From Matador Records’ FAQ:

Q: Avril Lavigne is awesome, when is her new album coming out?

A: Yes, she is great, isn’t she. But you’re thinking of Sub Pop Records. We don’t have anything to do with them.

Ouch. Seriously, though, Sub Pop sucks and should be shunned by all respectable people. You can’t call yourselves an indie label and not sell on eMusic. Period. The last album I bought from them was At Mount Zoomer but for anything less than Wolf Parade, no dice.

Where I’m At

I have a new piece up at Campus Progress today attacking the Robert Gates pick. The whole “angry left” meme is way overplayed, but the national security team was been a major disappointment, and I felt I needed to register that sentiment.

Anyway, this marks the seventh publication or blog I’m working on. We’ve got:

  • Pushback, with a daily political post.
  • Here, with semi-regular, semi-political posts.
  • Universal Waste, though the UC campaign ended today and the blog may fade away along with it.
  • The Crimson, where I just got elected as an editorial editor last Friday; note that The Crimson calls all staffer writers who complete the introductory “comp” process “editors”, so the title is more or less for show.
  • Perspective, Harvard’s liberal monthly, where I’m a senior editor (translation: I write a lot).
  • Dem Apples, the Harvard Dems blog, where I just got appointed Blog Director.
  • Campus Progress.
    And I wonder why I don’t have much free time anymore.

  • Department of Bad Timing

    So I was at a self-described riot grrrl party last night, and started griping to a friend about how no actual riot grrrl music had been played yet. I mean, you can’t advertise a riot grrrl party and then play Rihanna at it, can you?

    Just as I was saying this, “Rebel Girl” came on. Next was “Deceptacon”. And thus I felt like an idiot. Then again, those were the only vaguely riot grrrl songs of the night that I noticed – and counting Le Tigre is a stretch – so clearly the DJ just hated me and timed those to invalidate my argument. The bastard.

    Anyway, this post is just a long excuse for posting a Sleater-Kinney video. Enjoy:

    “A Daring, Rational Man Who Lives By His Mind Would Be Willing To Take That Risk!”

    I’m sure everyone has noticed this by now, but it’s worth reiterating just how chockfull of genius Atlas Shrugged Updated for the Current Financial Crisis” is. A sampling:

    He stood and adjusted his suit jacket so that his body didn’t betray his shameful weakness. He walked toward her and sat informally on the edge of her desk. “Why make a product when you can make dollars? Right this second, I’m earning millions in interest off money I don’t even have.”

    He gestured to his floor-to-ceiling windows, a symbol of his productive ability and goodness.

    It gets better.