M Is FOR MASHUP - January 5th, 2011
Best 2010 Mashups! (Lots!)
By DJ Useo
You are going to be so happy you saw today's 'M Is For Mashups' column. I have such a killer link for you. You see, Chris Deline & the fine folk at CULTURE BULLY
( www.culturebully.com/ ) invited a ton of the best international bootleg deejays to send in their choices for best mashups of 2010. The response they got will blow you away. Not only because of the awesome list, but because CULTURE BULLY went the extra mile & actually provided links to LARGE files containing all the suggested tracks! If only I'd suggested some of my own! Lol!
Now, as if the above-mentioned goodies aren't enough, CULTURE BULLY also dropped the amazing CULTURE BULLY 2010 MASHED, a super new collection that will knock your fingernails off! Each of the tracks on this baby is a fully-realized winner with the type of mashup appeal that's tuff to fake. Thanks for including me, CULTURE BULLY!
( www.culturebully.com/best-mashups-2010 )
Before you go & start aquiring all those astonishing tracks, take heed of one additional link. BootieMashup.com
( www.bootiemashup.com/bestofbootie2010/ ) has a must-not-miss year-end round up called 'The Best Mashups of 2010. Compiled & mixed by A Plus D', this gem comes in two formats, single tracks & continuous dance mix. More is included as well, with a bonus track file stuffed with great tracks. If you add this to the above CULTURE BULLY files, you'll be swamped with so many astonishing mashups, you'll walk around smiling all day. 2010 was one excellent year for mashing, for you, me, & most of the mashup deejays. The funny thing is listening to mashups mostly results in more label music purchases. I know I got new cd's in 2010 than most past years.(Not counting vinyl)
Mix of the WEEK
It was a helluva New Years'Eve for me & you can relive some of it with 2 New Years' Eve long mixes I did. ' DJ Useo Mashup Mix 2011'
( groovytimewithdjuseo.blogspot.com/2010/12/dj-useo-mashup-mix-2011-exclusive-for.html ) is an hour & a half of all useo mashups & was broadcast on
CJR Mashup Radio NYE 2010 ( www.101.ru/?an=port_channel_mp3&channel=127 )
'DJ Useo-NYE 4EVR Mix (New Years Eve Forever) (Electro House) is total non-mashup energy extremely-mixed for BMBX the long mix site.
( www.bmbx.org/2010/12/nye-4evr-mix/ )
Both should more than suffice for proper msuical enjoyment.
I gots an hernia! Going under the knife soon! Akk!
Mashup Tip : Record all your mashup purchases for the IRS.
Correction - Last weeks M Is For Mashup date was incorrectly listed as December 35th. Sorry for the confusion. I was thinking with the NEW WORLD ORDER calendar they'll be issuing next month.
No Arms, No Legs, No Worries: Video (4:10 long)
David Bruce: Wise Up! Good Deeds (Athens News)
On Saturday, Oct. 20, 2010, Sara Guiffre was driving to Erie, Pa., to go shopping when she noticed an elderly man struggling to rake leaves while sitting in a lawn chair. Ms. Guiffre stopped her car, got out, and raked and bagged the leaves for the elderly man. Regina Jabo wrote about this good deed in a letter to the editor of The Times Observer (Warren, Pa.), and added, "Good job Sara, and I am proud to say she is my granddaughter."
Scott Burns: Fearless Forecasts, 2011 (assetbuilder.com)
The average American watches television 4 hours a day, of which 80 minutes is advertising. This means we can escape 40 hours of advertising a month for only $7.99. Is that a deal, or what? Honk if you will pay 20 cents to avoid an hour of advertising.
Rev. Candice Chellew-Hodge: Why Gays and Lesbians Should Never Argue Scripture (Huffington Post)
The reason gays and lesbians should never argue over scripture is because, not only does scripture not condemn homosexuality, arguing over it produces nothing but strife, division and hatred.
Cultural Resolutions (Wall Street Journal)
In the Chinese calendar, 2011 is the Year of the Rabbit, which is predicted to be a peaceful year, conducive to artistic pursuits. (It also is an auspicious year for thinking, study and investment.) That should bode well for the dozens of sensitive, creative artists who shared with us their goals for the coming year.
