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.

Lady Antebellum have released a new music video starring Keith Apicary…and it’s glorious

Here’s a little dose of fun for your Wednesday – country trio Lady Antebellum have just released the new video for their song Freestyle.  But what makes this video so special, you ask? Well, it stars the one and only Keith Apicary – a loveable and overly-confident not so young gamer played by YouTube sensation Nathan Barnatt.  Barnatt as himself directed the video, which features Keith doing his signature gif-able dance moves all over NYC, ultimately finding himself on stage with Lady Antebellum.  The song and the video are both nothing but fun, so go ahead and allow this odd pairing to brighten up your hump day a little.

Also, if you haven’t ever seen Keith auditioning for the Kimberly Cole music video, do yourself a favor and watch it like, now. (Link here).

There is a sub-reddit devoted to remixing Thomas The Tank Engine – because, the internet

We all know that Reddit is a place where you can find just about anything.  Makeup tips, photos of Gene Wilder, spoilers and in-depth analysis for pretty much any show that has ever been on television, the list goes on and on.

But what you might not know is that amongst all of this internet-ness, lies a sub-reddit called Thomas The Dank Engine.  This sub-reddit is a location for one thing and one thing only, remixes of the theme song to Thomas The Tank Engine.  Yes, that Thomas The Tank Engine.  The kids show that features trains with eyes and mouths who talk and go places on tracks.

Even more impressive than the mere existence of such a thing is that what started as a small online community has now grown to a sub-reddit with 25 thousand users.  Simply put, that is a fuck-ton of Thomas the Tank Engine Remixes – ranging from Childish Gambino, to Biggie Smalls, to Queen.  Don’t see the remix you want?  Request it.  Someone will likely post your jam shortly.

So enjoy this weird and wonderful corner of the Internet, and good luck getting the theme song out of your head ever again.

ICYMI: South Park Took SPIN For A Ride Last Night…

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(Full disclosure here – I do marketing for SPIN, so am not approaching this with any kind of un-biased journalistic integrity, but hey – this is just a blog, so I think I’m in the clear.)

Last week, SPIN responded to South Park’s episode that featured Stan’s father Randy Marsh, subbing in for Lorde at a birthday party (that is a very poor man’s description of the episode, watch it in full here).  The article was somewhat less than well recieved by South Park fans – who were up in arms, feeling that SPIN had completely missed the joke – which, to be fair, they sorta had.

Well, in last night’s episode “The Cissy” – SPIN got what was inevitably coming to them.  In case you were unaware – South Park has a remarkably quick turnaround time between episodes (as seen in Six Days To Air), which means if you slight them on a Thursday, you better be ready to reap what you sew the following Wednesday.  But here’s the thing – regardless of how much SPIN may have to deal with some hurt feelings, the episode was awesome.  Maybe one of the best I’ve seen in a while.  So hey, if one article missing the mark means an episode of TV landing it sqaure between the eyes, I think we as a society have still benefitted.  Plus, I think SPIN handled the episode like a champ.

 

 

Strong Bad Is Back With A New Number One Jam

Yes you read right, THE Strong Bad, of homestarrunner.com fame, is back.  Joined by none other than Coach Z to deliver us, the peorple, a new “number one jam.”  And boy do they deliver.  “Fish Eye” is everything you need in a weekend banger – rap, gratuitous booty shots, old timey jazz, you name it!  I almost feel a bit of sacrilege posting the YouTube embed, as it takes away from the fun of trying to click every possible area of the screen to find the easter eggs, waiting around staring at your screen hoping for additional footage (spoiler alert: it’s the best part of the video) – but regardless, here it is.  Now if only I had the ability to summon a cieling pizza…

Jack White’s Take Away Show Is Incredible

Really, there was no way this performance video wasn’t going to be incredible.  Let’s look at the ingredients of this magical and wonderful musical layer cake:

1) The Blogoteque – One of the OGs when it comes to cool and unique performance session videos, no one really does it better

2) Paris – The acoustics in this old chapel (Saint-Saturnin Chapel, Fontainebleau Castle) are incredible, and the setting is absolutely stunning (especially when they move up to the roof)

3) That Badass Silver Upright Bass – No need for elaboration on this one.

4) Jack White – Let’s be honest, the man is in his prime right now.  From demolishing vinyl sales, to being totally unimpressed by sports, to his fantastic arrangements, it seems that there is nothing Jack white can’t do.

So – take it all in, friends, and enjoy.

10 Questions for Katy Perry Regarding “This Is How We Do”

Dear Katy Perry,

Today a friend instructed me to listen to your  new single “This Is How We Do.”  Seeing as this friend and I almost always see eye to eye on all things pop, I happily obliged.  While I am sure that I will end up singing this song ad naseum for the next few months – upon reaching the end of the track, I found myself with more than a few questions for you in regards to this song.  I would be more than grateful if you are able to provide me with answers to any of the below:

1) First and foremost – is this really how you do?

2) What exactly do you mean by “all my girls vintage Chanel baby?” Are your girls vintage?  Are they Chanel babies? Please clarify.

3) Just so we’re all on the same page – you know you’re a white girl, right? Like, dated and collaborated with John Mayer white.

4) What exactly is “no big deal”?  The song? Your life? The various popsicles featured in the video?

5) Could you please elaborate on how you, Katy Perry, “straight stunt?” Gymnastics? Shooting hooops? Driving cars off of cliffs?

6) No question, just wanted to give props for somehow working in La Super Rica into a song.  (Side note: Now I wantttt itttttt)

7) Have you yourself ever used rent money to pay for bottle service?

8) Who was this song written for originally?

9) Are you absoultely, positively sure you would like the beat back?

10) And finally, where can a girl get a pair of those pizza earrings???

Your timely response is greatly appreciated.

Sincerely yours,

Rachel