chrryblssmninja: (fromthewind_bridge)
Things are going better!

I'm planning two microbudget independent short films right now because chrry

posted this Polish film comparison back in March

the new Last Shadow Puppets album is growing on me
it's better for room or headphone listening

at least BvS gave us a great theme for Wonder Woman

I've broken down all my goals into mini-steps that I can cross off and it's really helping me feel better about my life

ETA:
the weather is getting warmer!

also forgot to putepisodes watched from January through March )
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I'll mention what appeals to my odd tastes, but the links are there so you can check what appeals to you!

VIEWING, MOVIES
Emphasis on world premieres.
io9's 75 sci-fi/fantasy films in 2016
Fandor's most anticipated compilation.
Ioncinema for 2016 and 2017.and more
Den of Geek's 27 most anticipated UK films list
A poll I created for upcoming 2016 cinema. Hundreds of titles.
Movies that premiered at Sundance 2016
Women in mainstream cinema.
10 upcoming releases by and/or about POC (ONTD)
East Asian films to watch in 2016
10 Australian films to watch in 2016
IMDB USA release calendar
Rotterdam film festival

ANTICIPATING:
Captain America: Civil War
Creepy and The Woman in the Silver Plate - Kiyoshi Kurosawa, the latter a French production with Tahar Rahim, Olivier Gourmet, Mathieu Amalric, Malik Zidi and Constance Rousseau.
Hunt for the Wilderpeople - Taika Waititi
Keanu - Key and Peele make a movie about a cat.
A Monster Calls - The book is one of my favorites, and J.A. Bayona could capture its power.
Raman Raghav 2.0 - Anurag Kashyap just finished shooting this film with Nawazuddin Siddiqui as the titular serial killer.
Rangoon - Vishal Bhardwaj
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
A Storm in the Stars - Haifaa al-Mansour (Wadjda) takes on the story of Mary Shelley.
Three/Three on the Road -
Johnnie To crime film.

CASUALLY EXPECTING:
10 Cloverfield Lane
Fitoor

Free Fire - Ben Wheatley directs a 1978 Boston mob deal gone wrong. With Cillian Murphy, Michael Smiley, Brie Larson, Armie Hammer and Sharlto Copley.
Kimi no na wa (Your Name) - New anime from well-reputed director Makoto Shinkai. [trailer]
Moana
Pyromanen (Pyromaniac) -Erik Skjoldbjærg directs a cast that includes Trond Nilssen returning to feature film.
Under the Shadow - Babak Anvari. Iranian horror picked up by Netflix.
War on Everyone - John Michael McDonagh comedy about two corrupt cops (Alexander Skarsgård and Michael Peña) in New Mexico. With Tessa Thompson, Theo James, Stephanie Sigman, and Caleb Landry Jones.
Zama - Lucrecia Martel adapting Antonio di Benedetto. The book is good, although it's not my favorite by the author.

RESERVING JUDGMENT, POTENTIAL IN CONCEPT:
Arrowhead - "A low budget Star Wars-inspired sci-fi movie featuring Shaun Micallef as the voice of a droid that looks like a desktop computer from the early 90s? Well, OK." [trailer]
Ghostbusters
certain comic book and other franchise movies that don't need further promotion
Sherpa - Jennifer Peedom. A documentary that changed subject when tragedy struck.
XX - horror anthology with only female directors and leads. [IMDB]

