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10B -The Michigan Daily - WeekeHaldNgaZIIne- Thursday, September 11, 2003

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WEEKEND ENTERTAINMENT
TODD WEISER - WAITING FAR PORAN
NO MORE DEATH TO THE PIXIES?

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The Michigan Daily - Weekend Magazine
Space odyssey:
A ecorating guide to si
college mind, spirit and budge

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I take back anything bad I ever said.
Bi LLoARD
TOP 10
1. Love R Life, Mary J.
Blige - Congratulations on
being No. 1 Mary. It won't last.
Wait, did I say that out loud?
2. Metamorphosis, Hilary
Duff - I thought her name was
Lizzy McGuire. Why does she keep
changing her name? Is this like the
Prince mbol thing?
3. eNeptunes Present..
Clones, W ahus Artists -What a
fitting name, since Pharrell actually
looks like he's from another planet. I
mean seriously, have you ever seen
a more alien-looking dude?
4. Greatest Hits Volume II
And Some Other Stuff, Alan
Jackson - All I want to know is
whether or not "Chattahoochee" is
gonna be on this. That's my jam.
5. Drankin' Patnaz,
YoungBloodZ - Are they even
allowed to drink yet? How young are
these "so called" YoungBloodZs.
6. Dangerously In Love,
Beyonce - I'm fighting the
temption to burn this CD.
7. Fallen, Evanescence -
Wow, after 26 weeks on the charts
what is left to say? Leave!
8. Bad Boys II Soundtrac
Various Artists - P. Diddy, Nelly
Murphy Lee, this is history y'all
Could they have played "Shake ya
Tailfeatha anymore in the movie?
9. Jackpot, Chingy -Yatzee!
Chingy really hit it big with this
one right herr. Uh, turn my head-
phones up!
10. A Rush Of Blood To The
Head, Coldplay - I can get the
same effect from a 7-11 slurpee.
Good luck with Gwyneth.

Sitting her wishing on a cementfloor' not. Who influenced you? Kurt Cobain maybe. Weezer prob-
Just wishing thatIhadjustsomethingyou ware ably. There would be no Nirvana, and specifically no
"Cactus"- The Pies "Smells like Teets Spirit," without Cobain's constant Pixies
listening sessions and "Teen Spirit" blueprint "Gouge Away"
Bands break up. It can happen at any time, unexpectedly on the Pixies consensus masterpiece Doolittle. Weezer
or forever forecasted. Death, age, ego; something always singer/guitarist Rivers Cuomo also co-leads the long list of
finds a way to tear apart the groups you love. Well, except post-Reagan Era bands that wear their Pixies influences
for the Rolling Stones. Even at 100, Mick won't be able to proudly. The Pixies impeccably crafted the punk enthused,
say no to groupies a fifth his age, and Keith Richards some- genre mixing, soft-to-loud explosion of a blueprint for alter-
how found the perfect combination of heroin, pot, liquor, native rock that bands like Modest Mouse, Guided by
heroin, beer, sex and more heroin that makes up Ponce's Voices, Superdrag and Spoon have fit to meet their own
enchanted fountain of youth. But the Glimmer Twins are strengths to the delights of millions unaware of the Pixie-
pretty much the exception. control on the music scene of today and tomorrow.
Breaking up should be okay (sometimes it isn't eve r h trd Talk of a reunion has slowly built. It started with
to do). Artists are allowed to go their separate ways; world Santiago's guest appearances on several albums by Black's
there be an "Imagine," a "Walk on the Wild Side" or e :n a newest group, Frank Black and the Catholics. Next came
"She Bangs" if Lennon, Reed and Martin had never leJ th lir David Lovering, drummer-turned-scientific magician, as a
previous supergroups? strange but welcome opening act for Black on two recent
Yet, like a movie star dying young, the early divorce o ly tours. Then the rumors gained a speck of credibility when
adds to a band's legacy. Acceptance is hardly ever accept A Black, appearing on London's XFM radio, talked of the band
by hardcore fans, and never okay with those unlucky enough occasionally getting together and his fantasies of a more for-
to discover the band post-separation. This column is for mal Pixies reunion. Black said, "It's like those schoolboy
those late bloomers and their ever-present talk of reunions, dreams when you don't do your homework and you don't
for they should beware the ides of April and with it the pos- study for the test, but I'm at the gig and we're hanging out,
sible second coming of indie rock messiahs the Pixies. but it's an utter failure and I don't know the songs, and hard-
In the case of the Pixies, I have long been a member of the ly anyone turns up forthe gig and people walk out."
reunion-pleading whores. First introduced to the Pixie world Now, that speck has become a bomb. In a report on MV,
in middle school by my guitar-playing bastion of good an anonymous spokesperson for the band claimed plans for
music/friend Paul, I immediately fell in love with the spaced- a worldwide tour starting in April and the possibility of a
out Beach Boys poppiness of ex-Pixie frontman Frank new EP to follow. How a band that has been broken up for
Black's (known as Black Francis in his Pixies days) solo 10 years has an official spokesperson is anyone's guess, but.
material. I was only a few years tardy of the Pixies last world the news is being reported as nothing less than the genuine
tour, but as I quickly gobbled up and swallowed all five article by myriad news outlets. Black's manager admitted to
records I also learned of the "Who's Afraid of Virginia Billboard that the band has received offers every year since
Woolf?"-like battles between Black and bassist-turned- the break-up, always turning them down, but did not for-
Breeders.frontwoman Kim Deal. Magically foreshadowed mally deny the MTV report.
on the Surfer Rosa outtake included at the beginning of And looking beyond the truth issue is whether any such
Spanish-language track "Vaios" Black once said "You reunion couimeasure up to thepectations of the die-hard
fucking die" as a joke, but by 1993 they both meant it. indie rock fans the world over A regrouping.could go the
In 1986, Mr. Francis (real name Charles Michael way ofN.WA. (unfulfihlingly comprsedA of new tracks try-
Kitteridge Thompson IV), Ms. eal (then using the pseudo- ing to be old), the Stooges.(an.alder but equally energetic
nym Mrs. John Murphy), guitarist.Joey.Santiago and drum- version ofthe classic band) or the dreaded way ofthe Beatles
mer David Lovering found each otth e growing music (forever non-existent).
scene of Boston. Today, the Pixies stand as the most influen- For what it's worth, I've got a whole bag of pixie dust in
tial band of the late '80s and early '90s. They are the Beatles hope that it's just the magic needed to get Frank, Kim, Joey
of ourgeneration, save for the whole worldwide fame thing. and David in Detroit sometime soon.
Nearly every modern rock (and all its subsidiarygenres)-Todd.apologizes to Scottfor ever doubtinga Pixies
outfit owes a debt to Black and co. whether they know it or reunion. He can be reached at tweiserumich edu.

