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Passion Pit

Posted in Music, Video by eatlooklisten on April 1, 2009


“The Reeling” – Passion Pit

This is apparently going to be the lead-off single from their new album, Manners. It was originally noted because backing vocals are provided by the oft-inspiring PS22 Chorus (they’re the second set of “oh noooooo” in the chorus). The Fader made a little behind-the-scenes video of the day they recorded the backup vocals, which you can watch right here. Seriously, how MFing cute is that? Because it is.

I’ve read some of the comments and reviews rolling in on the single, and it’s mixed. A lot of people apparently miss the distorted, glitchy textures displayed on the Chunk of Change EP, and are turned off by the 80’s-style big production. Personally? I love it. LOVE LOVE LOVE it. Like, the amount of times I’ve listened to this in a row is kind of embarassing. I have to uncheck the song when I scrobble my iPod, because otherwise it’ll show that I’ve listened to this song 13 times or something ridiculous like that. But I can’t help it – the heavy, slick production, the gigantic bass sound (that sounds kind of tinny on YouTube), the choir-laden chorus that you will be singing to yourself for days (oh nooooooo, oh noooooooo), it’s just a fucking fantastic piece of pop. It’s unapologetically huge in a really non-cynical, uncalculated way. The only calculated moves I can detect are the band/Michael Angelakos’ desire to make an enormous, bombastic pop song. And it works for me big time.

Then again, you’re reading the opinions of someone who loves Alphabeat and FrankMusik and things of that ilk, so over-informed rock criticism you will not find here. Well, maybe a little.

In short, this song is GOOD.

songs and memory

Posted in Uncategorized by eatlooklisten on March 5, 2009

Another video post.

Do you have songs that take you to specific places and times? There are some songs for me, no matter how ridiculous or cheesy or bad, that will transport me to very specific moments in my life. This song reminds me of around the time this song was popular – I was about 5 or 6. I remember the bedroom in that house in Lombard. I remember the smell and feel of the brown carpet, and the generic cartoon-y pillowcases that my parents still probably have. I remember the twin bed handed down from my sister that I now dutifully slept in, instead of crawling into bed with my parents like I used to. I remember my school uniform hung on my closet door knob, a white shirt with a peter pan collar and a brown, white and yellow plaid jumper, the fabric synthetic and scratchy and thin, so if I poked my pencil through I could make a hole and just massage the fibers back into place. I remember the specific feeling of the space, the air thick with quiet, how it looked in the dark, how hollow the radio sounded as I fell asleep with this song playing. The other song that does this to me? “Part Time Lover” by Stevie Wonder. See, I told you they were bad.

today’s earworms

Posted in Art, Music, Video by eatlooklisten on March 4, 2009

Hi, strangers. Today: earworms!

“Bust A Move”, Young MC: ah, quintissential pop rap party jam of the 80’s. The parts that I’d like to specifically call out are the lady part that goes “uh, yeah, ohhhh yeah”. Also the “break it down for me, fellas” breakdown with the “unhhh….ohhhhhh”. Those parts just run in repeat in my head.

I can’t embed it, but “Come and Get Your Love”, the Real McCoy: I know this isn’t the real version. It’s a cover of that Redbone 70’s classic, etc. But it’s this specific version that’s implanted in my brain. I have absolutely no idea where this came from or why. I haven’t heard this song in years. I especially enjoy the Snow-like whiteboy rapping involved.

“Babe, We’re Gonna Love Tonight”, Lime: I’ve posted this song elsewhere. But god I love it and I will never stop loving it. I love that keyboard hook, so simple. I love the simplicity of the chorus and how it’s harmonized. I love how this is such a good bridge between that kind of disco-y italo stuff and house.  I love how it’s hard to make the connection between the homely-looking people in the video and the slick voices. Yes, those are the actual people who recorded the song. And did you know they were Canadian? And all this time I thought they were Italian… This song is always in my head in some capacity.

Incidentally, have you ever seen Lime’s album and single cover art? It’s truly terrible in that none of the figures actually follow any sort of anatomy based in the real world, and the airbrushing. Oh god, the airbrushing. That said, if someone made a gigantic wall-size print, I would probably want it.

mmmmmmm donuts

Posted in Food by eatlooklisten on January 30, 2009

Today, my friend Erica surprised a bunch of us by bringing in some donuts from Portland, Oregon’s Voodoo Doughnuts, a truly magical place. It’s the kind of place that I’m so stereotypically attracted to: “wacky”, a little punk-rock/anarchist, not afraid to do weird shit with food (Jagermeister donuts, anyone? Or Nyquil glazed donuts?), vegan friendly even though I’m not vegan, really local-centric and unique to its town. Granted, these were a couple days old, but this little taste test only excited me for the prospect of eating fresh ones once I make it out to Portland.

