Tonight Is Just Your Night

I promise I’ll have an actual post for you tomorrow but for now, please feast your eyes on Jimmy Fallon and John Krasinski throwing it down in a lip syncing contest (you read that right) that covers both Katy Perry and RUN-D.M.C. and ends with Krasinski belting out a ballad from one of the best quartets ever to record music.

Seriously, I wish my job included acting like a goofball on national television with hilarious people while getting paid shit tons of $$$.

~Nikki

Gatsby

We were originally told Christmas of 2012.  Then, March of 2013.  Now, the release date for Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Tobey Maguire is May 10 of this year, less than a month away.  At this point, I’m more eager for the soundtrack, which will be out May 7th.  Here’s a convenient little sampler:

You know Florence + The Machine and Jack White are favorites of mine (I am fucking DESPERATE to get my hands on Love Is Blindness) but that Lana Del Rey song sounds promising as does the remake of Together by The xx.  Nero’s Into The Past and Sia’s Kill And Run have got my curiosity piqued as well.

The full playlist:

1. 100$ Bill – JAY Z
2. Back To Black – Beyoncé x André 3000
3. Bang Bang – will.i.am
4. A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got) – Fergie + Q Tip + GoonRock
5. Young And Beautiful – Lana Del Rey
6. Love Is The Drug – Bryan Ferry with The Bryan Ferry Orchestra
7. Over The Love – Florence + The Machine
8. Where The Wind Blows – Coco O. of Quadron
9. Crazy in Love – Emeli Sandé and The Bryan Ferry Orchestra
10. Together – The xx
11. Hearts A Mess – Gotye
12. Love Is Blindness – Jack White
13. Into the Past – Nero
14. Kill and Run – Sia

And, thanks to E!, here’s Over The Love in full by Florence + The Machine.  Shit, is it good.

~Nikki

5 Reasons Why Jimmy Fallon Is The Best Talk Show Host In Recent Television History

I’ll admit that I rarely watch late night television.  If I do happen to stay up past 11pm, I typically favor reruns of “30 Rock” or “The Big Bang Theory” over talk shows.  But one very special TV host has begun to turn those tides, to make me want to watch his late night talk show over the tried and true episodes of my beloved TV series.  I’m sure you know who I’m talking about.  Here are five examples of why he’s the best late night talk show host in my lifetime:

All of the “History Of Rap” segments.  This is the most recent (and every bit as good as the others):

This little piece of hilarity:

He’s so fun and charismatic, he even convinced the FIRST LADY OF THE UNITED STATES to participate!

And one of my personal faves, an oldie but a goodie that combines a little ditty about my favorite holiday with a spot-on impression of one of the best songwriters of all time:

~Nikki

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

Oh lovely readers, I am so sorry to have been silent this long.  This past week was a bear at work and rather busy otherwise and this whole month, in fact (typical for this time of year) has simple overwhelmed me.  But I haven’t forgotten about you.  Quite the opposite; sitting down to write a little something here on this blog is a favorite pastime of mine and it feels so good to finally get back at it.  We have a great many things to talk about, so let’s dive right in, shall we?

First and most importantly, like all othervigils in this nation and probably the world over, we here at rms are mourning those lost and wounded in Newtown, Connecticut during the recent atrocity.  There have been so many conflicting reports in the media that we won’t try to speculate on what led to it.  We’ll simply say that like all of you and countless others, our hearts are broken and we’re hoping for brighter days for the families and friends of those who’ve suffered such tremendous loss.

