Sunday, January 18, 2009

why we love barack obama

for reals, y'all.
happy inauguration 

Sunday, January 04, 2009

teen creeps

I've tried to hold it back. Cobrasnake, 10/31/08 

top of 2008

Some things that made 2008 for me. Maybe you too? 
  • the new Frank Gehry-designed Art Gallery of Ontario. Hometown architect makes good: that wood spiral Baroque Stair alone is enough, but the entire building reminds me of the way the behemoth redwoods appear to physically inhale and exhale on the West Coast. Not to mention Rubens' Massacre of the Innocents or anything else that actually lives inside. 
  • MGMT's Oracular Spectacular. "Time to Pretend" was practically inescapable this year, but I recommend listening to "Kids" at high volume at sunset in a sweaty apartment in mid-August. Make pad thai afterwards, and always, always share your beer. 
  • The National's "Fake Empire" playing at Obama's victory rally in Chicago. As the world waited for the man himself to appear, news cameras circled the crowd finding tear-jerker shots of Jesse Jackson, Oprah and random white people, this Brooklyn band's 2007 anthem played with a promo video called "Signs of Hope". Perhaps Obama's shout-out to the PBR-drinkers across America who gave him the election? Or maybe America just elected a president who likes good music (he is basically the first presidential candidate to use a Springsteen song when it was actually cool to do so) and some insight into the magic lyrics can carry. "Tiptoe through our shiny city/ with our diamond slippers on/ Do our gay ballet on ice/ bluebirds on our shoulders/ We're half awake in a fake empire." Either way, hearing it on CNN was das unheimliche or whatever.'s death rattle was heard by no one. 
  • Martha Wainwright's I Know You're Married, But I've Got Feelings Too. This album is a heart-stopper and a head-turner. You know this album is bad for you, but you have to be near it because it makes you feel so alive. 
  • Maybe it's just me--in fact, I'm quite sure it's just me, but nothing says "Great in '08" like that sexy sumo wrestler ad for the Subaru Forester, with Electric Six's "Danger High Voltage" in the background. 

Friday, January 02, 2009

current pressing concerns

  •  social ettiquette for end-of-year lists--and those who insist on referring to them as "listicles"
  • whatever got Europe's "Final Countdown" stuck in my head
  • discomfort with the appearance of something called "Shanghai Noodles"
  • Humphrey Bogart never once says "Play it again, Sam," in the film Casablanca
  • a missing pair of yellow polar-fleece mittens. If you've seen them, please post below as they were my warmest pair
  • the fact that Chris Lyon always ruins all our fun with his crap-ass music
  • a fortune cookie that read "Your tongue is your ambassador"
  • the fact that lists of any kind don't count as writing