Sunday, January 30, 2005

Get a clue, Grammy's

The editors at GQ Magazine wrote a great letter to the folks at the Grammy's about how clueless they are. Heck, people like Celine Doin keep getting awards, so you know it's crap. GQ

Friday, January 28, 2005

Life without Stern isn't looking pretty

No real surprise here, is there?

When Howard Stern leaves, listeners follow - Jan. 27, 2005

Thursday, January 27, 2005

What was on the radio in 2004?

And interesting article from the Syracuse Post-Standard that ananlyzes local radio playlists from 2004.

Why am I not surprised that "The Reason" from Hoobastank and Usher's "Yeah" were two of the top plays?

Radio's Hit Parade for 2004

Can I tell you a secret?

Just a little wacky, but really interesting. And fun.

Over 3000 visitors to a Washington DC arts festival picked up postcards (just like this one) inviting them to share a secret anonymously.


Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Bored today? Check out some videos

Now that they don't really show videos on MTV anymore, you can still check out the latest and greatest videos at VH1's website. Go ahead, entertain yourself. : Videos

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Get Firefox and use it, you'll be glad you did

There is another choice in browsers other than the one that came on your computer. Firefox is faster, cleaner, and immensely more secure. Plus it features tabbed browsing and wonderful extensions.

Some of you may think that it's just for the computer geeks, the "early adopters" that love new technology, but it was designed for everyone to use. It's easy to install and easy to use and easy to bring in all your Favorites from Internet Explorer.

OK, if it sounds like I'm pleading here, I am. The fewer people that are using IE, the fewer computers are out there that spread spyware and viruses and trojans and worms. The more people that switch to Firefox, the safer we all are.

Download the software here:
Read an article from Wired 13.02: The Firefox Explosion

Monday, January 24, 2005

Orange Co. Hottie

This issue's cover girl, Gwen Stefani, is featured in an interesting interview. Check it out. Gwen Stefani

Friday, January 21, 2005

You Oughta Know

From VH1, a page of upcoming artists. Currently featuring Kaki King, Rise Against, The Futureheads, Handsome Boy Modeling School, and more.

Heck, I just love all the wacky band names.

You Oughta Know

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Why didn't they have this class when I was in high school?

Used to be garage bands played in garages, among the grease stains, tires, lawnmowers and pegboards. Today, there is another option: the sparkling new Dr. Pallavi Patel Performing Arts Conservatory in Tampa, FL, an $8-million facility with classes in ballet and flute-playing.

And rock. "Tap into your inner rock star!" reads the brochure. No experience necessary. Fifth graders to adults sign up for eight weeks for $265.

Call it the Juilliard School for garage bands.

Hillsborough: School of hard rock

Monday, January 17, 2005

Are you topless while you're reading this?

OK, ignore the question in the title. Unless, of course, you're a woman, and then ... No, wait, I'm not gonna get myself in trouble here. Let's just think nice thoughts, and thank MSNBC and their intrepid travel team for coming up with the Top 10 Topless Beaches around the world. And two of them are even in the US (hint - think Miami and San Diego).

MSNBC - Top topless beaches 2005

What's your HSS score?

New software can predict whether a song will be a hit. Supposedly. Very, very interesting. Some good, some bad. The article is worth reading and thinking about.

Guardian Unlimited | Arts features | Together in electric dreams

Thursday, January 13, 2005

Luckily, we're not on this list ...

Coolfer: The Most Over-Blogged Bands of 2004

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

I didn't even know beer had feelings ... - Beer has an 'image crisis;' wine and spirits gain

Monday, January 10, 2005

Cars of the 2005 Detroit Auto Show

Ford SYNus concept

Lexus LF-A concept

Jeep Hurricane

The 2005 Detroit Auto Show is happening this week, and here's a gallery of many of the vehicles featured at the show. There's some pretty cool stuff here. Have fun!

Detroit Free Press: Cars of the 2005 Detroit Auto Show

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Howard vs. Citadel

So this is how Syracuse makes the national news - 95X stops airing The Howard Stern show because they say it's turned into an infomercial for Sirius Radio.

Article on Stern fires back at Citadel

Monday, January 03, 2005

Most Interesting MEB Moments of 2004

At the end of a year, it's always fun to go back and think about all the fun times you've had over the last 12 months. There are good times and bad times, strange times and exciting times, but always interesting times.

In that spirit, we've come up with the Most Interesting MEB Moments of 2004. For a lot of these, you just had to be there to understand, but for those that were around, we hope this brings back some great memories - and a few chuckles. Many of these may end up being inside jokes, but we'll enjoy them, anyway!

(Note: We've attempted to list them chronologically, but sometimes we just had to get close.)

