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Was confusing and intense and complicated but totally awesome! Love that the new series seems like it's going to be so much darker. Hate that I have to wait until Saturday for the next episode. Argh, damn cliffhangers. Anyway, there's not much I can say about it that wouldn't come across as fangirlish squealing so I'll let the pictures do the talking. With a few that aren't from this episode but I had them lying around waiting to be used so what the hell.





NAKED DOCTOR! LULZ! SCANDALOUS!



A FEZ APPEARANCE IS ALWAYS A WIN!



Doctor: These are my top operatives: The Legs, The Nose and Mrs. Robinson.
River: I hate you.



RIVER IS SO BAD-ASS. I LOVE HER.

SEXY MATT SMITH THANKS YOU FOR YOUR TIME.





Now I need to go find some LJ icons from the new episode. Later.
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Oh my God, I spent all last night on Youtube, seriously. Mostly watching every single (relevant) video that was labeled as Now It's Overhead or Andy LeMaster. I'd seen a lot of them before and 70% of them are terrible quality but I thought they might have somehow miraculously gotten better or something. I did find a few things I'd never seen though. Then I switched to Maria Taylor and Bright Eyes and Azure Ray performances. Here are the highlights of my night, so that I can find them again later if I should ever want to.

"Surrender." How have I never seen this one?!? It's so high-quality! I only wish there were other songs from this same set.



"Wonderful Scar." I actually think I like this better than the album version. Andy's vocals sound better.



"Type A."



"Estranged."



This one might be my favorite "new" discovery of the night (as in I'd never watched it before). Maria and Andy are too adorable. <333 "Cartoons and Forever Plans."



"Song Beneath the Song."



This video has so few views! Probably because the title/description is foreign so no one knows what it is. I almost didn't watch it for that very reason. Anyway, kind of awkward and short but Maria's answer is so cute and I've never actually seen any type of video interview with Andy before. If only there was more to it! And, uh, I've never heard of the third guy in this so moving on...



Oh my God, so random and dorky but so adorable.



Bright Eyes performing "Jejune Stars" a few days ago on Letterman. Not really Andy-heavy but, you know, he's there! Playing the bass and being awesome in the background! (Is it wrong that I wish the Bright Eyes show in Michigan wasn't sold out 85% for the reason that Andy will probably be there? But, you know, I like Conor too! Except these shirts he's been wearing recently, WTF.)



Bonus baby Conor! "At the Bottom of Everything" before I'm Wide Awake It's Morning even came out. Seriously, he looks so young here! And his little dedication at the beginning of the song makes me chuckle.



Alright, I'm done now. I also watched the Bright Eyes bits from the Spend an Evening with Saddle Creek documentary and though Andy's tiny interview parts in those are probably 75% of the time he gets throughout the whole thing, I'm getting it next from Netflix anyway. I can't believe I've never thought about watching it before considering how many Saddle Creek bands I listen to!
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For real. I am just a bit obsessed with him. This is amazing.



I love that he somehow managed to turn that into an actual, legitimate song. Though I do miss the Van Helsing/die, die, die parts from the original version. Still, amazing.

Also, Jason and Neil Patrick Harris being amazing and hilarious together.

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So, the Doctor Who Christmas special. It was pretty good. Fluffy and non-sensical but fun. My biggest complaint about it: not enough Amy and Rory. But mostly not enough Rory.

In more exciting news, however...


OMG THE NEW SERIES LOOKS EPIC AND AMAZING AND AWESOME AND... AAAAHHHHH!!!!!

"I'm going to need... a pot of coffee, twelve jammy dodgers, and a FEZ!"
"I wear a Stetson now. Stetsons are cool." *River shoots Stetson off Doctor's head*

ASHGLSKHSGHLSGHLJGEIWGHSDGKHGKS!!!!!!!!!!!!11111!!!!!!!!

I am loving all of the references to the fez because that was obviously, like, the most awesome DW moment EVER.

WHY ISN"T IT APRIL YET?!??!?!?
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Hello. So. Sorry about the squee-fest last night. Sometimes, I just need to get that sort of thing out and I like to do it here so that when I get around to posting to my music blog it actually sounds semi-professional and not like I'm five years old. I also apologize for this because I'm about to do it again, just for a moment. But this:

When I try to move my arms sometimes,
they weigh too much to lift.
I think you buried me awake
(my one and only parting gift).


KILLS ME.

And this:

When your helicopter came and tried to lift me out,
I put its rope around my neck
and after that, you didn't bother with the airlift or the rescue;
you knew just what to expect.


TOTALLY KILLS ME. KILLS ME COMPLETELY DEAD. MY GOD. HOW MUCH MORE DEPRESSING CAN YOU GET?!?

Ahem.

