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Adam Yamaguchi, host of Current TV’s Vanguard, is too freakin’ good-lookin’ to be a journalist. And hey, we love ourselves a news man, but they’re usually subtly sexy–like a simmering spice, a bit of merquén in a sauce that you can’t quite pick up on the first bite. But Yamaguchi (Hello: velvet voice, serious brow, intense eyes, protruding pecs, angled jaw) is knock-you-over-the-head habanero hot. Like, stupid hot. And by stupid hot, we mean you’re kinda stupid if you don’t think he’s hot.
If ever there was a reason to watch that gosh darn “smart” television, he would be it.
(OMG, Adam is going to kill me when he reads this!)
We basically love everything about the Hong Kong-born, California-raised Jane Lui. There’s that sweet, naturally pretty face of hers, coupled with her skinny frame and goofy-adorable aesthetic. And there’s her very familiar immigrant story and too-cute happy energy. But above all things, we love the strong, smoky, sensual voice that emanates from somewhere within the tiny person: a power tool that comes unexpectedly from its host.
Since discovering Lui’s greatness, we’ ve combed through her official site, stalked her on MySpace and Facebook, followed her on Twitter, and subscribed to her YouTube channel–uh, call us superfans (or creeps). What we really can’t seem to get enough of, though, is this collaboration with YouTube star SingingDork888, a cover of The Turtles’ classic “Happy Together” that gives us all kind of sweetheart tingles:
It makes us sigh, like black-and-white pictures of our parents when they were skinny, young, and smiling.
SoCal residents, catch some live Jane Lui action with DISGRASIAN favorites Kina Grannis and David Choi this month (May 14th at 6pm) at the UC Riverside campus Bell Tower. We’re gonna try and be cool in the back, but it’ll be hard.
Paris-based Maggie Kim is absolutely stunning to look at, but don’t let that distract you from her many illustrious musical gifts. Kim’s voice drips with desire–a smoky, alluring blend of PJ Harvey, Chrissie Hynde, and something all her own–she adds a knowing, bluesy, quirky, New York-y tenor to lyrics like, “Baby please, come back to me” and “Why don’t you know… I could be yours?” All of this, of course, made the more interesting by an eclectic mix of punk riffs, gentle pop beats, r&b bass lines.
Kim’s newest, an album sweetly entitled, “Love Like Everyone” (which features the production genius of Chris Fudurich and Brent Arnold, as well as an instrumental cameo by Mike Watt) is due for a May release, and she’s in the States to spread the word. If you’re in SF, NYC, or LA for her mini-tour dates this month, and you don’t show your face, you’re a gigantic asshole and we promise you’ll regret it.
Find out more at her official site.
Brian, who is a NY-based stand-up comedian and blogger for 8 Asians, shared the panelist’s table with me last weekend at the 3rd Annual New York City Asian American Student Conference blogosphere panel. I remember a lot of what he said, but not all of it–his deep, velvety voice kept lulling me into a distracted, happy, crush-coma.
Shortly after the panel, my brilliant girlfriend Maegan walked up to me to, I assumed, to lavish me with praise and a run-down of all the brilliant, cogent, incisive things I’d said over the previous 70 minutes. Instead she said, “I really liked that Brian guy. He was really smart, funny.”
“I liked what he had to say.”
“Alright yeah, he’s fucking hot. HOT.”
Move over, Bobby Jindal. There’s new voice to hump in town.