Sunday, March 29, 2009

silent hill, the dance.

Silent Hill, the game:

Silent Hill, the movie:

Silent Hill, the dance:

Thanks to Jord. Further reading on Butoh here.

"The body is the costume of the soul." - Kazuo Ohno

Monday, March 23, 2009

a musical note.

A fairly thorough music meme that I got tagged to do by Josh over at Five Best. Click the links for some of my favorite performances. C'MON AND DO IT

1. Who is your favorite band/musician?
The Drones

2. What was your first concert?
Hanson, VH1 Save the Music, 1996.

3. What was the first CD/album/8 track/tape you bought?
I was 13 I think, and I bought two CDs that day. Destiny's Child, The Writings on the Wall, and Filter, Title of Record.

4. Who would be the musicians in your “ultimate super group"?
Songwriter: Elvis Costello and Robyn Hitchcock
Singers: Cab Calloway, Debbie Harry and Timmy Taylor (R.I.P.)
Guitar: Gareth Liddiard and David Byrne
Drums: Keith Moon
Bass: Tina Weymouth
Keys: Jools Holland
...and they would be called Spleens A-Go-Go, courtesy of Robyn Hitchcock.

5. If you could meet any music celebrity, who would it be? Can be dead or alive.
I'd like to go to a museum with David Byrne, share a pint with Joe Strummer and spend the rest of the night doing lines with Jarvis Cocker.

6. If you could see any band/musician no longer playing, who would it be?
The Beatles @ The Cavern Club 1961, both Otis Redding and Jimi Hendrix @ Monterey Pop 1968, and Talking Heads (opening for The Ramones) @ CBGB 1975. Also Brainiac, any time, any place.

7. What is your favorite music movie/documentary?
Gotta be a tie between Monterey Pop and Stop Making Sense.

8. What band/musician/song is a guilty pleasure?
I'm not ashamed of any of the music I listen to, but if we're gonna split hairs, I'll say Limp Bizkit's Significant Other. I've also been known to sing along to Ashlee Simpson's "Outta My Head."

9. Have you ever named a child or a pet after a song, musician or musical reference?
Yeah, I named the family dog Devo.
10. What or who was an influence over your love of music?
My dad (The Beatles, The Beach Boys, The Verve Pipe, Michael Jackson, Joe Jackson, Pink Floyd, Squeeze, The B-52s, Peter Gabriel, Toad the Wet Sprocket, etc.)
My mom (Jethro Tull, R.E.M., Simon & Garfunkel, INXS, Andrea Bocelli, Mozart/Beethoven/Vivaldi, etc.)
My brothers (They Might Be Giants, Modest Mouse, Green Day, Kaiser Chiefs, Dire Straits, Treble Charger, Rush)
Melissa (Reel Big Fish, The Who)
Jordie (Parliament Funkadelic, Tom Waits)
Nathan (Brainiac, The Drones, Robyn Hitchcock, The Fall, Nick Cave, McLusky, John Zorn, John Cale, Sonic Youth, CAN, The Chromatics, Roy Orbison, Sun City Girls, The Pixies)
Shelly (Belle & Sebastian, New Order, Pere Ubu, Violent Femmes, Johnny Cash, Doo Rag, Yo La Tengo, The Knife, The Magnetic Fields, The Triffids, David Bowie)
Andy (Deerhoof, Crystal Castles, Elvis Costello, The Unicorns, M.I.A., Love is All, Big Dipper, The Fiery Furnaces, Chromeo, Hot Chip, Neon Neon, The Long Blondes, Girl Talk)
Alan (Lil Wayne, Wu-Tang Clan, "good rap", Duchess Says)
Boy-Sam (TV on the Radio, Thelonious Monk, Ween)
Jon Stromberg (The Modern Lovers)
Josh K. (Bob Dylan, The Band, Frank Zappa)

11. What is the best concert you have ever seen?
The Drones @ Union Hall, 2008.

12. Have you ever missed work/school because of music?
I'll be skipping class this week to see The Drones @ The Bell House. (i really dig them y'know)

13. Is the ringtone on your phone a music download? What is it?
"Shipping Up to Boston" by Dropkick Murphys, "Roxanne" by The Police, "Too Many Puppies" by Primus.

14. What was the last song you listened to?
"Finale" by The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo.

Friday, March 20, 2009

st. patrick's day 2009

It's Fashion Friday. I know what you're thinking: "Hey Sam, what didja do to doll yourself up this week?" Well I went as Hello Kitty, jackass.

