Did I ever tell you guys about the time I met Michel Gondry? It was at a party for a magazine I used to work for, and he was exactly what you might think he would be like. Very charming and French, but also, slightly pervy and weird. He took a bunch of pictures with my friends and I, and then stuck his camera down the neck of my shirt took a picture of my boobs. Yup.
Anyway! Aside from that, I think he’s pretty cool, and I like the strange, childlike, mirthful feeling of his work. This new little short from Gondry is about a mouse with a hair salon and his unfortunate first client.
A few years ago, I was at a party with some friends that Michel Gondry also happened to attend (okay, he was the honored guest). We started talking, and before I knew it, he was taking a bunch of photos with my friends and me. I guess he took a particular liking to me — or my boobs — because he pulled out his very own camera, grabbed the front of my shirt and took a shot of my tits. And that, my friends, is my Michel Gondry story. He is pretty much exactly as innocently pervy as the Gael Garcia Bernal character in “The Science of Sleep.” That said, that strange childlike weirdness permeates this “sweded” version of “Taxi Driver” he made. Instead of blood, Travis Bickle’s victims bleed crayons. Of course. [YouTube]
Before working at The Frisky, I spent a few years writing for both music magazines and gossip mags. And it was funny, because the people you’d think I’d get nervous to talk to, I didn’t necessarily, while others left me sweaty palmed and dry mouthed. Michel Gondry? We joked around and took a bunch of stupid snapshots. Me and Andrew WK had a life-changingly good chat. And I once took comedians Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter and David Wain to a frat party and it was totally fun. But when I had the chance to meet Blake Schwarzenbach from the band Jawbreaker, I ran away from him because i was afraid I was going to say something really stupid.
This is all to say that fandom and idol worship is completely relative and weird and individualistic. And so it was when I spotted tiny, adorable, and completely incredible Tavi Gevinson out front of the Ace Hotel the other day. I love her. I admire her. And I totally fanned out on her. Keep reading »
Raise your hand if you are excited for Björk
‘s new album, Biophilia
, which will drop in late September. Luckily, she has cut the suspense, releasing her first video from the album, “Crystalline,” this morning. Not only is the song thorougly embedded in my head now, the video is also dope. Not that I should be surprised—it’s directed by the amazing Michel Gondry. Enjoy. [Village Voice
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