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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I have a lot of questions #4

Can I has another cup of tea!??!?

Why is quinoa advertised as a great source of protein? Far as I can tell it’s the exact same protein content as pasta. Not the right quinoa? I’m confused.

How do everyone else listen to music? Everyone else: This is my favorite band! They played this great track when I went to see them live, never heard before! …but the track is from 2011 and v. v. popular + it’s your favorite band? (According to Spotify, and why would Spotify lie?) I don’t understand. How is this your favorite band??

Where can I find a cruelty-free toothpaste that doesn’t turn my lips into dry flakes? I’m at my wits’ end. I’ve tried just about all brands I can get my hands on (not counting the ones that were not bad that I got in the UK; for obvious reasons I can’t keep buying toothpaste in the UK).

…when can I go back to Scotland? Yeah. That Scotland vlog I just watched was a mistake. I need to save my monies, not go to Scotland. I have no business being in Scotland.

Is there a barley shortage? I never find barley in the story anymore. Not happy about it, because it is a favorite.

Why is there no tracking rage function on Clue? I want to track irrational rage! I have lots of it. Also rational rage, but this irrational rage. It’s getting old being furious because your headphones are in a tangle, or it’s raining, or can’t get jacket off quickly enough because HOT. For example. Also would like to track not cravings, but rather when you want to eat ALL THE THINGS ALL THE TIME.

What is Linkin Park even doing? What do they want and where do they come from? The new album. So many questions. Also: would their sound improve if someone introduced them to saaaayy..the latest Architects record? I’d like to think so. But you know, who knows?!??

Whyy is Nick Cave playing the Globe? Why?? I’ve finally come around and do want to go. But this Globe thing, it’s a problem. I don’t like it.

Is Glasvegas ever going to release a new record? (Did I ask this qustion before? Still wondering tho!)

Is it just me, or is the latest Korn record actually really good? Yea, yea, I know it was released last year. It’s not as if I actively follow Korn. I mean it’s not Tura Satana, but you know, as close as it gets.

Is there anything a person could do to make Thrice play Sweden? Anything??

OK then.

I think I’ve managed to illustrate the point my sister was making on Wednesday, that really, I’m the main character of High Fidelity. I don’t have many thoughts that are not related to listening to music.

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One more time. With feeling

I’ve been waiting and waiting for the release of the Nick Cave documentary One More Time with Feeling.

You wait and you wait and then it’s finally released and you find that the only place to rent it digitally is on iTunes.

I hate iTunes.

I hate iTunes because I once made the mistake of trying to rent something from them. It basically didn’t work because of their lack of information on how it works. It didn’t work because APPARENTLY you need a certain amount of free space (WHO KNOWS how much??) to be able to rent from iTunes.

Why. Does. It. Not. Stream? WHY? I rent movies on my iPad all the time; the only time it doesn’t work is with iTunes.

So me and sis get another iPad to rent the damn thing, it has more free space, but no account so we had to set that up. We try to see how much free space is needed, doesn’t say. We’ve got a good 4 GB free. Apparently also not enough.

In the end, sis had to get her computer, install iTunes and create a new account. I’d say it was worth the hassle because the film was good, only, how can something as well-established as iTunes be this difficult to use. HOW? Unacceptable.

As for One More Time with Feeling…I fear I might be biased. I love my Nick Cave documentaries. The Road to God Knows Where is a favorite for sure. (I’ve downloaded it, bought it on VHS and later on DVD, so you know, love.)

I’d like to argue that One More Time.. must be objectively good because my sister really, really enjoyed it. This was her second viewing and she doesn’t even like Nick Cave much. She likes the odd song, but seems fairly uninterested in seeing him live. Which is saying something.

On the other hand…2 minutes in and my brother who was also present declared that it was a load of crap and went home.

Clearly, he lacks references. Clearly, he hasn’t seen Nine Inch Nails’ Closure. I love NIN and all, but that documentary shouldn’t exist. It’s bad. By comparison, One More Time… is a straightforward and extraordinarily clear piece of work.

I would, say in general, documentaries tend to be a bit messy, a bit unclear. But I mean there are levels of hell.

