She & Him: “Why Do You Let Me Stay Here”

Ever since her spectacular “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” performance from theElf soundtrack, I’ve been a huge fan of Zooey Deschanel’s gift for perfect phrasing (and I’ve loved her acting all the back since her hilarious performance in The Good Girl in 2002).  So it was quite a treat when she released such a great debut album [Read More...]

Philosophical Ethics: Whether It’s Worth It To Be Just With No Incentives Or With Disincentives

Before we get to the philosophy this time, let’s enjoy my favorite Flaming Lips song: In a series of posts this semester, I am going to blog all (or almost all) the lecture topics for the two Philosophical Ethics classes I am teaching this semester. Each of these posts will primarily explicate the reading or [Read More...]

Lisa Hannigan Interview and Live Performance

Starting at 2 hour 26 minutes 55 seconds, an interview with (and live performance from!) the musically and personally utterly lovely Lisa Hannigan (whom I had the wonderful pleasure of seeing and meeting this summer) on Jonathan Ross’s show from October 17 found here. If you don’t know her yet, take fifteen minutes to get [Read More...]

Amazing Chalkboard Animation

I botched this post yesterday and didn’t realize it until now as I was without internet all afternoon and night yesterday.  Instead of the main chalkboard animation I meant to post I accidentally reposted the Obama and kid footage.  HERE now is the one of the most spectacular art projects I’ve ever seen.  It’s directed [Read More...]

Happy National Coming Out Day!

Let me just take the opportunity to let all my LGBTQ friends know how much I admire your resilience in the midst of so much cultural hostility.  Individuality, self-definition, self-creation, self-overcoming, and values-innovation are all extremely high ideals to me (in no small part due to my Nietzscheanism).  And the increasingly successful struggle of gays [Read More...]

Hope Sandoval With Jesus & Mary Chain

Okay, that Dervish performance of Bob Dylan’s “Boots of Spanish Leather” was a bit of a downer, here is a real charmer Hope Sandoval singing meeee-ow over a backing that sounds like something out of Fight Club: And a great live vintage Letterman performance of her utterly charming duet also with Jesus & Mary Chain, [Read More...]

St. Vincent’s “Actor Out Of Work”

A little more awesome Annie Clark. First, here’s a brilliant video which I keep watching over and over.   It’s so hard to describe the way her immaculately deliberate, full mouthed enunciation in all her songs, including this one, conveys both a creepy intensity and almost mocking sense of overstatement and how her almost unnaturally [Read More...]

St. Vincent’s “Now Now”

Was just listening to (and as usual loving) St. Vincent’s “Now Now” and decided to see what the ol’ youtube had of the song.  And I just had to share this awesome live performance I came across: “Now Now” comes from her terrific album Marry Me. And while we’re sharing St. Vincent videos, here’s a [Read More...]

Could We PLEASE Leave The Kids Out Of It??

Way high up on my list of pet peeves is children’s choirs where kids are trained sing vapid preachy platitudes.  Few things are more obnoxious sounding than a child’s programmed moralizing and it never sounds quite as ugly as when it takes the form of song.  So, really, I don’t care if they’re singing about [Read More...]


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