Anyway. The actual point of this post is to talk about my latest writing endeavors. Which have been few and far between because the creative portion of my brain seems to be half-dead right now. But I'm trying to work past it. Last night and this morning, I managed to finish the next chapter of my longish-though-I-don't-really-know-how-long story which is here. Granted, it didn't really involve a lot of actual writing, just lots of word-switching and phrase-changing and maybe a few brand new sentences here and there, but I need to ease myself back into the process slowly. Now that I've got that done I'm going to try to do something more substantial. There are a lot of options right now. I still have about three half-finished short stories, along with one I've recently sort of halfheartedly started (I'm not feeling halfhearted about the story itself, just the trying to get down on paper what works so well in my head), not to mention the many ideas I still have sitting around that haven't progressed past a couple sentences. I also have, of course, the major story, which I have lots of bits and pieces of finished but a lot to fill in between those bits. So I've been thinking: next month is National Novel Writing Month and, while I'm not going to promise myself I'll write a whole freaking novel in that time (because I know me and it probably won't happen, especially if I'm forcing it), I think it might be a good idea to use it to progress as far as possible with that story as I can in that time. So, until then, I'm going to try to wrap up some of my less ambitious pieces. Honestly, they really don't need that much more work to be finished; it's just that I get stuck on one particular section and can't seem to get back into the groove again. But I am going to try. Because I hate when I go through these periods of never being able to write. And if I ever want to achieve the pipe dream of being a legitimate, published author someday I definitely have to learn how to force myself to be more disciplined and consistent. So, yes. I should probably wrap this up and go write something proper, shouldn't I?

P.S. HOW DO YOU LIKE THIS FIERCE JANELLE MONAE USERPIC?!? FABULOUS, I KNOW.
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OMG, I just read this review of a Sufjan Stevens show from a couple nights ago and was like HOLY CRAP I NEED TO SEE HIM LIVE so I go look at his tour dates and it turns out he was in Michigan FUCKING TONIGHT. WTFFFFFF?!?!?!? I hope he tours more in support of this album because it sounds like it is fucking phenomenal live. And it's basically all I've been listening to with any consistency lately. That and various other Sufjan songs, because I'm still trying to get into his back catalog and really loving some songs, but I'm just not feeling any other album as much as I do the stuff he's released this year. Oh, also, I've been listening a lot to Hospice by the Antlers these past few days. I listened to this last year around when it was released and thought it was insanely boring and couldn't even remember five minutes later what any of it sounded like. But since it seems so universally loved, I decided to check it out again and I had it sitting on my mp3 player and "Sylvia" came up on shuffle and I loved it so I listened to the whole album and now I'm kind of obsessed. Strangely enough, it's not nearly as quiet and reserved and simplistic overall as I remembered it being. And it's ridiculously emotional and devastating. I didn't know that it was all supposed to tell a story before but now that I do, guh, it's so much more depressing. The whole album kind of makes me hurt inside in a really good way. Back to Sufjan, "John Wayne Gacy, Jr." is a song that does that to me as well. It like... actually makes my stomach feel strange and queasy because it's just so upsetting and chilling but it's so damn good that I can't help but subject myself to the horror over and over again. Those last few lines kill me: "And in my best behavior/I am really just like him/Look beneath the floorboards/For the secrets I have hid." HOLY SHIT SO CREEPY. And his falsetto on the "oh my god" and "on the mouth" bits, asdkjfdgklweutgjskldgja, IT KILLS ME, KILLS ME! SUFJAN, HOW ARE YOU SUCH A FUCKING MUSICAL GENIUS?!? Seriously, he is so damn brilliant that he actually makes me love and sing along shamelessly to a song that tells me to "get real, get right with the Lord." I don't agree with it but, fuck it, it's just so ridiculously catchy. Damn, I even love "Djohariah" to death now and the first time I heard it I'm like, "No way am I sitting through about twelve minutes of guitar noodling every time I listen to this EP." But now that looooooong build-up to the part of the song with actual real lyrics seems so epic and cathartic to me that it's like as close to a fucking religious experience that a non-religious person can get. IT'S AMAZING, OKAY?!?

Alrighty then... I am clearly past the point of no return with this obsession because I am using excessive curse words to get across my point and I can't even say one bad thing about any of his music anymore. But I don't even care. IT IS SO GLORIOUS. SUFJAN IS LIKE A MUSICAL GOD AND I DON'T EVEN CARE IF HE WOULD TAKE OFFENSE TO 
THAT DESCRIPTION, OKAY.

