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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challenge, music

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???

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