Usually, I don’t like it when they include interviews in documentaries. For many reasons. The stupid lighting and backdrop, the stupid questions, the equally stupid answers (i.e. I’m no fan of the controlled circumstances). None of which is true in this case. The interviews seem spontaneous, natural lighting (by a table next to a window, in a car), the questions, whatever they are, allow for answers that discuss life, that discuss how we view death and grief. And I know it’s not fashionable or popular, but I like Cave’s bleak outlook, his pessimism, his version of and now people go back to work. Because you have to go back to work.

I feel as if the reviews of One More Time… have been slightly off the mark. They’ve made it out as if this is a sad film. That’s not how I understand it. Grief is there and it’s a topic of discussion but I wouldn’t say that’s what it’s about. It’s about recording Skeleton Tree. It’s about going back to work. It’s about having a new understanding of the world as a result of trauma. Or that’s my reading.

I love it that it’s in black and white. I love the way they’ve included the music; such a relief to get nice clean studio versions rather than noisy live recordings. I love it that it was something for me and sis to discuss, that it was open for interpretation.

It did make me want to see the songs off Skeleton Tree played live. Because why wouldn’t it? It’s a beautiful album.

But.

The gig in Sweden is at the Globe. I mean really. Nick Cave is that big now? He’s moved from Annexet to the Globe with this record? I don’t believe it for a second. That and it’s not an appealing venue. Despite there being seats (yes HI I’m old).

How I ever get to any gig ever is nothing short of amazing.

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100 day song challenge #78

#78 A song by a band with more than 5 people in it

While I still think of myself as a Nick Cave fan, I’m not a very good fan. I know that Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds at times have been more than 5 people, current status: not entirely sure.

And I’ve learned my lesson, googling will do me no good for this challenge.

Fairly certain they were more than 5 back when they did The Weeping Song.

And if not, it’s a brilliant song and equally brilliant video.

The dancing! The black plastic sea! The suits! What is there to not love about this video?

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last.fm albums 2016
favorites, music

End of year summary; Albums

Listing my top albums of the year has never been this easy; they’re three in total:

Thrice; To Be Everywhere Is to Be Nowhere // The Amity Affliction; This Could Be Heartbreak // Architects; All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us

I really did like Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds’ Skeleton TreeRoddy Hart & the Lonesome Fire’s Swithering is still getting a fair amount of play, In Flames’ Battles was every bit as good as you would expect an In Flames record to be (and that is not bad), and Jonathan Johansson’s Love & Devotion was insanely catchy there is no denying that.

But compared to the above mentioned, they just don’t register.

Other albums I’ve played a lot this year:

last.fm albums 2016

Clearly, my taste is kinda narrow.

What have you been listening to?

xo,

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100 day song challenge #08

#08 A song that calms you down

I generally find any piece of music that goes heavy on the piano to be quite calming. Could be anything. Nick Cave playing on Marianne Faithfull’s There is a ghost, Diamanda Galas hammering away, the way she usually does, or something simple like the piano on Lana Del Rey’s Ride, Beyoncé’s Halo, or someone with mad skills like Yiruma. Anything piano will do.

I do much favor what Conway Savage does on Fair and tender ladies tho.

Also. He’s got such a pleasant quality to his voice.

Not really expecting this to make sense to anyone really. It is one of my all-time fave songs though. Yes, of all the songs recorded ever.

xo,

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One lovely blog award

Rules

  1. Write an article accepting the award.
  2. Thank the person you nominated you and put a link to their blog.
  3. Tell the reader seven facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate other blogs for the award.
  5. Let them know that you nominated them.
  6. Post the rules to let your followers know how it works.

This feels like it’s long overdue, but here it is!

I was nominated by Lise over at lushtivity.net; said it before and I’ll say it again, thanks so much! Lise does lots of Lush posts, among other things; and who doesn’t love that?! Go have a look!

Seven facts about me:

  1. I love keeping things in tin boxes, all sorts of things, not just tea.
  2. I have a Mackintosh obsession.

    Maybe just a few more bits..?

  3. I like potted plants. They don’t like me so much tho. There’s always a few facing imminent death at any given time. Current victims:
  4. My drink of choice is without a doubt Sauvignon blanc. It’s currently so bad I will refuse any other type wine. Well, with this one exception:final1475514000043
  5. I know how to crochet circular rugs.
  6. There is still something teenage about how I decorate my home.
  7. I’ve always liked shorts, skirts and dresses in inappropriate lengths. Remember these ones?

 

My nominees: 

I’m going to cheat on this one. Would you like to be nominated? Just leave a comment!

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