Monday, August 30, 2010

Top Chef's Tumble Towards an Emmy

What's funnier than Top Chef winning an Emmy? The fact that I rewinded this clip several times watching one of winning ladies trip over a man's apparent iPad in the middle of the aisle.

Vintage Hotties #1

Bruce Spingsteen

Margaret Cho + Andrew Bird

Here's Margaret Cho's first music video in support of her comedy album Cho Dependent (which along with Andrew Bird, also features guest appearances from Fiona Apple, Tegan & Sara, Ben Lee, Tommy Chong, Ani DiFranco and others).

Zola Jesus Channels Siouxsie

Check out the video to one of the year's best songs, "Night" by Zola Jesus.

And download Zola's EP Stridulum here:

Robyn Honors Björk

Here's Robyn's decent cover of Björk's "Hyperballad" at the 2010 Polar Music Prize ceremony. Robyn nervously sang to the recipient, who was in the front row gazing on rather critically. 

The Polar Music Prize (created by ABBA lyricist Stig Anderson) is given annually, along with a cash grant, to outstanding musicians, composers, ect. Past recipients include Led Zeppelin, Joni Mitchell, and Quincy Jones.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Stylish Suicide

Paul Newman

Marilyn Monroe

James Dean

Joni Mitchell

Angelina Jolie

Cat Power

Lady GaGa

Brad Pitt

James Franco

Robert Pattinson


Paul McCartney

Rita Hayworth

Susan Sarandon

Billie Holiday

Bette Davis

Joan Crawford

20 Years, 20 Albums

According to the chichi drum machine, the best albums released in every one of the past 20-or-so years are:

Doolittle by Pixies

Following their amazing debut Surfer Rosa comes another collection of dark surrealism, torture, and Biblical references.

Violator by Depeche Mode

This synthpop masterpiece spawned such singles/staples as "Personal Jesus" and "Enjoy the Silence."

Loveless by My Bloody Valentine

The genre of shoegazing can give a great big hug to it's grandpa, Loveless.

Bone Machine by Tom Waits

After five years without a studio release, Waits returned with this chain gang of songs knows as Bone Machine.

Rid of Me by PJ Harvey

She didn't care if indie punk was a man's world, with Steve Albini she paved the way for other female noise-makers.

Grace by Jeff Buckley

A modern classic, the first and last album from Buckley is the pinnacle of both singing and songwriting. Timeless.

Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness by Smashing Pumpkins

The Pumpkins' most ambitious effort, Mellon Collie spawned several genres and emotions over its 28 tracks.

All Eyez on Me by 2Pac

Released 7 months prior to his death, this album closed the book on the legacy of gangsta rap in the '90s. 

Homogenic by Bjork

One of the best electronic albums of all time is actually an ode to Iceland and its dynamic and naturally abstract beats.

The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill by Lauryn Hill

Widely revered as one of the best albums of all time, it opened the gates for many neo-soul artists to follow.

I See a Darkness by Bonnie 'Prince' Billy

Darkness fell on and influenced many in the modern folk world. Imagine Bon Iver without 'Prince' Billy.

Kid A by Radiohead

Radiohead's move into electronic landscapes, it incorporated everything from experimental jazz to classical music.

White Blood Cells by the White Stripes

The garage rock revival was in full swing when the memorable Lego-tastic video for "Fell in Love with a Girl" exploded. 

Yankee Hotel Foxtrot by Wilco

Jeff Tweedy and Co. offer up a psychedelically complex work of country-tinged songs. 

Fever to Tell by Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Depictions of lead singer Karen O drunkenly yelping on stage fits perfectly with the antics on this NYC band's debut.

Van Lear Rose by Loretta Lynn

Jack White turns up the volume for this country legend and the result is astonishing. 

Arular by M.I.A.

This politically-driven, sample-heavy debut from Sri Lanka rapper M.I.A. made everyone take notice.

Back to Black by Amy Winehouse

Alcoholism, sex, and drugs = rock n' roll, right? Try a white Jewish girl who specializes in doo-wop. 

New Wave by Against Me!

Against Me! proves that tightly constructed punk rock songs never go out of style.

Fleet Foxes by Fleet Foxes

This self-titled debut had critics creaming their panties. Who knew baroque folk was so powerful?

Middle Cyclone by Neko Case

With a voice so powerful it could possibly evoke a cyclone by itself, Ms. Case makes claim to the throne of alt. country.