Marvel Monday :: our thoughts on season 5 of Agents of SHIELD

21 May

This season of Agents of SHIELD had the great advantage of airing after Inhumans, which would make most anything look good. This season of Agents of SHIELD was good in and of itself, although incredibly draining and at times almost overwhelmingly dark in ways that attacked us, personally, but it’s sort of like how watching Infinity War like a week after we finally watched Justice League helped matters significantly.

So, our usual breakdown shall ensue.

  • Daisy (Chloe Bennet) sort of got her own arc this season! Which is to say, she got the destruction of the world pinned on her because of her powers and she had to fight her way out of a network of creepy blue aliens who used spoopy tech and Ben Wa balls instead of fighting fair. And she also gracefully stepped down from the role that Coulson was encouraging her towards, Director of SHIELD, which is good because even though my girl would be a great Director, she also needs a break really badly.
  • Jemma (Elizabeth Henstridge) really needs to only go to space when she wants to from now on because she also needs a break. Said creepy blue aliens literally had her enslaved for a few episodes, not to mention deafened to all but the leader’s voice by said spoopy tech, and that was viscerally horrifying (the aliens enslaved people for general reasons and also Inhumans for low-rate gladiatorial purposes, and all of this was horrifying) but she got to do sort of a Princess Leia move and that was good. Then came the compulsory heterosexuality, which was not good. It was not good because romantic FitzSimmons is one of our least favorite things here, and Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) himself was literally the worst (again regarding Daisy), and it took up way too much of Jemma’s screentime in the back half of the season especially. Also, you can’t just establish that Lance Hunter (Nick Blood) can pop out of exile to help Fitz with a mission and then not invite him and Bobbi (Adrianne Palicki) to the abruptly rushed terrible FitzSimmons wedding (honestly our thoughts about episode 100 are not favorable in general but the wedding is cringeworthy), except they did and I call bullshit.
  • Melinda (Ming-Na Wen) kicked her usual amount of ass, had more than her usual amount of UST with Coulson (Clark Gregg), and also had a subplot where she got to be a mom. I am not into the idea of every woman having to be a mother, but we know it’s something Melinda at least used to really want and since Bahrain doubted her capabilities for, so watching her act as a mom to Robin (Lexy Kolker, Ava Kolker, and Willow Hale at respective ages) in the somewhat hypothetical future timeline was unexpectedly heartwrenching. And I guess she and Coulson are finally gonna BOOOOOONE, but hey, we don’t have to watch it, so I’m okay.
  • Elena (Natalia Cordova-Buckley) spent her time in the future mostly working and helping a couple of sad space kids named Flint (Coy Stewart) and Tess (Eve Harlow) and being in love with Mack (Henry Simmons). Then in the midseason finale we found out that a future version of her had been captured by the creepy blue aliens and at some point lost her arms and knew what would happen and gave warnings. Thus, the second half of the season, once they were back in the present, was mostly devoted to trying to get the team to follow her future self’s warnings. And also dealing with the fact that she did in fact get her arms cut off (horrifyingly) and replaced with robot prosthetics (which created some drama but ultimately were useful and good). She and Mack also had a lot of debates about, essentially, morality, which was interesting. They’re very good and gay together.
  • In the first half of the season, our villains were the aforementioned creepy blue aliens. They’re Kree and they all majorly sucked, and sometimes it was funny (like the fact that Sinara [Florence Faivre] literally fought with magical Ben Wa balls, that was funny) and sometimes it was horrifying (Kasius [Dominic Rains] was basically blue Joffrey who didn’t like to get his hands dirty and when he was injured and later murdered I cheered). But they paled in comparison to…
  • In the second half of the season, we were introduced to Ruby (Dove Cameron), who was basically a baby Hydra super soldier, or if you prefer, female Kylo Ren. Her mother, General Hale (played by Catherine Dent – the character doesn’t get a first name because MCU mothers don’t matter I guess), was impregnated with dubious consent by some super creepy Hydra higher-ups and basically Ruby was raised to be the perfect soldier. Except they forgot that when you do that you basically get Kylo Ren, who has zero control over their emotions or interest in being at all reasonable or adhering to anything but their own moral code. Great job, guys. Anyway, she’s basically like if you crossed a snake and Regina George and then gave this creature sharp weapons or maybe like if you actually found one of those lizard aliens and tried to tell them how humans act? It’s an incredible performance, because Cameron is…humanoid but not quite human. There’s weird little head and eye movements she does, weird facial expressions, that make her seem just the slightest bit off. I have no idea if this was intentional or not, but having now seen her also act in Disney’s Descendants series, I have to think it must have been? She is also hilarious because she’s basically Ebony Dark’ness Dementia Raven Way from “My Immortal” except slightly more articulate and with more murder.
  • This season also included the most annoying character, Deke (JJ Ward) who we eventually find out is FitzSimmons’ grandson from the hypothetical future they travel to. When he finally tells Daisy this fact her response is, “That makes so much sense! You and Fitz are both such… special people.” Which, same. Deke is a self-serving ass. He sells Daisy into slavery and then thinks that deciding to help the others makes up for it. He also ends up in the present day through a quirk of science fiction nonsense and… just pretty much sucks all the time. The scene where he gets drunk for the first time would be hilarious if it was literally any other character, but alas. He also develops a crush on Daisy and expresses this by leaving a pile of lemons on her bed, because in the future giving people lemons was apparently a prime seduction technique. Daisy, however, wants none of his lemons and repeatedly makes this clear, which is great. Deke also spends a lot of the back half of the season trying to preserve parts of the timeline so FitzSimmons still procreate and produce his mother and therefore she produces him, because he’s afraid that if something goes wrong he’ll just go poof. And then guess what? HE DOES. A Thing happens and we just literally never see him again, with no explanation. It’s kind of a shame because JJ Ward seems like a cool enough dude, but the character just sucked.
  • And hey, remember how we mentioned that Fitz was literally being The Worst? He was. He awkwardly married Jemma literally just at the prompting of a dying Coulson (turns out Ghost Rider made his Tahiti magic go away, or whatever) and it made me think of nothing more than the terrible Jessica/Hoyt wedding at the end of True Blood, which should explain to you why it is bad. Then his evil Framework self resurfaced and did some unforgivable shit to Daisy, and then there was a lot of narrative bullshit where people were willing to brush past it (ugh), and he kind of tried to do better except he kind of just complained all the time and watched Jemma do things. And then… well. Justice has been served.
  • SPACE

