Leaked “Nobody Knows How to Talk to Children” Footage Reveals…Nothing

So long-time White Stripes fans who attended the 4-night stand at the Bowery Ballroom in 2002 may remember sketchy peeps in white lab coats running around the building, filming something. As it was revealed later, it was footage being shot for a documentary entitled “Nobody Knows How to Talk to Children” shot/directed/edited by one George Roca.

A still of Meg and Jack from “Nobody Knows How to Talk to Children”

The film only saw one public screening, at the 2004 Seattle Film Festival–despite the fact that the White Stripes did not give their approval to screen or distribute the film. A June 23, 2004 post on the White Stripes’ official site, the band made it known that they were extremely unhappy with the film, and that they had a signed contract from Roca that gave the band all rights to the footage.

According to an MTV News interview with Roca, after the band saw a rough cut of the footage, they extended positive words about the documentary–but only a short time later, the band released a live concert music video for “Black Math,” (below) which mirrored the style of the footage Roca had shown them, and the band cut off all communication.

“Black Math” (live) music video in black, white, and red.

I kinda forgot about the documentary, only hearing about it in passing–almost as it if never existed, gathering a myth of its own. I heard about a friend of a friend who had seen it, maybe, and said it was pretty cool, etc.

But it seems as though a few months ago someone had managed to get a copy of the documentary and upload some clips of it to the internet, and only recently did I become aware of it.
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Side Strokes Projects for Fab and Niko

Reports Pitchfork via Rolling Stone:

According to a report on Rolling Stone’s Rock & Roll Daily blog, Moretti’s side project is called Little Joy and features the talents of Rodrigo Amarante (Los Hermanos) and Binki Shapiro [EDITOR’S NOTE: The project we mentioned a while ago which didn’t have a name], who Rock & Roll Daily reports is Moretti’s girlfriend. The blog calls the group’s sound a combination of “Antonio Carlos Jobim, Vince Guaraldi, and Sixties wall-of-sound girl groups,” and the trio will release their debut album this fall via Rough Trade.

Fraiture has gone a simpler route with the name of his side project, Nickel Eye. His debut under the name is titled The Time of the Assassins. Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Regina Spektor guest on the project.

Befriend Nickel Eye on Myspace.

Chris Martin Stomps Off During BBC Radio 4 Interview

Last Friday the BBC reported an incident that occurred during a pre-recorded taping of Radio 4 arts show Front Row which resulted in Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin excusing himself from the interview, leaving drummer Will Champion to answer questions for almost the full remainder of the interview.


Writes the BBC:

Martin appeared uncomfortable with the interview from the outset.

When asked [by presenter John Wilson] about a speech he made at a music awards ceremony in 2005 where he said the band would be away “for a very long time”, Martin said: “I always say stupid things and I think Radio 4 is the place that will most remind me of that.”

Presenter Wilson questioned whether the new album – full title, Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends – was a morbid reflection of the band’s lyrical obsession with death.

“I wouldn’t agree with you there at all, no,” said Martin.

“I’d say you’re journalistically twisting me into saying something I don’t really mean.”

A few minutes later, Martin said he was “not really enjoying this” and that he did not really like “having to talk about things”.

Perhaps it was the end of a long day and Chris had had it up to hear with dumb questions? It should be noted, that if you listen to the full interview, the part where Chris says he “says stupid things…” he was saying it jokingly.

Chris does seem to get peeved right around when John says he made a sexist joke about Frida Kahlo. Wilson then goes on to vaguely insult the absurdity of their title, then says that the new album is “morbid.” Wilson presses the idea that Coldplay is lyrically obsessed with death, to which Martin becomes more and more defensive saying that if they only wrote about being happy, it wouldn’t be an accurate image of life.

I must say, it’s pretty amusing to an American listening to it when Chris walks off. There is this kind of uncomfortable silence then Wilson asks “Have I upset him?”, then poor Will responds, “I don’t think so.” The conversation carries on for a few seconds with Wilson and Will muttering to each other. Says Wilson, “I don’t think I said anything conscientiously….” Will interrupts, “No, I don’t think so.” SO BRITISH!

Do you think the storming off was justified?

Presenter John Wilson wrote a story for the Guardian on Sunday, trying to clear up the matter:
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M.I.A. Engaged to Benjamin Brewer of The Exit

Reports Sun Media:

The performer [M.I.A.] became engaged last week to Benjamin Brewer, the son of Warner Music Group Chairman and CEO Edgar Bronfman Jr., according to sources close to the singer. Brewer is a guitarist for New York alt-rock band The Exit, whose biggest claim to fame might be having the song Susan appear on the American Pie 2 soundtrack. It is not known if the couple has set a wedding date or location.

Here’s a photo of Brewer with his band The Exit, when they opened up for Morningwood on January 11, 2006:

benjamin brewer of the exit

And just because I love her, a photo of M.I.A. at the 2007 Siren Festival:

Would You Let Ryan Adams Touch You There?

As you’ve probably already seen, some more pix of Mandy Moore and Ryan Adams have surfaced. Here they are at Meltdown Comics on Sunset Blvd in Los Angeles, California… and much has been made about the precariously “familiar” position of his hands on La Moore.

ryan and mandy moore
Image via The Superficial

I had the following conversation with my friend:

RyanLvr: Are they datinggg?
TMA: Dunno, does going to comic book stores constitute dating?
RyanLvr: Hahaha. Come on, hes TOUCHING her! My guy friends don’t touch me like that unless they’re gay–and HE’S NOT.

All I care about is the fact that Ryan still looks like Boober (natch) from Fraggle Rock.


Looks like all that cooing blogging about how great “M” is payed off. Well played, Mr. Adams.

