Wednesday, November 30, 2011


Chances are you've heard their tongue tied song on the latest iPod touch commercial.

The band started out in 2009 with a friendship between Hannah Hooper, Christian Zucconi, Sean Gadd (son of singer/songwriter Steve Gadd of UK band Stray), Andrew Wessen and Ryan Rabin (son of film composer and former Yes guitarist Trevor Rabin).

With a little help from an art residency in Crete, this band has been making some very happy music. Of course, back in September the group came out with the CD Never Trust a Happy Song. Perhaps you heard their song GOLDCOAST in the movie, The Sorcer's apprentice. They have opened for Florence and the Machine, as well.

take me to your best friend’s house.
I loved you then and I love you now.




December 1 - Norfolk (Ted Constant Center) —- tickets here (sold out)
December 3 - Tampa (1800-ask-gary Amphitheatre) —- tickets here
December 4 - Jacksonville (Metro Park) —- tickets here
December 6 - Seattle (Neumos headline show) — tickets here
December 7 - Seattle (Key Arena) —- tickets here
December 8 - San Francisco (The New Parish) —- tickets here
December 10 - Portland (Crystal Ballroom) —- tickets here (sold out)

Unlikely Christmas music

Leave it to the most creative Sufjan Stevens to come up with the most unique Christmas music. I love his eyes as well as what he can do on a banjo. Yet, he has a way of such great story telling.

If you've never listened to any of his stuff, this is one song that will make you want to listen to more of his music.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Fiction Tuesday - As I wake

Ava is welcomed home from the hospital by a doting mother, lively friends, and a crush finally beginning to show interest. There’s only one problem: Ava can’t remember any of them - and can’t shake the eerie feeling that she’s not who they say she is.

Ava struggles to break through her amnesiac haze as she goes through the motions of high-school life, but the memories that surface take place in a very different world, where Ava and familiar-faced friends are under constant scrutiny and no one can be trusted. Ava doesn’t know what to make of these visions, or of the boy who is at the center of them all, until he reappears in her life and offers answers … but only in exchange for her trust.

Nobody does it better when it comes to creating situations like this than Elizabeth Scott. I was so amazed by her novel Walking Dead Girl. Scott has a way of making it personal in a sense of letting you be their for the emotional roller coaster in a character's life.

Usually, you can read Scott's work in one sitting. Its that good. You just can't put her books down. This is one of those books. The story has its own personal mystery to it. Scott's words are poetic at times, too. If you are looking for an intriguing and riveting read, you've got it with this book.

Hey there, I'm Elizabeth. I write young adult novels. I've had a bunch of jobs over the years--I've sold pantyhose, hardware, and once spent three days burning cds during the boom (worst. job. ever.)--but hands down, writing is the best! You can read lots more about my books at my website,


Sunday, November 27, 2011

RED STATE - dvd review

"Three kids find an online advertisement from a woman requesting a group sex session. When they meet up with the woman, they discover that the ad was a ruse. They are sedated with roofies and captured by members of the Five Points Baptist Church, a radical church with similar views to that of the real-life Westboro Baptist Church, the only difference being that, while Westboro pickets and spews hate from a safe distance, Five Points goes the extra step by torturing, punishing and killing the “non-believers” themselves. The plot soon escalates into a full-blown hostage situation, with Five Point members and ATF agents getting into an extremely violent gunfight."-crazyfaced productions.

Some will think Kevin Smith is quite the genius of this film through clever dialogue and such great controversy. To some, it'll be the most scary horror film they've ever witnessed. To others, it was as if this artist was trying to cover too much ground when he made the film.

The movie never really got to the theaters. Perhaps a few, but now it there to get on Netflicks or buy at Wal-mart. Kevin does have a way of bringing his projects to the masses.

During filming Kyle Gallner suffered a panic attack whilst being tied to the cross, which the crew were unaware of at first, thinking he was still acting.

Yet at time, this film feels very B-Rated. Such an extraordinary cast. John Goodman shakes it up on the screen. Kyle Gallner shows so many sides of himself.

However, you may find it hard to watch this film in his pulp fiction like style. But then, again, you might have to buy yourself a copy of this to study. It is a movie that makes you think of how our society is and who is out there among us.

Kevin Smith has a way of getting a Youth in Revolt kind of following.


Saturday, November 26, 2011

Breaking Dawn Part 1 - movie review

One has to wonder if this is just a film for fans of Rob & Kristen's or for Edward and Bella. On either count, it didn't quite work for me. Yet, I'm sure you will hear, this is the best one yet.

So if you are a fan of the book or the actors I'm sure you've already made your way to the theater. Many of us were excited for the wedding. And the back of the wedding dress is the scene stealer of the film.

