Friday, October 30, 2009

Sounds of Twin Peaks

I think I'm about 20 years late, but recently I have become OBSESSED with Twin Peaks. The first season is so good! I just love Agent Cooper and Sheriff Truman and Hawk and Lucy and Andy!!!! Phew...I need to calm down a little...If you don't know, Twin Peaks was a hit show in 1990 created by David Lynch and Mark Frost. It's about a murder of a popular, beautiful girl in a small town in Washington. FBI agent Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) is called in to help local law enforcement, and magic happens!

So anyhows, I'm not done with the series yet (I'm only about half way through season 2) but I have already downloaded the soundtrack for seasons 1 and 2 AND I AM HOOKED! Something about the music is just great! Everything is composed by Angelo Badalamenti, and it has an beautifully eerie sound that fits so well with the show.

One of my favorite things about Twin Peaks is the theme song. It makes me a little scared and a little excited, and it gets me in the mood for mystery! The music also fits the sort of bizarre atmosphere the show has. For example, Agent Cooper has dreams of a midget in a red room, and a giant that visits him and gives him clues. And everything he dreams out of the blue turns out to be true! And it's perfect!

I definitely recommend listening/downloading the soundtrack for Twin Peaks. It is one of the most relaxing things I've ever listened to. Every song fits with the others, but they are also distinct in their own ways. And the range is amazing! There are jazzy songs, and swing tunes, it's just great.

Recommended Tracks (song & album)

Just You -Season Two Music and More
High School Swing - Season Two Music and More
Love Theme Farewell - Season Two Music and More
Audrey's Dance - Twin Peaks
Falling - Twin Peaks

Monday, October 19, 2009

TEEN TUNES #4: The Beets

K so in August I went to a ~SeCrEt sHoW~ for the Virgins at Santo's Party House (which is owned by Andrew W.K, pretty cool huh?) and the opening band was THE BEETS. I'd heard of them before and ovbviously got the Doug reference, so I was intrigued.

Anyways at this concert my friends and I wiggled our way to the front row, so I got a pretty good look at these bros and I have to say they seem like a really fun trio. I bet they secretly (or maybe proudly) watch shows like The Golden Girls and laugh at all the right parts, while trying to decide which pokemon they are most like. This is all speculation though, and the only thing I can prove is that the lyrics in their song "The Devil" make me giggle and remind me of being 14.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Chanel Spring/Summer 2009

I don't really follow runway shows, but I just saw a video for Chanel Spring/Summer 2010, and it's absolutely the sweetest, most adorable thing I've seen in ages! It's a mix of the provincial peasant wear with the chic glittery touch of Karl Lagerfeld. Speaking of Karlos, has anyone noticed what a jokester he is?? The "Five o'CLOG" joke? PRICELESS. Of course, he's a total diva, but I would be too if I made something as amazing as this. Watch the video for more Lagerlols:

Here are some of my favorite looks from the show:

This is such a coincidence since I just saw "Coco Avant Chanel" at the lovely Paris Theatre in New York, which is right beside the Plaza Hotel. Audrey Tautou fit the role well, but I think it was a bit cheesy. And I'm sure there were more interesting things about her than the guys she dated, which was the focus of the movie. That's hot and all, but the whole nazi thing might have been more interesting than her boyf taking her on vacation. I would forgive everything if the House of Chanel sent me some of those dresses...please.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Never Mind the Buzzcocks

Oh God, I'm so embarrassed! I've been such a bad blogger! I don't know what I did to deserve such a beautiful sister who's put up with me and hasn't even called me and threatened me if I didn't do a blog post ASAP.

