Archive for July 20th, 2011

July 20, 2011

All Eyes on Alexander Ebert On World Cafe: NPR

by Accidental Bear

Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros plays live from his new solo record on today's World Cafe.

(via NPR)

Alex Ebert launched his musical career as frontman for the quirky Los Angeles dance-rock group Ima Robot. When the band stagnated in 2007, he reinvented himself as Edward Sharpe, leader of neo-hippie folk collective the Magnetic Zeros, whose hit single “Home” climbed the charts in 2010.

This year, the prolific singer-songwriter recorded a solo debut — literally. Ebert played every part on Alexander himself, crafting a collection of songs inspired by his diverse personal influences: hip-hop, ’70s psychedelia, Spaghetti Westerns and Paul Simon. The result is summery, laid-back and seemingly effortless, buoyed by Ebert’s pithy songwriting and natural charisma.

On today’s World Cafe, Ebert performs songs from Alexander, backed by the Magnetic Zeros, and discusses the process of going solo, which he describes as “addictive.”

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World Cafe

July 20, 2011

Handpicked News: Gay Comic Character, Studio Lot to Get Rainbow, Larry King Wants to Marry Anderson Cooper…

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Gay Comic Character
to Get More Play Kevin Keller, the gay pal of Archie, Betty, and Veronica, is going to get more ink: Next year he’ll star in a monthly comic in which he becomes president of his Riverdale High School class, and the ongoing Life With Archieseries will delve into Kevin’s future — including his marriage. Kevin, who was introduced last year and has his own four-issue miniseries this summer, “has proven to be incredibly popular,” Jon Goldwater, co–chief executive of Archie Comics, told The New York Times. “We’re just so proud of the success of Kevin and the fact that he adds a new dynamic to Riverdale.”

Wizard of Oz Studio Lot to Get Rainbow As tribute to a far-off land heard of once in a lullaby, Sony Pictures plans to erect aTONY TASSET RAINBOW SONY X390 (CULVER CITY TIMES) | ADVOCATE.COM
permanent 94-foot-tall rainbow sculpture by artist Tony Tasset on the Culver City, Calif., studio lot where The Wizard of Ozwas filmed over 70 years ago. 
The corporation received approval from the city in May to install the structure, which theCulver City Times reports “will be about nine stories high and span 188 feet,” near the studio’s Madison Avenue gate.                                                                                                                                                                    Larry King Wants to Marry Anderson Cooper Just weeks after Larry King recorded a public ANDERSON COOPER LARRY KING X390 (GETTY) | ADVOCATE.COM
service announcement in support of marriage equality in New York and posing for the famed No H8 campaign, the former TV host has become even more gay-friendly. According, the 77-year-old King recently told GQmagazine that he would “marry Anderson Cooper” during a game of Fuck Marry Kill in an interview for the August issue.

Texas To Revisit Evolution Education Debate Under New Conservative Chairwoman AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas State Board of Education meets this week for the first time under its conservative new chairwoman appointed by Gov. Rick Perry and is expected to rekindle the debate over teaching evolution and the origin of life in public schools. Perry, who is considering a run for president and has embraced social conservatives in Texas, named Barbara Cargill chairwoman earlier this month. Cargill, a biology teacher considered to be one of the more conservative board members, disputes the theory of evolution and voted to require that the theory’s weaknesses be taught in classrooms.

Religious Freedom Key To Debate On Gay Marriages WASHINGTON (RNS) Senators wrestled with issues of faith and religious freedom on Wednesday (July 20) as they debated a new bill that would allow the federal government to recognize same-sex marriages. The Senate Judiciary Committee held hearings on the Respect for Marriage Act, which was sponsored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and endorsed by the Obama administration.

July 20, 2011

Feeding the Gays: Rugby Player, Undies & Harp

by Accidental Bear

Rugby brute Gareth Thomas shows his playful side on Twitter.

July 20, 2011

Hair Ball of the Day: Those Eyes!

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July 20, 2011

Beard News: Brian Wilson’s beard gets its own Topps card

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Brian Wilson. Giants closer. Guy dressed like a freak at an awards show. He’s got a few tattoos and some funky hair. And he throws a ball pretty hard. Oh yeah, he also has a beard. Wow, imagine that. A person wears a long beard. Never seen that before.

I really don’t understand why people make a big deal of Brian Wilson and his beard, but they do. And people love it. So much so, that Wilson’s beard got its own card in a Topps baseball set.

The cards are an Allen & Ginter baseball set based on tobacco cards from the 1880s. They have a few special categories, one of which is the Fabulous Face Flocculence. There are 10 cards in the group, all of which depict a classic facial hair style. Number 10 on the list is Brian Wilson’s beard, pictured at right.

