Saturday, January 26, 2013

Morrissey Health and/or Fashion UPDATE

(h/t Erin)

OMG OMG OMG OMG y'all O! M! G!

Picture Perez Hilton
b/c OMFG whatever
In sad and NOT AT ALL IRONICALLY parallel with the Duchess of Cambridge (you know, Kate Muddleton Middleton) news, Morrissey has been hospitalized.

I KNOW!!!

This marks the bazillionth time (just an estimate) that he's cancelled and/or delayed stops on this tour.

Pity poor Alfie Morrissey.

He just wants to be loved.

And to bitch about the royals.

Are either of those things so wrong?

He's a hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan. I will give any of my coworkers $20 if they can get a picture of him reading this on their smartphone.

Song of the Day: "Ohm"

New track from Yo La Tengo (which translates into Yo La Tengo because it's a proper noun).

The big dumb ugly tree in the video is in the dumb ugly park near where I catch the MAX which I don't do any more because they insist that other people are allowed to ride the train with me, and that's NOT a rule for my car. Also my car goes straight from my house and leaves when I want. Take that MAX.

If you want to see what I've lost all faith in humanity, check out the comments on the youtube page for the video. "Am not!!!!" "Are too!!!" It. Is. Awesome.



Song: "Ohm"
Artist: Yo La Tengo

Friday, January 25, 2013

Mashy mashy

I put my 2012 singles list aside a couple weeks ago and might just revive it to get it over with. I know you were wondering, scratching your heads and muttering "but it should be done by now dude."

I can smell your disappointment.

It smells a lot like AXE Body Spray and PBR.

While you wait, enjoy this lovely mash-up of 2 potential singles from my best of list. Spoiler alert: yeah, they'll be on there somewhere.

Ice ice baby

Portland's Japanese Gardens
My Twitter boyfriend Brandon posted this and I was all ooooh and aaah at the pretty. Now you can too.

"...And that's my fault?"

(h/t Wonkette)

Look, I'm not saying I know this particular Drunkman personally, I'm just saying that it's entirely possible I've crossed paths with someone who went to the same finishing school he did. Nothing more.

Song of the Day: "No One Knows Who We Are"

Kaskade, voted America's Best DJ 2011 by DJ Times but ranked at #30 according to DJ Magazine, is a clear example of why we need a real DJ playoff system. Unless Kaskade did some really horrifying stuff in the 6 weeks or so in between the 2 that brought his ranking down. In which case the system works.

I've no idea who the collaborators on the song are (Swanky Tunes and LIGHTS). I mean, I know the names, just not who they are as people. What are they about? How do they take their coffee? Who are y'all's influences? Shit like that.

His Fire & Ice (which this song is not from) could bring Kaskade a Grammy whenever those are (take that Liza). Only because Skittlerex is super hot and won Grammys last year, I suspect he'll win again. That's kinda how Grammys work sadly.



Song: "No One Knows Who We Are"
Artist: Kaskade/Swanky Tunes/LIGHTS

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Song of the Day: "Everything is Spoilt by Use"

The more I hear this song, the more I'm convinced it's a lost B-side from Tears for Fears featuring Tracey Thorn. There was a brief time I thought it might be The Blue Nile or OMD, but that's just crazy talk. Clearly Tears for Fears.

Which makes the fact that it's not annoying.

At least I take comfort in knowing that Ice Choir is a side project for peeps from 2 bands I like:  the neo-lush indie stylings of Depreciation Guild crossbred with the jangly Brit fuzz sounds of the Pains of Being Pure at Heart. It's like mixing 2 different kinds of ice cream you like together and then being amazed that you like that parfait.

I like this parfait. Who would have guessed?

Hands down smart asses.



Song: "Everything is Spoilt by Use"
Artist: Ice Choir

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Song of the Day: "Here With You"

(h/t Big Gay John)

"Asher is hot!" is the review I read. It's not the gist of the review, it's the entirety.

If it were Pitchfork they would have said "Asher's music is vast" or "layered" or something conveying a thorough and reasoned evaluation of the music.

Turns out "Asher is hot!" is sufficient. I'm not super attracted to him, personally, but I'm not NOT attracted to him. I just dig the song.

And do you know why I dig the song? Because it's The Wanted's "Glad You Came" which means it totally tribal.

Here you go, Pitchfork: "Asher is totally tribal."

And in the interest of full disclosure, Asher is Asher Monroe aka Asher Book aka Steve in NBC's Parenthood.



Song: "Here With You"
Artist: Asher Monroe

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Judgments

"Judgments" by Rosea Posey via I Love Charts
I'm in awe of this piece by Rosea Posey for a number of reasons. First, it's nicely composed. The image isn't jarring or lewd, but it's distinctive and makes a point even with restraint. It's a smart, thoughtful piece in my never-humble opinion.

Rosea has this to say about the piece:
I took this last year, but in retrospect, I think it’s my strongest piece from high school.  
Working on this project really made me examine my own opinions, preconceptions and prejudices about “slutty” women and women who choose to cover all of their skin alike. I used to assume that all women who wore Hijabs were being oppressed, slut-shame, and look down on and judge any woman who didn’t express her sexuality in a way that I found appropriate. 
I’d like to think I’m more open now.
Oh, yeah, and she did it while she was a high school student. I'm not sure what my strongest piece from high school might be but I'm pretty sure there wasn't one.

UPDATE 1: I meant to point out that her last sentence was eloquent in its simplicity and tone. So I'm doing it now.

UPDATE 2: Below, CRAP. The embed below used to include both tweets, but since the other account has been suspended by Twitter, you don't see the tweet at all. In it, the writer implores men to stop calling some women sluts and whores because that term isn't applied to men and boys. There are 2 points I need to make that I failed to earlier: first, yes the terms are applied to men, all the time--many of my friends are slutty friends, and most of them have a penis; second what about girl on girl misogyny? I think women are just as apt to apply those labels to women as men?

On a quasi-related note, can you believe @deniseromano ("Stop Rape & Gun Violence") would block me on Twitter.
I believe I was taking a very egalitarian position. VERY feminist, really. For that I was blocked. How sexist of Denise to tell some little girls that they can't grow up to be a slut or whore if they want to. Elitist, really. 

Another self-righteous Twitter-er tweeted that it was amazingly boneheaded of me to say that. I've added that to my profile description.

Someone with an iota of self-awareness might consider how insulting it is to say that to men and not, I don't know, women too (bitches do NOT get along with one another, trust me), but that's just crazy talk from an amazingly boneheaded man.

Song of the Day: "When I Dream"

After 2 albums of affable chamber pop, Ra Ra Riot seem to be taking a change of course, into a world of synth pop. The bass line here reminds of me Kanye's "Love Lockdown" from his foray into those same waters.

I'm not suggesting that Ra Ra Riot are doing everything Kanye does, just 4 years later. If they impregnate a Kardashian in 2016, I might change that.

Beta Love, RRR's third album, is out now.



Song: "When I Dream"
Artist: Ra Ra Riot

Monday, January 21, 2013

Song of the Day: "No Church in the Wild"

This track from Watch the Throne has 2 nominations for next month's Grammys: Best Rap/Sung Collaboration (covering Jay-Z, Kanye West, Frank Ocean and The-Dream and the hyphen between The and Dream is real and not a typo) and Best Short Form Video (same names are nominees and the video's director and producer).

I hadn't really heard much from Watch the Throne, but it's now on my list at the library.



Song: "No Church in the Wild"
Artist: Jay-Z/Kanye West/Frank Ocean/The-Dream