Friday, August 21, 2009

Pandora's Fox: Heard It Through the Grapevine

I was going to start a new blog that would've been dedicated to my exploration of the "music genome project" but I canned that idea. Instead, I'll make this kind of weekly feature.

A couple of weeks ago, I heard Creedence Clearwater Revival perform "Heard It Through the Grapevine" (1970) on my Led Zeppelin station. I had no idea there was another version of this song. The most popular is the Marvin Gaye rendition (1967), but my favorite is the one by Gladys Knight in the Pips (1966). I propose a poll because I want to hear your thoughts: who sang it best? Understand that there a bajillion versions of this song floating around, but for the sake of this exercise, let's look at the four most well-known. To refresh your memory the Gladys Knight, Marvin Gaye, and CCR tracks are on the mixpod but I can't find the Smokey Robinson (1966) version anywhere but YouTube and of course, I can't embed it.


Random: In second grade, we used HITTG (the Marvin Gaye version) for our dance recital finale. We put on trash bags and oversized sunglasses so we could look like California sun raisins. God, I wish I had that video. I'd get a good laugh out of it.

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Lauren Bacall on the Internets

Remember Lauren Bacall heyday? Well apparently, so does she. And she tweets about it. This is probably a gag account, but I love that a die-hard fan has decided to tweet in the name of love for Bacall. I'm not the only one that loves it because Ms. Bacall has 1,301 followers. Catch her updates here. And by the way, the unstoppable Ms. Bacall is turning 85 in a few weeks!
[photo via Out in Hollywood]
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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Barbie for Big Girls

This year marks Barbie's 50th anniversary. Little Barbie's all grown up now, thanks to Stila. Stila carries these gorgeous tins with all the makeup that will make you look just like Barbie. Here are your choices with descriptions from the site:

1959 Barbie:
The original Barbie® doll wore the famous black and white striped bathing suit. Striking red lips and black-rimmed cat eyes made this doll the epitome of 1950s glamour!

1971 Malibu Barbie: Malibu Barbie® doll debuted in an aqua bathing suit, groovy sunglasses, and an L.A. tan! A sunny beach look featuring aqua shadow and pink lips made this doll the epitome of 1970s fresh, natural beauty!

1980 Foxy Barbie: Foxy Barbie® doll made the scene in a hot red outfit with golden accents and big earrings. A warm, sultry look featuring red lipstick and earth-toned shadow made this doll the epitome of bold 1980s glamour!

I don't know that the Foxy Doll embodies the 80s all that well. We think of this look as very 70s. Where's the big hair, the blue eyeshadow, the orangey-red lips? I'll give the good people at Mattel and Stila the benefit of the doubt; maybe this isn't just a way to stick in the token black Barbie (although why not make all the doll tins in different shades?). Besides, makeup styles from the 80s don't translate all that well to the present unless you want to look like a drag queen. Still, I think these tins, at $40 each, are adorable and a fun little collector's item. I never liked Barbies, but I may need to pick up this goodie.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Retro-cool Posters

I'm not really sure how I found this, but today I came across Cruiser Blvd, a site that sells car, truck, etc. posters. The best stuff, though? Their pin-up posters. Some of them are the super-slutty ones you'd find in a frat house, but they have a good selection of cheesecake. I love this one:

Great for decorating a kitchen. To buy posters, click here. Enjoy!
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Monday, August 17, 2009

What I Would've Worn to the Mad Men Premiere

Last week, New York went Mad for Mad Men. Everyone was gearing up for the season premiere, some more seriously than others. AMC hosted a costume contest in Time Square and showed the first episode on the ginormous screen. Guess who didn't get to go? Me. No one wanted to go or was available to go, so I settled for seeing District 9 with my boyfriend, which was much, much better than expected. Still, here's an idea of the outfit I had all planned and ready to go:

Obviously, I wouldn't have worn these exact items (the skirt alone is over $1,600) but I did recently get the cutest high-waisted pencil skirt with four pairs of buttons going down the front. If anyone has pictures from last night or knows where I can find them, let me know!

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Friday, August 14, 2009

Woodstock, 40 Years Later

Forty years ago, swarms of hippies descended upon upstate New York for Woodstock. It's probably safe to say that no one realized that it would become as huge as it was but here we are, four decades later and we're still talking about it. There's a photo exhibit here in New York at the Morris Hotel Gallery with pieces from the "official" photographer of Woodstock. LIFE put up a bunch of great photos, too. One of my favorite galleries is "Woodstock Rockers: Then and Now". It tickles me to see how fat Santana is but it also makes you sad to think about Jimi Hendrix and other musicians who are no longer with us. It's a shame there wasn't enough funding for a 40th anniversary celebration concert.

How are you and your city remembering Woodstock?

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Mad Men Playboy Archive

In the past couple of weeks, I've become something of a "Maddict". I Mad Men-ed myself, but I didn't start watching Mad Men until very recently, even though I fully meant to start watching it last summer (I got sidetracked by The Tudors). Apparently, Hef and/or his daughter have caught the fever too, because they've put up an archive of their issues from the 1960s and tied it to Mad Men. The archive won't raise newsstand sales, but it'll certainly raise other things. I love vintage Playboys, and reading them makes me sad about how far it's fallen. Either way, look at these girls. Bet the boys at Sterling Cooper love this.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

"College Student" Is a Nice Way of Saying "Poor"

I have one year left in school, and things aren't getting any cheaper. In what is probably a silly attempt to make more money, I've started writing for Associated Content. The problem with this is that I get paid based on how many people. So click on over to my Cosby Show piece while I find other ways to support my Starbucks habit.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Purple Rain was amazing

Due to a series of unfortunate events I arrived a) late and b) alone to the Purple Rain screening last night in Prospect Park. Nevertheless, I had a great time. Suffice it to say, Prince fans are nuts but a lot of fun. Everyone knew all the words and not a single empty seat was left at the Bandshell. Everyone was chatting and bonding over how campy and raunchy the movie was. And let me just say, VH1 edits the hell out of Purple Rain when they show it on TV. It was almost as good as seeing Prince on the Musicology Tour. The tingle I got was almost as good as the one I got when when I saw him perform Purple Rain live. *Sigh* I may watch the DVD at home this weekend just for good measure. Photos in my Twitpics.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Prince Comes to Brooklyn

If you're going to be anywhere in the five boroughs tomorrow, get yourself to Prospect Park Band Shell at 7:30 to witness something beautiful. In honor of the 25th anniversary of Purple Rain, Celebrate Brooklyn is having a screening of the iconic movie that rocketed Prince to superstardom. Without knowing it, I've been waiting for this all my life. Best part? It's a sing-along led by live disco orchestra Escort. The words will be on the screen, but as long as you know the chorus to "When Doves Cry" and can do a little shimmy, you're fine. This is going to be amazing, the perfect way to celebrate one of the crowning achievements of the Artist. Excuse me; I have to go buy purple hotshorts. In the meantime, get more event information here.

[photo from event website]