Pictured below are eight of the other nine cards. They are in order: The Lincoln, The Ironing Board, The Bib, The Darwin, The Neckbeard, The Goat-Patch, Burnside’s Sideburns, Thunderchops, and The Closer. Unfortunately we couldn’t lock down a pic of No. 3, The Conscientious Objector.

Fabulous Face Flocculence Pictures 



July 20, 2011

Beard News: Latest Zelda Ad Sees Robin Williams’ Beard Return (VIDEO)

by Accidental Bear

Robin Williams‘ personality stands by itself with no additional help needed. Adding a beard to his persona gives him a tad of mystery and an once of homeless hotness, that’s right homeless hotness.

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Ever since we saw Robin Williams in Nintendo’s over-the-top Zelda push last month, we’ve been trying to grow bushy grey beards of our own.

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We’ve failed miserably and no heavier did the weight of realisation weigh down upon us than when we set eyes on this latest Zelda advert, which sees the king of facial candy floss return.

The Hollywood legend asks us, “Will you be a hero of time?” which he pitches as a “simple question”. On the contrary, we can’t think of a more daunting and multi-faceted proposition. In the follwoing video  Mr. Williams gets all excited and goes a bit Aladdin’s Genie.

July 20, 2011

Belgians Grew Beards to Protest Lack of Government: REVOLT

by Accidental Bear

Bring on the beards, bring on the revolt in Belgium. Is this a bad reason to hope the revolt drags on. Longer revolt, longer more scruffy beards. AB

Image: Belgian broadcaster for French Regional Television Nicolas Buytaers, next to a statue in the Parc Royale in Brussels, shows off his beardBRUSSELS — Some are growing beards in revolt. Artists are venting their anger on stage and students will be out in force on Sunday. Their rallying cry? A proper government and — finally — an end to seven months of negotiations mired in recrimination.

For decades, the 6 million Dutch-speaking Flemings in Belgium’s north and 4.5 million Francophones in the south have grown increasingly apart in a bipolar kingdom that has contained the seeds of division since its inception in 1830.

Politicians are trying to broker a new constitution with increased regional autonomy to reflect that reality. But the work is proving long and hard. For over 220 days, since a June 13 election, the country has been rudderless.


July 20, 2011

Tattoo Model Alert: Beautiful Ful Men’s Collection Autumn/Winter 2011

by Accidental Bear

Punk dress up day or punk-young-professional? Yes, that’s Beautiful Ful (one l) Men’s Collection.

Beautiful Ful Men's Collection Autumn/Winter 2011

Los Angeles based, Beautiful Ful looks to bring classic looks of menswear in line with the California ideals. While this is not always a match made perfect, the collection for Autumn 2011 does offer a few garments that may lead you to examine their collection in more detail. Tattoos not included but more than welcome.

July 20, 2011

Furni Lowtop Moccasins: Tradition with a Twist

by Accidental Bear

selectism - Furni Lowtop Moccasins

Furni continues to play with traditional Canadian footwear this summer. You might remember their fine attempts to “Rock the Moc,” in the form of two “Rockassins.” The Canadian design firm is keeping things a touch simpler this go round, offering two lowtop mocs – one in caramel and one in black – both traditionally constructed.

Furni is taking orders for these beauties through August 4, 2011.

(Via Selectism)

July 20, 2011

God Father Nathan Clark, Creator of the Clarks Desert Boot, Passes Away

by Accidental Bear

Nathan Clark, Creator of the Clarks Desert Boot Has Died

A slight delay on this one. Mr Clark passed back in June.

“Sad news in the world of men’s footwear. Nathan Clark, creator of the iconic Clarks Desert Boot has died at the age of 94. We pull from the Telegraph UK obit: “Clark, a great-grandson of James Clark, who co-founded the Quaker footwear company in 1825, was serving in Burma during the Second World War when he noticed some servicemen wearing rough suede boots with crepe soles, of a type made by local tradesmen in Cairo’s Old Bazaar for British officers of the Eighth Army…After the war Clark returned to the family firm and, after further work on the design, took some pairs of Desert Boots to the 1949 Chicago Shoe Fair, where they were an instant hit.” (bltn)”

(via Selectism)

July 20, 2011

Stupid Humans: Leopard injures 11 people in India before Dying

by Accidental Bear
In this photo taken Tuesday, July 19, 2011, a leopard prepares to attack a forest guard, left, at Prakash Nagar village near Salugara, on the outskirts of Siliguri, India. The leopard strayed into the village area and mauled several villagers, including three guards, before being caught by forest officials, according to news reports. The leopard, which suffered injuries caused by knives and batons, died later in the evening at a veterinary center.
In this photo taken Tuesday, July 19, 2011, a leopard prepares to attack a forest guard, left, at Prakash Nagar village near Salugara, on the outskirts of Siliguri, India. The leopard strayed into the village area and mauled several villagers, including three guards, before being caught by forest officials, according to news reports. The leopard, which suffered injuries caused by knives and batons, died later in the evening at a veterinary center.

