Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Uglyography's performance at Fantasy records was a little shaky but rather a hit nonetheless! Things went well at the "dark carnival", all in all. The best part was that the local radio station 100.5 MaxFM was there doing promotions. One of the DJs, Alfredo Torres, was into Uglyography. Mr. Torres hosts a show on the station on Sunday evenings from 8 - 10 PM called Locals Lounge where he spins music by local bands and musicians. He talked to Matt about possibly being featured live on the show sometime in the near future. How wonderful!
At about 8:10 PM on Sunday, Uglyography made its radio debut with "Keychain & Beads"!
Hurray! It was great, it sounded terrific, and I'm so proud of Matt!
Friday, December 12, 2008
Saturday, December 6, 2008
"Get party trained".
I'm guessing that the idea is that it's supposed to sound like "Get potty trained" and therefore is supposed to be funny. I have no idea. I'm losing my mind.
Friday, December 5, 2008
If you're in the Hampton Roads area, be sure to visit Goody's Pub Saturday nite!
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
I feel like going home, taking a hot Radox bath, drinking some Earl Grey and listening to Belle & Sebastian's The Boy With the Arab Strap or PJ Harvey's exquisite Is This Desire? (still my favorite album by Harvey) or Placebo's Without You I'm Nothing. I gotta get a copy of the NME, dammit.
Okay, enough reminiscing.
Why do so many people think that flamenco dance is called "flamingo dance"? The group here tonight is Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana. The manager said that once they were playing a show and they were introduced as "Carlos Santana and The Flamingos".
Saturday, November 22, 2008
I get e-mail updates from the lovely Amanda Palmer of the Dresden Dolls. As some of you probably know, Amanda released solo record a couple of months ago called Who Killed Amanda Palmer? and its quite excellent. She's been releasing videos with startling regularity and the latest is for the song "Leeds United".
According to the e-mail that I received yesterday:
This video has a somewhat sordid backstory.
if you were at my london show, you already know this, because i mentioned it from the stagem but for the rest of you, hear ye.
the fine folks at roadrunner records wanted us to re-cut this video so that shots of my belly wouldn't be included. they basically told me that I looked too fat. i told them to fuck off.
the saga continues, but i'll fill you in later.
long live the belly.
Roadrunner Records thinks Amanda is too fat. I watched the video, incredulous because I've seen Amanda in person and she could be described as petite, I thought.
If this girl is fat then I must look like Jabba the Hut and that's terrifying. But she's not fat, it's just the music industry being their usual c@cksuc#ery selves. I'm delight that Amanda told them to "f^c# off" cause if it had been me I would have edited the video and never left my house again.
I'd boycott Roadrunner but they have been good to the Dresden Dolls and they also have DragonForce on their roster.
But geez, what is this world coming to?
Friday, November 21, 2008
I liked it better than I thought I would.
That's really about it.
Guy Maddin's Twilight of the Ice Nymphs is pretty cool, too. It is in no way related to the movie I saw today.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Also, Sukiyaki Western Django is one of the coolest movies ever. Takashi Miike is such a freak, such a complete badass. I'll do a proper review soon, I think, though it will be hard to it into words.
Monday, November 17, 2008
First up, The Beastmaster. So bad I fell asleep on purpose and then contemplated divorcing my husband who foisted this tripe on me.
Next night was Ladies & Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains. Excellent movie, top notch. Compared to The Beastmaster, it’s the greatest movie ever made. It’s not, but it felt like it that night. It’s got an almost prepubescent Diane Lane as a rebellious punk who inadvertently starts a music movement. Ray Winstone is so young that I completely did not recognize him at all. This cool movie also features members of the Sex Pistols, Laura Dern, Brent Spiner (Data from Star Trek) and Elizabeth Daily (Dottie from Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure).
Saturday night was not so great. We ordered up the new Madonna movie, Filth and Wisdom, from the OnDemand network. Like Atlanta indicated, it was pretty much useless nonsense. Poor Eugene Hutz needs to stick to touring with Gogol Bordello. There’s not much use in playing yourself in a movie unless it’s a documentary (this is NOT). Hutz is reduced to silly dialogue in which he spouts endless Ukrainian folk sayings (“we have a saying in my country…”) that come off like goofy Dave Barryisms. The movie is about three roommates, two of whom use sex to make money. There’s a stripper who never even strips in the movie. Hutz is a joke as a male dominatrix who spanks guys and makes them lick his boots. Makes me long for Wristcutters: A Love Story in which actor Shea Whigham does Hutz better than Hutz does Hutz (does that make sense?). It’s comical, not sexy or even a tad bit threatening. There’s no filth to be found, and certainly no wisdom. There’s some good music thanks to Gogol Bordello, but really it’s a waste of 84 minutes. Still, it’s better than The Beastmaster.
