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SXSW: A FILM CORRESPONDENT’S THOUGHTS ON THE MUSIC SCENE

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Film badge holders tend to stick to screenings and interactive attendees have conferences, panels, and networking to do. You can only get so drunk in those circumstances before falling asleep or losing a deal. Music is different, and has the unruly reputation behind it. Continue reading

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ANTICIPATING COVERAGE OF THE TRAGEDY AT SXSW

Considering that there are literally thousands of amateur and pro journalists in town for the festivities, for better or worse, coverage of the mess will most likely be endless. Continue reading

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BAR HAVOC: BUSTED ANKLE, BROKEN HEART

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Oh, dear faithful Bar Havoc readers, how it pains me to admit defeat, to admit the mighty have fallen, to admit that I have literally been horizontal and wrapped up in elastic waistband pants for a week now. (Not the same pair of pants, that’s gross. I have two pairs on rotation, duh.) I haven’t been outside in that long, haven’t had a beer or a shot of fireball. Shoes? What are those? Someone said it snowed, but I’m not sure. I left the hospital after ankle surgery on Monday almost in tears, as they said I’m looking at a four-week recovery of foot-elevated, non-moving house-arrest. What the actual fuck?

The perks are minimal. I haven’t worn contact lenses all week. Or bronzer. Or mascara. I haven’t straightened my hair. I was finally able to wash my hair, my leg propped awkwardly out of the bubble bath, but you’re not supposed to get it wet after surgery. In the meantime, Facebook is my best friend. No, Instagram is. Or Twitter. Who wants to see another photo of my cat? To boot, I’ve watched every episode of seasons one and three of American Horror Story, The Biggest Loser, The Real World, Pretty Little Liars, and Mick Foley’s documentary, For All Mankind. I’ve lost track of time, napped more than my cat, and drifted in and out of reality depending on how many painkillers I had down.

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I’m pretty sure this is what it’s like to be a dog, patiently waiting, bummed out and alone after their master leaves for work. When the key turns in the lock and friends walk in, my ears perk up, and I can’t help but get excited. You’re home! Wanna play? Watch a movie? Look at this text! How was work? Who was there? Are you tired? Got treats?

On the slightly brighter side, I’m fortunate to have somebody taking care of me. Nevertheless, this is all especially strange since last week I was crying down another path in life. Apparently, there was a loop in time, and I traveled back through injury to when everything was almost fine. Now the thing I’m most worried about is hobbling around if I’m alone and landing in a “fallen and I can’t get up” pickle.

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Finally, I can’t tell if I’m getting fatter or skinnier. Don’t people get sores from staying in bed too long? How can I feel sexy with my foot swollen to the size of Andre the Giant’s neck? And why can’t I drink on antibiotics? Who came up with that rule? Can I learn to drive with my left foot? I can totally elevate the right one on the dashboard and use my crutches like turn-signal oars out the windows.

Who am I kidding though? I’m not going anywhere. I feel pale. And I look gross, so don’t look at me. Wait, come back, look at me, I’m bored. I promise–I’ll even tell you how this happened in the first place.

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MEDIA FARM: THE RESOLUTION WILL NOT BE TELEVISED

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Here’s a quick look at our recent coverage peeves–our final flush of the 2013 toilet–plus a short list of resolutions and predictions for the coming carnival. Continue reading

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ON THE VINE: THIS WEEK’S FUNNIEST VIDEO CLIPS

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It feels like only yesterday we were laughing at the Beyoncé memes running rampant across the interweb after her Super Bowl performance. Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: IPAD: THE MISSING MANUAL, 6TH EDITION

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Just in time for gifting purposes, O’Reilly Media delivers this new edition of the popular iPad:The Missing Manual. The timing’s ideal for non-holiday reasons too, as it’s only been a matter of months since the last major iOS 7 upgrade and release of new iPad models. As usual, this guide is an entirely useful companion, in paperback or even better via Kindle or iBooks. For those looking for a short version, the answer is yes–it’s worth buying for a loved one. Or yourself.

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ON THE VINE: THIS WEEK’S FUNNIEST VIDEO CLIPS

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The local news is saying we’re going to get hit by a huge storm this weekend, which means in all likelihood we’ll probably just get rain. Continue reading