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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: N.A.S.A. + Friends

August 19th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

We’ve mentioned how we <3 astronauts, right? Which brings us to the Brazilian funk duo N.A.S.A. Astronauts they’re not, although their sound–hip-hop fused with mashup vocals and Brazilian beats that you can dance to–has an undeniably intergalactic, music-of-the-future feel.


N.A.S.A. stands for North America/South America and is comprised of New Yorker Squeak E. Clean (Sam Spiegel), director Spike Jonzes’s brother, and Brazilian DJ Zegon (Ze Gonzales). Spiegel and Gonzales have probably the coolest friends on the planet–and beyond–people like David Byrne, RZA, Santigold, Lykke Li, and ROA faves Karen O, M.I.A., and CSS’ Lovefoxxx, who are all featured on N.A.S.A.’s debut album, The Spirit of Apollo, which took five years to complete. (Even Wu-Tang’s ODB makes a posthumous appearance, in “Strange Enough,” the last track he recorded before his death.)

Not to mention the fact that N.A.S.A.’s videos, like their music, are cosmic pastiches that are really fun to look at, directed by the likes of Shepard Fairey and Marcel Dzama. Their latest, “Whachadoin?” featuring M.I.A., Spank Rock, Santigold, & Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ guitarist Nick Zinner, is here:

[N.A.S.A. MySpace]

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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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BIRTHDAY CELEBRASIAN!

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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ROCK OF ASIAN: Native Korean Rock & the Fishnets

July 23rd, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana


It looks like our favorite ballsy lass is embracing her Asian (better) half! Karen O launched her long-anticipated side project–Native Korean Rock & the Fishnets–in Brooklyn last weekend, and even if we weren’t kinda obsessed with her, we’d really, really love it.

Whether or not you think it sounds like a bunch of misplaced Yeah Yeah Yeahs secret tracks or the Second Coming of Christ, grab a taste here.

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Thanks, Jen!

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HONORASIAN: Karen O.

August 6th, 2007 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

(ed. note: One of our readers Kei kindly pointed out that Karen O. is, in fact, Asian–half-Korean to be exact. Now I not only love her, I think I’m in love with her. Ah, girl crushes.)

Years ago, when I first heard of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, I convinced myself that Karen O. was Asian. I thought her name was “Karen Oh,” and I pictured that chick in college with the ever-changing, unnatural hair color who’s an art major, friends with grad students, and a little too cool for school, or too cool for me, at least.

Now look at her! Almost Asian! And still too cool for school. It takes a lot of muthafuckin charisma to pull off Christmas tinsel.

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