Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Davy Jones Memorial Haikus

Posted By on Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Though he and his fellow Monkees were picked to be on a TV show because they seemed safe, Davy Jones was somehow controversial. This was mostly because he and the other members of the band didn't play their own instruments. Though most pop singers are guilty of the same charge, with The Monkees, it somehow mattered. Perhaps it was because, unlike Britney Spears, The Monkees mimed. The band was comprised of fakers. But fakers who voiced some truly great pop tunes.

Those great pop tunes and Jones' easy-going manner was why he was named the No.1 teen idol of all time by Yahoo Music. Not bad for a kid who originally quit acting at age 14 to pursue a career as a jockey.

Though Jones continued acting and recorded an album of original tunes, that seemingly inane controversy followed him no matter what endeavors he later pursued.

Jones died of a heart attack in his Florida home this morning. He was 66.

As is BW's tradition with notable deaths, we reached out to our readers and staff for memorial haikus. The offerings are below. Any additional haikus may be left in the comment box.

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Idaho House Votes Unanimously to Defund Public-Access TV

Posted By on Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 4:54 PM

The full Idaho House voted 67-0 on Feb. 28 to approve a bill that would eliminate the capital funding source for local public-access organization Treasure Valley Community Television. The bill now moves to the Senate.

The bill's purpose is to open up competition for cable providers in Idaho, said officials from CenturyLink, the bill's sponsor. But TVCTV supporters are concerned about the loss of the 10 cents per cable subscriber fee, which keeps public access on the air.

"It probably will or could have an effect on the PEG funding," said Boise Republican Max Black, who chairs the Business Committee. "The cities have agreed in the compromise that was made that they would work to make the PEG stations remain on the air."

But for fans of public-access television, support from the community doesn't constitute a steady funding stream the way PEG funding does.

In today's issue of Boise Weekly, we caught up with TVCTV supporter Nancy Richards, who said she watches the channel "24 hours a day."

If the bill passes, according to Alex McNish, TVCTV executive director, Channels 11, 95 and 98 will be forced to go dark.

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Weekly Cover Art Submissions

Posted By on Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Here's your weekly sample of cover art submissions. As we say every week: Submission is open to everyone.

Check out an archive of cover submission posts here.

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Forbes: What's in Those Tiny 5-Hour Energy Bottles?

Posted By on Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 3:30 PM

This week's edition of Forbes Magazine has two articles considering 5-Hour Energy, the little red-and-yellow bottles that you see at almost every checkout counter.

As for the contents, the producer promises four calories and zero sugar with a blend of B-vitamins, amino acids, nutrients and "about as much caffeine as a cup of premium coffee." But an independent test by consumerlab.com found vitamin levels thousands of times higher than recommended daily allowances. And Forbes' lab tests confirmed the company's caffeine claims: 206 mg of caffeine in the Extra Strength 5-Hour bottles, compared to 260 mg in a tall coffee from Starbucks.

But what's most intriguing is the man that Forbes calls "the mystery monk" behind 5-Hour Energy, Manoj Bhargava, who told the magazine: "I'm probably the wealthiest Indian in America." According to Forbes, Bhargava spent his 20s traveling between Indian monasteries and still considers himself a member of the Hanslok order.

And in Bhargava's office, which according to Forbes' includes cheap furniture, he proudly displays a collection of a dozen neon copycats with names like 6-Hour Power and 8-Hour Energy, which Bhargava has successfully "sued, bullied or kicked off the market."

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Idaho Sportsman Show Brings the Outdoors Inside

Posted By on Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 12:53 PM

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It is that time of year again. All the hunting season are closed—well most of them—and the sportsman public is locked indoors with nothing but a bored hunting dog and a reloading bench. Good thing the Idaho Sportsman Show is on the horizon.

Thursday, March 1 through Sunday, March 4, the Idaho Sportsman Show will take place at the Expo Idaho Center off Chinden Boulevard. Thursday and Friday the show is open from 5 p.m.-9 p.m., on Saturday from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Hunting outfitters, equipment sellers and pro-outdoors groups will have booths promoting their goods and ideas. The expo will also host seminars on topics ranging from how to catch fish to how to call for elk. Check out a full schedule here.

Bring in your horns for a free measurement so you can brag it up to your friends. Check out what the Safari Club is up to or just get a quote on that Alaskan fishing adventure you have been dreaming of. I know I will be drooling through most of the rows.

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Falling Into The Digital Black Hole With #de_VICE

Posted By on Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 11:32 AM

In this day and age, social skills are not to be taken for granted. And when I say "social skills" I mean live, person-to-person interaction that requires actual eye contact and communication that happens more than 140 characters at a time and does not involve emotocons.

One of my biggest pet peeves is when I see people falling into the digital black hole. It's not an infrequent occurrence, you find it every time you see people seated at a table—their eyes glazed over and their noses pressed to their smartphone screens—completely ignoring the other people around them. You see it when someone is so busy mucking around on their phone as they walk down the street that they keep nearly walking into people. It happens every time someone interrupts a conversation because they want to check out something on Twitter. It's seen whenever someone is so busy yapping away as they wait in line or even stand at a counter that complete strangers know way, way too much about their love lives and they can't even do what they came in for. Basically they are all examples of people letting everyone else know they are not as important or valued as whatever is happening on their glowing screens.

