almost famous

almost famous is one of my most favorite movies ever. i love everything about it. especially the music. the 70s is definitely one of my favorite decades for music. the film is about a boy named william, who gets the chance to go on tour with one of his favorite bands, stillwater, and write an article for rolling stone about his experience. (of course, he’s a lot younger than the people at the magazine think he is.) he meets a slew of interesting characters on his journey, and learns so much more about life than he ever would sitting in a classroom. it has an amazing cast, including:
billy crudup as russell hammond:  “i am a golden god!”
jason lee as jeff bebe:  “it’s okay, i’m easy to forget! just leave me behind! i’m only the lead singer!”
kate hudson as penny lane:  “we are here because of the music. we inspire the music. we are band aids.”
frances mcdormand as elaine miller, william’s worrisome and hovering mother:  “don’t take drugs!”
zooey deschanel as william’s older sister: “one day, you’ll be cool.”
philip seymour hoffman as lester bangs, a radio personality:  “the only true currency in this bankrupt world…is what you share with someone else when you’re uncool.”
anna paquin, fairuza balk, bijou phillips as the legendary band aids:  “it’s all happening!”
and jimmy fallon as the band’s manager:  “if you think mick jagger will still be out there trying to be a rock star at age fifty, then you’re sadly, sadly mistaken.”
there are also some really big name musicians who make appearances in this movie from time to time, such as peter frampton and pete droge.
if you’ve never seen this movie, i highly recommend it. i’ve watched it 29872039 times, and i never tire of it. it makes me happy every time i watch it, and i learn new things each time as well.
so here’s  a lovely playlist of songs from the movie (i’m sure you’ll recognize most, if not all of them) and some pictures to give you a visual.
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while we were in texas, we went took a little day trip to austin. there was this really amazing music shop called waterloo records, which had an absolutely amazing assortment of vinyl, both old and new. i was like a kid in a candy shop (or a muso in a record shop…heh).

on another day, we stopped by an antiques mall that had not one but TWO amazingly huge sections of records! there were quite a few gems there, and i’m sad to say that i couldn’t bring back more, due to my carry-on bag already being too heavy for my poor back. here is a selection of the great records i got while in san antonio/austin:

yes, the very cool music from one of my favorite movies ever. except it doesn't have audrey singing "moon river", which is sad. she had such a lovely voice & it pisses me off that they didn't use it in "my fair lady"...

i have always loved built to spill. my favorite song by them is "the weather". it has this beautiful lyric: "...and as long as it's talking with you, talk of the weather will do." that song's not on this album, however. it's their newest one!

who doesn't cherish jeff buckley? and who doesn't love this album? i'd like to meet the person who listens and doesn't like...

rush! i love rush! i was excited to find this. it has my two faves by them, "spirit of radio" and "tom sawyer". i used a lyric from "spirit of radio" in a little art project.

great record. and can i just say how much i love the fact that elton john is wearing ruby platform slippers on the cover?

i adore jim james's voice. i cannot say enough great things about my morning jacket. i don't think they have a song that i don't like. i also have their "evil urges" album, which is phenomenal.

i wish i could say that this was the original soundtrack, but alas, it's just judy herself singing a few selections from the movie on one side, and then judy & the harvey girls singing some other classics on the other side. i WILL find the original soundtrack.

yes. i found an original beatles album. FOR NINETY-NINE CENTS! it's because the cover is all torn, but the record itself is in perfect condition. i love what is printed on the back: "this monophonic microgroove recording is playable on monophonic and stereo phonographs. it cannot become obsolete. it will continue to be a source of outstanding sound reproduction, providing the finest monophonic performance from any phonograph."

a really cool find. it has "cry baby", "down on me", "piece of my heart", "summertime", and so many other awesome janis songs!

i will always love the smiths. and morrissey. end of story. sigh...

i love french music. i love the world war 2 era. so it stands to reason that i love edith piaf. this is a really cool album. it has a book on the inside.

i love the lovely folksy music and soothing voices of paul simon & art garfunkel. how can you not?

so you can see now why i had a horrendous backache from carrying half of these records in my backpack on our flights home. the hubster carried the other half, but of course he’s a strong, strapping man. 😉

i have my second night photography class tonight, so i’m excited and nervous. the instructor is a bit soft-spoken, which isn’t a good match for me. i’m sort of soft-spoken at times myself, plus i have major ADD. so it’s better for me to have a lively, “out-there” professor. oh well. he seems really cool, and has a ton of experience. i have to admit that i was really overwhelmed and confused and intimidated when he gave us a tour of the developing/processing areas. the dark room is a tiny bit scary for those of us who are just a tiny bit afraid of the dark. plus, it has these monstrous machines overhead. i have no idea what they are called yet. but, hey, that’s what school is for, right? learning?

things i love sunday…on monday

i meant to do this last night, but i didn’t get a chance b/c i started to feel sick. so here it is, a day late! ten things i love this week…

1. my new hat from urban outfitters

2. sushi sunday!

3. adorning gifts with rhinestone brooches–how pretty is this?

via {this is glamorous}

4. i want to paint my bathroom with black & white stripes. it looks so french!

5. thinking of the *perfect* christmas gift at the almost-last-minute!

6. tiffany & co’s beautiful christmas advertisements

7. pretty cake pops! learn how to make them here.

8. cary ann hearst. she’s insanely talented. and gorgeous, to boot! i’m especially addicted to her song “pocahontas“.  (<—click to listen)

9. this illustration, but i can’t remember where i found it! if you recognize it, let me know!10. i can’t remember where i found this either, but it reminds me of mr. darcy. i wish my hubby would dress like this!

so that’s what i’m in love with this week! i hope everybody has a very merry christmas. the hubster & i just bought our plane tickets to go to texas the other day. 🙂  we thought we weren’t going to be able to make it down there this year, but some things worked out, and we are able to after all!

bon appetit

i started cooking again. last night i made mediterranean pasta salad. it was very easy, & quite good.

DSCN5004i served it with sourdough bread. yum!


and thanks to katie, i got the most awesome cookie & cupcake books. sunday night, i made banana spice cookies. alas, i didn’t take any pictures. (i couldn’t–the fam gobbled them all up too quickly!)  but i did take some pictures of the lime-sour cream cookies i made today. they. are. heavenly. if i do say so myself…

DSCN5011also, i made a tumblr account to accompany this blog. i’m just going to post pretty pictures & interesting things on it daily. fun stuff.

download this: a complicated type by michael trent. (i really wanted “i’ll be home soon” by michael trent, but i couldn’t find it on myspace. you can find it on itunes if you’re interested, though.)

today’s fave etsy item:  pink cake lip balm from the queen’s patisserie collection by vintage bella