April 7, 2013 |
This Coachella edition gathers new music by lesser-known artists gigging this weekend's music festival as well as one epic reissue by a recently reunited group. If you haven't the desire, money or constitution to spend three days surrounded by so many humans under the desert sun, you can find comfort in the tracks (and watch the whole event live online). Kurt Vile, "Wakin on a Pretty Daze" (Matador). The Philadelphia singer and guitarist's new record is a guitar rock gem of the classic variety.
March 18, 2013 |
Stamps.com Inc. was typical of many companies that imploded during the dot-com crash more than a decade ago. Flush with start-up cash, it spent recklessly on employees, sprawling office space and acquisitions. Workers raced through the company's 90,000-square-foot Santa Monica headquarters on Razor scooters, ate catered meals and tracked the company's stock price with visions of riches. Executives spoke of a day when everyone would print their own postage - and pay Stamps.com a monthly fee for the opportunity.
March 9, 2013 |
A Berkeley city councilman is proposing an email tax to help the cash-poor United States Postal Service stay afloat. Gordon Wozniak suggested that using email, which is partially responsible for killing off demand for letter-carrying services, could save “vital functions” of the post office, the news site Berkleyside reported. “There should be ... a very tiny tax on email,” he told the City Council. “There should be something like a bit tax. I mean, a bit tax could be a cent per gigabit and they would still make, probably, billions of dollar a year.” The problem is, such a levy wouldn't be legal unless the Internet Tax Freedom Act is allowed to expire in 2014.
March 7, 2013 |
Five of the rowdiest, rarest and best-known muscle cars of an era when gas prices were less than 40 cents a gallon have been immortalized in a new series of U.S. Postal Service stamps. The stamps in the "Muscle Cars Forever" collection, whose makeup has already inspired debate among muscle car aficionados, depict the 1966 Pontiac GTO, the 1967 Shelby GT-500, the 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona, the 1970 Plymouth Hemi 'Cuda, and the 1970 Chevelle SS. "I was a little surprised at the cars they chose," said Steve Dale, a salesman at Showdown Muscle Cars dealership in Port Charlotte, Fla. "They left out the [Chevrolet]
February 24, 2013 |
Question: My husband and I will be traveling abroad for several weeks. We plan to pack lightly so that we do not have to check luggage. However, we will need more toiletries than we can carry on our planes so we are thinking about shipping them ahead. Can you give us any advice? Patricia Koch Long Beach Answer: Because of the cost of luggage services, I would ordinarily recommend sending toiletries (which Koch said couldn't be bought at the destination) by a known entity, such as the U.S. Postal Service, UPS, FedEx and DHL. Jami Counter, senior director of TripAdvisor Flights, agrees.
February 22, 2013 |
Lance Armstrong is now in trouble with the U.S. government. The Justice Department has joined a lawsuit filed two years ago by another disgraced cyclist, Floyd Landis, MSNBC.com was first to report on Friday. The government could claim that it was defrauded by Armstrong, who denied using performing enhancing drugs while riding for the U.S. Postal Service team in the Tour de France but has since admitted to cheating in such a manner. The government, which has a strict ban on illegal drugs, paid at least $30 million to sponsor Armstrong's racing teams.
February 20, 2013 |
Snail mail is fast going out of style. How is the U.S. Postal Service trying to stay hip? By launching a fashion line. The quasi-government agency, which is struggling financially and recently announced plans to stop delivering letters on Saturdays, said this week that it will start a line of clothing and accessories. The collection, to be called “Rain Heat & Snow,” will be made through a license agreement with Cleveland-based apparel firm Wahconah Group Inc. The Postal Service will not incur any cost and will collect royalties from sales, according to USPS spokesman Roy A. Betts.
February 11, 2013 |
This post has been updated. See below for details. Owl City can retire now -- the real thing is back. Synth-pop duo the Postal Service, whose one and only album, "Give Up," influenced a generation of bedroom producers with its catchy but complicated songs, on Monday morning released its first new music in 10 years. Called "A Tattered Line of String," the song features singer Ben Gibbard's typically infectious vocal melodies and programmer Jimmy Tamborello's dance-along rhythms.
February 10, 2013
Re "Cash crunch gives USPS a good chance to reform," Column, Feb. 7 I am surprised by the zeal with which David Lazarus advocates for massive changes at the U.S. Postal Service. Talk to the individuals who deliver your mail and you'll find that many letter carriers are military veterans. Massive job cuts will push many of them into a terrible economic situation. Forcing them to start over at FedEx or UPS is callous. Lazarus' idea of USPS Internet coffee houses makes me cringe.