Tuesday, December 22, 2009

THE EMPIRE TRADES BACK



It appears that not only are the holidays nearly upon us, but also the apocalypse. Today Darth Vader, a cadre of Stormtroopers and the illogically-grouped R2-D2 descended upon the New York Stock Exchange to ring the opening bell. One can only assume that the shouting of traders on the floor was eclipsed only by the ominous snickering of George Lucas, sitting somewhere getting richer.

It's worth noting that this was not to commemorate anything in particular, but rather to simply "celebrate the lasting appeal of the Star Wars saga." This comes on the heels of yesterday's YouTube sensation - a fanboy evisceration of The Phantom Menace (and all its riveting Republic trade drama) told in 7 parts. Set aside 70 minutes and start here.



But really, can we please try to keep the Dark Side out of our already unstable stock market? I don't think it's really sending the right message to have the business day opened by one of pop culture's most gleaming incarnations of oppression and misery. Just sayin'.

Of course it wouldn't be the first time someone completely unqualified rang that damn bell. I'm looking directly at you, Carrie Bradshaw:



In closing - file this under "As if the economy couldn't get much worse" and then go invest in Lando's Cloud City mining colony. You'll thank me later!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

GREY SKIES ARE SMILING



Few things in this world make me happier than coming across new music. And thanks to one of my favorite bands, The Dandy Warhols, I recently discovered a handsome fellow named Logan Lynn. I don't think I've listened to an album on repeat for a while (previous records include Air's Talkie Walkie and Beck's Guero), and this one definitely fits the bill. Since it's difficult to place Lynn in any one musical genre, I'll give you my interpretation: It's ElectroFolk you can dance to.



Signed to the DW's Beat The World Records, fellow homogay Logan Lynn released his album From Pillar To Post digitally in September and officially in November. Lynn's third studio album evokes the sound and feeling of his native Portland, creating a moody-pop masterpiece that hits all the sweet spots. Effortlessly melodic vocals are supported and enhanced with keyboards, synthesizers, and haunting-yet-comforting ambient sounds. It's especially evident on the stellar tracks, "Feed Me To The Wolves" and "Bottom Your Way To The Top". Here's the video for the latter, for your viewing pleasure:



Ready for more? From Pillar To Post is now available on iTunes, as well as at Logan Lynn's website (where download packages also include 2 Remix EPs for a very reasonable price...hint, hint). You can also get friendly on Facebook, Twitter, and Dlist (hehe).


In a year of so much good music, I'm happy to go on record in saying that Lynn's first release for Beat The World is a transcendent, electronic dream - and one of the best albums of 2009.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

FIRST LADY, FIRST FIGURE



Say what you will about President Obama's recent political decisions - it doesn't change the fact that his better half is still one sassy, stylin' First Lady. Now Jailbreak Toys is celebrating this American truth by bestowing her with their highest honor: The Michelle Obama Action Figure. Here's what Jailbreak had to say:
"Just like her namesake, the Michelle Obama Action Figure isn't simply a female counterpart to Barack. She's her own lady with her own attitude. The focus here is on style and grace, mixed with strength, smarts and a healthy dose of fashion. The figure is easily modified so we can keep up with her latest look."

This was one of the most ridiculous/exciting things to make its way into my work inbox today, I won't lie. THREE DIFFERENT OUTFITS, PEOPLE.

Election Night (top left), Democratic Nomination Acceptance (top center) or "Surviving the crazy bitches of The View" (top right). No matter which you choose, your life is gonna get a lot more glamorous with a plastic Michelle by your side. Get 'em at the links above...then go forth and create your own wacky, fist-bumping First Lady adventures!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

THE GREAT & POWERFUL OZ



Lessons Learned:
The Wizard of Oz 70th Anniversary
Screening @ The Cinerama Dome
Edition

1. The restoration/remastering on this print was clearly done by the Wizard himself. Absolutely STUNNING.

2.
The Lollipop Guild is
still creepy, even after 70 years.

3.
The Scarecrow is ready to defend Dorothy and friends...with a handgun?!? How did I never notice this?


4.
"Click Your Heels" is actually a misnomer. Glinda tells Dorothy to "tap" her heels together three times.


5.
I want to open a bar and name it 'The Wash & Brush-Up Company'.


6.
You could really get away with degrading little people back in the day. Did you know that Toto got paid more per week than any of the Munchkins?


7.
Technicolor is still a gift from Movie Heaven.


8.
Amazingly, the Cowardly Lion is actually gayer
before he gets that darling red bow in his hair.

9.
Glinda must hot-box her pink bubble, 'cause she spends the entire film high as a kite...completely unconcerned with all the potentially dangerous goings-on around her.


10.
There's no place like home...and home is where you make it.