Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Manly men, in nature, with food.

I've been cracking up about this all day: http://selleckwaterfallsandwich.tumblr.com/

What could be better than Tom Selleck with a waterfall and a sandwich?

from: http://selleckwaterfallsandwich.tumblr.com

How about Johnny Depp on the beach and some enchiladas verdes?
Jude Law in a field of wildflowers with a gigantic plate of nachos?
Guy Pierce and a picnic basket full of pot brownies, who cares where?

Just saying.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Ragan Fox and Liz Phair

I love to walk around downtown listening to Ragan Fox's "Fox and the City" podcast. There's something about sharing a sidewalk with uppity tourists and listening to some really funny, really clever guy joke about cum farts and Sarah Palin's retarded child. Hi. Larious.

Today I listed to the episode "Exile Cubed," which was less about celebrity gossip and more dedicated to his 2009 book of poetry "Exile in Gayville" and how it (and his life) was inspired by Liz Phair's 1993 debut album "Exile in Guyville." A repeating theme in both: promiscuity and non-relationships.

I was never a huge Liz Phair fan. Maybe it's just that I was way too young to appreciate her when she first hit it big. But I'm inspired to get into Exile in Guyville after hearing Ragan Fox talk it up.

Look how cute she is in her first music video for "Never Said." Damn... remember the '90s?

She was about 26 years old when this album released.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Sexual Healing

I mentioned Conan O'Brien's hilarious Twitter Tracker before, making fun of inane celebrity tweets. Here's another site that takes a jab... The Tweet Museum. They take inane celebrity tweets and illustrate them! It's genius.

I have no idea what link Anderson is posting in his original Tweet, but the image cracks me up. I always had a feeling that Anderson Cooper is gay and this pretty much seals the deal for me.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Mia Doi Todd

A friend of mine recently said, "Remember when you used to post music videos on that blog? I liked that."

So I'm posting some more music videos.

I loved Mia Doi Todd several years ago but kind of forgot about her for a while. I saw her play in NY once and her voice blew me away. I still think she's fantastic, I think my mood changed. I don't listen to the same things I used to.

I would classify her as singer/songwriter. KCSB filed her last album "Gea" in the Folk section, but her sound is definitely indie rock and pretty eclectic. A few of her albums were released by Plug Research, home to indie electro hip hop acts like Dntel, Flying Lotus and Daedelus, with whom she's collaborated with.

Here's a lovely video for her new song "Open Your Heart," directed by Michel Gondry. Does she sound auto-tuned to you? I'm guessing it's not, but my ears are so sensitive to that nowadays.

This is one of my favorites songs from her, it originally appears on her 2005 album "Manzanita" on Plug Research. No auto-tune here. The lyrics are so cute I could throw up!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

St. Vincent & ThunderAnt

St. Vincent's sophomore album "Actor" topped several Best of 2009 lists. It's taken me time to absorb it, but the more I hear it the more I like it. She has such an amazing voice. I first heard of her through the La Blogotheque series and her street performance of Paris is Burning.

Here's a funny video for "Laughing With a Mouth of Blood" from the 2009 album "Actor" on 4AD. It's a fake in-store performance at Women For Women First, a fictional bookstore created by ThunderAnt, a sketch comedy duo comprised of Fred Armisen of SNL and Carrie Brownstein, former lead singer of Sleater-Kinney and NPR correspondent. (How awesome and random is that?? How do they even know each other??)

There's lots more ThunderAnt videos on their website. I liked the one where Fred and Carrie shop for a shirt.

Friday, February 12, 2010


These Valentines Day cards from someecards cracked me up!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Those crazy Swedes

When I heard this song, my first thought was, "OMG, is trip-hop coming back?" Then I realized it's just a Lil Wayne cover.

jj - Ecstasy

Friday, February 5, 2010

Be Stupid

I'm pretty sure this is an advertising campaign just to sell t-shirts, but I liked this video for Diesel's "BE STUPID" campaign. I think it coincides with my "have more fun" philosophy.

To be stupid is to be brave. Stupid isn't afraid to fail.

via Doobybrain

I often put pressure on myself to be smart all the time. (Is it as a result of being in a PhD program? Or is it the reason I'm attempting a PhD in the first place?) It makes me a really sore loser at trivia games. It makes it hard to ask questions when I don't understand something at work. I think the fear of looking stupid causes me to hold back on a lot of things. Which itself is pretty stupid, when you really think about it.

Updated resolutions:
1. Have fun.
2. It's okay to be stupid.