RESERVING JUDGMENT, POTENTIAL WITH DIRECTOR/REPUTATION:
Ali and Nino - Documentarian Asif Kapadia tries drama with this legendary Azerbaijani love story. Stars María Valverde and Adam Bakri. First reviews weren't glowing, though.
The Bad Batch- Director Ana Lily Amirpour turns to remote Texas and a community of cannibals. With Jim Carrey, Jason Momoa, Keanu Reeves, Diego Luna, and Giovanni Ribisi. No word if Masuka the cat will make a cameo.
The Bride of Rip Van Winkle - Shunji Iwai
A Cure for Wellness - Gore Verbinski horror with Dane DeHaan.
Eight & a Half -Hong Kong anthology directed by Ann Hui, Sammo Hung, Ringo Lam, Patrick Tam, Johnnie To, Tsui Hark, John Woo, and Yuen Woo-Ping.
Éternité - Tran Anh Hung (The Vertical Ray of the Sun, The Scent of Green Papaya, Cyclo) directing Mélanie Laurent, Beatrice Bejo and Audrey Tautou in period drama.
The Handmaid - Park Chan-wook
In a Valley of Violence -
Ti West directs a Western. With Ethan Hawke, Karen Gillan, John Travolta, Taissa Farmiga, Burn Gorman, James Ransone, and Toby Huss (who is so good on Halt and Catch Fire).
High Life - Claire Denis directs a galaxy-explorer story written for the screen by Zadie Smith and Nick Laird.
Laissez Bronzer Les Cadavres -
Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani do film noir. "The only other certainty is their continued collaboration with one of the most talented cinematographers working today, Manu Dacosse.
Love and Friendship -
Whit Stillman's approach could be suitable for adapting Jane Austen.
Madly - anthology by Gael García Bernal, Anurag Kashyap, Natasha Khan, Sebastián Silva, Sion Sono, and Mia Wasikowska.
Midnight Special - Jeff Nichols. Michael Shannon plays a father protecting his superpowered young son. With Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver and Sam Shepard.
Mindörökké (For Ever) - György Pálfi makes unique films.
Neon Demon - Nicolas Winding Refn does horror. Stars Elle Fanning, Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks.
The Queen of Katwe - Mira Nair directs Lupita Nyong'o as the Ugandan chess player Phiona Mutesi. With David Oyelowo.
A Quiet Passion - Terence Davies directs Cynthia Nixon and Jennifer Ehle in a biopic about Emily Dickinson.
The Salesman - Asghar Farhadi directs a movie about actors performingThe Death of a Salesman.
The Sense of an Ending, Ritesh Batra (The Lunchbox) directs a prestige UK production.
Story of Your Life - Denis Villeneuve adapts Ted Chiang's alien contact story
A United Kingdom -. Amma Assante. "David Oyelowo plays Prince Seretse Khama of Botswana, who causes an international stir on marrying a white woman from London (Rosamund Pike)."
The Unknown Girl - Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne. "Adèle Haenel plays Jenny, “a doctor who becomes obsessed with the identity of an unknown woman who died after being refused surgery.”

RESERVING JUDGMENT, POTENTIAL WITH CAST:
Birkebeinerne (The Last King) - Norway in 1206 is in civil war. With Kristofer Hivju, Jakob Oftebro, and Benjamin Helstad.
Don't Think Twice - An improv group of friends face conflict when one member lands a TV show while the rest have to deal with the lease. With Gillian Jacobs and Keegan Michael-Key.
Ghoomketu - Nawazuddin Siddiqui as a writer who goes to Mumbai to "prove his worth" in 30 days. This comedy has has supporting roles/cameos? by Amitabh Bachan and Huma Qureshi. Anurag Kashyap plays an Inspector.
Loving - Another Jeff Nichols film has Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton as the couple in a landmark mixed-race marriage case.
Our Kind of Traitor - Ewan McGregor, Naomie Harris, Damien Lewis, Stellan Skarsgård, Grigory Dobrygin, and Pawel Szajda in a John le Carré adaptation.
Over the Fence - Nobuhiro Yamashita directs Joe Odagirl and Yû Aoi.

