Saturday, February 02, 2008

Random ten

Am away from home, so here's the ten from my sis's iPod. Viva la difference...

1. Let's Get It Started- Black Eyed Peas
2. Glamorous- Fergie
3. Hot In Herre- Nelly
4. Slow- Kylie Minogue
5. Stronger- Kanye West
6. Feel Good, Inc.- Gorillaz
7. Goodnight Goodnight- Maroon 5
8. Shake A Tailfeather- Nelly
9. Since You've Been Gone- Kelly Clarkson
10. The Sweet Escape- Gwen Stefani

Bonus-
11. Gin And Juice- Snoop Dogg
12. Closer- NIN

Back to my regularly scheduled indie next week....

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Emerald


Emerald, originally uploaded by Lumase.

Gorgeous. Wish I was in the Seychelles instead of going to Minnesota for the weekend. Where, as you may know, it's colder than a witches other elbow this time of year.

Brrrr.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

My day

It's been interesting..... today's events-

-Left for work this AM-50 degrees. It is now 6. With a windchill factor of -17.

-ran to town and got Jen's birthday presents. Did a rather great job, if I do say so myself. They're shiny. Her favorite color.

-since I was already in town, had to run to the mall and get the new copy of Spin. The one with Peter on the cover. And has pictures of The World's Best-Looking Rhythm Section within. Oh, and Mik. Bless his scary-eyed heart. As it is rather expensive, it would be bad to waste gas. And I'm virtuous. That way.

-delivered several arrangements to a town nearby that is, shall we say, a bit pink around the collar. Saw the craziest thing ever. Somebody has several hand-lettered signs in their front yard related to political issues. They say-


-"A Vote For A Democrat Is A Vote For The Islamofacists"
(awww, somebody watches Fox Noise)


-"Barak Obama Is The Anti Christ" (actual spelling)


- something about Ollie North. (I have no idea what it said- was about pissing myself laughing at that point)


Wouldn't you be PLEASED if this was your neighbor? There's your typical level of crazy. Like wheeling yourself around in a wagon like that dude in 'Evening Shade.'

Then there's the making-signs-for-your-front-yard-about-the-perceived-Anti-Christ- crazy. And that's not just crazy. That's Krazee.

Such is a typical day round he-yah.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Lago Grey, Patagonia


Lago Grey, Patagonia, originally uploaded by FlyNutAA.

One of the places on earth I would most like to visit. Patagonia. Why yes, I do watch a lot of 'Globetrekker,' why do you ask?

"Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh....

THE RIGHT STUFF!"

Ah, you never forget the first band you fangirl...... ( I don't want to hear about it- I was freaking 12)

New Kids On the Block are reportedly preparing to reunite after 14 years.The hugely successful American boy band, which broke up in 1994, are expected to make an official announcement in the coming weeks, reports People magazine.




NME Awards noms

The nominees for the February 28 ceremony were announced just a bit ago. And may I say, my bands are well-represented.

Though the sexiest male category..... Patrick Wolf? ARE YOU JOKING ME????? Flautists are not sexy. They are Jethro Tull. And hats off to the Boosh fandom- way to be organized, y'all! Getting both your boys in there- well done!

As usual, Pete is on both the best and worst dressed nominee list. I'm not sure he's either- maybe there should be a category for "Most Rosaries Worn," or "Most Kittens Adopted." Or as could be argued, "Frontman In A Band With The Hottest Rhythm Section." He'd win those for sure....

And Amy, sweetie darling, you are a nominee for Villain Of The Year along with Gordo, The Poodle, Bushie and JoBo. AND YOU COULD POTENTIALLY WIN. If this isn't enough to inspire you to stay and keep clean, well, I just don't know....


Best British Band
Arctic Monkeys
Babyshambles
The Cribs
Klaxons
Muse

Best New Band
The Enemy
Foals
Joe Lean And The Jing Jang Jong
The Pigeon Detectives
The Wombats

Best Live Band
Arctic Monkeys
The Cribs
Kaiser Chiefs
Muse
My Chemical Romance

Best Solo Artist
Kate Nash
Jamie T
Jack Penate
Amy Winehouse
Patrick Wolf

Best Album
'Favourite Worst Nightmare' - Arctic Monkeys
'Shotters Nation' - Babyshambles
'We'll Live And Die In These Towns' – The Enemy
'Myths Of The Near Future' - Klaxons
'In Rainbows' – Radiohead

Best Track
'Fluorescent Adolescent' – Arctic Monkeys
'Flux' – Bloc Party
'Men's Needs' – The Cribs
'Lord Don't Slow Me Down' - Oasis
'Let's Dance To Joy Division' – The Wombats

Best Video
'Teddy Picker' – Arctic Monkeys
'Flux' – Bloc Party
'D.A.N.C.E.' - Justice
'Golden Skans' - Klaxons
'Teenagers' – My Chemical Romance

Best Music DVD
'Up The Shambles' – Babyshambles
'The Song Remains The Same' – Led Zeppelin
'Unplugged In New York' - Nirvana
'Lord Don’t Slow Me Down' - Oasis
'I Told You I Was Trouble' – Amy Winehouse

Best Live Event
Carling Weekend: Reading And Leeds Festival
Glastonbury
Muse At Wembley Stadium
T In The Park
V Festival

Hero Of The Year
Matt Bellamy
Pete Doherty
Noel Fielding
Ryan Jarman
Thom Yorke

Villain Of The Year
Tony Blair
Johnny Borrell
Gordon Brown
George W Bush
Amy Winehouse