Bye now.
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I have developed an addiction to Doctor Who. I. Cannot. Stop. Watching. I've made it well-known here how in love I fell with the latest series, solely due to my strange and ridiculously strong attraction to one Mr. Matt Smith. Despite that, I didn't feel it particularly necessary to go back and catch up on all the previous series because I wasn't sure if I would like them nearly as much. Still, I was bored one day and they're all right there at my fingertips on Netflix so I figured, what the hell, why not go ahead and try. I wasn't completely won over until about halfway through series three but from that point on it became an obsession. Now I've just finished episode four of series four and I've managed to do this all in less than a month. Oh yeah, and I've also managed to get through half of the first series of Torchwood in the past few days as well. It is madness, I'm telling you, madness. Though it's a madness I'm quite enjoying. Random thoughts.
  • Based on four episodes of series four: DONNA NOBLE IS FUCKING INCREDIBLE. Seriously. I didn't think she was as annoying as everyone else apparently did (I've been obsessively reading episode threads on TWOP in edition to obsessively watching the show) when she first showed up in the pre-third series Christmas special but I didn't particularly love her either. Within the first five minutes of Partners in Crime, though, I was crazy about her. I just loved that episode in general. Best series opener of the four, in my opinion (I can't really count series five yet because I have to watch it again and try to look at it objectively which will very probably be impossible), and also without a doubt my favorite of the lighter, more humorous episodes. I mean, between how freakishly adorable the aliens were for being literal walking globs of fat and that priceless charades scene when the Doctor and Donna first re-encounter each other, it was golden.
  • Speaking of companions, I also rather liked Martha. Rose I am still flip-flopping between love and hate for. Mostly, I just hate the way she is being held up as THE MOST GLORIOUS COMPANION TO EVER COMPANION AND THE DOCTOR'S ONE TRUE LOVE in these later seasons. The Doctor's emo moments regarding her are the only annoying thing about them, to be quite honest. Oh yeah, and his God complex, which only seems to be worsening even though David Tennant has finally managed to calm down as an actor. He kind of irritated me a lot in the second series and in part of the third because of his constant ridiculous shouting. The only time I like when he gets all shouty is when he does it to purposely annoy someone. Like when he imitates that growly alien to his face in the Christmas Invasion, that was brilliant. Anyway, what was I talking about? Oh right, Rose. Well, like I said, I have a love/hate relationship with her but, still, I can't deny that my heart started beating like mad at the glimpse of her in Partners in Crime and I'm excited for her imminent return and to see just how exactly it pans out. (Though based on things I've heard, I'm expecting the end result  to be a clusterfuck for everyone involved. But I'm used to that by this point...)
  • Because usually, the build-up to the epic finales is great but the finales themselves are not so much. I liked the series one finale, it was maybe my favorite episode of the entire season, even with GlowyTardisGoddess!Rose. The series two finale was pretty good too - I didn't like what it resulted in but it was certainly a well-done episode. Series three... first of all, despite thinking Martha was generally kick ass, I wasn't very into the first half. The plots were all pretty lame. Especially that damn Dalek two-parter which I had actually watched previously (for Andrew Garfield) and hated with a fiery passion so I really didn't want to have to suffer through it again. But I did. And it was still terrible. For my money, the worst episodes ever. But, luckily, a couple episodes later, it got much better. Human Nature through the Sound of Drums are, in my opinion, the strongest episodes or at least the strongest string of episodes of them all. (Special shoutout to Blink, which was another I'd watched previously but loved and loved even more a second time. Sally Sparrow aka Carey Mulligan was so brilliant and I really think she should make a repeat appearance, though I'm sure she's too busy/famous for it now.) But then... ehhhh. When the Doctor was rapidly aged at the end of Sound of Drums, that's where it lost me. And though I liked Martha saving the entire goddamn world without complaining (and then not complaining again when she's the only person who will actually remember her plight), I hated the whole "clap if you believe in fairies!" resolution. I mean, when you think about it, it's not all that dissimilar to the series five finale and in actuality probably more believable because it was the whole world vs one person believing the Doctor back to life but for reasons I can't quite explain I didn't buy it here even though I bought it with the latest series.
  • Oh my god, how am I writing so much about a silly sci-fi show. This is ridiculous. Umm... quickly, Captain Jack Harkness is also made of win though I haven't decided if I like Torchwood yet or not though. Some of the episodes have been really lame, like the one about the alien sex addict and Cyberwoman, which was a decent idea but was terribly executed and also very oddly placed. But it's slowly started to improve. I've really enjoyed the last couple episodes I watched, Countrycide and Greeks Bearing Gifts. Still, not totally in love. But I've read that the second and third series are much better so I'm going to keep at it unless I start to completely hate it. Also, is it wrong that I am kind of attracted to Owen? He is a total douchebag but I kind of love him because I hate him so much. And I find the actor and his barely-existent lips oddly appealing. I have the strangest taste sometimes, I swear. And also due to the fact that spoilers for long-past seasons are damn near impossible to completely avoid, I am near certain that at some point he will meet a sad fate and I will mourn deeply for the loss of the stupid asshole.
Anyway, yes. Doctor Who. Sometimes horribly cheesy. Sometimes epically amazing. Always entertaining. I should be more worried about how obsessively I am plowing through these episodes but, eh. I'll let the ninth doctor tell you how concerned I am about it:



Also, bonus eleven in all his adorable awkwardness. Because it's not a Doctor Who party without him.



Sorry, I don't have any ten .GIFs at the moment. :( Must rectify that soon.

P.S. While we're speaking .GIFs, I saw this one yesterday and, at the time, found it almost violently hilarious. I had to restrain myself from laughing too hard because my dad would have thought I was crazy. But, still, a couple stray giggles made their way through.



Love it. OMG. Okay, have to go watch more now.
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OMG DOCTOR WHO FINALE. SO SO SO INCREDIBLE.

