Wednesday, April 23, 2014
OK, this might be my favorite photo of all time. 
(Via)

OK, this might be my favorite photo of all time. 

(Via)

Monday, April 21, 2014
I wrote some things about making mixtapes for boys:
I have very specific rules about crush mixes, having made a fool of myself with tape after tape as a teenager. The ONLY AND IMPORTANT AND UNBREAKABLE RULE of a crush mix is that crush mixes are not allowed to have songs that are explicitly about having a crush. The crush mix — markedly different from the “good first date” or “new relationship” mix, mind you — is not an actual confession so much as very advanced flirtation. It’s a whisper that someone should be leaning in to hear, not a love letter blasted through a megaphone. I adhere to this rule despite the constant temptation of The Clash’s “1, 2, Crush On You” or the Joan Jett version of “Crimson and Clover.”
Crush mixes can, however, include songs about all kinds of other things that evoke the feeling of having a crush. Songs that are too cryptic to extract any obviously embarrassing meaning from, but which exude important vibes. Vibes like “easy-going,” “I am your dream girl and you haven’t yet realized it,” “I’m probably into whatever it is you were thinking about proposing after a few beers,” and “someday we will be old together and all of these songs will make us remember what it was like to be young and about to be in love.”

I wrote some things about making mixtapes for boys:

I have very specific rules about crush mixes, having made a fool of myself with tape after tape as a teenager. The ONLY AND IMPORTANT AND UNBREAKABLE RULE of a crush mix is that crush mixes are not allowed to have songs that are explicitly about having a crush. The crush mix — markedly different from the “good first date” or “new relationship” mix, mind you — is not an actual confession so much as very advanced flirtation. It’s a whisper that someone should be leaning in to hear, not a love letter blasted through a megaphone. I adhere to this rule despite the constant temptation of The Clash’s “1, 2, Crush On You” or the Joan Jett version of “Crimson and Clover.”

Crush mixes can, however, include songs about all kinds of other things that evoke the feeling of having a crush. Songs that are too cryptic to extract any obviously embarrassing meaning from, but which exude important vibes. Vibes like “easy-going,” “I am your dream girl and you haven’t yet realized it,” “I’m probably into whatever it is you were thinking about proposing after a few beers,” and “someday we will be old together and all of these songs will make us remember what it was like to be young and about to be in love.”

Sunday, April 20, 2014
shoobopsoultown:


“Broken Heart" - The Moonlighters (YouTube)
Not a lot of details out there about The Moonlighters — it’s clear that the group included Curtis Wren (guitar & vocals) and Joe Snyder (guitar), who also co-wrote this gorgeous song. This single was released on Houston Texas’s Tara Records in 1958, but it just feels completely timeless and placeless and doesn’t even really have a genre — it’s rockabilly, I guess, but also maybe just country, or rock, or meditative chant. This is one of those tunes that feels familiar immediately, like the first time you’re hearing it you’ve heard it a million times. Maybe in a past life my heart was broken and this song kept me company. Or maybe Joe and Curtis just tapped into a melodic koan so universal that it feels that way.

shoobopsoultown:

Broken Heart" - The Moonlighters (YouTube)

Not a lot of details out there about The Moonlighters — it’s clear that the group included Curtis Wren (guitar & vocals) and Joe Snyder (guitar), who also co-wrote this gorgeous song. This single was released on Houston Texas’s Tara Records in 1958, but it just feels completely timeless and placeless and doesn’t even really have a genre — it’s rockabilly, I guess, but also maybe just country, or rock, or meditative chant. This is one of those tunes that feels familiar immediately, like the first time you’re hearing it you’ve heard it a million times. Maybe in a past life my heart was broken and this song kept me company. Or maybe Joe and Curtis just tapped into a melodic koan so universal that it feels that way.

Friday, April 11, 2014
i have a new friend

i have a new friend

Monday, April 7, 2014
Perfect.
via kitschyliving

Perfect.

via kitschyliving

same

(Source: poehler)

Saturday, March 29, 2014
shoobopsoultown:


“I Want A Boy For My Birthday" - The Cookies (YouTube)
The silky lead vocal that elaborates on the song’s main conceit really nails a certain teenage desperation that makes me feel nostalgic for the single life (sorry boyfriend), that feeling of being lonely but in a fun way. “Don’t want a bracelet with golden charms / cuz that won’t fill my empty arms.” The Cookies (don’t they look so FUN, above?) are pretty famous for their especially sexy girl group hits like “Don’t Say Nothing Bad About My Baby” and “Chains,” but this particular b-side was never a big hit. The group formed in Brooklyn and recorded a bunch of singles — mostly as The Cookies, but also as The Palisades, The Stepping Stones, The Cinderellas, and The Honey Bees. Many of the original members went on after their dissolution to form The Raelettes, Ray Charles’ backing group. 

