10.15.2010

Random Shit Fridays


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I give you my new fall jam, which was actually given to ME by the wondrous app that is SHAZAM. You just hold up your phone to a song that is playing and it tells you what it is. No more hearing this song on the radio constantly and not knowing what it is! Sweet! (And you will also note the amount of non-hipster facial hair of the majority of the band members–SWEETER!)

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And who DOESN’T want to watch a cat play Duck Hunt?

 

Things I Live For: Starbucks  instant coffee

Quote of the Day: “Ain’t it just like the night to play tricks when you’re trying to be so quiet– we sit here stranded though we all do our best to deny it.” –Bob Dylan

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There are many versions of songs that I like the cover of better than the original.  Is this sacriligious?  Or does it have something to do with my absolute love of cover songs?  I mean, I could be at any show in the world, and if any band plays any song that is not originally theirs, I will likely go nuts. 

So here’s a list of covers I like better than the original (also note, you must have heard the original in order to like the cover better.  Obvious right?  Well, when I was out at college in Ithaca some loser at the paper wrote an article about how Rusted Root had covered Jimi Hendrix’s “All Along the Watchtower” at a concert on campus the night before.  Needless to say, I raged and wrote a strongly worded letter to the editor.  Which I think is still online if you google my name). 

ANYWAY:

Phish’s “Loving Cup” always beats The Stones version.

Further, Phish’s “Cities” is on my iPod, while the Talking Heads version is not.  Nor will it ever be.

I dig me some John Prine, but “Angel From Montgomery” will always belong to Dave Matthews in my mind.

Now, this might be really bad–I love Joaquin Phoenix’s “Cry, Cry, Cry” way better than J.R. Cash’s.

And some songs whose covers absolutely blow dogs:

“A” for effort Eric Clapton, but “I Shot the Sheriff” belongs not in the hands of a Brit, but in the hands of a black dreadlocked man named Bob Marley

The Counting Crows absolutely ruined Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi.”

The Byrd’s “My Back Pages” isn’t really that bad but it’s hard to outdo Bobby D on this one…

Are there any cover songs you like better than the originals?

Pet Peeve of the Day: See paragraph two above.

Quote of the Day: “It took a world of trouble, it took a world of tears, yeah it took a long time to get back here.” –Tom Petty

Bonus quote since we’re talking music: “She comes back to tell me she’s gone,
As if I didn’t know that, as if I didn’t know my own bed, as if I’d never noticed, the way she brushed her hair from her forehead, and she said losing love is like a window in your heart, Everybody sees you’re blown apart, Everybody sees the wind blow.” –Paul Simon

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I didn’t know who this Justin Bieber guy was but from what I understood, he was taking over the world.  So imagine my surprise this past weekend, watching Saturday Night Live, when I saw Justin Bieber for the first time.

Really?  This kid?  At first I was like, oh he’s a cute little innocent kid, I can see why young girls would like him.  Kinda like a Jonas Brothers thing I guess, non-threatening if you will.  But then he started busting out some “dance moves” and “rap.”  Whoa Justin Bieber, whoa.  I thought his whole act was part of the comedy sketching (and actually part of it was, and that was kinda funny).  But when it came time for him to hit the stage to “sing” (which is apparently what he does for a living…) it got weird.

You are not black.  You have not hit puberty.  You are not a rapper.  You are not a dancer.  You are not American. (That’s right, I Wikipedia-ed his ass and found out he was *gasp-but-not-in-a-shocked-way* Canadian!)

So cut the crap Bieber.  And cut your bangs. 

Someone please give this kid a fucking promise ring and put him back in his place.

Things I Live For: Professors who don’t have some sort of personal vendetta against me

Quote of the Day: “She’s got everything she needs, she’s an artist, she don’t look back. She can take the dark out of the nighttime and paint the daytime black.” — Bob Dylan

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Apparently there is some big to-do about the new Erykah Badu video “Window Seat.”  Well I watched it and after the first few seconds knew what the buzz was about– real parking meters still exist?  The ones that take coins?  And celebrities actually pay them?  Yeah right Erykah Badu, it’s gonna take more than that to shock me!

And while we’re at it… same to you Ricky Martin.

Things I Live For: Easter lilies

Quote of the Day: “Keep your eyes wide – the chance won’t come again.” –Bob Dylan

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By now we all know I am not down with movies.  I don’t watch them, I haven’t seen them, and I can only quote Tommy Boy or Will Ferrell movies.  But as a loyal Oscars watcher (for the fashion, duh) I am usually forced to learn a little about what movies have been popular in the last year.  Not that I like to follow the popular opinion, but asking if people know what cow-tipping is at cocktail parties kind of limits my scope of conversation.

So I found out about this movie Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire.  It seemed like a story I would like: moving, adolescent struggles, courage, blah blah.  And so I found it on OnDemand and watched it.  Except it turns out I already saw this movie.  In 1995.  When it was called “Dangerous Minds.”

A well-meaning teacher relates to the struggles of inner-city kids and helps them flourish.  Sorry Sapphire, but this has been done before.  And done better ala Michelle Pfeiffer. 

I get that weaving in incest is meant to make Precious more compelling, but really it didn’t.  And did anyone else have trouble understanding what the fuck Precious was saying?  I felt like an 80 year old woman living next to a highway my volume was up so high.  And I still missed half the dialogue.  Not that it effected my understanding of the story.

I will say that Monique was pretty awesome and while I didn’t see any of the other movies in her Oscar category, I feel the correct choice was made.  Gabourey Sidibe as best actress?  A think even a nomination for her was a little far fetched. 

So the next time I want a heartwarming story, I’ll watch Dangerous Minds.  Because honestly, incest cannot hold a candle to a Dylan-Dylan contest.

Things I Live For: Movies made in the mid-90’s; ketchup popsicles

Quote of the Day: “I will not go down under the ground ‘Cause somebody tells me that death’s coming ’round – And I will not carry myself down to die – When I go to my grave, my head will be high.” –Bob Dylan

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