St. Vincent - Marry Me

Ok, so where the hell have I been? I totally just discovered St. Vincent. I’ve seen the album around (the gorgeous young lady with red lips and wild, wiry curls standing in front of a gray backdrop), but I just kept thinking, ehhh maybe not? I hadn’t heard not a single song, mind you. I was just avoiding it because that’s what I do on occasion to new artists. In hopes that someone will do my work for me and tell me if it’s good or whatever. I did my homework, ladies and gents, and you know what? It’s good!

So here’s to being slow and too fast, too. Check out the sounds below.

Good shit (I’m just kinda slow)
St. Vincent
Marry Me.mp3
Paris Is Burning.mp3

Tegan and Sara (FYI… twins still creep me out, but whatever, I’m over it)
Relief Next To Me.mp3

My most overlooked last year (still, cuz I’m kinda slow)
The National
Mistaken For Strangers.mp3

MGMT
Weekend Wars.mp3

Can’t hardly wait for more

Cool Kids

Cool Kids
Black Mags.mp3

Cat Power ‘Jukebox’
Silver Stallion.mp3

Lightspeed Champion
Everyone I Know Is Listening To Crunk.mp3

These New Puritans <-Hurry up and release an album available in the US, pweaze!

Santogold <- Same to you, Ms. Santogold

Yeasayer

Last night at Walter’s on Washington there was a hell of a show! Afrodisiac opened up for Yeasayer (aka my favorite new band of 2007) and MGMT.

There were a lot of people there, about half of the crowd was below 21 years (and most of them were below 18), which made for an interesting crowd… or should I say a less interesting crowd? I got stuck for a minute next to a girl who had a bad cough and didn’t once cover her mouth and she talked ceaselessly about cuddling with another girl because “that’s what girls do” (it wasn’t what she said it was how she said it). None the less, I had a really decent time. Oh yeah, “decent” if I ignore the fact that despite my best efforts, I could only get 2 beers from the bar (the 3rd one came from a stranger). And if I ignore how badly my new shoes were pinching my toes! But decent seriously if I add in the fact that I made a new friend and got to experience Yeasayer live.

Honestly, I think my favorite new band of 2007 was a little tired last night. A great (borderline phenomenal) performance, but you can see they were a bit in zombie mode. Like maybe they played ‘2080’ from memory. Hell of a memory, though, right?

The turn out was good numbers. Yeasayer made a comment from stage thanking all the underage people that snuck it because it probably was going to make them a lot of money. Which is great! It’s good to see Houston support their music scene. This town is very finicky about going out consistently. There can be an amazing band to come through and have maybe a dozen standing out there, and other times on other nights you might get a sea of bed heads and tight pants. I’m not sure there’s a way to even predict which outcome you’ll get.

I didn’t know MGMT from name before hearing them play the song ‘Electric Feel’ last night. Then I was like, oh duh, right! That song is nice. But I never know what to do with bands that make a hit like that, but have a completely different sound in general. I’d kind of label MGMT as a space rock band, but that song ‘Electric Feel’ is really funk inspired. Maybe the relation between their songs is more subtle than I expected, so I’m going to say that until I further research this subject, this is a case of “my bad!”

Afrodisiac was a cute little one man band with quite a bit of Myspace notoriety. Lot’s of indie lo-fi power pop from him. I came in at least halfway through his set. His backing band was either a CD or tape of good quality. It was nice though. The high school kids loved him.

Next show up will be Sharon Jones and Dap Kings on Friday, at the same location. I don’t think there will be any kids there… at all! Which I’m looking forward to.

Afrodisiac links courtesy of Hands Up Houston message board. Thanks guys!

I don’t know. You just look like you could use a video, today.

Movie geek: The Savages

November 14, 2007

The Savages movie poster

This movie probably had me at the movie poster. The poster was drawn up by Daniel Clowes himself, one of my favorite graphic novelists. Clowes is probably most known as the creator of the graphic novel/comic book Ghost World. Ghost World the comic book, of course, became a movie in 2001 starring Thora Birch and Scarlett Johansson. Clowes also wrote and helped produce the movie.

So, I remember watching the trailer for the movie ‘The Savages’ and thinking, “Finally… a holiday movie that doesn’t look like it follows the same old holiday movie formula.” Plus, is it just me or is Philip Seymour Hoffman getting to be semi hot…? …Wait. Did I just admit to having a crush on PSH? Sweet minty…

Anyway, ‘The Savages’ is for grown-ups with a sense of irony and enjoy dark humor. Although, for a black comedy, this movie looks to have a lot of laugh out loud moments. A word of warning, though, if you’re looking for a typical romantic/get back to the family comedy for the holiday season, this is probably not your bag. But if you’re like me and you’re tired of the same G.d. ‘Love, Actually’** type crap that comes out every year around this time, then get in line, sister!

