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From lo these many weeks past:

  • The Star Trek: Into Darkness Spoiler FAQ: Explains the plot holes you can drive a semi through in a very amusing way. Warning: sweary language (the FAQ answerer is clearly of strong opinions). Spoilerage abounds, so I'm declaring comments to this post to be a SPOILER FRIENDLY ZONE for ST:ID.

  • First clip from "Only Lovers Left Alive" features Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton hot un-kissing/making out [YouTube]. VampireLoki + VampireTildaSwinton = how do I get an invite to this party?? 'Cos I need one. For... research.

  • Why do men keep putting me in the girlfriend zone? (Hat tip [ profile] glitter_femme). I've only been in this situation once and the guy got verbally abusive when I told him I wasn't interested. Full disclosure: when I was a stupid teenager I "boyfriend-zoned" a good bit. Then I grew up and learned that the 'verse doesn't owe me boy/girlfriends.

  • Club veteran Princess Julia's piece on the attractions of club life and the role of the DJ. This quote especially resonated with me:

    Mark Moore dj, music producer and frontman of seminal band S-Express began his career as a dj and continues to involve himself in the spirit of it, 'My experience of djing is similar to when friends come round your house and you play music to them. Every record that brings joy to them and blows their mind also brings joy to you so it's really a way of bonding and sharing - communion! The DJ experience is just a bigger version of this with more people and more energy.

    I was the kid ever making mixtapes for my friends to evangelize my taste in music, and that urge to share is part of what got me into radio in college. Even when I was trying to learn to mix, I don't think I ever really wanted to be a club dj - I always wanted to be John Peel, introducing people to sounds they've never heard before.

  • And 'cos the quote is from Mark Moore: Enjoy this trip. And it is a trip. Countdown is progressing... [YouTube]. Oldie but goodie.

  • Remittance Girl's blog post on feeling like an exile stuck in my head: "There have been times in my life, I’ve masqueraded inclusion. I’ve pretended to join, I’ve faked communion, I’ve partaken of the flesh, without swallowing. There is almost always a thin membrane, a wrap of impenetrable film that keeps me in exile." For good or ill, I kinda get that. Even when I've tried I've always felt a bit "off-center", and with age I'm (slowly, oh so very slowly) starting to accept that. (FYI this entry is worksafe but the rest of Remittance Girl's site emphatically is not; having said this if you're looking for quality erotica of all sorts go here).

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Some noteworthy things crossed my screen this morning:

Best dressed of the 2013 Met Costume Institute Gala: which COULD have been interesting as the exhibit is Punk: Chaos to Couture but looking through the images, it seems like only Madonna got the memo. Michael Musto nails it.

For the record, I do plan to go up for the exhibit and I have no illusions about high fashion stealing ideas from the street - it always has and always will. I do find it disappointing that while it appears the exhibit will delve into the roots and philosophy of original punk (anti)fashion, no actual punks were in attendance (lurve you Vivienne Westwood, but you've not been a punk for a long time). Not like punks would actually show up to a fashion gala, but one would think they would have invited some, at least in a cynical attempt to shock.

It's also aesthetically disappointing because it's another parade of pretty people wearing predictably sleek designer gear. Don't get me wrong - I like looking at sleek designer gear and pretty people - but it's not challenging or interesting and one would have hoped the theme would encourage SOMEONE to take some fashion risks, but no.

As an aside, this is also why I don't go out of my way to view the Oscar red carpet - there are no surprises. Gimme another Bjork swan dress (a dress so odd it has it's own Wikipedia page!) and maybe I'll go to the trouble.

The other is this photo essay Rave kids in the '90s vs. rave kids today, and I know I'm going to sound like an old crusty, but here goes: I find it sad that the current styles for women are so sexualized. Nothing wrong with sex or being sexy, but Back In The Day(TM), raving was about dancing - hard, sweatily, all night. You didn't run around in a sports bra to look hot, but because it was so hot it was raining indoors - in short, you dressed so you could dance comfortably.

I love the costumey aspect, but I imagine it's hard to seriously pound the parquet if you're afraid your clothes are going to fall off :P

Also one of the things I loved about raving was that I was coming out of a club scene that emphasized tight minidresses and "dress to impress" and it was a relief to go out and not have to be sexy sexy sexy just to get in the door. I could just dance and let the music take me.