Homeland has completed its second season, and what a season it has been.  You know I’ve been a fan of Rupert Friend’s Peter Quinn from the start, but his stand against David Estes wherein he called Carrie the “best intelligence officer” he’d ever known and promised to target Estes should anything happen to Brody was one of the most powerful scenes the show has given us.  I didn’t know if Brody would live or die or if he’d turn completely and swear vengeance for Abu Nazir’s death but I did think this whole not knowing where his loyalties lay thing had to end.  How could they plausibly keep it going?  Silly me.  They found a way, and a good one.  Did Brody have anything to do with the bombing at Langley?  Was he willing, once again, to risk his own life in order to slaughter those chiefly involved in the drone bombings that killed Issa?  He told Dana he’d changed, that he wasn’t the same man who wore that suicide vest.  But his body language seemed to contradict his words.  He didn’t move to hug or touch his daughter – he was rigid and cold, keeping a reasonable distance.  He spent the night with Carrie and appears genuine in his interactions with her but we know he hasn’t abandoned his faith in Islam, not in itself an indication of guilt but perhaps a sign that he is still the man he became while imprisoned by Nazir.  Does he love Carrie or did he use her to find an escape route?  Estes is dead, which puts Saul in command and Carrie the youngest station chief in CIA history, which is where season 3 will likely pick up.  I cannot wait.

Speaking of Saul Berenson, my thanks to the gods of the Golden Globes for nominating Mandy Patinkin for his truly exceptional performance in the role.  He consistently exercises controlled restraint in his portrayal of Saul, quietly and calmly commanding your attention while allowing his facial expressions to say what his mouth doesn’t.  Patinkin is a total pro and I have no reservations in championing him for the win.

Speaking of the Golden Globes, Tina Fey & Amy Poehler are hosting this year and you can tune in here as we liveblog the event, Jan 13, 2013.

I know this was made and released last year on Christmas but I love it so much, I thought I’d post it again.  (Note to Donald Faison: if I weren’t already married, I’d want to marry you and call you Turk in the boudoir.)  Seriously, I want to hang out with these guys ALL THE TIME.

And finally, the world did not come to an end yesterday, as anyone with even half of a functioning brain could have guessed, but the media’s determination to willfully misinterpret and misrepresent the Mayan calendar did give us this fantastic gem, courtesy of Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, Craig Robinson, Danny McBride, Aziz Ansari, Rihanna, Paul Rudd, Emma Watson, Michael Cera, David Krumholtz, Martin Starr, Mindy Kaling and probably more.  Basically, the majority of the most talented comedic actors currently alive.  Enjoy.

Happy Holidays!

Summer 2012 Playlist (Part 2)

Oh my god. I feel like all I’ve done this whole freaking summer is write about music on here. But, in the absence of most of the TV I watch and the fact that the Dark Knight Rises shooting made it so I couldn’t deal with going to see an actual film and the sun/swimming/summer/fun shit I’ve been up to has kept me from consuming media that takes longer than 4 minutes, it all starts to make sense. I posted this summer playlist back in June, and lo and behold, as the summer progressed, a shitload more music has been released, and there’s lotsa stuff I’m basically freaking obsessed with that’s filling my brain with all kinds of good, legal, natural chemicals (I think I’ve tweeted each of these songs throughout the summer, but, here they are in one place).

Here’s what I’ve been LOVING LOVING LOVING the past month or so…

1. ‘We Run the Night’ – Havana Brown ft. Pitbull – I don’t know who the hell Havana Brown is but Pitbull = DANCE! This song makes me feel dirty, in a good way, and makes me want to get crunk-k-k-k-k.

2. ‘Whistle’ – Flo Rida – This song is a hilarious double entendre and I love it. A slick, summer ode to, well, you know.

3. ‘It’s Time’ – Imagine Dragons – This song is so feel-good, and has such an awesome message, it’s almost anthem-level awesome. If you’ve never heard of it, it’s gonna be on the season premiere of Glee, which seems fitting, as they chant, “I’m never changing who I am.” (I don’t get the post-apocalyptic video, though)

4. ‘Call Me Maybe’ – Carly Rae Jepsen – Okay. I wanted to hate (and I did, for a long time). But then I was out with friends, on a gorgeous summer Saturday evening, sitting on a patio, with the breeze in my hair and a Corona in hand, and this came on. Almost every table was singing along, and I sort of felt like I was in the “Say a Little Prayer” scene of My Best Friend’s Wedding, and I fell in teeny-bopper love. (Yes, we filmed a *cough*video*cough* that shall never see the light of day)

5. ‘One More Night’ – Maroon 5 – I freaking hate this band and Adam Levine even more, but this is so goddamn catchy, I couldn’t help myself. The video is hilarious, as Minka Kelly will never be white trash, no matter hard they try. She was Lyla Garrity, ya’ll, the prissy queen of Dillon, TX!

