Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Inadvisable Cover Songs

Remember the scene in Wayne's World where the guys go to a guitar store and the sign on the wall says NO STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN? That's because covering Robert Plant is usually a terrible idea. The only time I've seen it pulled off successfully happened a few years ago, when I had the privilege of seeing kHz's Raiana sing "Black Dog" and "Rock and Roll" at the Viper Room in LA, with Dave Navarro standing in on guitar. I also recall that Sheryl Crow does a decent cover of the latter song, though not as well as Raiana--she blew the roof off.

I was in a store yesterday, and heard a cover song that made me cringe. Singers, to lessen the chance of that I throw up in my own mouth in the future, please please please do NOT cover Van Morrison. Unless, of course, you're Robert Plant.

Thank you.

Minion Attacks Continue Unabated

This is seeming more and more like a gnarly scene from Invasion of the Body Snatchers, or that scene in This is 40 when the shop clerk gets busted and says "Heeeeelp meeeee . . ."

Anyway, if the transmittals end suddenly, you'll know that the minions have finally devoured us all.

And for the love of all that is sacred, please send money and liquor. Thank you.

The Continuing Crisis . . . Part 837b

What causes the most accidents on California freeways? Unexpected weather changes, jackknifed semitrailers, use of mobile devices while driving, excessive dancing/singing, putting on cosmetics? No! It is my sincere belief that the cause of most accidents is loss of brain control while trying to decipher badly conjured vanity plates. Exhibit #1 in this argument:

Sorry, taking clear photos while driving 80 mph is not my forte. The plate, in case you can't make it out, reads:

Friday, February 14, 2014

Street Smarts Versus Book Smarts—Explained!

In business school, I took a couple classes that were taught jointly to both business and law school students. One of those was a class on entertainment law, but it was mostly about music law, also known as how music companies still rape musicians to this day (metaphorically speaking, of course).

(more after the break)

Happy Valentine's Day!

On this most pleasant of days, four videos to keep you sated, or sedated, as the case may be (after the break):

Thursday, February 13, 2014

In Case You Are Suffering from Minion Withdrawal

Here's the remedy (after the break, of course):

How BMW Differs from Mercedes

BMW and Mercedes? Any difference? Are the owners different? I mean, really, they're just two pretentious German car brands, right? Ah, grasshopper, but that you could be right, but alas, you are not. To wit, the following commercial from Mercedes that has been making the rounds on the airwaves of late. Watch at the very beginning, and check out where this guy parks. Then watch at the end, and you'll see it again. That no video editor at Mercedes's ad agency caught the subtle message, or if they did, that no Mercedes executive thought it worthy of reshooting, speaks volumes.


The Continuing Crisis . . . Déjà Vu All Over Again

Stories like this one always lead me to ask follow-up questions like these: