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Music Monday: Dear Arcade Fire…

Dear Arcade Fire,

I love you. Will you marry me?


from Kirby!

P.S. Oh Arcade Fire, you could make an album consisting solely of armpit farts and balloon-rubbing noises, and it would be awesome. You are probably my favorite live act, as your performances have brought me to tears every time I’ve seen you. And look at this, you make ridiculously cool videos, like the latest one for “The Suburbs”, which was directed by Spike Jonze and filmed in Austin.

I love you forever.


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Music Monday: Fresh & Onlys Rock My Face!

I love Fresh & Onlys! Their latest album, Play It Strange on In the Red, showcases one of my favorite types of music– that which sounds both punchy and fun, yet also sort of lazy and tired.

This video is also full of cool stuff– goofy light projection tricks, trampoline-jumping, and baby powder-covered faces…  OH YEAH!!

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Music Monday: Broken Bells Makes Me Fall Even Harder In Love With Joan Holloway

I have a huge girl crush on Christina Hendricks.  So imagine my delight at seeing this totally incredible Broken Bells video for “The Ghost Inside.”  Now I can’t figure out whether or not I like Joan more as a bitchy office vamp or a disintegrating intergalactic fembot.

Plus, I love this song’s “Private Eyes”-esque clapping loop.  Good work!!

(Call me, Christina!! xoxo)

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Music Monday: Kurt Vile All Up in Ya Earhole

If you are not familiar with the brilliant and mind-bending work of Kurt Vile, you best check yoself before you wreck yoself.  When I first heard Childish Prodigy, I just played it over and over again for days.  Then, I discovered Constant Hitmaker and the Square Shells EP, and my brain exploded.  And then, I saw him live at the Woodsist Festival at the Echo, and I melted into a Kirby pudding.  And THEN, I got him to sign a record and nearly died of joy when I saw that he dots the “i” in his name with a star.

Dreams really DO come true!

Right now on the Matador website, you can download Kurt’s new single from his upcoming LP for free!  Here it is.

“In My Time” by Kurt Vile

Also, he is playing at the Echoplex with his band, the Violators, next Thursday, November 11.  Buy tickets here!

Not sure if you’re into Kurt Vile yet?  Watch this shiz.  If you can’t dig that, I don’t know if we can be friends.  I’m sorry.  It’s just not going to work out.

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Music Monday: Willow Smith Makes Me Feel Like a Big Lame Loser

When I saw Willow Smith’s “Whip My Hair” video the other day, I was reminded of my own childhood.  I was pretty much exactly like her.

Just kidding.  I don’t understand how young children get to be this hip.  I mean, I understand that Willow Smith is hardly the standard for normality.  But honestly, most kids today are way cooler than anyone from my middle school in the 90s.

I think they are too cool, in fact.  It doesn’t seem fair.  When I was teaching, I constantly felt like the least trendy person in a room full of 6th graders.  That’s just not right.  (In fact, I would probably compare myself to the old lady doing the splits at 3:23 in the video.)  When I was in 6th grade, I was buying sweatshort outfits at the Limited Too and listening to Blues Traveler.  Now children are sporting Major Lazer T-shirts and making homemade remixes of Sonic Youth and Ol’ Dirty Bastard.

Look at these assholes.  Who knows what they are up to/what beats they will be dropping in the coming months?

I feel like this would have been a much more appropriate video for Willow Smith to release:

I realize that I sound like an old grump, a la, “These kids today with their Rock AND Roll!”  But I don’t care!  It’s not right that I’m 27 and feel intimidated by a 9-year-old with a neon mohawk!!

FYI, Parents: You can force your children to be dorks.  Seriously.  Think about the rest of us.

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Music Monday: Dear Bruce….

Dear Bruce,

I love you.  Will you marry me?


from Kirby!

P.S. I’m sorry.  That wasn’t much of a proposal.  Let me try again.  Here are 5 reasons why I love you:

1. You’re not trying to relive your high school years.

2. Three words: KILLER. DANCE. MOVES.

3. You’re the only man who could (a) get away with calling me a tramp, (b) get me on a motorcycle, or (c) convince me to participate in an “everlasting kiss.”

4. You’re good with kids.

5. You’re willing to go the distance, if you know what I mean.

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Music Monday: Lou Reed shows us that it’s okay to get old!

I’m a pretty firm believer in acting your age.  No matter how edgy and radical you were as a youth, once you are old, just be old!  It’s okay!  You can still be cool, but in a hip elder way.

Let me give you an example.  This is Iris Barrel Apfel.  She used to be an interior designer.  Now she’s just awesome.  I can’t wait to be exactly like this lady.  Of course, wearing white pants that go all the way up to my boobs does not seem like a good idea at present; but they look ridiculously fantastic on a 70-year-old woman.  And those huge glasses?  Those are genuine “I can’t see shit” glasses,” and they are still way cool.





Lou Reed is another good example of someone who has embraced his oldness–and his blindness.  The man who was once the leading authority on songs about trannies and intravenous drugs is now 68 years old.  And even though he is still releasing music, I’m a little more intrigued by his latest project: Lou Zoom.





Lou Zoom is an iPhone app for the visually impaired (aka old folks) that enlarges the contact list.  Maybe you’re not allowed to drive with those eyes, but you can still call your pals in style!  Perhaps you feel tempted to joke about this; but I feel like Lou is somewhat impervious to ridicule.  I mean, he performed with Gorillaz last weekend.  He has his own line of Italian eyewear from Tramantano–which appear to be bifocals by description, but still.  He’s 68, people.  For a senior citizen, he’s doing OK.

Go on wit yo bad old self, Lou Reed.  I love you forever.

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