Thursday, April 28, 2005

The Number Song

One of Hip-Hop's key texts, "Endtroducing" by DJ Shadow, is getting the special edition treatment.

A new bonus disc will augment the album with edits, remixes and demos. Of particular interest is the unreleased extended version of "Organ Donor" which was a massive club favourite just under a decade ago.

One of the stand-out tracks on the original album is "The Number Song", which contains hundreds of cut-up samples of people counting. I have no proof, but I reckon that at least some of these originate from the mysterious "Number Stations."

Number Stations are shortwave radio stations that broadcast streams of numbers, letters, or words. They appear and disappear continuously, and the assumption is that they have something to do with the secret service.

If you want to hear some examples (and perhaps spot DJ Shadows sample library), head over to The Conet Project.

  • Billboard: DJ Shadow Expands 'Endtroducing'
  • Wikipedia: Numbers Stations
  • The Conet project

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  • What are the celebs up to today?

  • Cradle snatched!
    Katie and Tom make a cute couple, but doesn't the thought of it make you feel slightly dirty? Like when teachers used to flirt with you?

  • High-profile paedophilia case bungled!
    Seriously - how useless are the prosecution in the Michael Jackson trial? Even their surprise star witness ends up making Jacko seem a victim (of "vultures", bizarrely).

  • Man aware of his own crimes against humanity!
    Sting admits to Gwen Stefani that he is "a dick".

  • Hair bleached!
    The internet is overcome with the news that Linday Lohan has dyed her hair blonde for a film role. Whatever next? Kevin Bacon wears hat? Nicole Kidman applies blusher? Sean Penn lightens up? ...Hmm, maybe not.

  • Oh for fuck's sake!
    Now they're kissing... Why, Lord? Why?

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  • A window into the soul

    It's not often you come across a website that really makes you think*... Here's one.

    On postsecret you're invited to send anonymous postcards containing your deepest secrets.

    Some of the responses are amusing;
    "I believe my dead grandmother watches me with great disappointment every time I masturbate."

    Others are plain creepy;
    "Everyone who knew me before 9/11 thinks I'm dead."

    What would yours be?

  • PostSecret

    *Except this one, which is exceptionally erudite and informed. But you already knew that.


  • Tuesday, April 26, 2005

    Cominatcha in 3D!

    We've already mentioned the ridiculous hyperbole surrounding the new Xbox. Now it's the turn of the new Nintendo machine...

    According to one former employee of games giant EA, not only will the Revolution (for that is its name) have wireless controllers and touch-screen inputs, but it'll project 3D images into your eyes!

    Just imagine little Mario running across your retina, jumping over your eyelashes, and being flattened by the power of winking.

    It's obviously bullshit, of course, but still quite amusing.

  • Brken Saints: Next Mario to be Stereoscopic?!?!


  • Monday, April 25, 2005

    My faultless taste in music!

    I've just discovered audioscrobbler by way of

    You can now keep up to date with what I'm listening to (hint: Janet Jackson and Prince) at any time of the day.

    I imagine everyone's life has now changed beyond all recognition.

  • Audioscrobbler: mrdiscopop

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  • Sorry, what?

    The press release breathlesly exclaims "Will and Grace back for Season Eight!"

    This is great news, because it turns out we've all been worried that NBC might not commission another series of the award-winning, globally syndicated, massively money-spinning comedy series.

    But, hidden away in the details of this standard PR pap is something truly shocking.

    According to the Boston Globe, "for the first time since the series debuted in 1998, Mullally (Karen) and Hayes (Jack) will be brought up to full paycheck parity with Messing and McCormack."

    So, wait a minute, you're telling me that for the past seven years they paid more for Dharma and Greg Will and Grace than the two funny ones?

    Who would have thought it, etc?

  • Deal set for Will & Grace


  • Shattered Dreams

    It seems that getting a recording contract in these play-safe days of the multinational music corporation is next to impossible.

    I remember my one and only meeting with a record label (the now defunct Go! Records). Before I arrived at their shabby West-London offices, the A&R guy had demanded I record a new set of demos specifically for him - at my own expense.

    I sat petrified as he scanned impatiently through the first 15-20 seconds of each song. His instant verdict as he handed the tape back to me was, "it's not what we're looking for, but you could try selling them to Kylie."

