29 December 2008

Admin/Exec Xmas Lunch

A little late in posting, but a couple of Fridays ago the admin/exec team celebrated Xmas at Mecca restaurant in Devonport. We had a fab time - caught the ferry around 12pm, and didn't head back into town until 5pm (where drinking continued for a long while... there was much singing... loud singing).
Below is a snap of some of the girls.

Xmas Party 2008

It was a back-to-basics Xmas party this year; no costumes, no themes, no long speeches. On a roof top bar, with a live band we had the best Xmas party yet!



PS: I couldn't believe it when in a window across from the bar, girls from a different party decided to put on a show for us all!!

27 December 2008

My Precious

Just because I can (as a single 20-something-female who loves her cat), here is my precious, Phoebe.

18 December 2008

Why doesn't money grow on trees?!

I'm already booked into concerts for: NIN, Ryan Adams and the Cardinals, Coldplay, Kings of Leon, and Big Day Out...

Of Montreal in NZ - Wednesday 25th February, Kings Arms, Auckland - ($45)
For eleven years, Kevin Barnes and the gifted musicians that comprise Of Montreal have been building an appreciative audience, raised to fever pitch by the band’s highly theatrical live performances. The band was formed in Athens,Georgia in 1997 as part of the second wave of bands from the Elephant 6 Collective that had given us Neutral Milk Hotel and Apples in Stereo. Supposedly, the name Of Montreal was inspired by a woman from that city who Kevin Barnes once dated, but that story can change. What we do know about Of Montreal is that especially since the release of Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer, the giddy pop of their younger days has been combined with some of the most relentlessly attractive melodies and heartfelt lyrics in all of popular music, ever.

Traces of glam pop, synthpop, vaudeville, krautrock, reggae and afrobeat have gone into the mix, and the brew was brought to the boil in October this year, with the release of Skeletal Lamping. This album was released in the States in ten different formats, including conventional CD and vinyl, as well as t-shirts, tote bags and a paper lantern, with some variations including a digital download code for the album itself. Within weeks, Skeletal Lamping reached number one on emusic’s Most Downloaded Albums Chart.

Metronomy and The Teenagers - Fri, 09 January 09, Kings Arms Tavern, Auckland ($42)
Sure, the NZ Summer brings us many great shows, but not all of them have to be outside in the presence of thousands of others. And not every summer double-header involves two scoops of ice cream and a cone: the unmissable double-header of Summer 2009 in Auckland and Wellington is set to be a pairing of two acts escaping the Euro winter – Metronomy and The Teenagers, playing at Bodega and the Kings Arms, indoors and at night . . .

Joseph Mount writes and records music using the name Metronomy. Oscar Cash, Gabriel Stebbing and Joseph Mount perform that music live, and still call themselves Metronomy. Together, they will kick off 2009 in New Zealand with the biggest bang possible. The new Metronomy album Nights Out – modestly described by Mount as "a half-arsed concept album about going out and having a crap time", and by others as “a wonky love-child of Giorgio Moroder, New Order, Pet Shop Boys and Unfinished Sympathy . . . ” – has already received the type of across-the-boards acclaim from all the places that matter, with tunes like ‘My Heart Rate Rapid’ and ‘Holiday’ radio hits across the b-net airwaves.

Metronomy has been responsible for some very fine remixes of songs by Lykke Li, Klaxons, Franz Ferdinand, Kate Nash, and Gorillaz; and is also an in-demand producer, lately producing the new Roots Manuva single ‘Let The Spirit’ from Slime and Reason, and the debut single from up-and-comer thecocknbullkid, released on Metronomy’s own Need Now Future label. However, with the steadily-increasing success of Nights Out and the building momentum of live shows worldwide, it is likely that 2009 will bring Metronomy mega-attention and success not involving anybody else’s music: the band recently completed a headlining British tour, and sent shockwaves through the festival circuit with their “light show worn on their clothing” (yes, that’s correct).

The other half of the bill, French trio The Teenagers, was described by ‘proper newspaper’ The Guardian as “non-teenage males who revel in gratuitous swearing and lust after anything in a skirt, and have based a whole debut album on it”. While this may well be the case, The Teenagers have perhaps thrilled more listeners than they’ve ever annoyed. Reality Check, the aforementioned debut, along with the single ‘Starlett Johannson’, is a satirical, Gallic-accented minor-masterpiece immersed in pop culture, adolescent smut, and the-night-before-the-morning-after; all set to highly-infectious tunes ranging in style from sweet electro-pop to Gainsbourg-ian grandeur, with a gust of pheromones and with a warm purr of guitars.

The Teenagers -- Quinten Dalafon, Dorian Dumont, and Michael Szpinner -- have ignited the imaginations of clued-up music lovers across the globe with a curve ball of pervy wit, classic synth-work, and sunshine strumming: and what other kind of summer romance are you expecting for 2009.

16 December 2008

More Twilight

I absolutely agree with this funny slide show on Twilight - check it out, its worth it:

http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2008/11/slideshow_of_twilight.html

Christchurch Montage

I promised some pics from my weekend in CHCH. I had a great time - hanging with A&P, checking out Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, shopping etc.

15 December 2008

You start to worry when...

... they are playing "Pin the Fangs on Edward" and "How Many Jelly Beans are in the Coffin?" in the cinema lobby.
... there are groups of hysterical tweens in matching a) official Twilight tee shirts, b) self-printed, coordinated tee shirts, each girl with a different character on the front and a character quote on the back, or c) either a or b PLUS added graffiti (thanks to friends with pens); popular graffiti on tees include "I heart Edward" or "Edward and Bella 4eva" etc etc
... you haven't even got in the cinema yet - you're in the ladies room - and there are shrill, giggling girls drawing phrases on each others faces with eye-pencil (see above for popular phrases a la tee shirt graffiti) or vampire fangs etc etc
... you get in the theatre and there are free Girlfriend magazines on every seat (the feeling is perhaps, at 29, you are not quite the target market... hmmm... I wonder, because if that's not worrying enough, there is more...)
... the movie starts to roll and girls around you start screaming (there is blood dripping from your ears). The screaming comes and goes, e.g. Robert Pattinson's name appears in the start credits = SCREAMING; Robert Pattinson appears on the screen for the first time = SCREAMING etc etc.

Have I painted a sufficient picture to my Twilight preview screening experience on Saturday night??! But what did I think of the movie itself you are wondering (or not *shrugs*):

-Visually beautiful. I loved the location for Forkes - suitably rainy, with a great colour palette.
-Robert Pattinson (SCREAM!) was better looking on screen than I thought he would be. All the pics I had seen had left me thinking: what is all the fuss about. Well, I think he was a very gorgeous Edward in the end.
-Kristen Stewart was great as Bella, but then I have seen her in a few things and knew her to be a talented young actress.
-Together the two leads did well. I laughed out loud in a few places where the lingering teenage staring between Bella and Edward was ridiculous. Also, not much with the subtly - nuances would've been nice, not flat-out-in-your-face panting over each other!
-There are numerous moments of pure cheese-on-toast, and things that might not have meant to be funny (Eric's hair (Justin Chon) was crazy bad!! Jasper's acting/facial expressions were funny-bad; how did that guy get cast?! I won't go on).
-Charlie, Billy Burke playing Bella's Dad, was fantastic. Spot on.
-Book to film translation = pretty darn good. I know sometimes things have to be changed and scenes cut for a book to work on screen, and maybe I read Twilight long enough ago to forget intricate details, but this seemed super-true to the novel.
-As a movie? It was entertaining (I'd like to see it without screaming teenagers though) and enjoyable. It wasn't ground-breaking or anything new (cinematically or story-wise - having read the book, we all know what's coming). I liked it! I liked it enough to want to see it again (as above, minus screaming girls - maybe later on, after its been out a while and on a Sunday morning when the cinema is empty. Actually, we had at least 10 minutes where the picture on the screen split - the bottom part of the screen was on top, and the vice versa. It kinda sucked and was super-distracting!)
-I think at this stage I'm at the 3 out of 5 stars point. Maybe 3.5.

Despite all the hoopla, Becs and I had a fun night :)

09 December 2008

08 December 2008

December Already

Yikes, Xmas is 17 days away. I've pretty much done all my pressie shopping, which feels good. It would feel better if I had finished completely AND had posted gifts to the UK (UK-gift-receivers, my apologies - your presents may not arrive on time).

Update time. Not a huge amount to report:
*Long Weekend: I had a fab time in Christchurch over the weekend. I've got some pics I can post (I will in a new post).
*Work: It was a quiet Monday today. The directors and most the top execs are away until Wednesday (A very good thing indeed; the office feels like a different place without management).

