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Review of “Hang Me Up To Dry” by Cold War Kids: Whoever Says, “Rock Is Dead,” Is Wrong!

Review of “Hang Me Up To Dry” by Cold War Kids:
Whoever Says, “Rock Is Dead,” Is Wrong!

It should be of no surprise to our readers that the music industry is full of tragedy. Indeed, to date Ke$ha’s party drunk song “Tik Tok” has sold more copies than any single by the Beatles.[1] Ode to sadomasochism “S&M” put pop princess Rihanna at 10 chart-topping singles — more than the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and REM ever achieved combined. No wonder baby boomers cling to their classic rock radio stations and aver, “Rock is dead.” Yet, as it turns out, in the world of indie music — rock appears very much alive.”Hang Me Up to Dry” by Cold War Kids has never topped the charts, but neither has “Black Dog” by Led Zeppelin. The song opens up with a chunky bass line. Set as a movie trailer — “Hang Me Up to Dry” is summery and punk-inspired, featuring delicious dark undercurrents, which dissonant guitar chords amplify at 2:00. The music video is energetic and black-and-white vintage. Lead vocalist Nathan Willett sounds distinctive, smooth, yet manages to come across as overwrought with emotional unrest, as he presumably discusses being led on “too many times” by a woman.

Released on 9 July 2007 — “Hang Me Up to Dry” quickly commanded the attention of Hollywood and beyond. American television programmes Numb3rs and Burn Notice snapped it up for use in several of their episodes. English hit-maker Kate Nash sang a cover in 2008. Electro pop band The Blow sampled the song in their work “True Affection”.[2] Rolling Stones praised Cold War Kids’ instant classic, gushing, “Gorgeous… Bravo Kids!” in a review. Los Angeles Times said of it, “[The] sound [is] so original and timeless you wonder how it sprang from the Los Angeles suburbs and not the dark, rich loam of the bayou.”[3]

My suggestion to music lovers is, give the song 4:01 of your time if you have not already. It just might shatter the notion “rock is dead”. (To play the music video — scroll up to the beginning of this article.)

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Keywords: “music” (9%), “song” (9%), “Hang Me Up to Dry” (9%), “rock” (7%), “Led Zeppelin” (5%), “Cold War Kids” (5%), “Rolling Stones” (4%)






Filed under: Music

The ‘Makeup Look’ Is Out!

On YouTube there is a plethora of male-to-female makeup transformation videos, wherein young men transform themselves into party girl lookalikes. I’ve seen bunches of real women (not just Sephora and Mac employees) sporting globs of makeup so thick you can see their shimmery foundation peeling as they laugh… Indeed, the power of lipstick, mascara, powders and blushes is so shocking—one might argue the ‘makeup look’ loses some of its lustre as a result. The phrase ‘too much makeup’ is an insult, and demonstrates this aforesaid notion.

Veteran beauty writer Vicci Bentley has a new article out in How To Spend It, Financial Times: ‘Bare-faced chic’. In it she writes, “These days it’s all about effortless chic. Not looking as if you’ve spent hours evening out skin tone and concealing bags and dark circles under the eyes has, of course, always been the holy grail of make-up, yet currently it’s an obsession.”

Bare-faced chic

Veteran beauty writer has declared the ‘makeup look’ out. In with bare-faced chic!

Article description:

Subtle and effortless is the holy grail of make-up€“ and it has never been easier to achieve. Vicci Bentley reveals the discreet new products that have a natural finish covered.

What’s the lesson to take away from this trend? With the rise of beauty products to enhance (or, mask) one’s natural appearances—inner beauty and overall health become more important.

Right now I’m wearing:
– CeraVe Renewing SA Cream ($22.99/12oz)
– Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock Lotion SPF 100+ ($12.99/3oz)
– Shiseido ‘Perfect’ Hydrating BB Cream ($33/1oz)

Being an Asian female in the 21st-century, I understand but don’t subscribe to the pursuit of perfect-looking skin (also being stick skinny… I’m fine with my natural 19.0 BMI, thanks). I want actually perfect skin that feels good and looks good when I’m forty or just got out of the shower.

Shiseido 'Perfect' Hydrating BB Cream ($33/1oz)

BB Cream is the skincare regimen staple of countless South Korean men and women. The nude-coloured cream acts as a moisturiser, sunscreen, concealer and more. In the world of grooming, it is basically equivalent to a shampoo that doubles as a toothpaste and body wash.

Image (Top): How To Spend It writer Vicci Bentley

Image (Bottom): Nordstrom

Filed under: Makeup, Skincare, Trend

$525 Moisturiser Claims to Use ‘Neuro Skin Theory’

Cle De Peau Beaute 2013 Spring Summer from Harrison Boyce on Vimeo.

In general, women invest more in facial skincare products than men do. But does more money translate into better skin? Japanese skincare company Clé de Peau Beauté (a brand of Shiseido) has unveiled what they believe to be a ‘miracle in a jar’, a.k.a. ‘La Crème’. And what a pretty (more like, opulent) 1oz jar it is.

