Thursday, June 26, 2008

The fact that we can sing is evidence of god.

Music is the most intangible of beauty. That we can sing, that we can make instruments sing, something so detached from any biological need or explanation, is evidence of divinity and meaning beyond our physical reality.

I went to the philharmonic at lincoln center tonight. I felt blessed. Sounds kinda creepy, eh? Well I did.

Related: On religion

Jimmy Eat World - Gotta Be Somebody's Blues

I never downloaded JEW's latest album, Big Casino, because I thought the first single was pretty weak. But there's some gems - like this one:

If you've never listened to Jimmy Eat World, I think this is their best song:
Jimmy Eat World - Lucky Denver Mint download it
do what the nice lady is asking you

One other striking thing on Big Casino are the lyrics to "Open Bar Reception" a song about a couple getting married:
I should feel we're going somewhere better
But I don't.
Why should we be anything but strangers
In clothes that we don't own?

And while we're on it, I been digging these lyrics too -
Morrisey's How Soon Is Now
There's a club if you'd like to go
you could meet somebody who really loves you
so you go, and you stand on your own
and you leave on your own
and you go home, and you cry
and you want to die

Sigur Ros - All Alright (their first english song)
I want him to know
what I have done
I want him to know
it's bad

Nothing Ever Happened - Deerhunter
. I find these lyrics funny, they are nowhere on the net, but I really like the line:
Nothing ever happened to me
Life just passed and flashed right through me

Ok now. You go and think about all this stuff all these people said and then get back to me with some spreadsheets. Because this will inspire you. And when you feel inspired, make spreadsheets. Just do it.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

oh hi! i'm great, download me

local band Forest Fire is really fantastic
Download their cd now
record release show this Thursday in Bushwick, free, 7pm @ 48 Jefferson St.

Here Forest Fire's Fortune Teller plays over video of Mandate of Heaven Clothing.

Clothes made from Recycled Fabric from Arin Crumley on Vimeo.

Monday, June 23, 2008

guest on the comic book club

check it out!
NY Times wrote an article about it
it's a really fun show ...

this tuesday june 24th
8PM at the People's Improv Theatre 154 W 29th
Sara and I had lunch at Souen today and Michel Gondry ate next to us. I wanted to tell him I loved his work but I felt too shy. So Sara suggested that we skip and leap in front of him as we left. So we did. And he smiled.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

The Final Moment of There Will Be Blood

It's hilarious and smart and I love it.


Daniel Plainview is capitalism. Sexy and evil, all of it.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Best 20 Bucks I Ever Spent Maybe

(perhaps my best 20 bucks was spent on necessary medications and those sorts of things, i am a reasonable person)

Dude. Last night's Sigur Ros show at MOMA was 20 bucks. It was at a small, lovely space. There was free open bar. With Grolsh flippy top beers. And free posters made especially for the show. And ... um ... they played for like an HOUR AND A HALF. And they played wonderfully. And they played the songs I wanted to hear. And so I think sometimes I live a pretty charmed life and am pretty damn lucky to be able to have these kinds of experiences.

- Integrity. This band has lots of it.
- Pain. Wow, this is some orgasmic "i'm on the edge" music, and damn they are all into it. Pretty serious most of the time. Intense.
- The only time all of them smiled was while playing Gobbledigook, because it's so fun it can't be denied. Not that them not smiling took away from anything. Like I said, they all seemed to be orgasming.
- Lots of fun extras! It was Icelandic Independence Day and they played the national anthem, there was a marching band that came in, they shot confetti into the crowd.
- They are my favorite when the drums are engaged. I can feel it harder.
- The singer was kinda hot even though he dressed like a bird who is a member of an old timey militia.
- He is playing his guitar with a bow! Many of the hairs are ripped. This does not negatively impact the performance.
- Must do some googling. Want to find out what they are singing about ...

Man. Some people really know how to create a positive experience. Not Josh Homme.

some not very good quality video from last night ...

Se Lest
Ny Batt
Vid Spilum Endalaust
Olsen Olsen
Inni Mer Syngur
All Right

more pictures

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Sigur Ros - Ara Batur

listen here

this song is EPIC
epic epic epic

I want it all but I can't have it WTF.