A scene from the movie The Savages

I’ve only watched the trailer twice, so I’m no authority on the movie yet, but I will admit to tearing up and connecting to the movie when it gets to the part where PSH’s character and Laura Linney’s character are on the phone with each other discussing the options for their father’s care (after, what I’m guessing, to have been a stroke). I mean, there will come a time for most of us when we’ll have to figure out how to care for our parents once they’re no longer independent enough to take care of themselves. And I think I’d have the same reaction as Laura Linney’s character did of slamming the phone down on anyone who even thought about the words “nursing home” as an option for an ailing parent or loved one. It’s a tough decision and usually not one even brought up in any serious terms by a holiday movie.

I had another connection with the film at the end of the trailer where it shows the two of them snacking at the refreshments table at a dementia support group and they get called out by the female speaker. Because, isn’t that exactly why you just hover at the food table but never dive in until someone else does it first? I don’t want to look like a pig in front of all these strangers.

Click here to see the movie trailer for the movie ‘The Savages’. Limited release Nov. 28, nationwide Dec. 26. It is directed by Tamara Jenkins. I will be watching it in theaters as soon as it’s released in my neck of the woods.

**Well, I’m not going to lie totally. I did actually watch 20-30 minutes of the actual movie ‘Love, Actually’ and it wasn’t necessarily actually awful, but it wasn’t actually anything worth writing to my actual home about either.

Now hear this: Black Kids

November 13, 2007

Black Kids

Yep, I love them. And I love them because

1. Their songs are infectiously darling
2. There are black kids in the band the Black Kids

Those two points are running neck and neck for ultimate reasons why I like this new band. And they’re precious looking (I want to become instant bffs with the lot of them!).

KEXP’s blog offers a free mp3 of their single ‘I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You’ as Song of the Day (mp3).

But what do they sound like? Think early The Shins given a healthy pinch of lo-fi power pop and female doo-wop backup singers (a wee bit reminiscent of their contemporaries The Go! Team).

Read the KEXP blog entry for the Black Kids ‘I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You’ song of the day. (Psst! I think KEXP might have just as much of a band crush on them as I have!)

Stitch Austin Recap

November 11, 2007

I risked life and limb** to have a fab shopping experience at Stitch Austin. Here’s a recap in pictures of what I saw.

Stitch Austin recap

They gave out real loot bags at Stitch. It was unexpected that they’d be handing out ACTUAL bags rather than some crappy plastic sack.

Stitch Austin recap
There were crafty activities for visitors.

Stitch Austin recap
Bags, bags and more bags! There were several purveyors of bags and jewelry on hand.

Stitch Austin recap
Loads of people. Apparently, some of these people have the ability to stick their hands through people’s backs. Excuse the softness in these pictures. I did what I could.

Stitch Austin recap
You could sew at this station and watch “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (except I hate that movie, but it was still supes cute and homey over there)

Stitch Austin recap
AWESOME ties at the jasminemade booth. I bought a vintage Star Trek tie. I know someone who’d better be good this Christmas…

Stitch Austin recap
Inside those awesome loot bags were goodies galore: free patterns, tons of buttons, a cd, a measuring tape…

I also stopped by the t8designs booth (I forgot to snap a picture of her booth). I bought a rad necklace from t8designs that had just the right amount of street and vintage re-loved charms on it. Check out t8designs sold items on etsy. I hope she restocks her online store soon! I don’t think I can wait another year to buy more.

Stitch Austin recap
Hwy 290 = The prettiest road in the day and the scariest road at night.

So, I bought three items from Stitch in total (I also picked up a neat little mouse pad for my desk).

Overall, it was a neat experience, but I have a couple of criticisms:

1. Don’t tell people to come early when you’ve rented out a giant arena like space and the fashion show doesn’t even start until 9:30. Yeah. I didn’t even bother sticking around for that business because I was too through at 5:45!

2. Overpriced items. I can’t spread the monetary love around when everything is like 60 bucks! Seriously, everything was slightly overpriced, though, I realize as a crafter your handiwork should be paid for, but maybe at an event like Stitch some rocking items should be half priced. Generally, supporters of craftiness ain’t making bank.

Other than that, it was something I would like to attend again and again in the future years to come. It is definitely a valiant effort on the Stitch organizers’ parts. Great job mamas!

**And by life and limb I mean I exaggerate and it was more like I had to pee really badly at one gas station, my toe got injured from my boots, I had the worst headache of all time, and my car’s engine light came on in the pitch dark, by myself, driving back on a very scary road from Austin to Houston.

Sigur Ros still from forthcoming dvd Heima

I found this trailer for Sigur Ros’ new album and DVD on KEXP’s blog. The trailer looks to be on the verge of melancholy and pulls back just before the mood hits nostalgia. So, I’m hoping for an Icelandic experience without stepping foot there (well, no plans of a trip just yet anyway).


The music + visuals are gorg! Check it out.

But what do they sound like? Um, ship Radiohead to Iceland and gently nudge them to play acoustic instruments in the style of electronic shoegaze and ouila! You’ve got Sigur Ros’ sound.