Sunday, December 23, 2007

"Spent some time just talking about who we were..."

I was watching the movie, London, while curled up on the couch and really enjoyed this song that was played near the end.

The Perishers - Nothing Like You and I from Let There Be Morning

Now I'm off to start making a trifle, and pick up my old friend Sara to go last minute holiday shopping.

Happy Holidays, everybody! :-D

Monday, December 17, 2007

"You ask me how I'm doing, but you already know..."

No thoughts for this post. Just music that I'm listening to at this moment, and a silent prayer that people have bigger minds and hearts than to succumb to the things they hear about others.

Ryan Adams - The Sadness from 29. Okay, wait. Though I did say I had no thoughts for this post, I have one tiny one. I find it fun that around the point when Ryan starts singing "Oh, I can give you whatever you're wanting," that the music and his vocals start to sound a bit like Remy Zero.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

"We get so hungry, we eat each other alive..."

To end a wonderful and wintry day: Ben Lee fuzzy goodness.

Ben Lee - Hungry from Ripe. Ben Lee has been getting more comfortable and laid back each time I see him perform. He seems to have forgotten himself as a famous artist who has been entertaining and singing for his entire life and embracing the creative and fun side of musicianship. This is quite amazing, because it creates a casual atmosphere to his concerts and draws the audience in as friends rather than people who are paying to see someone put on a show. Ben Lee has always seemed like a caring and genuine individual and I am personally glad that this is showing through even more on the stage.

Random other things:
I've set my DVR to record Spongebob Squarepants - Atlantis Squarepantis. I'm 22 so I'm not hugely into Spongebob (if at all, though he is occasionally amusing. Gary owns though, not gonna lie), but David Bowie lends his voice to the role of the King of Atlantis. Kickin!

I watched this song on youtube after reading Gawker comments about a particular New York lothario and was incredibly amused. The Asian guy in the silver sparkly onesie is hilarious.
Mike O'Connell with Dr. Ken

Lastly, but certainly not least, I've had the website I Can Has Cheezburger? in my links section since I started this music blog. I think cat memes are funny, what can I say. Today, my friend Bruce's caption made the front page of the site! So check it out and pay his particular cat caption a visit.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

"I know you in autumn and I must be there..."

I was watching a recorded episode of The Simpsons on my DVR (The Homer of Seville) when I fell in love with the song that Homer was singing in the hospital montage. It sounded familiar and was clearly some Broadway number that I couldn't place.

Turns out, it was "If Ever I Would Leave You" from Camelot. And while some critics (cough cough IGN cough cough) touted Dan Castellaneta's rendition as unimaginative, I thought it was sweet and an appropriate showcase of his personal talent. And it gives the Homer character a romantic depth and soul that is so very appreciated when it is displayed.

Robert Goulet - If Ever I Would Leave You from Camelot (1960 Original Broadway Cast Recording)

Homer Simpson (Dan Castellaneta) - If Ever I Would Leave You - The Homer of Seville

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

"The way you changed my life. No, they can't take that away from me..."

Sunday evening, Alison and I went and saw Rebecca Sponseller, David Hicks, and Larry Whitfield perform a holiday themed cabaret called Jeoparadet at the Duplex.

I've had the pleasure of seeing this trio before, and they are constantly surprising me as an audience member with interesting and dynamic additions to their repertoire. Not only are they talented, but they're genuine and hilarious. So if you like hearing beautiful singing voices, musical theater, and/or holiday music, or if you like playing Jeopardy and drinking, these three have the event for you.

Some songs of theirs that have always stuck out to me have been "A Step Too Far" from Aida, "Next 10 Minutes" from The Last Five Years, "Someone to Fall Back On" by Jason Robert Brown, songs from Company, etc. This particular performance renewed my love for Gershwin's "They Can't Take That Away From Me" and "Unusual Way" from the musical Nine, as well as Carole King's "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" (the last of which has been a personal favorite of people I've known through the years, and the one that I fortuitously picked when my number was drawn to choose a category).

There are even still tickets available for next week's show. So New York City readers, get to it! It's 10 bucks well spent. And hey, if you meet the singers afterwards, tell them that you read about them on a blog, haha. They might enjoy the momentary internet fame, who wouldn't?

Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald - They Can't Take That Away From Me from Best of Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong

And because I love Fred Astaire's rendition, here's the video for it from way back when:

UST Singers - Unusual Way

Thursday, December 6, 2007

"Your services are not required. Your future's bleak, you're so last week..."

