Friday, July 31, 2009

Mick Jones the Librarian?

What? Really? Mick Jones of The Clash, Big Audio Dynamite and most recently, Carbon Silicon fame, has founded the Rock n Roll Public Library. It seems that the legendary guitarist/vocalist is somewhat of a pop culture enthusiast, for he's been collecting loads of treasures (count 'em: nearly 10,000 artifacts) for the last three decades.

Jones' own "guerilla-library" is housed in an office space in west London; actually, it's under the Westway, off Portobello Road, not too far away from where he and the late Joe Strummer founded the Clash in 1976.

For Clash fans, this is pretty exciting. Jones' widespread collection features records, books, pizza boxes from Clash tours, camouflage graffiti boots worn by the band on stage, as well as retro recording equipment, and much, much more. The exhibition is on display through August 25. For images, check out Chelsea Space.

[Thanks Boing Boing]

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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Kind of Cool

If I was into dropping an ollie on a half-pipe (or whatever lingo you wanna go with), I'd really be into this. But since I do have an affinity for Miles Davis, I'm still really into this. San Francisco-based illustrator Ian Johnson is the master behind these Miles Davis Quintet-themed skateboards, featuring the 1959 lineup that appeared on Kind of Blue. Um, kind of awesome!



[Thanks Dangerous Minds]

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Birthday Wishes for KT

Happy 51st Birthday to Kate Bush!

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fashion

Here's some interesting footage from the 1930s featuring American fashion predictions for the year 2000. Strange, sort of. Entertaining, certainly. Brilliant, yes!

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Manics Return to the U.S.

It's been over a decade since Welsh rockers Manic Street Preachers graced American shores with their earnest and stately brand of rock'n'roll. The last time they played America was 1999, while they were touring in support of the always fantastic fifth LP, This Is My Truth, Tell Me Yours. Thankfully, I caught that tour at St. Andrews Hall in Detroit.

Since then they've issued four stellar albums, including the highly underrated (in my humble opinion ... "1985" and "To Repel Ghosts" are bloody brilliant) Lifeblood (2004). Earlier this spring, the Manics delivered a touching tribute to their late frontman, Richey James Edwards, Journal for Plague Lovers. U.S. fans, rejoice! The Manics are coming to America ... yes, thank you! I know where I'll be on October 7th.


Manic Street Preachers' U.S. Tour:

Sept 21 - (Seattle) Neumo’s
Sept 22 - (Vancouver) The Commodore Ballroom
Sept 24 - (San Francisco) The Fillmore
Sept 25 - (Los Angeles) The Avalon
Sept 28 - (Denver) The Bluebird Theatre
Sept 29 - (Minneapolis) The Varsity Theatre
Oct 1 - (Chicago) The Metro
Oct 2 - (Detroit) The Majestic Theatre
Oct 4 - (Toronto) The Phoenix Concert Theatre
Oct 6 - (Philadelphia) World Cafe Live
Oct 7 - (New York City) Webster Hall
Oct 8 - (Boston) Paradise Rock Club

Journal for Plague Lovers will finally get a domestic release come September 15th via Columbia. WOO!

[Thanks to The Music Slut]

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Friday, July 24, 2009

Gettin' Jiggy at Church

Ok, I just couldn't resist posting the following clip. Jill Peterson and Kevin Heinz were recently married in St. Paul, Minnesota and delivered some funky moves (and then some) while walking down the aisle. The newlyweds have become Internet superstars in just under a week -- the couple posted the clip for family and friends via YouTube on Sunday, and this morning they were sitting on the couch at the TODAY Show.

Anyhow, this video is amazing. Everyone looks like they're having an incredible time. Weddings are supposed to be *THIS* much fun. Ryan and I experienced much of the same excitement at our Michigan nuptials nearly a month ago.

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Editors Shed Some 'Light'


I've been on a massive Editors kick as of late. Their 2005 debut, The Back Room, is still quite stellar, and sophomore LP, 2007's An End Has a Start, shows incredible growth and promise. So yeah, I am incredibly excited for Editors' new album, In This Light and on This Evening, out September 21.

NME -- via the band's official site -- recently posted remarks from frontman Tom Smith, who is growing especially tired of all questions regarding the band's 'dark' sound.

"I am so fucking bored of people asking us why we're so 'dark' ... or worse questioning our integrity for being this way. This is how we do it, it excites us to express ourselves like this, to be honest we don't even understand what the alternative is and the alternatives we can imagine are too boring for us to even consider."

