Thursday, February 25, 2010
Rainbow Bridge - Big Wave Rider
Blogger keeps eating my posts. This makes me most unhappy. Suffice to say this song gets stuck in my head day after day, it goes round and round - in a good way and now they've made a peachy and beachy video to match.
I heart the home video vibes, beach 'fashions' and non-epic waves.
Can't Hardly Wait by The Replacements. This song is absolutely amazing - actually my favourite song of all time right now - and best of all there about 5 different record versions and 2 live ones for me (and you?) to enjoy - just like an online cassa single.
ps Tim version is my fave, but they're all pretty good.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
THANKS FOR THE TIP'S MARTIN AND DAVE!
Can you tell I've just stoppped biting my nails? They may not be claw length yet but I'm obsessed with amassing a nail polish fetish/collection to make up for lost time!
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Produced by Kevin Barker (Vetiver), The Family Jams features Devendra Banhart, Joanna Newsom, and Vetiver as they tour the country performing their genre-defining music in the summer of 2004 - remember 2004 - it was a good year for music.
Ten years in the making, Strange Powers is an intimate documentary portrait of songwriter Stephin Merritt and his band the Magnetic Fields. See the best lyricist and crankiest personality in music today.
Someone in Melbourne needs to screen these films - we have too many cinema's and music fans for this not to happen.
Sunday, February 21, 2010
as a symbol of ruined childhood
and there are people who don’t interpret the behavior
of a fly in a motel room as a mocking representation of their thought process.
There are people who don’t walk past an empty swimming pool
and think about past pleasures irrecoverable
and then stand there blocking the sidewalk for other pedestrians.
I have read about a town somewhere in California where human beings
do not send their tuberous feeder roots
deep into the potting soil of others’ emotional lives
as if they were greedy six-year-olds
sucking the last half inch of milkshake up through a noisy straw;
and other persons in the Midwest who can kiss without
unpacking the imperialist baggage of heterosexuality.
Do you see that creamy, lemon-yellow moon?
There are some people, unlike me and you,
who do not yearn after love or fame or quantities of money as
unattainable as that moon;
Thus, they do not later
have to waste more time
defaming the object of their former ardor.
Or consequently run and crucify themselves
in some solitary midnight Starbucks Golgotha.
I have news for you:
there are people who get up in the morning and cross a room
and open a window to let the sweet breeze in
and let it touch them all over their faces and bodies.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
'Just Kids' by Patti Smith her memoir - need I say more? If I do I leave it to PS to do the talking in an excerpt which you can read here.
Also 'Girl Power: The Nineties Revolution in Music' By Marisa Meltzer. I wish Sassy changed my life but it was Bust mag instead. However was there a better time to be a girl in a band than in the early 90s?
I'm still such a riot grrrl at heart - Huggy Bear for LIFE!
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
I'm not a mini skirt wearer by any means - I'm a firm knee length sort've girl. Mini-skirts fill me with anxiety.
Monday, February 15, 2010
non plus one final twas directed by Tracy Antonopoulos and Gia Coppola - Sofia (Coppola)'s niece and Jason (Schwartzman)'s cousin. The soundtrack is provided by Coconut Records - Schwartzman's indie-pop solo project which i blogged about here re the Sev's skateboarding cameo in the film clip.
ps this is another more beautiful looking short. no Dunst or Schwartzman though - soz.
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Anyhow here’s my picks of the fest:
1. Wild Grass – Alain Resnais – If you have read my blog much you’ll know of my obsession with 3 modern French actors in particular – Romain Duris, Louis Garrel and Mathieu Amalric. I try and see everything they are in because they choose interesting films and are amazing in them. This one has the Amalric and the Resnais (of ‘Hiroshima mon amour’ fame) directing which just equals guaranteed awesomeness doesn’t it?
