Monday, November 10, 2008

dragging it on...

i've been out of the loop lately with nightlife. last friday was the first time in a while that i'd gotten smashed. i also don't know if this is confidential information i shouldn't be posting, but damn, the company party was pretty hilarious. don't know what this says about spreading the stereotype of thai entertainment though!

featuring Dreamgirls...


ps. these men work with me!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

rice: an exclusive dish

This summer Tippy made a movie called "Rice" and we helped her out for a weekend. Fun times involving a flat tire and coming up with anorexic poses, as "Noon" (main girl played by Prayer) is supposed to be anorexic. I am sure those trying to lose weight will be inspired after seeing Prayer's collarbone in this movie. If it is ever released at a theatre near you we will let you know!

scale and bones


make up



trying to make black eyes for the sickly look



light as "Noon"




location: DLV

Friday, August 15, 2008

fine/found


During the layover from/in hell, I took this photo in front of some sort of auditorium in downtown Phoenix. This was also just about the only interesting find that night (other than Hooters which had cheap beer).

I have much better luck when it comes to music.

While working on the mixtape, I remembered this cover of The Beatle's Money by The Flying Lizards (heard briefly in The Wedding Singer movie). For some reason this song always makes me think of Billy Idol but I don't even know any of his songs!

The Flying Lizards - Money (That's What I Want)
More on them later. I'm doing some research and careful listening. I think they're pretty amazing and possibly some of the best music to come out of the 80s.

I also recently stumbled across this very awkward version of Santogold's I'm A Lady. Amanda Blank's rapping is worth GIGGLES as it feels very outdated (borderline cheesy) 90's but you just can't deny that I'm a lady--at least the original version--is The Pixies but better so this version can't be all that bad.

Santogold/Diplo - I'm A Lady (Feat. Amanda Blank)
ps. it also took 3 heads to get one line out of barely intelligible Santi White in this song: "I know how to spin magic, reel it out. Try to hold the light to me." (you should tell me your interpretation of the second part of the chorus, too)

While cruising Myspace--something which I rarely do nowadays, I revisited an old obsession of mine, Feist! I was very disappointed by her Sesame Street debut and wished she could've counted higher than 4 (where were 5, 6, 9, and 10!), but my confidence in her was restored upon discovering Rubies in her Top Friends. I can't really tell where they are from, but maybe they're based in CA. This particular track is a Whitest Boy(Girl) Alive with the electroguts of Lykke Li. What do you know, they're not even Scandinavian. Just kidding...I think some of them are.

Rubies - Stand In A Line
Check out those lines on their faces...makes me think someone had a hand in the Feist Mushaboom music video!

Friday, August 1, 2008

ouch, new york!



my legs hurt a lot from walking. i think i'm going to have to get used to it since i am selling my car and moving. but before i peace out of the country, i had one last hurrah on the other coast.

i've been walking because i'm in new york. yesterday i walked around in flatiron, chinatown, and little italy before heading through noho & soho to the village where i walked up and down bleecker street looking for the infamous magnolia only to find, after meeting up with jdang, that their cupcakes were dense and DRY. this would have been unacceptable if not for the light and fluffy frosting that really was superior as was the banana pudding laurie recommended. then we walked some more through meatpacking district to chelsea pier and ended up at pier 66 where we drank beer on a barge called "Frying Pan" and ate amazing garlic fries--the garlic fries craze extended to today when we made them by ourselves at home in the "frydaddy" deep fryer/(ice) bucket.


our gracious hosts jess & z


you can also see new jersey from the frying pan. i didn't think it'd be so lit up.


brooklynight


there was also apparently a waterfall by the brooklyn bridge
actually, it's just part of the nyc waterfalls project by Olafur Eliasson. I'm not sure exactly what it's supposed to do, but my guess (after first dissing the idea as a sort of expensive landscaping project) might be something about oxygenating the water so that it's more friendly to aquatic life. pretty cool right?

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Elefante y Serpiente go to the Hammer



Yeah, Devendra.

I know that weeks ago I denounced his band's songs as a compilation of witless antics. Was I wrong to have said the truth? Yeah. Seeing IO Echo and The Duke Spirit at the Hammer last week left both Tanyawan and I yearning for the lightheartedness of Devendra. Another dick skirt. Another projection screen feeding images of a naked and enormously endowed Banhart jumping on a trampoline. He was so fun.

Here's what IO Echo looked like:



The music sounded like any old mess you can craft from a guitar, bass, set of drums, and singer inspired by karen-o before Karen has even left the scene. Plus, they annoyed T1 by starting over an hour late, well after her buzz had begun to fade. Even Megapuss started within the hour they were scheduled. Pssh.