–your fangirl heroines.

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Spoiler Alert Sunday :: our thoughts on Avengers: Infinity War

20 May

So Infinity War has been happening to the world for about a month now. We went opening weekend, but suffice to say I thought it needed a repeat viewing before we discussed it and said repeat viewing… well, we timed it to follow the SHIELD s5 finale, just in case of something. (We’ll be discussing that tomorrow, and boy howdy, stuff and things, even if it didn’t actually pertain to Infinity War like we were worrying it might.)

Part of the thing about this movie is the official call for No Spoilers. Well, it’s been a month and that’s been broken plenty of times on the internet by now, but just in case you’re my mom and haven’t seen it yet we’ll keep the endgame stuff to ourselves. (Except for to say: it’s comics. Little is permanent.)

Instead, one of our regular lists of things we had opinions about, because overall, it was functional but I was mostly there for details, let’s be real.

  • This movie is, in my (drift partner’s) opinion, much more watchable than Civil War, which I think is a dumb exercise in misery. The main conceit of Civil War is that nerds like it when superheroes fight each other for some reason, so here is a threadbare reason for them to fight each other I guess. Oh, now everyone is mad and sad and half of them are in boat jail (and I, not drift partner, have some Opinions about boat jail that are not good and get stronger whenever I think about it). Infinity War made fandom sad, but in my opinion, prior to the last sequence, the movie understands how to tell a comic book story better AND it understands how to juggle more than five characters at once. Civil War was also very bad at this. Infinity War mixes up some of the character dynamics and throws our favorites and least favorites into new and exciting situations like: what if Thor met the Guardians! What if Iron Man, Doctor Strange, and Spider-Man met… IN SPACE! What is it like when some of our core heroes are in Wakanda, in awe and varyingly out of place and getting shit done! It bounces back and forth between 4-5 different groups and does so with enough variety that you never really have time to get too tired of any one scene. (Unless Doctor Strange is in it. We do not like him.) There are a few groan-worthy moments and some deeply dumb plot contrivances, but I did not feel like my soul was being sucked slowly from my body while watching it, which was at times the case with Civil War.
  • Let’s talk about those three what ifs, shall we? What if Thor met the Guardians! Well, it turns out that if Thor (Chris Hemsworth) met the Guardians it would involve wacky shenanigans. Thor quite literally smacks into the Guardians’ ship as they’re going to answer his (now demolished) ship’s distress call and they bring him aboard, and it goes pretty much exactly like you’d expect. Quill (Chris Pratt) is jealous of Gamora’s (Zoe Saldana) favorable impression of Thor and Drax (Dave Bautista) makes a lot of blunt comments that can only be described as the rapid development of a massive crush. Thor ultimately goes off on a mission to get a new hammer, accompanied by Rocket and Groot, and Gamora, Quill, Drax, and Mantis (Pom Klementieff) go off to get one of the Infinity Stones. This is the first rearrangement of people.
  • What if Iron Man, Doctor Strange, and Spider-Man met… IN SPACE! Well. Bruce (Mark Ruffalo) gets shot out of space and down to Earth before the Asgardian ship goes boom and lands in Doctor Strange’s (Benadryl Crinklepants) house to alert him of the danger of Thanos. Then Doctor Strange goes to get Tony (Robert Downey Jr.) and they piss on each other for a while before battling some of Thanos’ minions, a battle Spider-Man (Tom Holland) eventually joins. Then Doctor Strange is a large box and Iron Man and Spider-Man are both on the same “flying donut” of a spaceship and wackiness ensues. Doctor Strange and Iron Man pretty much just piss on each other whenever they talk (and this only gets worse when they meet up with Quill et al), but at least once Spider-Man is there he makes things better.
  • What is it like when some of our core heroes are in Wakanda, in awe and varyingly out of place and getting shit done! The group that ends up in Wakanda is: Steve (Chris Evans), Sam (Anthony Mackie), Natasha (Scarlett Johansson), Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen), Vision (Paul Bettany), Rhodey (Don Cheadle), and Bruce, and of course when they’re there so are T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman), Okoye (Danai Gurira), Shuri (Letitia Wright), and a newly rehabilitated Bucky (Sebastian Stan). And pretty much what happens is shit gets done. Shuri does a lot of science, there’s a giant battle, Bruce doesn’t know how to behave around T’Challa, Rhodey and Sam are best buds, Steve and Bucky are boyfriends, Wanda does cool shit… y’know. The usual. But better, because it’s in Wakanda and everything is better there.
