Thursday, February 17, 2011

My Two Cents

With 1/3 of Americans claiming that they live with extreme stress, and with another 48% report lying awake at night due to anxiety, (myself included), I thought this site was a good post. A site on simplifying your life, it has some really great, easy tips & ideas. Check it out--everyone can use some cleansing.

It also features some words to live by, from one of my favorite writers, Oscar Wilde: "Life is not complex. We are complex. Life is simple, and the simple thing if the right thing."

Song of the Day

When I found this...I could've cried. Not only is she one of my favorite singers, (she forever changed my life with this song). but every song sounds different, and she just is always making the coolest sound. And I've professed my love for Elton John a couple times on here now, and his version of this song is so dear to my heart. So my favorite Elton song + one of my favorite voices? I'm in remake heaven.

This is dedicated to a friend, who loves Elton John and this song as much as I do. So sorry about your test, but this will most certainly cheer you up. :)

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Bad Advertising

There are some things on television that I just don't understand. I'll never understand how some TV shows get approved, (I'm talking to you Bridalplasty, 20 Kids and Counting, & Sarah Palin's Alaska) and I'll never understand some network's thought processes. (like MTV, music television, never paying homage to music videos, the very thing that gained them recognition in the first place-- replacing the music with shows like Teen Mom. I don't CARE if the teen pregnancy rate has gone down since the show aired! The girls are just a bunch of down-home, redneck bumpkins, with streaky, unnatural hair colors, and that all too frequently show they are the life of the party, by chugging a beer with a baby on each hip.) But these television conundrums also carry over to advertising, and there are a couple commercials I've viewed lately that I've been forced to question their thought process, with their attack on my television.

For example, Mentos has been airing a new commercial lately, featuring a girl screaming in terror over a spider. Once her boyfriend goes to investigate and squish the bug, the spider flips the boyfriend over and over, beating him up, as Mento's displays their new premise and tagline, "it's better to know what's coming next." Now I'm not sure how exactly a spider translates into fruit mints, but note to Mentos: there is a REASON why people do not like spiders. Arachnophobia exists for a reason, so using it as a selling point is not exactly genius. In fact, I used to like Mentos UNTIL I saw that commercial. While I know it's irrational behavior for a spider, I don't like the close ups of the bug, his power, OR the fact that he's used in relation to something I eat! Another example I've found recently is the new Luv's diaper commercial. Called, "Poop There is Is" the commercial features babies having a contest on who can fill their diaper the most. (Yes, really.) While the song choice may be clever, considering the title of the commercial, the premise is disgusting! We know what goes into diapers. Why advertise it, let alone encourage it? This commercial turns me off so much when it appears casually between my television programs, that it's like a surprise ambush on my eyes. If I were a mother, I would find this commercial to perhaps become incentive for my child--another big no-no. Please commercials, if you are going to annoy me anyways, showing up right as crucial moments happen in my television shows, and always seemingly having louder volume than whatever previous program I was watching (resulting in a bad dash to the remote every time commercials happen-yes, annoying) then please atleast make them entertaining, or not painful to watch. Thank you.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Song of the Day

You know I love me some British musicians, and arguably my most favorite artists come from the small isle. So its no surprise I'd love Mumford & Sons, who I adore almost just as much as the Avett Brothers. Luckily, both pairs performed tonight at the Grammys, and did their genre proud, inspiring me to post Mumford & Son's great single "Little Lion Man." While folk great and one of my favorites, Bob Dylan for once sounded too raspy tonight in his performance with the groups, both duos shined, and if you like this song, check out one of my favorites from the Avett Brothers.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Song of the Day

this song just makes me want to go dancing and drink a martini--love it.

Friday, February 11, 2011

how cool is this?

I love all things bright and colorful, so it's no surprise that I would love Holton Rower's genius 3D paintings--and this video highlights the art perfectly. Check out the great cinematography at the end of the video-really highlighting the color combinations. I wouldn't put these on my wall, I'd use this as an awesome piece of furniture! I want one of these pieces almost as badly as I wanted Aarnio's amazing bubble or ball chairs in my room growing up, after watching Sean Connery in the Bond films.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Song of the Day

My man, Van! "Domino"

Where is her STYLIST?!