Being that Radiohead is going to be taking down the digital download for their latest album, In Rainbows, soon enough, I figured I'd take the time to finally download it. I really respect their distribution move in allowing fans to pay whatever they wanted for the basic download, and then if they wanted hard copies or various higher level formats, they had to shell out a normal price. That makes sense to me. If more artists follow suit, Radiohead will have spearheaded a musical revolution, and I'm glad to be a normal fan and can participate. Granted, I decided to only pay 2 bucks for my copy, but hey, it's better than nothing.

Unfortunately for them, the songs from the more advanced formats have already leaked, the one I'm posting here included (so if it needs to be taken down, someone let me know and I'll be glad to do it). I downloaded Radiohead's "Down is the New Up" from their second disc prior to even listening to the first. All I can say is that this one song has a hot beat. Seriously, the sound = sextastic.

Radiohead - Down is the New Up from In Rainbows Disc 2 digital, vinyl, and CD formats.

And I might as well link to this Radiohead music video. It's classic. And I've always wondered what the man said. Just:

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

"They got nothing left on which we depend, so we waste every ounce, of your bright blood, and off with their heads!"

I was listening to my Shins albums today while doing Biology and Physics work, so I felt like posting about it. They've been featured recently in commercials for cell phones with the integrated mp3 and music video playing technology, so clearly, your wireless services want you to listen to the Shins. As does Zach Braff (at least he did a few years ago with Garden State). Anyway, you should.

Incidentally, I was perusing some of my favorite music blogs (which are listed in the panel on the left), and Music for Kids Who Can't Read Good also just mentioned the Shins in a "22 Best Videos of 2007" post. I happen to completely agree about that video, which is below, because it is sweet and funny. Especially the part when the guy dressed up as the bush runs back to the van. Anyway, enjoy!

The Shins - Sleeping Lessons from Wincing the Night Away

The Shins - Australia, in which we find James Mercer and men of the Shins doing their part to help the planet by liberating balloons. This video makes my heart happy.

Monday, December 3, 2007

"The times we had, oh, when the wind would blow with rain and snow, were not all bad..."

As I was commuting home to my random mix of music, I realized that this is an amazing song to hear while nearing your home. The instrumentation builds and it really feels like you're arriving someplace, making a grand entrance, rather than just adhering to a regular routine. In addition, the layering of the horns section adds a bit of the exotic with its French flair. It reminds me of French Cafe music, though I believe I remember it being cited that Beirut was going for a more Eastern European feel.

Beirut - Postcards from Italy from Gulag Orkestar

And look! Here's Beirut singing Nantes in a Take Away Concert (which are amazing, by the way. If you haven't discovered these unique performances, by all means, run and watch!)

I know I've diverted from the subject, but I was still thinking about the Take Away Shows produced by La Blogotheque. 41.1 - Arcade Fire is my favorite because they play in an elevator. The band member tearing the magazine pages wins my heart.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

"I can see so clearly when your smoke gets in my eyes. Please me with your promises, and hurt me with your lies..."

It has come to my attention that Ben Lee is opening (along with Josh Ritter) for Aimee Mann on her holiday tour. That means on December 14th, Ben Lee will be playing in New York City.

I already have a holiday party and class that day, but let's see if I can squeeze in an hour to see everyone's favorite Australian singer who has a button with a picture of me on it.

Oh, and here's the video for the first single off his latest album:

I'm quite excited for this new development.

"I wish I knew how - Your eyes are like starlight now - to break this spell..."

Today was the first snowfall!

Huzzah! I'm not really a fan of snow (only because on worse days it turns to ice), but running into the living room and seeing all the trees just slightly frosted with soft snow, and the sky glowing a bright grey made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. It helped, I believe, that soon after waking, my mom and I made an amazing pumpkin soup, corn muffins, and drank tea/cocoa.

What an utterly cozy day.

This is my favorite winter song. Period. I have an obscene number of renditions of this song available if people want them, but for now, here's a delightful one.

Colin James and the Little Big Band feat. Roxanne Potvin - Baby, It's Cold Outside from Christmas

Ricardo Montalban and Esther Williams. (I enjoy the fluidity of their movement in this one)

Friday, November 30, 2007

"Love me just enough..."

Today is my parent's anniversary!

