Thursday, August 28, 2008

Acceptance

...It is that promise that forty five years ago today, brought Americans from every corner of this land to stand together on a Mall in Washington, before Lincoln's Memorial, and hear a young preacher from Georgia speak of his dream.

The men and women who gathered there could've heard many things. They could've heard words of anger and discord. They could've been told to succumb to the fear and frustration of so many dreams deferred.

But what the people heard instead – people of every creed and color, from every walk of life – is that in America, our destiny is inextricably linked. That together, our dreams can be one.

"We cannot walk alone," the preacher cried. "And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back."

[Acceptance Speech Transcript]

I am so proud, and so excited about what is to come.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Youtubing: New Raphael Saadiq Video!

For his single, "Love that Girl." This record is going to be so good. So good! Time flies, I can't believe it's coming out next month. You can currently buy "Love That Girl" on iTunes:

I need to get off of the computer now.

The First Week of School.

Tilly and the Wall - Alligator Skin

The bit about "jumbled up thoughts in a jumbled up head" pretty much sums it up. Thanks, Tilly.

But apparently this is normal? Kind of?

I'll let you know how the second week goes.

Tilly and the Wall's new album, O, is out now.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

"Good Things Are Coming Our Way"

"I know they always have."

I'm still a little anxious about starting school tomorrow, but every once in awhile I'll get these crazy moments of calm and reassurance where I'll think, 'it'll be okay, it'll be all good.'

To anyone else going back to school tomorrow, or next week, or the week after that, I wish you the best of luck.

Rival Schools - Good Things

Also good? Rival Schools is getting back together. Yes, they're playing shows on the East and West Coasts, and methinks they're recording an album too...

Even better? Bloc Party's second single from Intimacy, "Trojan Horse." It is bad. ass. I keep streaming it off their Myspace page. Because I wanna buy the album, but times are hard. Real hard.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

The Black List

"[The Black List] works as a series of living portraits, 21 prominent African Americans offer their own stories and insights on the struggles, triumphs, and joys of black life in the United States ... While filming The Black List, Timothy Greenfield-Sanders invited each participant to sit for a portrait. Shot on his large-format 8 x 10 camera, the images were printed as large-scale color photographs, 58 x 44 inches each. The result is a powerful exhibition making its U.S. museum premiere at the MFAH."
[from MFAH website]

I don't know when I'll find the time to see this, but I'll definitely have to schedule it in. The exhibition will be up until October 26 at MFAH. The film, The Black List, will premiere on HBO on Monday, August 25.

Danish Reggae

If you were ever curious as to what that sounded like, then you know that song in that Target commercial? The one with the two girls crumping around in their dorm room? Yeah, that's it. I heard the song in its entirety on the radio the other day and I think it's pretty rad. I don't really understand what is being said, but I imagine that it's a little dirty. Especially since the phrase "hit that," is thrown in there a couple of times.

Enur - Calabria (featuring Natasja)

So Enur is the DJ who made the beat and Natasja is the woman who is singing. Sadly, Natasja died in a car accident last summer. A visit to her Myspace page shows that she was incredibly talented and possessed a lot of promise for great things to come.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

The Cho Show


So, in case you haven't heard, The Cho Show debuts tonight. I think it will be awesome, just like comedienne Margaret Cho's 90's series, All-American Girl, even though I was really young when it debuted and couldn't quite appreciate all of said awesomeness.

In a recent interview with Jezebel, an older, wiser, but still irreverently kick-ass Cho talked about being every woman:
"I always want people to feel beautiful. I try to be super positive about my body, and super positive about not saying, 'I feel fat and I feel ugly.' Of course I have moments of weakness, and sometimes I have interviews on those days. ! I don’t want be self-deprecating in the way that comes too naturally for women. I want to be a woman who is really proud of her physical being, I am proud to be forty, am proud to be in this body. People don't get to see a lot of real women on TV who haven’t had plastic surgery, who haven’t had botox, and I’m totally normal. In my new TV show, I try to be naked a lot because I think it’s important for viewers to see a real 40 woman looks like, but also because how things were for me the last time I had a show. When I first had a screen test [for her 90s sit com All-American Girl], I wore a midriff shirt and my stomach was showing, and one of the executives said, don't ever, ever do that again."
[more at Jezebel]

Cho Show is on at 10p CT tonight.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Portrait of a Family

The September issue of Essence features Gwen Ifill's cover profile of the Obamas. As usual, Ifill does her thing and does it well. But I also find the Obamas' candor refreshingly honest. Plus, Michelle's mother just might be my favorite.

