40 years of Kiss

Big profile of Kiss in the latest Rolling Stone. It’s great. I especially liked it in the context to the Wu-Tang profile I posted yesterday. After 20 years, the members of Wu-Tang are still loosely together, if not always on the same page. After 40 years, 2 members of Kiss are still together, and 2 who left/were kicked out pretty early in the band’s career, are just looking on from the sidelines. Worth a read just for the soap opera.

Kiss still tour. But the only original members left are Simmons and the band’s frontman, Paul Stanley, two New York Jewish kids who shared a cleareyed ambition and zero self-destructive tendencies – smart guys who managed to write some of the most gloriously brain-dead lyrics ever (“Get the firehouse/’Cause she sets my soul afire!”). Drummer Peter Criss and lead guitarist Ace Frehley, the ones who took the whole party-every-day thing to heart, who crashed sports cars and threw furniture out of hotel windows, are long gone. You can sometimes catch Simmons and Stanley talking about their old bandmates with distant fondness, as if they were parked in their very own Kiss Kaskets, rather than living quiet lives in New Jersey and San Diego.

40 years of Kiss

More Rolling Stone Five-Star Reviewed Albums

Erik Heels has updated his list of albums receiving 5 stars from Rolling Stone. (I talked about this over a year ago). It’s not getting any better for Rolling Stone. Erik is mad that Rolling Stone doesn’t do a better job promoting their 5 star album reviews (with links to buy the album or with announcements that another album has reached the plateau), and I’m mad that Rolling Stone only gives reissued albums 5 stars. Sure, they don’t want to give out 5 star reviews all the time, but if the only way you get one is to reissue a 10+ year old album or be in U2, that’s a bad scene. For shame, Rolling Stone.

2009-04-09 – Radiohead – OK Computer (Collector’s Edition)
2009-06-01 – The Who – The Who Sell Out (Deluxe Edition)
2009-06-09 – The Rolling Stones – Tattoo You (Remastered Edition)
2009-08-24 – Woody Guthrie – My Dusty Road
2009-09-08 – The Beatles – The Beatles: Stereo Box Set
2009-11-03 – The Rolling Stones – Get Yer Ya-Yas Out! The Rolling Stones in Concert 40th Anniversary Deluxe Box Set
2010-01-27 – U2 – No Line On The Horizon
2010-01-27 – Various Artists – The Best of Chess Records
2010-01-27 – R.E.M. – Murmur – Deluxe Edition

More Rolling Stone Five-Star Reviewed Albums

Matt Taibbi vs Goldman Sachs (Full Text)

Matt Taibbi’s recent take down of Goldman Sachs in Rolling Stone, The Great American Bubble Machine, is full of Taibbi’s usual clever turns of phrase and acerbic prose. What I feel differentiates this article from his work is the high pitched response from Goldman Sachs and detractors in the media who are making tons of points about Taibbi’s article, none of which are, ‘It’s not true.’ (PDF and Full Text of article.)

Felix Salmon has a refutation by a Goldman flack.
Taibbi responds to the flack and notes why Goldman’s POV is not represented in the article. They didn’t want to talk.
Time Magazine steps into it in a somewhat ham handed way. Not making many points or adding much substance to the discussion.
Taibbi responds to Time, taking most issue with Time’s ‘everyone was doing it‘ defense of Goldman.
Megan McArdle somehow connects Taibbi’s writing to Sarah Palin, which doesn’t make much sense. Then she hangs out in the comments section saying, “I’m just not down with the idea that there’s some sort of elusive “central point” to stories that permits you to write a bunch of total nonsense as long as the “central point” is good.” Which, as a commenter points out, will probably be posted as a comment on every McArdle piece for the rest of time.
Here’s Obsidian Wings saying the article isn’t as bad as Kevin Drum said it was (though Drum then recanted his statement based on the fact that Rolling Stone confusingly posted excerpts of the article online instead of the full text).

More as it comes in.

Matt Taibbi vs Goldman Sachs (Full Text)

Comprehensive Election Reactions Round Up – A Reference

After the Red Sox won the World Series in 2004, I didn’t quite know what to do to help myself take it all in. I found a message board called ‘Win it For’ that was started at some point before the World Series and was filled with stories from people who wanted the Red Sox to win the World Series for someone or other. I spent about 5 hours, reading it straight through, the morning after the World Series and it was the best way I could have celebrated the Red Sox winning.

On November 4, when Barack Obama was announced the winner of the 2008 Presidential Election I was searching for a similar sort of catharsis. Not so much because of Obama winning (which was nice) but because the election had been building as an event for almost 3 years – from the speculation of who would run, to the announcements, to the campaigns, to the primaries, to the general, and finally, November 4th came and went. I thought maybe I’ll collect a few thoughts from friends, or collect all the Facebook status messages, or collect a few links that helped tell the story. As I thought about it, I decided I wouldn’t be able to do what I wanted without going overboard. And I won’t lie, despite my attempts at making this document impartial, there’s no way it could have been. And though I’ve tried to make its focus 11/4, Election Day, there were certain events from the campaign that creeped in.

I wanted to create something to look at a couple years from now to remember the election and hopefully present a good representation of what both sides of America were feeling on that day as evidenced by the response in the press and on the blogs. I didn’t capture everything, though I’ve certainly tried. I want to consume all of this information, have it put on a microchip in my brain. Until that’s possible, I just read a lot. I don’t know how many of these links will work in a year or 5 years, (when this doc might be helpful to show younger people who may not have ever remembered having a president who isn’t black), but here’s what I’ve got. At the bottom is a list of all the sites I used and the domains that helped.