So Hot Right Now:
*I am loving 'Veronica Mars'. Rich and I powered through season 1 and all its awesomeness. Thanks to Angela and Paul I have season 2 and 3. We watched the first episode of season 2 - brilliant! If Joss Whedon had decided to do a teenage detective show I am sure it would be just like VM.
*Cadbury Magic Elves and Gems; chocolate with popping candy is fuckin primo!
*'Twilight'. I'm pretty psyched about seeing it this Saturday.
*Re-watching 'X-files'. We're on season 7 now and its cool bananas.

Concerts on the way: NIN, Ryan Adams and the Cardinals, and Kings of Leon. Also Big Day Out, which I will no doubt go to. Rhythm and Vines in Gisborne: Franz Ferdinand, Santogold, The Kooks and more... doubt I will get to go to that :(

23 November 2008

Vampires beat down Bond

(from e! here)
Bigger than the latest Indiana Jones. Bigger than the biggest James Bond. That's how big Twilight was yesterday.

The $37 million vampire flick, expected to have a killer opening day, had a monster opening day, grossing an estimated $35 million, Exhibitor Relations reported. One-fifth of that gross, or $7 million, came from Friday midnight screenings.

The box-office tracking firm said a $75 million Friday-Sunday gross was now a possibility. Going into Friday, $60 million was considered the movie's best-case scenario.

When the counting's done, Twilight's Friday take may rank as the 14th or 15th biggest opener of all time, having surpassed the debuts of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull ($25 million) and Quantum of Solace ($27 million), to name two recent blockbusters.


I suddenly had a thought about my whole Twilight-December-13-ticket-thing: I might just end up surrounded by screaming 13 year old girls... I remember a small part of my brain making a note that I should go to Twilight on an unusual day, at a strange time to miss the crowds. Now I've managed to lump myself in the middle of a a packed cinema. Ha. Oh well, I am still excited to see the film!

Top Albums 2008

Updated 29 Nov (added Uncut and Mojo)
Magazines and blogs are starting to write their top lists already (The Killers new album hasn't even come out yet!). I'm not going to re-post everything, but out of curiousity here are the Top 30 Albums according to:

Mojo
30 The Night Marchers - See You in Magic
29 Yeasayer - All Hour Cymbals
28 Neon Neon - Stainless Style
27 M83 - Saturdays=Youth
26 Peter Broderick - Home
25 Randy Newman - Harps and Angels
24 Fucked Up - The Chemistry of Common Life
23 Elbow - The Seldom Seen Kid
22 Mercury Rev - Snowflake Midnight
21 Amadou & Mariam - Welcome to Mali
20 TV on the Radio - Dear Science
19 Beck - Modern Guilt
18 Pete Molinari - A Virtual Landslide
17 Sigur Rós - Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust
16 Erykah Badu - New Amerykah Part One (4th World War)
15 Eli "Paperboy" Reed & The True Loves - Roll With You
14 British Sea Power - Do You Like Rock Music?
13 Drive-By Truckers - Brighter Than Creation's Dark
12 Don Cavalli - Cryland
11 Portishead - Third
10 Neil Diamond - Home Before Dark
9 The Bug - London Zoo
8 The Week That Was - The Week That Was
7 Glasvegas - Glasvegas
6 The Hold Steady - Stay Positive
5 Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!
4 Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago
3 Paul Weller - 22 Dreams
2 The Last Shadow Puppets - The Age Of The Understatement
1 Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes

Uncut
30 Gnarls Barkley - The Odd Couple
29 Robert Foster - The Evangelist
28 The Felice Brothers - The Felice Brothers
27 MGMT - Orcular Spectacular
26 Lucinda Williams - Little Honey
25 Jenny Lewis - Acid Tongue
24 Glasvegas - Glasvegas
23 Black Mountain - In The Future
22 The Raconteurs - Consolers of The Lonely
21 Howlin Rain - Magnificent Fiend
20 My Morning Jacket - Evil Urges
19 Shearwater - Rook
18 Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks - Real Emotional Trash
17 Goldfrapp - Seventh Tree
16 Wild Beasts - Limbo, Panto
15 Hot Chip - Made In The Dark
14 Randy Newman - Harps and Angels
13 James Blackshaw - Litany of Echoes
12 The Hold Steady - Stay Positive
11 Drive-by Truckers - Brighter Than Creation's Dark
10 Paul Weller - 22 Dreams
9 Kings Of Leon - Only By The Night
8 Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Dig!!! Lazarus, Dig!!!
7 Neon Neon - Stainless Style
6 Elbow - The Seldom Seen Kid
5 Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend
4 Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago
3 TV On The Radio - Dear Science
2 Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
1 Portishead - Third

Blender
30 Young Jeezy - The Recession
29 Raphael Saadiq - The Way I See It
28 Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks - Real Emotional Trash
27 Mariah Carey - E=MC²
26 Usher - Here I Stand
25 Santogold - Santogold
24 The Roots - Rising Down
23 The Cool Kids - The Bake Sale
22 Coldplay - Viva La Vida
21 Erykah Badu - New Amerykah: Pt. One (4th World War)
20 Wale - The Mixtape About Nothing
19 Katy Perry - One Of The Boys
18 Ponytail - Ice Cream Spiritual
17 Conor Oberst - Conor Oberst
16 Be Your Own Pet - Get Awkward
15 Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago
14 Jenny Lewis - Acid Tongue
13 Al Green - Lay It Down
12 My Morning Jacket - Evil Urges
11 Death Cab For Cutie - Narrow Stairs
10 Fall Out Boy - Folie A Deux
09 Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend
08 Randy Newman - Harps and Angels
07 of Montreal - Skeletal Lamping
06 Robyn - Robyn
05 Hot Chip - Made In The Dark
04 Metallica - Death Magnetic
03 TV On The Radio - Dear Science
02 Girl Talk - Feed The Animals
01 Lil' Wayne - Tha Carter III

Q
30 Portishead - Third
29 AC/DC - Black Ice
28 Paul Weller - Dreams
27 Neil Diamond - Home Before Dark
26 Conor Oberst - Conor Oberst
25 Metallica - Death Magnetic
24 The Last Shadow Puppets - The Age Of The Understatement
23 Beck - Modern Guilt
22 The Killers - Day & Age
21 Razorlight - Slipway Fires
20 The Gaslight Anthem - The '59 Sound
19 Goldfrapp - Seventh Tree
18 British Sea Power - Do You Like Rock Music?
17 Adele - 19
16 Hot Chip - Made In The Dark
15 Lil Wayne - Tha Carter III
14 Kaiser Chiefs - Off With Their Heads
13 MGMT - Oracular Spectacular
12 Keane - Perfect Symmetry
11 Sigur Rós - Med sud i eyrum vid spilum endalaust
10 Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!
09 The Raconteurs - Consolers Of The Lonely
08 Elbow - The Seldom Seen Kid
07 TV On The Radio - Dear Science
06 Duffy - Rockferry
05 Glasvegas - Glasvegas
04 Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend
03 Coldplay - Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends
02 Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
01 Kings Of Leon - Only By The Night

Paste
30 I'm From Barcelona - Who Killed Harry Houdini?
29 Lil Wayne - Tha Carter III
28 MGMT - Oracular Spectacular
27 Liam Finn - I'll Be Lightning
26 Lee Ann Womack - Call Me Crazy
25 Mugison - Mugiboogie
24 Santogold & Diplo - Top Ranking
23 Mates of State - Re-Arrange Us
22 No Age - Nouns
21 The Raveonettes - Lust Lust Lust
20 Hot Chip - Made In The Dark
19 Gentleman Jesse and His Men - Introducing Gentleman Jesse and His Men
18 Death Cab
 for Cutie - Narrow Stairs
17 Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - Lie Down In The Light
16 My Morning Jacket
 - Evil Urges
15 Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!
14 Langhorne Slim - Langhorne Slim
13 Ida Maria - Fortress Round My Heart
12 of Montreal - Skeletal Lamping
11 The Hold Steady - Stay Positive
10 Deerhunter - Microcastle
09 Lucinda Williams - Little Honey
08 Sun Kil Moon - April
07 Girl Talk - Feed the Animals
06 Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
05 Okkervil River - The Stand Ins
04 Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago
03 Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend
02 Sigur Rós - Med sud i eyrum vid spilum endalaust
01 She & Him - Volume One

My top albums of 2008 in no particular order*:
Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend
Death Cab
 for Cutie - Narrow Stairs
Kings Of Leon - Only By The Night
TV On The Radio - Dear Science
Kaiser Chiefs - Off With Their Heads
MGMT - Oracular Spectacular
Portishead - Third
Ryan Adams & The Cardinals - Cardinology
Bloc Party - Intimacy
The Stills - Oceams will Rise
Santogold - Santogold

*I reserve the right to change my mind and add new albums on a whim hehe

22 November 2008

Never miss a beat

What a failed to mention on Friday (I was preoccupied with a certain teen vampire movie after all) was that I had a wonderful dinner at on the Shore with family. There were some hiccups though...

