stillonmystring: (kelso buuuuuuuuurn!)
I like to collect random .GIFs. My criteria for choosing which ones to save is basically this. They have to be a. adorable, b. hilarious, c. fierce, d. sexy, or e. all of the above. It also helps if they feature someone I am obsessed with. So here we are, terrible amounts of picture-loading below the cut, just to warn you.


Hope you enjoyed.
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A couple nights ago, I dreamed that Lady Gaga died. Then, last night, I dreamed that it was all just a huge publicity stunt. The weirdest part isn't that I was dreaming about Gaga but that I could totally imagine her doing something like that in real life. Haha. Also weird is that I actually remembered because usually my dreams begin to fade shortly after I wake up until I can only remember the vaguest bits and pieces of them.

Anyway, I really wanted to talk about the new She & Him album here. I like to blabber on randomly about music I like here first because it makes it easier to write proper, better-articulated reviews for my music blog. So... I think the album is completely amazing. And I think I may have actually decided that it's better than Volume One which is something I didn't think I would be able to say. I adore that album so much that it's probably one of the few albums from a couple years ago that I still play regularly. Based on "In the Sun," which is cute and catchy but a little low on substance, I wasn't sure Volume Two would live up to that. But it totally does! I feel like Zooey's voice is much more confident and versatile on this record and her melodies are also more varied and less predictable - for example, I don't think she could have written a song like "Home" a few years ago because it's got so many interesting twists in melody. The only thing I feel is slightly downgraded here are the lyrics though they weren't exactly the strongest part of Volume One either so it's not really a problem for me. Overall, though, the album's got a much fuller and more self-assured sound to it. Volume One will always hold a special place in my heart but I can most definitely make room for Two as well.

As far as specific songs go... I love pretty much all of them. "Thieves" and "Lingering Still" I already knew were amazing from live performances and they transfer flawlessly to the studio, benefiting from an added layer of backing vocals from Zooey that aren't possible live. By the way, I think her real genius is in creating background vocal melodies and arrangements because typically I don't pay attention to them so much but hers are always so interesting and just as vital to the song as the main vocal line. "Don't Look Back" and "Over It Over Again" are two of my very favorites for this exact reason. Also, they're so much fun, like in "Don't Look Back" when her voice goes really low and then Matt kicks in with this surfer-esque guitar before the chorus and the adorable, shouted vocals in "Over It Over Again" which is just an adorable, terribly infectious song in general (just the opening piano melody and the way Zooey delivers the first line, "Why do I always wanna sock it to you hard?" already put a huge smile on my face). At this very moment, though, I'm all about "Ridin' in My Car". I'm generally kind of indifferent to covers, particularly when they're put on a proper full-length album, because I'd almost always rather hear another original song instead. That's how I felt about the covers on One; I do like them quite a bit but, if pressed, I would have to admit they're the weakest link for me. But both covers here are completely brilliant and perfectly Zooey-fied. I can't get over how fucking amazing she sounds on "Ridin' in My Car" - as much as I don't have a problem (as many people seem to) with Zooey's cutesy, more affected vocals, I love this song mostly because it's completely devoid of them; she just sounds so clear and effortless and flawless and perfect. Her backing vocals during Matt's verses make me melt they're so lovely. I enjoy the slower, more sparse songs - "Me and You," "Brand New Shoes" - for similar reasons. The instrumentation is pulled back and her vocals just shine and sound so natural and pure and full of emotion in a really subtle way. Also, the closer, "If You Can't Sleep," is just Zooey singing the lyrics over layers of her wordless harmonizing and is basically divine. I really love "Sing" too even though the line about watching Cribs is kind of cringe-worthy; it's just got a really gorgeous, understated yet memorable quality to it. Basically, yes, the whole thing is great. Even the bonus tracks are great! The iTunes bonus, "I Knew It Would Happen That Way," is a perfect two minutes of beautiful, melancholy vintage pop and the b-side to "In the Sun," a cover of "I Can Hear Music," is so sunny and joyous and lovely. Everything is lovely lovely lovely. I have such a girl crush on Zooey is basically what all of this rambling amounts to.
stillonmystring: (gaga ooh la la)

Those shoes make my feet hurt just looking at them, Jesus Christ. I'm not feeling this yellow hair phase she's going through right now and I'm not really into her makeup lately either (it makes her look kind of old and harsh) but I just love her ridiculous style. It's far more interesting than the rest of the standard red carpet dresses anyway. That first dress is kick-ass.

Besides Godga, the Grammys were boring as shit. She was the first to perform and I knew it was going to go all downhill from there but for some reason, I watched the entire show anyway. I'm a masochist, apparently. Most of the performances were so bad, OMG. Black Eyed Peas. Jamie Foxx. Blech. And I can't believe that both of them are actually Grammy winners (I think I actually hate that fucking "Blame It" song more than any BEP songs now that I think about it) - not that being a Grammy winner actually means much these days but whatev, it still makes me want to vomit. The only other performance that impressed me was Pink. Beyonce was a hot mess. As usual. PRAISE GODGA.

Also, this is the cutest thing ever, okay?

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Umm... yeah. I just had to get that out. Because it's basically the most kick ass name-dropping pseudo-rap ever, yes/yes?

