Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter is my 36th Easter, even though I've just turned thirty-four. There's a math puzzle for you. Any idea how that worked out? I'll tell you, next year is even worse, I'll be up to 37 before turning 35.

If you haven't worked it out yet, I'll give you a clue: I was born on Easter Sunday. And today I overheard Dad telling Vynce that stupid people ask me if my birthday is a different date every year. It's totally true, and I've been asked that by multiple thoughtless people! They must find Thanksgiving births puzzling too.

"Come on, come on. Come on little rabbit, show me where you got it." - The Afghan Whigs, 66

Friday, April 8, 2011

Sucker Punch

I hope Colleen and Ophelia liked this movie too, because I did. I didn't love the ending, and I was unhappy that "Panic Switch" by The Silversun Pickups wasn't in the movie after being heavily featured in the trailer, but other than that...

I'm not much of a feminist, but I'll admit that I have a general fondness for tv shows and movies that are big on girl-power. Girls kicking guys' asses is pretty sweet. This movie had a fair amount of that, so I enjoyed it.

More so, though, was the apprication of the visual aspects of the film. Gothic surrealism is an under-used film style, so I'm always thrilled when something new comes along to make use of it. I'm not sure what is so exciting about the up-from-under wide angles, but I really love that (even in ballroom scene in this backstreet boys video) for some reason. I really wish that more films would make use of it, and I think the emergence of steampunk will eventually grant me that wish...if we end up getting a bunch of steampunk movies, that is.

Anyway, I give Sucker Punch 7/10.

"..blew all in me with gold silence, then a science project volcano erupts inside me, filling me with flat champagne." - Children Colide, Jelly Legs

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

March Music

Wow, a lot of this month's recs lack videos. Sorry about that, but it's the luck of the draw.

Black Lab - Broken Heart
California King - On Planet Earth
Catherine Wheel - Gasoline
Damian Carbenell - Im Not Alone
Dan Auerbach - The Prowl apparently I only hate The Black Keys together as a band
Dar Williams - Empire
Drawn From Bees - Long Tooth Setting Sun
Garbage - It's All Over But The Crying
Gene Loves Jezebel - Kiss of Life
Goldfinger - 99 Red Balloons (Nena cover)
Good Charlotte - The River
Good Shoes - Everything You Do
Griffin House - Flying Upside Down
Guadalcanal Diary - Michael Rockefeller
H-Blockx  - Little Girl
H-Blockx - Leave Me Alone
Jax Streeter - Another Life
Jax Streeter - Last Night
Johnossi - Execution Song
Jonny Cola & The A - Grades - Summer Of Hate
Ladyhawke - My Delirium  there's also a band called Ladyhawk...with dudes
LANCE - Blue Sky Eyes
LANCE - I Love You and it Won't Go Away
Larkin Grimm - Ride That Cyclone
Manchester Orchestra - Where Have You Been
Octoberman - Dancing With Your Ghost
Orenda Fink - High Ground
Parlor Hawk - Home
Parlotones - Life Design
POL Arida - Get Out of Here
Scott H Biram - Sinkin' Down
Seth Smith - Warm Regards
Shapes Of Race Cars - Get Melted!
Silversun Pickups - It's Nice To Know You Work Alone
St. Vincent - Paris Is Burning
Swans - She Lives
Taddy Porter -  Big Enough
The Caesarz - Take Me Away
The Family Stand - The Last Time We're Here
The Hot Toddies - Keep on Runnin' (The Vampire Song)
The Rational Academy - Unsolved Mysteries
The Spring Standards - Queen of the Lot
Tijuana Cartel - Persian
Turnstylz feat. Sciryl - Passport
Watchmen - It's Not Too Late
Will Hoge - Even If It Breaks Your Heart 

As usual:

Bold = I have other songs by them in my mp3/cd collection
Italic = I'd heard but didn't like other songs by them
Neither = never heard of them before

FTR, a lot of this month's songs can be found as free MP3s on Amazon (for now).

"We'll give you everything. Things that you'd never need, things that you'd never dream. Things like eternity..." - Cracker, Star