Remember when I promised to start sharing with you things that are awesome?


Put some eyes on the uh…may..ZING “Her Morning Elegance” video from Oren Lavie. I don’t know if it was done through Peter Gabriel Sledgehammer-style stop motion, good old-fashioned movie trickery, or some generous sprinkles of fairy dust but Bangarang is this a joy to watch!

While you’re probably mesmerized by the moving image, specifically how it is an insanely accurate representation of exactly the kind of day you want to have in bed but never do, take a second viewing to listen to the song. A soulful, lyrical piece of music that reminds me a lot of Jack Johnson, but with less B.O. When I’m listening to female solo artists I want big pop melodies, crazy dance beats and a sense of total desperation to be loved. But from male solo artists (who are not rappers), all I’m looking for is something low-key I can play for a girl that will kick in her total desperation to be loved, nahwhatI’msayin? Matt Nathanson, Paolo Nutini, Matt Kearney, Jonah Smith, hell, even Guster, any of those guys will do. Now I’m adding Oren Lavie to that list. Girls with Daddy issues, be forewarned.

I’m not one to openly quote Garden State, cause my soul-stomping late-adolescent love for that movie has been tempered over time by Zach Braff’s continued douchetude and inability to make any art that isn’t a slow pan back from a white dude with minor emotional damage (though have you been watching the new Scrubs on ABC? Some dark, funny stuff. Swaa!), but seriously? You gotta watch this video, it’ll change your life I swear.


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About Jason Matthews

Jason Matthews is the head writer for The site has been nominated for two Weblog Awards (Best Culture Blog, 2006 & 2007), and has been featured on more than 100 websites, including the IMDB, Defamer, College Humor, USA Today’s Pop Candy (Written by Whitney Matheson), Entertainment Weekly’s PopWatch,, Gorilla Mask and eBaum’s World. Jason is also an accomplished playwright. He is currently the Writer-in-Residence at the Ruskin Group Theatre, where through their showcase “Café Plays”, he has written and produced forty-five one-act plays, and premiered his full-length debut comedy ‘Four Night Stand’ to a sold out six-week run in Spring 2010. In addition to his work online and in theatre, Jason was the host of PopLoad on from January – May 2007, and was the Editor-in-Chief of the popular Santa Barbara-based arts magazine CampusPOINT from June 2000 – June 2002. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Film Studies from UC Santa Barbara, and an intense love for Ben Affleck and Keanu Reeves. Find Jason Matthews on Twitter @
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