Lauren Albert: Red Socks

Dum Dum Girls Giveaway!

Hey Lemonettes! It's been awhile, huh? I have tons of things that I want to post, but lately I feel like so much of my time is taken up by work (being in the 9 to 5 club feels like the worst sometimes), my music blog, and (sadly) my tumblr (I don't know what it is about tumblr -- it's just so easy, which makes it feel really low-pressure compared to LJ.)

Anyway, please don't think that I've forgotten about LP. I haven't! I promise! There are plenty of great things that I want to post about and I have the next few days off work, so I'm going to be working on getting a queue of posts ready so that there will be new content for April!

In the meantime, I thought I would mention that I'm giving away a Dum Dum Girls 7" on my music blog, so if you're a Dum Dum Girls fan and you have a record player, leave a comment on this entry with some of your current favorite songs and/or artists. Be sure to comment by midnight EST on Sunday, April 4th! Because of the cost of shipping, this is open to US residents only. Sorry overseas kids, maybe next time!

xo. K
Animals: Hurt Paw

Sunday Sundries 59

01. This past week I put up a new community directory post. Our old community directory was from 2008, so I thought we were due for an update! The post is members only, so if you're only watching the community, it won't be visible to you -- you have to actually join to see it. If you're interested in creating an entry for yourself, the community directory can be a great way to make new friends on LiveJournal and other sites.

02. Alex Chilton of the band Big Star passed away this past week at the age of 59, just days before Big Star had been slated to reunite at SXSW. Both my boyfriend and I are huge Big Star fans and were crushed by the news of Chilton's passing. We both felt that Big Star is a band that most people love -- they just don't know they do. Big Star's songs were covered by Elliott Smith, The Lemonheads/Evan Dando, and numerous others. A cover of their song "In the Street" was even used as the theme for That Seventies Show. Pitchfork posted videos for some of Big Star's best known work here and collected reactions from artists and friends of Chilton here. My favorite response comes from Carrie Brownstein of Sleater-Kinney who says, "Musicians and fans have always passed around Big Star songs and albums like a secret handshake. When you found out someone hadn't heard #1 Record or Radio City, you were so excited to provide that missing link, to pass on all the glimmer, the jangly guitar, the big chords, the melodies, the American anthems that let you keep your teenage self -- for some of us long since faded -- close, etched upon your skin. And suddenly, you realized that every great band or musician you love also loved Alex Chilton and Big Star."

03. Tomorrow I'm going to go to the grocery store & get the ingredients I'm missing for these vegan root beer float cupcakes. I can't imagine a sweet that's more up my alley.

04. On Friday I had the pleasure of seeing Kitten Forever play a short set at the Blue Arrow, a local used record store. The girls were awesome & if you're into punk, I highly recommend giving them a listen!

05. Via skafunkmelt, The 10 Best YA Books for Adult Readers (which includes favorites of mine by Sherman Alexie and John Green, as well some books I just full-on hated, like Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist) and Our 35 Favorite Music Moments in Film (can I just say how much I love the fact that "Sugarhigh" from Empire Records is on this list? That whole movie is full of great music moments -- I especially love the scene with "Seems" by Queen Sarah Saturday.)

If you'd like to submit something to the Sunday Sundries, just comment on this entry.
Music: Chara

Sunday Sundries 58

Hey everyone! I hope you've had a good weekend & are ready to start a fresh week. So far my Sunday has been great, it's sunny and breezy in Cleveland and almost feels like spring, though I'm sure we have more winter coming.

01. Last night my boyfriend and I watched the horror movie House of the Devil. Normally I'm not too into scary movies, but I really enjoyed this. It was filmed in a great retro style, so even though it was made in 2008, it looked like it could have been filmed in the late seventies/early eighties. The camera work was wonderful and reminded me a bit of The Shining. You can read some reviews on Rotten Tomatoes (where it's rated as 87$ "fresh") & watch the trailer on the official website. Fun fact: the cast features Mary Woronov, who had a starring role in Rock and Roll High School & used to dance on stage with the Velvet Underground. I also love the six retro posters done for the film - you can see all of them here.

02. This morning I woke up to the sad news that Mark Linkous of the band Sparklehorse had taken his own life. You can read a write-up on Mark on Pitchfork. I first remember hearing Sparklehorse on a nineties alternative CD compilation (it was the same comp that introduced me to the Pixies, PJ Harvey, and Sugar.) Their hit, "Someday I Will Treat You Good" will always be a favorite nineties song of mine.

