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ROCK OF ASIAN: The Morning Benders

February 24th, 2010 | 5 comments | Posted by Jen

Kids. Ever wonder why you take music lessons? Piano, violin, or something infinitely more embarrassing like the oboe (which maybe I played for 7 years…um, shut up)? Is it to please your parents? Or to give recitals in a scratchy lace dress or a suit too big in the shoulders that you’re supposed to “grow into” to, again, please your parents? Or is it to mold yourself into a quote-unquote well-rounded individual so that one day you can get into your first choice college instead of some safety school so that, ultimately, and sadly, you please your motherfuckin’ parents?

Nay.

It’s because, one day, instead of going to a crappy 9 to 5, you’ll be rolling out of bed at noon to jam with your friends. Your friends who have cool haircuts and beards as long as they want, who are skinny and weirdly hot because they magically and mysteriously don’t need to eat like the rest of us (and maybe, too, because of the cigarettes and drugs).

Shoot, it’s because of the cigarettes and drugs.

And it’s because you’ll soon discover that making music, a fact that once made you a social pariah and a nerd, actually gets you laid in the real world. Like, a lot. And that getting laid will give you more material with which to make music. And that will, in turn, get you laid some more, and so on and so forth, even though you’re still kind of a nerd, but in the best possible way.

Watch this video of the making of the Roy Orbison-y single, “Excuses,” from the Berkeley, CA outfit The Morning Benders to see what I mean, and keep practicing, ‘kay?

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Lesson for 2010: Be Careful Making Promises

January 4th, 2010 | 2 comments | Posted by Diana

Chad Ochocinco–crazy cocky, yet kinda lovable–properly hyped up an imminent Bengals victory in last night’s SNF matchup versus the Jets during a pre-game interview with Bob Costas. He also added a wager:

86'd from last night's game with an injury

From FNN:

“If Revis shuts me down I will change my name back to Johnson,” Ochocinco told NBC’s Bob Costas on the network’s pre-game show. “That’s how confident I am. It’s not going to happen.”

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A Taiwanese Blogger Kisses and Tells

October 6th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Yang Ya-Ching is a 27 year-old, Taiwanese music student living in Paris who’s commemorating her time spent in the City of Lights by kissing 100 men and documenting it. All the men are strangers Ya-Ching meets on the street, leading critics of her project–which she plans to turn into a book–to call her a slut and to accuse her of using this as an excuse to mack on random good-looking dudes (I mean, duh).


But I gotta give it up for the girl, because the idea of kissing 100 strangers (she’s knocked out 54 so far) only makes me think of bad breath, chapped lips, the herp, swine flu, whether or not it’s safe to put Purell on your lips, and what that might taste like–and Ya-Ching makes it look so easy.

(Oh, and in addition to being good at kissing strangers, Yang Ya-Ching plays a mean piano. Check out her YouTube channel here.)

[Yang Ya-Ching's blog]
[Yang Ya-Ching's YouTube channel]
[Taipei Times: Taiwanese to kiss 100 men in Paris]

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ROCK OF ASIAN: Rie Tsuji

November 19th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen


It must be pretty hard to share the stage with Beyoncé and get noticed. This explains why, when you do see her performing with another artist, it’s usually with someone legendary, like Prince or Tina Turner. We can only imagine what her little sister Solange has to go through as “the other singer” in the family, and every time we see her pictured next to big sis, shrinking in B’s unearthly glow, we have this little sisterly urge to send her cookies and teddy bears.

But that’s exactly what happened during last week’s SNL, while we were watching Beyoncé work the cleavage and the legs up to here, the booty and the wind in her hair (midway through the first song, someone actually cued what seemed to be an industrial fan). That’s when we spied with our little eye a really hot Asian chick with cute bangs bangin’ on the keys. Her name is Rie Tsuji, and she hails from Saga, Japan, and she’s one of the two keyboardists in Beyoncé’s all-girl band, Suga Mama. Oh, also…bitch can play.

Here’s Rie during The Beyoncé Experience tour in 2007, busting with a solo:

Rie and the rest of the band will be touring in 2009 for Beyoncé’s most recent album, the crazazily-titled but undeniably catchy I Am… Sasha Fierce.

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