Archive: April, 2006
(I was known in those days by the nickname Adam)
Be-In's at Belmont Plateau....
(The one I remember most vividly had Tracy Nelson's band, Mother Earth. I think it was August 1969.....trying to find the exact date.)
Electric Factory when it first opened.....
(First time I ever saw Procul Harum.)
Former Philly rock writer Chuck Eddy done as music editor of The Village Voice? Gawker says so, though it says this without complete certainty. The New York Observer is more emphatic, quoting pop music eminence Robert Christgau as saying the deed is done. "Chuck Eddy was fired," the Voice's Christgau told the paper. "That's the fact. I'm not going to explain it."
Eddy would be the 17th staffer let go since the Voice merged with New Times in November. Will the Voice no longer be "a haven for thumbsuckers?" Time to order more reporter's notebooks?
A Gawker commenter shows a lack of appreciation of what this means.
"This may currently be the most dysfunctional sports town in America bar none," A Swing and A Miss begins his post, written after the Sixers' two biggest stars, AI and C-Webb, pulled a fade on their fans and their team.
It's too painful to summarize.
Read it all here.
Say Goodbye to Scott McClellan.
"Kill the Messenger," the Huffington Post headlines the departure of the rarely flapped White House spokesman.
"Bye, Scott," reports Drudge.
Can we cue up "The Orange and The Black" again?
Can we say the Flyers are skating into the playoffs with some mo' after all?
Can we agree that their date with the Buffalo Sabres means they miss being pitchforked by the hottest team in hockey?
Pulitzer Day is traditionally draped in blues and greens for those news shops that fall into the have-nots category. We mope, then marvel at the strong work performed in often-impossible circumstances - a war, a hurricane, a short-dump of disinformation.
Online these days, the awards seem to be seen through blue and red filters.
First, from Power Line, the conservative group blog, which headlines its piece "The Pulitzer Prize for Treason." That goes in Power Line's view to James Risen and Eric Lichtblau of the New York Times for "their treasonous contribution to the undermining of the highly classified National Security Agency surveillance program of al Qaeda-related terrorists." Blogger Scott Johnson has argued that the reporters violated the Espionage Act and aided the enemy during wartime.
In a 1,773-word evisceration in the Broad Street Review Rottenberg accuses the former Philadelphia broadcast reporter of writing in "annoying journalese," of ignoring her previous marriage and step-children, of glossing over her transformation from plain-Jane brunette to "blonde glamourpuss." Of basically filtering her memories through a Vaseline-softened lens because she is now married to Washington's ultimate power icon.
Rottenberg, a former Philadelphia Magazine and Philadelphia Weekly editor, writes in his piece headlined, "The Unexamined Life: Andrea Mitchell rewrites her past:"
More blog farms on the way. Blogging Ohio has launched - it's the first statewide effort from the Weblogs, Inc., empire that AOL bought last year. Bloggers Blog did a quick domain check and found that Weblogs had snagged all five sampled, such as Blogging California, Blogging New York, Blogging Idaho. Weblogs CEO Jason Calcanis writes about the Ohio launch on his web site.
At the same time, Backfence, a suburban Washington, D.C, "hyper-local" information network, has extended its reach to San Francisco, incorporating the work of Bayosphere, the community blog created by Dan Gillmor, a former San Jose Mercury tech columnist.
Karl Martino, proprietor of the Philly Future site, wonders if this means juggernaut is coming. "Sooner of later they will be in Philadelphia," he wrote by email of the AOL venture. He fears what this means to an independent, grassroots blog community, such as his. Without such deep pockets, "I'm afraid you're going to get to a position where you're just spinning your wheels."
Third weekend in May a notebook, a url and a good pitch could get you into all of Camden's waterfront attractions for a little viral marketing experiment.
200 bloggers will be selected for weekend passes to the Riversharks baseball game, the Big Guns exhibit at the Battleship New Jersey, the Shark Realm at the Adventure Aquarium. The only requirement is the bloggers are asked to blog about their experiences.
What if hipsters cared about more than expanding Johnny Brenda's? Phreakin' Philly wonders. And invites the Pabst-swilling, Kerouac-quoting unwashed to a little clean-up.
Is the president listening to illegally ripped CDs?