“I’d rather have a show that a hundred people need to see than a thousand people want to see.”
“Always be yourself. Unless you suck.”
I’m taking a break from my two-parter on Jon Brion, because I haven’t seen his Largo show yet. But I’m going this week (which, by the time you read this, will have been last week), so I’ll get back to him for the next one (which, by the time you read this, will have been the previous one).
About a year ago, I decided to finally cave and watch the entire series of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Ever since, I’ve been saying that my favorite six sequential words in the English language are “Written and Directed by Joss Whedon.” And that title had some stiff competition from phrases like “It was the best of times,” “To be or not to be,” and “Eric, here is a free beer.” But that Buffy marathon really opened the floodgates. I went directly from Buffy to Angel to everything else Whedon did, and even named my most (possibly only) prized possession—my viola—after the ship in Firefly.
Queen Kwong - “Out Out Out”
Go West Young Man – “Chinatown”
Beatmo – “Treasure Hunt”
Bobot Adrenaline “Radio Tikrit”
Dollyrots - “Because I’m Awesome”
Action Design – “Landmines”
Rick Waines – “Imagine”
I’m plugging my friend’s band. A friend of mine joined a new band called The Shakers. The band only has a handful of gigs under its belt – though they did travel as far as Philadelphia to play one gig. I missed every one of their earlier gigs. One of their gigs (or perhaps it was two) was off in Venice so an easy excuse on my part was that it was just too far away. On a recent night; however, they played at the Bordello, which is much closer to home. So off I headed to see my friend play in her new band.
This month’s featured Make-Up Artist Laurene Alvarado shares some of her favorite products, product lines, and where to shop for them.
TRAffIK: What are some of your favorite staple products that you use?
LAURENE: SMASHBOX PHOTO OP UNDER EYE BRIGHTENER- This is by far one of my favorite products. Not only can it be used under the eyes, but I love using it lightly over the ‘t-zone’ to give the false illusion that light is coming thru the skin.
HiP High Intensity Pigments Jelly Balm by Loreal. It gives off great translucent color and it feels so soft, not sticky on the lips.
TRAffIK: What would your advice be for someone who has never worn make-up but wants to start?
LAURENE: Try a tinted moisturizer. Like ELIZABETH ARDEN SHEER LIGHTS ILLUMINATING TINTED MOISTURIZER SPF 15- I use this product on myself as well as others all the time. It gives just the right amount of coverage without feeling ‘makeupy’. It works great as a foundation alone too.
TRAffIK: What is your going out make-up process (either daily morning getting ready or nighttime)?
The War for Independence
Chapter 4: Jon Brion
Over the last, oh, I don’t know, twenty years or so, a trend has emerged whereby rock and roll songwriters get to do film and TV scores. The first big example that comes to mind is Oingo Boingo’s Danny Elfman, who first became hugely successful scoring Tim Burton’s movies. Mark Mothersbaugh of Devo became similarly attached to Wes Anderson, Jonny Greenwood from Radiohead recently scored There Will Be Blood, Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers of The Police have both done some scoring, and hell, even Toto and Queen had some success with Dune and Flash Gordon, respectively. But the one who made the transition with probably the least amount of mainstream success is Jon Brion (one might be able to make a case for Mike Viola, or somebody else, but I’m making a case for Jon Brion, so there).