Perez Hilton, Tastemaker?!?

perez Hilton and sloane Berrent at Twiistup 3 by Mike Macadaan

Sloane Berrent with Perez Hilton and “Britney’s dirty underwear” by Mike Macadaan at Twiistup 3.

Waking up to this story in the NYT made sent a chuckle of disbelief across the land. Perez Hilton, the ocd-celeb blogger with the funny, unshowered hair and the hastily Photoshopped, illegal photo usage, is now Mr. Lavandeira in the New York Times? In an uncorroborated report that he’s soon to be given his own record label by a major?

The talks are preliminary, and an agreement is not certain, but Mr. Lavandeira could receive $100,000 a year as an advance against 50 percent of any profits generated by artists he discovers and releases…

First McCain and now this — the Gray Lady really is on the fast road to fade to black. They didn’t bother to mention Lavandeira’s tendency to print rumors from unnamed sources as fact — take for example his guaranteed reports of Fidel Castro’s death last year.

Read the story here.

Wilco in Chicago [Testing Y! Media player]

Lucas Gonze is giving a presentation on the just-launched Yahoo! Media player today at SF Music Tech Conference. I’m not there but just glanced at his online powerpoint and remembered that I have yet to check out the player!

Let’s test it out right here, with a cut from the last set of Wilco’s historic 5-night run at the Riviera in Chicago this month.

Wilco – Muzzle of Bees w/ Andrew Bird

Check out the rest of the show at I am Fuel.

I had a tricky time getting the htrack microformat to work and eventually gave up (on second thought I think this was due to some issues with the Firefox 3 Beta I was testing it on). However, I now see that there is a WordPress Plugin that might make it even easier.

Clinton Concession Looming?

There were several points in tonight’s debate in which Hillary Clinton seemed — rhetorically, at least — to be getting near the end of her game campaign-wise. Undoubtedly running out of steam — her campaign initially figured on securing the nomination after February 5 — she had very little going her way tonight. For every time she slammed Bush policies, she used them to back up her own, not to mention her complicity in shaping many failed Bush policies (Obama joined the Senate in January 2005, well after Congress allowed BushCo to open up the trap doors to Quagmire-ville).

I thought she was gonna cry again toward the end as she waxed sentimental in a way reminiscent of her pre-New Hampshire speech. But it was a strong closing in that she sounded warm and almost likeable even as she shifts her speech from saying “I will” to “I would …. as president.”

But in my opinion Clinton shot herself in the foot with the poorly-timed and horribly-received “change you can Xerox” line. CNN and AP immediately seized on this line, with AP calling it an accusation of “political plagiarism.”

In a typical two-faced HRC maneuver, however, she followed the Xerox line by arguing “If you look at the YouTube of these videos, it does raise questions.” (No really, look at the YouTube below….) I actually admired the iconoclastic paradigm presented by Clinton’s careless phrasing and felt a bit of jealousy (of Obama’s gift for rally gab) in her tone.

It’s not officially over until after Texas and Ohio in a couple weeks at the very least. But is she subconsciously conceding the race? Is it, for all intents and purposes, over?

Many people on all sides think so.

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Let the Hope Shine In

Here’s to Barack Obama. Bring the goods tonight in Austin — the last debate was a veritable tie — let’s see the next president finally out-debate the competition once and for all. I’ll be watching at 5 PST from the office.

Pictured: Poster by Shepard Fairey, north wall of my living room, 8:45 a.m.

Also, it’s taken all week but the theorem is complete:
IF http://barackobamaisyournewbicycle.com/
THEN http://hillaryismomjeans.com

Have fun with that!