entertainment tonight

Phew! Patrick Wolf is not reeeaaaaally quitting. He was kind of being a baby. To celebrate, let’s peruse through 400+ pictures of him. I swear, it’s not my photobucket account.

I just heard that Peter Andre died. Not sure if it’s true or not.

Legally Blonde is out on Broadway. Gimme a fucking break. Ugh.

I also heard that Larry David will be guest starring on Hannah Montana. Not sure if it’s true or not.

Coming soon: Ewan McGregor’s face, moles and all, will appear on a postage stamp. God bless America.

Courtney Love plans on selling Kurt Cobain’s belongings. There was never a time more than now that I wished there was an afterlife. So Kurt can haunt Courtney and scare the shit out of her.

This is hopeful X-Men sequel news:

Batman Begins writer David S. Goyer is setting his sights on another superhero property – he is directing the spin-off movie to the X-Men trilogy, Magneto. The movie will focus on the young Magneto, the villain of the X-Men pictures played by Gods and Monsters star Ian McKellen, and how he became mortal enemies with character Professor X, played by Star Trek: The Next Generation actor Patrick Stewart in the trilogy. The main characters in the spin-off will be played by actors in their twenties instead of the original cast. Goyer has previously worked on superhero movies Batman Begins and the Blade trilogy.

Well, batman Begins was one of the best comic-book-to-film movies ever, so it’s promising. BUT they need to cast a hunky Jewish boy as young Magneto. My votes? Adam Brody, Zac Efron. Gaspard Ulliel can play Professor X. I seriously should work as a casting agent. I am sure it is an easy field to break in to.

going through the motions

I’ve heard some new stuff and previews from upcoming albums from some of my beloved bands, and I’ll tell ya I’m not impressed. It’s like they are just going through the motions. It’s like some music school freshmen had an assignment to compose a song “in the style of” these artists. I mean, it sounds like them, but nothing is blowing me away. Of course, I still haven’t heard the whole album.

Queens of the Stone Age, “Era Vulgaris“. Ever since Josh Homme kicked out every member of the band, they haven’t been doing that great. Songs For the Deaf seemed to be their apex.

The White Stripes, “The Icky Thump“. Wow, Jack White screeching over a call-and-response guitar and drums sequence. The Stripes have NEVER written one of those. Truthfully, Get Behind Me Satan didn’t really rock my socks.

Interpol, “The Heinrich Maneuver“. Snoozefest.

And Sahara Hotnights, wtf? They are about to release their fourth album and it is purposely more pop???? Here we have an all-female band that up until now have created some fantastic post-indie-punk.  “If anyone matters it’s you“.

In other new-albums-from-my-favorite-bands news, the new BRMC, Shout Out Louds, and Calla albums are kicking my ass.  Exhibit A:

Calla, “Simone

BRMC, “Weapon of Choice

Shout Out Louds, “Tonight I Have to Leave It

I succumbed!

I’ve made purchases from American Apparel! You may have been lucky to accompany me at a time when I passed a store and went on my tirade- how they are just plain t-shirts but the marketing and the hipness factor has made them super expensive and super hispter-y. And how I could just buy the same thing at a thrift store. Well, there’s a little something called growing old. And that includes: enjoying elastic waist clothing. Okay, in the summer when it is really humid I can’t deal with buttons, zippers, and anything like that. Plus, I am sort of loosing weight, and buying sized clothing is a little bit of a gamble, although I don’t want to jinx anything. Something about pulling on a skirt, leggings, and t-shirt and being done with it is appealing. Since I no longer tie my shoes anymore either, it’s like I’m dressing like a two year old. But I am kee-razy about this skirt and these leggings. Although I am concerned about some of the porn-attire. And wtf is this? It’s like some marketing intern was asked to pose for some test shots and was scared to say no.

I know what you are thinking, but unfortunately, I did not have the guts (or the 37 bucks) to get these.

Some great cover songs I’ve been listening to lately

Ted Leo, “Dancing in the Dark” (Bruce Springsteen)

Grizzly Bear, “He Hit Me (and it Felt Like a Kiss)” (The Crystals)

The Killers, “Romeo and Juliet” (Dire Straits)

Fiona Apple, “Sally’s Song” (The Nightmare Before Christmas)

Damien Rice, “When Doves Cry” (Prince)

Bloc Party, “Say It Right” (Nelly Furtado)

List: best albums of 2007

I am going through withdrawal from no longer compiling my top 100 of 2000-2006, and there have been so many spectacular releases this year, even a quarter of the way through it. My end of the year list is gonna be hard. Also, notice how a majority of the best stuff* is from British bands.