And here's what The Duke Spirit looked like:



The difference being that the lead singer was actually pretty cute because she had so much energy and played three minor instruments. I felt like I was watching the incarnation of Nico and Mick Jagger's secretly conceived love child. Nevertheless, as soon as the band's performance ended we left.

This all might sound like we had an awful time. Waiting for what would be mindlessly uninspiring bands, regretting having talked shit on Devendra's band, (new information:) standing behind obscenely tall people who planted their frames right in front of eency-weency Tanyawan with no intention of moving. But, yeah, it was the opposite, we kinda enjoyed our night. It was the kind of situation where you think, What better way could I have spent my evening? And the answer is, "None," which is satisfying.

Also, if you were keeping score, IO Echo and The Duke Spirit have 0 pts. Devendra has 11-- one for every dick. I have 1pt for posting. Tanyawan had 3pts when we left the Hammer, though it went down to 2 by the end of the night. She got 1pt for remembering to bring her camera, 1 for buying beers, and 1 for suggesting we eat something, but I had to retract that last point because the food wasn't very good. She had too many pts anyway.



the duke spirit











io echo

Sunday, June 22, 2008

feel the noise (vol.1)


the other night, san diego showed up for feel the noise's vol.1 mixtape release party. (see bigstereo's post for brief bio and accompanying mp3)

feel the noise is...

Gabe Vega


and Saul Q, who I once went to a Manu Chao concert in Tijuana with.

in attendance were:

albert & j--


the ladies of fashion whore


king of the bongo (going analog)
aka. beauty bar security man


hmmm...small asian cameraman


the girl you've seen in cobrasnake photos


and her friend the baby's mama sighted at CHOW,
pictured here with albert and his evangelical bracelet


my favorite, however, had to have been this one: the gigolo


Feel the Noise: DJs Gabe Vega & Saul Q

U-31
3112 University Ave.
(31st & University)
San Diego, CA 92105
Daily 5pm - 2am
Parking across the street at Bank of America

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Moonlighting tonight



Hello. I was asked by Tanyawan to write about tonight's show at the Hammer featuring Megapuss, otherwise known as Devendra Banhart's new band. They were drunk, they didn't know their own lyrics at times, they had a 45-minute set, and though Tanyawan went primarily to see Natalie Portman (which she did! in the bathroom! and then another time standing behind me, she says!) – I think we found greatest enjoyment in comparing statements Prayer had made in text messages that didn't coincide with what she had told each of us individually. Turns out Prayer really DID like the Sex and the City movie. Liar!

Anyway, here's video of the marginally half-assed Megapuss with Devendra (in black) wearing a pretty funny dick skirt:




Familiar faces were in attendance.




Lila and Jenny from the Cumsluts.







I was so happy to see them. When Lila entered the courtyard she looked exactly like Shoshana, my mother, who as we all know is currently in Israel. I told her this and she said she was glad she could be a consolation sister.


I also saw two of Janice's Cal Arts friends. Didn't talk to them, 'cause, you know, I don't know them. We've been introduced but have never spoken to each other without Janice functioning as the compressed-oil filling that joins together geographically disparate cookies, connecting people until scrapped from her position, unceremoniously so, by Prayer's bottom teeth.



I'm done.



PS – Tanya1 brought me a muffin from the café where she works. Also, she really liked the band, I should mention. Particularly the Duck People song. It was sung by a little brown guy who you can see a little bit of in the video. He yelled something like, Duck people don't shop at Wholefoods for humus, they shop at Trader Joe's. "Fuck Whole Foods!"

I'll leave you with Tanyawan's online-singles video before it hits match.com:



Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Blvd
90024

megapuss
the cumsluts

Monday, June 9, 2008

sneak preview



come out to the june triples party june 28 this month @ the w.ave
featuring a vj set by nancy & dj sets by dj-- (a good one) and yours truly (more amateurish)

xo.

Friday, April 25, 2008

souvenir for h.f. davies

electrogals

it's a ladies' night






very pregnant lady on digeridoo (sp?)
husband picked up her gear and they left
immediately after her performance


heavy debate on whether this keyboardist was a man
verdict: (wo)man hence "electrogals"


the lawn chair, a very strong drink
they also make a mean grilled artichoke/gruyere/romesco sandwich


people do dance here


highlight of the night: cheetah finesse



holocene
1001 se morrison
hawthorne district

the kids come out

went to see what nights are like in portland.



saw holy sons





and scout niblett


towards the end she broke out into no scrubs (the TLC one)
and "we're all gonna die...." (that song that jens lekman covered,
also one that you wouldn't want to play if you're in a car i'm driving)

to be quite honest, the music was sleepy and so-so,
but the kids were into it--they seemed grateful.






Doug Fir Lounge

@ the Jupiter Hotel
830 E Burnside
Hawthorne District, TriMet no.20

ps. checked back and the song is called "Your Beat Kicks Back Like Death"
personally i prefer the JL version.