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No M&Ms were harmed in the making of this video. Brooklyn singer/songwriter, Tei Shi drops her debut video for the super sultry "M&Ms." The young vocalist's dark and dream-like first single is a conflicted ode to a failed romantic encounter. The chorus ruminates on a dream that her lover leaves, and she croons repeatedly, almost moaning, "I deserved it." Composed of multi-layered vocal tracks, it's a solid contribution to the waves of female neo-soul artists playing with the darker, more melancholic side of electronic pop right now. Mac Boucher also makes his directorial debut, picturing two sides of Tei Shi--one a stripped-down vision of her wearing a white slip in a forest flooded with light. The other is a regal portrait of the songstress seated at a banquet table in full white face makeup, dripping in beaded jewelry and a crown. "M&Ms" is the first single off Tei Shi's forthcoming Saudade EP, out November 12. Watch Tei Shi's "M&Ms" below and catch her performance at Gorilla vs. Bear's CMJ showcase in NY later this month.
This week's episode of Girls was all Hannah everything Wow, what an episode. Executive producer Judd Apatow dubbed it “unique”, and love it or hate it, unique it is. If you chose to watch Girls over the Grammys, you were treated to (or punished with, depending on who you ask) an entirely Hannah-centric episode. Hannah, in a bottle. A bottle episode where the character is contained in more than the physical space. In this episode, we weren't shocked by what Hannah says or does, but we saw the full spectrum of her emotions and personality. She gets that much closer to a deeper truth within herself. As an added treat, we get to see her in another set of shorteralls, even more awful than the last, and even more of her body than we usually do. There was absolutely no Marnie, Shosh, or Jessa this week, and I always miss the girls when they’re not featured, but the episode could not have worked tonally if Hannah’s intimate scenes were spliced between those of her quirky friends. Interestingly, this was the first episode of the series where I felt like the time allotted was adequate. When it ended, I didn’t find myself cursing that it wasn’t an hour long instead of 30 minutes. The title of this week’s episode was “One Man’s Trash,” and the opening scene shows Ray chewing out the man who came in to inquire as to why garbage from Grumpy’s was being put in his garbage bins. It turns out that Hannah was the culprit, for an initially understandable reason that then turned into a strange satisfying act of rebellion for her. That’s right, girlfriend gets a thrill from putting garbage where it doesn’t belong. Perhaps a telling metaphor for her life? She decides to fess up and knocks on the man’s beautiful brownstone door where she’s invited in and offered lemonade. The man’s name is Joshua (not Josh), and the lemonade he shares with Hannah quickly turns to sex. The two of them share a handful of sexual encounters throughout the episode, and they are the first ones in Girls that feel intimate and sexy instead of painfully awkward. After their first romp, Hannah assumes she should go and is skeptical when instead, he asks her to stay. They both have a use for each other – Joshua is lonely, and the fun, clever girl from the coffee shop might just fill that void. Hannah, never one to say no to any situation or experience, is certainly not going to turn down this handsome man with the impressive house. Other than having sex, Hannah and Joshua marvel at how nice his place is, eat steak and play topless ping-pong. We learn that Joshua is 42, a doctor, newly separated from his wife, and not much more. Later Hannah accuses him of not being open with her, but she doesn’t give him much of a chance. As with all the men we’ve seen Hannah be with so far, she likes the idea of Joshua more than she likes him, and we get the feeling she’s with him for future writing material. Regardless, he is kind and nurturing towards her, even bordering on fatherly when he asks her, “What is it, sweetie?” as she cries. His life is so different from hers, and it is one that she didn’t know she might want or need until she got this 2-day crash course. It’s nice to see Hannah realize new parts of herself in this unfamiliar territory. While Hannah is showering, she excessively cranks up the steam by pushing some buttons (yes, his giant shower has this option), and faints as a result. Joshua comes to her rescue and after he’s gotten her out of the shower and safely onto his bed, he gently rubs her forehead while he tells her “next time, call me.” I think this “next time” throws Hannah. That he would, with no mockery, suggest a future between them where there could be another circumstance where she faints in his bathroom, that he could save