Smith elaborated further on the album's noir aesthetic, adding: "But this is still a dark record, a record that sings of no God, a record of broken love songs, a record where the filthy city [London] is so close you can smell it, taste it, a record of drunken violence, a record which has lost all trust in those in charge of our world.

"We must be four miserable people to make a record like this though right? I must be troubled to write words like these?

"No, absolutely not, dark is interesting, dark is exciting, dark can be funny, there’s real life in the dark, real life IS dark, when an album feels like this the fragments of hope and love that do occasionally shine through shine through ten times brighter than they would normally do so."


Apparently, too, the synthesizer-heavy In This Light and on This Evening is a bit more sci-fi and influenced by films like Ridley Scott's 1982 movie, Blade Runner says NME.com. Produced by Flood (U2, Depeche Mode, New Order), the album includes song titles like "Papillion," "Bricks and Mortar," "Eat Raw Meat = Blood Drool," and "Like Treasure."

What's up with the Blade Runner influences in music this year? First Doves, now Editors?

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RIP Barth



Les Lye, founder and creator of the Canadian teen comedy sketch, You Can't Do That On Television, passed away Tuesday (07/21) in Ottawa. He was 84.

I must give props to Mr. Lye. I loved You Can't Do That On Television and watched it loyally throughout the first half of the 1980s (Thank you, Nickelodean). His role as chef Barth Bagge, who's burgers at the local hamburger diner were made of anything besides beef, and his character, Blip, the cheapskate owner of the local video arcade, were some of my favorites. Also, El Capitano was equally hilarious. Who can forget the show's trademark green slime? Popular players like Alasdair, Christine aka "Moose," Vanessa and Lisa never seemed to learn. Don't say "I Don't Know" or else.

In addition to his time with You Can't Do That On Television, Lye's years in radio, tv and acting spanned over half a century. His other credits include "Willy & Floyd," a popular comedy show that ran for 22 years throughout Canada. In 2003, the Alliance of Canadia Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA) honored Lye and show co-creator Bill Luxton for their comical prowess on Willy & Floyd. RIP.

Here's an episode about "Smells:"

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Monday, July 20, 2009

Echo to Reel Around 'the Fountain'



Echo & the Bunnymen are set to release their 11th studio effort, The Fountain, their follow-up to 2005's stunner Siberia. Produced by John McLaughlin, The Fountain will arrive October 12th in the UK (and hopefully October 13th in the US?). Coldplay frontman Chris Martin also joins Ian McCulloch, Will Sergeant and Co. on one track.

Four track samples -- "Think I Need It Too," "Do You Know Who I Am," "Proxy," and "Drivetime" -- are currently live for preview at Bunnymen.com and the band's MySpace page. Pretty nice stuff so far. "Drivetime" could shape up to be a EATB classic, no doubt.

"Think I Need It Too" will mark the album's first single and will be available as a digital download and CD-single September 28th.

Other confirmed tracks include: "The Idolness of Gods," "Forgotten Fields," "Shroud of Turin," "Life of a Thousand Crimes," and "The Fountain."

Four UK dates are expected to be announced on Bunnymen.com this week. US fans can catch the Bunnymen at All Points West Festival at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, NJ on Sunday, August 2nd at 8pm.

I know I've posted EATB videos before, but I adore them ... so here's "My White Devil" from my favorite Bunnymen album, Porcupine.

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Friday, July 17, 2009

The Importance of Being Morrissey

Whoa! Morrissey-solo announced today that Mozipedia: The Encyclopedia of Morrissey and The Smiths will hit bookstores across the UK come Thursday, July 23 via Ebury Press. Simon Goddard, a regular contributor to Q Magazine, wrote the in-depth 544-page biographical sketch of the pop artist I've frequently swooned over here at mackenzieland.

NME hailed Goddard as 'the Smiths authority' for his 2002 book, The Smiths: Songs That Saved Your Life, which was also the only Smiths book to be well-received by guitarist Johnny Marr.

Synposis courtesy of Waterstone's:

Steven Patrick Morrissey is one of the most original and controversial voices in the history of popular music. With The Smiths, he led the most influential British guitar group of the 1980s, his enigmatic wit and style defining a generation. As a solo artist, he has continued to broach subjects no other singer would dare. Worshipped by some, vilified by others, Morrissey is a unique rock and roll creation. The 300,000 words of "Mozipedia" make this the most intimate and in-depth biographical portrait of the man and his music yet. Bringing together every song, album, collaborator, key location, every hero, book, film and record to have influenced his art, it is the summation of years of meticulous research. Morrissey authority Simon Goddard has interviewed almost everybody of any importance, making "Mozipedia" the last word on Morrissey and The Smiths.

