Sunday, August 22, 2010

August Mix: The End of Summer Soliloquy

FALSE ALARM! We recovered our songs. Halle-freakin-lujah. Here is my slightly delayed mix for August. Jam suckas:

1. The Swimming Song - Loudon Wainwright III
2. A Community Service Annoucement - Jonathan Boulet
3. The Richest Kids - This Is Ivy League
4. Effortlessly - Field Music
5. All Together Now - Andre 3000
6. Erase Me (Feat. Kanye West) - Kid Cudi
7. Short and Entertaining - Jamaica
8. Little Lion Man Live on NPR - Mumford & Sons
9. Sailing To Nowhere - Broken Bells
10. Idioteque - Amanda Palmer
11. Cooler Than Me (Sia vs. Mike Posner) - Neon Hitch
12. Super Trouper - Camera Obscura
13. On the Front Porch -Disney's "Summer Magic"
14. Zebra - Beach House
15. Fake Palindromes - Andrew Bird
16. O Valencia! - The Decemberists
17. Club Can't Handle Me (Featuring David Guetta) - Flo Rida

Sunday, August 15, 2010

The Unthinkable Has Happened

I just lost approximately 13,000 songs from Itunes.

Years of searching, saving, and filing...gone.

My musical memories from 2003-2010...gone.

Napster era live tracks...gone.

Songs from cds that I got rid of a long time ago because I had them "safe" on the hard drive... gone.

All I have are random songs that we accidentally downloaded to the wrong folder. I am now left with the following:

And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Our Dead
Andrea Bocceli
Andrew W.K.
Angel Romero
Animal Collective
Antony & The Johnsons
Architecture in Helsinki
B.B. King
Camara Obscura
Cat Power
Chris Dane Owens
Chuck Berry
Daft Punk
Dinosaur Jr
Electric Six
Ella Fitzgerald
Elliot Smith
Gil Scott-Heron
Girl Talk
Jethro Tull
Jonathan Coulton
Kings of Leon
LCD Soundsystem
Los Campesinos!
Ludwig van Beethoven
Marc Seales, composer
Mason Jennings
Massive Attack
Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Neutral Milk Hotel
Pretty Girls Make Graves
Rain Machine
Russell Shaw
Sondre Lerche
Sunn O)))
Super Furry Animals
The Beach Boys
The Fiery Furnaces
The National
Vic Chesnutt
Volacano Choir

This is not ok.

I hate technology.

Monday, August 9, 2010

It's the most wonderful time of the year!

I've felt it in the air these past few days. The first day of class is only three short weeks away! Luckily, everything is falling into place, just in time. I got the job at Aspen Grove, so I will be living and working there while going to BYU. Once I have a secure method of transportation all will be well. But I also feel a little nervous about going back to class. I fear my brain has turned to mush. As long as my spanish is a bit better than these guys, I should be ok:

I'm going to start reading Como Agua Para Chocolate to get my brain in gear. I'm also taking New testament, and FOUR anthropology classes.

Step Up 3D was fun. Though when I left the theater to practice my moves, I am sure that I did look like these guys:

Did I mention I LUV Community? Well, I do.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

move - l'art du d├ęplacement

In honor of the upcoming release of "Step Up 3D" tomorrow, we have a movement themed entry. Despite the fact that I have no formal dance training and I am extremely bashful, I think to be a dancer would be the most completely perfect job in the world. Really. It is a miniature obsession of mine.

Hermana. Holmes assured me this is normal, and even showed me "how-to" videos online. She said these were THE moves while I was on my mission:

Isn't little Price Twice the cutest thing?

This is difficult.

A few months ago I had my mom record "Dance in America : NY Export : Opus Jazz" (isn't that a lot of colons?) which is part of the PBS Great Performances series. The ballet was choreographed by Jerome Robbins (West Side Story), and originally performed in 1958 with the dancers wearing tennis shoes. It is neat.

Watch the full episode. See more Great Performances.

As a film alone, it is beautiful. You can stream the whole thing online, so if you get the chance to watch it, you should. This dance was supposed to encapsulate the attitudes of youth in the 1950's. What would a dance symbolizing our generation look like?

The NYT talked about dancing this week too.

Hulu also wanted to celebrate the release of Step Up 3d, so they put together an internet series.It's called "The LXD" and I think it's kind of about this top secret organization that gathers up people to fight a mysterious masked man. And guess what LXD stands for. Legion of Extraordinary Dancers. Yep. Before you start laughing, just watch this. I present Chapter 3, ROBOT LOVE STORY:


Ok, maybe you're still laughing after watching that. But I like it! The music kind of reminds me at times of that short in Paris, Je'Taime with Elijah Wood that is supposed to be kind of darkly funny but actually just creeped me out. The spell check just told me "creep" is not a verb...what?

