Weekly Roundup

“News”

Semi-Celebrity quote of the week: “[John Mayer & Jessica Simpson’s] relationship, while bona fide, was hardly one for the ages. It is, a Mayer pal tells Us Weekly, ‘a “2” her camp spun into an “11.”‘ In fact, a Mayer friend tells Us, the musician has lost a lot of respect for his brief fling and ‘now he will stay away from her. He thinks it’s desperate. An attempt for her to stay in the spotlight.'” (perezhilton.com)

Aw, darn! I saw that Mayer was dating Simpson, and I thought it was a big score for all the folk-singing losers in the world. If John Mayer can score Jessica Simpson, I thought, there’s hope for the rest of you lamesauce, guitar-strumming, your-body-is-a-wonderland-wailing, pathetic dorkwads. But alas … there is no hope. Sorry.

For all my Utah based readers, a lovely piece from the Utah Amicus, wherein Senator Bob Bennett accuses Democrats of being “anti-Mormon.” Dude, you aren’t seriously tossing that old chestnut around, are you? My favorite part is where he talks about how Mitt Romney is totally going to be President someday. I think he’s hoping to get an appointment as Romney’s personal Toadying Sycophant.

Video

Video for Wolf Parade’s “I’ll Believe In Anything.” Because dueling with cannons never goes out of style.

Video for Bob Dylan’s “When the Deal Goes Down.” I still say the new Bob Dylan sounds like they killed Bob Dylan, resurrected his zombie, and made him sing — but Scarlett Johanssen in this video is the most beautiful nostalgic embodiment of summer womanhood. Or something.

Video for Thom Yorke’s “Harrowdown Hill”. Because Thom Yorke never goes out of style.

And … video for Tapes N Tapes’s “Cowbell”. I can’t decide whether I like it, but it certainly isn’t terrible.

Print

Via Rewriteable Content, a list of free shows going on this month in LA. It’s free!!!

Via Status Ain’t Hood, the first nice things I’ve seen written about Justin Timberlake’s new album.

Via YANP, it seems Sufjan Stevens is obsessed with Christmas. You know, I still haven’t found a song written by him that I’ve liked, and if you add in my virtual hatred of Christmas music, it just ain’t boding well for Mr. Stevens and I to strike up a relationship. Oh well.

Via the Guardian, the Mercury award for Britain’s most creative band goes to the Arctic Monkeys. So … whatever people say about them, that’s what they’re not? Well, guys, I think you’re spectacular.

Audio

Most people will have seen this already, but others will want to check out the Beachles — a track-for-track mashup of Pet Sounds and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Aw, come on, someone was bound to do it eventually.

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5 comments

  1. Ron’s avatar

    Mitt Romney will be president right after *I* am…because obviously by then it will just a be ‘everybody gets to be President’ type of thing and it will be his turn…then Roseanne, Richard Simmons, and then probably an old drunk from Des Moines

  2. juliette’s avatar

    dude, i really need to send you the joe mix of sufjan’s illinios in this box o stuff that i was supposed to send 2 months ago. if you don’t like that, i guess you don’t like sufjan. which, i don’t think he’s worth all the hype either but it doesn’t suck.

    also, thanks for the video leenks.

  3. zara’s avatar

    Ron — who’d vote for a guy named “Mitt” anyway? Oh, brother.

    J — I’m not saying he sucks, but I just can’t like him. I feel bad about it, I really do… well … sort of. A little bit. Okay, not really.

  4. Icka’s avatar

    I like Sufjan. Much likage. I hope we can still be friends. Have you heard the Avalanche?

  5. zara’s avatar

    No, I have no plans to hear the Avalanche. I’ll leave that to you indie hipsters.

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