November wrap-up

November. It’s not my favorite month. But let’s try an focus on the good bits.

Two tracks I loved

This version of Northlane’s Solar:

The brand new Boxer Rebellion track, Love Yourself:

I do also want to mention the reworked version of Deaf Havana’s Ashes, ashes, it’s absolutely scrumptious; the Bear’s Den track Auld Wives, far from tired of; Dayseeker’s cover of Thrice’s Hurricane; and the Xcerts Hold on to you heart—all of which I’ve mentioned in posts recently, and which I’m still very much loving.

Watched

Architects @ Maida Vale.

Was confused as to why anyone would choose to cover Nirvana, because I mean, Hole?? (I’m obvs talking about the other track from this session, Territorial Pissings, clearly assuming everyone knows about it.) Just imagine how brilliant that would have been, a Hole cover. There are too few Hole covers in this world.

Love it or list it. Been looking like mad for the UK version; and it was available on Viafree all along! Where I also found Ensam mamma söker. Which is a guilty pleasure of mine.

Finds

Dayseeker. I’m a sucker for some good old post-hardcore. And Thrice covers.

Soap & Glory One heck of a blot primer.

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Brilliant budget primer! Does all I want a primer to do: keeps oils in check, reduces appearance of pores. Why you no in Sweden shops, whyy?

MUA’s Eye Define Nourish & Care mascara.

final1511685962074Where have you been all my life?? It does not smudge, does not transfer, doesn’t crumble, doesn’t irritate my eyes, and is proper black, gives my lower lashes some nice definition, could easily go with one layer, but getting a second layer on is easy. About the nourishing claim. All things considered, I don’t bloody care if it is or not. I was going to get a bunch of mascaras to try when in the UK; instead I just got a backup of this one. Because obvs I like to make life difficult and find a fave mascara than you can’t buy where I live. Although it should be noted that Superdrug now ships to Sweden and I am v. v. happy about it!

And also, these three:

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Superdrug’s Hair therapy oil with argan. So good I want to buy all products in this line. ALL OF THEM. The good news is that it is very much a budget range. Proper cheap. Must remember not to try the Maria Nila argan oil ever, because it’ll be even better for sure, and it’s wa-ay more pricey.

B. bronzer in light. I’ve never been a bronzer user. I’ve always felt it was a product for people interested in a healthy look, i.e. not me. However. As it turns out. Because I recently realized bronzer can be applied quicker and with less precision than contour, and restores some life into your face when you’ve put on foundation, it’s become a definite favorite.

Urban Decay Naked Skin concealer. Life would be infinitely easier if expensive products just just weren’t great. Damn you Urban Decay!

Miscellaneous

Visited Brighton, went to see Deaf Havana. If they’re ever playing around your parts, do go! Trust me. You will not regret it.

Was as excited as this person about the final song:

Also, you’d think you wouldn’t want to go to the UK in November. I’d say it’s not a bad time to go at all, now that I’m apparently in the habit of going in November. It wasn’t rainier than usual, it’s not cold and less people-dense, which is kinda nice. May is possibly a slightly better month, but not by much.

Following my Brighton visit, was tagged by one of the restaurants I visited on Insta. With a reference to my post including picture. Oh dear. Does this mean I’m going to have to make an effort when I take pictures of food? In my mind, I have like one reader, you know? And it’s not Purezza in Brighton. Because, how do you even find my blog unless it’s in your feed right here on WordPress??

Dyed hair purple. Again. Mixed in some red this time to make it, well, a more red purple. I dunno. On the one hand I love hair this dark, even if it’s only for a while, on the other, feels like purple hair makes my skin appear yellow. Also, it quickly washes out to a red-ish color, probably because previously dying said hair red. If only my hair could just go completely gray already, that’d be nice.

Stopped washing my hair in hard water. OK. So. I’m going through lengths to not wash my hair in hard water, i.e. at home. What caused this: washed my hair pre-dye, turned my scalp into all dry flakes. You know that weird girl in The Breakfast Club making it snow over a drawing? It was like that. It was horrible. And I only wash my hair twice a week. And I don’t use a lot of shampoo. WHAT MORE DO YOU WANT FROM ME??

