers were killed Monday when a pair of suicide bombers attacked a small U.S. patrol base in Diyala province, the U.S. military said.

It was the deadliest attack on U.S. ground forces in Iraq since December 2005."

Don't stuff your face with bon-bons this weekend. Get out and make a difference:

'Impeachment rallies' scheduled across US for Saturday:

"People will call for the impeachment of President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney at over 100 actions planned across the country on Saturday, April 28.

The creative actions include rallies, banner drops on freeways, 'guerrilla slide shows' on the sides of New York City buildings, skywriting, and 'human murals' of people spelling out 'IMPEACH!' with their bodies at Ocean Beach in San Francisco, Coney Island in New York, the foot of the Washington monument in Washington, D.C., and other locations"

Greed and fixed elections.... yes, it's true....

Campaign against alleged voter fraud fuels political tempest:

"WASHINGTON - For six years, the Bush administration, aided by Justice Department political appointees, has pursued an aggressive legal effort to restrict voter turnout in key battleground states in ways that favor Republican political candidates.

The administration intensified its efforts last year as President Bush's popularity and Republican support eroded heading into a midterm battle for control of Congress, which the Democrats won.

Facing nationwide voter registration drives by Democratic-leaning groups, the administration alleged widespread election fraud and endorsed proposals for tougher state and federal voter identification laws. Presidential political adviser Karl Rove alluded to the strategy in April 2006 when he railed about voter fraud in a speech to the Republican National Lawyers Association."

But gays are still evil.... so are condomns.... we'll get to correcting those fuck ups in another 100 years. But babies are cool now.

Christianity: As nibble as a hunk of granite and half as smart.


Christiantiy: Just makin' shit up as we go along so as long it fits our needs.

Catholic Church buries limbo after centuries:

"VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Roman Catholic Church has effectively buried the concept of limbo, the place where centuries of tradition and teaching held that babies who die without baptism went.

In a long-awaited document, the Church's International Theological Commission said limbo reflected an 'unduly restrictive view of salvation.'

Expect more shit like this when the men in charge outlaw abortion:

Birth on street corner, then mom walks off:

"San Francisco police arrested a woman after she gave birth to a baby boy on a street corner Sunday night and then walked away, apparently abandoning the baby.

A security guard who saw the woman delivering the baby on Fifth and Stevenson streets at 9:30 p.m. was calling 911 when he saw the mother get up and walk away, according to police Capt. Al Casciato.

'The kid was lying on the street and she was walking away,'' Casciato said."

The incident came a month after a woman gave birth to a baby on an Oakland street and walked away, leaving it in a puddle of blood. No charges were filed after an autopsy revealed that the baby was stillborn.

This is why San Francisco is the hardest fucking place to date in the world. Best city to be in love, evah!.... Worst city to be single in, evah!

Web 2.0 Dating Games / How local geeks and nerds are hooking up right now ... or not:

"And so it goes around the bay: The gays think it's easy for lesbians, the lesbians think it's easier if you're gay ... and the straight people think it's easier if you're gay. Granted, these common assumptions leave out a couple of other important letters in our alphabet soup of sexual diversity. Dating in the Bay Area may not be a happy hunting expedition for all, yet one thing's for certain: The communities have community (from the Lexington to, and the nerds have -- the Internet. And our Web 2.0 conferences. Happy hunting, and don't get stuck at home Twittering yourself on Friday night. Not that there's anything wrong with that. There isn't. End of discussion. OK?"


Monday, April 23, 2007


This country is run by some unhinged, infantile, stupidly evil fuckers, let me tell you.

First case in point: The PreZnit gives a speech:

Bush muses on marriage, chicken-plucking

"Politics comes and goes, but your principles don't. And everybody wants to be loved — not everybody. ... You never heard anybody say, `I want to be despised, I'm running for office.'"

_"The best thing about my family is my wife. She is a great first lady. I know that sounds not very objective, but that's how I feel. And she's also patient. Putting up with me requires a lot of patience."

_"There are jobs Americans aren't doing. ... If you've got a chicken factory, a chicken-plucking factory, or whatever you call them, you know what I'm talking about."

_"There are some similarities, of course" between Vietnam and Iraq, "Death is terrible."

_"I've been in politics long enough to know that polls just go poof at times."

What the fuck is this man talking about? I'm surpised he didn't finish the speech by flinging his own feces into the crowd and tellin' them it was 'just like Mardi Gras'. Unhinged.

Now, let's move on to the juvy evil bastard....

