Friday, November 19, 2010

Dented heads, turducken, Four Loco and other alt weekly links

Posted By on Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 2:15 PM


Miami New Times launched a new blog feature called Mugshots Friday. Its debut is startling, as you can see above.

Seven Days explains turducken, complete with an easy recipe. 'Bout time someone did.

Four Loco, the controversial caffeinated malt beverage, never made it to Montana shelves. (Crazy, right? We checked with both Zip and Summit, though, and they confirmed it never hit our market.) But that doesn't mean the FDA's ban of these specialty drinks didn't scare the pants off of craftbrewers who use coffee and ginseng in their beers. Luckily, the Charleston City Paper reveals the FDA isn't targeting that kind of drink.

Willamette Week wonders why hundreds of millions of casino dollars haven't lifted Oregon tribes out of poverty.

The Boston Phoenix offers its take on how Democrats will cope with a sudden loss of power in D.C. (Hint: "Yeah, it's gonna suck for them for two years," says veteran political consultant Scott Ferson of Liberty Group in Boston.)

The Stranger's Brendan Kiley recently completed a three-part series titled, "The Mystery of the Tainted Cocaine." He explores what a drug used to deworm livestock—a drug that can obliterate your immune system—is doing in your cocaine, and, in part three, how to test your stash.

Finally, if you didn't catch it on the national news or on programs like "The Rachel Maddow Show," The Texas Observer, working with the Innocence Project, recently broke the news that new DNA evidence undermines the 2000 execution of Claude Jones.

His murder conviction was based on a single piece of forensic evidence recovered from the crime scene—a strand of hair—that prosecutors claimed belonged to Jones.

But DNA tests completed this week at the request of the Observer and the New York-based Innocence Project show the hair didn’t belong to Jones after all. The day before his death in December 2000, Jones asked for a stay of execution so the strand of hair could be submitted for DNA testing. He was denied by then-Gov. George W. Bush.

In case you missed Colin on "Conan"

Posted By on Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 1:10 PM

Here's a video of former local boy Mr. Meloy and The Decemeberists playing with Gillian Welch on "Conan" last night.

Happy Friday.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Something about "prostitution-made" sausage and "garlic lubricant"

Posted By on Wed, Nov 17, 2010 at 11:45 AM

Good/funny news situation for local favorite Biga Pizza. Former Indy editor Ken Picard, who now resides at fellow alt weekly Seven Days in Burlington, Vermont, passed along a link to a story that recommends pizza joints throughout the United States. Seven Days' food editor wrote the Vermont listing and, according to her, the piece was apparently translated into Turkish, then back into English. Good news: Biga gets the Montana nod. Funny news: Google Translate, or whatever was used, isn't perfect.

In honor of tomorrow's annual Indy Holiday Food issue, here's the full Montana write-up:

Bigga Pizza in Missoula features a sourdough crust baked in a cube oven. But it’s the innovative toppings feel favourably impressed by those that frame up the flathead cherry pizza (flavourful prostitution-made Italian sausage, cherry chutney, smoked Gouda, mozzarella, garlic lubricant and parsley) that earn these winning pies. 241 W. duct; 406-728-2579

For the record, "prostitution-made" somehow came from "housemade" and "garlic lubricant," while sounding like something Ari LeVaux would be a big fan of, is actually "garlic oil."

UPDATE: The story originally ran in USA Today on Nov. 4, and was then translated and re-translated on the Turkish site. Oh, and it's "spicy housemade Italian sausage," according to the original copy, which helps explain the prostitution bit, I guess.

Your future, a little early

Posted By on Wed, Nov 17, 2010 at 9:00 AM

Find Rob Brezsny's "Free Will Astrology" online, every Wednesday, one day before it hits the Indy's printed pages.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): "You don't want to be the best of the best," said Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia. "You just want to be the only one who does what you do." That's always good advice, but it will be especially apt for you during the next few weeks. You're entering a phase when competing with other people will get you nowhere fast. What will get you somewhere fast is nurturing your unique talents and proclivities. Do you know exactly what they are? If you're even a little fuzzy, make it your quest to get very clear.

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Decemberists, with Gillian Welch, play "Conan" Thursday

Posted By on Tue, Nov 16, 2010 at 2:10 PM

Big on music stuff today, but this is pretty cool: UM alum Colin Meloy and his Decemberists announced they'll play Conan O'Brien's new late-night show, "Conan," on Thursday with none other than Gillian Welch.

See the video for the band's new single below. The album's out January 18. Welch appears on seven of the 10 tracks.

