Saturday, July 25, 2009

It's Cool To Love Your Family

This last week I had a lovely break from my SF life. (Though things are going great, I was feeling a little burnt out and welcomed a chance to catch up with the fam.) Unfortunately, it was a pretty busy week. Busy in the sense that I felt obligated to spend as much time with as many people as possible, and I didn't exactly get that quality veg-out-on-the-sofa-and-reminisce-about-the-old-days experience that I love so dearly. But I'll take what I can get!! And it was so good to see my sweet little nieces and nephew, along with the rest of the clan. My last night in LA, we ordered some Palermo's (The best slice of pizza Los Angeles has to offer) and had a nice family dinner with the Creadon-O'Malley's, the Phelan-O'Malley's, and a couple of the plain old O'Malley's. Laughing around the dinner table inspired me to write an "OCP" (Note that the "P" is not for "Productions", but rather "Phelan") greatest hits entry. So brace yourself for an epic list of music, movies, books and pop-culture nuggets of goodness. Some good, most bad, even more so bad- they're good.


For a lot of reasons this movie is a bona-fide stinker. But for a whole host of other, perhaps sentimentally driven reasons, this movie is perfect. This movie might be the most quoted movie in OCP family history, and that is saying a helluva lot! I can't tell you how many times one of us will say "talk about weird" and the rest of us either crack up, or spend a good 15 minutes one-upping each others obscure quotes. 

I could have posted any VM song on here, but this one in particular I remember having a 2-buck-chuck induced sing along to. We were sitting in the back of the compound in front of the chiminea on a chilly LA evening,  Sean on the guit of course, and we just sang our little hearts out.

Though we love our digital shorts, I'd argue that one particular skit has become an OCP fave...

By far our favorite essay of his would have to be The Youth in Asia, from his book Me Talk Pretty One Day. I wasn't able to find a video of him reading it live, but this 2006 Letterman appearance is pretty great. It'll have to do.

Though I am relatively certain that only one member of the OCP clan checks this blog regularly, (Thanks, Sean)  I'd love for you all to share your favorite family pop culture memory.


Ohh and here's the song that inspired the title of this entry. I love me some Feist!!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Feelin' Good.

I like music. What pseudo-hip college kid these days doesn't? I listen to music while I work, clean, cook, and mess around on my ever expanding social networking endeavors. This is fun, sure, but I now have a terrible habit of half listening to music, and furthermore, listening to the same music over and OVER again. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for an instant replay of a tasty mando solo, but let's just say, I've been listening to the same five playlists/pandora stations for the last few months. 

Today my coworker randomly started singing "Fly Me To The Moon." A song I love, but never think to listen to on my own time. Then my roommate said she was listening to the Michael Buble station on pandora and heard the same song! Thinking this was a sign, I quit all other applications and closed all other windows. I went straight to pandora, and on a whim, decided that Nina Simone would do the trick. And did she ever. Her pandora station has been on for a good hour, and it's been de-lightful!

Not including the last fifteen minutes that I've been writing this blog entry, I've been listening to this music. Not listening and doing other things, just listening. I wonder now, why I haven't been listening to this music everyday. It evokes so many emotions: love, sorrow, perseverance. 

This music is timeless. I get so easily burnt out on the latest indie tune. None of it makes me stop and listen like Nina, Etta, Billie, Ella, and Ray do.

I'm not going to post a song. I'm STRONGLY advising that you do what I did. Go to and listen to the Nina Simone station. Just give your undivided attention to the music. 

Ok, maybe I'll post just one song...


Monday, July 13, 2009

Oh, right, This thing.

I can't believe how lazy I've gotten with this blog. More than anything I'm a bit disappointed in myself for losing steam so quickly, although, it's likely due to the fact that shortly after starting this, both my work and social calendar filled up, leaving little to no time/energy to spare. And even though I have only had around 25 blogviews to date, I still feel a need to continue writing this, if not for the three of you that check this every so often, then for myself. To prove to myself that I can start something and stick with it.

Enough of the Tony "Banana Hands" Robbins, self-improvement mumbo jumbo, and on with the goods!!

On the TV and movie front, I am still working my way through Weeds and True Blood, both of which are amazing, and I recently saw Boogie Nights for the first time. I have to say, PT Anderson is probably my favorite director. I love the large ensembles, the intertwining stories, and the fact that there is always a little bit of grey area in what the "message" or theme of the film is. There isn't usually a clear good or bad guy, and all of the characters are superbly flawed. I would aspire to write or work on films like that. And there is also the added warm fuzzy 90's nostalgia. Even though Boogie Nights is set in the late 70's and early 80's, it reeks of mid-90's cinema- in a good way.

I also watched Helvetica, a documentary about typography. It was good, a little boring to be perfectly honest, but I'm glad I watched it. I know so little about graphic design, and it seems that every other person I meet in SF is in that field, so it will make for some good small talk to replace my usual response: a raised eye-brow/impressed head nob combo.

I am really forcing my self to start writing fiction more. I always have ideas in my head, but I think my inner (self loathing) critic convinces me that the idea is stupid before my pen hits the page. 

And I am going home next week!! So excited! Although, I will miss Vanessa, Moze, the B&C crew, and the FiDi suits. But who cares, I want a VACATION.

So now, I will leave you with some fun multi-media. First is the trailer for Tetro, Francis Ford Coppola's new film. It looks sleek and stylized, but a little quirky at the same time. I'm really excited for this one.

Next is this Grizzly Bear song I can't stop listening to. It's called "Two Weeks" and the video is a real trip. I just dig this tune. It's a great summer track.

Here is a cover of "Two Weeks" by Will Sturgeon. I tend to be sort of a snob when it comes to covering songs, but this guy Will (Whom I happened to go to elementary school with, and have very casually kept in touch with via Facebook) is super talented and I think this cover really holds it's own. If you have a sec, you should check out his other stuff. I heard via Twitter, that he just finished his EP and it should be available on iTunes in a couple of weeks.

That's all for now, I suppose.
Your inconsistent, unreliable, but very well meaning blogger,

Eww. Totally hate referring to myself as a "blogger." 
Biiiitch, pleeeeeze.