Sherman Way

Infotainment for the San Fernando Valley and beyond

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Israel Film Festival is in L.A. and runs for the next 2 weeks

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

We Will Rock You In Da Club

I know, I know, mashups are so 2002. But ever since I heard "The Best Bootlegs in the World Ever", which featured The Freelance Hellraiser's masterful blending of Christina Aguilera and the Strokes in "A Stroke of Genius", I couldn't get enough.

The latest to tickle my ear comes via the great Stereogum: "Q-Unit", an unholy music alliance between 50 Cent and Queen.

"Bohemian Wanksta"?! Sold!

For an exhaustive aural history of mashups, listen to "Raiding the 20th Century", a 70mb MP3 by DJ Food that seamlessly cobbles together the best tracks to come out of the mashup phenomenon. Keep an ear out for "A Stroke of Genius" in part 5.

Other notable mashups:

Kelis vs. C&C Music Factory - "Gonna Make You Sweat to Milkshake" (sample)

Gwen Stefani vs. The Clash - "Radio Hollaback"

Carly Simon vs. Everything But the Girl - "You're So Missing" by DJ Reset

Monday, November 28, 2005

The best non-feud of 2005

You may have heard about hostilities between Borat Sagdiyev and his native country of Kazakhstan that flared up following Borat's memorable gig hosting the 2005 MTV European Music Awards in Lisbon last month.

Borat has issued a response to Kazakh Foreign Ministry Spokesman Yerzhan Ashykbayev's scathing rebuke following the awards, disavowing himself from Sacha Baron Cohen and fully supporting Kazakhstan's desire to "sue [that] Jew". Meanwhile, the Kazakh tourism board has shelled out for a 4-page ad in the New York Times proclaiming the virtues of "Kazakhstan in the 21st Century".

Can't wait to see who fires next.

Hear IS wat Thay Say [via Screenhead]
Take That, Borat [via Editor and Publisher]

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Sunday 12/04/05: Lord's Prayer Revisited

As X-Mas approaches, thoughtful Christians may want fresh assessments of Jesus' message. Erik Reece compares the Gospel of Thomas to Thomas Jefferson's personal take on the New Testament in December's Harper's. And the Philosophical Research Society in Los Feliz promises that Steven Maurice Droullard will present "a detailed exploration of the meaning of The Lord's Prayer in the context of the ancient culture of the Middle East and the Aramaic Language of two thousand years ago," Sunday the 4th at 11:00 AM. Link.

Friday, November 18, 2005

Don't Tell New Era: Fee Printers for Non-Profits

Another reason to start up a church: Irvine community do-gooder BUILD Leadership Development Corporation tells me that Dell is giving printers to qualifying non-profits free of charge.

Monday, November 14, 2005

Wednesday: Y2Khai Live?

John Patrick Foshe, the young white man who may or may not be SFV Asian Internet gangster rapper Y2Khai, will play a show in Pasadena, Wed. 11/16/05 . Don't forget to hit Arby's for a Big Montana before the show!


Saturday, November 12, 2005

Online L.A. Traffic System Report

The Center for Land Use Interpretation in Culver City has a fantastic online exhibition exploring the traffic control system in L.A. Among other things, it discusses the 50,000 "inductive loops" embedded in the streets that use the changes in magnetic fields caused by the presence of vehicles to manage traffic flow.

Link: Loop Feedback Loop

Saturday: Fun with Scientology

Curious about the Church of Scientology? The International Association of Scientologists is celebrating its anniversary! Sherman Way went to the blowout anniversary party last week. It was about three (3) hours of relentless attacks on psychiatry and "rundowns" on the Church's gains in the past year. Many new churches built, millions of books sold, case gains made, etc. Awards were given for Scientologists who brought democracy to Ukraine and peace to Venezuela. Each award winner, in addition to a fancy medallion, was given the chance to shake hands with Tom Cruise. Cruise's squeeze Katie Holmes is seen looking dazed and amazed, steadfast next to the man. They are flanked by luminaries like Anne Archer, Isaac Hayes, and the Travoltas. The program started off with a 45 minute marching bagpipe show. It is being replayed tonight. All are welcome:

Saturday, Nov. 12, 2005
6:30 PM
Scientology HQ
6331 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 960-3550

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