Friday, March 13, 2009


Pwn is a leetspeak slang term, derived from the verb "own", as meaning to appropriate or to conquer to gain ownership. The term implies domination or humiliation of a rival - Wikipedia definition

Miley Cryus...PWNED!
"When Miley grows up, she'll learn not to have such a sense of entitlement"
-The response from Radiohead regarding remarks made by Miley Cyrus after the rock band's refusal to meet the tween pop-star at the Grammys.

Jim Cramer...PWNED!
"I understand that you want to make finance entertaining, but it's not a fucking game"
-Jon Stewart's criticism of Jim Cramer and CNBC on the March 12th Daily Show interview(pt 1 of 2, part 2 of 2)

Sacramento Kings...PWNED!
14-50, .219, 37.5
-wins and losses, winning percentage, games back

Bernie Madoff...PWNED!
"Madoff Goes to Jail After Guilty Pleas"
-New York Times Headline in March 12th Business Section

Oakland A's...PWNED!
"We have fully exhausted our time and resources over the years with the City of Oakland"
-Oakland A's Managing Partner Lewis Wolff announcing he wants to move the baseball franchise out of Oakland

"Tower Records, which played a big role in the history of retail music sales, filed for bankruptcy in 2004 and 2006. It shut down its U.S. stores in 2006."
-quote from MSNBC article metaphorically titled "Old Tower Records Sign Comes Down"

Jonas Brothers, Disney, Greys Anatomy, Christianity...PWNED!
"You HAVE to wear the purity rings because thats how we sell SEX to little girls"
-Mickey Mouse, before delivering beatdown to JoBros (full episode here)

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Outside Lands 2009!

In case you haven't heard, the Bay Area promotional company, Another Planet, has announced that amidst heated debate and speculation, its late-summer San Francisco music festival "Outside Lands" will make a return in 2009. It was released Tuesday, March 3, that the Outside Lands Music+Arts Festival will return to Golden Gate Park, August 28-30; with an extended lineup on the opening day (Friday), more local food, more wine and more eco-shit.
Aside from hoping they have more port-o-potties, beer tents, running buses and exits/entrances; I really hope they have lineup of musical acts greater than, or equal to Outside Lands 2008.
If you're like me, your immediate thought after hearing or seeing the announced dates was something like "I wonder who's gonna headline?!?" Well, festival promoter Another Planet has not yet given up any details, but the speculation has begun.
Let's start by assessing last year's headliners:

Radiohead - biggest act in modern rock, eclectic rock sound, tons of alt/rock-cred
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - cross-generationally popular, classic guitar-rock with tons of 'sing-a-long' capability
Jack Johnson - universally popular surf-rock, tons of collaboration-ability, very mellow - perfect for a Sunday

Unless I've totally missed something, these bands were your 2008 Outside Lands headliners.
Knowing what we know about the 1-yr history of the festival, the city, and the current state of modern music; who are the candidates to headline the Outside Lands Music+Arts Festival in 2009?

Here are some of my top candidates:

  • Paul McCartney
  • Dave Mathews Band
  • The Killers
  • Kanye West
  • Daft Punk
  • Neil Young
  • Depeche Mode
  • Pearl Jam