LISTEN UP: I’m Not Afraid of You…

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  • And the award for “Best. Album. Title. Ever.” goes to Yo La Tengo, for their genius I’m Not Afraid of You, And I’ll Beat Your Ass. Go to Merry Swankster to see if the songs are as just as good.
  • The Supreme Council of Music Bloggers has elevated the status of Beirut, Cold War Kids, The Breakdown and a few other indie bands to label-worthy, and ProductShopNYC has tracks to celebrate.
  • Itstoolong is all in German, which is why it’s a good thing that “Joanna Newsom’s harp-strumming elven fairy warbling” is a language everyone can understand.
  • The Shins have postponed the release of their new album to January 2007, but you can still have your lives changed by three new live tracks over at YANP.
  • I’ve really been digging the Regina Spektor song “On the Radio” lately, and think you should go download it at All Things Go! for the “November Rain” reference alone.

Project Runway: Ding-Dong, The Vince is Dead

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ProjRun41.JPGOur weekly addiction, Project Runway, delivered the couture goods last night. Our contestants are still in Paris, and kicked off the show with a relaxing Parisian meal hosted by fantasy father figure Timmy “the Tim-Tim” Gunn. (On a related note, please read this love letter addressed to Tim that I think speaks for all of us.) This week’s challenge was to design a haute couture gown — and while there have been a lot of dress-making challenges this season, we were still excited. Though we do wish they could’ve stepped the challenge up a little. Like making a dress out of nothing but discarded office furniture and sandfleas.

First of all, and we’re not embarassed to admit this, we loooooved Kayne‘s dress. While the judges served up a steaming plate of guff, we found the detailing and diagonal corset to be stunning. There is always the possibility that in person it looked like Liberace farted all over it, but we have to hand it to Kayne: The man knows how to iron a gold-mesh boost-ay. We liked Jeffrey‘s yellow-plaid ahn-somb, and were not blinded with Nicolas Rage over his win.

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Ashton Kutcher Wants Friends His Own Age

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kutch.jpgA celebrity with a MySpace account is nothing new. Everybody from Jenna Jameson to Jon Lovitz has one. So when MetaDish pointed out that Ashton Kutcher has a page, we didn’t think anything of it. Until we delved deeper.

A self-described “28 [year-old] with a step daughter in college”, it’s obvious that Ashton is trying to be just like the rest of us. He includes a picture of his favorite football player (Walter Payton), as well as pics of him with his bud, his dog, and his famous movie star wife. The Kutch is one of us! See for yourself. While you’re there, here are a few other things to look for:

  • Ashton calls Kevin Costner “a stud”.
  • Not even Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore are able to get good seats at a football game.
  • He won’t refer to his page as “my space” because MySpace totally sold out.
  • Ashton LOL’s like the rest of us!
  • And suprisingly he only has a few hundred friends. Though he’d probably have more if not for The Butterfly Effect.

Not All Sponsors Pulling Out of Survivor: Race Wars

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CHEERIOS1.JPGThe new season of Survivor: Race Wars is facing some sponsor trouble. Apparently, companies aren’t super “jazzed” about the idea of pitting four tribes — each made up of a single race (white, black, asian and hispanic) — against one another. Companies such as Proctor & Gamble, Coca-Cola and Johnson & Johnson are acting like total p.c. a-holes, and have all pulled out of sponshorship deals with the television show.

But fret not, multi-billion dollar conglomo CBS. There is still money to be made. We’ve compiled a list of products that would all be perfectly suited to advertise on Survivor: Race Wars. Take a look:

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‘Idol’ Singer Clay Aiken May Serve Bush

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aikenbush.jpg(As everyone is freaking out about utterly unsuprising developments in Paris Hilton’s ongoing struggle with existence, news stories as AMAZING as this one are in danger of falling through the cracks, which is why we have decided to present this to you in its entirety, un-edited with the exception of our bolding emphasis, and without further comment. Also, the headline above is the actual one used in the story.)

RALEIGH, N.C. – Clay Aiken is in line to be named to the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities, the White House said Wednesday.

Aiken, a Raleigh native who gained fame as a runner-up on “American Idol,” once worked as a YMCA counselor.

The committee’s Web site said it advises the president on issues pertaining to people with intellectual disabilities. The committee was established in 1961 by President John Kennedy as the President’s Panel on Mental Retardation.

A White House press release said President Bush intends to make the appointment. Officials did not say when. The singer’s new album, “A Thousand Different Ways,” is due out later this month.

Making a joke here would only be redundant.

ICYMI: When Local News Goes Awesome

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Unless you live in San Diego, you probably missed this, which is a shame. During an investigative report about a local real estate scam artist, one Action News Guy gets a little more than he bargained for. If this was Ron Burgundy, I think things would have happened a little differently.

While You Were Posting Paris’ Bail

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  • Paris Hilton was busted for Driving Under the Influence. The influence of alcohol– not just Brandon Davis.
  • Press reports indicate that Britney Spears will give birth to her second child today via C-section. K-Fed prepares to be bumped down one notch to the Fourth Most Likeable member of the family.
  • The Arctic Monkeys have taken home the U.K’s Nationwide Mercury Prize. Hipsters who wrote the band off back in April will hold a meeting to determine if this means they are “so over” or if it’s now safe to like them ironically.
  • Daniel Craig, a.k.a. James Bond, hates Los Angeles because you “can’t party” there. When reached for comment, Lindsay Lohan said, “Huh? What? Are you asking a question? Jesus Christ I’m so f**ked up right now.”
  • Viacom chief Sumner Redstone decided to fire CEO Tom Freston a week before he fired Tom Cruise. The 83-year-old also declared he wanted to fire Tom Hanks and Tom Brady, before being reminded he didn’t own everybody named Tom.

GAMES: Terri Irwin’s Revenge

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irwins.JPGYesterday we asked if it was too soon to make fun of The Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin? Forty-plus comments later, the answer is clear: Yes, it is too soon… but it’s still kind of funny. Fair enough.

So today, we pose a similar question: Is it too soon to play a Crocodile Hunter flash game? Specifically, Terri Irwin’s Revenge. In TIR, you play the part of Steve Irwin’s widow as she swims around the sea and kills as many sting rays as she can.

Therapeutic or absolutely terrible? It’s your call. (This game was Dropped by tonygarcia. Got something you want us to see? Drop it now!)

…OF THE DAY

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  • KID GROWING UP TOO FAST: Suri Cruise is only a few months old and she’s already posing topless in Vanity Fair. What a slut. (Perez Hilton)
  • REASON I SHOULD’VE STAYED IN SCHOOL: Shakira wants an NYU professor to give her history lessons about each place she visits on tour. I may not be a PhD, but I’d teach her a pretty good lesson about the Battle of the Bulge. (Gawker)
  • JUNIOR JEW-HATER: Mel Gibson’s 24 year-old Aryan son Christian (seriously, that’s his name) was apparently arrested for DUI last year. Like father like son like Hitler. (MollyGood)
  • THING THAT SUGGESTS ALL HOPE MIGHT NOT BE LOST: Bob Dylan’s latest masterpiece debuted at #1 on the US album charts, right above MTV-made girlie-band Danity Kane. (Reuters)
  • CRUNK THING: Some DJ has made “crunk” re-mixes of Radiohead tunes. The songs are just “OK Crunkputer”, but the idea is still pretty funny. (BoingBoing)