January 4th isn’t a statistically fancy day…
UNTIL NOW. Year End List! Part 4 is much more positive than yesterday’s. Savor it, as there is only one more to go.
Top Five Best Music Videos
5. “Blow” by Ke$ha: Ke$ha may represent all that’s terrible with pop music, but this video is pure gold. James Van Der Beek gets dissed, a laser fight breaks out of nowhere, and unicorns bleed rainbows. Let me say that last part again: unicorns bleed rainbows. Let’s forget how terribly creepy they are and all have a good laugh over their deaths.
4. “Short Lived” by Siblings: Travis D Wiggins is a Renaissance Man. He DJs, is one half of Coral Stabz (as well as other projects), and makes lovely music videos. This gem is by far the scene’s best video of the year, featuring everyone’s favorite lovable punk band, Siblings, in hand drawn stop motion animation. That Short Lived is also one of my favorite punk tracks of the year doesn’t hurt, either. Check out some of Travis’ other work on YouTube.
3. “The Creep” by The Lonely Island: SNL offspring The Lonely Island were one of the biggest success stories of 2010 after reminding the world that comedy music can also be great listening. Continuing this on their second album, Turtleneck & Chain, the trio gave us songs about sex (especially involving mothers), Jack Sparrow, and the Golden Rule. The Creep stands out, however, for giving us possibly the greatest dance move ever. Bonus points for getting Nicki Minaj to go for first base with a corpse.
2. “Party Rock Anthem“/”Sexy and I Know It” by LMFAO: Although they also made our more dubious list, LMFAO still blew away 2011. “Party Rock Anthem” came out of nowhere in March and took over clubs and pop radio stations. Party songs are great, but only one is so great that it turns otherwise normal hipsters into shufflin’ zombies. “Sexy and I Know It” successfully built upon the catchy-dance-beat-plus-cool-dance-circles and upped the ante with speedos. Lady Gaga may have been Born This Way, but I submit that dancing around in a banana hammock next to “The Hedgehog” was the real show of positive body image.
1. “Simple Math” by Manchester Orchestra: I only very recently came in contact with this absolutely fantastic music video. I am a real sucker for good cinematography (which most music videos lack) and “Simple Math” has some of the best I’ve seen. To be able to tell the story of a whole life of heartache and pain in five minutes is seriously impressive, especially with the use of Inception-style memories-in-memories, all tied together by a terrible accident and wonderfully powerful song.
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After a fun-filled night of excellent music and exquisitely cheap beer at this week’s Kaleidoscope, Kendle and I made our ritualistic stop at Downbeat Diner. Drunk on the rebellious energy that Siblings inspired during their set, we decided to branch out from the mozzarella sticks and order the menu item that I’ve been lusting over for the past month: PBR & bacon.
(Note: This is the part of the post where I cue the angels’ singing.)
At around 432 calories (I’m glad we shared) and five trillion grams of awesomeness, I’m not sure I can handle this “snack” after every outing. But that doesn’t mean I won’t want to. Imagine a salted, oily, crunchy stick of delicious fried meat being washed down by the enhanced water that is Pabst Blue Ribbon. Now that you’ve imagined it just tell me you don’t want to immediately pop down to Downbeat and make that dream come true. I wonder if the founders of Pabst Brewing Co. back in 1844 could have fathomed that a) their beer would not only win a blue ribbon but b) would also become a part of this heavenly combination.
Not only was it an amazing mouth-experience, but apparently this combination of cheap beer and fried pork makes Kendle and I (brace yourselves) double hipsters. DUN DUN DAAAAAAAH. That’s right. According to Mr. Brendon David of brendondavid.com, “This new found affinity for a fatty, salty strip of pork is akin to hipsters ordering PBR at the Ye Olde Hipster bar in the city of your choice.” And you know what this HEPster has to say about that? Call me whatever you want, just give me more PBR and bacon.
P.S. I am tempted to write to Pabst Brewing Co. and submit this heavenly combo to their Drink & Draw PBR Art Gallery.
Nothing makes me feel more like a Portland chick in Honolulu than my massive coffee cravings. Sure, they have some pretty tasty Kona on the island but for the most part when you order a cuppa joe here, you’re gonna get something watery in a Styrofoam cup. Thankfully, K and I have finally remedied this catastrophic catastrophe.
Back in October when I was testing the mid-Pacific waters with a visit to my lover, we stumbled upon a coffee shop near the university that up until a few days ago I was convinced was called Galeca. As a unit, we drink coffee at fairly bizarre hours of the day, so when we were cruising around Honolulu last week looking for art supplies (to feed my other addiction) it became suddenly imperative that we caffeinate. Since the coffee shop in question is in fact not called Galeca, it took us two tries to locate it again.
Glazer’s! (Okay so Galeca is pretty far off. Whatevas.) It’s an amazing, comfy spot with enough artwork to keep even the most ADD hipster occupied. They self-identify as a “third place” and do a pretty durn good job of it, and apparently they’re referred to as “the living room of Honolulu”. I totally buy it.
And oh goodness…the coffee. So I’ve only been there a handful of times but not only are the baristas about five-thousand-million times more polite than most Portland baristas (myself included), they’re SUPER talented. The latte art is unbelelievable:
…and whatever roast they’re using is fantastic. I’m a bit confused because they have illy canisters on their shelves and also have their own roast, but whatever they’ve been putting in my mug thus far is fine by me (despite the huge boner I have for illy). Check out their coffee page and you mouth will not stop watering until you appease it with a visit to this mecca.
If all that epicness doesn’t tempt you, I give you the K-HEPster being lovesick and caffeinated at Glazer’s back in October:
Isn’t he cute?