On St. Patrick's, my girlfriends and I (i.e. "The Cocktail Quartet" according to every comedian that night) rocked the SWEET show @ the Slipper Room like we were with the band or something. One night prior, Lauren had used her Facebook skills to SWEETtalk host Seth Herzog into giving us front row seats, directly in front of this dude:

David "DJ-ed" the show, which translated to singing and playing keyboard in between sets from an old standards piano book. Upon being asked to select a song, naturally I said "Hungry Like the Wolf." GUESS WHAT HE TOTALLY PLAYED IT

I tried to seek David's advice, from one graduated film major to an almost-graduated film major, on how to get a movie made. He reluctantly answered me as he was writing a text, and his pearls of wisdom (more or less "write a script" and then "do everything you can to get it read") were nothing I'd never heard before, but when it came time for him to leave and he went around to each of us to ask us our names, it was my time to shine:

" and you're going to remember me some day."

Will he? Will he have no reason to? Am I an asshole either way? The answer is: I DON'T NO NEED ADVICE ON HOW TO GET A MOVIE MADE. All I need are some business cards. Anyway, I was drunk and the show was fun and so it was a successful St. Patty's, one that could surely only become more successful by being dragged (unwittingly) to a lesbian bar... but as far as you know there aren't any pictures.

Wednesday night we went to Bard to see Seth perform again, because I live like 40 minutes from the college and I was promised free booze. Guess what, Bard? PWND.

"Teacher's at this school are so racist. If anything goes wrong, if something goes missing they go 'Jonah must have fuckin' done some shit'." --Jonah Takalua

And then we played beerpong.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

a picture meme.

Kicking off Fashion Friday with a picture meme I liked at Metrobloggen.

a picture of you in your room.First day in Fort Awesome.

a picture of you very drunk.(Coming back from this guy's party.)

a picture of you on your birthday.21.

the youngest picture you can find of yourself in digital form.12.

a picture of you in one of your favorite outfits.
a picture of you pulling a face.
a picture of a night you regret.(Worst hangover of my life next day at KFC.)

a picture of you truly being yourself.
the most recent picture of you.
a picture of you looking ridiculous.Halloween '08.

a picture of you showing off a new haircut.
a picture of a time in your life that's over, and you wish it wasn't.
a picture of a time in your life that's over, and you couldn't be happier that it is.Summer of '07.

a picture of you when you were anything but happy.
a picture you had no idea was being taken.(Watching breakdancers on A. Lo's shoot.)

a picture of you when you were a different person than you are now.20.

a picture of you with someone you love.As extras in THE TEN.

a picture of how you'd like the world to see you.First party in Harlem.

a picture that describes how you'd like to spend every day.
a picture of a time when everything was changing.Purchase soundstage party.

a picture of one of the best nights of your life.

Friday, March 13, 2009

eric bana? he's me mate.

Actually I never liked Eric Bana in anything before I saw Chopper.

That's just a taste, though you can watch the whole shebang on Youtube. Don't do that though-- the color temperature is something to behold in better quality. Do watch the real "Chopper" Read giving a brutal description of when his earlobes were cut off in prison, because this guy's out of his mind and he probably won't be around for much longer (Hepatitis C).

This movie is rough. And funny. Mostly rough. God, Australia is so hard.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

dadaist bandmaking meme.

I generally make it a habit to ignore the many memes of the internet, but I gave this one a try and I'm adamant that this IS my future band and this IS my future band's transition* into the glam genre. This is Sergio Toppi.

* Transition meaning our coke abuse, indecent exposure on stage and affinity for cross-dressing/same-sex experimentation has finally become lucrative.

I like this meme because I actually can't sing or play any instruments, but it fuels my deluded fantasies of someday doing both these things and earning mad money and fame while I'm at it. The rules, then, are thusly:

1 - Go to Wikipedia. Hit "Random"
or click
The first random Wikipedia article you get is the name of your band.

2 - Go to "Random quotations"
or click
The last four or five words of the very last quote of the page is the title of your first album.

3 - Go to Flickr and click on “Explore the last seven days”
or click
Third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.

4 - Use Photoshop or similar to put it all together.

5 - Kill yourself for admitting to the world that this is what you do with your time.

Sergio Toppi's post-breakup follow-up: