Sunday, November 30, 2008

Many daily musings, news articles, and videos

Yeah, no. I've been to Paris, and it has got (especially now) nothing on Rome* in terms of culture, class, and the historical willingness to fuck shit up. I challenge HBO to make a bloodier series about France, starring, hopefully Gerard Depardieu's dismembered body, on a pike.

But seriously, there are so few works of art that make you fucking want to get covered in your enemy's blood that this, or more viscerally makes you remember when you *were* covered in your enemy's blood, which means I must get the boxset immediately.

*No, I actually have not been to Rome, only Venice which is definitely, quite like Midwood, a realm of the old, suspicious, and pissed off about it. I guarantee you hardened arteries bring about more ambulances than hardened toughs. It would be a pity if I wasn't planning on fleecing them out of the rolls of singles tucked under their mattresses. Non?

At least there's a lot of great furniture on the street.

To encourage me, and perhaps you to explore music a bit more:

Soul Survivors: How Classic Rhythm and Blues Has Become Vital Sharon Jones is a gem, now rightfully revealed.


I know that "Paper Planes" is everywhere now, in commercials, MTV, and every video channel and MIA is being rightfully adulated...for this one song. But let me just say, this is where I was TWO YEARS AGO beetches.

Getting down with a Hounslow Girl

27 Nov 2006, 16:06 (edit | delete)
You know I have myriad problems with Apple and their stranglehold on music but they suggested me M.I.A. in their Rap/Hip-Hop mp3 free collections this summer and...damn. Having always a softspot for lady rappers like Lady Sovereign and Peaches though never getting too deep in, I think it's time for the Sri Lanken-Englishwoman to invade my eardrums.

So her album "Arular" is downloading on iTunes at the moment; surely what they want. Apparently MTV has banned her videos--not that I ever watch it but it might be enough of a reason why she's not as wildly famous as she "ought" to be. But "Bingo" the first track that introduced her to me says maybe me and about a billion of her underground fans might want to keep her to ourselves for awhile. delish.'

Suck it Seth Rogan!


And now our non-video pick of the week--cruelly neither have been given the cinematic treatment", here they are: "Lies" by the Black Keys, and PJ-Harvey-by-way-of-Desert-Session "Powdered Wig Machine"


Will I have a real video here yet? Let me peruse--I assume all of you have seen VAST's Pretty When You Cry if not go do so. I'm waiting for my muse.

Stumble It!


Saturday, November 22, 2008

VideoDame Quickrecs: Anberlin, The Stars, and

It's nearly 5am, I've been warmed by the flames of a hot actor, a few pints, and three great new

A flawlessly awesome band name, instant hook execution, and not a little balls, for the 10 in my playlist right now, I give you "Feel Good Drag" by Anberlin


My friend Laurel passed this chilly poignant gem to me and I will always be grateful for that, "Your Ex-Lover is Dead" by Canadians The Stars. Perfect for wintertime, and thoughts of quiet suicide:


And this is just fun, the high water mark for what any popular band should try at least once. Alums of my sister's university, Big City Rock's "All of the Above"

Minor irritation: Universal Music oddly and infuriatingly keeps all their label artists videos un-embeddable. Yell at them for that, I'm gonna go play with my rat.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Videodame Presents: Love Story by Taylor Swift aka Virginal Pubescent Ass All For A Low Cut Pirate Shirt!

We are in a new world, people.

A new President, a new determination, a new generation.

And as all new generations before it, Gen Y, for its civic mindedness, its strident, well-scrubbed pan-cultural exchange the likes the modern world has not yet seen, these internet-junkies, these free wheeling top of the heap new-born Americans?!

Well they just all wanna dress in pretty party dresses and get married.

Taylor Swift, America. Oh, I see you've met.

Only yesterday did I, watching the glorious cable my new digs gives me, on MTV Hits this...this piece

Okay now, this video is very well made, in a technical capacity. I love every single one of the costumes, because of course, I have estrogen. And you men out there can't help but think as she talks about how it's a love story and she's the pretty princess and you're just sitting there with this ENORMOUS BONER and--basically all straight men think about is where to AIM am I lying? *coughs* Sorry.

Wikipedia how old is she?

18!!! WoooOOOooooo!

But seriously I actually didn't watch the video yesterday, I watched it ten minutes ago. With closed captioning. To give you a taste of what I read, while watching her re-enact every scene from Pride and Prejudice starring Keira Knightly then mention Romeo and Juliet...

Romeo save me I've been feeling so alone
I keep waiting for you but you never come
Is this in my head, I don't know what to think
He kneels to the ground and pulled out a ring

And said

Marry me Juliet you'll never have to be alone
I love you and that's all the reason for
I talk to your dad go pick out a white dress
It's a love story baby just say yes

Now she gets points for the fiddle, which has bailed out otherwise non-descript bands such as Dave Matthews and Yellowcard but can't you see this song being played at the most Deliverance-style weddings?

I mean, don't get me wrong, I myself was born in redneck capital of the world Arkansas, IN THE LITERAL OZARKS, and I know crackerism, and incest, can happen just about anywhere. So come with me as you imagine, say, a father/daughter/wife dance as Miss Swift makes the magic happen.

Did you know Hugh Hefner is giving one of his ex-wives/twins away at her next wedding? I don't know if all of them divorced or he just divorced one twin but really that poor addled knob is getting greased at least eighth times daily for the cameras, and it's all really depressing, kind of like McCain--

Oh. And this is why you shouldn't try to knock out your flu with Sudafed, JD's and herbal tea.

It's a new world, ladies and gentlemen. And we're only here to watch Taylor Swift twirl in it.