  • Ultimately, the standouts to us in this movie were Zoe Saldana, Elizabeth Olsen, and Tom Holland. Zoe Saldana got to show about three times more emotion in this film as in either Guardians film, which was cool, and even though they shoehorned in some needless Gamora/Quill romance to add to the angst or something, she got to shine as an individual and that was so welcome; Gamora’s arc deals with her relationship with Thanos (Josh Brolin) and also to a much lesser extent Nebula (Karen Gillan) and Saldana just gives it her all, performancewise. Elizabeth Olsen comes in with a slight advantage since we both love Wanda to bits and pieces (while acknowledging the flaws with the MCU’s setup of her character, but while also acknowledging that she is our girl) but regardless, there is a scene toward the end of the film that is just a solid 90 seconds of her emoting and I wanted to give her an award immediately; Wanda’s arc deals largely with her relationship with Vision, which let me just say is a lot weirder when Paul Bettany actually looks like Paul Bettany and not a purple robot, and his relationship with the Infinity Stone he carries and the disaster this obviously could create should Thanos get it, but it also gives her a lot of good moments with the team (we’ll discuss this in a minute). Tom Holland…someone told him this was a real movie and he brought it. Spider-Man has been a favorite of mine since I was sixteen and I’ve been waiting since 2009 to see a good Spider-Man again (the last one was Josh Keaton as the animated Spectacular Spider-Man, and prior to that Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield both had something just “off” about them in one way or another). Holland brings a charm and sincerity to the role that has been missing, while remembering that Peter is, deep down, kind of a sarcastic little shit. And in this movie he matches the more experienced actors in terms of performance at every turn (and in one particular case, definitely surpasses them – Holland is British, as is Curdledmilk; however, Holland’s American accent is flawless, and Crabapple’s is…not).
  • My standard for this movie was how well-written characters would be when interacting, particularly those who had not previously met. Turns out Thor makes a much more agreeable companion for Rocket and Groot than the other Guardians, even though I still didn’t care about the two of them (there were a couple of throwback jokes regarding Rocket’s penchant for stealing prosthetic body parts, though, and that was sort of funny). Spider-Man is a very good boy and wanted to help all of his new friends in battle, and they were definitely his new friends even if he was afraid they were going to implant him with eggs not ten minutes prior; both times we saw this I flailed joyfully when he sprung forth to make sure Mantis didn’t fall down in a battle. As mentioned, Wanda has some really great little moments and the ones we cared about most were the ones with Natasha: they pick Wanda and Vision up and Natasha promptly scolds them for what amounts to being out past curfew, which is hilarious; there’s a bit in the final sequence that also involves Okoye that’s the most triumphant ladies-supporting-ladies thing I’ve seen in a Marvel movie in a long while (I’m purposely not spoiling the details because I flailed about them, too, in a way I hope some people can still also do).
  • Another highlight of this movie (say, over Civil War) is that there are a lot more amusing things sprinkled throughout. Pretty much everything Mantis says (or does, honestly) is comedy gold, particularly if it involves her scary face. At one point when Quill meets up with the douchebag duo and their scene-saving Spider-Man, he shouts, “Where’s Gamora?” and Iron Man replies “Who’s Gamora?” and Drax, while being stepped on and nearly shot with a laser gun or something, adds, “I’ll do you one better. Why is Gamora?” and this is the funniest thing I don’t even care that is my humor. And then…
  • That brings us to the villains. There’s Thanos, of course, who isn’t funny. He’s just some big asshole who looks, as Quill aptly points out, like Grimace (from McDonalds). But then there’s also the Children of Thanos, the ones who didn’t wise up like Gamora and Nebula. These fuckers are hilarious space garbage. Ebony Maw (Tom Vaughan-Lawlor) is like a weird Gothic skeleton version of the Shape of Water fishman if it in turn bred with Slenderman, and weirdly his maw is not particularly prominent, nor is it ebony. Better still is Proxima Midnight (Carrie Coon), who is just the worst. She’s the one who talks the most after Maw, and every word out of her mouth is a hilarious cliche about fighting or war or victory or something to that effect. She’s sort of insinuated to be the most powerful of Thanos’ children, at least of the bunch that appear together (Ebony Maw is usually by himself). But every time she’s onscreen she is impossible to take seriously. Also, her name is Proxima Midnight and that is objectively funny.
  • SPACE

