Wednesday, November 21, 2012

the running of the turkeys

okay, so...i had a flashback to a commercial that used to make me laugh every thanksgiving/holiday season when i was a child, which involved a turkey running away from the thanksgiving table. i swore it was for butterball.

...but i just tried to find it and all i can find is this swanson chicken broth ad which appears to be from the last few years. am i going insane, or does anyone else remember the original running turkey spot? THANKSGIVING PROBLEMS!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

show review: walk off the earth at the social

last night was SO MUCH FUN! as some of you probably recall, upon discovering the viral youtube sensation that was walk off the earth's cover of gotye's "somebody that i used to know" in january of this year, i went through a few-week-long obsession where i pretty much watched it and their other amazing videos all day, err'day. i've since calmed down a bit, but i was able to see WOTE at their sold-out show show here in orlando, and it was legit so magical, guys.


1. i had gotten my ticket, but my friend didn't get a chance to get hers before the show sold out. i had posted on the band's facebook page to see if a fellow fan had an extra ticket, and the super-sweet lady in the band, sarah blackwood, responded and told me to email her. she put me on the guest list (!) and i gave my friend my ticket. SO NICE!

2. the opening band, the mowgli's (above), are my new favorites despite the grammatical incorrectness of their name. they were all fabulous california flower children and i'm sensing that they're ones to watch. great energy and i had total crushes on all the boys in the band. loving their song, "san francisco," which you can check out below.

3. julia nunes followed. i had never heard her music before, and she had a phenomenal voice. she was pretty amusing on stage and sang a song about pizza burning her mouth. in between her set and WOTE's, the dude from the mowgli's came into the crowd and serenaded a birthday girl with an acoustic version of say anything's "alive with the glory of love" (a song about the holocaust, so that was weird).

4. walk off the earth was fanfriggintastic. they played a great mix of their originals & covers,
which included rihanna's "man down," B.o.B.'s "magic," fun.'s "some nights" with julia nunes, and a live re-creation of their video for "the backin' up song." there were confetti and beach balls and balloons released into the audience at several points (loving the chaotic photo i captured of that madness), more than one sing-along, a panoramic crowd shot with the band, and plenty of instrument tossing.


below is the mind-blowing video for their fantastic first major-label single, "red hands," which was shot in one take, and directed by a kid i went to emerson with. the unedited version is worth a watch, too, and basically made my brain explode! i have also been digging their cover of nirvana's "polly," so i threw that on here as well.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

the vero best

i just got back from a long weekend in vero beach, a quiet little oceanside town that's less than two hours from orlando. i had been last year and fell in love with this hotel, the vero beach hotel and spa, so this year i returned and fell even more in love (if that's possible). it was a great little escape from the daily grind, the weather was perfect, and i enjoyed one of the most fascinating nights of my life there, to boot! highlights:

- the hotel's nightly wine hour. so much wine. fo' free! the first evening, i made the acquaintance of a really sweet british couple who were on "holiday." the next night was like a full-on seinfeld episode, with a possibly insane, fascinating doctor (who has a wikipedia entry and is the subject of a documentary), an awesome older dude from san fran who played guitar, and really some confused canadian couple. at one point, the awesome older dude stood up to make room for another guy. "no no, sit down!" "no, i'm good." "no, sit! i'll bring over a chair." "i'm fine!" "seriously, i'm going to get a chair." "I LIKE STANDING!" this went on for five minutes and i was laughing hysterically. you kind of had to be there. but like i said, seinfeldian. the doctor then told us of how he reversed diseases and how we're supposed to exercise according to lunar cycles idea. but it actually all kind of made sense, at least while i was drunk on chardonnay. he's either the smartest man in the world, or the craziest. or both.

-this adorable restaurant, lemon tree, which has the BEST sandwich i've ever had in my liiiife: sliced chicken breast, bacon, swiss cheese, and guacamole on focaccia...aaaand they serve you complimentary sorbet for dessert! 

-collecting seashells on the beach and bonding with all the other cute seashell-collecting people 

-having mimosas & an amazing blackened mahi mahi sandwich at the hotel brunch on the oceanfront outdoor patio (um, why am i talking about going back to boston again?)

-going to mckee botanical gardens, which was cool as-is, but even cooler because they were showing an exhibit by this glass artist, frabel. pictures below!