poignant video imagery
R. Kelly and Usher playing pickup basketball in the “Same Girl” video.
Neither of them is worth a damn in the low post.
• patriotic gestures
Watching some dude absolutely shred to Van Halen’s “Jump” on the electronic drum simulator in a video arcade on the boardwalk along the Jersey Shore on the Fourth of July.
America: Fuck, yeah.
pro wrestling / environmental policy
The e-mail subject line “WWF Experts Available at Live Earth.”
Momentarily really confusing.
pleasant retrospective surprises
The unexpectedly excellent Frank Black best-of.
No “Kicked in the Taco,” though.
this song will change your life
The somewhat expectedly excellent new Okkervil River single, “Our Life Is Not a Movie or Maybe.”
Whiney, warbling white dudes are rarely so appealing anymore.
The Police’s Ghost in the Machine–era demos posted at Goldenfiddle.com.
If you’ve ever wondered what Sting would sound like warbling “Spirits in the Invisible World” in a suburban Mexican restaurant with a crappy Casio keyboard as accompaniment . . . well, you asked for it, dawg.
The blatant superiority of John from Cincinnati‘s opening credits (featuring “Johnny Appleseed” by Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros) to the actual dramatic content of John from Cincinnati.
Seriously, someone get Kai the hell outta there.