John Krasinski vs. Anna Kendrick’s Lip Sync Battle Is The Only Thing You Need Today

Look the week is basically over.  In fact, if you’re on the East Coast, it is over.  But before you get your weekend pippity poppin’, do yourself a favor and watch the final round from last night’s episode of Lip Sync Battle.  Everyone’s favorite dreamboat and executive producer John Krasinski, takes on future auteur, Pitch Perfect 2 boss, and Twitter queen Anna Kendrick.  Let me give you a list of the highlights in no particular order:

  • Tear away clothes
  • Hilarious height discrepency
  • John Krasinski in drag
  • A slideshow of Emily Blunt’s face
  • Hands free microphones
  • Jennifer Lopez serving
  • LL Cool J & Chrissy Teigen (yeah I know they’re in every ep, but whatever, it’s the most baller host combo ever
  • Anna Kendrick looking absurdly hot and being like, a really good dancer

So Happy Friday! Now watch these goddamn videos.

Round 1:

Round 2:

NOW PLAYING #TBT Edition: Save Tonight – Louis Vivet (feat. Gavrielle & Nick Goldston)

Remember Eagle Eye Cherry? Who am I kidding, of course you remember them. “Save Tonight” was a staple of every alt kid’s 90’s playlist, or at least it was on mine.  So in honor of the ubiquitous Throwback Thursday, let’s all join together to enjoy this fabulous cover by Louis Vivet.

Now since the original will always have a special place in my heart, I won’t go as far as to call this version better, but damn if it isn’t something special.  I love the haunting vocals by some young guns – Gavrielle and Nick Goldston – and am even down with the techno break in the middle.  The track is upbeat but yet stays true to the melancholy of the lyrics (try to tell me you didn’t use to cry to this song while thinking about your crush in grade school, or hanging with your friends on the last day of camp).  So here you are folks, your #TBT jam of the day.

 

Now Playing: The R.Kelly Cover You Never Knew You Needed

Everyone loves R.Kelly’s Ignition (Remix).  I know this to be true for many reasons: it’s a great song, it’s catchy as all hell, and also I once witnessed a spontaneous sing-a-long/dance party erupt when it came on at a restaurant (no joke…I have the video to prove it, but I can’t figure out how to embed an instagram video and I deleted it from my phone).

What I didn’t know what there was a way to make this sexy ass R&B jam feel like a totally and completely different song.  I mean seriously, how else can one sing “running her hands through my fro, bouncing on twenty fours…”?  It turns out at least one other way – the soft, female, indie-folk way.  I can hear the chorus of “Whaaaa?” from here.  But trust me, green-haired songstress Phoebe Ryan delivers.

So have a listen, and realize that a) these lyrics are pretty ridiculous when sung by anyone other than R.Kelly (and even then…) and b) you have always been craving this cover, you just didn’t know it yet.

That Lobster Come Up

Listen, we all gotta make a living. We wake up everyday, and get to grindin. GET, GET, GET THAT PAPER. Amiright?

Well here in Los Angeles, one gentleman discovered another gentleman selling what else, but LOBSTER on the side of the road.  For 5 dollars. That’s a goddman steal!

Our host spends about 4 minutes admiring (as anyone would) the fact that a man selling lobster on the side of the raod even exists, then veers towards the metaphysical and deep at the end…but as he says “We gotta make that money…what a life.”

h/t reddit

That Show I Saw: The Oh Hellos Bring The Wild Rumpus

(Photo: Julio de la Torre/Aesthetic Magazine Toronto)

The Oh Hellos at The Troubadour (Photo: Julio de la Torre/Aesthetic Magazine Toronto)

Let me tell you a story about a marvelous young band called The Oh Hellos.

I must first be honest about one thing, I have kept The Oh Hellos to myself for quite some time.  I can’t even tell you how I first discovered them, but at some point in 2012 I heard one of their songs, and instantly fell in love.  Brother and sister Maggie and Tyler Heath are each glorious songbirds, whose unique voices are typically backed by a chorus of a harmonies and majestic arrangements that sound like Arcade Fire’s folk-y cousin.  Their 2012 album Through The Deep, Dark Valley has made me smile, its made me cry, its even helped me fall asleep when trapped in the same room with a family member whose snoring made me nearly homicidal.

