June 26 - Monthly, Weekly, SPORADICally Top 10

Friday, June 26, 2009 | |

Here are ten awesome tracks I'm jamming to right now, via my Blip.fm playlist, which won't quite let me put things in the proper order.

1. Teengirl Fantasy - "Azz Klapz"

2. Animal Collective - "What Would I Want Sky (Live on BBC)

3. We Have Band - "You Came Out"

4. Neko Case - "Middle Cyclone"

5. Fever Ray - "Seven"

6. Ducktails - "Beach Point Pleasant"

7. Robyn - "Konichiwa Bitches"

8. Crystal Antlers - "Andrew"

9. Dirty Projectors - "Stillness is the Move"

10. Deerhunter - "Nothing Ever Happened"

Cut Chemist - My 1st Big Break

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Awesome track, awesome clip. It was the first music video ever to be shot with a 360 degree panoramic camera. Watch it in HD on eyestorm's Vimeo page.

June 26 - Pic o' the Day

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Pictured below is the prime minister of Ukraine, Yulia Tymoshenko. She's currently running for president in her country, where she is considered something of a fashion icon. That kick ass hairstyle is her trademark. I've always wanted what are known as Heidi braids. But fuck that, I want YULIA braids!

Today's Nod to Unofficial Music Videos

Saturday, June 20, 2009 | |

Oh Vimeo, thank you for your creative people with good taste in music.

Ex guru: Panda Bear - Bros

Romaine Bechetoille (BECH): Fever Ray - Keep the Streets Empty for Me

Brian Ratigan and Justin Gaar (Justin gaar): Deerhunter - White Ink

Gediminas Medžiaušis (generoujo): Arcade Fire - No Cars Go

Fever Ray - "Triangle Walks" Video

Thursday, June 18, 2009 | |

The latest video from Fever Ray, the solo project of Karin Dreijer Andersson (latest favorite musical genius/girl crush/hero), continues in the tradition of the two which preceded it, being slightly creepy and undeniably gorgeous. "Triangle Walks" is one of the best tracks on the self-titled album, and the single as well as a remix by Rex the Dog will be released soon! Enjoy the clip, directed by Mikel Cee Karlsson.

Lanvin, Resort 2010: Greatest Bowtie Wearer Ever Does it Again

Monday, June 15, 2009 | |

Moroccan-born fashion designer Alber Elbaz has been at the helm of Lanvin since 2001, and his since been the only well-known person from Morrocco you know. Additionally, he's kept Lanvin right alongside Balenciaga, Marc Jacobs, and Prada, producing the best of each season in recent years. Lanvin's resort collection, down to its presentation, exemplifies that it really is a brand apart from the others. One that should really let me have all the ensembles featured here. At least the awesome red kicks. Please?

Animal Collective - "Summertime Clothes" Video

Friday, June 12, 2009 | |

Victorian Inspired Giggles

Tuesday, June 9, 2009 | |

Wilhelm Staehle created a wonderful series of prints called "Silhouette Masterpiece Theatre". Bears, jolly fat dudes, large-headed babies and more, all available to buy as framed prints. Check out more HERE.

Christopher Kane, Resort 2010

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British designer Christopher Kane's first off season collection features some rad prints and cool cuts. In a perfect world I would be rocking these. Maybe Forever 21 will blatantly rip them off, with a lawsuit to follow.

Need. More. Almodóvar.

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Here's the teaser trailer for Broken Embraces.

We Have Band - "You Came Out"

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Anna Boden + Ryan Fleck's SUGAR

Saturday, June 6, 2009 | |

Sitting here watching a Red Sox game where a young cancer survivor has come close to pitching a second no-hitter, and a beloved slugger has returned from a slump to Fenway's delight, I am reminded why baseball appeals so much to hopeless romantics like myself. Movies about major league baseball however tend to be a little too cheesy. The Natural was bearable, mostly because Robert Redford is a fox. Field of Dreams was rescued from mediocrity by James Earl Jones. HBO Films' Sugar is an entirely different breed of baseball movie

I went to a screening of the film at Red River Theater in Concord, NH. This theater is one of the best parts about my time in NH because it does cool things like have lead actors (Algenis Pérez Soto) appear for Q&As, offers student discounts, and is the rare theater that serves beer (but this ain't Brooklyn folks, can't take advantage of it quite yet).
Soto, a first time actor, appears in Sugar as aspiring Dominican pitcher Miguel "Sugar" Santos. He begins a climb through the minor leagues at a training camp in DR run by the Kansas City organization, which was the first team to establish such an academy abroad. His time at the camp isn't storybook, struggling to learn baseball-English and how to throw a spike curve, nor is his situation in DR crafted for American audiences as one of abject poverty. This promise of realism doesn't waver, something which Soto's description of his own athletic aspirations in the Dominican attests to. He praised the writing and directing team of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (Half Nelson) for their accurate interpretation of DR's love of baseball and the often slow journey through the maze of each division of professional baseball. Boden and Fleck's indie sensibility is evident not only in the use of handheld cameras, non-actors, and musical montages set to TV On the Radio, but in their general spurnning of the Hollywood-approved trajectory for baseball films.

As Soto discussed the challenge of a lifelong shortstop learning to be convincing as a pitcher, the physicality of his performance became even more poignant. Bringing the high heat is as important to the portrayal as his reliance on facial expressions (notably in the film's final shot). Moments of contemplation or frustration are not built upon by any dramatic speeches, but instead serve to contribute to the overall stunningly beautiful subtlety of the film. Viewers need not be baseball nerds, or even like the sport particularly, to appreciate Sugar and regard it as one of the best films of 2009.

Röyksopp + Robyn - "The Girl and the Robot"

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If I didn't own this album digitally, it would have a hole worn through it. This is the second single from Röyksopp's Junior (definitely a best-of-the-year contender).

Marriage Equality for New Hampshire!

Friday, June 5, 2009 | |

On Wednesday I went to the statehouse in Concord, NH to support the passge of HB73, which would legalize same-sex marriage. After successfully making it through the senate the approval of the house sealed it's inevitability, as Gov. John Lynch had promised to sign it. It was an amazing day that confirmed that the tide is changing, despite setbacks such as the California court's upholding of Proposition 8.
I threw together this clip, complete with anxious/elated disregard for getting good shots.

MGMT - Kids

Thursday, June 4, 2009 | |

Took kind of a while to make this video, no?
Look! It's Joanna Newsom.