    This was at the nadir of Kylie's career in the mid-90s.

    It was soul-destroying for a day or two, but it turns out the A&R guy was more prescient than I realised... I've now found a niche writing songs for children, and Kylie's recorded the theme tune for The Magic Roundabout. Snap!

    Despite that, the brief flirtation with a record deal counts as one of the bigest disappointments of my life. And all those unpleasant memories were forced to the front of my mind by an article in yesterday's Observer.

    Mr popjustice has followed the fortunes of some pop's latest hopefuls and found industry doors slamming in their faces. Even the acts being represented by big name managers are getting door-handles in their eyes.

    Looks like I'll have some competition when they need a new theme tune for Chucklevision.

  • The Observer: When will I be famous?


  • Saturday, April 23, 2005

    Cat Buckaroo!

    1) Procure cat
    2) Wait until cat falls asleep
    3) Carefully place objects atop cat
    4) Repeat until cat wakes up, flips out and looks at you with disdain

    Ages 4-adult. 1-8 players.
    Does not require batteries.
    Requires cat.

  • MrA: Blog Archive - Wesley Buckaroo


  • Friday, April 22, 2005

    Discopop Heaven

    Summer calls for the air to be filled with light'n'breezy pop confectionery, so what could be better than a joint concert between Saint Etienne and Annie?

    The Etienne have got a new album, Tales from Turnpike House, out on June 13th. The mini-tour follows that week:

    Wed June 15th BRIGHTON Concorde 2

    Thu June 16th LONDON Koko

    Fri June 17th GLASGOW ABC

    Sat June 18th MANCHESTER Northern College Of Music

    See you there.


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  • Tuesday, April 19, 2005

    She kissed my wookie!

    Fan fiction is perhaps the internet's greatest creation.

    George Lucas will never film the taboo-breaking kiss between Princess Leia and Chewie, but you can read all about it with just a click of your mouse. You sick bastard.

    Brilliantly, however, the depraved picture on the right isn't the creation of a fan. No, it's from an official Star Wars colouring book...

    The mind boggles.

  • She kissed my wookie!
  • Boing Boing: Unintentionally sexual Star Wars coloring book


  • Friday, April 15, 2005

    Babies, Prostitutes, Arson, Self-doubt and Hitchikers

    Britney and Kevin have got some pre-natal reading material - including "Parenting Magazine", whose readers think Britney is too young to be a mother. Too young? She's 24 - which is approximately double the age of most trailer-trash moms.
  • MTV News: Parents disapprove of Britney's pregancy

    Contact Music reports that Alicia Keys took up the piano to avoid becoming a prostitute.
    Because those are the only two options you would have.
  • Keys determined not to be a prostitute

    Arnold Schwarzenegger has some unique parenting skills. If his kids don't wash their clothes, he sets fire to them (the clothes, that is, not the children)
  • Arnie’s all fired up over dirty clothes

    You can see how being married to Brad Pitt would make you question your talent, hair, worth as a member of the human race. But imagine if, on top of all that, you were Jennifer Aniston. Poor love.
  • Aniston says marriage to Pitt made her feel insecure

    Oh, and don't forget to pop along to Empire Online to get your voucher for a free preview screening of the"Hitchikers Guide" movie. You can exchange it for tickets at Vue cinemas across the galaxy from today!
  • Empire Online: Readers Screening

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  • Thursday, April 14, 2005

    Some quick links

    Stage fright

    Surprisingly few Hollywood celebs are prepared to display their innermost secrets and thoughts on the internet. Britney and Mariah's hilarious messages to the fans, for example, are little more than press releases fed through a translation program using the "honking deranged diva (US)" setting.

    However, Wil Wheaton - star of Stand By Me and Star Trek - keeps a refreshingly honest weblog over at

    Today's installment describes an theatre audition which, although it went well, makes you wonder why anyone puts themselves through such an ego-crushing ordeal on a regular basis.

    NB: You should steel yourself for the inevitable pretentiousness of what follows.

  • Wil Wheaton: Where is my mind?

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  • Wednesday, April 13, 2005

    News burp

  • Kevin Federline is having a ...Baby one more time.

