Sunday, February 25, 2007

MIKA Relax (Take it Easy) from Life In Cartoon Motion

Took a ride to the end of the line
Where no one ever goes.
Ended up on a broken train with nobody I know.
But the pain and the (longings) the same.
(Where the dying
Now I'm lost and I'm screaming for help.)

Relax, take it easy
For there is nothing that we can do.
Relax, take it easy
Blame it on me or blame it on you.

It's as if I'm scared.
It's as if I'm terrified.
It's as if I scared.
It's as if I'm playing with fire.
Scared.
It's as if I'm terrified.
Are you scared?
Are we playing with fire?

Relax
There is an answer to the darkest times.
It's clear we don't understand but the last thing on my mind
Is to leave you.
I believe that we're in this together.
Don't scream – there are so many roads left.

Relax, take it easy
For there is nothing that we can do.
Relax, take it easy
Blame it on me or blame it on you.

Relax, take it easy
For there is nothing that we can do.
Relax, take it easy
Blame it on me or blame it on you.

Relax, take it easy
For there is nothing that we can do.
Relax, take it easy
Blame it on me or blame it on you.

Relax, take it easy
For there is nothing that we can do.
Relax, take it easy
Blame it on me or blame it on you.

It's as if I'm scared.
It's as if I'm terrified.
It's as if I scared.
It's as if I'm playing with fire.
Scared.
It's as if I'm terrified.
Are you scared?
Are we playing with fire?

Relax
Relax






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Saturday, February 17, 2007

Mika - Smart, Sexy, Rising Star Musician from UK

Check out MIKA on MySpace or on MikaSounds- a smart, sexy, rising star musician from the UK. MIKA was born in Lebanon and has spent much of his life in France and the UK. He brings a fresh, new sound to BritPop that is reminiscent of Queen and NYC's Sissor Sisters.

Mika's single "Grace Kelly" is at the top of UK music charts and is the #1 download on iTunes UK. His first album "Life in Cartoon Motion" was recently released in the UK and it is also at the top of the charts. It is scheduled to be released in the US on March 27, 2007.

Two singles, "Grace Kelly" and "Love Today" are available for download from iTunes in the US. The "Grace Kelly" video is awesome - check it out! There are some beautiful ladies that bring food to the party toward the end of the video - Mika said during an interview that they are family friends. I'll bet that there are other family members scattered throughout the party scene!

Musical talent is in the family gene pool. Mika's brother Fortuné provides backup vocal on "Lollipop" and "Any Other World" while his sister Paloma provides backup vocals on "Big Girl - You Are Beautiful" according to Discogs.

MIKA writes many of his own lyrics and music and he has a wonderful improvisational style and ability to create amazing sounds and effects, in addition to his singing, with his voice.

Show MIKA some LOVE by voting for him on AOL Music. He will be featured if he has the most votes by the end of March - GO VOTE NOW!

Here are some other people who are showing their LOVE for MIKA:

MIKA's Fan Club
Mika "Grace Kelly"
Pop Culture - Mika
Jumping on the Mika Bandwagon
Perez Hilton Valentine's Day Greeting from Mika

In fact, you can read ALL 10 of Perez's post here. Mika is that awesome!

J'aime les cheveux bouclés des Mika!

Jeffery in SF

( Photo Source: From Mika Myspace - http://www.myspace.com/mikamyspace )

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Armani and Ferragamo Discontinue New Merchandise Shipments to Macy's Stores - Customer Service Atrocious!


Armani and Ferragamo Discontinue New Merchandise Shipments to Macy's Stores - Customer Service Atrocious!

The consolidation and transformation of the Bon Marche, May's, and Marshall-Fields into Macy's is supposed to be a good thing, right? You have a huge retail merchandising conglomerate, Federated, that has tremendous purchasing power and influence over vendors. Theoretically, they can secure favorable deals with vendors and make a nice profit while passing savings along to consumers.

It appears that some major high end brands are pulling their merchandise from Macy's stores. According to two sales associates at the Macy's Men's Store in San Francisco, both Ferragamo and Armani are pulling new merchandise from Macy's stores. They didn't provide a rationale for the change, but my personal opinion is that it is because Macy's sucks. Rather than raising the bar with their multiple acquisitions and the consolidation of multiple retailers, they have lowered themselves to the lowest common denominator (in this case, the Bon Marche).

The only theoretic benefit Federated has is their real estate - they have many prime locations throughout the US and they can focus their efforts on stores that are performing well and close locations that are underperforming. However, Federated has made a big, BIG strategic mistake by consolidating their acquisition under the Macy's brand and then lowering the quality, service and selection of merchandise.

The addition of a new Bloomingdales's in the renovated San Francisco City Center, only blocks from Macy's on Union Square, represents unnecessary duplication as both are Federated brands.

A recent visit to the Macy's Men's store in San Francisco's Union Square was a nightmare!

Here's a run down of my dealings with Macy's Associate #277632 on Terminal 511 (2/17/07 at 4:27 PM in the SF Men's Store at Union Square):
  1. The shoe guy was retarded when I asked questions about the shoes - he didn't now which ones were on sale and couldn't really provide any details about the shoes (Nike and Adidas running shoes - pretty basic).
  2. I told him I take a 9 or 9.5 depending upon the shoe - he repeated it twice and then only brought me the size 9.
  3. He handed me the box and watched while I struggled to pull the paper wadded up in the toe out in shreds and untie the knotted shoe strings. He didn't offer to help with a shoe horn.
  4. He partially rang me up and then another associate threw my receipt at me because he wanted the cash register.
That was the extent of my interaction at the Miserable Macy's Men's Store in San Francisco.

Unfortunately, I had to shop at Macy's because I had a gift card to redeem, otherwise I would have made my purchase at Nordstrom. I love Nordstrom. They offer excellent service, a good selection of products AND they have reasonable prices. Neiman Marcus and Saks are too expensive for my budget, but I can splurge at Nordstrom.

I would love to see FD tank during their 4Q Earnings Webcast on February 27, 2007. However, their same store sales were up in November and they reported increases of 8.6% on Feb. 8th. If they had to drastically reduce prices to get hit these sales targets, their revenue may still be out of reach.

A well known investor, Carl Icahn, recently indicated a desire to more than tripled his stake in Federated Department Stores. Mr. Icahn is a well known for shaking things up at GM and Time Warner and he is involved with many other companies. He moves in on companies where he thinks the management is doing a poor job and then tries to get on the Board of Directors. He has had some success and who knows what this will mean for Federated Department Stores.

I think that Federated management is going to get spanked!

There are a number of other interesting comments regarding Federated Department Stores:

How to Kill a Brand
Will Macy's Attract Loyal Customers?
Not Satisfied with Macy's
Macy's Struggles
Marshall Fields by Any Other Name
Macy's Name Change Backfires
Tough Row to Hoe for Macy's


Ciao,

Jeffery in SF