1. Rich was to pick me up from work so we could go straight there (traffic is shite). That morning I had given him $40 to pick up a couple of things from the supermarket and get some gas- he had all day you see. I'm all packed and ready by 5pm, so I head to our work bar and have a glass of wine with co-workers. I get a text saying to head out. I grab all my stuff - I had done some Xmas shopping on my lunch break. I find first I have to walk way up Wyndham as he has somehow ended up there (so now I am hot and panting and my hands are falling off thanks to the heavy plastic bags I am carrying). But, NO WORRIES! I quickly get back in a good mood - I plug in my player and pick out some sweet tunes, while reading to Rich from December's Empire magazine.

2. Unfortunately traffic is crawling. He ends up in the wrong lane and we go around the block. Its ok, I'm chilling. I've touched up my make-up and I'm feeling good.

3. Fanshawe Street, approximately 6pm: we are at the head of the second lane downtown. The car splutters. It stops. He looks at me and says... OUT OF GAS. (How can that be when I paid for us not to be I am wondering?!) My mood isn't so good now. I'll go out on a limb and throw out: livid, fuming, and pissed.

4. There goes the cool demeanor and reapplied makeup as I sweat it out walking to the nearest BP. Rich catches up to me (Someone helped him push the car around the corner). At BP I find you can't borrow a can for the gas. You have to buy a bloody huge plastic vat for $30, plus $10 gas. Which I pay for.

5. OK, we make it to the car. And DRIVE back to the BP to fill-up some more. Back into the traffic, which is moving fine. We fly over the bridge and make it to dinner after 6:30pm (there goes the promise of "We'll be there around 5:30").

6. Conversation is going ok until politics come up. Then its Mum and me against Uncle Gary and Dad. I get called a sock and sandal wearer who supports elitist lesbians!! I don't by the way: I support Labour and the a society that looks after itself, not a party that will run this country like a ruthless corporation. Sick of the subject and of being wound up I joined Caitlin for some existential viewing in the lunch (The Nanny Diaries). I left the adults on the parting dig that I was going to de-program my cousin.

Its ok though, because by the end of the evening most of us were down a few glasses of wine (Me, I was down 2 margaritas and 2 glasses of wine...). The conversation turned to other more pleasant things and to dessert, which was strawberries and icecream.
By the time I got home, showered, and booked by preview movie tickets, I was ready for Friday to be over!!

I'm happy to report that Saturday was far less strenuous. I watched a few DVDs, read some magazines. Oh, and flicked through the new Audrey Hepburn book I bought myself as a treat during Xmas shopping on Friday (I got it at 50% off; its by her son and is filled with photos and a timeline of her life). My dinner plans fell through, but no matter as one lively, alcohol fuelled dinner in a weekend is probably all I can handle!

21 November 2008

Twilight... more like Midnight



In 15 minutes I will hit midnight. Yikes! I didn't mean to be this late. This post is spurned on by on of the 13 email in my gmail inbox; I arrived home and checked it a little while ago. There was many interesting pieces of electronic mail, but one in particular that caught my attention was from SkyCity cinemas. It announced in the header: "Twilight exclusive preview parties - book your tickets today!". This comes after an email from a friend today talking about a January 9th release of Twilight for NZ.

For those of you that don't know I have read all four books; I got on the band wagon belatedly, but once I was on I read the books insanely fast. The books are good - I mean I am a huge fan of vampires in the media hehe. The writing is simple - its for a teen market after all, and there are things I could criticise but I won't! In the end, I was as hooked as the next person, and found myself in a reading war with another girl at work (ed: a reading war is far less violent than actual war)!

Upon opening the email from SkyCity I did what anyone else in my situation would do - I promptly booked 2 tickets to the December 13th screening (that's way sooner than Jan 9!). I am hoping the friend that got me on to the books and sent me the below exert will be free to come with me, so me can have a huge debriefing session together after the film.

I actually don't need any of the excuses below - I am not ashamed to want to go see the film, but the excuses made me chuckle nonetheless:

From Movie Retriever

Excuse #1: After seeing Let the Right One In* (which is easily one of the coolest and best movies of 2008) and becoming obsessed with HBO's new hit series True Blood** (which has convinced us that there's no word in the English language more fun to say than "Sookie"), you understandably assumed that we're in the middle of some kind of pop culture vampire renaissance, and you didn't want to be left behind like when you refused to watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer*** because it sounded lame.

Excuse #2: Thanks to those jerks at Warner Brothers who shifted the release date of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince from this Thanksgiving to next July, your deadly-serious J.K. Rowling addiction has you tweaking worse than a junkie on A&E's Intervention, and the only possible cure is pretending that Twilight is about the after-life adventures of Cedric Diggory (Twilight's Robert Pattinson played Diggory in Goblet of Fire) who, after he was murdered by Voldemort, apparently became a vampire and transferred to a marginally less-dangerous high-school in the Pacific Northwest.

Excuse #3: Forget about the kid-vampire stuff. You're just a big fan of Twilight's director Catherine Hardwicke, ranging back to her days as a production designer - she designed Tapeheads, I'm Gonna Get You Sucka, and Tombstone! - to her more-recent career as a big-time director, helming movies like Thirteen and Lords of Dogtown. (OK, she's a much better designer than director, but what are you going to do?)

Excuse #4: Right after Hardwicke directed the Oscar-nominated youngster Keisha Castle-Hughes (who so ruled in Whale Rider) in 2006's The Nativity Story, the teenager became pregnant and gave birth to her first child at the age of seventeen. So, as a fan of schaenfreude, you just have to see Twilight because, who knows, maybe Kristen Stewart will go all goth or start dating Marilyn Manson afterwards. (It's probably too much to hope that she actually thinks she's turning into a vampire, right? Sure, it would be great TMZ fodder, but it’s probably looking less like Kate Beckinsale in Underworld and more like Nic Cage in Vampire's Kiss, don't ya think?)

Excuse #5: Either just come out and say that you're a HUGE fan of Stephenie Meyer - possibly qualifying with smaller lies like "I read the books with my teenaged niece" or "I'm trying to start a youth book group at our local library" - or try to convince your more film-literate friends that you just love Twilight's screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg, who has written for Dexter**** (very cool), The O.C. (less cool), and Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman (Oh Dear Lord) and who also wrote the screenplay for 2006's dance-battle epic Step Up, which... OK, just say she wrote for Dexter and leave it at that.

Excuse #6: You're a cougar, and your group of Samantha-from-Sex-in-the-City-worshipping gal-pals are interested in checking out the new Hollywood meat, i.e. sexy vamp 22-year-old Robert Pattinson. WARNING: If you are a dude, this excuse does not work for you. Gathering a group of brohams to go scope out 18-year-old Kristen Stewart - whom you've had a crush on since Zathura - is very, very creepy. Yes, we know that's a double-standard, but we're just trying to keep you off the sex offender list. Please be careful.

Watch the trailer on You Yube here (I admit, it looks FAB!!! I have tingles)

*I got given the book last Xmas and saw 'Let the Right One In' at the film fest this year. Haunting.
**Loving True Blood!! I am a huge fan of the book series and now I am addicted to the show. I watched episode 11 this week - HUGE reveal. I am both excited and sad as I wait for the 12th and final season 1 episode.
***I was there at the beginning. The name is half the fun!
****Fucking cool show. A little bird tells me that we have the first few season 3 episodes of Dexter to watch :)

20 November 2008

How did November get here??

This year is almost over, which is crazy!

Not a huge amount to report, except:

*Concerts: Kings of Leon are coming BACK (January, I have tickets). RYAN ADAMS & THE CARDINALS are coming BACK (February, I WILL have tickets, oh yes I will). Metronomy are playing at the Kings Arm's (thinking of going).

*Work: super busy. Trying to get on top of things ready for the new year.

*Christchurch: I decided to visit A&P in CHCH over the first weekend in December. I am looking forward to hanging with them :)

*Laptop: I finally got a new laptop! I love it. Its another HP (its an entertainment model with lots of fancy things I haven't worked out yet. I did teach it to listen to me and I can control it by talking! Crazy shit!).

I am totally distracted right now (watching 'Breaking Bad'. I love 'Weeds', and 'Breaking Bad' is like 'Weeds' on Meth!!).

I'll right something more cohesive later.