VIEWING, TELEVISION
IMDB: 2016 in upcoming TV series
When does [insert show name here] come back in the United States?
io9's guide to sci-fi/fantasy TV
Kotaku's guide to Winter 2016 anime

SOME NEW SHOWS
Falling Water (USA): Three people (David Aja, Will Yun Lee, and Lizzie Brocheré) caught in a collective dream that might help them save the world. Juan Carlos Fresnadillo directed the pilot, which I hope will have the same creepy vibe as his early feature Intacto. Among the other credits is Ramón Fernández as "Mysterious Latin Man."
Frontier (Netflix): the North Atlantic fur trade in the late 18th century. Stars Jason Momoa.
Luke Cage (Netflix) and other Marvel shows
Midnight Sun - Leïla Bekhti plays a French detective sent to Arctic Sweden to investigate what will be the first of several murders.
SS-GB (BBC One): Sam Riley plays a detective drawn into a complicated case in Nazi-occupied London. Also stars Kate Bosmorth, Jason Flemyng, and Aneurin Barnard.
Underground (WGN America): Runaway slaves on the Underground Railroad. Stars Aldis Hodge. Premieres March 9.
Westworld (HBO) I like the cast, but I'm worried we'll be forced to sit through a lot of gratuitous...everything. Ed Brubaker's on the writing staff, though.

I'll see if the Powerpuff Girls' reboot is ok...I think I'm one of the few who was ok with the newer special. There will also be Vampire Hunter D: Resurrection. The Living and the Dead (with Colin Morgan) looks like a slower approach supernatural show. New horror includes Slasher (with Katie McGrath) and a modern-day Tales from the Darkside (is it a TV movie or failed pilot?) along with a Tales from the Crypt reboot that's more like one tale per season [more].. Secret City has Anna Torv, Jacki Weaver, and intrigue, although Aussies tell me that few Australian dramas turn out well. TNT is trying to adapt Animal Kingdom to Southern California, while Sony is adapting Roadside Picnic as a TV show, La Reina del Sur will be Queen of the South, and The Phantom of the Opera is becoming the TV show Coney Island. Richard Armitage is a spy again in Berlin Station. Archie Panjabi will lead the ABC anthology The Jury but I'm not sure if that will air in fall.
This is the best series synopsis I've found:
Blood Drive: The cars run on blood. Do you need a plot?

RETURNING
(not including shows in midseason or on my to-try list. I just started Manhattan and I'm already sad that it wasn't renewed for a third season.)
Agent Carter - season 2 recently started, seems alright so far
Black Mirror - returning on Netflix, with Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Mackenzie Davis in the first episode
Fortitude - filming season 2 right now
Halt and Catch Fire
Orphan Black - April
Narcos
I forgot what other shows I watch...

READING
io9's sci-fi/fantasy book preview and comics preview
promising: The Winged Histories, I Am Providence, The Last Days of New Paris, Certain Dark Things, The Winds of Winter (???)
The Millons' Great 2016 Book preview
I have This Census-Taker in my library stack but I've heard negative reviews. Maybe The Queen of the Night will live up to hype.The Book of Memory sounds promising. I'd want to read Álvaro Enrigue's Sudden Death untranslated. I like Oyeyemi's works although the ending of Boy, Snow, Bird was a big misstep. Shelter, by Jung Yun, Margaret the First, by Danielle Dutton, and Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi, could be good. Aravind Adiga's The Selections will be out in June.
Bomb Magazine spring books preview
A Floating Chinaman, by Hua Hsu, sounds interesting.
25 new books by African writers
I'll look out for The Maestro, the Magistrate and the Mathematician and Tales of the Metric System. Wow, that combination sounds nerdy.
ETA: Upcoming books by Black authors

LISTENING
2016 in music
Stereogum’s 101 most anticipated albums

Anticipating:
The Last Shadow Puppets
M.I.A. – Matahdatah
maybe RJD2
Islands will have two albums?
Lemaitre's latest single is danceable.
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subject title thanks to [livejournal.com profile] toronja, for finding this link

a few words on The Spirit:
Eisner and Miller do have common ground on which to stand: noir. Both The Spirit and Sin City are derivatives of classic film noir, and for this reason it seems to make sense for Miller to direct an updated film noir using Eisner’s classic source material. Or does it? The Spirit the comic isn’t really a derivative of classic ’40s noir, it actually is ’40s noir, albeit for the page rather than the screen. Miller’s brand of noir truly is derivative, with updates and distortions that render it something completely different than the old detective and dame yarns we all know.