Finally, after nearly 8 years of waiting, the Flaming Lips have released their cinematic opus, Christmas on Mars. After 8 years of waiting, it delivers pretty much just what you were expecting if you saw the original trailer released in 2003. The Lips created an interesting (albeit a bit pretentious, of course, and a tad too long) exercise in music and filmmaking. The movie is about a space station set up on Mars. All of the astronauts are starting to lose their minds due to isolation and a lack of oxygen. They see all sorts of crazy, sometimes upsetting hallucinations that often feature large vaginas. There’s a new baby on board and the baby is struggling to survive. Also, Wayne Coyne is an alien (in the movie and probably in reality, too). Coyne the green alien comes to bring peace and love and joy and oxygen to the deteriorating crew. It’s silly and fun and the music is delicious. It’s a bit overlong but it’s a must-see for any Lips fan.
I wrote a novel, sorry about the long post.
HAPPY BELATED TO EMILY! Much love to my wonderful dear friend!
Oh, and the new Ricky Gervais HBO comedy special made me laugh so hard I had tears rolling off my face. It was the funniest thing I’ve seen in ages. Reminded me of how funny Eddie Izzard once was.
Friday, November 14, 2008
Seriously, I know I don't really resemble Abby other than the goth girl look, but it really made my day. ♥
Thursday, November 13, 2008
This weekend was a massive disappointment. Matt and I preregistered at the Nekocon anime convention which takes place just around the corner from my home. Sadly, Matt was out of commission and I was having to work a great deal more than anticipated. I missed out on a lot of the fun stuff. Fingers crossed that next year may be better.
Fun anecdote regarding my brief visit to Nekocon:
I decided to wear my fun clothes and put on a new dress. It's tight and semi-short and it's made mostly of green and purple vinyl. It's a delightful dress, I figured it was perfect for a comic sort of look. I was walking around a cherubic young man asked me (rather flamboyantly) if he could take my picture. I said sure, but I let him know that I wasn't wearing a costume and wasn't really representing a character. He gasped and replied, "Oh my God! So that's just how you dress???!!!"
Yes. Even the anime geeks think I'm a weirdo. I think I may be reaching new lows. I don't care. I'm still gonna rock that dress.
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
I have an excellent memory when it comes to my media. I remember who gave me what or where I bought what and when. It's a bit uncanny, but I can remember all sorts of facts about my music and movies, particularly since I cherish them so.
When Matt was cleaning up the music room, he found a cd on the computer tower. It's a burned copy of a cd called "Songs for Kassar" by Pete List. It's apparently all music for and inspired by tribal fusion bellydance, so it's evidently mine. Perhaps. Still, I have no recollection of anyone giving this copy to me at any point in time. Nothing, I have nothing in my brain. I've never even heard of it, I had to google this to find out what it is. It sounds pretty cool, though, so I intend to keep it. Still, if you have any information about where this came from, please let me know. I apologize in advance if someone gave it to me and I forgot. Shame on me if that is the case.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Today is a beautiful, wonderful day. Love and gratitute to my beloved Matt, the person who has supported me the most each day. Much love and thanks to my family & friends who help me and love me and support me and have helped me to reach birthday #6.
He also bought me a whole case of Kidrobot Dunny 5s. Wwwwwwwwwweeeeeeeeee! I have opened 8 of the 25 boxes and my wish came true! Today I opened up the Junko Mizuno Dunny that I coveted so! She's just as delightful as I imagined she would be, my little spaghetti head Dunny. ♥
Oh, what a glorious day it is!
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Plus, tomorrow's my special birthday! Happy birthday to me and to the beautiful Atlanta!
Friday, October 24, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
Had a lovely weekend of seeing friends and scrubbing floors (okay, that wasn't so lovely) and goofing off.
