Shit Going On In The World

Lost Phone Leads To Child Porn Ring

Nick Nicoludis :: Thursday, May 27th, 2010 3:30 pm

Apparently child pornographers aren’t just an abhorrent breed of filth lower than the smallest single-celled organisms; they are incredibly stupid as well. After 50-year-old Michael Fraser left his cell phone on a bus in the UK, police were able to crack a child pornography ring allegedly 70-men deep. The bus driver discovered dozens of pictures of naked children after a passenger handed him the phone, and he subsequently turned it over to the police. Even though it was a prepaid phone, cops were still able to track down the supermarket Fraser had purchased credit from. The wheel-chair bound Fraser was sentenced yesterday, and is the fifth person sentenced in connection to the cross-country network. MORE »


Shit Going On In The World

Fuck Atkins, I’m On The Clinton Diet

Nick Nicoludis :: Thursday, May 27th, 2010 2:40 pm

In a move not seen since Father Of The Bride, Chelsea Clinton instructed her father, Bill “Slick Willy” Clinton, to lose 15 pounds before her wedding sometime this summer. Apparently Chelsea’s only request for her father is that he “look good” walking down the aisle, and that means drop the flab. Kind of a bitchy request if you ask me, but that’s beside the point. As all men of great integrity do, Clinton stepped up to the plate and is now about “2 pounds” away from his goal. Good for you Bill, now I’m just wondering what his weight loss secret is. MORE »


News, Should I Listen?

New Gang Of Four Song (!?)

Nick Nicoludis :: Thursday, May 27th, 2010 1:25 pm

That’s right, those hip English post-punk rockers are back with a new song after what seems like a  million years. I’ve always loved their mix of funk, punk and minimalism, and the fact they rhyme leisure and pleasure (see: “Nature’s Not In It”), something only a Brit can do. I know what you must be thinking: Great, another band I love from the ’70s is putting out new songs and touring just cause they’re running out of money and their kids are about to head off to college. Don’t be discouraged! The new track is reminiscent of their old bangers. Click through to hear the new jam. MORE »


Context-Free Quote of the Day

Nick Nicoludis :: Thursday, May 20th, 2010 3:30 pm

I like most vegetables. I’m not big on a handful of them, but I love steak.”

-Mayor Michael Bloomberg



Students Go A Year Without English Teacher

Nick Nicoludis :: Thursday, May 20th, 2010 3:20 pm

How do 20 students go a full year without an English teacher? Answer: Through lies, a conniving principle, unions and a teacher shortage. Students at Manhattan Middle school did not attend any English classes for an entire year because school officials said they didn’t have enough staff. What’s worse, is the students have to take the state’s English this month-without preparation. MORE »


Comebacks?, Websites

The Pirate Bay Is Back!

Nick Nicoludis :: Thursday, May 20th, 2010 2:15 pm

About a year ago, operators for one of the best torrent-sharing websites, The Pirate Bay, were found guilty of copyright violations and were forced to pay 30-million kronor ($3.65 million) to various entertainment industry people. The site was shut down on Monday, which led to rumors of the site being shut down permanently. But, there’s no need to worry because the site is running again with a little help from a Swedish bandwidth provider. Now you can download all the (International) Noise Conspiracy and Peter Bjorn and John you want! MORE »


Opinion, Shit Going On In The World

Olympic Mascot Or Giant Penis?

Nick Nicoludis :: Thursday, May 20th, 2010 12:15 pm

Olympic mascots may be as inconsequential as any equestrian event at the games, but London’s mascot choice for the 2012 Olympics is nothing short of a ill-advised marketing snafu. I don’t know if it’s just me or do they look like a couple of a giant penises? MORE »


Video Of The Day

Delorean: “Stay Close”

Nick Nicoludis :: Thursday, May 13th, 2010 3:25 pm

This insatiably groovy tune comes from Spanish alt-dance rockers Delorean’s new album Subiza. Though the actual album doesn’t come out till June, a digital download has been available sine April 20th. I think when you have a day with beautiful weather outside, you need a song that matches that enthusiasm; or rather hypes you up and makes you want to enjoy the day rolling around the streets and shopping for expensive and rare sorbets. I haven’t listened to the newest album yet, but if this song and the band’s already established work are any indication, I don’t see how the newest album could be anything short of rump-shaking gold. See the video after le jump. MORE »