Being Human "prequel" clips to give you an idea of the upcoming show

in case you haven't heard: the new Doctor.
this is a Doctor-ish picture of him someone posted.

The A.V. Club's best TV episodes of the year
I would have picked different episodes of 30 Rock and The Office, but yay Lost and Chuck and BSG and Pushing Daisies and The Middleman and Doctor Who and IT'S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA!, of which I'm still on Season 2 but it is awesome anyway.

via [livejournal.com profile] subtle__sarcasm:
49 films that will define 2009
I know some of these films were released in 2008, but I guess it’s a mix of distribution/award shows/cultural influence.
I heard that Assassination of a High School President doesn’t live up to the awesomeness of its title.
Monsters vs. Aliens looks promising, and I like their little bit on Up
Public Enemies! Directed by Michael Mann! He directed Collateral, one of my favorite movies ever, and I still need to watch Heat...wasn't too excited about the Miami Vice film version, though. Still, great cast with cool history-based crime people!
Anna Friel in Land of the Lost
Lol the pics of Matt Damon
Hmm maybe The Wolf Man might work


A first look (with longish articles) at 12 upcoming movies
Not so wild about The Ugly Truth, but Public Enemies looks fantastic, and Where the Wild Things Are actually looks okay


7 songs of the moment in chrryblssmninjaland:
all songs are on sites that let you try them out first.
1) "Boyz" - "The Very Best" mixtape version by Esau Mwamwaya & Radioclit
this hybrid cover/mashup of M.I.A's "Boyz" does what was once impossible: it adds even more energy and rhythm to the already frantic song, with Malawi-born singer Mwamwaya adding even bits of Christmas carol melody. You can get that track and more for free here.

2) Council Estate - Tricky
Tricky adds a furious rush of rock to his trip-hop sound to create this great little anthem.
They call you council estate
They call you 'can't go straight'
They call you crime rate
They call you 'can't go straight'
But remember boy you're a superstar
Can't break it, can't take who you are
Can't break it, can't take who you are
Remember boy you're a superstar


3) Mighty Mike - "Beggin For Glory (Madcon “Beggin’ [Instrumental]” vs. Portishead “Glory Box”)
very cool. Try it out.

4) Creeper - Islands
Right from the start I was stabbed in the heart
no I wasn't breathing
no I had been bleeding

it's creepy and pretty and catchy and rock.

5) Paris Summer - The Last Shadow Puppets feat. Alison Mosshart of the Kills
Alison Mosshart's voice is so so strong and pretty on this...I had heard some songs from The Kills before, but her voice just a standout on this live track.

6) Coming Back - Gotye
very romantic and pretty song, with great rhythm.
Though I count the days, they're grey without you
The weather's much better when I think about you
I'm just gonna wait till you come home
Empty glasses, burnt out matches
Curtains drawn on near-full blackness
I'm sleeping through the day
You're coming home


7) The Killing Moon - Nouvelle Vague (Echo and the Bunnymen cover)
It's so soft and waltzy and pretty and it makes me swoon

finally...since this is my first non-101 resolution post of the year, I can use that as an excuse to post this:

罪と罰 - 椎名林檎

Tsumi to Batsu (Crime and Punishment).
my favorite song of all time.
Shiina Ringo's voice is a bit rough in that video, but the performance is raw and rock n'roll.
chrryblssmninja: (inthe_sunshine_castielbuffyquote)
now...

songs I liked this year. Must have been released in 2008. (Correct me if I'm wrong with something.) Only one song per artist/group/whatever

"Viva La Vida" - Coldplay
I'm not even a big Coldplay fan. But this song was everywhere, and I didn't mind hearing it.

"Mother Mary" - Foxboro Hot Tubs


"She Loves Everybody" - Chester French

"I've Seen Enough" - Cold War Kids

SXSW finds:
"Thrash Orchestra" - Dev/Null
breakcore FTW!
"Flex" - Doomtree
cinematic hip-hop
"These Are All Illusions" - Wolfkin
pretty psychedelic pop rock

Pirates Of The Sea - Wolves of the sea. yes, Latvia's Eurovision entry. Hey, I was randomly humming it the other day

Sound of Kuduro - Buraka Som Sistema feat. DJ Znobia, Puto Prata, Saborosa, and M.I.A.

