I found this Brazilian girl doing a homestyle version of Rihanna's umbrella highly amusing. No hate girl, you rock it like Rihanna.
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Friday, February 8, 2013
I hate the show New Girl. There. I said it. Not only is it not funny, not original, and not interesting in any way, there are many aspects of this show that are direct representations of problems within our culture. One of them is every woman on the show is represented as a perfect beautiful sex symbol, a mysterious ~woman~ who men are pining after and intrigued by. Every female character in this show has beauty and femininity as their defining traits, making their characters impressively shallow. From the very few times I have watched this show, this is what I've waned from it:
She's cute! She's quirky! She's awkward! She's adorkable! She's...a manic pixie dream girl, and if you're seen Garden State, Ruby Sparks, or like, any movie ever you've probably seen her before. She's a stock character--a cardboard cut out of how nerdy screenwriters who have never had a girlfriend and spend most of their time in cold board rooms wearing hoodies while surrounded by other men, view women. I mean actually it's very realistic and all women teach elementary school, trot around in pretty dresses with bows on them, and play the bells. I feel like I'm describing a 5 year old.
I'm cute! After this let's play hopscotch and eat jello and I have no real thoughts or ideas I'm just here to look cute!!!!
Cece's a model! Right, because these are the jobs women have. Other than that she is even less interesting than Jess. Every time she's discussed it's related to how she's a model--like, does she want to come over and bring some hot model friends? Here are some cool things she thinks about (such as advising aspiring models to starve themselves and remember the importance of lip gloss). She dated the bro roommate but they broke up because another guy liked her and he couldn't handle it. Women have an infinite number of men at their disposal at any given moment.
Caroline is Nick's ex-girlfriend who dumped him. He's still in love with her and she treats him horribly and strings him along. So women have the power in every relationship and men are just again, at their disposal. Blonde girls must suck.
I had to look this up but I guess Kim is the bro roommate's boss who is the stereotypical harsh working woman. They make out. So again, women are sexy and in control. This character already bores me.
Angie meets Nick in the bar where he works. She's a stripper and she already has a boyfriend but she and Nick sort of date until she dumps him. There's a lot to aspire to here.
In all, I find the portrayal of female characters in this show highly insulting and really don't think it's worth anyone's time. However, I know many of my friends enjoy this show--feel free to try and convince me otherwise.
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Only Tomorrow--my favorite song so far off the new MBV album.
When I heard news that My Bloody Valentine was coming out with their first album in 22 years, well, it felt pretty weird. I was born in 1991, the year the band released their last album. For the duration of my entire life, MBV hadn't released any new music. It felt strange to have my life compared to MBV's body of work. I felt small but old at the same time--friends talked of shoegaze like an ancient and distant happening, allowing the conversation to drift to outdated music movements like ska and 2000's indie pop.
I was lucky enough to have a friend email me mp3's of the album about an hour after the it "was released." How he got them so fast--I have no idea. (If you happen to be reading this: holy crap. Thank you.) I had gone out with friends that night, thinking I would listen to the album later. (Sorry Kevin Shields, you did not steal my friday night with your weird social experiment.)
When I did listen to the album, I felt the opposite of how others talked about it. As someone who listens to bands that were heavily influenced by MBV and a LOT of grunge music, I feel like this album is still relevant now. Maybe because I am living in the past, but maybe not. I can definitely see comparisons to chillwave and dream pop bands that seem to be dominating the music culture now (Beach House anyone? Listen to "Is This Yes" alongside their early stuff and get back to me.) But as we all know, music movements build on each other and the fact that repercussions of MBV are still relevant now isn't surprising--they are a great band.
What I'm trying to get at is two things:
1. You should probably go here and read much more eloquent and intelligent reactions to this album.
2. There is something to be said about a 21 year old girl who still feels deeply connected to musical movements that happened at the time of her birth. I think my generation revisits the music of the early 90's not only because it was an incredible time for music, but also because it is still highly influential today. That and because the music video for "Kool Thing" is really awesome.
I started this blog without a clear objective--I just wanted to talk about what I wanted to talk about. And 90% of the time that's music. I feel good about that.
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Beyonce at the superbowl! No words! She was amazing!!!!
This article really puts it in perspective: [via patheos:]
". . . Beyoncé’s performance Sunday night in New Orleans wasn’t about sex. It was about power, and Beyoncé had it in spades. In fact, her show was one of the most compelling, embodied and prophetic statements of female power I have seen on mainstream television.
That a Black woman claimed and owned her power during the misogynist, consumerist celebration known as the Super Bowl only highlights Beyoncé’s brilliance and boldness"