So there you have it. I'll start learning those dance moves as soon as I perfect my parkour skills. ha.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

luvin' shoppin'

Who needs a mood ring when you have an Old Navy employee tag?

That's me, Little miss "luvin' shoppin'". For the general benefit of society, I've decided to create a shopping guide to share my love with others. Actually, this isn't really a guide as much as a war strategy. Because we all know that every time you are shopping, you are actually at war with "the man". If you think the only way to beat "the man" is to shop at American Apparel and wear Toms, you are so wrong my friend. I present to you Deseret Industries (the D.I.) as you've never seen it before.

D.I. was valued only by it's ability to carry ugly Christmas sweaters, velvet paintings, and cassette tapes of Ace of Base all under the same roof. Since I have been back from school, I have become quite the seasoned D.I. shopper if I may say so myself. It requires diligence and discipline, but the reward is worth it. Follow these rules, and you too can be part of the D.I.O.R.A.M.A. (Deseret Industries Organization for Reconnaissance And Material Acquisition).

1 - Find your D.I.
This rule is simple common sense. The quality of a store store should not be based on its customers, but it's suppliers. Almost all merchandise at D.I. is donated by people. The geographical location in which the store is found will determine who will be donating most. You may want to choose the store you visit based on what items you are looking for. Examples: In the St. George D.I., there is a limitless selection of old army uniforms, fatigues, etc. If you go to Sugarhouse, you will not find any army clothes, but you can find a lot of new (never worn) clothing and shoes. If you go to Provo, you are basically wasting your time.

2 - Arrange your schedule to optimal store proximity and productivity
You should visit your D.I, everyday if possible. This is easy if your grandma lives two blocks away and you drink mate with her every morning. Otherwise, once a week may be sufficient for your needs. Don't bother going on Saturday, it is too busy.

3 - Travel as a pack
You must ALWAYS go in a group, and follow the group code. When you are browsing, you are not only looking for things for yourself, but for your comrades. If you find something you think they will like, grab it and show it to them. They will return the favor. If they are not there, and the item is clothing or shoes, buy it (clothing and shoes are exchangeable for up to a week). Your friends can also protect your shopping cart from thrift thieves, or people who might "mistake" your purse as something "for sale". Also they will tell you that you are dumb before you buy that green and magenta polyester dress, even if you did see something similar on the sartorialist.

3- Constant Vigilance
As soon as you enter the store, head straight for what you are looking for. DO NOT LET YOURSELF GET DISTRACTED FROM YOUR GOAL. In my case, I always go directly to the clothing on the racks in the center aisle of the store. These are racks that they wheel in from the back with clothes that they later sort and distribute in the store. They have not been sitting there for months and months like everything else. And, if you find one good item on one of those racks (i.e. vintage Diane von Furstenberg wrap dress), you will probably find more because people donate things in batches and their taste will be reflected in the rest of the items on the rack. It is usually not worth your time to look at any of the other racks in the store unless you have something very specific in mind. And if you have the willpower to not get distracted.

4 - Be discriminating
Even though you are at a thrift store, you should still try and find the best quality items. In terms of clothes, it is best to stay away from clothes that were originally from Old Navy, Walmart, Target, etc. Even if they are "cute". You can buy these clothes new for almost the same price at the real store. Instead, look for clothes that are well-made and that fit. Don't buy clothes that have stains or tears; even if you tell yourself that you could easily patch them up, because we both know that you won't really ever get around to it.

5 - Keep a secret
When people ask me where I got something, I now tell them the store it originally came from. Especially if they are wearing something that it is the same brand/style that you are wearing. You don't want to make them feel silly when they find out you paid $4 for those pants while they paid $78. It's just more polite. :)

If you follow these simple rules, you will find success. I've found great stuff, including brand new sperry top-siders that looked a bit like this:

Great, right?

In other shopping news, I found this at Smiths yesterday:

Toshica's Finest - Satin DuRag

And this weird image on the inside packaging of a brush I bought:


Whaaaa? Is this a hint that I really should try to bring the "sister wife" hair-do back in style?

Oh! For all those interested, there is a rack at the Sugarhouse Old Navy for with mens pants for $1.97. It will probably be gone by the end of today, so go fast!