Monday, March 28, 2011

Ben Weasel assaults 2 women (and my teenage self) at SXSW 2011

My teenage self is crying.
Ever since my teenage self found out Screeching Weasel was going on tour, my teenage self has been holding out hope for getting her old friends together.
When the subject of the Screeching Weasel show came up in conversation last night with one of my best friends, he informed me and my teenage self that the show was no longer happening.
Immediately, I thought it was Ben's kids (who he speaks so fondly of on his Twitter feed) or one of the other guys couldn't come for some reason - but no. Carter informed me that it was far worse. Far worse than what? Carter didn't want to tell me because he didn't want to break the spell cast on me so many years ago but I begged and pleaded. He told me the heart-wrenching news: Screeching Weasel had spontaneously broken up. But why? What could have happened to make the band just quit? I have been waiting too long to be on the cusp of such an awesome event and have it not happen. Right?
Apparently at SXSW this year, Ben Weasel felt the need to HIT A WOMAN IN THE FACE. That's right. He fucking hit a woman in the face causing the band members to spontaneously quit the band and cancel the tour.

I get it - you're a punk. Some kind of outburst is kind of expected from you. I understand that. But what the fuck was so terrible that you felt the need to outright punch someone in the face and then attack the person trying to stop it all? I get it - she was (possibly) a snotty nosed brat throwing ice cubes for the entire show (apparently). But instead of hitting her, you could have just gotten security to stop it or move her or whatever. Or maybe she was trying to revive the days of yore when that kind of behavior could elicit some kind of response from any front man - like playfully throwing something back or turning the audience on them or verbally abusing them.
My punk days might be slightly over but I can safely say I'm a little disappointed at Ben. Sure, you can bitch about Screeching Weasel playing at a corporate sell out event but you're the ones who decided to play SXSW. YOU made that decision knowing full well that there was a strong possibility that there were going to be brats in the audience. Your fans love you and they'll do anything to get your attention - including throwing stuff at you.
So I guess it was you, Ben, who decided Screeching Weasel were going to use SXSW as a starting point to mark their return. I never expected to hear Screeching Weasel at SXSW but times change, yes, and I guess Ben felt the need to showcase the new (and improved?) Screeching Weasel where they would get some kind of publicity. Not like this, Ben, not like this.

My teenage self is still crying.

Love and kisses,

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The best music you're not listening to: Star Slinger

I first heard Star Slinger on my fave internet hang out: Tumblr. He was one of the first people I followed when I joined the site and I was NOT disappointed. Not only is he an entertaining blogger but he makes amazing beats and most recently, he remixed a track for Childish Gambino (aka: Donald Glover).

If you haven't heard Star Slinger's beats, you've been seriously missing out. His beats are sexy, sultry, filthy and nasty - just the perfect mix to get you in the mood. You can't not get hot and bothered listening to his tracks - especially the ultra sexy Slow'N'Wet and my personal favourite Copulate (which you can download here)

I've downloaded every track he has graciously put up for free and I was hoping to get to tell him in person how much I love his music but due to some traveling difficulties, he couldn't join the US leg of a tour he was supposed to be on so I guess reblogging will do for now...

Out of all the people I've had the pleasure to "converse" with online, Star Slinger is one of the nicest, most laid back people EVER. I'm really happy to see him explode his talents all over the music industry. He's super talented, incredibly humble and a musical mastermind. I think it's awesome! I love to see talented people get noticed.
Check out a few awesome write-ups he's received:
Dazed and Confused

Check him out and see for yourself why you should swoon over his talents.
And ladies - he's hot

Love and kisses,

***Bonus NSFW sexy time track: Do It Myself

Monday, March 21, 2011

Klainebows for everyone!

I know I'm a week late on this but I've been really busy at work so I finally have time to talk about what we Gleeks have been waiting for since Blaine grabbed Kurt's hand and led him down Dalton's halls to sing Teenage Dream...

