2018 Live Highlights Playlist (pt. 2)

Yay round 2! You can read a description of what this is in last week’s post.

Runaways – The Killers

You should know there are certain artists (these guys, Taylor, Harry, The Decemberists) who are going to show up on A LOT of these lists, I would apologize, but they’re all really fun live, so you’re welcome?

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SO FUN

End Game – Taylor Swift ft. Ed Sheeran & Future

(For better or worse – probably better? – Ed was not at our show.)

Falling Slowly – Glen Hansard

I Was a Fool – Sunflower Bean

The Question – Anna Tivel

Hotel Yorba – Jack White

Woke Up New – The Mountain Goats

If I Knew – Field Report

Woman – Harry Styles

Down By The Water – The Decemberists

And today’s not available on Apple Music bonus song is:

Present Tense – Glen Hansard covering Pearl Jam

(And this was recorded the night I saw it! (Not by me.)

As always you can listen to the whole playlist here on Apple Music.

Best Picture Baking Project: Cimarron

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I think at some point I’ve explained on the blog that the reason that I’m doing this project alphabetically was to avoid “getting stuck in the 30s.” Well, so far the early winners I’ve watched (All Quiet on the Western Front and Cavalcade) had pleasantly surprised me. But…um…this one…did not. But, I found a really good cinnamon coffee cake recipe. (I chose it because I knew literally nothing about this movie going in except it’s name, which sounds like cinnamon.) But first, this mess of a movie:

Had I seen this one before? 

Nope. I thought it was about a horse named Cimarron, but it’s about a dude named Yancey Cravat, his wife Sabra, and very tangentially their son named Cimarron. (It literally took us until the penultimate scene to realize this.

Top 3 observations on this viewing?

  1. This movie is a racist, misogynist, anti-Semitic mess. Made even more so by the fact that it thinks it is being progressive by portraying Native Americans and sex workers and Jews at all without explicit condemnation. But this is how they introduce the character of Yancey’s black servant Isaiah (Eugene Jackson):
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Yes that’s an actual child hung up above a dinner table to fan the white people eating a meal. It does not get better for this character from here

2. The plot pacing of this is insane. It starts with the Land Run of 1889 in Oklahoma (with nary a mention of the Native Americans that land was stolen from by the way) and then it jumps a few times, first by 3 years, then 5, then like 20. And the main character, Yancey, disappears from the story with very little explanation twice. His wife (Irene Dunne) in the meantime has become a congresswoman, but we don’t get any details on that, because…her husband wasn’t there while it happened? Or something?

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Also Richard Dix wears SO. MUCH. MAKEUP. throughout the whole film

3. All of that being said, I know why the Academy wanted to honor this film. It was grand and ambitious, and technically a marvel for the time. I mean, look at how many people they got racing in the opening sequence:

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Apparently it took 40 cameras to capture, which is impressive, I guess.

What did it beat? Did it deserve to win? 

East Lynne – Never seen it. But the IMDB plot description seems like it as bonkers as this, but maybe less racist?

Skippy – Didn’t know this existed until right now, but it’s interesting that what is essentially a kids movie could get nominated for Best Picture at this point.

The Front Page – I’m not sure if I’ve seen this version, but I LOVE this play

Trader Horn – Also never seen this. But it’s IMDB plot includes the phrase “darkest Africa,” so it’s probably as racist as this, if not more

Umm…I obviously can’t really judge, but The Front Page is at least fun to watch. My friends and I needed multiple bottles of wine to make it through Cimarron, so…I’d say give to Ben Hecht.

Bechdel Test pass? 

Actually, yes. There are at least 4 named women, and they talk to each other about each other, and land, and the threat of those savage Native Americans. So…again, not the bastion of progressive values that it thought itself to be, but the women in it are human beings.

On the bright side, this coffee cake (adapted from this recipe) was delicious! And super easy to make!

Easy Cinnamon Coffee Cake

Ingredients

  • 3 cups of flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1.5 cups milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon

Directions 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Whisk together flour, salt, sugar, baking powder
  • In a separate bowl mix milk, eggs, and vanilla
  • Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet (I did it a cup at a time mixing completely after each step)
  • Add the melted butter
  • Pour batter evenly into a greased 9×13 baking pan
  • Mix brown sugar and cinnamon together
  • Spread cinnamon sugar evenly onto better
  • Swirl sugar with a fork
  • Bake for 30 minutes
  • Let cool and enjoy!

