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Bowerbirds = Great! And very nice based on the 30 seconds it took me to buy their CD from them.


Have One on Me
Soft as Chalk
The Book of Right-On
Encore: Occident

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

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.
stillonmystring: (ahoy matey! (miranda))
OMG! I just found the most amazing animated Pushing Daisies mood theme set! It is brilliant. And I have a feeling I will just be picking random moods for each entry now just to see the adorable animations. So don't take them for the 100% truth of how I'm actually feeling because they probably won't be. Squeee! I am so excited!

Also, I am a dork and made a bunch of icons out of Newbury screencaps when I was bored the other night. The only problem is I don't have enough userpic slots to use all of them and I am too attached to my current ones to delete most of them. They embarrass me anyway. Kinda. But I wasted too much time making them to not use any.

stillonmystring: (mgg glee!)
I just made this awesome mix. There is no particular theme except that it is full of songs I've loved over the past couple of months. And it is awesome. Epic, really. The funny thing is I did most of the ordering of the songs in my head without even listening to them and it actually turned out surprisingly well that way. Are you ready for how mindblowing this tracklisting is?

  1. Neko Case and Her Boyfriends - Furnace Room Lullaby
  2. Kristin Hersh - Beestung
  3. Dirty Projectors - Cannibal Resource
  4. Andrew Bird - Heretics
  5. Stars - Krush
  6. Regina Spektor - Machine
  7. Bright Eyes - Easy/Lucky/Free
  8. O+S - The Fox
  9. The Decemberists - Odalisque
  10. Margot & the Nuclear So and So's - Talking in Code
  11. Destry - Take Me
  12. Okkervil River - The Latest Toughs
  13. Joanna Newsom - Clam, Crab, Cockle, Cowrie
  14. Andrew Bird - Armchairs
  15. Camera Obscura - Away with Murder
  16. St. Vincent - The Party
  17. Mew - The Zookeeper's Boy
  18. Jeniferever - Opposites Attract

I know it's kind of taboo to include two songs by the same artist on a mix (not to mention the fact that they're both from the same album at that) but I couldn't help it. I love both of those songs and couldn't decide which one to leave out and they both fit so well. Anyway, yes, I am in love with it. And will listen to it a lot. And will most likely be posting the songs for download at[ profile] urgencytobleed soon.

In other news, I can't post anymore in my big "movies I've watched this year" post because of Livejournal's stupid size limit. So I guess I'll just have to talk about the important ones in new entries after I watch them. So here are a few random thoughts on movies I've seen lately:

We were bored last Sunday and decided to go to the theater. There weren't many good movies playing so we decided on Year One, purely based on the fact that Michael Cera is in it. It was kind of a dumb movie - okay, a really dumb movie - and the laughs were predictable but it was still funny, in that mindless "I shouldn't be laughing at this because it's so stupid but I can't help it" way, though it could've been funnier. Michael Cera was the second best thing about it. The first best thing was David Cross. He's another one of those people who makes things that aren't even funny at all seem funny anyway and he was involved in all the best bits. Anyway, it was a good way to waste a boring Sunday regardless. I also bought the new Regina Spektor album. I don't even really like it all that much but I feel weird if I have all of an artist's albums and don't go out and buy the new one as soon as possible; I guess that's my obsessive-compulsive side showing - I can barely sleep right if I don't complete my collection right away. Okay, maybe that's a bit of an exaggeration, but still.

