by Jac Kern
90 days ago
Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
Here at IJCGE, we’re in the
business of talking trash and making jokes, not patting ourselves on the back.
That being said, some readers might be interested to know that this blog was
recognized last week at the Cincinnati Society for Professional Journalists’
Excellence in Journalism awards, which we assure you sounds incredibly fancier
that it actually is. I Just Can’t Get Enough nabbed first place for Lifestyle
Reporting — just one of several awards CityBeat received. So rest assured, when you
come here for the latest Beyoncé scoop or completely biased awards show commentary, you’re utilizing an award-winning source.
And speaking of Queen Bey —
who just topped Forbes’ Most Powerful
list (Bow down, Oprah) — locals got
the rare opportunity to breathe the same air as Mrs. Carter last weekend (just
kidding, of course — we all know Bey is an alien robot goddess that does not
require oxygen like us plebs). Jay Z and Beyoncé’s On the Run tour made its
second stop at Great American Ballpark Saturday; read our review here. Spoiler Alert: It was the best thing that has
Part of the joy of being a
kid is the adventure. It’s all about having fun, throwing caution to the wind!
Ten-year-olds don’t worry much about safety or the fact that death is lurking
behind every corner.
Some people believe we, as a society, are too overprotective of our children — we
shelter them. But across generations we can all probably agree we did some
pretty fucked up shit in our youth we’d never dream to attempt now. For kids
around the northern New Jersey area between 1978 and 1996, Action Park in Vernon,
N.J., played a role in those haunting memories of destructive youth decisions. Check out this short, highly entertaining doc on “the world’s most dangerous theme park.”
The Most Insane Amusement Park Ever (Full
Length) by insane-amusement-park
So we’ve all had a good
laugh about this defunct attraction (except all those people who died or got
hurt). Well, surprise, bitch!
Action Park has reopened, and everyone’s freaking out about it.
Tim & Eric fans: Check
out the Steve Brule Name Generator,
for your health! (I got Jranice Kringus, which is what I will answer to
exclusively from this point on.)
In other news, apparently we’re still
talking about Grumpy Cat. The Internet-famous feline was recently united with her
doppelganger, Peter Dinklage,
and is also in a new Honey Nut Cheerios commercial.
you’re in good company! #beegotswag #whyisthishappening
Remember “First Kiss,”
that hot black-and-white viral vid with strangers making out (that was actually
somehow a clothing ad)? Well, now there’s “The Slap,” a hands-on response to
Wren’s kissing project. It features Haley Joel Osment so it is obviously
recording what’s become known as a rape anthem, pissing off Marvin Gaye’s
family and probably cheating on/breaking up with/desperately trying to win back
wife Paula Patton, Robin Thicke is generally disliked by most humans at this
point. So VH1 thought this was a good opportunity to open up Twitter to
questions for the singer. Apparently they never heard about #AskRKelly.
It went about as well as you’d expect.
movie trailers to hit the
Interwebz: Fury, a World War II action drama from David Ayer (End of Watch, Training Day) starring Brad Pitt, Charlie from Perks of Being a Wallflower and a way-too-method Shia LaBeouf; odd-couple comedy St. Vincent that has nothing to do with Annie Clark starring Bill Murray, Chris O'Dowd, Naomi Watts and Melissa McCarthy in a role that doesn't appear to be that same sloppy, stupid fat lady caricature; and dark comedy The
Skeleton Twins, in which Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig play recently reunited troubled twins.
Tuesday • Bogart’s
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Annie Clark, aka St. Vincent, is a
mysterious lady whose increasingly impressive musical output is informed
by her expressive guitar playing and catchy, intricately crafted songs.
St. Vincent’s just-released, self-titled fourth album is rife with
contradiction, syncopated rhythms and surreal flourishes, the work of an
artist who continues to expand her horizons.