Laurie David and Sheryl Crow: Karl Rove Gets Thrown Under the Stop Global Warming Bus:

"In his attempt to dismiss us, Mr. Rove turned to head toward his table, but as soon as he did so, Sheryl reached out to touch his arm. Karl swung around and spat, 'Don't touch me.' How hardened and removed from reality must a person be to refuse to be touched by Sheryl Crow? Unphased, Sheryl abruptly responded, 'You can't speak to us like that, you work for us.' Karl then quipped, 'I don't work for you, I work for the American people.' To which Sheryl promptly reminded him, 'We are the American people.'"
This shit actual happened. Unbelieveable.


The Blue Angels do Fleet Week in San Francisco every year. The pilot who crashed didn't fly in SF this year but he did annouce the show from the ground.

Here's an article on the crash and below are some pictures I took of the Blue Angels last fall:

Blue Angels Crash:

"BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) - Raymond Voegeli was backing out of a driveway when a Navy Blue Angel jet suddenly came ripping through a grove of pine trees and crashed, showering his truck in flames and debris.

Flying over during DBT's Set at the HSBF



Student Body Asks Media to Leave Va. Tech

"Virginia Tech's student government has asked that all journalists leave campus by 5 a.m. tomorrow, according to a statement issued by a spokeswoman.

'Students in general will also be declining all requests and contact from the media,' the statement says. 'Please grant us your understanding as this decision was made by the students, with the intent to regain a sense of normalcy as we prepare to move forward as an academic institution and as a community in the healing process.'"

The FDA wants to fuck with chocolate. Defend Chocolate!!! | The Modesto Bee

The federal Food and Drug Administration is proposing to redefine the very essence of chocolate and to allow big manufacturers such as Hershey to sell a bar devoid of a key ingredient — cocoa butter. The butter's natural texture could be replaced with inferior alternatives, such as vegetable fats. And consumers would never know.

Chocolatier Gary Guittard said it best: "No one can afford to sit back and eat bonbons while America's great passion for chocolate is threatened."

For every defender of traditional chocolate, there are powerful proponents who want to replace cocoa butter with vegetable oil: the Chocolate Manufacturers Association, the Grocery Manufacturers Association and the Snack Food Association. These industry titans have filed a "citizens petition" to the FDA, as the Los Angeles Times recently reported, as if there were some groundswell in society to water down chocolate.

At the moment, chocolate requires two basic ingredients — cocoa and cocoa butter. Cocoa provides much of the flavor; cocoa butter, the texture. So if, say, Hershey wanted to make a chocolate bar without cocoa butter, it can under today's rules. The product has to be labeled "chocolate flavored" (for it still has the cocoa in it) rather than "chocolate." That gives the consumer a signal that something less than chocolate lies beneath the wrapping. To help defend chocolate, visit and learn how to submit feedback to the FDA.


Why Henry Drinks.... because it's good for you!

Fruity cocktails count as health food, study finds:

"WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A fruity cocktail may not only be fun to drink but may count as health food, U.S. and Thai researchers said on Thursday.

Adding ethanol -- the type of alcohol found in rum, vodka, tequila and other spirits -- boosted the antioxidant nutrients in strawberries and blackberries, the researchers found.

Any colored fruit might be made even more healthful with the addition of a splash of alcohol, they report in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture."




Friday, April 20, 2007

DBT Week in Review - 4/20/07

Before we get started with the WIR, you've got to check out the short film, The Landlord. This has been on the tubes a couple of weeks now. Fucking hilarious.

Nothing cuter than a toddler saying "I'm just buzzed"



Interview with PHood. My nipples are already hard in anticipation for the new record. It's gonna be awesome!

The City Paper:

"“We’re still good friends and in fact I’ll be there cheering at his shows,” Hood said. “But it’s no secret that musically we were heading in different directions for quite a while. He needed to get out there and start doing his own thing, and we realized that. He made a great contribution to our music for a long time, but now we’ve moved in a different path, and it’s great that we’ve got an excellent guy in his place.” "

That new member is guitarist and pedal steel player John Neff, whose association with the Truckers dates back to the late ‘90s, when he appearance on the discs Gangstabilly and Pizza Deliverance.

“We’ve already gotten a ton of songs written for the next release,” Hood said. “We’re anxious to get back in the studio and start working on it once we get finished touring. I think we’ll really have some fresh and exciting songs on the next disc, something that may even surprise the fans.”

Start 'em young. From Patterson's MySpace Comments:

"I just wanted to tell you that Bulldozers and Dirt is my 3 year old son Dylan's favorite song.He sings it all day, it's so cute. He's always talking about The Drive-by-Truckers, if you asked him what his favorite band was, that's what he'd tell you. (I do try not to listen to some of y'all's songs around him though. I don't really think he's old enough to hear the story of G.G. Allen :-) )"

A Yankee brethren listens to DBT cruising the mean streets of NYC. As an urban driver myself (I liken it to the 25th level of some brutal video game. Old Russian lady crossing on red... double parking, double parking, illegal without a license!) I can attest to the 'Mad Max' quality of slotting an automobile around. Stress level goes out the roof.