Don't get me wrong--Christina Aguilera is talented, and the girl's got killer pipes. And I don't even need to mention her destruction of the national anthem at Super BowlXLV, as thats now old news, and well, just too easy. However, there is this astoundingly obvious question that I just know all of America is thinking when they see pictures of her, and that I often wonder why it hasn't been addressed. WHERE IS THIS WOMAN's DAMN STYLIST?! Yes, we are lucky she has evolved from the midriff-baring, fringe-wearing genie,  and her dirrrrty, crotchless-chapped, Xtina self (see above), and THANK GOD for that. I can't imagine how parents of the early 2000's cringed when we imitated her, unknowingly singing songs with heavy sexual innuendo at ages when we were collecting beanie babies.


So yes, we must pay homage to her styles over the years, and the fact that she has since cleaned up her look, got married (then divorced), had a child, made a terrible movie and a few flops of cds...the usual. But COME ON. Anyone with half a brain or any knowledge of popular culture and Christina Aguilera has noticed this very obvious repeating pattern: platinum hair, big red lips, and too much eye makeup. Not only is it clownish with the harshness of the color palette, it's just downright embarrassing. In LaLA Land, the place where changing your hair color as often as you change your shoes keeps you relevant, it's time for a change. Since 2006 she has worn this look at almost every event. Hell, I'll even loosen up a little and let you keep the hair--just try something new with your makeup! And for goodness sakes, if you are going to continue wearing red lipstick everywhere, make sure your teeth are white. I just don't understand how someone has not told her to change up her look after five years!! In Hollywood, thats like 50 years for us normal folks. Has seriously no one in her entourage, publicity crew, or stylist team had this thought? And her stylist doesn't need to just do an overhaul of her beauty regimen, but her wardrobe as well. Google her press tour from Burlesque. I dare you. I won't even address her weight as that is simply too cruel, but its an obvious problem. I'll cut her from slack as she is currently going through a rough divorce, but if you are going to try and emulate your self-proclaimed idol of Marilyn Monroe, you can at least look worthy of the part, and try some effort.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Song of the Day

To me, this song is the equivalent to the phrase, "Suit Up." It's like preparing for battle, or the ultimate pump up song, the song I would blare in the tunnel with my teammates, before I stormed onto the field.

It's the kind of song I picture blaring in Tarantino's Inglorious Bastards as Shosanna sets fire to the theatre, or as Mel Gibson goes haywire with his tomahawk in The Patriot.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Song of the Day

for a friend....cheer up.

Lissie's cover of the Kid: "Pursuit of Happiness"

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Say What You Really Mean, Elton

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Elton John addressed a variety of topics. Everything ranging from his new son, to rehab, to cock rings from Eminem?...(no that's not a typo) What especially caught my eye was his opinion of his frequent tour mate, Billy Joel. Saying, "At the end of the day, he's coasting. I always say, Billy, can't you write another song?' It's either fear or laziness. It upsets me. Billy's a conundrum. We've had so many cancelled tours because of illnesses and various other things, alcoholism." Following this statement, he pretty much proceeded to use the interview as a public plea to ask Billy to enter rehab. As fan who has worshipped Billy since my car seat days, dancing along to "Uptown Girl," I was saddened. But then again, you can't ignore the undeniable truth that Billy hasn't had a hit in years--"Piano Man" has carried him along forever, making him the male equivalent of someone like Celine Dion--ha! But whoaaa Elton--Cut your buddy a break here huh? Don't get me wrong, I love Elton, and have worshiped the old queen in all his glory since my mother first played "RocketMan." But if I must say sir, your so-called pal has been to rehab twice and battled depression for years. Just hand him the xanax why don'tcha? Perhaps some conversations are best saved for dressing rooms?--although I'm sure the mood backstage now will be MORE than awkward...

Song of the Day

DJ Danger Mouse (Brian Burton) is a genius. If you haven't heard of him, you should get to downloading, but you will definitely recognize his name as 1/2 of some popular duos. He is the other member of Gnarls Barkley, accompanied by his bandmate Cee-Lo Green, who you might recognize from this summer smash. He also jams with James Mercer, singer/guitarist for one of my favorite indie bands, The Shins, (Hello Garden State!) to form Broken Bells.

Above is a song from my favorite release by Danger Mouse, The Grey Album. He brilliantly overlaps the lyrics from Jay-Z's The Black Album, with the instrumentals from the The White Album, the iconic double album from one of my favorite bands, The Beatles. Creating a recipe for a really cool sound, check out "What More Can I Say?"

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Song of the Day

I've been following Julian for awhile now, and just love his upbeat, and undeniably cool vibe. It doesn't hurt that he's cute in that oh-so French way...or is just because he's a musician AND French, that I'm desperate to find him attractive? Regardless, his music rocks. If you like Paolo Nutini or Jason Mraz, you will adore Mr. Perretta.