Colin Firth: 'Stammer the wrong way and it is comedic' (Guardian)
'The King's Speech,' which opens on Friday and is tipped for Oscar honours, concerns the terrible struggle George VI had with his speech impediment when he came to the throne in 1936. Colin Firth, in a rare interview, and director Tom Hooper talk about the making of this deeply moving film.
Peter Bradshaw: "The critic's choice: Woody Allen's new film" (Guardian)
'You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger' has an elegant lightness and a literary feel.
Roger Ebert: The Station Agent (An Overlooked DVD; 3 ½ stars, R)
It's really funny how people see me and treat me, since I'm really just a simple, boring person. So says Finbar McBride, the hero of "The Station Agent." Nothing in life interests him more than trains. Model trains, real trains, books about trains. He likes trains. Finbar is a dwarf, and nothing about him interests other people more than his height. It's as if he's always walking in as the next topic of conversation. His response is to live in solitude. This works splendidly as a defense mechanism, but leaves him deeply lonely, not that he'd ever admit it.
Irene Lacher: "The Sunday Conversation: William H. Macy" (Los Angeles Times)
The actor discusses his new Showtime series, 'Shameless,' Chicago theater and his respect for writers.
Joseph Allen: "January 1: The Death Day Of Hank Williams" (Disinfo.com)
From backwoods honky-tonks to trendy dive bars, "The Angel of Death" is now the official soundtrack for suicidal alcoholics and future opiod casualties, and shamelessly depraved writers [the author shifts in his seat nervously] rehash this sordid tale year after year. At 29, Hank Williams was canonized as a martyr in the church of excess, and so long as the Digital Machine keeps chugging along, his songs will echo for all eternity.
David Bruce has 39 Kindle books on Amazon.com with 250 anecdotes in each book. Each book is $1, so for $39 you can buy 9,750 anecdotes. Search for "Funniest People," "Coolest People, "Most Interesting People," "Kindest People," "Religious Anecdotes," and "Maximum Cool."
The Weekly Poll
The '2011 Crystal ball' Edition...
I read somewhere this past week that some manner of 'seer' has predicted that Michelle Obama will become pregnant this year. O-o-o-kay... Not sure how the Obamas feel about that, but I think it might give the White House a much needed PR boost... Anyway...
Anybody game to make some 2011 Predictions?
Send your response to
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Weekly Veterans Report
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In The Chaos Household
Mostly sunny, but colder than seasonal.
Names New Co-Host
Chicago-based film critic Ignatiy Vishnevetsky is joining Roger Ebert's upcoming movie review show.
Vishnevetsky is replacing the previously announced Elvis Mitchell, the show announced Tuesday. No explanation was given for Mitchell's departure.
The Russian-born Vishnevetsky, 24, writes for the film website Mubi and contributes to the Chicago Reader. He'll appear alongside co-host Christy Lemire, 38, film critic for The Associated Press.
Ebert lost his ability to speak after cancer surgeries, but will be on the weekly show with a segment in which he communicates with a computer-generated voice. He will executive produce the series in Chicago with his wife, Chaz Ebert.
"Ebert Presents At the Movies" premieres Jan. 21 on public TV stations.
Tops Leno And Dave
For the first time ever, ABC News' "Nightline" was No. 1 in total viewership during a fourth quarter, with an average of 3.93 million people tuning in, according to Nielsen data.
It was followed by NBC's "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (3.88 million) and CBS' "Late Show With David Letterman" (3.6 million). The rankings were the same in the key news demo of adults 25-54, where "Nightline" averaging 1.61 million viewers vs. 1.59 million for Leno and 1.57 million for Letterman.
The ABC news program's ratings were up 16% in total viewers, 15% in adults 25-54 and 14% in the adults 18-49 demo (1.27 million) compared to the previous quarter.
"Nightline" is No. 1 among total viewers and in adults 25-54 season-to-date in its time slot. This is significant as it is the first time at this point during the season that the program has remained on top since 1993-94 when Letterman started his late-night gig at CBS.
