Let’s All Watch Easy on Netflix

There’s a new eight-episode series coming out on Netflix next week, written and directed by the very awesome Joe Swanberg. It’s called Easy, and it’s set in Chicago. Here’s the trailer:

It’s always fun to see things that were filmed in Chicago, and it’s even better when they venture outside of the Loop into other neighborhoods. If you’re familiar with Lincoln Square, you’ll recognize the Davis Theater, Baker Miller, and more.

You’ll also recognize a lot of funny famous people, like Orlando Bloom (my #1 reigning crush from 2001-2003), Malin Akerman (Trophy Wife should still be on the air), Jake Johnson (national treasure), Hannibal Buress (best known as the 30 Rock hobo – j/k), Aya Cash (You’re the Worst is an unexpected delight), and Elizabeth Reaser (wonderful in everything she’s in, including my brother’s film One & Two).

And, there’s one more fun thing to keep an eye out for: our house!

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That’s our bedroom, but that’s not our quilt, and that’s definitely not Jarrod and me.

This past February, we turned our property over to a production crew, dropped off our cats with a friend (thanks again, Ben!), and checked into a hotel for 10 days. We had a wonderful staycation in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood while an episode of Easy was filmed at our house in Albany Park.

I have very little idea what transpired while we were gone, and I’ve heard only a few details about the show’s plot. Even if I didn’t know and love Joe, I would know and love his movies: they’re funny, candid, and sweet without being pandering. So, I’m doubly excited to see the show.

After filming wrapped, we returned to a clean house and inquisitive neighbors. Only a few clues remained to remind us that our home was someone else’s for a spell: a stranger’s pants in our closet, a production schedule in our garage. One morning, several weeks later, I took a carton of eggs out of the fridge and discovered they weren’t my eggs: they were showbiz eggs, neatly cracked and stacked.

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Easy comes out on Netflix on Thursday, September 22. Let’s all watch it and keep an eye out for omelettes.

Drunk in Love with Beyonce: 5 Drinking Game Rules

This past Friday my friends joined me (indulged me, really) in watching all 17 of the music videos from Beyoncé’s recently-released visual album. I couldn’t find any drinking game rules online so I DIYed them. Not the usual fodder for this blog, I know, but I wanted to codify them here.  So, without further ado, here are Five Rules for a Beyoncé Music Video Drinking Gamé.

Beyonce Video Drinking Game

1. Drink for each song title.

Each music video includes the song title within the first 30 seconds or so. Some are simple title cards but others are more clever or discreet. Raise your glass each time you see one to celebrate the gift that Beyoncé has bestowed upon you.

Beyonce Music Video Titles

2. Drink when Beyoncé wears jean shorts.

She wears ’em a lot. Most of them look rather uncomfortable. When you see jorts: drink. When you see a jort thong: chug.

Beyonce Jean Shorts

3. Drink when Jay-Z makes an appearance, in person or in voice.

This doesn’t actually happen very often – if anything, this album is about Beyoncé moving beyond Jay-Z – but he pops up occasionally to blurt “crown!”, to rap about his foyer Warhol, and to rhyme “breasteses” with “breakfast.” He also does a hilarious drunken shimmy that will remind you of your friend Nordy. Drink for Jay-Z!

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4. Drink when Ed McMahon makes an appearance, in person or in voice.

And then pour one out: RIP, Ed.

Beyonce Ed McMahon

5. Drink when Beyoncé wears something atop her lovely head (wigs excluded).

Yoncé loves headgear even more than she loves jean shorts. She borrowed a crown from the Queen of Hearts, a beaded headdress from Le Crazy Horse, a veil from the Virgin Mary, and a balaclava from Pussy Riot.  Drink whenever you see something new on Beyoncé’s head – except for wigs.  The goal is drunkenness, not death by alcohol poisoning.

Beyonce Head Gear

Extra credit:

If five isn’t enough for you, here are a few other ideas:

  • Drink whenever food is mentioned (peaches, Skittles, half-naked dinners, etc.)
  • If you’ve got love for the Lone Star state, drink when B references Houston.
  • Drink whenever a foreign language is spoken (including a French Big Lebowski sample?!)

That’s it – have fun!

Beyonce Bottoms Up

 

Happy Birthday, AP!

October 4th is my brother Andrew’s birthday.  He’s a maker, not a taker, so he got us all a present in the form of his new music video for Believers, which debuted on Stereogum today.

Believers – “Finder” Video from stereogum on Vimeo.

Believers Music Video

It’s gorgeous — “clean-looking and shape-shifting” — and its black & white palette and geometric shapes poke my brain’s aesthetic pleasure lobe like it was genetically engineered to do so.  And the song is awesome to boot.  Believers are on tour and will be in Chicago on October 13th.  Get in on that shit.

Believers Music Video

Believers Music Video

Believers Music Video

Believers Birthday

Heavy Metal

Interrupting our regular programming to bring you a project of a different sort: my brother, Andrew Droz Palermo, directed an awesome video for “Heavy Metal,” the first single off White Rabbits’ new album Milk Famous. Kudos to Lanie Faith Marie Overton as well, for impeccable mood-setting via wardrobe and production design.

You can read more about the video over at NPR’s All Songs Considered.

Have a good weekend!

 

 

Project!: Living Room and Dining Room

For the record, my blog’s namesake is not Project Runway.  My blog is named in honor of the 1995 hit Clueless, which had a major impact on my susceptible teenage brain.  I remember poring over the JC Penney catalog for plaid pleated skirts and sweater twinsets. GoFugYourself.com hit the nail on the head in this Wallace Shawn post: “It’s the first movie I ever walked out of with the reaction, “’That was hilarious! I need to go buy some clothes immediately.'” (One year later, Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet proved an equally compelling call to action, but that time it was “That was sad. We need to go make out right now.”)

So, when I say “project!”, I’m channeling Cher Horowitz and her love of makeovers.  I was unable to find this scene on YouTube, which left me with no choice but to rent the DVD from Netflix, set up a tripod in front of our TV, and record this clip for you with my digital camera.

My favorite sort of project is one that I can tackle within a few days with little-to-no money spent. Our living room and dining room will not be that sort of project, but I’m looking forward to it all the same. Right now, it is a blank slate. It took some work getting it to this state – check out the wall colors before we moved in (please note: that’s the previous tenants’ stuff):

Yikes. It is now Behr’s Irish Mist, which is a very light gray. Here’s what I’m workin’ with:

(Never mind the headboard leaning up against the wall back there.)

Clean and spacious but also barren and flat. Suffice it to say there are long to-do and to-buy lists for this space. Both rugs will be replaced: the dark gray/blue one in the living room isn’t the right size and the brown one in the dining room is too brown. I’m waiting for the perfect colorful rug to appear in my Craigslist feed, and then I’ll let that guide the other decorative decisions. In the meantime, I have a steady stream of fabric samples arriving from Fabric.com:

The dining room and living room chairs will be reupholstered (by myself and by a professional, respectively). I’ll layer in more textiles with curtains and pillows and more textures with lamps (brass?) and side tables (glass?). A leather recliner will be added to the right of the couch and some sort of console table will be worked into the dining room. The light fixture above the table will be replaced. Plus mirrors and art and plants and lions and tigers and bears. There’s a lot to do.

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