Newsflash: Albert Hammond Jr. Watches “Gossip Girl”

Dear Albert hearts him some “Gossip Girl.”

albert hammond jr

The shocking (?) truth revealed in the New York Magazine cover story on the stars of the hit CW series:

“Did I tell you I met Albert Hammond Jr. the other night?” he [British actor Ed Westwick, aka “Chuck Bass”] asked Leighton one afternoon at the Rose Bar, when she came in to hang out with him and castmate Jessica Szohr, who plays Dan’s former love interest Vanessa. “It was so fucking cool. He knew who I was. Apparently he’s a fan of Gossip Girl. He was like, ‘I love your character, man.’”

“You love him,” Leighton said, laughing, as Ed waxed on.

“I do, I fucking love him,” Ed said dreamily, putting on Leighton’s sunglasses.

It was Ed’s day off, and he was intoxicated, not only with the idea that a member of the Strokes knew who he was but also with actual booze, having downed approximately four Jack-and-Cokes.

The Death of Heath Ledger: Why Can’t News Sources Get It Right?

I have been completely saddened by the death of actor Heath Ledger. But I have also become completely INFURIATED with the mainstream news media, particularly at the NY Times, and their inability to report this story properly.

I heard about the death when many people did, around 4:50pm yesterday when I overheard some male co-workers talking about Heath Ledger movies. I asked, “Why are you listing out Heath Ledger movies?” They replied, “Because he’s dead.” “He’s not DEAD!,” I scoffed. But they insisted, “No, he just died.” I immediately went to Google and did a news search for Heath Ledger–and there was the horrible truth–stories announcing the death of the Australian actor.

heath ledger media reaction

I found the one story that I thought would be the most accurate–the New York Times “City Room” blog. I’ll write more about this later, but over the next 2 1/2 hours I would see drastic changes to the stories, the removal of “facts” and complete sections re-written with every refresh.
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Marty Crandall and Elyse Sewell to Be Free of Domestic Violence Charges

MTV.com reports: Former America’s Next Top Model contestant and prolific LiveJournal-er Elyse Sewell has been cleared of all charges of domestic violence against now ex-boyfriend Marty Crandall of the pop group The Shins due to insufficient evidence. Crandall will be arraigned on Wed, and it is assumed all charges against him will also be dropped as well. The couple were both arrested on Friday night after having a fight at a Sacramento hotel.

On Saturday, Sewell posted a detailed account of the argument on her LiveJournal blog
, which sent the blogosphere a twitter. Today Sewell posted the following in response to the intense media attention surrounding her and Marty’s arrest:

Update: The D.A. has rejected the case against me. I am free. I wish the same outcome for Marty and have no intention of pursuing any further legal action. I would not wish entanglement in the widening gyre of the American legal system upon my worst enemy.

It was incredibly naive of me not to realize that my blog entry about this incident would become tabloid fodder. That was not my intention. I consider the small circle of people who frequent this LJ to be a support group; the much larger world of tabloid readers is certainly not. I will never speak of this again, nor malign Marty in this space. And tomorrow this’ll be fishwrap.

Expect few updates to this journal in the next couple of weeks as I will be untangling the web of seven years of cohabitation with my ex-boyfriend, packing up my shit, and thickening up a plot to travel and work in more temperate climes.

In an interview with The Oregonian
, supervisor for the domestic violence unit of the Sacramento County D.A. Paul Durenberger expressed his surprise over the noticeable interest in the Crandall/Sewell case: “I’ve never heard of [Marty Crandall] before, but (the Shins) are probably not big for people like me, in their late 40s.”

Good luck to the newly incarceration-free ex-lovers. Stay out of trouble, kids.

Post Chronicle Writer Jim Brogan Artlessly Re-purposes My Article

I woke up this morning to find my blog post about this weekend’s Marty Crandall/Elyse Sewell’s mash-up in Sacramento totally re-purposed without any attribution by The Post Chronicle writer Jim Brogan. (Thanks for the notes from readers who also noticed!)

Mr. Brogan has blatantly taken my January 5th blog post–swapping in synonyms every now and then–and posted it as his own.

Some examples:


OK, so fans of ANTM Season 1 will already know a little something about Elyse Sewell. For those who don’t, Elyse was the awesome chick from the first season of ANTM who famously hated all the other b-tches in the house and was bored out of her mind talking to all the vapid airheads she was forced to live with.

She was the cool chick with the short hair and was often seen wearing Shins t-shirts, since she was the girlfriend of The Shins keyboardist, Marty Crandall.

Since being on ANTM, Elyse has successfully been working as a model, mainly in the Asian markets (because Asians like dark-haired pale, skinny white people?) and from what I can surmise from reading her LiveJournal blog every now and then, her and Marty had an intense on-off relationship for a number of years.

Mr. Brogan’s story:

Fans of Tyra Banks’ America’s Next Top Model Season 1 will know Elyse Sewell. (See YouTube videos) For those who do not, Elyse was the gal from the first season of ANTM who famously despised all the other babes in the house.

Sewell often appeared completely bored and impatient yapping with the other vapid airheads she was forced to share a dwelling with. She had short hair and could often be seen wearing Shins t-shirts.

She and Marty would go on to have an intense on-off relationship for around seven years.


If anyone wants to spring $25,000, you can probably get really great seats to the next Shins show.

Mr. Brogan’s story:

If anyone wants To pony-up $25,000 for The New Slang star, you can probably get really good seats to the next Shins show.

Sound familiar, hmmm??

Yup, I thought so too.

You can let the Post Chronicle know how you feel about Jim Brogan’s story by sending them some feedback courtesy of their “Contact Us” web form or by emailing them directly at contact@postchronicle.com.

Other publications like the Wilamette Week were capable of writing their own stories and giving proper attribution.