Soooooooo, I’ve been up to my pointed, little ears in busy.

Sorry-not-sorry for having been gone without even a postcard.

Okay, I’ve been tweeting, so technically, there’s been postcard-ish things.

Kinda.

BUT!  It’s all been work-related.

Except for the Eureka mainlining…and the Jekyll mainlining–that wasn’t strictly work-related.  Oops?

I also had a job interview and was offered the job and didn’t accept it.  I CAN’T EVEN EXPLAIN TO Y’ALL WHY I DID THAT.  IT WILL PROBABLY COME BACK TO BITE ME IN THE ASS IN THE NEAR FUTURE.

eloi: jellyfish
2013
digital painting
Katrina (‘Trie) Blasingame

I just finished this guy today.  He started off as a quick one-off piece during the painting day of the Children’s Art Workshops I was teaching for the ARTgarage.  I like him so much that I decided to re-envision him digitally–and evidently, revisit a long ago series I used to do called eloi.

So–that’s a thing that happened.

I dunno.  I kinda like him.

And, other pictures from the workshops (kids more-or-less removed for safety’s sake).

My table at Kids Try Art Free Day!  Yay!

Obviously, I was teaching bookmaking.

Missie and her kiddo at the painted mosaic table.

My unfinished maquette from my sculpture class.  The kids crit’ed mine and everything.  I was so proud.

One of my sculpture kid’s piece.  This is the kid who was adamant the week before about realism.  Maybe I helped to shake something loose for him?

We’ve also had Gallery Nite relatively recently.

It was nice.  I didn’t sell anything, but it was nice.

I’ve also been trying to refine my table because–let’s face it–I’m tired of schlepping everything everywhere. C’est la vie.

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand, because if I don’t Gnome will be mad (and an angry Gnome is a no fun Gnome), here is Crinoline Vortex (feat. me ‘Trie, eep!) at Gallery Nite.

Okay, I’m gonna go hide my head in shame now.

Courage.

burlesque shows, new quarter openings, and just general craziness

So, yeah, I went to see Savage-a-Go-Go last Friday with the lovely Miss Z, of Knits by Zoe.

(NB:  The next Savage-a-Go-Go show is November 30th; if you’re in Wisconsin–I don’t care where you are–y’all should come.)

It was A-MAZ-ING!  Seriously, like whoa.  The music was fantastic; there was a nice mix of silly and sensuous and gore (It was a Halloween show after all.).  The ladies (and gentlemen, ’cause there’s a few lads) are all incredibly talented and are having a fabulous time.

So, this is Ruby Stardust performing at the Bustin’ Out show in September. I couldn’t find a good picture from the Halloween show. *meh*
Ruby does this interesting mix of Middle Eastern Dance combined with Krunk and Pop-Lock. To Dubstep. Seriously. This routine was to Skrillex’s “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites.”

That is maybe my only complaint:  not always being able to track down songs that I really like later.  Some I’ve heard recently enough that I can track them down, but sometimes, I’ve only heard them a couple of times.

*shrugs*

I WANT PLAYLISTS DAMMIT!

…of course, they could totally be posted on the Facebook page, and I just don’t stalk it enough to see. <–Facebook makes my head hurt a lot of the time, tbh. *should probably go look*

And, a video of one of their other performances!

 

Okay, so on the squid-art front, I’ve been spinning through just about everything I have to spin that I haven’t already cleaned, carded, and dyed.  *sigh*  That’s going to be happening soon, isn’t it?  *eyes studio warily*

But, yeah.

skeins hanging to dry
Yep, I had quite the backlog.

Please, don’t mind the mess.  My studio desperately needs to be cleaned and reorganized.  Again.

*grumbles*

I also have some commission spinning waiting for me, but I’ve been having problems sitting down to do it (probably because it doesn’t have a due date).

I WILL SPIN ON IT TONIGHT! *is resolved, see my Resolved Face?*

But, that’s because it’s the new Quarter at the ARTgarage Meet The Artist–thingie.  So, yeah, I’ll be there demo-ing in my corner feeling kinda meh because, most of the time, people are interested in seeing me spin rather than seeing my art. <–The problem in being a conceptual artist in Wisconsin, yo. *is kinda frustrated*

So, yeah, if y’all are free tonight–and, ya know, in the area–Opening at the ARTgarage from 5-8.

