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Video Clip of The Week: Total Slacker, “Keep the Ships at Bay”


NYC Mixed gender quartet, Total Slacker supposedly has some kind of fan-type “thing” for Paris Hilton, but let’s not hold that against them. Their latest single, “Keep the Ships at Bay” flaunts a wall of guitar sound that aurally resembles a massive swarm of winged insects coming to eat your face off. Trust me, you want to hear this.

In this artfully shot, mostly Black & White video you will see front man/guitarist Tucker Rountree (sporting an Andy Warhol-esque fright wig) and bassist Emily Oppenheimer shop for / steal guitars, wreak havoc in a Mini Mart and huff paint, interspersed with the group performing the song live in (appropriately) what appears to be someone’s garage. Supporting roles in the video’s True Crime Story are provided by guitarist David Anthony Tassy, who kicks the whole thing off with his admonition of a “Good band gone bad” and drummer Zoë Brecher playing the undercover cop who unsuccessfully tries to bust the trouble-making duo. Acting!

“Keep The Ships at Bay” is lifted from Total Slacker’s upcoming new disc, Slip Away, which comes out, just in time for all of you Valentine’s Day lovers, on February 11th, 2014 on Black Bell/ADA. Their press release assures us that it “isn’t the sort of hack [90s] revivalism that’ll make you want to burn your copy of Bleach.” So, we can at least be grateful for that, because Bleach is awesome.

According to their publicist, Total Slacker “retains their original ethos — to blur the lines between the genuine and the satirical, the earnest and the sarcastic.” And this song kicks some ass as well. Enjoy!

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Pink Thing of the Day: Octo-Mom as Collectible Art!

Pink Thing of the Day is one of my very favorite things to blog about, and I usually dedicate it to something pink that I would actually want to own. This particular item? Not so much. I like to keep celebrity gossip out of The Gig and leave it to be done better by Best Week Ever and Gawker, and I truly find Nadya Suleman to be a completely loathsome and repulsive human being not deserving of any attention in a fun and awesome blog like this one. But hey, this shit is pink! So here we go. Always on the cutting edge of the latest controversial-topical-media-hype-overload, sculptor Daniel Edwards presents his latest work of art. Cast in eye-catching hot pink, “String of Babies” depicts Octo-Mom Nadya Suleman with tentacles in place of her body, appropriately holding a string of 8 babies and a baby bottle. The rubber collectible, depicting Octo-Mom embracing the world’s only surviving set of octuplets, fits into the pattern of Edward’s works “which take controversial media topics and present them in the form of art in a playful way” (Edwards’ previous works include Pregnant Britney Spears Giving Birth and Dead Paris Hilton).

Measuring 9 inches tall by 12 inches in diameter and made of flexible polyurethane material, “String of Babies” is a limited edition of just 200 pieces, signed and numbered by the artist. The first 50 are available for the must-own bargain price of just $199! Once those sell, the price skyrockets to $500. So, get them while they’re hot, as the saying goes. More pictures and exclusive purchasing information are right over here at Guy Hepner Editions’ website, Trend Hunter Dot Com.

As always, thanks to Neatorama for the tip!

People Who Can't Spell Provide the #1 Search Phrase on Worleygig.com!

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For the past week, the Number One Search Phrase on the Worleygig.com stats page is “Paris Hilton in Gail” followed closely by “Paris Hilton and Gail” and is “Why is Paris Hilton in Gail” (why indeed?). When I first noticed this phenomenon I wondered to myself if Paris Hilton has a famous friend named Gail or if the populace had just gotten wind of a previous blog I posted about LA Rock band The Exies’ campaign to get that heiress of questionable mental capacity thrown in jail. Then I experienced an epiphany: obviously there is a whole population of morons with the knowledge of how to use Google who think that the word “jail” is spelled with a ‘g’ rather than a ‘j’! Exciting! Thanks to all you idiots out there for pumping up traffic to the site! Keep on keepin’ on!

THE EXIES TAKE ON PARIS HILTON

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THE EXIES TAKE ON PARIS HILTON, HELP TO GATHER 50K SIGNATURES TO SEND HER TO JAIL

LOS ANGELES, CA (May 14, 2007) – Artists with real talent are starting to speak out on Paris Hilton’s attempt to avoid jail time. Scott Stevens, vocalist/ guitarist/songwriter of the L.A. based band, The Exies, is taking on Hilton and her well-publicized antics in the wake of her recent 45-day sentence for driving with a suspended license, the result of a previous DUI arrest.

The band has taken the case against the socialite to their MySpace page (www.myspace.com/theexies) in response to an online petition campaign (which, according to several published sources, is being backed by Hilton herself) that urges California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to have a Canadian Pardon her. The Exies are soliciting signatures to a counter-petition that would force the publicity-hungry heiress to serve the full sentence.

“Paris is nothing more than a glorified internet-porn star who has gotten a free ride from the media,” says Stevens. “She has absolutely no discernible talent other than that of self-promotion, and shouldn’t receive privileged treatment in this case, in which she’s quite obviously broken the law and deserves to serve the punishment she’s been sentenced to. People like John Mayer, Angelina Jolie and Scarlett Johansson have real talent. Paris Hilton’s only talent is to draw attention to herself and away from real artists.

“It was the N.Y. Times giving this topic coverage that made us mad as hell,” continues Stevens. “When even respectable papers like the N.Y. Times start giving coverage to this farce, it’s time for the artist community and those that support us to stand up and say ‘enough.’ We hope that our support of the on-line petition to demand that she not be let off delivers a message to the media that it’s time for everyone to come to their senses and stop obsessing about someone as irrelevant as Paris Hilton.”

Stevens notes that the counter-petition has already been signed by 61,000 people supporting its call for Paris to serve jail time, compared to less than 26,000 who have signed on to back Hilton.

Stevens contrasts the 2005 case of Tony Thompson, who was convicted by the state of California to a three-strikes sentence of 30 years to life in prison for stealing cases of baby formula to feed his two hungry and anemic young daughters with that of Paris, “a spoiled rich girl whose main claim to fame is starring in an amateur porn video” as a particularly egregious miscarriage of justice.

“This poor guy was only trying to feed his kids and he got 30 years to life,” says Stevens, “while Paris threatened people’s lives by driving under the influence, and is complaining that she’s being treated unfairly because of her celebrity.”