In honor of them:

Raul Esparza - Marry Me a Little (Live at Barnes & Noble)

Saturday, November 24, 2007

"Locked up with all of my people..."

The second song that was played on the radio was The Presets' "My People."

After hearing "Are You the One?" on So You Think You Can Dance this past season, I was beyond intrigued. The group's sound fell right into a spectrum of bands I enjoy.

I tend to group them in with Interpol, She Wants Revenge, and The Faint. They are the most similar to the Faint, I believe, because the music has an edge and anger that contributes to its immense danceability. But the vocals are in between Interpol but not quite She Wants Revenge (I suppose this might just be a roundabout way of referring to the staccato deep voiced delivery of lyrics known to Paul Banks and Justin Warfield. Yeah, the Presets fall in line with that). The Presets are a little less post-punk, a lot more electronic, so if that's your scene, then these Australian guys are for you.

When "My People" came on the other night, it felt like it was in direct opposition to Modest Mouse, but both were such distinct entities that the combination of the two by way of intelligent callers really caught my attention.

The Presets - My People

And here's the clip from So You Think You Can Dance that introduced me to the Presets. I'm surprised I hadn't heard them earlier, but oh well. Much like the dance, the band brings the fight.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

"Well, we know we had the good things but those never seem to last..."

I was driving home from a pre-Thanksgiving Mongolian barbecue dinner with some friends when I flipped on the radio to a request hour broadcasting from a local NJ rock station. I don't know who had called in, but two listeners back-to-back made excellent choices. Listener 1 asked for Modest Mouse, and listener 2 requested The Presets.

Modest Mouse, while not at all high on my personal lists of favorite groups, remains a band close to my heart. Ocean Breathes Salty helped me cope with the passing of my grandmother 2 years ago, and I respect the direction that they take both lyrically and melodically. Despite being pegged as band to watch by dozens of major media outlets (MTV, Rolling Stone, etc) in the past years, they have held on to the sound and quirks that are unique to them. They do not let others dictate their image yet still manage to evolve in a positive direction. The song that was played on the radio is a smooth and graceful, yet distinctly Modest Mouse tune. However, with the addition of The Shins lead singer on backing vocals, a listener can distinctly discover the influences of the Shins not only on the lyrics, but in the way the song continues instrumentally and atmospherically towards the end of the song.

Anyway, here's the Modest Mouse selection that was on the airwaves earlier tonight.

Modest Mouse - Missed the Boat from We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank

And just for kicks:
Modest Mouse - Ocean Breathes Salty

Sunday, November 18, 2007

"Oh, darling, I need you to forget everything..."

I think I'm partial to bands from New Zealand. That might be a bit of an exaggeration, considering the fact that I can currently only think of two: The Flight of the Conchords, and Cut Off Your Hands. I bet there are other folks I cannot recall.

Anyway, Cut Off Your Hands have gotten the opportunity to support touring acts that I really enjoy (Bloc Party, We Are Scientists, etc) and for good reason. Their sound meshes right in with some of these greats, bringing in an energetic vibrancy that would invariably pump a crowd up in just the right way for an overall enthusiastic musical experience.

The melody and guitarwork reminds me a bit of The Strokes, but the singing stands alone. And randomly, if I were to compare them to a candy, they would be Skittles.

Cut Off Your Hands - Still Fond

Cut Off Your Hands - Expectations

Also, this marching band earns my respect:

Friday, November 16, 2007

"The negative sex is power for a life time..."

I went out to the I Am X concert with Chris and Aaron and had an amazing time. Aaron was handed Chris Corner's sweat rag, Chris got the drummer's broken drumstick, and Chris Corner grabbed my hand.

The music was powerful and electrifying, and our dancing was out of control. I can safely say that the three of us masterminded screaming "Bring Me Back a Dog" to try and get the band to play it for the encore, and I Am X heard us and complied! The fans were lively and friendly, and since the show wasn't sold out this time around, we had the room to explore the atmosphere that the concert created.

I Am X - The Negative Sex from The Alternative

Monday, November 12, 2007

"Your paranoia casts aspersions on the truths you know..."

I lasted a whole 1.5 posts with that theme!

I'm done with stuff from my not-sunshiney playlist. What's the point in highlighting angst or sadness thematically? That's no fun, right?