03 November 2008

Albums Galore

Heaven is a Ryan Adams album. The latest, Cardinology, is proudly mine as of 1:30pm today. I fed it straight into my laptop at work, put my headphones on, and tried to concentrate on actual work!

There are 12 tracks – at 40 minutes it’s a little short (a 3 hours Ryan Adam’s album would be too short for me!).

I think this is my favourite album from RA & The Cs so far! The music and lyrics are sublime; some songs are gentle, others twangy, some are quiet ('Cobwebs' is beautiful), and some have a U2 like quality (other reviews have made similar comparisons).

This week I also treated myself to the new Bloc Party and to the 2007 album The Boxer, by The National. I am impressed by both! I am loving Bloc Party more and more each album. There is no disappointment whatsoever.

26 October 2008

Time for a Break

I am delighted to be on a break - not just a long weekend (Monday being a public holiday) as I have the rest of next week off too. That's 9 days in a row off work! Bliss!

I actually have heaps I want to do though - none of it strenuous, but I do want to get a lot done. There will be time for relaxing (some of the things on my list are simply: finish a pile of library books, and DVDs). I also hope to get some Xmas shopping done! I have scheduled in a hair cut (just a tidy really), lunch with old workmates, catch-up with Evette and Jackson... I'm sure the time will fly by!

Nothing much new to report. I've put the finishing touches on a new mixed-tape (CD), and managed to fuck up the times for a movie (we raced to the cinema, seriously pushing time, rushed in and asked for a ticket to the 10:05 session... only to be told it was actually a 10:05PM session listed, not AM. Totally my moronic bad... we saw 'Pineapple Express' instead of the intended 'The Orphanage'. God, it was hilarious!! We were the only two people in the whole cinema so we just laughed loud and long!!).

And just incase you thought I was over igoogle (Madness Hamsters!!!!!)

18 October 2008

Coming to a bookshelf...



(Emailed to me earlier this week by another Ryan Adams obsessed friend!)
It seems the prolific tunesmith has put down the guitar and picked up the quill and ink to pen Infinity Blues, a book due out via the Akashic imprint. That's the "'domestic-release' working cover" up there, but beyond that, we don't know anything about Ryan's inaugural entry into the literary sphere. Is it fiction? Nonfiction? Poetry? Recipes? ...for heartbreak? He does offer this in the blog,: "i guess this dream is coming true…..my grandparents, who taught me to write, and type and dream, i am so proud of all your hard work today, even if this is a long long sad bookbut some funny too, just like those black and white movies in the heat of the eastern seaboard- rolling through the windows of our home.....i am so humbled and so PROUD to be an AKASHIC BOOKS author......"

I WANT this. I NEED this. It will be mine, oh yes it will...

Fix It



Thanks to the Cardinology email list, the 8th October started off really REALLY well. Ryan Adams and the Cardinals' new album, "Fix It", is hitting CDs soon. Amazon have it coming 28th October, but it can be purchased earlier in a digital format (for download). I'm thiking I can't wait for it to hit the stores here... might have to pre-order it *rubs her hands together*.

Here is a link to a scan of a Rolling Stone Mag review of Fix It (4 stars, "a near classic record".

Be still my beating heart

The joy of having the Pig of Happiness on my igoogle page just got better... It changes throughout the day!!!!



17 October 2008

15 October 2008

Wild South Headache

I've been awake since before 6am, which is criminal considering today is Saturday. I was, however, in bed around 8:44pm last night... yes, on a Friday night if you please. You'll have to take into account the fact that I decided to join work mates at the "bar" around 4:30pm (ed: we have a bar-type area at our work) for a glass of sav blanc (Wild South) or 2... or however-many-I-ended-up-drinking!

We had some laughs, talking rubbish about everything from the state of the market (its hitting some of our brokers hard, and others are benefiting from all the mortagee sales), to technology (remembering the days of portable 7" record players - something I couldn't relate to), which aptly need to a discussion on the youth of today (how OLD am I sounding?! LOL).

People left in dribs and drabs; I was among the last 3. Luckily a made it home easily via bus around 8pm. I think the real drunkness hit when I was in the shower - yes, there was singing. Terrible singing. But I was home alone so no crime. Obviously the lack-o-food struck again (the only thing I ate all day as a McCheeseburger, around 1pm).

I was in no state for food though. I remember looking at the clock at 8:44pm, then I was goneburgers. I woke at 1am, and again around 3am... by 5:30am I couldn't get back to sleep.

So, I did what any normal person does: I got up, fed the cat, and got myself the best cure for a vague-hangover: cold can of V and 2 pieces of cold pizza (maybe from Thursday night?! I can't remember what night we had pizza for dinner).

Since 6am I've finished a book ('Sweetheart' by Chelsea Cain; a cracker sequel to 'Heartsick'. Seriously gives Hannibal Lector a run for his money... in fact if Lector was a woman, he might be Gretchen Lowell, the serial killer in Cain's series).

I've started another ('Embrace the Night' by Karen Chance; its the third in a silly supernatural series). And I've caught up on some of the music blogs I like to browse - I have some random stuff to share with y'all.

But first, I haven't raved about my love for google and igoogle lately. Oh, I am still enamoured, I've just been busy. This morning I changed my igoogle theme - almost had a dance-for-joy-fit when I saw this artist as a theme:



Edward Monkton igoogle theme!! Isn't that just the thing to start the day?! Once again, I heart igoogle.

And second, My Week:
Well, what a week it's been! Super-super busy. Mind-numbing. A new staff member started and I was required to train her - so I spent on average at least 2 hours a day with her, as well as preparing for and giving a lunch demo to another part of the business (I even had to order the lunch), sourcing 2 new sets of data (working through all the criteria and quotes etc), finished entering SOMEONE ELSE'S contact list into the database (don't even get me started on how I ended up doing that - their data was shocking too...), helping out another office that is short-staffed (searching and creating a marketing mailing list, then fixing around 700 addresses), meeting with one of my staff for a catch-up, attending a teleconference with staff from the Singapore, Canada, Sydney, and Hong Kong office, doing my own work... I have no doubt missed something I wanted to rant about, but you get the general idea (in case you didn't: BUSY!).

I found time after work one night to watch episode 6 of 'True Blood' - man oh man, I LOVE this show!!! Addicted! Anna Paquin as Sookie has totally grown on me.

I also watched 'Inland Empire', the latest from David Lynch. I think I am still too confused to comment on it...

Another on my DVD list this week was 'Lucky You', starring Eric Dana, Drew Barrymore, and Robert Duvall. It was an ok watch - good for a straight to DVD release (in NZ it was anyway). Nothing super-special about it though.

Sitting next to me I have 'The Nines', a 2007 film starring Hope Davis and Ryan Reynolds. I've heard some awesome things about the premise of this film and its big ideas. It will have to wait, because I am going to be out-and-about today (I feel surprisingly bouncy... even though I am writing this from bed!).

Tonight I have a fun night planned (fun for me and mine anyway!): off to Gina's for pizza/pasta delight, then back to my place for the last 'Project Runway' marathon. A few of us love the show and have been "getting" the new series, which hasn't screened here. We now have the last 5 or so episodes to enjoy (while we laugh and talk over the show, drink wine and munch on nibbles).

High on my list of weekend activities: going to the movies to see one or both of, 'Choke', and/or 'Burn After Reading'.

I'm also hanging with D; not sure of the plans.

So, wow. There you have it. I'm going to start a new post for the random stuff I want to mention.

14 October 2008

Percussive Qualities of Human Bone

Franz Ferdinand embraces percussive qualities of human bone
10:23AM Monday Oct 13, 2008

Scottish rockers Franz Ferdinand were looking for unusual ways of creating sound on their forthcoming third album and decided to work with a human skeleton they had bought in an auction.

Frontman Alex Kapranos explained to MTV: "I remember we were working on a song called Kiss Me and we wanted to have a real dry, percussive sound in the chorus.
"We had this skeleton in a box that just ended up sitting in the corner of the studio, and we all sort of looked at it, and decided to experiment with it."

Each band member chose a different part of the body to play on the record.

Alex added: "Nick, our guitarist, had the hands and was clapping the bones together. Paul, the drummer, was working with the pelvis bone and a femur. We put the teeth in a glass jar and rattled that about. We smacked the ribs together and we got this really weird, f***ed-up kind of a sound that was wicked. I can't think of any records with human bones on it."

The album, provisionally titled Tonight, is set for release next year.

