By Alex Frank
Other Side Drive October 16, 2012
Topping celebrity news this week…
Felix Baumgartner has become the first skydiver to break the speed of sound. Even though his historic jump was postponed until Sunday, the Austrian skydiver reached a maximum speed of 833 point nine m-p-h during his jump over the New Mexico desert. No one has ever reached that speed wearing only a high-tech suit. Baumgartner came down safely in the eastern New Mexico desert about nine minutes after jumping from his capsule 128-thousand-100 feet, or roughly 24 miles, above earth.
Gary Collins, known for his roles on TV series The Sixth Sense and The Wackiest Ship in the Army has passed away. The television and radio personality passed away early Saturday morning of natural causes. Collins acting career started in small roles such as Yes Dear and Burke’s Law. Collins became known for his easygoing hosting style and hosted the Miss America Pageant and Hour Magazine. He was 74- years- old.
Miley Cyrus has one less thing to worry about. Jason Luis Rivera, the 40-year- old man who hopped the fence of Miley’s home, was convicted of misdemeanor trespassing and resisting arrest. The incident took place in early September when Rivera was arrested at Miley’s home after he made his way onto her property claiming to be her husband. Luckily Miley wasn’t home, but someone else was and they called the police. Rivera was sentenced to 18-months behind bars.
Even though most couples on the reality TV show The Bachelor don’t tend to work out, there is one couple that is going strong and has some good news. Season thirteen bachelor Jason Mesnick and wife Molly are expecting their first child! For those who don’t remember, Jason went on the show as a sweet single dad looking to find someone. Jason originally proposed to Dancing With the Stars contestant Melissa Rycroft, only to then break up with her on national television for Molly. Melissa has since bounced back and Jason and Molly have been married since
2010. Their new bundle of joy will be a new addition to their growing family.
Jason has seven-year-old son from his first marriage.
Rapper Nelly shouldn’t mess with Texas. The rapper’s tour bus was stopped at a border patrol checkpoint in Sierra Blanca, Texas. After searching the bus, police found heroin, marijuana and a gun. Nelly was on board his tour bus with six other members of his entourage when border patrol canines detected drugs. The tour bus was stopped for further inspection where a small plastic bag of pot, 36 Ziploc bags of heroin and a loaded gun were found. According to police, a member of Nelly’s entourage said the drugs and gun were his and he was taken into custody. Nelly and the others were released. But Nelly isn’t the only musician that’s run into some trouble at the Sierra Blanca check point. Other notable incidents involved Fiona Apple and Willie Nelson.
Robin Roberts has many things to be thankful for. After spending a month in a New York hospital for a bone marrow transplant, the Good Morning America co- anchor has finally been released and is home. After enduring eight days of chemotherapy to prepare her body to accept donor cells from her sister, the 51- year-old underwent the procedure in mid-September to treat the rare blood disorder myelodysplastic syndrome. Once the transplant was done, the co-anchor spent much of her time in isolation to help her fend off any infection, so her body will accept the new cells. Roberts says she feels like she got a new lease on life and is thankful for all the support she has gotten.
Jim Carrey is alive and well. Last Wednesday, a R-I-P Jim Carrey Facebook page was made saying the 50-year-old actor passed away in a place crash. Carrey’s rep immediately cleared up the rumors saying the page is fake and Carrey is alive. Carrey, of course, isn’t the only star that has been killed off via the internet. ChrisBrown, Eddie Murphy, Paul McCartney and many more celebrities have all been victims of the death hoax phenomenon.
Sammi Kane Kraft, whose baseball skills and 70 m-p-h fastball landed her a role in the 2005 remake of Bad News Bears, died in a car accident in Los Angeles last week. The Los Angeles Fire Department says that a collision was reported around 1:30 in the morning, and involved a single vehicle and big rig. Kraft was a passenger in the car that was traveling fast when it rear ended a big rig and then was hit by another car. The driver and Kraft were both trapped inside of the car before taken to two separate hospitals. The driver was treated for minor injuries and then arrested on suspicion of drunk driving. Kraft was transported to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center where she was pronounced dead. She was 20-years-old.
End of Daze is the latest EP from the melodic guitar-pop band Dum Dum Girls. This release feels like a slow procession through a bleak existence that culminates with the acceptance and embrace of the darkness. The droning of “Mine Tonight” sets the stage for a release that’s dripping with 90’s angst all while remaining uncontrived.
“Lord Knows,” is the first single from End of Days and was awarded “best new track” by Pitchfork Media. Dee Dee’s powerful vocals stand out over the distant echo of the drums and faint guitar chords creating a sense of serenity in this thematically dark song.
The closing track, “Season in Hell,” is a fitting resolution for this EP and is also the most painfully 90’s song I’ve ever heard. “Season in Hell,” explores thematic contrasts between veiled happiness and the underlying darkness and pain by layering up-tempo instrumentals with an up-beat vocal cadence and soul-crushing lyrical phrases
Overall Dum Dum Girls do an impressive job making a dated musical genre sound fresh and interesting all while reflecting the world back upon itself in a short 18- minute release. The EP works better when viewed as a single work as opposed to the pick and choose nature of today’s casual music listeners.