Going On - Gnarls Barkley

British Sea Power - "Waving Flags"

Flobots - “Handlebars”
dudes, even my dad had to watch the band when they would perform live on TV

My Mistakes Were Made For You - The Last Shadow Puppets

"Ready for the Floor" - Hot Chip

"Dancing Choose" - TV on the Radio

"Wax Simulacra" - The Mars Volta

"Barcode" - Mongrel
the supergroup put together by Reverend John Mclure that features Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders, ex Monkeys Bassist Andy Nicholson, Baby Shambles bassist Drew McConnell and London rapper Low Key.
they also challenged NME to "put Black and Asian MCs on the cover"

"Bad Horse" - Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog

"Puppy Toy" - Tricky

"Reach Out" - Music Go Music
epic. ABBA-esque. yup.

"Mirando" - Ratatat

I'm sure there are more songs, but I'm tired.

albums from this year that I bought:
The Last Shadow Puppets - The Age of the Understatement
Pendulum - In Silico
The Mars Volta - The Bedlam in Goliath
Department of Eagles - In Ear Park
and finally,
Janelle Monae - Metropolis: The Chase
highlight song: "Sincerely, Jane" (even more than the hyper "Violet Stars Happy Hunting!")



hey...Ben Gibbard (from Death Cab for Cutie) and Zooey Deschanel are engaged!
chrryblssmninja: (hobbitofkobol_evilleagueofevil)
dudes.
In the newer Twilight trailer the logo sparkles.

some music stuff...
First, unknown band Creaky Boards accused Coldplay of stealing for the hit song "Viva La Vida"
The accusation was actually a fake, a ploy for publicity. Creaky Boards now blame the game Legend of Zelda.

Speaking of Coldplay, Chris Rock reviewed one of their latest concerts.
I expected him to have better spelling. -shrugs- Still, funny.

Bloc Party's new single, "Mercury," (you must all see the trippy Planet of the Simian Manchurian Candidate vid) is also under not quite serious suspicion of plagiarism.

Hey, at least Lily Allen freely admits to ripping off choruses.


Check out this cool cover of Rihanna's "S.O.S." by The Last Shadow Puppets. The vocals are cute, not perfect, but the sound is so so cool.
Video preview of new Cold War Kids album. SQUEEE
Watch the cool video for The Ting Tings' "Shut Up And Let Me Go." Just maybe, you won't associate it with the Ipod ad anymore.


Native Korean Rock is the “melodramatic pop song” side project of Yeah Yeah Yeah's Karen O. (she's half-Korean, half-Polish, I think)
According to a Stereogum commenter, the photos on the Myspace are "probably of Haenyo divers -- they're from the Korean island of Cheju."

aww, cheeky cute vid for this male-voice cover of "I Kissed a Girl"

and now, for something completely different.

anyone play Tekken?

anyone ship Jin/Hwoarang?
Here Hwoarang saves Jin.
here, Jin returns the favor
Jin/Hwoarang, so tormented
look at the unlockable vid
They even have a vid set to a Jonas Brothers song!

I leave you with this epic Rickroll.
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random: Prince Charles has an Aston Martin that runs on wine power.. Much classier than french-fry oil.

Jack White joins Last Shadow Puppets onstage at Glastonbury
my comments while watching the two vids on that site:
1st vid-
Hey that’s Matt Helders! Had to click on it to make sure...
Alex’s a bit flat
Miles’ voice gets a bit weird towards the end of “Age of the Understatement,” but video sound is bad too…
Is Alex drunk?
hee Alex says sorry they were a bit sketchy
This song sounds awesome!
It’s Jack White!
The song’s “Wondrous Place.” (originally Billy Fury, the site says) Will it be released any time soon? Studio version please!
Lol how they all just wander on and off stage. Even Jack White.
2nd vid-
The second vid sounds so much better. The singing sounds so much better. But it has no Matt. :(
Great song selection for a Jack White collaboration, though. Nice and bluesy.
The Last Shadow Puppets add American dates to their upcoming tour. Just LA and NY though. Why not SF?! waah
ha like I can even pay for tickets
Finally: Alex Turner to team up with The Kills' Alison Mosshart for a song
ooh, that sounds promising.