Enter washing hair at gym. Sometimes at my parent’s, to be fair. Cannot wait to move because soft water, SOFT WATER. (One of the main reasons I even decided to move? Erm, is it bad if it is?)

I sometimes wonder if I’m just crazy. Most people wash their hair in hard water. I’ve literally never come across anyone complaining about it. Until the other day (it was a Monday, couple of weeks ago), Lily Melrose mentioned the hard water in Brighton wrecks havoc with her hair. AHA! I take that as confirmation; it’s not just me. And she’s got a better starting point than me (i.e. thick hair, as opposed to my typically Scandinavian hair), sooo. I’m not being unreasonable?

Upped my gym game. Because I wash my hair at the gym I now go to classes I don’t love. So that I can wash my hair. Not sure how long I can keep this up though. Oh. And also, I’ve worked it so that I can go to a body pump class on Saturdays. Because current mood: lift heavy things. If you’ve never been to body pump, the main appeal of this class is that you can tell the difference in no time. One class a week, and already after two weeks you can add weight to your bar. So satisfying. 

 

Monthly menstrual report

PMS was bad and I developed a distaste for all music I generally like. The only thing I could stand was a Yann Tiersen record I hadn’t listened to before, love this track:

Anyway. Great info from Clue in my insights e-mail:

Problems with sleep are most common during the premenstrual phase. Fight fatigue by going to bed at the similar times, reducing napping times and keeping the room temperature nice and cool. 

And one and all used to troubled sleeping are now fuming. Going to bed similar times?? No napping?? Keep room cool?? Do you think I’m stupid??? If either of these things solve your “sleeping problems”; good. for. you. You haven’t the faintest what sleeping problems really involve.

In other news. Most recent period was not its usual evil self; I got my period just in time to be off my period for my trip to the UK. Unheard of! Who are you and what have you done with my period??

So.

Bring on December?

PS. If you made it this far, WELL DONE! Truly, I’m impressed.

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This has been an Endless Blog Challenge post. Past topics for this challenge can be found here.

In which I introduce a tag with a short rant

I’ve been roaming around WordPress to find new blogs to follow.

It ain’t going great.

I’m specifically looking for blogs written by people my age, because life advice from 20-somethings..it does get a bit frustrating when you’re no longer 20, and also blogs written by people with similar interests, and/or a more varied content.

Makeup is great and all, but I have other interests too.

Being even more specific…I need more blogs that rant on music related topics. Rant! I don’t want anything under the impression of being objective, no reviews or “let me tell you about this band” because BORING. I want to know about what music people consume, the how, what and when.

I would say I also need more feminist blogs. But there are too many types of feminism that I don’t agree with. Not to mention the ones I’ve stumbled on trying to explain the basics to others while trying to be not too extreme (WTF!? Be extreme or go away). Just makes me want to ram my head in the wall. VALERIE BRYSON, ANYONE?!?

Yes.

I’ll just stick with the feminists I follow on other platforms. Besides, you really only need fannyarsinoe in your life and you’re covered. (YES I’M A FANGIRL, can’t help it.)

What I did find, however, is a good music tag. Next best thing surely!?

I think so. Let’s go!

(Didn’t say where this one is from, thusly no credit.)

Which bands/artist do you own the most albums by?
If we’re talking about physical albums, then Nick Cave. Yes, I kept them when I decluttered. Einstürzende Neubauten is a close second, and only because they haven’t released as many albums. They’re the nicest ones in my collection though, paper casing. Just saying.

The Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus casing tho, also not bad. A favorite track:


What was the last song you listened to?
Blood in My Mouth by Amity Affliction.

In my blog search, I also came across one blogger who complained about how Amity + In Flames (among others) had changed their sound, and not to the better, so I had to do a compare and contrast. Which is a fun little exercise I highly recommend.

Not sure why I felt compelled to, because the whole premise of the post was it is not as heavy thusly it is worse. SIGH. Yes because we all know heavy equals good. JFC.