Celebrities, News

Sir Ian McKellen Is Not A Hobo

Nick Nicoludis :: Thursday, May 13th, 2010 12:00 pm

Note: If you see a man dressed as a tramp/hobo circa the 1950’s, he’s probably not actually homeless. Lord Of The Rings star and knighted actor Sir Ian McKellen was mistakenly given pittance because of his disheveled look and soiled (looking) clothing. In reality, he was taking a “breather” whilst rehearsing Waiting For Godot in Melbourne Australia. I can see how the mistake was made. First, he was still wearing the costume for the play, which was a terribly dirty and torn suit (but is probably still worth more than my book colection). Second, he is really old (70 years), and most of the homeless people I encounter sitting on benches are as aged as he is. MORE »


Music Videos, News, Tour

Field Music Return With New Video And Tour Dates

Nick Nicoludis :: Tuesday, May 11th, 2010 4:45 pm

It’s an incredible thing when a band takes a hiatus and comes roaring back in with a new album, video and an extensive tour. Well, that is just what English rockers Field Music are doing. Brothers Peter and David Brewis are back with a new line-up that includes Kev Dosdale on guitar and keys and Ian Black on bass. After releasing two albums as Field Music, the brothers decided to take a break from the indie scene and work on their own music. They both put out solo albums in 2008, and they’ve now decided to give Field Music another go with a new music video and a whole heap of tour dates. See the video and dates after the jump. MORE »


Live Reviews

Caribou: Live At The Music Hall of Williamsburg 5/7

Nick Nicoludis :: Tuesday, May 11th, 2010 2:30 pm

Some people think that you can judge the quality of show by the people attending, like how you can judge a book by its cover. Just as the latter statement is false, so is the former. When I arrived at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, an eccentric array of people were outside smoking between sets. This, and Caribou’s drastic musical metamorphosis had me excited and curious as to what the show would look and sound like. Would it just be Dan Snaith up there with a computer and some electronic gadgets or would they perform as a full band? After I decided not to hold any preconceived notions about what I was about to see, I entered the venue just minutes before Caribou took the stage. MORE »


Apple, Pop Culture

What Will People With iPads Think Of Next?

Nick Nicoludis :: Thursday, May 6th, 2010 4:20 pm

iPads are quickly becoming less of a technological innovation to be used as a giant iPone or a tiny MacBook, and more of jack-of-all-trades device. People are taking their iPads and doing all kinds of ridiculously silly things with them. If you haven’t seen it already there were the two dudes who used the iPad for their Dj routine, and now some other random skate-bros with an iPad and apparently no regard for how much they cost, have made theirs into a skateboard; ultimately destroying it in about 3 seconds. Click through for the video. MORE »



Oil Spill Clean Up Becoming A Race Against Nature

Nick Nicoludis :: Thursday, May 6th, 2010 3:40 pm

The Gulf Of Mexico is quickly filling up with crude oil while fish, shrimp and local economies are slowing dying as BP tries to a figure out a way to clean the massive oil spill and plug the giant hole at the ocean floor. According to an estimate from Doug Helton, coordinator of incident operations for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) the spill could go on for another “60 to 90 days or more.” (via Yahoo News) Here’s the problem: this year’s hurricane season starts June 1st. The approaching storm season carries with it a myriad of problems that will inevitably complicate the already insurmountable oil spill clean up problem. MORE »



Mash Ups And T-Shirts Produce A Love Child

Nick Nicoludis :: Thursday, May 6th, 2010 2:40 pm

We now live in a world where listening to a song as it was originally was recorded is kind of lame, and the only way t listen to a sing is in small parts in another song. So naturally people have transfered this idea over to clothing. Let me introduce: the mash up t-shirt. I’m not really sure how this trend actually started, or who started it, but when I was trying to properly celebrate yesterday’s holiday (Cinco De Mayo) I noticed a mustached man wearing a Beach Boys t-shirt in the vein of the classic 4-bar Black Flag t-shirt. Because this wasn’t the first time I had seen this bizarre mash up shirt, I wondered to myself what the hell is going on. Click through for more and pictures. MORE »


Opinion, Twitter

Sleigh Bells: Most Useless Twitter Page To Date

Nick Nicoludis :: Tuesday, May 4th, 2010 4:45 pm

Sleigh Bells, the ultra-hip Brooklyn pop duo have proved something to me today: if you don’t do anything and are completely nonchalant, people will think you are cool. Think about those kids in high school/college who don’t give a fuck about eating by themselves and quietly smoke cigarettes while watching everyone else walk by. Everyone wants to know what their deal is and they are therefore deemed “cool/hip.”

Sleigh Bells may be applying the same concept to their Twitter page. Even though they have 1,692 followers, they have never posted a single tweet. Why? If they are too cool for Twitter school, why make a page at all? Is it just to make people aware that your band exists? because I think the hundreds of interviews/blog posts have done the for you job. So Sleigh Bells, let your first tweet explain the lack of previous tweets, and all you twitters out there, write your local congressperson and implore them to end the Twitter silence or delete the page.