Month: October 2008

Sofa King

Hallowe’en is coming up fast. I carved my first pumpkin last year and it was fun and messy. It made me feel like a surgeon being elbow-deep in all those gooey bits. Ray Villafane takes pumpkins to a whole new, ridiculously amazing level, and his site also offers a bit of a tutorial on how you can attempt to make your own ridiculously amazing pumpkin. He’ll be appearing on Food Network Challenge this coming Sunday the 26th, so check it out. I’m sure it will be ridiculously amazing.

I am the kind of person who wants to listen to a 40-minute interview with Nick Harmer from Death Cab for Cutie. He is great. Don’t judge me.

Black Kids recently did a Daytrotter session, as did Aimee Mann. The Octopus Project also did a session which I managed to miss back in August. Thank goodness for the Daytrotter archive!

In what has to be the most appropriate Black Cab Session to date, Jens Lekman performs “Black Cab” for chapter sixty-two.

Super fun-time band Matt and Kim have a new video out for “Daylight”. How in the hell did he get into that freezer?

All The Way Down

Over the summer I heard this track by Passion Pit called “Sleepyhead” and liked it. Now it’s got a video.

I would not call myself an Amy Adams fan and frequently get her mixed up with Mrs. Borat, but her upcoming movie, Sunshine Cleaning, seems like a gooder.

There is also a Swedish kid-vampire movie called Let the Right One In that I am really interested in seeing. Sweden – thumbs up. Vampires – thumbs up. You do the math. This one is getting all kinds of attention and they are already talking about making an American (read: shitty) version.

This week I stumbled upon the ION TTUSB turntable at Costco of all places.

The miShare seems like a good idea, but the price tag feels a bit high to me.

Mini, digital Rolleiflex. So expensive, but so awesome.

I actually saw the Kidrobot Interior Chairs series while I was out buying a birthday gift and was very tempted to get a few, but thought, “What the hell would I do with a bunch of tiny chairs?” Looking at them again now, I find my previous logic flawed.

Wouldn’t It Be Nice

Beck‘s got a new video for “Modern Guilt” out. The guy stalking him reminds me of Balki Bartokomous, a.k.a. Bronson Pinchot. I used to watch Perfect Strangers all the time when I was little, but somehow I don’t remember any of the episodes. I think there were a lot of sitcoms in the 80’s that had this effect on me though.

Speaking of creepers, Islands have a video out for “Creeper”.

Handy fact: Want to keep someone alive? Apparently “Stayin’ Alive” will help you do just that. I’m going to watch those doctors on Grey’s Anatomy and check their tempos.

Came across a very pretty, all-in-one stereo unit. Radio, turntable, CD and DVD, plus it looks GOOD. Don’t let the pinky-rings fool you; those Italians know what’s up.

Here is a beautiful tattoo of a not so beautiful, (although brilliant,) man.

I buy Vanilla Almond Special K on a regular basis. With every box, I always find some large flakes in there, (maybe because I get it at Costco and EVERYTHING is bigger there,) but this one blew me away.

And today I leave you with something that was bound to happen. La Pequeña Sarah Palin. VOTE.

Portland Maine and the Pouring Rain

I have really been digging the Octopus Project for the last bit and they have a new video out for “I Saw the Bright Shinies“. I don’t find anything all that special about this video and I still like “Truck” better as a track, but I still am really enjoying this band in general.

Last week I got to see two fantastic shows. First was Sigur Rós at the Chan Centre on Tuesday the 7th. The venue was great – not too big, not too small, excellent sound and not a bad seat in the house.

Parachutes was the opener. We got there a bit late so I only caught the last bit of their set, but what little I heard sure sounded a lot like the headliner, which makes sense since they are also from Iceland. (I also read that the singers from both bands are actually a couple. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. *dime*)

“Svefn-g-englar” was the first song from Sigur Rós that really stuck with me, with some encouragement, of course, from the most excellent music video. It was my opener into the wonders of Sigur Rós and also the opener that night. The entire show was absolutely beautiful. The lighting was simple yet impressive, and even though there were only a few simple elements to it, every song seemed like it had its own original light show. They played pretty much every song I wanted to hear and it amazed me that only four men could make such full-sounding music live. Jónsi was completely adorable whenever he spoke in his shy, uneasy English but if you know anything about Sigur Rós, you know they are not about being cute; they are all about the music. The crowd was great, sitting well-behaved for nearly the entire show and taking everything in until Jónsi politely asked everyone to stand before breaking into “Gobbledigook“. Parachutes marched on stage in Imperial Stormtrooper outfits and drummed along as they closed with a blast of rainbow confetti that flitted into every corner of the theatre. I swear that a bit earlier they made it snow in there too. As far as religious experiences go, Sigur Rós has Jerry Falwell beat, hands down.

My second show of last week was Black Kids at the soon to be demolished Richard’s on Richards. It was an early Saturday night show but the hip kids all put on their skinny jeans and came out. Opening act The Virgins didn’t really do anything for me musically. It looked like the singer kept falling into a bad, young Mick Jagger impersonation, which wasn’t helped by him wearing a Rolling Stones shirt. I was impressed by his layering over top of a denim jacket though; I had not seen that before. I understand they are from Florida, but he had a lot of layers on. (This was more noticeable since he seemed to shed a layer between every song.) It’s not that cold, and come on – you’re performing and it’s going to be warm. Overall, not much to report on these guys.

On the other hand, Black Kids rocked the shit out of that joint from start to finish. They were tight as can be and the crowd was loving it as they went through most of their catalogue. (They don’t have a lot out so this was to be expected.) They got the crowd moving and singing along and my companion was nice enough to point out the token Asian kid right up front that was really givin’ it. The lighting was very basic. There were four sets of florescent fixtures on stands, set up so they were vertical – two blue and two pink. The drummer was on a riser at the back of the stage and a set of lights on each side framed him in so he looked as if he was in his own dark little room, just rocking out with his headphones on. The band just seems like they are having a really good time, which is refreshing after such an emo era. Vancouver enjoyed Black Kids and I think Black Kids enjoyed Vancouver too. I have a feeling we’ll be seeing them again and I, for one, am looking forward to it.

Open Sesame

Today I did something important; I voted. I am a real American. I will be mailing out my ballot tomorrow and it felt good to do my part to keep Palin out of the White House. Good luck Obamarama.

Here is the first of many things I enjoy, which you will be finding all over this here blog:

Q-Tip – “Move”

I liked this song better than the first cut, “Gettin’ Up”. The new album, The Renaissance is due out on November 4th.

p.s. Much respect to J-Stop for the inspiration to get this going and keeping me in check.