Thursday, April 06, 2006

News Junkies Love Monkeys

There's a ton of genuine news today. Senate Republicans and Democrats reached a compromise on the illegal immigration bill today, bird flu is killing British swans (that's a little bit racist), new reports say Bush authorized the Plame leak to the Times, flesh-eating bacteria is infecting Waikiki and other places, and Rudy Giuliani is testifying at the Zacarias Moussaoui trial.

Yet I somehow was most drawn to this huge chunk of news today: "A troop of mischievous monkeys at London Zoo have had to be re-trained after showing too much interest in mobile phones.

The ring tones and bright lights proved just too attractive to the squirrel monkeys in their new no-barrier enclosure. Visitors who held out their phones to video or take photographs attracted attention from the monkeys who attempted to take the object." [More]

Slack Link of the Day: Since the mainstream media enjoys trumpeting the bad news more than celebrating the good, we probably won't hear much about this today. But the number of people on welfare in New York City has fallen to a more than four-decade low, down two-thirds from its peak in 1995. So much for "We got no food, we got no jobs, our pets heads our faling off."

Slack Video of the Day: From the extras section of the second greatest concert film ever made, Stop Making Sense, check out David Byrne's hilarious and nonsensical self-interview. I can watch this clip every day and never tire of this man's sense of humor (and if you don't know what I consider to be the greatest concert film ever, you're not reading this blog often enough).



Slack Song of the Day: I flew back from Cancun and landed late Saturday night, and if I didn't travel with about seventeen bags I may have hopped out of the towncar when we passed the Bowery Ballroom. The newjacks on the scene -- RAQ -- were in town, and despite a fairly negative review from my man Lukas, I really wanted to check them out for myself. They've got a great buzz working, their fans multiplying in number, and I like what I've heard.

So take a listen, class, and let's see whether or not we like 'em. Mixed, mastered and posted on the band's website, here's The Circumstance, Forget Me Not and Said and Done from the most recent Higher Ground show (March 11, 2006). Feel free to hit up the band's site or archive.org for more...

8 Comments:

At 1:24 PM, Blogger Don Fiedler said...

those monkeys should get back to masturbating in public and drinking their own urine. that's what they're for.

 
At 1:35 PM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

You left "Playing center for the Knicks from 1986 -2000" off that short list.

 
At 1:49 PM, Blogger Don Fiedler said...

eddie lee wilkins, herb williams, marcus camby & chris dudley were not monkeys, you racist.

 
At 2:19 PM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

I think you're wrong about Chris Dudley.

Hey, where the fuck is everyone today?

 
At 3:01 PM, Blogger offpeak34 said...

Welcome back dude! I went to that Raq show, was my first time seeing them. They were very impressive, but I wasnt' completely blown away. Good covers, and even a really blatant Terrapin tease to start the second set. I would definitely like to check them out again.

 
At 5:24 PM, Anonymous HANDSTAND said...

I saw RAQ once and although they cover it a lot, their version of Cheap Sunglasses ripped.

Sucked up the Chute > Sunglasses

if I remember correctly...

 
At 9:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOVE RAQ!!

 
At 8:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

if you like raq...check this out from birmingham AL 10/05......... http://poster.aviewofyou.tv:8000/raq/couch.html

 

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