Announcing Oscar Nominations
Academy Award winner Mo'Nique is pitching in to help announce nominees for the upcoming Oscars.
Mo'Nique will join Tom Sherak, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, at the nominations announcement on Jan. 25.
A year ago, Mo'Nique received her first-ever Oscar nomination and went on to win the supporting-actress prize for her role as a loathsome welfare mother in "Precious."
The 83rd Oscar ceremony is set for Feb. 27.
Actress Glenn Close is speaking out about appearing briefly in one of the raunchy comedy videos made by a senior officer on a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier a few years ago.
The award-winning actress said she appeared in a video clip after a "seemingly innocent request" made during a visit to the USS Enterprise more than four years ago.
In a statement issued Tuesday, Close called the use of her image deeply offensive and insulting.
The Navy permanently removed Capt. Owen Honors from command of the carrier Tuesday for the videos that included anti-gay slurs and sexual innuendo.
Slashing Talent Salaries
After striking expensive deals with such Hollywood personalities as Oprah Winfrey, Martha Stewart and Jamie Foxx, Sirius XM has been asking some of its top radio talent to take dramatic cuts in pay.
So said Bubba the Love Sponge, who for five years was the No. 2 talk-show host at Sirius XM until he quit a few days ago after he says management tried to cut his salary by 80 percent.
Even top talker Howard Stern hasn't been immune, as analysts figure he re-upped at Sirius XM for about $80 million a year, down from a previous deal that had him earning $100 million annually.
But while Bubba attracts an audience about 38 percent the size of Stern's (roughly 750,000 to Stern's 2 million, according to insiders), it turns out his worth to Sirius XM was negligible in comparison. And he's not alone, he said.
"Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune" is a poignant portrait of an uncompromising artist who, despite a struggle with depression that eventually led to his suicide at age 35, believed in the power of music as a tool for social and political change.
While Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan and Joan Baez are the singer-songwriters most associated with the 1960s folk movement, filmmaker Kenneth Bowser presents a persuasive case that Ochs was a more hardcore political agitator than any of them. His film opens Wednesday through First Run Features.
Bowser charts the subject's life and career via an expertly assembled wealth of archival news and performance footage. Further insight comes from interviews with contemporaries including Baez, Seeger and Tom Hayden, and admirers such as Sean Penn, Billy Bragg and Christopher Hitchens.
While Dylan, whose approval Ochs sought and seemingly never got, achieved fame with poetic anthems like "Blowin' in the Wind" and "The Times They are a Changin'," Ochs' songs spoke forcefully and directly to racial injustice, political oppression and the horror of war, to the struggles of striking miners and beleaguered unions. He was equally vocal against right-wing rigidity and liberal complacency. The firebrand nature of much of his work perhaps explains its lack of mainstream recognition.
Huge hits such as "True Grit" and "Inception" will be up against smaller films that include "127 Hours" and "The Kids Are All Right" for screenplay honors from the Writers Guild of America.
The sci-fi smash "Inception" and the lesbian family tale "The Kids Are All Right" were among guild nominees Tuesday for best original screenplay, along with the ballet thriller "Black Swan," the boxing saga "The Fighter" and the comic drama "Please Give."
The Western "True Grit" and the survival story "127 Hours" are in the running for adapted screenplay, along with the con man tale "I Love You Phillip Morris," the Facebook drama "The Social Network" and the heist thriller "The Town."
Some of the year's most acclaimed films, including "The King's Speech," "Winter's Bone" and "Toy Story 3," were ineligible because they were not made under the guild's contract guidelines.
Documentary screenplay nominees are "Enemies of the People," "Freedom Riders," "Gasland," "Inside Job," "The Two Escobars" and "Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him)?"
The Facebook tale "The Social Network," the British monarchy drama "The King's Speech" and the sci-fi blockbuster "Inception" were among best-picture nominees Tuesday for the Producers Guild of America Awards.