If raving is just another fashion show, I think that's sad. But I'm also heartened that if this is the case there will inevitably be a pendulum swing away from that, if there isn't already.
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As a tongue tied college radio DJ my hero was John Peel, the legendary BBC Dj who would play anything and everything as long as it was new and fresh, from major labels to nameless cassettes sent in the mail. I first heard him on BBC World Service on my dad's staticky shortwave and his dry humor between records only added to the thrill of discovery. Oh, to flip through his record bins....

And through the joys of the internet WE ALL CAN! Peel's entire 65,000(!) record collection will be going online! Not only preserved but accessible to everyone!

Meanwhile, Tate Modern's photographic archive was narrowly saved from the garbage, while the V&A's is long gone(!). The moron at the V&A should surely be haunted by the ghosts of librarians and curators past!
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Had a fun weekend with [ profile] shemhazai:

I finally got to faire this season, to wander and debut the pirate coat (alas, no pix taken). Shem hadn't been to one in years and I let her lead the way. So many bright colors, food-on-stick smells and luscious leather to pet and sniff! We stopped by [ profile] dreamtigress' booth, saw the joust, stumbled upon Wolgemut (forgot they were playing this year) and shopping/windowlicking (sword earrings, and a belt for D. that I've been promising him for a year). Was a bit more crowded than I would have liked and I let myself get run down (note to self: don't resist the food on sticks next time) but the weather was just about PERFECT, especially after a week of rain: breezy with blue skies and barely 70F.

Recovered nicely with mountains of sushi for dinner, as discovered by D. My eyes were bigger than my stomach but it was all. So. Good!

Felt a bit faded Sunday so we stayed in and talked and watched movies. I showed Shem The Guild, and she showed me Gjallarhorn (can't find a good example, but think celtic + didgeridoo + kulning [YouTube] (Scandinavian cattle calls).

All together a good weekend, I only wish my un-allergies hadn't been a damper.
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Last night I went to my first concert in.....awhile. [ profile] geekchick and [ profile] nminusone told me Bryan Ferry was playing in town (literally in town, in my 'burb, not in the city), and as it was nearby and I'd not seen them in an age it sounded good.

And it was good, but plenty unusual compared to most of my concerts/raves/nightlifey things. The crowd was older, say, 40s-50s, so we were some of the youngest people there. The venue was new and very polished, with velvet covered seats and inlaid wood everything, angled in such a way that there really aren't any bad seats. It was kind of like going to an opera or play, but with rock music.

Of course, this is Bryan Ferry*, so it was slick and classy, with quality musicians and backup dancers (when was the last time I saw those?). The crowd was lively but polite. It was 2 1/2 hours with intermission and ended at a reasonable hour.

Not the wild life, but I've got to admit, I like it! Good music without hauling downtown, staying up till all hours, scraping gunge off my shoes, or navigating a sea of crowded feet and elbows.

Yes, I am old and boring, but I do a hell of lot more activities post-work than I used to when I only went out at weekends, so I think I can be excused for wanting my 8 hours :P

*Who is not the same person as Bryan Adams. Ferry = glam, europop, was born in a suit. Adams = mainstream rock, jeans. If you want musical differences, that's what YouTube is for.
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What I'm up to:

  • Closet purge, this time keeping a list of what I donate so I can claim it on taxes

  • Fencing smarter, if not better. Made a workable target by draping the folded-away exercise machine with a heavy rubber mat.

  • Vest continues slowly. I've been thumbing through Fit for Real People and they have solutions for more than just bust measurement: wide or sloped shoulders, wide AND rounded shoulders, sunken chest, uneven body. I'm optimistic about results.

  • Made an appointment for an scratch/prick allergy test to better treat my allergies/asthma. It's time to stop putting out fires and figure out some preventive care.

  • Concert next week, seeing [ profile] geekchick and [ profile] nminusone for the first time in an age

  • Renn faire real soon now. Leaning towards this weekend because it will be cool enough to wear costumes in comfort
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Good question. It was only after watching the Queen: Days of Our Lives documentary at my sister's suggestion that I realized I know a LOT of their songs despite never really following them. So many of their singles became ubiquitous that Queen is unavoidable, I suspect everyone has a favorite whether they're a fan or not.

I have a particular affection for "We Are the Champions" because I associate it with "A Knight's Tale", but only in the original - Robbie Williams IS NO FREDDIE MERCURY, so I'm not going to post the video :P But, I will post the Knight's Tale intro for knights who rock you:

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"Glee"'s reboot for a new generation:

Anyone remember the original?

anotheranon: (music)
Documentary coming out next year:

Damn, it really has been 20 years (or thereabouts, if I count the "false start" Atlanta parties where most of the attendees couldn't fathom dancing without beer).
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Yes and no.