This is a LONG post, when you get bored, bookmark it so you can come back later. There are several different sections. If you want to skip around, you can use the Contents Section below.

Celebrate! – A run down of the celebrations.
WINS! – A list of 38 sites and their winning posts.
Winners and Losers – 18 lists of election winners and losers.
Turnout, Voting, and Polling – Articles and stories about voting, polling, and turn out.
Reactions – Reactions from the world, pundits, and celebrities.
How Obama Won – Some thoughts on how Obama won.
Why McCain Lost – Some thoughts on why McCain lost and what next for the GOP.
Expectations and Advice – There are a lot of people with expectations and a lot of people with advice.
Race – Obviously electing the first black president is going to bring up comments on race.
Money and Business – What will the impact on your money and you business be?
The Media – Without the media, wherever would we be!?
Humor – Without the humor, wherever would we be!?
Miscellaneous – Without the miscellaneous, wherever would we be!?
Personal Stories from Friends – Just what it says.
273 Status Political Status Messages in 27 Hours – Just what it says.
Via – Here’s a list of all the sites I used in putting this together – the sources.

“If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time; who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.”

Comprehensive Election Reactions Round Up – A Reference

Five Star Albums

OK, it’s ridiculous that Rolling Stone gave only three albums in the 1990s five stars. I just slapped together a smart playlist in iTunes to see what albums from the 1990s I have, and here are some off-the-cuff nominations for albums that really should have gotten consideration:

  • Aimee Mann, Whatever (1993)
  • Big Star, #1 Record/Radio City (1992)
  • Billy Bragg and Wilco, Mermaid Avenue (1998)
  • Björk, Debut (1993)
  • Dinosaur, Jr., Where You Been (1993)
  • Elliot Smith, XO (1998)
  • The Flaming Lips, The Soft Bulletin (1999)
  • Fleetwood Mac, The Dance (1997)
  • Fugazi, 13 Songs (1990)
  • Liz Phair, Exile in Guyville (1993)
  • Nirvana, Nevermind (1991)
  • Rufus Wainwright, Rufus Wainwright (1998)
  • They Might Be Giants, Flood (1990)
  • U2, Achtung Baby (1991)
  • Wilco, Summerteeth (1999)

OK, my senior year of high school may be over-represented in this list, but that’s hardly surprising. In comments, tell me what I missed and what I should have left off.

Five Star Albums

Rolling Stone’s Five-Star Rated Albums

Erik Heels, the most interesting of all patent attorneys, is mad that Rolling Stone makes it so difficult to find all of the albums rated with 5 stars. There’s not many of them, in fact, there were only 3 in the 90s, Slanted & Enchanted by Pavement, Automatic for the People by R.E.M., and Metallica by Metallica, and all of those were released by 1992. Also interesting is that most of the albums given 5 stars in the 2000s were reissues. Do those even count? Click through for the full list.

Rolling Stone’s Five-Star Rated Albums

Comprehensive Election Reactions Round Up – A Reference – Via

(The original post, with everything on one page was too long to load. Hopefully this will fix that.)

And now, finally, I can have my life back, not having to worry about politics every second of every day.

(Many, many thanks to the following websites for making the above possible. Seriously. Via Wonkette, Andrew Sullivan’s Daily Dish, Apelad, Soldier’s Home, Rob Pitingolo, Wired, Mark Cuban, SF Weekly, The New Republic, Change.gov, The Corner, Culture11, Daily Kos, Callie Shell, Dooce, Ed Cone, ESPN, Gawker, Gothamist, Wicked Local, Jezebel, Kottke, Nicholas Kristof, Paul Krugman, Marc Ambinder, Marketplace, Media Matters, Miami Herald, MyWay.com, The National Review, Google News, Yahoo News, New York Magazine, Obama 2008 Headlines, Opinionator Blog, Perez Hiltion, Political Ticker Blog, Politico, Ross Douthat, Salon, Slate, The Stranger, Der Souegel, Swamland Blog, Talking Points Memo, The Board Blog, Think Progress, Tucson Citizen, Z on TV, The Wall Street Journal, Michelle Malkin, Curt Schilling, AfterEllen, The American Conservative, Baloon Juice, Barry Eisler, Baseball Musings, BeyondChron, The Boston Globe, The Big Picture (Boston Globe), Brand Week, Chris Piascik’s Blogzilla, CNN, Controlled Greed, Christian Science Monitor, Dallas News, Digby, D Magazine, EbonyJet, The Economist, Bill Whittle, Wikipedia, Atrios, Chicago News Examiner, FiveThirtyEight.com, FOX News, GQ, The Huffington Post, Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, Mother Jones, msnbc.com, National Journal, Saturday Night Live, Newseum.com, Newspaper Index, Newsweek, The New Yorker, New York Daily News, The New York Post, The New York Times, Patrick Mosberg, Bill Moyers Journal, Playboy, Pollster.com, Portfolio, The American Prospect, Real Clear Politics, Reason, RedState, Republicans for Obama, The Big Picture (Barry Ritholtz), Rolling Stone, Glenn Greenwald, Salon War Room, sarahpalin.com, Hello Everybody, Steven Johnson, The Daily Beast, The Next Right, The Onion, The Root, Time, Tiny Revolution, USA Today, Washington Monthly, The Washington Post, YouTube, Zefrank)

Comprehensive Election Reactions Round Up – A Reference – Via