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Monday, July 20, 2009

I Just Became a SuperFan

Posted By on Mon, Jul 20, 2009 at 12:01 PM

7329/1248107331-2_61_final5_350.jpg If you're my friend on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, or Friendster, you already know how lackadaisical I am about social networking.

But I've got to admit that SuperFan, the brainchild of Tickle.com founder Rick Marini, is pretty cool. Basically, it's a one-stop spot that serves as a platform for music, photos, quizzes, and videos, as well as social networking (kinda like a combination of Flickr, MySpace and Facebook). Accumulate enough points by becoming a "fan" of your favorite sports teams, movie stars, and music groups, and you can become a "SuperFan."

Memphis-related pages for Memphis Slim, Lucero, Chris Bell, Jay Reatard, the Box Tops, the Grifters, Gangsta Pat, Egypt Central, Ingram Hill, Judge Joe Brown, and, yes, the U of M Tigers are already up and running, although you have to create a profile (or use your Facebook log in) to check 'em out.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Speaking of Awesome

Posted By on Tue, Jul 14, 2009 at 3:23 PM

Just in case you've ever wondered where all the awesome is stored, it's in a warehouse on Jefferson Street in West Memphis, Arkansas.



T-Minus Awesome

Posted By on Tue, Jul 14, 2009 at 12:52 PM

059b/1247593611-apollo-11-patch.jpg This place right here is the best website on the Internet right now and for the next week-plus. In celebration of the impending 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon (you remember the one: Neil Armstrong, American flag, footprints, sound stage in California), the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is recreating the event as if it were happening in realtime in our techno-geek age. Website, Twitter updates, photos, audio, and who knows what else will unspool 40 years to the moment after it really happened.

The launch is July 16th at 8:32 a.m. CST. Right now everything is in the prelaunch stage. Armstrong put boot to moon on July 20th.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

The Jackson/Presley Parallel

Posted By on Wed, Jul 8, 2009 at 9:07 PM

I'm not sad to say I missed the spectacle of the Michael Jackson memorial event yesterday. But I am happy that I came across reporter Bob Greene's New York Times column elegantly drawing the obvious parallels between the two pop deaths —┬áthe collective public grief and the post-death career boost. Greene was at Graceland the day of Elvis' public viewing. He concludes:

Seven steps into the foyer, there was Presley, at peace, or some semblance of it. The sounds of sobbing filled the little room as each fresh wave of fans caught sight of him. He seemed defenseless: not in the traditional sense, for no one could hurt him now, but defenseless against all that was to come.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Craig Brewer's Burlesque Footage

Posted By on Sat, Jul 4, 2009 at 3:44 PM

Memphis filmmaker Craig Brewer has found some 10-year-old rehearsal footage he shot for the Memphis Confidential Burlesque Show at the Hi-Tone Cafe, and has posted on his BrewTube channel:

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Lisa Marie, Al Kapone Talk MJ

Posted By on Wed, Jul 1, 2009 at 2:54 PM

3479/1246471828-vma1994-mj-lisa-kiss.jpgI just got an email from a friend directing me to Lisa Marie Presley's blog post about Michael Jackson's death, which she posted on her MySpace page earlier this week.

The post, titled "He Knew," is sad, sad, sad.

In it, Lisa Marie divulges that her one-time husband told her he knew he was gonna end up like her father, and the "gutted" feeling she's left with as she tries to process his death. Factor in the mythologies of the various players — the King of Rock and Roll and the King of Pop — and it's loaded with all the elements of a Greek tragedy:

As I sit here overwhelmed with sadness, reflection and confusion at what was my biggest failure to date, watching on the news almost play by play The exact Scenario I saw happen on August 16th, 1977 happening again right now with Michael (A sight I never wanted to see again) just as he predicted, I am truly, truly gutted.

Follow this link for the rest of Lisa Marie's post, which details her efforts to save MJ from "the inevitable," and how she nearly lost herself in the process.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Elvis Arisen

Posted By on Tue, Jun 30, 2009 at 12:37 PM

3b9d/1246382699-elviswheelchair.jpg OMG, Ya'll. Are you sitting down?

Elvis is alive.

I'll say it again: Elvis. Is. ALIVE.

So sayeth Derek Clontz, an author of words on the Internet. His history-pwning revelation, replete with photos and shocking truth verbs was birthed on the www yesterday here.

What's that? When you go to that link, the website has been taken down by WordPress for violating the terms of service? You better believe it. The fix is in, people. The vast bat-winged conspiracy has its claws in little old Derek, coz they don't want Elvis' #1 fans to know what really happened.

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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Michael Jackson R.I.P.

Posted By on Thu, Jun 25, 2009 at 5:34 PM

c882/1245970256-michael-jackson.jpgWow, just wow. The lead singer of the Jackson Five-turned-pop star extraordinaire — reduced, in more recent years, to a caricature of his former self — is dead.

I remember the death vigil TV news crews held for the Duke, and I recall our next-door neighbor in Lafayette, Louisiana, coming home for lunch with the news that Elvis was dead.

But, on a day that's already been dominated by the death of Farrah Fawcett (and, in my personal rock-and-roll iconography, Sky Saxon), I never imagined I'd hear that Michael Jackson had left the building.

