Sunday, 12 December 2010

Why I love photography - pt3: Lucas Samaras

So I bet you're all sitting at home with your large-format plate cameras, coloured gels and nude models, not having a CLUE what to do with them all. No? Well just incase you are, here are a few of the best, from the expert on combining all of the above, Lucas Samaras.

Saturday, 27 November 2010

Words I need to stop saying.

You know when you say a word too much when you a) notice it and b) start trying in vain to find alternatives. There have been many examples throughout my life; dude, amazing, y'all... but the one that has grated on me the most in recent times is "video". Video, video, video. I hate it. I hate how much I say it, I hate the way I say it, I hate that there are no other words for it. I seem to use the word in every video I make. Unfortunately, there seems to be absolutely nothing I can do about it, except repeat "video" over and over and over again.

So in the spirit of multiple videos, here are some multiple videos. I promise I still do real blogs too!

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Lucas. Is. Gaga. (Mad or Lady, you decide)

About a month ago, I made this work of genius, and being somewhat out of sorts (blog maintainence-wise), did not notify y'all of this seminal moment in the history of youtube. At least, as far as my rather small number of subscribers are concerned.

As always when posting a video, I encourage you to subscribe to m'channel:
and I'll see you soon for another small chunk of culture/madness :]

Sunday, 21 November 2010

This is an album review of 'Hurley' by Weezer.

You'll probably have noticed/will notice a gradual decrease in quality with the titles of my blog entries. Whether they be unimaginative, or some kind of tacky pun, or down right irrelevant, I doubt I'll be able to muster up the inspiration to wow y'all with a title ever again... Oh well lets get on with the review.

'Hurley' by Weezer is not perhaps the most obvious choice for a review. Going against the usual musical grain of unknown ironic feminist bands or cult concept-album flops or, lets face it, Prince, Weezer is a band that people have heard of! I was initally put off them due to Rivers Cuomo's hair in the Sweater Song video, but they have grown and grown on me, until they have finally made an album I can enjoy all the way through :] So I think "yays" are due all around. YAY!

Now do y'all remember the system?
GREEN - the best songs, with multiple plays on iTunes
AMBER - the ones that are good, just not amazing
ORANGE - the ones that wouldn't make the playlist, but I have no problem listening to.
RED - The ones I'd delete if I didn't have such an OCD about burning the whole album

01 Memories
02 Trainwrecks
03 Brave New World
03a All My Friends Are Insects (bonus)
04 Where's My Sex?
05 Smart Girls
06 Ruling Me
07 Time Flies
08 Hang On
09 Unspoken
09a Viva La Vida - Coldplay cover (bonus) - wouldn't be so bad if the crowd didn't give such a half hearted cheer every 30 seconds :/
09b I Want To Be Something (bonus)
09c Represent - Rocked Out Mix (bonus)
10 Run Away

When I say "enjoy all the way through", I mean until the end of the first bonus track, where you may as well stop listening, with the exception of boring old track 6, 'Run Away'. Infact, if it wasn't for the slight anomaly, 'All My Friends Are Insects' (originally recorded for a Childrens TV show), I'd say just get the regular version. Not that I've been able to track a copy down.

The songs highlighted in green are purely sumptuous. I can listen to them over and over again, lovingly drowning in the jaded lyrics of 'Trainwrecks' or the anthemic, modal chorus of 'Memories'. Songs like 'Smart Girls' and 'Ruling Me' remind one of a younger, simpler Weezer who no-one has grown to love more than me. Shit, I even did my own accapella cover of Buddy Holly. Seriously. If I could upload audio onto here I'd prove it. (Go on Blogger, take a cue from Tumblr!)

All in all, I guess I'm not gonna be able to convince you how seriously amazing this CD is if you don't get on with rock music. But if you're even slightly compatible, I suggest you give the album a listen and try not to get addicted to at least one of the songs. Go on, I dare you.

Oh yeah incase you were wondering - No, Hurley from Lost being on the cover has absolutely no relevance to any of the lyrical, musical or thematic content of the album. He just, and I quote, "has an awesome face". Unfortunately I have no direct source for that quotation, but I and many other people would be inclined to agree with that statement and therefore accept it as a perfectly valid reason, even if no-one in the band officially said it :]

Thursday, 18 November 2010

Life is such a drag. Pffft.

Rupaul's Drag Race is about to run it's 3rd season, and is the drag equivalent of America's Next Top Model. Normally I find these american reality shows too melodramatic and fake, but with the subject of this one being Drag, any superficiality is welcome and appropriate. I only wish I'd followed my instinct to watch sooner, then I woulda caught the first season of what truly is an extravaganza. The intensely dazzling costumes, make-up, variety and personalities not only appeal to the fashionista in me, but also the gay half of my sexuality, and as Rupaul would indeed say, the series oozes Charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve and Talent.

So having recently been majorly and quite worryingly addicted to Rupaul's Drag Race, it has become clear that I'd like to share a few images and opinions with my ol' faithful followers. Well, young ol' faithfuls :]

1. I hate the "Logo" website.
How can I get my Drag fix if they deny UK access? No available previews, no available behind the scenes, no available full episodes. I wouldn't mind if every other website wasn't all like "watch it here" and then linked me to the now trademark Logo "this video is unavailable in your region" page.

2. Pandora shoulda stayed.
The episode in which she was eliminated required each contestant to make over a mature gay man in their own images, and perform a lip-sync with them. Not only should one of the most endearing queens, Pandora Boxx, have stayed, she ought to have won the challenge; Her presentation was great and her drag mother had the closest resemblance. Just because a) the judges have a personal vendetta against her and b) Raven carried her drag mother off stage, they used the lamest excuse of "Pandora was upstaged by her Drag Mother" to chuck her off the show - even though any of the other queens would have been equally (if not more-so) upstaged if they had been assigned her partner.

3. Nina Flowers is Mesmerising
Her style is androgynous, timeless and sumptuous, and her make-up skills are second to none. Look, here is proof. Not evidence, PROOF:

4. Raven was robbed!
Now the thing with Raven is, in spite of her arrogance and unnecessary hatred of Tatianna, she was often right in saying "I shoulda won that f***in' challenge!". The judges always asked Raven for more, and she always gave them more. She wasn't ever worthy of being in the bottom two, she should have beat Tyra in the Wedding Challenge, and she should have won the whole thing. She had everything they were looking for, and every right to be bitter about 2nd place.

5. Tammie Brown has grown on me
After the most hideous first impression ever, I did a bit of myspace stalking on Ms Brown, and found some of the most brilliant shots:

It is evident that I didn't "get" her immediately, and neither did anyone else. I think she could have done well on Drag Race.

6. Future Predictions:
Here are the next seasons' contenders:

My money is on Raja, due to her reputation. But I'd really like Yara Sofia to win, as I've also stalked her online profiles and seen that she not only does a MEAN Lady Gaga, but covers even more variety than Nina Flowers and Raven put together.

Right, I'm done now. I hope that wasn't too gay for y'all. It has definitely increased my homosexuality by another few percent. Oops!

Saturday, 13 November 2010

Still Blogging for a Future Generation

Blogging was never anything more than a fad for me.

But, as with any other fad I've ever had, they come back around.

I'll never be "gone" and I'll never be "back".

I wish I could blog at a more consistent frequency,

But that's something I'll never be able to do.