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Archives: April 2006

Fine On ‘Editor-Rock’


BusinessWeek‘s Jon Fine [left] has a little fun with this month’s GQ and what he calls the “editor-rock” genre:

White, intellectual (or at least semi-intellectual), ineffectual, and generally namby-pamby, albeit with occasional forays into, you know, distorted guitars. No aggression. It’s very polite and well-mannered—way too much so, in fact—for rock music. It’s music for the head, and not the hips and gut. Judging from most ratios of sales-to-coverage-in-glossy-magazines, it’s beloved primarily by magazine editors in major cities.

We felt it’s only fair to point out the band Fine fronts, Coptic Light, is playing tonight at Tonic (with Flaming Fire) on the Lower East Side, and heading to Japan in a few weeks (they’re “big” in Japan, we hear.) But tonight’s the perfect opportunity for you “editor-rock” bands, fans — perhaps GQ editors — to let him know how much you appreciate yet another genre you’ll spend years trying to trascend.

Coptic Light Tour Dates:

  • Apr 28 2006 8:00P tonic new york, NY
  • May 14 2006 8:00P shibuya o-nest tokyo
  • May 15 2006 8:00P unagidani sunsui osaka
  • May 16 2006 8:00P helluva lounge kobe
  • May 17 2006 8:00P imaike tokuzo nagoya

    An Unfortunate Descent Into Rock Criticism: GQ And Editor-Rock [Fine On Media]
    Coptic Light [MySpace]
    Coptic Light

    Bonus: Pics of fine Fine rocking:

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  • LAT in 90 seconds

    – In Atlanta hip-hop, payola meets the treasure bath.

    Ay caruymba! In a hurry? Maybe you avoid Wilshire and La Brea come Monday, eh?

    – I left my heart corpse in San Francisco: Documentary, or snuff film? You decide.

    Media Minutiae: Spa & Resort Edition

    • Fitness in Shape: Shape‘s Denise Brodey is getting the top job at Fitness, but has to stop at More until her non-compete clause expires.
    • Burkle: Is there anything this guy isn’t involved in?
    • ‘Bloggers are Generally About as Subtle as a Punch in the Stomach’: So says Marketwatch’s Jon Friedman in assessing Tony Snow‘s elevation to the White House’s press secretary post.
    • Yanked: Little, Brown requests accused Harvard plagiarist’s book be pulled from bookshelves.
    • Laguna Beach 3?: Time Inc.’s Real Simple takes a meeting at Montage Spa and Resort. Odd timing, considering companywide layoffs, says WWD.

    National Velveeta: Liz Taylor still not dead

    Occasionally, local news is worth a moment of your time. We said occasionally. To wit, a recent ABC 7 report here in L.A. to counter the surfeit of overseas rumors: velveeta.jpg

    Quoting “inside sources,” national and international tabloid newspapers have gone with the story that Elizabeth Taylor is near death. That information has now been picked up and re-worded by various publications – mostly on-line sites. According to her publicist Elizabeth Taylor is not near death: Dick Guttman says that he can refute every allegation in these published reports. In fact, he says they didn’t get anything right.

    This is actually pretty funny, because I’d thought Dick Guttman was dead. Dick’s so old, he was nearing retirement around the time “National Velvet” came out.

    You gotta love the guy – still at it.

    DreamWorks drops Opal

    The tragic tale of Kaavya Viswanathan, the juiciest – albeit most unpronouncable – New York book scandal in recent memory today sent its ripples all the way to Hollywood:

    Per Variety,

    “For DreamWorks, the scandal arrived just after the studio received a first draft of a screenplay by Kara Holden. Once Viswanathan’s school newspaper, the Harvard Crimson, revealed at least 40 glaring similarities between “Opal” and McCafferty’s earlier books, a promising project joined a Warner Bros. adaptation of James Frey‘s “A Million Little Pieces” on the movie-adaptation trash heap. While the studio initially contemplated acquiring ["Sloppy Firsts" author Megan] McCafferty’s book rights, days later DreamWorks was considered likely to cut its losses.”