Still Stewart can act as the most ill fated bride ever in the honeymoon scenes. Too bad neither could take a cue from the beautiful Antonia Roberts and intriguing Iwan Rheon from The Misfits when they had their first romantic scene together.

Even some manly stubble.

Out of all the actors, Taylor Lautner does deliver. And I could see Pattinson stepping up near the end. Possibly, a little too late. Seth played by Booboo Stewart was charming. Can't say much else about the pack.

As for the characters, I was a bit rattled with a few scenes where Edward is rather indifferent and calls the baby a "thing". As usual, a whole cast was wasted for the most part. Jasper had straight hair now and the vamps didn't look entirely pale. Yet, it was kind of creepy about the whole Jacob thing with Renesemee.

Although, of all Vampire genre out there, this can not compete with the revelations between Buffy and Angel's romance in Buffy, the Vampire Slayer. Nor the unique storyline of Angel having a son named Connor in Angel.

CONNOR: (explosively) I didn’t feel anything! I can’t feel anything. I guess I really am your son… ‘cause I’m dead, too.

ANGEL: You’re not dead. You’re just starting your life and—

CONNOR: No, you just weren’t there before!

ANGEL: (teary) I know. I’m so—

CONNOR: (yelling) Do not say you’re sorry! Doesn’t fix anything.

ANGEL: Ok, look, let me say this. I love you, son.

CONNOR: It’s a lie.

ANGEL: It’s not.

CONNOR: It’s always a lie. (softly) My dead mother couldn’t even love me.

ANGEL: You’re wrong. She did.

CONNOR: No. No. She knew she couldn’t.

ANGEL: She sacrificed herself because she loved you.

CONNOR: You tried to love me. At least I think you did.

ANGEL: I still do.

CONNOR: But not enough to hang on, dad. You let him take me. You let him get me. You let him get me.

There are so many things Edward can do as a vampire..that its to the point..what's the point of being a vampire? Another confusing part. What was Edward really doing to Bella when she had the baby?

I didn't find the music playlist near as good in this movie as in the past movies of this series. Sometimes, its the music alone that makes me come back for follow up movies.

Anyway, you know you want to see this film. You know you want to see the wedding scene, the honeymoon and of course, Bella's pregnancy. Go ahead. Everybody else is. Oh, and don't forget to stay after the credits.

STORYLINE: The Quileute's close in on expecting parents Edward and Bella, whose unborn child poses a threat to the Wolf Pack and the towns people of Forks.


Friday, November 25, 2011

The one that gotta way

I just love the story to this video. I'm sure all are exhausted from a wonderful holiday or maybe you spent the night shopping.

Still hope I see LIKE CRAZY soon. Although, it might be on DVD by the time I get around to seeeing it.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Ximena Sariñana

She is the daughter of director Fernando Sariñana and screenwriter Carolina Rivera, niece of actress Angélica Rivera and producer José Alberto Castro.

Ximena was born in Guadalajara. She is also an actoress in many Mexican films. She's been around Mexican TV since 1994. She sang on Jason Marz's Lucky.

I first saw her in Charm School and thought she was some one to look into. And I'm glad I did. I love SHINE DOWN.


Asa Butterfield

Asa Butterfield is Hugo. You'll want to remember that. He'll be in a new movie coming out with Chloe Grace Moretz.

Its a story about a 12-year-old orphan who lives in the walls of a Paris train station in 1930. Its a mystery involving the boy, his late father and a robot. Jude Law stars in the film, as well. Its getting quite a buzz. Hopefully, it will be a remarkable movie.

Asa has been in such films as the latest Nanny McPhee movie, The Wolfman, and THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PAJAMAS. He also stared in the TV series Merlin.

Asa is from London and has been acting since he was eight. He's a young actor to watch for. He just might be the next big thing. But he remains grounded, enjoying a regular life with school and friends.


Monday, November 21, 2011

Fiction Tuesday- Lost Sommer

This is Vivian Crayton's first published book. Its a story about a girl in Jackson, Mississippi. Its a coming of age story.

Although, Vivian might not be known by a lot of people in the world, yet in her hometown she is quite a role model, and in this book of hard times, and many challenges, her main character breaks through.

The book is seasoned with little quotes of wisdom along the way in the breaks of the chapters.

Its a book with a lot of heart. Some of it, is perhaps harsh, yet its the reality that author knows, very well.