So, basically, the plot hinged on lots of wibbly-wobbly timey-wimeyness. (How convenient that the only David Tennant episode I've seen, apart from the one where he regenerates into Eleven, is the one this phrase comes from since its pretty much now used to describe any time paradoxes that can't be logically explained and just loop back on themselves again and again  i.e. Eleven from the future who has already gotten out of the Pandorica traveling back in time to tell Rory to let him out of the Pandorica in the first place or, in the Tennant episode, Ten giving instructions from the past based on a transcript of his words he is given in the future, stuff like that.) And the resolution was the very definition of a massive reset button but it was a massive reset button of AWESOME. Some people are also complaining about it being so light and comedic compared to the very dark first part but I kind of liked that. The ending to part one was just so bleak and terrifying and seemingly hopeless (even though, of course, you really knew it couldn't be) that it was nice to have an episode that still focused on some very disastrous events (hello, the entire universe disappearing and the only way to keep it from disappearing is for the Doctor himself to disappear???) but felt much more fun and had a lot more jokes. I was also glad everyone got to live at the end. I mean, I wasn't expecting the Doctor to die or Amy really either, even though she looked pretty dead at the end of the last episode. But I was afraid this would be the end for Rory or at the very least he would have been stuck as a plastic auton forever (which might've actually been kind of entertaining; he was certainly entertaining for the majority of this episode when he was an auton) but he got to live happily ever after too! Well, for now at least. (And if they kill him off again, I will be honestly pissed because he's been killed, what, two, three times now? ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!) And how fucking amazing and sweet was it that he guarded Amy for nearly TWO THOUSAND FUCKING YEARS without ever leaving?!? I think at heart I'm just a big mushy romantic because that totally got to me. Speaking of Amy, that opening reveal when she's inside the Pandorica instead of the Doctor was THE BEST REVEAL EVER! I think I literally gasped when I saw her and my brain was just freaking out wondering how the hell she got in there. I was expecting the Doctor to be the one released after nearly two thousand years and when Amy came out instead and the Doctor ended up getting out after spending about five minutes inside, I thought it was all pretty awesome and lulzy and totally surprising. Also awesome was the fact that Jacket!Doctor from the second part of the Weeping Angels episodes was finally explained! If you don't watch the show and are actually reading this, there was a point in that episode where the Doctor left Amy in the forest then came back and talked to her again, but his return was really abrupt, the tone of his words was totally different and he was wearing his jacket which he had lost at the beginning of the episode. And everyone thought it was a future Doctor come back to tell Amy to remember what he told her when she was seven because, for some reason, it was suddenly uber-important! Except that there wasn't really anything important he told her when she was seven... until now! And suddenly, it all made sense! Woo! And I'm kind of glad too that a few things were left unexplained in a way that said they would still be an issue in the next season. Yay for multi-season arcs! ALSO LITTLE AMELIA IS SO BAD ASS! AND SO IS RIVER SONG! AND RORY'S AMAZING GUN HAND!

Anyway, I'm going to watch a second time now but first, favorite part, totally:

River: "Right then, I have questions but number one is this: What in the name of sanity have you got on your head?"
Doctor: "It's a fez. I wear a fez now. Fezzes are cool."
River & Amy: *fez-destroying tag-team of AWESOME*

It's better in visual form, see?



Second favorite part, the Doctor dancing like an old grandpa at Amy and Rory's wedding! (FINALLY, AMY AND RORY'S WEDDING!)



And also, when Amy and Rory remember the Doctor again, and Rory excitedly tells the wedding party in the background, "It's the Doctor! How did we forget the Doctor? I was plastic! He was the stripper!" (The stripper part being in reference to this.) Major lulz.

Okay, that's all. Carry on.
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THE FIRST PART OF THE DOCTOR WHO SERIES FINALE.ASDGKLSDHGEIOWFGKSDVLKDJFIOEW!!!!!!! STUNNING EPIC FLAWLESS AMAZING ETC! SERIOUSLY. AND THAT CLIFFHANGER, GAH! RIVER SONG. :( :( :( RORY AND AMY. :( :( :( :( :( :( THE DOCTOR! :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( I HAVE NO IDEA HOW THEY'RE GOING TO GET OUT OF THIS ONE, GUYS! AND I HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL NEXT SATURDAY TO KNOW ANYTHING, BOO! IT WILL BE A TORTOUROUS WEEK.

Okay, enough with the caps, but I'm seriously freaking out. Maybe it's because the first time I watched it was at 3:30 in the morning in a cold-fueled insomnia so I was extra emotionally damageable but I was crying at the end between Rory and Amy's scenes and the Doctor's. We're talking total mess here. I'll admit, I was in most of this season for the perfection that is Matt Smith (haters to the left; he is awesome and was extra-awesome this episode) and found the actual episodes ranged from cheesy as fuck to mildly entertaining to, a few times, really damn good but this is on a whole different level. I just hope they don't fuck it up next week by taking the easy way out and wrapping everything up in a neat and implausible (well, okay, we are talking Doctor Who here, I guess the entire show is pretty implausible) little bow. And I also hope they explain everything because, damn, I'm still confused as fuck for the most part.

Regardless of the rest of its contents, this episode would have been amazing anyway because we finally saw this .GIF!



I've only been waiting all season for that specific moment! This episode was pretty much the perfect combination of hilarious and horribly depressing.

The Doctor and his light saber thank you for your time.



Also:



LMAO. I had never noticed the black guy's reaction before. Hilarious.

P.S. Tinypic has been sucking for me lately, holy shit. It refused to upload these.
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Last time: Just read the last entry. It's right below you after all.


