Thursday, February 25, 2010

Hula skirts twirl

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.

Ashtray floors, dirty clothes, and filthy jokes

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

Gettin' my nails done by Cronenberg and Scorsese

You don't get much more Russian Navy (below) than 'Eastern Promises'.


Both 'Gangs of New York' and 'Taxi Driver' inspired my (fade to) greige and coral fetish from the new Mecca polish range.

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!

does anyone not love dinosaur comics?

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

when you go away, I am big boned and fey

The Family Jams - Trailer from kevin barker on Vimeo.

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

I Have News for You

There are people who do not see a broken playground swing
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.

Tony Hoagland

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Im gonna be a rude boy

It seems like Jay-Z ain't the only part of the Def Jam familia that loves contemporary art references in video clips - see Damien Hirst ref's and more in On To The Next One.
Peep the epic "work of art" screen shots from Rihanna's 'Rude Boy' film clip below - its a beautiful thing

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Keith Haring

(via the eternal genius that is Flavorwire)
Also the entire genius that is 'Rude Boy' below - proof that sometimes lyrics do not maketh the song:

revolution girl-style now!

Actually speaking of books there are so many amazing books coming out at the moment that I want need very badly in my life.

'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!

Everything was beautiful and nothing hurt

I love Nan Goldin.

If anyone wants to buy me this book - I might just love you forever.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Without obsession, life is nothing.

Is everyone as excited about John Waters coming to town as me?!

Whenever I get depressed, I raise my hemlines

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.

So I love that soon I (and everyone else) will be draped in mid calf to ankle grazing skirts again - Marc Jacobs told us so.

Looking forward to the change though - all Big Love vibes an all.

Papa Don't Preach

There were almost too many amazing Madonna and Sean Penn images to post - it took me ages to choose the best ones. Love these two - 90s couples are obviously the best.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Schwartzman x Dunst in short film

non plus one final from Tracy ANTONOPOULOS on Vimeo.

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.

(via Pedestrian)

Sunday, February 14, 2010

“I'd like to French pastry myself to death, right now.”

The French Film Festival is back again in Melbourne (and the rest of Oz) and once more I will try and get across the water (read- Yarra River) to the Como or out to the country fields of Northcote to go the Westgarth – le sigh. I rarely make it to more than one screening at this fest. My own fault as theres always tonnes of stuff (or at least more than one) that I want to see. This year is no different and if the past years are anything to go by they always have one of my favourite films of the year squeezed in there (2008’s ‘Le Chansons d’Amour’ and 2009’s ‘A Christmas Tale’ – and I still haven’t been able to track down ‘Actresses’ - quel domage!).

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.

I was reallllllly hoping the ‘La belle personne’ (Christophe Honore & Louise Garrel together again) would be in this fest’ as well as ‘Pers├ęcution’ – see pic above for - Romain Duris and Charlotte Gainsbourg together at last(!) be still my heart – holding out for you MIFF for these two!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Strange Boys

Just like Girls make me want to run away to San Fran - Strange Boys make me want to run away to Austin Texas - is there a theme here?

Thursday, February 11, 2010

i'm just trying to change the colour on your mood ring

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!

Men of leisure and rest

Theres something illicit about people taking it easy these days - resting and relaxing during the day feels...wrong. Maybe I've been working too hard and too much lately. Need to take some cues from these guys.

You said you were a poet, man, your poetry wasn't obvious to me

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

Health aren't afraid of coming to Austrlia for their first tour and they made a video to prove it!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Best Movies You've Never Seen #3

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.

On the street where she lives....

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

Les Queues De Sardines

I know these are everywhere but I love them! More amazing tights here

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

Not just one of your toys

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