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September 13, 2005


Liberal Comedian Sues Blogger

MNSpeak has received a cease and desist letter from Garrison Keillor over a t-shirt that pokes fun at the humorist.

A transcript of a discussion between Rex Sorgatz (Mr. Fimoculous to his faithful fans, myself included) and Mr. Keillor's lawyer.

Me: "Listen, you really don't want to do this. I highly suggest you tell your client to revoke this cease and desist."

Him: "Why?"

Me: "First off, your client has no legal basis for this, and it's clear you're just trying to bully me. Secondly, this is going to make your client look extremely out of touch. I'll even write the headline for you: 'Liberal Comedian Sues Blogger.' Do you really want that?"

Him: "Is that a threat, Mr. Sorgatz?"

Me: "Dear god, no. I'm trying to be nice about this. I'm just telling you to let this go. I've made no real money off this, and there are only a handful of t-shirts left. If you let it go, I'll let it go. This is just going to blow up in your client's face."

Now, I like Prairie Home Companion, but if you took Keillor out of it, it would be perfect. Not ever having been a fan of his rambling monologues or ever thought him (or his written output) in the vaguest sense funny or charming, this seems perfectly in character for a man seemingly willing to milk his mythical town (and mythical talent) for all its worth.

Filmmaker/musician N.T. Bullock dodged Hurricane Katrina in Mississippi, wrote a song, "After the Math" (mp3 link), about his experience, and produced a video.

Grab a copy of the Confabulators remix of Sufjan Stevens' Illinois album (bittorrent downloads only until the beginning of next month).

Operation Ceasefire is a free concert at the Washington Monument in Washington, aiming to stop the war in Iraq. Performers will include Le Tigre, Ted Leo, Thievery Corporation and more.

David Lister writes that older rockers can still rock, but have lost much of their writing and composition abilities.

Paris Hilton is worried people will make fun of her if her music project flops.

The Hollywood Reporter reviews the Leonard Cohen concert film/documentary tribute, I'm Your Man.

The National Review profiles Icelandic band, Sigur Ros.

Nobel Prize winning author Günter Grass is campaigning for German chancellor Gerhard Schröder.

"Two wars have originated from Germany in the last century, whose consequences are still palpable in the present," Grass writes. "Citizens of my country and their democratic MPs must learn lessons from this. The present government acted correctly when it said no to the continuing war in Iraq."

The New York Daily News profiles the rise of "brainy, geek rock" bands like Modest Mouse, Death Cab for Cutie, and Bright Eyes.

"Frankly," Brod sums up, "these guys are nerds in sweaters and polyester pants who sing sensitive songs. That can only take you so far."

USA Today profiles the lovable primate, Curious George, and examines the history behind the series.

Film director Cameron Crowe lists "music you should hear" for

Apple executives discuss the development of the iPod nano with Time.

Thee Silver Mt. Zionist is an mp3 blog with a great name.

How to embroider a skull on an iPod sock.

The daily Aztec previews the Ditty Bops show in San Diego tomorrow.


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