  • Ironic headline of the day: Paris Hilton designs jewellery for dogs

  • Natalie Imbruglia won't be returning to Neighbours for the 20th anniversary specials. Perhaps she's worried Brad will try to boff her in the back of a construction van again...

  • Oh so sad nerd webzine IGN lists the DVDs with naughty bits in them. We'll all be rushing out to buy "Old School" now that we know the DVD contains "a nice shot of Elisha Cuthbert's bottom in hot pants."

  • Defamer reassures us that the Celebrity Rehab Equilibrium is being maintained

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  • Tuesday, April 12, 2005

    Power of a woman

    Ever wondered what happened Eternal, the prototype Mis-Teeq?

    Us neither. But it turns out that life has been pretty tragic for little Kelle Bryan, the youngest member of the group.

    Kelle left the band after being pushed aside by the two Bennett sisters, (she literally phoned in her performances for group's third album rather than spend time in the studio with the others).

    Then, just as she was about to launch her solo career, she was struck down with the degenerative disease Lupus.

    She's much better now, although Lupus isn't completely curable, and she spoke to the Daily Mail about her illness.

  • Daily Mail: Eternal struggle for pop star

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  • Monday, April 11, 2005

    Destiny fulfilled?

    Ever wanted to fiddle with Beyoncé? Well, now you can!

    Presenting the Destiny's Child doll set!

    Re-enact your favourite moments in pop history with Beyoncé, the other one, and the one who did that song with Nelly! Yours for just $69 (plus p&p)!

    But remember kids, you won't be able to buy the dolls seperately. Because the DC stick together. Like in that song from the Golden Girls.

    Kind of.

    Because Beyoncé's doll is available individually.

    And don't you think her is the only figurine that actually looks like the person it's supposed to represent? I mean, it's hard to tell because the other two are standing in the shadows, but surely that's just a simple mistake, right?


  • Destiny's Child 3 Doll Set


  • For the grumpy old man in your life

    Back in November, we came across a series of cards you could print out and distribute to obnoxiously loud mobile phone users.

    But, hey, its not just mobile phones that get your goat, right? What about people who cut into your lane on the motorway? Or who have one item too many in the 5 items or less isle? Or people who insist that its really "5 items or fewer," as if that doesn't make you sound gay?

    Well, unbelievably, you can now buy cards to hand out to anyone whose behaviour causes you mild irritation.

    But do they have one that says "Your passive-agressive distribution of cards calling innocent bystanders assholes is a poor substitute for anger-managment classes"?

  • Glarkware: Urban Asshole Notification Cards
  • Glarkware: Movie Manners Courtesy Cards


  • Thursday, April 7, 2005

    A tale of desperation

    So Teri was all up in my face like "I get to choose my bathing suit first" and she is being such a bitch, like, hellooo, who does she think she's talking to? Her dietician?

    Then she chooses the red one, which totally makes her look like slutto numero uno and the camera guy is so laughing behind her back and then he moves her from being in the middle of the photo and she is, like, immediately on the phone? To her mother? Like, crying and shit? Oh. My. God. I swear, I absolutely cannot take another day of this prima donna bullshit.

    What's that you say? A second series? Count me in! We're like our own little family on the set, you know.

  • Yahoo! News: Fur flies at Housewives photoshoot
  • Hollywood Reporter: ABC picks up second series of Housewives

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  • Wednesday, April 6, 2005

    Salma Hayek, in a John Kerry Mask...Mopping a floor

    Back up dancer on TV tonight...

    Janet Jackson is Will and Grace's guest star tonight on Living TV.

    As usual, Karen gets the best line:
    "Rosario wants to get her autograph. She's a huge Janet Jackson fan. Or was that Jesse Jackson? Which one ran for president?"

    Meanwhile, my Janet Remix Discography has had an update. I've recently got hold of a few rare mixes, including previously vinyl-only club versions of "All Nite (Don't Stop)" from a Virgin test CD. Nice.

  • NBC: Will and Grace
  • Janet Jackson Remix Discography

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  • Tuesday, April 5, 2005

    We hope it's chips, it's chips...

    What would you choose as your last meal? A turkey roast? A selection of cakes? All the cheese money can buy?

    In Texas, it seems, Mexican food is the top of the list for death row inmates. A rather morbid, but fascinating, flash animation reveals more.