P.S. Oh my God, I am such a stan for these videos, I swear. It's kind of frightening. You have no idea how anxious I'd been waiting for a new video; it took forever and I was beginning to think there wouldn't be anymore. This is a week or so old now but I still love it. Well, I love the song; the video I'm a bit undecided on. BUT THE SONG, GAH. I think it's my favorite one so far. It's just the perfect combination of ethereal and pretty and dark and eerie.



P.P.S. HOLY HELL, LOOK AT THIS FIERCE BITCH. (Click for larger.)


I swear to God, she's like the prettiest girl in the world. On top of being a stunning lyricist. And an impressive harpist. And, though some might not think so, a lovely singer. HOW IS SHE SO LUCKY AND WHY AM I NOT HER?!?
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Simmy sim sims )

This post is brought to you by Matt Smith and Karen Gillan and their adorably platonic relationship both on and off-screen. Not gonna lie, I kind of ship them in real life. (Also, I apologize for all the extra loading time these cause. I couldn't help it! It's hard to narrow the selection down when there's so much cuteness to choose from!) (Also, also, I want to be Karen. She's adorable, she's hilarious, she has great hair, and she gets to hang out with Matt all the time. Amazing.)













Oh, and obligatory:


Finally, this hilarious video (Hulloooooooooo!):


Okay, last one I promise, but this is funny too:
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The new Nina Nastasia album is blowing my mind right now and the best part is that it's completely unexpected. I've been kind of over Nina for two or three years now - and probably haven't listened to her at all in at least a year - mostly because her last couple of albums didn't impress me much. When I read that her new one, Outlaster, would be very orchestral that got me more excited than I would have been otherwise because some of my favorite songs of hers have always been the ones with lots of strings. Well, it leaked not long ago (speaking of leaks, it seems like everything is leaking right now; I have a ton of albums I need to listen to) so, naturally, because I have no willpower (and because I was still only vaguely interested), I downloaded it. The first time through nothing much stood out, probably because I was pre-occupied with something else at the time. But last night, I listened to it again and it just blew me away and now I can't stop listening to it. It's easily the best thing she's done which is pretty impressive six albums in. A lot of artists, once they have that many releases under their belt, seem to settle and stick to what they're good at without ever branching out much, therefore becoming rather bland and tiresome. Based on her last two albums (which, admittedly, I haven't listened to in ages and might feel completely differently about now), I thought that had happened to Nina. Though this album is essentially very typical of her and not too drastically different, it's like everything has been amped up times ten which is what makes it so amazing. I've always found myself wishing she would do more with her music: more twisted melodies, more strings, more emotion in her voice - and she finally has. Speaking of her voice, holy shit, when did she become this huge, passionate belter?!? Seriously. Though her voice is charming and perfectly suited to the folk-y kind of music she makes, I've never thought it was particularly strong or versatile. Turns out she was just holding out on us this whole time. Majorly. Girlfriend's voice on this album is insane. Especially on "This Familiar Way," which is the album's clear standout, not just for her incredible vocals but the strings are also ridiculous and the melody is so deliciously dark and kind of sensual at the same time. And she doesn't only let loose on that one song. It's the entire album - other songs like "What's Out There," "Wakes," and "One Way Out," they're so surprisingly potent and aggressive and full of emotion. I'm honestly awestruck. Now I think I'm going to go have a listening party with her older stuff. It's been too long since I've listened to it.
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Bowerbirds = Great! And very nice based on the 30 seconds it took me to buy their CD from them.

Joanna = EPIC. STUNNING. FLAWLESS. HEAVEN-SENT. GENIUS.

Jackrabbits
Have One on Me
Easy
INFLAMMATORY WRIT
Soft as Chalk
IN CALIFORNIA
The Book of Right-On
Emily
BABY BIRCH
PEACH, PLUM, PEAR
Encore: Occident

Audience Q&A w/ Joanna + band members afterward = OMG AMAZING. THIS SHOULD HAPPEN AT EVERY 
CONCERT EVER. BRILLIANT IDEA.

More coherent thoughts when I've had a few hours sleep, mmkay?

For now:

There is a blacksmith,
and there is a shepherd,
and there is a butcher boy,
and there is a barber, who's cutting
and cutting away at my only joy.
I saw a rabbit,
as slick as a knife,
and as pale as a candlestick,
and I had thought it'd be harder to do,
but I caught her, and skinned her quick:
held her there,
kicking and mewling,
upending, unspooling, unsung and blue;
told her "wherever you go,
little runaway bunny,
I will find you."
And then she ran,
as they're liable to do.

Be at peace, baby,
and be gone.

Edit: here's my more cohesive review. It's also a review of the album itself, for good measure. And because I'm obsessed, you know.
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Let's talk Hedwig and the Angry Inch for a moment. Apparently, falling in love with that movie also means becoming completely fucking obsessed with it because I haven't been able to think about anything else properly since I first watched it. The more I think about it, the more I believe John Cameron Mitchell is a total genius. He was clearly born to create and embody this character. The most impressive thing is that Hedwig has such a larger than life presence but his performance is actually extremely subtle. He lets the clothes and the wigs and the makeup and the songs be dramatic and over-the-top but the most interesting part of his portrayal is that the little things are the most affecting. He says a lot with just his eyes and his facial expressions which is kind of surprising considering he originally played Hedwig for the stage, where things like that don't matter quite as much - or at least will go rather unnoticed by the people watching from the very back - as projecting and filling the entire stage with your presence. My favorite scene from the entire movie is the "Origin of Love" performance for this very reason; it's a ballad so there aren't any crazy stage antics going on - there's just pure emotion. Even with all of that makeup caked on his face, just the look in his eyes, his body language, his delivery of a certain line of the song, all of these things are extremely touching and devastating. The slow part that starts at 3:50 in this video is especially beautiful. Specifically, 4:08 - "I could swear by your expression that the pain down in your soul was the same as the one down in mine" - absolutely kills me. I've watched this segment quite a lot now and it gets to me more every single time. It's just so perfect yet so simple.



