Thursday, June 21, 2012

Novelty Treats: Alien Test Footage



Perhaps you're thinking "you know, I'd really prefer not to sleep tonight."  If that's the case, I have something you should definitely watch.  This is a cool little bit of test footage from Bolaj Badejo's screen tests as the Xenomorph in Alien.  That's him on the left, in a picture that's more of a disappointing reveal than the creeptastic bit of odd at play in the video below.  Badejo stood over 7 feet tall, and as he stalks the hallways in what appears to be an early latex stand-in of the actual head to the strange soundscapes edited into the film, he looks less like Giger's alien and much much more like something that would be haunting the basement on American Horror Story.  Yeah.  You're going to see that in your dreams.  Just wait.    

Friday, June 15, 2012

Seen & Heard: Best Coast, "The Only Place"

Best Coast was a sunny sounding band before, but this time around it seems they've gotten even sunnier.  "The Only Place" is a pitch perfect short summer track, and the LA love declared in the video will make you pine for a season of convertibles and beaches.  

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

6 Summer Pop Songs for Your 'Call Me Maybe' Playlist


Conversely, you may also choose to look at this short list as a brief selection of "things you can listen to that are not Carly Rae Jepsen that will chase the song out of your head when and if you ever grow tired of it."  I came around to "Call Me Maybe" awhile ago after initially giving it a chilly, meh reception, but the more I hear it the more I'm starting to hear Kelly Clarkson and something about that strikes a return to the bland note for me.  The string hit just doesn't bring it hard enough in the energy department, and thus, though much of my listening lately has been largely pure punk, random 80's business (Bad Brains, X-Ray Spex, Strawberry Switchblade, Husker Du), Sleigh Bells, and, oddly, Metallica's "Orion" (I don't know how that happened, actually), I AM HERE TO BRING YOU OTHER NEWISH POP THINGS YOU MAY BE RECEPTIVE TO NOW THAT YOU'RE FEELING THE POPTIMISM.  Here they are:

1. ICONA POP, "I LOVE IT" 
It's Swedish, brash, loud, and perfect for jumping about. Embrace it.

2. RYE RYE, "BOOM BOOM" 
Yes, it uses that Venga Boys song.  You'll just have to deal with the sugar rush, ok?  Enjoy it while it lasts.


3. CATCALL, "THE WORLD IS OURS" 
Unlike Rye Rye, Catcall toes the line between respectably indie and radio-friendly big sound pop.  It has count chanting and guitars and talk of love and being true and all of the stuff that you secretly like a lot.

4. LITTLE BOOTS, "HEADPHONES"  
Little Boots is back, and while I have absolutely no idea what's going on with her hair in this video, I suspect you may get the chorus hooked into your brain just a little bit, yeah?

5. OH MY!, "DIRTY DANCER" 
 I've featured this before as a song that at first seems like no big deal and then somehow becomes gains a weird musical charisma the more you recall its big, Patrick Swayze-filled chorus.

6. ONE DIRECTION, "WHAT MAKES YOU BEAUTIFUL"
This list needed a taste of the boy band resurgence, right?  I'm not saying I like it, but, uh, you know, you might since you like "Call Me Maybe" so much and stuff.  This went over at the last wedding I attended like gangbusters, yo.

Seen & Heard: Die Antwoord, "Baby's on Fire"

I, too, am very glad that this song isn't an Eno cover.  I'm also very glad that this video accompaniment goes in a completely different direction than the vaguely menacing "I Fink U Freeky"  Watching Ninja play Yolandi's overprotective big brother is far more amusing than one might expect, and the color scheme is so vehemently opposed to anything I'd typically relate with the group that somehow it works all the better.  This is a super-fun, super-pink, semi-Chapelle piece of luxury trash.  It's glorious.  Approve.

Brought to you by the letters A.Z.E.A.L.I.A.

With your keen powers of observation, you may have Sherlocked that I haven't been around these parts in awhile.  Re-posting with limited commentary began to feel trivial, like a tumblr or pinterest without any of my own ideas.  I'm a writer, dammit, if I put something on the internet I want it to actually represent an active thought process (btw: my 'real real' super-active blog is (as always) Love & Squalor).  Of course, as summer has now officially begun, I'm running into more and more bits of random neat stuff, pop jams, and things that no one cares about when I post on my Facebook wall.  So, TA DA, bitches: we're resurrecting this shit.  The final trigger?  The single art for the Azealia Banks track "Aquababe."  I'm in love with it.  Everything about this screams 'I AM A THING INSPIRED BY OUR MUTUAL CHILDHOOD'.  It's the plastic pastel image of a million cartoons and every flowy hair toy lusted after by little girls across America.  It's got the Proustian power to evoke the smell of scented Barbie dolls and the feel of the molded, textured rubber on all those mermaid figures.  This is the most happy making thing I've seen this week (apart from Prometheus, which I will discuss soon on the aforementioned other blog).  As for the song itself?  Well, have a listen:


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