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Dress up Like Lisa for halloween
Posted by: admin on Friday, October 22, 2004 - 03:26 PM
General news Calling all Lisa Loeb Fans.

Halloween is right around the corner.

Still thinking about what to wear?

Why not dress up as your favorite singer: Lisa Loeb!



Dress up as Lisa Loeb for Halloween and send in your photos.

We

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Pop culture puts spin on politics
Posted by: admin on Sunday, October 10, 2004 - 02:06 PM
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By DAVID PERRY, Sun Staff
In three weeks, Americans will march to polling places to do a most American thing. They will vote.
And like never before, the pitch-fever din of election-year politics has been suffused with celebrity and pop culture.

It's hip to vote. Hip-hop mogul P. Diddy has T-shirts that say, "Vote or Die." Ashlee Simpson's T-shirt teases, "I like to get it on with boys who vote." Pop tart Christina Aguilera and actress Drew Barrymore hosted MTV specials urging registration and voting.

Welcome to the age of poplitics.

Much, like MTV's fare, is aimed at first-time voters. In 2000, just 36 percent of 18- to 24-year-olds voted.

In the last few years, says Daniel Egan, head of UMass Lowell's sociology department, "you have an increasing presence of pop culture in everyday life in general." Including politics.

Some of it is decidedly partisan. You can't walk through a Blockbuster or Newbury Comics without stepping in dogma.




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Pop stars are leading the charge on the anti-President Bush "Vote For Change" tour, which has carpet-bombed a dozen battleground states with 34 shows in 36 cities since Oct. 1. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, R.E.M., John Fogerty, James Taylor, Dixie Chicks, Dave Matthews Band, Bonnie Raitt and Pearl Jam are among the acts donating their time to the tour, which officially closes out with an all-star gathering in Washington D.C tomorrow night. Pop musicians have released several anti-Bush albums, including two volumes of Rock Against Bush.

Michael Moore's controversial Fahrenheit 9/11 (which sold more than 2 million copies in its debut in the home-video market Tuesday) has led the charge from the silver screen. But a slew of others attacking the president including Bush's Brain, Uncovered: The War in Iraq and Bushisms: The DVD have followed.

On the right, country stars Brooks & Dunn and Ricky Skaggs are actively campaigning for Bush. Kid Rock and Britney Spears are said to be in the president's corner. There are Web sites like Conservativepunk.com and GOPunk.com to counter the left. There's been a film response to Moore from the right, with Celsius 41.11, Fahrenhype 9/11 and Michael Moore Hates America hitting theaters and video stores.

Whenever pro-Bush actor Ron Silver popped up on the screen at the Republican National Convention last month, commentators seemed to lament his job prospects "once you get back to Hollywood." (Curiously, Silver last year portrayed a Democratic political operative on The West Wing.)

Talk radio, a bastion of the right for years, has been joined by Air America, a modest network of left-wing talkers.

Wherever you stand, you'd better be listening, Egan says, because young voters are.

Pols and policy wonks aren't getting the attention of young voters anymore. Poplitics is.

Should people listen?

"Absolutely," Egan says. "Pop culture tells us something. The established media and political networks are not activating people. Young people are facing the possibility of going off to war to affording a college education. People should listen to what they're worried about. If this is the way to get them activated, we shouldn't dismiss this as kids playing with their music. It's recruitment for political action."

"I think it's always healthy when people get involved in politics," says Richard Lachmann, a pop culture professor at State University of New York's Albany branch. "But I don't know if it's good for politicians to spend time talking about music rather than issues."

Time will tell if the vote has been rocked.

There's at least one dissenting voice from the rock world.

"If you're listening to a rock star in order to get your information on who to vote for, you're a bigger moron than they are," Bush supporter Vincent Damon Furnier, better known as seminal shock-rocker Alice Cooper, said recently. "Why are we rock stars? Because we're morons. We sleep all day, we play music at night and very rarely do we sit around reading the Washington Journal."

"It's probably true," Lachmann says. "Most rock stars and Hollywood people probably don't know much about politics."

Years ago, he says, people discussed issues more and lobbied politicians.

"For the most part, that doesn't exist anymore," he says. "And our culture is filled with celebrity worship."

"What's really changed is that politicians feel an obligation to show an awareness of pop culture and to participate in it," Lachmann says. "Now, they feel they have to go on comedy shows and have Hollywood people accompanying them."

Pop culture has a precedent for invading politics, and vice-versa. Richard Nixon famously asked "Sock it to me?" on TV's Laugh-In during his presidential campaign in 1968.

Bill Clinton blew sax on Arsenio Hall's show, and during an MTV forum, was asked, "boxers or briefs?" while he campaigned.

"Certainly," notes Lachmann, "Clinton was very Hollywood, although Kennedy was, too. But more privately, in Kennedy's case. And there's Ronald Reagan. He was a Hollywood actor."

Fewer people, especially the young, are turning to traditional outlets for news, Egan says. "There's more concentrated corporate ownership of established news media. And in a lot of cases, the outlets are diverting revenues from news to entertainment. News program formats are more increasingly celebrity-driven. So there's an absence of really meaningful coverage. And if people are finding it in pop culture, god bless 'em. Especially young people who have the least numbers in terms of voter turnout."

"Students, especially, live in a community and have a desire to get information," Lachmann says. "And they're much less isolated. They do watch TV shows. John Stewart's for example."