Article at the NZ Herald

11 October 2008

All Puns Intended

These are terrible but thought I'd share a couple:
  • A man woke up in a hospital after a serious accident.He shouted, "Doctor, doctor, I can't feel my legs!"The doctor replied, "I know, I amputated your arms!"
  • Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly, so they lita fire in the craft. Not surprisingly it sank, proving onceagain that you can't have your kayak and heat it too.
  • A group of chess enthusiasts checked into a hotel, andwere standing in the lobby discussing their recenttournament victories. After about an hour, the manager cameout of the office, and asked them to disperse. "But why,"they asked, as they moved off. "Because," he said. "I can'tstand chess-nuts boasting in an open foyer."
  • Mahatma Gandhi, as you know, walked barefoot most of thetime, which produced an impressive set of calluses on hisfeet. He also ate very little, which made him rather frailand with his odd diet, he suffered from bad breath. Thismade him (oh, man, this is so bad, it's good) ... asuper-calloused fragile mystic hexed by halitosis.
  • A dwarf, who was a mystic, escaped from jail. The callwent out that there was a small medium at large.

10 October 2008

Rocking in the New Year

A series of gigs in early January will kick the live music year off quite nicely. Seattle's Fleet Foxes, who can best be described as psychedelic pastoral folk rockers, play Wellington's San Francisco Bath House on January 7 and the following night North Shore's Bruce Mason Centre. The band's self-titled debut got five stars in TimeOut earlier this year and is a strong candidate for album of the year.

I've only got a few of their tracks - I do like them, though not for every mood/occasion. One of those gigs where, if I had spare cash lying around, and someone to go with, I would check it out...

09 October 2008

Dad

The cutest thing! I had a call from Dad this morning before work. When he first spoke I was sure something terrible had happened - you know, the way parents call at an unexpected time. Turms out he just wanted me to listen to what was in the background at home... the new Kings of Leon album!
Yes, I leant him some albums last night: K.O.L, Death Cab, and The Stills.
Dad's verdict on the Kings? He likes them. He expected something, in his words, "grungey". Next he'll want to come to the BDO with us... well, Neil Young is one of the headliners!!

08 October 2008

Snakecharming the Masses

Can I just say: WOW. There, I said it. I've bought 3 CDs in the last 2 weeks (and the new Kings of Leon before that) and they are all Wow-inducing.

*The Stills: Oceans will Rise. Long-time fan, and this album blows my mind. Snakecharming the Masses, Being Here, and Everything I Build are my fav tracks so far.

*TV On The Radio: Dear Science. A wonder. They had me at track one.

*Cut Off Your Hands: You & I. I've been listening to this kiwi band for a while now on bfm and routinely checked JB Hifi for signs of an album. Success! Released on Monday, this album is great! I'm a bit puzzled over a couple of "jesus" songs, but other than that, solid!

Moving on from the music (oh, but how can I?! So much new GOOD stuff out there. I almost have another mixed CD ready for the select few wink wink)... This week has been slow, probably because last week I was only at work for 3 days (took some leave). Wednesday is over (*phew*) but what a day! I looked at Excel almost non-stop. One exercise took me over 3 hours, and involved merging client xmas lists from last year, with a column for every list and a tick in the column where appropriate. Lordy!
There are dramas at work, though not really involving me. One team at work is totally dysfunctional and is about to be "restructured" (not sure if that means redundancies etc). One of the team members dropped me home today and I invited her in - we ended up having a goss session (i.e. she told me all about the dramas and one secret resignation I am not supposed to know about. My lips are sealed.)
Meanwhile my role seems to be more than solid. Since I've been here (2 years this month?!) I've had 2 part-time students under me. That has ended, but I now have 2 full-time staff that report to me in some way, with a third due to start soon! Its crazy! These staff work on the database, but for specific teams. What that means for me is: I don't have to do the grunt work for that team, plus I get to allocate them work... Its pretty sweet. It is also a clear indication that the importance of the database has been recognised.
I had my quarterly review yesterday. All went really well. I achieved most my KPIs, and those that weren't achieved have been pushed out, with my boss acknowledging how busy I've been, and that certain things are out of my hands.
It comes at a good time, because we need a new washing machine and possibly a TV... I really need a new laptop (maybe "want" is the right word, but this one is soooo old and clunky. I swear its going to die again - it couldn't handle XP SP3 and died, but I had it resurrected for $99).

Anyway, its getting late. I have Mum and Dad coming to dinner tomorrow night, which will be nice. Rich is going to cook a curry. I don't think I have to do anything, except play hostess.

PS: Here is a lame pic that cracked me up:

03 October 2008

Cyanide and Ryan Adams

Two of my favourite things hehe

02 October 2008

Fav Bands

A few words about some of my current fav bands. I tend to never bother to find out anything about bands I like, which is just rude really.

Plants and Animals are a Canadian indie-rock band from Montreal, featuring two members originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia, which comprises guitarist-vocalists Warren Spicer and Nic Basque, and drummer-vocalist Matthew Woodley. They often describe their music as post-classic rock. They are signed to Secret City Records. Their first full-length album, Parc Avenue, has been shortlisted for the 2008 Polaris Music Prize.Their full-length debut Parc Avenue was released on February 26, 2008 in Canada and on March 25, 2008 in the United States. The album features string parts by Sarah Neufeld of The Arcade Fire.

Arcade Fire is an indie rock band based in Montreal, Canada and fronted by the husband and wife duo of Texan Win Butler and Québécoise Régine Chassagne. The band was formed while Win Butler attended Philips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire, United States. The lineup changed and solidified in 2003 and 2004, during the recording of their first full-length album, Funeral.The band is known for their live performances and their use of a large number of musical instruments; in addition to the guitar, drums, and bass guitar, the band's members also play instruments such as the piano, violin, and viola. When asked about the name of the band, lead vocalist Butler stated that it refers to a fire that supposedly occurred in Exeter Arcade.
Arcade Fire has won numerous awards, including both the Meteors 2008 Best International Album award and the Juno Awards 2008 Alternative Album of the Year award for Neon Bible. It has also been nominated by the Grammys for 2006 Best Alternative Music Album for Funeral and 2008 Best Alternative Music Album nomination for Neon Bible.

The Stills are a Canadian rock band. Four of the band members, Tim Fletcher, Dave Hamelin, Liam O'Neil and Olivier Corbeil, have known each other since around the age of twelve and played in various bands prior to forming The Stills in 2000. The band members are art students from Montreal, Quebec. On a two-month trip to New York City, they recorded several songs with the help of a four-track recorder. According to rumour, the four-track recorder was given to them after helping a friend in Barcelona who needed drug money.Their debut album Logic Will Break Your Heart was released in 2003, and touring with Interpol and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs gained them a steady following. Their second album, Without Feathers, was released May 9, 2006 on Vice Records. They supported Kings of Leon on their UK spring tour in 2007. They signed with Arts & Crafts for the release of their upcoming third album, Oceans Will Rise.

The Faint is a dance-punk/new wave band. Formed in Omaha, Nebraska, the band consists of Todd Fink, Jacob Thiele, Dapose, Joel Petersen and Clark Baechle. The Faint was originally known as Norman Bailer and included Conor Oberst, of Bright Eyes, with whom the Faint toured in 2005. He quit shortly after the band was formed, though the Faint continued to share a spot with Bright Eyes on Saddle Creek Records.In May 2008 The Faint announced that they had split from Saddle Creek and that their fifth studio album would be self released under their own blank.wav imprint. The album, entitled Fasciinatiion was released on August 5th 2008 in the U.S. The first single from the album is The Geeks Were Right.

Tegan and Sara is a band consisting of Canadian singer-songwriters and lesbian identical twins, Tegan Rain Quin and Sara Keirsten Quin (born September 19, 1980). The two have toured with Neil Young, Rufus Wainwright, Kaki King, Northern State, An Horse, The Pretenders, Ben Folds, The Killers, Rachael Cantu, Vivek Shraya, Cake, Gogol Bordello, Hot Hot Heat, Ryan Adams, Veda Hille, Little Birdy, Iron On, Little Brazil, Death Cab for Cutie and Weezer. They also performed a show at Sarah McLachlan's Lilith Fair.
Their fifth album, The Con, was released on July 24, 2007. It was co-produced by Chris Walla. Jason McGerr of Death Cab for Cutie, Matt Sharp of The Rentals (who was with Weezer during The Blue Album and Pinkerton), Hunter Burgan of AFI, and Kaki King appear on the album.The duo are currently writing a new album, planned to be released in late 2009.

Nada Surf is an American alternative rock band. Formed in 1992, the New York band consists of Matthew Caws (guitar, vocals), Ira Elliot (drums, backup vocals) and Daniel Lorca (bass, backup vocals). The band is best known for the song "Popular" from their 1996 album High/Low. Their songs have appeared on the TV shows: Six Feet Under, The O.C., One Tree Hill, Heroes, and How I Met your Mother, and the movies: Disturbia, The Edukators, and John Tucker Must Die.