    The whole thing stinks to high Heaven. As the the New York Times pointed out a day ago, an editorial assistant at McCafferty’s publisher, Crown, Claudia Gabel, moved to Alloy – the “book packager” of “Opal” – where Gabel then helped develop the idea for Viswanathan’s book.

    Aside from the unalloyed chutzpah Alloy has marshalled to leave Viswanathan twisting and humiliated in the wind, we also admire the utter audacity that DreamWorks displayed in such a morally ambiguous situation: We love the Opal story. Maybe we should just buy the other chick’s books?

    Ah, Tinstletown: Faced with a corpse on the sidewalk, we simply step over the body and keep on walkin’.

    Rips the White House a New What?


    AP headline writers (still) aren’t big on double entendres, we guess.

    Katrina Report Rips the White House Anew [, Yahoo]

    Fox’ Snow Site’s Muhammad Cartoons Still Live


    Newly-crowned White House press secretary Tony Snow‘s Fox Web site is apparently still active — at least parts of it. Snow’s site had posted versions of the 12 cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad that ignited a firestorm when they appeared in a Danish newspaper in September. They’re still up there, with a disclaimer that they are “fake.” It’s a disclaimer that probably appeased Fox execs at the time. Trouble is, they don’t look fake.

    In any event, it begs the question(s): Why is any part of the site still up? And is Snow’s elevated profile and documented history as a pundit going to smack the White House in the face every time a political controversy arises?

    Sony BMG pulling a “Cheap Trick”?

    We just spied this on – a whopper of an accusation laid at the feet of Sony Music BMG – you know, the guys who settled their payola accusations only to get sued over copy protection? sc27.jpg

    Basically, both the Allman Brothers Band and Cheap Trick say they’re being shortchanged on digital music fees.


    “Sony Music is presently engaged in a widespread attempt to underpay its recording artists,” music attorney Brian Caplan said in a statement. “With the technological advancements in the music industry, where many people download songs to their iPods and other portable devices, it is essential that artists receive the royalty income to which they are entitled.”

    It’s really hard to beleive Bertelsmann didn’t want to renew Andy Lack‘s contract, isn’t it?

    Crown’s least favorite jewel: Opal

    Not that we know that much about publishing, but it is grimly fascinating to watch a wunderkind twist in the wind. Indeed, it smells more and more like a set up:

    To this end, The New York Times offers two articles, one today, one for tomorrow, each more bizarre than the next.

    The first, a peek at how teen chick lit gets fashioned – created would be too strong a word – by “book packagers” like Alloy Entertainment Hint: It’s even more incestuous than Hollywood:


    “…the incident opens a window onto a powerful company with lucrative, if tangled, relationships within the publishing industry that might take fans of series like ‘The It Girl’ by surprise…The relationships between Alloy and the publishers are so intertwined that the same editor, Claudia Gabel, is thanked on the acknowledgments pages of both Ms. McCafferty’s books and Ms. Viswanathan’s “How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild, and Got a Life.” Ms. Gabel had been an editorial assistant at Crown Publishing Group, then moved to Alloy, where she helped develop the idea for Ms. Viswanathan’s book. She has recently become an editor at Knopf Delacorte Dell Young Readers Group, a sister imprint to Crown.”

    What’s confusing to us is the second article: It say that Little Brown is doing a 180 and pulling the Viswanathan book, but “plans revise the book to remove the copied passages and that they would reissue it.”

    The copied passages? The whole thing sounds like a reverse-engineered knock-off project that was doomed to blow up in some poor 19 year old’s face.

    Judge to “DaVinci” lawyers: Crack me if you can…

    About the only truly interesting revelation to come out of the Dan Brown “DaVinci Code” plagiarism lawsuit is the news today that the judge who heard the case planted his own code into the judgement.

    Per the AP,

    “The chat in the legal community is that not one billable hour has been done today,” lawyer Mark Stephens said Thursday, speaking on his cell phone from the back of a black cab. “Life in London has ground to a halt because everyone – barristers, solicitors, partners, managing partners, legal secretaries – is working on deciphering it.”

    But then, it turned out it wasn’t so interesting after all.


    We can barely handle Sudoku.