–your fangirl heroines.

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Fashion Friday :: also this.

11 May

Queen_Badiane

Queen Badiane is kind of nonsense. Not as much nonsense as Emily Ice Tits, but she’s kind of like, Evelyn Bow Tits or something, so that counts.

fancy

As usual I’m rearranging colors, but the thought is there. Fancy Meets Frilly Cutout Ruffle Top in Black, ModCloth.

introducing

Sure! Introducing Interest Cotton A-Line Skirt, ModCloth.

get ready

Bows! Get Ready, Get Fete Heel in Ivory, Ruby Shoo at ModCloth.

look

This seems like a her thing. Look Luxurious Velvet Bag, ModCloth.

for quite

There aren’t any tiaras so just put these on her head. For Quite Sun Time Sunglasses in White, ModCloth.

–your fangirl heroine.

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Fashion Friday :: how did I forget this??

5 May

kaguya

Princess Snow Kaguya is the most important one-off villain in the world and I can’t believe I forgot to fashion for her. Oh, Emily Ice Tits.

reverie moment

I formally apologize to everyone whose wedding dress this is. The skirt is great, though. Reverie Moment With You Dress, Jenny Yoo at ModCloth.

polished

No, I don’t know why she’s suddenly a glammy businesswoman. Just go with it okay. Polished Twist Blazer in Light Blue, ModCloth.

glamorous plans

Holy shit has anything ever been more Emily Ice Tits. Glamorous Plans Glitter Heel, ModCloth.

whirl

These look like snowflakes, kind of. Whirl of Wonder Beaded Necklace, ModCloth.

sassy

And here is an ice crown or whatever. Sassy Statement Fascinator in Ivory, ModCloth.

–your fangirl heroine.

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Spoiler Alert Saturday :: our thoughts on Love, Simon

21 Apr

We have been quite bad at keeping up with things lately. In our slight defense, things keep happening on the nights we need to write things, and/or we’ve just been busy and/or tired lately. It’s been an eventful month.

All of which is to say that our review of Love, Simon is grossly belatedly written and posted. Sorry, you guys.

That said, we were definitely not late in writing or posting it out of any dislike, because it’s a charming and important piece of cinema. Yes, it’s a teen movie, it’s very teenage in fact, but it’s the best kind of teenage, earnest and endearing and not dumbed down.