After finishing the book, I watched the 1962 version of Lolita since the newer adaptation of it is not available on Netflix and, shockingly, I enjoyed it a whole lot. Oh my God, Shannon liked a movie made in the sixties! This is very surprising news. I always write off older stuff as hard to enjoy because of the datedness in all categories: movies, music and, to a lesser extent, books (with books, my cut-off date is anything written before the 20th century; with everything else, I really have a hard time truly liking stuff made before the '90s - this is a bad generalization to make, I know, but I just hate listening to/watching stuff that hasn't aged very well). But anyway, I liked this movie a whole lot more than I thought I would. It was actually pretty funny and the acting was really good, so good that I didn't mind the changes made from the novel; for example, the character of Clare Quilty was given a much larger role in the film but the actor that played him was so hilarious that it was okay - plus I was totally confused (and didn't even remember who he was) when the huge reveal involving him was made at the end of the book so I think I liked it better that he was more present throughout. The only thing that bothered me was that everything - and I mean everything - involving Humbert and Lolita's romantic relationship was left up to the imagination. This can't really be helped because of the times the movie was made in but, still, because of the vagueness of that important piece of the story, the film didn't leave me feeling nearly as affected by the end as the novel did. Oh, I also didn't like the fact that Dolores was called Lolita by everyone in the movie; in the book, only Humbert calls her that and it kind of encapsulates his whole obsession with "nymphets" into one nickname so it being used so openly in the movie totally waters down the meaning of it. I am trying to (with slow success; damn Rapidshare!) procure the 1997 version so I can compare; apparently, that's closer to the book but less critically successful. So I will be watching that sometime in the hopefully near future.

Also, I just watched Milk for the first time a few days ago and, oh my goodness, it was so good and so depressing but kind of uplifting at the same time. And the acting was all super amazing as well. And on a totally shallow note, there were so many pretty men in this movie that it was kind of overwhelming. It was a very nice movie to look at. As well as being very well-done.

With that in mind, here's my cute boy of the day:

(That was actually the exact picture I was looking for and it was the first result on Google. So adorable.)

Also I posted this picture the other day but it was hidden behind a cut and if I'm mentioning cute boys, I have to put this out in the open for everyone and anyone to see because it is the cutest thing evarrrrrrrr. Seriously.

I love my Ben, I do, I do. Okay, bye for now.

stillonmystring: (bright star)
But I must post about Mr. Whishaw again. You see, ever since I watched that interview I posted a link to in the last entry (which was randomly recommended to me on the front page of Youtube and I couldn't believe I had never seen), I've been back in obsessive mode in regards to him. It's frightening, really. I discovered this lovely fansite which has a fantastic gallery that is responsible for my folder of saved pictures being much larger now than it was a few days ago.

Anyway, this post is mainly for me to gush over how freaking adorable he looked at the Cannes Film Festival. I'm a little behind because it was actually more than a month ago now but whatever. He looked positively squishable. And the hair. Oh my goodness, the hair! He always has such awesome/terrible hair that looks like he just rolled out of bed. It's like Robert Pattinson's hair but better. Because Whishaw > Pattinson. Obviously. It's so obvious I shouldn't have even needed to say it.

I'm LJ-cutting this because there are many pictures and much gushing. Enter at your own risk. )

Oh wait. I found these while perusing posts about Bright Star on ONTD and they are fucking hysterical.

LOL LOL LOL. My favorite part is the variation on Annabel Lee: "A pimp there lived that you may know by the name of GQ MOTHERFUCKER." Oh my God. They're retarded. But hilarious.

Now I'm really out!


Jun. 24th, 2009 11:26 pm
stillonmystring: (creepy but somehow hot as hell ben)
Oh my God. How adorable is this?!? (It won't let me embed, damn it.) I can't believe I haven't seen it before. It just made me smile like an idiot. He is so shy and awkward and cute. <3 And I love that he seems to be the male version of a crazy cat lady. Awesome.

That is all.


May. 21st, 2009 05:30 pm
stillonmystring: (olive squeeeeee)
This is the most adorable thing ever.