DBT eases the pain.

dbts : Message: Re: [dbts] Re: 3 songwriters

listened to abaac about 3 times today, front to a row as i was driving in,out and around manhattan, from my home on long island to my office is midtown.

for those of you not familiar with nyc the drive is like mad max highway of death on the long island expressway with assholes tailgating you at 75 mph-and mad max at slow motion in the midtown gridlock with the yellow cabs and black cars and truckers and humans all fighting for the same crowded tarmac--the many moods and shifts of abaac and a chillum really helped make the agita dissolve.and i didnt have to shoot a cabbie.cause i was coolin out to dbts.
i could loop feb 14 and world of hurt and listen to them exclusively for a week-not to mention the punk tude of dont be so easy, which reminds me of foo fighters meets blue oyster cult-specially at the guitar breaks-and space city, well i guess we have all done things we probably will always regret and this is what it sounds like when you break your own heart.

not to be too stupid but i really was tryin to put the dbts WAY UP in the PANTHEON of rock music, even at this point of their career, and i dont know much of their music before SRO-i came in on the heels of SRO hype-and tybee dawg's lionization's-first time i heard dbts i was STUNNED by how fucking good the music and songs were.

and like ive said before, live the DBTS are "shit hot" as they say in dublin(ireland)-

ok im stoned and ramblin-sleepy time-gotta drive in to work at 11am-in mid-town nyc.i can hear that bass drum beat in my dreams......

peace fellow muthatruckers,


Jason Isbell

Ninebullets has set up a separate board for JayBell and the 400 ounce. See, we're getting MORE good stuff due to the celluar split.

Nine Bullets: "Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit"


And the reviews are pooring in....

dbts : Message: Jason/Son Volt/Wilco:

"Had the pleasure to see Jason and the 400 Unit open for Son Volt last nite in Northampton, MA. Jason sounded great and received quite a favorable response for his short set. If anyone was worried that he might not keep the decibel levels similar to DBT's, don't fret. That part of the tradition carries on. Here is the set list from memory (I'm sure I'll forget something):

1. Try
2. Grown
3. Lonely Love
4. Assasin (P.Hood)
5. Dress Blues(w/Son Volt keyboard player)
6. Chicago Promenade (w/Son Volt keyboard player)
7. Never Gonna Chnage
8. ? (it was a song from the 70's band Cowboy)
9. Outfit (1st time with band)"

Concert Review - Son Volt plays it steady, while Jason Isbell proves sturdy:

"Opening act Jason Isbell turned in a very strong set. Isbell just departed the Drive-By Truckers, and no doubt his road experience with the Truckers paid off when it came to going the solo route and putting together a concert.

The guitarist/lead singer mixed songs between his Trucker days and a forthcoming solo disc, due in July on New West. Isbell proved to be a very steady axe man and got enough vocal chops as well, although that will probably develop more with experience.

Isbell opted for perhaps a more rocking sound than his previous band, although there is not a huge difference. What was different was a good cover of Thin Lizzy's 'Jailbreak.' Isbell made the most of his 50 minutes. This was a set that built over the long run, earning Isbell a well-deserved strong response."

Music News

Buttholeville is awash in talent.

Alabama Adventure | | Times Daily | Florence, AL

I t started five years ago as a company picnic for Project Alabama, the fashion clothing outfit owned by Natalie Chanin, but it's grown into something much bigger since then.

This weekend, Chanin -- whose new enterprise is called Alabama Chanin -- and others in the arts and clothing businesses will help host the Alabama Adventure Weekend around the Shoals.

Oxford American magazine, along with the Southern Foodways Alliance of Oxford, Miss., is taking part in this year's event, which begins Friday and concludes Saturday. The featured food this year is chicken stew -- one of the staples of social and family gatherings in the Shoals.

Chanin, along with photographer Robert Rausch, clothing designer Billy Reid and artists and designers Sandi Stevens and Audwin McGee, are hosting the weekend events. They will be bringing friends in their respective businesses to the Shoals, but they want the community to join in and show their out-of-town guests a good time.

Among the events planned are tours of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Rosenbaum house, the W.C. Handy Birthplace Museum, FAME Recording Studios, an Oxford American DVD launch party with music provided by Spooner Oldham, and a reading and book signing by Pulitzer Prize winner Hank Klibanoff. For more information about these and related events, call 760-1090 or log on to

The Stones have made so much money that they're buying everybodies drugs for them at each concert. Now, they've included nearby animals.

Belgrade horses to be drugged for Stones gig:

"BELGRADE (Reuters) - A plan to sedate more than 300 horses stabled at Belgrade's racecourse to keep them calm during a Rolling Stones concert there has enraged Serb animal lovers who are lobbying to have the gig moved to another venue.

