Lately I've been feeling a lot like this Liz Lemon quote from last week's brilliant new episode of 30 Rock. Except, there's no comic relief and I don't get to meet Oprah. Not even a fake Oprah.
Tim Myers - A Beautiful World "It's the answer spoken by young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Latino, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled. Americans who sent a message to the world that we have never been a collection of Red States and Blue States: we are, and always will be, the United States of America." -President-Elect Barack Obama
Portland's Oh Darling [pictured] may have the cutesy name and the cutesy dresses (seriously, CUTE!) but don't let the darling little details fool you. These cutey-pies came to rock. Oh Darling - Waking Up On A Train You can grab Oh Darling's new CD, Nice Nice, on iTunes and CD Baby.
"14,000 Things to be Happy About," by Troubled Hubble: Well, I couldn't think of 14,000 things, but here are a few items that have recently brought me joy: 1. It's Halloweeeeen! 2. 30 Rock is back! And very funny! 3. There's news about the upcoming Metric album!!!!! 3. 4 MORE DAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 4. Chris Otepka, the guy who sang the song featured in the video above, is hard at work on an album
A fellow who calls himself Logarhythmik has assembled a spiffy mashup of The Cool Kids' Bake Sale CD to help raise money for Barack Obama's presidential campaign. The Cool Kids - A Party (Logarhythmix) You can donate monies or you can just download the mixtape, it's tres fun. But whatever you do, be sure to get yourself to the polls on Election day. Download The Bank Sale Mixtape Barack
Ladyhawke's Pip Brown will be taking your questions as NME's new resident advice columnist aka "Agony Aunt." You can email her your queries about inattentive boyfriends with pedicures that look better than yours until her tour ends. I didn't know that there was a video for "Dusk Till Dawn" until now. I'm not late, I'm right on time for Halloween: I'm actually getting some costume ideas for
Oh, my dearest Korto, We really thought you would win on last night's Project Runway Finale. You made two immaculate dresses in a day. And yet. We thought you had it in the bag. The judges said you knocked it out of the park. Alas. Alas, Alas, Alas. This won't be the last the world will see of Korto. No. You'll rise like a Phoenix, like a Jennifer Hudson out of a sea of American Idol
Gawker suggests some music for your listening pleasure while our economy takes a nosedive into the new Great Depression. Their "Depression Playlist" is satisfactory (Bowie's "Always Crashing in the Same Car" is a fitting inclusion), but I think the commenters hit the mark even better, with songs by Jimi, Sam Cooke, and Gillian Welch that very may well have been about our addiction to consumerism/
Meet Linda Riss and Burt Pugach. In the 1950s, Linda began having an affair with the much older and married Pugach when she was 21 years old. When she tried to leave him for another man, Burt harassed Linda for six months before hiring two men to throw lye in her face. Linda was left permanently disfigured and nearly blinded from the attack. After Burt served a 14 year prison sentence, Linda
Portland band The Dead Trees [not pictured, but their awesome album cover art is], recently came off tour with Albert Hammond Jr.'s band. The Dead Trees - Shelter After listening to this song, the pair strike me as a perfect fit for a tour. Their respective harder-edged takes on Americana would complement one another nicely. Those most have been some pretty darn cool shows. Because haven't
I was chatting with a college friend on Monday. The subject settled on work eventually. She didn't have much to say about her job. I didn't have much to say about school. We fill our days with static, it seems. And then a guy named Nick Principe who records under the moniker LittleBear emailed me about a new EP that he recorded in upstate New York, and about how afterwards he went where the
The way Raphael Saadiq sees it on his latest album, Hitsville USA is the capital of the musical universe, and bouffant hairdos never went out of style. Saadiq has crafted a well-rounded survey of soul's golden era, channeling early Marvin Gaye, Stevie, and the O'Jays on what has become one of my favorite records of the year: Raphael Saadiq - Keep Marchin' and whoa! Letters to Cleo are
On the way to lunch today, I had the misfortune of hearing that new Britney Spears song. Um, does it irk anyone else that it sounds like a sad "Boyz" knock-off? No one? Okay, maybe it's just me:
In honor of Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist's opening weekend, NYMag.com had a brills slide show up yesterday about the top ten One Crazy Night Movies. You know, there's usually an angsty brooding protagonist who harbors an unrequited love for a clueless interest, along with a conflict of seismic proportions -- and all of the above meets a happy or at least satisfactory end resolved in a neat
I raced home to catch the end of Runway. I was all thinking, that Kenley, she is so going to get hers for being such a meanie. Well, she did... but then she kind of didn't. And then I thought, of course she wouldn't, because isn't that how it is? P.S. - I didn't think the dress she made was that bad? P.S.S. - Another Runway run-off, ooooh snap.
The Happy Hollows - Tambourine I think I like the riffs in this song the most, from an LA band called The Happy Hollows[pictured]. They're very Doolittle-esque. And such awesomeness was inspired by a "Billy Corgan video"... My gums hurt.
I asked my dentist last week if I could wait until winter break to get my wisdom teeth removed and he practically screamed at me. "These should have been taken out five years ago!" he shouted. So, tomorrow they're being removed. These little pearls of wisdom have been there all along, and I absolutely had no clue. It's kind of funny when I think about it that way. India.Arie - Strength, Courage
It's not "Neo-Soul," it's "New Soul." "New Soul" is the subject of the new Fader F2 issue that features the lovely Jazmine Sullivan [pictured], Keziah Jones, Plantlife both in the magazine and on a ridiculously good accompanying podcast. Download the "New Soul" mixtape It's so good, it's ridiculous. And it's going to be my studying soundtrack. Download the new "New Soul" F2 issue
I try not to do comparisons much, but singer Anthony Rochester's witty mellow pop rock really reminds me of Kings of Convenience. It really does. Which is good, because that new record the Kings were rumored to be working on, seems to not have been worked on so much. So, Anthony, it's nice to have you around: See Anthony play various instruments and sing "I Love You, Baby" Hear Anthony sing
To be quite honest, I am not a big fan of the Weezy F. Baby. And yet I've loved "A Milli" since the very first time I heard it. There's something very badass and genius about screaming, "MUTHAFUCKA, I'M ILL." Try it. It can even be a good self-affirmation. The fact that Brooklyn songbird Shae Fiol [pictured] has made a mashup to the tune makes me love it even more. Shae Fiol - Catch a