Tuesday, October 31, 2006

DeWine, Blackwell: Time for a Backup Plan

Posted By on Tue, Oct 31, 2006 at 4:27 PM

The latest CNN poll: Likely voters:Brown (D) 51% DeWine (R) 43% Likely voters: Strickland (D) 59% Blackwell (R) 36% -- Kevin Hoffman

Free Burritos, No Waiting

Posted By on Tue, Oct 31, 2006 at 1:23 PM

Mike Gallucci in Halloween garb.
Chipotle Mexican Grill celebrates Halloween today by giving away its big-ass burritos to anyone who walks in dressed up like one of its tacos, salads, or burritos. We think other businesses and organizations around town should also get in the spirit of the season. For example, free shots to anyone who walks into a local bar dressed like a bottle of J�germeister. Movie theaters can hand out free movies for people who look like their favorite stars. And the Ohio Republican Party can give out four more years of misery for people who dress up like this. --Michael Gallucci

Municipal Waste: What a Waste

Posted By on Tue, Oct 31, 2006 at 12:27 PM

Muni Waste: Just an off night?
If you love '80s crossover like we love '80s crossover, Municipal Waste gets you geeked like few other bands have since 1986. The Virginia metal-hardcore fusion squad was in town Tuesday, October 17, opening for Gwar and the Red Chord at House of Blues. Our man on the scene says the band's live performance didn't exactly recreate the infectious thrashing on display on 2005's must-have Hazardous Mutation LP: Man! You are gonna be sooo bummed out! Not that you missed the show, but what I have to report. We get there a little after 6:30, then get a drink and await Municipal Waste! They take the stage, play the first cut off the new album ["Intro/Death Ripper"] -- it was cool. Then they go into songs like "Waste 'em All," then "Unleash the Bastards" kind of killing it, then they jump into "Thrashing Is My Business and Business Is Good." Some old cuts, they were good, but mehhhh . . . ABSOLUTELY NO AGRESSION! The drummer Dave Witte -- I'm sorry, but he sucks! He doesn't hit hard. I was bummed, and we just kept shaking our heads. I can't even listen to their album anymore. They were horrible! Not very tight at all! I was super-bummed. I loved that record, but live, they can't pull it off. Maybe we caught an off night or something, but it was lame. I listened to Exodus' Bonded by Blood on the way home. At least that cheered me up -- real thrash metal! I had fun despite the lameness. Sorry to piss on them, but you would have too, believe me. -- Bumbed

LeBron: He's Got Potential

Posted By on Tue, Oct 31, 2006 at 11:55 AM

He also plays basketball.
Since I'm stuck in the middle ages with no TiVo, I, unlike more advanced creatures, still have to sit through commercials. For those of you who have forgotten, this really sucks. But my primitive ways did allow me to catch the debut of the new Nike basketball ads, featuring "The LeBrons," the goofy family of four all played by Cavs guard and local prophet LeBron James. This time around, the LeBrons are hanging by the pool while Athletic LeBron trains, Kid LeBron splashes around, and Old Wise LeBron taunts Business LeBron into diving in his fancy white suit. I saw this Sunday morning, so I couldn't exactly see straight. But I think Lebron's acting is getting better. This kid's going places, I tell you -- Joe P. Tone

Still Stuck for a Halloween Costume?

Posted By on Tue, Oct 31, 2006 at 11:47 AM

Tressel: Walk away if he mentions his "whistle."
It's Halloween, which means I'm once again dressed as an uncreative alternative-weekly writer too lazy and self-conscious to go balls-out for one night. However, if Saturday night in the Warehouse District was any indication, your office should be chock-full of lovable characters. Among the best costumes stumbled upon at the Map Room, Dive Bar, and Liquid on Saturday night: The Guinness Guys: So simple. White coats with Guinness labels, and bushy mustaches. Brilliant! Coach Tressel: A sweater vest, carefully parted gray hair, and clipboard. This was mostly cool because the dude walked around the whole night barking at people like an old-time football coach, and occasionally approached strangers at the bar and started drawing plays on his clipboard. Donatella Versace: Honestly, I didn't know who she was, even after she gave me a couple hints. But I'm a moron. Everyone else was hollering Dona! at this famously coked-out vixen -- pink dress, blond wig, long cig -- all night, possibly because they liked the costume, and more likely because they hoped she had the good stuff. Anna Nicole Smith, before and after: Dude in a fat suit and wig, girl in a blond wig and slim dress, with "TrimSpa" scrawled across the front. As the Guinness guys would say: Brilliant! -- Joe P. Tone

Mushroomhead Halloween: No Pumpkins, No BS

Posted By on Tue, Oct 31, 2006 at 11:44 AM

Mushroomhead came on late -- but strong.
Based on previous incarnations of Mushroomhead's legendary Halloween show, the band's fans had high expectations. And the group delivered, in a big way. After sitting through six opening bands (Cleveland's own Ventana being the highlight), the men in masks took the stage at just after midnight. Over the PA came the announcement: "Due to technical difficulties, Slipknot will not be appearing tonight," which was greeted by chants of "Fuck Slipknot!" from the cadre of 'Shroomers in the pit. Soon after, the lights came up, revealing their Nightmare Before Christmas-themed set, complete with falling snow. They didn't waste any time kicking into "Damage Done," from their new album, Savior Sorrow. The set was a good mix of old- and new-school Mushroomhead, mixing fan favorites such as "Bwomp" and "Solitaire Unraveling" with newer cuts like "12 Hundred" and "Kill Tomorrow."
It's not a party without snacks.
The real highlight came toward the end of the show, when Stitch and Little Dan (Skinny's drum tech and drummer for Ventana) came out wearing masks from two members of Slipknot (Dan wearing Chris Fehn's mask with the Pinocchio-style nose, Stitch wearing Shawn "Clown" Crahan's mask). When they weren't playing the large drums at the front of the stage, Dan proceeded to masturbate his mask's nose, and Stitch took off his mask and flipped the bird at it, eliciting fits of laughter from the crowd. Though some of the Thirteamers are bitching about it, singer Waylon seemed to talk a lot more compared to other shows, which seemed a good thing. Who wants to see a band just play its songs? One small disappointment this year: no pumpkin masks. But, because they're on tour, and the fact that the performance was nothing short of great, though shorter (a 40-minute set) than what we're used to, all is forgiven. -- David "Frito" Lay Scene photos by Walter Novak.

Monday, October 30, 2006

Plain Dealer Losing More Than Staff

Posted By on Mon, Oct 30, 2006 at 12:40 PM

Maybe you've noticed that The Plain Dealer just shed 17 percent of its workers. Now comes news that its losing readers too. According to the latest audit of the top 25 papers by circulation, The Plain Dealer lost .6 percent of its readers, making it the 17th biggest paper with 336,939 readers. But The PD might be considering itself lucky: The Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, and Los Angeles Times all saw declines of more than 5 percent. Ouch! -- Kevin Hoffman

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