her again, and that she may in fact want these things. It stirs something deep inside of her, and she becomes overwhelmed with emotion. Hannah realizes that though she’s always felt she was so different and marched to the beat of her own drummer, that maybe deep down the things she desires are actually the same things everyone else wants. Things she’s always thought of as clichéd, common, ordinary. Things like stability, kindness, safety, and love. She’s so torn between what she always thought she wanted and what she’s discovering she may actually need when she tells Joshua “Please don’t tell anyone about this, but I wanna be happy.” It’s heartbreaking she’s ashamed of her earnest desire for happiness. The idea that living a happy life could be more important than a memorable one is a new concept to her. She made a promise to herself “such a long time ago” to experience anything and everything she could. Even if it meant requesting a truly degrading act and sacrificing herself, it was all in honor of her pursuit to feel it all. “Something is broken inside of me,” she says, as her voice too breaks. She’s making this realization as the words are coming out of her mouth. The scene is great, and though it’s about her realizing she wants to change, her dialogue is so very much the Hannah we are familiar with. Self-aware and selfish, unabashedly honest, quick-witted, raw. It will be interesting to see if as a result of her epiphany, Hannah will change her future choices. Joshua however, does not have the invested interest loyal Girls fans have for Hannah, and the longer she speaks these heavy, non-flattering truths, the more he physically and mentally pulls away from her. He tells her he wants her to stay the night but it’s fairly clear he doesn’t, and in the morning he’s gone. This week we saw Hannah load her unwanted garbage on Joshua, both literally and emotionally, and in the closing scene she fittingly takes out Joshua’s trash before leaving his place to return to hers. She walks away from this stable, polished, grown-up fantasy and back to the struggle of her messy, broke, 20-something reality. A beautifully shot and scored final scene to end a really special episode. Read last week’s recap of Girls here. -Julie Gobeil
Put your thing down, flip it and reverse it. In last week's recap of Girls, I defended the quick pacing that blew Donald Glover onto the scene like a black male Dorothy--even though we didn't notice until this episode that he's black "because we don't live in a world with divisions like that." Glover was a heavy dose of in media res that started season two with a bang. Lena Dunham doesn't mess around. It felt weird without some plot foreplay but I was ok with that because I thought we'd get some afterglow cuddle. Nope, no metaphoric cuddling in episode two. No Shoshanna to spoon us gently from behind. Ray, what a lucky guy. This episode, titled "I Get Ideas," was heavily caffeinated. Maybe that's because Girls should be an hour-long show. Even the first season felt crammed into that 28-minute time slot. Now, the characters are richer, the situations more complex and the writers are still navigating that same small space. The rush of dialogue and all the jumps between characters didn't amount to very much, however. By the end of the episode, it felt like nothing had really happened. After the premiere, we needed to slow down and unpack a few things. "I Get Ideas" was perfectly described by Glover's character: "It was well-written...I just didn't feel like anything happened in it...Ultimately it just felt like waiting in line and all the nonsense that goes through your head when you're trying to kill time." Maybe the disconnect occurred because unlike the other episodes, this one was written exclusively by executive producer Jenni Konner. I wasn't surprised to see her name in the credits. The voice was different in this episode. That's not to say that Konner is a bad writer. She co-penned the episode "Welcome to Bushwick a.k.a. the Crackcident" with Dunham in season one. The wound-up energy worked for Shoshanna's crackcident, but it was too on point for "I Get Ideas." The phrase "too on point" got thrown around in my undergraduate writing workshops as a backhanded compliment. It means, you're hitting all the right beats but it's not working because you're hitting all the right beats. Girls needed more dissonance this episode. A change in tempo, mood, rhythm, something, anything. That's why the Shoshanna and Ray scene stuck out. It was quieter moment that could have shed more light on their relationship. Instead, Marnie whirled in like a tornado and ruined the chance. Who cares about Marnie hostessing? It's barely worth Elijah's "slutty von Trapp child" joke. This might seem contradictory after complaining about nothing happening in "I Have