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Nine, Nine, Oh, Nine

September 9, 2009

We’ve compiled a list of our favorite things that come in 9’s. Pretty straightforward stuff. Follow along below, hover your mouse to see details.

The 9 best number 9 tracks.

Inside and Out/ Ziggy Stardust/ Beast of Burden/ Shelter From the Storm/ Angeles/ You Never Give Me Your Money/ Maps/ Sunday Morning/ Twilight

The 9 best songs featuring “9” in the title or album.

Sunshine/Revolution 9/1979/ 1991/1999/The Perfect Drug/ M79/Coconut Skins/99 Luftballons

And finally, THE 9 BEST SONGS OF 2009 (so far).

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DABA Girls

January 29, 2009

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I’ve never read anything that was simultaneously more hilarious and depressing than this: Dating a Banker Anonymous is honest commentary on the state of contemporary relationships that we all aspire to–it doesn’t matter where you live, we all want to either be the big-swinging or the Jimmy Choo-wearing. It’s proof of the existence of lopsided boys dating equally lopsided girls. Where they admit that their boyfriends were once math team captains and Friday-night bookworms, none of the girls will describe themselves or their beaus as nerds, ugly, or even short. They are mostly contrived girls living extravagant lives. It’s very clear to me; while they rightfully (and articulately) describe the parallel collapse of his career and his ego, they ignore the connectedness of their own self-esteem.

This has particular resonance with me since I aspire[d] for that career precisely. I know the people that slave 100-hour weeks, the ones that measure a great deal of their own self worth in the size of their January checks. I don’t know any of the girls though, and I didn’t know that they were so photo-ready. It seems though, that their marriages were meant to fail with or without a recession. I am enthralled with them because they can be so brutally honest while ignoring the basic premise on which their relationship was built; that being one provides and one is hot.

I can see it already, either on HBO or the big screen, and apparently they’ve already got a book deal. The dynamics of their relationships and the role of Wall Street immediately make this more intriguing than the best episode of Gossip Girl. Proof that the best stories are never scripted.

The Virgins – Rich Girls

Progress Portraits For All

January 27, 2009

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Click above to make yours! Or If you’re feeling ugly, god loves you too.

Now you probably already know about Jay-Z’s DC-mix of “My President is Black,” but then again, maybe you don’t. This hasn’t been nearly as viral as it should be, so in case you’re to blame, see it here, or listen to it here:

Jay-Z – My President is Black

If you’ve watched MTV for 15 or more minutes in the last week you’ve seen the original version of this song by Young Jeezy and Nas. I hope you were as disappointed with it as I was. Two (or more) narcissistic rappers making an election to be about them. I like Nas, but lines like: “History, black history/ No president ever did shit for me” remind me of how contrived rappers can take a country’s success and make it completely about themselves. If you studied history Nas, you’d remember some words JFK said once in an inauguration speech.

Obama Mama

November 5, 2008

MANIA IN TIMES SQUARE!
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The W. mask is hilarious, the knotted rope is not. Videos of the dancing and cheering that went on for hours will be up shortly. I wanted to post “Celebration” but for being a song about celebration, it’s quite subdued, and I felt that “Homecoming” was much better suited. Partly because it’s awesome, but mostly because it’s about Chicago.

Kanye West – Homecoming

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Probably the most exciting day since… New Year’s Eve 1999? That’s the only other day I can think of that our entire country looked forward to for years. I expect that I’ll be called upon in my old age to remember what I was doing the day of this election, when America was at the crossroads of its history. Only history will tell if the man elected was right, so I won’t try to guess before history does. Instead I’m going to go out and dance on cars and watch CNN at a bar in either village. Huh, interesting how celebration and riot can be so similar… Here’s the list of Obama supporters again.

The Smashing Pumpkins – Zeitgeist

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I’ve been wandering the city with my camera and lately I’ve been finding a lot of graffiti and posters about the election. The best ones are always about Sarah Palin. Wonder why that is…

It’s also become impossible to go out without overhearing a political conversation at least once every hour. This political season it feels like, more than ever before, has become scrutinized by talk show hosts and magazine editors in only the way that we typically talk about celebrities. I have no doubt that this is due to Sarah Palin’s instant “celebrity.” Anyways it’s a good thing that people seem to care about their government as much as their movie stars.

I’m not above the crashing waves of politics and pop culture, and ever since the September conventions it’s been nothing short of an addiction. Seriously though, the internet may explode next Tuesday from all the live-election blogging. Call it political overdose.

Jenny Lewis – Acid Tongue