Best Dressed
Pete Doherty
Noel Fielding
Kate Nash
Alex Turner
Gerard Way

Worst Dressed
Johnny Borrell
Pete Doherty
Mika
Gerard Way
Amy Winehouse

Best Dancefloor Filler
'Flux' – Bloc Party
'Hummer' - Foals
'D.A.N.C.E.' - Justice
'Atlantis To Interzone' - Klaxons
'Let's Dance To Joy Division' – The Wombats

Best Album Artwork
'Favourite Worst Nightmare' – Arctic Monkeys
'The Good, The Bad And The Queen' – The Good, The Bad And The Queen
'Sawdust' – The Killers
'Because Of The Times' – Kings Of Leon
'Send Away The Tigers' – Manic Street Preachers

Best Radio Show
Russell Brand (Radio 2)
Zane Lowe (Radio 1)
Chris Moyles (Radio 1)
Colin Murray (Radio 1)
Jo Whiley (Radio 1)

Worst Album
'1973' - James Blunt
'The Trick To Life' – The Hoosiers
'Spirit' - Leona Lewis
'Life In Cartoon Motion' - Mika
'Blackout' - Britney Spears

Worst Band
30 Seconds To Mars
Fall Out Boy
The Hoosiers
My Chemical Romance
Panic At The Disco

Best TV Show
'Heroes'
'The Mighty Boosh'
'Never Mind The Buzzcocks'
'The IT Crowd'
'Skins'

Best Film 'Control'
'Hot Fuzz'
'Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End'
'The Simpsons Movie'
'Superbad'

Sexiest Man
Howlin' Pelle Almqvist
Julian Barrett
Noel Fielding
Nicky Wire
Patrick Wolf

Sexiest Woman
Jenny Lewis
Kylie Minogue
Rhianna
Hayley Williams
Rachael Yamagata

It's Monday, and

we already have our quote of the week. (okay, it's an old quote, but I've never seen it before)

Regarding his iconic cover for The Strokes album, 'Is This It?' the photographer, Colin Lane says-

“[When it ended up on The Strokes’ album cover] my ex-girlfriend was thrilled – she was a very rock 'n' roll girl so it’s a big feather in her cap to have her ass on The Strokes’ cover.”

Sunday, January 27, 2008

I love them

A confession- I adore bodice-ripper novels, particularly of the Regency genre. LOVE THEM. I blame my misspent youth reading Cosmo at the public library. Warped me proper.

Anyway, one of the best sites out there, in any category, is 'Smart Bitches Who Love Trashy Books. The two bitches, Candy and Sarah, are both extremely gifted writers, and incredibly profane. They are also fucking hilarious. Obviously, I love them. I feel that we could be friends, except they're much smarter than me. But if they need a dumb indie-rock obsessed sidekick, I am so there.

But I digress.

One of the main targets of the Bitches ire is Cassie Edwards, a romance novelist that specializes in romances of the Native American variety. The stereotypes and incredibly stilted dialogue are simply amazing. See SB Sarah's evisceration of Edwards Savage Moon for a classic take-

“It seems that fate today has arranged that you and my adopted daughter should finally meet. Perhaps it is the will of the spirits. I am not one to argue with fate.”
Fate, huh? Chief Stepfather clearly studied his Greek and Roman mythology in Indian chief school.

He knew that this night would not pass without their coming together as lovers!
Chiefs who speak in exclamation points are probably
lousy in bed, though.


Nothing had stopped Chief Bear’s hate until that bullet entered the base of his skull and rendered him almost a vegetable.
Yes. Native Americans totally used that phrase to describe catatonic people.


So when they came upon some fairly blatant plagiarism in Edwards works, they were on it like ducks on junebugs.

With all the exposure this case got, some big media types made some particularly stupid comments about how romance novels are hackneyed, and the plots are all derivative. Well, that went and pissed Candy off, so she made a chart comparing different books, plots and genres to show that many plots, in all genres, tend to repeat.

Some examples-

Title and Author- 'Lord Of Scoundrels' by Loretta Chase
Basic Premise/Plot- Plucky miss shows jaded aristocrat the meaning of love, and proves to him that Not All Women Are Evil
Genre- Romance

Title and Author-Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas
Basic Premise/Plot- Plucky miss shows jaded low-born gambler the meaning of love, and proves to him that Not All Women Are Evil
Genre- Romance

Title and Author- The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien
Basic Premise/Plot- A plucky group of ragtag misfits defeat Evil and thus save the world. The short ones provide occasional comic relief. The world is forever changed.
Genre- Fantasy

Title and Author- Most of the books in the Chronicles of Narnia
by C.S. Lewis

Basic Premise/Plot- A plucky group of ragtag misfits defeat Evil and thus save the world. The short ones provide occasional comic relief. The world is forever changed.
Genre-Fantasy


And my favorites-

Title and Author-As You Like It by William Shakespeare
Basic Premise/Plot- Two couples attempt to sort out love amidst various hijinks.
Cross-dressing ensues.

Genre-He's motherfucking Shakespeare. He doesn't need a motherfucking genre classification.

Title and Author- Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
Basic Premise/Plot- Two couples attempt to sort out love amidst various hijinks. Cross-dressing ensues.
Genre- He's motherfucking Shakespeare. He doesn't need a motherfucking genre classification.


So to sum up, shit happens. Including plot repetition. Even to motherfucking Shakespeare.

Things that amuse me

Part of an ongoing series....

-talking to one of my Republican brothers on the phone while listening to the Manics singing 'The Masses Against The Classes.' Hee hee.

'Just'- Mark Ronson

Maybe if I'm a very good girl today, and try my best to behave myself, I'll have a dream similar to this video tonight.



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