The concert is expected to draw more than 100,000 people to the Hippodrome, Belgrade's largest fenced space. The horses will be only a few meters from the stage."

Hello! Anyone want to get me a Christmas present, look no further:

Rolling Stone to archive every issue on DVD:

"LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rolling Stone magazine will release its entire printed history on DVD in the fall, coinciding with the celebration of its 40th anniversary.

Archive software firm Bondi Digital Publishing is scanning over 115,000 pages from more than 1,000 issues, using a proprietary platform previously used for the New Yorker and currently being deployed for Playboy.

The DVD, 'Rolling Stone Cover-to-Cover: The First 40 Years,' will cost $119.99. It will allow users to search for every article, photograph and review that appeared in print, even the infamous five-star love letter that editor Jann Wenner gave his friend
Mick Jagger's last solo record in 2001.

'It may have been a little over the top,' Wenner said of his contrarian review."


Thursday, April 19, 2007

Back to the Kitchen, Ladies

Ladies, don't worry your pretty little heads. Shhhh, hush your mouth before I backhand it. You don't need to be thinking, no-how. Cook my food, clean my house, squirt out my heirs and keep your fucking mouth shut. Jesus told you so... and my belt does too.

I got your motherfucking activist judges right here!

The women of the U.S. should be taking to the streets today. 5 people without vaginas or medical degrees just legislated their misogyny and archiac religious beliefs onto the women... and men of this country.

Conservatives hate sex. Conservatives are anti-womens health. Women will die because of this ruling.

Doctors denounce high court ruling / They say other 2nd-term abortions riskier, medical decisions should be left to them:

"The controversial abortion procedure outlawed Wednesday by the Supreme Court is rarely performed but may offer distinct advantages over other second-trimester abortion methods, Bay Area doctors said Wednesday.

The point, doctors said, is it should be up to medical professionals to decide what's safest for their patients.

'There are medical situations where this procedure is necessary to protect a woman's health,' said Dr. Anne Foster-Rosales, chief medical officer of Planned Parenthood Golden Gate. 'This ruling tells us that women's health is no longer the priority.'"

The only SCOTUS with a vagina dissented:

Supreme Court Rhetoric Reveals Deep ‘Hostility’ To Women’s Rights:

"As Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg explains in her dissent, the majority opinion’s language seems to be based on a deep hostility to women’s rights, rather than on sound scientific evidence or jurisprudence:

The Court's hostility to the right Roe and Casey secured is not concealed. Throughout, the opinion refers to obstetrician- gynecologists and surgeons who perform abortions not by the titles of their medical specialties, but by the pejorative label 'abortion doctor'. A fetus is described as an 'unborn child,” and as a 'baby,” second-trimester, dissenting previability abortions are referred to as “late-term,” and the reasoned medical judgments of highly trained doctors are dismissed as ”preferences” motivated by “mere convenience.”"

Again, Conservatives think Jesus should be the only tonic your health needs. We are fucking living the Handmaid's Tale.

Why does the Bush administration have a list of everyone who has ever used anti-depressants?

"Guess what? They do. From ABC News, regarding the VA Tech shooter:

Some news accounts have suggested that Cho had a history of antidepressant use, but senior federal officials tell ABC News that they can find no record of such medication in the government's files. This does not completely rule out prescription drug use, including samples from a physician, drugs obtained through illegal Internet sources, or a gap in the federal database, but the sources say theirs is a reasonably complete search.

We don't even have a list of gun owners, and we have a list of everyone who has been prescribed anti-depressants? And in fact, the article suggests that this isn't just a database of patients who use anti-depressants, it's a federal database of every prescription drug you've ever bought.

What exactly do the Bushies do with that list? And what other lists do they have of which medications you've ever taken?"

Walking the walk:

Al Gore's green home improvements:
"NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) -- Former Vice President Al Gore's upscale neighborhood granted the environmental activist approval Tuesday to install 33 solar panels on the roof of his mansion.


Cool. I like boobs.

Adjustable Breast Augmentation Circumvents "Implantee Remorse"

"Returning a TV because you don't like the quality is one thing, but it's a little bit harder to return a pair of breast implants. All too often in both breast reconstruction and breast augmentation (over 300,000 of which are performed per year) the patient is unsatisfied with the size or shape of their implant. So why not let the patient come in for a little 'adjustment'?

Adjustable implants have been gaining traction of late."


Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Movie Phone... Bitches

I watched the movie 'Idiocracy' this weekend. It's one you think would be really stupid but is surprisingly good. The movie is a comedy that comments on the dumbing down of America. I saw this article yesterday and for some reason thought of the movie.

