30.4.08

I never sleep, 'cause sleep is the cousin of death

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The week has been filled with lots of sleepless nights (mornings) and headaches. My room is the messiest it's been with piles of clothes and papers and take-out foam boxes all around. Ahh, the pleasures of finals week. But even with two big finals tomorrow, there's still time for muzak!

I've gone through most of this week listening to Enter the Wu-Tang repeatedly (with my hood up, of course). But when it gets too hot, I've been putting the hood down and getting my dance on - bringing me to our featured artist...

SANTOGOLD is the perfect balance of M.I.A. (who has worked on Santogold's album) and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O. Think Kala plus Show Your Bones. The Philidelphia native has been named Artist to Watch in 2008 by Rolling Stone, Spin, and BBC. (If the British love her, she much be good)! As an added bonus, like Lily Allen and Amy Winehouse, she's worked with Mark Ronson on his album, Version. Her debut album dropped yesterday and should definitely be given a listen. Inspired by pop music rather than R&B, Santogold makes a point to say she's "not like Ciara" or "other brown girls." And after Ciara came to Syracuse last year, I say hoorah to that.



Santogold - L.E.S. Artistes

Santogold - Creator

Mark Ronson - Pretty Green (ft. Santogold)

Some other tunes that will make you shake yo tail feather:

Robyn - Cobrasnake (Teddybears cover)

Beck - Hell Yes

Theophilus London - JAM!

Theophilus London - BLINDFOLDED (preview)

24.4.08

She & Him Aim for Cred


Last night on Conan O'Brien, She & Him showed up with Yo La Tengo as their backing band. Even though M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel's new project tries to avoid the stigma of 'actor turned musician' according to their interview in New York Times, there will always be comparisons to other actor's bands. Who could forget Keanu Reeve's band Dogstar? Exactly. Although M. Ward was quoted as saying “As long as people are listening to the songs first and not getting too caught up with who is making the songs, I’m happy,” it can't hurt to get a little more boost in the cred department by having indie rock favorites Yo La Tengo as their back up band.

Now that their album Volume One is successful, (it sold more copies than the debut of labelmates Arcade Fire) they can sleep a little easier knowing that they no longer have to worry about what the hipsters think.
Scarlett Johansson should be so lucky with her album of Tom Waits covers produced by TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek.

I find their songs a little flat and missing something that could be something great. M. Ward's folky, unique style mixed with the jazzy voice we heard from Zooey in Elf could be so much more interesting than what came out of their collaboration. The performance is a little awkward; Zooey seems terrified of the stage (ironic, huh?) But not to worry, M's sweets licks are sure to make up for it.

Don't forget to check them out on Craig Ferguson on CBS tonight.



She & Him - Why Do You Let Me Stay Here

Buy Volume One from Amazon, out now on Merge.

The Wackness

Whether it's to relive 1994 or see Mary-Kate Olsen in dreads, I recommend going to see The Wackness this summer, a coming-of-age comedy set in the year of hip-hop. No, I wasn't at Sundance this year (or any year), nor am I best friends with director Jon Levine, but watching the recently released trailer and viewing the awesome website is enough to know --- this is going to be solid.

One of the biggest reasons to go see The Wackness is its cast, starring Josh Peck (who I love) of Nickelodeon's Drake and Josh, legendary Sir Ben Kingsley, Olivia Thirby from Juno, Famke Janssen of the X-men trilogy, Aaron Yoo from Disturbia, half of Michelle Tanner and fashion icon Mary-Kate Olsen, and oh yeah... M.E.T.H.O.D. MAN.



If that doesn't catch you, maybe the plot line [about a disturbed high schooler and pot dealer, who trades weed for therapy sessions with a psychiatrist, where both mature - from boy to man and man to boy] will.

Or how about the fact that the film is set in the summer of 1994, when hip hop was reborn with Nas dropping Illmatic, Snoop dropping Doggystyle, and none other than the great Wu-Tang Clan bringing Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) to the [turn]table. And ps. Biggie and Tupac were still tight.

