Friday, January 11, 2008

Arcade Fire - Keep The Car Running (BBC Radio 2 Session)

This is my favorite song from "Neon Bible." I love the urgency.

Arcade Fire - Neon Bible live in an elevator!

How cool is this?! I don't know what the point is, but I don't care either. It's different, and I like it.

Monday, January 7, 2008

First thoughts: Cashmere Mafia

I just finished watching ABC's new show Cashmere Mafia, which premiered last night. This hour-long quasi drama follows the lives of four high-powered Manhattan women balancing demanding careers and personal lives, all while looking fabulous and having great sex. If that's starting to sound eerily familiar, add on Patricia Field as the show's stylist and Darren Star as its producer, and you reunite two of the people behind Sex and the City, a show that Lucy Liu, who plays one of the leads, once guest-starred on. Whew!

So is this just a pale imitation of Sex and the City? For most of the episode I'd have to say yes. There was a lot of running around, hopping in and out of taxis and town cars, sitting in very chichi restaurants and sipping of cocktails. There was even a bitch queen in hot dress slow motion montage, which was about the most ridiculous part of the episode. However: when Miranda Otto (who I love because of Lord of the Rings) icily whispered to her philandering husband that she's going to take a lover, I became more interested. That was a surprising response and it could be a lot of fun to watch her play that out.

For now, I'll keep watching.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

New Year's Resolutions

I started this blog with the intention of writing more often. Since I haven't posted since November 27, well, I can see that intention hasn't exactly come through, but I'm determined to keep trying! As much as I procrastinate, I do really like to write.

Pop culture took a turn for the serious and truly sad this week when Britney Spears was hospitalized following a three-hour standoff where she held one of her children hostage. Anyone can see now that Britney is worse off than simply being trashy or having the poor judgment to go sans panties, shave her head, and all the other shit she's done this year. She is clearly very mentally ill.

This is more than just another celebrity scandal, to me anyway. I find it deeply disturbing and I can imagine all too easily what Britney Spears has been like for her children, family members, and friends to deal with. And beyond that, no matter how negligent a mother she may or may not be, or how repellent I found her to be on she didn't ask to be sick and has a life-long struggle ahead of her.