Two Secret Service officers injured at White House�:

"WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two Secret Service officers were injured on Tuesday after a gun held by another Secret Service officer accidentally fired inside the White House gate, according to a spokesman, Darrin Blackford.

Bush has thoroughly corrupted our government with incompetents. After 33 people are killed by a hand gun at VTech, our Secret Service guys accidentaly pop off a shot inside the gates of the White House?

Speaking of the VTech shooting and acknowledging that it was a horrible, horrible event... I agree with this from Juan Cole:

Cole On Virginia Tech Shootings: ‘In Iraq, This Is A Daily Event’

Case in point. Today's news from Iraq:

4 bombings kill 157 people in Baghdad

I'm also knodding my head in agreement with this:

Daily Kos: From A Virginia Tech Alumnus to President Bush:

"I find your desire to attend the memorial service on Virginia Tech to be just another callous and manipulative act. Do these people suffering from an inexplicable tragedy the favor of staying in Washington. You have nothing but empty sentiment to offer. However, to accommodate and protect your monstrous ego, security procedures will destroy the emotional sanctity of the memorial service. You know that, but you cannot resist the temptation to distract people from your failed foreign and domestic policies, not to mention the corruption threatening the survival of your terrible tenure as the president."


On a lighter note....

Other films I've seen lately:

The Departed: I almost departed this movie from my DVD player and out the window. When a movie wins Best Picture and Director I expect it to be brilliant on at least one level. This movie bored the crap out of me. I wanted to smack Leo's character for being a whiney bitch the entire 2 and a freakin half hours of this crapfest. Scorsese was given B.D. for The Departure as a life time achievement award NOT for this film. This movie pissed me off with its utter blandness and constant implausibility. Oh, and could you make the one black dude in the film any more token? That was a fucking stereotype of a stereotype.

Babel: Loved this flick. Loved it! This should have been Best Picture hands down. All of the story lines were fascinating. I want to move to Japan and date the deaf chick.


Maybe the wacky right wingers are right. Maybe evolution doesn't exist.

De-evolution does exist apparently:

Chimps More Evolved Than Humans:

"Since the human-chimp split about 6 million years ago, chimpanzee genes can be said to have evolved more than human genes, a new study suggests.

Didn't need a survey to tell me this but....

SURVEY: Daily Show/Colbert Viewers Most Knowledgable, Fox News Viewers Rank Lowest:

"A new study by the Pew Research Study shows that viewers of the Daily Show and the Colbert Report have the highest knowledge of national and international affairs, while Fox News viewers rank nearly dead last:"

This would have been awesome

Chappelle pulls all-nighter at Factory:

"Anyone who bought a ticket to the Laugh Factory on Sunday night ended up getting two surprises.

The first came when Dave Chappelle appeared onstage at 10:36 p.m. for an unannounced set. The second shocker: Chappelle kept telling jokes until 4:43 the next morning--- making his entire set a whopping six hours and seven minute"


Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Alabama Getaway

Forty-nine sister states all had
Alabama in their eyes

Today I wishes to spotlight some goings on in my home state of Alabamay.

First, though, I present two excellent articles on the current states of affairs by two, old fuckers who get it. Lee Iacocca and Gore Vidal:

Where Have All the Leaders Gone?:

"Am I the only guy in this country who's fed up with what's happening? Where the hell is our outrage? We should be screaming bloody murder. We've got a gang of clueless bozos steering our ship of state right over a cliff, we've got corporate gangsters stealing us blind, and we can't even clean up after a hurricane much less build a hybrid car. But instead of getting mad, everyone sits around and nods their heads when the politicians say, 'Stay the course.'"

You might think I'm getting senile, that I've gone off my rocker, and maybe I have. But someone has to speak up. I hardly recognize this country anymore. The President of the United States is given a free pass to ignore the Constitution, tap our phones, and lead us to war on a pack of lies. Congress responds to record deficits by passing a huge tax cut for the wealthy (thanks, but I don't need it). The most famous business leaders are not the innovators but the guys in handcuffs. While we're fiddling in Iraq, the Middle East is burning and nobody seems to know what to do. And the press is waving pom-poms instead of asking hard questions. That's not the promise of America my parents and yours traveled across the ocean for. I've had enough. How about you?

You can't call yourself a patriot if you're not outraged.


Hail and Farewell: the End of the American Empire:

"Whenever The New York Times finally gets the point to what is going on in our native land a celestial choir can be heard in Times Square, shouting hosannas. This happened recently, on April 14th, when they realized that there could be a dark explanation for what W. is doing when he sends a Mr. Bolton, a U.N. hater, to be ambassador to that body or a Mr. Wolfowitz to the World Bank, a man as ignorant of history and finance as the president himself. Maureen Dowd in the Times was allowed to set the pitch for the latest revelations with her “More Con Than Neo” headline. Meanwhile, hundreds, perhaps thousands, of incompetents are now cluttering the Justice Department while known incompetents are in place to wreck from within regulatory systems and even mighty Walter Reed Hospital itself."