I also find this part really touching.



And I love how adorable and quirky this sequence is. (Ignore the Spanish subtitles, it's the only clip I could find.)



I think part of what makes JCM's performance so raw and powerful is that all or most of his vocals were recorded live as the scenes were filmed. So he's actually singing and feeling the songs instead of lip-syncing them a million times in a row.



That's the last song, now here's the first one. Again, ignore the subtitles - they're Chinese or something this time.



Okay, I'll stop before I end up posting practically the entire movie. But I'm so obsessed. OMG. I rarely get obsessed with movies like this but I am enjoying the feeling.
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So I'm finally getting around to watching the second season of Dead Like Me (which I just realized is on Hulu in its entirety, thank God, because the Netflix player decided to start acting all jerky and laggy on me months ago and also, they don't have the first episode so I would have had to get the DVD just for that one, WTF?!?) and OMG I FORGOT HOW MUCH I FUCKING HATE GEORGE'S MOTHER. WHAT AN INSUFFERABLE BITCH THAT WOMAN IS. HOLY SHIT.

Ahem... anyway. I've been doing a lot of online TV viewing lately. Yesterday, I finished watching Bored to Death (all eight episodes!). Mostly because of Jason Schwartzman. I love him. And also find him strangely attractive even though, technically, he is not extremely good-looking. Anyway, it wasn't an amazing show but it was pretty funny most of the time and unbelievably funny about four times. Also, it took me about half of the episodes to realize that his ex-girlfriend was played by Olivia Thirlby from Juno. I spent the whole time thinking, "WTF I KNOW HER WHERE DO I KNOW HER FROM?!?" I thought she looked/acted a lot like Kat Dennings at first but I knew it wasn't her. Anyway. Yes.

Also, I am embarrassed to admit this but I watched one episode of Doctor Who - a show I have never seen or been interested in at all - because I am ridiculously attracted to the actor who is going to be playing the Doctor in the upcoming season. Seriously, it's ridiculous. Especially because he was only in the episode at the very end for about a minute. Yet I watched the entire thing anyway. WHY DO I DO THESE INSANE THINGS FOR CUTE BOYS?!? I can't even explain it. Because I find him so insanely gorgeous in all of the photoshoots/stills related to the show, like the following:







But every other picture I've seen of him does nothing for me at all! I don't know what it is. I think I am just crazy, is what it is. But I do so enjoy being crazy.

GUBE!

Jan. 10th, 2010 09:40 pm
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OMG. Remember how I said that Ben macro was the most amazing picture ever earlier? Well, I was wrong. Because this is the best picture ever:



OMG. Dying right now. I fucking love that kid and his wacky sense of humor. And, by the way, he does totally own that TV's Hottest Hunks title. I mean, Shemar who? Seriously. Who can even look at him when you've got the eye candy that is pasty, skinny Gubler distracting you? No one, that's who.

I LOVE GUBE.





I've somehow turned into a .GIF-spamming fool. I'm not sure how or when that happened.

Okay. Here is some PRETTY to go with all that crazy:



BRB. I gotta go upload a new EPIC Gube userpic. (I found all of these glorious things while wasting time on ONTD all day, by the way. I officially have no life.)
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Last time: Caleb was having second thoughts about fatherhood... but that's just too bad because May was already pregnant with their second child, Camilla. Meanwhile, the last of generation nine, Lena and Remy grew up into a lesbian tomboy and a tanorexic vixen-in-training, respectively, before they were shipped off to college. Then there was some more growing up, this time of the generation ten kids. <INSERT CUTEST CHILDREN EVER COMMENT HERE> And then there was an attempted robbery but thanks to the kickass police force of Bougainvillea he only made it about two steps inside the house. Still, Henry continued the family trend of being full of wussy manbabies by having an emotional breakdown anyway.

Can you tell that I've really been half-assing these last few Newbury installments? It's kind of because I just want to get them out of the way and start something new already. And also because these pictures all feel like they happened a lifetime ago. Anyway, as far as that starting something new goes, I was just going to start another legacy but, the thing is, I've been making a lot of random Sims lately and now I'm attached to all of them and it would be impossible for me to decide which to use! So... I think I'm going to just, like, make a few different households with different story trajectories in mind for all of them and kind of follow the whole neighborhood with less focus on a single family. We'll see how that works. Do you want a preview of some of the Sims that will occupy it? Yes? Okay!
Gah. I kind of don't even want to go back to the Newburys now. But I will. I don't even have much more to play through before they're over. I will miss them but I AM SO EXCITED FOR NEW SIMS! I have a lot more than the ones above but, naturally, they are SURPRISES! Okay, I am going to go upload more Newbury pics and maybe post another entry tonight.