And, since we’re chatting about the ARTgarage, my November Bookmaking class (Nov. 10th and 11th) is running.  I think the book-types are going to be insta-book, accordion/concertina, pamphlet, basic codex, Japanese stab-binding, and altered (via folding).  What do y’all thing?  Good types that can easily be worked from?

Also, because I actually don’t suck for once, it seems like my November drop spindle class is running too (Nov. 13th)!

WHAT’S WRONG WITH THE WORLD?

Okay, enough of that.  I swear I am working on art, but it’s all in these really weird early forms at the moment that I haven’t taken pictures of.  Soon, my precious.  Soon.

And, I still owe y’all a poetry post. <–Which may very well relate to my next Quarter’s offerings.

Courage.

 

IQ’s Fall Art Reception and Fourth Quarter Art at the ARTgarage

So, I’m not really ready to be think-y about Branding yet; I’m still trying to figure out what it means for me specifically and what it will look like in practice.  I could totally parse it out here, but I really don’t want to subject y’all to that sort of babble–and it totally would be disconnected babble!–so, instead, owls!

 

Fungoid owlets, to be specific.

 

And my Fourth Quarter exhibit at the ARTgarage.

 

And, an Art Reception at IQ’s!

 

So, I’m going to begin at the end and work back through to the beginning.  Cause I’m tired.  And it makes sense in my head.  Have I mentioned I’m tired?

 

The Fall Art Reception and Open Mic at IQ’s in Green Bay.  It’s totally a Heather Peterman gig, but she totally shares her stage with other artists.  She invited me to come and play with everyone else–to the point I’m on the flyer. *hands*  Heather is totally awesome and makes beautiful art and bags (I have one; it’s my favorite bag!).

 

Fall Art Reception and Open Mic at IQ's Green Bay, October 6, 2011

 

Actually, she had invited me to participate in the last Art Reception, but I wasn’t feeling ready to be out with my art and potentially not sell anything sell my art.  <–Have I mentioned that I have raging insecurity?  And a height-related inferiority complex?  *whistles*

 

So, yeah, come out to IQ’s on Saturday and see a bunch of fantastic art–maybe even buy a few things–and listen to a lot of good music. The Fall Art Reception coincides with an Open Mic. We might even get The Husband up there to play!

 

*and we segue over to here in a non-awkward self-aware fashion because I don’t have a good transitional idea right now*

 

Sometimes, ya really just have to go for the obvious transitions, ya know?

 

I finished putting up my Fourth Quarter Exhibit at the ARTgarage. Here are some pictures.

 

2011 Fourth Quarter Art Exhibit at the ARTgarage

 

detail

 

From left to right:  unnamed friends:  AT-AT ($140), unnamed friends:  sheepapillar ($150), and unnamed friends:  twitter-tail ($130).

 

detail

 

Still talking about the framed pieces, from left to right:  unnamed friends:  squid attacked by bird-blob ($150) and unnamed friends:  uni ($130).

 

detail

 

Sculptures, from left to right:  unnamed owlets:  fungoid owlets (1-3/100; small owlets $65, medium owlets $85), unnamed friends:  from the 100 acre wood ($1200), and unnamed friends:  fungoid owlets (5-7/100; small owlet $65, medium owlet $85, large owlet $120).

 

The unnamed friends: fungoid owlet artist doll edition is going well. I’ve already sold one–mind, it was sold to Miss ‘Lain, and she always buys my stuff. She’s my own personal patron.

 

Here are the little buggers (in close-up!) so far:

 

unnamed friends:  fungoid owlets (1-3/100)

 

unnamed friends:  fungoid owlet (4/100)

 

This little guy was #4 in the edition.

 

unnamed friends:  fungoid owlets (5-7/100)

 

And, I have 10 more owlet carcasses waiting to be stuffed for Saturday.

 

Have I mentioned that I really like not being afraid of my sewing machine anymore?

