Friday, March 30, 2007

Get Your Face Full of Goo!

Oh my fucking god you have to click here right now and watch this.

I know the 60s were weird and all, but, but...someone thought this was a good idea? Do you think anyone actually bought it? If so, did they have fun? I'm just... I don't know what to say... Watch for yourself.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

In the subway, dumb things are overheard by two separate, but equally important groups...

The other night on the subway home I spotted a family of four with Playbills from the Broadway show I worked on in the fall. So naturally I eavesdropped on their conversation.

"Hey," said one girl excitedly, pointing to an actor's bio, "that girl was on Law and Order!"

Add that to my list of ways to spot a tourist who has just seen her first Broadway show.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Fun With Playlists: Party Like It's 1999

I keep having ideas for blog posts and then not writing them. I really do want to get back to it, I swear. I'm starting to have something like free time again, so I'm optimistic. Is anyone still reading? Hello?

I've got some new music to write about (I'm completely obsessed with Mika, and have recently stumbled upon some really cool 80s covers), but every year around this time I pull out an old mixtape (metaphorically, of course; it's now a playlist) that I made in early spring of 1999. It's full of mostly up-tempo (though not necessarily upbeat) songs that are great for walking around the city, and it managed to embed itself so nicely in my consciousness that I find myself playing it every year when the weather really turns nice.

With all the talk about the death of the album, what I realize I'm really sad about is the death of the mixtape. Sure, we can still make playlists, but... I don't, really. I have a list of whatever my favorite things are right now but when I tire of a track I delete it. Even though I had a Discman in 1999, I made mixtapes for myself all the time, just out of necessity, to have a bunch of songs with me on the go. Don't get me wrong, I love all our smaller-than-a-cassette-with-a-bazillion-times-the-capacity digital players, but I do miss how those tapes would stick around, preserving a little slice of musical life. Enough so that when I ditched most of my old tapes a few years ago, I made iTunes playlists of some of the more memorable ones.

Listening to it yesterday as I enjoyed the perfect weather, I remembered each song and why it was there. Most of them didn't have any deep meaning, but I knew, for example, that the Romeo + Juliet and Scream soundtracks had barely left the top of my CD pile for two years. That I had recently picked up Prince's Hits 1 and 2, and was discovering what lay beyond Purple Rain. That I had tickets a few months later to the Culture Club reunion tour (which was fantastic, by the way). That the WB was entering what would turn out to be its career high point. That I had seen Cruel Intentions with Maren a few weeks earlier, and was surprised to find that the movie was actually good, and the soundtrack was sort of brilliant. Shuffling doesn't tell me those things.

While I was writing this I actually started to make a playlist in the spirit of the old one, but the whole way in which I listen to music has changed. I don't keep the same three albums in rotation for weeks or months on end anymore, and I almost never listen to the radio, so it's rare for music to have the same associations with a particular time or place that it used to. There are exceptions, of course, and the trade-off is I shuffle through my whole library, and enjoy my "Discovery Downloads" and podcasts and listen to a much wider variety of things. But I kinda miss those 110-minute tapes.

Anyway, here it is...

Every You Every Me – Placebo
from Cruel Intentions...this will be a trend.

Down By The River – David Rhodes
from Peter Gabriel's Plus from Us, a collection of tracks by artists who had backed or collaborated with him on Us. I'd spend ages looking for this rarity whenever I was in a used record store, and when I finally found it it was...hugely disappointing. I love love love this song though.

#1 Crush – Garbage
from Romeo + Juliet.

To The Moon and Back – Savage Garden

Walking On The Sun – Smashmouth
One of the few tracks on here that doesn't hold up for me at all. Seriously, what were we all thinking?

1999 - Prince

Jimi Thing – Dave Matthews

I Don't Want to Wait – Paula Cole
Not that I need to defend how much I still love this song, but in I think 1994 I saw Peter Gabriel live and Paula Cole was his backup singer. That's her on the Secret World Live album. She's amazing. I stumbled on her first album one day during college, and bought it just because I loved her voice on the PG disc. It was dark, angry, and beautiful. Then the second album came out, and it was much cheerier and more commercial, but no less satisfying. And she was still a total unknown and I felt very smug about how I was into this singer/songwriter no one had ever heard of, and she was singing something like pop music and not lesbian neo-folk (not that there's anything wrong with that). And then Dawson's Creek happened. It's still a great song.

Birds Fly (Whisper to a Scream) – The Icicle Works
A cover of this 80s obscurity was on the Scream soundtrack. The original is better.

This & That – Michael Penn

Transylvanian Concubine – Rasputina
Druscilla's party music on Buffy. Also just cool.

Move Away – Culture Club

Ballad of Cleo & Joe – Cyndi Lauper

Time To Change – The Brady Bunch
The filler song, collateral damage in the death of the mixtape. Two minutes is too long to wait for the tape to auto-reverse, but too short for most songs. The Silver Platters to the rescue. This would have been the end of Side A.

Sour Times (Nobody Loves Me) – Portishead
Still the only Portishead track I own. Still love it.

To You I Bestow – Mundy
Another from R+J.

Jukebox – Ani DiFranco

Heroes – David Bowie

When You Were Mine – Cyndi Lauper
Played into my Prince kick and my Cyndi Lauper kick!

Don't Fear The Reaper – Gus
Scream again.

I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man – Prince

Secretly – Skunk Anansie
Cruel Intentions again.

Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money) – Pet Shop Boys

Talk Show Host – Mundy
R + J

Trip On Love – Abra Moore
Cruel Intentions - told you it'd be a theme.

I Want You – Savage Garden

Bittersweet Symphony – The Verve
Yup, Cruel Intentions. And the end.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

It must be bunnies...

Tonight I'm going to a Rocky-Horror-style screening of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer musical episode.

I spent hours this morning trying to pick out just the right ironic t-shirt.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

It's funny 'cause it's true

As Boy pointed out, this t-shirt walks a very fine line between ironic and obnoxiously accurate. But either way, I must own it.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Label Maker

I'm not sure who I love more right now: The prop department on Grey's Anatomy who made a fake bottle of Knob Creek and called it "Door River," or the director/editor who gave it a close up.