IN OTHER NEWS, THIS NEW OWEN PALLETT RECORD IS FUCKING EPIC! Seriously. I like it about ten billion times more than anything else I've heard by him. It is amazing! The last three songs especially are, like, the most flawless, beautiful, breathtaking trio ever. OMG. I CAN HARDLY STAND IT. FUCK.
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I've listened to 1997 nearly three hundred times in less than a week. Is that troubling? I'm just obsessed with their new album and I cannot stop listening to it. I love it so very much. I think part of the appeal is that I'm just so surprised to be so blown away (I'm not a part of the majority who totally hated their last album but it's grown off of me a lot and along with all of the personal drama, I stopped expecting much from them) but it's also just so legitimately good! It's so good that I can't even be annoyed by the fact that three of the songs are pretentiously untitled. Seriously, "#3" is the best song they've written yet, I'm almost positive. It breaks my damn heart. And Arthi's voice is lovely.

Your diamond desires are turning back into coal
You can't pick yourself up off the floor
And somehow everything's on me
When mutual pity walks out the door
You know it's time to follow
'Cause I'm not sorry you are utterly alone
I remain unbroken
Though we existed in our own dimension
Slouching twisted at the television
Finally broken-hearted by what we made
No, no... no

I'm not crawling
I'm not crawling to you
Never crawling
No, no, no, no


LOVE.

Also, I think "Falling Down" is brilliantly constructed. Seriously. Brilliant. And I don't use that word lightly. It uses repetition to such great effect and ultimately reaches this anthemic intensity while remaining extremely simple. "Wolf & Sheep" is one of my other favorites. I l adore the three-part harmonizing during the verses; that was a lot of what I loved in the debut that was missing in On the Run. "#1" also kicks all kinds of ass and is an amazing opener. "A Fruitless Year" is the biggest Fevers and Mirrors-era Bright Eyes rip-off I've ever heard but it's an amazingly good rip-off. Seriously, if I didn't know any better, I might think it was actually Conor Oberst; Caleb does an insanely spot-on impression of him. Listen to this song back to back with, say, "A Scale, a Mirror and Those Indifferent Clocks" and you'll see what I mean. Even the lyrics sound like they're trying to be rather Oberst-lite though I love the final line: "Turn the key that keeps everything from falling apart/Let falling become a part of what you are." Despite how unoriginal it comes across, I love it anyway. I can't help it! Fevers-era Bright Eyes is my favorite so this is perfect! The rest of the album is awesome too but those are my favorites.

I'm also pretty impressed with the lyrics overall. I've always thought theirs were kind of spotty, with a few bright spots but mostly pretty generic. They aren't the absolute best here and they sometimes get overly emo (even though I love it, "#1" is the worst offender here with "I want to exhume your body/And consume your heart/And make art of your every organ" [umm eww] and "So I cut/And it bleeds/And you all drink of me/While I slowly drift away" [this just reminds me of vampires and Twilight and I've had enough of that kthnx]) but overall they've improved a lot in that area. I'm just impressed in general with how much they've changed since A Better View. They sound like a completely different band and that was barely two and a half years ago! Crazy. And I must stress once again. ARTHI. MY GOD. THIS GIRL MAKES THE ALBUM COMPLETELY. Her voice is really simple and clean but it's such a refreshing change compared to Alida's overdramatics. And I love that she's featured so much. And I love that Kevin is also singing more on this record because, as much as I love Caleb, it was weird how much he dominated On the Run since Kevin is the only one who just sings without really playing any instruments ever.

ANYWAY. I am mostly just writing all of this so that I can write a more cohesive review later and post it on my music blog. Long story short = I am obsessed with 1997 again! They've gone up to #4 on my Last.fm charts and they had fallen out of the top ten a long time ago. YAY AWESOME MUSIC!

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I'm still in love with my Ben in case you were wondering and I need to update this. The amount of his work that I've seen is getting pretty damn impressive. And scarily obsessive.

