Joseph Gordon-Levitt Presents: “Pictures of A–holes”

This is pretty hilarious. Watch as Joseph Gordon-Levitt (aka the cute kid from “Third Rock from the Son”) turns the cameras on the paps and asks them a few questions. Wait until the end when “Matt” reveals his deep dark fantasy. Link from JJB.

WATCH: “Pictures of A–holes” by Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Still Wishing Art Brut 47 Turns Out to Be Fall Out Boy

Ok so I had a total brain lapse today and I thought Art Brut was playing Knitting Factory this week. You can imagine the perplexed response I got when I emailed their PR peeps. “Laura,” the email started, “I love you but I have no idea what you are talking about Art Brut are not in town xoox.”

Yup, it’s official: I do not have any concept of time or space.

Anyway, what you–observant and time-conscious reader–may have already noticed is that the Art Brut show has “Special Guests Art Brut 47” playing the show as well. It doesn’t take a genius to type in “art brut 47” into Google and find this article that flat out says that We Are Scientists have co-opted that name as their Art Brut cover band alias.

It also doesn’t take a genius to realize that that was exactly what Jerry was trying to say in the email I totally didn’t read. Sorry Jerry.

While it’s very exciting that WAS will most likely playing the gig, I’m still kinda hoping its another Fall Out Boy appearance.

Oh, speaking of FOB, K.F. sent me the link to this NME article that states that Fall Out Boy are so over making up beef with label-mate The Killers and want to take them out to dinner at Nobu or something. Somewhere on the Lower East Side, Ultragrrrl just busted a nut. I kid, I kid.

I Went to an Indie Rock Show and All I Got Was this Stupid Picture

Tonight I went to the Clap Your Hands Say Yeah show at Bowery Ballroom. When I wasn’t up front jumping around and dancing with everyone else, I was leaned up against the wall off to the side. It was then that I noticed two people next to the band equipment full-on making out. I couldn’t believe that no one else noticed so I tapped I.A. on the shoulder and made him look at what was going on.

The couple were kissing and groping beyond anything I’ve ever seen at Bowery Ballroom. I said, “man, I wish I had a flashlight to shine on them!” I.A. pulled out his cell phone and flashed the brightly-lit screen in their direction. They didn’t seem to notice. I told him to put it away, because I was going to take a picture with my flash.

By the time I got my camera set up, the couple had stopped smooching and resorted to dry humping each other, with the girl grinding up against the guy. I hesitated taking a photo several times because what if they noticed and started punching me or something? I.A. suggested doing a photo series: “How sexy is this CYHSY song?” based on the makeout level of the drunk people. I didn’t have the heart to do that (althought it would have been hilarious). But I did eventually take a shot (below).

When I looked at the picture I realized it was a perfect representation of what you typically see at an indie rock show, so I made the following diagram (click to view larger photo):

clap your hand say yeah, anatomy of an indie rock show

Things I’m Loving Right Now

With so little time in the day, I don’t always get to write about things that I’ve been listening to on my iPod, videos and TV I’ve been watching, and stuff I’ve gone to see that doesn’t involve music. This post is dedicated to such things.

The Zutons’ “Why Won’t You Give Me Your Love?”

My friend Tim sent me this Zutons single a month or two ago and even though I play it on repeat like 10 times a day I do not get sick of it. And after you watch the West Side Story inspired video shot in Cuba, you will hopefully adore this song as much as I do. It’s an impossibly catchy uber pop song, complete with hand claps, and wicked guitar riffs. They even have their own pinball game which plays the song.

WATCH: “Why Won’t You Give Me Your Love?” by The Zutons (Real Player)

The Cinematics

Yes, I still cannot get enough of The Cinematics, a band I think that have the strong potential to be the next hot British band. When I’m not listening to “Why Won’t You Give Me Your Love?” I’m listening to their song “Chase”. You can download the song off of Water Cooler Gossip or check out their MySpace profile for a handful of other fantastic songs.

