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Heavy Rotation: Cam'ron, Dinosaur Jr. & Del tha Funkee Homosapien, Class Actress, Matthew Dear, Brian Jonestown Massacre, David Bowie
Cam'ron, "Hey Ma"
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The other night at Max's Karaoke in Little Tokyo there was this mega-hot longhair skater dude who requested a private room so he could do karaoke by himself. Which is the most fascinating thing that's ever happened, and now I wish I knew everything about that boy. Hopefully I'll run into him there again someday, at which point I'll ask him to interrupt his solo-karaoking to duet with me on either this song or "Islands in the Stream." (Liz)
Tags: Am I Anton Newcombe, Anton Newcombe, Class Actress, crazy artistry, David Bowie, double-edged swords, Gina, graphic designer-core, Halloween candy, Judgment Night, Kanye West, karaoke, Kim Fowley, listening parties, Little Tokyo, Matthew Dear, monsters, paranoia, skaters are hot, the Dandy Warhols, What a Day for a Daydream
We're Obsessed: The Trailer for "Black Swan"
If there's one thing that's true about me, it's that I absolutely cannot resist a movie like Black Swan, which is the new Darren Aronofsky film about the toxic world of professional ballet, out in theatres this December. I know that's a long time away, but dudes, WATCH THIS TRAILER, IT'S SO GOOD. You could seriously take lessons from this trailer on how to put together a teaser for a movie:
It was like this movie was reverse-engineered out of a "Things That Kat Loves" list:
1. BALLET! Especially Swan Lake, my favorite ballet of all time. Ballet is generally an art form obsessed with the purity of its aesthetics, and Swan Lake's are the purest of them all. It's always a sheer visual delight to watch, even if you're watching the all-swan-dude Matthew Bourne version (which is, by the way, gorgeous.) Loads of beautiful white feathers, gorgeous headpieces, amazing makeup...how could you go wrong with such visuals?
2. Demented ballet dancers played by doe-eyed brunettes!
3. A Winona Ryder cameo!
4. Darren Aronofsky directing! One of the most visceral dude directors around--quite excited to see what he does with the feminine world of ballet. Word has it this project was developed at the same time as The Wrestler, so I'm curious to see the kinship between the two films.
5. My friend JUST saw it at Venice Film Festival and emailed me to say that I was "going to adore the shit out of it." She also said that Mila Kunis is "fantastic," the costumes are "stunning," but she wouldn't give up the goods on the Mila Kunis-Natalie Portman makeout scene. COME ON DAMN IT!
6. Black Swan is supposed to be akin to Polanski's early movies. Now, I'm not too keen on a child rapist, but it's kind of undeniable that his early films like Knife in the Water, Rosemary's Baby, and Repulsion are brilliant. I love a good psychological thriller.
7. The performance costumes were co-designed by Rodarte! It's perfect that they're doing ballet costumes, especially for aforementioned demented ballet dancers!
8. I'm not a huge Natalie Portman fan, but it looks like the film takes advantage of her limitations as an actress and screen presence (perpetual little girl voice, even if she's playing FUCKING ANNE BOLEYN, perpetually tightly-wound) and transplants them perfectly into the darkness of the character.
9. I'm also a fan of any film with a vague Single White Female-type thematic focus. Female transference = YES.
10. And did you get that last bit in the trailer, the stuff with the red eyes and crazyface? I gotta know WTF that is all about.
Random Picture Entry: A Boy and His Dog
We're coming upon the one-year anniversary of the day I made this my desktop, which is a momentous occasion indeed. Let's celebrate by looking at many pictures of Paul McCartney and his sheepdog Martha.
It's so much fun for me when Paul McCartney plays the trumpet! Like in this photo, of which John Lennon is clearly the star.
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Last Night I Started Reading Joan Didion's Play It As It Lays for the Millionth Time
(L: not the cover on my copy of the book. R: poster for the movie, which I'll probably never see.)
"Once she was on the freeway and had maneuvered her way to a fast lane she turned on the radio at high volume and she drove. She drove the San Diego to the Harbor, the Harbor up to the Hollywood, the Hollywood to the Golden State, the Santa Monica, the Santa Ana, the Pasadena, the Ventura. She drove it as a riverman runs a river, every day more attuned to its currents, its deceptions, and just as a riverman feels the pull of the rapids in the lull between sleeping and waking, so Maria lay at night in the still of Beverly Hills and saw the great signs soar overhead at seventy miles an hour. Normandie 1/4 Vermont 3/4 Harbor Fwy I. Again and again she returned to an intricate stretch just south of the interchange where successful passage from the Hollywood onto the Harbor required a diagonal move across four lanes of traffic. On the afternoon she finally did it without once braking or once losing the beat on the radio she was exhilarated, and that night slept dreamlessly."