As a teenager I was a fervent music snob and based most of my friendships primarily around shared musical tastes. This wasn't the greatest way of choosing friends but it did rule out disagreeable subsets of my peers in high school: the (sexist) metal fans, the (bullying) hip hop fans, and the (all of the above plus homophobic redneck) country fans. In suburban Atlanta in the mid '80s it was a fairly safe assumption that if someone listened to Erasure, Bauhaus and the Cure, they weren't likely to be freaked out by gay people, judgmental of girls who wore all black or evangelically pious.

As an adult I'm less dogmatic because the lines are less clear cut - we grow, and stuff :P I've since discovered that my disdain for some hip hop, metal, country, etc. was based a lot more on the fans than on the music itself, and that as in most musical genres, what reaches the ears of those not "plugged in" often isn't the BEST of what's out there. What surprised me the most was that I could like some (very limited) country - I mean, the original Man in Black covering Nine Inch Nails - who knew I'd ever see the day?


May. 14th, 2010 06:33 pm
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This has been stuck in my head since watching "Cabaret" last weekend - it just bounces along so well :) I can't embed Liza's version, so here's Dresden Dolls:

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  • 20:41 @quasigeo - An epeeist you... heathen :P Welcome to the wonderful world of #fencing! Keep at it, you'll be able to kick through walls! #
  • 20:43 Jack Sparrow inspired by Adam Ant, not Keith Richards: . This is screamingly obvious to anyone with eyes :P #
  • 20:46 @quasigeo - Pistol grips are helpful & def. de rigeur for competitors. Lots of diff. pistol grip styles tho; experiment before settling. #
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I note they're all sensibly wearing hats:

Not typical of the Damned's ouvre, but utterly beautiful, especially the Spanish-style guitar (which incredibly meant that my Spanish guitar-playing dad actually liked a song by a punk band).
anotheranon: (surprise)
The levels of wrong are astounding. To add insult to.. insult, the searing earworm is the Dickies performing the theme song to a Sid and Marty Krofft kid's show:

D. and I are SO there opening night :P
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  • 09:45 M People's "One Night In Heaven" reminds me of summer - something I desperately need right now: #
  • 10:48 @geekchick - ! :( #
  • 12:23 Women's tailcoat pattern: . Just FYI since Vogue doesn't seem to make one anymore. #
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Alas, I hear tell that the Technics 1200 turntable will cease production in February.

My first encounter with this slick technology was as a college radio DJ in the early 90s when the live studio got a set to replace the ancient cement wheels we'd been using. Most of the jocks didn't like them because they were "too loose" but I and the woman with whom I split the weekly dance music show all but wept with joy and envy, as we'd been trying to mix with the aforementioned cement and it was like dragging lead back and forth.

This was back in the day when all mixing was done with actual physical records. A. and I both had to haul heavy milk crates of records to the 4th floor studio, in a building with no elevator (uphill, both ways!) The memories of the difficulties/joys are still so vivid that it's easy for me to forget that this was nearly 20 years ago, and it was a real shock to me to realize that the upcoming generation of college/club jocks don't really know how it was done before mp3s.

That the technology has advanced so dramatically that I could now (in theory at least) store the contents of those crates on a single flash drive is mind boggling when I stop to think about it. And I do still have all my vinyl and a turntable to play them on (a Stanton USB, so I can burn all my '90s "techno" to disc).

Mp3 "djing" (if it can be truly said to be proper manipulation and beatmatching when the computer does it for you) falls under "stuff I'd love to play with if I had the time". If only because I wouldn't have to haul around as much..
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  • 19:04 Ode To Joy with yodeling, oompah, and alternative lyrics = win #prairiehomecompanion

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  • 23:13 Reminding self that I don't need more books, mostly because I don't have space for the ones I already have!!
  • 12:15 London Street Art Design - acid house edition out now:
  • 12:15 Also, electronic dance history scholarship:
  • 15:34 Our cats' vet cracks me up. Remembers cats' names, not ours: we are "mom" and "dad" :P
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  • 16:59 RT @wax_fm: #ilovevinyl for the warmth, the artwork, the ritual, the smell, and the thrill of chasing down great old records

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