03. My favorite feminist blogger, Sady Doyle of Tiger Beatdown, is now on Tumblr! If you're on tumblr, I highly recommend following her!

04. ferrassie asked me to post a link to the blog If Charlier Parker was a gunslinger, there'd be a whole lot of dead copycats, which posts amazing photos from all different realms of pop culture.

05. False Start Distro is having a sale! Meredith carries tons of great zines, including old standbys like Doris and Brainscan, but also some lesser known faves of mine like I Hear You Like Stories.
Skins: Naomi biting nails

Sunday Sundries 57

Happy Sunday everyone! Here are some of the things I've got on my mind right now:

01. Are there any lemonettes in Chicago? If so, are you thinking about going to the Chicago Zine Fest? I'll be there with some pals, all the way from Ohio! What are your favorite places to go (and eat!) and things to do (and see!) in Chicago?

02. I'm giving away some patches with artwork by Cristy Road here -- if you want some, get in touch!

03. The other day my boyfriend checked Lost in the Supermarket: An Indie Rock Cookbook out of the library. At first I thought it was kitschy and dumb, but some of the recipes actually look pretty good! Might I suggest trying out (well, first ordering this from the library and then trying out) the Mountain Goats' Phal Ras (ginger fruit punch) or Belle and Sebastian's Thai Sweet Potato Soup (both vegetarian/vegan friendly).

04. & from the reader suggestion pile, we have Lemon Soda, a blog run by teacoupons and...

05. Hope and Anchor, a tumblr run by two Flickr photographers featuring some lovely & striking photography (suggested by moonymadness

As always, you can suggest things to be featured in the Sunday Sundries here.

P.S. Is anyone watching this series of Skins? I just got caught up with the last three episodes this weekend and oh my lord! That's all I have to say about that! (Without getting into spoilers, at least.)
MISC: Mod girls

Courtesy at the Movies!

While browsing around Flickr this morning I came across this great set of photos advertising movie theater courtesy on Pere Ubu's photostream (which is full of other weird things, like movie stills, album covers, and photos of people wearing gas masks.) My favorite is the above, but there are 5 more Collapse )

Have you seen any movies lately? Recently my boyfriend and I have watched (and enjoyed) Porco Rosso and A Serious Man.
MISC: Sk8 or die

Christine Young

Christine Young's illustrations are both unsettling and reassuring at the same time -- some of them make me uncomfortable, others remind me of myself and my friends. I especially love the way that her sketchbook pieces incorporate text -- the brief thoughts that accompany some of Christine's illustrations are heartbreakingly sincere.

You can see more of her work on her official website. She also has a Flickr account.

Some more of Christine's work is under the cut. I didn't resize these pieces, so some of them are really, really big, but they're also full of detail. Collapse )
Post Secret: Bree-On

Books are good for you! #3

Geez, it's been an awfully long time since I posted about a book. In fact, I haven't done a book post since September when I wrote about Suzanne Berne's A Crime in the Neighborhood. I have been reading a lot lately -- right now I'm close to finishing Patricia Bosworth's Diane Arbus: A Biography, and I'm going to start out with talking about that, but it's not what I'm posting about.

Bosworth's book is well-written and engaging -- I only wish that she had been given permission to reproduce some of Arbus's work. I think it would help to have some photos of hers to reference, especially since Bosworth references a number of specific pieces. But reading about Arbus got me thinking about a different female photographer -- one whose work I remember from my childhood.

The Secret Life of the Lonely Doll by Jean Nathan is a biography of Dare Wright, the author of the Edith and Mr. Bear books, a series of children's books illustrated with photographs (also taken by Dare). I grew up reading my mother's copies of the Edith and Mr. Bear books, fascinated by the way Dare placed fantastical objects in real settings (for an example, check out this photo of Edith on a bridge).

The Secret Life of the Lonely Doll is $10 new (and as cheap as 50 cents used!) on Amazon. You can also read the first few pages of the book on their site.

Here's the official summary:
In 1957, a children's book called The Lonely Doll was published. With its distinctive pink-and-white checked cover and black-and-white photographs featuring a wide-eyed doll named Edith, it quickly captured the hearts of young girls all over the country and made the author, Dare Wright, a household name.