Apparently, I'm not alone on my soapbox.

Atlanta-based photographer Zack Arias has come up with his #de_VICE series—a collection of images illustrating our culture's obsession with everything digital. Check out a selection of the series at CNN.com.

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SXSW Boise Showcase 'Officially' Announced

Posted By on Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 11:26 AM

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Though we here at BW have been talking about it for awhile, the showcase of Boise bands at SXSW has now been "officially announced."

Here are the deets via the event listing on Facebook:

OFFICIAL SXSW BOISE SHOWCASE
3/14/12

12am BUILT TO SPILL http://www.builttospill.com/
11pm YOUTH LAGOON http://www.facebook.com/youthlagoon
10pm FINN RIGGINS http://www.finnriggins.com/
9pm BRETT NETSON BAND http://thisisthenewblack.com/brettnetson.html
8pm LE FLEUR http://www.facebook.com/LeFleur.music
7pm HILLFOLK NOIR http://www.hillfolknoir.com/

IFC CROSSROADS HOUSE http://www.ifc.com/sxsw
at Club Vice (302 E 6th St)
Austin, TX

If you won't be in Austin, Texas, all bands except for Youth Lagoon will be back home the following weekend to play at the Treefort Music Festival.

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Bruce Springsteen to Perform Special Intimate Set at SXSW

Posted By on Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Bruce Springsteen was already booked as the keynote speaker for this year's SXSW expo in Austin, Texas. But the festival has just announced a special intimate performance with Springsteen and the E-Street Band. To gain entry, pass-holder have to enter their name in a drawing and the tickets are non-transferable.

From SXSW.com:

The following SXSW credentials are eligible to enter this drawing: Platinum Badge Holders, Music Badge Holders, Artist Wristband Holders, and those SXSW Music Wristband Holders who have already obtained their wristbands online (any wristbands sold during the week of SXSW will not be eligible). No other credentials are eligible to enter the drawing.

From Monday, March 12th through Wednesday, March 14th, eligible badge and wristband holders can go to any of the four Connection Centers in the Austin Convention Center to enter the drawing. Badges and wristbands will have their RFID tags scanned to enter each person into a random drawing.

After entry in the drawing ends on March 14th, the individual winners will be sent an email with further instructions at 10am on Thursday, March 15th. Those who are not selected will also be notified by email at this time. Winners will be instructed where to go to obtain their tickets for the show.

Further down the page, the site asks an obvious question: "Why so many rules?" And it gives a good answer: "To prevent scalpers." And that's a darn good thing, too. The chance to see The Boss in a club instead of an arena could be scalped for approximately a bazillion dollars.

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Scenes From a Scene #042, Hillfolk Noir

Posted By on Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Old-timey folk band Hillfolk Noir has been prowling around Boise venues for a while, delivering its unique brand of Dust-Bowl era blues and ragtime tunes that it has coined “junkerdash.”

Dressed in outfits that are representative of its sound, the band performs concerts that are equal parts bluegrass, country, rock 'n' roll and indie folk—a little something for almost anyone.

Hillfolk Noir is headed by local songsmith and guitar player Travis Ward, and then topped off with a musical saw, washboard, stand-up bass, banjo and drummer.

The band has a number of big happenings on the horizon, with an appearance at the Boise SXSW Showcase, and a new album coming out on Tuesday, March 6, called Hillfolk Noir Radio Hour. While waiting for the new record to drop, you can swing over to Barn Owl Records and pickup an older album for free.

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Pitchfork Announces Lineup for Annual Music Fest

Posted By on Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend performs at an earlier Pitchfork Music Fest.
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  • Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend performs at an earlier Pitchfork Music Fest.

After jaw-dropping lineup announcements from both Coachella and Bonnaroo, other music festivals around the country have to deliver big. On Feb. 28, the Pitchfork Music Fest answered the call, with a lineup that includes some of the indie blog’s most lauded acts.

The Fest doesn’t shoot for big-name headliners, but instead prefers to highlight talented live acts that are currently making waves in the indie music world—the type of artists that most appeal to Pitchfork’s reader base.

Preppy island pop quartet Vampire Weekend is at the top of the lineup, with eclectic crooner Feist coming in next, followed by reunited post-rock legends Godspeed You! Black Emperor.

Electro-pop powerhouse Hot Chip will also perform at the fest, as well as beat maker Araabmuzik (which is coming to Boise for Treefort Music Fest) and the Field, plus cutting-edge hip hop artists Kendrick Lamar and A$AP Rocky. Grimes, Liturgy, Cloud Nothings, Tim Hecker and Willis Earl Beal round out the initial lineup.

The fest is located in downtown Chicago’s Union Park, and runs from Friday, July 13-Sunday, July 15. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 9 at 11 a.m. MST, with three-day passes for $110. Check here for more info.

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