Murder In The Name Of Emo:
Iraqi militia acting in approval of the nation’s Interior Ministry, have been targeting “The Emo phenomenon” in the Middle East, carrying out violent attacks on youth perceived to be affiliated that have led to kidnappings, torture and murders. First reported back in the beginning days of February by the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC), Pink News followed up on the story last Friday (March 9), pointing to the aforementioned endorsement of the Iraqi government and the Interior Ministry’s official declaration of “measures to eliminate them,” according to comments by the director of the community police of the Ministry, Colonel Mushtaq Taleb Muhammadawi. Working in conjunction with schools throughout Baghdad, Muhammadawi has the “necessary permits” to carry out an “action plan” to “eradicate them.” While in a press statement to Al Arabiya, the Ministry offers some justification explaining that the “devil worshiping” youth are “detrimentally affecting the society and becoming a danger.” Current death figures, mostly by stoning, are estimated in the 90s.
Rage Against The Limbaugh:
Joining Peter Gabriel and Rush, and the onslaught of over 50 advertisers that have withdrawn ads from right-wing shock jock Rush Limbaugh‘s radio show and his “slut” and “prostitute” condemning of law student Sandra Fluke for her advocacy of contraception being a part of US health coverage, Rage Against The Machine have demanded “Sleep Now In The Fire” be pulled, as well. Guitarist Tom Morello via tweet: To Rush Limbaugh: Hey Jackass, stop using our music on your racist, misogynist, right wing clown show. Sincerely, Rage Against The Machine.
This year at the massively trafficked South By Southwest interactive/music festival in Austin, TX: homeless people turned into WiFi hotspots. Dubbed simply “Homeless Hotspots,” ad agency BBH – not affiliated with SXSW proper – is attacking the notoriously slammed WiFi and cellphone networks come the mass ascension into the city via community service, outfitting homeless people from Front Steps Shelter with a wireless router, in which the homeless become “Hotspot Managers” in a Sreetwise-esque financial structure, charging festival-goers for access while pocketing 100% of their earnings. Head over to Pitchfork for some choice quotes from the ad Agency and some of the controversy surrounding the move.
In case you missed this past weekend’s Saturday Night Live, Portland jangle-pop icons The Shins, or rather James Mercer and what he’s calling the latest incarnation of the ever-evolving Shins took the show’s musical guest stage performing “Simple Song” and “It’s Only Life” from the forthcoming Port of Morrow, that drops March 20, both of which if you can’t wait for the iTunes promo stream tomorrow, are available on NBC.com. This was Mercer and co’s second SNL outing. And the show’s infamous sound woes seemingly did not apply.
Literati wild-heart Jack Kerouac was smacked on the ass as a newborn on this day in 1922, beginning the metaphorical road that led to the literate road that became the Great American novel On The Road circa 1957, a tale of life-devouring young Americans that would go on to etch its place in the required-reading library of generations upon generations of artists and appreciators of artists, many of which started bands, like the gravel-bluesman Tom Waits who reps Kerouac and his infamous traveling companion Neal Cassady, aka Dean Moriarty in the book, in the song “Jack & Neal.” A few of several remembrances:
Jack was out of cigarettes and as we crossed the yellow line
The gas pumps looked like tombstones from here
Felt lonelier than a parking lot when the last car pulls away
And the moonlight dressed the double breasted foothills