Clé de Peau Beauté 'La Crème'

Clé de Peau Beauté ‘La Crème’ sells for US$525 per ounce.

The company’s straight-out-of-science-fiction-like claim is:

The unprecedented science of our most amazing revelation: skin has a brain. Empowered by exclusive Neuro Skin Theory, Clé de Peau BEAUTÉ has been born anew. Working with skin’s own mechanisms to optimize functionality, Clé de Peau BEAUTÉ creates a more nurturing, uplifting environment for skin to process information. Negative stresses such as UV rays and dryness are blocked. Each cell positively beams with radiance, from birth and beyond. Now, regardless of age skin can ‘think for itself’ and live a more beautiful, more exquisitely radiant life.

The question (or, non-question) is, do you… would you… could you… should you… buy it?

Supposedly actress Amanda Seyfried was already a diehard fan before she signed on with the company as their spokesperson… Her belief in the functionality of Clé de Peau Beauté products is, according to Clé de Peau Beauté’s website, ‘complemented by her humanitarian efforts on behalf of children with autism. As the exciting embodiment of luminous sophistication and natural radiance, Amanda Seyfried captures the very essence of Clé de Peau Beauté. She is pure of heart, vibrantly alive, and brings joy into the lives of others’.

Amanda Seyfried

Amanda Seyfried is the official spokesperson of Clé de Peau Beauté.

Animal-lover Amanda Seyfried also has a taxidermy collection. In an interview on The Jonathan Ross Show she commented, “They’re very easy to look after when they’re dead.”

While Ms Seyfried’s charity involvement is commendable—it seems questionable for a company to leverage her volunteer work in their product advertising. Also, contrary to the website’s claim, skin does NOT actually have a brain. Ultimately, it seems at least part of the cosmetics company’s marketing strategy is to ride the Information Age wave (just mentioning the keywords ‘cloud’, ‘information’, ‘social networks’ and ‘algorithm’ can impress many people), as well as to rely on their facial cream’s good-looking model and container. While the packaging might be exquisite, it’s still a monstrous task for most people to get behind an odiously expensive product with so much marketing brouhaha already behind it.

Paula’s Choice Research Team writes in agreement:

Where Cle de Peau excels is in its propaganda of beauty at any cost, especially really expensive cost, regardless of fact or reality. Words such as “extraordinary” and “elegant” pepper the literature for this line, with the none-too-subtle message being that of luxury and obtaining the crème de la crème among skin-care products. Although several of their moisturizers have indulgent textures and are packaged in exquisite containers, it takes much more than that to create efficacious skin-care products whose substance equates to more than mere style.

The ingredients list of ‘La Crème’ is as follows: Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Petrolatum, Squalane, Pentaerythrityl Tetraoctanoate, Xylitol, Jojoba Oil, Behenyl Alcohol, Maltitol, Dimethicone, Peg-60 Glyceryl Isostearate, Stearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Peg-6, Peg-32, Lauryl Betaine, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Aminomethyl Propanediol, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Serine, Saxifraga Sarmentosa Extract, Tamarix Chinensis Extract, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate, Wild Thyme Extract, Chaenomeles Sinensis Fruit Extract, Rosa Centifolia Flower Extract, Hydrolyzed Silk, Raspberry Extract, Onions Spinosa Root Extract, Gambir Extract, Rosa Roxburghii Extract, Sodium Carboxymethyl Beta-Glucan, Bupleurum Falcatum Root Extract, Hypericum Perforatum Extract, Isostearic Acid, Microcrystalline Wax, Alcohol, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Trisodium Edta, Carbomer, Citric Acid, Sodium Hexametaphosphate, Bht, Tocopherol, Ethylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Butylparaben, Sodium Benzoate, Fragrance, Iron Oxides.

The two most ubiquitous ingredients (water and glycerin) can be found in Dove bar soap. Xylitol is a non-fermentable sugar alcohol commonly found in ‘healthy chewing gum’. To its credit, La Crème contains some fascinating natural ingredients, e.g., jojoba oil, hydrolysed silx, raspberry extract, onions spinosa root extract etc. This could prove a nightmare for people with lots of plant allergies (my mom and my boyfriend, for example). For others, La Crème might assist in smoothing out less-than-perfect complexions. A hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic drugstore moisturiser and a trip to the dermatologist’s might be the best solution for people with genuine skin concerns.

Image (TOP): Fashion Trends Daily Senior Writer and Menswear Editor Christopher Luu

Image (Bottom): Fanpop user Xutku

Filed under: Luxury, Product Review, Skincare

Just a test.

Smorking Room

Many people don’t like the smell of smork. That’s why Shanghai Pudong International Airport has a special room for smorkers.

This is my first blog post.

Image: MickiTravels

Filed under: Funny / Random