Courtesy o Universal
is he wearing my Spider-Man costume?
WEEKEND
BOX OFFICE
Gross in millions of dollars
1. Dickie Roberts: Forner
Child Star (6.6) - What mental
giant of a film executive gave this
movie the go ahead? Probably
the same one who approved "Joe
Dirt."
2. Jeepers Creepers 11 (6.5)
- Despite earning less than
"Dickie," at least this movie made
more than one that has been out
for three months.
3. Pirates of the Caribbean:
The Curse of the Blac Pearl
(5.2) - Argh, this is a good
movie. Johnny Depp listed PePe
Le Pew as one of his influences.
4. Freaky Friday (5.0) -
Here's an idea, we' l have two
people switch bodies and hilarity
will ensue. How original.
5. S.W.A.T. (4.5) - Stupid
Witless Action Thriller. Best cop
movie ever: "Super Troopers.
6. The Order (4.4) - I order
this movie to be banished and
ne'er return.
7. Open Range (4.2) -
Westerns are still cool, despite
Kevin Costner s best efforts.
8. Seabiscuit (3.7) - Didn't
these people learn their lesson
from the Horse Whisperer?"
9. Freddy Vs. Jason (3.2) -
Freddy s anger must come as a
result of sexual tension and an
inability to relieve himself.
10. Uptown Girls (2.4) -
White trash meets high society.
in thispiece of poop ... I mean
cinema.

It's about space. Your own space versus
shared space. Wall space, counter space,
too much space, too little space ... way too

By Mary Deyoe
For the Daily

little space, breathing
refrigerator space anad
- living space.
There is a lot to deal with when
first stepping back on campus, and 1
decorating an apartment or house1
may not feel like the most vital, but
until one's living space is settled one
cannot be completely settled either.+
Considering this, it may seem as
though very few people on this cam-
pus are in fact settled, but that is the1
beauty of the decoration process -
it is 100-percent personal.
Although, when visiting a friend's+
house, you might prefer to have
something more comfortable or sub-
stantial to sit on besides the empty
keg that was never returned, they
may have no problem with it at all.
That keg might be there as a daily
reminder of that great Welcome
Week party and with that, a valued
piece of decoration.
But, if oversized alcohol contain-
ers are not your cup of tea, do not
fear. There are dozens of other ways
to direct the decoration of your
space. The greatest roadblock faced
when dealing with space is that there
always seems to be too much where
you don't need it, and not nearly
enough where you do (the latter
being the most common since the
majority of college living quarters,
in terms of size, rival that of the
backseat of a mini Cooper). So, the
plan is to maximize the space that
we have to work with, and in order
to do that, it must be remembered
that less truly is always more.
Photo Editors: Tony Ding,
Brett Mountain
Photographers: Ashley Harper
Brett Mountain, Jonathon
Triest, Ryan Weiner
Cover Photo: jonathon Triest
Arts Editors: Todd Weiser,
Managing Editor, Jason Roberts,
Scott Serilla, Editors
Editor in ChIef: Louie Meizlish
ManaingEditr, asonRobrts