This movie is based on a 2015 young adult novel, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. I (drift partner) listened to the audiobook back in September, knowing that this movie was due to come out and having been meaning to read it for literally a year before that. The movie is actually a really stellar adaptation of the book, one of the best I’ve seen in recent memory. I generally prefer to read books before seeing movies, but I would say that reading the book before the movie in this case actually spoils too much. It’s probably better to go in cold and be surprised.

This is a funny, sweet, poignant story about a sixteen year old named Simon (Nick Robinson)  who is closeted and anxious about coming out. He has been secretly emailing someone in his town, a fellow closeted gay teen codenamed “Blue.” (The movie changes this a bit, having Simon reply to Blue’s initial post on his school’s gossip blog about Blue being secretly gay. It was a tiny bit jarring but not a huge deal in the long run.) Simon is wracking his brain trying to figure out who Blue could possibly be, when disaster strikes in the form of Martin (Logan Miller). Martin has a crush on one of Simon’s best friends, Abby (Alexandra Shipp), and blackmails Simon to help him get in good with Abby: if Simon doesn’t, he will reveal Simon’s secret to the whole school.

I (drift partner) wasn’t exactly a closeted gay “teen” since I didn’t figure myself out until college, but I have a soft spot for YA stories with closeted characters because I can relate. Simon is actually one of the tamer ones I’ve read: unlike The Miseducation of Cameron Post or Autoboyography, there’s not really a religious element driving the conflict around coming out. Instead, it’s just that Simon is afraid his dorky, loving family and friends won’t actually be all that accepting. It’s the kind of conflict that might seem silly to non-queer people, but most queer people, even those who had the most accepting and affirming upbringings, will be able to relate. That fear and anxiety comes from the idea that you might share something that is such a big part of you with someone you care about, and they might not be okay with it. With you.

(I [original heroine] was definitely in a similar situation to his; I didn’t figure myself out until college either, although I honestly should have done, but even though I grew up surrounded by relatively socially liberal friends, many of them drama nerds like Simon’s pals, and an immediate family that I figured probably wouldn’t have a problem with it, coming out was always an adventure in anxiety. I’ve been fairly lucky, but I admit that there’s a scene dealing with Simon’s dad’s reaction to his coming out that got me, both because it was lovely and something every queer kid deserves and because it was an experience that I never realized I’d missed.)

This is only part of the movie’s story, though. Another huge part of the movie – and one that we won’t be spoiling in this review – is Blue’s identity, which, yes, does get resolved. This is one thing that I feel the movie majorly improved on, too. I need to read the book again, but I remember feeling sort of…underwhelmed by the reveal, because I didn’t feel like the character Blue turned out to be had been set up quite enough for me. I might be totally wrong here! It was months ago. But the movie deliberately added in a few more scenes with this character interacting with Simon and I really appreciated that. It also kept in the single most harrowing scene in the whole book, and I don’t feel bad spoiling this because I’m doing everyone a favor here: Martin claims to be Blue at one point. It’s not Martin. Thank me later.

There are a bunch of little things this movie does right, but my favorites are the scenes with Simon’s mom (Jennifer Garner) and dad (Josh Duhamel) after he’s told them he’s gay. I’ve had a soft spot for Jennifer Garner ever since Daredevil, even though that was certainly a movie, and I can’t imagine a better fantasy mom character to give an affirming speech to the queer audience. It made me cry and non-animated movies rarely-to-never make me cry. The dad’s scene is mentioned above, and it was one of the best scenes from the book to me, so I’m really glad they kept it.

Also, like we said, the movie is just a really endearing, nice teen movie. The teenagers act like teenagers; sometimes they are frustrating and emotional and messy, and the narrative lets that happen. They’re not perfect. It’s really well-done. Also watching the ending in a theater full of real teenagers was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had, because they were eating it up, and then at the romantic reveal at the end they burst into literal cheers and applause and my heart grew three sizes. I hear this happened at dozens of other screenings too. (They also had a very loud enthusiastic conversation once the credits started rolling about how “now we need more movies about gay teens! And trans teens too!” It was the cutest damn thing.)

I haven’t on-purpose gone to a movie theater for a movie about teenagers marketed to teenagers since 2013. (That was The Host. Yeah, I know.) I can’t think of a better movie to have broken that streak for. Even if this isn’t your usual genre, I can’t recommend this movie enough. It’s sweet and affirming in a way that I think a lot of us really needed this year.

–your fangirl heroines.

