Things From Last Month: Foster the People, Cut Copy, Johnny Marnell, Kalli

Hey y’all. Sorry I have basically fallen off the face of the planet in terms of updates. August was a great month — saw lots of good music. Here are some of the shows I witnessed:

The biggest blowout I attended last month was on August 11th for Celebrate Brooklyn‘s last concert of the summer, featuring Aussie dance party gods, Cut Copy, and California wunderkids, Foster the People. So much crazy dancing, so much fun! (And a damn near Lindsay Lohan sighting!)

Lead singer Mark Foster told a story about how when he was a teenager he approached Rivers Cuomo at a party and tried to get him to listen to his demo. Fast foward to 2011, and now Weezer has been known to cover “Pumped Up Kicks” in concert. As an homage, FTP did a cover version of “Say It Ain’t So”:

Cut Copy wants you to feel the power!

Crowd during Cut Copy finale
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Crazy Supermodel Sighting of the Day

Just saw Ty Ty (aka Tyra Banks) with a ton of makeup on, Farrah hair, wearing a tan trenchcoat along w/ ANTM winner, Jaslene as well as two other model-y chicks wearing “MODEL CITIZEN” t-shirts w/ Tyra show logos on the back in Union Square. Just a bunch of gawkers, some policemen, security people and camera crew. North West side of the park.

UPDATE: Looks like it was for the Tyra Show. Celebrating her 600th episode.

David Cook: Goodbye Emover!

So I’ve sorta been watching American Idol every week, and I basically hate all the contestants except David Cook, who I lovingly refer to as “the Creed guy” because he totally sings like one of those dudes in some “rock” band from Canada or who loves Jesus. I missed this week but was pleased to see pictures and footage of the show which showed a remarkable change in David’s outward appearance: David Cook’s “emover” (aka the “emo combover”) has disappeared!

BEFORE

david cook

AFTER

david cook
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Artwork Fit for a Serial Killer?

Tonight on the way home from dinner I walked by the Merge Gallery, which was having an opening reception for their newest show. As I strolled by the window, I got a glimpse of the artwork–and stopped dead in my tracks.

The show was called “New Blood” and the artwork was made of blood.

The pieces instantly reminded me of America’s favorite fictional serial killer/blood splatter expert, Dexter, that I had to take a closer look. The work looked like giant Dexter blood slides–blood splatters caught between layers of clear resin and Plexiglas.

plexiglas
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Marty Crandall and Elyse Sewell to Be Free of Domestic Violence Charges

MTV.com reports: Former America’s Next Top Model contestant and prolific LiveJournal-er Elyse Sewell has been cleared of all charges of domestic violence against now ex-boyfriend Marty Crandall of the pop group The Shins due to insufficient evidence. Crandall will be arraigned on Wed, and it is assumed all charges against him will also be dropped as well. The couple were both arrested on Friday night after having a fight at a Sacramento hotel.

On Saturday, Sewell posted a detailed account of the argument on her LiveJournal blog
, which sent the blogosphere a twitter. Today Sewell posted the following in response to the intense media attention surrounding her and Marty’s arrest:

Update: The D.A. has rejected the case against me. I am free. I wish the same outcome for Marty and have no intention of pursuing any further legal action. I would not wish entanglement in the widening gyre of the American legal system upon my worst enemy.

It was incredibly naive of me not to realize that my blog entry about this incident would become tabloid fodder. That was not my intention. I consider the small circle of people who frequent this LJ to be a support group; the much larger world of tabloid readers is certainly not. I will never speak of this again, nor malign Marty in this space. And tomorrow this’ll be fishwrap.

Expect few updates to this journal in the next couple of weeks as I will be untangling the web of seven years of cohabitation with my ex-boyfriend, packing up my shit, and thickening up a plot to travel and work in more temperate climes.


In an interview with The Oregonian
, supervisor for the domestic violence unit of the Sacramento County D.A. Paul Durenberger expressed his surprise over the noticeable interest in the Crandall/Sewell case: “I’ve never heard of [Marty Crandall] before, but (the Shins) are probably not big for people like me, in their late 40s.”

Good luck to the newly incarceration-free ex-lovers. Stay out of trouble, kids.

Boring for the Holidays

Yes I know, my will to blog has been slowly waining. Heck, it’s the holidays, time to relax and be lazy, right?

What did I do over the holidays? During Christmas shopping I fell in love with two cool local stores: Sweet Tater and In God We Trust. Note to friends: Expect a steady stream of presents from these two shops from now on!

On Saturday I had “Fake Christmas” with one side of the family. The BSB brought yummy Christmas cupcakes. Mmmmm… Me and the fam played Wii for a good portion of the night. I almost fell over playing boxing– I was punching so hard.

christmas cupcakes

Santa got me a television. I have been living without a TV for the last 3 years or so–not having a TV has forced me to be semi-social in order for me to be able to watch “my shows,” but now that I have a television of my own I have a fear that this is the beginning of the end. I’m probably going to break down and get–*gasp*–cable so I can really be a hermit for the winter.

I looked up the cable prices and DEAR BABY JESUS, Time Warner is SUCH a rip-off, but it seems like they are the only ones who service my area and have a cable/internet bundle that I’d want. Uuuughhhh. Time Warner = so evil.

Well maybe this will be a good thing. Now I can host TV and movie nights if anyone wants to come over. And my apartment has been relatively neat for the last month and a half thanks to house guests and family visits. This little crack house is becoming a crack home slowly but surely.

Over the last few days I’ve watched: Surf’s Up (adorable!), Funny Face, Alpha Dog (Justin Timberlake actually… not bad???), a good number of episodes of “Californication” on Showtime and “Project Runway Canada” on YouTube (Iman is scary!), one episode of The Tudors, and Hairspray (the 2007 movie musical- LOVED IT!)

I watched some Yule Log on the internet and then on Christmas Day I had a virtual Christmas (via webcams) with folks far away and then I went out to have a family brunch at the Mercer Kitchen.

the mercer kitchen

I still really want to see Atonement as well. I did a book on MP3 and it was really good.

Right now I’m hoping to start planning some trips for 2008–wow is it really going to be 2008 in less than a week’s time? That’s crazy!

But if you are going to be in town for the start of the new year, head over to the After the Jump Festival at the Knitting Factory. Good tunes, good people, good cause.

after the jump festival

Live Blogging Top Chef Finale

10:14PM
Ok, so I didn’t plan on live blogging the Top Chef finale, but I nearly crapped my pants when the sous chefs walked out for the final cooking showdown between Hung, Casey, and Dale. Holy crap! Rocco Dispirito (looking kinda foxy), Todd English, and Michelle Bernstein. Top Chef live finale is in Chicago, which is Dale’s hometown (hmmmm??).

10:15PM
Jude Law in this new movie, Sleuth, with Michael Cane, looking hot, WTF. I love that platinum hair. Too busy looking at how he looks to figure out what the movie is about.

10:28PM
Wait, where the hell are they going!?!? Where is Tom taking them?

10:29PM
Ooohhhsnnnaaappp! A forth course! They are so mean.

10:30PM
Ahhh… here come the old contestants. Hahahah Howie. I hope he doesn’t yell at Casey.

10:39PM
Ok commercial now. Enough of this Better Half. No matter how many times I see this effing commercial, I still cannot figure out how the show works. Maybe I’m too stupid to watch reality tv?
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