It may be a death wish, but you can't stop the queen. Via Towleroad, this video of a 27-year-old guy having a bit of fun blew up in Saudi Arabia, and the participants have been arrested and charged with "homosexuality," "general security," and impersonating a cop. Homosexuality is still considered a capital offense in Saudi Arabia. But, you know, we really need the oil. Great hair flip at 1:45.
As a friend wrote the other day, if you can't exorcise your demons, exercise them. To motivate my sullen self to run and swim, I'm skipping right past Nagi Noda's justifiably famous poodle freeweight extravaganza Ex-Fat Girl and heading straight to the Fonda-riffic video for "Belong" by Washed Out. 1-2-3-4, star wipe!
What's as inspiring as Myles Cooper's 2010 anthem "Gonna Find Boyfriends Today"? The video for "Gonna Find Boyfriends Today," directed by another San Francisco talent, Skye Thorstenson. It's true. SF is home to singing strawberries, dancing cupcakes, Mr. Peanuts, cherubic choirs, floating hearts and flaming hearts. Find yourself a cutie and watch it.
A preternatural rooting of the vengeful Bush legacy (and Obama continuance) into neo-classical sonic aesthetics? Another uncanny contemporary slice (in slo-mo) of the Illiad? A Shriekback? Sea breeze, sea breeze... These New Puritans' "We Want War" from the awesome and challenging new Hidden (Domino) complexifies their post-punk revival ways to put the sinew in Stravinsky, the killer in Achilles.
Olympic ice dancing had me in its graceful, creepy thrall last night -- until this freaky Friskies psychedelic ash-id trip took all that gliding glitter to a whole nutha level. Yes, The Awl has live-blogged it.