I have so many things I want to say about the final Totally J/K last night.
Before the show, Chloe and I went to the Hello Giggles birthday show because Ruby is the greatest (did you see the music video [just watch this; it’s somewhere in there] she and Alyssa made for Chris Gethard for his birthday?!) and so is Shannon O’Neill (she hosted TCGS on Wednesday and it was great and I’m glad she also hates Tosh.0 because it is THE WORST and also I really want to go see The Stepfathers tonight or at least soon). Mimi, of TCGS/”on the hoops” fame, checked our tickets and I told her she’s awesome and that I also hoop.
After that show we hung out in the bar for a while and when we went back into the theater, it was packed, but luckily we could still find seats. (Oh and weird note about the UCBeast bar: I had two beers last night. One was $2, which is real cheap for a Blue Point lager on draft, right? And the second was $6, which I was fine with because that’s how much it costs most places, but it was kind of huge jump up from $2 even if there was a happy hour or something. Anyway. Also I got pretty drunk off just two beers because all I had for dinner was a slice of pizza because I am a mess.)
There were so many great comedians there. I knew John Mulaney was scheduled, but I had no idea Jim Gaffigan was also performing. Mulaney talked about visiting shooting locations for Friday Night Lights—which I really want to do if I ever go to Texas—and almost getting arrested for taking photos of children by accident. Gaffigan was also really great even though he didn’t tell his hot pocket joke, which is my fave.
This girl Emily Heller was there too. I had never heard of her before yesterday, but I immediately liked that she is a fellow cat sitter and once wore a thing of oregano as a necklace. She talked about a cat-on-boot sex tape that she made of her sister’s cat, which she invited the audience to watch on her phone after the show and I kind of wanted to just because she said no one had ever taken her up on it, but I don’t really want to see a cat-on-boot sex tape so I didn’t.
Noah and Joe didn’t talk all that much, but played a bunch of their videos, which are all hilarious. Especially the Ultimate Aaliyah Fan Video because she’s “more than a llama,” you guys. At the end, Noah hugged Joe and it just reminded me that one of my best friends is also leaving for LA and ~*television*~ next month and then I got all sad for Noah and for myself and I think maybe I was just drunk, but whatever.
Not all of these albums came out in 2002, but I want to discuss the 3 visible ones that did: Taking Back Sunday’s Tell All Your Friends, Something Corporate’s Leaving Through the Bathroom Window and Bowling For Soup’s Drunk Enough to Dance.
Click through to read some stupid shit I just wrote at 2 am about some bands I liked when I was 13. It’s whatever. Also Eminem.
I think I mentioned that I was going to work for IN New York, but I haven’t really posted about it since. I also neglected to mention that Details hired me for the two days a week I’m not at IN. Both jobs are great. It’s similar stuff that I’m doing at both places—coding, design, messing with Teamsite and Joomla, etc—and I love it.
I’ve wanted to work for a magazine since I was 14 and read Andy Greenwald and Chuck Klosterman and Alternative Press and joined the school newspaper. I’ve wanted to work in web since I was 19 and Cookie folded and I found myself searching for a new internship mid-semester and somehow stumbled upon O Mag. Did not meet Oprah, did realize I needed to start “living my best life” and continue in this field.
Since most people I know had had trouble landing entry level jobs, I really wasn’t expecting much when I graduated. After two months of unemployment/cat sitting/failed job interviews followed by two more months of a (barely) paid internship, I’m now working for two magazines’ websites. I really don’t know how this happened, but I’m so happy that it did.
TL;DR: I love my jobs.
Nicole Krauss’ “Man Walks into a Room” vs. 13 Going on 30
Just talking about the book I’m currently reading, which is great and interesting and from my favorite year, and a terrible rom-com, which I am ashamed to admit I own and have seen quite a lot. I’ve been thinking about this idea a lot since I started Krauss’ book a few days ago. The idea of skipping over a huge portion of your life (teens and twenties) and how that affects you and everyone in your life. There are some spoilers (for both book [something that happens in like the first few chapters though] and movie [something that happens at the end]) so click through to read.
