September 30, 2013

Spending all my time

This week's music video is for "Spending All My Time" by the Japanese girl group Perfume. Perfume is pretty amazing for the bloopy 8-bit synths they use in a lot of their songs (though not really in this one) and how relentlessly catchy their songs are. This song is mostly in English and the lyrics only have eleven words: "Spending all, spending spending all my time loving you, so loving you forever. Spending all, spending spending all my time so loving you I wanna do." There are also a couple lines of Japanese that I'm guessing mean the same thing.

However, even though I love the song, the video is even more amazing. Like most J-pop videos, it's really weird, but it's weird in a very unique way. Its weirdness doesn't come from bizarre outfits or flashy special effects or even an inexplicable storyline. Instead, it has this really odd, fascinating choreography that mostly involves hands and feet, lots of repeated shots, and PSYCHIC POWERS. It's mesmerizing. Watch it right now.

September 20, 2013

New Schedule

Yeah, so obviously the old schedule didn't work out. So here is my new one! I'm going down to two posts a week. Next week, I will post a music video on Monday and a link on Thursday. The week after that, I will post a photo on Tuesday and a song on Wednesday. The week after that I'll post a music video on Monday and a link on Thursday... and so on and so forth. I will not be posting Friday Doodles regularly anymore, sorry. They'll only show up if the mood strikes me and I feel like making one.

September 5, 2013

Dandelion will make you wise

It makes me a little sad that so many people ignore The Rolling Stone's psychedelic period to focus on their grittier stuff. It was pretty brief and it didn't go over well at the time either- a lot of people accused them of trying to copy The Beatles and Sargent Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, which came out not long before. But I think some of the songs are still solid, like this one. It was released as the B-side to "We Love You," but it became the hit. Yes, this song was a top 20 hit in the US! And yet I've never heard it on a classic rock station anywhere ever. Also, rumor has it that Paul McCartney and John Lennon sang backing vocals on this and on "We Love You," but it's never been confirmed. Take a listen for yourself and see if you think you hear them.

Reflection, 1958

Saul Leiter was best known as a fashion photographer for a long time, but he recently started publishing the street photographs he's taken for fun throughout his life and they're fucking incredible. He does a lot of weird, disorienting things with reflections and composition that I just love. There's more of his early street photography floating around on the internet and if you like this picture it would definitely be worth it to spend a bit of time trying to find them.

September 3, 2013

Goodbye, I am dead

This week's music video is for "100%" by Sonic Youth. Tamra Davis and Spike Jonze directed it. The video has a lot of footage of skateboard tricks and I like that because as a child of the nineties skateboarding will always and forever be cool to me. One day I'll try it. Sonic Youth is also in the video playing the song at a house party. Kim Gordon looks cool as fuck, as usual, and Thurston Moore walks into someone while he's playing guitar. (It's only in there for a second, but trust me, it's there.) The song is pretty awesome too. It's about a friend of the band's who got shot during a mugging- the video also alludes to that. All in all pretty great definitely watch blah blah.

I moved back to college this week, so I don't know if I'm going to be able to keep up posting every day. I'll try it for this week and then decide if I need to scale it back.