 

So, here’s the currently updated calendar:

Story Beads:  Beading to Heal–September 30th    $30.00

The ARTgarage has a class cooperative with St. Vinny’s, and this class is being offered through that program.  This class is also totally based upon one that I took with Lisa Kay a couple of years ago.  She’s totally as awesome as you’d think she’d be winning a Fulbright.  Share the love!

 

So, I had one person signed up for this class, but we had such a good time, I think!  Definitely going to see about doing this again in the Spring–maybe as more of a series of “come and learn; come back to hang out and work together!”

 

“Visualizing Your Hopes and Dreams”:  An Art Night for Freedom House–October 3rd, 6-8 pm

It’s basically an art class being taught for the families that Freedom House helps out.

 

Kelly and I had about 10 people (though 2 were too small to do more than run around) plus Freedom House’s coordinator-lady Robyn (who is totally awesome).  We all had a good time, one student tried drawing for the first time in her life, and I made a new friend.

 

Studio Tour–October 7th, 12-6 at the ARTgarage

It’s really Chris Style’s studio tour, but all the ARTgarage studio artists were invited to join the fun.  This tour happens the 8th and 9th also, but I’m only going to be there the 7th and the 9th.

 

Bay Area Watercolor Artists Opening–October 7th, 5-8 at the ARTgarage

Not necessarily my art scene, but ya know, I’m still gonna be supportive!

 

 

IQ’s Fall Art Reception–October 8th

3-8 pm at IQ’s Bar 2105 University Ave., Green Bay

 

Studio Tour–October 9th, 12-5 at the ARTgarage

Same sitch, different day.

 

4th Quarter Artists Opening Reception AND the first Artists’ Demo-ing Night (hip name yet to be chosen)–October 13th

5-8 pm at the ARTgarage.  The Artists’ Demo-ing Night is something new that we’re trying, so if you’re an artist in the Green Bay area, come to Demo Night!  We all aren’t ARTgarage artists either, and we’re willing to share our windfall awesomeness!

 

Japanese Stab Binding:  Books to Heal–October 14th    $30.00

Also, a St. Vinny’s class.

 

Artist Books:  A Bookmaking Workshop–November 11th-12th    $150.00

Bookmaking techniques and artist books! \o/

 

Artists’ Demo-ing Night–November 17th

Same sitch (yes, I did use “sitch”) as the other one.

 

Artist Dolls–November 18th-19th    $150.00

Really, this is ‘Lain’s gig; I’m just co-teaching.

 

Black Friday Mixed Media for Kids Class–November 25th

Co-taught with the fabulous Miss Carrie.  Bring your kids to be babysat to learn about and make mixed media art while you get some peace and quiet some Yule/Christmas/Kwanzaa/Hanukkah/Saturnalia/insert-your-holy-day-here shopping done.

 

Artists’ Demo-ing Night (I really hope we come up with a better title soon.)–Decemeber 15th, 5-8 pm

This Demo Night happens during the ARTgarage’s annual Holiday Sale/Show, so it’s a double header.

 

Miss ‘Lain is also teaching a couple of other classes that I’m kinda helping out with (Mostly so that I can take the class without paying for it!  Don’t tell!).

Circuit Bending 101–October 28th    $60.00

Puppetry–December 2nd and 9th    $150

 

So, that about covers everything…okay, probably not, but it’s all I’ve got right now.

 

Courage.

…part 2 of music video analysis craziness, or happy Filler Bunny of doooooooooooooom

So, the title says it all. I’m not certain if anyone’s really interested in it, but, ya know, shaaaaaaaaaring like they taught us to do in kindergarten.

 

Bjork. “All is Full of Love”. Homogenic. Elektra Records/EEG, 1997. Music Video. Dir. Chris Cunningham. VH1. 20 Sept 2008.

 

Although Bjork’s “All is Full of Love” is visually connected to the 2004 film I, Robot, director Chris Cunningham is more concerned with beauty, revulsion, and transformation. Cunningham, a video artist who has created video art pieces for a variety of musicians as well as movies likeAlien 3, exhibits a preoccupation in his work for sexuality and the erotic while simultaneously seeming to comment on the coldness of the modern, industrialized world, narcissism, the posthuman, and, possibly, the impersonal intimacy inundating contemporary society with its increasing dependence on the internet for socialization.

