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Peter Sarstedt - Where Do You Go To My Lovely

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The French fashion house Balmain came up on my style blog (they were selling an $1800 hoodie). It reminded me of the opening lines of this song, which is featured in Hotel Chevalier, the short film that was distributed with Wes Anderson's The Darjeeling Limited.

The film is below.

And the award for best early 2000s R&B song about self-pleasure goes to...

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Robin Thicke, "Brand New Jones."

Honorable Mention: Tweet "Oops (Oh My)"

Bill Burr on Letterman

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Bill Burr doesn't approve of facelifts.

"Would you rather be 45, and look 45, or be 45 and look like a 28-year-old lizard?"

The GZA f. Wavves - Liquid Swords

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The show Jordan works for, The Daily Habit, has some really fantastic music bookings. This is one: Indie heroes Wavves backing Wu-Tang legend The GZA, performing GZA's iconic Liquid Swords.

Drive & "A Real Hero" by College

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I'm prepping to interview Nicolas Winding Refn, the director of "Drive," a really remarkable film that Julia and I saw a couple weeks ago. It's a crime thriller starring Ryan Gosling (along with a bunch of other brilliant folks - Albert Brooks, Carey Mulligan, Christina Hendricks, Bryan Cranston, Ron Perlman), but it's disconcertingly quiet. Punctuated, every so often, by shocking violence.

This trailer is really just an early scene from the film in its entirety.

The song "A Real Hero" serves as a sort of theme for the movie, and for Gosling's character. It reminded me of an early 80s score by Tangerine Dream. It's both inspiration and reserved, almost melancholically so. Like the movie, though, it really gets under your skin.

Ted Danson is Sad.

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Mail Order Mysteries

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I contributed an afterword to this really cool book - Mail Order Mysteries. It's a great-looking collection of ads from old comics for things like Ray Gun plans and X-Ray Specs. Each is presented alongside the actual item you received if you ordered it. I'm guessing they asked me to write the afterword because they thought it would be fun, but what I wrote turned out to be a kind of sad meditation on growing up.

Anyway, it'll hit book stores September 10th, but you can pre-order it now. Great leafing-through book, a great gift, fun stuff. Except for my afterword. That's sad.

Smoke DZA ft. ASAP Rocky "4 Loko"

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The hot new things in NYC rap barely sound like NYC rappers. Song's pretty solid, though. Can't front on that.

Bayonics Kickstarter

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My childhood best friend Jody Scott has spent the last few years playing trumpet with a great band called Bayonics. They play dance music - some salsa, some funk and a bit of reggae. No hippie bullshit - this is a serious Bay Area band with roots in groups like Tower of Power and Sly & the Family Stone. Their home base is the Elbo Room on Valencia Street in San Francisco, in my old stomping grounds. They've really got something great going, and you should check out their work and consider supporting their Kickstarter. Their goal is simply to manufacture their album (which they've recorded) and do a bit of marketing. I backed the effort - $10 will get me the album when it's released. Consider doing the same.

Monty Python - The Architect

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Does this every happen to you? You just start thinking about a Python sketch, and then you just have to watch it seven or twelve times?

To say Python are the greatest sketch group ever is to make a serious understatement.

"May I ask you to reconsider? I mean you wouldn't regret it. Think of the tourist trade."

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