March 30, 2015
by katie

Smart ladies love moves, this week in trailers, March 30, 2015

Movie Trailer Monday

Each week I review movie trailers that came out the previous week or for movies that are about to premiere. Some of these movies I am excited about, some I am mildly curious about, and the rest I make fun of!

Notable movies coming out this weekend

Furious 7

Vin Diesel (superstar and awesome human being –seriously I love him so fucking much) has declared that Furious 7 will and should win the Oscar for Best Picture in 2016 and though he was kind of teased for this declaration on Conan and well pretty much everywhere else except at The Daily Dot which stated (and this is just the best quote ever), “That’s what Furious 7 is. It’s the moviest movie that ever movied. It’s divine.” As someone who enjoys action movies especially ones starring Vin Diesel, The Rock, and Jason Statham (all of which are in Furious 7) I am super stoked to be movied by the moviest movie ever! [These movies aren’t really my thing, but between Katie and my friend Caitlin, I have learned to appreciate Vin Diesel as a person. He named his daughter after Paul Walker–how effing cute is that? -M]

The Last Five Years, is out onDemand and for Rent

This is one of those musicals where I love every song that comes on On Broadway. It stars Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan (he originated the role of Jack on Broadway in Newsies) who are phenomenal singers and Kendrick is an amazing actress so I’m super excited that this is available to rent. I’m curious how they did this as a film since it has a unique structure, Kendrick’s character starts at the end of the relationship and Jordan’s character starts from the beginning and the songs are sung back and forth between the two. [I am intrigued by this and already began listening to the play’s soundtrack on Spotify. I will watch Anna Kendrick in anything. -M]

Movies I can’t wait to see in an ACTUAL theater

Slow West, May 15, 2015

This trailer has such a cool funny tone that I HOPE the movie is also cool and funny. It is such a revisionist western. If it’s lousy at least get to look at Fassy in cowboy garb –WINNING! [Katie and I know everything about revisionist westerns because we took a class on them in college. I think I got a C because we used to cut class to drink gallons of coffee. This won an award at Sundance and is being released in the late spring–as opposed to right now–so I have high hopes it’s good. CoS gave it a favorable review too. -M]

Spectre, November 6, 2015

I CANNOT WAIT! [I have never seen a new Bond film in the theatre and I’m not going to start now (though the cast is intriguing), unless they wise up and hire Idris. -M]

I won’t go to an ACTUAL theater but will pay for it on Amazon

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, July 31, 2015

This would be in the must watch section except that it no longer has Paula Patton and well Paula Patton kind of classed up the Mission Impossible series. [I love these shitty movies, especially after someone convinced Jeremy Renner and Simon Pegg to be in them. I do agree with Katie that I will watch the crap out of this on TV but I’d rather have my movie-theater dollars go to female directors or better films for women. Yes, I hate me too. -M]

You would have to PAY me to see it in an ACTUAL theater

The Transporter Refueled, TBA

I miss Jason Statham. I always think of Ed Skrein as a poor man’s Michiel Huisman because he was dropped from Game of Thrones and replaced by Huisman. [And literally no one complained about that switch either, because Huisman is extremely hot and charming–someone you could see Daenerys falling in love with. In any case, why are they making Transporter movies without Jason Statham? Maybe they should have cast Michiel Huisman. And put a different goddamn song in the trailer. -M]

March 26, 2015
by melissa

Smart ladies love rad music, the week in music 3/26/2015

Reviewing SXSW Coverage

South by Southwest just wrapped, and that means I am on blog reading and Spotify OVERLOAD.

Unlike my good friend Donkey Jaw, crowds make me so anxious that I will probably never attend SXSW, which is a damn shame, because I miss out on seeing some of the best new artists right before they break. Thankfully, we live during the time of the Internet and it’s so easy to be an armchair visitor to Austin.

Many of the most-talked about artists at SXSW this year–Mitski, Natalie Prass, Torres–have already been covered on the blog, so I had to dig a little harder to find new music.

Ryley Walker

The best part about this video is the pet sheep and chicken. I want to live on a farm and double expose everything.

Springtime Carnivore

How effing adorable is this video? I really like this whole record, which sounds like Neko Case fronting a girl group.

Winter/Samira Winter

Winter is THE least Googleable band name. Samira Winter has put out some great solo records full of Portugese folk songs but her band is fantastic dream pop.

Lydia Ainsworth

OK, this video is a little strange, but I am always looking for more dark electronic music.

Sheer Mag

This Philly band might be one of my favorite new discoveries since Radiator Hospital. They’re putting out a full-length soon and a little polish might make them sound like The Shivvers. Holy Shit. BUY THEIR EP.

Anderson East

If you read my American Idol posts, you know white boy soul is not my favorite; however, Anderson fuses his with country and there are lots of HORNS, too.


For a band with such a weird name and a sound that screams Melissa, I am shocked I have not listened to Swedish punk band Makthaverskan before. They played a bunch of shows at SXSW, as you do, and blew everyone away.


A lot of people I know posted about Ibeyi too, a band that fuses cultures to create a very unique and beautiful sound.

Leon Bridges

Not only is this song a great retro soul-burner but the black and white tones of the video are gorgeous. So happy to have found this.