I tried:

  • The Arnold Palmer (“cake doughnut covered with lemon and tea powder”): delicious
  • The Voodoo Doughnut (“voodoo doll doughnut”, in the shape of a voodoo doll with a pretzel sticking out of its heart and a jelly filling): also delicious, although I didn’t get enough jelly in my sample piece
  • Bubble Gum doughnut: I generally hate the artificial flavor of bubble gum, but I enjoyed it way more than I thought I would
  • Iced doughnut with Berry Cap’n Crunch: good, although a fresh one while the cereal’s still crunchy would have been awesome on a texture level
  • Iced doughnut with Froot Loops: see above. Would probably like it less than the Cap’n Crunch
  • Bacon Maple long john (raised doughnut with maple icing and 2 strips of bacon): I had a similar experience as Anthony Bourdain when he first had this doughnut, although I hardly ate it out of politeness. I’ve become kind of burnt out on the Bacon Craze, although I do love me some bacon, or most parts of a pig for that matter. But this? Man. Its simplicity is awesome. It’s a perfect balance of sweet and savory/salty that I always enjoy, and the crunch of the bacon with the softness of the doughnut was pretty damn satisfying texture-wise.

AND they do weddings! Can you imagine? A giant donut cake or a donut tower, after getting married AT a donut shop? In Portland? Lord.

a new obsession

Posted in Design by eatlooklisten on January 12, 2009

Poladroid.

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I mean, yes, you can recreate this by fucking around in Photoshop for a while, but it’s such well-executed instant gratification! I’m resisting the urge to do this to all of my photos.

this is why

Posted in Music, Video by eatlooklisten on January 6, 2009

…I tend to stay away from late-era Gainsbourg. THIS IS NSFW. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Wha…? The girl humping/writhing on the bed is Bambou, Gainsbourg’s lover after Jane Birkin. This is even racier than the version I had on tape for a long time, with Bambou and a bevy of topless girls dancing in front of him, one by one. Serge, you crazy old bastard, I still love you.

thinking about clothes

Posted in Uncategorized by eatlooklisten on January 4, 2009

Now that school is looming large in the next couple weeks, naturally my thoughts turn to my wardrobe. What classes to take? When can I start looking for internships? What supplies do I need? Eh, who cares when there are outfits to think about?

Obviously I’m not being serious, but it is fun to think about. I’ve always discussed the “{insert season here} fashion plan” with people, but I don’t ever think I’d a) put it into practice or b) properly described it until now. I realize I’m ripping off the lovely Making It Lovely, but it’s more of a homage to it, and also a throwback to the countless Photoshop collages I did while working in fashion. Ugh, typing that out still looks weird – like “working in fashion” denotes that my job was super cool and exciting, when really I was just lucky and it was much more normal than it sounds. But that’s another rant for another day. Onto the clothes!

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This is a casual/everyday look, and pretty much how I dress anyway, except it’s like I got to go on a shopping spree.
Bag: Mini-Citizen bag, Chromebags.com
Necklace: Pyrite and sterling silver long necklace, RedChair @ Etsy.com
Empire-waisted sweater: New York & Co.
Jeans: Z. Cavaracci, Torrid (I own these already)
Scarf: Villains print sheer jersey scarf, luchaworkship @ Etsy.com
Earrings: Forever 21
Bangle: Forever 21
Shoes: Adidas Oddity lows (youth size), Piperlime
Watch: Baby-G, eBay

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This is more of a “dressy” look, say if I had an an art show or a dinner or something.
Bag: Hayden-Harnett for Target canvas hobo, Target
Belt: Torrid
Cardigan: V-neck short sleeve cardigan, J. Crew
Dress: Angelica lace dress, Juicy Couture @ Nordstrom
Shoes: Marc Jacobs @ Piperlime
Scarf: Unisex circular scarf, American Apparel
Tights: blue herringbone, Look From London
Earrings: 80’s style doorknockers, GirlProps

What do you think?

two great swedes

Posted in Uncategorized by eatlooklisten on December 13, 2008

go great together.

Oh wait, there are members of the Concretes and the Shout Out Louds. Officially best video find (of the day). I’m constantly mystified by the superior quality of pop music that comes out of Sweden (insert ABBA joke here). But seriously. Magic!

chicago politics gone crazy

Posted in Uncategorized by eatlooklisten on December 9, 2008

Chicagoist is liveblogging the press conference regarding Gov. Blagojevich’s arrest. Serioiusly, the douchebaggery knows no bounds. So much bribing! Wanting to pull an 8 million dollar funding grant to the Children’s Memorial Hospital becuase he didn’t get any kickback? WOW. 2009 is going to be intresting for Chicago politics, to say the least.

What to get your design nerd friend for Christmas

Posted in Uncategorized by eatlooklisten on December 5, 2008

Why hello there!

Look, it’s the perfect gift for your design-dork friend or mate: the Pannetone. Get it? GET IT? Wakka-wakka! It’s pretty amusing, though, albeit a TAD too twee. Still brought the LOLs here!

Via Apartment Therapy Chicago.

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