This is my jaaaaaam.

shoobopsoultown:

I Want A Boy For My Birthday" - The Cookies (YouTube)

The silky lead vocal that elaborates on the song’s main conceit really nails a certain teenage desperation that makes me feel nostalgic for the single life (sorry boyfriend), that feeling of being lonely but in a fun way. “Don’t want a bracelet with golden charms / cuz that won’t fill my empty arms.” The Cookies (don’t they look so FUN, above?) are pretty famous for their especially sexy girl group hits like “Don’t Say Nothing Bad About My Baby” and “Chains,” but this particular b-side was never a big hit. The group formed in Brooklyn and recorded a bunch of singles — mostly as The Cookies, but also as The Palisades, The Stepping Stones, The Cinderellas, and The Honey Bees. Many of the original members went on after their dissolution to form The Raelettes, Ray Charles’ backing group. 

This is my jaaaaaam.

Happy baseball weekend you guys. Latest hall of famer is Orlando Cepeda, who had the cutest nickname ever.

Happy baseball weekend you guys. Latest hall of famer is Orlando Cepeda, who had the cutest nickname ever.

Saturday, February 22, 2014
oh hi george brett. 

oh hi george brett. 

shoobopsoultown:


“Tommy" - Reparata & The Delrons
This is a song about how the protaganist’s boyfriend Tommy started acting like a huge jerk, picking her up late, and hardly ever calling. But she loves him even more than she did before, when he sent her pretty flowers! If there was ever proof that nice guys finish last, this song was it. The fictional Reparata is more loyal than any woman should be, but sadly I think a lot of ladies can probably relate to the story in this snappy 1965 single. :( Anyway, sadness aside, REPARATA & THE DELRONS is probably my favorite girl group name of all time. The girls formed at their Brooklyn high school and had a few moderate hits, including this one. Their entire “greatest hits” (a stretch, perhaps) album is available on Spotify and it’s a delight from beginning to end.

shoobopsoultown:

Tommy" - Reparata & The Delrons

This is a song about how the protaganist’s boyfriend Tommy started acting like a huge jerk, picking her up late, and hardly ever calling. But she loves him even more than she did before, when he sent her pretty flowers! If there was ever proof that nice guys finish last, this song was it. The fictional Reparata is more loyal than any woman should be, but sadly I think a lot of ladies can probably relate to the story in this snappy 1965 single. :( Anyway, sadness aside, REPARATA & THE DELRONS is probably my favorite girl group name of all time. The girls formed at their Brooklyn high school and had a few moderate hits, including this one. Their entire “greatest hits” (a stretch, perhaps) album is available on Spotify and it’s a delight from beginning to end.

Friday, February 21, 2014 Tuesday, February 18, 2014
A six year old goal, still fairly apt.

A six year old goal, still fairly apt.

Thursday, February 13, 2014
shoobopsoultown:


“Big Windy City" - Phoebe, Unky, & Fatty Ann
I haven’t been able to find out a thing about this group, other than that this b-side was released on Nashville’s indie record label Spar Records in the late ’60s and collected on the truly excellent Spar Records compilation The Spar Records Story (highly recommended!!). All I know is that the easygoing girl-pop/folk blend (with horns!) has my number, and the story in the lyrics is close to my heart as New York huddles in for another night of snow. 

feeling this song so hard right now.

shoobopsoultown:

Big Windy City" - Phoebe, Unky, & Fatty Ann

I haven’t been able to find out a thing about this group, other than that this b-side was released on Nashville’s indie record label Spar Records in the late ’60s and collected on the truly excellent Spar Records compilation The Spar Records Story (highly recommended!!). All I know is that the easygoing girl-pop/folk blend (with horns!) has my number, and the story in the lyrics is close to my heart as New York huddles in for another night of snow. 

feeling this song so hard right now.

James Stewart photographed by Rex Hardy, 1938.

that short tie really makes me feel something.

(Source: mattybing1025)

tmills:

Since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, I made this handy Field Guide to North American Men for you to study.

(Here’s a link to a bigger version.)

perfect