Tuesday: No Guilt, Some Pleasure(s)
It has come to my attention that I have not done much for this blog in a while. Part of this is because I keep forgetting the password (it's something Paris Hilton once whispered to me across the crowded, sweaty dance floor at Bungalow 8, one torrid summer, many years ago)and also there is some other bunch of reasons that I am forgetting now. But anyway, onward: there is a bunch of business to attend to!
1. It has come to my attention that somebody at Pitchfork has apparently read this blog and decided to rip off our idea for their new "100 Most Daring-Yet-Comfortably-Middle-of-the-Road-Post-Collegiate Videos" video blog-style feature. Why can't you admit you got the idea here, guys? Not comfortable with letting the rest of the world know how much you enjoy Strawberry Switchblade and Prince? Is that what this is about? Anyway, go check that feature out if you're interested in seeing how someone could describe that Electric Six video where the moose's nards light up and make it sound not that funny (note: it IS funny).
2. This is also an important order of business: have you heard that Nelly Furtado song? Oh man, it's so fucking good! It is the ultimate dance summer jam, for reals--this song plus three wine coolers is how all high school juniors are losing their virginity this summer. And you know, I respect Nelly Furtado, because she produces her own beats and writes her own songs and even though they're not usually that good, I think that counts for something in this crazy world. Also, her name comes before Timbaland's, and that is prooooooooooooooooooooogress, people. But, no matter how much I love this song, I have to urge you to NOT watch the video. Like, it is mad retarded. I can't tell if they were caught off guard by the success of this song and had only made a shitty video for like nine dollars, or if they knew this song was going to be huge no matter what, so they just made a shitty video for like nine dollars, but seriously, whatever you do, don't watch it. It's nonsense! Though Timbaland is weirdly attractive to me. Whatever.
3. What says "Summertime" better than the Afghan Whigs? Almost anything, but I just found these videos, so you are going to watch them. I got the Afghan Whigs record "Gentlemen" when I was 12, and it really made me a woman, really. And it gave me a huge crush on lead singer Greg Dulli, even though he is not conventionally "pleasing to the eye", as it were. If you ever really want to understand why women love jerks, you should probably just listen to "Gentlemen". Or, if that doesn't work, listen to "Gentlemen" with me and then be like "You think that's sexy???!!!". Two years ago, I saw his new band at Irving Plaza and he had me come up and hold his beer while he walked around in the audience and, I kid you not, I nearly swooned.
Now, with their amazing live cover of "My World is Empty" by the Supremes:
Watch them smoke those cigarettes. What showmen! I may be becomng a woman all over again, right now.
I tried to find this video for years on Limewire and stuff, and I never did. It's not actually that great a video, but I put in so much effort, you know? It's for the song "Honky's Ladder", and it was a Buzz Clip!:
I'm not sure what really brought on this mid-90s nostalgia parade. I think maybe it's because I saw my dad on Sunday, and he was like "Oh, I read some piece in [some magazine I have forgotten the name of] about how ironic it was that all these young people got tattoos to be different, but now that everyone has them, it's not a very different thing to do anymore". I was like "They are writing articles about that now? Isn't that just something everyone's dad has been saying since, like, 1994?". And suddenly, magically, as if transported in a magic car made of Silverchair and Sponge CDs that ran on bongwater and was chauffered by Kennedy, I was magically transported back into the 90s. This post wasn't really about videos that much, was it? It must be reaction to those Pitchfork dudes jacking my style.