You know you’re a collector once you start ordering rare made-rarer j-pop vinyl on ebay. You think to yourself, “one day I’ll have a girl over and she’ll be so impressed with my obscure Japanese collection,” which really only consists of Pink Lady and Pizzicato Five records ( sounds incredible, btw). But alas it never happens. These girls don’t exist. And if they do, they ain’t comin’ to your place.
Everything about Ash Reiter’s newish single ”Heatwave” is cloying in that particularly Zooey Deschanel way: chick singing in a modest, syrupy old-soul voice, softly strummed acoustic guitar — you start hearing ukuleles even though there aren’t any — and “doo-doo“‘s and “woah-oh“‘s galore.
But what are you gonna do? It’s got an infectious guitar hook, sunny West Coast disposition, and endearingly low-key vocals from Reiter. She’s not trying to convince you she has a good voice, she’s just drawing you a cute cartoon. It’s sort of perfect in the way twee singularly attempts to be. Worthy compliment to the Camera Obscura in your collection.
In an alternate universe, where The Stills didn’t follow up LOGIC WILL BREAK YOUR HEART with the frankly terrible WITHOUT FEATHERS, resides EIGHT AND HALF, a burnishing record of electronic moodscapes held together by dramatically improved singing on the part of Dave Hamelin (chief songwriter in the now-defunct Stills) and skittering beats from Justin Peroff (Broken Social Scene).
Even more so than OCEANS WILL RISE, EIGHT AND A HALF feels like the sequel that never was — synthy enough to be trendy, but melodically distinct enough to be recognizable as Stills territory. Highlights include “Scissors,” “Took a Train to India,” and the stuttering light-show “Two Points.”
Great band. So much so, Ichiro followed ‘em out here to New York. Go figure.
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yea that was me today
I love this chick so much and her impersonation of Kristen Stewart. Haha.
A conversation on Woody Allen
- EC: Which Woody Allen movie makes you the most uncomfortable?
- BC: Manhattan. By far.
- EC: How come?
- BC: I mean come on... it's Woody Allen and a teenage girl. How can you not shudder?
- EC: I think at the time no one really knew that he had those kind of hang-ups in real life though. Well I mean, I guess it wouldn't have been hard to figure out, but still... I feel like there's no way the average viewer could have known it was all that biographical.
- BC: I know it's iconic and everything, I just can't. I really don't like any of his black and white movies, to be honest. "Celebrity?" That was the worst. And what was Ken Branagh doing in that movie?
- EC: You mean why was he in it?
- BC: No, I mean what was he doing?
- EC: It was supposed to be a Woody Allen impersonation.
- BC: "Supposed" being the operative word.
The DNA of chillwave as told through sibling and ancestral genres.
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It might not be a giant step for mankind, but Saturday’s launch of a piloted space capsule known as Shenzhou-9 marks China’s breakthrough into the exclusive club once made up only of the United States and Russia. And as far as womankind is concerned, there is another first. One of the three astronauts in the capsule is a woman, 33-year-old Liu Yang, the first Chinese woman in space.
With love from the Catskills to you. Just the right side of weird for a cartoon.
One of the best New Yorker covers in a long while.