Classic question, if you were deserted on a desert island and could only take 5 albums to listen to what would they be. Here's mine in no particular order...
1. About A Boy by Badly Drawn Boy. The soundtrack to the movie kicked off a couple of years of listening to pretty much only Badly Drawn Boy. The soundtrack is my favorite album though and I still pop it in once in a while. Side note, the Movie and the Book would also make my list of top 5 movies and books to bring to a desert island.
2. Guero by Beck. I like every single song on this album. Beck to me is like Prince, he plays all the instruments, changes genres, and I just looked up the album and never realized that The Beastie Boys and Jack White helped write some of the songs.
3. For Emma, Forever Ago by Bon Iver. This album never gets old, there's nothing like it out there, so much emotion, bare bones unique.
4. Pretty in Pink Soundtrack. Okay, this is kind of cheating but who cares. It's like a best of Alternative 80s album. Psychedelic Furs, OMD, Joe Jackson, INXS, New Order, Echo and the Bunnymen, all it needs is the Cure and Depeche Mode and it would be the perfect album.
5. Up Front & Down Low by Teddy Thompson. This is a cover album of some classic country songs, the oldies that are definitely the goodies. And Teddy Thompson is British and lives in New York City, it shouldn't work, but it really does.
Watched Pretty in Pink the other day, made me think about my favorite teen angst/coming of age movies from the time when I was a teenager, here's my list...
1. Better Off Dead. This movie is weird, but wonderful. The strange animations, John Cusak as a downhill skier, and does anyone have foreign exchange students anymore? "I want my 2 dollars!"
2. Breakfast Club. This is probably the greatest teen angst movie of all time, all the stereotypes of High School stuck in detention together and forced to get along. It's funny, dark, and has Molly Ringwald at the peak of her fame. "Sincerely Yours, The Breakfast Club."
3. Say Anything. Molly Ringwald ruled the 80s, but what about Johnny C. in Sixteen Candles... In this flick nothing will stop Lloyd from being with Diane Court. I love that in the whole movie she's Diane Court. Not just Diane, but Diane Court. Anyway, it's pretty great. "Diane Court, she's a brain, trapped inside the body of a Game Show Host."
4. Lucas. And then there's falling in love with the girl that actually is unattainable. Poor Lucas...At least he gets Winona Ryder in the end... "Hey, I'm a party animal."
5. Ferris Bueller's Day Off. All right, I changed my mind, this is the greatest teen angst movie of all time, because Ferris Bueller is the opposite of angst, he's got it all figured out, and everybody wants to be him, still do. "It is his fault he didn't lock the garage."
If you live in Austin or come to visit and are looking for some grub, this is where it's at...
1. Moonshine. My favorite place to eat out. Downtown, cool furnishings, try the Turkey Press, best turkey sandwich you'll ever have.
2. Taco Deli. Best tacos in town. Take a dart, throw it at the menu, and that taco will be awesome. My favorite is the Tacoloco, basically a Brisket Taco. Mmmmm.
3. Lambert's. Speaking of Brisket, looking for some upscale BBQ, this is it. Natural Black Angus Brisket with brown sugar and coffee rub. Yes please.
4. Contigo. It doesn't get more Austin than this. Eastside (with parking) outdoor, warm and inviting atmosphere. Get the Grilled Cheese made with Cheddar on home made Brioche. Add some Fried Green Tomatoes and you're gold.
5. Black Star Co-op. A cool little brewery with some great food. If you have the meat sweats from too much BBQ, try the Tempeh Reuben, soy products never tasted so good when they're surrounded by gruyere and kraut.