Monday, April 30, 2012

Pear Jam "Twenty"

Really enjoyed this documentary on the 20th anniversary of Pearl Jam and their breakout album "Ten."  It was written and directed by Cameron Crowe so you know it has to be good!

Watching this, I was amazed how fast they became popular in the early 1990's.  All the Pearl Jam albums I owned were ones released after "Ten," but for some reason never went back and bought "Ten" because by the time I got my first cd boombox in 1993 I thought it "wasn't cool" to buy "old cds."  Hehe, I was so dumb.

You can watch the entire Pearl Jam documentary on Netflix Instant!

Tegan and Sara

They are so cute!  (music starts ~3:20)

Saturday, April 28, 2012

RuPaul's Drag Race: Season 4

Obsessed with this season of RuPaul's Drag Race and anxiously awaiting to see who becomes the next drag superstar.   I'm rooting for Sharon Needles!

Watch full episodes online here
Watch spin-off show Drag U here

Friday, April 27, 2012

Getting older

So this XKCD hit me pretty hard this morning:

I've been thinking a lot about growing older lately, maybe now that I'm graduated and "an adult."

This video is a few years old but still relevant.  Craig Ferguson rants on the "deification of youth and imbecility" and why it makes it hard for us to age gracefully.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Oh the 90's

I was just browsing Pitchforks Top 50 Music Videos from the 1990s.  It's amazing how well good music holds up.

Frank Black - "Headache"

Sonic Youth - "Dirty Boots"

Sometimes I miss the 90s.  Back when I spent as much time as possible listening to alternative radio (WHFS 99.1 fm out of Washington DC), and Mtv.  I guess when your resources are limited you gotta cling to what you can.

Kids these days have it so easy.  

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Gala on TEDxCMU

I've read Gala Darling's blog for... shit, almost four years now.  I used to file it under "Fashion" in my RSS reader, but now I have it filed under "Life" (along with The Happiness Project).  Gala writes so often about self-confidence and positivity that it didn't make sense to categorize her blog alongside street fashion feeds.

I really enjoyed Gala's recent TEDx talk about her background and how this led her to start her Radical Self Love project.  I've struggled with body image issues, depression, and self-harm as a coping mechanism in the past, so I definitely related to this.

There's a great compilation of Gala's Radical Self Love articles on her site, here.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Real Estate

Every time this band comes up on my Pandora shuffle I have to stop what I'm doing and look and see who's playing.  It's always Real Estate.  I really liked their self-titled first album, but every song on their second one sounds good too.

"It's Real" from their second studio album 'Days' which was released in October 2011.  Just realized that I never knew what the band looked like before.  Also, I love the Golden Doodle!

"Out of Tune"
"Fake Blues"
- Pretty sure this song made it on my best of 2009 playlist

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Dating, Breaking up, & Getting Engaged

Enjoyed this article: I’m Engaged! What I Learned From Twenty Years of Dating from Jen Dziura.  Just a short excerpt:
...There you are, hopefully integrating book collections and tossing your collective extra copy of Outliers or the Harry Potter series or Infinite Jest. Or maybe tucking your nostalgia-imbued childhood edition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy on a back shelf just in case…And then the breakup comes and someone’s putting books in boxes and they always take your Camille Paglia and leave behind their Learn Japanese in 30 Days, and you keep looking at it quizzically, like, “Well, maybe I really will want to learn Japanese.”
You can lose so much fucking time over this stuff.
--via Gloss via Gala Darling

Gah, the bookshelf thing is so true!  Also music collections.  I used to get so mad whenever I'd notice an album of mine that went missing post-breakup.  (Not anymore though, I never listen to cds.)

Pretty sure I'm going read more of Dziura's articles, including:

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Aesop Rock

Aesop Rock has a new album coming out in July, "Skelethon," featuring Kimya Dawson of the Moldy Peaches.  Love her, so I'm excited to hear their collaboration.

Here's the official album release announcement.  It is weird and gross but funny.

Hear the first single "Zero Dark Thirty"  [embedded below or download via stereogum]

Friday, April 6, 2012

Broken hearts and booze and cats

Doobybrain posted this music video a while back.  It's about a guy getting over a broken heart by getting drunk with his cat, haha.  The guy in the video is singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran.  He's 21.

I'm not officially recommending this song, by the way, it's the video.  For some reason it really gets to me and I cry every time I watch it.  And then I feel really silly and ashamed. What's wrong with me?  Is it because you never get over the pain of a bad breakup?  Does the unconditional love of pets turn me into a total sap?  Am I about to start my period??