I had been waiting for that moment for longer than Kurt has (probably) and it finally came! I had seen the spoiler boards and rumor mills working overtime trying to convince me it was coming soon but I refused to believe it because it was one of those things that you want so badly to happen and Ryan Murphy knows how badly you want it but he's going to keep it from you until you least expect it, so I tossed all the rumors aside - even when I talked to my Glee insider. He hinted there was something in Tuesday's episode that would make me cry but he didn't tell me it was the Klaine kiss!

I have been waiting FOREVER for these two to kiss not only because Kurt has had a crush on Blaine since he got to know him and see him as a positive gay role model in his life but because of the way they looked at each other every time they saw each other. You had to be blind to NOT see the sparks between them. I mean, they practically had hearts in their eyes when they exchanged glances - even though Blaine tried courting another guy.

So there it was - my Klaine kisses happening right before my eyes and there I was on my couch, crying like a proud Mama.

Those weren't the only tears, either.

New Directions STOLE the competition at Regionals with their two original songs (that were pretty good, I must say) but I cried - not for the Dalton rendition of Candles but the Dalton rendition of Raise Your Glass. I know: nerd alert, BUT it was kind of perfect to wrap up Kurt and Blaine's new found relationship, kind of. It was so sweet!

New Directions winning also brought on the tears. I was so proud of them! They did such a great job and it was a nice "Fuck You" to Sue, who has been trying to bring them down for SO LONG.

Unfortunately Glee is on a month-long hiatus working on new stuff to close out the season and I've been seeing some thangs in the rumor mill and Chris Colfer relayed something at PaleyFest about a Kurt story line that make Ryan Murphy give Chris the "BITCH, YOU SAID WHAT" face. It was hilarious but Chris was right, "Like we didn't already know"...

I guess I have enough time to find more Glee goodies via the internet but I won't go looking too hard for it - I don't want to spoil the WHOLE THING for myself. I do like surprises after all.

Klainebows for everyone!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Katzi's Pink Hair Journey

Anyone who knows me in person knows that I've been trying to get my hair pink.

It all started with The Real Housewives of Atlanta.

Yes, it sounds crazy but it's true. My favourite housewife Kandi had this really pretty reddish colour on the top of her head and I said to myself, "I want that", so I went to the nearest Sally's, got some 40VOL bleach and Manic Panic's Pillarbox Red - thinking it was the least offensive colour I could put in. But I started in the wrong place: my bangs.

I called these my "Rogue Stripes"

After I was all bleached and dyed, I was taken back to the 90's when EVERYONE was dyeing their bangs. Ugh. It looked cute's not the freakin' 90's anymore! So I went back to the lab (aka the bathroom) and bleached out the rest of the top of my head. Boy did that come out strange. My hair bleaches funky, too. It never really bleaches out yellow-blond, it always comes out orange. What's a girl to do?! Cover it with more dye! This time, I bit the bullet and bought Manic Panic's Hot Hot Pink. But for some reason, my mind kept telling me not to buy it but I couldn't remember why...until I watched a majority of the colour I had just put in my hair wash down the drain - my hair and Manic Panic DO NOT get along.

So I was stuck. Stuck with having to dye my hair every week or so with runny Manic Panic.

Then, a lovely pink-haired goddess appeared on my Tumblr dash. Model/tattoo artist/ painter/makeup artist and all-around sweetheart Kelly Eden.

Her hair was THE glorious pink that had been eluding me since I was 15 years old. How? How did she do it?

Not only is she super talented but she's a sweetheart! Ask her any question and she'll help you out as best as she can. She ended up as my main inspiration for my hair colour.

Through the loved and hated "Ask" feature on Tumblr, Kelly is sweet enough to answer tons of questions about her art, hair and lifestyle. I keep a tight watch on her "Asks" because that's where I get most of my information about how to maintain and manage this kind of hair. I know that makes me sound creepy but don't judge me! If I had been left to my own searches, I wouldn't be as productive. Thankfully, Kelly is kind enough to share her wonderful hair secrets - which not a lot of people are happy to do, surprisingly enough - and because of her, I know what to look for, how to keep it pretty and what to ask when I pop into my local Sally's.

