Friday, January 29, 2010

A TOUCH OF SASS



Happy Friday! It's been a crazy week, am I right? I don't know if it's the planetary alignment or what, but the universe has made just about everyone a little more surly.

Example #1 - When was the last time you saw a cover of Parade - the "magazine" that I'm pretty sure no one under the age of 60 reads - be so blatantly bitchy? Of COURSE she is, Parade. I think it's an unchallenged assumption that Jennifer Garner is sweeter than canned pie filling. It's almost as if their original headline was "Is Jennifer Garner Actually a Heinous Cunt?" but they had to spin it around as not to offend the elderly.



Example #2 - This one is just plain funny. This contractor/whatever I was driving behind a couple days ago decided to add an "I-405 SUCKS" decal to his truck. Nevermind that nowhere on the back has he listed his company's phone number, but the font is actually bigger than that of his 'specialties'. It's also worth noting (just for kicks) that I was nowhere near the 405. Way to stick it to Caltrans, buddy!

So here's to the end of the week, and the start of a much-needed weekend. Play hard 'n' safe, everyone!

Monday, January 25, 2010

MIX-N-MASH MONDAYS: 01.25.10



Welcome back everyone, to the 2nd edition of Mix-N-Mash Mondays! There was a lot of positive response to the kick-off last week, so thank you all for checking out the post and downloading.

Today I'm excited to present another great remix from Disposable Culture. Ke$ha appeared (seemingly out of nowhere) on the scene with her single 'TiK ToK'. I had heard the song in clubs a handful of times without knowing what it was, and this remix gives it a different, more lighthearted spin. But fear not - it's still 100% dancefoor-ready:


TiK ToK (Disposable Culture Remix)
Ke$ha
Editor's Note: This track has been removed by order of Ke$ha's people. Sorry, gang.

For those of you extra nerdy: Yes, I added Tik-Tok from Return to Oz to the artwork for the single. When I first saw the title of the song, I secretly wished that it was about "The Royal Army of Oz", but alas. At least now he's represented somehow. In the meantime - enjoy the track, and there's more coming your way next Monday!

Friday, January 22, 2010

FAME FOR THOUGHT



Oh, Lady GaGa. It's hard to imagine a time when she wasn't a supreme pop being. As the sensation goes worldwide (expanding beyond just the gays!), it's always fun to see what she'll do/say/wear next. It also doesn't hurt that she's creating some of the most consistently fun and brilliant pop music in quite a while. So what's next? Cookies, of course!

Two devoted and incredibly crafty fans decided to celebrate GaGa's greatest wardrobe hits - in the form of 24 icing-overload cookies. Below you'll find some highlights, as well as the real-life outfits that inspired them. Take a look at the entire gallery here.


Promo for 'The Fame Monster'


Performing 'Paparazzi' at the MTV Video Music Awards


The Classic Hooded Jumpsuit


Visiting the Andy Warhol Exposition in Paris


The Coat of Many Kermits


The Slim Jim-esque costume from the 'Bad Romance' video

Not only are these pretty genius, but they also look incredibly delicious. According to the bakers, they tried one "...and it just tasted like pure frosting." I for one would expect nothing less than sugar-shocked bliss from Lady GaGa-inspired confections. Happy Friday, everyone!

Monday, January 18, 2010

MIX-N-MASH MONDAYS



We all know that the beginning of the week can be a big-time downer. You've just enjoyed your weekend of debauchery, and now it's time to return to being a responsible member of society. In order to help ease the transition, I'm thrilled to introduce you to a new weekly column: Mix-N-Mash Mondays!

Every Monday, stop by Zip and a Kick! for the perfect way to help jump start your week: Music! (You weren't expecting hair of the dog, were you?) Each week, Mix-N-Mash Mondays will be here to supply you with a brand-spankin' new remix or mash-up for your (free) downloading pleasure.

This new addition to the site is brought to you by my genius friend Disposable Culture. He's the mastermind behind the tracks you'll be hearing. Some Mondays you'll get remixes of chart-toppers, other Mondays you'll get mash-ups of modern and/or classic cuts. All for your listening (not to mention dancing) enjoyment!

To kick off the first Mix-N-Mash Monday in style, Disposable Culture's got a great remix and mash-up for you:


Carry Out (Disposable Culture Remix)
Timbaland featuring Justin Timberlake
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Bad Romance Triangle
(Bad Romance + Bizarre Love Triangle)
Lady GaGa vs. New Order
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I hope you like what you hear as much as I do, and please feel free to comment away. Disposable Culture will be back next week with another track to help you get through the week. Mix-N-Mash Mondays are just getting started!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

DADDY ISSUES



Happy 2010, everyone! Last year was definitely a wild ride, but none so much as these first couple weeks of the new decade (the NYE long weekend felt like a Summer-long bender). Now with the holidays behind us, it's time to look forward to what 2010 will bring us...and sadly, something in particular that it won't. Far be it from me to start things off on a sour note, but in this instance - attention must be paid.

If you're not already familiar, here's the backstory. In November, Mattel announced a new Barbie line aimed at collectors (aka not kids). Among the handful of dolls was one of the most incredible things I've ever seen - Palm Beach Sugar Daddy Ken. I mean, SERIOUSLY. Oh my fucking god. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but in this case I think Mattel's official description manages just fine:
"Cool sophistication in breezy Palm Beach! Sporting a dashing jacquard-patterned jacket with a light pink polo shirt and crisp white pants, Ken doll is ready for Palm Beach social season, sunning by the pool and a stroll with his little companion. Fashion designed exclusively for the Silkstone Barbie doll body. Includes Ken doll, jacket, pink polo shirt, white shoes, dog with leash, swim trunks and accessories, doll stand and Certificate of Authenticity. For the adult collector."


As you can imagine, once the internet got a hold of this...well, it was every blogger for himself. While the comments ran the gamut, people were mostly just in awe. Sarcastic, snarky awe - but awe nonetheless. Perhaps aware (finally) of the reaction to this $70 punchline, Mattel tried to give Ken a makeover...in name only. Instead, he would be called Palm Beach Sugar's Daddy Ken. Remember the "little companion" they mentioned in the item description? Turns out it wasn't a thinly-veiled reference to Ken's boy toy. It's his dog - given the name "Sugar". I had to suspend my disbelief too, don't worry.


Tragically, the internet buzz never died down. And no one really stepped up in defense of the gayest Ken doll ever. Which is why, without any fanfare, PBSDK was removed from the production schedule. It's truly a shame that Mattel didn't want to go forward with it, but I suppose I can understand the controversy. So RIP, Palm Beach Sugar Daddy Ken - you'll live on in our hearts...and also our laughter.