The best so far:
BLONDE REDHEAD, 23
THE VEILS; Nux Vomica*
PATRICK WOLF, The Magic Position*
BLOC PARTY, A Weekend in the City*
THE VIEW; Hats Off to the Buskers*
TRAVIS, The Boy WIth No Name*
THE RAKES; Ten New Messages*
SHOUT OUT LOUDS; Our Ill Wills+
CALLA. Strenght in Numbers
FRATELLIS; Costello Music*
THE PONYS; Turn the Lights Out
AMY WINEHOUSE, Back in Black*
IDLEWILD; Make a New WOrld*
THE COMAS; Spells
THE NOISETTES; What Time Is it Mr. Wolf?*
TORI AMOS; American Doll Posse
NINE INCH NAILS, Year Zero
FALL OUT BOY; Infinity on High
BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB, Baby 81
MONSTERS ARE WAITING; Fascination

Ai’ght:
THE CONCRETS, Hey Trouble
THE NATIONAL; The Boxer
KLAXONS, Myths of the Near Future*
QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE; Era Vultaris
YOURCODENAMEIS:MILO; They Came From the Sun*
THE ACADEMY IS; Santi
THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE QUEEN, self-titled*
CUT CITY; Exit Decades+
THE DETROIT COBRAS; Tired and True
HANDSOME FURS; PLAGUE PARK
YOUNG LOVE, Too Young to Fight It
THE ACADEMY IS…, Santi
THE CLIENTELE, God Save the Clientele
RUFUS WAINWRIGHT, Release the Stars
PETER BJORN AND JOHN, Writer’s Block+
TRANS AM; Sex Change
MENOMENA; Friend and Foe
DEERHOOF; Friend Opportunity
APPLES IN STEREO, New Magnetic Wonder
ALKALINE TRIO, Remains
APPARAT; Walls

The overhyped, the overrated, and the bad:
THE HORRORS, Strangehouse
KINGS OF LEON; Because of the Times
MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA; I’m like a virgin losing a child*
FIELD MUSIC; Tones of Town
KAISER CHIEFS; Yours, truly, angry mob*
ARCADE FIRE; Neon Bible
GOOD CHARLOTTE; Good Morning Revival
AVRIL LAVIGNE; THe Best Damn Thing
BRIGHT EYES; Cassadaga
STARS; Do You Trust Your Friends?
THE ARCADE FIRE, Neon Bible
TED LEO & THE PHARMACISTS; Living with the Living
PANDA BEAR; Person Pitch
OF MONTREAL; Hissing Fauna, are You the Destroyer?
THE MOONEY SUZUKI; Have Mercy
MIKA; Life in Cartoon Motion
LCD SOUNDSYSTEN; Sounds of Silver
LOW, Drums and Guns
AS TALL AS LIONS; As Tall As Lions
BJORK; Volta
THE HIGHER; On FIre
CLAP YOUR HANDS SAY YEAH; Some Loud Thunder

some videos I am watching while I wait for my laundry

British rugby players discussing which players are the best looking. Exactly.

A cat that plays piano duets. Squeeee!

Bruno talks about post and pre-terrorism fashion. Never gets old.

Ok, this one in NOT entertaining. It is the trailer for I Now Pronounce you Chuck and Larry. It stands for everything I loathe. It plays off of violence and disgust of gays for comedy. Hahaha, two straight guys have to pretend to be gay. Hahahaha, when they have to kiss at the wedding, one punches the crap out of each other. Hahahahahaha. Jessica Biel doesn’t mind getting naked right away because the guys are gay. Hahahahaha. Everyone will laugh because the macho guys are forced to act feminine. Hahahahahaha. Everyone knows homophobia and violence towards gays are the way to sell tickets. Just ask Snickers. Oh, and the kicker- of course they use Mika’s “Grace Kelly” in the trailer, most likely because it sounds jaunty and “gay” and he sings in falsetto. I actually can’t believe Mika would allow his song to be used in such a disgusting display. The hell.

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Today’s Blue States Lose was pretty choice. Maybe going to check out 28 Weeks Later (Rose Byrne!) and then sneak into a showing of Next. Whoa it looks bad, but Michael Trucco apparently has a substantial part. Then attend an eight-year-old’s Hannah Montana-themed birthday party. Long story. Been listening to Mika’s “Relax, Take It Easy” all day and I don’t know why. I don’t even like it.

Anyone watching Shear Genius? I am loving it. Theodore was getting on my nerves. Take your Mormon corn rows and get the hell out of there. I really like this haircut done by Daisy. She did it with a boxcutter, I think I could probably do it myself.