Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Rave: Shout out to Amanda Blank



Speaking of white girl rappers, a BIG Rashanda Rave Shout Out to Amanda Blank- mostly for being STRAIGHT UP GERMANTOWN and proud of it! Northwest Philly is one of the most ignored but fascinating sections of the city, in my opinion!

Rant: Have you heard how shitty Ryan Adams new songs are?


I have always defended Ryan Adams in the past- yeah he is generic but some of his slow songs are very pleasant and Gillian Welch appeared on Heartbreaker. BUT today I came across his Myspace page with his new songs on it and I was confused- is this some sort of joke?
I clicked on the first song, Don't Look Down, where Ryan Adams is RAPPING! Is this a Joaquan Phoenix thing? I think the first few lyrics go:
"Sometimes I feel like I was walking these streets
Since the day I've pressed on with my life of beats!"

With mediocre rapping and song titles like Pizza in the Sky, it reminds me of something I would have done in middle school! Ke$ha is a better rapper than Ryan Adams is! By the way, my friend Laura recently introduced me to this whipper snapper who now holds the record for the best selling song download by a female. She is quirky and catchy but maybe a bit too of-the-moment to hold up in the future. She reminds me of Katy Perry and exactly where is she these days? I guess she's been replaced by Lady Gaga. There may be a dearth of legit female rap artists right now, but could it be the age of raunchy/poppy white ladies? Is Peaches to blame? Fatherfucker would probably make them all blush! That is MY JAM right there!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

RANT: Jesus lives in Northeast Philadelphia! (And he ain't Mexican!)


I was in BEAUTIFUL Northeast Philadelphia, minding my own, when I spied out of my little eye A SIGN FROM GOD (literally)!!!!
WOW! Jesus has started putting up billboards by I-95, just like The Penthouse Club! I wonder if Jesus got a better rate, though?
Hmmmmmmm............
I did a little research and found out that these billboards are put up by a group of Christians who don't like the PC expression, "Happy Holidays!" Apparently, the group spends about $3,000 a year on billboards.
I can't help but wonder...... perhaps that money would be better spent on charities? No? OK, ok, what about on CHRISTMAS gifts? YEAH!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

RAVE: If you want to people watch in NYC without getting in a fight............



Then you should check out Bill Cunningham's "The Street." He is an old queen that goes around NYC on his bike and takes pictures of what people are wearing. Nytimes.com posts videos that are slide shows of his photographs along with his kooky commentary.

I feel like he is my weird, old uncle that I visit in the city and he tells me in his thick New England accent all about the fun things "the kids" are wearing on the street these days. He often describes his photos with high pitched giggles and I find his excitement to be infectious. His commentary seems very unscripted and unpretentious. For instance, when urging people to just "have fun" with what one chooses to wear, he says:
"SO WHAT if some people look and say, 'WHAT IS THAT?' I mean, what do you care? You feel good in it and that's what you should wear! That's the only thing that counts!"

My All Time Fav: Bill gets hysterical over men who wear their pants sagging down.

Honorable Mention:
"Elevated" takes place on the High Line- which happens to be my new most favorite park ever. It is elevated train tracks that were built in the 1930's and converted into a park. It is a mile and a half long, through the fanciest parts of Manhattan and even runs through buildings! It has wooden reclining chairs that move up and down the train tracks and really pretty flowers/plants. The whole thing seems downright dangerous because it is so narrow... but it is the perfect spot for people watching.

Some background info:
According to this adorable autobiographical article, Bill has been photographing people since WWII and has always been interested in what people are wearing in "real life as they go to work" rather than celebrities or fashion shows.

I'll leave you with this quote from the old bugger himself:

"I go out every day. When I get depressed at the office, I go out, and as soon as I'm on the street and see people, I feel better. But I never go out with a preconceived idea. I let the street speak to me."

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Rave: Spaghetti Squash


It sounds gross, but it's not.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Rave: L'Wren Scott- Sexy Secretary Dress Extradonaire






I HATE Fashion shows, fashion mags, and people who say, "I just LOVE fashion." Yeah yeah, I did too when I was 17. As an older than 17, professional woman- I realize that the things I want to wear do not match what I actually wear on a day to day basis. (Pencil skirt vs same damn slacks I wore yesterday because they are the least wrinkly pair off of my floor.)

I don't give a shit about Fashion Week. All of the newspapers are reminding me that Fashion Week is taking place in NY City! All of the celebs are there! OH BOY! I swear, Fashion Week takes place every other week. Always with the freaking Fashion Week. And the pictures of the models who look like frowning pre-pubescent boys in weird clothes with their nipples hanging out. No thank you!

BUT- I have to admit to paying attention to one line of clothing that I find myself following and pining for- L'Wren Scott. L'Wren Scott is the 6'3" former model who is dating Mick Jagger and designs dresses that I would actually want to wear. Mind you, I would have nowhere to wear them to and I can't afford them but I love the way the dresses are tailored and that they come to below the knee. I find that clothes these days are either cut for 14 year olds who haven't come into contact with cellulite yet or women who are 5'2" because I can't find anything that is modest enough to wear to work.

Isn't the above pic great??? I love you L'Wren Scott!

Rant: Wendy Williams- How you Doing? Tranny, no?


Ok, let's just get it out in the open. Wendy Williams looks like a man. Everyone agrees. The reason I don't feel bad saying this is because back in the day I was listening to Wendy Williams when she had a radio show and she had this to say about Rachael Ray: "I don't know, there's something about her, she looks like a man." That's not a direct quote, but it was something to that effect!
So, she apparently knows when others are masculine, but has no qualms about dressing up like a drag queen everyday.
This doesn't mean that I don't like Wendy. I think she is entertaining, however very irritating. I have seen her show only in spurts- mostly when I am on home visits for my job. I am not the type who can tune background noise out, so whenever I see Wendy on the tv, I stare and then turn to the matriarch of the home that I am visiting and say, "Wow- she looks like a man, doesn't she?" And then we talk at great lengths about how she looks like a man but is entertaining.
Her guests so far have been underwhelming. A sampling of this week's shows:
Melissa Rivers- yikes!
Ruby Gettinger- who?
Daisy Fuentes- got nothing against her, but whatevs.

Wendy also is not a polished host yet. She reads off of cards and is a tad awkward. But she will get better. When Tyra just started out, she was not that great and her show was canceled but then it got switched to a different network and became a sensation.
Wendy is at her best when she is doing what got her there- gossip and acting zany.
If I were a stay at home mother to my two cats, I would possibly put this show on once in awhile.
Oprah paved the way for Tyra and Tyra has paved the way for Wendy. Or maybe it was RuPaul who paved the way for Wendy.

Check out this video of clips, including a different side of Wendy where she revealed something very personal about herself. It's awkward- I guarantee.