Ideas," but the writing needed to slow down and give the audience a few moments to breathe. Season two's cinematography is spectacular but we have no time to enjoy it. What about the moment when Marnie leaves an interview after being told that she's not right for the art world? Marnie is possibly the fastest character and the show skips by her character development in a sitcom-y way. Last time we saw her, she was back in bed with Charlie. What happened with that? Are we satisfied with these short plot-heavy clips that are rarely revisited? It was nice to see more of Jessa, however. She's an amazing character who believes her own bullshit. Believing her own bullshit is essential to who she is. Her marriage is a basket full of puppies--sounds great but completely impractical. Three puppies at the same time? Are you kidding me? And guys, I love puppies. There's schadenfreude in waiting for Jessa and Thomas-John to fall apart. It's going to be delicious. At the same time, there's no immediate problem with Thomas-John. The unravelling, I suspect, will be more about her than him. Adam's an unraveling mess and it's difficult to see where else Dunham can take his character as a writer. Hannah still feeds on his drama, though. She seeks his love throughout season one and then gets scared when he gives it to her in the finale. Now the fear is more tangible. In this episode, Hannah suggests that he's suicidal and homicidal which is both rational and irrational. She's playing into his manic love trap while protecting herself from love-fear by focusing on home invasion-fear. All her fears are legitimate as far as I'm concerned. I'd like to extend an offer to hearty's conversation about Girls with the following poll:
Every Saturday we select a photo from our Flickr pool and feature it right here Jaime Boddorff is a 22-year-old photographer, who just graduated from Bennington College in Vermont. Jamie has been hopping around Annapolis, Brooklyn, and San Francisco the past little while, but is currently doing freelance work from a screen printing studio she built in Maryland. " It's really more of a"creative studio," Jaime says. "Meaning I do art, design, and photography work as well." "I love photographing people, but lately I've been trying to capture the absence of people, like scenes that have been well lived in." Jaime says of her photography work. "You can figure out or even make up the person's story without them being there. I'm just now realizing there was a horrible late night MTV dating show loosely based on the same concept. I'm trying to keep it a little more classy and romantic though." Jaime's favorite cameras at the moment are her grandfather's antique Minolta SR-1, her father's old Nikomat EL, and her ikon D200. To see more of Jaime's work work please check out her Flickr, Cargosite and website. Want to be featured on hearty’s Saturday Selection? Get a Flickr and start uploading, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Not a sinner, but we wouldn't say she's a good girl Part siren, part hometown girl, singer Colleen Rennison from the Canadian band No Sinner returns to New York for a quick show and some friendly reminders of the days when she lived in Brooklyn. We sat down with her to talk about her experience here, the recording process, and the dudes from her past who live within a ten mile radius of where she's staying. Catch her live tonight with her band at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn. How long have you been in New York for? Just a couple days so far this trip, but I lived here on Roebling st in williamsburg from 2008 to 2010. How do you like the City? It's both inspiring and infuriating. Where are you staying while you're here? With my friend Cheylene from Van, she's a babalicious dynamo that's been hosting a slew of Vancouver skids at her rad space on Locust Street, thankfully her roommates are understanding. She lives with a girl that used to be roommates with an ex-boyfriend of mine in Vancouver. Another funny thing, she lives right by a guy I used to bang, and a guy she's been hanging out with lives in the same building as a different guy I used to date here, off the Halsey stop on the L train. It's a small world after all. We know you just finished recording, how was that experience? Hot and heavy. Murphy's law intervened and I was sick as fuck with a gnarly cold for the most part, but the magic was there and the boys made it happen. We did 8 songs in 24 hours basically, but it was three 15 hour days: 1 day of sounds, 1 day of tracking, and 1 day of overdubs. I'm stoked. Are you excited to play the Knitting factory? No not at all. [LAUGHS] What should we expect from you guys at your show tonight? Sweat. Are you going to play a song for us? Try and stop me. Check out No Sinner tonight around 11 at The Knitting Factory