I've never been able to do that.
Have You Figured Out How Amazing "Monster" Is Yet?
Because it is.
"Monster" is so brilliant that it even manages to transcend the extreme stupidity of the lyric, "Have you ever had sex with a Pharaoh? Eguuuhhhhh I put the pussy in a sarcophagus." The rest of the Kanye verse is pretty cool, though. I get the impression he's in the midst of a total emotional breakdown these days, which is working really well for him. I hate when Kanye gets all glossy and fratty (fratty= like a frat boy). Speaking of emotional breakdowns, what the fuck is going on with Hov? I thought his scary breathey monster voice was just a gimmick employed to highlight the age/wisdom dichotomy of Jay vs. Drake in "Light Up," but apparently not. Apparently Jay-Z just sounds like a dragon all the time now, and that's something I have to accept about him. But, no, I don't know. I don't know if I can do that. The part where he talks about how his Achilles heel is love? It makes me feel uncomfortable, and kind of pity Jay. Why am I pitying Jay-Z? Jay-Z is emotionally manipulating me. But that's just part of the impressiveness of "Monster." I'm down to be emotionally manipulated by Kanye and Jay. By the way, if Jay-Z and Kanye West were John Lennon and Paul McCartney, who would be who? Please help me figure this out.
But really the whole point of "Monster" is the Nicki Minaj verse, and everybody knows that. Nicki Minaj is a genius. I don't know anything about Rick Ross or Bon Iver, so I have no opinions about their contributions to this song. Nicki Minaj is my hero.
The Beauty-Product Equivalent of Peeling Dried Glue Off Your Palms
This is my new favorite thing. You slather it all over your face and let it dry for five to ten minutes and then peel it off and it's sooooo satisfying, almost as good as peeling Elmer's Glue off your hands or peeling the shell off a hard-boiled egg (or a soft-boiled egg!). And it's only $3.99, and supposedly "combats the effects of your fun, not-so-healthy lifestyle." Maybe you could use it while reading TakeYourFaceOff.tumblr.com, although I personally hardly ever do that anymore.
(L: Also I like peeling peaches. R: Freeman's Superfruits Facial Mask.)
We're Obsessed: Yardley of London Ads from the Sixties
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Snapshot: Listening, Reading, Watching, Wearing, Wanting
Listening: Class Actress, Smog, Sade, Aaliyah (R.I.P. baby girl)
Watching: Lebanon, which takes place inside an Israeli tank during the first Lebanon War. Pretty intense, but SO GOOD. And this week I will see Going the Distance, starring my good friend Drew Barrymore. And footage we shot of the web series I'm working on, SEE BELOW FOR DUDENESS. What is it about a group of dudes where it always boils down to a body joke?
Reading: Madame Bovary.
Wearing: jeans and a shitty striped t-shirt. Schlep day!
Wanting: A day off
Listening: songs from Popdose's "Late Summer, Late Seventy-something" mixtape, espesh "Superlungs My Supergirl"
Watching: the one where Pete Campbell says "Christ on a cracker!" and it's kinda a bit much. Poor Sally.
Reading: nearly finished with To Have Not by Frances Lefkowitz and I'm loving the hell out of it
Wearing: last night I wore my Spirit Animal House dress & felt nostalgic for when Kat and LJ kept addressing me as "barKER!!!"
Wanting: another Allston Yacht Club jalapeno margarita, high-waist flared jeans still
The Worst Thing I've Ever Seen In My Life (aka "Keith Richards In Drag")
See! He really does look just like Miss Hannigan!
Heavy Rotation: Elton John, Led Zeppelin, Lil Wayne, Tricky, The Two Great Dudes of Laura's Summer 2010
Elton John, "Amoreena"
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Imagine if Elton John was a babe? Imagine if he looked just like Graham Nash, or Jackson Browne, or whichever pretty-faced '60s/'70s rock god you most want to sweetly bone forever and ever? Would you love him more, if he looked like that? I sure would, and not just because I'm shallow. I've posted this song here before but I felt like throwing it on the jukebox again - partly for pretending-Elton-John-looks-like-Graham-Nash purposes, but also cuz I'm not gonna stop till everyone in the world gives "Amoreena" a shot and loves it to death. (Liz)