Music Monday: Oregon Bike Trails

oregon bike trails

local artist to: santa monica california

riyl: surf-pop, lo-fi, singer/songwriter

zach yudin has not released a full album yet, but read about him and his plans to release cassette singles here. listening to him makes me think of bicycles, the west coast, warm skin and ice cream. ahhhhhh summer!

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annie’s week in photos 6.26.11

guinness flavored ice cream!!!! !! !! !!!!! – austin texas

river shenanigans w/ lots of vodka whipped cream – new braunfels texas

seattle sounders vs ny red bulls (we won 4-2)

starbuckies central

” a damn fine cup of coffee”

view from little si – north bend washington

mmmmmmmm… my monday morning glory


going camping …kinda

today is national camp in your backyard day (according to my bro-in-law, john, and this site). so be it! oh, and while i wholeheartedly believe that dale’s pale ale is the best camping beer, simpler times comes in at a close second for both taste and cheapness.

j & m campsite

keeping warm

s’mores nachos (half choc half hazelnut). yum!

week in film and tv 6.23.2011

aside from the siff films i have listed recently, i have been keeping the momentum going with lots of viewing at home. this is a list of viewed stuff from the last few weeks. the weather is too nice to be staying indoors! what have you been watching? any suggestions? i do love suggestions!

me and you and everyone we know (2005)

and after seeing miranda july’s second film first, the future (2011), i wasn’t sure if miss july is a creative genius or a complete whackadoodle. i can now say she is a genius after seeing me and you and everyone we know.

haunted honeymoon (1986)

i’m a sucker for gene wilder. while this wasn’t his best movie, it was still fun. this was also the last film to star gilda radner (gene’s wife) before her illness.

marriage italian style (1964)

i love foreign films and more so the simplicity and beauty of older films. stunning sophia loren is a mistress to a businessman who takes advantage of her for years and years. she gets her revenge by tricking him into marriage.

timer (2009)

a sci-fi romantic comedy about a woman who is worried that she will never find her soul mate because her biotechnological implant that counts down to the moment one is supposed to meet his or her match isn’t ticking yet. i like how believable they made this concept in the movie.

jack goes boating (2010)

who doesn’t love philip seymour hoffman and amy ryan??? hoffman directs and stars in this “romantic comedy” about a marijuana-smoking limo driver who tries to win the heart of a girl while watching their mutual friend’s marriage end. i wouldn’t classify this a romantic comedy, but it is heartfelt and made me feel sad at times.

reaper, season one (2007)

i like shows about death (six feet under, pushing up daisies, dead like me, etc). it’s not an obsession, more of a curiosity of the unknown and experiences leading up to that last second. sam, a 21-yr old becomes the devil’s bounty hunter that brings escaped souls back to hell. it’s a good show to have running in the background and the characters are very likable.

friday night lights, season 5 (2011)

there are many reasons why i watch this show…good story, coach taylor, music by explosions in the sky, coach taylor, being from texas where high school football is a real big deal, and coach taylor. need i explain more?

Music Monday: High Highs

high highs

local artist to: new york

riyl: ambient, dream pop, beach house, tennis

there is not much info floating around the interwebs about the high highs. i can say the band is my new dreamy obsession. i can easily get lost listening to them. so lovely! check out the only official video:

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siff picks – part III

siff picks – part I          siff picks – part II

siff officially ended last night. i slowed down towards the end of the festival, both with volunteering and viewing. but here are the last of batch of films i chose.


Leonard (Joshua Leonard, Humpday) is an L.A. filmmaker with big ideas but no clue about how to turn them into real projects. Nelson (co-director Sean Nelson) is his long-suffering best friend who humors Leonard, but never takes his grand plans seriously. Rather than work on a script, Leonard first focuses on landing bankable talent, namely an A-lister known as Gregg D (Ross Partridge, Baghead, The Off Hours). The only problem is, Gregg has just checked into Wingspan, an ultra-swanky, $10,000-a-week rehab clinic for substance abuse. In a stroke of demented genius, Leonard decides to fake a drug addiction, check himself into the clinic (using Nelson’s trust fund), befriend Gregg D, and become the next Oliver Stone. But once he’s inside Wingspan’s ridiculously cushy grounds, Leonard realizes that, in spite of his charade, perhaps he’s not that much different from the other patients. With a strong Northwest filmmaking pedigree, Treatment is not only a spot-on satire of Hollywood narcissism and phony celebrity rehab culture, but also a sobering study on the perils of ambition and obsession. Look for brilliant comic cameos by John Hodgman (The Daily Show), and musician Robyn Hitchcock, who also provides original music for the film. (source)


