music

3 songs using allusions

Allusion has to be my favorite figure of speech. Especially when used in lyrics.

Basically, what an allusion is, is an indirect reference to another text.

For example!

My Ruin; Terror. I had a dream Joe, that you were standing in the middle of an open road //I had a dream Joe that your hands were raised up to the sky and your mouth was covered in foam. Alludes to Nick Cave’s I had a dream, Joe.

Tairrie (i.e. the My Ruin vocalist) is the queen of allusions, she uses it in lyrics often and well. The entire Relief Through Release record reads like a long allusion to some of the best parts of 90s pop culture. I especially enjoy the Romeo + Juliet references in Omnia Vinat Amor. So well done.

Casey; Hell. Someday you will ache, the way I ache. To be fair, I don’t know if this is actually an allusion or just coincidence, unlike Tairrie. She is a Nick Cave fan; it’s def no coincidence. Plus it’d be a weird coincidence. This though, it is a repeat of a line in Hole’s Doll parts. 

Markus Krunegård; Everybody hurts. Obviously refers to R.E.M.’s Everybody Hurts: Där lärde jag mig gilla Everyboy Hurts (English: It’s where I learned to love Everybody Hurts). Unusually clumsy reference for being Markus; he’s usually so good with words.

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Summer playlist

Ah Spotify, how I love it when you send me here’s what you’ve been listening to emails, especially when it includes a playlist.

And it always does.

Also. This way I can pretend that I have a summer playlist.

I mean I do. But I’m not sure that anything about it says summer.

Unless.

Murder by Within Temptation, does it make you think of summer?

No? Maybe Ropes by In Flames?

What you mean no!?!  What about Shine On by Amity Affliction?

Come on! It has shine in the title. Practically the same as sun.

…if you don’t listen to the lyrics at all.

I’m not complaining. I just think it’s kind of funny.

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3 bands I’d rather

Adept is opening for Architects in Malmö.

I’ve known for a while and I’ve a hard time accepting it.

Like really? One opening act? And it’s Adept? Really?

Yeah yeah, I should probably a. get a hobby, and b. remember that attendance is not mandatory. I can stay in the bar.

But still.

Seems to me there are other and better choices.

Northlane. They’ve released a record and far as I know no Swedish date booked. And they were so good back in December when they opened for Amity Affliction. (..maybe even slightly, just a little, dare I say, better than Amity..?)

I simply cannot understand why not.

Annisokay. I like Annisokay well enough. But I don’t particularly want to see them play (no reason really, just don’t). Still I’d much rather see Annisokay than Adept.

Casey. I mean, just look at this:

If I’m being honest. It is specifically Casey my brain has decided it cannot accept that they’re not on the bill. There is no logic behind it. Could be because I keep getting tweets in my feed saying how Casey is the band to see. As if I didn’t know already. Doesn’t mean that it would be an obvious choice for opening act for Architects. But still.

This is not a comment on Adept’s skills or talent. I’m sure they have it. (For now…) But they do strike me as a band geared towards men. And I find that insanely boring.

When I could be seeing Casey.

It makes no sense to me.

That’s all.

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life, music

Preparing to move; Decluttering my record collection

This getting rid of most of my CD:s business is way harder than I thought.

I have started. I did a first cut. And a second.

(Why am I showing yout this? I don’t even want to see this myself.)

Explanation: CD:s placed horizontally are the ones I’m getting rid of. While I’ve made some definite progress using the following mantra: Will I ever pick this recod out to play it in the car? Yes > keep, No > throw.

Number of records I’m keeping: far larger number than I care to count.

Let’s distract ourselves with my tiny vinyl collection instead. It’s been kept under excellent control, making decluttering a piece of cake.

Really. If I made any sense, I’d get rid of the lot; my record player has been in storage for years. But one simply does not throw out:

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Did you know Sisters of Mercy’s  First and last and always actually has a better sound on vinyl than any other format? Yea. That’s just an attempt at an excuse. I have literally no excuses. I just really like it. Throwing it out would be blasphemy. (I have my own religion, OK?) In short, I ♥ First and last and always. And you should too.

If you haven’t already, give the title track a listen. You won’t regret it! Promise!

Ach Andrew Eldrich. Such a lovely voice.

Similarly, if you listen to Janis Joplin and own Janis vinyls and you don’t just get rid of them. You just don’t. In addition, this one is actually my mum’s, so you know, permanent fixture in my life until something truly horrific happens.

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Another must have, Bruce, you don’t throw Bruce out:

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In general, I don’t listen to Neil Young, Harvest is the one exception, and I love it.

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The next one was one of the very first albums I ever owned/stole from parents/listened to, plus, I just really like this artwork. And I do still like the record. It’s a keeper.

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Coincidentally, Marie Fredriksson is also featured on this lovely covers records, which otherwise reads as the Swedish 80s rock elite sing songs by folk singer Cornelis Vreesvijk, which probably sounds awful but it is truly brilliant. Also a steal from my parents; wouldn’t feel right to throw it out.

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…I might be keeping this next Echo and the Bunnymen record on account of the fact that the cover is by Anton Corbijn. And I like it. As good a reason as any?

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Speaking of which, artwork is the only reason I’m keeping this record by The Churches. I can’t even remember a single song on it. But I love the cover.

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Obviously, you need your AC/DC Highway to Hell on vinyl, keeping.

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And it makes absolutely no difference that I probably haven’t listened to these Hole 7″s since I was in my 20s. Never throwing out. You’ll have to pry them out of my cold dead hands.

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So there you have it. A study in unreasonable.

I did also get rid of a bunch. What I’ve got left is just a few stray copies, completely manageable. Even if makes no sense to keep a format I’m not actively using.

Did I mention that I fail at minimalism?

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3 songs called England

When I ws younger I was always annoyed at songs having the same title. Especially songs that are popular to any extent. Like really, do you lack imagination completely??

I’ve since grown to enjoy this trait. It makes for a fun an simple exercise in comparison.

Obviously, there is more than one song called England. Here’s three I find in my playlists:

PJ Harvey. Actually, if you’re going to listen to one of these, don’t listen to this one.

The National. You’re much better off listening to The National’s EnglandPut an ocean and a river. Between everything, yourself, and home.

Deaf Havana. This is by far my favorite. Not least because I listened to this track, specifically the lines: ‘Cause the world isn’t old as a vampire. England just might be
‘Cause it wears me out, drains the joy thinking Why is he trash-talking England, that seems mean! (My love for the UK is unreasonable, I know.)

And that is how I found out this is an English band. Was so sure they were from the US.

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3 songs about Berlin

Deaf Havana; CassiopeiaOh Berlin my love, I’ve got you underneath my skin

Roddy Hart & the Lonesome Fire; BerlinBerlin, you took me in when I needed you most. I promise we’ll always be close.

Kent; Berlin. Du är liv. Du är dom långa milen mot Berlin. [English: You are life. You are the many miles to Berlin.]

If this was Sandman and I was Constantine, it’d be a sign of something for sure. Less sure what that something would be.

PS. A favorite line out of all the lines ever is in the Kent track: Dom viskar: Du är tidlös men dom menar omodern, En elakhet som blir den ultimata komplimangen. [English: They whisper: You’re timeless, but they mean obsolete, A spiteful remark turned into the ultimate compliment.]

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