by Mike Breen
Indie darling Annie Clark and her St. Vincent are at Bogart's tonight promoting their new album, Strange Mercy. Check out Jason Gargano's recent feature story on Clark from last week's CityBeat here. Opening the show is Austin-based Shearwater, Jonathan Meiburg's orchestral Indie project that is on tour in support of the new Animal Joy album on Sub Pop Records. (Read more here.) Showtime is 9 p.m. and tickets are $20. Here's a recent live clip of Clark and Co. performing "Surgeon."• Local Boogie Woogie piano master Ricky Nye has been taking his pals in the Paris Blues Band around the region for several performance dates. If you missed his show last week at the small room at Baker Hunt Arts & Cultural Center, you can catch the whole crew at Covington's Chez Nora tonight at 7:30 p.m. for free. Read Brian Baker's 2010 feature on the band ("The French Connection") here. And here's a clip for Ricky and his Paris bros from last year's visit.• Former local singer with Uncle Six (and in other local projects) Noah Hunt returns to Greater Cincy tonight with the man who took him away from us, Blues/Rock guitar whiz Kenny Wayne Shepherd. Hunt has been singing with Shepherd's band since 1997. On Noah's website it says, "Noah and Kenny are like brothers, and continue to record and tour the world together." Local crew Grooveshire opens up tonight's show at Covington's Madison Theater at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25. Here's a clip from the KWS Band's "Never Lookin' Back" from the most recent album, How I Go. • Indie trio The Spring Standards consists of three longtime friends who knock out harmonies as if they were related and have been singing together since birth. James Cleare, Heather Robb and James Smith formed the band in the Delaware Valley during their teens, but moved to Brooklyn to launch their career. The Standards’ 2008 debut, the EP No One Will Know, was produced by Rhett Miller of The Old 97’s; their debut full-length, Would Things be Different, was self-released in 2010. The band recently issued a superb “double EP,” Yellow/Gold, which features 12 engrossing tracks’ worth of the trio’s crafty Pop, which occasionally conjures the warm, fuzzy feelings of “AM Gold” Soft Rock from the ’70s, but also pumps things up to a more rocking level, such as on the Carsian tune "Here We Go" (check the clip below). The threesome performs tonight at MOTR Pub. Local Folk Pop act Shiny and the Spoon opens the free, 10 p.m. show.• Freekbot, the local Electronic/Funk/Dance duo featuring local funkateer Chris Sherman (aka Freekbass) and award-winning turntablist/producer Tobe Donohue (Tobotius), has not played a ton of local shows, spending a lot of time on the road as a touring unit instead. But that changes starting tonight when the duo begins a Wednesday residency at MVP Bar & Grill in Silverton (formerly Play By Play). Each week, the musicians will be joined by a different artist to “give things a different flavor,” says Sherman. For tonight's inaugural event — dubbed “Full Spectrum Wednesdays” — Yusef Quotah from You, You’re Awesome and Brian Olive’s band sits in on keys. On May 23, longtime Jazz saxophonist Randy Villars (currently touring with Bootsy Collins) is the special guest. In June, Sherman says they’ll have a different DJ or band open the shows, as well. Here's the twosome at work.
May 9 • Bogart's
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Flora and fauna have
long been Jonathan Meiburg's most beloved fixations. The leader of the
Austin-based Shearwater has populated his work with natural imagery of
all kinds — especially birds. The band name (which comes from a species
of seabird) and the 2004 and 2008 albums Winged Life and Rook are also tributes. February's Animal Joy continues the course on the imagery front, but the music cracks surprising new ground.
Annie Clark: Not your average ‘suburban-middle-class-American weirdo’
0 Comments · Tuesday, May 1, 2012
St. Vincent’s music is rife with contradictions. Take the first song on the outfit’s most recent album, last year’s Strange Mercy,
which opens with this vague but provocative imagery, delivered by Annie
Clark — the band’s 29-year-old creative ringleader.
Bryce Dessner brings unique MusicNOW fest back for fifth year
0 Comments · Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Cincinnati native Bryce Dessner's MusicNOW brainchild has evolved into one of the singular musical events in the Midwest, a multi-day festival featuring a like-minded collection of creatively adventurous musicians who relish the opportunity to partake in its laid-back, artist-friendly atmosphere. Dessner talks about his approach to MusicNOW, why Memorial Hall is the right venue and the upcoming album from his band, The National.
Annie Clark of St. Vincent is inspired by everything from Disney to Suicide
0 Comments · Wednesday, March 24, 2010
St. Vincent can be deceiving. First there's the name, which brings to mind a chanting religious dude in white robes (it's actually a reference to the hospital where poet Dylan Thomas spent his final hours). Then there's the physical appearance of the person behind the moniker, Annie Clark, a demure woman with a mop of curly, jet-black hair and a face that looks as innocent as Bambi's. She headlines the second night of MusicNOW.