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iPod song of the week – Rage Against the Machine

Filed under : iPod Song of the Week
On January 14, 2007
At 6:45 pm
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I tried to keep the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. in mind this week when I came up with my choice but I have to admit, none of my favorite songs really fit into his “change through peace” message. So instead I went in a bit more of a Malcolm X direction and chose this “power to the people” type song. If you would like to interpret it as an answer to the presidential address last week, feel free, although I like to keep J-Ball a no-politics-zone. But it’s a free country so don’t let me stop you.

Anyway, the last part of this song is undoubtedly a message we could all stand to yell now and then, whether it’s to The Man or just someone who irritates us. Go ahead, yell along with Zack de la Rocha!

Rage Against the Machine – Killing in the Name Of, not available on Napster but available on iTunes.


I say don’t you know

Filed under : Movies,Tennis,TV
At 4:15 pm
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Being that this is a holiday weekend, (thanks to MLK who had a dream that we’d all have a day off), this isn’t going to be one of those terribly well thought out posts, not that mine usually are. But I did just want to remind everyone that tonight is that big TV return we’ve all been waiting for, that we’ve been anticipating for months and dreaming of all the time. Yes, it’s the Australian Open! What did you think I meant, 24? Clearly you don’t read this blog at all. Anyway, being that there’s that whole time zone thing going on, this evening is actually tomorrow over there and we get our first big tennis of the year. You know what that means: I actually had to update Where in the World is David Nalbandian! We’ll see if I can do better at that this year. If you’re not a tennis fan, don’t worry, I won’t be giving this tournament the full US Open week of blog posts treatment. If you’re not a 24 fan, I won’t be giving that any sort of treatment either. Maybe American Idol, we’ll see if it could actually be any more interesting than Paula Abdul’s crazy-drunk interview last week.

Speaking of TV, I really have to mention two commercials I’ve recently seen. I don’t have a DVR in my bedroom and so when I’m watching that TV I’m actually stuck watching commercials. The first one is just brilliant, it starts with a version of Franz Ferdinand’s “Take Me Out” just different enough to not upset any copyright laws and it’s this woman dancing around in the waves. Naturally, it’s for a weight-loss drug. But the great thing about it is, the woman says, “I don’t do it for guys, I don’t do it for girls, I do it for me.” Fabulous. At the end of the ad she repeats that affirmation, extorting you to get it for yourself. Then the URL appears: “” Right, glad we got that whole “love yourself” message across.

The second one is for a new movie, nothing special, but it’s the one that was filmed partially on my block. It’ll be out in one month’s time and although I’ve broken a number of other promises I made in this blog, I will indeed be seeing Music & Lyrics when it arrives in theaters next month. I will of course report back to see if my street made it into the finished film. Promise!

Title comes from:
Franz Ferdinand – Take Me Out