Archive: September, 2005
That new Neil Young album? Hear it here.
NPR is allowing us to listen to Prairie Wind in its entirety, as well as a Scott Simon interview with the singer-songwriter who suffered a brain aneurism this summer. Also posted: links to archived Terry Gross interviews from Fresh Air, going back to 1992.
The CD is to be released Sept. 27. Two of the songs were written post-surgery. In a chat Tuesday, Inquirer pop critic Dan Deluca said the disc grows with each listen. Look for his interview with Neil from Nashville on the release date.
You're impressed when a traveling musician displays good local information.
"Anyone remember Eddie Savitz?" 13 & God's lead singer Adam "Doseone" Drucker asks, greeting the all ages crowd standing before him in the close, dark basement of the First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia. One voice yells 'Yeah.' That would be me.
Good news. The Newspaper Association of America is holding its career day Oct. 6, and will give publishers around the country a chance to highlight "the many career opportunities available in the industry."
"This is a time of dramatic change in the media," says John F. Sturm, the group's president and CEO with no apparent drang, "and a very exciting time to work in the newspaper industry."
This comes as a welcome tonic here at The Inquirer and The Daily News, where just Tuesday we learned the company seeks to trim the two newsrooms by 100 positions, or about 16 percent. Same day the New York Times announced it would cut 500 positions across its properties, including 45 journo jobs at the flagship and another 35 at The Boston Globe.
In the market for the world's biggest sheetcake.
(It's been a time-honored tradition at the Inquirer to say goodbye to staffers with a short, rectangular vanilla or chocolate cake. There was also a tradition for departing editors to take temporary custody of a velvet rendering of John Wayne known as 'The Duke.' It was so handsome a gift that it is thought many left early just to be able to call it theirs.)
Might make a good contest. Anyone else imagine what the president was writing to Condi Rice at the U.N.?
(Back story here.)
Exporting Democracy, the German version. From Deutsche Welle.
Americans take heart: the United States is apparently not the only major western democracy unable to pull off an election. Germany's vote on Sunday has been a di saster from the get-go....
The Daily Pennsylvanian had an article today about a new sort of campus cyber-matchmaking service - "random hook-ups" for 'orney Ivies.
A freshman couple - Allison Karic and Scott Becker - brought the idea with them from Los Angeles, where they'd dated since attending Harvard-Westlake H.S. The article quotes Karic as saying:
The noise it makes, as Tim Klimowicz's Map of Iraq Coalition Casualties charts the losses since the March, 2003 invasion, is that of an old teletype ticker, and each death or injury leaves a red stain. Click this. Then click "Interactive." Then "1." Leave the sound on. Let it run through Sept. 11, 2005. It doesn't take so long.
Beware Inquirer blogs touted in these environs. Naked self-promotion. Homerism. Whatever. But if you're not checking in our Inky shooter Eric Mencher's photo blog, you're missing something. It's called This Urban Life. We went to Woodstock 99 together. Together I think we were almost 99. That boy sees things.
The Roots @ The Kimmel Center board is sizzling after their benefit Friday night - the one I'm still kicking myself for missing. So who WAS that rhythmically challenged couple up front?