Wes Phillips  |  Jan 11, 2006  |  0 comments
I like Andy Ward's illustration style, especially some of these recreations of classic album covers. Of course, in his "Fantasy League Allstars 1," he does have Hendrix playing guitar right-handed, but maybe in his fantasy Jimi plays rightside up.
Wes Phillips  |  Jan 11, 2006  |  0 comments
Already tired of the James Frey and JT LeRoy scandals? Actually, that sounds like a Jeopardy question: Two writers Wes never heard of before they got outed as fakes.
Stephen Mejias  |  Jan 11, 2006  |  4 comments
I'm pretty happy with the way yesterday's entry came out, but it didn't go the way I meant it to.
Wes Phillips  |  Jan 11, 2006  |  0 comments
Jon Iverson, Stephen Mejias, and I were sitting in the Venetian's food court after the Primedia cocktail party on Saturday night with Mo-Fi's Coleman Brice and Music Direct's Bes Nievera, Jr. We'd wanted to grab some sushi, but Tsunami (what an unfortunate name) didn't have a reservation for five for another two hours and our second choice, an Italian restaurant (what else?) had just laughed when we asked. So we wound up eating pizza slices off of vinyl tables rather than sashimi off of bamboo.
Larry Greenhill  |  Jan 11, 2006  |  1 comments
Climb the AP's stairs day by day,
Push on through the screaming fray,
Get those pictures anyway.
Robert Deutsch  |  Jan 11, 2006  |  2 comments
Hansen is a new line of ultra high-end speakers from Canada, using proprietary drivers and said to feature extremely dense, non-resonant enclosures. The company is headed by Lars Hansen, who, as former president of the Dahlquist Corporation, is no stranger to the world of high-end speakers. The sound of the Prince ($27,000/pair, third model from the top) was simply excellent—an auspicious debut, I felt.
Larry Greenhill  |  Jan 11, 2006  |  2 comments
"Larry, I've just come from the Alexis Park." Tom Norton, editor of Ultimate AV" button-holed me. "I think the Pioneer speaker is worth a visit. It's one of the only new things I've found over there." Tom's words rung in my ears. Had to see it!
Wes Phillips  |  Jan 11, 2006  |  0 comments
Jimi Hendrix on Swedish television in 1967. Need I say more? Computer speakers don't do it justice, turn it up.
Wes Phillips  |  Jan 11, 2006  |  6 comments
Make mine a Venti? Give me a break! I once asked a Starbucks counterperson why they called their humongous-sized hot-milk drinks "ventis." "That's Italian for twenty," the barrista said. Riiiight, like any Italian I've ever met would slam down 20 oz. of coffee at a time.
Wes Phillips  |  Jan 11, 2006  |  0 comments
This is so cool—the Library of Congress has posted excellent scans of pages from its exhibit of manuscripts from the era when Timbuktu was not synonymous with "as far away from here as you can get." Nine hundred years ago Mali was a flourishing trade center, serving as the entry point for goods from the Mediterranean and exit point for African trade. And, at the height of the Middle Ages, it was a nexis for scholarship and science.