2. Making Plans for Lena – Christophe Honore – I have a real soft spot for Christophe Honore, the aforementioned Garrel and his dad, director Philippe Garrel for that matter. The younger Garrel has a small but great role in this film. A lot of Honore films I dislike upon first viewing but scenes and lines will come back to haunt me for months (or even years!) to come. He is worth investing some time in.
Interesting sidebar note is that the French title is ‘Non ma fille, tu n'iras pas danser’ much nicer than 'Making Plans for Lena' - in my opinion. The international title is a play on the XTC song ‘Making Plans for Nigel’ which plays at a key point in the film.
3. White Material – Claire Denis – its embarrassing to admit I haven’t seen '35 Shots of Rum' or 'Beau Travail'. Especially considering how EVERYONE in the entire world seems to agree these are two of the greatest modern French films ever. So I should really see this – film nerd guilt aside it’ll probably be pretty great.
I would probably see ‘Gainsbourg’ – which I blogged about before and ‘Chanel Coco & Igor Stravinsky’ but they are getting general release and all that, plus they look a bit B-Grade. ‘Ricky’ which is Ozon’s newie is showing at an extended season at ACMI. Oh and ‘Micmacs’? I’ve gone off Jeunet a bit – yeah he’s made 3 good films – but did you see 'A Very Long Engagement'? Also it’s getting general release ‘natch.
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010
Thursday, February 11, 2010
The Oh, Happy Day / Oh, Crappy Day Ring Set lends some weather style mood imagery to the mood ring. I've loved mood type rings ever since My Girl when I thought they could show how you felt to the yourself and the rest of the world and that seemed so cool, romantic and angsty all at the same time.
Got to get my My Girl on again soon. Also takes the credit for the first film that made me cry!
I saw Frida Hyvonen at Trades Hall in Melbourne last night. I first fell in love with Frida in 2006 when I heard this song above that my friend Anthony gave to me on a mixtape (yes a real tape). My friend Ben thinks that she is one of the greatest living lyricists and I have to agree. Not only that she is such a talented, charming and charismatic live performer. I first saw her in 2006 when I was jetlagged out of my mind in after arriving in New York alone from London - but it was worth it! However seeing her from the front row fully rested was much better! Come back soon Frida - we love you!
Monday, February 8, 2010
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Foxfire (1996) - Dir. Annette Haywood-Carter
OK the plot might not be entirely coherent and some of the lines are a bit cringey BUT it has that great mid-90s aesthetic (my-so called life esque), a great cast (young Angelina Jolie) and some great moments. The scene where they dance around in the abandoned house is particularly amazing. Also I goddamn wish I had a girl gang of misfits when I was a teenager - one that stole cars, held up rapists at knife point and climbed bridges.
Oh and wore rollerblades in highschool.
My Fair Lady is one of my all time favourite musicals and love the film version as much as I enjoyed the stage when I was five. Though I never really bought that Eliza and Henry ended up together - call it pre-pubescent denial (that still lingers).
The above is one of my favourite unrequited love songs ever as well...
Also Audrey Hepburns costumes where to die for.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
angelheaded hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly connection to the starry dynamo in the machinery of night,
So many bio-pic trailers so little time!
I love Ginsberg - he's one of the few beats that I can appreciate (Ginsberg and Corso). Plus I heard that this song was written about him - which makes me love him more.
Also James Franco in glasses. Lets appreciate.
PS This is my favourite Ginsberg poem and one of my favourite readings of it. Patti Smith reading and Philip Glass playing as a tribute to Ginsberg on his death. The poem is a tribute to Ginsberg's guru on his death and Smith and Glass read it in tribute to Ginsberg their guru.
Patti Smith And Philip Glass Allen Ginsberg
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Monday, February 1, 2010
I must confess I have predlication for music movies (and books) and I am a huge girl group fan. So the Runaways movie seems tailor made for me - and features a grown up Dakota Fanning? Scuse me while my head spins a little at the eternal child playing a rocker.
I totally want to be in this girl gang as well -even just for the outfits and the eyeliner