Actor:
  1. Kill Your Darlings (2010) (pre-production) .... Lucien Carr
  2. The Tempest (2009) (post-production) .... Ariel
  3. Love Hate (2009) .... Tom
  4. Bright Star (2009) .... John Keats [MUST SEE. This apparently comes out next month but is a "limited" release. Shit. Does this mean I'm going to have to make a long trek to see it? Because I've watched the trailer and I am in desperate need of pretty pretty period costumed Ben!]
  5. The International (2009) .... Rene Antall [Alright. I must admit I've only seen the scene with him in it. But I am not watching this entire shitty movie for two seconds of Ben, okay? So it counts!]
  6. Brideshead Revisited (2008) .... Sebastian Flyte
  7. "Criminal Justice" .... Ben Coulter (5 episodes, 2008)
    -
    Episode #1.5 (2008) TV episode .... Ben Coulter
    -
    Episode #1.4 (2008) TV episode .... Ben Coulter
    -
    Episode #1.3 (2008) TV episode .... Ben Coulter
    -
    Episode #1.2 (2008) TV episode .... Ben Coulter
    -
    Episode #1.1 (2008) TV episode .... Ben Coulter
  8. I'm Not There. (2007) .... Arthur
    ... aka I'm Not There (Germany) (USA: poster title)
  9. Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006) .... Jean-Baptiste Grenouille
    ... aka Das Parfum - Die Geschichte eines Mörders (Germany)
    ... aka El perfume - Historia de un asesino (Spain)
    ... aka Le parfum - Histoire d'un meurtrier (France)
    ... aka Perfume (International: English title: informal short title)
    ... aka Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (International: English title)
  10. "Nathan Barley" .... Pingu (6 episodes, 2005)
    -
    Pilot (2005) TV episode .... Pingu
    -
    Episode #1.6 (2005) TV episode .... Pingu
    -
    Episode #1.5 (2005) TV episode .... Pingu
    -
    Episode #1.4 (2005) TV episode .... Pingu
    -
    Episode #1.3 (2005) TV episode .... Pingu
    (
    1 more)
  11. Stoned (2005) .... Keith Richards
  12. Layer Cake (2004) .... Sidney
    ... aka L4yer Cake (Ireland: English title: DVD box title) (UK: DVD box title) (USA: DVD box title)
  13. Enduring Love (2004) .... Spud
  14. The Merchant of Venice (2004) (uncredited) .... Servant to Portia
    ... aka Il mercante di Venezia (Italy)
    ... aka William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice (USA: complete title)
  15. 77 Beds (2003) .... Ishmael [Really strange short film. And he's got some weird mustache thing going on in it that I do not approve of.]
  16. The Booze Cruise (2003) (TV) .... Daniel
    ... aka Cheers and Tears (International: English title)
  17. Ready When You Are Mr. McGill (2003) (TV) .... Bruno [It's on Youtube. Overly long, mildly funny, but he's adorable in it.]
  18. Spiritual Rampage (2002) [Even stranger short film. This is the only thing I've seen him in so far that I have not been attracted to him at all in - it's just way too... weird.]
  19. My Brother Tom (2001) .... Tom
  20. Baby (2001/I) .... Little Joe [Another strange short film. I do not understand. Well, I do but is it supposed to have a point? That I do not know.]
  21. "Other People's Children" (2000) TV series .... Sully (unknown episodes)
  22. "Black Cab" .... Ryan (1 episode, 2000)
    - Work (2000) TV episode .... Ryan
  23. Mauvaise passe (1999) .... Jay
    ... aka The Escort
    ... aka The Wrong Blonde
  24. The Trench (1999) .... Pte. James Deamis
    ... aka La tranchée (France)
Self:
Shut the fuck up! These do too count! They're listed on the IMDB page, aren't they?...

  1. "Breakfast" .... Himself (1 episode, 2008)
    -
    Episode dated 30 June 2008 (2008) TV episode .... Himself
  2. The Story of 'Perfume' (2007) (V) .... Himself
  3. "Richard & Judy" .... Himself (1 episode, 2007)
    -
    Episode dated 8 February 2007 (2007) TV episode .... Himself

Here is a lovely photograph for your time:



P.S. (500) Days of Summer? Fucking awesome. Zooey Deschanel is too cute for words. Matthew Gray Gubler will never ever be anyone but Dr. Reid to me but it was nice to see him anyway! And Joseph Gordon-Levitt is goddamn sexy. When did that happen? I swear, he never used to be so hot. I could barely concentrate on the movie between my drooling over him and Zooey.

P.P.S. I lurve this mood icon! It is one of my favorite PD scenes ever. Hilarious!

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OMG HARPER'S ISLAND. ADORABLE GROOM IS THE SON OF A KILLER AND A PSYCHO AND ALSO A KILLER AND NOW DEAD. REMEMBER THIS POST?!? I HAVE BEEN IN LOVE WITH A MURDERER THE ENTIRE TIME!!! WHICH IS TOTALLY AWESOME.



I'M ON YR ISLAND. KILLING MY FIANCE. AND FALLING IN LOVE WITH MY SISTER.

Ahem. Anyway, I started out watching this show thinking it would be so cheesy and badly acted and poorly plotted that it would be hilarious and entertaining, but it turned out to be shockingly well-done. The last few episodes were way intense, the deaths were always awesomely gory, and the whole thing was actually wrapped up very well. I was legitimately freaked out and surprised during the last two episodes tonight. It was amazing.

Also, resemblence?



Yes? No? Maybe? I'm crazy? Either way, they are both terribly cute.



Uh... what was I talking about again??? I can't function properly while staring at this picture.

The funny thing about Ben is that he looks like a completely different person in almost every picture of him taken. It's very strange.

ONE MORE LOVELY BOY BEFORE I LEAVE:



Even though every time I look at him, I just think again about how depressed I am that Pushing Daisies is over. The season two DVD set comes out this month, I believe; that offers a little condolence. But still. I need new Ned! And it is not going to happen! :(

I saved the best for last.



GLASSES ARE A HUUUUUUGE TURN-ON FOR ME. EVEN IF SOMEONE IS SEXY BEFORE PUTTING ON GLASSES, PUTTING ON GLASSES MAKES THEM TEN THOUSAND TIMES SEXIER.

Okay, I am a freak. And I am going to go do something worthwhile now. Like write something besides fangirl babbling.

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