6. ‘Let’s Go’ – Calvin Harris ft. Ne-Yo – Oh my god. Oh my god. This is my highest rotation track as of this current moment. It makes me feel pumped up, to live in the moment, to go do whatever I want, RIGHT FREAKING NOW!!!!! And to dance while I’m doing it! Shit, I love this song. So. Much. Live your life people, it’s NOW OR NEVER.

7. ‘Domino’ – Jessie J – This is in the ‘Call Me Maybe’ pile of songs that grew on me, like fungus. It just makes me want to fall in love, on a summer night. And I always love when there’s talk of glitter rain. Plus, her makeup is rad.

8. ‘Calling (Lose My Mind)’ – Sebastian Ingrosso & Alesso ft. Ryan Tedder – X and I heard this for the first time at our cousin’s wedding a few weeks ago, and she fell instantly in love. It took me a few more days, but I’ve come around. Ryan Tedder’s smooth voice, plus a maddddddddddddddddddddddddddddd beat drop makes me want to dance dance dance ’til I’m dead.

9. ‘Home’ – Phillip Phillips – Don’t let the fact that this guy won American Idol put you off – this song SERIOUSLY sounds EXACTLY like Mumford & Sons, like, exactly. It was also a huge hit at the London Olympics this summer. If you’ve never heard it, check it stat, you won’t regret.

10. ‘Jenny’ – Walk the Moon – Another fun, catchy, HAPPY, dance-y tune to bop to with the windows rolled down. I’ve really wanted to dance this summer, in case you can’t tell. ;) PS: This song is also hawt.

11. ‘Leave the Lights On’ – Meiko – After hearing this on a local station, I really started to dig this one. There’s an AWESOME remix that I also equally dig, but for the sake of making a proper list, I put the original one here.

12. ‘The Boxer’ – Jerry Douglas ft. Mumford & Sons and Paul Simon – I left this for last, as it’ll bring you to a proper, tear-shedding orgasm and leave you ready to fall asleep, freaking spent. >:) This song blows me away. It’s so stunningly lovely and beautiful and shattering, that I can’t even deal with it. You’re welcome, btw.

Now you know what it’s been like inside my car for the past several weeks.

~Annie

On the Surface I’m A Name On A List

Dave Matthews Band and the Allman Brothers in Atlanta, 2008

As I love lists and going to concerts, you know I’ve got a file saved with a list of every show I’ve ever seen. (#OCDnerdALERT) True story: About 10 years ago, the list was an awesomely detailed and hilarious Excel file with descriptions of everything you could imagine. Who I went with, where it was, the date, a rating system (!); even threw in if I got a freaking concert tee or not. Sheesh. Then, suddenly, X, in all of her infinite summa cum laude wisdom, decided to wipe my parents’ computer clean without telling anybody. So, I’ve had to pieces-parts put the thing back together again, and in recently updating it with the addition of the lovely Mumford & Sons show, I did a quick count and realized I have officially seen 90 live concerts!!! To commemorate this huge milestone in my life, I give you, a list of every show I’ve ever seen, divided by genre (sort of, as figuring out how to classify this stuff made my head spin).

~Annie

Oldies

  • James Taylor
  • Billy Joel & Elton John
  • Neil Diamond
  • Paul McCartney
  • Chicago with America
  • Chicago with Earth, Wind, & Fire
  • Bruce Springsteen
  • Chad & Jeremy
  • Lesley Gore with Lou Christie
  • Herman’s Hermits
  • a local radio station concert featuring: The Grass Roots, The Animals, The Spinners, Young Rascals, and America
  • Eddie Money
  • Allman Brothers Band

Country

  • Keith Urban
  • Kenny Chesney with Rascal Flatts and Uncle Kracker
  • Reba McEntire with Brad Paisley

