Sunday, March 29, 2009

Checkmarks

So, this has only been viewed on MTVmusic 124 times. I'm going to attribute that to the suckyness of MTVmusic, and not to The Academy Is...

I have had the worst desire to go to a TAI show lately. I love seeing them live and love this song. And this video. Alan Ferguson is amazing and so are these boys.


Meandering Through the City

I spent yesterday morning in the city as an indulgent birthday present to myself. I got my hair cut on Newbury Street (James Joseph Studio) and spent most of the haircut discussing the music industry and the stylist's brief forays into it. I bought myself a starbucks chai and wandered through the common, saddened by the fact that they had recently drained the pond. There were subway rides and lazy meandering in the sun, and it was wonderful. I went out to dinner with my parents, to one of the last nights at The Border Cafe in Saugus (they're moving down the road) but decided that I still like the Border Cafe in Harvard Square better.

Now all of the homework that I haven't done all weekend has decided to rear up and bite me. Oops.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

No one ever suspects surprise death indie.

I spent last night at the Middle East. I got my times messed up and showed up 45 minutes early, making me that awkward girl standing alone in the corner. I was there for Akudama, and they were good, despite problems with the lead singer's guitar. However when the second band got up, looking like nice indie boys, and started screaming about death, I decided Close Friends was not for me. Sorry Ezra Furman and the Harpoons, but I left before you even started because I just couldn't deal with the screaming any more. Then I argued with the bar tender over the fact that yes, I did in fact need a green ticket to have my parking validated, yes the green tickets exist, they're over there on that shelf.

This better not be indicative of my 2009 concert life.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Cute / Androgenous

This is cute in a soft, sad, quiet kind of way. I want to do stop motion like this - I almost did over winter break, seeing as I had left over felt from some scarves that I made for people, and had gotten very good at making small, stuffed bluebirds. I really should get back to that.

Completely off topic : Four year olds see straight through scene kid bullshit. "But why are your pants so tight?" she asked, "And if you're a girl, why are you dressed like a boy? Why is your hair up in a pony tail and why are you wearing a vest?"

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Oh no. Never.

On their website, Microsoft acknowledges that the promo is cheesy, but says they were going for over the top comedy.

I don't care. I don't ever want to be like these people. Or know these people. Or be seen with them in public. Nor do I ever want to use something they're using. Especially when it sounds like a bad midi track.

Reinvent Love

So this video is old (from last summer) but it's sunny out today and all I really want to do is bake cupcakes and dance around in my kitchen at home.

Sadly, I'm sitting in my dorm which has an ill tempered oven and my little hand mixer (that is, no lie, over 25 years old) is starting to smoke a little bit when I use it. My kitchenaid is far away and everyone else is at home for Spring break except for me. Sigh. So to spread the love, I'm going to have to do it by video instead. Here, have a virtual cupcake, and for goodness sake watch it in high quality!



"Spreading the Love, one cupcake at a time."

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Sell-outs?

I'm mildly amused that everyone is so upset about this:



Confused? Well, in 2004, Billy Corgan said this:

"Last year, I was offered heavy, heavy money to license "Today". I actually turned down two huge, huge, seven-figure-plus deals last year for two songs.... At this point in my life, I don't feel comfortable. Those songs are the reason I'm alive. If your music is not sacred to the point where it's a really, really, really heavy decision about whether or not you would allow somebody else to exploit it, then what's not for sale?"

And now it's on a Visa commercial. Musicians make music because they love it (we hope), and so it's sad to see such an important song stuck to such a mundane commercial.
But you know what? Musicians also have to eat. And live somewhere. And buy clothing and instruments and all other kinds of stuff. If selling out means making money off of your music, then the only real musicians left should be penniless and hungry without enough strength to strike a chord.

Monday, March 9, 2009

I hate it when people do this at restaurants...

but Damn. That's awesome.



(Interesting side note: At work the other day, a guy made me stand in the middle of the kitchen and just listen to the "orchestra": percolating coffee makers, a swishing dishwasher, the hiss of the stove, and the hum of the refrigerator. It was loony, but kinda cool.)

Friday, March 6, 2009

Purple Hooded Fender Benders

I did not go and see Lights tonight. It's just not my destiny to ever see her live, apparently. Ah well. Instead, I babysat for an adorable 4-year-old who calls me AlexAlexis (because Alex is a boy's name, and Alexandra is a princess name, and I am neither a boy nor a princess, so he settled on AlexAlexis.)

Anyways, we went on a trip to get some ice-cream because it was actually a nice day out. On the way, I discovered that none of the CDs in my car are really appropriate for a 4-year-old. I settled on the Green Album and skipped "Hash Pipe."

We got our ice-cream and sat in a booth by the window. After about five minutes, a boy in a purple hoodie walked by outside. The same purple American Apparel hoodie that I was wearing. We both gave each other an awkward glance. About five minutes later, he walked by again. This time, he very proudly pointed at his hoodie and approved of mine. I smiled and gave him a thumbs up, and watched him walk across the street and back his Jeep up straight into a Volvo parked behind him.

Oh scene kids.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

I'm a PC

Really. I am. So many of my friends are Mac users, with their pretty white apples, their iTunes, and their one button mouses. And admittedly, I like using Final Cut in my editing class.

But PCs have been good to me through the years. I know how to do basic debugging, can assemble a computer tower (though I sometimes end up with extra screws and no idea where they came from), and love my Dell. Sure, it's bigger than a Macbook. And yeah, it has a short battery life. But it's got a huge screen, it's fast, and the laptop that I have now has let me play around with video and pictures just as well as any Mac ever could.

Which is why, at the end of this commercial, I had to smile.



"I'm a PC and I'm 4 1/2!"

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Eek!

It has been a week since I last updated, and while I'm 98% positive no one actually reads this anyways, that little 2% is screaming at me.

My past week in music blurbs:

- "I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love" shows all of the potential that MCR had when they first started, but none of the songs are really amazing on their own. However the enhanced CD came with a video of "Honey This Mirror Isn't Big Enough For the Two Of Us" that was equal parts creepy and film school project. It kind of worked.

- Max Beemis is weird. But he wrote a song called "Shiksa," and I'm a Catholic girl at a Jewish school, so he wins bonus points. (According to the website, new CD in 2009!)

-Amanda Palmer is batshit crazy and I love her for it. I wish I hadn't missed her in Boston. She wrote an Op-Ed for AP Magazine in which she encouraged people coming up to her in bars and handing her money, and making out checks to "Amanda Fucking Palmer."

-I bought "A Rock Tribute to Weezer" at the Newbury Comics in Harvard Square because it had Midtown covering "Suzanne." Which was awesome. In general, the CD proved that Weezer writes songs that can be converted and translated into different genres and styles while still holding up musically and lyrically. However, hearing Affinity scream "My Name is Jonas" was a little jarring.