How do you know when you're truly internet-famous? When you glitter-bomb a famous homophobe on C-SPAN? When the C-SPAN clip gets autotuned into a song? When your call for free ponies is embraced by the Bronies? Or when your music video, "I Am A Meme," goes viral on YouTube?
Not sure. But for perennial long-shot Presidential candidate, Occupy ally, and longtime friend of the Phoenix VERMIN SUPREME, we'll say this: a Vice Magazine mini-documentary won't hurt.
Boston Phoenix readers already know MIKE GILL: he shot a fantastic labor-of-love documentary about beloved indie heroes PIEBALD, his music videos have been voted as Best-in-Boston in our annual readers' poll, and he's working on a documentary about legendary Boston impressario BILLY RUANE
In the 1970s, Chicagoan Elmer Lynn Hauldren became famous as the Empire Carpet Man -- a grandfatherly fellow in overalls, who wanted nothing more but to help you get the best deal on carpeting. In real life, Hauldren wasn't a carpet salesman, or even an actor -- he was an ad man who also wrote the commercial's famous jingle: "Eight-hundred five-eight-eight two-three-hundred -- Empire!"
This week in the paper, our own Chris Faraone interviews journalist DAVE TOMPKINS on his new book, How to Wreck a Nice Beach, which outlines the history of the Vocoder. As it happens, we know some people who have access to a Vocoder, so above, listen to audio of Faraone reading a passage from Tompkins' book filtered through that very device (and set to images of vocoders, voice boxes, Russian flight attendants, fornicating astronauts, and hostage situations).
Via Bostonist, Blue Mass Group has video of our new Massachusetts Senator talking with Neil Cavuto on Fox News about the incident in Texas where a man lit his house on fire and then flew his plane into an IRS building in Austin. He seems to be saying that the guy shares a mindset with his own supporters. The relevant quote:
Last September, New Yorker staffwriter (and former Phoenix staffer) Susan Orlean laid out the case for keeping fresh poultry in the backyard: it's cheap, it's safe, it's fun, and it's environmentally sound. You would think that would be enough for the city fathers of Cambridge, Massachusetts.
KEITH OLBERMANN is a sports guy. Inside, we suspect he's not too happy about Martha Coakley's Red Sox flubs either. But there are times -- especially during the Hot Stove season -- when we put such minor things aside. Here's why:
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We're proud to say that former Phoenix intern Sam MacLaughlin (bro to former Web Managing Editor and scribe Nina) is featured in this Daily Show clip about the mad rush slow crawl to buy Sarah Palin's new book ("So you've come in character as everything that's wrong with America!"). He's the bookish lad around the 2:45 mark: "One more than seven!"
Tomorrow the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston opens its latest blockbuster, "Damian Ortega: Do It Yourself." It is, in the words of our own Greg Cook, a "survey of work by a former political
cartoonist whose sculptures — like a tin space capsule and mobile
victory obelisk — often address political and social themes from his