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100 day song challenge #10

#10 A song that has a new meaning to you every time you hear it

This is a poorly phrased category. It assumes one of two things:

1) that you listen to a song very VERY seldom.
2) that you have the memory of a goldfish

Or all of the above. Right. Anyone mind if I take the liberty of rephrasing?

#10 A song in which you hear something new, even after repeated listens

Brace yourself. This is going to be another Architects song. So I’m scheduling this for the future. Months on, possibly (HELLO future me -waves-).

Often when I listen to Architect’s Daybreaker album, I find myself thinking “What’s this song? This is sooo good. Why didn’t I listen to this before?

Except for I did. About a thousand times (see my last.fm :P). For the life of me, I seem unable to remember. Sometimes I’ll have this thought twice during the song. “OH, it’s still Architects.

Last time, it was while listening to Truth, Be Told on the bus to work; the bus driver had it in for us, tried to kill us by turning up the heat so that it was barely possible to breathe, which I would like to claim explains why I was so confused at that time. My brain:

Well. This is a nice tune. Listen to those guitars. Now there’s someone who could replace Tom!? OH. It IS Tom. FFS. 

Let me explain: this is a fun game I have. What if this member in this band suddenly did a John Frusciante – i.e. threw a hissy fit and left, this is important, it’s not leaving out of necessity, I like imagining people having a mental breakdown  – who would replace him/her? 

I’m clearly still occupied with this particular round of the game, starting to think I need to expand my frame of reference.

So that’s an unnecessarily long intro to this tune for ya. Do give it a listen; it’s a fun little song, not exactly representative of Architects, i.e. still fair chance you’d like it, even if metal isn’t your cup of tea.

xo,

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Currents; And I want

hm shorts

H&M shorts in petrol. I’ve got three pairs of these already, and we get along like a house on fire. I’ve told myself no colored ones! I tend to not get a lot of wear out of any garment in a color in general, bottoms in particular, but these just haunt my mind. PS, they look nicer IRL.

estrid johanne hildebrandt

Estrid by Johanne Hildebrandt. This is the latest book in my all-time favorite book series. It’s a retelling of old Norse myths and legends, basically. And Hildebrandt tells a story so incredibly well. If I remember correctly it’s due for publication in October.

lime crime venus

Lime Crime Venus the grunge palette. I know, I’m late to the party. Or actually, I’m still considering not turning up at all; I’ve decided high-end is not for me. For many reasons. But in my search for a decent matte palette, I just keep coming back to this one. It’s everything I want. I would order it, but I’d rather not order from the US, so I’m putting it off.


The reissues of two of Nina Hemmingsson’s comic books. Soon I hope!?!! I need them!

velvetines-salem

Lime Crime Velvetines in Salem. Again, high-end; not for me. But, again, this looks like everything I want and need. I know we’re supposed to go for the metallics now, but I’m not quite over the mattes yet. …although an argument could be made for the metallic shade Lana. A copper shade. Looks amazing.

asos-ruffle choker

Ruffle choker from ASOS. One or more of the channels I follow on YouTube hauled ruffle chokers from ASOS, and I just love the look. But I can’t possibly justify another choker, can I?

asos split back

Snazzy new top with some sort of opening in the back. Because I need it. Don’t quite think tie dye is for me though. I’ll keep looking.

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All of the new Batiste styling products. Because I was just made aware that they have styling products. And I love their dry shampoo so. Anyone tried any of their styling products?

Nedwood tea. For it is the season.

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Yellow raincoat. Obsessed with the idea of a yellow raincoat. And I do need a raincoat. I mean I’m going to Glasgow in November. November! What was I thinking?

nyx-alien

NYX Liquid Suede in Alien. Yes. Still on my wishlist as no store had it in stock back in August. And because black lipstick and orange eye; match made in heaven for sure.

 

What’s on your wish list?

 

xo,

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100 day song challenge #25

#25 A song that you loved right from the first 5 seconds

This phrasing seems to assume that loving a song from the first 5 seconds is something out of the ordinary. For me it’s not. 99% of the time I know from the first second whether or not there is even a chance that I’ll like the song.

