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My Latest Music Obsession: Florence + the Machine

The first time I heard a song by Florence + the Machine was last September, at the world premiere of Jennifer’s Body at the Toronto International Film Festival. The song made such an impression on me that I even used the song for my Song Lyric of the Day the morning after. I added “Kiss With a Fist” to my iTunes library and even though I had the song in heavy rotation, I didn’t think much more about the artist or the song until I heard it used in the bully episode of Community. Suddenly I just had to listen to more by Florence + the Machine. Fortunately, Lala (RIP) was still around and I was able to preview the deluxe edition of the debut album Lungs. Guess what I ended up using one of my iTunes gift cards for immediately after? I haven’t stopped listening to the album since. “Kiss With a Fist” is arguably the biggest “rocker” on the album, with most of the songs much more soulful and introspective. I particularly like “My Boy Builds Coffins,” which plays like a mournful tale that could’ve been written or inspired by Tim Burton. And I love the soulful, cautionary tale “Girl With One Eye.” But what really keeps me listening to this album over and over is lead singer Florence Welch’s phenomenal voice. Seriously — I LOVE this woman’s voice. Just listening to her sing makes me happy.

The song that got me started on Florence + the Machine, “Kiss With a Fist“:

The amazing cover of The Source and Cadi Station’s “You’ve Got the Love”:

And my absolute favorite song on the album, which I listen to almost every morning on my drive in to work, “Dog Days Are Over”*:

Now go buy the CD or download the album. Trust me, it’s money well spent.

*VH1 has been airing an alternate — and I’m guessing newer — version, but I prefer the original.

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TIFF, Day 2

Song Lyric of the Day:

You hit me once / I hit you back / You gave a kick / I gave a slap / You smashed a plate over my head / Then I set fire to our bed

Florence and the Machine / “A Kiss With a Fist (Is Better Than None)*”


I’ve been awake for an hour now, having gotten into bed around 3AM after watching the Midnight Madness movie Jennifer’s Body (which is awesome but didn’t even start until about 12:20AM) and then staying for the Q&A with the director, Karyn Kusama; writer Diablo Cody; and stars Megan Fox, Amanda Seyfried, Johnny Simmons, and Adam Brody (who is hilarious in the movie). Here’s a pic, mostly for the spouse to enjoy. And I’m sorry, honey — I couldn’t fulfill your, uh, special request because (1) I couldn’t get anywhere near Megan Fox and (2) really, I just don’t want to be arrested.

Left to right: producer Jason Reitman; writer Cody; actors Simmons, Brody, Seyfried, and Fox.

My first movie last night, An Education, turned out to be much better than I’d expected, thanks in large part to Nick Hornby‘s (I was a few feet away from NICK HORNBY! squee!) script, the direction, and the cast, including the scene-stealing Alfred
Molina, who had the funniest line in the movie. The movie manages to be an affecting coming-of-age story without being a coming-of-age story, and was a lot funnier than I think any of us anticipated. The fact that it turns out Nick Hornby wrote the script was a wonderful surprise.

Left to right: writer Hornby; actors Carey Mulligan, Peter Sarsgaard, Dominic Cooper, and Alfred Molina.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go grab lunch on my way to see

Finishing a sandwich before heading to my next movie, Hadewich. After that it’s on to The Trotsky and Daybreakers. My first movie today, the documentary Cleanflix, was wonderful. It was a really fascinating look at the “clean” movie movement, which arose out of a desire to service Utah’s overwhelmingly Mormon population, which is forbidden to watch R-rated movies. The filmmakers, Andrew James and Joshua Ligairi, took a subject that, in the wrong hands, may have come across as boring and preachy, but instead made it into an enlightening, entertaining, and funny movie. It’s the kind of documentary my Aunt Bea, a devout film lover, will devour.

And now I’m off to see Hadewich. Until I can post again, check out my pics I’ve posted so far. Captions and descriptions to come later, but there are enough recognizable faces in them that you’ll figure most of them out.

I almost forgot — I noticed a lot of people have stopped by to read what I wrote about Adam. Along with his friends and family, I’m thinking about him today, too. Much love to you.

*quite possibly my favorite song on the awesome Jennifer’s Body soundtrack

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