But let's move past that now. What I really came here to talk about is television. It must have been about 2 or 3 years ago that Isabel first introduced me to Never Mind the Buzzcocks. It's a British quiz show, the likes of which are not available in the U.S. There are two teams, and they answer pop culture questions for points. The actually game isn't as important as the witty jokes and smart remarks that are supplied by the team captains and the host. The 4 guests are usually in the music biz or professional comedians. It was love at first site for me (which really annoyed Isabel because I was being a little copy kitten)
I've seen a few episodes with the original host Mark Lamarr, but I really am a Simon Amstell loyalist. I know he's an "annoying twit" blah blah blah but he's HILARIOUS. I think people need a person like him in their lives, one that will say things that aren't necessarily popular, but are for the most part true and always funny. I wish I had a friend like him. I wish he was my friend.
Sadly, Simon has just left the show! And so has Bill Baily! (middle, right, respectively) The new series started on Thursday (October 1st) and I seriously almost cried. Phill Jupitus must be so lonely. He's the only person who's been on the show since its beginning in 1996!
I'd also like to point out that the team captain taking Bill's place is Noel Fielding of "The Mighty Boosh" fame, and he is 100 times funny on this than on Boosh. Trust me.

In honor of a whole new era in Never Mind the Buzzcocks, and the fact that I love lists, I've decided to share my favorite episodes. (These aren't really in any order other than which ones came to mind first)

1. The first episode I ever saw was with Amy Winehouse, and that one is a GEM. Amy must have been intoxicated, but it makes for a VERY good show. Simon seems especially funny in this one.
(watch it)

2. Mark Ronson, who I LOVE, has been on Never Mind the Buzzcocks twice. The first time he was a guest and Simon kept making fun of him for making Amy Winehouse a drug addict. It was funny, but Mark looked annoyed the whole time.(watch it) However, the second time he was in much better spirits as a guest host! (watch it!) I recommend them both, but definitely see the second one! He just seems like such a cool cat.

3. Ricky Wilson of the Kaiser Chiefs was a guest host after the release of their first album. This episode is also great because of Ryan Jarman from The Cribs, who claims he invented Live 8! (watch it)

4. A lot of Americans have been on the show, and I think they do it partly because they know (almost) no one in America will see it. That's my guess as to why DAVID CROSS!!!! was on it, but sure am glad he was! This is a star studded episode with JERMAINE JACKSON!! That man has such an amazing speaking voice. I could listen to him talk all day long. (watch it)

5. Another great one features Donny Tourette, who is in some band or another (I think it's called Towers of London...something like that.) He basically looks like a major douchebag the whole show, but it's great. (watch it)

6. Does anyone here watch Skins? Well, Nick Hoult (major cutie) was on Never Mind the Buzzcocks! Nick isn't especially funny in this episode, but it's still a great one! (watch it)

7. I really like Lily Allen because she's not afraid to say how she feels. I also like her cover of Womanizer. I don't really know what else to say about this other than it was goood. (watch it)

8. I'm not the biggest Kate Nash fan, but this is a great episode. Matthew Horne, who I hadn't heard of before, and Martin Freeman of The Office (the original) make this a hilarious one! (watch it)

9. I used to LOVE Flight of the Conchords, but I haven't actually seen it in a while. Anyways, Kristen Schaal is a guest on this episode, and she's pretty funny. Noel Fielding is a guest captain, and he is absolutely fantastic! There's a great part where him and Simon have what I can only describe as a nonsense fight. It's a must see! (watch it)

I actually don't have a number 10 because I am dedicated to excellence, not mediocrity.

Best collage ever:

Christiane F

If you like romantic comedies or have ever even seen any of the "scary movie" series, then you probably won't like "Christiane F". It's the story of a 14 year old living in the heart of Berlin who gets caught up in the world of heroin and new wave discoteques. LOL AMIRITE? wrong.
Based on a true story, Christiane F made me sick to my stomach with its realistic portrayal of quitting heroin and hustling. Seriously, if any of you are thinking of dropping out of college or quitting your lame job to be a professional drug addict, watch this. I don't have a problem with y'all dressing like Christiane because I'm sure someone on the interwebs has done a blog post about her cute jeans and heels with socks but just don't do H!!

P.S. Sophie, this girl is only a year younger than you!! I hate to embarrass you on the internet but if i ever see you trying to cop some heroin on the 1 train i WILL NOT hesitate to tell mom!!