  • The "yoooouuuuuu" girl from PJ Dorseys (wasn't she a Catholic school teacher or something?) entertains Mike and Steve
  • Last Train Home cancels @ Dinosaur, but we hang with Eric and he's picking up chicks with absolutely no effort. Damn rock stars.
  • Steve donates a kidney to science (sort of ...)
  • Mike is joined by young Mike @ Songwriter's Circle gig at Kelly Cole's
  • Coleman's after the St. Pat's parade is a total zoo, especially when a drunk guy decides that he needs to get through the band while we're playing, and Jeff just about gets in a fight with him
  • On our trip to DC, "12" (the bass player from the opening band) jumps on Jeff's amp @ Zig's in Alexandria. Dude, jump on your own equipment, OK?!
  • Breakfast at the IHOP in our Alexandria hotel is and will always be a cosmic event
  • The manager of the DC liquor store reminds Jeff/Paul that tastings are for customers only (nice joke, boys)
  • Courtesy of LQ and his massive marketing effort, every girl in IOTA wears MEBeads
  • At our 6th Anniversary Party (Buffalo's) an overzealous (OK, she was drunk) girl baptizes Mike's guitar with a celebratory shower of beer. Woo-hoo!
  • The 5-foot-square "stage" at Taste of Syracuse proves to be an interesting platform for a really fun evening
  • When it gets late at the Brae Loch, the wackos come out, and tonight a particularly inebriated guy stands directly in front of Jeff - really uncomfortably close
  • Our Otto the Orange girl, Nicole (and former Hot107 DJ), acts like she doesn't know us and wants us to play some stupid song at the Bluewater Grill. Paul tells Steve who she is and he just shuts her up by repeating (dozens of times) - "You're Otto!"
  • Mike, Steve and Paul perform a marathon feat: 18 holes of Gypsy Tour (speed) golf, then meeting up with Jeff for a Phol's gig on Sylvan Beach
  • Hoping to do some good but with the weather not co-operating, we perform a charity event in Jeff's driveway/garage in a downpour. Luckily, the Christian karate team gets their act/sermon in before the heavens open
  • It's a new experience for us as we mount a flatbed trailer and entertain the folks from CXtec and their annual "Billstock" company picnic
  • We open for The Machine, a Pink Floyd tribute band at the Paper Mill Island Amphitheater. If only their freakin' bass player would have gotten off the stage before the show, we could have actually had a sound check
  • Ah, the NYS Fair. Three days of rain, sheep balls, our best friend Carmen, new friends and old, and a seriously good time, no matter the situation
  • And sometimes the stories that get told in the Fair parking lot over a cooler of beer make you sore for days from laughing so hard. If you're up for it, ask LQ to tell you his bike stealing story
  • With no tequila in sight for the band shot before the first night at the Fair, we scramble over to the infield bar that was 800 degrees
  • The annual Awful Al's golf day features Thumper proclaiming the numbness in his knees, and LQ claiming he can't feel his hands. Luckily, seasoned veterans Paul and Mike maintain enough sanity to get lots of pictures of beautiful women
  • After our first Wacky Wyatt's gig, we stumble over to Brenden's and try to get LQ hooked up (Steve O works especially hard on this), but to no avail
  • We love a college crowd, especially when a Hobart & William Smith coed flashes Mike and Jeff (numerous times) while dancing @ Jellybeans in Geneva
  • Rochester will never be the same after a big bunch of Jeff and Shannon's work crowd & friends join us for the fun at Brü
  • But just one night later, we're entertaining ourselves during the 3rd set at an empty bar in Auburn, as the late night crowd finds somewhere else to be
  • Halloween @ the Brae Loch features a ton of interesting folks in costume, like Elvis and Priscilla, a couple of 50's housewives, runaway brides, and a slinky cat. But our favorites are the two Cowboys/girls who hop up on stage and make for a real gender-bending visual picture
  • The Year of The Operation continues as Jeff goes under the knife
  • Not content just to dance and enjoy the band, our friend Erin from Coleman's borrows some drumsticks and promises to join the band as our The Little Drummer Girl
  • Steve O tops his numb knees at the golf tourney with his numb head at his B-day party. Man, that Long Island Ice Tea “hits him "haaaard"”
Overall Memories:
  • One word... Borty
  • All the drunk conversationalists (Rachel for one) approaching while we're trying to play
  • Any gig @ Coleman's and the Brae Loch are memorable
  • Playing new venues & cities
  • Surviving 6 years together & getting closer each day
Ah, great times all around. Here's hoping that 2005 is even more exciting, and we know it will be.

Have you got any to add? Post a comment (below) and let us know if you have some memorable MEB moments from 2004.