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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.


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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"And then I have a new [She & Him] record coming out in the spring. It's official. It's done and being released in the spring. And we're going to go on tour."

OMG OMG OMG HYPERVENTILATING OVER HERE! 2010 is going to be a kick ass year judging by the releases I already know are coming out. Of course, I don't really prescribe to the theory that a certain year is a "bad" year because it's always possible to find amazing music; you just have to be willing to search for it.

And this news seems to be a perfect opportunity to indulge in that Zooey picspam I promised awhile ago, yes?

Somehow, I managed to cull 500-some photos down into 24. I don't know how I managed that. It was very difficult.
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I am so excited to see laugh at New Moon. "You're the only reason for me to stay... alive." What is with that delivery, Pattinson?!? It truly baffles me how he and Kristen are so terrible in these movies yet they seem to be at least decent in several others. I like to entertain the idea that it is because they both hate playing Bella and Edward so much that they fuck it up on purpose. Also, I don't think Rob's American accent does him any favors either. So lots of awkward pauses and stuttering and CGI-ed shirtless Jacob. Should be a barrel of laughs!

In other news, I was thinking the other day about my end-of-the-year albums list for 2008 (since it's getting so close to the end of 2009 already - eek!) and, apart from the fact that I actually am not into a handful of them at all anymore (which always seems to happen - I prematurely label something as awesome and then decide it's not quite so awesome), I realized that the album from last year that's probably held up the best so far is She & Him which is kind of a surprisinging development. I rolled my eyes a bit when they were #1 on Paste's year-end list because I thought the album was good but not that good but now I understand it a little better. I still listen to that album all the time, way more than some of the ones I placed before it, like Who Killed Amanda Palmer and the like. And I think it's because the songs are so simple. There aren't any crazy embellishments to distract you from the fact that they might not be such great songs at their cores because they are great songs at their cores. The whole album just has a really classic, clean, refreshing sound to it even if it's not actually anything particularly groundbreaking. That and I could honestly listen to Zooey sing anything. <3 Now when is Volume Two and/or a new musical project with her hubby, Ben Gibbard???

Speaking of Zooey, she is going to be on an episode of Bones, I think next month. So excited! That show is kind of ridiculous and unrealistic but I love it (Dr. Sweets! Hodgins! The awkward sexual tension between Booth and Bones! What's not to love? Come on!). Though it's going to be kind of strange because she and Emily have practically the exact same voice. And on that note, I shall leave you with these beauties:

They both have the same exact eyes and I never realized before how tiny their pupils are! It's kind of frightening. Maybe that's the reason why Zooey's eyes always look so creepy/awesome.

UNF. Hottest celebrity siblings ever, yes/yes? I have way too many Zooey pictures on my computer for it to be healthy. And the saddest part is I obtained the majority of them in one day because I went through a sudden "MUST HAVE EVERY PHOTO IMAGINABLE" stage awhile back. I will have to share my favorites sometime. She is so unbelievably lovely.

Also, when is (500) Days of Summer coming out on DVD?!? I NEED TO SEE IT AGAIN!

Bye now.
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I wish Amy Millan wasn't so boring on her own. Love the girl's voice but, egads, is she bland without Stars to back her up. I thought Honey From the Tombs was pleasant enough - I never listen to it but at least I actually remember what a majority of the songs sound like - but this new album is so unmemorable I can't recall a single melody, seriously. The only song that had any sort of impact on me whatsoever was the Death Cab cover but a. she's been performing it live for years and b. I love that song in pretty much any form. And the worst part isn't even that she's so boring I hate it; it's that she's that middle-of-the-road kind of boring where I can't even muster up enough passion about it to actually hate it. It's very frustrating. New Stars album in 2010, yes? Please.

So I listened to this Pete Yorn/Scarlett Johansson collaboration that just came out (or is coming out? I don't even know anymore what's a leak and what isn't) because I'd seen a few people saying good things about it but really, I just wanted to actually hear what her singing voice sounds like since I never have. As it turns out, she sounds like a third-rate Zooey Deschanel. Seriously. It's almost eerie how it sounds like she's trying to imitate her. And, even though Zooey is a million times better, I might actually dig that if she actually made some interesting music to go along with it. But, yeah, this record is also bland - I fell asleep in the middle of it so it must be.

Sometimes albums have such beautiful covers that I feel like I should love the music because of that. And even if it's something that really doesn't fit my taste at all, I get majorly upset if this ends up not being the case. I thought of this because there's this one album cover that ever since I saw it a couple months ago I have not been able to get out of my head. It's this one:

It's Ayrton Senna by Delorean and I think it's fucking gorgeous. But apparently they make some kind of dance-y, heavily electronic music which I'm not usually into. But I'm going to listen to it anyway because I can no longer resist the cover's pull. And if I don't like it, I guess I'll just have to admire their amazing visual aesthetic.

