Five Things ::::: Week of September 22nd

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1.  The Lip-Reading Dead

Let’s start with something funny, shall we? I love the “Bad Lip-Reading” channel on YouTube. This week, the unleashed this hilarious treatment of one of my favorite TV shows: The Walking Dead.

2. Rise of the Monarchs

Over the last two years, Monarch Butterfly populations have dipped significantly. Many factors are at play, but the bottom line is that the number of butterflies wintering in Mexico has sharply declined. This fact has spurred many efforts to help boost the population. My family has gotten into the act as well, planting milkweed and other monarch-friendly vegetation in our yard. We’ve seen many more butterflies this year that last and now this news story suggests that the number have come back in a big way!

3. True Detective(s)

I was a HUGE fan of the first season of HBO’s True Detective. The nuance, the writing, the acting, the directing, the shock and the surprising conclusion were all pitch perfect. I’ve been waiting patiently for real news about a second season and now it’s trickling out! Two stars have been confirmed: Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn. I think these are both great choices for this series! Now, Rachel McAdams is rumored to be close to signing on as well. That would make for a great leading trio. I can’t wait to see new episodes!

In the meantime, check out this great parody of the show starring another couple of great actors!

4. < 400 Bar

Legendary Minneapolis music club The 400 Bar closed it’s doors in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood a couple years ago, in a sad turn of events. Then, a bonkers story emerged that the bar would re-open in a new location: The Mall of America. And soon it was confirmed through a posting in the mall itself: the club would re-open along with a miniature music museum.

But sometimes these things are just too strange to be believed. This week a posting appeared indicating that the 400 Bar had been evicted before it had even opened. Apparently the financing wasn’t in place and the new venture just couldn’t get off the ground and owed the MOA $326,460.66 in back rent already. Ouch! I think we can safely say the 400 Bar is gone for good, legacy intact.

5. Music News

Sure, U2 dropped a surprise album a couple of weeks ago, automatically downloading it to thousands of people’s phones without their knowledge and making many of them angry. But we all know the king of crazy music distribution models is Thom Yorke of Radiohead. Last week he started teasing some kind of new music project that many assumed to be the beginnings of a new Radiohead album. Today, Yorke pulled back the curtain on a new SOLO album and announced it would be sold and distributed through BitTorrent! 

Yorke says:

“It’s an experiment to see if the mechanics of the system are something that the general public can get its head around,” Yorke explained in an issued statement. “If it works well it could be an effective way of handing some control of internet commerce back to people who are creating the work. Enabling those people who make either music, video or any other kind of digital content to sell it themselves. Bypassing the self elected gate-keepers. If it works anyone can do this exactly as we have done.”

Radiohead >>>>> U2.