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Gabbing About The Grammy’s

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LL Cool Grammys

The Grammy’s are coming up, our favorite opportunity to feel out of touch with the zeitgeist/more in touch with what’s cool than our parents. LL Cool J’s hosting this year, which pretty much sums up the Grammy’s: maybe great in the past, now just a CBS procedural star in a bad hat. Who will win a shiny thing? Let’s see:

Record Of The Year

  • “Lonely Boy” – The Black Keys
  • “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” – Kelly Clarkson
  • “We Are Young” – Fun. featuring Janelle Monáe
  • “Somebody That I Used to Know” – Gotye Featuring Kimbra
  • “Thinkin Bout You” – Frank Ocean
  • “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” – Taylor Swift

Funny how Frank Ocean made it into the mainstream here. I don’t mean the sexuality thing, though I guess that’s notable, but a guy who got his start with Odd Future is now a Grammy performer. Also a famous person. I wonder how he thinks of Tyler et. al., if he still finds the rape jokes funny or if he’s too Jay-Z for that now.

I’ll admit I was kind of meh about Nostalgia, Ultra, when it first came, and deleted it from my iTunes fairly quickly. As such, it took me a while to get around to Channel Orange, but it should win a whole bunch of awards.

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February 7, 2013 at 4:54 pm

Art And International Organizations And The Internet Are Weird Things

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Earlier this summer the Korean pop star Psy released a video for his song “Gangnam Style,” which has since become  a global internet phenomenon and meme. The original video has over 531 million views on YouTube.  It’s a guy doing a funny dance in funny clothes and, except for “Hey sexy lady,” speaking in a foreign language just non-English enough to be fun and charming and bizarre and non-threatening. So it’s not much of a surprise that sports mascots and other musicians soon got in on the joke.

But then so did Ai Weiwei, the renowned Chinese artist previously confined to prison and then house arrest. That’s his video at the top there. His is dubbed the “Grass Mud Horse-style” version, which refers to a pun on the absurdity government censorship that Ai has used before. His video also prominently features handcuffs, though I kind of understand that one without translation. Ai told the AP that he made the video as a reminder that, though everything is awful and the government is repressive, “every morning we have the opportunity to give others something to laugh about. Laughter is important.”

And when Psy made a stop at the United Nations to pose for a photo op with Secretary General (and fellow Korean) Ban Ki-moon this week, he taught his dance to the world’s most famous diplomat. Ban asked the pop star to bring “U.N. style” to help unify the world around global warming, since “you are so cool.”

These are strange times, guys.

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October 25, 2012 at 3:07 pm

Pumpkin Beers Are The Worst But Oktoberfests Are Alright

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Pumpkin beers are the worst. Every year they are back again, and every year I flirt with desire for a sip. I like the taste at first. Pumpkin! But really more pumpkin pie that straight up pumpkin, which is even better! And beer! What a great combination. Plus, like a Shamrock Shake or Valentine’s Day candy hearts, most of the joy lies in the novelty that this is a limited-time-only beer, a once-a-year-for-three-weeks kind of beer. Act now!

But two sips in and I realize I just paid money for a sweet fake alcoholic cider monstrosity with a poorly drawn Jack-O- Lantern on the label. They don’t even taste like real beer. Pumpkin beers are the pumpkin spice chai latte of the alcohol world. And I just bought six of them.

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October 22, 2012 at 4:04 pm

My Favorite Part Is The Maybe

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“Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen is the number one song in America this week. It’s a pretty popular song, the song of the summer even, so you’ve probably heard it. Many times. It’s really everywhere you turn these days, not just the song itself but also the myriad cover version, lip-syncs, parody videos and variations on the theme. It’s a meme, really, in the way that only infectious pop songs can truly burrow into your skull and come out the other side dressed in jokes and referents all their own. Like it or not, every character, animal or sports team you have ever loved has now been used in a “Call Me Maybe” video.

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Finishing The Season Of Talking About Mad Men

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Julian: Hey did you watch Mad Men

Rose: I did!

Julian: Good! What did you think?

Rose: Some stuff about it made me happy, and very predictably, a lot made me sad. Though more in an existential way than say, a critical of television way.

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June 12, 2012 at 5:46 pm

Live-Blogging The Great Gatsby Trailer

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0:05 Wait, they’re using “Church In The Wild”? Didn’t that Denzel Washington movie already do that and now have a monopoly on using that song in movie trailers? Or is every film about overwhelmed men lost in the world (which is every movie every) now going to have that song, too?

0:09 Pretty sure that same shot is in every movie set in New York before 1950.

0:18 There is absolutely a zebra in that pool.

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May 24, 2012 at 2:28 pm

Coors Light Is One Of The Best Beers In Summer

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Summertime beers are my favorite beers. I like my alcohol cold and refreshing, not room temperature and oatmeal-esque, so stouts and porters aren’t up my alley. Pumpkin beers are a nice novelty but a little too sweet for an all-the-time drink. IPAs are good with certain foods (Indian, Mexican) but when you want to down a couple of cold ones, summertime beers are where it’s at.

Of those, Coors Light is at the top.

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May 23, 2012 at 5:45 pm