Demetri Martin

You may know Demetri Martin from his hilarious Comedy Central special or his alterna-cute “Trendspotting” reports on The Daily Show. Tonight I just saw his latest show, entitled “Dr. Earnest Parrot presents…“, at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in Chelsea.

It’s still a work in progress, but it seems promising. There were a number of technical difficulties during the show, but still everyone had a great time. He’s trying out the new material on the hometown crowd before heading over to Australia and Scotland. It is less “jokey” than his previous show…er…”These Are Jokes”, and rather more of a think piece.

It centers around the idea that Demetri is going to a psychologist to work out why he is unhappy and feels isolated from humanity, and the performance is a way for him to make a social breakthrough and connect with other people. It also features a hilarious cameo from his burning apartment building. Surprising, because burning buildings are not usually known for their comedic value.

Also notable, the “Beat It” jacket, childhood heartbreak complete with play-by-play diagrams, the return of the Double Hawk, refractory light and gays, wanting to be warm instead of hot, and road rage on a longboard.

Check out his MySpace profile for more tour dates and the comedy song “I’ve Got 9000 Friends”.

The Pope Gets an iPod Nano

Oh yes. The Nano has reached the Pope. I hear he downloads illegally ripped German death metal.

A group of Vatican Radio employees gave Pope Benedict XVI a brand new iPod nano loaded with special Vatican Radio programming and classical music.

To honor the pope’s first visit to the radio’s broadcasting headquarters, the radio’s technical staff decided the pencil-thin, state-of-the-art audio player would make the perfect gift.

Jake Gyllenhaal: Step Away from the Drinks

Look at this cute lil’ snapshot of Ang Lee and Uma Thurman–but wait a minute, who’s that dude ruining the photo by making faces in the background…er…that’s Academy Award nominee Jake Gyllenhaal. Oh my.

Is he method acting for his next role as “Loud Teenager #3” in the big screen adaptation of “The Local 6-o’clock Evening News”? My sources say, “Naw. He’s just wasted.”

jake as jackass

(Source via ONTD)

Best Buy Doesn’t Sell “Arctic Monkeys” Album

Today I was out on Long Island for a dress fitting. That’s because I’m a bridesmaid in my friend Amanda’s wedding NEXT YEAR. Since I’m not getting married any time in the near future, all this bridal stuff is totally foreign to me. Buying a dress for something that’s not until 2007 still does not compute in my mind.

Anyway, since I’d already spent an hour or two at David’s Bridal, ate lunch at PF Chengs (The Cheesecake Factory was too busy!), I decided to go suburbia overboard and stop by the nearby Best Buy…which took me 20 minutes to get to in my car even though it was only about 5 minutes walking distance because shopping malls on Long Island have the most retarded parking lot systems EVER.

I headed into that monolith of a electronics and music store, Best Buy, and searched for the Arctic Monkeys CD since I hadn’t bought it yet. I headed toward the “A” section and saw “Air”, “Antony and the Johnsons,” but continued to look for the Monkeys.

I found “Arcade Fire,” but no “Arctic Monkeys.”

“Hmm…It should be riiiight her–Oh.”

Then I realized that there’s a pretty good chance that Best Buy employees do not have to take a spelling test or have a subscription to NME to work there…but hey, I do love me some “Arctec Monkey” every now and then.

arctec monkey at best buy

This photo is going next to my other cameraphone snapshot of the “Von Blondies” in the Virgin Megastore in Union Square.

He Shoots, He Misses…Sorta

Ah, the Daily Show is going to have a field day with this one: Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shot another man while on a quail hunting expedition in South Texas yesterday.

In honor of this event, I would strongly advise you to download the following live version of a song by Brakes called “Cheney.” The 10-second diddy goes like this: “Cheney, Cheney, Cheney, Cheney, Cheney/ Cheney, Cheney/ Stop being such a dick”

DOWNLOAD: “Cheney” by Brakes (Live. Amsterdam Nov 11, 2005)