Festivals

  • Me, draped in a poncho, holding up the ACL ball

    The Rolling Rock Town Fair V (2004) featuring: Staind, Velvet Revolver, Disturbed, N*E*R*D, Hoobastank, The Crystal Method, Sevendust, Three Days Grace, Finger Eleven,

  • Ozzfest 2003 featuring: Ozzy Osbourne, Korn, Marilyn Manson, Distrubed, Chevelle
  • Austin City Limits 2009 featuring: Kings of Leon, Phoenix, The Knux, The Walkmen, Dave Matthews Band, Flogging Molly, Bon Iver, Bell X1, Pearl Jam, The Dead Weather, Passion Pit, White Lies (and about 75 other acts that I couldn’t see due to logistics of dragging my ass through miles and miles of mud – too bad I didn’t have this blog then, THAT would have been a post)
  • a local radio station pop show featuring: Mandy Moore and for the life of me I cannot remember anyone else; they were all little pop one-hit wonders. :/


My brief Christian music phase

  • Michael W. Smith (first concert, EVER!)
  • Jars of Clay with Jennifer Knapp
  • Michael W. Smith with Point of Grace

Rock and Pop

  • Pearl Jam (6 times)
  • Dave Matthews Band (32 times – my earlier count was wrong!)
  • Creed with 3 Doors Down
  • Disturbed with Ten Years
  • Oasis with Jet
  • Lostprophets
  • Third Eye Blind
  • Matchbox 20 with Train
  • Third Eye Blind with Splendor and Vertical Horizon
  • Lifehouse
  • Goo Goo Dolls
  • Goo Goo Dolls with Fastball
  • Linkin Park
  • Luscious Jackson with Smashmouth
  • John Mayer
  • John Mayer with Guster
  • Celine Dion
  • Phoenix
  • Sarah McLachlan with Butterfly Boucher
  • Tori Amos with Ben Folds
  • Idina Menzel
  • Nelly Furtado
  • Matchbox 20
  • Goo Goo Dolls with Third Eye Blind and Vanessa Carlton
  • Lights (3 times, once with Owl City, once with Ambassadors, and once alone)
  • Band of Horses with Brad
  • The Swell Season with Mark Dignam
  • Passion Pit with Mayor Hawthorne
  • Florence + the Machine with The Walkmen
  • Mumford & Sons

Can I Wake You Up?

Awesome music-share alert!

I just discovered a band that is not even remotely new, but that I had never really heard of until my MOM and sister brought them to my attention. I’m talking about Bombay Bicycle Club, and oh shit, am I in love.

Their latest release, A Different Kind of Fix, came out this past January and it had me at first listen. It’s rock, indie (what even IS indie, I ask you?), alternative, moody, slightly electronic…. the closest thing I can come up with is the love child of Arcade Fire and Duran Duran, with a sprinkle of both Belle & Sebastian and The Fleet Foxes. If that doesn’t pique your interest, what kind of shitty music do you listen to?

Of course these guys are from London, because EVERYTHING GOOD COMES FROM ENGLAND. Apparently they formed around 2005ish, and then won some Virgin Mobile battle-of-the-bands contest. Lucky them, and us. Sidenote: They are also really freaking cute. *waves* I’m single, guys!! *bats lashes*

This album, so far, has made me want to, in no particular order: Sleep, cry, fall in love, get it on, run, drive really fast, chill, stare at the wall, contemplate deep shit. You know, all the good things about being alive.

‘How Can You Swallow So Much Sleep’ manages to be both soothing AND toe-tap-inducing. How is that possible?

My favorite track is ‘Bad Timing’, which just completely sounds like a lost Arcade Fire track. Haunting and lush. My favorite yummy ways to describe music.

The songs ‘Shuffle’ and ‘Lights Out, Words Gone,’ will make you instantly happy and feel like doing a little shuffle yourself. They are light and airy; happy and melancholy.

Oh my god, I forgot about ‘Leave It’ and ‘What You Want’ – which are both just achingly awesome. See?! This album is so good, as I go through each track I keep being reminded how great it is. I’m just putting the spotify box in here with the whole damn album so you can take a listen yourself. As long as you have a heart and soul and ears, ye shall not be disappointed.

~Annie