Cansei de Ser Sexy literally "got tired of being sexy" in Brazilian Portuguese), better known worldwide as CSS, is a Brazilian band from São Paulo. Their songs have an electro/rock sound, and are sung in both English and Portuguese; their lyrics mostly concern pop culture. CSS formed in September 2003, consisting of a group of friends. Their name was taken from a reported quote by Beyoncé, who allegedly declared that she was "tired of being sexy".

Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly is the stage name of English artist Sam Duckworth and his band. He is often referred to as Get Cape, Cape, GCWCF, Slam Dunkworth, Shrimpy, Captain Sandwich and "Charlie Khoo". According to Dunkworth, his stage name comes from a ZX Spectrum magazine which featured a solution for the Batman video game and one of the sections of the solution contained the header "Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly".
Duckworth grew up in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, and has supported bands such as The Flaming Lips, The Magic Numbers, OK Go, Funeral for a Friend,The Kooks and Feeder. Duckworth was signed to Atlantic Records in March 2006, after playing many gigs—both with punk rock band Silverskin and as GCWCF.

Death Cab for Cutie is an American indie rock band formed in Bellingham, Washington in 1997. It began as a solo project of Ben Gibbard, now the band's vocalist and guitarist. Gibbard took the band name from the title of the song written by Neil Innes and Vivian Stanshall and performed by their group the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band in The Beatles' 1967 film Magical Mystery Tour. Their albums in chronological idea are: You Can Play These Songs with Chords, Something About Airplanes, We Have the Facts and We're Voting Yes, The Photo Album, Transatlanticism, Plans, and Narrow Stairs.
TV shows/movies embracing DCFC include: The O.C., Six Feet Under, CSI: Miami, Californication, Wedding Crashers and Mean Creek.

TV on the Radio (often abbreviated to TVOTR) is a New York City experimental rock band formed in 2001 whose music spans genres as diverse as post-punk, free jazz, a cappella, doo-wop, soul, shoegaze and electro. The group has released several EPs including their debut Young Liars (2003), and three acclaimed albums, 2004's Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes, Return to Cookie Mountain (2006), which received wider notice and appeared near the top of several end-of-year lists, and Dear Science (2008). Rolling Stone magazine voted Return to Cookie Mountain the fourth best album of 2006, and Spin voted the band as 2006 Artist of the Year.
The band is comprised of Tunde Adebimpe (vocals/loops), David Andrew Sitek (guitars/keyboards/loops), Kyp Malone (vocals/guitars/loops) along with Jaleel Bunton (drums) and Gerard Smith (bass). Other contributors include Katrina Ford of Celebration (vocals), Kazu Makino of Blonde Redhead (vocals), Martin Perna of Antibalas (saxophones, flute), David Bowie (vocals) and Nick Zinner of Yeah Yeah Yeahs (guitar).

Thanks Wikipedia!

Post in Progress (PIP)

Hey, so I'm tired, and I've been posting a whole lot of stuff that is not actually by me. So I thought I'd start and publish I post that I can add to later. This will be random, you have been warned.
  • I had Monday and Tuesday off work this week (annual leave). It was super-nice to relax around home, and hang out with Mum (its school holidays for her). Plus, the added bonus is this week was a 3 day working week for me! Why can't all week be that way?!
  • I added a blue toilet block to the cistern, and a yellow citrix clip-on toilet thing... now we get green!
  • I just watched 'Flight Plan' (finally). I didn't see that twist a-coming!
  • Tomorrow my tween cousin is coming to stay for the night. I am preparing myself for a day and night of: fingernail painting, shopping, G rated movies starring Hillary Duff, and no sleep-in. That said, we will have fun!
  • Big Day Out 2009 first announcement blew my mind!! NEIL YOUNG, ARCTIC MONKEYS, THE LIVING END, THE PRODIGY, SNEAKY SOUND SYSTEM, MY MORNING JACKET, PENDULUM, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, TV ON THE RADIO, SIMIAN MOBILE DISCO, THE TING TINGS, TIKI TAANE, CUT COPY, COG, YOUTH GROUP, THE GRATES, BIRDS OF TOKYO, TZU and EDDY CURRENT SUPPRESSION RING. What's just crazy, is there is still MORE to come.

26 September 2008

Vampire Weekend & The Killers



Yay for new music! Vampire Weekend have a new single called Ottoman. Its a light and fun pop song, much like their debut album. Human, the new track from The Killers is also kicking around. I was blown away by Hot Fuss, loved Sam's Town... I think this song might be a grower, and I've only listened to it once so far. The synths are pure 80s; its crazy! I feel like its channeling The Neverending Story or something!

24 September 2008

Interpretive Dance Battle

There really aren't enough interpretive dance battles...

23 September 2008

Only By The Night

I am loving the new Kings of Leon album. Jo and I had a special lunch to mark the occasion of its release (well, we met up outside JB HI FI and both bought a copy, then had sushi at a food court). Anywho, it looks like a new release of Snow Patrol is just around the corner. Check out this link for more.

I'm also looking forward to The Killers upcoming release. Yay for great music!

17 September 2008

More Cyanide

I seriously can't get enough of these!

16 September 2008

M is for Metal

K is for Kiss, with make-up that runs. Gene is the one with the longest of tongues.



Children of the Revolution. This kids book totally cracked me up! It's the loudest alphabet book on earth. Check out the site: Baby's Got Style

13 September 2008

The new Bond theme



A unlikely duet: Alicia Keys and Jack White! Alicia Keys and the White Stripes' Jack White will record the theme song to "Quantum of Solace," the 22nd James Bond film, which hits U.S. theaters Nov. 7.

The song, "Another Way To Die," will be the first duet in Bond soundtrack history. White wrote and produced the song, and also will play drums. The soundtrack to the movie will be released Oct. 28. I've heard it and like it!

12 September 2008

Cyanide & Happiness



I'm loving the Cyanide and Happiness cartoons. I get a kick out of the humour - they're totally up my alley.

10 September 2008

Ryan Adams



Yes, I still love him. His blogs have come and gone (last one I found was under D R Adams, in reference to his full name David Ryan). I'm probably behind on the times but: http://cave.cardinology.com/ is a combined blog for The Cardinals.

07 September 2008

True Blood: The Review

I've now watched 3 episodes of the new HBO vampire show, True Blood (including the "pre-air" episode one). I got all excited when I first read it was being made, then kinda forgot about it - so often these rumors go around, and then you get let down.
However, the e! article the other day (blogged about here) got me all fired up again, especially when I realised I might actually be able to get my hands on some episodes!
Now, as a huge fan of the books (Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse series) I had my reservations: after all when you read 8 books you are bound to imagine things a certain way, especially the characters.

Anna Paquin as Sookie Stackhouse

I was pleased that Anna Paquin was cast as Sookie; a fellow kiwi and all that. BUT, she doesn't fit my preconceived notions of Sookie.
Having watched a few episodes now I think she does well with the southern accent, and she pulls off being a blonde... I just feel something is "off". Perhaps she wasn't the perfect choice. All that said, I think she'll make the character her own. Trying to fill the shoes of a fictional literary character has got to be tough.

Stephen Moyer as Bill Compton ("Vampire Bill")
I am super impressed with Stephen Moyer. Off the bat the character was his, and all my reservations went out the door. His transition to the role is much smoother than Paquin's. His performance is intense and mesmerising. I have no doubt he'll do the series proud. I don't know much about him as an actor - looking at this filmography, most of it is TV roles. Some of the shows I've seen, but I can't recall him. Still, I can't wait to see more of him!

The other key characters: Tara, Sam, Jason, and Lafayette, are good. The original Tara was replaced from the pre-air episode to episode 2. There is a big difference in the way the character is played, but she remains as sassy as ever. Sam is another that I had imagined visually different, but I am enjoying the way the character is being played; sort of a quiet dignity, with a reserved crush on Sookie. Jason (ex-'Home and Away' Aussie Ryan Kwanten) is brilliant as Sookie's dimwitted, man-whore brother. And I'm loving Lafayette - he's a real hoot.

06 September 2008

True Blood I

I am super-hyped about the new HBO show by Alan Ball (!!!), based on the Sookie Stackhouse Vampire series by Charlainne Harris (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!). I'll post more (hence the "I" in the title), but the first thing I saw on my igoogle page this morning was the RSS from e! ...

