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Thursday , June 17, 2010
We're Obsessed: "Basketball Jones" by Cheech Marin & George Harrison
That headline's a lie; the song's actually called "Basketball Jones featuring Tyrone Shoelaces," and it's by Cheech and Chong. But George Harrison plays lead guitar! And Ronnie Spector sings, and so do Darlene Love and Michelle Phillips; Klaus Voormann on bass, Carole King and Billy Preston on electric piano and organ (respectively). Apparently it's from California Split by Robert Altman? But I heard it for the first time on the radio, thanks to 100.3 The Sound's amazing A to Z extravaganza that's been going on all week. I was all, "What is this beautiful goofball epicness? Some sort of crazy-badass soul band from the sixth dimension? Oh no, it's CHEECH AND CHONG." SO COOL.
And the video's cool too, and I just watched it five times. I don't like the part where the woman irons her cat. I do like the part where the Beatles sway back and forth, and the part where Tyrone Shoelaces turns gigantic and pops his head up outside the cockpit of the plane. I wonder which one of the cheerleaders is wearing the correct pair of Day-of-the-Week underwear?
I've got a basketball jones too, btw. I love the Celtics and I love the Lakers, although my ultimate allegiance reveals itself in the color selection on that YouTube embed border - all apologies to my former schoolmate, Mr. Khloe Kardashian. GO CELTICS!
Random Picture Entry: Gavin Rossdale, In Basically The Worst Photo I've Ever Seen In My Life
Nice mom jeans, Gavin. Nice creepily baby-sized jacket. WHY ARE YOU MAKING THAT FACE? I don't want to see your belly button. I never wanted to see your belly button. I don't really care about you at all, but I never wanted this to happen.
(From the same 1996 Details issue with that dope Lil' Kim photo I posted last week. How can one feature well get it so wrong, and yet so right?)
Thursday , June 10, 2010
Random Picture Entry: Lil' Kim in Details in 1996
God, she looks great! This pic's from a fashion spread in the July 1996 issue of Details, and Miki Berenyi from Lush is on the opposing page. THAT IS SO COOL TO ME.
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Tuesday , June 8, 2010
The New Lady Gaga Video is So Mid-90s Madonna!
It's crazy how mid-90s David Fincher-directed Madonnsky "Express Yourself" this is, right down to the crazy bra at the end! Gaga is one of those pop culture figures that make me all ambivalent-feeling, but I can't deny how much I love this song, mostly for its Swedish disco-y/ABBA/Ace of Base qualities. "Alejandro" the video lacks the bananas factor that "Telephone" and "Paparazzi" has for me; I kind of wish it had more genuine WTF/OMG-ness to it, because when it does, it has that spark of humor and cheekiness that Gaga needs, I think. It's dark and stylish, but maybe that's my thing with it -- it's not a dark and stylish song. It ultimately looks like a W magazine photo shoot come to life, which makes sense, considering fashion photographer Steven Klein directed it. I do like the dancing Mexican dudes with the bowl haircuts and leather suits, though. But I'm a big fan of dancing Mexican dudes in anything, really.
Tuesday , April 13, 2010
I Have No Idea What My Favorite All-Female Band Is. But It's Definitely Not The Shaggs.
Mojo just posted a list of its top 10 favorite all-female bands. It's so confusing! Who ever really wants to listen to the Shaggs? Plus I've got zero clue as to what my favorite all-girl band might be, and that's slightly unnerving. Some things I do know:
-The Mo-Dettes made Mojo's list, and also my setlist, when I DJ-ed at Barcade last fall. I played their cover of "Paint It Black" that night and decided to post their vid here cuz I dig the bad dancing and good fashion.
-Those two Some Girls records are mostly perfect.
-If I had to desert-island one record by an all-female band, it'd so be The Woods by Sleater-Kinney, even though I generally don't even like Sleater-Kinney.
-At least one incarnation of Mika Miko was all-female, and I love the hell outta that band - let's listen to "Turkey Sandwich"!
-L7: You were so good to me when I was 15. Now I don't think I'll ever need you again.
-Babes in Toyland: Same.
-The Runaways movie was so good! Please let there be a Go-Go's movie!
Wednesday , April 7, 2010
Happy Steely Dan Appreciation Day!
Today is Steely Dan Appreciation Day, according to Andy Milder, whom I've got a big whopping crush on. He tweeted about it last night and I pledged my undying support, not just because I'm super-impressionable but also because I really do appreciate Steely Dan! Truly: Listening to Steely Dan makes me feel like life is so easy, like the world's all watermelon wine coolers and weed in the backyard when you've been at the beach all day. Which probably sounds dumb and boring to some people but for me it's, like, the ideal. And a couple weeks back my horoscope told me to start making more of an effort to put my ideals into practice, so let's bring on the Steely Dan! All Steely Dan, all the time, at least for today.