If none of those reasons seem to be good enough for you, I hope you enjoy watching some top quality Kung Fu Panda or Speed Racer this summer.

As for me, you can find me on July 3rd in line for The Wackness.








A Tribe Called Quest - Oh My God

Snoop Dogg - Gin and Juice

Wu-Tang Clan - C.R.E.A.M.

23.4.08

Pop!

It's been a week since our last post, and we do apologize. Interviews, projects, and papers have been controlling our lives for the past week, and it's not even hell week yet! (My hell week includes four final exams and two presentations in a total of three days). For those of you who attend Syracuse University with your favorite bloggers, you can particularly understand what I'm talking about and how hard it is to motivate yourself these last few weeks before year's end, while the beautiful sun (that has only come out a total of 5 days before this week) is begging you to come outside and play frisbee. That was a long sentence.

Lucky for us 'Cusers, we have MAYFEST! -a day of joy and celebration, procrastination and inebriation. Mayfest is a Tuesday in April, where Syracuse gives their students a day off from classes. And how do we respond to this? With a block party (with 38 participating houses) and a Fergie/Sean Kingston concert, of course. The annual block party was amazing, with a some thousands of students hanging out on the lawns of random houses along the sunny Euclid Ave.




Wait - so what is this post actually about? Spring fashion and a POP! of color, inspired by every single girl at the block party yesterday dressed in bright and vivid colors, bringing us out of a cloudy seven months in Syracuse. To see what I wore, head over to The Stitch Society, an awesome on-campus street fashion blog at Syracuse. (I was told my picture would be up by the end of today). This past season, it's been all about dark and deep colors: black, charcoal, plum, black, navy, and even more black. Looks have started out chic like paris, but have come to be dark and gloomy like Syracuse. How can you take the dark and bring it into spring and summer? CONTRAST and a POP of color! Nothing is more refreshing than adding something bright and fun to a dark outfit.

Milan's Etro does this best in their Spring 2008 collection.



To accomplish this look, try a fluorescent dress with black heels and a black cardigan. Or try a dark top with shocking bright pants. My favorite color combination is charcoal grey and neon green/yellow. If you don't want to invest in a bright dress or pair of pants, thinking you'll toss 'em in the fall, a cheaper and muted alternative is bright accessories! Adding a brightly colored bracelet, ring, belt, scarf, or pair of earrings shades or shoes will add a little kick and edginess to your outfit and transform it from winter to spring.

Speaking of POP!, I can't deny my love for Hugh Grant in the catchy PoP! Goes My Heart from Music & Lyrics. His 80's hip shakes will totally make you swoon.

16.4.08

Ryan Adams, You're Crazy, but I Love Ya.


So recently, Ryan Adams has been blogging up a storm. In addition to his website where you can play games, listen to all his albums and live recordings, read his novel in progress, and listen to every one of his alter-egos, his now-defunct Youtube page, and plenty of other crazy ramblings, he now has his own blog. I have a feeling that it will soon be gone much like all of his other internet ventures.

Check out his blog where he denies dating Winona Ryder and Alanis Morisette, and tells everyone how much he hates country music. There seem to be several break-up messages to his blog, so I'd get over there quick before it's gone. Ryan even wrote a song about his blog to all the people who call it bipolar. His blog's name is Foggy, in case you were wondering.

Ryan Adams - My Blog Foggy

15.4.08

Sweden!


Whether you're about to hit the club, have a picnic, or go out back and milk your cow, heidi braids may work for you. Personally, I enjoy wearing them while harvesting cucumbers, but you can wear them whenever you want.

In the past year, braids (especially these milkmaid braids) have been showing up on the locks of celebrities like Siena Miller, Mary-Kate Olsen, and on the runways of last fall's Bottega Veneta and Givency. However, you don't need to be an a-lister or professional hair stylist to pull it off. These braids are in fact simple to do. For a quick tutorial, watch WhoWhatWearDaily TV.