Ryan Kwanten Is Bloody Hot
Today 2:33 PM PDT by Marc Malkin

Ryan Kwanten has no problems being more naked than not on the new HBO vampire series, True Blood.
In the new drama from Six Feet Under creator Alan Ball, Kwanten plays Jason Stackhouse, a small-town Louisiana hick who doesn't seem interested in anything but bedding any woman he can get his hands on. Just watch in this coming Sunday's premiere—the 31-year-old Australian native is shown in some rather revealing compromising positions.

"The shirt doesn't get on much more than it does in the pilot," Kwanten tells me with a laugh. "But I definitely think it's part of what makes Jason Jason."

Oscar winner Anna Paquin costars in True Blood as Jason's mind-reading sister, living in a modern-day world where vampires live openly among regular folk. All this blood-suckin' has Kwanten thinking about the possible real-life existence of fang-toothed demons.

"I believe there are other forces out there," says Kwanten, who starred along side Zac Efron and Jesse McCartney in the short-lived television series Summerland about three years ago. "Whether or not there are vampires that exist, I'm not sure about that. But they do intrigue me. That fact that they have somewhat human qualities, the fact that they were once us!"

Kwanten's family back Down Under recently had a True Blood screening party. "They invited 30 of their friends over and watched it," he says. "They called me drunk late at night at like 4 o'clock in the morning to tell me what they thought about it."

So what did mom have to say about all his nudity? "You know, she's seen me naked before," Kwanten says with a laugh. "Probably not in those positions before, but we come from a pretty liberal society when it comes to sex and your body. So it wasn't too bad."

Let's just hope his family recognizes his voice when he calls next time, because he's done a darn good job perfecting Jason's hillbilly accent. "When we shot down in Louisiana, they thought I was a local," he says. "That was a nice thing to get."

(e! story reported here)

22 July 2008

Quick Update

I’m currently at work, sitting in front of my computer, waiting for 15,592 records to load. This is taking some time and my laptop is looking like its on the verge of giving up. Outside is miserable; it’s a real winter day. I did something I’ve not done before – I nipped to an 11am festival film. I’ve taken long lunches before, so that wasn’t much of a stretch. But I wasn’t missed and work certainly won’t be short-changed.

It was my 4th film of the festival: Sukiyaki Western Django, Be Kind Rewind, Up the Yangtze, and this morning was The Savages. I still have: Gomorrah, and Let the Right One In. Like every film festival, I had initially bookmarked more than 50 films (seriously). I have a system: it starts with a few flicks through the book, then a thorough reading, then reading + post it notes (last year I had a 2 colour system, with musts and maybes). Next comes the painful cull when I have to exclude most and choose as little as possible (this year its 6 films, though I am seeing a 7th title that is offered at the festival on DVD, which is cheating a bit!).

Usually I exclude films that I am pretty sure will get another release (at the Rialto etc), but this year I seemed to choose “safer” – Be Kind Rewind and The Savages are sure to get another release.

Ok, now my file has loaded – work calls (or screams in this case), so I must go.

01 July 2008

NZFF 2008

Every year I wish I could see more, but here are my choices for this year's NZFF!

40th Auckland International Film Festival

12 Jul: Sukiyaki Western Django
16 Jul: Be Kind Rewind
19 Jul: Up The Yangtze
23 Jul: Let the Right One in
?? Jul: Gomarrah
?? Jul: The Savages

16 May 2008

Dollhouse

Oh my gosh I am so excited! I can't believe I didn't know about this. Shame on me.

Watch the trailer here: http://io9.com/391020/watch-eliza-dushku-awaken-to-a-new-identity

And read about it here: IMDB

29 March 2008

It's me

Hello. Thought I'd actually write something. I'm sitting with Dione (in my old flat) - I'm helping her put together music for her engagement party next week. Not too stressful - I made some mixed CDs for her the other weekend already.

What a week - short, thought it didn't feel that way. Easter, previous weekend, was awesome - spent Saturday at the inaugural Blues/Roots festival in Whitianga. It was a long day - up before 6am, home after 3am Sunday - but it was great! The music was incredible: Wilco rocked my world!!

Easter Sunday & Monday were spent in a general state of zombification. I also found that I got sunburnt at the music fest; stupid patches of sunburn where the lotion had missed. I have a ridiculous watch mark because a small area on my wrist got so red. Also, to the side of ONE ankle - red as a lobster. And down the side of my face - INSIDE my ear!! This sexy sunburn is now peeling. Yum.

As for the short week - whatever! I've been working on so much stuff and Friday was spent in Tauranga. It's exhausting. I end up coming home and crashing out. We've been re-watching 'Six Feet Under', which is great - we're almost finished season one. I've also been renting 'The Tudors' and enjoying that. OMG - Sarah, it has Henry Cavill in it!!! He looks more divine then ever (from 'I Capture the Castle'). Its depressing that he is so much younger than us, although he has some hot and heavy scenes with Gabrielle Anwar who is older again (not that I am saying there is a chance or anything hehe).

Also, I bow down to the creators of 'My So-Called-Life' for releasing the DVD box set even better than ever. My copy arrived at work from Amazon the other day and just made me smile! When I opened it people around me shrugged - they'd never heard of it!! Blasphemy!! I'm impressed with the wee book it comes with - complete with an essay by Joss Whedon! YAY! Re-re-re-watching the show is going to be so much fun. I can't wait to, like, revisit all the, like, memories (I remember how often Angela uses "like"). Also, there is a bonus disc of random interviews etc!

10 March 2008

Meet Jackson

I finally got to meet little Jackson yesterday. He is just beautiful. Evette is the first of my friends to have a baby.

08 March 2008

I'm f*cking Matt Damon

"Our apologies to Matt Damon, we ran out of time" - apparently, Jimmy Kimmel ends many of his shows with this running gag (Never seen the show myself - don't think The Jimmy Kimmel Show has ever played here). Matt Damon got his revenge by teaming by with Kimmel's girlfriend, comedian Sarah Silverman. If you've not seen the gags, get on You Tube and watch - check out the first link, then Jimmy's "reply" with the second link. Laugh out loud hilarious!

I'm f*cking Matt Damon

then

I'm f*cking Ben Affleck

07 March 2008

One piece of paper...

... and hours of fun apparently! The only stipulation was only one sheet of paper could be used:





06 March 2008

WTF?!







05 March 2008

Right person for the job



I'm slowly going insane as I try to employ 2 new people for 2 different teams... And I liked this picture so I thought I'd post.

28 February 2008

Yes, Ryan is my god

I can't get enough of Ryan Adams and his delightful randomness/reassuring insanity.

http://dradamsfilms.com (ed: dead link now)

17 February 2008

More Movies, Wish List #8

More new movies coming soon. These somewhat take my fancy... Yes, I know my other list is insanely long also, but dude, I like movies. (I like lists too!)

Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr as a super hero)
Speed Racer (Really?! On the big screen?? Go speed racer, gooooo!)
Prince Caspian
Indiana Jones & the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
The Incredible Hulk (with Ed Norton - Yay!)
Wanted (James McAvoy, Morgan Freeman, with Timur Bekmambetov directing - from Night Watch et al fame)
Hancock (Sounds fun, plus has Jason Bateman)
The Dark Knight (new Batman, with Heath Ledger as the Joker)

The Good Night

26 January 2008

Big Day Out

Friday 18 January - it was a pretty big day... Tiki Tane, Kate Nash, Spoon, Dizzee Rascal, Pluto, Arcade Fire, Shihad, Bjork, Rage Against the Machine, LCD Soundsystem, Supergroove

How about some pathetic cellphone photos to set the scene?!

Clichéd scene-setting atmosphere shot


Bjork & her awesome costume


Bjork is the little dot on stage

25 January 2008

Boy oh Boy!

Evette has a little baby boy: Jackson Phoenix!! He's an early bird too - he wasn't due until February 12th!

Can't wait to babysit.

16 January 2008

Brad Renfro - Dead!

Saw this headline and was a little stunned. I've seen quite a few movies that he is in... how utterly sad and tragic.

Read the complete E! News article here: Former Child Star Renfro Dead

Brad Renfro, the former one-to-watch whose acting work was often overshadowed by reports of drug abuse and legal troubles, was found dead Tuesday morning at his Los Angeles home. He was 25.
The Los Angeles County Coroner's Office said that paramedics pronounced him dead at 9:00 a.m. after friends he had spent the previous evening with called 911. Cause of death has not yet been determined and an autopsy could take place as early as Wednesday.
Coroner's Office chief investigator Craig Harvey said that Renfro had been drinking alcohol last night but it's too soon to tell whether that was a factor.
Renfro made his big-screen debut opposite Tommy Lee Jones and Susan Sarandon in the adaptation of the John Grisham bestseller The Client when he was 12. He worked steadily over the years but never quite recaptured the buzz that surrounded him as a child star as reports of his struggles with substance abuse outweighed all other publicity.