Another one that comes to mind is Saturdays = Youth by M83.

I love that album cover so much and I'm not sure why - I think just because it's so vintage-y looking. But when I listened to it, I wasn't all that into it. However, I never really gave it that much of a chance, now that I think about it so I think I might give it another one of these days. I have too much other new music to get through right now though. Seriously. I have like ten albums still all zipped up because I refuse to open any more until I've evaluated the ones I already have. But I keep downloading them anyway! It's becoming a bit of a problem.

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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.

  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)
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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I got my Who Killed Amanda Palmer book today! Finally. I've only had a quick glance through the pictures but it is glorious. And grotesque. It is gloriously grotesque.

I'm seeing the Decemberists tomorrow. I'm not even all that excited about it, strangely. Though I know I will be once I'm actually there. I just hate that it takes so fucking long to get there. And also, the money. I hate money. I just spent almost everything I was trying to save for the concert on food today. Just food! Food can be ridiculously expensive. Also, I need to buy more books because none of the ones I have right now are looking very appealing to me. So I don't think I'm going to be buying anything at the show... unless it's like $5. Oh well. It's the experience that counts, blah blah blah, right?

I've been super busy lately. Which explains why I haven't been posting every other day. This is probably a good thing.

P.S. I watched this movie, Enduring Love, a few days ago because it's got BEN!!11!! in it. But he was only in it for a few minutes. Sadness. He looked adorable though. And it was an okay movie. The book's probably better though. I should read the book.

P.P.S. If all goes as planned, I think I am going to see (500) Days of Summer this weekend! I've been wanting to see it for weeks and it's finally come out as close to here as it's going to. ZOOEY! Also, I actually didn't really know all that much about this movie except that she was in it, so I watched a trailer the other day and ZOMG MY LOVER MATTHEW GRAY GUBLER IS IN IT!!!! How did I not know this? So I pretty much have to see it now.