In addition to which I don’t agree; neither Amity nor In Flames have become less heavy with each release. They sort of vary. Not that it matters! Because heavy doesn’t equal good.

Seems to me people are going to have learn to differentiate between heavy and a more chaotic sound.

Here’s what I’m thinking. There are bands that at the beginning of their career have ideas that they perhaps not quite have the skills to execute, which makes them more creative. This contributes to a more interesting and somewhat chaotic sound, sometimes mistaken for heavy/less accessible, which in turn means fewer people “get it” contributing to whoever does get it feeling that they’re just sooo cool.

It’s so boring I want to cry.

This song tho!


What’s in your CD player right now?

There’s a CD player in my car. If there is a CD in it it’s either All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us by Architects or Relief Through Release by Tura Satana.

If you have somehow managed to not listen to AOGHAU already, you really should give this one track a listen, promise you won’t regret it!


What was the last show you attended?
Architects
in June. They played C.A.N.C.E.R. Not their most accessible track I would say. You?


What was the greatest show you’ve been to?
This sort of assumes that there’s a great difference between shows. I just find that most shows I’ve been to lately, well I mean they’re carried out by competent people, you know? And I’m not overly impressed by people putting on too much of a show.

For example, if I compare the 3 Bring Me the Horizon gigs I’ve been to, I liked the first one the best, the one without all the screens and the arena-size venue. Because the setlist was better and I liked that they were lit from behind. It was a nice effect. I like simple things.

Track that fell off the setlist for the arena tour:


What was the worst show you’ve ever been to?

Erm. I could argue Being as An Ocean because I left after two songs, but I wasn’t there primarily to see Being as an Ocean so that’s a bit unfair. And the main reason for leaving was I was dead tired.

So I’m going to argue 30 Seconds to Mars mainly because:

  1. I still feel Jared is acting the part.
  2. Fine, invite people on stage, but don’t fucking spend 15 minutes picking the exact people to come up. It doesn’t make for a good show.
  3. Bringing out the acoustic guitar. Just nooooo. I’m not saying it’s bad per se, it’s just not my cup of tea.

When they started picking people out of the crowd I left because that’s just where I draw the line.

And anyway. They’d already played The Kill.

Absolutely not seeing them again. No matter how much I love The Kill.

What is the most musically involved you have ever been?
Let’s just say I haven’t been.


What show are you looking forward to?
Deaf Havana
! Brighton!

Also desperately hoping Stray from the Path will add Casey to their UK/Europe tour. It’s extremely unlikely, but my brain is all Capsize is on the bill! They played last time I saw Casey, so maybe!?!??

Yeayea, I’ve got a hangup.


What is your favorite band shirt?

Mmm. Either my Manson one or the Bring Me one.


What musician would you like to hang out with for a day?

I’m not sure I’d want that? What would we do? Go for vegan eats in Glasgow? OH I KNOW. Glasvegas’ Jonna. Because she hangs out in Glasgow. And is from Norrland. I.e. supercool.

And she plays the piano in addition to drums standing. I don’t know how you could be cooler than that?


Who is one musician or group you wish would make a comeback?

I don’t really listen a lot to any band that doesn’t exist right now. I mean there’s My Chemical Romance, but unlike the rest of the world, it’s not something I crave. Don’t get me wrong, I love them, but I don’t need them to make a comeback. There are other bands.

Also. I used to want Panik back. They’ve recently made a comeback of sorts. And. I’m not happy about it. It makes me sad.

Because. This:

I don’t understand it.


Who is one band/artist you’ve never seen live but always wanted to?

I’m going to have to say Nine Inch Nails, aren’t I?

Surely there will be a European tour eventually?


Name four or more flawless albums.

Actually flawless and in I wouldn’t skip a single song? Live Through This by Hole, Lost Forever // Lost Together by Architects and All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us by the same band and Deaf Havana’s All These Countless Nights.

Almost made the list: Relief Through Release by Tura Satana. That goddamn Nirvana cover, cannot stand it. Let the Ocean Take Me; the outro of Never Alone makes me cringe, ditto last track of Thrice’s To Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere.