  • Mike Stanfill: The Last Request


  • "It's like making a student film"

    He's "too lazy" to return to standup comedy.

    He's "not going to be able to afford music" for his next film.

    He's "been very lucky in the past with women that [he's] worked with."

    He's Woody Allen, and there's a superb interview with him on

  • SuicideGirls: Woody Allen interviewed

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  • Franz Ferdinand eat sandwiches!

    A cruel, but accurate, NME parody runs with the headlines:

    "The Streets are well weapon", and

    "Pete Doherty makes his TV debut on 'I'm a Smackhead, Get Me Out of Here, and to a Crack Den'"

  • NME-not-COM

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  • Monday, April 4, 2005

    Big Mistake

    The royalties for "Torn" just don't pay like they used to, and Thames water have cut the supply to Natalie Imbruglia's house.

    That's the only reasonable explanation for the state of Nat's hair. Don't L'oreal do conditioner any more?

    Luckily, her fine new album is in your shops today (and heavily discounted everywhere, for some reason). It's your duty to buy it before Mrs Dan Silverchair turns into Howard from Take That.

    Meanwhile, take a look at this picture on the left. What on earth is going on there? The hair's a bit better, but someone's sandpapered the poor woman's cheeks off! It's so bad, her breasts have decided to escape.

    Memo to Natalie: I've got some shampoo, a pair of scissors and some free time. Give me a call before Top of the Pops.

  • Natalie Imbruglia: The 0fficial Site

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  • Close, Closer, Closest

    Look carefully at the picture from "Closer" on the right. What is Jude Law thinking?

    Is it:
    a) You're sad, and I'm angry
    b) What are the words to "Es waren drei Gesellen?"
    c) What's that squirrel doing over there?

    Bizarrely, it could be either a or b - depending on where you bought your copy of the film. In China, the man who translated the subtitles for the DVD seems to have made up the plot as he went along.

    In that version of the film, Jude Law's character becomes a German Folk-singer, liable to interrupt conversations with random phrases like, "I have a strange friend. A homosexual".

    Further translation over at Sinosplice.

  • Sinosplice: Closer Subtitle Surrealism

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  • Friday, April 1, 2005

    City of Blinding Lights

    U2's Vertigo tour kicked off in San Diego this week, with a set that strikes a balance between the barren stages of the Elevation tour and the props-ahoy multimedia experience that was Zoo TV.

    Early setlists indicate they've ditched the back catalogue and are playing eight songs from "How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb". No appearances for "Even Better Than The Real Thing" or "With Or Without You", and not one song from the largely hopeless "Pop" album.

    It'll be interesting to see how things change by the time they reach Europe in a couple of months.

    According to Undercover, the set-list on the first night was:

    City of Blinding Lights - From "How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb" (2004)
    Vertigo - From "How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb" (2004)
    Cry / The Electric Co./I Can See For Miles From "Under A Blood Red Sky" (1980)/The Who outro.
    An Cat Dubh - From "Boy" (1980)
    Into The Heart - From "How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb (2004)
    Beautiful Day - From "All That You Can't Leave Behind" (2000)
    New Year's Day - From "War" (1983)
    Miracle Drug - From "How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb" (2004)
    Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own - From How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb" (2004)
    Love and Peace or Else - "From How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb" - (2004)
    Sunday Bloody Sunday - From "War" (1983)
    Bullet In The Blue Sky/The Hands That Built America - From "Rattle and Hum"/"Gangs of New York Soundtrack" (1988/2001)
    Running To Standstill - From "The Joshua Tree" (1987)
    The Declaration of Human Rights - on the screens
    Zoo Station - From "Achtung Baby" (1991)
    The Fly - From "Achtung Baby" (1991)
    Elevation - From "All That You Can't Leave Behind" (2000)
    Pride (In The Name Of Love) - From "The Unforgettable Fire" (1984)
    Where The Streets Have No Name - From "The Joshua Tree" (1987)
    One - From "Achtung Baby" (1991)
    All Because Of You - "From How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb" (2004)
    Yaweh - From "How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb" (2004)
    "40" - From "War" (1983)

  • Undercover: First night of the U2 World tour
  • Undercover: San Diego Photo Gallery

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