Kitties and Puppies!

A kitten opens its eyes for the first time
A kitten opens its eyes for the first time (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The kittens played in the park. They liked the park, and the park liked them, or at least it would if parks could like things. It had been rumored that they could, and if the rumors were true, then this particular park liked these kittens. One of the kittens was grey and the other was one of those black and white jobs, all cute and adorable and basically everything you’d expect a kitten to be. They jumped and frolicked and played and did all sorts of things that kittens do, as these were very obviously professional kittens, having been in the position for some time now. In fact, they both felt they were due for a raise any time now, although neither wanted to ask their boss, since they felt that it might be a little forward and put themselves in a precarious position. Anyway, if they were fired, they didn’t know where exactly they’d go from there, and so they felt that it was best not to rock the boat and continue to be kittens that were perhaps slightly underpaid than unemployed, and that’s a very sensible attitude to take. Continue reading

The Painful Threshold Episode 2: Kittens or Pie?

A kitten pie by Calamity Jon Morris
A kitten pie by Calamity Jon Morris

Check out episode 2 of The Painful Threshold!  The Painful Threshold is a brand new panel show where all the questions come from the Internet at large!  Anyone can send in questions questions  to the official show Tumblr, our Twitter account or our Facebook page!  This week, our panel is cartoonist Calamity Jon Morris, musician Gavin Wallace-Ailsworth of Bent Knee and Mr. Gavin’s Meat Farm, and zinestress Quinn Collard!  Below the cut are the show notes, complete with direct links to all the questions that have been asked in this episode!

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The Painful Threshold, Episode 1: Do You Like Pigs?

Nora, a non-shitty baby. (Photo by Jenny Byfield)
Nora, a non-shitty baby. (Photo by Jenny Byfield)

Welcome to the very first episode of The Painful Threshold!  The Painful Threshold is a brand new podcast where YOU provide the questions to our lovely panel!  The show runs off questions sent to the official show Tumblr, our Twitter account or our Facebook page!  This week, our panel is comedian Nick Decktor, musician and KEXP DJ Troy Nelson of the Young Evils, and Kittysneezes contributor Jenny Byfield!  Below the cut are the show notes, complete with direct links to all the questions that have been asked in this episode!  Check it out! Continue reading

Interview: Haley Pharo

haley pharoHaley Pharo is an up-and-coming pop singer and songwriter with a lot of talent.  Her debut album has just come out, and it was produced by the Grammy-winning producer Andrew Dawson, who’s also produced Kanye West, fun. and Beyonce.  Pharo herself has also worked with Ryan Cabrera and Demi Lovato, among many other stars. Last week, Kittysneezes posted her video for “Prisoner”, and now she’s agreed to sit down to do an interview with us about her debut album, country music and singing with Michael Jackson. Continue reading

Review: Robot & Frank

Robot & FrankCan a movie about grand theft be heartwarming?  I wouldn’t have thought it, but Jake Schreier’s 2012 film Robot & Frank is.  Frank Langella plays Frank, a retired criminal with a knack for figuring out break-ins — who’s also suffering from a memory disorder.  It’s never revealed by name, but it looks like the early stages of Alzheimer’s.  His son buys him a caretaker robot (voiced by Peter Sarsgaard and physically acted by Rachael Ma) to keep his mind active and help ward off the problems he’s been having.  Frank’s not thrilled with the idea of needing a robot to take care of him, until he determines the robot’s use when it shoplifts a small item for him from the store that replaced his beloved restaurant Harry’s. Continue reading

Haley Pharo – Prisoner

Haley Pharo’s new music video for “Prisoner” from her self-titled debut is a great little slice of electronic pop music.  Her record’s produced by Andrew Dawson, and this song was co-written with King Logan. (Pharo and Logan have also co-written a two other cuts from the record.)

I love the sparseness of the track, and I’m always a sucker for space imagery as well. Space is magnificent.  If you’re in the mood for some cool pop music that’s a little bit different than the stuff that’s on the radio, but still undeniably pop, check this out! Continue reading

Crush On Radio – I Return!

Cover of "Oh No It's Devo"
Cover of Oh No It’s Devo

The new season of Crush on Radio is a little bit different, featuring a one-on-one format — but on this episode, I return to the show to talk about Oh, No! It’s DEVO!  The entire episode is about that album, so check it out!  Yay! Continue reading

Review: Basilisk

Legendary Pink Dots - Basilisk
Legendary Pink Dots – Basilisk

Edward Ka-Spel‘s brilliance with The Legendary Pink Dots is to introduce us to isolated characters and then immerse us in their world-view through expansive and mysterious soundscapes. He begins with the most restricted, infinitesimal point of consciousness and then slowly expands it outward towards a state of ‘cosmic consciousness’ (to use the phrase of 1960s psychonauts). Musically, he often follows this template of expansion, with simple melody lines repeating and layering in increased complexity of texture. Much of the LPD’s music is an undertaking to help the listener (and perhaps composer) escape his/her own head. Lyrical phrases, musical motifs, album titles and themes recur across decades, but tonal shifts between albums are slow and subtle.  Hopefully, The Legendary Dots Project, like the Residents and Sparks projects before, will provide the keen reader and listener with a giddy entry-point into the Legendary Pink Dots’ musical world. Fulfil the prophecy! Continue reading

Review: The Second Throne

April Larson - The Second Throne
April Larson – The Second Throne

My best friend Peter and I have radically different tastes. I tend to listen to music that is skittish and unresolved. I like choppy melodies, disorienting time signature changes and often, when I’m feeling boisterous, a lively skank beat. Peter, contrariwise, loves slow, immersive ambient soundscapes, with deep, vibratory drones and hidden, slowly-emergent intricacies. The music I like, you have to speed up to listen to. The music Peter likes, you have to slow down. We’re both deeply anxious people and while I like my music to mirror and reflect my inner-state of anxiety, Peter likes his music to reflect the outer-state of the world, in order to better harmonise his inner-state. Continue reading

Review: Street Fighter – The Legend of Chun-Li

Cover of "Street Fighter: The Legend of C...
Cover of Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li

Back in the 1990s, the arcades were brought back to life thanks to a game called Street Fighter II: The World Warrior. The popularity of the game and its characters told anyone versed in the laws of business that spin-off media was inevitable. And it came in spades. There were several anime adaptations (some better than others), an American Saturday morning cartoon, action figures, comic books, customized game controllers, apparel and just about anything else you could think of. Continue reading