(seeing Sigur Ros at MOMA tonight! saw Death Cab For Cutie last tues- check out my flickr for a photo or two. The song "I Will Possess Your Heart" was made great by the liveness and I think it was their standout song of the evening ... before thunder stormed down upon us all)
The Machine that Turns Food Into Poop

hey y'all I am in this video from Olde English ...

Monday, June 16, 2008

Saved by Old Times - Deerhunter

This song reminds me of the sleezy t*tty bar in the end of Buffalo 66, which does touch on a purposeful late 70s/early 80s sensibility.
I love the moody sexy vibe. The song's greatest strength is that it takes you somewhere - somewhere dark and grimy with wet dirt, feathered hair and attitude. It drives a Pontiac. Dirty leather and sawdust. A Smith and Wesson 44 Magnum. Mustaches.
"Saved By Old Times" - Deerhunter

Sunday, June 15, 2008

New Video: Nice Fucking Restaurant

By Heather Fink

Man - Brian Berrebbi
Woman - Claudia Cogan
Waitress - Heather Fink

Dan Zimmer
Frank Hejl
Brian Van
Stephen Fagen

also on youtube

PS - I actually edited this one myself, but there were some things I didn't quite know as I am a bit rusty with editing. Trevor Williams shared his magic to help me finish it up. Thanks Trevvvers!

Friday, June 13, 2008

stop looking at my immortal soul its private

Radiohead - Nobody Does It Better

My idea of male sex appeal, circa 2004

The Submercer Take the freight elevator down, make two lefts, then a right. Turn the knob on the red unmarked door, and you're in.

Religulous - don't like Bill Maher, but this is a ballsy sign of the times. How modern and surprising that Lions Gate got behind it.

Trent Reznor keeps it real. Sexiest man there is.

This is the first time I've found Kucinich relevant

The Dutch Dominate In Style

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

bday pictures!

Originally uploaded by brianvan
check out brian van's flickr for more ....

last night was fun and it's my birthday and i'm really pretty happy

About 150 people turned out for last night's fun. It was so nice to celebrate with them! They were the best audience ever- plentiful and still quiet enough and paying attention.

I haven't uploaded my own video yet, but here's Jake and Amir's performance:

Jake and Amir Live from Amir on Vimeo.

Rob Lathan played Permanent Nutface Gary, Todd Barry did a quick and awesome set, and Cars Can Be Blue - comedy musicians from Athens Georgia, made the night so fun. Adam and I had a blast. Looking forward to sharing more with you.

I guess being 27 is kinda cool.

Monday, June 09, 2008


Hope you can make it to the show:

Please arrive at 8pm if you want to get a comfy seat. As you can see there's going to be a healthy sized crowd. Sometimes heathly is used as a creepy word to describe large sizedness.

Alternately, if you show up around 9:30, you'll catch the cake and live music.

If you can't be there with us AT ALL, but still want a piece of the action, check out the live broadcast at 8pm here:

Friday, June 06, 2008

song of the day!

Jesu - Silver


The powers that be asked me to remove the Spike video "Boner Troubles?" for the time being ... I'll let you know if and when I can put it back :(

Thursday, June 05, 2008

NEW VIDEO: Boner Troubles?

Try this exciting new Product.

Spike Mendelsohn
Heather Fink

Written/Directed by
Heather Fink

Camera - Dan Zimmer
Editor - Trevor Williams
PA - Stephen Fagen

Please Support Permanent Nutface Gary

He has a debilitating condition. He will be appearing at my birthday show on Monday to raise awareness. Eddie Vedder recently made this tribute to him:

Something about emaciated Deerhunter/Atlas Sound singer Bradford wearing this shirt tells me that the we young people are doing all kinds of great things on a regular basis.

Atlas Sound - Marietta
(press the play button by that blog post to hear the song)

Oh and also before I go, I would like to share these feelings:

salad bars are so difficult for me
there are so many delicious foods
and somehow i screw it up when i try to put them all together
and i regret the choices i made
the sauces are touching
why do i bother living

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Ok, so now that Obama is the Democratic Nominee

I feel cheated as a woman, that this is the year of Obama.
Hillary is so qualified and deserving of the Presidency and she would serve us well.
Obama is the nominee
and Obama is interesting, and far different from anything this country has seen in a presidential candidate. It's cool that he's black. That's the coolest thing about him really, because he symbolizes social progress. I also think it's interesting that we have a candidate who openly admitted in a memoir that he has used pot and coke. He is human, flawed, and from a modest background marked by his extraordinary achievements.
I don't think he's better and more amazing than Hillary. So that's why it hurts as a women. Mediocre men out-do us all the time. Not that Obama is mediocre - this just feels similar.