Anyway, for the Calvin Harris (well, Calvin Harris Lite) crowd, here's some Just Jack. Just Jack makes use of an entertaining (aka sitcommy) band name along with some basic old school electronic beats. The song that's been around for a while, "Starz in Their Eyes" is 90's Daria background music-esque combined with a looping measure that's almost Daft Punkish in nature. This is in addition to their sing songy spoken word lyrics. I don't know how the combination of three very different components creates such an infectious song, but it works. The hip-hop/dance/Brit sound may take a bit to grow on you, but surely enough, you will enjoy this song. I've noticed more radio stations have begun to play this lately, so I decided to put it up here in case, like me, people heard something they liked and wanted to know where to find it.

Just Jack - Starz in Their Eyes from Overtones

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

"And we're changing our ways, taking different roads. Then love, love will tear us apart again..."

Joy Division is one of my favorite 80's bands. Anton Corbijn is my favorite photographer.

Put those two together, and you have what will undoubtedly be an upcoming unforgettable film experience in Control. I think I've mentioned this film before, but I really cannot wait to see it.

The song that they are most famous for has always been very fascinating to me. The idea that love can tear things apart, that something so positive can create a negative? Well, it's very paradoxical is all. Or something intelligent along those lines which I currently cannot use my brain power to expand upon.

Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart from Substance

And what I've always thought was the direct opposition to Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart:" Captain and Tenille's "Love Will Keep Us Together."

So where do I side in the directly contradictory arguments between the Captain and Ian Curtis? I'm not really sure, haha. But they sure are fun to listen to.

Monday, November 5, 2007

"And this is my mind, and although you try to infringe, you cannot confine..."

So, I think I'm going to do a theme for a while!

I really enjoy themes and such, so the upcoming posts of songs (until I post about changing it), are all from a particular playlist that I use when I don't feel my sunshiniest. I feel they are of the extremes in the emotional spectra, either really sad, or incredibly feisty. But that's what works for me. Until I unearth my mp3s, here are some videos of the songs from the list. Maybe I'll toss in some of the lyrics sometimes, I'm a sucker for a good line.

Kate Nash - Mouthwash

Ben Folds and the Western Australian Symphony Orchestra - Smoke

Thursday, November 1, 2007

"Strike. Match. Light. Fire..."

Boston was so much fun!

I loved being there in an ever charming town and visiting my friends, whom I miss. Amongst a plethora of memories that I will enjoy and cherish, partying at Bruce and Dani's reminded me so much of 51, quality dinner and chat time with Dani was valued mucho, and staying up super late with Bryn was incredibly entertaining.

"No make left!"

Here's some M.I.A as a shout out to those kids.

M.I.A - Bamboo Banga from Kala

M.I.A - Bird Flu

Oh, also! Thank you readers for 11,000 hits! You guys are awesome! :-D

Friday, October 26, 2007

"Love is war, I'm your soldier..."

When I first heard J. Holiday's "Bed," I was not impressed. I was driving into the city and Z100 had pegged it as the song for the fall/winter. It annoyed me lyrically as I found it to be a bit plain. The chorus, to me, was the worst part because it overused the repetition of its words.

However, the -ay chant that Rihanna makes use of is also present in this song, and it's effectively haunting. It imprinted itself in such a way, that while I hated the song, it stayed and grew to sound better than upon the initial listen.

Will it actually be *the* song for the fall/winter? I'm not sure. It's definitely not mine, but it's still nice and has a sense of ease to it that I think people will relate to. For the mainstream crowd that listens to Z100? Well, they might find that this song will stick around for just as long as they allow it to.

J. Holiday - Bed from Back of My Lac

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

"I just can't refuse it. Like the way you do this..."

It took me a long time to accept Rihanna as a musical artist. Pon de Replay? Yeah, I severely loathed it. Her followup to that, Murderer, was not much better in my eyes.

Then Umbrella came along, and that evened things out for me. Even the Chris Brown remix of that song is excellent. Her latest song is pretty fun too, particularly because it samples Michael Jackson. That's just ballsy. For however much chaos he's created with his personal life, his music is still classic, and you don't see many people attempting to pave their way with his established body of work. So I give Rihanna props for being bold in that respect. The sampled chant really supports her song quite well, and is my favorite part.

Rihanna - Don't Stop the Music from Good Girl Gone Bad

Monday, October 22, 2007

"She be walkin' round actin' all stank. And now she at the party lookin at me..."