This is my 2,000th post on this blog. Not quite as exciting as Post #2,002 will be (you know how I feel about that year), but still pretty awesome. I’ve always jumped around blogging platforms because there was always something I liked better, but I really really love tumblr and I don’t think I’m going to switch for at least a while longer. As much as I complain when the site is down, I find it pretty reliable the majority of the time.
I would also just like to say that the main reason I like tumblr so much is that the people on it are great. I mean, I obviously don’t follow everyone, but this little corner of the internet that I do follow is awesome. There’s a line in High Fidelity about liking people that like the same stuff you do and it’s kind of true—at least for me. I like that you guys like cats and tv shows and other crazy internet stuff. I like being your internet friend, you guys.
I haven’t written many actual words lately in general—not just here—but I really want to start again. TL;DR 4ever. I just keep saying I don’t have the time to write, but really I do have the time. I just spend it looking for jobs on the internet instead. The only things I’ve been writing for the past few months are cover letters.
Anyway, the point is I will try to write more here and not just limit myself to “oh hey there’s a temporary cat tattoo on my hand” photo captions. Promise. But those will definitely still be here because, oh hey, I think there’s another temporary cat tattoo in my bag!
"With blogging you have to write, and this is just images. Some people write some phrases or some quotes, but that’s it."
A high school senior quoted in this NY Times article on the “death” of blogging, which I don’t agree with. TL;DR 4ever! (Not that I really write super long posts that often, but I do enjoy reading them and I’m really not a fan of the kind of tumbling high schoolers do where they just reblog artsy photos and overly cheesy quotes.)
Tried to make a regional dialect meme video (taping my cousin’s cat while I talk in the background, because obviously) because it’s something I actually talk about all the time because my mom’s from Long Island so she sounds like a lot of people who go to Pace and I’m from Maryland so I obviously sound ridiculous and my best friend’s from Seattle so she says crazy things like “pop” instead of “soda” and didn’t know “sneakers” was a word and my cousin’s son learned to talk mostly in Pennsylvania so he sounds nothing like his sister who learned to talk in downstate New York or his other brother who learned English (he was adopted from China) in southern Virginia (all y’all is the plural of y’all, you guys) and on and on, but I recorded it on my phone and then emailed it to myself and then the file was weird and idk if it’s going to upload so whatever.
Anyway, the point is that I sound stupid and SOUTHERN, which I did not realize about myself or I just don’t listen to recordings of my voice all that often. I also mentioned granny carts and I don’t know if other people know what those even are but one time I saw a little kid roll himself down a little hill in Prospect Park inside one. Usually though old ladies use them to bring their groceries home because of those “self-locking wheels” shopping carts claim to have but totally don’t because I’ve seen 225th St Target carts and 207th St Pathmark carts at the Dyckman St Fine Fare and occasionally a 184th St (I think?) Staples cart. So whatever “self-locking wheels.” I don’t think you exist. (FUCK YOU, HARRIS. I DO EXIST.)
Mirah at CMJ
So I was going to post this on the blog I’m writing for (the one that got me the CMJ tickets), but someone already wrote about the show. So here is a recap of the Mirah concert I went to last night.
Having become popular for her song, “La Familia,” which was played on Grey’s Anatomy, Mirah has gained a small following of fans. Although she plays with only an electric guitar, she commanded the room at the Highline Ballroom on Wednesday.
Midway into her second song, Mirah announced that she didn’t think she sounded right and proceeded to fidget around until she thought she sounded better. When she asked the audience, however, they immediately screamed back that, yes, she sounded great. It was odd that no one seemed to be singing along with her, but perhaps the crowd just wanted to simply listen to her voice.
For a couple songs, Mirah brought her friend and opening performer, Tara Jane O’Neill, onto the stage to help her out on another guitar. For one other song, she sang a copella with the lead singer of New Kids, another of her openers.
Towards the end of her set, Mirah asked if there was anything anyone wanted to hear. She joked, as the audience erupted with suggestions, “Are you going to start a riot?” She thought it would be funny since her music is so calm.
After tuning her guitar, she played a couple of suggestions including “Cold Cold Water,” off her second release, “Advisory Committee.” She refrained, however, from playing “La Familia,” despite quite a few audience members’ pleas.
Mirah announced that she recently finished recording an album, which is not scheduled to come out for a while. Until then, fans have plenty of other material to listen to.