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Music Monday: Justin Nozuka

Hey everybody! Hope you’re enjoying your Monday morning. I’m nursing my MTV Movie Awards Hangover ( I overdosed on the internet last night after Robert Pattinson’s epic FAIL of a speech for Reese Witherspoon), but today’s MM artist is helping me get back to normal.

His name is Justin Nozuka, and he’s a Canadian singer-songwriter. You might remember his 2007 single “After Tonight” off his album Holly. That single had some success here and abroad, but Nozuka has sort of been kicking around the underground since then. He’s just released a new EP titled Blue Velvet Sea, which is a collection of live/ stripped versions of tracks from his 2010 album You I Wind Land and Sea.

Born to a Japanese father and American mother, Justin Nozuka is one of seven kids. He’d been writing songs since the age of twelve, but it wasn’t until some high school friends taught him guitar that he started writing songs that would eventually become Holly. Nozuka, who was just nineteen when Holly was released, has said that he is influenced by Soul legends like Marvin Gaye and Lauryn Hill.

That influence is obvious on Blue Velvet– from the ’70s groove of “You I Wind Land And Sea”, to the haunting, tribal drumbeat of “Gray.” This EP (and the LP its acoustic sessions were based on) coolly has a cool mix of earthy blues with folk sensibility. And Nozuka’s voice is raspy perfection. He’s like a more riff-tastic Jason Mraz. Check out this bananas live version of “My Heart is Yours” from Land and Sea:

My favorite YouTube comment on that vid:

Justin makes it seems so effortless. Singing, playing the guitar, walking, and looking cute all at the same time. How does he do it?!?!

I dunno, girl. I dunno.

In any case, I think you’ll be into this laid-back Canadian’s sweet tunes. They’re perfect for the summer. Give “Heartless” a listen and see if you agree:

Must have tracks:

“Carried You”



Justin Nozuka’s EP, Blue Velvet Sea: The Sessions, is on iTunes now. Pick it up, along with his other two albums, and tell me what you think. I love comments! They are like little virtual high-fives! Have a great day! xx


That Tricky Thing Called “Chemistry”

Not buying it.

Last weekend I went to see “Water for Elephants” starring Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon.  I had recently read the Depression-era story of a young veterinary student who loses his parents, then hops a train that just so happens to belong to a traveling circus.  I wanted it to be great, but I read the reviews so I had little to no expectations.

I have to say that I really enjoyed the movie as a whole, but (like pretty much everyone else) I didn’t get into these two stars as a couple.  Their romance was forbidden (Reese’s “Marlena” is married to the circus’ owner), which should be exciting, but I just didn’t buy it.  She seemed way too cranky, and Rob. . . well. . .  his “Jacob” just looked bummed out most of the time.  This boggled my mind because Reese is very pretty, and Robert Pattinson is stupid hot.  I thought that was a no-brainer.

The girl Jacob truly had chemistry with was “Rosie,” the titular elephant.  Rosie was played to perfection by Tai, a gorgeous asian elephant.  You can see in the way that Rob looks at Tai that he truly has a thing for her.  It’s crazy.  Why isn’t it that way with Reese?

Totally buying it! Photo: Twentieth Century Fox

Was it just because Rosie is so lovable, and Jacob and Marlena’s relationship is fraught with drama?  Why didn’t audiences get on board?  Just what makes two people (or animals) have “chemistry?”

After a quick Google search, it’s pretty clear that no one else knows, either.  There are lists on some sites for who has the best on-screen chemistry, but none can really explain why.

Cover of


To be sure, it’s not just two beautiful people, or romantic lighting.  Plenty of awkward pairings have benefited from those things to no avail.  If you ask me, there is no answer to chemistry.  Just like in real life, I believe you can’t really help who you love.

As an actor, this realization really hits home.  I feel like there have been plenty of times that I “just wasn’t right” for a role.  Things just didn’t click, no matter how much I wanted it.  That’s why when the perfect part comes along- and the perfect person to play it does too, we see some real fireworks.

What do you think?  Can chemistry be explained, or is it a random fact of life?  Did you see WFE?  Did Rob and Reese fall flat, or am I way off base?  Tell me in the comments, and please click “LIKE” if you liked this post!  xx

A Look At April Cover Stars

So, I had such a good time putting together the last magazine cover post, I thought I’d give it another go for spring!  This is my favorite time for covers because there’s so much color and skin after the dark winter months.  Here’s a gander at some of my favorites -and some that made me say, “What?!  WHY?!”

Zooey Deschanel on Lucky:

I love this!  Zooey Deschanel is, like, the perfect indie ingenue here (and everywhere), and I’m living for her dress.  I wish I could pull off cutie-pie looks like this.

Kate Winslet on UK Vogue:

She is channeling Brigitte Nielsen with that platinum cropped ‘do.  The newly single mom looks better than ever.

Gucci Mane on The Source:

I saw this at the store and was like, “Is that an ice cream cone on his face?”  I’m still not sure (I found out the other day that I need glasses).  Amazing!

Britney Spears and Madonna on Out:

Rumor has it that the folks over at Out Magazine didn’t trust Brit Brit to sell enough magazines, so they brought out The Queen to ensure a hot issue.  I’m not sure that’s true, but I’m happy that we get these two ferosh covers.  I forgot how beautiful young Madonna was.  Le Sigh.

Rihanna on Vogue:

Art History 101:  I’m not a fan of RiRi’s “Bobo the Clown” orange locks, but this photo is gorge McGeorge.  Anyone else seeing Botticelli’s “Birth of Venus” up in here?  Get that woman a big ass seashell, STAT.