Ran into the comm [livejournal.com profile] linguaphiles via [livejournal.com profile] blumenfeuer and found this interesting post on multilingual songs.
Glad to see Rie Fu, "Desert Rose," and even The Mars Volta get a mention in the comments. But I had to add Shiina Ringo's Portuguese/English version of "Manhã de Carnaval." The English part is a lot closer to the original than the more popular English version ("A Day in the Life of a Fool," great song performed by Frank Sinatra and countless others, but sort of different than the song it was adapted from).
Found the following performances here.
"Manhã de Carnaval."

Her accent and voice in the first vid aren't perfect, but I like her attitude and translation anyway.
Well, I may be a bit biased. I mean, just look at who's in my new header and default icon. Fandoms come and ago, but Shiina Ringo will always be crazycreativecool.
Also posted on that site: a very nice Japanese version of a song from Argentina.

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finally, two top 5 prompts, from Hann )

ETA: Check out my revamped profile! (beware slight Doctor Who casting spoiler in the banner I made. no, not casting spoiler for THAT. Very minor, but I'm just saying. Got the pic from the BBC site anyway.)
Okay, not that many changes. Still way too many banners, but I can't help it. And Dan Faraday's reaction to the Ben pic is my favorite thing.
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Happy Birthday to [livejournal.com profile] deadxdreamer and [livejournal.com profile] claennis!

you know what's weird? I know you both in non-online life, you two have the same first name, and your last names are both four letters AND start with the same two letters. And you're both in the footie fandom, though you support different teams in the EPL.

weird.


oh, I saw Iron Man last night. Fun stuff.

dudes, I knew that I knew the voice of Jarvis (the computer) from somewhere...or at least that he sounded younger than the usual British voices they get for the job. And it was Paul Bettany! haha [livejournal.com profile] subtle__sarcasm there he is again

Hey hey I just started Season 2 of Spaced and hee John Simm appearance
this is from a while ago: Simon Pegg refuses to support US remake of "Spaced"
Pegg recently expressed his anger at the proposed remake. The actor felt that the people behind the US pilot showed a "lack of respect" by failing to mention Hynes's contribution to the show in any of the press releases.
seriously, if they actually WATCHED the thing, how could they ignore Jessica Hynes? sheesh, just because she isn't in the movies they know

fun videos:

"Standing Next to Me" - The Last Shadow Puppets - new music video. Cool '60's style. I am in awe of the direction in this vid. and lol Alex with his tambourine or whatever that is and the two of them with their suits and sunglasses
Alex Turner looking cool and kooky with lol instruments haaaaaa so great I can't get over it

via [livejournal.com profile] ontd_muse:
Muse played with cups and spoons
The guy does "Stockholm Syndrome" too
That weird French dude also plays piano and also does weird lipsynching lol dork
Video response - "Hysteria." very cool

finally: French kids dancing to kuduro XD they're line dancing! fantastic.

Thank you, Youtube.
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Happy Birthday to [livejournal.com profile] louis_quartoze!

Also, while today was shaping up to be bad (because of late paper-writing and time mismanagement and arguments and stuff), it actually turned out okay.
Best thing so far: I finally declared my Anthropology major! Also, I was wondering if I had declared too late for this, but I didn't...I can actually graduate a semester early! YAHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Busting my sleep cycle for those AP classes in high school really paid off! yes! \o/ (= :D =) !!!!1!!

things have been crazybusy. Finally finished the Farmers' Market film, just need to fix a few sound and color things. Last last Wednesday, I accidentally took the San Francisco train. Good thing I woke up noticed just in time to get the closest stop back home. Wednesday, I went to Rasputin and got The Last Shadow Puppets CD (which is awesome!), as well as a Celtic music CD for my brother's birthday later in the month. In the $0.50 section (which seems to be non-used, just clearance and scuffed/slightly cracked covers and such), I found the Clinique Happy CD they did for a charity promotion a few years ago. Lots of happy songs. What was totally a surprise: I found Gackt's Mars in that section too. While most of his songs aren't quite my taste anymore, I still like the guy and some of his work, and this was the only CD not available in the San Jose library. Besides, when are you going to get J-rock imports for only 50 cents?

