++Bucket hats are back. I thought bucket hats were back a year ago? Have they come back again since then? Probably twice.
++"Brittany Snow's Gangsta's Paradise" sounds like the name of a local winter resort that had its heyday in the fifties.
++This is kind of fascinating..Anderson Cooper wears a schizophrenia (or "internet comment section") simulator. In his defense origami is hard to do even in silence. (Update: I showed this to my husband right now and he said: "Did they get Kathy Griffin to do the voice?" LOL.)
++ I *still* get comments re Dan Auerbach vs. John Mayer's guitar prowess on that You Tube video (of Aurebach)that I was given to post by his PR firm so many years ago. Who even started that comparison? (And who wore it best?)
Anyway, it made wanna check in on Auerbach because there is always some kind of news swirling about that guy. A real lightning rod. Now he's promising to "get weird" on solo projects and with a band called The Arcs. What are YOU doing with your life, John Mayer??
I'm only a passing fan really, but I'm digging the almost surf-horror mood of this song (that is soundtracking this terrible no-good week I am having, nicely.)
++I don't want to/refuse to believe this is really Martha using all these exclamation points.
++Harold Bloom: At 85, he's still making brackets, digging in (Hawthorne's) literary crates and throwing shade on Eliot and Pound.
++If I was the guy in the second picture I'd be like "They couldn't order the parts pre-painted?"..like every single day I came to work.
++ Not to get all Martha Stewart but...Grand Puba!! Teaming with Guts for your Tuesday.
Hoo man, I can already tell this is going to be one of those weeks where I don't give a half a F and just post whatever's floating my boat, like every other week, y'know?
++From the inbox: Son Little made his national television debut on CBS This Morning this past weekend performing tracks form his new EP Things I Forgot including O Mother.
++Also from the inbox, something new from The Allergies. Listen in.
++What!? No "acts of piracy" allowed? Well then what are we supposed to do for fun? No mention of offshore gambling though. Loophole! Cha-ching!
++I wish the multitalented Wolf Blitzer would sing more often. Don't hide your lamp under a bushel, Vholfie.
++Today's pick is from Izzy Bizu. I find just the slightest raspiness in her voice appealing. She just needs more dazzling material? Usually the Rasp is reserved for deeper voiced ladies so to have it in combination with the lighter higher pitched notes is kind of interesting. Also maybe lose the Stater Bros logo. I'm just FULL of suggestions over hurr.
++I've been in kind of a weird and wonderful zone where all the stuff I've been reading, watching and listening to...even the people I've been talking to.. have been deeply affecting. Great content lately, universe! Keep it comin'! On that note I'd like to spotlight this long-ish really well done interview by Vice with Brett Morgen director of Montage of Heck. It is worth 20 some minutes of your day. I've been immune to the hype about and actually haven't yet seen the film, (busy!) but his enthusiasm is contagious and dedication to his craft is palpable. Also terrific is how the interviewer just lets him speak while intently absorbing and synthesizing everything he says, like a sentient plant. (Seriously, she's awesome.)
++Much like I've always thought the line in the Avril Lavigne song Complicated should be "Watching your back, like you're smoking crack..." (*)whenever I hear Ellie Goulding on the radio I replace "cuz I'm not thinking straight" with "cuz I won't be replaced!" Sure, it's not an exact fit but it adds a cute psycho Glenn Close angle to the song. And it fits better phonetically and rhythmically.**
++"Who knows what he may do next." That line plus the likely handsome Detective Massi already have me sold on this treatment/show.
++Carles does the heavy lifting so you don't have to.
++I post this woefully underviewed oldie every couple of years because some young ones out there haven't heard and now seems as good a time as any...
++Got his name from this article about Sophie Lebrecht. She's a PhD in cognitive neuroscience, and her company Neon Labs analyzes what drives people to images including those from videos. Fairly fascinating stuff! My guess would've been boobs, but I ain't no stinkin doctor and what not!
++Not sure if this is Christian music but there's a few pretty little turns of phrase, no? I mean who even cares about any ideologies anymore. We just wanna rock!