Tuesday, August 30, 2005

long time, no post I know, but...

within this story about the possible planned merger of New Times and Village Voice Media (VVM) comes this little nugget...

As of late May there were clearly still some issues to be resolved: The documents include a memo from VVM CEO David Schneiderman complaining that New Times wants to "renegotiate the terms of our deal" and arguing that some New Times papers, including the SF Weekly and the East Bay Express, are losing a lot of money.

"In the 2004 Calendar year, SF Weekly, East Bay Express and the Cleveland Scene racked up losses of $4 million," the memo states. SF Weekly, it says, "is locked in a brutal struggle in SF with no sign of success and the same is true in Cleveland."

The memo concludes: "In short, they have some real losers and we don't.... given these facts, I don't believe a renegotiation is warranted."


Saturday, May 14, 2005

Maximilian Riedel and Robert Morson (from Riverside Wine and Imports) chat before the tasting
Maximilian Riedel

I just returned from a fantastic wine tasting with Maximilian Riedel, held in Strongsville, Ohio. He led the almost 100-person strong crowd through a classic progression of four wines (Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon), that highlighted the profound effect that his wine glasses have upon wine. The difference between what his stems do to "amplify the wine" and the type of glass that is typically used to serve wine in restaurants is the difference between night and day

Full disclosure -- I have been a huge fan of Riedel's glasses over the last five years, owning about 30 different pieces, including sake, scotch and champagne sets as well as the vinum extreme set and the new-ish "O" series, designed by Maximilian himself.

If you ever get the chance to attend -- go -- you won't be disappointed...

Friday, May 13, 2005

I agree with what Chris Butler said -- Kent was kind of quiet this year...

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Well, since Ruth was nice enough to point out this blog, the least I can do is link back to beer and clothing in lakewood and say "go visit her!" ;)

Oh, and I should probably update the blog while I'm at it ;)

USF4 (Santo vs. Frankenstein's Daughter) was a success. Success here is defined by the fact that many, many people showed up, ate popcorn and had fun time watching a Mexican wrestling movie. Viva El Santo!

Next up: The UnSilent "Drive-In" Film will probably be in July, movie/date TBA

Monday, March 21, 2005

my time flies when you don't update your blog ;)

anyway -- played a couple of shows (KSU and UnSilent Film), catered a wine tasting for Tony Coturri (menu below) and attended the Cleveland Indie Club film group at Talkies yesterday (saw some really interesting films -- more on those below)

I've been out of the house more in the last two weeks than all winter combined!

First up -- KSU: in the article linked above somewhere around paragraph 16, I get a mention -- and despite the bad sentence structure -- I did not provide the appetizers AND the music -- although I could have ;)

I had a good time, played some Elliptical and Tofu tracks for pre-show entertainment, and played some mash-ups afterwards (typical comment -- "what is that? -- that's not how the song goes...")

Bonus -- I'll even toss in the playlist (beware possible vertigo from stylistic whiplash)...

The Killers - Somebody Told Me
DJ Matt Hite - Kraftwerk vs. ETBG "Model Goes Missing"
DJ Matt Hite - Shakedown vs. Taylor Dane - "Shakedown My Heart"
Geyster - "It's About You"
The Gothsicles - "Daisy Chain For Satan"
Nice Cream - Song 2
Evers B. - Get Ready
New Order - Blue Monday (Original 12")
gordyBoy - Cure vs. Bjork - "A Hidden Forest"
Police - Walking On The Moon (drum and bass phat remix)
DJ Pantshead vs. B-52's - "Love Shag"
DJ Earworm - Scissor Sisters/Beatles/George Michaels/Aretha Franklin - "No One Takes Your Freedom"
Flesh For Lulu - "Postcards From Paradise" 12"
Killing Joke - Eighties
Dead Kennedy's - Holiday In Cambodia
Sex Pistols - No Feelings

Next: UnSilent Film 3: "The Passion of Joan of Arc". The recording turned out really well, that's what I'm working on finishing this week. I'll try to post some excerpts very soon (it's a 80min recording)... The turnout was fantastic, our best one yet -- and the truffle oil popcorn will become a staple of future films (next USF looks to be Wednesday May 4 -- movie details soon, something different is all I'll say at this time.

Then: Tony Coturri Wine Tasting @ Riverside Wine and Imports in Kent 3/15/05

Another spectacular series of wines from Tony... I'm always knocked out by the quality and this time was no exception...

Here's the list of food we prepared -- as you can see from the pic there were other non-vegan foods, but we had nothing to do with that ;)

Inside Out Sushi Rolls
(avocado, scallion, carrots, daikon and wasabi)

Phyllo Cups with Curried Tofu
(apple juice, curry, currants, tofu, vegenaise, salt and pepper)

Stuffed Grape Leaves
(basmati rice, paprika, allspice, salt and pepper)

Marinated Endive Leaves Stuffed with White Bean Cassoulet
(endive: white wine and mustard vinaigrette; cassoulet: cannellini beans, soyrizo, onion, garlic, herbs de provence)

Polenta topped with Caponata
(eggplant, red bell pepper, onion, tomato, vinegar and sugar)

Truffle Oil Popcorn

Double Chocolate Stout Brownies

Lastly, yesterday's trip to Talkies to check out the Cleveland Indie Club: it was my first visit, and I came away impressed - the films shown and the level of discussion was really focused and relevant. I went to drop some copies of my film music demo reel (want a copy? e-mail me) and network a little and succeeded at both.

The trailers and movies were really well done -- it's nice to see the intersection of lower entry costs to DV and people with good film ideas coming together. "Turkey Day" (by Louie Cowan), "Vader: The Wonder Years" (if you ever see this -- watch for the "cost of the pizza" joke), and the trailer for Bigfoot that guest Bob Gray talked about. The "sizzler" trailer succeeded in whetting interest to see this when it's finished. His discussion of the nuts and bolts of getting his film to a distributor were punctuated with a copy of the "standard" contract that the unnamed distibutor wanted him to sign (hint: it's good to have lawyers who are also investors in the film).

This month's group was hosted by Bill Johns of CineVid Productions (who also showed the film "The Last Straw" he made at the Robin Hood in Kent last year), and kept things moving despite having to run into the basement to switch DVD's ;) -- I'm looking forward to next month's meeting...

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Cartoon Genocide?

(INT: Disney corporate offices)

Bob: (VP of licensing) "hmm... we've been having thousands of these licensing meetings -- yet no one during this time thought to say -- maybe this one in particular wasn't such a good idea?"

Larry (Disney corporate lawyer): "yes, but we're getting a shitload of money"

Bob: "oh... I guess it's OK then"

Frank (Sales Account Rep): Well, it looks like a good thing we turned down the "Nemo Nuggets" account after all...

posted (thanks to Craig for the link)

Sunday, January 23, 2005

...currently residing in the "where are they now file"...

no, not me -- Johan... (courtesy of a Google Alert set for "cleveland" and "music"). He was
the guy who booked stuff for the Agora and used to co-host the show "Inner Sanctum" on WENZ back in the mid-90's.

(wait for the M-105 reference...