Saturday, March 20, 2010

The LC's Pop-Culture Corner Considers Kristen Stewart / Hipster Concept Album of the Week!

The boys increasingly have a serious boner for Kristen Stewart, who remains best-known for her role as Bella in the Twilight films (Chip: "New Moon is out on DVD today. OMG!!") but who is quietly amassing an excellent body of work in smaller films like hipster-favorite Adventureland. She can next be seen as Joan Jett in The Runaways. AICN's Capone, in his review of the new film, offers this passionate defense of the actress:

"...the truth remains that all of you who claim that her one and only acting move is tugging at her hair should a) get your head out of your ass, and b) go see this movie to be proven wrong. No hair pulling here (unless it's by another woman). I remain unmoved in my strong belief that outside of the TWILIGHT films, Stewart is one of the best actresses of her generation."

In the talkback, Alphanumeric1971 clarifies: "We don't just say she tugs her hair. She also bites her lower lip. Alot."

Honorable Rev. C says: "Agreed."

Also, in a piece in the new Rolling Stone, Joan Jett her own self explains her advice to Stewart on how to play guitar: "Pussy to the wood. Fuck the guitar."

Readers, will this film be awesome, or won't it?


If there's one thing we love, it's a hipster concept album. And if there's two things we love, it's a hipster concept album about the Civil War. Titus Andronicus's The Monitor gets a very high 8.7 from Pitchfork:

" all turns out so ridiculously fun-- with Ken Burns-style readings of speeches from Lincoln and Jefferson Davis, daguerreotype cover art, and song titles all participating in the reenactment-- that it never even begins to approach the pretentiousness these elements might suggest."

Richard: "It's good, but in terms of recent concept albums, I prefer Shearwater's The Golden Archipelago, which comes complete with a 50-page supplemental booklet detailing the singer's 'well-documented interest in ornithology and academic work focusing on migration patterns.' (Pitchfork, 7.9 rating)

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