Monday, April 2, 2007

Almost enough excitement to fill an Easter basket.

Some things, in lazy-man bullet form.

*From the FDA, regarding the pet food recall: "Dogs or cats who have consumed the suspect feed and show signs of kidney failure (such as loss of appetite, lethargy and vomiting) should consult with their veterinarian."

*As published in the April 9 edition of Business Week, NBC Universal and News Corp. plan to rival YouTube by creating a similar site that will also make full-length movies available to run on MSN, MySpace, AOL, and Yahoo! This news arriving a week after Viacom sued Google for $1 billion over YouTube's copyright infringement (handy for the creators of YouTube that Google bought the thing, eh?). Does nobody come up with entirely original site ideas anymore, or is every website just meant to be an improvement of one that already exists? C'est la vie.

*As of today, word has it that motor vehicles emit something called "air pollutants."

And of course, the music-related stuff:

*Spin did a feature on the 25 Greatest Team-Ups this month, and as a spin-off of the feature did an inset on the Top 10 One-Off Team-Ups of All Time. They actually mentioned "Fairytale of New York" by the Pogues and Kirsty MacColl. How nice.

*For token Sub Pop followers - batty Italians Jennifer Gentle have a new album out on June 19 and Band of Horses will be opening for the Decemberists at the HollywoodFuckingBowl on July 7. Then again, Bright Eyes and Oakley Hall have already got a sold-out show set for the Walt Disney Concert Hall (May 6), so it's safe to say that anything can happen when you're a softie with a guitar.

*As we began our slow transition into Hell this spring (a tsunami, Hilary Duff calling the world "mean"), the Ohsees - formerly OCS - quietly came out with a new album. It was apparently produced by Kelley Stoltz as a healthy, green album and is the first of two Ohsees albums to be released this year; the second will be recorded next month by...Dave Sitek? John Dwyer and Co. have some solid friends on their side. The current record, Suck Blood, appears only to be available here, under the rather unfortunate catalog number of CDOHSEESUCK.

Kelley Stoltz - The Sun Comes Through (Sample and purchase Below the Branches)
OCS/The Ohsees - Second Date (Sample and purchase 3&4)
OCS/The Ohsees on MySpace (New songs! A tour!)
Jennifer Gentle - Mad House (Purchase the record from Sillyboy Entertainment through the band's Italian website, or settle for Valende at a much cheaper US price)

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