I think she is seriously the cutest human being to ever exist. And this song sounds good. And the album version of "Blue Lips" is also growing on me (though the live performance from Jools Holland with just piano and strings is gorgeous and that should've been how it was recorded). Still hate "Laughing With" though. Two out of three so far isn't bad.

stillonmystring: (Default)
This guy is cute. )

Oh my God, Amazon is having a 3-for-4 sale on pretty much all of their books that are under $10. OM NOM NOM. Must resist buying ten thousand books. Though, actually, most of them appear to be shitty thrillers and romance novels and the like. I don't know - I got tired of browsing through all of them after the first thousand or so. But there are a few on my wishlist that qualify and yes, they'd probably still be cheaper if I bought them used, but I'm a sucker for things shiny and brand new. And I've been rather disappointed with some of my used book purchases lately and their supposed "very good" condition. (Gee, I wasn't aware that a tattered cover and someone's random scribbled musings on every single page warranted a "very good" - that's only one step away from "like new", after all.)

Because I don't already have enough books or anything.

stillonmystring: (Default)
So, as I mentioned, I saw Maria Taylor on Sunday night. I think I am sufficiently recovered enough from the fact that I didn't get home until 3:30(!) in the morning and just the general awesomeness of the show now to talk about it a bit.

First of all, the doors were supposed to open at nine (which is ridiculous by the way) and, being that things can never happen on time, didn't actually open until after nine-thirty. And it was pouring rain the entire time. So we sat in the car for more than an hour waiting because I didn't want to get wet. Fun times. Then the show probably didn't start until at least ten, probably later. The first opening act was some local girl whose name is spelled Hana and pronounced "henna" and her voice sounded almost exactly like The Hush Sound's Greta on Goodbye Blues, seriously. Anyway, she was alright but nothing special and only sang about five songs. Thank God because I wasn't expecting there to be more than one opener in the first place and I just wanted to see Maria!

So then it was time for the Whispertown 2000. I have to admit, I probably wouldn't have gone to this if they weren't opening because I love Maria but not quite enough to warrant driving six hours there and back for her alone - but since I love this band too it made the drive more worth it. And they were pretty fucking awesome. Morgan is so adorable and kept babbling incoherently about nothing in particular between songs. And she and Vanesa both sounded amazing. And Tod was hot. And on a less shallow note, played some really kickass guitar solos. And Casey... well, I didn't pay much attention to him during their set but he was rather amusing later on. So let's see, they played:

Lock and Key
Old Times
Erase the Lines
Pushing Oars
Ebb and Flow
Firecracker (new song)
Time Will Welcome Anything (new song)
From the Start/Jamboree

Roughly in that order. The middle few might be off a bit but the first and last three were in that order. Anyway, I was so excited for "Ebb and Flow" and "Erase the Lines" because they are my favorites on the new album and they didn't disappoint. And the two new songs were also fantastic. For the last two songs, Maria's band came onstage with them (they asked Maria to as well but she didn't sadly) and "From the Start/Jamboree" was especially fucking insanely awesome. They could've played one or two more songs from their first album but it was great anyway.


So then I decided to buy merch between their set and Maria's. Maria had an extremely disappointing t-shirt selection: one was just grey and said Maria Taylor in a really boring font on the front, another was some bland color I don't remember exactly and said Savannah Drive in the same font as on the EP, and the third had a little tiny bird on the front and said Maria Taylor on the back (grey again). I didn't really like any of them but I wanted to support her so I got the third one because at least it had some sort of picture on it and I hate shirts that are only text. She also had button packs. Which I should have gotten but didn't. And I also got a Whispertown t-shirt and Swim. And guess what? I had them sign it! Which was exciting.

The uber-cute message in red is from Morgan; I have no idea if that little squiggly line is supposed to be her signature but if it is, whoa, that does not even form letters. The big thank you is from Vanesa (who is so pretty, by the way). And the one on Casey's head is Casey (duh) which is actually legible if it wasn't written on top of the picture. Tod was onstage setting up for Maria because he played with her too. I guess I could've found him at the end and had him sign it but, whatever, I was tired and ready to go home. (He was so sexy, though, oh my God. In fact, Maria's entire band was really good-looking. I was trying to focus only on Maria but between her hot keyboard player [who also did most of the background vocals; I, of course, would have preferred Andy LeMaster but this guy actually kinda sounded like him and did a good job on his parts anyway] and Tod it was very hard.) Anyway. Yeah, they were all super-nice and I couldn't think of much to say but it was cool anyway.

