The Accordion Connection

Simone says there's a popular indie rock band called the "Accordion Connection, you know, that one with all the guys on stage at once, and one of them has a drum? You know who I mean". Anyway, this is an unrelated blog of bitchin' YouTube videos.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Hollywood Hates Miley Cyrus

Little Miley Cyrus appears to have gotten herself involved in a little dance-off battle with the director of "Step Up 2 the Streets" and his protege, the "I Hope That Guy is 18 Because I Am Sexually Attracted to Him" guy from "Step Up 2 the Streets", collectively known as the "Adam Chu Dance Crew. " That was foolish, Miley--that was like a duck challenging a gun to a murder contest. And now every famous person in Hollywood hates you and can also dance better than you, Miley! Oh no! Sadz!:

Also, even if you think you don't want to watch this video or watch it all the way through: um, what if I told you that at about six minutes in, there is a CAMEO by LOHAN where she BUSTS THROUGH SOME CARDBOARD CUT-OUTS OF HERSELF and then DANCES? Followed by a cameo by DIANNA ROSS where she clearly has NO IDEA WHAT IS GOING ON? You'd say, "Gaby, that sounds better than seeing 'The Incredible Hulk'" and YOU WOULD BE RIGHT!

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Monday, June 16, 2008

You're Standing on My Neck

It's a sick sad world we live in. A world where Daria is not available on DVD, due to "licensing problems." A world where pre-teen and teen girls' mass-media role models are either flashing their vaginas or toeing the Disney party-line. A world where there is no space in the media for girls who are cynical, funny (and not in a "whoops-I-just-fell-down-because-i'm-so-cute-and-helpless!" kind of way), and most of all CRITICAL of the mass culture they are being fed on MTV and the Disney Channel and in their schools and homes and churches and teen bop magazine EVERY MINUTE OF THE DAY.

Let's reminisce of a time when there was an alternative to this culture of conformity. Let's remember Daria. Daria ran on MTV from 1997 - 2002. It was a spin-off from the series Beavis and Butthead. And it was great, until the 4th season, when Jane falls for this rich boy, and then both she and Daria have boyfriends, and I still resent the writers going that, because the show was essentially about Jane and Daria's friendship! It wasn't about boys! It was about making fun of shit and watching Sick Sad World together and fucking with dumb jocks! But I'm getting ahead of myself here...

Daria was SMART, and not in a boring grades-and-SAT-scores kind of way (though I'm sure she could have if she tried, if she CARED). She was sharp, she observed what was going on around her, and made the educated decision to not engage with her retarded peers. She and Jane made a great comedic pair, both of them droll and blase, confusing their classmates with their cynical comments. Daria and Jane's relationship really resonated with me as a teenager (and still does) because it was pretty much exactly like my relationships with my friends. We existed on the fringes of our high school, and basically made fun of the preps (though they were "the flagpole people" to us, since they hung out around... the flagpole) and were too busy trying to "freak out the squares" and cutting class and making a really big effort not to fit in to... well, you know, fit in. Daria didn't want to fit in either. And I guess that's what this all comes down to: for the first and, perhaps, only time in my life, there was a character in the mass media that I could relate to. It's almost a chicken and the egg question: Did I become a cynical because of Daria? Or did she just make it seem cool to be more truly myself? Did I start critiquing pop culture because of her and Jane? Do I now enjoy trashy pulp-fiction type crap because of Sick Sad World? Who knows? What I do know is that Daria lit up a lightbulb inside my head that said that it was cool to be different, it was cool to not be everyone's friend. And it was cool to make art like Jane, and wear combat boots and have glasses and black tights and have an opinion and question what your teachers tell you in history class. She was a feminist icon, before I understood what feminism was, or that I was a feminist. Daria was an important and necessary alternative to the teeny-bop, midriff-top, sparkle plenty, smiley blonde girl culture of the late 90s. Daria remains necessary.

I've been holding off on making a Daria post for a long time, simply because there wasn't anything up on youtube worth posting. There was, like, parts of an episode with French subtitles. And shit people made themselves. UNTIL NOW. Some wonderful, amazing person has uploaded ALL of the episodes on youtube. I'm not kidding. So, for the first time in years, here's the first episode of Daria, in it's entirety. When I watched this episode for the first time in probably 8 years or something a few days ago, I was shocked over how much it still resonated with me. I had forgotten how awesome the opening sequence is (hell no she isn't gonna play volleyball, fuck y'all), how awesome Daria is, basically, wow, is it awesome! Awesome awesome awesome. Without further ado...

If you want to watch the rest of the series, click on these videos to get to youtube, and you'll see that the user who posted these videos has all of them. Go for it!

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