Brown on economy: Montana's gonna feel the pain

Posted By on Tue, Nov 16, 2010 at 11:00 AM

Bob Brown is a former Montana Secretary of State and State Senate President. He recently wrote the following editorial on how the federal deficit will impact Montana.

The full text:

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Tuesday night's just fine for tequila

Posted By on Tue, Nov 16, 2010 at 10:55 AM


I know of at least a handful of locals counting down to tonight's Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers show at the Top Hat. There's the family that hopefully still lives on a nearby ranch, friends of Clyne's who happened to be mentioned in a band documentary years ago. Then there are the inevitable Arizona transplants who know this long-established Tempe band for its jam-packed shows in both dive bars and arenas, the former being the best venue to catch a group known for its love of Mexican Moonshine. A few in attendance may sport some old-school Refreshments T-shirts, that being the better known iteration of the band—Clyne and drummer P.H. Naffah enjoyed some mainstream success with songs like "Down Together" and "Banditos," and did the theme song to TV's "King of the Hill." (Brief history: The band signed with Mercury Records in '96, and did pretty well, but not well enough. They bolted, renamed, and have been independent ever since, by choice, and do cool things like offer a download of their bigger hits, for free.) And then there are a few people I've managed to turn onto the band/drag to shows because Clyne and Co. are the sort of blue collar, good time, good humored, "Southwestern sound" rock band that deserves to play in front of as many people as possible.

Here's the problem: It's never really worked in Missoula. For whatever reason — Tuesday night bills, maybe? — big crowds don't happen. Lively? Sure. But two years ago, also on a Tuesday night, the band drew about 75 to The Other Side. I happened to catch them the next night in Butte, and a couple hundred cheerfully blotto men and women (women, especially, seem to like Clyne) packed the Butte Depot for a Tempe-like show. I'm not calling anybody out, I'm just sayin'.

Bottom line: If you come, it'll be a good time. If not, more tequila for the rest of us.

Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers play the Top Hat Tuesday, Nov. 16, at 8 pm. $20/$16 in advance from

Monday, November 15, 2010

Extra, extra: In Other News, online

Posted By on Mon, Nov 15, 2010 at 9:00 AM

In this week's installment: Cancer patients are contagious, royal jets for sale and "heatballs."

Curses, Foiled Again
Los Angeles police reported that a holdup victim recognized the robber’s gun was a fake, so he grabbed it and beat the startled robber with it. Sgt. Jeff Collado said the bloodied suspect had to be hospitalized before being charged.

Two masked men entered a restaurant outside Green, Ohio, demanded money and then ordered the 17 people in the place into a storeroom while they stuffed a duffel bag with stolen cell phones, cash and wallets. A 20-year-old waitress slipped out the back door and called 911. Meanwhile, the robber who’d herded the people into the storeroom headed back to the dining room to help his partner. When the door closed behind him, it locked, separating him from the hostages. “We were all standing there crying when he started banging on the door saying, ‘Let me in,’” waitress Marla Sprinkle said, noting the room had a side door that led outside. “The cook said, ‘Everybody run out the door.’” The robbers, racing from the front door to the side door to recapture the hostages, were greeted by responding sheriff’s deputies, who arrested Joseph Cornelius, 18, and Jeramiah Haugen, 29.

A man wearing a transparent plastic bag over his head demanded money from a convenience-store clerk in Phoenix, Ariz. After threatening to shoot the clerk in the head, the robber stopped abruptly and ripped a hole in the bag, apparently to prevent him from suffocating. “It gives the impression, looking at the pictures, that he was using it kind of like a nylon to distort the appearance of his face,” police Sgt. Darren Burch said. “But he was having problems with his airflow.” Once he’d torn the plastic-bag, surveillance cameras got a clear shot of his face.

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Friday, November 12, 2010

Happiest Hour: The Union Club

Posted By on Fri, Nov 12, 2010 at 3:27 PM

Yep, we're just about out of here, meaning it's time for our weekly ode to local watering holes. This week's Happiest Hour: The Union Club.

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Virginia firm nears deal to purchase Macy's building

Posted By on Fri, Nov 12, 2010 at 10:20 AM

After months of speculation surrounding what will be the fate of Missoula’s historic Macy’s building downtown, the Independent confirmed today that the Charlottesville, Va.-based real estate investment firm Octagon Partners aims to purchase the Higgins Avenue structure.

“We are looking at the building to purchase,” says Octagon co-founder J.P. Williamson. “There’s a chance that if we move forward on the transaction it could close by year's end.”

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