I think everyone’s getting a little bored of the psych wave from a few years ago–probably even Wand, who write some of the catchiest psych-tinged rock songs I’ve ever heard. People like my husband, who did not like the slick turn the Crocodiles made on their last few records, would really like this.

Arum Rae

Sparse, lovely, and creepy. I will definitely listen to this often, adding it to my Grouper-Weyes Blood work rotation.

Josh Berwanger Band

I don’t understand why this isn’t ridiculously popular. Why aren’t more people into power pop? What is wrong with America? [This video has a lot of boobs and is maybe NSFW.]


Everyone on the All Songs Considered SXSW preview show was fighting to play this song, which usually isn’t a good sign for me (their taste is a bit more mainstream than mine; one of their picks sounded exactly like fun.), but I love female pop singers and this song has stuck with me in the days since I listened to that podcast.

Other crap I’m listening to

Jessica Lea Mayfield & Seth Avett

Ever since my friend Christina told me the Avetts were libertarians, I have honestly been avoiding their music, because I am weird like that. But the record that Jessica Lea Mayfield released last year was fantastic (I wish I listened to it enough to add it to my Top 15), and my love for Elliott Smith runs deep, so I reached for this as soon as it came out. For a Smith fan like myself, I was a bit disappointed in the obvious song choices (“Between the Bars” and “Angeles” instead of “Division Day” and “No Name No. 1″?) and the lack of arrangement changes–“Angeles” was just slowed down. But sometimes, it’s ok to completely honor the original, and the way Jessica’s voice drags on “The Ballad of Big Nothing,” hits just the right place for me. Rare rocker “Roman Candle” sounds fantastic with the call-and-response chorus at the end. I haven’t listened to Smith since he died (too many emotions) but this has been a way for me to enjoy his songs without all the sadness hanging over them.

Father John Misty

I Love You, Honeybear hasn’t hit me in the same way Fear Fun did, but “The Night Sean Tillman Came to Our Apartment” will absolutely be one of my favorite songs of the year. Tillman has a one-night stand with a girl he totally hates, one who is pretentious and self-obsessed because people have been telling her for years that she’s smarter than her peers and she can sing like Sarah Vaughn (Misty’s retort to that is “I hate that soulful affectation white girls put on/why don’t you move to the Delta?”). It’s brilliant and snarky.

The Hollies

I read a bunch of those Pitchfork guest list things the other day, which makes you realize musicians are just people who like questionable shit just like the rest of us. But Jessica Pratt mentioned downloading two Hollies records, Evolution and Butterfly, and lauded them as being psych pop masterpieces. Gun to head, the only Hollies song I could name is “Bus Stop,” even though I looooovveeeee CSNY & Graham Nash’s solo records. If you like Odessey and Oracle and are looking for something similar, both these records are great next steps.

Colleen Green

A couple of weeks ago, I posted on twitter that Colleen Green’s “TV” should be the SLLS theme song. I Want to Grow Up is such a natural progression from Sock it To Me–same great melodies and almost melancholy, nostalgic lyrics, but recorded in a studio.

March 23, 2015
by katie

Smart ladies love movies, this week in trailers, March 23, 2015

Movie Trailer Monday

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Each week I review movie trailers that came out the previous week or for movies that are about to premiere. Some of these movies I am excited about, some I am mildly curious about, and the rest I make fun of!

Notable movies coming out this weekend

Get Hard

This movie looks silly as heck but my love for Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart makes this a must see (BTW this is the restricted trailer because I am a fan of swearing). [Every time this dumbass trailer comes on TV I laugh hysterically. Je ne regret rien. -M]

Tracers, is out onDemand and for Rent

PARKOUR!!! Taylor Lautner stars in this movie about parkour loving thieves and bike messengers. It looks terrible BUT gave me an excuse to post a video of Michael, Dwight, and Andy from The Office doing PARKOUR!!! [Taylor Lautner is the least believable badass bike messenger ever. Maybe older teens will like this? The Office clip is a million times more entertaining. -M]

Movies I can’t wait to see in an ACTUAL theater

5 Flights Up, May 8, 2015

This little indie movie about real estate in New York looks adorable mainly because it stars Diane Keaton, Morgan Freeman, and a really cute dog. [This looks freaking adorable. I hope they move to like Woodstock or Ulster County or something. You could buy three houses for the cost of that apartment! -M]

I won’t go to an ACTUAL theater but will pay for it on Amazon

Pixels, July 24, 2015

The only reason Adam Sandler’s summer movie Pixels isn’t in the last category is Peter Dinklage (sporting an epic sho-lo) and Josh Gad (national treasure). Also isn’t Michelle Monaghan like the perfect Sandler female lead, she should be in all his movies. [This trailer takes way too long to get going. This looks so cool visually that you would kind of need to see it on the big screen. My Pacific Rim of 2015? -M]

You would have to PAY me to see it in an ACTUAL theater

Max, June 26, 2015

This trailer nearly made me cry, I just don’t think I can handle a movie about a dog with PTSD. Also Lauren Graham as a grieving mother is NOT my jam. [As soon as he pet the dog I started crying. Honestly, if it weren’t for the sad dog bit this seems like an enjoyable movie about teens doing great things ala Super 8. -M]