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So, I torrented an awesome indie rock compilation. Here are some winsome videos of my favorites:

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Bizarre dreams last night. I decided to start laundry as soon as I woke up, so now they're not fresh in my mind, but one involved Barack Obama and Condoleeza Rice (who was secretly a ninja, and had been forced to stay on in the Obama administration by some kind of silly sitcom-esque loophole) having a torrid affair and kicking a lot of white supremacist ass.

Last night I had pretty much as much fun as I've ever had: went to the Found Magazine/Watson Twins tour at Congress. The Watson Twins were lovely, the Found brother who played guitar and sang about the found notes was both funny and terribly sweet and sensitive, and the Found brother who performed the notes was absolutely hilarious. I don't think that I've ever laughed so hard, except at the Found Footage Festival, which was different, because that's more a cringe-y "oh god" laugh, whereas laughing at this is more a celebration of humanity. The only off note was that there were a bunch of assholes in the back talking really loudly and being annoying drunken louts, which would have been awkward on its own, but all the performers kept telling them to STFU, which only made them talk louder, so awkward.

Also, speaking of awkward, this girl at Brooklyn Pizza totally tried to make eye babies with me. It was very weird. I felt like I was being cruised in a bathhouse or something. Only time I have ever felt creeped out  by a GIRL'S attention and I don't exactly know why, but Summer does an awesome impression of the girl's leer. The end.
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Another music video post!

1. Suckers, "It Gets Your Body Movin'" (live)

2. Crystal Antlers, "Andrew"

3. Los Campesinos, "You! Me! Dancing!" (Thanks, Summer!)

4. MGMT, "Electric Feel" (sorry, can't embed this one...)

5. Antony and the Johnsons, "Epilepsy is Dancing" (live)

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Eminem's new song pisses me off. Okay, first of all, what the HELL has become of his flow? His delivery, over the years, has become to his original Slim Shady and Marshall Mathers LP self as Michael Jackson's face is to the kid in the Jackson 5.

What really bothers me, though, is that it's all TMZ and no human emotion. I don't care what he thinks of Lindsay Lohan. I didn't care what he thought of Christina Aguilera either. I cared about what he thought about Kim. I cared about what he thought of this Slim Shady construction. I cared about what he thought about looking back on his drug-addled misspent youth with tinges of both nostalgia and regret. I cared about his uneasy sense of racial boundaries. I cared. Past tense.

Eminem, stop Michael Jacksoning yourself.
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On Broadway during rush hour this morning, a monarch butterfly darted in front of an oncoming SUV. It plummeted, then erratically climbed, then flew away unscathed, towards a flower shop.

Although Faith No More's cover of "War Pigs" is one of my favorite covers ever (the moment when Mike Patton apparently forgets the lyrics and substitutes an oddly Ozzy-esque mumble is especially inspired), I'll grudgingly admit that I just heard the Cake one on the radio, and it's kind of awesome.

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Although my last post on this topic didn't exactly get a plethora of reader response, I'm just going to soldier on. Top five! I am interpreting "music video" rather liberally here, otherwise I'd just never be able to choose.

5. Tool, "Stinkfist"

I love Tool videos. They remind me of Giger, Pan's Labyrinth, and my own fucked-up dreams. Although it was hard to pick a favorite, this one edged out other awesome ones such as "Prison Sex," "Sober," and "Aenema," because it embodies geek love. Not the kind you find on the sad, sad TWOP CSI forums. Haha. I would also like to note that a hobby of mine is reading "song meanings" boards. There is a rather hilarious debate as to whether this song is literally about fisting. My humble opinion is that it's about desensitization, but really, what's a more vivid metaphor for that THAN fisting?

4. Pink Floyd, "The Wall"

Of course it counts! Also, I really miss the Floyd laser light show at Flandreau. That is all.

3. The credits sequence for "The Stand" miniseries, featuring "Don't Fear the Reaper"

Best moment in soundtrack history. Did you know that Stephen King actually bought his own radio station that only played songs he liked? This was back in the pre-iPod days, obviously. But apparently it's still going strong.

2. Android Lust, "Stained"

Someday, Shikhee, you will be mine. My favorite song of hers is "Kingdom of One," if you're interested in hearing more - I don't really understand why Android Lust hasn't been more successful.

