Friday, October 31, 2008

14,000 Things to be Happy About

"14,000 Things to be Happy About," by Troubled Hubble:

Well, I couldn't think of 14,000 things, but here are a few items that have recently brought me joy:
1. It's Halloweeeeen!
2. 30 Rock is back! And very funny!
3. There's news about the upcoming Metric album!!!!!
3. 4 MORE DAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

4. Chris Otepka, the guy who sang the song featured in the video above, is hard at work on an album with his new band, The Heligoats. The End of All-Purpose is due out in early 2009.

The Heligoats - Been a Drill

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Mixtape for Barack Obama

A fellow who calls himself Logarhythmik has assembled a spiffy mashup of The Cool Kids' Bake Sale CD to help raise money for Barack Obama's presidential campaign.

The Cool Kids - A Party (Logarhythmix)

You can donate monies or you can just download the mixtape, it's tres fun. But whatever you do, be sure to get yourself to the polls on Election day.

Download The Bank Sale Mixtape

Barack Obama's Presidential Campaign Website

Just in case it hasn't been clear all of these months, I will be voting for Barack Obama come next Tuesday. Out of all of the endorsements I've read and seen thus far, I think I like Colin Powell's words about our next president the best:

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Ask Ladyhawke

Ladyhawke's Pip Brown will be taking your questions as NME's new resident advice columnist aka "Agony Aunt." You can email her your queries about inattentive boyfriends with pedicures that look better than yours until her tour ends.

I didn't know that there was a video for "Dusk Till Dawn" until now. I'm not late, I'm right on time for Halloween:


I'm actually getting some costume ideas for next Friday. Maybe I should just buy a freaky mask and a Ghostface Killah t-shirt and be done with it.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

"Drive to Work to Pay for this Car."

Gawker suggests some music for your listening pleasure while our economy takes a nosedive into the new Great Depression. Their "Depression Playlist" is satisfactory (Bowie's "Always Crashing in the Same Car" is a fitting inclusion), but I think the commenters hit the mark even better, with songs by Jimi, Sam Cooke, and Gillian Welch that very may well have been about our addiction to consumerism/the shit hitting the fan.

As for me, I think I'll continue listening to more of the same of what I've always been listening to. Listening to a lot of Metric, obvis.

Metric - Handshakes

If you've never seen Metric live, and you've never had the opportunity to scream "BAH-BAH-BAHDAH-DAH" along with Emily and hundreds of strangers, here's your chance:

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Fear and Convenience

Meet Linda Riss and Burt Pugach. In the 1950s, Linda began having an affair with the much older and married Pugach when she was 21 years old. When she tried to leave him for another man, Burt harassed Linda for six months before hiring two men to throw lye in her face. Linda was left permanently disfigured and nearly blinded from the attack. After Burt served a 14 year prison sentence, Linda married her former tormentor and the two have been together ever since. The couple became subjects of a documentary entitled, Crazy Love, which came out last year.

Are you following? It's pretty twisted.

I read Manohla Dargis's review of the film last year and I immediately thought that Linda was insane and wrote off the movie just like that.
We talked about Linda's case against the NYPD in class yesterday, and I've been thinking about this crazy story since.

Dargis writes:
"At 22, years before the women’s liberation movement could have presented her with viable alternatives to marrying her assailant — by then the only man left in her life — Mrs. Pugach was thrown into a darkness that enveloped her ... She seems to have been terribly, terribly alone. She’s married now, of course, but given her husband, it’s easy to believe she still is."

Dargis seems to blame Linda's plight on the pre-women's lib stone age, but I too have seen fear and convenience, albeit in much subtler forms. When the mothers, and mother's mothers have never glimpsed a romance, where will the daughters learn that someone who calls you out of your name because he can isn't very good company, and that someone who ever loved you would never hurt you like that?

From the Tyra Banks Show?

Thao Nguyen - Fear and Convenience

The Thao Nguyen song is a live version from her spectacular Daytrotter Session many moons ago.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

The Dead Trees

Portland band The Dead Trees [not pictured, but their awesome album cover art is], recently came off tour with Albert Hammond Jr.'s band.

The Dead Trees - Shelter

After listening to this song, the pair strike me as a perfect fit for a tour. Their respective harder-edged takes on Americana would complement one another nicely. Those most have been some pretty darn cool shows.

Because haven't we all been to shows that the opener and the headliner aren't a good match at all? I mean, really. Unfortunate.

The Dead Trees are still on tour, just not with Albert. Their new album, King of Rosa, comes out on October 21.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Sleeping For All These Years.

I was chatting with a college friend on Monday. The subject settled on work eventually. She didn't have much to say about her job. I didn't have much to say about school. We fill our days with static, it seems.

And then a guy named Nick Principe who records under the moniker LittleBear emailed me about a new EP that he recorded in upstate New York, and about how afterwards he went where the music took him, literally:

"Upon finishing the record, Principe packed his studio and his belongings into a car and drove across the country, taking the northern route and finally landing in sunny Santa Cruz, California. Now, in a new town on a new coast, Principe begins work on LittleBear's debut LP."

LittleBear - Smaller Trees

It makes me want to get in the car, and drive and drive.

LittleBear's first LP is still in the works, but you can download the EP on Principe's myspace page, for frees.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

I've heard this before.

On the way to lunch today, I had the misfortune of hearing that new Britney Spears song.

Um,

does it irk anyone else that it sounds like a sad "Boyz" knock-off? No one? Okay, maybe it's just me:

Friday, October 3, 2008

One Crazy Night, One Crazy New York


In honor of Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist's opening weekend, NYMag.com had a brills slide show up yesterday about the top ten One Crazy Night Movies. You know, there's usually an angsty brooding protagonist who harbors an unrequited love for a clueless interest, along with a conflict of seismic proportions -- and all of the above meets a happy or at least satisfactory end resolved in a neat little package at around the 90 minute mark. Sixteen Candles is on the list, so is an awesome Buffy episode.

Click here for the slideshow

In case you were wondering, Before Sunrise isn't on the list because the writers couldn't define it as a "crazy night." Understandable, I guess.

And then there's this awesome conversation between Santogold and Debbie Harry, also at NYMag, about crazy New York nights of a different kind, but worth a read all the same.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

The Un-Reckoning

I raced home to catch the end of Runway. I was all thinking, that Kenley, she is so going to get hers for being such a meanie.

Well, she did... but then she kind of didn't.

And then I thought, of course she wouldn't, because isn't that how it is?

P.S. - I didn't think the dress she made was that bad?

P.S.S. - Another Runway run-off, ooooh snap.