Author Archive for Brooke Hatfield

The Sleigher: The Chicago Gay Hockey Association, “All I Want for Christmas Is You”

HO HO WHO?: The Chicago Gay Hockey Association covers Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas is You," creating a yuletide video for fans of both Esther Williams and Wayne Gretzky. Turns out hockey players in a chorus line is all I wanted for Christmas.
STOCKING FULL OF GOAL: "All I Want for Christmas is You" is [...]

The Sleigher: Rufus Wainwright and Sharon Van Etten, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”

HO HO WHO: Rufus Wainwright and Sharon Van Etten pair up for the date-rape-iest holiday duet ever to grace a piano bar.
SO REALLY I'D BETTER SCURRY: This straightforward version of the wintertime classic doesn't veer from the prototypical: straightforward piano accompaniment, sultry harmonies, playful-if-potentially-menacing back-and-forth vocals.
MAYBE JUST A HALF A DRINK MORE: Van Etten, channeling [...]

The Sleigher: Terry Emm, “Gently”

HO HO WHO: Emm has been hailed as "England's new pastoral-folk prince." He is bearded.
WARM FIRE AT FURRY HOUSE PARTY: Oh come all ye tweeful. This song, a sweet ditty about lights in trees and friends and stuff, sidesteps the treacle, though it's best absorbed along with its delightful animated music video. In it, our [...]

The Sleigher: Sufjan Stevens, “Good King Wenceslas”

HO HO WHO?: Apparently Sufjan Stevens is more inspired by Christmas than our 50 states, as his not-necessarily-sincere states project floundered after 2005's Illinois, yet he continues to crank out yuletide jams year after year. He is the type of artist who would earnestly embark on a tour entitled “The Sirfjam Stephanapolous Christmas Sing-A-Long [...]

Mike Daisey, Everywhere

On the cover of this week's print Washington City Paper is a photo of Mike Daisey performing his now-acknowledged-to-have-contained-falsehoods play The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs. Daisey is bringing the monologue back to Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company this month, and Chris Klimek explores why he's still performing it and how the controversy over [...]

Bluebrain’s Ambient Yoga Show

Since the soundtrack to most yoga classes consists of sitar jams and songs in the vein of Dido, the Bluebrain-accompanied yoga gathering on the National Mall Saturday already had a competitive advantage over any other midmorning practice in D.C. due to novelty alone.
Plus the weather was nice! And the class, led by Lululemon's Alison Adams, [...]

The Sleigher: Justin Bieber, “Little Drummer Boy” (Featuring Busta Rhymes)

HO HO WHO: "The Little Drummer Boy," in its purest iteration, is a song about a young man who, at the urging of the Magi, offers his dope beats to the baby Jesus. Replace the Magi with Usher and the baby Jesus with the Internet and you have a pretty accurate representation of why culture [...]

The Sleigher: Woods, “Christmas Time Is Here (Vince Guaraldi cover)”

HO HO WHO: On the first day of December/my Pitchfork brought to me/this cover of my favorite holiday classic that is also regarded as sonic shorthand for dejection.
THE MAN WHO DESCENDS FROM THE SKY TO GIVE YOU PRESENTS: Woods' version of "Christmas Time Is Here" is faithful enough to the Peanuts original by Vince Guaraldi (a man [...]

Exit Through the Panda Pen

If an art form is dead once all it can do is comment on itself, well, it was nice knowing you, street art. The evidence? Look to the wheat-pasted surfaces of Washington, where spots that once could have contained “HOPE” posters and Andre the Giant decals now host parodies of the same. Instead of the stenciled [...]