Friday, March 13, 2009

Raves: March '09

America, f*ck yeah!

Neko Case – Middle Cyclone - It’s cliché at this point to call Neko Case’s voice “a force of nature,” but some things become cliché for a reason. Case’s vocals sound like a massive electrical storm chasing you down a Kansas freeway, and her penchant for singing about wild things (animals, weather, serial killers) only enhances the analogy. On her latest CD, my third favorite ginger indie rock songstress (behind Jenny Lewis and Red, natch) mixes new hints of girl group and soul into her Americana songwriting, and her lyrics are fabulous as ever. I mean: “I carved your name across three counties / ground it in with bloody hides / Their broken necks will lie in the ditch ‘til you stop it, stop it / Stop this madness,” if that’s not love, I don’t know what is.

Jamie Bamber’s hair – OK, honestly I could rave about all of Jamie Bamber, but there is something about his hair that I find just delectable. Bamber plays tried and true Lee Adama on Battlestar Galactica, the penultimate episode of which airs tonight. The show’s hairstylists do a fab job on all the men (not so much the gals, what’s up with that?), but since they shaved Anders’ dome for the final episodes, I’ll give it all up for Capt. Apollo’s dreamy locks.

"The Watchmen" Opening Credits – Red already mentioned this in her Watchmen post, but I think its worth noting again. While The Watchmen itself was a bit flawed but still very enjoyable, the opening credits were an absolute work of art. They might not look as cool on the small screen, detached from the rest of the film (or if you haven’t read the book) but if you want to check it out you can see it here. With subtle glances, gorgeous color and one perfect song, it conveys all the background you need on this alternate America where costumed heroes are all too real.

Maria Vitakis’ Typewriter Jewelry – This lady in San Diego makes jewelry out of old pre-WWII typewriters. She sells them (exclusively, as far as I know) at a farmer’s market near my house. She makes necklaces, cufflinks, bracelets, you name it, and I think they’re just the raddest. They’re not too expensive either; I got a necklace and a ring for a total of $30. I don’t think she has a Web site, but if you wanna know more, you can email her at

Winning – My office has a co-ed kickball team, and we started the season 0-3. Last Sunday, we got our first win. And it was awesome. Here’s hoping we get at least one more!


K and/or K said...

Love that necklace. If you search "typewriter" on there are many lovelies of this style as well! I hope one day people are wearing old apple computer keys thinking it's cool.

Evil Genius said...

I put Neko Case on the "Red Mix" I made for my Red.

words words words said...

I think that I would like to marry Neko Case. That is all.

red said...

Congrats on your big win!

I want to go to that necklace. I'll have to venture to the farmers market next Sunday.

blah said...

Cool jewelry. Pretty soon they will have clothing made out of defunct newspapers so you can have the perfect outfit. It seems like that's what newspaper will only be good for these days.

Winning is fun. You should join a dodgeball league next. If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball!!