…random blathering

Today, I–


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–mailed my ACCI Gallery submissions.


*waits for cheering*




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!




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!