I need your support!

Hi everyone!

I entered a singing competition thinking I wouldnt make it and I'm a semi finalist!!! I made it this far it would mean a lot for me if you guys could go vote. It will only take a minute of your time. If i get enough votes, I can win a car and audition for objetivo fama :) PLEASE VOTE FOR ME!!


You can vote once a day and everytime you vote youre automatically entered in a raffle for 10,000 dollars... so please go vote as often as you can.
(its in spanish but its a little self explanitory)

I'm "Jessica from IL"

I'm also the only finalist from Illinois so please go represent :)

Melissa York gets neck Surgury 3/21/06 !

Melissa York gets neck Surgury 3/21/06 !
Body: Hey Guys-

If you didn't know, about a month ago she started having extreme pain in her shoulder and left arm, followed by weakness and some loss of control in her arm. After many visits to several different specialists and lots of asking around, surfing the web, and basically just agonizing over whether this is a good idea, they have come to the conclusion that it's her best option-- she could risk permanent damage in her arm if she waits too long.

Melissa will have to get major surgury on her spine for a ruptured disk in her neck (that's what happens when you drum like a tightly wound tin monkey! :), but seriously...
She has a ruptured disk in her cervical spine (neck) and has to get a discectomy and spinal fusion.
This surgery has a very high success rate and combined with physical therapy and body work after the surgery, she should pretty much be able to return to normal. They have been told that it takes about 6-10 weeks to recover (and about a year to get back to normal).

The Surgury will be taking place on Tuesday , March 21st and she will be returning home on the 22nd.

Because she is such a Bad-Ass Rock Star and has committed her life to Rocking for she doesn't have the best health insurance...

This is where you come in.

We are going to be collecting as much money for her over the next few weeks to help her with the burdening bills she will face.

Please let me know if you can help in any way...either a donation, you organizing a benefit in your town, or just well wishes...any thing would be gratefully appreciated.

Thanks so much for your support of her and our band- we love you all!

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PitchForkMedia has a new LT review up:


Live: Le Tigre
St. Andrew's Hall, Detroit, MI: 7 August 2005
Story by Johnny Loftus

There's Le Tigre the band with the roller skate jams. They're girls aloud rocking pastel patterns and gawky synchronized choreo like the hosts of an all-indie "So You Think You Can Dance". Then there's Le Tigre the trio of culture war revolutionaries. They've thrown open the payload door of an unmarked van and are arming tattooed, enlightened, and misunderstood teenagers with blackjacks and sawed-off baseball bats. "I'm all out of Molotov cocktails, kid; here's a cat o' nine tails, instead." And finally there's Le Tigre at their most effective, as a trio of fun lovin' propagandists who rile with beats, sly wit, and a lyrical cocktail of empowerment and self-deprecation. Live, all of this is on burst mode; it's in your face no matter where you're standing. Which is sort of exciting. But on a recent Detroit stop it was also only sporadically effective, as it was difficult to digest the music simultaneously with the message. It was the sound of the underground gone over the top, just like Le Tigre-branded ringtones.

St. Andrew's would eventually teem with kids dancing for inspiration, and maybe thinking about identity and political hostility on the way to their respective afterparties. But first, jaggedly mismatched openers Be Your Own Pet and Electrelane pitted youthful hyperactivity against studied post-rock throb, and the result was a completely neutralized push. When Le Tigre finally hit the stage, it was with synthesizers and guitars, snazzy outfits and a significant multimedia quotient. Strong vocals made up for the tapering effectiveness of burbling keyboards meeting ragged guitar chords for yet another few minutes of mechanized punk, color of rayon pink. Kathleen Hanna's yowl is still one of the coolest and most distinct things ever, and live she's even more of a bull in the heather, her voice like a big yellow arrow piercing the smoke clouds and poking into your neck, demanding action from your feet. Or your brain? The trio's handcrafted videos were also sharp and clever, abstracting feminism, politics, body identity, pop culture oddities, and human interaction into a concise, colorful packages that more than made up for Le Tigre's occasional lapses into rote indie electronic generica.

No one else really seemed to think it was rote. Cadres of punk kids, straight dudes, tattooed goons, gays, lesbians, and aging fans of Pacific Northwest indie rock started hundreds of competing dance-offs to the sound of the band. That's exactly what kept happening, adding a "we can dance if we want to" vibe to Le Tigre's suggested revolution. But the dancing also seemed to override everything by the end of the night. Sure, "Hot Topic", "Keep on Livin'", and "Deceptacon" effectively melded pulse, pride, and demands to wake up and take control. But despite Le Tigre's energy and honesty, some of its sloganeering seemed to lose the crowd, who would come roaring back whenever the electronic rhythms cranked again. Maybe it was a case of preaching to the converted, and the converted, being so, were just there to get down. But there's a larger question of what it really takes to meld activism effectively with musical fervor in the oversaturated 21st century, to effort that ultimate beat-down of the cultural status quo at the hands of an alt.lifestyle army. Trigger your "Mediocrity Rules" ringtone into a live mic at the Republican National Convention, maybe.