Wednesday, March 30, 2011

"I've stood here long enough to know that none of this means anything."

Teeny tiny little update to last night's post. This morning we got a brand new video for Robotanists' single from Plans in Progress, "On/Off The Ledge", directed by Thomas Kenney. I find it to be outrageously insane and I absolutely love every second of it. Have a watch. I insist!

Robotanists - "On/Off Ledge" from Consequence of Sound on Vimeo.

Can't you just picture some artsy, farsty Hollywood director (think Darren Aronofsky, Tarsem Singh, Guillermo del Toro) taking this and running with it to create a fantastically trippy movie? I'd go see it!

Until next time... xo

Title quote: Robotanists, "On/Off the Ledge"

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

"Keep on dancing till the world ends."

I realize this post should have happened already, but hey, whatryagonnado? I was pretty upset that I wasn't able to accompany my brother's amazing band, Robotanists (have you LIKED on FB them yet?) to the SXSW Music Festival in super fun Austin, Texas a couple weeks ago. Apparently I have a lot of music loving friends on FB and my newsfeed was giving me up to the moment reminders that I was here and not there, making me very envious. So in order to pretend like I was there rockin' out with everyone, I spent some time streaming their most recent albums for free. Yep. They're so generous that you can listen to their entire music library for free on the internet.

I know I've posted some of the tracks from this before, but here it is, in its entirety, Robotanists' full lenghth LP, Plans in Progress. The more I listen to it, the more I love it, so I would recommend that you all listen to it on a loop for a little while. What do you think?

Also, because finishing and releasing a brand spankin' new album wasn't tiring enough, they decided it would be a good idea to cover the entire new Radiohead album, The King of Limbs, over a 24 hour period. To which I must say, I'm very glad they did. I'll be honest, I haven't heard the entire Radiohead version yet, but I feel like now I'll just be disappointed because I love their cover so much.

I still need to check out some of the other buzzed about bands from this year's SXSW, but in the meantime, this has satiated my craving. Thank you Robotanists.

And now, that I've provided you with hours of musical enjoyment, let me give you one more nugget (WARNING: all my music street cred is about to go right out the window). I'm kind of loving the new Britney. I know, I know. It's completely overproduced and is basically auto-tune over a dance track, but the more I've listened to it, the more I want to keep listening to it. You have to admit, the girl knows how to make what she has (or doesn't have) work and still manages to make fun records. Check it out for yourself HERE. Plus, I'm still pretty impressed by her V Magazine cover shoot from last month (random, I know).

Keep it up, Britney! And Robotanists - I hope you don't mind I talked about you and Britney in one blog post. I love you both!

Until next time... xo

Title quote: Till The World Ends, "Britney Spears"

Thursday, March 24, 2011

"Cher's main thrill in life is a makeover. It gives her a sense of control in a world full of chaos."

Every once in a while an urge comes over me to make changes, de-clutter and over all clean up things in my life. Maybe it's because we've turned the corner into a new season (even though so far Spring in San Francisco is looking awfully stormy)...I suppose it isn't called "Spring Cleaning" for nothing. Thus far I've cleaned out about half of the clothes out of my closet, donating it all to Good Will and I've been diligently attempting to unsubscribe to every e-newsletter I don't even open up when it appears in my inbox. Don't worry...I'm keeping Gilt Groupe, Zoe Report, Daily Candy (SF only) and a few concert calendars. You know. The important ones.

Something else that comes with the new season: a mini makeover. I've been thinking recently about changing my "look" since I haven't in a while. This is saying a lot, coming from someone who used to change her hair (brunette, blonde, short, long, bangs, no bangs) so much that she looks different in almost every picture taken of her up until 8 months ago. So I bit the bullet and cut off about 6-8 inches of what had become long stringy hair into a cute bob (thanks Ron!) a la Jessica Alba, Jennifer Aniston and (my new favorite model) Arizona Muse. Hmm, maybe I should update my blog caricature now....

Anyway, since deciding to give myself a mini makeover, I was reminded of some of my favorite movies that also include makeovers.

New stoner girl Tai gets a "total Betty" makeover courtesy of her new BFFs Cher and Dion, landing her a new boyfriend (after a teeny bit of heart ache) and a fantastic new vocabulary. Cher had an excellent point when she told Tai she should read at least one non-school book a week!

She's All That
Artsy Laney goes glam in order to win Prom Queen (even though she doesn't know about that part) which only proves that any time your potential new boyfriend's Oscar winning little sister asks you to trust her, you should probably just do it.

Mean Girls
Home-schooled transplant from the African wild Cady becomes "plastic" who wears pink on Wednesdays and whenever she wears flip flops and Army pants, you better wear flip flops and Army pants, too.

How do you get a nerdy girl who knows you've accidentally killed your best friend to keep her mouth shut? Change her name from Fern to Violette, giver her a makeover and make her part of the in-crowd.

Good girl Sandy goes from ribbons and poodle skirts to leather, cigarettes and teased hair in order to win the heart of the bad boy who stole her heart over the summer.

The Devil Wears Prada
Intellectual Andy goes from shabby and practical to fierce and uber stylish (don't you wish you had access to the Runway closet too?) in order to give her the confidence boost she needs to keep her job and make her way up the corporate ladder.

Now that I want to spend the entire rainy weekend inside with a movie marathon of all these movies, I should probably add a few more productive "spring cleaning" tasks to my list. New goals: clean out my closet (again), organize my junk drawers (no, the "s" at the end is not a typo) and get rid of music I hate from my iPod. Seem doable, right? I think so!

Until next time... xo

Title quote: Dion, "Clueless"