…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!

…something related to “productive”

Maybe.

 

I’ve spent a lot of time today deciding what three pieces I was going to send to the Acci Gallery’s 2008 National Juried Exhibition:  chimera: Randolph, taxonomy: Audrey III, and Bondage like grandma used to make: jingle flogger. So that, at least, is decided. And the application only needed filling out, a CD, SASE, and entry fee. Really, really easy to put together.

 

For once.

 

Now, I just need to finish it up and send it off tomorrow.  Then, oh then!, I get to work on my proposal for the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto’s Hard Twist show and decide if I really want to apply to for membership with the 62 Gallery.  It’d be shiny, but I’m not certain I’m ready for it yet.

 

But, in less stress-inducing news, the Art to Wear show’s deadline is actually June 21st instead of June 2nd like it was published in FiberArts.  

 

*breathes properly for the first time in weeks*

 

My dress-form might actually be here in time for me to make something new for it.  Yay!

 

And, so there is a point of reference when I’m complaining about my lack-of-studio-space, a picture!


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Yes, it is on my enclosed front-porch and it is that cluttered.  What you’re not seeing is that, behind where I’m taking the picture from, is about 15 basses and guitars, Yule decorations, other art works, supplies, and the unused-front-door.

 

Shiny, huh?

 

And, so y’all don’t feel cheated.  A sock-geisha.


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Bye, kiddos!

…avoidance

I have a stack of work to do and I can’t really get myself to work on it.  What makes this unusual is that it’s work of, literally, my own creation.

 

Ya see, I have, of my own volition, quite school for the time being to make art.  And now?  I’m freaking out ’cause I have all of these self-imposed deadlines, a zillion and five ideas for things to make, and zero space in which to work.

 

…somehow, I don’t think I thought this through as much as I thought I had.

 

I think the only thing that isn’t driving me batty at the moment is …quixotic or not ( quixotic-or-not.livejournal.com/ ), my webcomic.  I’m still not thrilled with how it looks as yet, but I’m working on it.  

 

Now, if Tom would stop harshing my squee because I’m not an authenticity nazi, it’d be nice.

 

And, since this is an art-blog and all the angst that’s associated with it, I give you art.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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elizabeth presented on my lovely model.  This piece is about identity construction and understanding other people’s identities.  Kind of a play on “walking a mile in someone else’s shoes” except that you’re exchanging a collar for shoes.

 

And, there is not potential beating of people later for having stolen someone’s shoes.

 

Not funny.  I know.  

 

But I never really claimed to be funny.  

 

*completely deadpan*

 

Also, for the record, I really don’t like fixed column width.  Just sayin’.

abomination. whimsy. fandom. art. squid.

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