2018 Live Highlights Playlist (pt. 1)

I mentioned in my Emmy’s post that I’ve been absent for awhile. I’m not sure exactly why, but although I’ve been on plenty of adventures this year, but I just haven’t felt terribly motivated to write about them. Maybe that will change again in the future (I definitely think theater reviews will return at the very least), but I wanted to find a way to share some of the fun I’ve been having.

So…I’m starting a new series. Throughout this year I’ve been to a lot of concerts, and I’ve started to make a playlist of the songs I’ve enjoyed on my phone. It’s really long now, and grouped roughly chronologically by show, so I mostly just listen to it on shuffle. Every week or so I’ll put it on shuffle and post the first 10 songs that play here (live versions where I can find them, no repeats from the same artist within a week) with some photos I took.

If you’re interested in following my adventures in real time – I suggest my Instagram. And don’t worry, I fully intend to be here for Awards Season madness.

Way Back In The Way Back When – Glen Hansard

Decision Day – Field Report

For Reasons Unknown – The Killers

I know this video isn’t great (also it was at Boston Calling – the music festival – not Boston College?), but I wanted to capture the one I actually saw for this one, because they called a fan up to drum (which they usually do for this song according to the internet) but our guy was good. (And as this project goes on you will see a lot of Brandon Flowers so don’t worry.)

New Year’s Day – Taylor Swift

No, I wasn’t at this secret party. Our Taylor party looked more like this:

Once In My Life – The Decemberists

Spent Gladiator 2 – The Mountain Goats

(We did not have this dramatic of an interaction with John Darnielle as an audience, but it’s hard to find a live video of this song…)

Cruel – St. Vincent

Truth Hurts – Lizzo

The Deepest Sighs, The Frankest Shadows – Gang of Youths

From The Dining Table – Harry Styles

In addition to the massive Apple Music playlist (which if you want to follow it, is publicly available here), I have a Note in my phone titled “Songs That Would Be On Mu 2018 Live Highlights Playlist But Aren’t on Apple Music,” which is too long for a title, I know. But through the wonders of YouTube I can find a lot of these songs online to still share them with you. Here is this week’s randomly chosen bonus:

I Need My Girl – The National featuring Maggie Rogers 

Awards Show Round Up: Emmys 2018

So, I took this summer off from blogging, but you didn’t think I was going to miss a major awards show did you? Especially one that included this moment:

Of course, nothing else was that epic, but there were some fun moments and surprise winners. Here were my highlights:

Pretty solid, topical opening number:

(Michael Che and Colin Jost were fine, their monologue was fine, that is all I have to say about them, though the reparations bit was good.)

Amy Sherman-Palladino has an Emmy – actually she has multiple! (I haven’t caught up with this show yet, based on last night I really really have to, but this is justice for Gilmore Girls:

(Also you can see here the way they announced the nominees before the presenters, which was weird. There were still some good bits, but the rhythm was weird.)

Also in reasons to watch Maisel: 

Merritt Weaver years ago gave my favorite Emmy speech ever, she continues to be adorable (and overwhelmed with gratitude and nerves, whoever made her think she had to apologize for her first speech needs to get over themselves):

I didn’t watch this show, but as always, give Regina King every award ever:

When I was in college, my friends and I would sit in our sorority house and watch grainy YouTube musicals that some theater nerds (just like us!) at University of Michigan sing silly songs about Harry Potter. Then one of those kids ended up on Glee and I felt like my friend (who I had never met) was famous. Well, last night, he won an Emmy:

Also, John Mulaney is one of my favorite artists and this was characteristically adorable:

I really, really need to watch Nannette:

(Also, love that The Crown won, and I like Stephen Daldrey, but this moment was pretty perfect.)

A lot of people took fashion risks last night! Here were my favorite ones that worked out:

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Ellie Kemper in J. Mendel (Photo Credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty North America)

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Dakota Fanning in Dior Haute Couture (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

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Aidy Bryant in Tanya Taylor (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

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Tiffany Haddish in Atelier Prabal Gurung (Photo Credit: FilmMagic)

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Jessica Beil in Ralph & Russo (Photo Credit: Getty)

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Judith Light in Michael Kors Collection (Photo Credit: Getty/Steve Granitz)

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Contance Wu in Jason Wu Collection (Photo Credit: Got Celeb)

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Samira Wiley in Jenny Packham (Photo Credit: Steve Granitz/WireImage)

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Natalia Dyer in Dolce & Gabbana (Photo Credit: Getty Images + Joen Shearer)