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Put the Needle on the Racket

Showcasing the rad needlepoint artwork of Tennesee-based artist Jacquelyn Royal. Really creative, fun and cool. Just wanted to share!




[Thanks Neatorama]
[Thanks Craftzine]

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Head On

How brilliant is this? Thank you Ladies Lotto for passing this along this morning.



[Illustration by Kristina Sabaroedin]

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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

We Call Upon the Author: Nick Cave

In 1989, Nick Cave issued his first novel, And the Ass Saw the Angel, and come September, the original Bad Seed returns with his second book, The Death of Bunny Munro.

The sinister, soul-searching tale of salesman Bunny Munro will be released in the US via Faber & Faber September 1st, while UK fans can get their hands on the book come September 3rd via Canongate Books Ltd. The audiobook version at Amazon UK includes a soundtrack from Cave and Warren Ellis. A signed and numbered limited edition of the book will also be sold exclusively through the The Death of Bunny Munro site.

From the publisher:

"Set adrift by his wife’s suicide and struggling to keep some sort of grasp on reality, Bunny Munro drives off in his yellow Fiat Punto, Bunny Jr. in tow. To his son, waiting patiently in the car while he peddles beauty wares and quickies to lonely housewives in the south of England, Bunny is a hero, larger than life. But Bunny himself seems to have only a dim awareness of his son’s existence, viewing his needs as a distraction from the relentless pursuit of sex, alcohol, and drugs.

When his bizarre road trip shades into a final reckoning, Bunny realizes that the revenants of his world—decrepit fathers, vengeful ghosts, jealous husbands, and horned psycho-killers—lurk in the shadows, waiting to exact their toll. At turns dark and humane—and with all the mystery and enigma fans will recognize as Cave’s singular vision—The Death of Bunny Munro questions the nature of sin and redemption, and lays bare the imprints that fathers leave on their sons.
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In addition to his previous novel, Cave's book works include two collections of poetry and lyrics, King Ink I and II. He also wrote the screenplay and score (with Bad Seed Warren Ellis) for 2005's The Proposition, starring Guy Pearce and Ray Winstone. He and Ellis composed the soundtrack for the film adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s 2006 book, The Road, out this fall.

Check out The Guardian for a video clip of Nick reading from Chapter 12 of The Death of Bunny Munro.

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Monday, July 13, 2009

But, Seriously?

I know this has been featured across the blogosphere countless times now, but I want to share the "1943 Guide to Hiring Women" here.

The excerpt, printed in Savvy & Sage (September/October 2007), was passed along to me by a friend in early 2007. Originally, the piece was featured in the July 1943 issue of Transportation Magazine. Male supervisors were encouraged to check such guidelines upon hiring females entering the workforce during World War II. Pretty amazing and unbelievable stuff!

1. Pick young married women. They usually have more of a sense of responsibility than their unmarried sisters, they're less likely to be flirtatious, they need the work or they wouldn't be doing it, they still have the pep and interest to work hard and to deal with the public efficiently.

2. When you have to use older women, try to get ones who have worked outside the home at some time in their lives. Older women who have never contacted the public have a hard time adapting themselves and are inclined to be cantankerous and fussy. It's always well to impress upon older women the importance of friendliness and courtesy.

3. General experience indicates that "husky" girls - those who are just a little on the heavy side - are more even tempered and efficient than their underweight sisters.

4. Retain a physician to give each woman you hire a special physical examination - one covering female conditions. This step not only protects the property against the possibilities of lawsuit, but reveals whether the employee-to-be has any female weaknesses which would make her mentally or physically unfit for the job.

5. Stress at the outset the importance of time the fact that a minute or two lost here and there makes serious inroads on schedules. Until this point is gotten across, service is likely to be slowed up.

6. Give the female employee a definite day-long schedule of duties so that they'll keep busy without bothering the management for instructions every few minutes. Numerous properties say that women make excellent workers when they have their jobs cut out for them, but that they lack initiative in finding work themselves.

7. Whenever possible, let the inside employee change from one job to another at some time during the day. Women are inclined to be less nervous and happier with change.

