The Friday Five

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We’re gonna mix things up a little this week instead of doing our usual iPod shuffle.  My friend Lindsay got me thinking about an interesting question – which songs make good cell phone ringers?  Selecting a song that doesn’t make you sound like a total lame-o every time your phone rings is harder than it sounds.  You want it to say something about you, but not TOO MUCH.  You want it to be a cool song, but not TOO COOL.  Silly, but not TOO SILLY.  You have to like it enough to hear it over and over again.  And no matter what, never EVER be the guy with the Maroon 5 ringer.

Here are five that I came up with (all chosen from the options available to me through my cellphone service):

"Hard Fo’ a Pimp" by DJay – This is probably the greatest ringtone in the history of the form.  I have it as my ringtone and you should too.  No, wait.
"Let’s Get It On" by Marvin Gaye – Classic, timeless, and just a little sleazy.  Everything a ringtone should be.
"Hate It or Love It" by The Game – Use this catchy tune in leiu of being the bajillionth person to have "In Da Club".
"Loser" by Beck – This is a very meta choice in that the song is about a being a loser and having this song for your ringtone is a little loser-ish, thereby fulfilling the song’s own message as it’s playing.  Wrap your brain around THAT.
"Surround Me" by Scott Stapp – Having this as your ringtone shows people that you’re tough and not afraid to fight.

American Idol Rejection Isn’t So Bad

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Covais_tucker_0330_160x120 With most reality shows once you’re time’s up, you’re pretty much handed your walking papers and kicked to the curb. But if you’re kicked off American Idol, you’re practically treated like a king.

According to TMZ.com: after the remaining ‘Idols’ say goodbye to their comrade, the rejected ‘Idol’ is immediately taken into a private room, in which a psychologist and an ‘Idol’ management rep are present. No one is allowed to enter while certain issues are addressed — the rejected ‘Idol’s’ feelings, what he or she can and can not talk about, what that person can and can not do, and what responsibilities they have now that they’re off the show. 

If that weren’t enough, the remaining cast takes the rejected contestant out for a family-style Italian dinner. 

All the salad and breadsticks I want? And a free shrink? Kevin Covais hit the jackpot.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Office PSA’s

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The_officeWere you watching NBC last night? If so, you probably saw a couple of bizarre public service announcements courtesy of the cast of The Office.

From tips on what to do in the event of a bear attack to the sage advice of ‘never make a sex tape,’ these hilarious spoofs were probably funnier than the shows the came on during. Yet still not quite as funny as some of the real "The More You Know" psa’s.

You can watch the five they aired last night, plus a bunch of other ones right here.

The Ads Dr. Pepper Doesn’t Want You to See

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Cadbury Schweppes spent $5 million producing cool mashup commercials for Dr. Pepper. Then they decided not to use them. The ads were directed by Kinka Usher and uses music by Kiss, Will Smith, EMP, and Cyndi Lauper. The idea was to celebrate the fact that Dr. Pepper is a blend of 23 flavors. The commercials were supposed to appear during the Memorial Day "kickoff to soft-drink season." (I didn’t know there was a soft-drink season! Shows you what I know.) Anyway, the company decided that the commercials didn’t fit in with their new strategy. Apparently the new strategy is to throw away money. You can read about and see the ads here. (You have to register, but it’s free.)

FOUND: Naomi’s Jeans

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Oopsy. I just find out why Naomi Campbell lashed out at her maid. She was pissed about a missing pair of $200 Chip and Pepper jeans. According to the housekeeper, Campbell attacked her after shouting: "You’re going to have to pay for those".

Oh my god. I feel really bad. They were in the back of my closet and I totally forgot about them . I hope it didn’t cause too much trouble. (Can I borrow your top?)

LISTEN UP: Your Daily Dose of the Best Music Ever

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  • Everybody Cares, Everybody Understands gets us pumped up for the weekend with another heartbreaking video of struggling genius Elliott Smith.
  • Take a gander at the Sixeyes Friday mix, including a nice remix from The National.
  • Gorilla vs Bear tells us a bit about My Latest Novel, obligatory Arcade Fire comparisions and all.
  • My Old Kentucky Blog drops a little Spank Rock on us.
  • 3hive gorges us on the sweetness of Candy Bars.
  • Head over to EAR FARM and get lost in some live tracks from Islands.

SIZZLER: Kimora Lee & Russell Simmons Filing For Divorce

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People magazine confirms that producer Russell Simmons and mega-diva bitch Baby Phat designer Kimora Lee Simmons are splitting up.

According to People, the couple met in 1992 when she was 17-years-old and finishing up high school and he was a 35-year-old self-admitted ladies man. I can’t believe this didn’t last…

It’s believed that Kimora Lee will ask for upwards of 100-Bajilliondy Dollars in the split. [link via Gawker)

OC Recap– From A Friend of A Friend

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Don’t hate me when I say this… but I’ve never seen an episode of The OC. Crazy, right? I just missed the boat entirely. Well, you can imagine my surprise  when I got a phone call from a friend today who just had to tell me everything that happened during last night’s AMAZING episode. Since I knew this information would be lost on me, I decided to transcribe what she said, word for word, as she said it. So here it is, last night’s OC for ya, recapped by a friend of a friend:Marissa

It was such a great episode. Marissa is hooking up with this guy and—you’re typing what I’m
saying, aren’t you? Stop it. —okay, Marissa is upset because she’s not with Ryan anymore and her mother
is now engaged to her best friend’s dad. So she’s fighting with her best friend
and she started doing coke. On the beach. At the end of the episode. And everyone
is worried about her. Ryan found a flask in her school book. Oh and ryan and Sadie, they got back together. She decided to not leave town and stay with him. And they
had sex also. And what else happened? Seth Cohen went to an AA meeting with his
mom. Oh, and this guy who worked with Sandy got the s**t kicked out of him by
um this bad guy. This bad guy that Sandy’s doing business with. And he kicked
the s**t out of him. Matt is the guy! And I think that was it. There was a lot
of sex and a lot of beating up and a lot of drugs. It was really good.

Sex, drugs, and s**t kicking. Damn, maybe I should be watching the OC. Did you see it last night? What’d you think of the episode? Did she miss anything?