 

 

Fall Out Boy. “A Little Too Sixteen Candles, a Little Less ‘Touch Me'”. From Under the Cork Tree. Island, 2005. Music Video. Dir. Alan Ferguson. VH1. 20 Sept 2008.

 

Alan Ferguson, director of Fall Out Boy’s “A Little Too Sixteen Candles, a Little Less ‘Touch Me‘”, creates a postmodern pastiche of teen movies, vampire mythoi, and pop music which begins with “credits” reminiscent of 40s and 50s horror movies like The Blob and Hammer Film‘s Dracula with a direct visual quoting from the 80s vampire film The Lost Boys whose title references Peter Pan’s band of followers. The video, more of a mini-film than a traditional music video, continues to reference vampire movies and TV shows such as Monster Squad, theBlade movies and series, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, particularly the Wishverse created in “The Wish” (3.9). In addition to the variety of vampire texts available in this video, there are also visual references to A Clockwork Orange while members from other bands appear as characters.

 

 

Fatboy Slim. “Weapon of Choice”. Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars. Astralwerks, 2000. Music Video. Dir. Spike Jonze. VH1. 20 Sept 2008.

 

Prolific director, producer, and writer Spike Jonze was the mastermind behind Fatboy Slim’s “Weapon of Choice” featuring actor Christopher Walken. Although recognizable due to the breadth of his acting career, Walken is most commonly known for his portrayal of mentally unbalanced characters such as Johnny in the film adaptation of Stephen King’s Dead Zone and the angel Gabriel in the Prophecy series. Yet this characterization is misleading because Walken began his career off-Broadway in musicals. Walken’s background in dance and musicals was used to choreograph “Weapon of Choice” to aid in the creation of a postmodern pastiche that ranges in references from Fred Astaire to the stage and the proscenium screen (4th wall) to silent film comedy and silent film as a purely visual medium to Frank Herbert’s Dune.

…I’ve been a very busy little squid,

But that doesn’t forgive my lack of updating. *self-flagellates* I am teaching and working in two Writing Centers (one of which I’m helping to build from the ground up) and still trying to get something arted on occasion.

 

Not that that’s happening as much as it should. I totally blew off sending a submission to Craftforms yesterday ’cause I was too damn knackered to think. But! Here is something thinky about art in a round-about way. My Comp I class is writing a Visual Analysis Paper about music videos and this is some information that I put together for them as an example of the types of readings possible.

 

Hopefully, they’ll use the information.

 

There are another 3 vids that I need to collect information for, but that’s waiting ’til tomorrow ’cause I’m a mean, old lady that’s only had about 4 hours of sleep after a nearly 60 work week.  I’m being purposely vague ’cause I don’t want to give them all the answers or anything; I just want them to think a little.

 

Enjoy!

 

 

Amos, Tori. “Sleeps with Butterflies.” The Beekeeper. Epic, 2005. Music Video. Dir. Laurent Briet. VH1. 19 Sept 2008.

 

Although Laurent Briet’s main influence for this video was illustration, the illustrator that he most cited is the Japanese, superflat artist Aya Kato. Until recently, the majority of Aya Kato’s work has been lush and vibrant referencing Art Nouveau and merging it with Japanese popular art forms such as manga and anime, which originate in the Edo Period and was added to by the introduction of “pie eyes” by Disney post-World War II. The subject matter of Aya’s work often focuses on fairytales creating through her interpretation a recursive metanarrative that includes elements of all possible versions of a fairytale with her own twisting, transforming images which turn Little Red Riding Hood from a scared girl in the woods into a highly sexualized girl who appears to be trysting with the wolf.

 

The aesthetic of “Sleeps with Butterflies” is as much about a musical style that is reminiscent of the 40s, jazz clubs, and Big Band music as it is Aya’s illustrative work and the pieces that are directly, visually quoted. For Tori Amos, “Sleeps with Butterflies” and the rest of the songs off of The Beekeeper are about religion and spirituality, mythology and political manipulation (“The Beekeeper“). Particularly in “Sleeps with Butterflies”, there seems to be a distinct connection between the imagery and narrative and the myth of Eros and Psych, especially since Amos herself seems to become a neo-Psyche in conjunction to her absent Eros who has flown away from her because he is “having regrets about last night” (Amos, “Sleeps with Butterflies”).