After years of listening to their music, but never seeing LA appear on any of their tour schedules, I assumed that this would be band I would only experience via recordings – and I was totally fine with that.  But then, a few months ago while persuing TicketFly, I miraculously stumbled upon their show at The Troubadour.  I added the tickets to my cart, checked out, and thought nothing of it.  A few weeks later, when a friend suggested they might want to join me, I took a look to see if there were tickets left, and not only had the show I had tickets for sold out, but a second date had been added, and it too was sold out.  Apparently my secret band was not as secret as I thought.

Friday rolled along, and the day before I reminded my boyfriend that he would be joining me to see a band I had never mentioned to him, that he had never listend to, but who meant a very great deal to me.  Given that it was the day after my birthday, and he’s a very kind man, he obliged.  I warned him that I had done very little research into what their live show was like, and thus could not guarantee him anything, but I secretly suspsected we were in for quite a treat…and boy was I right.

The Troubadour was packed to the rafters with fans and band members alike (there were 11 total people on stage playing two drums, a banjo, two guitars, a fiddle, an accordian, a bass, one backup vocalists, and then Maggie and Tyler – who also had a guitar).  The show was nothing sort of spectacular.  The band’s energy is out of this world and completely contagious, Tyler and Maggie’s voices are even more incredible in person than they are on their albums, and everyone on stage seemed to be having the time of their lives.  At the end of their set, the crowd chanted for an encore and, when the band re-emerged, screamed so loud I think my ears are still ringing.

(Photo: Julio de la Torre/Aesthetic Magazine Toronto)

Maggie & Tyler Heath (Photo: Julio de la Torre/Aesthetic Magazine Toronto)

During the show my boyfriend hit the nail on the head when he observed that every one of their songs sounded like it could be the soundtrack to Where the Wild Things Are.  The show was truly a wild rumpus, and I think we are only just seeing the beginning of what I’m sure are many great things to come from this joyous and immensley talented group.

So do yourself a favor and listen to their album in its entirety here.

8 Stills From Taylor Swift’s Blank Space Video That Are EVERYTHING

I do my best not to utitilze too much so-called “basic bitch speak.” I.e., “I’m dying,” “I can’t,” “This is literally, everything” “I can’t even,” “Stop,” etc.

But sometimes, it’s the only way to describe things.  Like Taylor Swift’s new video for Blank Space.  Because that shit is EVERYTHING.  I can’t with it.  I’m dying from it.  It needs to stop. But also NEVER STOP.

Since this video has clearly left me without words, here are 8 (+1 2 bonus) stills to prove my point.

1. We’ve just gotten started and already I can’t even.

2. This dip, this dress, it’s all just too much.

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3. Running in a ballgown? I want it.  I need it.  Oh baby, oh baby.

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4. This picnic + red lip combo is literally the best thing I’ve ever seen.

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5. THROWIN SHADE.

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6. This leopard and bleeding mascara is KILLING me. Also GET OUT OF HERE YOU ADORABLE TINY BABY DEER.

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7. Shut up with this crop top and shorts set.

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8.  An axe? A horse? That dress?  EVERYTHING.

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BONUS. This Mean Girls reference?  I AM LITERALLY DEAD FROM NOT BEING ABLE TO EVEN.

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In case you’re an idiot and haven’t devoted your morning/afternoon to this video.  Here it is in all it’s magnificent glory.

 

EDIT: Re-watching the video I’m ashamed to admit I did not include this beauty.  TWO HORSES, A CAT, AND MARBLE FLOORS?! I mean…

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Superchunk covers Ryan Adams and now my life is complete

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It’s a well-known fact that the soundtrack to Elizabethtown is one of my favorite soundtracks/playlists/albums/whathaveyou of all time.  And the crowning jewel on that soundtrack (and also from his album, I know guys, cut me some slack) – is “Come Pick Me Up” by Ryan Adams.  It’s Ryan Adams just doing what he does and the harmonica riffs make my soul hurt.

Superchunk was a staple in my musical catalogue my early “see, I listen to cool music” years – and when they made their re-emergence in 2013 I was the happiest little sunbeam on the planet.

So, imagine all the feelings that went rushing through my body when I saw this post on SPIN, which pointed to this post on Pitchfork, about Superchunk covering “Come Pick Me Up” in honor of Bloodshot Records upcoming 20th anniversary.  Spoiler alert: IT WAS A LOT OF FEELINGS.

The song is part of While No One Was Looking: Toasting 20 Years of Bloodshot Records, a collection of 38
musical acts covering songs from the label’s catalog, will be released on November 18. Seriously, this cover is so good it deserves a statue that somehow moves so is a person playing guitar who is probably a robot spray painted silver…ya feel me?

Take a listen for yourself here.