Other nominees are the survival story "127 Hours," the psychosexual thriller "Black Swan," the boxing saga "The Fighter," the lesbian family tale "The Kids Are All Right," the heist thriller "The Town," the animated hit "Toy Story 3" and the Western "True Grit."
Winners will be announced in a ceremony Jan. 22, three days before Academy Awards nominations come out. The Producers Guild lineup typically is a close match of top Oscar contenders.
"Toy Story 3" also is competing for the Producers Guild animation prize, along with "Despicable Me" and "How to Train Your Dragon."
Television nominees Tuesday included such shows as "Glee," "30 Rock," "Mad Men" and "Dexter" and such movies or miniseries as "The Pacific," "Pillars of the Earth" and "Temple Grandin."
A former girlfriend of Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas has a deal for a "sexually driven" memoir.
Lillian McEwen, who dated Thomas in the 1980s, has signed with TitleTown Publishing, a Green Bay, Wis.-based publisher specializing in true crime and "inspirational" survivor stories. "D.C. Unmasked and Undressed" is scheduled to come out in early February, TitleTown announced Tuesday, adding that the book was "sexually driven."
McEwen, a retired administrative law judge, broke a long public silence last fall when she told The Washington Post that Thomas often made inappropriate comments and was "obsessed with porn," allegations made by former Thomas colleague Anita Hill during his 1991 confirmation hearings. Thomas vehemently denied such behavior.
Pickler - Jacobs
Country singer Kellie Pickler has gotten married. Her label, BNA Records, says in a statement that she wed songwriter Kyle Jacobs on New Year's Day. They held a small ceremony on a private island in the Caribbean.
Pickler finished in the top six on "American Idol" in 2005. Her songs include the top 10 hit she co-wrote with Taylor Swift, "Best Days of Your Life," as well as "Red High Heels," "Don't You Know You're Beautiful," and her most recent single, "Makin' Me Fall in Love Again."
Acclaimed Japanese conductor Seiji Ozawa has cancelled concerts in his home country as he will have surgery later this month for a back problem, organisers said Tuesday.
The 75-year-old honorary member of Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra had planned to direct the Mito Chamber Orchestra in Mito, northeast of Tokyo, on January 29 and 30 and in the capital on January 31.
But Ozawa decided to cancel the events as he will undergo an endoscopic procedure to reduce lower back pain, organisers said.
"I'm sorry for causing trouble," Ozawa said, according to Jiji Press. "I cannot help but reach a conclusion that it is difficult to continue performing with a back problem."
Nearly 8 Years Later...
A federal appeals court says the Federal Communications Commission cannot fine broadcasters for showing a woman's nude buttocks on a 2003 episode of "NYPD Blue."
The 2nd U.S. Court of Appeals in Manhattan decided Tuesday to strike down a $27,500 penalty that the FCC imposed on ABC and each of its affiliate stations.
The image was broadcast on the police show for less than seven seconds in February 2003.
The appeals court pointed out that TV stations are not fined for fleeting, unscripted profanities uttered during live broadcasts. It says the same should apply to the buttocks image.
Court Date Set
An Academy Award-winning songwriter's son is due to answer allegations that he killed his swimsuit designer girlfriend. She was found dead in a bathtub at a trendy New York hotel.
Nicholas Brooks has a court date Tuesday in Manhattan. He's been held without bail since his arrest in Sylvie Cachay's Dec. 9 death.
The 24-year-old Brooks was initially charged with attempted murder and strangulation. Court records show he has since been indicted on a murder charge.
Brooks's father is "You Light Up My Life" writer Joseph Brooks.
Cited In Milwaukee
Wisconsin authorities say former talk show host and medical marijuana activist Montel Williams has been cited for possession of drug paraphernalia at General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee.
The Milwaukee County sheriff's office says the Transportation Security Administration found Williams had a pipe commonly used for marijuana as he passed through a security checkpoint Tuesday.
The sheriff's office says Williams paid the $484 citation and was released to continue his travel.
Williams has said he uses marijuana to relieve chronic pain caused by multiple sclerosis that was diagnosed in 1999. The 54-year-old has said he became an activist pushing for medical marijuana laws after being stopped at a Detroit airport years ago for carrying drug paraphernalia.
