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04 July 2008 @ 12:58 am
in every way charming  
(not the point of this post)

I caught up with Gossip Girl last night. I've missed the beginning ep (or two?). Who cares? There was a CHUCK BASS. In a PURPLE BLAZER. And a RAINBOW POLO. With YELLOW GIRL JEANS.

In other words: CHUCK BASS, DO ME NOW.

(that wasn't the point, either)

TELL ME THINGS, FLIST. Tell me the films I should watch and the albums I should listen to before I die.

I can just about make my own way when it comes to books - and if a 'recommended read' ever doesn't make me want to claw my own eyes out because boredom is too slow a death, I'll be mightily pleased. But I'm sick of going into record shops and being all 'uhhh but what if I don't LIKE anything else by the Smiths?' and coming out with Scouting for Girls, which is an okay album but, I'm starting to realise, is disgustingly pop-y. In the sense that in straight pop you can get away with writing two lines of lyrics and repeating them ad nauseam.

I think I like rock (indie and otherwise), punk and all the pop hybrids thereof. I don't like horror films. Other than that, I'm open to influence. ANY. AT ALL. Specific albums would be excellent because I always get the feeling that if I knew where to start with bands like Muse and Radiohead, I'd actually like listening to them, instead of thinking I'd got stuck in a hornet's nest during mating season.

C'MON. I WRITE FANFIC. I NEED ME SOME CULT REFERENCES.
 
 
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every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: Bollywoodscoradh on July 4th, 2008 12:06 pm (UTC)
Excellent start! I like NAMES. And that's very kind; but on my current dialup connection dling anything would take approximately five million years. Besides - I'm pretty sure I saw OK Computer in one of those 'eight euro' sales at HMV. :D
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(no subject) - scoradh on July 4th, 2008 12:19 pm (UTC) (Expand)
fustianmyjulien on July 4th, 2008 12:06 pm (UTC)
♥ your Atoji fic so much!
But what do you already listen to/watch? As for films, I think you should check out Wong Kar-wai. Happy Together! Chungking Express!

I really could go on...
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Disney: Lion King 'kiss'scoradh on July 4th, 2008 12:09 pm (UTC)
*g* thanks!
Oh ... you don't really want to know. Celine Dion and The Beautiful South; chickflicks. I kind of want to bust out. But not madly, you know, I need a map first. :D

I guess those are films I'd probably need Amazon for, amirite?

(yes! go on!)
Re: *g* thanks! - myjulien on July 4th, 2008 12:16 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: *g* thanks! - scoradh on July 4th, 2008 12:20 pm (UTC) (Expand)
oh, make it non-alcoholic, I'm trying to clot: ortort on July 4th, 2008 01:09 pm (UTC)
The Lives of Others.
This is a German film everyone should see at least once. I adore it.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: cavescoradh on July 6th, 2008 07:33 pm (UTC)
Oh, I think Cosmo Landerson gave that four or five stars! *puts on list*
Emo Spicy: Flailsemo_spicy on July 4th, 2008 02:00 pm (UTC)
Watch Rocket Science! An amazing movie.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Balloonsscoradh on July 6th, 2008 07:34 pm (UTC)
Okay! :D
Kladyphoenixia on July 4th, 2008 02:48 pm (UTC)
As calathea said, OK Computer is pretty much considered THE alternative album of the 90s, not a bad song on it, imo. My love for that album is very great.

The problem with reccing Muse is that they don't have any weak albums, so it's hard to know where to start. I can give you a few songs it might be good to start with, perhaps - Plug In Baby (from Showbiz), Time is Running Out (from Absolution) and Starlight (Black Holes and Revelations) are all quite accessible songs. Other than that, I'd say... start with either Showbiz (their first album), or Absolution (the big breakthrough album).

It's hard to know where to start with reccing rock in general, because it depends on your taste. But I'm a big fan of Garbage (I'd particularly recommend Beautiful Garbage, their third album, but the first three are all great). The Kaiser Chiefs are great, they only have two albums (I think the second, Yours Truly Angry Mob, is the stronger of the two). And The Killers are good, opinions are mixed as to whether Hot Fuss or Sam's Town are better, but Hot Fuss is a bit more accessible and definitely more popular.

I don't know if you can get them over there, but the Australian band Thirsty Merc are really fantastic, particularly their first (self-titled) album.

I'll leave that for now. But I can rec more! XD
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: scarfscoradh on July 6th, 2008 07:37 pm (UTC)
Yup, I have Starlight on my iPod already (probably from the days of myTunes, sadly passed). I actually have both Killer albums, go me! I like Sam's Town a lot more, though.