If your hair is too short for the double milkmaid braids, there are other options that look just as amazing. You can try bringing a couple small hidden braids into a messy bun or a thicker braid to define a side part with beachy waves.



After all this talk about braids, how could Braid, the band, go unmentioned? Although it'd be pretty sweet if Braid was the surname of a Swedish yodeller and wearer of heidi braids, they are still pretty sweet. Braid was a pioneer of 90's second wave emo. The Chicago based band managed to write these great songs before breaking up into Hey Mercedes.

Braid - New Nathan Detroits

Braid - A Dozen Roses

Braid - Do You Love Coffee

Hey Mercedes - The Frowning of a Lifetime

Hey Mercedes - A-List Actor

11.4.08

You better not be wearing brown nylons while reading this.



This is something I had talked about earlier, but I felt it was worth repeating because this is an issue that is near and dear to my heart.

I don't know if I'm alone in this, but I think brown nylons are awful. Unless you're a secretary over the age of 60, you should never wear hose! I see girls that wear them, and they look like some sort of muppet with there fuzzy legs. If there worn with open toe shoes, just sign up for the old age home right now. There is never an occasion or outfit that requires you to wear nylons. Maybe, maybe if you have really bruised discolored legs, then they would be alright in a very sheer style EXACTLY the same shade as your skin, and ONLY with closed toe shoes. Even when hose is worn with pants and shoes, it seriously ages you. It is never that cold that you can't go without socks, they don't even give you that much extra warmth! The only person I have ever seen that pulled off nylons perfectly was my high school A.P. English teacher, Ms. Hague, and it was because she was amazingly classy with awesome style, and hers matched her skin tone absolutely perfectly. The only reason I knew she wore them (because she NEVER wore them with open toed shoes) was when she took her shoes off to demonstrate a ballet move. And, oh yeah, she was 65!

So, in conclusion, PLEASE don't wear hose, and if you do, you BETTER make sure no one can tell!

10.4.08

Justice Clothing Line


Electro house, dance-punk French music duo Justice are set to realese a clothing line with Surface to Air. Gaspard Augé and Xavier de Rosnay (Justice) met Surface to Air when they directed the duo's video for We Are Your Friends.




The pair will release a limited edition series of 3 jackets, and 2 jeans, conceived and designed by Justice for Surface To Air. With a very exclusive distribution, the line will be available beginning June at the following locations: Surface To Air Paris, Surface To Air Brazil, Colette, Barneys, Lane Crawford, Isetan, Le Bon Marché, Paris Texas, Asylum, Le Shop, Incu.

Read more about the line at Fashion Windows.

8.4.08

Good Tunage

After a days rest from this blog, I believe it is time again to share more music. Get pumped!

Our first track is from giant indie pop artist, Death Cab for Cutie. Who doesn't love some Ben Gibbard, whether it's in the form or Death Cab or the Postal Service? I Will Possess Your Heart gives us a taste of their new album, Narrow Stairs, being released in May of this year. There was a rumor that it was leaked, but was it true?

Death Cab for Cutie - I Will Possess Your Heart



Also in the indie pop realm of heavenly music is The Submarines from LA. You may have heard them during an episode of Nip/Tuck or Weeds. (I love Weeds)! The Submarines is Sixpense None the Richer meets The Cardigans. They are also my new favorite band of the week! Listen to Sub Symphonika on their myspace page.

The Submarines - You Me and the Bourgeoisie



With light tapping and a two note guitar line, Lykke Li sings Dance Dance Dance with her Stockholm accent. She was featured on Stereogum as Artist To Watch last October.

Lykke Li - Dance Dance Dance



From London comes another artist I'm totally obsessed with. Emmy the Great. I'm not sure if it's her soothing British voice or the fact that she was born in Hong Kong, but I can't stop watching the youtube Black Cab Session of Emma-Lee Moss singing Two Steps Forward.