But if I think of songs that I love the first 5 seconds of, The Amity Affliction’s Pittsburgh – No Intro always and without fail comes to mind.

I am so looking forward to hearing this live; that’s some excellent shouting.

xo,

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Reading challenge; A translation

The reading challenge calls for a book translated into English; I’m going to ignore the English part. (Oh, she’s not following the rules of the challenge again, how unusual.)

My excuse; a) I read translations all the time, and b) I reckon it’s possible they added the in English part so that no one would think that they were going to read a book in another language.

Also. I had a pile of books not really fitting into the reading challenge but which I was really kinda keen to read, so here we are.

I’ve read Mhairi McFarlane’s It’s not me, it’s you, translated into Swedish.

I feel I should say something about the translation. It is the translation category after all. And it is a field where I should possess some sort of authority, having a degree and all that.

Here it goes; Eh. Didn’t hate it.

OK. Let’s be slightly more serious. a) Who the hell am I to judge a translation? b) It’s easier to write about translations if they’re kinda bad.

Overall, I noted maybe a few things where I wondered what the reasoning behind the choice of translation was, but I didn’t get caught up wondering how it was phrased in English. This is a very good sign.

It does read a little weird, but this has to do with this book being written in what I would call a typical British voice; we don’t write like that here. So it’s always going to seem a bit off somehow. IF, and that’s a big if, you think about the fact that it is a translation when reading. I’m betting most people don’t.

I quite liked this read; it served its purpose. It’s clearly meant as a bit of light entertainment and I do love that.

However.

It was a bit long. By which I mean, like really, the final 100 pages or so focusing on how the main character was going end up with some guy at the end? Might be that I’m just not that interested in whether or not they end up together, but was it necessary? Couldn’t it have ended with them not getting together? I like it when no one gets anyone ever.

I kid you not. Example: I’ve watched He’s just not that into you multiple times. And I love it. But. After the first time, I always turn it off before Justin Long comes crawling back to Ginnifer Goodwin because I hate that ending. (Yes HI bitter old hag here, how can I help you?)

And can we also talk about why the object of desire had to be a traditionally handsome man who in addition is rich? That’s just awfully convenient and oh. so. boring. Or better yet, let’s not talk about it and just leave it there.

Other than that, I really did like it. Promise.

xo,

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The Twitter strategy; Or whyy are they so samey?

You know how some bands will follow you on Twitter as a part of their marketing strategy?

Conquer Divide is starting to bug me. Because they’ve followed me approx 5 times now. More than once is already one time too many. At least. I mean FFS.

Not that this strategy doesn’t work. It does, in a way. If the goal is to get me to give them a listen.

This last time it was actually the guitarist and not the band that followed, and she’s a funny tweeter so, hey ho, I’ll give it another listen. I do love a funny tweeter.

Verdict: It’s not bad. It is definitely within the range of music I listen to.

My one but is: there’s already more than a handful of bands sounding pretty much exactly like this. To no small part because the singers all sound the same.

It’s like they’re all trying to copy Paramore’s Hayley Williams. Don’t get me wrong, I like Hayley, but my Hayley quota is filled. And let’s face it. Lynn Gunn of PVRIS is the new and improved version of Hayley. At this point in time, makes no sense to be copying Hayley.

To me, all of these are far too similar:

Conquer Divide

Paramore

New Years Day

The Material

The Nearly Deads

Courage My Love

Tonight Alive

It is possible I wouldn’t complain if the lot of them copied Mariam, as in in Mariam the Believer. If you’re going to copy someone, copy Mariam. The quality of her voice is just so insanely appealing and, far as I know, there are not a lot singers like this out there. Especially not in the pop/punk/metal genre. Just listen to this:

Now imagine that to metal music? Would be my fave band ever. Easy.

Why is it though that they all sound so much alike? Is it because of Hayley? That can’t be it? Not all of them? Is it just that’s what most female voices sound like? Again, that can’t be it, surely you can control your voice to an extent?

I just don’t get it.

I don’t want to be complaining about female vocalists, or musicans, at all. Lord knows we need more women in music; they should get all sorts of praise merely for venturing into the business at all.