Thank you for all these recs! If you think there's more I should be listening to, now is the time to don your lecture hat. :D I'm gonna compile a big list of these albums and take it around with me in case I ever find them in shops (unlikely, in some cases, but there's always Amazon!).
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dita p: tennisparlophone on July 4th, 2008 03:04 pm (UTC)
Recent film rec.
I didn't want to spoil it too much, but the dialogue between the two boys is simply beautifully written. (Also, Spirit of the Beehive linked to in comments v much recommended.)

Music-wise, am on a nostalgic kick and listening to lots of Stereolab.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: Bollywoodscoradh on July 6th, 2008 07:40 pm (UTC)
Cool, cool. *rubs hands* I THINK MOST OF THIS IS COMING FROM ME WANTING TO BE A SNOB AND SAYING I LOVE X ... YOU NEVER HEARD OF THEM? OH, YOU PLEB. WHICH POSITION MOST OF YOU GUYS ARE IN NOW, NOT ME. :D
somehow socially inept...differente on July 4th, 2008 03:32 pm (UTC)
have you seen "4 minutes"? it's a german movie. it was really good.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Converse kissscoradh on July 6th, 2008 07:41 pm (UTC)
I haven't, but I'll keep an eye out in that case!
FSR -- The Darkest Lord of Modern Times: Symbolfaithfulreader on July 4th, 2008 04:08 pm (UTC)
Tell me the films I should watch and the albums I should listen to before I die

You need to listen to Edith Piaf. She is so, so good!
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: blue bustierscoradh on July 6th, 2008 07:42 pm (UTC)
That's Je Ne Regrette Rien lady, correct? Ooh, classic. :D
murklins: musicmurklins on July 4th, 2008 06:30 pm (UTC)
These are ridiculous things to ask for! Questions so broad they paralyze the mind.

I don't generally watch quality films that win awards. I watch Hollywood movies. Like, I enjoyed Stardust and Charlie Wilson's War and Dan In Real Life (for the exquisite PINING). Obviously, I can't even try to sound intelligent on the topic of films.

As for music, albums that have *touched me* (in the head) since 1992:
Nirvana, Unplugged in New York
Barenaked Ladies, Gordon
REM, Automatic for the People
Alanis Morissette, Jagged Little Pill
Radiohead, The Bends
Dave Matthews Band, Crash
The Tragically Hip, Day for Night
Soundgarden, Down on the Upside
Pearl Jam, Vitalogy
Bush, Sixteen Stone
Cake, Prolonging the Magic
Wilco, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Arcade Fire, Funeral
Feist, Let It Die
Stars, Set Yourself on Fire
Built To Spill, Keep It Like a Secret
Interpol, Antics
Modest Mouse, The Moon and Antarctica
Josh Ritter, The Animal Years

Hmm, bit of a Canadian bias. Thanks Canadian Content Laws!

I think this list is missing a huge chunk of my life, but that may have been when Napster was huge and I didn't get full albums, only individual songs. Also, at certain times I have been more impressionable than others, so whatever I was listening to then stuck around forever.

I am not a cool person. Do not let these be your guide to anything. These are just the albums that live in my head, plus a thousand more, like KD Lang and The Eagles and the Rent soundtrack and god knows what else.



every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Manga: blue swirl magicscoradh on July 6th, 2008 07:58 pm (UTC)
WHAT DUDE I GAVE YOU PARAMETERS. This is why I need help! I swear to god I am the uncoolest person alive, but it's not like I have an rl friends to help me. (On the other hand. Getting drunk. And sleeping around. Those, they can do!)

I watched Stardust for the third time yesterday. It makes me grin so hard my eyes tear up. Odd, too, considering I hated the book. *ponders*

HAHAHA I own one of those albums oh god. Alanis Morisette. Talk about love at first listen. Anyway! Thank you dorlink, I have my pen and paper ready (for when I get ahold of someone's credit card, hee). ♥!

LIKE, I THINK THE DEFINING ALBUM OF MY TEENAGE YEARS WAS PAINT IT RED BY THE BEAUTIFUL SOUTH. I ONLY STARTED BUYING CDS REALLY WHEN I WAS IN COLLEGE, AND ACTUALLY HAD ACCESS TO SHOPS AND MONEY. LIFE, SO HARD.
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every Starbucks should have a polar bear: CS+TAI: stripey hoodie Gabescoradh on July 6th, 2008 07:43 pm (UTC)
Irish madcap antics ftw! Yeah, for the sake of patriotism if nothing else I should watch it. :D
Daisy-chama: Hikago - Hikaru - enddaisy_chan on July 4th, 2008 09:15 pm (UTC)
You should read Hikaru no Go before you die :/ And write me Hikaru/Akira fic before *I* die XDD
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Eddie Izzard: flagscoradh on July 6th, 2008 07:44 pm (UTC)
HAHAHA WOW THAT WAS SUBTLE. :D
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every Starbucks should have a polar bear: PATD: Brendon/Ryan backwards hugscoradh on July 6th, 2008 07:46 pm (UTC)
I have one song by the Audition and I've heard of Charlotte Sometimes. *fails at life* Are there any specific albums worth checking out? As in, I trust you, but I'd hate to buy the less-easy-to-get-into album first and then be put off forever. :D