8. Give every girl an adequate number of rest periods during the day. You have to make some allowances for feminine psychology. A girl has more confidence and is more efficient if she can keep her hair tidied, apply fresh lipstick and wash her hands several times a day.

9. Be tactful when issuing instructions or in making criticisms. Women are often sensitive; they can't shrug off harsh words the way men do. Never ridicule a woman - it breaks her spirit and cuts off her efficiency.

10. Be reasonably considerate about using strong language around women. Even though a girl's husband or father may swear vociferously, she'll grow to dislike a place of business where she hears too much of this.

11. Get enough size variety in operator's uniforms so that each girl can have a proper fit. This point can't be stressed too much in keeping women happy."

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Guitarzzz ...

Happy Birthday to the Gibson electric guitar! Seventy-two years ago today, the Gibson electric guitar was patented in the United States. Gibson's general manager, Guy Hart, was awarded this patent. Rock 'n' roll.

"Gibson’s electric guitar wasn’t not the first to market, but its pickup design was superior to competing models — especially after guitar-makers begin dropping them into their new, innovative designs over a decade later.

Guitarists have a reputation for coaxing as much volume as possible out of their instruments — whether it’s advisable or not. But guitarists playing in dance bands, larger combos and jazz orchestras in the early 1930s certainly needed the volume boost. They were often playing in situations where they were straining to be heard over the drums, brass and audience chatter.

The newest, loudest design of the era was the resonator guitar. Usually made of metal, it had a series of aluminum resonators built into the body. The resonators amplified the acoustic instrument and gave players an edge they couldn’t get out of the common acoustic guitar.

But of course, the ax-slingers were always asking for more volume, so inventors of the day were constantly experimenting with crude electronic-amplification systems.

The first viable electric guitar was designed by guitarist George Beauchamp, who began manufacturing them along with Swiss-born engineer Adolph Rickenbacker. The guitars made by Beauchamp and Rickenbacker were of the “lap steel” variety, which the player holds flat in the lap and slides a metal bar up and down the strings to play different notes."


[Thanks Wired]

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The Colour and the Shape

Here's a look at one of my favorite segments from Sesame Street. As a child, the music was a bit much to grasp, but the overall presentation was both entertaining and mesmerizing. Take a look at Philip Glass' short animation "Geometry of Circles" from 1977. Incredibly memorable.

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Friday, July 10, 2009

Here's to Detroit



There are things I miss about Detroit: The Magic Stick, Detroit Tigers, People's Records, The Metro Times, WDET (especially Ed Love's Destination Jazz), The Lagerhourse ... the list goes on. I definitely don't miss the roads.

While I wasn't born and bred in the Motor City, I spent much of my youth seeing countless bands and show in and around Detroit. My Mom was born in the 'burbs of Detroit. My maternal grandparents and their siblings all made a living in Detroit during the 1950s and 1960s. My grandpa is also a proud graduate of the University of Detroit's dental school, class of 1957. My hubby also founded the popular Detroit music blog, Motor City Rocks, in 2003 -- big props to my friend and fellow MSU alum, Big Wave Dave aka Dr. Detroit for keeping it going.

And today, as GM emerges from bankruptcy after 40 days, I wanna give a shout out to my old rock'n'roll stomping grounds. Here are some interesting facts you should know about the D. [Thanks eLove This City]

1. First City to Pave a Concrete Road
In 1909, Wayne County built the first mile of concrete highway in the world on Woodward Avenue between Six and Seven Mile roads. Until then, a surfaced road was gravel, and often a horse was employed to pull a car out of the muddy muck. Road builders from near and afar came to see how concrete stood up under the heavy traffic of that period. It cost $13,537, including $1,000 in state aid.

The success of this experiment led to other transportation-firsts. In 1919 the nation’s first 4-way three color traffic light was installed on the corner of Woodward and Michigan Avenues in Detroit 1. In 1930 the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel was completed making it the first traffic tunnel between two nations. By 1942, the world’s first urban freeway opened to the public, the Davison Freeway.

2. Home to the Ice Cream Soda
Long before A&W introduced their root-beer float the ice-cream soda was being served to thirsty Detroiters along Boston Boulevard. Many historians claim Detroit’s own Fred Sanders, a confectioner and owner of The Pavilion of Sweets first served the drink to two customers in 1876. A popular drink at the time was the sweet cream soda. One day when the ice delivery truck failed to show Sander’s day-old cream went sour. Improvising, he instead mixed ice cream with the carbonated beverage and hence the drink was born.