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Monday, June 22, 2009

Naked Justin Timberlake: Your Semi-Regular JT Fix

Posted By on Mon, Jun 22, 2009 at 4:56 PM

562a/1245706918-901_bttl-1.jpg Back in April, SING ALL KINDS noted the unveiling of Justin Timberlake's line of tequila, called 901 in honor of his native-West TN area code.

Ladies and gentlemen, it is my distinct pleasure to be able to report that said tequila will appear on liquor-store shelves in the Greater Memphis area as soon as later this week.

901 Silver Tequila will be available in the Volunteer State, New York, California, Nevada, and Missouri ASAP. A press release we received today indicates that 901 is made using 100 percent Blue Weber Agave and produced by Tequilera Newton, "in the heart of Jalisco, Mexico."

Mmmm, I'm getting drunk already. And not that crappy El Jimador kind of drunk. Classy, bringing-sexy-back drunk.

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Sunday, June 14, 2009

Peabody Duck

Posted By on Sun, Jun 14, 2009 at 10:16 AM

267e/1244992669-murdoggch1.jpg Kelly Preston, Roger Friedman, Isaac Hayes funeral, The Peabody hotel, Rupert Murdock and Roger Ailes, and a pirated Wolverine.

Tom Cruise, FoxNews, Scientology inflammation, and Wichita.

It's all in one epic Daily News Gossip column today. (To refresh your memory, here's the Huffington Post from back when it first went down.)

Thursday, June 11, 2009

More Baloney: Memphis Burger King Franchisee/Global Warming Denier Praised by Lou Dobbs

Posted By on Thu, Jun 11, 2009 at 1:02 PM

a786/1244740645-burger-king-calls-global-001.jpgOn his June 10th radio program, CNN personality Lou Dobbs lavished praise on Mirabile Investment Corporation (MIC) , a Memphis-based Burger King franchisee, for having the guts to ignore and disparage its licensing agreement with the Burger King Corporation (BKC) and the business acumen to post the words “GLOBAL WARMING IS BALONEY” on exterior signs across West Tennessee and parts of Mississippi and Arkansas.

Dobbs also admired the wit of MIC's marketing president, J.J. McNelis, who has publicly compared executives at his parent company to cockroaches who run from the light. Dobbs, a self-described moderate with nativist, “traditionalist” tendencies, regularly mocks environmental concerns and has previously linked global warming to something he called “solar sunspot activity cycles.”

The story McNelis told Dobbs differed substantially from what MIC's rep originally told Leo Hickman, a reporter for UK newspaper The Guardian.

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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Burger King says "Global Warming is Baloney" signs have been removed

Posted By on Tue, Jun 2, 2009 at 11:50 AM

3d49/1243960581-burger-king-calls-global-001.jpgThe Burger King Corporation (BKC) seems to be in denial regarding the decision by Mirabile Investment Corporation (MIC), a Memphis-based management company with more then 40 Burger King locations across the Mid-South, to place the words “Global Warming is Baloney” on many of not all of its exterior signs.

BKC distanced itself from the message last week, claiming that the the “two” signs in question had been removed. At the time of Burger King's official statement, Flyer readers had already reported at least 10 such signs in various locations between Batesvile, Mississippi, and Martin, Tennessee.

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Sunday, May 31, 2009

Jason D. says Jerry Lee ate 108 Krystal Burgers

Posted By on Sun, May 31, 2009 at 12:36 PM

b13f/1243727581-jason.jpgWhat do you get when you cross Jason D. Williams, the piano-pounding madman from Memphis, with a Krystal Burger, the tiny square slider that always tastes best at 2 a.m. after you've had about eleventy beers?

You get a commercial, that's what. And you get weird viral materials like these clips of Jason D. in the studio talking about the time when Jerry Lee Lewis ate 108 Krystal Burgers. But Williams won't actually be pitching any of the fast food restaurant's famous mini-meals. When the spots start airing on June 1st, he'll be the face, voice, and blazing fingers behind Krystal's Big Angus Five Buck Meal deal. True story.

The commercials are slated to air in Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and in parts of Texas and North Carolina.

Mike McCarthy on Bowie Website

Posted By on Sun, May 31, 2009 at 11:00 AM

1ace/1243706914-world_of_mike_reel.jpgMemphis' Rock and Roll Renaissance man Mike McCarthy has a bit of a David Bowie obsession. In fact, the filmmaker, comic book artist, and musician behind cult classics like Superstarlet A.D. (watch Craig Brewer watching it here) and Teenage Tupelo is such a fan his obsessions are occasionally noted by the Thin White Duke himself. Or at least by the folks who run his official website.

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Friday, May 29, 2009

UPDATE: Burger King Corp says Global Warming is Only Baloney in Memphis

Posted By on Fri, May 29, 2009 at 10:34 PM

0a03/1243651161-img_0153.jpgBad news for Memphis fast food junkies: Locally appearing Burger King signs reading “Global Warming is Baloney” aren't a tone-deaf marketing campaign for some delicious new Whopper-loni sandwich. Darn it.

On the other hand ecologically-minded consumers can breathe a little easier knowing that Burger King Corp. (BKC), the company that licenses BK franchises, isn't going on the warpath against global warming science.

On Friday, May 29 Susan Robison, Vice President, Corporate Communications for the Burger King Corporation, dropped The Flyer an email containing BKC's official — if not fully informed — statement regarding the signs.

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