Here's the scene. A week or two ago when I was at home taking care of my dad after his shoulder surgery, one of my responsibilities became dropping off and picking up my mom from her workplace - an elementary school in Newark. In the afternoons, the kids would hang around outside, waiting for their families. The first day, I noticed that ours was the only car not blasting rap or hip hop. The second day, I rolled in with some Kanye, and when my mom got to the car and opened the door, the kids turned their heads our way appreciatively. I told my mom I was going to up her music cred by the time the week was out. One song that I heard everyday that it seemed everyone happened to be listening to was Swizz Beats' Money in the Bank.

And you know what? It is maddeningly addictive. I kind of wish I was Harlem shuffling to the chorus right now. Except, I never do that in public.

Swizz Beats - Money in the Bank from One Man Band Man

Sunday, October 21, 2007

"A little sweat ain't never hurt nobody..."

I have been on a bit of a hip-hop kick lately. So in the upcoming posts, you may hear from the likes of J. Holiday and Swizz Beats, amongst others. Just mentioning.

For now, here's Beyonce, because her "Get Me Bodied" song was stuck in my head after I saw everyone at Vlada simultaneously bust out dancing after my roommate Rebecca's cabaret show not too long ago. In their praise, there was not a poor dancer in the lot of them. I was signing some drink receipts so I could leave, but in that one moment, I had never felt a stronger urge to dance.

I think this song works so well because Beyonce never fights her inclination to be overindulgent with her voice. Her songs have a bit of excess in the rises and ways that she flaunts her ability. However, in this particular song, the beat and speed is overwhelming, so when she does bring her voice up and puts it to work in the "Baby, all I want is to let it go" segment, it's a welcome contrast to the rest of the number. It's an exercise in delayed gratification of sorts and it works in her favor.

Beyonce - Get Me Bodied from B'day

Also, seriously, where did this come from?

It further cements the idea that Pink is an excellent singer and entirely underrated. I think she's more talented than Britney Spears and Beyonce anyway.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

"We've been lying to eachother. Hey, let's just call this what it is: oil and water..."

Good God I love Brandon Boyd.

One specific reason why is that I quite enjoy is his penchant for songwriting a little left of center. He's not the greatest lyricist ever (Example: Love Hurts - "love hurts, but sometimes it's a good hurt.") But instead of saying, "there is no umbrella that would shelter this weather, " he uses the word "parasol." Just little things like that.

That and you know, Morning View is one of the most perfect albums ever.

Incubus - Oil and Water from Light Grenades

Incubus - Wish You Were Here

I guess I've only ever seen the unreleased version. How odd.

Monday, October 8, 2007

"I feel your eyes burning holes straight through my heart. It's out of love..."

To those who read this, sorry for being so absent lately. I returned home for a brief period to take care of my dad, who had shoulder surgery. Anyway, I'm back, and with more really random music that I happen to be listening to at the moment when I choose to update this blog.

Today, I had Antony and the Johnsons stuck in my head. I was listening to it on the way to work. When I had first heard "You Are My Sister" back in the day, it took me a while to get used to his voice, but having done so, I always find myself lured in by the warble. To those who are not familiar, it truly is a quality that proves itself difficult to conquer, but is worth extra listens. Antony and the Johnsons' music has also garnered the attention and contributions of some great performers like Lou Reed, Boy George, Rufus Wainwright, etc and, if memory serves, was even progressively used in the film adaptation of V for Vendetta.

I've read a lot of reviews of live performances, and talked to a few people who've witnessed the act firsthand, so apparently Antony's live persona is mesmerizing.

Antony and the Johnsons - Fistful of Love from I Am a Bird Now

Antony and the Johnsons - You are My Sister (Live)

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

"And we were winning the war with a lighter and a peace pipe..."

Plushgun is, quite simply, my type of music, and more accurately, my kind of artist.

He is a do-it-yourselfer, a one man show: writing the lyrics, crafting the emittance of electro beats, and combining them with the digital purr of his vocals to create addictive indie pop music. When I hear "Just Impolite" or "Dancing in a Minefield" I think of a youthfully nostalgic Postal Service with the clear influence of the New York sound emerging through the speakers.

The layering of vocals is distinct and smooth with a bit of Depeche Mode in their orchestration and lift. The tunes tend to be on the more energetic side of pacing, but never run the risk of being too noisy or video-gamey in speed. It creates for a very balanced equation of vivacious melodies and peaceful singing.

