Archive | February, 2011

Day 258: Catfish (2010)

28 Feb

Hey everyone!

Today is the big day: THE ACADEMY AWARDS!! Every year I sit and watch the big award show and leave somewhat disappointed… but regardless it’s awesome to see what’s going on in the minds of old people deciding these winners!

Anyways, in honor of the award show, I want to feature a movie that didn’t get nominated!

Last night I watched the  documentary Catfish (2010)  and I walked out of it completely shocked. It was incredible!

The premise of the movie is as follows: Yaniv Schulman is a photographer, and one day he is contacted by a six-year-old girl who painted a beautiful version of one of his photos. He begins to become friends with this girl and her family, ending up in almost a long-distance relationship with the young girl’s sister. As new developments turn up (his new passion to talk to Megan, the sister), the documentary changes meaning.

But when things begin to seem a little off, the filmmakers begin to dig deep in the meaning of YouTube, Facebook, Google Maps, and texting to find the real truth about this family.

It’s not scary (like the preview tries to portray), in fact it’s actually really fascinating. But what made it so intriguing was the charm and tense feeling you get when watching it. I found myself both creeped out and completely enthralled. It’s amazing.

I warn you, though, it is really intense… the ending is slightly expected, but also really incredible.

Here’s the preview…. if you’re interested, be sure to check it out! I want everyone to see it.

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Day 257: The Beatles vs LCD Soundsystem vs The Kinks

26 Feb

Check out this awesome remix!

It features “Get Back” by the Beatles, “Daft Punk Is Playing At My House” by LCD Soundsystem, and “You Really Got Me” by the Kinks! SO AWESOME!

Enjoy “The Brits Are Playing At My House!”

Day 256: After Hours by The Velvet Underground

25 Feb

Hello there!

For the blog today, I wanted to feature an adorable song. Even though the lyrics are a little sad (and sadly true about myself), the song is super sweet and super fantastic.

“After Hours” by The Velvet Underground is one of those weird tracks that appears at the very end of The Velvet Underground I (which I so happened to buy on vinyl today at the record store) that I always skip to. Maureen Tucker, the drummer of the band, has such an imperfect voice that it’s strangely good.

Today has been a great day, and “After Hours” is a great song.

Enjoy!

Day 255: Save Me by Aimee Mann

24 Feb

Hello there!

Tonight I feel like I’m gonna pass out… so before I do so I wanted to share a really beautiful song by the lovely Aimee Mann.

The song was written for the movie Magnolia (1999), which if you haven’t seen it I HIGHLY recommend it, and it features the characters in the movie as they go about their strange lives (with Aimee Mann kind of creepin’ in the background).

Anyways, enjoy “Save Me” by Aimee Mann (and go rent Magnolia… It’s gorgeous)

Day 254: Don’t Let The Devil by Jackie Greene

24 Feb

Hey everyone!

Picture courtesy of Michael Reiner

For today’s post, I wanted to get some blues out there (to essentially contribute to the stormy weather).

A few weeks back, me and Michael, a friend of mine, went to see Jackie Greene at WOW Hall. I had zero expectations, so I was thoroughly surprised at how great the concert was! With the bluesy-rock feel and the Hendrix-style guitar solos, I became an instant fan.

I loved how Jackie Greene used all different guitars and instruments to explore the genre he was rocking, actively getting the audience to feel the music like he does. With two acts, a fantastic arrangement of guitars, a 70s electric organ (can you say LOVE?!), and a great voice, he embodied the soul of the 70s. Impressive for such a young artist!

Anyway I had a great time at the concert (thanks Mike!) and I’m proud to say that I’m a Jackie Greene fan from now on!

Here’s an acoustic version of “Don’t Let The Devil” (which was one of my favorite songs he played). It’s really awesome and I’m glad to see this guy still rocks hard acousticly as well as full-band-ly.

Enjoy “Don’t Let The Devil” by Jackie Greene!

Day 253: Giving Up The Ghost by Radiohead

22 Feb

Yes, I know I’ve been featuring Radiohead a lot lately, but OH MY GOODNESS IS THIS CD GOOD!!!!

I’ve always been a huge Radiohead fan… ever since I was a little kid even! I grew up listening to OK Computer, The Bends, Hail To The Thief, and (of course) my favorite Kid A. Their last CD In Rainbows is in my top 10 favorite albums list, and it is still one of the best CDs I’ve ever heard!

I actually got to see Radiohead on their last tour, and while I checked that off my bucket list I will never forget how incredible it was. Just summing up my whole existence in one concert… it’s breathtaking.

So as I listen to The King Of Limbs, I feel all these emotions, just diluted down. The new-ness of this CD is still a little difficult for me to get used to, but I’m managing. And just when I thought that I’d lose hope for loving this CD as much as Kid A or In Rainbows, I heard “Giving Up The Ghost.”

I can’t even say anything about it, except that if this song was a person I’d already be in love.

Enjoy “Giving Up The Ghost” by Radiohead (and buy The King Of Limbs here)

Day 252: Dumb I Sound/ATLiens by Tor (featuring Sufjan Stevens and Outkast)

21 Feb

Hey everyone!

I lied yesterday about how I was gonna write a long blog post. Tonight it’s gonna be shorter then yesterday… sorry!

But I do have a really cool mashup for you guys today. “Dumb I Sound/ATLiens” is a Sufjan Stevens/Outkast mashup of epic proportions… it’s just cool sounding and really chill to listen to.

Warning, it might have bad lyrics… just in case you’re at work and your boss is like next door or something!

Anywhoo if you like this chill mix, you can download the whole mix CD here! (it’s all Sufjan and a whole bunch of awesome rappers!)

Enjoy “Dumb I Sound/ATLiens” mixed by Tor (feat. Sufjan Stevens and Outkast)