How many concerts have you been to in total?
Not that many in my opinion. Can’t be bothered to count though.


Who have you seen the most live?

Architects. Five times. Which in my opinion isn’t that many. But it depends on your frame of reference I guess.

What is your favorite movie soundtrack?
Trouble Every Day by Tindersticks. It’s on this compilation:


What was your last musical ‘phase’ before you wisened up?
Before I fell into this black hole of post-hardcore type music (it’s what last.fm tells me I to listen to, OK?), I was listening to a lot of singer-songwriter type music, i.e. lots of Richard Hawley, Iain Morrisson, the National, Tindersticks, you know, nice music that doesn’t ask a lot of its listener. I still listen to it, just not as much.


What is your ‘guilty pleasure’ that you hate to admit liking?
I tend to only feel guilty about what ever I’m obsessively listening to at the time, i.e. I feel more guilty about the amount than the actual performer. Except for. I currently feel zero percent guilty that I’m listening to Amity as if there are no other bands.

Think we’ve established I do feel slightly guilty about listening to Korn though. Because they are not with the feminist agenda and I find that problematic.

I obviously tag hitherdither. Anyone else up for a rant about music? I’ll tag you!

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.

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?

A quite disappointing music bio

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I’ve finally made if through Kim Gordon’s Girl in a Band.

If you’re unfamiliar with Kim Gordon, she was the bass player of Sonic Youth, a fairly unmelodic band active between 1980 and 2011. No, I was never a fan, but that’s of no consequence when it comes to what music bios I choose to read. This one caught my interest because any female with even the slightest connection to 90s rock and you’ve got my attention.

I hate to say Girl in a Band seemed better in theory than it actually was. But it did and it was. Despite it being a quite thin volume it was such a long read.

Not sure where to start. I was so looking forward to this read and was so disappointed.

Let’s start here:

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Well, Examiner.com, I take it you have no read an awful lot of music biographies.

I have. This wasn’t one of the better ones.

I don’t blame Gordon. Apparently, publishers don’t really care about biographies by famous people much. It’s just an easy way to make money and it’s abundantly clear that someone has had a talk with Gordon and then just written it down. There’s especially poor writing towards the end of the book, just insane use of exclamation points and Haha. 

This is probably the main reason it’s not great; a lack of understanding that you can’t just write spoken word down and expect it to make sense unedited.

And it makes me so sad because I am v. v. interested in knowing more about events that Gordon was directly and/or indirectly involved in. Which is another problem, there is never more of anything really, it’s just a constant barely touching upon a subject, never going into anything in-depth or to any extent at all, just quickly moving on. Considering I’m rarely interested in any topic in-depth, you can imagine just how shallow and little any event is discussed at all.

In some cases, the lack of depth is just confusing. Like when she’s talking about Keller (apparently her brother, which I’m not sure why I should be interested in as a reader..?), and his schizophrenia – as if it’s something that’s common knowledge.

I wish they’d focused on a smaller number of events and just discussed them in more detail. I’m not saying tell us all! Just you know, something would have been nice.

I keep thinking about this Nico biography, Songs they never play on the radio, which is one of my favorite music bios ever. It focuses on the last years of Nico’s life, and it’s just this slim little book, and it really paints a picture. I keep wanting Girl in a Band to be like that. It’s nothing like that.

Now. If the publishers cared at all, this book would take its starting point in chapter 33, which is about when Gordon produced Hole’s Pretty on the inside (well, it’s sort of a little about that…without really telling a story at all). It’s obvious there is a story here:

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So much promise!

Another thing that could have been focused on, the Lydia Lunch connection, because Lydia is a madly fascinating character:

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Bit off topic; I loved the below observation. Because that’s my theory too, I don’t understand how you could possibly come from where I come from and not be into metal. But apparently, it’s quite possible (e.g. my brother). But to me, this makes sense:

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…PS. the girls were playing with Satan too.