Maria came on while I was still talking to them so I kinda missed "Ladyluck" but that's okay because it's not one of my favorite songs. Despite the fact that I didn't get out on the floor until her first song was over, I was still pretty much on top of the stage. Seriously, there were not that many people there at all. The place definitely wasn't even close to capacity-full and it was kind of sad; I would've thought she'd draw a larger audience than that. It was also kind of cool for selfish reasons though because I got to be super-close and it wasn't all crammed and sweaty so that was nice. I really wish I had thought to bring a camera because I would've been able to get some pretty good pictures (even with my shitty photography skills).

Anyway, the music? Oh yeah, it was amazing, predictably. The songs sound so much more alive than they do on record. I mean, I love her records (well, sorta like Ladyluck) but they're really restrained and calm, even in the most upbeat or loudest parts. They were totally rocking live though. Especially "Xanax" - which was every bit as kickass as I was expecting it to be - and "Song Beneath the Song"; they closed with that one and everyone came up onstage and it was just one big jam session. Her voice also sounded flawless and much more commanding and intense than on the albums, especially on the songs from 11:11 and on the choruses of "Replay" which she got really into. A few songs into the set, Casey from Whispertown came over and stood at the side of the stage and he was being really obnoxious and loud between songs (not in an annoying way though; he was hilarious) and generally bugging Maria and she kept cracking up during the slow songs and having to start over. At one point, she made him go hide in the corner so that she could get through one without laughing. And then she said, "Casey actually doesn't drink if you can believe it" and at the end, when they all came up, he put his hat on her and it was super-cute. She also kept almost hitting her guitar player in the head which was funny. And talked about how the night before she and Morgan had decided that they were going to tour with each other forever because they loved it so much and then they drank so much that the show was terrible. And she was just generally extremely adorable. And also, she is really really tiny in person! Like Jenny Lewis levels of tiny. And sooooo beautiful. Anyway, setlist, not in order at all except the first three songs and the last song:

No Stars
Clean Getaway
Time Lapse Lifeline
Birmingham 1982
A Good Start
My Favorite Love
Cartoons and Forever Plans
Speak Easy
Song Beneath the Song

I think that's all. Which isn't very much. She wasn't on very long and she didn't do an encore. But other than the shortness of her set, it was perfect. Oh and also, she dedicated "Birmingham 1982" to Casey which was basically the most awkward thing ever because he was making lovey-dovey motions to her during the chorus and cracking her up. Then she said how she dedicated it to her sister once before and how that was even more awkward. So the drummer joked about her being from Alabama and incest and she was like, "I am from 'Bama" and it was so fucking cute. And doesn't make much sense when I try to explain it.

So then I waited around for awhile and ended up talking to her for about five seconds because she seemed in a hurry and it was already so late. I've kind of blacked out on everything I said but it wasn't much and basically amounted to "I love you so much! You were so good!" Stuff like that. But she was really nice and gave me a hug and signed my ticket stub (because that's all I had; I didn't think about having something for her to sign until that moment). So yay! And then we got out of there. And got home at 3:30. The End.


stillonmystring: (what adorable drunks)
This should be a regular occurrence, yes? Because I go a week or two without seeing him at all and I forget how much I love him. But then I am reminded and I get all fangirly again. This time it happened when I decided to check out his IMDB page to see if there had been any progress in his upcoming movies (BECAUSE I AM A STALKER) and I found out that a. he has another new one scheduled, excitement; b. he was apparently in the movie The International for less than ten seconds... yet I still have a strange desire to subject myself to it (I've heard it's terrible) for those few very brief seconds; c. he was nominated for a BAFTA for Criminal Justice, OMG, I hope he wins. Wait. Does this mean he'll be at the awards?!? And are they broadcasted on American television because if he is I NEED TO SEE IT!!! BBC America, maybe? I can't find any information about this but I kind of doubt it. But that would be amazing.

