Tuesday, June 29, 2004

The Beastie Boys never cease to amaze!

Play Frogger Beastie Boys style!

Congrats to them on their #1 debut on the sales charts in the US too!!

Friday, June 25, 2004

Thursday, June 24, 2004

Last night I went out to a few hot spots in the Big Apple. First was the ElleGirl Magazine 'hot issue' party. Hello Kitty was a special guest! It was held at this groovy 2 story warehouse loft with a balcony in the west end called Studio 450. The view of New York City was to die for!

There are some pics here.

I saw this cool band called The Hong Kong perform. They are very good. They have some catchy tunes and can play them well and are something to look at. The lead singer is a beauty with a great voice but she needs to rock out a bit more. She looks a little uncomfortable and bored on stage. Hopefully more stage presence will come! Because if she isn't having a good time then why should I? Right??

I ran into some good pals there: Ben, Beth, Carmelita, April, Dana Dynamite and her talented boyfriend Sidh.

Then I headed to Rothko for a showcase by an LA band called Mellowdrone. They were excellent. A bit electronic and a bit rock. Definitely something to look out for. Saw my A&R pal Leigh there. I think he is at every rock show I am at!

And while at Rothko, I saw my excellent married pals Ken and Jules. They gave me the great news that Jules got her green card!! Yay!!

Then it was off to The Delancy with Christine and Reno. The Delancy is a new bar in my 'hood with a fabulous rooftop bar and two levels of action below the roof. I saw some more peeps I know: Maridi, Greg, Jack to name a few.

Life is good in NYC!

rock on,

Friday, June 18, 2004

Got this tasty tidbit from my pal Judy...she knows how much I love Brit comedian/actor EDDIE IZZARD! And I also loved Ocean's Eleven...so this will be a match made in heaven.

Eddie Izzard will be the next actor to join the star-studded Ocean's Twelve team out in Italy and he says he can't wait to get a taste of their Champagne-lifestyle. "I go out to the set next Sunday and I'm hoping we'll all drive around in fast cars and speedboats, drinking Champagne," he laughed. "I met Brad Pitt already when he came to a gig with Jennifer Aniston at the Henry Fonda Theatre in LA. I didn't really get to talk to him a huge amount, but he knows that I talk a lot of crap and wear a lot of make-up." Eddie – who will play a bomb disposal expert in the movie – reckons he'll fit in with the beautiful crowd just fine. "I fit in exactly to the Hollywood heartthrob role. I already am a charismatic heartthrob, maybe not an action type with a chiselled jaw, but maybe more of a coming in from the outside line, type of heartthrob," he said – tongue firmly in cheek.

Tuesday, June 15, 2004

Thursday, June 10, 2004

Back in 2000, I had the pleasure of working with the one and only guitar legend Slash and his band Slash's Snakepit. He was an amazing guy!! He has a new band now called VELVET REVOLVER with his old members of Guns 'N' Roses (Duff and Matt) along with Scott Weiland from Stone Temple Pilots. Their album is going to debut next week at #1!! Slash was in NY a couple of weeks ago to play a concert at Roseland with VR. It was a great show! I got to chat with him at the after party and he told me that his wife Perla is expecting their 2nd boy next month. Here's some shots of the after party in LA - look how cute Slash and Perla look together!!

Wednesday, June 09, 2004

Return of the beast...

I am excited for the new Beastie Boys album that is being released next week.

Just found this groovy remix of their current single "Ch-Check It Out" by Just Blaze. Man, does he ever change it up!!



from the New York Times...I don't think I'll be watching the re-worked episodes on TBS. And it seems that Michael Patrick King - the executive producer is with me on that!

Will 'Sex and the City' Without the Sex Have Much Appeal?

Published: June 9, 2004

Steven R. Koonin, the executive vice president of TBS, has a theory about "Sex and the City," the hit HBO series scheduled to make its debut on Tuesday on his basic cable channel.

"I don't think anyone watched it for sex and nudity," he said.

Mr. Koonin has to hope he is right, because the explicit sex and frontal nudity are precisely what have been edited out — along with a few select, and not infrequently used, words — as HBO's editors cleaned up the show for broadcast on TBS, which like HBO is a unit of Time Warner.

Still, the expurgated version will be frisky enough to be rated TV-14, meaning that the shows may contain "intense sexual situations, strong coarse language, or intensely suggestive dialogue," according to the TV Parental Guidelines Monitoring Board, which developed the television ratings. (Broadcast and basic cable networks use these guidelines to rate their programs.)

In the edited versions, Charlotte's gynecologist still prescribes an antidepressant for her vagina, and the sexually heroic Samantha still confronts a penis large enough to daunt even her. (In both the HBO and TBS versions, the penis in question remains off-camera.)