 

 

blink-182. “I Miss You.” Blink-182. Geffen Records, 2003. Music Video. Dir. Jonas Akerlund. VH1. 19 Sept 2008.

 

The imagery from “I Miss You” is an amalgamation of horror movie and silent movie motifs such as The Rocky Horror Picture Show‘s lightening illuminated castle, the ubiquitous Frankenstein’s mansion-laboratory that produced the Monster and The Bride, the Bram Stoker’s Dracula-esque garden mazes and orientalized, predatory women; a coloration and texture similiar to Nosferatu, and Gothic‘s surrealist nightmares. In addition to Director Jonas Akerlund’s chosen imagery, blink-182 appears as a kind of 50s-60s pop band–clean cut, in suits, and mostly acoustic–while the lyrics reference Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas characters Jack Skelington and Sally.

 

 

REM. “Losing my Religion.” Out of Time. Warner Bros., 1991. Music Video. Dir. Tarsem Signh. VH1. 19 Sept 2008.

 

Director Tarsem Signh, who also directed The Cell, seems to draw much of the imagery for “Losing my Religion“, which is a Southernism for “at my wit’s end”, from art and literature. The Daedalus-like winged, old man is drawn from the Gabriel Garcia Marquez short story “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings” while the tableaux that are created around him are based upon Carravagio’s paintings Deposition from the Cross and The Incredulity of Saint Thomas, sometimes called The Doubting of Saint Thomas. In addition to Carravagio, Signh borrows imagery from Soviet propaganda posters, putti, and Hindu art, in particular imagery of Parvati and Shiva, as well as stylistic concerns from the French photographers Pierre et Gilles. While Signh’s interpretation of Pierre et Gilles’ work inundates this music video, Signh seems to be directly quoting their Sebastien in the scenes that depict Saint Sebastian. Although Saint Sebastian is often depicted as pierced with arrows, this seems to be an interpretation of Renaissance artists and may be connected with his status as the patron saint against plagues (Löffler, “St. Sebastian). This connection to plagues creates a possible link between Saint Sebastian and the Greek god Apollo who was a god of medicine, which also meant that he was a god of plague. Like Saint Sebastian, Apollo’s imagery and symbols included the arrow, yet where Saint Sebastian was pierced by them, Apollo wielded them in order to bring death to mortals as he did to Niobe’s sons (Leadbetter, “Apollo”).

…random blathering

Today, I–

 

*dramatic pause*

 

*keeps pausing*

 

*just a bit more*

 

–mailed my ACCI Gallery submissions.

 

*waits for cheering*

 

*crickets*

 

So, okay, it might not be a fantastic amount of stuff done, but it was important.  I also drew out the pattern for sock-geisha, cross-stitched patches, so that’s something too.

 

…now, I just need to cross-stitch one.  *headdesk*

 

Not necessarily related to art, but related to mailing things (and does anybody else completely hate the post office and their move to “first class” stamps rather than how it used to be i.e. based on weight and money? *seethes*), I mailed Theory Sarah off her mixes today, which was shiny.  Now, must make ones for Micha.

 

Since there’s nothing visual today, here are Theory Sarah’s mixes with commentary!

 

…sorta.

 

Disc 1:

 

1.  “Oops, I did it again”, Palast Orchester & Max Raabe, Hitpalast

 

A truly bizarre and unholy mixture of Britney Spears and German cabaret.  Brilliant and disturbing.  They have a myspace page.

 

2.  “Dizz Knee Land”, Dada, Puzzle

 

How can you not like a band named after this art moment?  And they live up to the name too.  They are disjunctive and surreal and political—just like the Dadaists.

 

3.  “They write books about this sort of thing”, Say Hi to Your Mom, Discosadness

 

It just seems like it should be the theme song for every literature person in the history of the universe.  Nice and pop-y and rather shiny.

 

4.  “Alice in Wonder Underground”, Buck-Tick

 

A random slice of j-pop which really should be in FLCL, but meh.  Pretty pop with pretty Asian boys—it really can’t get much better than this.  There’s a video of this song of youtube somewhere.  Definitely worth the watch.