But I like what he stands for and he seems to be a good guy.
Lackluster when you compare him to Hillary, and to me less exciting than other black political figures, but ok. The reason I use words like "lackluster" is because I feel like I am being fed a lot of hype, and I don't buy hype and pretty speaches. That's not what will sell me on him.

We do need to vote for Obama, even though I like McCain, because McCain isn't going to be able to flush out the executive branch with new staff. He'll have to keep the same bastards there.

We need to have Obama step in and bring all new people in to run the government. So even if you like McCain and are disappointed by Hillary's loss - you have to vote for Obama if you want anything to change.

Hopefully Hillary will at least be VP. It would be extremely insulting if she wasn't. The woman deserves it.

A video of incredible, amazing office destruction. It gets more amazing as you watch it.

Monday, June 02, 2008


I'm down with OPB
Other People's Brilliance yo

here's some:
"Barack Obama is married to Michelle Obama (nee Robinson), with whom he has five children: Sondra, Denise, Theo, Vanessa and Rudy." - Obama Dikipedia entry

"Feast your eyes on the Absinthe Gummi Bear, the final word in alcoholic confectionary bears." - Urban Daddy on Tailor's new Absinthe Gummy Bear

Brilliant activity
Fight Club in Union Square

Brilliant Blogging - Kanye West

I read his blog everyday. He always posts cool design stuff. Sometimes he says funny things.

Brilliant Face Replication
Young Jon Voight looks just like daughter Angelina Jolie

Justin Theroux's Brilliant Body:
- from Six Feet Under
- from Muse - Hysteria

Brilliant [adult swim] moments

Brilliant Copy
"... We now understand the very biology that drives cancer. With knowledge gained from the mapping of the human genome, we can now target the genes and pathways that are involved in turning normal cells into cancerous ones. We are on the brink of possessing a toolbox full of new, advanced technologies just waiting to be adapted to benefit patients. Right before us, so close we can almost touch them, are scientific breakthroughs in the prevention, detection, treatment and even reversal of this disease..."
Standup 2 Cancer - the mission statement on this web site is some of the best copy I've read in quite some time. And it makes you wanna give money to help stop the bad cancers. They're, uh, pretty bad.

Simple, and of course
Om Nom Nom photos

WALE and Justice ... ok, so I'm not tired of hearing this song

Finksplosion Bday Party show Monday June 9

(ps the more people RSVP the more it helps bring people out, so help a lady out and say yes to fun)

Here's the not terribly flattering pics from last year's Finksplosion.
There's ass in there. What can I say? I like to party.

I'm pretty excited about all of this

I was lying on my bed feeling like a million dollars thinking, goddamn it I am fucking grateful.
For all of this.
I get sad and cry plenty cause I am an emotional woman and I can't keep my shit together sometimes.

So - I'm not super successful or rich or in love, but I am pretty damn satisfied with what I do have.
This weekend I partied too hard so my brains were useless on Saturday and Sunday during the day.
But on Sunday my parents visited me and helped me with my apartment, getting it ready for the summer. They brought up my airconditioners, beach chairs for the roof, and this tempurpedic memory foam thing that goes on top of my mattress. It feels heavenly. I was lying on my bed feeling it, all the simple niceness.

Nothing is perfect.
Nothing is finished being accomplished.
Nothing is certain.


I am turning a totally lame age on June 10th - 27. Who cares about that? But it's really kind of awesome right now.
I've been struggling with different things lately - but here's what I do have
MAKING THOSE VIDEOS seriously that makes me so happy
DAMMIT I am getting my groove back about the whole being single and having fun thing
my explorations are so not over

I have everything I need.
The little pleasures are that much more pleasurable
Nothing is perfect, finished, or certain

But I am blessed
and damn grateful

who gives a fuck about occasional tears?
i can afford them
go ahead life, shit on me
i'll be just fine