Sunday, June 24, 2012

Summer Jams

Five Songs for Summer 2012

Bumper by Cults
Beach Sluts by Howler
Bottomed Out by Sleeper Agent
Myth by Beach House
Up All Night by Best Coast

Friday, June 15, 2012

Everyboday wants to change the world

As you know, I've been a long time fan of My Chemical Romance.  They really fill that part of me where I get inspired by sounds, visuals, and emotions.  Basically, I think I love them for being so theatrical and having a story and meaning for everything they do for each album.  I'm also a big fan of Marc Webb, who directed their early music videos.  The part that really impressed me the most was that they were artistic and beautifully dark at times.  I appreciate the fact that they were never gore-y or violent.  I can get into that subject later.

Here is my latest play doh film.  I know it's taken me a while to make more stop motion videos, but I've been very busy with my regular career.  So, you know I do this as a hobby and it's really hard to have enough time to work on this.  But I do enjoy it so much.  When My Chemical Romance came out with "Danger Days", I was relieved that they did not disappoint.  Being a fan of music videos, I get really excited when a good one comes along, and needless to say I was pretty seriously inspired and excited about the one for "Na Na Na", co-directed by Roboshobo and Gerard Way.  So, here is my short play-doh stopmotion interpretation of that video.  Thank you for watching.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Coming soon

Please tune in for my latest play-doh film.  World premiere is on June 15, 2012.

Saturday, June 09, 2012

That's for all of time

Weezer played a benefit show for the Early Years Spring Fundraiser at the Roxy.  A limited amount of tickets went on sale to the public and I was incredibly lucky to purchase tickets.  When I scored the tickets, and the days leading up to the show, it felt so surreal.  

My longtime love affair with Weezer.  My first memories of their music is singing along to Buddy Holly back in the  early nineties when I was a kid.  When I grew up, I was able to see them at Jimmy Kimmel, Long Beach Arena, and the Hollywood Palladium.  I didn't get to see them much since they were such a big band. I don't enjoy stadium and arena shows.  Obviously, I prefer small intimate venues.  And since Weezer is such a huge band of legendary status, even if they were to play a small venue, the hardcore fans usually camp overnight to get front row, and tickets are nearly impossible to get.  I even braved going to the Huntington Beach festival couple years ago when they played, and it just wasn't enjoyable with that many people everywhere.  Maybe I get claustrophobic.  In the early 2000's, I bought the DVD at a Tower Records, and watched it any time I felt blue or bored.  Singing and playing guitar at Weezer cover nights.  Anyways, fast forward to this day, and I am inside the Roxy at a small benefit show, so it's not crazy crowded and packed.  I get in and grab a spot in the side front row.  The curtains were up the whole time.  A little past eight o'clock, and I see Rivers appear on the side backstage door.  Embarrassingly, I become a giddy fan girl.  He takes the stage, sound checking his guitar as he kicks around a soccer ball with the band logo on it.  The show starts and I'm listening to all the songs I've loved for so long.  I just let myself totally enjoy the show by singing along loudly, dancing, head banging, screaming, cheering, smiling, laughing.  They played a good mix of Blue, Green, Make Believe, Raditude, and Red (but sadly no Maladroit or Pinkerton, which might be for the better since I probably would've exploded if they busted that out).  Also, they played two covers, Tommy James' "I Think We're Alone Now" and Poison's "Talk Dirty to Me".  Rivers crowd surfed.  He even came down from the stage where I was standing and put his hand on my shoulder as he came down.  Scott Shriner shook my hand as he was leaving the stage.  I met Brian Bell after the show and got to take a picture with him.  There was a surprise at the end.  Rivers brought his wife and friends on stage, and they played a song in Japanese.  His wife was on the drums.  It was pretty cool.  I still feel as if this was all a dream.  Being able to see them in such a small venue, and so closely, right in front of me.  Then, I smile when I realize it really happened.