NOISE: MV/EE hit the bummer road

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Ecstatic Peaceniks MV/EE and the Bummer Road will be hitting that asphalt hard in conjunction with their new album, Green Blues, out Jan. 23. They appear Feb. 26 at Hotel Utah; meanwhile cock a sleepy yet strange ear to their version of "Powder Finger," courtesy of Arthur mag.

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HAILING ALL MEDIA NERDS

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by Amanda Witherell

If you didn't make it down to Memphis for the Third National Media Reform Conference, there was a great show on Democracy Now this morning about it. Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez are broadcasting from Tennessee for the duration of the conference and had a conversation this morning with Robert McChesney of the Free Press and Jonathan Adelstein, one of the two Democratic FCC commissioners. Read more »

We accept you -- one of us!

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I've been at the Guardian awhile -- it'll be eight years next month, in fact. I started as a fresh-faced, eager intern, and since 1999 I've met many other fresh-faced, eager interns, intent on careers in media or academics or giraffe-tending (for real! If you're out there, intern-who-reviewed-movies-but-was-also-a-zookeeper, email me and let me know how you're doing.) But I've only known a few who were determined to segue from film writer to filmmaker -- and one of 'em was Dina Gachman, who just finished her graduate thesis film at USC.

Flush 'N Fish

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We've been inundated with emails promoting this amazing toilet-cum-aquarium for the past few weeks -- to the point that some of us around the office have created a running joke about making a movie about a killer fish that lives in the toilet called FIN ROT! It's a fish tank, it's a toilet tank, it's a terrarium (yes you can put a lizard in there), it's .....

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FISH 'N FLUSH! Read more »

NOISE: Lady Sov with Jelly on top

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Oh by the way if you wanna check out oodles of MC Jelly Donut footage (the Killing My Lobster pastry that challenged Lady Sovereign to battle), visit this portion of YouTube. Sweet.

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SF can't stop pulling Sovereign's jammie leg. Read more »

So Bush, like LBJ in Vietnam, is sending more troops into Iraq. So the Guardian will regularly print the surging casualty reports. How many more will die because of Bush's mistakes?

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By Bruce B. Brugmann

On April 2, 2003, as Bush started a preventive war and invaded a small country that posed no danger to the U.S., the Guardian publshed a cover story predicting the U.S. would soon be mired down in the "The New Vietnam," as our front page head put it. As our editorial warned at the time, "Taking Baghdad will afterward be difficult and bloody--and ruling the divided nation will be, to make a phenomenal understatement, something of a trick...All of this will only lead to increased anti-U.S. Read more »

NOISE: Britney in bikini shape? And K-Fed 2.0?

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Whoa, the juicy Brit Spears "gossip" of the day is pictured on TMZ, you non-TMZ junkies. Check the new Britney consort. Who is the mystery dude? He's more muscular than the ex, yet still somewhat K-Fed-esque, and for all we know, he hasn't recorded any "music" yet! Always a plus. Now about that bandana...

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Ahoy, baby weight! Courtesy of www.tmz.com.

Bush skewered

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By Tim Redmond

Watching the speech in replay tonight, and Jesus, Bush looks terrible. I see none of the old confidence and swagger. He's stumbling over words. He looks like he's aged dramatically (like Carter did after the Iran hostage crisis). The wheels are coming off.

And it was fun to watch Anderson Cooper just skewer the plan .....

Bush hands the Dems a big favor

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By Tim Redmond

By now you've all heard or read about the exceptionally uninspiring speech, but if you want to read the full text, it's here. Beyond thinking that Bush is delusional -- 20,000 new troops in Baghdad? This really is becoming Vietnam again -- I can only say that he has handed the Democrats the best opportunity in many years. Read more »

NOISE: Lady sov takes another stab!

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Guardian contributor Ari Messer checked out Lady Sovereign at the Mezzanine on Jan. 8. Here's his review of the show:

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Love her or hate her - doesn't she look adorable?

Around seventh or eighth grade I made the transition from oversized Stussy sweatshirts and hypercolor basketball T-shirts to even bigger local punk band tees -- I remember a burgundy Fury 66 shirt that reached to my knees. Read more »