Tag Archives: jams

Lady Jam: Know Me, Frankie Rose

30 Mar

Sirius XMU’s been playing the hell out of this, and I’m okay with that because I love it.

Her voice is so lovely! Is she coming to your city? Please go see her and report back to me.

Not-Even-A-Lady Jam: Heart, Oberhofer

26 Mar

I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t really keep up with what the kids are listening to. I used to have a radio show in college (I know, what? I have a face for radio, but I also have a voice for print), so at least then I had some sort of an idea about what was going on. Now that I’m an adult, sometimes Alex will tell me about things or occasionally I’ll see something on a blog, but for the most part I just listen to Dr. Dog, St. Vincent, and New Order on repeat. So I have no idea if this Oberhofer song is really popular, but what I do know is that it made me cry when I heard it yesterday in my car! Is that too much to share with you guys? Probably, but you already know I operate on a highly emotional level at all times. I only have Sirius for another week, so then I’ll go back to really knowing nothing about music.

Do you love this as much as I do? I hope so! I’ve already listened to it about ten times. The album’s out on Tuesday, and you can see them on tour right now! I want to go when they come to town, but I will probably cry in public. Whatever. Won’t be the first time, won’t be the last.

Another Dream Home

5 Mar

I thought Carrie Brownstein had my dream home, but it turns out I have another dream home out there! It belongs to Neko Case. Take a look at the article in Country Living.

Feminine and funky without being too too. I love it. And now my favorite Neko Case song is stuck in my head!

A Great Way To Spend Some Time

16 Jan

For some reason, I’m kind of obsessed with Robin Thicke and Paula Patton’s relationship. They’re like my Jay-Z and Beyonce. Did you guys know they met in high school? And they’re still together? And he puts her in his videos/on the covers of his albums? I’m pretty sure Paula Patton might be in the running for title of Most Beautiful Woman in The World because, seriously, have you looked at her lately? I know I’m asking you a lot of questions. Sorry. So anyway, she’s insanely beautiful, and I think Robin Thicke is attractive but I’m not totally sure because every time I look at him I just see his dad.

If you’d like to look at a photogallery of Robin Thicke and Paula Patton, here you go, feel free to die of adorableness. Also, here’s his video for Love After War, in which Paula Patton refuses to ever wear pants and I start to feel uncomfortable because this is basically softcore porn.

New Year’s Jams

1 Jan

We all know Christmas songs, but an overlooked genre of music is the New Year’s song. Here are some of my favorites!

New Year’s Day, U2

I can’t listen to this first few seconds of this song without laughing, because Alex sings it a lot. This is one of those songs that probably shouldn’t make me happy, and yet it does.

Same Old Lang Syne, Dan Fogelberg

Okay, you probably hate this song because you are not my mom’s age. Whatever. My best friend and I totally bonded over this song when we first met. Why were 14 year olds listening to Dan Fogelberg? I can’t answer that. Either way, I find this song emotionally affecting, so just shut your trap.

The New Year, Death Cab for Cutie

New Year’s often ends up being disappointing or depressing for a lot of us, and this song really sums up that feeling. It makes me think of high school, when I used to stay up until 2 or 3 in the morning on Saturday so I could watch Subterranean on MTV and watch videos like this one (while the internet technically existed then, it didn’t exist for me).

In The New Year, The Walkmen

Because we all like The Walkmen.

What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve, Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt

I was going to post the Nancy Wilson version, but give me a break. This is what the world’s talking about, and by the world I mostly mean every blog and also me and Christine and Chad last night.

Are there any other great New Year’s jams I forgot? Is U2’s New Year’s Day the best song in the world? Let me know in the comments!

Young Adult

18 Dec

Young Adult got a wide release on Friday, so I assume by now you’ve all seen it at least once.

I posted a month or so ago about how much I was looking forward to this movie and how much Diablo Cody inspires me. This movie makes it clear that she is a truly extraordinary writer. A lot of people, somewhat inexplicably, do not like her. I talked about this a little bit in my previous post, but let me reiterate it now: people don’t like her because she’s an outspoken, talented woman. The only thing that annoys me more than sexism is when people refuse to acknowledge their sexism. She wore leopard print when she won an Oscar, she changed her name to Diablo Cody, she wrote a book about being a stripper, and these are all things that annoy you. As if any one of us would not love to write a blog about being a stripper and then turn that into a book about it and then leverage that into a movie career (or, okay, maybe not that exact trajectory). That’s called intelligence and talent and ambition and drive, and you know what? If a man did the same exact thing, this would not even be an issue. As Tina Fey so brilliantly put it in her book, “I know older men in comedy who can barely feed and clean themselves, and they still work. The women though, they’re all crazy. I have a suspicion- and hear me out, because this is a rough one – that the definition of crazy in show business is a woman who keeps talking even after no one wants to fuck her anymore.”

But enough about that. What about the movie? Rarely do we see a movie that hinges on such an unlikable character as Mavis Gary. Not only is she unlikable, but she doesn’t change. Her epiphany comes, yes, but it’s not at all what it would be in a more typical comedy. Even though she’s a pretty terrible person (and a pretty, terrible person), we still, somehow, want to see her find happiness. She’s newly divorced, living in a haze of hangovers and Kardashians, binge eating fast food, and wearing sweatpants whenever she isn’t trying to have sex with someone. She declares that she’s an alcoholic, only to be met with “Don’t be silly!” laughter from her parents. The young adult series she’s ghostwriting is ending, and she’s grasping at the life she lived years ago. Mavis Gary is a portrait of despair, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen a character with her lack of self-awareness. Young Adult is a pretty fantastic movie, and I haven’t even talked about the delight that is Patton Oswalt.