So to be fair. I have issues with male vocalists sounding the same too. But they not only sound the same, they also suck. I’m talking about the barking kind. Which is the problem; they sound like barking dogs. Why would you want to listen to that?

A barking vocalist can just ruin it all. I know of bands with two vocalists, and the clean vocalist is perfectly fine, sometimes even really good, the music ditto, but the unclean one is just going for dog/monster. Can’t be listened to. Just can’t.

However. A) to my knowledge they haven’t attempted the Twitter strategy – although I had a quite interesting experience with Dream on Dreamer, which is a band I liked and followed, upon which they followed me back but then unfollowed. Er? OK? Someone clicking all the buttons? Or it just coincided with their PR doing the Twitter thing?

Anyway. I listen to enough male musicians as it is. If there are a few I don’t like, that’s how it should be. But I feel female musicians are underrepresented in my playlists. And I don’t like it. I want to like all the female musicians. In metal and similar genres especially. Why are you all making it so goddamn difficult??

Maybe my problem with the bands/vocalists mentioned above is that I struggle to hear what feeling they’re trying to convey. Or that the feeling sounds insincere? Unlike sayyy…Nicole Sabouné. I hear emotion in this:

I’m not saying any of these singers are bad. In fact, I’d rather they suck a bit, be a bit off beat, a bit off tune, it’d give them some character, make them memorable. There’s lots of decent musicians already, you know? Being skilled is not enough.

To be honest, not even sure it’s necessary to be good at all. An awful lot of the time being skilled is just plain boring. I’d rather listen to someone with interesting ideas than someone with lots of technical skills.

And maybe, ask your PR to have at least one more strategy, not just follow bunch of random people on Twitter. Follow a user more than once and maybe it doesn’t matter how good you are, they’re still going to be kinda annoyed.

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100 day song challenge #71

#71 A song your parents played in the car when you were younger

I’m going to go ahead and interpret this as a song my parents played in the car when I was a kid. Because I’ve been the DJ of pretty much any parent-car situation since they started playing me Roxette in the late 80s.

From their 1988 release Look Sharp!, Dangerous by Roxette.

Should I be embarrassed that I still do like this record? Probably. I’m not though. Zero percent. I was a fangirl even back then; I used to have the live show they show clips from in the video on VHS. Watched it over, and over, and over…

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You know what Sunday means; Week summary

This week I’ve…

…made final travel arrangements to see Architects and Bring Me the Horizon in October + November. If it seems as if I already mentioned this, it’s because I have. But that was for other locations. Of course, since then Mr Sykes of BMTH has contracted acute laryngitis and shows have been cancelled, and at this point, when a band starts cancelling shows I take nothing for granted. Maybe I’m not going? We’ll see.

…been listening to a remix of the Rolo Tomassi track Illuminare like a woman possessed.

Why can’t this band sound like this all the time? They’d be my new favorite band easy. Now I’m going to have to work on it.

…been searching YouTube for Architects live in Australia. Because it’s what I do when they’re on tour. In the processes I came across the BMTH intro from the same tour (Architects were opening for BMTH, we’re all aware?)

Er. OK. Is this intro is…a keeper..? Honestly, I have to stop this. Have I got nothing better to do? (NOPE, I don’t.)

…also found some Architects. E.g. this one:

…given up on the intuitive eating. Maybe. It seems to me I can’t be trusted. Is it completely unlikely that there are people who do need boundaries? Can I play the PCO card?

…enjoyed the no-brow look. Not until the third try did I realize I prefer this look with a lipstick that just melts into my face; the NYX soft matte lip cream in Cairo, and also managed to find a blush that doesn’t show up orange on camera, go me! Not that it shoes up at all, but I’m OK with that.

Indeed fortunate my fringe has grown out long enough to cover my one eye. It’s been weeping all week, leaving me with just a mess of makeup on the one eye.

PS. Death stare. Coming along nicely.

…been scrolling through Bands in Town damning myself for ever leaving Glasgow. The fuck was I thinking? Sure, shit job, but maybe worth it?

All and all: this week has been kind of meh.

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