Another new obsession: HBO's True Blood. Okay, so it's been on for 7 episodes now and I'm finally getting around to raving. I'm in love with this ridiculous, inane and wildly entertaining show. It's cheesy and funny and extremely graphic (particularly with the sexy stuff) and I highly recommend it if you have HBO. I adore Anna Paquin and I love the character of Bill (delightfully, my husband bears a nice resemblance to Bill, yeah!). More on True Blood later. I need to post more about the show, I'm just so enamored with it. The opening credits are amazing, I get excited every time they start to roll.
I'm going to be a vampire for Halloween. I don't think I'm going to be a specific vampire. Just A Vampire. Generic, I know, but I have to work so I'm not putting much effort into this. How about you readers out there? What are you going to be for Halloween?
Thursday, October 16, 2008
No need for DVD. The movie is available now, right this moment. It's not on DVD, but it's available via digital cable On Demand through a new channel called FearNet. And it's completely free. I'm hoping to watch it tonight.
In unrelated news, I tried on a skirt this morning that I hadn't worn in 2 or 3 years. It was almost too small when I got it. Now it's much too small. I have hips like a damn linebacker. Dammit. At least my fellow bellydancers love me anyway.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Despite his genetic curse, Gérard had an awesome son, Guillame Depardieu. This guy was totally rad. He was surprisingly good-looking, too. I couldn't believe that he was sired by Gérard. He and his father didn't get along (surprise!) and he left home. He was poor and worked as prostitute. He was a badass and was put in jail for threatening a dude with a gun. He was fierce and unafraid to take risks for his art. He was in the movie Pola X, a film by Leos Carax that featured a score by Scott Walker, a story by Herman Melville, and Guillame going full-on with an lovely actress. The movie is so weird its in a class by itself and I've watched it over and over. Get the DVD and listen to Guillame's full-length commentary after you've watched it once, it's really bizarre and incredible. The guy was balls-out, both literally and figuratively.
We lost Guillame to pneumonia, of all things. Here's an obituary by The Guardian that pretty much sums it up. There aren't many French actors that I really dig, but he was one of the few.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
There is one seriously creepy dude wandering in the theatre lobby right now. Oh, he's leaving. He said he just left the VFW. I think he'd had a few. He gave a not-so-subtle glance down my blouse. Good riddance to him.
The book Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist is not really much like the film at all. I actually prefer the movie.
Time to eat lunch. Ta ta for now.
Monday, October 6, 2008
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
1. Overture DeVotchKa
2. Opening Danny Elfman
3. This Is Halloween Marilyn Manson
4. Jack's Lament The All-American Rejects
5. Doctor Finkelstein/In the Forest Amiina
6. What's This? Flyleaf
7. Town Meeting Song The Polyphonic Spree
8. Jack and Sally Montage The Vitamin String Quartet
9. Jack's Obsession Sparklehorse
10. Kidnap the Sandy Claws Koßn
11. Making Christmas Rise Against
12. Nabbed Yoshida Brothers
13. Oogie Boogie's Song Rodrigo y Gabriela
14. Sally's Song Amy Lee
15. Christmas Eve Montage Rjd2
16. Poor Jack Plain White T's
17. To the Rescue Datarock
18. Finale/Reprise Shiny Toy Guns
19. Closing Danny Elfman
20. End Title The Album Leaf
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
The Mercury Rev interview will apparently air tomorrow, Sunday Sept 28th at 5:00 pm. Maybe it got bumped because of the debates and Paul Newman (R.I.P.). Still, I've been sitting here with my dumb crappy radio listening intently to good 'Mericans who were interviewed about the debates while they were shopping at Home Depot.
Tomorrow, All Things Considered, Mercury Rev. Fingers crossed.
Friday, September 26, 2008
Best of all, Foxie has her own MySpace page! This is great, go visit and check out pictures of Foxie (even pictures of Tom Waits carrying her around). It appears that Foxie's owner is a beautiful model. The dog's full name is evidently Foxie Reynolds. Wish she could meet Whitey Thomas, they'd be great friends.
Foxie lives in Brooklyn. I'm so disappointed that I didn't get to see her on my visit there last weekend. :( Maybe next time.
I am definitely getting a Cockamo one day.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
In the past week, I've been to 1 David Byrne show, 2 Indigo bellydance shows, 2 Yard Dogs Road Shows, 3+ hrs of yoga classes and 4 hrs of dance workshops. I've walked about 150,000 miles. I've slept a total of 13 hrs (it feels that way). It was marvelous and I am just so happy to know that I'm not so old and decrepit that I am incapable of physical activity. I may be tired and sore but I'm not dead!