Forty years after its publication, the book was out of print but not forgotten. When the cover image unaccountably surfaced in journalist Jean Nathan's consciousness one afternoon, she went in search of the book -- and ultimately its author. Nathan found Dare Write living out her last days in a decrepit New York City public hospital.

Piecing together interviews and documents, sifting through the thousands of photographs Wright had taken, Nathan uncovered a glamorous life. Blond, beautiful Dare Wright had begun her career as an actress and model and then turned to fashion photography before stumbling upon her role as a bestselling author. But there was a dark side to the story: a brother lost in childhood, ill-fated marriage plans, a complicated, controlling mother, Edith Stevenson Wright, herself a successful portrait painter, played such a dominant role in her daughter's life that Dare was never able to find a way into the adult world. Only through her work could she speak for herself: in her books she created the happy family she'd always yearned for, while her self-portraits betrayed an unresolved tension between sexuality and innocence, a desire to belong and painful isolation. [Edit: awhile ago I scanned one of Dare's self-portraits as reproduced in this book, you can see it here, I also scanned another photo of Dare that you can see here]
If you're interested in reading some of Dare's books, the majority of them are back in print and can easily be found new or used.
Anke: Long Distance Relationship

Sunday Sundries: 56

Happy Valentine's Day everyone! I hope you're all having a great Sunday. Did you exchange Valentine's with anyone? For Valentine's Day I got my bf a copy of the Wipers' second album & the Beach Boys' classic, Smiley Smile. I've also uploaded a Valentine's Day mix for all of you! It's 20 of my favorite songs about falling in (and out) of love.

Download it: hxxp:// (remember to change hxxp:// to http://!)

The tracklist is Collapse )

02. Yielly's Alphabet is a sweet blog where each month a post is centered around a different letter. Yielly features her favorite websites, music, and writers. I found out about Yielly's blog when she posted about my music blog Side Ponytail earlier this month. Thanks, Yielly!

03. I spend a lot of time on tumblr when I'm working (it's a fun way to fill the gaps in the day between meetings.) One of my favorite tumblr's belongs to my friend, Alana. If you're on tumblr, be sure to check it out!

04. brightrealities asked me to post about the R Word campaign, which focuses on language awareness & eliminating the use of the word "retarded" as a derogatory term. You can read this post on brightrealities's journal to find out why she's chosen to support the R-Word cammpaign.

05. badassmutha4o00 asked me to post about Piewacket Blog, a sweet lifestyle blog with posts about pulp novels, cooking, & crafting. I suspect that the blog takes it's name from Piewacket the cat, from the classic movie Bell, Book, and Candle, one of my all-time favorite supernatural love stories! If you haven't seen it, definitely check it out.

If you have something that you'd like to share in the sunday Sundries, feel free to post about it here! I usually feature the contributions of 2-3 members each week!
MISC: Sk8 or die

Sunday Sundries: 55

01. Area 51 del Corazon is one of my favorite indie pop blogs. Check it out to sample both new & out of print indie pop releases!

02. via endorsements The Quiet Revolution is the portfolio site of London based illustrator Claire Scully.

03. via pearlygold check out the lj community rococo_aquatic.

04. If you're in need of tiled backgrounds, one of my favorite pattern websites Naked and Angry is back after a hiatus.

05. How many of you use Listography? I have a listography here that I used to keep tracks of books I've read & shows I've gone to.

Don't forget, if you have anything that you'd like featured in the Sunday posts, you can share here. I'll be featuring suggestions from two (sometimes more) users each week!
Animals: Hurt Paw

Sunday Submissions

So, yesterday I posted the first Sunday Sundries post that this community has seen in ages & pearly_gold asked me where I got the links for Sunday posts. I typically bookmark things throughout the week and visit favorite stand-by blogs, tumblrs, and other websites, but for awhile I've been kicking around the idea of having an ongoing open post where people from the community can share things they like, find interesting, or are involved in -- like, if you have an LJ community, blog, website, or Etsy shop that you'd like to promote.

So, here's how this will work. The comments to this post will be screened & each week I'll round up a few of the posted links & post them (with credit to the original commenter) on that week's Sunday post. If you post a link here, you can rest assured that it will be posted at some point (assuming, of course, that you aren't linking to something that I wouldn't feel comfortable sharing with the community because it might be hurtful or upsetting to community members.)

Alright? Alright!

Post away, you guys! I can't wait to see what you all have to share &, of course, remember that this is ongoing & you can post any time. I will keep looking back to this post forever for links.