Settles Legal Differences With EMI
Pink Floyd and EMI Group Ltd. have settled their legal dispute and agreed a new five-year contract.
Last year the band sued its longtime label for digitally selling individual tracks "unbundled" from their original albums.
Pink Floyd won an early round of the court battle, but the complex case rumbled on as EMI made an unsuccessful appeal.
EMI said Tuesday that "all legal disputes between the band and the company have been settled as a result of this new deal," which will see EMI continue to market and distribute Pink Floyd's catalog.
Tweets Lead To Court Trial
Courtney Love was very upset.
The firebrand rocker had been locked in a dispute with Dawn Simorangkir, a fashion designer who was demanding payment for a few thousand dollars worth of clothes.
So on March 17, 2009, Love took to her Twitter account and began hurling a stream of shocking insults at the designer known as the "Boudoir Queen." Love's tweets, which instantly landed in the Twitter feeds of her 40,000 or so followers (and countless others via retweets), announced that Simorangkir was a drug-pushing prostitute with a history of assault and battery who lost custody of her own child and capitalized on Love's fame before stealing from her. "She has received a VAST amount of money from me over 40,000 dollars and I do not make people famous and get raped TOO!" Love wrote.
That tirade, along with others the Hole frontwoman unleashed on social media platforms including MySpace and Etsy.com during the next four days, form the basis of a groundbreaking lawsuit headed to court in Los Angeles on January 18: the first high-profile defamation trial over a celebrity's comments on Twitter.
Hemingway Bio Plagiarism?
Patrick Poivre d'Arvor
A French celebrity TV news anchor, who notoriously faked an "exclusive" interview with Cuban leader Fidel Castro, was on Tuesday accused of plagiarism in his new biography of Ernest Hemingway.
Patrick Poivre d'Arvor, a household name in France for the past three decades, was accused by L'Express magazine of lifting around 100 pages from a previous biography of the late US novelist.
The weekly's website said PPDA, as he is popularly known in France, cut and pasted swathes of text from a 1985 book by US author Peter Griffin -- later translated into French --- and passed them off as his own by changing them slightly.
The journalist, who did not immediately respond to calls from AFP on Tuesday, told L'Express that he had consulted Griffin's book as part of his research but denied plagiarism.
Patrick Poivre d'Arvor
Danish Punk Rocker Sues Mattel
What is it with Mattel and Danish musicians?
The toymaker, which was embroiled in a lengthy copyright dispute with Danish group Aqua over the hit song "Barbie Girl" a decade ago, has been sued by a Danish punk rocker.
Patricia Day, lead singer of HorrorPops, claims that a doll in Mattel's "Hard Rock Barbie" collection, released last spring, appropriated her likeness: "Long black hair, retro tattoos, red fingernails, fishnets and a decorated bass fiddle (to) give this doll true rockabilly style."
In a lawsuit filed last week in Indiana District Court, Day says that Mattel got licenses from Deborah Harry, Joan Jett and Cyndi Lauper for other dolls in the collection, but failed to get her consent.
Scottish singer-songwriter Gerry Rafferty, whose 1970s hits include "Baker Street" and "Stuck in the Middle With You," has died at age 63, his agent said on Tuesday.
British media reported that Rafferty died peacefully at home with his daughter Martha by his side. He had battled a drinking problem and spent time in hospital at Bournemouth in the south of England, with liver failure, the BBC reported.
Rafferty was born in Paisley, Scotland, and played in several bands before forming the folk rock outfit Stealers Wheel in 1972.
The group's eponymous debut album featured "Stuck in the Middle With You," a hit single that enjoyed a new lease of life when it was used in Quentin Tarantino's movie "Reservoir Dogs."
Stealers Wheel broke up in 1975, but three years later Rafferty released the solo album "City to City" which produced the song "Baker Street" and sold millions of copies worldwide.
In October, "Baker Street," which includes the famous saxophone solo, was recognized by the royalty collection organization BMI for more than five million plays globally.