A final thing the publishers should have made sure was more of a focus, was Gordon’s observations, opinions and thoughts about women in music. There are numerous examples of this topic in the book, and I’m so sure there was more to tell. I really, really would have wanted an expansion on this:

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It should be noted though, that whoever did the layout of this book did an excellent job. Visually, the text and pictures, how they work together, it’s just a joy for the eye.

But basically, I don’t feel as if I’ve read a book about Kim Gordon. It feels as if she’s not the main character of this story. It’s always someone else. Keller. Thurston. Courtney. It’s just really strange.

My rating: there are other bios to read. I’ve already mentioned Songs they never play on the radio. Beth Ditto’s Coal to diamonds – also a better read.

Now. I’m off to do some research, I’m hoping there’s a bio on at least one of the following:

Lydia Lunch
Diamanda Galas
Kathleen Hannah
Anyone beside Courtney who was ever in Hole

2017 challenge

I’ve been challenged by hitherdither to do something about the awful gender inequality that is my current taste in music.

While I clearly struggle with sticking to challenges, I can’t not take this challenge on. It would go against the very core of my beliefs.

I did try to write it off by referring to my taste in books; my taste in music is the exact opposite of my taste in music. If we’re talking gender. But it is a poor argument, it really is. So I’ve deviced a plan!

It’s basically this: whenever making a playlist, it must include the same number of female vocalists as male vocalists. Bonus: this autmatically leads to musical variation. There’s still a lack of women in metal, which as you may have noticed is currently my prefered genre, so including female vocalist means more a range of music listened to.

It’s not much, but at least it’s a step in the right direction.

To help myself out I’ve created a massive playlist including all female vocalists I know and love. So that I can just drag and drop. However. Realization: I’m so not updated. Surely something’s happened since 90s/00s? What female vocalists are we listening to these days?

With few exceptions (Lana del Rey is..new-ish..?), I’m stuck right about here:

Hole, need I explain why?

Lots of that in my playlist. Ditto Garbage:

Well. At least I’ve got all of their pink record in my playlist.

Similarly, stuck on My Ruin’s A Prayer under Pressure of Violent Anguish.

The fact that the lyrics still runs out of me like water…makes me wonder why that is information my brain holds on to while whatever could be useful, it just, evaporates?

If you listen to My Ruin, you listen to Jack off Jill. It’s a fact of life.

I know PJ Harvey has been putting out new music, but I seem to be forever stuck on To Bring You My Love.

Another obvious like, the Dresden Dolls.

And oh, early Tori Amos.

I know there is new music, I’m just at a loss as to how to find it. My old tricks are futile.

Old tricks = go to whatever band you’re really liking on Spotify or Last.fm and click related artists. Always generates something new and fun. But you can click away on artists related to Architects all you like, you’ll never find your way to any sort of female artist. Doesn’t work. You’ll just end up finding another British post-hardcore act that you just loooove and then just binge listening to making this challenge all the more difficult. Like Dependence. Which I found the other day. Was metal ever as good as it is right now?

Anyway.

What source am I supposed to use? How do I find the new Tori? The new Courtney? The new Jack Off Jill? HOW? Is there a magazine? A blog? Am I going to have to visit a school and the the kids what they’re listening to these days???

The one downside to being a adult; your taste in music stagnates. Or at least, you can’t rely on your peers to supply you with new music, unless you need someone to introduce you to Sisters of Mercy. I’m not bashing old music, but listening to and seeing bands that are finding their feet is so much more fun. Less polished and thought out. Appeals to me.

Thoughts???

100 day song challenge #19

#19 A song released in the 90s

Ah the 90s. Pretty much all of my house gods released some of their best work in the 90s. Nine Inch Nails, Tura Satana, Depeche Mode, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, to mention a few.

My pick though, it HAS TO be something off of Hole’s Live Through This. They don’t make music like this anymore. I can still remember actually buying the record, so clearly it’s very important to me.

In addition to this being one of my all-time favorite records, Courtney Love during this time, such a style insipration for me at the time.

…might still be. Just a little?

And it makes me miss my fringe.

xo,

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