Jun. 3rd, 2009 12:45 am
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  • New layout. Just 'cause. It annoys me that the sidebar is not the same color as the rest of the page but apparently that can't be changed easily. And I am far too lazy to actually put any effort into how this thing looks.
  • I didn't really care for most of the Dark Was the Night compilation (mostly because I don't really care for most of the artists on it) but My Brightest Diamond's cover of "Feeling Good" and Feist and Ben Gibbard's rendition of "Train Song" are my jams right now. When I listen to "Feeling Good", I can't help lip-syncing along while making dramatic faces and arm motions. It's that intense. It makes me want to be Shara Worden. I also do this to her two songs on The Hazards of Love. She's just so badass.
  • I'm also kind of obsessed with the new Mew song, "Introducing Palace Players" - it's a very interesting combination of weird and dance-y. Like, it's shifting time signatures all over the place and you've got this guy singing in a crazy high voice about God knows what but then it's so catchy. It makes me want to shake my booty excessively. In other words, totally hot. I didn't really like this band until I heard this song. But now I'm getting all into their other stuff too. Another new album to look forward to! Yay!
  • Aleks is leaving Los Campesinos! This makes me a sad girl. At least she is doing it not because of band tensions but because she wants to do the respectable thing and finish school. But still. Being in a rock band is so much cooler! In my opinion. Anyway, they are doing one more tour with her this summer but they are not coming here which makes me even sadder. But they have also apparently finished (or are finishing?) their next record which will still have her on it so I imagine they'll be releasing it soon-ish because it'd be a bit weird to put it out after a replacement has already taken over. They are so prolific. Three albums in less than two years? Craziness. I hope it's good.
  • One last bit of music-related blabber. Thank God I was bored and, since I have fallen back in love with her lately, just looked up Mandy Moore on Wikipedia. 'Cause it informed me that there is a special Target edition of her newest album with bonus tracks just like there was for Wild Hope. They are only demos of album tracks but still, any kind of extras make my day. And we are going shopping on Thursday. I can't wait. Mandy is my homegirl and the album is really growing on me. The end of "Fern Dell" is insane. Every time I listen to it, I just can't help thinking how happy I am she's broken out of the pop princess mold and become a legit artist. I feel like she's my baby and I've watched her grow up or something... probably because I used to own her teenybopper albums and I thought "Candy" was totally amazing back when it was first released. I was, like, ten then. Oh my God. That song is not appropriate for a ten-year-old to enjoy! It seems really sweet and innocent on the surface but it's kind of racy. So, anyway, yeah, I feel like I've kind of grown up with her. She's the only singer I listened to back in my horrible taste days that I don't feel embarrassed at all about still liking now. Oh wait, No Doubt too but they were always good; they just happened to be popular hence my listening to them back then.
  • Also about Mandy Moore, my sister and I watched Saved! a few days ago when we were bored and I forgot how much I love that movie. It's so fucking hilarious. And one of the only decent movies Mandy's been in, haha. I enjoy her music but I can't say that I enjoy most of her films. Anyway, yes, this movie is great. "I'm the father. I'm the boyfriend. I'm his boyfriend." Heh. That part always makes me crack up. And also, "I just ran my van into Jesus!"
  • Ugh. I really want to work on my story because I am so close to finishing it but I have not been in the writing zone at all lately. I feel like everything I attempt to write sucks complete ass. Even stuff I'm almost copying word-for-word from my notebook that I wrote ages ago. I'm just in a rut. And it's really annoying. I feel like the longer it takes, the less connection I'll have to these characters and the less enthusiastic I'll feel about finishing it. But I just can't do it! And it frustrates me so much.
  • I've also barely been reading anything lately. I'm in a rut there too. If I read too many books in a short period of time, I start to feel overwhelmed and worn out and just want to take a break for awhile. I did finish reading Eliot's collected poetry though so I think I'm going to start on something new soon. Once I get started, I'm usually fine and it's hard to pull myself away but it's the actual getting started that seems like so much work for me. I think I just look at my huge collection of unread books and get freaked out and don't know where to start and also I'm afraid I won't like something that I want to like, etc. Basically, these are all super lame reasons and I should just suck it up and start something.
  • I think our computer needs a new video card. Sometimes, the screen will randomly go black for no reason and today when I had to restart it after it did that, the error report said it had something to do with the video card. I don't know where to start with that really technical stuff though. Basic computer problems I can handle. Installing new hardware and deciding what to buy and all that shit is much scarier.
  • I really need to watch This Film Is Not Yet Rated. I moved it to the top of my Netflix queue after randomly reading the Wikipedia entry on the MPAA (Can you tell I get bored often and therefore end up looking up the most random shit ever? In this particular instance, I somehow went from J.D. Salinger to film ratings; not sure how that happened.) and now it's been sitting around for weeks because I'm not really interested in the topic anymore. But I would just feel wrong if I sent it back without watching it. I need to do it soon though so I can get the last disc of the first season of Dead Like Me since, for some retarded reason, the last few episodes aren't available on Netflix Instant.
  • Let's end things on another music note. I am so fucking pissed off about my Yeah Yeah Yeahs pre-order! This album came out more than two months ago and I still haven't gotten it. I emailed the company a couple weeks after the release date and they told me I had to wait until it had been four weeks for delivery even though I knew that if it hadn't gotten to me by then, it wasn't going to. Of course I was right so I contact them again last week or so and they claim they're sending a new copy. And if I don't get that one, I'm just going to give up and be out $20+ for no reason because I can't deal with it anymore. What sucks even more is that the only reason I purchased it from their website was because I thought the deluxe edition was exclusive to it but then I found out it's on Amazon for way cheaper and if I'd have ordered it from there I never would've had to deal with all this crap. Argh! It's so frustrating. I mean, it's not like I don't have the album downloaded but still, I want my physical copy, damn it!
  • I think that's all. Actually, I was out of things I specifically wanted to mention about five bullets ago but I kept thinking up more random stuff to waste my time talking about. But now I'm all dried up. So. Goodnight.
  • Edited to add: You know Zoeey Deschanel is awesome when she can turn an advert for cotton into a freakin' amazing song. Check it out. (The actual commercial is pretty damn cute too. I've been seeing it on TV every once in awhile. She's so adorable. <3) I've decided I would seriously be okay with it if she decided to quit acting and just do music. I mean, I like watching her act because she's so cute but it's not like she's a revelation of an actress or anything. I just want more pretty songs!
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This is as of... around midnight today. I know it's still a day until the new year but I figured my charts wouldn't be changing much within that time frame so I just said to hell with it and copied them all down now. So because I am a maniac here is basically every incarnation of my chart I could come up with:

Top 50 Artists )

Top 50 Songs )

Top 50 Songs (with only one appearance per artist) )

And fuck. This is JUST FUCKING FANTASTIC. I hate my life.

To take my mind off this monstrosity of a fuck-up (and the fact that I should be doing more productive things), here are some Sims pictures. If you want to see them all, just go to the gallery. I'm way too lazy to upload everything there and then post every single picture to this and I bet no one besides me looks at them anyway, so, yeah, it doesn't matter.

The Thompsons: A (Very) Brief History )

College begins... NOW! )

One more thing. This is fantastic:

I love Zooey. Why is that girl so amazing?


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