By the 1880s the most popular combination for this drink was Ginger Ale with ice cream aka the Boston Cooler; specifically Vernor’s Ginger Ale & Sander’s ice cream. The beverage was named after the Boulevard and not the Massachusetts city. James Vernor’s drugstore located a short distance away made the unique combination seem very natural. Vernor’s produced an intense golden ginger ale, unlike most modern dry ginger ales. Until the 1920s ginger ale was the nation’s most popular choice of carbonated beverage, and Vernor’s happens to be our nation’s oldest soda. Soda connoisseurs still advocate to this day that if you want to taste ginger ale the way it was meant to taste locate a Vernors.
** Oh how I miss you, Vernors!

3. Supplied 75% of liquor during Prohibition
In January 1920, the era of Prohibition began in the U.S. The Detroit River, barely one mile across in some places, was a smuggler’s dream. Enterprising smugglers carried cargo beneath boats, rigged mechanical cables across the river and utilized old underground tunnels to transport their illegal bounty. During cold winter months, the river became a highway, as daring smugglers in automobiles made their way across the ice from Canada to the United States.

A number of government agencies, including the U.S. Customs Department, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Michigan State Police and the Detroit Police Department combined forces to patrol the waterways in an effort to stop the smuggling. Despite their efforts, it’s estimated that more than 75% of illegal liquor supplied to the U.S. during prohibition entered the country by way of the Detroit River, Lake St. Clair and the St. Clair River.
** My Croatian great-grandmother had her hand in this ... so much that they got caught and my great-grandfather had to go to prison in her place for a year, leaving her alone with eight children.

4. First Ever News Radio Broadcast
Going on air in August 20, 1920, 8MK, later renamed WWJ, is believed to be the first station to broadcast regular news reports. Financed by The Detroit News, 8MK was initially licensed to Michael DeLisle Lyons. He assembled the station in the Detroit News Building. As was common practice in the early days of radio, the Scripps family asked Lyons to register the station in his name in case this rather new technology was only a fad.

Newspaper owners at the time were worried radio might replace newspapers and put them out of business. Almost 100 years later and we’re happy to report both The Detroit News and WWJ Radio still operate today.

5. Only Floating Post Office in the U.S.
The J. W. Westcott II docks just South of The Ambassador Bridge along the western shore of the Detroit River. She is America’s only floating ZIP Code [48222]. Delivering over 100 years of “mail-by-the-pail”, the J.W. Westcott Company was originally formed in 1874 by Captain J.W. Westcott to inform passing vessels of changes in orders.

Today the 45-foot vessel’s duties include U.S. mail delivery; freight delivery, storage, forwarding; message service; passenger service to and from vessels and pilot boat services for the Port of Detroit. The Westcott also sells nautical charts, postcards, books, and has been known to deliver the occasional mid-river pizza.

Check out eLove This City to learn more facts about Detroit, including trivia behind Belle Isle, the birthplace of Techno and more!

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Thursday, July 09, 2009

Rawk Plate



Hey yooooou guuuuuuys! Check out the radness that is Dang Lorang. They're the ones responsible for creating that awesome piece of art with my beloved Morrissey's face. A BIG thanks again to my dear friend Corey, who got me the plate as a pre-wedding gift. SO AWESOME!

The New York City-based craft collective -- made up of friends Lauriana and Angela -- offers plenty of fun crafty goodies. After all, the opening page exclaims that Dang Lorang is a place for plates, pillows, parasols and all things peachy. Um yeah, pretty cool.

"We're both crafters that focus on the same theme: bands and artists we love," says Lauriana. "We didn't know that fact about each other for a while, but one day I saw a concert T-shirt pillow that Angela made and she told me all about her other band pillows. I told her about the plates I made. So, we teamed up and here we are. It feels like we run a little indie record shop, out of our cramped New York City apartments."

While Angela is the master seamstress behind such rad vintage pillows, featuring the likes of AC/DC, Slayer and Whitney Houston just to name a few, Lauriana is the artist responsible for putting Morrissey, David Bowie, Joan Jett, and Joe Strummer's face (and more!) on a plate. But where did this Morrissey idea come from?

"I started making decoupage plates for my sister, who is a Morrissey lifer as well," Lauriana explains. "She is a mother of five and let's nothing stand in the way of her obsession, not even her husband. The first was a tryptic series of her favorite Smiths albums that I gave her as a thank you for being her plus one to the Apollo show [in 2004]."

