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Hoover UK Tour

From Dischord:

Hoover has announced that the band will be reuniting and touring in the UK in November and December. They are undecided as to whether this will translate into dates in the US or elsewhere. The timing could not be better considering that Dischord will be releasing the remastered version of their stellar debut full-length CD, “The Lurid Traversal of Route 7” in the near future. Dates are listed here.

Hopefully, they will decide to do a U.S. tour after they return to the States.

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TiVO Alert

Interpol is on Jimmy Kimmel tonight.

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Did ‘SNL’ Gaffe Expose Simpson Vocal Aid?

From Yahoo:

NEW YORK – Singer Ashlee Simpson’s “extra help” may have been exposed when a “Saturday Night Live” audience heard her voice – singing the wrong song – while she held a microphone at her waist.

Her record company blamed a computer glitch and she blamed her band for Sunday morning’s incident, which cut off her planned performance of the song “Autobiography” on the network comedy show.

Simpson had performed her hit single “Pieces of Me” without incident earlier in the show. When she came back a second time, her band started playing and the first lines of her singing “Pieces of Me” could be heard again.

She looked momentarily confused as the band plowed ahead with the song and the vocal was quickly silenced.

Simpson made some exaggerated hopping dance moves, then walked off the stage 35 seconds into the performance. NBC quickly cut to a commercial.

“What can I say?” guest host Jude Law said with Simpson standing next to him at the end of the show. “Live TV.”

“Exactly,” Simpson said. “I feel so bad. My band started playing the wrong song. I didn’t know what to do so I thought I’d do a hoe-down.”

Her record company, Geffen Records, said there was a computer glitch. Instead of some pretaped electronic percussion, the recording of “Pieces of Me” started mistakenly performing, the record company said in a statement.

But it sounded suspiciously like a guide vocal that’s a common – although almost always unspoken – concert aid. Either the singer “lip synchs” by mouthing words to a backing tape or has a live microphone and sings along to the tape, making the voice sound more powerful than it is.

Such vocal tricks have been used before on the show, making “Saturday Night Live” not entirely live, said a show insider who spoke on condition of anonymity.

A Geffen spokeswoman did not immediately return a call for comment.

Simpson’s walk-off joins the lore of other unexpected music moments on “SNL”: Elvis Costello stopping and changing songs on live TV, and Sinead O’Connor tearing up a picture of the pope.

Too funny. I haven’t had a chance to watch last night’s Saturday Night Live on my TiVO, but I will have to now.

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San Fran wants free citywide WiFi

From Reuters:

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom has set a goal of providing free wireless Internet activity in his city that sees itself as a vanguard of the Internet revolution.

“We will not stop until every San Franciscan has access to free wireless Internet service,” he said in his annual state of the city address on Thursday. “These technologies will connect our residents to the skills and the jobs of the new economy.”

“No San Franciscan should be without a computer and a broadband connection.”

He said the city had already made free WiFi service available at Union Square, a central shopping and tourist hub, and would add access to several other sections of the city including Civic Centre around City Hall.

The stadium where the San Francisco Giants baseball team plays also offers WiFi, a wireless technology that allows a computer with a special modem to connect to the Internet.

Other cities have started setting up large areas of WiFi coverage, including San Jose in Silicon Valley and parts of Long Beach, California.

Pretty cool, that more cities are beginning to set this up. Now, all I need is Columbus to get on the bandwagon.

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Skype

Spent last night trying to get Skype set-up on my machine, so I could speak to Ken with VoIP. It was definitely an exercise of frustration. Turns out that Fedora Core 2 has issues with recording sounds from a microphone, so I’m currently hosed. Looks like this will be corrected in Fedora Core 3, so I’ll have to wait until after November 8th to get this working. I was able to hear Ken fine over my speakers, but it’s sorta disconcerting to have a one way conversation, with me only able to reply by typing. Oh well, I’ll give this another try in 2 weeks.

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Home Fire Inspired By Movie, Beers, Man Says

From AP:

CORDELE, Ga. – A Georgia man facing arson charges for burning his own home is blaming nine or 10 beers, and a disaster movie.

Charles Adams told Crisp County authorities he had been drinking while watching the movie “Day After Tomorrow.”

Adams allegedly told deputies that after watching the special-effects extravaganza depicting deadly natural disasters caused by global warming, he decided to set fire to pillows on his bed.

The flames destroyed his doublewide mobile home.

And really, did they need to state that this man lived in a mobile home? Most people would have been able to guess that, just by reading the story.

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