Edward Cull- er, I mean Robert Pattinson on Vanity Fair:

Why, Rob, why?  Ugh.  Is that a belt in your jeans?  What are you, 50?!  Why are your fingernails so long?  Don’t tell me it’s for the guitar.  They make picks for that.  And isn’t your movie, Water for Elephants, about an . . . elephant?  Wtf’s up with the ‘gator?  An elephant is probably too literal.  Whatever.  I’ll just look into your eyes and block it all out. . .

Join me, won’t you, in snagging some of these bad boys before they leave newsstands?  We can discuss what in the world is on Gucci Mane’s face.  Hope you’re all having a great “Hump Day!”  xx

That’s Fine: Henry Cavill

I mean. . . do I even need to say anything about what's happening here?

Everyone knows by now that English actor Henry Cavill has been cast as Superman in Zack Snyder and Chris Nolan’s reboot of the franchise.  There’s been some talk because he’s not American and a bit of an unknown, but I don’t care about that.  I think he’s got the right blend of sweetness and wholesome strength to wear the “S.”

In the last couple of days, Henry Cavill has become a hot topic, but most people knew little about this hottie before the announcement this week.  Which was fine with me.

You see, I’ve been a fan of Henry Cavill since 2002’s The Count of Monte Cristo, where he played the son of the titular Count.  I remember sitting in the theater and thinking, “This whole Count being put in prison story is sad and stuff, but who the EFF is that guy playing his kid?!  Show him more.  SHOW.  HIM.  MORE!”  True story.

Henry Cavill at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival...

Image via Wikipedia, Sighs via Me!

After that I went home and Googled (if you know me, you know I Google everything), and the lourve grew.  I tried to catch Cavill’s work whenever I could.  I swooned for his Melot in Tristan + Isolde, and was thankful to him for making Stardust bearable (I’m sorry.  I know people really like that movie, but it was just weird).

And then came The Tudors. If you don’t watch this Showtime series, you need to jam on it!  Henry Cavill’s turn as the Duke of Suffolk is something to see.  He’s complicated, flawed, and shirtless for many of his scenes.  Win-win.

So, what do you think of Henry Cavill as Superman?  Is it weird to have an English actor in this iconic role?  And more importantly, do you agree that he is super hot?

The Stars Align For December Covers

I’ve often said that magazines are like little books.  So, when people ask me what I’m reading, I usually say, “Vogue,” with a straight face.  But, honestly, now that I’m actively working on my reading list, I haven’t paid much attention to my ‘zines.  Until this month.  Have you noticed that there are some gorgeous covers on newsstands lately?  Gasp.  Here’s a look at some of my favorites.

Rihanna on Interview:

That hair is really growing on me.  The flowers, that one big earrring. . . loves it.

Ke$ha on Complex:

I like this because she doesn’t look a complete hot mess (like she’s prone to), and the roller skates are hot.  I’m gonna need those under my tree this month!  And I don’t even roller skate. . . it’s a long, embarrassing story.

Kerry Washington on LA Times Magazine:

Um, Kerry?  The year 2050 called.  They want their FEROCITY back!  I die for this.

Ryan Gosling on New York Magazine:

I have no idea what’s going on here, but I’m OK with it.  I mean, it kind of looks like he got in a fight.  I’m going to pretend that fight was for my affections.  Yup.

Read more after the jump!

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Hawaii Five-O, Version 2.0

This new Hawaii Five-O should be Miles and Saw...

Image by baratunde via Flickr

Did you know that there’s a reboot planned of Hawaii Five-O?  Me neither!  This classic show is set to premiere on CBS September 20th.  The new cast includes hottie Daniel Dae- Kim (of LOST fame), and Alex O’Laughlin- who will play the son of original series character Steve McGarrett.  Taryn Manning (Hustle & Flow) will play McGarrett’s sister Mary Ann.  Scott Caan (James’ kid), Jean Smart (Designing woman) and Masi Oka (YATTA!) are also cast.

The new show will pretty much follow the premise of the old show- cops take down the bad guys in Paradise- with a few updates for the new millennium.  It won’t be so much a remake as a reboot.  Think the latest Star Trek film.

Here’s a quick look at Hawaii Five-0:

1.) Alex O’Loughlin? Who the eff is he?  And why is he so hot?  I will watch this show to stare at his face.  And that accent?  Excuse me while I undress. . .

2.)  Is everyone on this show from a canceled TV show on another network?

3.) What about that updated theme song?  I like it, but the YouTube trolls don’t seem to.  Whatevs.  It’s not like they can’t change it season-by-season, right?

4.) And, hey, um, I’m proof that there are black people in Hawaii.  Can I be on this bad boy?  For serious.  Imma be there next month.  Can a girl get a walk- on?

What did you think?  Will you be watching the new Hawaii Five-0? And did you see that guy at 1:43 get hit by that truck?! ZOMG I’m gonna watch just for that.  ROFL!

Music Monday: Sufjan Stevens

Let me help you with your tie, Sufjan

So, last week (August 20th) Sufjan Stevens quietly released an EP titled “All Delighted People.”  It’s only eight songs, but runs over 59 minutes, and focuses around two versions of the titletrack.  I think it’s pretty groovy.  I definitely love both versions of ADP.  At a combined 19:45, they’re both interesting enough to keep me tuned in.  I think my favorite track is “Heirloom.” It’s got a great folky sound that for some reason reminds me a little of Simon & Garfunkel.

This is one of Stevens’ few releases since 2005’s The BQE, which was really weird and electronic (not that electronica is always weird!).  I really like it, and I’ll be listening to it until his full length, “The Age of Adz” comes out October 12th.  While I listen, I will be imagining him singing it to me, because he is hot sauce and that’s my prerogative.

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