If you’ve seen Big Fan, then you already know he’s a genius at portraying sad, lonely people who don’t have a lot going for them. He is even more wonderful here.
Also, The Concept by Teenage Fanclub is used in an absolutely brilliant scene, and it will definitely be stuck in your head.

Christmas Jam: Hall and Oates, Jingle Bell Rock

28 Nov

I don’t really understand anything about this video. Why so campy? Why is Oates allowed to sing so much? Just why?

Christmas Jam: Dolly Parton, Hard Candy Christmas

27 Nov

From now until Christmas, I’ll be sharing a favorite Christmas song every day! I tend to favor the weird, the wonderful, and the sequined, so it’s no surprise that my first pick is by my idol, Dolly Parton.

Hard Candy Christmas, like most of my favorite Christmas songs, doesn’t sound like a Christmas song at all. I mean, Dolly didn’t even have the decency to throw in some jingling bells or anything. Also like most of my favorites, it’s a sad Christmas song. I don’t know why I like sad Christmas songs so much. Why can’t I just listen to Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree? Spoiler alert for future Christmas posts: I can and I do. BUT this is a song I would love even if it didn’t have anything to do with Christmas, just because it’s sad and lovely and Dolly sounds like a bird sent from heaven to teach us all about true beauty. I love her so much.

Donald Glover OR Childish Gambino OR I Don’t Know What to Think Anymore

14 Nov

I’m a warm-blooded human being, so of course I think Donald Glover is attractive. Let’s not kid ourselves.

He’s got a Miranda July level of productivity and creativity. It’s confusing because he’s so talented and so good looking; there is absolutely no reason he needs to be so good at both, because I’m pretty sure he could be successful on either the looks or talent alone. He’s like if Ryan Gosling was also great at stand up. Not fair and also unnecessary. Donald Glover hit it big with his group Derek Comedy’s Youtube videos, then he wrote for 30 Rock, then he quit to do stand up, then came Community, then came Childish Gambino, then came my deep confusion/attraction.

Childish Gambino makes for a complicated listening experience. This is his latest video, which is both great and creepy. It’s got a real An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge thing going on (oh, did you guys forget I majored in English? BOOM) while also dealing with a lot of other things too.

I’ll be honest. It’s hard for me to accept that the guy who raps lyrics like, “This Asian dude, I stole his girl, and now he got that Kogi beef / My dick is like an accent mark, it’s all about the over Es” is also the dude who looks like this:

He’s no Drake (no one is), but he’s close. CG reminds me of Lil Wayne, but with more highbrow references (Sufjan Stevens instead of Shenaynay, not that there is anything at all wrong with Shenaynay). NY Daily News recently published this article about Camp, his new album, which I’m really excited about. I love this quote from him, taken from an interview on a blog called Poop or Chocolate because, sure, that’s a great name.

Lately it’s been like I have a calling. I’ve always felt like the stuff that happened to me when I was a kid happened for a reason. And I’ve always felt like I had something to say and that what I’m doing is important. And I don’t let anything get in the way of that. If I really want to do something I can do it, and I’ve always felt that way. Never wavered from that. Lorne Michaels once said something to me that really stuck, and I’ve never seen it not be true. He said truly talented people are only faithful to their talent. Which might explain why he has people sign contracts for like seven years. Because if you’re really going after something, if you really have a goal, the only thing that’s gonna stop you is you. What I love about Kanye West is his willingness to be like “Fuck it. I’m gonna do it and I’ll deal with it later.” To take that leap. Because people who are real innovators; your Kanyes, your Michael Jordans, your Steve Martins, your Salvador Dalis, your Jim Hensons; nobody’s gonna tell them they’re too anything. Except for them. And since I have this unique perspective of having seen the world from all these opposing viewpoints, and I also happen to be creative, I feel like it’s my responsibility to expose the dichotomies that exist so there can be dialogue and understanding. I feel like that’s my calling. So what do I want? I want everything. Not because I’m greedy, but so I have all the tools to reach as many people as possible.

Christmas Jam: Last Christmas

11 Nov

Oh man, you guys. This week. I’ve been so busy I actually didn’t post anything yesterday. Not that I’m complaining; everything I’ve been doing has been fun and social, but let’s just say that someone we all know quite well fell asleep on the floor last night at 8:30. Spoiler alert: that someone was ME! As it turns out, my body doesn’t appreciate me giving it only 5 hours of sleep per night and then eating far too many fried pickles in a moment of fatigue-induced munchies. I got 8 hours of sleep, had a green smoothie, and I felt much better.
Until I saw Martha Marcy May Marlene, which we are not even going to talk about here. I am probably going to have nightmares. Instead, let’s focus on something that makes me happy: Christmas music!
Let me just say that if you are one of those people who complains about Christmas music being played too early, then get off of my lawn/blog. I seriously don’t understand your attitude, or the attitude of anyone who makes arbitrary rules about when it’s “okay” to do anything. Whatever. Eat pancakes for dinner, listen to Christmas music in July, see if I care! It’s your life. People who complain about others playing Christmas music remind me of people who are against gay marriage. Like, why do you care what other people are doing with their lives/iPods? Just stay out of shopping malls, which you should be doing anyway because malls are the worst, and you will rarely hear Christmas music. Let other people be happy and keep your attitude at home!
One of my all-time favorite songs just so happens to be a Christmas song, and I enjoy listening to it periodically year-round. Once the weather gets cold, though, I’m likely to bust it out multiple times per day. My favorite Christmas songs are the sad ones, and this fits the bill. It’s a delight. Listen to it to cheer yourself up, get in the Christmas spirit, or try to forget that cults are real and they will take over your life if you let them.