I opine

Megapuss – “Adam and Steve”

Posted in music by jaeminuf on November 13, 2008

Caveat: Not quite an opinion issued forth here. At least not of the sort I usually do.

“Adam and Steve” Video
Director/Producer: Amy Jo Diaz
Editor: Buzz Pierce
Filmed at: Draw Pictures Studio
Directors of Photography: Eric Johnson/Craig Olsen

Devendra Banhart, Greg Rogove, and Fabrizio Moretti in this video remind me of some people I used to hang with way back when.

Strange to realize that this way-back-when was more than fifteen years ago. Through my then bestfriend Holly, I began to hang out with a crew from Gurnee, IL. Free spirits, the whole lot of them, but the central figure was likely Todd who once explained that the smoke rings he blew were made by a little gnome tossing smoke pies like pizza dough and punching holes in them like donuts.

We used to cruise for hours with the Dead jamming from the car stereo while various passengers took turns sticking their limbs and torsos out the windows to embrace and howl at the wind rushing into and past us. We stole down ravines to private beaches on Lake Michigan, started bonfires, and skinny dipped in the pitch black waters. We drove and drove in search of good coffeehouses in Waukegan, only to end up at Denny’s in Vernon Hills where we often ran into Spenser on his way to a rave. I even remember – and if you haven’t already found this trip down memory lane saccharine enough, you ought to ready yourself for some serious queasiness – a lazy late afternoon, lolling around amidst tall, golden reeds awash in amber sunlight. Sarah was there. Jordan was there. Angelic Sean who moved away to Florida was there.

Then there was the night when I unsuccessfully manuevered a 3 point turn and drove my car into a muddy ditch. I had been following Todd’s Bug, but poor night vision got in the way… Really. I had thought it was a paved driveway. Long story short, though we were many, we were all pathetically inept: we were a bunch of tie-dye and doc marten wearing punk hippie waifs with compromised lungs. So, we called 911, concocted a ridiculous story about me getting driven off the road by some arsehole with high beams, and even managed to get the police officers to hang out with us for a bit.

Some serious fun was had by all. And yeah, Megapuss. Absurd but lovable boyish insouciance. How can one not love. Oh, and especially the nods to Wham, George Michael, 80s hair metal, and Right Said Fred.

Wham – “Careless Whispers”

George Michael – “Faith”

80s Hair Metal (Whitesnake – “Here I Go Again” though there is no guitar solo performed atop the backseat of a convertible; instead there is Tawny Kitaen and that ought to suffice as substitute)

Right Said Fred – “I’m Too Sexy”

“eldritch”: Merriam-Webster Dictionary’s Word of the Day

Posted in music, words by jaeminuf on October 28, 2008

Today’s word of the day is “eldritch,” meaning “weird” or “eerie.”

The Word of the Day for October 28, 2008 is:

eldritch • \EL-dritch\ adjective

: weird, eerie

Example Sentence:

Christina accompanied her ghost story by playing a recording filled with creaks, howls, and other eldritch sound effects.

Did you know?

“Curse,” “cobweb,” “witch,” “ghost,” and even “Halloween” — all of these potentially spooky words have roots in Old English. “Eldritch,” also, comes from a time when otherworldly beings were commonly thought to inhabit the earth. The word is about 500 years old and believed to have come from Middle English “elfriche,” meaning “fairyland.” The two components of “elfriche” — “elf” and “riche” — come from the Old English “ælf” and “rīce” (words which meant, literally, “elf kingdom”). Robert Louis Stevenson wasn’t scared of “eldritch.” He used the term in his novel Kidnapped: “‘The curse on him and his house, byre and stable, man, guest, and master, wife, miss, or bairn — black, black be their fall!’ –The woman, whose voice had risen to a kind of eldritch sing-song, turned with a skip, and was gone.”


When I saw the word and the definition, a lightbulb went off.

During my teenhood, I was more than a wee bit into gothic rock (or what kids these days call “goth”). And of course, I loved the Sisters of Mercy. Who could not love Dominion/Mother Russia?

But why am I going on about the Sisters of Mercy in relation to “eldritch,” today’s Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary Word of the Day? Andrew Eldritch, the lead singer of the Sisters of Mercy. How apropos for the last name of one of goth music’s leading figures to mean “eerie” and “weird.” Of course, I realize that this was no mere coincidence, but that’d make me heart Andrew Eldritch even more.


Free Radio!

Posted in politics by jaeminuf on September 27, 2008
  I don’t listen to Pandora much. However, I do listen to:

  • Last.fm,
  • Songza,
  • and other platforms that can be construed as internet radio.

The idea of Clear Channel – clear because it’s vacuous – quashing internet radio deserves a major thumbs down. Save internet radio! Contact your congressional representatives or call John Campbell: 202-225-5611!

Last.fm logo


Hi, it’s Tim from Pandora;

After a yearlong negotiation, Pandora, SoundExchange and the RIAA are finally optimistic about reaching an agreement on royalties that would save Pandora and Internet radio. But just as we’ve gotten close, large traditional broadcast radio companies have launched a covert lobbying campaign to sabotage our progress.

Friday, Congressman Jay Inslee, and several co-sponsors, introduced legislation to give us the extra time we need but the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), which represents radio broadcasters such as Clear Channel, has begun intensively pressuring lawmakers to kill the bill. We have just days to keep this from collapsing.

This is a blatant attempt by large radio companies to suffocate the webcasting industry that is just beginning to offer an alternative to their monopoly of the airwaves.

Please call your Congressperson right now and ask them to support H.R. 7084, the Webcaster Settlement Act of 2008 – and to not capitulate to pressure from the NAB. Congress is currently working extended hours, so even calls this evening and over the weekend should get answered.

If the phone is busy, please try again until you get through. These calls really do make a difference.

Representative John Campbell: 202-225-5611

Thanks so much for you ongoing support.