In other news, there's this Amy Adams movie coming out called Leap Year about this girl who goes to Ireland to propose to her boyfriend because of some leap year tradition or some such nonsense BUT, of course, along the way, she falls in love with the scruffy Irishman who is giving her a lift there and then she's all CONFLICTED AND SUCH. Anyway, I've seen the trailer for it so many times now and the only thing I think every time is a. does the world really need another predictably sappy romantic comedy and b. I don't think I know the actor playing that Irishman but he looks SO FAMILIAR and he is actually kind of adorable in a rugged way. So then... a couple days ago, I'm reading Entertainment Weekly and there's a review and it mentions Matthew Goode and I'm like, "WAIT, WUT?!? CHARLES RYDER IS THE SCRUFFY IRISHMAN?!?" because he was seriously the last person I would've thought of. I mean, after I found that out and I saw the trailer again, I could kinda sorta see that it was him but he seems SO DIFFERENT all scruffed up and with an Irish accent. Anyway, that served no point except to say that I was shocked. And I'm still not seeing the movie. No matter how adorably messy he looks. (And I actually haven't found him very good-looking at all before this so... yeah.)

Well, now that we're on the subject of actors who played in Brideshead Revisited and all, BEN! OMG, Bright Star is coming out on DVD in a couple weeks and I am SO EXCITED to finally be able to see it! I don't even care whether I like it or not; I kind of just want to own it because it's got the Ben (I did this same thing with I'm Not There a few weeks ago; granted, I bought it because it was the two-disc edition for only ten dollars and I do enjoy the movie but IT WAS MOSTLY FOR THE WHISHAW, OKAY?). So if I can find it in a store as soon as it's released I think I'm just going to grab that bad boy up right then and there.

Okay, now I have to go do something productive. Like work on writing reviews for my 2009 list (which is halfway done, along with other good songs from the year, here!). Or watch Adam, which I just got from Netflix and have been anxious to see ever since I saw the trailer before (500) Days of Summer even though I've heard that it's kind of Lifetime-esque. Or, you know, play Sims or sit around and waste time doing nothing. You know me.
stillonmystring: (gaga ooh la la)
THE FUCK. Why must 1997 continue to torture me by continuing to put out really good music but also continuing the really annoying trend of inner band turmoil?!? URGH. Between the amount of members they and Lydia have lost over the past few years, it's like they're actually four bands instead of two, there's been so many of them. It doesn't annoy me so much with Lydia though because at least it's not main, essential band members they're losing. Well, except for Maria but Mindy is clearly a much better fit than she ever was. But with 1997, first it's having a different female vocalist for each album and now KEVIN?!? I at least thought I could count on Kevin to keep the sound of the band somewhat consistent! I mean, there's still Caleb but ugh... annoying. Now I must be hypnotized by the Gaga until she eases my pain. (I'm kind of obsessed with the sequence from "Paparazzi" depicted in this userpic - her look there is just so deliciously bizarre. Those Mickey Mouse ear sunglasses fascinate me!)
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Last time: Elliott decided she had finally healed enough from her husband's death to propose to her new gentleman caller, Lester. June and Caleb grew up into teens and Quinn became a child and the cute lives on! June also got her first kiss from a potential werewolf (ignoring the fact that I don't even have Pets so of course he's not a werewolf) she brought home from school with her. Caleb attempted to woo an adorable young lady he brought home from school but, unfortunately, she wasn't having any of that. And, finally, Gemma and Robbie passed. You two nuts and your non-existent parenting skills will be missed.

P.S. Not Sims-related but this is kind of kick ass:

That's pretty fucking sweet. I kind of love Lady Gaga and am not ashamed! Also, I love her even more now that I've seen her proclaim her love for Jenny Lewis and sing part of "With Arms Outstretched". FUCK YES!

However, the censoring on The Fame Monster is really ticking me off. "I'M A FREE BIT, BABY!" What's that, Gaga, which bit exactly are you referring to? Oh, right, it's supposed to be bitch but some stupid record label felt the need to protect the world's fragile ears from that naughty naughty word.


Dec. 8th, 2009 03:42 pm
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I have been posting way too much lately about absolutely nothing but SERIOUSLY. I JUST HAPPENED UPON THIS NEWS AND I THINK I AM SERIOUSLY HYPERVENTILATING HERE!!!

She & Him Announce Volume Two
When you name your first album Volume One, coming up with a title for your second album is fairly easy. And Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward are not about to ruin a good thing. She & Him's Volume Two is due March 23 on Merge.
The record contains 13 songs, including covers of NRBQ's peppy-but-sad "Ridin' in My Car" and 50s/60s country-pop starlet Skeeter Davis's "Gonna Get Along Without You". One of the new originals, "In the Sun", features guest vocals from indie-pop group Tilly and the Wall. In a recent interview, Zooey said a She & Him tour is also in the works for 2010.

Volume Two:

01 Thieves
02 In the Sun [ft. Tilly and the Wall]
03 Don't Look Back
04 Ridin' in My Car (NRBQ cover)
05 Lingering Still
06 Me and You
07 Gonna Get Along Without You (Skeeter Davis cover)
08 Home
09 I'm Gonna Make It Better
10 Sing
11 Over It Over Again
12 Brand New Shoes
13 If You Can't Sleep

EEEEEEEEE!!!! "LINGERING STILL"! I am most excited for that because I looooove it from live performances. And I'm guessing "Thieves" = "Thieves Among Us" which is another great new song they've already played several times. Also, TILLY AND THE WALL!!! THIS IS GOING TO BE EPIC!!!! I want it to be March right now. I seriously cannot wait. I guess I will have to make do (or is it due? do makes more sense to me) with Zooey's guest appearance on Bones Thursday night. I am excited for that too!

One more thing...


That is all. I just had to get that out of my system.


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