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Fashion Friday :: disaster queen, I’m going to call her now.

13 Apr

Nehelenia

Nehelenia is a big, overdramatic mess of a woman. She’s not my favorite big bad on the show by any means but she does have some aesthetic.

comfort

This is a hard look to recreate though, because it’s mostly just nonsense. What I’m taking away from this is: cream and green, and Nehelenia likes to emphasize her boobs. Comfort and Charisma Lace Bralette in Ivory, ModCloth.

breathtaking

This is a classic and I will use it forever. Breathtaking Tiger Lilies Skirt in Clover, ModCloth.

that's what

Sure. That’s What You Glitz T-Strap Heel, ModCloth.

curves

It’s like the moons on her jewelry but facing the other direction but still, close enough. Curves a Purpose Pendant Necklace, ModCloth.

–your fangirl heroine.

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Music Monday :: my thoughts on Kate Nash live (and Yesterday Was Forever)

9 Apr

I’ll be doing this one like the recent First Aid Kit post because the album was released last week and I also saw her show last week and, really, that’s a much more visceral experience to discuss.

First of all: I’ve literally been into Kate Nash’s music for ten years. That’s a long freaking time. I’ve obviously been into other artists for that long or longer, and I’ve seen many of them live, but this was something I’ve been waiting virtually ten years to do. That only really hit me when we were actually at the show and I was kind of awestruck. Teenage me liked Kate Nash because teenage me liked cute quirky sarcastic British girls who played the piano and wrote interesting lyrics. Teenage me also had a massive crush on Kate Nash, even though I didn’t realize it at the time.

Then I got a little older. I noticed things like how Kate Nash sang about friendship and feminism but also, you know, maybe romantic stuff with girls sometimes. (Could she be…? Could she like…? WAS SHE A BISEXUAL WOMAN JUST LIKE I HAD REALIZED SUBSEQUENTLY THAT I WAS? I remember listening to “Sister” for the first time and being just awestruck but not entirely believing my luck until I saw the music video which, indeed, featured her and another girl. I also remember this because I posted a link to that video, in full joyousness, on tumblr – the very day before my now-wife first admitted her feelings to me. Neither of us came from having had bad love experiences with other girls, but both of us were rather gun-shy, and the timing of me linking a video that’s essentially about that same thing… well, it sticks out in my mind for obvious reasons.)

She also sang, not incidentally, about mental health stuff, and that was another thing I was learning about myself actually right around the time I first got into her music. It’s not rare for artists to sing about mental health, but it’s rare for cute pop songs to be so openly about mental health that they literally say the words “mental health” in them more than once. (Multiple songs off the new album address this particular topic, among them “Life In Pink” – which was even more delightful live, incidentally, and which I relate to almost absurdly – and “Musical Theatre” – which she straight-up said at the show was about how it feels inside her head sometimes, and which also feels very familiar.)

Basically this was something I’d been needing for a very long time, and I finally had it. Our opening act was one Miya Folick, who reminded us that riot grrl is not dead. Mad guitar riffing, plus she has an amazing voice that she was doing that cool Corin Tucker-y soprano-on-top-of-punk thing with constantly. She was also… I can’t find sources discussing her sexuality for suresies, but she seemed quite, y’know, not hetero. Fine by me!

Kate herself came out like a beautiful drama queen. Her all-girl band jammed through “Play” before she actually skipped onstage, at which point we got the beginning of “Foundations” and it was so ecstatic. There were a lot of Made of Bricks songs, which surprised me; she’d done the ten-year anniversary tour last year, so I guess they were still fresh in the repertoire, but I was delighted, make no mistake. Being as that was her first album it’s the one I first fell head-over-heels for, it was great to hear so much of it live. (I wasn’t really expecting “Merry Happy,” so when we eventually got it I kind of lost my shit; I’m not sure why that’s my favorite track from that album, but it just is and I was delighted.)

We got a fair bit of My Best Friend is You, though not nearly as much Girl Talk as I’d have wanted; we did get “Fri-End?” and “Sister,” though, and the latter was pretty much my number one want. There was also a lot of stuff from her new album, obviously, and “Agenda” from her last EP (god, I love that track). And all in all it was a joyous time.

And she kept talking about how we had to love ourselves, and if we didn’t want to say we were awesome yet we could just tell ourselves she said we were, so there, and things like that. Basically she’s awesome and I will shout it from the rooftops.

–your fangirl heroine.

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