Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Sara's The Poo...Take A Big Whiff

Ok, I want to start of by saying I don't think it's necessary to compare Tegan & Sara to each other. But before I really cared about them I said that Tegan was my favorite for poetic reasoning such as "the one with the piercing"! So yeah I was clueless. I think they're both awesome but after two weeks of catching up on all things T & S, I've come to find that I lean more towards Sara. First it was her sense of humor, the chick's hilarious! You guys should really check out their dvds and go on youtube and type in "Tegan & Sara abc interview", after it's over you'll have a feeling of what I'm talking about. Then the more I kept looking at them in all this shit I realized, they really do look different and in my humble opinoin Sara's face is a bit softer and she's a bit cuter...but I know why people find Tegan hotter, she's edgier, people love that! I also like Sara's style of writing better than Tegan's. I love every song they have made but I like the layers in Sara's lyrics. I love their voices equally, I don't think I have a favorite in that area...which is the most important area seeing as how they're singers! So after minor comparisons I still feel good about myself for not saying that one is a better musician than the other:-)
And check my baby Sara out, she can hold her own:

Tegan also collaborated with Against Me! on a track titled "Borne on the FM Waves" but there is no video for that track but, it's awesome. And kudos to both of them for showing that they don't use each other as a crutch and are two separate forces. I think people really needed to see that. I promise this isn't going to turn into a Tegan & Sara fan site...

I'm just SO bored with Gimme Sugar and I have to wait until festival rounds are over to get some peaks at the drool worthy Indie flicks making the circut. So I will be back on top of that soon but I mean really....who's complaining???

Saturday, July 19, 2008


JUST WATCH!!!!! I'm late to the Tegan & Sara Party, so excuse my enthusiasm, I'm a bit overwhelmed. I didn't know they were this damn amazing and no one sent me a fuckin' memo so...I got a feeling I'm gonna be rambling on the next couple weeks about them!!! Just WATCH, PLEASE!haha (and don't laugh at me if you already up on this!)

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

T & S Forever!!!!

I'm in love with two people, Tegan & Sara! Who isn't right? Actually I've always liked them, but I didn't love them...until a few days ago. A while ago they were mentioned Cathy Debuono's WYP and were said to be gay. This of course peaked my interest, especially considering they are identical twins. So initially my research (and they're SO open about their sexuality that it didn't take much) was just to find out if this was true. Along the way I discovered geniuses! As a true music fan one thing you need to see before you die is "The Con" dvd/documentary, as a music lover getting inside T & S's head was such a revealation. I mean watching them put each song together layer by layer, in EXTREME detail was unlike anything I'd seen before. They are in this CD, it's not some studio job, where they handed over the demos and just let go. In fact, the first thing you find out is that the tracks on the CD are SUPER tweaked demos that the girls had already put together. They just added the guitars, keyboards, and vocals first. Then took it to the producer and the drummer (both members of Death Cab for Cutie) to really make these tracks come to life. And on a side note: SUCH a turn on watching Tegan play some raw guitar lol. They're both professionals on the keyboard and the guitar. Tegan drums a little but it definitely isn't her strongest skill lol.

But it's not all about "The Con", actually I was very pleasantly surprised to find out that Con is their 5th record. Which means I've got a lot more T & S coming my way. Now I'm not an idiot, I was very much a fan by time "So Jealous" came out but I just liked the singles, but for some reason was never motivated to buy the CD. So this is the very beginning of my Tegan & Sara journey back in time (The Con came out over a year ago), I've got a long ways back to go. I just caught a rarity on youtube a song from a really old cd called "The First" well the CD is called "The Business of Art" and it's unlike anything I've EVER heard by T & S! Tegan, whose voice is the more high pitched between the two, leads this track with a rough hip-hop/r&b vocal that I didn't even know she was capable of. The funny thing about the video is I'm sure when people saw it, they assumed they were gay cause they look like little boys, but I don't care. When it comes to rockstars they do all sorts of weird things with their appearance that has nothing to do with sexual orientation. It's just an artist's need to be different from the pack. This theory is supported by the fact that this vid is like 6 years old and the girls have since had a more feminine appeal. As of late they have blended with their signature mullet, that NO ONE else can copy, cause they would look ridiculous, where as T & S look sexy. Here's the old vid, that everyone should check out, especially if you're some one who thought that all they could do was poppy high-pitched vocals....YOU'RE DEAD WRONG!!!!