Oh, and I finished a music collage. It's on four standard pages taped together. Maybe I'll scan it sometime and post it here.

Had to film some pickup footage (for my internship) at the Botanical Gardens last Friday. Missed the bus back to campus. Kind of wanted to, anyway. My hair was down, my shoes were comfortable, and I had the lighter camera with me this time. So I walked all the way down the steep hill/canyon road. Took about 35 minutes. Enjoyed it a lot. Saw some wild turkeys.

And finally, in TV land: Lost was fantastically fabulous last night. (hey, I ate dinner while watching, and anyways I would have died trying to work while it was airing)
Check out the icons I got a while ago:

aww Dan. Made by [livejournal.com profile] inthe_sunshine.


haaaaaaaaaaaaaaa Made by [livejournal.com profile] mysticxf. Genius.

I feel like sharing more icons whee

Mel from Flight of the Conchords. The actress is my friend on Myspace! :D This is my fannish icon. Made by [livejournal.com profile] earth_vexer.


Alain Delon as hitman Jef Costello in the movie Le Samouraï. That film is so so awesome. This is one of my attempts at making icons from the movie. Not great, but I'm learning more!

okay, I'm going to watch 30 Rock and The Office now. wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
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Tagged a while ago by [livejournal.com profile] croakvegas:
List ten songs you are into right now. No matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they're not any good, but they must be songs you're really enjoying now, shaping your spring. Post these instructions in your LJ along with your 10 songs.
1) The Last Shadow Puppets - The Age of the Understatement
I can’t get over how all of The Last Shadow Puppets’ songs I’ve heard sound awesome both with only guitars and with the full orchestra.
2) that song from the AT&T Mother’s Day phone commercial that starts with the strings, and then has a female voice backed by 1940’s-ish male chorus. Lyrics are something like this: “hey …fell asleep under the flowers/for a couple of hours…something something another minute.” I don’t know it, but I like it.
3) The Black Hollies - Paisley Pattern Ground
One of my SXSW finds. It’s so true what people say about them- they don’t sound ‘60’s inspired. They sound like an actual band from the ‘60’s.
4) Lupe Fiasco - Go Go Gadget Flow
Addictive. I got my go go go go go go go go go go gadget flow
4) Here Here - Poor Sailor
First has a bit of a waltz beat, then gets all epic rock
5) Bonde do Role - Marina Gasolina
Noooooooo please get this song out of my head
I like pronouncing the band name, though.
6) Drum Sound & Simon Bassline Smith - Breakdown
From a drum ‘n bass compilation obtained from [livejournal.com profile] blumenfeuer. Killer sample use.
7) The Last Shadow Puppets - My Mistakes Were Made for You
First of all, awww for that title. Second, it’s a really nice tune. Got the ‘70’s AM radio vibe, minus the cheese associated with that genre. Great harmony and melody and just sweet.
8) Cali≠Gari - cali+gari
J-rock; fast guitars and echoes of group shouts over a dark gothy background. Makes me want to jump and shout too.
9) Os Mutantes feat. Jorge Ben - A Minha Menina
[livejournal.com profile] croakvegas posted a good cover of this song. Threw me back to my Best of Os Mutantes CD, and now I’m bouncing about to this all over again.
10) NYU Mass Transit - I'm Just A Rich Hollaback Girl
Really fun No Doubt/Gwen Stefani medley by a college all-male acapella group.