Now, on to our Alabama Getaway:

Another homeboy who didn't plan on the bombs in the sand.....

Florence native dies in Iraq:

"FLORENCE -- Mike Nelson said no one had to tell his wife, Genice, and him why the unexpected guests were at their door late Thursday evening.

'They didn't have to say anything. When we saw the two soldiers standing there, we just knew,'' Nelson said.

The U.S. Army messengers, who simultaneously visited the Nelsons in Florence and Tony Lindsey in Russellville, were delivering a message that no parent wants to hear.

Their son, Army Spc. James 'Jamie'' Tyler Lindsey, was killed in combat while serving in Iraq."

The man who may take on Jeff Sessions. His name is Ron Sparks (badass name... kinda like Max Power). Kos on DailyKos had talked him up recently. Then Ron surprises everyone and posts a diary on DK AND (and this is a big AND because other politicians practice something called drive-by blogging where they post a blog then don't come back to respond to the comments) Sparks stuck around for a couple of hours and answered folks questions in the comment thread.

He hasn't decided to run yet.... you don't have to live in Alabama to encourage, support or donate to him either.

This guy is a true southern progressive. The best kind of progressive there is. This is the kind of elected official that would benefit not just Alabama, but the entire country.

Daily Kos: What is Sparksmania?

Candidates like Jon Tester and Jim Webb didn't succeed because some shadowy billionaire or corporate CEO came down from on high and selected them to be victorious; they succeeded because people like you believed in their message and believed they could win. It's truly flattering to be compared to people like them, but it's also humbling - nobody knows better than a grassroots and netroots candidate that an elected official's first and foremost responsibility is to the people. As a lifelong progressive populist, I have to say that I'm just incredibly excited about being a part of this movement.

Should I decide to run for Senate, I assure you that it will be a battle we must fight on all fronts. I will continue to campaign on the ground as I always have – in the living rooms, and boardrooms, at the fish-fries and barbecues. The fundraising gap would be tough to overcome, but we have an advantage in the field. The people of Alabama have blessed me, and their support has allowed me to win 62 counties, we tied in two and lost only three, out of 67. The people of Alabama will be with us as long as we continue to work for them. I've always tried to keep that in mind as Alabama's Agriculture and Industries Commissioner. I've tried to stay away from petty "wedge issues" that only divide the people, instead sticking to those issues that truly affect their lives - security for our ports and food supply, the health of our children, rights for our workers, and farmers, and protecting consumers, as well as showing leadership on development of alternative fuels.


Other folk doin' good in the state.

Pulitzer for B'ham News Reporter - The Alablawg


Other folk doin' bad in the state.

Carpetbagging fuckers coming to Alabama to say any-stupid-goddamn-thing they think will win them votes. Please, please, please stop falling for this shit, Alabama:

Daily Kos: Giuliani in Alabama (Update: more on the Confederate flag):

"And Rawls wastes no time conjuring up ghosts of the 1992 presidential campaign, in which President George H.W. Bush's lack of familiarity with a common supermarket scanner helped frame the contrast between himself and Bill Clinton. But the story also goes on to suggest a secondary subtext to Guiliani's campaign event in Montgomery -- racial sensitivity (or lack thereof).

Below the fold: Giuliani talks about Imus and the Confederate flag."

This is no surprise....

Southern clout in Congress at lowest level in half century


Drunk redneck luck is not just for Southerners:

Drunk emerges unscathed from under train :

"BERLIN (Reuters) - A drunken man who fell under a train after being jolted out of a nap at a railway station emerged unscathed from beneath the locomotive."

Monday, April 16, 2007

Emails and Turtles

Last Wednesday I highlighted The Great Turtle Race. That very same night, Stephen Colbert County, did a segment on the race. Apparently, a turtle has been named after him. Whatever.

The important point here, is that I scooped Colbert's sorry ass. Hey Stephen, next time you want to pinch news off of my site, how's about giving me some credit?

Oh, and by the way, your turtle is in first place, you bastard! (Love Colbert, love the show, and I pinched the story off one of those sites that make money so....)

Day One Stats are up. Windy jumped out to a big lead but she and my #1 turtle Champiro take deep dives to 300 feet for some odd reason.


Must see TV. Maher knocks this one out of the park.

I work for a 3rd tier law school and I promise you there's not but one or two students that I would want working high level government jobs.

Maher Blasts Regent Law School’s Transformation of the DoJ:

"On 'Real Time' last night, Bill Maher laced into Monica Goodling and the Bush administration for appointing more than 150 graduates of a tier 4 law school to prominent position in the US government."