In true "Then & Now", "Before & After" fashion I will put a video from the latest CD on here, but I have to give a little info first. Nothing much just some stand out tracks. My fave of the 14 on the disc are: The Con, Like O Like H, Knife Going In, Floorplan, Call It Off, Nineteen, Are You Ten Years Ago. And damn that's half the CD, the other tracks are great too, but the ones I listed are on repeat on my computer right now! So in conclusion Tegan & Sara are sexy and successful and musical geniuses! How successful, well I didn't check out the numbers for this disc yet, but "So Jealous" was one of the best selling CDs of 2004 when it was released. Not to mention you've heard their songs on every major mainstream primetime show...and more than a few movies! Making them industry favorites, and respected among their peers. So here's the video for "The Con", probably my favorite song by them, and I'm REALLY pissed this wasn't the first single!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

The Cliks!!!!!!!

The Cliks! I'm excited! Are you? If you're a dyke you are cause you've heard their music now, officially on EVERY major lezzy show there is: Exes & Ohs, The L Word, and most recently Gimme Sugar. The whole band is made up of lesbians except Lucas who is a transman, and a gorgeous one at that. His (and for you straight people who don't get how this works, Lucas was born a female but never felt like one so she transitioned and is now a man)voice is AMAZING! I've never heard a voice a raw and raspy as his that was able to go so high. On their most popular cut "Oh Yeah" Lucas' voice is so painful and you feel his fury in the verses but then the pre-chorus is so light and his voice lifts and it's some vulnerability there that you weren't expecting. Then there's sexually charged (if only by the video) "Eyes In The Back of My Head" and he's whispering to you through the verses and then the chorus is like a chant, very engaging. Now "Complicated" is the most revealing of the three I think. And if you watch the video you kinda see why, I think this one really mirrors Lucas' pain and confusion about the his gender and what that pain was like. So here it is, the video for the three songs:
Oh Yeah


Eyes In The Back of My Head

And a special treat: Cry Me A River & Irreplacable

Friday, July 4, 2008

Another Straight To DVD Gem

Wow, what a find! There is just too much to say about this movie. It covers so many issues. It's about a middle aged single mother, Rosie played by the gorgeous Michelle Pfeiffer, who falls in love with a much younger man played brilliantly by Paul Rudd, after casting him in her TV show. Rosie is a supervising producer on a hit TV show. The show within the movie is where you'll find Stacy Dash who rarely acts in anything other than a hip-hop music video. But the real gem in this movie and I mean the person with the best lines is Rosie's daughter Izzie played by Saoirse Ronan. The mother daughter relationship is just as big a part of this movie as the love story, which usually doesn't blend well. But it was the magic behind this film. I think my favorite part of this movie was the Britany Spears remix by Izzie it was bril "Oops I got a career by shaking my rear, and making guys leer. O baby baby Oops I'm gonna sing more and dance like a whore, I'm just not talented"!!! Hilarious and towards the end she does another remix with an Alanis Morrisette classic which was just a brilliant.

John Lovitz is great as Rosie's ex-husband, who is stuck in a ridiculous and hopefully an exaggerated mid-life crisis. Meanwhile Izzie seems to be growing up way too fast for Rosie, which apparent in a really cute and awkward scene where Izzie ask Rosie when she could have sex. Paul Rudd's Adam is definitely acting his age at 29 and allows Rosie to let go and breathe when she's with him. Of course some problems ensue and the relationship between Rosie and Adam suffers. Another great performance worth mentioning is the legendary Tracy Ullman as Mother Nature. Mother Nature sort of serves as Rosie's sub-consciousness or what have you. Another thing I really enjoyed about this movie is all the not-so suttle references to pop culture and its horrible effects on our youth. One scene in particular touched me, it takes place in a clothing store where Rosie takes Izzie to get some new jeans. I won't give the whole scene away but it's really sad and you find out that Rosie and Izzie's insecurities come from the same place, but they kinda envy each other. Well I thoroughly enjoyed this film so you probably will too so, check it out!