Stewart's Daily Show, which airs weeknights on Comedy Central, has been gaining viewers. Some have said the satirical show has become a primary source of political news, but, as Lachmann recalled, one of its writers recently said, "well, they have to have some information before us to get the joke."

Students and first-time voters are turning in droves to the Internet, and its Web logs, or "blogs," for news and opinion.

It's also where they find Rock the Vote, which has registered more than 1.2 million young voters.

Sometimes, it takes a bribe, so over at MustVote.com, register to votes and you get a free music download. Participating bands include Pearl Jam, Radiohead, Lisa Loeb and the Von Bondies.

These days, politics and entertainment have so commingled that candidates are regulars on the talk-show circuit. Kerry on with Stewart, with Letterman, and last week, Kerry and his wife sat with Dr. Phil for a heart-to-heart.

Beyond not seeming serious enough, there's little risk for the candidates to pop by and read a Top 10 list. But when musicians dip a toe into the cold waters of politics for the first time ... well, just ask Dixie Chicks.

The group dissed the president from a London stage in March 2003. Country radio dropped their songs and fans dumped their CDs. Linda Ronstadt faced a brief storm of controversy when she praised Michael Moore's film in Las Vegas.

Springsteen, who has previously avoided partisan politics, says it's worth the risk.

"You build up credibility, and you build it up for a reason, you know, over a long period of time, and hopefully we've built up that credibility with our audience," he told Ted Koppel on Nightline, in August. "... And I think there comes a time when you feel, all right, I've built this up, it's time to spend some of this."

Some fans in chat rooms have since advised Springsteen to shut up and sing.

"Whatever camp you're in," Egan says, "musicians articulate peoples' experiences. Saying shut up and sing misses the point. If you say that about Springsteen's work, you haven't been listening. The problem is, everything they sing is not what people hear. Musicians have a right and a duty to come out and say things. I wish you could see more of that within the political parties. In the debates so far, it hasn't come out. Is it any surprise young people are turned off to politics?"

Some artists will benefit from their political involvement, just as Moore has from audiences' rush to see Fahrenheit. The film, which cost $6 million to make and $15 million to market, has taken in $213 million at the box office worldwide.

Bright Eyes, a little-known singer-songwriter, opened for Springsteen and R.E.M. in stadiums full of people he'd never have drawn on his own.

Pop culture was among the factors that turned the young against the Vietnam war.

Can it swing an election?

"Think about how long it took to develop around Vietnam compared to the invasion of Iraq," UMass Lowell's Egan says. "You had half a million people demonstrating in New York, and global protests really quickly. There's a similar energy there, but whether it will have a similar impact, I'm not sure yet."




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It's hip to push voting
Posted by: admin on Thursday, September 30, 2004 - 10:13 AM
General news BY AMY CARLSON GUSTAFSON

Pioneer Press


It

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Up dated Lisa on late late show
Posted by: admin on Tuesday, September 28, 2004 - 12:21 PM
General news I have added the better quality Late Late show and it is now ready for download

just go to the download section click on tv apearences and enjoy it is 110 mb for those who wish to know.

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Dweezil and Lisa episodes
Posted by: admin on Sunday, September 26, 2004 - 11:27 AM
General news Some of you may have noticed it is a little difficult to see the D&L episodes I'm not sure why they are difficult to view but I have made up my mind to re-encode them and offer them via bit turrent. I have also re-encoded Lisa on the late late show and I will have it posted shortly.

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Fools Like Me single comming out
Posted by: admin on Saturday, September 25, 2004 - 10:59 PM
General news Looks like the single for "Fools Like Me" is out on pre order now take a look over at http://eil.com/shop/moreinfo.asp?catalogid=302032

Note: thanks to Janric
for posting
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Not Done Yet
Posted by: admin on Monday, September 20, 2004 - 01:33 AM
General news I'm not done with the updates yet I'm just tired tonight :) I will probably work on it again tomarrow.

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Getting ready
Posted by: admin on Wednesday, September 15, 2004 - 08:57 PM
General news Some of you may have noticed a revert back... That is because I'm getting ready to launch the new site. I'm guessing I will have it up sometime this comming weakend but one never knows so keep your eyes out.

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Dweezil and Lisa eat out in Chicago
Posted by: Lightning on Wednesday, February 18, 2004 - 12:24 AM
General news Eating their hearts out

Rockers LISA LOEB and DWEEZIL ZAPPA get paid to dine out (Chicago is featured on the episode of their Food Network show that airs Friday). So it's really saying something that on a day off last week -- the two perform at House of Blues on Sunday -- they treated their band to some deep dish pie at Gino's East. It was their first experience with Chicago-style pizza (Lisa tried the mushroom and onions, Dweezil had the sausage). "We were all so full when we left," Loeb told Armour & Co. "Man, I had 2 1/2 and that almost put me in a coma," Zappa told us. Loeb and Zappa, who joined us for lunch at Bin 36, plan a whole lot of eating before they leave town on Monday. When they taped here a few months ago, they missed some hot spots. "I think we might have a chance to really pig out on this trip," Zappa said.


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Lisa gets some goodies
Posted by: Lightning on Sunday, February 15, 2004 - 01:40 AM
General news Lisa while at a gathering celebrating BMG's run of the 46th Annual Grammy Awards recieved some nice goody items read on for info --->

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