I actually love Christmas music — I agree it’s weird, but it’s my thing — but after three weeks, even I am tiring of “Silent Night” and “Jingle Bell Rock.”And just in time for the holiday, we’ve got some new Christmas tunes to listen to … from Kanye West? Well, sort of. Sketch group Local Business Comedy re-recorded Kanye’s entire Yeezus album, but with holiday-themed lyrics, and put the whole thing up on Soundcloud. The results are ridiculous, bizarrely wonderful and the perfect thing to put on the stereo if your family is just standing around awkwardly making chit chat while the Christmas ham bakes. “We love Kanye and thought it’d be funny if he woke up one day and was like, ‘I am Santa Claus,’” Stephen of LBC told Refinery 29. “Then weeks and weeks of writing and recording and mixing later, we had this album and it’s still cracking us up. We’re just glad other people like it.” [Soundcloud via Refinery 29]
For the woman with the perfect Pinterest wedding board but no groom in sight, Cerca Travel has a treat in store for you — if you’re willing to drop a few thousand dollars, that is. The agency, which provides travel options in Kyoto, Japan, now offers a “Solo Wedding Trip” package for a lone bride to get her kicks by creating a pin-worthy wedding look if, as the company’s website says, “you would like to have some pictures of yourself in a wedding gown or in a gorgeous bridal kimono now, when you are young and beautiful.” It’s also pitched as an option for married ladies who just want to relive the glory of their wedding day or get a do-over of the pictures in a nicer outfit. Keep reading »
There are few things in life that make my chest seize and my stomach flutter with that inexplicable giddy feeling as much as Pearl Jam. My favorite band since I was 12 years old, I’ve been to a dozen Pearl Jam shows, every single one of them a profound spiritual experience and the best day of my life. The band has been around for over 20+ years, fronted by the enigmatic Eddie Vedder, who turns 50 today. Oh, I’ll find a whole bunch of amazing GIFs of him. Maybe I can even find 50! I thought. And then an hour later, I had 91 GIFs sitting on my desktop. Nine more and I’d have enough for his 100th birthday post. Oops. I managed to whittle them down to 57, but goddammit, I could not bring myself to discard another seven. SUE ME. So here you go. Fifty-seven Ed GIFs in honor of his 50th birthday. Keep reading »
Gabriel Snyder, the new editor-in-chief of The New Republic, whose hire caused a massive fit of whining and a total glaze-over of race issues at the publication by a slew of mainly white staffers who quit, has announced in his new mission statement that the publication will be hiring diverse staff:
“As we revive one proud legacy of The New Republic—the launching of new voices and experts—those new voices and experts will be diverse in race, gender, and background. As we build our editorial staff, we will reach out to talented journalists who might have previously felt unwelcome at The New Republic. If this publication is to be influential, and not merely survive, it can no longer afford to represent the views of one privileged class, nor appeal solely to a small demographic of political elites.”
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If you work for The Frisky, apparently not. When I asked in our group chat if anyone wanted to post the just released trailer for the show’s big screen spinoff, there were crickets. I was just starting to type a grudging “oh okay, finnnnne, I’ll take it,” when Claire piped up and wrote, “Sure. I mean, I don’t really have any feelings about it. But I can take it.” Hmm. I decided that out of all of us who give no fucks about the “Entourage” movie, I maybe cared the most, in a “sure, okay, I’ll watch this on an airplane but only because it’s free and I’m flying to Australia and I have too many hours to kill to say no to watching a free movie and besides, maybe it’ll knock me into a deep sleep” sort of way. So here I am, posting the trailer for the new “Entourage” movie, which I won’t be seeing in theaters June 5, 2015.