 

5.  “White Rabbit”, Collide, Chasing the Ghost

 

I love this cover.  If Grace Slick had been born just a bit later, this would have been the original version.  Needless to say, Collide is ambient and noisy and industrial.  They, also, have a myspace page.

 

6.  “Vampire”, Antsy Pants, Juno Soundtrack

 

A couple of ten year old girls bouncing about on a bed and singing about a Jhonen Vasquez type vampire.  A random download that I completely adore.  Hopefully, you’ll like it as much as I do.

 

7.  “Pale”, Within Temptation

 

Celtic, melodramatic angst.  It’s pretty, though not my favorite.  It makes a nice transition though.

 

8.  “Insects”, Curiosity

 

Curiosity is a Chicago-based punkatorian/Victorianindustrial musician who does, in fact, dress in full-on lolita, which is rather shiny in my mind.  I like her.  She’s overwrought.

 

9.  “Glittering Cloud (The Plague of Locusts)”, Imogen Heap

 

Another random download in a River from Firefly fanmix (Beauty in the Breaking) that I have fallen in love with.  It’s perky and kinda Postal Service feeling, but by a girl!  Although, I always think that she sounds rather androgynous and like the lead singer of Savage Garden.  The different tempos are really fantastic.

 

10.  “Gasoline”, Enter the Haggis, Casualties of Retail

 

I saw them on Austin City Limits and that was it.  I was hooked.  They’re cute and Scottish and wear kilts and Docs on stage.  *swoons*  This is my favorite song of theirs.  It has banjos, fiddles, and bitchin’ about Scottish-things both traditional and new.

 

11.  “Furnace Room Lullaby”, Neko Case and Her Boyfriends, Furnace Room Lullaby

 

I first heard this song while watching The Gift.  It’s Celtic-American country at its absolute best.  Neko Case has a fantastic voice, absolute control of the pathos, and the song is damn catchy.

 

12.  “Let the Record Show”, Emilie Autumn, Opheliac

 

Emilie is another Chicago-based musician of the punkatorian/Victorianindustiral persuasion.  I think she might have even coined the term.  Maybe not my absolute favorite song of hers, but it’s up there in the top five.  Opheliac was her transition into full-on industrial music after more fairy-fantasy, heavily violin-oriented music and, before that, true classical.  I saw her in concert once.  Definitely worth the hassle. 

 

13.  “Just not rock and roll enough”, Heather Perry

 

A Chicago-based folk musician who I went to Columbia with.  Heather really is brilliant and funny.  Her BFA was in theatre of all things.  She performed Shakespeare.  She also liked performance art and she is as brilliant performing as she is on CD.  Heather’s one of my favorite people.  And, she has a myspace page and regular site too!  With downloads!

 

14.  “Gorecki”, Lamb, Lamb

 

I first heard this song when watching the Torchwood episode “They keep killing Suzie”.  It plays at the end of the episode.  I performed my google-fu and, behold!, “Gorecki”!  I love the delicacy of the beginning, how fragile the singer sounds like she’s sitting precariously on the edge of life and death.  Brilliant.

 

15.  “Delicious”, Kazuhisa Yamaguchi and Ichirou Imai, Petshop of Horrors OST

 

Ambient and lovely, “Delicious” is also the name of a TV episode and a manga episode of Petshop of Horrors where a bride, who is a famous pop idol, throws herself off the side of a cruise ship on her wedding night to get revenge on her new husband.  She, seemingly, shows back up as a mermaid who has amnesia.  The Husband buys her from D’s petshop and takes her home with him.  She, over the course of the episode and in good Japanese mermaid tradition, eats him.  It’s rather shiny.  This song is supposed to be one of the Bride’s songs.

 

Disc 2:

 

1.  “End of Creation”, Psyche Corp

 

Psych Corp is considered a steampunk band (although, I’m fairly certain it’s one person)—more or less.  I love how operatic the singer is.  She has a wonderful range and the story is compelling.

 

2.  “Ago”, Sky Salt, I Believe in Fairytales

 

Sky Salt, although no longer together, is a favorite band of mine.  I love their mix of fairytale and music.  The folkiness of this song is nice too, especially with the little bit of harder guitar towards the end.  They probably fall somewhere in the cabaret punk/baroque pop genre.  Where, I’m not exactly sure.  They referred to themselves as a “fairytale rock band”.