space, shelf space,
closet space. In short
You may be daunted by massive
blank walls, but try and fight the
urge to immediately cover them with
multiple posters or tapestries. This
will just make the room seem small-
er. Wall space is sacred - don't hide
it with clutter. Keep the wall orna-
ments to a minimum. Posters are not
the end-all-be-all. Try some of these
ideas:
Postcards: They're small, they're
cheap and they might even inspire
you to keep up with actual written
correspondence (maybe?)
Magazine advertisements: They
tend to be stylish, witty, and feature
hot models.
Mirrors: They make rooms appear
miraculously larger.
Comic strips: Cut out the
"Boondocks" or your favorite car-
toon and tape it to your wall. With
any luck, visitors to your room will
think that you actually read the
paper.
Photographs of your friends:
They are what college is all about
(your friends not the photos.)
If after that you are still not feel-
ing ambitious enough to decorate,
allow your friends to decorate for
you. Buy long sheets of white butch-
er's paper and cover your walls.
Leave out a bucket filled with mark-
ers, pens and crayons, and let your
guests' creativity go wild. After a
few weeks go by with a number of
parties tossed in, and a handful of

Stores, such as Vintage to Vogue, offer cheap and easy decorating solutions.

post-bar tirades, you may find your-
self running back out for more
paper.
We may have been conditioned to
restrain ourselves from coloring the
walls at home during early childhood,
but the desire to do so never died.
Moving on from the mere aesthet-
ics of your space, there is also the
matter of furniture and appliances.
Many houses and apartments on
campus are furnished, but for those
students who dropped their suitcases
and boxes off in an empty room
when they got back to campus, here
are two words: "Meijer" and

"Target." Get there as fast as poss
ble. At Meijer, five-piece dinin
room sets range from $160-$20(
Desks, television stands, and boo<
cases all hover around the $75 marl
and for the frugal consumer in us al

NEWS IN ENTERTAINMENT

Daily Arts Mix Tape
Look Ma, No Words: Instrumentals

SLIPPERY WHEN WET, WHAM-0
sUEs - The makers of the Slip 'N
Slide filed a lawsuit Monday over a
scene in the smash hit "Dickie Roberts:
Former Child Star" that shows actor
David Spade skidding to a painful halt
on the summertime water toy.
Wham-O is asking a judge to order
the film out of theaters as long as it
contains the Slip 'N Slide scene, or for
a disclaimer to be added urging view-
ers not to try the maneuver made by
Spade.
In the movie, Spade jumps belly first
on the yellow plastic sheet without first
inflating it with air and water. He then
coats the slide with oil and crashes into
Sa fence.
The lawsuit, filed against Paramount
Pictures and Happy Madison
Productions, charges the filmmakers
violated its trademark by using the

product without permission.
JUSTICES GIVEN WALK-ON ROLE, ON
OPENING NIGHT -- Supreme Court
Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen
Breyer and Anthony Kennedy played a
role in the opening night of the
Washington Opera's 2003-'04 season.
The four took the stage during the
raucous party scene in Johann Strauss
Jr.'s comedic opera "Die Fledermaus."
Wearing judicial robes, they were
introduced as distinguished guests of
Prince Orlofsky. Except for a colorful
fan carried by Ginsburg, they looked as
if they had walked right off the bench
onto the stage.
They decided to participate in the
event after the president of the
Washington Opera, Michael
Sonnenreich, wrote them, offering parts
that required no rehearsal.

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...1. Led Zeppelin "Moby Dick".. ..............
2. The Beastie Boys "Sneakin' Out the
spita"..................
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3. The Who "Hail of the Mountain King"
. .... ........................................................................... .. . ..
4. Frank Zappa "Peaches En Regalia" n
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5. The Minutemen."Cohesion"
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6. The Dave Brubeck Quartet "Time
Out"
..*7. John illiams an d the LSO
"Themes from Jurassic Park"
.......nF..Fv.Br
.8. Ben Folds Five ''Birds" Frank

....... B...............................................
. J....immy Smith."Root.Down"
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10. Edgar Winters Group "Frankenstein"
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,12..Brian Eno. "Deep Blue Day"
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13..The Reverend Horton Heat"Big Sky"
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.14...hey..Might.Be~Giants.....Space
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15. Queens of the Stone Age
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...16. The P romise Ring "e Don't.
.appa..Like Romance"

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