Anyway. The point of this is. I also ended up on the official site for Bright Star and found some hot pictures of him being all Keats-y and stuff.


And is this his handwriting?!? These were titled "Ben's Notes" so I think it is. ZOMG. He even has beautiful handwriting. (This sounds so creepy.)

Okay. I have this weird fetish for cigarettes. Like, I don't really enjoy being around someone who is smoking in real life but whenever I read about someone smoking in a book or see it in a movie or a photo or whatever I find it soooooo sexy. Like, unbelievably sexy. Case in point:


And this one from Brideshead which I've posted before but it's like my fave pic of him evarrrr!!!!

So adorable.

Here's one more (non-smoking) picture for good measure:


Edit: Oh my God, I was searching for him on Youtube and found a bunch of Twilight "dream cast" videos with him in them. PLEASE, KEEP MY BEN AWAY FROM THE TWILIGHT FRANCHISE! Though I highly doubt he would actually be in one of those movies even if he was offered a role. Because he seems to have very good taste. And would probably have a nervous breakdown if he was ever stalked to the extent that Robert Pattinson now is because he also seems very shy.



Feb. 27th, 2009 11:08 pm
stillonmystring: (mgg glee!)
So I got this really weird urge to be obsessive over Andy LeMaster today and I looked up all of the Bright Eyes albums on Wikipedia to see which songs he sang backing vocals on because I am nuts. AND WTF HE SINGS THE ENTIRE SECOND VERSE OF "THE CITY HAS SEX". HOW DID I NOT KNOW THIS?!? I mean, he sounds kind of different because the song's all angsty and stuff, but aahhhhh... I found this insanely exciting. I probably just didn't realize because it's been ages since I last listened to that song. Anyway. That's my awesome discovery of the day.

EDIT: ALSO "FOUR WINDS". CONOR + MARIA + ANDY HARMONIZING = EAR ORGASM. I've listened to this song seven billion times and never realized, though. But I guess most of those were before I really knew/cared about Andy. Though some random dude I've never seen before pretending to sing his part in the video = lame. I had to re-watch it just now to make sure he wasn't in it and I was pretty sure he wasn't, but was secretly hoping he would be. It would've made it so much better, you know?

Speaking of Andy, the new Maria Taylor album seems pretty good so far - I haven't listened to it much yet and it seems kind of boring at times, but this is nothing new with her - her music's never exactly been very energetic or exciting. But it sure is pretty. Is it wrong that my favorite songs are the ones that he sings BV on? God, I am so sad. But seriously. "It's Time" sort of sounds like a Now It's Overhead song on Valium and with Maria on lead vocals. And "Cartoons and Forever Plans" is basically the cutest thing ever. But the album needs more Andy. I know this is ridiculous to say because it's Maria's album but whatever. It's true. Really, though, Andy just needs to put out something new himself because his voice is like drugs to me, okay? NEED MOAR.

And oh yeah, the new Yeah Yeah Yeahs album is totally spectacular to me - like, genius if you want the truth. It's probably pissing off all the people who are like "MAKE ANOTHER FEVER TO TELL!!111!" but I think it could actually turn out to be my favorite of theirs. It is totally synthtastic which I adore. And it has no bad songs. There is one that I feel "meh" about but it's far from terrible. And two that I just think are "good". But 7/10 fucking spectacular songs is pretty impressive. I'm just blown away by it. And the production is fucking immense. There are so many layers.

God, this is already a really good year music-wise. Anyway, this was just to gush and go insane over my little discovery. So I'll stop before I sound like even more of a psycho.

oh my god.

Jan. 28th, 2009 11:33 am
stillonmystring: (mgg glee!)
I feel like all I ever do lately is gush over how adorable people are. I'm so shallow. But I'm going to do it some more anyway.

I'm running out of things to put here. )

P.S. Isn't this Matthew Gray Gubler icon that I found the cutest thing ever? Yes, it is. And now I'll stop going on about how adorable everything is and try not to post again until it's actually something of substance.


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