I'm watching Wimbledon right now. The Kirsten Dunst movie, not the actual tournament. I WON'T JUDGE.
featherofeelingfeatherofeeling on July 6th, 2008 01:00 pm (UTC)
I'm on vacation, unfortunately, or I'd upload you a few sample songs to see what of mine you like. But I've been listening obsessively to Over The Rhine lately. Their less recent albums (Drunkard's Prayer, Ohio) are pop/folk-y, but their newest one, The Trumpet Child, has a definite blues bent. They write v. clever and nuanced lyrics that are sometimes political but in a personal, musical way. More when I get home and have my iTunes...

For books, have you read Obama's Dreams From My Father? All politics aside, it's an excellent book. I find myself turning pages as if it's a novel, and it has good thoughts on searching for identity and a vocation, as well as musings on the meaning of public service. (I'm at a time in my life where that's pretty personally relevant, so that might help.) Do you like science fiction, mystery, historical, biography?
featherofeelingfeatherofeeling on July 6th, 2008 01:01 pm (UTC)
Oops, just realized you were asking about things that aren't books! I'll just pop back in when I have more time to read this, shall I? :)
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Cait: England!coralia13 on July 8th, 2008 02:09 am (UTC)
See Lars and the Real Girl.

I don't even know if I am qualified to suggest films to you, as I loved Juno. But SEE LARS AND THE REAL GIRL. You must.

Other news includes: OMG GOSSIP GIRL, you winner! Love it, love it - and it probably doesn't mean as much to you as it does to me when Chuck Bass speaks in his actual accent... Or that Nate's sister in real life is Miss Missouri USA. And yet both of those things are true. Did you know real life Serena and Dan are together? I wish I looked like Blair. These are all the thoughts I have in my head. Treasure them like the individual pink and fuzzy bubbles they are.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: redhot flowersscoradh on July 8th, 2008 09:01 pm (UTC)
Many people loved Juno! I think only people who didn't understand it or find any of it funny are ill-qualified to judge other films. Like the people who got up and LEFT in the theatre I saw it in.

He's English, right? My main pull to the real guy is that he has a BAND. BAND BOYS. HYUM.

Bzuh Nate has a sister? We must be really behind. They just sat the SATs last week. (On the other hand, not having to dl from the internet ftw!)

Blair - how is Blair real? I ask you. She's so amazingly perfect and her WARDROBE. *mewls of want*

Also. HI! ♥
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fat girl rules the worldfatgirlrules on July 8th, 2008 05:06 am (UTC)
Okay. For films, watch Brick. And everything else that Joseph Gordon-Levitt has been in in the last five years or so...with the exception of Latter Days because--while it does have a lot of hot boy-on-boy action--the acting is horrible. Brick and The Lookout are two of the best films of all time, and Mysterious Skin will climb into your soul and break it into tiny little pieces.

Also, if you have a high...weirdness...tolerance and don't mind songs getting stuck in your head *forever*, check out Newsies. If you're like me, you'll think it's incredibly strange the first time you watch it, and then be compelled to watch it again two days later. The movie has been out for sixteen years and they're still writing fanfic about it. If that's not cult, I don't know what is.

Amelie and A Very Long Engagement are awesome. Charlie Bartlett and Juno as well.

For music, I think we have completely different tastes, but Vienna Teng's first album, Waking Hour, is beautiful and I recommend that everyone listen to it at least once. Her third album is also worth a listen.

Okay, I'm done.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: monkeyscoradh on July 8th, 2008 09:06 pm (UTC)
hahaha, I've watched Latter Days a shameful number of times. That and Mambo Italiano are the only boy-on-boy films that really hit the spot for me. Although yes, the acting is DIRE.

Mysterious Skin ~ *hyperventilates* I was quite literally traumatised after watching that. But how so beautiful, Joseph?

Newsies, that sounds interesting! I admit, the fic part even more so. Not many films whip up much fandom interest.

Amelie, AVLE, Juno - check!

I have heard of her. Or maybe seen her about the flist - she has a memorable name. Thanks for the rec! I'll see if any shop tomorrow has it in. :D
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