Emmy the Great - Where Is My Mind



Last is something to get your shoulders shimmyin and booty shakin. All the way from Bretagne, France, Yelle brings the synth and beats. Yelle was one of MTV's featured artists.

Yelle - Ce Jeu (Rogerseventytwo bounce remix)



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6.4.08

She'll change your life.

So last night at 3:30am, after an eventful night and a pie of thin crust pineapple pizza, I thought it'd be a wonderful idea to come back to my room and pop in a movie. Because afterall.... who sleeps before 6am? pshhhh. Amelie had been sitting on the floor for about three weeks, racking up late fees on my credit card bill. (Blockbuster charged me over $100 recently for unreturned movies and videogames, no joke).

Nominated for five academy awards in 2001, the French film starring Audrey Tautou definitely lived up to the hype. It's a quirky and fun film about a shy Amelie Poulain, who decides to secretly fix other people's lives while her own life suffers with isolation. For a better synopsis, go here. If you love trippy but heart-warming movies about Parisian life, Amelie will not let you down.

5.4.08

Music Time

So I thought I would throw in my two cents about the songs I am obsessed with this week.

First off, is a song from Crystal Castles. They're a Toronto-based electronica duo. I first heard this song when they performed on the UK series Skins. It's so catchy that if you put it on at your next party it will instantly become a turbo dance party.

Crystal Castles - Alice Practice

Buy Crystal Castles from Amazon, out now on Last Gang Records.

Next, I've been obsessed with the new solo material from Pedro the Lion's David Bazan. After Pedro the Lion parted ways in 2005, Bazan began recording under his own name. His new songs sound similar to Pedro, and they have the same intriguing story lines and sound just as awesome. I'm a huge Pedro the Lion fan, so I was reluctant to hear his new songs at first, but let me tell you, they are just as amazing. Here is a song about Pedro's break-up, and make sure to check out his Daytrotter session.

David Bazan - Fewer Broken Pieces

Buy Fewer Moving Parts EP from Amazon, out now on Eat My Flesh, Drink My Blood.

Sass and Bide

If you're fashion savvy, you may know Sass and Bide as the high-fashion label by Australian designers Sarah-Jane Clarke and Heidi Middleton. But most people know Sass and Bide as the featured ready-to-wear womens line in the latest episode of The Hills. Okay. If you're a girl, and you claim you don't watch The Hills, you're totally lying to yourself. You totally love watching the on and off love affair between Lauren and Brody, and you can't wait to see how much more ridiculous and gross Heidi will look in the next episode.

Last week, Whitney, now a part of People's Revolution [avant garde fashion PR giant], worked with Sarah and Heidi in styling the fashion show. And after browsing through every Fall 2008 line on Style.com, it just so happens to be my absolutely favorite line for next season.

Sass and Bide incorporates black and white with a pop of red, aqua, and gold, mixing classic combination and fun edgyness. The shimmery black leather leggings are my favorite of the collection and will be on my wish list. (not that I could ever afford it anyway).




My sin's not quite seven

So I guess I'll start this off with two songs that I am completely obsessed with. (I can't speak for Gina).

Justice's D.A.N.C.E. [1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - Fight!] has been a favorite of mine for months, but I'm starting to need a break from the electronica and high pitched voices. Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly switches it up with an acoustic version of the VMA Video of the Year nominated song that will still make you get up and shake yo booty.

Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly - D.A.N.C.E. (Justice)

Imagine walking through an abandoned park on a cool summer evening, surrounded with eerie willows, and swaying shadows. This beautiful mysterious song by the Danish duo, The Raveonettes, transports you to another world with "I fell out of heaven, to be with you in hell."

The Raveonettes - Lust



I hope you will have these two on repeat as I have.

4.4.08

And so it begins...

Gentlemen and gentlewomen:

We host a radio show on Fridays 1-4pm streamed on werw.org. We are two sweet college kids from Syracuse. We tell you what's up and what's not up. what we're obsessed with and not obsessed with. We are Propagation Reverberation. (and we are not so sure what that even means).