Holy 1960s Television Apocalypse, Batman!

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Is that your battarang or are you just happy to see me?

“We found that just by the way we stood, affected women dramatically, and if you look at our show, you’ll see that we always stood with our legs open our fists on hips and our bat bulges forward, which had a profound effect on women!” – Burt Ward

I found a few of my favorite clips from perhaps the most ridiculously awesome show ever to ever grace American television: Batman.

 

I watched the hell out of it when I was a kid (thank heavens for syndication) and for some odd reason I always wanted to be Robin. So much to the point that my mom made me a yellow cape with a large “R” sewn onto it.

Don’t ask me why I chose his lame ass as a role model. Maybe I just wanted to wear tiny green shorts and a black mask on my face.

“You shake a pretty mean cape, Batman!”

If he were my partner I’d have to kill him with my battarang.

What…there’s no such thing as shark repellent?

And le’ts not forget this little gem: http://holysmokesbatman.com/

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Sharing the love from my other blog, Connective Individualism.

Connective Individualism

I am a huge fan of Adam Lepzig (I’ll save you my jibber jabber on how awesome he is and send you off to see for yourself).

According to Adam, we live in a culture where financial success has taken the place of aesthetic judgement. “Money = Good” is our country’s motto.

In fact, the exact opposite is true: Business success is not the same as creative success.

I found an inspiring TED Talk with Adam regarding the culture war that we face in America, what truths and myths exist about it, and how we can use our own voice, our vulnerability and our creativity to bring about a shift in our own way of thinking.

I also have to agree with Adam — as I have had this thought myself many times over the years — that ingenuity, creativity and inspired living are an important factor in rebuilding and…

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Happy Music Friday: Beach House Edition

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Beach House

“A lot of people listening to music now just go, ‘Good tones…’ and that’s it. But we’re obsessed with songs. Sometimes, I feel like people aren’t even listening to our songs, they’re just listening to the sound.” – Victoria Legrand

Even though I posted a Happy Music –>Insert Edition Here<– on Wednesday I can’t let a weekend slip by without some tuneage.

I’ve been listening to the hell out of some Beach House. I love their floaty, fuzzy sound. They’re technically classified as a dream-pop band, but whatevs. Labels are so…labely.

You can hear their influences on every album (60s pop/folk, Brian Wilson, Neil Young and The Zombies) and Victoria Legrand’s deep, throaty, husky voice carries the ethereal sound over the top.

Victoria is the niece of the lauded French composer Michel Jean Legrand so there’s no doubt where her musical chops descended from.

There’s a great interview in the Village Voice along with some of my favorite tracks (below) from DevotionTeen Dream and Bloom, which is the collective’s most recent album.

Now get out your bean bag and a fluffy throw and prepare to sink into a deep, dreamlike state in three…two…one…

Don’t forget to breathe.

You Came To Me from the album Devotion
We Have Signal: Live From Birmingham (The Bottle Tree, Birmingham Alabama)
This is where I first heard of Beach House. Hooray for Public Televison! 
 

Gila from the album Devotion

Norway from the album Teen Dream
Pitchfork Special Presentation: Beach House
This may be my favorite song off the album (Zebra is a close second). I love the off-key and kind of drunk-sounding keyboard. It adds a lot of texture.

Lover Of Mine from the album Teen Dream

Wild from the album Bloom
 Later With Jools Holland
I can’t decide which performance from this television apperance is better so I’ll just post both.

Lazuli from the album Bloom

Happy Music Friday (On Wednesday): Amurrrika Edition

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Fireworks Demotivational Poster

My dog (much like this poor child) does not care for fireworks. Nope. Not one itty bit.

No time machines were used during the writing of this post.

It’s just that Wednesday happens to be the Fourth of July and that does not jibe with my usual Happy Music Friday post. Especially when I had the idea to post some songs that somehow relate to America.

No real patriotic jibber jabber here. You will find enough of that on pretty much any available outlet on Wednesday.

This is more of a fun collection of music that loosely relates to good ol’ Amurrrika.

Yeehaw!

 

David Bowie – Young Americans

This song is filled with references to the not-so-picket-fence side of America (ghettos, Nixon, racism, violence against women, the Vietnam War). Hooray for realism disguised behind a poppy little number complete with saxophone.

 

The Doors – L’America (LA Woman)

I need a lava lamp for this one.

 

Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers – American Girl

I always liked this song because of the story it told. Not necessarily a happy one, but alas…that is life.

 

Bruce Spingsteen – Born In The USA

The Boss in East Berlin circa 1998. Consider this your history lesson for today.

 

Jimi Hendrix – The Star Spangled Banner

I would be completely remiss if I didn’t include this. I can totally hear the bombs bursting in air.

 

Team America World Police Theme Song

Because you can’t say “America” without also hearing this in your head.

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This is the second guest post on my new blog/project, Connective Individualism.

Connective Individualism

This week’s guest post is by another personal inspiration, Linsi Brownson.

I began following Linsi’s blog, Inspired Design Daily, last year while at the height of my interior design classes. I enjoyed her design insight as well as her honest and witty candor. She made me to want to begin blogging for myself, both personally and professionally.

Besides being in the same industry (design) she also has a knack for social media and marketing which also happen to be two of my other favorite things.

We share the philosophy that creating successful change for your own business revolves around creating connections with other people.

This is part of what led to Linsi and fellow blogger and wardrobe coach, Nicole Longstreath of The Wardrobe Code, to found Spark Collaborative — a team of creatives and social media geeks whose sole purpose is helping entrepreneurs and small business thrive online in an…

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Happy Music Friday: Chromatics

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Chromatics

“I drank the water and I felt alright. I took a pill almost every night. In my mind I was waiting for change. While the world just stayed the same.” – Chromatics, “Kill For Love”

If you haven’t heard of Chromatics you are missing out on one of the best electronic bands that Portland has to offer.

I knew their music but wasn’t a rabid fan until I watched Drive. The soundtrack is amazeballs and is totally worth a listen on it’s own. Cliff Martinez built the score based on 80s synth-pop loveliness and I think I’ve listened to it at least three times a day every day since adding to to my Spotify account this past weekend.

I won’t gush on about the band but if you like sultry, floaty, etherial vocals and songs that offer a variety of moods and tempo then you owe it to your ears to find their first full-length album Night Drive. It’s by far my favorite.

Chromatics have also done some pretty solid covers of a couple of my favorite songs by Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen. I never would have thought that their sound would have worked with two staples of the rock-and-roll-guitar world but they managed to pull it off and give the songs a new feeling.

They also covered Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)”. Several bands have covered the song but this is by far my favorite.