 

3.  “Fairytale”, Sara Bareilles, Careful Confessions

 

Sarah Bareilles is a new one for me, but how can you not appreciate someone whose essentially created a modernized, feminist version of fairytales which both renounces and embraces fairytales at the same time through song?

 

4.  “Paper Angels”, Sky Salt, I Believe in Fairytales

 

The image in my head of “paper angels” is too lovely and I hope that this whimsy carries over to you.  The glissandied waltz at the very beginning is so pretty and the rhythm of the song is so nice.

 

5.  “My Medea”, Vienna Teng

 

I always thought Medea was awesome:  strong and powerful and cut-throat in a completely understandable way.  And that Vienna Teng wrote a song about Medea and the labyrinth and what she’s killed makes me all a-squee.  I love her voice, her range, her composition, and her lyrics.  She so does not suck.

 

6.  “Bang Bang”, Violet Indiana, Casino

 

I first became acquainted with Violet Indiana through a compellation called “12 Tales”, which is really lovely and the insert art is by Amy Brown.  I love the murderousness of this song and how matter-of-fact it is.  I always think of speak-easies and gangsters when listening to this song.  Dunno why, I just do.

 

7.  “Carnival Justice”, Hannah Fury

 

Another one of those punkatorian/Victorianindustial musicians, but I really like her.  She’s a bit more whimsical that Emilie Autumn or Curiosity.  The layers make it so there’s always something new to hear every time you listen to it.  She has a myspace and regular website, both of which are worth a gander.  And, she sings in French and likes periot!  What more could you ask for?

 

8.  “Hollow”, Better Than Ezra, Before the Robots

 

Even though Better Than Ezra is totally a frat-band, they’re one of my favorite bands ever.  Their first album was the first CD I ever bought on my own.  “Hollow”, I think, is quintessentially them:  a little silly, a little bitter, a lot ironic.  Beautifully written, angsty lyrics and catchy songs.  I really hope you like them.  Did I mention they’re from New Orleans?

 

9.  “Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk”, Rufus Wainwright, Poses

 

My favorite Rufus song, hands down.  There are no words for it.  He’s hit everything that’s bad for you and brilliant and makes life something to be enjoyed.  The fact that Rufus is essentially a crooner only makes it better.

 

10.  “Smile and Wave”, The Headstones, Greatest Fits

 

A very, very new band for me; The Headstones are a Canadian band.  I don’t know much about them.  One of my livejournal friends (Salieri, troyswann on livejournal) turned me onto them.  I like the roughness of their music, the absolute “fuck you”ness of it.

 

11.  “Slow Me Down”, Emmy Rossum

 

The syncopation and variety in this is brilliant.  I stumbled upon it due to a River from Firefly fanmix (Beauty in the Breaking) again.  Very pretty.

 

12.  “Beautiful Disaster”, Roger Clyne and The Peacemakers, Real to Reel

 

The title always makes me think of Kelly Clarkson (what?  She doesn’t suck.  She’s fairly decent.)  Roger Clyne and The Peacemakers are the remnants of The Refreshments, Gin Blossoms (though he’s evidently returned to the Gin Blossoms), and Dead Hot Workshop.  They are borderland rock at its best.  Completely brilliant and more-than-a-bit silly.

 

13.  “Bohemian Like You”, The Dandy Warhols, Buffy the Vampire Slayer:  Radio Sunnydale

 

It funny and catchy and, due to an Atlantis fanvid, always makes me think of Radek as well as Xander.  I dunno.  I just really like it.

 

14.  “Let’s Talk about Spaceships”, Say Hi to Your Mom, Numbers and Mumbles

 

Again, because of an Atlantis fanmix.  I love the avoidance of this song.  It so works for slash pairings.

 

15.  “Ride on Shooting Star”, The Pillows

 

Another slice of j-pop that really is in FLCL.  It’s fun and catchy and really needs a yellow Vespa in it. Or, as Eric says, crunchy, ”Diamond Dogs” era Bowie with a good riff.

 

See ya on the otherside, kiddos!