Some music or music-related links:
Os Mutantes’ first song in thirty years is released. It takes a while to get good, but I’m looking forward to more - so much that I even clicked on a link to t3h ev0l P-f-k in order to listen to the group.

[livejournal.com profile] cleolinda:
Flight of the Conchords cause concert frenzy in LA
Robert Pattinson possibly composing Bella’s lullaby for the Twilight movie.
There is video. R Pattz fans, watch it.

More of the Last Shadow Puppets links I promised:
Studio videos of My Mistakes Were Made For You and Only the Truth.
Want to hear what The Rascals sound like? Try out Out of Dreams and Suspicious Wit.
Some of the “Related Videos” have either Alex performing with The Rascals or Miles showing up with Arctic Monkeys, like on 505.
But hey, Arctic Monkeys fans, don’t worry: The band is set to work on a third album. Link include live versions of songs that might be on the record.

ack got to run now
chrryblssmninja: (mysticxf_sunjulietschoolyard)
Happy Birthday to [livejournal.com profile] toronja!

ton of links for me to dump on you before I start flisting.

First, EVERYONE WHO KNOWS ABOUT FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS MUST ANSWER THIS SURVEY BY [livejournal.com profile] claennis. Help a friend out, yo.

and hey, the Conchords plug "The Mighty Boosh" on their Myspace blog.

now, tons of videos of The Last Shadow Puppets. I am so excited for this band. I plan on actually buying the album. It comes out here in the States on May 6 (April 21 in the UK). Why does Best Buy only list the vinyl album? Come on, I don't know what my parents did with the record player! if you can't get me the low prices, I'm better off supporting real record stores.

performance of "Standing Next to Me." Afterward, they talk. Includes an explanation of the band name. Great harmonizing on mellow track.
"Meeting Place" live in NYC. REALLY bad boomy sound recorded in this vid, but the song's nice. From that same show: The Chamber.
performance of "My Mistakes" from their first live show ever! In Williamsburg, New Jersey!. Dreamy little tune.
From the same show: "Only the Truth" - midtempo and moody.
Also kind of cool: how they started their live performances in the United States. Guess it's a safer testing ground.
Trippy trailer for the album
lyrics for "The Age of the Understatement," with odd macro vid
interview with Miles Kane and the rest of the Rascals
"My Mistakes Were Made For You." aww.
"In My Room" on Later...With Jools Holland. Awesome sound, with the full orchestra and all. They also played "The Age of the Understatement" there.
"In the Heat of the Morning". Radio-friendly pop, in a good way. Cover of a David Bowie song.
10-minute documentary on the band. I haven't watched it yet, but I want to.
"Two Hearts in Two Weeks" - much faster than most of the other songs, pretty fun.
I really like how some commenters discuss the chords and guitars used for these songs. A lot better than the majority of the other comments.

There are a few more Last Shadow Puppets links I have to go through, plus some Rascals stuff for those interested.

More links to come later today, I hope. For now...

via [livejournal.com profile] cleolinda: Cate Blanchett with new baby Ignatius. Cute baby! And Cate's looking great too.

Stumbled onto the trailer for "The Spirit". Frank Miller's directorial debut is based on the classic Will Eisner comic.
To the uninitiated, the trailer looks like cross between Sin City and Batman, set to the theme of “Dragnet.”
chrryblssmninja: (potato_chippu_jihenconcert)
via [livejournal.com profile] charlidos"

Alex Turner (Arctic Monkeys) & Miles Kane (The Rascals) are The Last Shadow Puppets.

Directed by director Romain Gavras, their debut video is as big as Mother Russia, following our intrepid heroes' adventures in Moscow and includes ice skating, an Orthodox priest, Soviet tanks and a chorus of Russian Soldiers.


Watch it. The song is kinda epic and the vid is very interesting.



here's a live acoustic version of the same song



I so need to check out more Last Shadow Puppets vids when I'm not crazystudying and exhausted at 3:42 in the morning (hey, I accidentally fell asleep from 11-2:30 I was too tired and weak argh)

and I posted this link on The Rascals back in the SXSW posts. Link has free download and bio, in case you're interested.

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