There's a cool Rihanna fashion spread up in this month's issue, too, out on newsstands now.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Summer Song Revisited


I would like to revise my Summer song of '08 choice. Sorry Estelle, I'm gonna have to go with Lloyd's "Girls Around the World" instead.

Lloyd - Girls Around the World

Mkaythanksbye.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Cool Enough

So All Points West was cool enough, but that was mainly because I got to spend a beautiful summer day watching live music with Hunter :)

My favorite performance was by Nicole Atkins [pictured] and her band The Sea.

Nicole Atkins - Cool Enough

She's such a natural on stage, her witty banter and energized presence made it feel like a variety show. Plus her cover of Patti Smith's "Pissing in a River" killed. Time Out Chicago says she's working on a covers album, isn't that grand?:



The rest of day was a tad exhausting, and not in a good way. It might have been the hour and a half that we spent waiting for the ferry to take us back to Manhattan, or the fact that I've possibly been spoiled by all of the awesome outdoor music shows that I've been to in the city (most for free...). It all seemed for not.

I don't know if it has something to do with my year away, but activities that were once routine weren't as fun as they used to be. I don't know how I kept up when I was living in the city. I was practically running on empty then. It was great being back, but it oddly made me feel more at peace with my decision to leave and the idea that I can actually make a life for myself elsewhere. And that the city will always be there when I'm good and ready, should I decide to have another go of it.

The show that I was most excited for, the one that I bought my APW ticket for, was well, a bust. I think there's a blog whose name says it best; "it's not the band I hate, it's their fans."

While Hunter and I were struggling in vain to hold on to our prime viewing spots over at stage left, a group of annoying teenage girls squirmed their way to the front of the crowd assembled to see Radiohead. One claimed that she was clausterphobic and couldn't breathe because there were, like, so many people!!!! And another, without missing a beat, squawked, "Um, so like, who's on next?!"

Sigh. Jesus wept.


"...This place got nothing,
that I could want.
But I think that someday,
I might feel different..."

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Love Psychedelico


I remember reading this Slate article last year that talked about the reasons why Japanese rock is so absent from the American music scene. The article's author believed that this was because Japanese bands tend to be, "...bracingly experimental and jubilantly retro..." I hope that's not why I'm only starting to hear about a pair of American garage rock worshippers who call themselves Love Psychedelico. Kumi and Naoki have this thing down, perhaps even more so than the average heartland upstart.

Love Pyschedelico - Standing Bird

Hacktone Records is distributing the group's latest record, This is Love Psychedelico, in the U.S.

Youtubing: Lights Out

I like Santogold's video for "Lights Out," but it begs the question, can I audition to be one of her nondescript backup dancers? I could rock it, I can do the robot:

Monday, August 4, 2008

"This Will Be Our Year"

Sadly, this will not be Georgie James's year. Nor will any subsequent years for that matter.

P4k reports that the blond haired wide eyed duo has broken up. Judging from the note that they left on their website, the split appears to be amicable, but it's still a bummer. Their debut album, Places, is a royal flush of crisp pop songs that is best when listened to from start to finish, a rare find in the 'singles only' climate of late.

I think I listened to Places the most out of all the CDs I brought with me on the plane ride to Ghana. They kept me company while the British fellow to my right kept falling asleep on my sweater sleeve, and for that I will be forever grateful.

This is one of my favorite Georgie James' songs:

Georgie James - Look Me Up

I really would have liked to have seen where these two were going to go with their sound. As far as the future goes, Laura Burhenn is continuing on with her solo career, and John Davis has started a new group.

Here are the two singing a cover of The Zombies' "This Will Be Our Year:"

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Youtubing: Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist

I just might pay money to see this movie. It's based on the YA novel of the same name, stars Michael Cera (collective awww), and has a soundtrack that looks promising.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Anti

Have we really become this anti-social?

"...Slydial turns out to be only the latest in a breed of new technologies that fit squarely into an emerging paradox: tools that let users avoid direct communication.

Technologies like e-mailing and blogging give the communicator the power to choose the time and manner of expression. Now, some academics, text messengers and creators of technologies say a trend has emerged: We are constantly just missing one another — on purpose."

[from the NYTimes]

I think we have.