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July 20, 2011

All Eyes On Elephant, Twin brothers Jackson and Coleman: Punk-infused Hip Hop Duo

by Accidental Bear


they make LGBT culture look something like that acid trip that nearly killed you.”

To fight for your own identity is to fight for everyone’s. Our message is in our DNA. Being yourself and embracing it, owning it, maybe the message of Elephant–but more importantly–could be the meaning of life itself. Although we’re not particularly philosophical as musicians, it’s unavoidable when explaining this great big holy mess. We find that people often ask us the same questions. “How the fuck did this happen?” “What exactly happened to you?” Whether or not this is a good thing (we’re still unsure), it seems that we’re one of those bands that almost requires an explanation. If we tried to explain exactly how we became “artists”, that’s easy: we were born with passion that we best express through music. But, that’s not what people want to know. What they’re really after is the dirt: did we both come out of the proverbial closet at the same time and–as a sort of therapeutic release—air our angst-ridden tales of rowdy bathroom stalls, heroin binges, month-long hunger strikes, and the like? Maybe. Maybe it was years of feeling like we couldn’t survive high and certainly couldn’t survive sober that have opened our eyes to this mindset of “not giving a fuck” about anyone else’s opinions, judgments or suggestions. Dark roads tend to do that. Or this could all simply be a fated part of our path. Since the moment of conception it seems that path has been headed toward a—hopefully—deeper understanding of what’s important to us as individuals. Elephant is our way of embracing that identity. If we can’t embrace it, how will we get down that long road to higher self-discovery? Maybe that’s how this happened, -Elephant


July 20, 2011

Handpicked News: Small Penis? You May Be a Bottom, Al Franken Destroys, Gays and Republicans Both Love Subway…

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Gays and Republicans Both Love Subway (thank god, I was concerned) According to a recent study from YouGov BrandIndex that asked consumers about positive or negative gossip on current brands, members of both parties ranked Subway as one of the brands with the most positive buzz over the last six months. Others ranking highly were Ford, Amazon, and Netflix. For the first time, the survey also tracked brands’ images among LGBT consumers. Their top brands during the first six months of 2011? YouTube, Google, Netflix, and Amazon were the highest rated. LGBT people also ranked Apple, iPhone, and iPad in the top 10 of the technology-dominated list, and they loved Subway too.

Small Penis?
You May Be a Bottom 
Turns out Republicans and gay men do have something in common: They’re both unhappy with a new study the National Institutes of Health subsidized in order to find out if a gay man’s penis size has any correlation to his sexual health According to The Daily Caller, the Hunter College Center for HIV/AIDS Educational Studies Training research, titled “The Association between Penis Size and Sexual Health Among Men Who Have Sex With Men,” was initiated in 2006 and surveyed 1,065 gay men. Among its key findings: Those gay men who felt they had small or inadequate penis sizes were more likely to become “bottoms,” or anal-receptive, while gay men with larger penises were more likely to identify themselves as “tops,” or anal-insertive. Another discovery from the research: Men with smaller penises were more likely to be psychologically troubled than those with larger genitalia. The goal of the study was to understand the “real individual-level consequences of living in a penis-centered society.”

Bill O’Reilly: News Corp Being Attacked By ‘Vicious’ Opponents Exploiting Hacking ScandalBill Oreilly
 Bill O’Reilly said that the phone hacking scandal is being exploited by “vicious” opponents of News Corp with an ideological agenda. O’Reilly was speaking on his Tuesday show to Nile Gardner, a British member of the Heritage Foundation. O’Reilly noted that the scandal was a serious one, and said that any guilty journalists should be prosecuted. But then, he said that the scandal was being over-hyped.

Iraq: Obama Administration Debates Continued Troop Presence In Face Of Withdrawal Deadline (I’m Confused?) WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is facing a major political and strategic dilemma as it debates a continued troop presence in Iraq after this year’s deadline for withdrawal passes. Several Iraq experts and former defense officials, including people who were involved in the formulation of the original 2008 agreement that permitted American troops to remain in Iraq, said the administration appears to be wary of the consequences of leaving Iraq in full, or with too few troops left in place – and is in the process of seeking a new pact with the Iraqi government.

FRANKEN DESTROYS FOCUS ON THE FAMILY WITNESS, EXPOSES MISUSE OF HHS STUDY (VIDEO) During this morning’s Senate DOMA hearings, Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) destroyed Focus on the Family’s Tom Minnery’s argument that children are better off with opposite-sex parents by demonstrating how Minnery misrepresented an HHS study. The study — which Minnery cited to oppose marriage equality — actually found that children do best in two-parent households, regardless of the parents’ gender. Watch it:

July 20, 2011

Morning Warm-up or Cool Down Videos, You Choose: A Summer Place, Stephen Colbert – It Gets Better & Cat Poop

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