Judging from advance viewing of a few of the edited shows, the biggest disappointment to fans may be the absence of some of the clever verbal not-so-niceties that were the show's trademark.

These include the freshly minted compound word uttered by Carrie Bradshaw's heartthrob, Mr. Big, a word that opened and closed the series. Now, at least in the first episode, when Carrie asks Mr. Big if he has ever been in love, he simply says, "Absolutely." Missing entirely is a word that the editors elsewhere dub with a substitute.

" `Freaking' is our word of choice," Mr. Koonin said.

This is not the first time HBO has turned one of its mature-themed, expletive-undeleted series into fodder for syndication. Two years ago Bravo picked up "The Larry Sanders Show," the fake late-night talk show starring Garry Shandling that ran on HBO from 1992 to 1998.

But "Larry Sanders" was a cult favorite, not a phenomenon like "Sex and the City," which has become a cultural touchstone, intensifying the creative challenge of editing it for a wider audience.

The editing was an enormous project, requiring microsurgery on 94 episodes. The idea was to retain enough vulgarity to satisfy today's raunch-needy audiences, particularly the 18-to-49-year-old demographic that TBS is targeting, without overstepping the limits of TV-14.

Executives insist that the show remains essentially the same. "To me, the breakthrough of the show has been the reality of the emotion, and I don't think any editing can strike at the heart of that," Carolyn Strauss, HBO's president for original programming, said.

That seemed to imply that the unfiltered language and sex — trademarks of HBO shows — were not necessary, but Mr. Koonin was unprepared to go that far.

He said: "Necessary? That's arbitrary. I don't feel qualified to answer that. Truthfully, it's a pretty good question. I don't know. I don't know."

Ms. Strauss struggled with the question, as well.

"Oh, no, don't do that to me," she said, an articulate woman who became, momentarily, tongue-tied. Then she recovered and explained that the explicitness was necessary on HBO, for which cable customers pay a premium, but not on TBS, which relies on advertising.

"HBO is a very singular place that offers something that nobody else can really give you," she said.

Michael Patrick King, the show's executive producer, declined to comment on the TBS version, saying in a polite e-mail message that he had not viewed any of the edited programs.

Having the show available in various incarnations offers Time Warner new ways to profit from it. On HBO, which has 28 million subscribers, the sixth and final season of "Sex and the City" attracted 12.4 million viewers each week.

TBS, which reaches 88 million homes, will broadcast the program with commercials from companies including Mitsubishi Motors, which says that its sponsorship of the show is part of a strategy to reach "the more `young at heart' mindset."

Although commercials will interrupt the episodes, they will not curtail them. Mr. Koonin said the shows are not being edited for length. Episodes that run on average 24 to 30 minutes on HBO will run 35 to 40 minutes on TBS to include advertising.

Next week TBS will broadcast 10 shows from different seasons, to be shown two a night, back to back, on Tuesday through Saturday nights at 10.

After that, starting on June 22, the entire series will be broadcast in order, with two back-to-back episodes showing each Tuesday at 10 and repeated at the same hour on Wednesday.

TBS hopes that time slot will attract young adults looking for laughs when many competing networks are showing dramas, Mr. Koonin said.

Nelly Mecklenburg, a 14-year-old freshman at Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan, said she could not believe it when she heard that "Sex and the City," one of her favorite shows, was moving to TBS. "The idea was ridiculous and completely inappropriate," she said. "Then I heard it was going to be edited and figured that was even worse; it would be terrible."

But when Ms. Mecklenburg saw advance tapes of several edited episodes, she was pleasantly surprised. "I was very impressed," she said. "You couldn't tell when they edited certain words, and it actually still seemed like the same show."

Still, she said, people who see only the cleaned-up versions will be missing something.

"HBO makes it special, because the show can be raunchy," she said. "The language and sex aren't the most important part, but they add to it."

Tuesday, June 08, 2004

Fun or not??

Celebrity photographer extraordinaire Patrick McMullan starts filming Club Reality at Plaid tonight. The nightlife reality show, to be shot every Tuesday and is open to the public, will chronicle the characters who people the E. 13th St. hot spot...

Thursday, June 03, 2004


The Twilight Singers' "She Loves You" cd is to be released on One Little Indian worldwide August 24. As arranged and performed by the latest touring edition of the twilight singers helmed by Greg Dulli


Feeling Of Gaze (Hope Sandoval)

Too Tough To Die (Martina Topley-Bird)

Hyperballad (Bjork)

Strange Fruit (Billie Holiday)

What Makes You Think You're The One (Fleetwood Mac)

Real Love (Mary J. Blige)

Hard Time Killin' Floor Blues (Skip James)

A Love Supreme (John Coltrane)

Please Don't Stay (Once You Go Away) (Marvin Gaye)

Black Is The Color Of My True Love's Hair (Nina Simone)

Summertime (George Gershwin)