Description: When friendship and loyalty dangles before you, what do you do? In this captivating novel, love no longer binds a lasting relationship. On the other hand, an innocent secret alters the course of many. Let it be known to the world; all relationships have their flaws. With all things constant; selfishness, deceit, and lies are the root for the confusion. Sommer Renee Stillwater, seemingly has an "I" complex. Money, men, and manipulation are the fuels that keep her on the move. Her inability to listen, paralyzes her judgment; thus causing her to be committed to a mental hospital. Then there's Kareem who reads the motives of those around him. Though he remains neutral, he assumes the role of mediator amongst friends. With his concentrated hopes of bringing all things back to a happy medium, his integrity is placed on the chopping block. Lost Sommer openly displays the dysfunction of any relationship, when there are kept secrets and a lack of honest communication. Many of Kareem's friends don't desire to hear what he has to say. However, there is one who pays attention. With acceptance of his criticism, maturity, and growth strengthens their friendship.

Its a good read during the Thanksgiving holidays.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

sleeping beauty

The release for the forthcoming contovertial Australian movie,Sleeping Beauty has finally been announced. The Julia Leigh drama was released on October 28, 2011. 

Sleeping Beauty stars Emily BrowningRachel BlakeEwen Leslie and a whole host of other stars.
Sleeping Beauty centres around a young girl called Lucy, who is your regular University student. However, Lucy becomes involved in a mystifying secreted world of unspoken desires. Emily Browning will star in Sleeping Beauty as university student Lucy. Mia Wasikowska was initially lined up to play Lucy but pulled out to star in Jane Eyre, so was replaced by Emily Browning. Before filming began for Sleeping Beauty, director Julia Leigh suggested that, Emily take some time to watch Charlotte Gainsbourg’s performance in the Lars Von Trier movie Antichrist.


Saturday, November 19, 2011

The sounds of the holidays

Oh, you know, you expect it. Sometimes, you just can't get away with it. And then sometimes, Christmas music surprises you. It brings you home for the holidays, where ever you are.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Freelance Whales

If you haven't found FREELANCE WHALES..well, you need to. This is a band more than Darren Kriss' brother..who is in band.

Chuck Kriss

October’s got those orange eyes but somehow I still lost sight when you lifted the weight off of my pumpkin head and kissed me goodnight.
Freelance Whales

Such quirky yet divine lyrics!

Doris Cellar

Freelance Whales is an indie rock band hailing from Queens, New York, consisting of frontman Judah Dadone (lead vocals, banjo, acoustic and electric guitar, synthesizer, bass), and bandmates Nicole Mourelatos a.k.a. Doris Flynn Cellar (bass, harmonium, glockenspiel, synthesizer, vocals), Chuck Criss (banjo, bass, synthesizer, glockenspiel, harmonium, acoustic and electric guitar, vocals), Jacob Hyman (drums, percussion, vocals) and Kevin Read (acoustic and electric guitar, glockenspiel, mandolin, synthesizer, vocals).

Freelance Whales came together in 2008, after connecting through Craigslist and friends-of-friends. The band's debut album, Weathervanes was largely composed by frontman Judah Dadone, the lyrics based on a combination of childhood memories and dream journaling.The band's name derives from Dadone's childhood in Jerusalem, and a near-drowning incident in the Sea of Galilee.

The band began to gain traction in October 2009 as they honed their sound on subway platforms around New York City. Toward the latter part of 2009, they self-released Weathervanes, and on April 27, 2010 the album was re-released under the band's record labels, Frenchkiss and Mom + Pop.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

REVENGE- tv review

You can catch up on episode's at ABC

ABC's Revenge is showing how its done right with a cast that's to die for. Especially, those hot young men surrounding the devious yet lovely, Emily VanCamp's Emily Thorne. With a pun on the character's last name. She's certainly a thorn in Madeleine Stowe's side who plays the sultry and quite the vixen Victoria Grayson.

Of course, Emily is sweetly taking a vengeance on the people who have done her father wrong over the years. And a part of that is to get Victoria's beloved bad boy son,  Daniel Grayson played by Joshua Bowman. Toss in the townies, the Porter brothers who own the local tavern played interestingly by Nick Welcher (the older) and the fun lov'n Connor Poalo (the young and mischievous Declan) along with the rich nerd, played wonderfully by Gabriel Mann (remember him from Josie and the Pussycats?) as Nolan Ross the only one who knows who Emily really is and of course, is helping her in her mysterious plan for REVENGE.

Nolan gets a gay storyline, too!

The show is so much better than I ever anticipated. I like how the flashbacks are usually through the news stories on her laptop that she keeps, or you'll see her when she was younger with dark hair. The story definitely gives a rich history to the community where the story resides back east while the rich play and the Porter have to watch.

A love triangle is forming between Emily with her future and her past. Just who will win in the end? Each week, the show makes you want to come back for more.