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ROCK OF ASIAN: Where the Wild Things Are Soundtrack

September 30th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Confession: I’ve never read Where the Wild Things Are. I know, I know, it’s only ten sentences long. But I don’t think I’d even heard of it until college, when I learned it was not only a children’s book but this huge cultural meme, but by then it kinda seemed too late for me, you know? It’s like with this friend of mine, who had, by the age of eighteen, never eaten a peach and subsequently vowed never to do so; every time she considered it, she couldn’t help but wonder, Why now?

This is the problem when the first books you remember reading are encyclopedias and when you’re forced by your Hardass Asian Dad to learn algebra and geometry in the 3rd grade. You miss all of these childhood touchstones. Or you don’t “get” them. You certainly don’t spend a whole lot of time reading books like Where the Wild Things Are that actually acknowledge a child’s “feelings.” (I didn’t like Sesame Street either. I always thought it was talking down to me and that Big Bird was a creep.)

But the Spike Jonze-directed Where the Wild Things Are movie’s coming out in a couple weeks, and it looks good.

So here’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to approach this completely ass-backwards the way any former-overachieving-child-who-missed-out-on-all-kinds-of-cool-kids’-shit-to-learn-geometry would. First, I’m going to buy the Karen O and the Kids-composed soundtrack that was released yesterday (and is also streaming for free at Stereogum). Because Karen O rules my universe. And then I’m going to see the movie when it opens on October 16. Lastly, I’m going to FINALLY read the book. All ten sentences of it. And maybe, just maybe, I’m going to “get” it, too.

Buy the Where the Wild Things Are soundtrack here.

[Where the Wild Things Are Official Movie Site]


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ROCK OF ASIAN: The Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ "Zero" (Animal Collective Remix)

April 15th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

By now, you’ve bought the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ new record, It’s Blitz! You’ve listened to it 100 times, indoors, outdoors, in the car, sun on your face, praying for Spring. You caught them on SNL last week, when they not only performed the album’s first single, “Zero,” but also dusted off their alt-anthem “Maps,” aka The Song You Put on Repeat Whenever You’re Really Down in the Dumps and Need a Good Motherfucking Cathartic Cry. Perhaps you’ll watch them perform tonight on Jimmy Fallon, provided you can actually sit through Jimmy Fallon’s awkward, wooden joke-telling.

Now listen to “Zero” remixed by one of my favorite bands, Animal Collective. It’s not dance-y like the original, with voice distortions that make it sound like Karen O’s ripping a Dr. Pepper-fueled belch on the word “leather,” but it’s great for the come-down after the party:

[via Gorilla vs. Bear]


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November 20th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Happy birthday to Karen O, who turns 30 on Saturday! O Karen, how we love you. And your bowl cut-combover hair. And your “O” faces. Your crazy stage outfits, which frequently involve forgetting pants. Your red lipstick. And the fact that sometimes you wear the makeup of a demented Harlequin. We can’t believe we have to wait a year to hear your soundtrack for Where the Wild Things Are, which may be the only thing that keeps the Dave Eggers-penned, Spike Jonze-directed movie from becoming a unbearably precious, indie douche-saster. O well!


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