So the task became: what do I do to get my colour evened out? I stupidly went and bleached more of my hair and all it did was damage it so I buckled down and made an appointment at the Paul Mitchell School in Atlanta.

Why a hair school? A few reasons:
1. The girl who used to cut my hair at Toni & Guy graduated from PM
2. Onisha suggested Vidal Sassoon hair school but PM kept popping up in all my searches
3. Why not a hair school? They'll be supervised by teachers
4. It's cheap!

So I made the appointment and made sure I said, "My hair is really damaged and it's a really uneven reddish orange brownish mess". Unphased, the girl on the other end made my appointment and that was that.

When I showed up on Saturday, I got a weird look from unsuspecting Emily. She seemed okay with it until I said I wanted to try solid pink again but if not, we could go black. Dallas, her Learning Leader, convinced me to go pink. "By the end of the day, we'll have you walking out of here looking like Nicki Minaj!" So I said go for it! The only bleach that was happening was my roots - under the advice of another Learning Leader (I'm sorry I forgot her name), she didn't try to even out my poorly done bleach job. She said the dye would cover it all - which was fine by me.

While I sat at Emily's station letting the bleach lift the colour off my roots, I felt like I was getting weird looks from students walking by. I mean, my hair did look like it was on fire with all the reds and oranges but Dallas kept checking in and reassuring me by announcing that Nicki Minaj would be arriving soon!

As it got closer and closer to washing the bleach out, Dallas walked by and placed a bottle of Ink Works Hot Pink on the corner of the counter. Emily and I were excited. It was pretty saturated. It reminded me of Manic Panic's Hot Hot Pink - which I knew I already loved.

Then it was application time. During this process, I realized I was undergoing a transformation I hadn't thought about since my teenage years - I was going to have hair like my most favourite Anime character: Washu from a show called Tenchi Muyo!

I have been infatuated with little Washu FOREVER and I can't believe that I totally forgot about her until Emily was painting my hair. Then we started talking about Anime characters and how maybe that's what I should do on the weekend - Cosplay Washu, Jesse (from Pokemon) and another character from Pokemon that I already dressed up as before: Nurse Joy!


At that point, people were gawking. The most popular question was: "Where do you work? Are they okay with your hair that bright?!" And as soon as I said "Video editor" it was pretty clear that I was in the same artistic vein as them - which was great. Everyone was wonderful and super supportive. Apparently not a lot of people come to the school with crazy requests. Except for this one girl who requested an Anime-inspired hairdo for Dragon*Con last year...

Nicki had almost arrived - and everyone was excited to see the result. After a nice warm 15 minutes under the dryer and an extra 10 to cool down, it was time to rinse out the dye.

People at the sinks were "oooh-ing" and "aaah-ing". "It's so bright!" "It's so pretty!" "Great job Emily!" was all I could hear from under the freezing cold water. I couldn't wait to sit back at her station!! The moment of truth...ta-da! It was beautiful! The colour totally reminded me of MP's Hot Hot Pink but better and brighter! I couldn't wait for her to blow dry my hair! Emily kept saying it reminded her of Barbie hair and I could totally see it - it was super girly and super pink! Success!

After many years of trying (and ruining my hair), I finally learned how to maintain healthy pink hair and I gave in to going somewhere and having it done! And it looks amazing! Emily did a fantastic job and was a total doll throughout the entire 5 hour process! That plus the help of Kelly Eden will help me maintain this glorious hair! And because I've learned my lesson, I'll be going to the Paul Mitchell School to touch up my roots.

I try to be self-sufficient and try to keep my costs down but I learned the hard way that if I want pretty pink hair, I'm going to have to spend some money - and that's okay. So keep that in mind if you're going to change your look drastically. Do your research, ask around and don't be afraid to spend a little bit of money - it will all be worth it!

I think that after a few washes, it will be a light and pretty pink. Right now, it's a heavily saturated (and beautiful) magenta. No complaints here! I LOVE IT!!

Love and kisses,

Inspiration sites:
Kelly Eden
Raquel Reed
FY Crayon Hair
More Pink Please
Mrs. Donut