PMJ For A Cold Night – Von Smith “Shake It Off”

Coldest night since last winter!

So, here is something to warm up with: the Postmodern Jukebox version of Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off.”

(If video above does not play click here for YouTube.)

On lead vocals for PMJ: Von Smith, ladies and gentlemen. He’s come a long way from the top 17 on American Idol, has he not?

PMJ Overnight: “On Hold” Genre Variations

If you’re up late randomly clicking on links in search of diversion, the selection above (or click here) likely will suit the purpose:

The great Scott Bradlee and Postmodern Jukebox performing “on hold” recorded message variations in 10 different musical genres. I’m partial to Motown.

With Postmodern Jukebox, The Future Is Meta – And It Is Beautiful

Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox is a cultural phenomenon on the verge of breakout, currently putting on a series of powerhouse concerts in select cities.

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Scott Bradlee (on keyboard) and Postmodern Jukebox launched their current tour on Friday at the Rex Theater in Pittsburgh.

We were able to get tickets to Pittsburgh’s Rex Theater this weekend for their North American tour’s sold-out opening night (Friday) which, fortuitously, featured Von Smith in his first live performance with the group. (Smith is “Man with Chihuahua” in the “Anaconda” video, on which more below).

Here’s the one-word concert review: Whoa.

My advice: Run, do not walk: Tickets are still available to see this amazing group of performers, on only their second trip in North America. There are about six cities left in the Eastern portion of the tour from Montreal down through Knoxville, and then about as many out West from Seattle to Tucson. If you’re in the DC area, the best bets are probably Philadelphia on October 26th or Charlottesville on the 27th.

Click here to find tickets. For most shows they also offer a separate meet and greet “vintage mingle,” a unique opportunity to talk to the band, at this early stage in the growth arc when they can still do this type of thing. Ticket prices are ridiculously low.

(I learned, for instance, that bassist Adam Kubota already has a Three Wolf Moon shirt, but has not been able to get himself a bolo tie. So, holiday gift idea.)

Don’t miss this. You can thank me later.

(Check #PMJTour on Twitter, or on Facebook, for audience reviews and reports.).

With a respectable portfolio of viral videos, and having their first group performances before live audiences earlier this year, much of this talent-soaked musical company just relocated from Brooklyn to Los Angeles – from the cultural outskirts to the center of influence, which is appropriate because they have one of the few veritable “new ideas” in recent memory.

Not too far in the future, they are likely a Next. Big. Thing.

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Who is Kwasi Fraser?

He is the mayor-elect of Purcellville. Leesburg Today describes him as a, “political neophyte.” Be that as it may, he just clobbered vice-mayor Keith Melton’s bid to succeed Bob Lazaro, 68% to 32%.

To begin with, FirewallNOVA says “congratulations” to Mr. Fraser!

Now, really… who is he? Like most candidates, he’s provided biographical data you can find online. But, in a fiction as convincing as William Shatner’s hairpiece, town elections in Loudoun county are non-partisan. Politically, the question is, “Which way will Purcellville’s new mayor swing?” Draw your own conclusions from a couple of items we found for you.

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Did loudounprogress.org Touch a Nerve?

Loudoun activist Jonathan Weintraub is saying on his Facebook page that a post encouraging people to vote for Bob Marshall (apparently in an effort to defeat the inevitable nomination of Barbara Comstock) has offended someone who has been able to take loudounprogress.org offline. Well, the site is offline, but that can happen for a lot of reasons. Regardless, while we wait for it to return, read on to see what FirewallNOVA was able to pull from the Google cached copy of loudounprogress.org’s original post.

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Girl Scouts CEO Pleads Guilty To Embezzlement

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Linda Carne, who served as CEO of the 12,000-member Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth from April 2010 through December 2011, was convicted yesterday of embezzling nearly $23,000 from the organization.

One of the few salaried persons within the Scout hierarchy, Carne was paid in excess of $100,000 a year.

Read the full story at the Times Dispatch.

LCSO Seeks Public’s Help To Identify Costco Larceny Suspect

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Suspect shown at Sterling Costco around 3:45 pm on Saturday, April 19
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 20, 2014

Contact: Liz Mills, Director of Media Relations and Communications, Liz.mills@loudoun.gov

Loudoun County, VA- The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance to help identify a suspect who injured two deputies as he attempted to flee from the scene of a larceny at the Costco in Sterling, Virginia.

Loudoun County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the Coscto on Price Cascades Plaza around 3:45PM on Saturday for a report of a larceny in progress. A male suspect was attempting to take televisions from the store.

Deputies confronted the man and attempted to stop him from fleeing the area. The suspect entered his vehicle, closed the driver’s side door on one deputy’s hand. A second deputy attempted to grab the suspect through his window. The suspect drove away, dragging the deputy for approximately 60 feet and striking a Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office patrol car. Both deputies were taken to a local hospital and have since been released.

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This 2004-2006 model Acura with NY plates is the vehicle of Costco larceny suspect

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office has released still photos of the suspect and the suspect vehicle. The suspect was driving a 2004-2006 model Acura with New York tags.

If you have any information regarding the possible identity or whereabouts of this suspect, you are asked to call Detective W. Promisel of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office at 703-777-0475. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are asked to call Loudoun Crime Solvers at 703-777-1021. If the information leads to an arrest and indictment, the caller could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1000.
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