Kudos should go out then to Plushgun's Dan Ingala, who is undertaking this musical masterpiece on his own, without being signed onto record labels (shocking at how he's not been discovered in that way yet) or having the benefit of studio time and extreme production. Regardless, the music sounds amazing and is gaining a large fan following. You know what? I'm not even going to say much more. I'll let the talent speak for itself.

Plushgun - Dancing in a Minefield from the Plushgun EP which can be purchased from the band's myspace page here

If you're in the NYC area, Plushgun is going to be performing at the Bitter End (147 Bleecker St) tomorrow night. Show up, so one day when he is famous, you can say you were there at the first show.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

"You and me are the disease and the germs are spreading..."

I've merely had this song stuck in my head all day. I remember hearing it in high school when the Lovage album came out and being severely impressed. I didn't know whether to take Dan the Automator (as producer) seriously because while the production is stellar, the music is sleazy, dark, intense, humorous, and visceral all wrapped into a loungey sultry trip-hoppy package.

I would imagine this song as a band playing within a scene: taking drags from long cigarettes while the plumes of smoke billowed around the corner of a jazz bar, female patrons in form fitting dresses and bright red lipstick with loosely fingered curls while the men took swigs of scotch from their glasses and checked the cufflinks on their suits. Everybody wants to dab at the sweat just the tiniest bit, but no one does, Lovage's music is that kind of hot.

Lovage - Book of the Month from Music to Make Love to Your Old Lady By

Sunday, September 23, 2007

"Feels like the crowd is saying, 'Gimme gimme more'..."

What an amazing weekend! From the Metric preview tour to Trash to having friends over and running flailing down the street to the very perfect Sunday (in weather, activities, and company), I have had a blast and am blessed.

I often think that life can't get much better, and of course, am proven wrong by unforeseen forces that work on my behalf.

Anyway, there is still so much left for me to accomplish.

I must get some job stuff in order, like temping or substitute teaching, and career stuff in order, like finally blowing those MCATs out of the water, and energy stuff in order, like returning to dance and taking up boxing.

But really, I am quite happy, and ready for what the universe wants to throw my way. So come on world, gimme more, I feel like I'm quite prepared for the responsibility of medical school, stress, puppies, apartment design, students, early mornings, and sore calves. And for everyone who reads this, I hope your dreams are coming true too. :)

Britney Spears - Gimme More

U2 - Beautiful Day

Friday, September 21, 2007

"Limitless undying love which shines around me like a million suns..."

To preface this, I enjoy Julie Taymor. So when I had initially heard about Across the Universe, I was delighted and intrigued.

After seeing it, you know, I didn't like it much.

I'm not going to discuss this at length. There were some great parts: Bono, Eddie Izzard, Salma Hayek, the song Let it Be. Joe Anderson, who played Max, was awesome.

Anyway, I'm saving music inspired movie love for Control and I'm Not There.

The Beatles - Across the Universe from Let It Be

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

"So if you care to find me, look to the western sky..."

Last night, at Marie's Crisis during the celebration of Brian's birthday, I realized that I am horrible at remembering the lyrics to musicals. The exceptions being Rent and Wicked as both those musicals are immensely special to me for various reasons ranging from obviously inspirational to deeply personal.

I feel as if these days are very Rent and Wicked worthy, with Anthony Rapp and Adam Pascal's extended performances and the presence of Jesse L. Martin in my neighborhood. (Though, using better judgment than I have with performers I've admired in the past, I avoided Rent-stalking him. For now anyway). And with the start of my MCAT classes swiftly approaching, those around me should know that Wicked will be on repeat constantly in an effort to keep my mindset positive.

On two random notes, I really think that the graphic design used in association with Wicked is phenomenal in its simplicity. In addition, Idina Menzel's voice really shines when she opens up her vowels. Just saying.

Wicked - Defying Gravity from Wicked Original Broadway Cast Recording

Sunday, September 16, 2007

"I can stay awake for you if you can stay awake for me..."

Friday evening, Riss came over for dinner and drinks. My roommate made the most stellar dinner (that I've still been raving about for two days) and we had a great time that was incredibly chill and relaxed. It might have helped that between 3 people, we managed to go through 4 bottles of wine.

Howie Day - Slow Down from Australia

And just for fun, here's the Spike Jonze directed Adidas commercial which features Karen O from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. The song is titled Hello Tomorrow.