Since real newsmen like Brian Williams aren't covering this, us bathrobe wearing, effeciency apartment living, "Vinny" types have to, I guess.

Someday I want to grow up and feel as self-important as Brian Williams does.

Here's a recount of Nixon's lost.... oops, I mean, Bush's lost emails:

Bush aides' use of GOP e-mail probed:

"WASHINGTON - The White House said Wednesday it had mishandled Republican Party-sponsored e-mail accounts used by nearly two dozen presidential aides, resulting in the loss of an undetermined number of e-mails concerning official White House business.

Congressional investigators looking into the administration's firing of eight federal prosecutors already had the nongovernmental e-mail accounts in their sights because some White House aides used them to help plan the U.S. attorneys' ouster. Democrats were questioning whether the use of the GOP-provided e-mail accounts was proof that the firings were political.

Officials' e-mail may be missing, White House says

WASHINGTON — The White House said Wednesday that it may have lost what could amount to thousands of messages sent through a private e-mail system used by political guru Karl Rove and at least 50 other top officials, an admission that stirred anger and dismay among congressional investigators.

The e-mails were considered potentially crucial evidence in congressional inquiries launched by Democrats into the role partisan politics may have played in such policy decisions as the firing of eight U.S. attorneys.

Countless White House E-Mails Deleted:

"But when I asked Stanzel to read out loud the White House e-mail policy, it seemed clear enough to me: 'Federal law requires the preservation of electronic communications sent or received by White House staff,' says the handbook that all staffers are given and expected to read and comply with.

'As a result, personnel working on behalf of the EOP [Executive Office of the President] are expected to only use government-provided e-mail services for all official communication.'

The handbook further explains: 'The official EOP e-mail system is designed to automatically comply with records management requirements.'

And if that wasn't clear enough, the handbook notes -- as was the case in the Clinton administration -- that 'commercial or free e-mail sites and chat rooms are blocked from the EOP network to help staff members ensure compliance and to prevent the circumvention of the records management requirements.'"

Daily Kos: What were you trying to hide, Karl?:

"The news about Rove deleting emails from the RNC server into 2005 clearly is not breaking anymore to those of us who follow politics with the, um, fervor that we do (just over 30 minutes from the original post at TPM until it was diaried here. Nice work). But pretty soon, it will be breaking news to just about everyone who will be watching the news today (except maybe those watching Katie Couric..)

And while everyone else is hopefully going to be hearing about this over the next couple of days (that is if the news reporters actually do their jobs), the obvious question should be asked. Why did Karl Rove delete all of those emails from the RNC server during that time period? What was Karl Rove trying to hide or cover up when he was deleting all of those emails?"

But Clinton got a blowjob.


THAT's why everything taste like chicken.

T. Rex Related to Chickens:

"An adolescent female Tyrannosaurus rex died 68 million years ago, but its bones still contain intact soft tissue, including the oldest preserved proteins ever found, scientists say.

And a comparison of the protein's chemical structure to a slew of other species showed an evolutionary link between T. rex and chickens, bolstering the idea that birds evolved from dinosaurs."

Friday, April 13, 2007

DBT Week in Review - 4/13/07


Go tag this poll:

IFLTS: 'Feb 14,' Drive-By Truckers

Posted Apr 10th 2007 2:00PM by Bill Crandall
Filed under: I Freakin' Love This Song

'Feb 14,' Drive-By Truckers
From 2006's 'A Blessing and a Curse'

Assuming that Southerners are dumber than the rest of us is the last socially acceptable prejudice among the seemingly socially conscious. The Alabama-born, Georgia-based Drive-By Truckers may not peruse the Decemberists' thesaurus, but they smack you with plenty more horse sense ('If you were supposed to watch your mouth all the time, I doubt your eyes would be above it'), not to mention ol' fashioned grit.

'Feb 14,' like most of the brilliant 'A Blessing and a Curse' record, is a maudlin affair. The desperate 'Be my Val-entine' chorus is the only hopeful words Patterson Hood utters in his heartbreakingly creaky vocals. The verses are dedicated to broken vases, dead flowers and sweet-nothings like, 'You said, 'I'd rather be alone/Take your chocolates and go home!''

If you 'Life's Rich Pageant'-loving R.E.M. fans haven't been paying attention, this should be your favorite band ... among the smartest working today.

Great comment by a fan on DBT's MySpace:

"So Jason's out. Replaced by John Neff. You guys are like the rock'n'roll version of the New York Yankees. See you at the Rock Show!"

Damn, Athens is a cool town.

via Jayne

Submitted by David Bill on April 5, 2007 - 13:34.