1. Kate Bush, "Wuthering Heights"

This was a tough one, obviously. I was tempted to chose a Sesame Street video. Or maybe that really hot Tori Amos one, when, as a "straight" friend once commented with googly eyes, she licks her own knee. But really, my heart belongs to this video. It's just so weird. I love how artless her dancing is - if you want to call it dancing. Perhaps the correct term would be "semaphore." This is one of my all-time favorite songs (literary references! and the particular book, don't even get me started, swoon!), although this particular version has butchered the original vocals. Both Angra and the Decemberists do really interesting covers. Without further ado:

Honorable mentions: most of the bands had other videos I wanted to pick, especially Radiohead. Also, for the movie soundtracks ones, "Ziggy Stardust," "Requiem for a Dream," "Go," and "Yellow Submarine" were some stiff competition, tell you what.
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Everyone makes lists of their favorite things. Books, movies, songs, ho hum. How videos! Before we begin, I am going to note that my favorite literary genre is transgressive fiction. So that should tell you something about the disturbing nature of a lot of these embeds, if you choose to play them. I'm not going to write elaborate warnings for them, view at your own risk.

10. Nine Inch Nails, "Happiness in Slavery."

Although there are better NIN videos in terms of cinematography ("Perfect Drug"), music (most of them), and hotness ("Sin"!), you really can't beat the sentiment expressed by this one.

9. Peaches, "Fuck the Pain Away."

Sick, wrong, retro, and hilarious! What's not to like? (Did you know she used to be a teacher?)

8. Lauryn Hill, "Everything is Everything."

This makes a lot of people's favorite music video lists. Well, with good reason!

7. Radiohead, "Rabbit in Your Headlights."

What does it mean? What doesn't it mean?

6. CSS, "Music is My Hot Hot Sex"

Again, a case where they've done far better videos, but there's just something so eighties and bizarre about this one. Maybe it's how UNhot Lovefoxxx manages to be? She's tired of being sexy!

5. Peter Gabriel, "Steam."

Guh...wha? I hear you say. Well, this video holds a special place in my heart, because it's the first music video I ever saw. I was forbidden to watch TV as a child (which obviously helped keep me on the straight and narrow later in life, right?), but this was on a video of computer animation that we got from the library. It was, er, cutting edge. (Actually, as I was finding it on Youtube just now, I was impressed by how well it held up.)

Stay tuned for the top five!

P.S. If you want me to add you to my friends list, or re-add you, feel free to comment or email me, kay? I feel a little bad about the purge I just did, but it had to be done.
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Books I'm having trouble finishing:
1. The Amber Spyglass. (What can I say, epic battle scenes, fucking yawn. I want more literary allusions, liminal alternate-history factoids, and bizarre character interactions, damn it!)
2. Perdido Street Station. (No, really, it's GREAT. I just kind of don't want it to end.)
3. No god but God. (A history of Islam. Interesting, but I just watched a documentary about it too, so I'm a little Islamed out. Also, and this is going to sound CRAZY, but its spine is broken, and I hate reading books with broken spines.)

Books I'm really excited about starting:
1. Towelhead.
2. The Road. (Yeah, I can't believe I haven't read it yet either.)
3. The Jane Austen Book Club.
4. Delta Wedding. (I've only read Eudora Welty's short stories.)

And on the movie front, I totally got Heathers from the library! Also documentaries about the Lascaux cave paintings and the Jewish Americans, and the All Roads Film Festival collection. Also, a movie with Javier Bardem that looks really depressing. Hmm...depressing...vs. Javier Bardem...maybe I should just rent Life in the Time of Cholera? That would be depressing in an entirely different way.

TV-wise, I still haven't brought myself to watch the last episode of Lost. Okay, but, this is the first time a character I actually like has died! (Damn your driving under the influence, Daniel Dae Kim!) I'm afraid I'll break down sobbing at the public library. Or not. Maybe I just don't want to sit in front of the computer at the library for two hours being subjected to Jimmy Kimmel commercials. (Yeah, my computer can neither handle streaming video, nor torrent, so...) Anyway, I also watched the second season of Veronica Mars (not nearly as good as the first, but still pretty awesome), and I got the first season of Rome (from the public library, surprisingly enough! I hope they plan on acquiring more HBO shows soon. And, uh, FX maybe? Not that I, er, love Christian Troy?).

And finally, I've been listening to...well, that's easy, just look at the "current music" and titles of my entries, right?
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I just took advantage of the "free mini-cards" offer on the lj front page, and find it all very exciting. I figure that if they're super dorky, they'll still be cool in collages.

This band is also super exciting.


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