Mostly it has to with Frances McDormand in Laurel Canyon, that scene when Christian Bale and Kate Beckinsale first get to L.A. and they're wheeling their stupid luggage over the patio and Frances McDormand's inside her beautiful house, hitting a bong with her hot boyfriend and Lou Barlow and those other dudes, and "Do It Again"'s playing on the stereo. That's maybe the number-one influence on my Steely-Dan-is-cool way of thinking. Other moments that've ultimately served to foster my Steely Dan appreciation:
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Wednesday , March 31, 2010
The Supremes' Cover of "You Can't Do That" Is My Favorite Thing Today
Actually, my favorite thing today is remembering when Paul McCartney was playing "Live and Let Die" last night at the Hollywood Bowl and it got to the exciting orchestral part after the chorus and FIREWORKS SHOT OUT OF THE STAGE INTO THE SKY and it was soooooo cool! Arrggggghhhhh!!!!!
But my second favorite thing, or maybe my fifth, is the Supremes' rendition of "You Can't Do That," which is a song by this band called "the Beatles." Before last night, I never even knew this cover existed - a thing like that! But it exists, and it's so good. And usually I've got beef with YouTube vids that're just a series of photos of the featured artist, but this one's aces cuz you get to see how fly the Supremes dressed back in their day. That shot at 0:16's my fave, personally.
Tuesday , November 10, 2009
Soundtracks: Awesome Swedish Indie Pop Chanteuses
first row, l-r: Jonna Lee; the cover of Frida Hyvonen's Until Death Comes, which I adore; El Perro del Mar
second row, l-r: Sally Shapiro; Lykke Li
If there's anything about autumn 2009 that I will remember besides the dude(s?) I'm dating and the vast, varied interiors of Columbia University's Butler Library, it's my foray into spiritual Scandinavia. The journey continues this week with a detour into the world of Swedish indie pop. As we all know, the Swedes are responsible for ABBA and Ace of Base, both of whom I actually have a soft spot in my heart for. However, they also have a knack for a particular kind of honey-voiced singer, usually making well-crafted, clever pop music. It's slightly ridiculous to lump these diverse artists into one entry just by virtue of their Sweditude, but you can't deny it -- there's something particularly smart and Swede-y when you hear all these songs together. This entry might be the closest that a blog posting at nogoodforme.com might come to sounding like an episode of "Grey's Anatomy," except the soundtrack for "Grey's" would never feature a song with a lyric about male genitalia or anything remotely Italo-disco. I already hyped a few Swedish musicians like Fever Ray and Little Dragon in another Heavy Rotation, but consider that a warm-up to this mini-Magnum Opus.
"Once I Was A Serene Teenaged Child"
Sometimes my knee-jerk reaction to a girl with a piano is to run and hide 'cause I'm kind of a jerk. But maybe I'm mellowing out as I get older -- I'm more and more intrigued by this minimalist set-up. Frida Hyvönen often gets compared to Laura Nyro for a certain homespun flavor to her piano-playing, not to mention deeply personal songwriting with lyrics that would make a zine girl in the late 90s proud. I was hooked with the first two lines of this song, which I would write out except that I hate to think what kind of evil spammer this would draw to nogoodforme.com. The cover of the record that this song comes from -- Until Death Comes -- is one of my favorite album covers of all time. The whole record itself is fantastic, mostly due to the raw honesty of Frida's worldview, which nails the most slippery aspects of being a girl with intelligence and a certain calm bravery. Feeling confused yet oddly powerful? This is a good song for you.
"There Was Me"
I first got turned onto Jonna Lee with her cover of Nitzer Ebb's "Violent Playground." It's the most unlikely of covers, because Nitzer Ebb usually made super-abrasive, brutally punishing industrial music at their peak, and Jonna simply makes really lovely songs that highlight both the fragility and steeliness of her voice. Her latest record, This is Jonna Lee, is stylistically diverse, but there's a sweetness with an undertow of melancholy through it all. This is smart pop for smart girls, similar in vein to Aimee Mann and other songwriters with a knack for elegant understatement and emotional nuance. I like how this song sounds all tough, but the lyrics get more and more vulnerable as they progress. Been there, done that, yes!
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Tuesday , November 3, 2009
Soundtracks: Zoé Wolf from the Konki Duet
I love it whenever Zoé Wolf from the Konki Duet does something with a guitar. I love the whole of Konki Duet, of course, but there's just something so classic and intimate about a girl, a guitar, and some home-recording equipment. This is a song that will hit that "I liked a boy who is just so UNKNOWABLE" spot so well, it will take your breath away.
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