I have so much to write, but I can't cause I have to catch up on work. So I'll start with a couple of random details.
I had the best fried chicken I've ever tasted at a little Asian fusion restaurant in SoHo. It had a ginger mayo sauce and it was light and crispy and delicious and I wish I knew the name of that ding dang restaurant.
Leah is delightful and she's an excellent yoga instructor. I took two classes with her and they were amazing. One girl who took the class is a big yoga fanatic from San Fransisco who was visiting with a friend. I heard her exclaim as she exited with her friend "Dude! That was so f^c#ing awesome!" And it was really f'ing awesome. Plus, Leah's new man is super nice. I dig him.
The Birchmere in Alexandria is weird. You eat there and watch the show from a weird angle. Most seats are perpendicular to the stage so you have to twist around and it's uncomfortable.
The Yard Dogs Road Show is an extraordinary experience. They tour as a band but each member has some interesting talents. The most amazing was Tobias the Mystic Man, who performed a feat so incredible that I am still reeling from amazement.
I got to go to kidrobot store which was everything I had hoped it would be. I spent way too much money on little plastic toys. The Anna Sui store is still my favorite shop in the whole wide world and I would live there if I could. Seriously, I would move there. I have decorated my second bedroom to resemble that shop and it makes me so happy. It's glorious and I am so happy that I got to go back there and get treasures.
I also happened upon Earwax records in Brooklyn. I think I've ended up there each and every time I've been to New York. Every time I find something cool and unexpected, like the amazing new album by the Tindersticks that I'm listening to as I type this.
The Spieglworld Spiegeltent is truly an wondrous place.
The Indigo bellydancers are my heroes, particularly the beautiful Mardi Love who I had the pleasure of taking a workshop with on Sunday.
Best of all, I am so happy to be home to my dog and kitties and husband.
More soon on the Yard Dogs Road Show and more!
Thursday, September 18, 2008
meat cleavers, cattle prods, starter pistols, spear guns, ice picks, swords & sabers
They can't be carried onto the plane, but you can check your cattle prod so that it will be waiting for you in your destination city!
Good to know.
David Byrne was excellent. More on that later, but must pack for my journey.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
I love Pushing Daisies. I love it so much!
Monday, September 15, 2008
1. My boss made me do a 300-piece mailing on Saturday morning and it made for a horrible workday. Saturday workdays almost always stink, so I shouldn't have been surprised.
2. Watched Underworld and Underworld: Evolution back-to-back Saturday night. Lovely mindless entertainment.
3. Went into a store yesterday and because I heard The Cure coming from inside. Walked away $50 lighter and with a slightly larger wardrobe, which I didn't need at all. Then I proceeded to go buy all the new Cure singles that I had sort of forgotten about. The Cure is back to sounding pretty good again.
Friday, September 12, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
For good times, go visit the Film Drunk website. The elitist movie snobs over there make me laugh so hard I cry at least once a week. It's my favorite work time waster other than posting to this blog.
Lastly, ToggleSwitch sent me a link today. This is an article about one of my favorite bands, Mercury Rev, and their quest for music via science. Check it out: http://tinyurl.com/65xlgh . They're so wonderful and close to my heart. They're also perhaps the best live band I've seen. I need to post a list of my top 5 favorite live shows ever, though now that I'm getting old all the specific dates have long since left my addled brain. Mercury Rev definitely makes the top 5. Reminder, new album on the 30th!
Monday, September 8, 2008
It rained a little but we never lost power. An extremely large tree branch snapped and miraculously fell right in between our hedges and our house. Six inches in either direction and we might have had a crisis.
Matt and I got to snuggle up and watch tons of movies. Dark City on Blu-Ray was pretty luscious. Tropic Thunder at the theatre was pretty hilarious. Eagle vs. Shark has Jemaine Clement from Flight of the Conchords. It was sort of New Zealand's answer to Napoleon Dynamite and it was much better than I expected. I want to get a copy of Penelope and now also one of Eagle vs. Shark.
I learned how to play Yahtzee and I walloped poor Matt again and again.
