music

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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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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100 day song challenge #46

#46 A song with the word fire in the title

I’ve been listen to PVRIS quite a bit lately, so I’ve been purposely searching for a reason to include them in this challenge.

I love this band and if you haven’t heard them you really should get to it. It’s an alt rock trio with a twist of electronica. What really does it for me tho is the singer, kind of reminds me of Paramore’s Hayley Williams with a deliverance like PJ Harvey in Send his love to me (the latter might be my own personal association). I shall crown her fave frontperson of a group. Not least because she’s aced live performances and interviews too. OK then, I feel myself regressing into some sort of Wayne and Garth state here…so let’s just move on to the song!

Apty enough, they have a song called Fire.

But do also give My House a listen. And You and I. Hell, just listen to the entire record while you’re at it. Promise you won’t regret it.

xo,

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Last day of vacay; Celebrating with a PJ Harvey inspired look

You know that MUA Poptastic palette I used recently for the Ursula look? Bit obsessed with it. I’ve been eyeing the green/blue shade in the palette; I don’t think these shades have names, but if I was going to name it, I’d call it mermaid for sure.

This is the one, bottom left (obviously used):

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In my mind, this color corresponds brilliantly to the one used by PJ Harvey in the 90s, you know, this one:

PJ Harvey makeup 90s

I’ve also been wanting to try a look with an application similar to what Graveyard Goddess used in one of her looks; just basically lots of red shadow all over the eye area up to brow + under eye with no eyebrows, no eyeliner. Two birds one stone?

Result:

Conclusions:

The shade has excellent pigmentation. Truly! That’s like two layers of shadow. Not at all the case for a few of the other shades in the palette. It just applies so well.
Felt kind of naked without the liner, it had to go on. No liner is probably better with a darker shade.
The lipstick, IsaDora in Majestic Mauve, and the color of the shade; I love them together. This way of applying eyeshadow though, not sure it’s my cup of tea. But then again, maybe with a different color?

I’m really starting to warm up to the blue shades. Shame my vacation is over, it means less time to experiment. I’d love to pair this shade with a purple shade.

 

xo,

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