Press release:




ATHENS, GA-April 5, 2007—Verizon Wireless presents AthFest 2007 June 20-24, 2007, in historic downtown Athens, GA. This annual family-friendly music and arts festival presents over 150 bands and artists, representing the best in local, regional, and nationally recognized Athens-based talent, on two outdoor stages and in an evening "club crawl." Most outdoor events, including KidsFest, are free of charge. Wristbands for the club crawl are only $15. Since 1997, the mission of AthFest has been to educate citizens and visitors about the music and arts scene of Athens, GA, and to showcase the incredible musicians, artists, businesses and residents of the Athens community.

PERPETUAL GROOVE, one of the most popular experimental jam bands on the Athens scene, will headline the outdoor stages on Friday, June 22nd at 9:00 P.M. Perpetual Groove recently released their third album, LIVELOVEDIE. Power pop trio, THE WHIGS, will headline on Saturday, June 23rd at 9:00 PM. Rolling Stone once called them "the best unsigned band in America" while Relix Magazine named them "the next big thing from Athens." Southern rockers DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS, one of the most highly acclaimed bands to emerge from the Athens music scene, will close the festival on Sunday, June 24th at 7:00 PM. Music and info at:, and


Ant, from the Yahoo Group Board, nails it in the post about the need to 'label' music.

dbts : Message: Re: [dbts] Re: No dbt: Kings of Leon.:

"The 'Southern Rock' moniker will only really work for the bands that it was used for in the time that they were being used. Much like 'grunge.' Can anyone today really be called grunge anymore.? And what happened to 'Alternative' music. Isn't everything today alternative? But, now it's called indie. Before alternative it was called New Wave. And there is no way you can label a current style of music a previously coined label.

There are very few torch bearers of rock. Pure rock-n-roll. DBT is a good example of rock. Buckcherry is another example of rock. The Hold Steady is more rock style with alternative lyrics. On the flip side, you have to go underground to find true modern day country music. Mainstream country is what used to be called pop. Go figure.

Ant (who used to be known as 'Bad Mutha Fucka')

Jason Isbell

Ninebullets is showing much love for Izzy:

Nine - Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit - on the road with Son Volt: "

If you haven't heard by now, Jason Isbell and his new band the 400 Unit are out on the road. They played a full show Easter Sunday in Iowa City, and are now out on tour opening for Son Volt! You can get tour dates for Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit on Jason's MySpace page."

Jason gives us some good news on his MySpace Blog "

Wherever you are, we'll be there.

Thanks to everybody for the friend requests and messages. I haven't had time to respond to everything since we've been on the road for a few days. To answer many of your questions, I WILL BE COMING TO YOUR TOWN. I have no plans to work any less than I ever have, so keep your eyes on the schedule and come see us.

The Son Volt shows are going great, by the way. Thanks to everyone who came out to Minneapolis and Chicago. Hope Toronto shows up tonight. We drove all night to get here from Chicago, and I must say I'm a bit surprised that we all made it in. We're here though, and ready to rock.

Setlists, reviews and bears, oh my... of Jason's current tour on Ninebullets:

Nine Bullets:


Start:11:42 PM

Goddamn Lonely Love
Birmingham Tonight
Never Gonna Change
Psycho Killer#
Walk Right In(?)
Decoration Day
Atlantic City*
Into the Mystic
American Girl
Dress Blues
Chicago Promenade
(no encore) "

The Drams

The Drams just finished up a mini-tour. Tony's back to his old blogging ways on the tour diary and is making astute observations of the heartland:

the Drams:

"After a second tank of gas for the van, I took over in Salina, Kansas and continued up I-35/81, towards Lincoln. Then here was my weird observation of the day. People in Nebraska must be fucking all the time. Because the stop abortion signs are like almost every half mile. So in summation if you want to get laid, pregnant,or an abortion, go to Nebraska. That should be their state motto.*

Actually Lincoln is one of our favs to play"

Music News

This song is a great one by Pink. If you haven't heard it go to YouTube and check it out.

Are Pink's anti-Bush views being censored?:

"Are Pink’s anti-Bush views being censored?

The outspoken rocker — who recently went after her singing sex-symbol peers in her song “Stupid Girls” — is now taking aim at the commander-in-chief, in her controversial song, “Dear Mr. President.” But she says that she’s not allowed to discuss her political views on the radio."

I believe the ghost of Johnny came back and torched his place because Barry Gibbs recently bought the place and was planning on writing music there.

Fire destroys longtime Johnny Cash home :

"HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. - Johnny Cash's longtime lakeside home, a showcase where he wrote much of his famous music and entertained U.S. presidents, music royalty and visiting fans, was destroyed by fire on Tuesday.

Cash and his wife, June Carter Cash, lived in the 13,880-square-foot home from the late 1960s until their deaths in 2003."
Guerrilla art at its finest. I do love some good a capella:

Concert in the Paris Metro - Viral Videos - IFILM