"I thought that as the years went on I would make a new plate for on her birthday of the Mozzer in various repose to add to her collection," she adds. "When I was preparing for the craft fair, I wanted to try to update the plate into something a bit more mature. Hence the yellow plate."

Dang Lorang does do custom plate orders and most start at $20 for small ones, but nothing is over $30. The hardest plate to create so far?

"The hardest one is actually a decoupage plate I'm currently working on featuring Nick Cave on a unicorn," Lauriana says. "But as far as painting goes, Dusty Springfield. She ended up looking like Celine Dion."

These plates are safe for looking, not eating. Joe Strummer says so.

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Talk Talk


"The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing in the right place, but, far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment."

-- Lady Dorothy Nevill

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Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Finally! 'The State' Comes to DVD

At long, long last! I'm about to get my hands on one of my favorite television shows from my teen years. MTV's cult comedy The State: The Complete Series will be released on DVD on July 14. Woooo hooo! Oh Doug (played by Michael Showalter), how I've missed you!

This show reminds of my days working at the Longway Planetarium in Flint, Michigan. It was 1993, I was 16 and it was my first paying job. Once the local patrons descended upon the spherical confines for their own tripped-out laser light show adventure, it'd be quiet in the gift-store area, where the TVs were hoisted from the ceiling. When I wasn't watching old videos on VH-1 or Saturday Night Live, I'd watch The State while the stoners were lighting up at the Pink Floyd laser show. I still have a couple of VHS tapes loaded with State episodes boxed up in my parents' basement.

As most know by now, the show featured 11 comedic geniuses, many who have gone on to succeed in their own comedic ventures like RENO 911!, STELLA, Viva Variety, and Wet Hot American Summer. We all know and love Michael Ian Black ("Ed," "STELLA," "Viva Variety"), Michael Showalter ("STELLA," The Baxter, Wet Hot American Summer), David Wain ("STELLA," Role Models, The Ten,"Wainy Days"), Robert Ben Garant ("RENO 911!," Viva Variety, Balls of Fury), Kerri Kenney-Silver ("RENO 911!", "Viva Variety"),Thomas Lennon ("RENO 911!", I Love You Man), Joe Lo Truglio ("RENO911!", Superbad, I Love You Man), Ken Marino ("Party Down," The Ten), Michael Patrick Jann (RENO 911!: Miami, Let's Go to Prison) Kevin Allison (The Ten, RENO 911!: Miami), and Todd Holoubek ("You Wrote It, You Watch It").

The 5-disc set includes all 24 episodes as well as cast interviews, outtakes and previously unreleased sketches, and more! A full tracklisting is included below. Pre-order the DVD at The State on DVD.

It will be great to see these episodes and witness the blossoming comedic mastery of these 11 individuals again. In summer 1999 when I was just wee rock writer, I had the pleasure of interviewing Kerri Kenney-Silver when her indie rock outfit, Cake Like, issued Goodbye, So What?. She and vocalist/guitarist Nina Hellman were incredibly sweet and funny.

THE STATE: THE COMPLETE SERIES DVD

Disc 1 (Season One)
Season One of "The State" exhibits the humble beginnings of one of the coolest sketch comedy shows ever, and the birth to some of its most popular characters. All five episodes from Season One · Commentary on every episode by various cast members · Interviews: o Origins o Feedback · Outtakes

Disc 2 (Season Two)
The cast responds to its critics with razor-sharp wit and an arsenal of trademark high-energy performances. All six episodes from Season Two · Commentary on every episode by various cast members · Interviews: o Roles o Catchphrases · Outtakes

Disc 3 (Season Three)
The network's reins loosen and the eleven members of "The State" are allowed to get as weird as they want, ultimately rounding out their comedic formula. All six episodes from Season Three · Commentary on every episode by various cast members · Interviews · Outtakes

Disc 4 (Season Four)
The cast says goodbye, but not before leaving viewers with a fiery blaze of comic glory. All seven episodes from Season Four · Commentary on every episode by various cast members · Interviews · Outtakes

Disc 5 (Bonus Disc)
Show Pilot · Over 90 minutes of unaired sketches with commentary from the cast · Outtakes · Special Appearances: o "The State" on "The Jon Stewart Show" o The cast's performance on MTV's "Shut Up & Laugh, Panama City" (1996) o Spring Break Safety Tips o MTV Christmas Party Video · Promos



[Photo by Robert Lewis]

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