Finally, I watched the new Criterion edition of Night on Earth that I got for my birthday. It was Matt's first time seeing it and he loved it. I adored it, I always will love it. That film started my love affair with independent cinema. My grandmother took me to the Kimball Theatre in Williamsburg to see it in early 1992 when I had just turned 14. I wanted to see it because I read that Winona Ryder was in it (remember back in 1992 when Winona Ryder was still the coolest girl on the planet?). I got a lot more than I bargained for, of course. The film was amazing, plus I heard the voice of Tom Waits for the first time and I was hooked. My grandmother bought me the soundtrack on cassette not longer after and it's still one of my most beloved treasures. Now here we are, 16 years later and Night on Earth is still just as wonderful and funny and heartbreaking as it was when it was first released.
Friday, September 5, 2008
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
Yes, they actually perform a trick while prancing around onstage to the theme from The Lost Boys.
Rad? Nay, I say, nay.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Last night I watched a film called a Quid Pro Quo. It was about a paraplegic radio journalist who discovers this group of able-bodied people who desire to have limbs amputated or who desire to become paralyzed. It was a strange little movie, but I rather liked it. It was interesting and different, plus it had the perfect running time of 82 minutes.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Yesterday my boss and I laughed for at least 5 minutes straight because he used the word "smegma" in a sentence. I don't think I had heard that word in years. He was ordering his nasty lunch (liver and onions, seriously) from the local slop house. I made a comment about how his lunch looks and probably tastes like poopie. Then, referring to my Lean Cuisine pizza, he said "Well, you're eating smegma on styrofoam". We proceeded to laugh until we cried. Then several of us launched into a debate about our interpretations of the word and its meaning.
Now he won't stop saying the word "smegma".
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
So Lionsgate distribution can go f^c# themselves because they're dumping Midnight Meat Train into 100 theatres nationwide and the closest theatre is some craphole in Lynchburg. I'm furious, and so are numerous horror freaks who are busily bitching away on imdb. I'm right there with them, I don't understand how Lionsgate could really lose by opening a film like this one wide. I'm so angry, and I'm not driving to Lynchburg.
As some of my fellow bloggers have already announced, David Byrne will be visiting Newport News! He's hitting the Ferguson Center on September 18th. If you're in the area, be sure to go cause Byrne puts on a great show. I caught him in D.C. on his "Look Into The Eyeball" tour and it was excellent. Tickets for the show at the Ferguson Center go on sale Aug 4. John Tesh is also visiting the Ferguson Center, but I would recommend drinking the special Jonestown Kool-Aid before even considering that concert.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Monday, June 30, 2008
In order to not upset the wife (I wouldn't have been upset, but nevertheless...) he brought home some Blu-Ray movies that I requested. I decided that I would only select visually lush films that I don't already own on DVD. He brought home the following Blu-Ray movies for our viewing pleasure:
Run Lola Run: We haven't watched but a few minutes. We used it for testing purposes and the menu sure looks nice. The main thing I noticed was how crisp the subtitles appear, so that's nice.
The Fifth Element: Hell yeah, Gary Oldman in high-definition. Yes. Jean-Paul Gaultier in high def, too. It's a crazy cute movie, and it sure does look super pretty on this Blu-Ray thingamajig.
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen: Matt had never even heard of this movie. Strangely enough, thanks to its 20th anniversary, it's the only Terry Gilliam movie that is currently available on Blu-Ray. I hadn't seen this film in years and years, and I had previously only seen it on tv broadcast and once on VHS. Watching this glorious movie on Blu-Ray was like seeing an entirely different movie altogether. It was simply stunning, absolutely gorgeous. I love this movie now more than ever thanks to my new beloved Blu-Ray toy.
The Host: Okay, okay. I already have this on DVD but my copy is a shiesty Region 3 Hong Kong version and the subtitles are crummy as hell. I need the monster rampaging in high definition. I haven't watched it yet, but my hopes are high.
So I'm pretty excited about Blu-Ray now. I didn't really care much before, but the movies look all fancy and pretty and shiny. This is not useful or practical for most movies, but it does seem to enhance the quality of the picture somewhat, especially on films that utilize digital effects. I have no plans to purchase a whole bunch of Blu-Ray films, but I'm open if anyone has any recommendations or suggestions. The Kill Bill movies come out on Blu-Ray in September and I think I'll have to get those (even though I have the DVDs). I'm also considering Bram Stoker's Dracula which is completely nuts cause I already have a VHS and two DVD editions. Perhaps I need one more copy...