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Lady Gaga?! With Kid Cudi!? At the Fox?!

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Yes, that’s correct Gaga fans, the Lady herself will take stage at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis on January 7. The concert is part of her film-referencing “Monster Ball” tour, which launched in late November (Gaga announced plans for this tour about two weeks after the Kanye-Gaga tour fell through).

Lady Gaga's "Monster Ball" tour is in promotion of her latest album, "The Fame Monster". Gaga and rapper Kid Cudi will perform at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis.

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Written by Katie Davis

December 5, 2009 at 3:43 pm

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Swings into Columbia

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One of the forerunners of the modern swing movement, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy visited Columbia and played some jazzy numbers as part of the University Concert Series for Jesse Auditorium Wednesday night.

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Emoticons: A Debate

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A dear friend did what people in our brave new world do when they encounter a good article on the internet and emailed one from Salon by Mary Elizabeth Williams titled “Death to Smiley: why emoticons need to die :-(”

Williams finds the birth place of the smiley before it became an epidemic in text messages and emails across the nation. Like most things on the internet, the emoticon was invented by a geek before it was adopted by the cast of The Hills and Perez Hilton, who I presume texts a lot of smileys. It was birthed on September 19, 1982 by a Carnegie Melon computer scientist.

But Williams hates emoticons. To her they are a lower and simpler form of communication that reveal desperation on the part of the sender. They are childish and require too much effort; one has to turn her head sideways.

What is it about the emoticon that fills me with such loathing? Maybe it’s the wastefulness of the enterprise, the redundancy of it, the implied lack of confidence in the writer’s ability to communicate, or mine to comprehend. If you say, “I’m looking forward to seeing you tonight,” I think you’re looking forward to seeing me. If you say, “I’m looking forward to seeing you tonight. :-),” I think you’re not sure I understand the extent of sentiment in that seven-word message. And if you write, “I’m looking forward to seeing you tonight ;-),” I think your assumption of getting laid this evening may have been a bit premature, Winky.

I, however, like emoticons. Once you discover that a colon and a closed parentheses looks like a sideways smiley, you can create a variety of alien smiley’s and other fantastic facial expressions. They are fancy exclamation marks with more versatility than the conventional ‘!’ or the ‘?’.

Sure they may be reminiscent of the failed “happy experiment” of the 70s. But the yellow smiley face of the flower children of the 70s has grown up, it has adapted to amuse us in our texts and emails while still making great foggy-mirror art.

I don’t know why Williams has to be so cranky about emoticons =] They do nothing but shed a little joy on our increasingly demanding digital existence. My personal favorite is the Cyclops *) which admittedly works best on the cell phone. Dollar signs make great shades too $).

I suggest that hating emoticons is like accusing Barney the purple dinosaur of plotting to convert children into large purple beings. I suggest that those that have issues with emoticons are revealing deep flaws that are probably the consequence of severe trauma.

I suggest that if you hate emoticons, you visit a qualified and prestigious psychiatrist and inquire about the latest psychological disorder making its rounds around your neighborhood. I suggest that if you hate emoticons, there is something wrong with you.  😉

Written by DaddyWells

December 2, 2009 at 12:07 pm

Ensemble Galilei Performs with NPR’s Neal Conan

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"Ensemble Galilei"

Consider a picture book with background music in a movie theater and you will find “First Person: Stories from the Edge of the World.”

Experience thoughts from Charles Darwin literature and many more famous explorers, aided by Ensemble Galilei’s music and National Geographic Image Selection Photographs.

A group of musicians known as Ensemble Galilei have combined visuals and narratives with their melodic compositions. Neal Conan, the host of NPR’s “Talk of the Nation,” narrates their latest show titled, “First Person: Stories from the Edge of the World.”

Pictures from National Geographic are displayed on a movie screen behind the performers on their various instruments. Their music incorporates Irish, Scottish, early and original music.

The next local showing of Ensemble Galilei with Neal Conan, is in Joplin, Mo., March 6, at Pro Musica Joplin in the Central Christian Center, 410 Virginia.


  • Kathryn Montoya, recorders, oboe, and whistle
  • Sue Richards, Celtic harp
  • Carolyn Anderson Surrick, viola da gamba
  • Hanneke Cassel, Scottish fiddle
  • Allison Edberg, early fiddle
  • Glen Velez, percussion (selected performances)
  • Neal Conan, Narrator
    For selected performances: actor Bill Pullman and Liane Hanson from National Public Radio

People Under the Stairs

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Emcees Thes One and Double K comprise the LA underground hip hop group People Under the Stairs, a.k.a. PUTS.

Since 1998 PUTS has released seven albums. Their latest release is the exhilarating ‘Carried Away’, which came out on October 13.

Peruvian Thes One (Chris Portugal) and LA original Double K (Michael Turner Jr.) met in the early nineties and soon released their first album, ‘The Next Step.’ Since then they have maintained a relatively low profile while continuing to produce better and better material.

‘Carried Away’ is the album you want if you are hosting a house party. See if this video makes you get up and dance:

Written by DaddyWells

November 10, 2009 at 1:37 pm

Stephen Colbert has his Eyes on the Gold

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This winter, the U.S. Speedskating team will have a very unusual logo on their suits, that of the Colbert Nation.

TV Colbert Olympics

Photo from AP

This past October, team’s original sponsor, DSB Bank, was forced to declare bankruptcy  by a Dutch Court, according to a report on

With competitions at the World Cup and the Winter Olympics quickly approaching and the loss of its financial backer for the past three years gone, the team was short $300,000.

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Written by Anna Gaynor

November 10, 2009 at 1:09 pm

KCOU Sponsors a Battle of the Bands

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Thirteen bands are gunning for your votes at The station and the Student Union Programming Board are sponsoring a battle of the bands. They’re all fighting for the chance to play at Memorial Union.

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