01 January 2008

Upcoming Movie Wish List #7

(In no particular order of preference!)
Last updated: 23-Aug-09

This is a list of movies that I've compiled from the net or in a mag that I am going to look out for this year (end of 2007/2008)

The Dead Girl (check out the cast!)
Priceless (Audrey Tautou)
Cloverfield
Jumper
The Jane Austen Book Club (Read the book & loved it)
Enchanted (looked cute)
Beowulf
Hitman (never played the game but its Timothy Olymphant!!!)
I Am Legend (Read the short story – vampires!)
30 Days of Night (Read the comic – more vampires!!!!!)
Darjeeling Limited (Yay for Owen Wilson and Wes Anderson)

The Mist
No Country for Old Men
Juno
PS I Love You (Hilary Swank & Gerald Butler)
Sweeny Todd (Burton/Depp awesomeness)

Flakes
The Orphanage (ooooo scary!)
Cassandra's Dream (Woody Allen)
27 Dresses
Teeth (sounds fucked up so deserved a mention)
Be Kind, Rewind (Michael Gondry, Jack Black...)

The Air I Breathe (I'm a sucker for Buffy... also stars Forest Whitaker)
The Eye (I'm there for Parker Posey)
The Spiderwick Chronicles (Based on kids books, but looks very cool - & quite scary for little ones)
Definately, Maybe (Yes, its a RomCom, but it could be a good one)

Charlie Bartlett (Good cast - recently watches Season 1 of Huff, so looking forward to seeing Anton Yelchin on the big screen)
The Signal (Indie horror)
All the Boys Love Mandy Lane
Semi-Pro (Can't resist Will Ferrell)
The Other Boleyn Girl (Didn't much enjoy the book, but with this awesome cast I may like the movie)

Possession (Yes, Buffy herself again)
Penelope (Christina Ricci, Reese Witherspoon, James McAvoy & a pig snout)
Snow Angels
Funny Games U.S. (Naomi Watts thriller)

Books Read [2008]

52 books read for 2008 (ha!)

03 Jan: Everything is Illuminated, by Jonathan Safran Foer
25 Jan: Atonement, by Ian McEwan
01 Feb: Running with Scissors, by Augusten Burroughs
09 Feb: The Cold Moon, by Jeffery Deaver
20 Feb: Let the Right One In, by John Ajvide Lindqvist
09 Mar: Heartsick, by Chelsea Cain
21 Mar: The Flirt, by Kathleen Tessaro
21 Mar: Body Surfing, by Anita Shreve
04 May: The Nameless Day, by Sara Douglass (Book 1)
10 May: After River, by Donna Milner
11 May: The Wounded Hawk, by Sara Douglass (Book 2)
12 May: The Nanny Diaries, by Nicola Kraus and Emma McLaughlin
18 May: The Crippled Angel, by Sara Douglass (Book 3)
21 May: The Cutting, by Lee Tulloch
30 May: The Woman in the Lobby, by Lee Tulloch
02 Jun: Shopaholic and Sister, by Sophie Kinsella
10 Jun: Eat, Pray, Love, by Elizabeth Gilbert
11 Jun: Shopaholic and Baby, by Sophie Kinsella
11 Jun: Darkly Dreaming Dexter, by Jeff Lindsay
14 Jun: Moon Called, by Patricia Briggs
26 Jun: Poison Study, by Maria V Synder
05 Jul: Book Lover, by Jennifer Kaufman & Karen Mack
06 Jul: Into the Wild, by Jon Krakauer
09 Jul: No Country For Old Men, by Cormac McCarthy
27 Jul: Tell it to the Skies, by Erica James
01 Aug: Dearly devoted Dexter, by Jeff Lindsay
10 Aug: Ferney, by James Long
18 Aug: Mona Lisa awakening, by Sunny
20 Aug: From dead to worse, by Charlaine Harris
21 Aug: Season of the witch, by Natasha Mostert
24 Aug: Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer
26 Aug: New Moon, by Stephenie Meyer
27 Aug: Bright Shiny Morning, by James Frey
30 Aug: The Sleeping Doll by Deaver, Jeffery
13 Sep: Eclipse (The Twilight Saga, Book 3) by Meyer, Stephenie
13 Sep: The Broken Window: A Lincoln Rhyme Novel by Deaver, Jeffery
15 Sep: Blood Noir (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 16) by Hamilton, Laurell K.
19 Sep: Mona Lisa Blossoming (Monere Book 2) by Sunny
24 Sep: Breaking Dawn (The Twilight Saga, Book 4) by Meyer, Stephenie
18 Oct: Sweetheart by Cain, Chelsea
26 Oct: Mona Lisa Craving: A Novel of the Monere (Book 3) by Sunny
26 Oct: Embrace the Night (Cassie Palmer, Book 3) by Chance, Karen
27 Oct: Lucinda, Darkly: The Demon Princess Chronicles by Sunny
06 Nov: Blood Bound (Mercedes Thompson, Book #2) by Briggs, Patricia
16 Nov: Greywalker (Greywalker, Book 1) by Richardson, Kat
28 Nov: Christine Falls: A Novel by Black, Benjamin
01 Dec: Testimony by Shreve, Anita
17 Dec: In the Dark by Billingham, Mark
26 Dec: Iron Kissed (Mercedes Thompson, Book #3) by Briggs, Patricia
27 Dec: Gene by Pavlou, Stel
29 Dec: The Camel Bookmobile by Hamilton, Masha

Concerts Rocked [2008]

12 Jan: Kings of Leon @ Vector Arena

18 Jan: Big Day Out @ Mt Smart Stadium
Rage Against the Machine, Bjork, Arcade Fire, Shihad, LCD Soundsystem, Scribe, Unkle, Dizzee Rascal, Supergroove, Battles, The Clean, Katchafire, Carl Cox, Krafty Cuts and MC Dynamite, The Phoenix Foundation, Billy Bragg, SJD, Grinspoon, Hilltop Hoods, Bleeders, Paul Kelly, Anti-Flag, The Nightwatchman, Tiki Taane, Dr Octagon and Kutmaster Kurt, Liam Finn, Cut Off Your Hands, Kate Nash, Op Shop, Pluto, Die! Die! Die!, Havoc, Collapsing Cities, Enter Shakiri, Operator Please, Shy Child, Brand New, Spoon, Dam Native, The Checks, Young Sid, Antagonist, Motocade, White Birds and Lemons, Spoon, Aceyalone, The Shocking Pinks, Missing Teeth, Mu, Battle Circus , Surf City, Dick ‘Magik’ Johnson, False Start, All Left Out, The Kingsland Vinyl Appreciation Society, Solstate, The Exiles, The Electric Confectionaires, Kerretta, The Lookie Loos, Pig Out.

22 Mar: Blues/Roots Festival @ Dakota Field, Whitianga (Coromandel)
I enjoyed: Herbs, Pluto, The Checks, The Lookie Loos, KT Tunstell, WILCO!!!!!, Xavier Rudd...

13 Jun: The Bravery @ The Kings Arms
Awesome. Awesome. AWESOME! Sing-a-long songs, rock'n'roll that you can dance to... brilliant performance!

Movies Seen [2008]

35 movies seen for 2008

01 Jan: Beowulf 3D (Awesome seeing it in 3D, although felt utterly nauseous afterwards)
02 Jan: The Darjeeling Limited
03 Jan: I Am Legend
12 Jan: Priceless
31 Jan: Sweeney Todd
02 Feb: The Jane Austen Book Club
08 Feb: Juno
10 Feb: Gloomy Sunday (Again - fantastic Hungarian/German film I went to 5 or so years ago)
12 Feb: Once
16 Feb: No Country For Old Men
01 Mar: 27 Dresses
03 Mar: Run Fat Boy Run
25 Apr: U2 3D
27 Apr: Nim's Island
03 May: Iron Man
14 May: I'm Not There
24 May: Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull
24 May: Lars and the Real Girl
01 Jun: Shine a Light (Rolling Stone doco)
07 Jun: Sex and the City
09 Jul: Speedracer
20 Jul: Hancock

40th Auckland International Film Festival
12 Jul: Sukiyaki Western Django
16 Jul: Be Kind Rewind
19 Jul: Up The Yangtze
23 Jul: Let the Right One in
?? Jul: Gomarrah
?? Jul: The Savages

26 Jul: The Dark Knight
03 Sep: Hell Boy 2
14 Sep: Wanted
24 Sep: Taken
25 Oct: Pineapple Express
30 Oct: How to Lose Friends and Alienate People
13 Dec: Twilight