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Yes. I know. I am living in a glass house and throwing stones. I am a cobbler and my children have no shoes. I am a community strategist and professional blogger who doesn’t update her personal blog.

Baby, I’m so sorry. I didn’t mean to hurt you. I’ll get help, I swear I will.

Here, I love you so much I got you this:



Now take off your pants.

The Forth from its Hinges art show, now in its second year, starts tomorrow and continues for four days. It is totally and completely awesome to see young people getting together, supporting each other, and putting themselves out there.

Roger and I will be reporting from the show on Friday, but I wanted to give you all some advance notice so you can catch the first couple of days.

Here’s their (really well-done) video: (oh, side note- I just discovered, through the link on the video site, that it was done by my friend David Meiklejohn. I didn’t know that when I said that it was well done, so no accusations of nepotism, thank you. Although, plug for David, he makes lots of good stuff)

Forth From Its Hinges from losingstrategies on Vimeo.

And you can click HERE to visit their site for more info.

This morning I was driving to the Ypsilanti office; the sun was shining, the trees were green and blowing in the breeze, and I found myself yearning for that elusive and yet so enjoyable rite of summer: The perfect pop song. Something catchy with great drums that makes you want to drive the long way to the lake.

For me, “Young Folks” by Peter Bjorn & John was the song of summer 2007. The year before that it was Clap Your Hands Say Yeah’s “Skin of My Yellow Country Teeth.”

So what’s it going to be this year? I’ll admit that I’m really out of the loop. Suggestions?

The latest installment in the WHOis: profile series is in the paper today.

Doing these videos has become my favorite part of work. I get to meet interesting people, videotape their lives, and create something (hopefully) cool to watch. It’s one of those “I can’t believe I get paid to do this” type things. Which cancels out all the stories that I have to write about people’s pets. Or the weather.

Shooting this video was really fun. I spent the better part of a day traipsing around Ypsilanti with a girl in a leotard and tutu. I shot her hooping on the median in the middle of Michigan Ave. while cars slowed down and honked (interestingly, it was mainly women doing the shouting), an abandoned firing range, and in the Frog Island Park amphitheater.

The music is off of the Ypsisongs CD, courtesy of my friend Brandon.

It’s my favorite video that I’ve done so far. I hope you like it too.

You can read the full interview on mlive.com.

Since Roger LeLievre was out yesterday, I had to do the weekend entertainment video by myself.

It got really, really weird.

So I know that I’ve ragged on them before for churning out the same-old-same-old, so I have to give props (excited props, actually) to the folks at The Bang!, who are taking their show on the road.

Here it is, straight from the mouth – well, keyboard – of Bang! priestess Dru:

this thursday may 22. your number one mixtape sex-plosion dance party the Bang! boxing ! wrestling! sexual dance power like never before! believe it.

the bang! detroit. boxing. wrestling. blood on the dance floor.

the bang! comes to the Detroit’s DIA and brings you the biggest & wildest night of your life. Dance madness. real boxing. men in tights.
the bang!

I think it sounds AWESOME. Because boxing is sweet. And I’m pissed that I can’t go. But rest assured, I’m sure, that in addition to the carnage, there will still be plenty of drunk, dancing people with cool hair.

Oh my. First let me tell you how this happened.

I was writing my weekly Ypsi nightlife column, and I needed to check out one of the artists coming to the Dreamland Theater next weekend (a week from this coming weekend… I work WAY in advance).

I typed in her link.

And I found this.

I was so excited I had to stop what I was doing just to open a new window and tell you about it.

Then I went to youtube and found this:

And she’s coming to OUR LITTLE TOWN! Well, I live in Ann Arbor, so Ypsi’s not really MY little town. But it’s close enough. And I used to work there. And some of my best friends live in Ypsi. Well, at least they used to.

Laura Barrett is at the Dreamland Theater, 26 N. Washington, in Ypsi on Saturday, May 31 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. For advance tickets: www.menomenology.com.

Roger LeLievre and I had been wondering about Andrews Bar in Ypsi for a little while. We heard rumors that it was closed, we heard nothing about new events there (although already scheduled events are still popping up on calendars), and Roger’s attempts to contact the owner went unanswered. We drove by there last week and it looked pretty abandoned.

Today I checked their myspace, which has been changed to Andrew’s Bar Memorial Pancake Breakfast.

The bar is no more. Closed. Done.

I would try to bring you more in-depth commentary, but no one’s talkin’.

BUT, on a lighter note, an mlive.com commenter called Roger and me “two dorks” in a comment today. To which Roger replied, “hey! at least someone watched our video!”

Although I will not be modeling, you should still attend the Yellow Barn Bizarre Dance Unihood Unification Project on Saturday night at the Yoga Zone across from the Y (416 W. Huron).

The Unihood Bizarre Walk is a “not a couture fashion” fashion show of sorts, in that people will be walking in their individual fashions. Please, DO NOT miss the chance to experience Adam Eichner, Majestic bouncer-cum-lawyer-cum-Realtor (but also in full posession of all requisite tattoos and attitude), the good doctor Brande Wix (of Found magazine fame and my New Orleans traveling partner), a guy I think might be my ex-boyfriend, and others walk the walk.

It’s also in celebration of my favorite headwear item, the Unihood, which I’ve already told you all about.

9-10 p.m. Marco & Asim play (It’s pronounced Marco and Awesome, according to my friend Yama, who had their CD in his car. I never listened to it, but he likes them)

10-10:30 “The Bizarre Walk”

10:30-11+ Live Bluegrass

11-? Dancing, music, improv instruments…

As one of the organizers, the lovely Britten Stringwell, put it: “Bring Kids . Babysitters . Bring who you wouldn’t normally . Bring him. Her.”

How can you resist an invite like that?

I’m writing this early, because I haven’t gotten my review copy yet, but just a heads-up that Ghostly just released (in North America) Matthew Dear’s “Asa Breed Black Edition,” a re-worked version of one of my favorite albums of 2007.

I agree with everyone who says it sounds eerily like TV on the Radio (the first time I heard it I thought it was TOTR), but who cares. It’s a super-listenable album pretty much from start to finish.

(To buy it, and to listen to excerpts from each song, click here)

There’s a Hot Chip re-mix on there (Dear just finished up touring with them), and it looks like five other new tracks. From what I could tell from the excerpts on the Ghostly site, the original tracks are unchanged, but I could be wrong.

If you don’t already own Asa Breed, you should buy this version (and get the extras… duh.), and as soon as I listen to the whole thing, I’ll let you know if it’s worth having the second copy. Either way, I’m psyched. I’ll report back.

Oh, and for the record, Matt is the real producer of “Put Your Hands Up for Detroit.” Hands down.