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Monday, February 19, 2007

"Don't Stop Til You Get Enough" Karaoke Birthdays are the new awesome

I know everyone complains about getting older, but honestly? I kind of love getting older and being able to throw much more awesome parties than ever before. I am pretty sure that my teenage self never thought that a bunch of 30 year olds could still have such a good time.

This weekend, Keith Paugh, Matt Youngberg and Grant Porter all had a birthday, and to celebrate they rented out a great little art space called Epoxybox and threw a dance party that would have made mike kelly proud.

Even with the hardcore security of Christina's Private Party sign, we still had random people walk in off the street to join the party, but most of them left when they saw there was only free pop-rocks instead of free alcohol.

And the cake was pretty much the best thing i had ever seen

The extra special theme of the party was inspired by this brilliant exhibit that Broek and I had seen at the SFMOMA. The piece features people in cities around the world performing karaoke versions of Smiths songs in front of tacky wildlife backdrops. I can't explain why it is so amazing to watch these people singing with perfect morissey intonation in front of the false intimacy of a camera, but it was captivating. Broek and I watched the entire reel, and then decided that we had to throw a party based around the same idea.

We recreated the magic with a Michael Jackson theme.

So we sent out invites with this image: (also a piece in the SFMOMA)

And posted this sign on the wall:

And set up a camera and karaoke machine in a little back room and had all of our friends perform their chosen songs in front of it.

At the end of the night, we brought the birthday boys into the room and showed them what we had been doing for them, and promised them the DVD of all their friend's performances. They graced us with a performance of their own.

(steven has video of this, and maybe we can convince him to upload it to youtube, because you probably want to see these guys' moves in action)

Happy birthday, boys. You make getting older look pretty good.


  • At 4:53 PM, Blogger English said…

    Gold Stars all around.

    You made this so much fun for us.

  • At 5:25 PM, Blogger k8 said…

    all expectations raised by the genius invitations were totally met and or exceeded.

    well done ladies. well done indeed.

  • At 8:48 PM, Blogger emily said…

    you were right.i should have come to LA.


  • At 9:11 PM, Blogger Tannerama said…

    Man, that looks like one hell of a party. I wish I would have been there. Oh wait... I was there. And I rocked it so hard that I left a crater.

  • At 9:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Thanks for providing such a great party for Keith. Looks like one that was even better than his early bday parties. A grateful Mom. (Keith's mom)

  • At 9:15 AM, Blogger Cindy said…

    So nice! I wish I could have been there. I would have rocked it on, "The Way You Make Me Feel."

  • At 10:18 AM, Blogger English said…

  • At 10:42 AM, Blogger bex said…

    thanks, Keith's mom! has Keith always been this good of a dancer?

  • At 12:53 PM, Blogger bex said…

    also - i love that karaoke makes it possible to know what the songs you know and love actually say. who knew that the very first line in Michael Jackson's "BAD" is "Your butt is mine"?

  • At 7:14 PM, Blogger Tannerama said…

    I did.

  • At 9:10 PM, Blogger vfg said…

    oh man.
    i honestly & truly bought 100 packs of pop rocks just this month.
    gotta snap 'em up when you can...

  • At 7:57 AM, Blogger steven said…

    just can't get enough


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