The digital revolution has changed the way artists, musicians, filmmakers, and writers create and share their art. Virtually unlimited creative opportunities have been unleashed, and with little more than a laptop and an internet connection, almost anyone can record a song, write a novel, or make a film, and then instantaneously share it with the world. Icelandic musician Olafur Arnalds went from making homemade digital compositions to performing with a full classical orchestra. Filmmaker Lena Dunham was able to make her award-winning film Tiny Furniture the way she envisioned thanks to new digital technologies. Best-selling author Seth Godin broke new ground when he decided to leave his publisher behind and give away his book for free online. Filmmakers David Dworsky and Victor Köhler talk with some of the digital era’s most influential creators and explore the burning questions underneath this vast cultural transformation. Is allowing new technology to subvert old business models really giving artists unprecedented freedom? Are the truly talented drowning in an ocean of mediocre content? And with everyone able to create, what defines art in the digital age? (source)

animation united

Join our side of animation superstars as they endeavor to show you to strange, new, and exciting visions in short film form. (source)


Anchored by the kind of tour-de-force performance that has made Gérard Depardieu an icon, Benoît Delépine and Gustave de Kervern’s offbeat, affectionate, and frequently very funny road movie provides the hulking actor with his best role in years. He plays Serge (known as “Mammuth” to friends, after his rusting old motorcycle), first seen attending his retirement party at the local pork slaughterhouse. An honest and genuine guy—if not exactly an intellectual heavyweight—Serge finds himself at loose ends now that his working life is over, and it is his wife Catherine (the superb Yolande Moreau) who suggests he seek out his old employers in order to get all his pension-application paperwork in order. Out comes the motorbike, and off scoots Serge on an adventure that will see him cross paths with con artists, his kooky relatives, some hilariously officious bureaucrats—and the ghost of his first love, as embodied by Isabelle Adjani. Delépine and de Kervern underscore the laughs with an unsentimental thread of genuine emotion throughout and then they do the smart thing: they let Depardieu take over. His Serge is one of the most unforgettable characters ever on film. (source)

Don’t Say Oh Well

for today’s music monday, i am re-featuring grouplove. i am super psyched for this show tonight at tractor tavern!!! so you should get acquainted with them if you have not already! there have been a few posts on here already like this one…and this one. grouplove is easily my favorite band of 2011 and they were my favorite performance at sxsw. the stateside tour schedule is quite short with the band staying on the west and east coasts over the next few months and lots of overseas dates. i’m also gonna see them at san francisco’s outside lands festival in august! i am giddy and will be front row for tonight’s show. the openers for tonight are walk the moon and people eating people.


every so often i get absolutely hooked on something. this week, i’ve had a few addictions…

after seeing backyard at siff, i can’t stop listening to icelandic electro-dance-pop band, fm belfast.


ginger mints! you can buy them in bulk from amazon!!


taking too many photos of my dogs.


the editing of my drunk kitchen is genius. hannah hart is hilarious!

puppy love

this is my puppy dog, helo, named after karl c. agathon from battlestar galactica (aka “helo” ….pronounced heeee-low). he is a total sweetheart and could possibly be a cylon sympathizer also. anyhoo, helo is a puggle (beagle + pug) who loves to cuddle, eat cookies and runs crooked. the minute i saw helo on craigslist in 2009, i knew he was ours. he is my little brindle buddy.

this is gaius (pronounced ‘gai-us’ …simple huh??) he is also a puggle. a deceptive little puggle! his namesake is gaius baltar from battlestar galactica as well. michael happened to see him in las vegas while working out there for a year. it was kind of a hassle to get gaius back to texas, but totally worth it! he is completely nuts and we have to use a choke collar on him (it’s humane, i promise) but he is sweet when he wants to be. if you see an annoying dog barking around greenlake, that is gaius. he is my little pooches.

some more photos…

this is dinner time. he is giving his beg-fo-food face.